General Information

MSCI 2019 Annual Meeting
Park  Hyatt Aviara Resort Golf Club & Spa
Carlsbad, California
Sunday, May 5 – Tuesday, May 7

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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, 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.

Outdoor receptions are planned – weather permitting.  While planning your wardrobe (casual and comfortable clothing; jackets are recommended), please remember that Carlsbad’s average high and low temperatures in early May are 69° high and 52° low.

Questions or Assistance

For questions or assistance, contact:

Rose Manfredini
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 reception and dinner at the Welcome Party on Sunday, breakfast, lunch, refreshments and the reception on Monday, breakfast, refreshments and the reception on Tuesday.

Registration Pricing
Register extra early, on or before Monday, March 11  $1,945
Register early, on or before Monday, April 1:  $2,245
Register after April 1:  $2,495



General Session Steel Industry Speakers

MSCI is bringing to you the “who’s who” of the steel industry in this transformational Annual Meeting program.  These industry leaders have agreed to join you during our Monday and Tuesday General Sessions to provide a strategic overview of their company’s commercial game plan, share new initiatives but will also specifically discuss the role service centers play in their commercial strategy.

John J. Ferriola, Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer & President, Nucor Corporation
Conrad Winkler, President & CEO, Evraz NA
Barry M. Zekelman, Executive Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Zekelman Industries
Alan Kestenbaum, Executive Chairman, Stelco

MSCI 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients
David H. Hannah
, Director of Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co.
Michael Siegal, Executive Chairman of Olympic Steel, Inc.

Sunday, May 5

Sunday, May 5, 2019

1:00 pm – 6:00 pm 
Registration & Hospitality

6:00 – 7:00 pm
First Time Attendee & Affiliate Member Reception
By invitation only

7:00 – 10:00 pm
Welcome Party


1:00 – 5:00 pm
Whale Watching


Monday, May 6

Monday, May 6, 2019

7:30 am – 5:00 pm

7:30 am – 8:00 am
Breakfast Buffet

8:00 am
Opening Ceremonies

8:15 – 9:15 am
Dream Bigger, Reach Higher
A highly decorated military officer, Colonel Gadson will tell his story of the day in Iraq that changed his life forever.  He will inspire you as he shares leadership principles on how to overcome adversity, demonstrate courage, perseverance, determination and teamwork.
Colonel Gregory Gadson, USA, Retired, U.S. Military Academy 1989

9:15 – 9:45 am
Refreshment Break

9:45 – 10:45 am 
Late Cycle Economic View:  “Do Worry, Be Happy”
Jeffrey Korzenik,
Chief Investment Strategist, Fifth Third Bank

10:45 – 11:30 am
John J. Ferriola, Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer, Nucor

11:30 am – 1:00 pm

1:00 – 1:45 pm
Conrad Winkler, President & CEO, Evraz NA

1:45 – 2:00 pm 
Refreshment Break

2:00 – 2:45 pm
Industry Talent:  Cultivating the Queue
Dr. McNeeley will share his perspectives on the metals industry’s challenges in recruiting, training and retaining top talent.
Donald R. McNeeley, Ph.D., President & CEO, Chicago Tube & Iron Company

2:45 – 3:30 pm
What Do Young People Want?
What’s important to today’s college graduates when making career decisions? How can the metals industry attract and retain these most talented graduates? Hear answers to these questions and more from the actual experts, students from the renowned Texas A&M Industrial Distribution program.
Donald R. McNeeley, Ph.D., Clinical Professor, Northwestern University interviews students from the renowned Texas A&M Industrial Distribution Program

4:00 – 5:00 pm

Mill Night
Monday evening is open for customer entertainment.

