Upcoming Events

Steel-Con 2017 & AIIS Annual Gulf Region Golf Tournament 

The Event Program is now finalized and you may find it here in an attachment.

The program starts on Thursday, 18 May 2017 at 1.30 pm with a special tour aboard The M/V Sam Houston.

The M/V Sam Houston will depart promptly at 1:30 p.m. and return at approximately 3:30 p.m.
Guests will be required to arrive no later than 1:00 p.m. for 1:15 a.m. boarding at the Sam Houston Visitors Pavilion, 7300 Clinton Drive, Houston, Texas 77020, Gate #8. A map is enclosed to assist your guests with locating the facility.

*Due to PHA’s commitment to safety and security, all attendees must have a current photo ID to enter Port Authority property.

The boat tour will be followed by a “Bring a Customer – Meet a Customer” networking Reception at the Houstonian Hotel, Club & SPA from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

Friday, 19 May 2017 will be a half conference day that will send you home with up-to-the-minute, practical, useful information from some of this country’s—and the world’s—leading experts and practitioners in key elements of the steel supply chain.

Port of Houston Authority Chairman Janiece Longoria will deliver the keynote address on the following topic(s): the Port of Houston and global trade with a focus on the steel supply chain.

The conference will be moderated by Jimmy Baldwin, S.V.P. Sales & Marketing, Coastal Cargo, and Kevin Castagnola, CEO of South Jersey Port Corporation.

The golf tournament will begin with registration and lunch at 12:30 PM followed by a shotgun start at 1:30PM. An awards program & BBQ will conclude the day’s events. The format for the Tournament will be an 18 hole, four-person traditional scramble. More detailed rules will be distributed on the day of the tournament.



AIIS GULF REGION NETWORKING AND BUSINESS FORUM: Imported Steel – Trials, Tribulations, and Solutions | Mobile, AL
Sep 26 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Sponsored by 

The American Institute for International Steel, Inc (AIIS) cordially invites you to register for the 2019 – AIIS GULF REGION NETWORKING AND BUSINESS FORUM on September 26th, 2019 at the Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel in Mobile, AL. We are also pleased to advise this event will include a luncheon and facilities tour hosted by the Alabama State Port Authority.

AIIS is widely viewed as the last real voice in Washington promoting free and responsible trade in steel for the benefit of all whose livelihoods are touched by the international steel supply chain.  AIIS is a 69-year old organization whose 110 member company list includes a broad range of participants ranging from the thousands of stevedores that handle our country’s steel imports and exports as well as the tens of thousands who work in the rail, barge, steamship and trucking sectors, Customs brokers, marine surveyors, insurance carriers, terminal operators, steel distributors and fabricators, and of course, the steel traders themselves. Trade in steel, and now in many other products and materials, has been living under a cloud of uncertainty due to the unprecedented trade policies that have made the last two years one of our most volatile and challenging periods in recent memory. This business meeting and luncheon event will highlight the trials and tribulations of our shared market, as well as alert our guests to solutions in play and answer questions.  The primary presenters will include John Foster, who serves as the President of the steel trading and trade services company Kurt Orban Partners as well as Chairman of AIIS, along with Richard Brazzale, Managing Director of Lake Shore Associates in Houston and V.P. of the Gulf Region for AIIS.  We also expect to have remarks from Rick Clark, Deputy Director of the Alabama State Port Authority.


10:00AM Registration
10:30AM Welcoming Remarks by Rick Clark, Deputy Director of the Alabama State Port Authority
Presentations by John Foster, Chairman of American Institute for International Steel (AIIS) & Richard Brazzale, VP Gulf Region of AIIS on US Steel Market.
11:30AM Buffet lunch offered by the Alabama State Port Authority


12:30PM – 1:30PM  

Port facilities tour set up by the Alabama State Port Authority



AIIS West Coast Steel Dinner | October 29th | The Federal Underground | Long Beach, CA
Oct 29 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Date: October 29th, 2019

Location: The Federal Underground | 102 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802

The Federal Underground is located beneath the Federal Restaurant at 102 Pine Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802

Presentations by

Richard Brazzale, Lakeshore Associates LLC & AIIS Gulf Coast VP

Brian Riley, Managing DirectorGeodis USA, Inc.


