General Information

MSCI 2019 Aluminum Products Division Conference
Park Hyatt Aviara Golf Resort & Spa
Carlsbad, CA
Sunday, November 3 – Tuesday, November 5

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What to Wear

What to Wear

During the day, business/resort casual sportswear is appropriate attire for our business sessions. This includes khaki slacks, polo-style shirts or sweaters for the gentlemen; slacks, skirts, polo-style shirts, blouses, sundresses or sweaters for the ladies. Remember meeting room temperatures and personal comfort zones vary widely. It is recommended that you bring a sweater or jacket to the sessions.

No black-tie formal events are scheduled.  Evening attire varies depending upon the function.

The Sunday Welcome Party will be held outdoors, weather permitting. It calls for casual and comfortable clothing. Jackets are not required for the gentlemen. Sweaters and slacks are appropriate for the men and the ladies.  Low-heeled shoes are recommended.

Monday evening’s Dinner Dance is business casual.  Jackets for the gentleman are preferred, ties are optional; dresses, skirts or slacks are appropriate for the women.

Tuesday evening’s reception and dinner is planned to be outdoors and will be fun and casual.  Low-heeled shoes or wedges are recommended.  Jeans are acceptable.  Surf’s Up!  Wear your favorite Hawaiian Shirt! 

While planning your wardrobe, please remember that Carlsbad’s average high and low temperatures in early November are 72° high and 47° low.

Questions or Assistance

For questions or assistance, contact:

Julie Thane
Vice President, Aluminum & Specialty Metals Divisions
847-485-3014 – jthane@msci.org

Rose Manfremailto:jthane@msci.orgdini
Vice President, Membership & Events
(847) 485-3008–rmanfredini@msci.org

Briana Dee
Senior Membership and Events Coordinator
(847) 485-3021–bdee@msci.org

Conference Registration

Your registration fee covers the Welcome Party on Sunday, breakfast, refreshments and the reception/dinner on Monday, breakfast, refreshments and the reception/dinner on Tuesday.

Registration Pricing
Delegates
Register extra early, on or before Friday, September 6:  $1,945
Register early, on or before Tuesday, October 1:  $2,145
Register after October 1:  $2,445

Spouses 
Register extra early, on or before Friday, September 6:  $1,245
Register early, on or before Tuesday, October 1:  $1,445
Register after October 1:  $1,745
MSCI will provide each attending spouse/guest with one $100.00 spa certificate that can be applied toward spa services and/or products at the Aviara Spa at the Park Hyatt Aviara during MSCI’s Aluminum Products Division Conference. 

Schedule

Sunday, November 3

Sunday, November 3, 2019

1:00 – 6:00 pm 
Registration

4:30 – 5:30 pm
Aluminum Products Division Council Meeting

6:00 – 7:00 pm
Affiliate Member & First-Time Attendee Reception

7:00 – 10:00 pm
Welcome Party

Monday, November 4

Monday, November 4, 2019

7:00 am – 11:30 am
Registration

7:15 – 11:30 am
Breakfast & Business Session
(Breakfast served 7:15 – 8:00 am.)

7:50 am
Opening Ceremonies by Navy Color Guard

8:00 – 8:30 am
State of the Institute & Recognition Awards
Robert Weidner, III, president & chief executive officer, Metals Service Center Institute

8:30 – 9:15 am
Fireside Chat with Jack Hockema
Kaiser Aluminum’s Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

9:15 – 9:45 am
Refreshment Break

9:45 – 10:45 am
2020:  Reading the Data
Public policy expert and friend of MSCI, Peter Hart returns to share an eye-opening look at the key changes, trends, demographic information, and top issues we need to know for 2020.  Rapid-fire changes have become the norm in our hyper-connected age.  Hart will put it all in context, determining which numbers matter (and which don’t) and how it will play out on the national stage.
Peter Hart, president, Peter D. Hart Research Associates