Tuesday, May 7

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

8:00 am – 11:30 am

7:30 – 8:00 am
Breakfast Buffet

8:00 – 9:15 am
Outgoing Chairman’s Remarks
Holman Head, President & COO, O’Neal Industries

Incoming Chairman’s Remarks

State of Institute
Robert Weidner, III, President & CEO, Metals Service Center Institute

Annual Meeting of Members

Awards and Acknowledgements

MSCI’s Lifetime Achievement Award
Michael Siegal, Executive Chairman, Olympic Steel

9:15 – 9:45 am
Refreshment Break

9:45 – 10:15 am
Digital Transformation for Service Centers – Insights from a Metals Industry Technology Survey
Blockchain, Machine Learning, Augmented Reality – Learn how service centers are approaching these potentially transformative technologies and benchmark your organization’s progress against peers in the metals supply chain. This session will share the results of Crowe’s 9th annual Enterprise Technology in Metals survey results. You will learn how these results can help guide your organization to continue to innovate while avoiding common pitfalls and challenges along the way.
Tony Barnes, Senior Manager, global metals industry group, Crowe

10:15 – 11:00 am  
David Cheney, Chief Executive Chairman, Stelco

11:00 – 11:45 am
Barry M. Zekelman, Executive Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Zekelman Industries

6:00 – 7:00 pm

Mill Night
Tuesday evening is open for  customer entertainment.


1:00 pm
Golf Tournament – Aviara Course – Shotgun start

1:00 – 4:30 pm
Kayaking the Sea Caves

Affiliate Member and First-Time Attendee Reception

Sunday, May 5 from 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Are you an MSCI Affiliate Member? Is this your first Annual Meeting or first MSCI event? The MSCI Board of Directors and MSCI staff welcome you to the 2019 Annual Meeting! Please join us for an early start and meet Board Members and staff prior to our Sunday Welcome Party.

Hotel & Travel

About Park Hyatt Aviara Resort Golf Club & Spa

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

Online reservations may be made here.
When calling, please mention MSCI to receive the negotiated rate. 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         $259.00
Park Deluxe Suites              $409.00

Cut-off date:  Monday, March 25, 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 Monday, March 25 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


MSCI Golf Tournaments

MSCI Golf Tournaments

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 – Aviara Golf Course – 1:00 pm shotgun 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, April 29, 2019. Please email confirmed foursomes to Rose Manfredini. After that time, we will be unable to accommodate special requests.

Tours & Activities

Whale Watching

Sunday, May 5, 2019
1:00 – 5:00 pm
Whale Watching

Come aboard for a once in a lifetime experience as you cruise into the Pacific Ocean in search of the magnificent California Gray Whales.  Fully narrated, this 3-hour adventure allows close-up views of the Mammoth California Gray Whale.  Traditionally, whale watching season runs from December through April.  However, because blue whales and gray whales migrate at different times of the year, whale watching season in San Diego is open year round.

$230.00 per person
Minimum 10/Maximum 45 guests

Kayaking the Sea Caves

Tuesday, May 7, 2019
1:00 – 4:00 pm
Kayaking the Sea Caves

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!  We’ll have guests in the water right from the start, teaching as we go, to give them as much kayaking experience as possible. Included are certified kayak instructors, access to lockers and changing rooms, and wetsuit for each participant.

$160.00 per person
Minimum 10/Maximum 30 guests


Don’t miss the opportunity to generate new leads and raise positive awareness of your company. Be a 2019 Annual Meeting 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.

Deadline to submit artwork is Monday, April 1. Limit one sponsor per event, unless otherwise noted.

$7,500 Level 

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

Choose from:

  • Welcome Party May 5  Sold! Sponsored by Kloeckner Metals
  • Golf Tournament May 7
  • Breakfast May 6  Sold! Sponsored by HEMSAW
  • Breakfast May 7  Sold! Sponsored by Zekelman Industries
  • Lunch May 6  Sold! Sponsored by MC Machinery Systems, Inc.
  • Annual Meeting App  Sold! Sponsored by O’Neal Industries
  • Attendee Name Badges Sold! Sponsored by Fifth Third Bank
  • Bottled Water provided at refreshment breaks and throughout the conference  Sold! Sponsored by Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co.
  • Drawstring Backpacks provided upon registration
  • Bound Notebooks Sold! Sponsored by Nucor
  • Room Drop of company literature or takeaway item May 5, May 6*
  • Room Keycards Sold! Sponsored by KASTO, Inc.