Agenda TBA

Sponsored by 


AIIS 69th Annual Dinner | The Yale Club of NYC | Monday, December 2nd
Dec 2 @ 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Important: Please note your registration fee helps defer costs of the event as well as helping fund AIIS legal expenses at work to terminate Section 232 that is so detrimental to the entire steel supply chain. Your support is both needed and appreciated.

To register, please contact Alexandra at jopp@aiis.org or call 703.245.8079



AIIS Member: $580
AIIS Non-member: $ 680


The Roosevelt Hotel NYC toll free reservation # is 1-888-833-3969. Provide your requested dates and reference the American Institute for International Steel.
Special AIIS guest room rate is USD 319 / Night Excluding Taxes & Fees. The reservation cut-off date is November 5th.


Rooftop the Yale Club of New York City


Sponsored by


AIIS Annual Customs Committee meeting
Dec 3 @ 9:15 am – 11:00 am
AIIS Annual Christmas Dinner | December 12 | Houston, TX
Dec 12 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

We cordially invite you to join in our Christmas holiday celebration as we prepare to welcome a New Year, and wish one another health, happiness, and prosperity. Enjoy good company and holiday cheer at:

The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa


111 N Post Oak Ln Houston, TX 77024

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Cocktails at 6:00 pm Dinner at 7:00 pm

Keynote Speaker: Jeff Lindner, Director of Flood Operations/Meteorologist, Harris County Flood Control District


Event Sponsor:


Steel-Con® 2020 | Houston, TX | March 4-5
Mar 4 @ 5:00 pm – Mar 5 @ 6:00 pm



March 4-5, 2020, Houston, TX

Come for the Conference, or just come for golf on Thursday, March 5.

Steel-Con® has become a key gathering for steel supply chain practitioners who want to better understand global trade and customs developments, manage risk, and be more competitive in a challenging market. Bringing together a diverse audience, it’s a unique mix of networking, expert analysis and discussion, and hospitality. Contacts will be made, horizons expanded, and important developments explained.

The program starts on Wednesday, March 4, 2020, with a networking reception from 5-7 PM at the Houstonian Hotel, where you will meet friends old and new, and interact with individuals at the forefront of key areas like shipping, logistics, customs, and international trade. The Conference begins the next day, Thursday, March 5 with a continental breakfast at 7 AM, and speakers’ presentations from 8 AM to 12 noon. The AIIS Annual Golf Tournament kicks off at 1:00 PM at the Wildcat Golf Club (March 5th.)

Agenda TBA

Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa: 111 North Post Oak Lane • Houston,TX 77024 • Ph: 800-231-2759

Wildcat Golf Club: 12000 Almeda Road • Houston,TX 77045 • Ph: 713-413-3400

Fees*: AIIS Member: $375 pp | Non-Member $400 pp | Golf Only $205 pp

*Proceeds from the event will cover event fees and charges. Since our Steel-Con® Supply Chain Conference also serves as a significant fundraising event, your investment will also allow the Institute’s good and expanding work for free and responsible trade in steel to continue to benefit all our members.


Interested in Sponsorship Opportunities? Call AIIS Headquarters in Washington, DC at 703-245-8079, or email Alexandra Jopp at jopp@aiis.org.

Sponsorship Opportunities for Steel-Con® 2020

General Conference Sponsor (towards facility, event materials, and catering) $2,500
Advertisements in Conference Brochure $500
Reception Sponsors/Marketing & Advertising (3 available) $1,000
Coffee Break Sponsor (1 available) $1,000
Panel Sponsor (2 available) $1,000
Keynote Sponsor (1 available) $1,000
Golf Hole Sponsors/Marketing & Advertising (18 available; includes green fee) $500

Sponsorship Benefits

• Opportunity to display branded items at the event (i.e., coffee cups, napkins, etc.) (general conference sponsorship only)

• 2 conference passes (general conference sponsorship only)

• Prominent signage at the event

• Recognition from the podium prior to the start of and during the event’s program

• Listing on the AIIS website

• Recognition in event materials and press releases

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