10:45 – 11:45 am
The Future of Global Manufacturing
The world of manufacturing is an endlessly specialized and increasingly global venture. The successful manufacturers of the future will be those who can command access to raw materials, capital, labor and markets – all in the same location. Peter Zeihan will draw on his geopolitical expertise, from the U.S. State Department and a premier private intelligence company, as well as his experience working with clients in many of aluminum’s end-use markets, to pinpoint the critical factors for the global aluminum industry going forward.
Peter Zeihan, president, Zeihan Geopolitics

7:00 – 8:00 pm
Reception

8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Dinner-Dance
(Seating by producer invitation)
Entertainment by The Class Band

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

9:30 am
MSCI Book Club and Spouse/Guest Welcome Event
All spouses/guests are invited to join us for light refreshments and conversation, followed by discussion of this year’s featured book:  “Park Avenue Summer” by Renée Rosen.  Author, Renée Rosen will lead the Book Club discussion.

12:25 – 1:00 pm
Golf Tee Times
Several tee-times have been reserved for delegates and/or couples.  Please enjoy lunch on your own before your tee time.
Aviara Golf Club

1:00 – 5:00 pm
Kayaking the Sea Caves

2:00 – 4:00 pm
Beer & Bocce Tournament
Back by Popular Demand!  Calling all couples and single participants:  Join us for a fun and relaxed afternoon for the second MSCI Beer & Bocce Tournament.  No experience required!!  Spots are limited; sign up early to guarantee a spot!

Tuesday, November 5

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

7:00 am – 11:00 am
Registration

7:15 – 11:00 am
Breakfast & Business Session
(Breakfast served 7:15 – 8:00 am)

8:00 – 9:00 am
U.S. and Global Economic Outlook
The U.S. and world economies appear poised for their best performance in a decade, but what risks lurk around the corner?  Learn the key drivers of economic growth, perspectives on key policy debates, likely movements with inflation and interest rates, and possible paths for budget deficits.
Robert F. Wescott, Ph.D., president, Keybridge Research

9:00 – 9:30 am
Refreshment Break

9:30 – 10:15 am
Building Your Bench:  Your New Talented Workforce
What’s important to today’s college graduates when making career decisions?  How can the metals industry attract and retain these most talented graduates?   We have gathered a student panel from the renowned Texas A&M University Industrial Distribution program who will help us navigate this industry challenge.
Edward J. Lehner, president & CEO, Ryerson

10:15 – 11:15 am
Leading in Demanding Environments
Gen. Becky Halstead has led teams for 27 years; from small teams of 30 in peacetime to large, global, diverse, complex and dispersed teams of 20,000 in Iraq.  She will share her proven strategies for successful leaders — that we must first lead ourselves before we can lead others, be the example for others to follow before we demand it of others, and that we must engage with both our heart and our mind when leading in order to make a difference.
Brigadier General Becky Halstead, United States Army, Retired & president, STEADFAST Leadership, LLC

7:00 – 8:00 pm
Reception

8:00 – 11:00 pm
Farewell Dinner
Tuesday evening’s reception and dinner is planned to be outdoors and will be fun and casual.  Low-heeled shoes or wedges are recommended.  Jeans are acceptable.  Surf’s Up!  Wear your favorite Hawaiian Shirt! 
(Seating by producer invitation)

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

12:30 pm
Delegates’ Golf Tournament – Shotgun start
Aviara Golf Club

1:00 – 5:00 pm
USS Midway Tour

1:00 – 5:00 pm
Afternoon at Leisure in La Jolla

Affiliate Member and First-Time Attendee Reception

Sunday, November 3rd from 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Are you an MSCI Affiliate Member? Is this your first Aluminum Conference or first MSCI event? The Aluminum Products Division Council and MSCI staff welcome you to the 2019 Aluminum Products Division Conference! Please join us for an early start and meet the Aluminum Products Division Council and staff prior to our Sunday Welcome Party.

Hotel & Travel

About Park Hyatt Aviara Resort

Perched on a high ridge overlooking lush rolling hills and the shimmering Pacific beyond, Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Golf Club & Spa is a Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond luxury destination located in the seaside community of Carlsbad, close to San Diego’s vibrant attractions while offering a personalized and relaxed escape.