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

$5,000 Level

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

Choose from:

  • Charging Station for mobile phones and tablets
  • Tins of Mints  Sold! Sponsored by Modern Metals Magazine 
  • General Session WiFi  Sold! Sponsored by Enmark Systems, Inc.

$3,500 Level 

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

  • Registration Hospitality May 5  Sold! Sponsored by Morgan Stanley Wealth Management 
  • Refreshment Break 1 May 6  Sold! Sponsored by Red Bud Industries
  • Refreshment Break 2 May 6 Sold! Sponsored by Parker Steel Company
  • Refreshment Break May 7
  • Reception May 6  Sold! Sponsored by Braner Loopco


Tony Barnes, Senior Manager, global metals industry group, Crowe

Tony Barnes is a Senior Manager in the global metals industry group at Crowe. His experience includes operational and information technology leadership roles, including enterprise systems implementations and partner advisory roles for Microsoft. Tony specializes in helping clients match strategic business goals with the appropriate technology solutions.

John J. Ferriola, Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer & President, Nucor Corporation

John J. Ferriola is Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Nucor Corporation.

Mr. Ferriola joined Nucor Corporation in 1991 as Manager of Maintenance and Engineering at the Jewett, Texas bar mill. In 1995, he was named General Manager of Nucor’s Grapeland, Texas joist fabrication division. Later the same year, he was named Vice President and General Manager of Nucor’s Norfolk, Nebraska bar mill. From 1998 to the end of 2001, he served as Vice President and General Manager of the Crawfordsville, Indiana sheet mill.

In January 2002, John was appointed as Executive Vice President and in September 2007 was named Chief Operations Officer of Steel Making Operations. He became President and Chief Operating Officer as well as a member of the Board of Directors in January 2011. In January 2013, John was elected to the position of Chief Executive Officer and President. John served as the chairman and vice chairman of The World Steel Association and currently remains a member of the Board. He held the position of Chairman of the Steel Manufacturers Association (SMA) in 2004 as well as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the American Iron & Steel Institute (AISI) in 2017. He presently services on the executive committee of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM).

Prior to joining Nucor, John began his career with Bethlehem Steel Corporation in 1974, and worked for 17 years in various operating and management roles.

John graduated from the Maritime Academy, State University of New York with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. In the spring of 2012, he received an honorary Doctorate from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.

Colonel Gregory Gadson, USA, Retired, U.S. Military Academy 1989

Greg Gadson has experienced the very worst of war, but he has not been defeated by unfortunate circumstance; rather his life is a portrait of courage in the race of great adversity. A standout football player at Indian River High school and West Point, this decorated U.S. Army Commander knows well the role that hard work and determination can play in overcoming life’s challenges.

A highly decorated soldier, Gadson was Commander of the 2nd Battalion, 32 Field Artillery in Iraq when on the evening of May 7, 2007, he was severely wounded by an IED resulting in the loss of both legs above the knee and a severely damaged right arm and hand. Refusing to be defined by the proverbial “hail of bullets,” he has since drawn upon the lessons of Pride, Poise, and Team learned as a West Point linebacker and applied them to his life, his career and his family. Despite Gadson’s greatest challenge, he remained on active duty service in the military until 2014 and continues to inspire many with his message of courage, perseverance, determination, and teamwork.

While his football playing days may have ended, he continues to influence the sport. In 2007, New York Giants Head Coach Tom Coughlin asked Gadson to meet with the struggling team. Gadson talked with the team about service, duty, perseverance, and adversity. Inspired by his example and his stirring advice to fight for every inch, every yard, Giants players and coaches invited him to watch from the team bench during their remarkable playoff run and then name him Honorary Co-Captain at the NFC championship game at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Gadson has a special understanding of the critical role of teamwork and camaraderie. As an Army Commander, he was responsible for the lives of his soldiers, and in the last 15 minutes of the crucial “golden hour’ after his injury, those soldiers saved his life.