Park Hyatt Aviara Resort Golf Club & Spa
7100 Aviara Resort Drive
Carlsbad, California  92011
760-448 -1234
https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/california/park-hyatt-aviara-resort/sanpa

Online reservations may be made here.
When calling, please mention MSCI to receive the negotiated rate.

Room rates (single/double occupancy, plus state and local taxes) – Resort fees have been waived.

Run of House Rooms         $299.00
Park Deluxe Suites              $449.00

Cut-off date:  Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Please note: It is recommended that you make your hotel accommodations early to ascertain availability. These rates are available three days prior and three days after the conference, based upon availability. MSCI cannot guarantee availability or the room rate after Tuesday, October 1 or when the MSCI room block is filled— whichever occurs first.

All reservation requests must be accompanied by a first night room deposit, or guaranteed with a major credit card. Hotel room deposits will be refunded if cancellations are made at least 72 hours prior to scheduled arrival date.

Hotel check-in time is 4:00 pm and check-out time is 11:00 am. While the hotel will attempt to accommodate early check-in and late departures, it cannot be guaranteed depending upon hotel occupancy.

Transportation Information

The Park Hyatt Aviara is located approximately 32 miles from the San Diego International Airport and less than a one hour drive.  

Transportation can be arranged through La Costa Limo.   Approximate cost from the San Diego airport is $140.00 one way. Transportation must be arranged prior to your arrival by phone at (760) 438-4455 or online at http://www.lacostalimo.com/reservations/

Enterprise Rental Cars are available on property. Please reference your Emerald Club number and Account Number XZ15W61 when reserving at both National and Enterprise.

Valet Parking is $40 for overnight parking. Self-Parking is available at $25.00 per night.

National Car Rental and Enterprise Rent-A-Car

We are proud to announce that National Car Rental and Enterprise Rent-A-Car along with its subsidiary Enterprise Fleet Management are MSCI member companies!

MSCI suggests that you also support Enterprise and/or National when renting a car during MSCI conferences. MSCI has negotiated discounted rates for your benefit. For faster service and reward options please enroll into Emerald Club. Emerald Club members are recognized at both National and Enterprise so please reference your Emerald Club number and Account Number XZ15W61 when reserving at both National and Enterprise. Counter-by pass is available through National Car Rental. Reservations with Enterprise and National can be made by phone or online at

http://www.enterprise.com/car_rental/deeplinkmap.do?bid=028&refId=MSCIW61

MSCI Beer & Bocce Ball Tournament

MSCI Beer & Bocce Tournament

Monday, November 4, 2019
2:00 – 4:00 pm

Back by Popular Demand!! Calling all couples and single participants:  Join us for a fun and relaxed afternoon for the second MSCI Beer & Bocce Tournament.  No experience required!!  Spots are limited; sign up early to guarantee a spot!

Fee:     $140.00 pp

Team (4 players) and/or partner requests will be taken until Monday, October 28, 2019. Please email confirmed groups to Julie Thane.  After that time, we will be unable to accommodate special requests.

MSCI Golf Tournament

MSCI Golf Tournament

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 – Aviara Golf Course – 12:30 pm shot gun start

Named by Golf Digest and Golf Magazine as one of the best resort golf courses in America, Aviara Golf Club overlooks the Batiquitos Lagoon nature preserve in beautiful Carlsbad, California. The only coastal California course designed by Arnold Palmer, Aviara Golf Club features a memorable layout: par 72 over 18 holes and 7,007 yards uniquely sculpted around rolling hillsides, native wildflowers, and plenty of bunker and water challenges.

Fee: $300.00 per person, inclusive of transportation to the course, buffet lunch, cart beverages, tournament and green fees, and carts.

TaylorMade M2’s rental clubs are available to rent for $85 plus tax and are charged to your room portfolio.

Golf pairing requests will be taken until Monday, October 28, 2019. Please email confirmed foursomes to Julie Thane. After that time, we will be unable to accommodate special requests.

Tours & Activities

Activity registration deadline is Tuesday, October 1, 2019.  No refunds on cancelled activities or golf will be issued after this date as we are obligated to provide guarantees to our vendors.

Monday, November 4, 2019

MSCI Book Club and Spouse/Guest Welcome Event
Park Avenue Summer
9:30 am

Mad Men meets The Devil Wears Prada as Renée Rosen draws readers into the glamour of 1965 New York City and Cosmopolitan Magazine, where a brazen new Editor-in-Chief–Helen Gurley Brown–shocks America by daring to talk to women about all things off limits…

New York City is filled with opportunities for single girls like Alice Weiss who leaves her small Midwestern town to chase her big city dreams and unexpectedly lands the job of a lifetime working for Helen Gurley Brown, the first female Editor-in-Chief of a then failing Cosmopolitan Magazine.  Book Club Discussion Led in person by author Renée Rosen.

Kayaking the Sea Caves
1:00 – 5:00 pm
$160 per person
Minimum 10/Maximum 30

Do you like to play in the open ocean waters, the cool sea spray whispering over you?  Then, join us for an exciting day of adventure and exploration!  You will be kayaking in one of the many San Diego County breathtaking ocean water areas – La Jolla.  If you’ve ever wanted to try sea kayaking or just want to enjoy the thrill once again, this is the experience for you!  You will be in the water right from the start, learning as we go, to give you as much kayaking experience as possible. Included are certified kayak instructors, access to lockers and changing rooms, and wetsuit for each participant. You are asked to bring a towel, extra clothes, and bathing suits.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

USS Midway Tour
1:00 – 5:00 pm
$160 per person
Minimum 10/Maximum 60

Over the course of 47 years, the USS Midway aircraft carrier was the home of more than 200,000 Americans. She is making her final tour of duty in San Diego to pay tribute to the contributions of the armed services and as a beacon of education and entertainment. The USS Midway has been converted into a multi-dimensional, interactive, educational and entertainment complex, attracting visitors and residents alike as one of the only museums of its kind on the west coast. You will take a private docent-led tour of this historic ship, and will then have free time to explore on your own.

Afternoon at Leisure in La Jolla
1:00 – 5:00 pm
Complimentary Shuttle To/From La Jolla
Maximum 50

You will have time in the tantalizing town of La Jolla.  La Jolla boasts dozens of shops, art galleries, and specialty boutiques and restaurants.  This shopping area is an exquisite combination of a southern European resort atmosphere and Southern California fun! Bus departs hotel at 1:00 pm and arrives in La Jolla at 1:30 pm.  Enjoy La Jolla on your own until departure back to the hotel at 4:30 pm.  This is complimentary for MSCI registered spouses/guests.  Space and seating is limited.

Our Gift at Aviara Spa

Aviara Spa is immersed in the peace and natural beauty of Park Hyatt Aviara, and offers each guest an exceptionally rewarding retreat. The spa features 15,000 square feet of space, 20 treatment rooms, and is equipped with an indoor solarium lounge area, whirlpools, saunas, steam rooms, and locker and dressing areas.

At Aviara Spa, every treatment is completely customized to accommodate your individual needs and desires. Step into a world of tranquility and let your worries melt away. Indulge in one of our blissful treatments as you retreat to a state of complete serenity.

MSCI will provide each registered spouse/guest with one $100.00 spa certificate that can be applied toward spa services and/or products at Aviara Spa at the Park Hyatt Aviara during MSCI’s Aluminum Products Division Conference (Sunday through Wednesday).

Your personalized spa certificate will be enclosed in your meeting registration packet and is not transferrable.  As space is limited, we recommend that you contact the spa at (760) 448-1234 as soon as possible, and prior to check-in, to make your appointment. Or book online here.  Please plan to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled treatment to check in.  It is suggested that you bring a bathing suit to take full advantage of the facilities.

Sponsorships

Don’t miss the opportunity to generate new leads and raise positive awareness of your company. Be a 2019 Aluminum Products Division Conference sponsor and build on your relationships within the metals supply chain.

There are a number of outstanding sponsorship opportunities. For more information and to secure your sponsorship, speak with Monique Combs at (847) 485-3004.

$7,500 Level 

Includes one complimentary registration*, signage, listing in the conference app and on the website, and display of literature in the registration foyer. Meal sponsorships also include a reserved table, and the golf sponsorship includes custom flags.