Gadson was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant of Field Artillery in 1989 from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He has served in every major conflict of the past two decades, including Operations Desert Shield/Storm (Kuwait), Operations Joint Forge (Bosnia-Herzegovina), Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq). His awards include the Bronze Star (3), Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal and the Army Commendation Medal. He is a graduate of Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and holds a Master’s Degree in Information Systems from Webster University and a Master’s Degree in Policy Management from Georgetown University.

Jeff Korzenik, Chief Investment Strategist, Fifth Third Bank

Jeff Korzenik is Chief Investment Strategist for Fifth Third Bank, where he is responsible for the Bank’s overall client investment strategy.

For more than 30 years, Jeff has been a thought leader in the investment industry. A regular guest on CNBC and Bloomberg, Jeff’s writings on economics and public policy have been published in The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, Forbes and other periodicals. He has been quoted in publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Barron’s. In addition to regular speaking appearances at conferences and public events, Jeff was invited to testify on Capitol Hill as an expert witness on the use of commodity indexes by pensions and other institutional investors.

Jeff earned both a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and a Certificate of Proficiency in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University in Princeton, N.J.

A passionate supporter of cultural organizations, Jeff serves as a Trustee of the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, and as an Overseer of the Peabody Essex Museum.

Donald McNeeley, Ph.D., Clinical Professor of Engineering, Northwestern University

Donald McNeeley is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Chicago Tube and Iron Company, headquartered in Chicago with ten subsidiaries.  Donald is on the Board of Directors at Olympic Steel since the merger agreement of both companies in 2011.  He is the past chairman of MSCI.

Dr. McNeeley holds a clinical professorship at Northwestern University in the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Mathematics.

Dr. McNeeley writes a quarterly column in the trade press titled The McNeeley View where he addresses economic, social trends, and the political landscape affecting our industry, and is also featured in industry blogs.

He is a graduate of the Harvard Business School, George Williams College, University of Wisconsin and Benedictine University.  Donald McNeeley holds a BA in Business, MBA, a Ph.D. in Economics, and a M.S. in Management and Organizational Behavior.  His academic degrees were with honors.

Conrad Winkler, President and Chief Executive Officer, EVRAZ North America

Conrad Winkler joined EVRAZ North America in April 2011 as Executive Vice President of the Long Products business and was named President and CEO in July 2013. He is also a member of the American Iron and Steel Institute’s Board of Directors. Before joining EVRAZ, Winkler was Vice President and Partner for global management consulting firm Booz & Company. Winkler spent more than 15 years at Booz, primarily in manufacturing focused industries. He also served in the United States Navy as a nuclear submarine officer. Winkler holds master’s degrees in business administration and management of manufacturing from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management and Robert McCormick School of Engineering, and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Barry M. Zekelman, Executive Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Zekelman Industries

Barry Zekelman is responsible for all aspects of business at Zekelman Industries. He started out at Atlas Tube and assumed ownership, along with his brothers, with his father’s sudden passing in 1986. In 2006 Atlas became part of the company now known as Zekelman Industries, with Barry Zekelman as chief operating officer (COO) of the corporation. He became CEO and president in 2008. In 2010 he became executive chairman, and returned to the role of CEO in 2013. Zekelman was born and raised in Windsor, ON. He received his early education in Windsor and later attended York University in Toronto, ON.

Important Deadlines and Policies

A full refund will be issued for cancellations received in writing by MSCI by 5:00 pm Monday, April, 1 2019. cancellations received in writing by MSCI by 5:00 pm before Monday, April 15, 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 Monday, April 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 Annual Meeting.  Both Monday and Tuesday nights have been left open for customer entertainment.  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.