Choose from:

  • Welcome Party Sponsored by Hydro
  • Breakfast
    • Monday Sponsored by Kaiser Aluminum
    • Tuesday Sponsored by Fifth Third Bank
  • Evening Entertainment
    • Monday Sponsored by Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co.
    • Tuesday
  • Delegate Golf Tournament Sponsored by Aleris
  • Room Drop of company literature and/or takeaway item**
    • Sunday Sponsored by Constellium
    • Monday
    • Tuesday
  • Attendee Name Badges Sponsored by Idealease, Inc.
  • Conference App
  • Room Keycards Sponsored by Service Center Metals
  • Bound Notebooks Sponsored by Texarkana Aluminum
  • Drawstring Backpacks
  • Water bottles Sponsored by Texarkana Aluminum

*Complimentary registrations are valued at $1,945
**Limit 2 sponsors per evening

$5,000 Level

Includes signage, listing in the conference app and on the website, and display of literature in the registration foyer. The reception sponsorship also includes custom napkins.

Choose from:

  • Reception
    • Monday Sponsored by alimex Americas
    • Tuesday
  • Beer & Bocce Ball Tournament
  • Charging Station
  • General Session WiFi
  • Tins of Mints provided throughout the conference

$3,500 Level 

Includes custom napkins, signage, listing in the conference app and on the website, and display of literature in the registration foyer.

  • Hospitality Sunday
  • Refreshment Break
    • Monday Sponsored by AA Metals, Inc.
    • Tuesday

Speakers

Brigadier General Becky Halstead, United States Army, Retired & president, STEADFAST Leadership, LLC

Becky Halstead, retired Brigadier General, United States Army founded her own leader consultancy company, STEADFAST Leadership, LLC, following 27 years of service in the U.S. military and her role as Executive Director for a leadership consultancy company.

Becky has over 15 years of executive‐level leadership experience, developing and training high-performing, complex and diverse teams capable of strategic planning and execution. She has a proven record of leading change, building successful teams in demanding environments (Afghanistan and Iraq, Germany, South America), and creating innovative solutions, systems and programs to complex problems. She is an experienced leader and logistician, a highly effective communicator, and a strategic planner with exceptional organizational skills.

Becky is a 1981 graduate of the United States Military Academy and achieved an historic milestone as the first female graduate of West Point to be promoted to General Officer. She was the senior Commanding General for logistics in Iraq, and was the first female in U.S. history to command in combat at the strategic level. In this capacity she was responsible for leading over 200 multi‐disciplined units (20,000 military and 5,000 civilians) located across 55 different bases, providing supply, maintenance, transportation and distribution support to over 250,000 personnel serving in Iraq.

Becky honorably served with the U.S. Army and retired as a General Officer in 2008. The culmination of her career came in 2006 when she became the first female Chief of Ordnance and Commanding General of the Army’s Ordnance Center and Schools (equivalent to President of a University), responsible for the leader development and institutional training for the second largest branch in the army with over 100,000 members of the Ordnance Corps.

During active service, she served in Europe as the Deputy Commanding General (Chief Operating Officer) for the 21st Theater Support Command and has experience leading a multi-national team in wholesale level logistics operations. Prior to Europe, she served as the Chief Advisor to the Combatant Commander (Four Star General) for Southern Command, whose responsibility encompassed military training and operations for South America. She was also responsible for coordinating directly with high‐level organizations such as Office of the Secretary of Defense, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Department of State, U.S. Congress, U.S. Ambassadors and equivalent foreign military and civilian organizations.

Becky earned a B.S. in Engineering from West Point, an M.S. in National Resource Strategy (Advanced Manufacturing) from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University, and an M.S. in Advanced Military Studies (Visionary Leadership) from the Army Command and General Staff College.

She is a member on the Board of Advisors for multiple organizations: Principal Solar, the Thayer Leader Development Group, Vet R.E.S.T., and Patriot Project. Becky is an active spokesperson for the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress with specific focus on military health care. She is also a member of the Gordian Institute; a team of accomplished thought leaders and problem solvers. Becky is a recipient of the 2007 National Women’s History Project award for “Generations of Women Moving History Forward.” From 2009 to 2010, Becky served as a Commissioner on the President’s Military Leadership Diversity Commission. In 2011, her leadership model was a focus of a Harvard Business School Case Study.

Peter Hart, president, Peter D. Hart Research Associates

Peter Hart’s work has been key in determining the future for some of the most influential corporations and politicians in the country. One of the top analysts in the United States, he is a leading shaper of national trends and political messages. The National Journal named Hart one of its 150 national leaders who shape federal government policy, lauding him as “probably the foremost Washington pollster for the Democratic Party and its centrist candidates.” His organization, Peter D. Hart Research Associates, has conducted strategy planning projects for clients such as IBM, Coca-Cola, and Tiffany & Co. Political clientele have included Hubert Humphrey, Jay Rockefeller, Edward Kennedy, Bill Clinton, and Bob Graham.

Hart will take a fun, interactive look at the latest polling data, sharing nonpartisan insights with you about the key changes, trends, demographic information, and top issues you need to know. Our nation is in a period of rapid-fire changes, and Hart has the ability to put it all in context, determining which numbers matter (and which don’t) and how it will play out on the national stage.

Since 1971, Hart has served as chairman of Peter D. Hart Research Associates, and he has been a pollster for NBC News and the Wall Street Journal since 1989. In the political realm, he has represented more than 55 United States Senators and 40 governors. Additional focuses on public policy and cultural issues have included work for such clients as the Smithsonian Institution, Habitat for Humanity, UNICEF, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Kennedy Center. In the international realm, Hart Research has conducted studies in South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. Acclaimed Expertise. Sometimes called the dean of this generation of pollsters, he has covered election night news for either NBC or CBS since 1964.

In 2002, Hart was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Contribution to Campaign Consulting by the American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC). He also appears frequently on Meet the Press, TODAY, and Rock Center with Brian Williams. Over the past decade, Hart has worked to spot society’s newest directions and trends. Along with Dan McGinn, he has worked closely with major companies such as 3M and CitiGroup to help them navigate consumers’ everchanging attitudes and expectations. For the past 30 years, he has been a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow. He has taught public opinion and public policy at Duke University, the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of California, Berkeley. Additionally, he was a Shorenstein visiting fellow at the JFK School at Harvard University.

Jack A. Hockema, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Kaiser Aluminum

Jack A. Hockema is Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors. Mr. Hockema has served as Chief Executive Officer since October 2001 and Chairman of the Board of Directors since July 2006. Mr. Hockema also served as President from October 2001 to December 2015. Previously, Mr. Hockema served as Executive Vice President of Kaiser Aluminum and President of Kaiser Aluminum Fabricated Products. In this capacity, he was responsible for sales and manufacturing operations for the company’s Engineered Products business unit and the Flat-Rolled Products business unit. He had also previously served as Vice President and President of the Company’s Engineered Products business unit. Prior to joining Kaiser in 1995, he was the principal in a metals industry management consulting and investment advisory firm and had held senior executive positions with Bohn Extruded Products, a division of Gulf+Western, and American Brass Specialty Products. In addition, he had previously been employed by Kaiser (from 1977 to 1982) in production/operations management positions at several Company locations. He holds a Master of Science degree in Management and a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering, both from Purdue University.

Edward J. Lehner, president and chief executive officer, Ryerson

Edward J. Lehner is president and chief executive officer of Ryerson, a leading value-added processor and distributor of industrial metals, with operations in the United States, Canada, Mexico and China. Eddie began serving as Ryerson’s CEO in June 2015 after having served as Ryerson’s executive vice president and chief financial officer since 2012.

Prior to joining Ryerson, Eddie served as the chief financial officer of PSC Metals, Inc., a diversified metals company, and before that, as the chief financial officer of SeverCorr, LLC., a primary steel manufacturing company headquartered in the southern United States.

Eddie’s career also includes senior general management, operational, financial, accounting, tax and consulting roles for Nucor, Birmingham Steel, Inc., Laurel Steel and Deloitte.

Eddie has been appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Metals Service Center Institute effective July 1, a non-profit association serving the industrial metals industry. Eddie also served on the Board of Directors of Modumetal Inc., and The Mississippi State Workforce Investment Board, and he is a member of the Financial Executives International (FEI).

He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Cincinnati and is also a Certified Public Accountant (C.P.A.).

Robert F. Wescott, Ph.D., president, Keybridge Research LLC

Robert F. Wescott is President of Keybridge. Dr. Wescott has more than 30 years of professional experience working on macroeconomic, financial, and public policy issues. He served for four years as Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy at the National Economic Council at the White House and as Chief Economist at the President’s Council of Economic Advisers.

From 1994-98 Dr. Wescott was Deputy Division Chief in the Research Department of the International Monetary Fund, where he did research on global economic risks and policy challenges. He also was an official in the Fund’s European Department. From 1982-93, he was Senior Vice President and Chief Economist at WEFA Group (today IHS Markit, Inc.), a private economic modeling and analysis firm, where he was responsible for all economic modeling, forecasting, and consulting operations.

In 1989-90, he was the first Research Director at the International Centre for the Study of East Asian Development (ICSEAD) in Kitakyushu, Japan. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Peter Zeihan, president, Zeihan Geopolitics

Peter Zeihan is a geopolitical strategist, which is a fancy way of saying he helps people understand how the world works. Peter combines an expert understanding of demography, economics, energy, politics, technology, and security to help clients best prepare for an uncertain future.

Over the course of his career, Peter has worked for the US State Department in Australia, the DC think tank community, and helped develop the analytical models for Stratfor, one of the world’s premier private intelligence companies. Peter founded his own firm — Zeihan on Geopolitics — in 2012 in order to provide a select group of clients with direct, custom analytical products. Today those clients represent a vast array of sectors including energy majors, financial institutions, business associations, agricultural interests, universities and the U.S. military.

Peter is a critically acclaimed author whose books — The Accidental Superpower and The Absent Superpower — have been recommended by Mitt Romney, Fareed Zakaria and Ian Bremmer. Peter is also a highly sought after public speaker. With a keen eye toward what will drive tomorrow’s headlines, his irreverent approach transforms topics that are normally dense and heavy into accessible, relevant takeaways for audiences of all types.

Important Deadlines and Policies

A full refund will be issued for cancellations received in writing by MSCI by 5:00 pm Tuesday, October 1, 2019.  Cancellations received in writing by MSCI by 5:00 pm before Monday, October 21, 2019, will receive a refund of 50% of registration fees paid. No shows and cancellations received after that time will not be eligible for refunds. Substitutions may be made at any time. Written cancellations or substitutions will be accepted by contacting Briana Dee.

Activity registration deadline is Tuesday, October 1, 2019.  No refunds on cancelled activities or golf will be issued after this date as we are obligated to provide guarantees to our vendors.

MSCI Antitrust Policy

MSCI conferences strictly comply with all U.S. antitrust laws.  As a conference attendee and/or presenter, we ask that you review and adhere to the MSCI Antitrust Policy.

Content Policy

The content  (including, but not limited to, slides, charts, video-clips, etc. ) presented at MSCI conferences is proprietary and presented solely for the benefit of conference attendees. The conference content should not be disseminated or re-transmitted in any way (e.g. electronically, via audio tape, etc.) to the public or third parties.

Entertainment Policy

Entertainment and/or company meetings should never be scheduled at the same time as official MSCI business or a social event.  This includes breakfast sessions, business sessions, and evening group functions.  MSCI recommends that company entertainment be planned prior to the opening or following the conclusion of Aluminum Products Division Conference.  Please respect MSCI’s policy in extending and accepting invitations.

Press and Sponsorship Policies

This event is closed to the press. Only event sponsors may distribute products or promotional materials at MSCI venues.  Please contact Monique Combs at (847) 485-3004 if you are interested in becoming a sponsor.

Registrant/Participant Image and Voice Agreement

Registration for attendance and/or participation at MSCI Conferences and other associated activities constitutes an agreement by the registrant to permit MSCI’s to use and distribute (both now and in the future) the registrant or participant’s image or voice in photographs, videotapes, electronic reproductions, audiotapes or other digital or electronic recordings of such event and activities.