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2018 Aluminum Products Division Conference
November 11-13, 2018 – The Breakers Palm Beach

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Rose Manfredini
Vice President, Membership & Events
(847) 485-3008 – rmanfredini@msci.org

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

Julie Thane
Vice President, Aluminum Products Division
(940) 453-2547 – jthane@msci.org

2017 Schedule

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Registration Desk Open

Noon – 6:00 pm

Palomino Ballroom Foyer

Aluminum Products Division Council Meeting

4:30 – 5:30 pm

Golden Room
Council members only

First-Time Attendee & Affiliate Member Reception

6:00 –7:00 pm

Hacienda Plaza
By invitation only

Poolside Welcome Party

7:00 –10:00 pm
Sunset Beach Pool



Desert Segway Tour

1:30 – 5:00 pm
Meet at the Conference Departure Circle at 1:15 pm

Monday, November 13, 2017


7:00 am – 1:00 pm
Palomino Ballroom North Foyer

Breakfast & General Session

7:00 – 11:00 am
Palomino Ballroom 1-5

Breakfast Buffet

7:00 – 7:30 am

Opening Ceremonies

7:30 – 7:45 am

General Session

7:45 – 11:00 am

Focusing on the Future: Perspectives on Aluminum Mill Products for Aerospace, Automobile and Industrial Applications

7:45 – 8:30 am
What is the future of aluminum? Kaiser Aluminum CEO and chairman Jack Hockema will share insights about the industry, with a focus on the largest aluminum end markets.

Jack A. Hockema, chief executive officer & chairman, Kaiser Aluminum

The North American Economy in 2018—New Trends, Uncertainties, and Policy Outlook
8:30 – 9:30 am
Wescott will provide the North American economic outlook, as well as expectations for economies outside of North America.

Robert F. Wescott, Ph.D., president & founder, Keybridge Research

Refreshment Break

9:30 – 10:00 am
Palomino Ballroom North Foyer

Lost Knowledge:  Confronting the Threat of an Aging Workforce

10:00 – 11:00 am
Aluminum executives today recognize that their companies face a wave of retirements over the next decade as Boomers leave the workforce. The evolution from an older, traditional, highly-experienced workforce to a younger, more mobile, employee base poses significant challenges: How do organizations transfer the critical expertise and experience of their employees before that knowledge walks out the door?  How do you retain high-performing Millenials?  DeLong will provide tools for developing a knowledge-retention strategy and will outline best practices.

David DeLong, Ph.D, president, Smart Workforce Strategies


7:00 – 8:00 pm
Palomino Plaza North


8:00 – 11:00 pm
Seating is by producer invitation. Those not invited to a producer table will be invited to a reserved MSCI table. Entertainment provided by JJ’s Band.
Palomino Ballroom 1-5


Sea OdySea Aquarium & Butterfly Experience

9:00 am – 12:30 pm – CANCELLED

Couples Golf Tournament – TPC Scottsdale

12:30 pm – Shotgun Start
Champions Course
Shuttles depart at 11:30 am. Lunch for golfers will be provided at Toro’s Restaurant.

DC Ranch Cycling & Hiking Adventure

1:00 – 4:00 pm
Meet at the Conference Departure Circle at 12:45 pm

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Information Desk

7:00 am – 2:00 pm
Palomino Ballroom North Foyer

Breakfast Buffet 

7:00 – 7:30 am

State of the Institute

7:30 – 8:00 am
MSCI is identifying and implementing new ways to better serve its members as the metals industry continues to evolve due to changing demographics, government policy changes, volatile economies, technology advancements, and globalization. Learn what your organization stands to gain with these coming changes.

M. Robert Weidner, III, president & CEO, MSCI

TOM (Theories of Metals) Talks

8:00 – 8:45 am
These brief talks on thought leadership are presented by industry experts across the metals supply chain.

CyberSecurity – What You Need to Know Now
Jay Shelton
, senior vice president of executive risk, Assurance

Aluminum – Getting Trade Right
Joe Quinn
, vice president of public affairs, The Aluminum Association

Refreshment Break

8:45 – 9:15 am
Palomino Ballroom North Foyer

Today’s International Affairs and U.S. Global Engagement

9:15 – 10:15 am
General Allen will discuss megatrends shaping economies and political alliances, global hot spots, and leading through uncertainty.  Widely hailed as a strategic thinker and a true battlefield leader, General Allen is one of the nation’s foremost experts on geopolitical relationships between U.S. and Asia and the Middle East.

John R. Allen, retired United States Marine Corps four-star general, past Deputy Commander of U.S. Central Command, & Commander of the International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces Afghanistan

This Brave New World: India, China and the United States

10:15 – 11:15 am
In the next decade, China and India will have a dramatic impact on us right here in North America and on our economy. We wring our hands about China, while we underestimate India, which will be the most important country outside the West to shape China’s rise. While coal and steel mills in China are shutting down or struggling, both Chinese and Indian companies are expanding on the international stage, and are investing in foreign metals companies.

Anja Manuel, co-founder and partner, RiceHadleyGates LLC

Farewell Round-Up Reception and Dinner at Copper Canyon

7:00 – 11:00 pm
WANTED!  Cowboys and Cowgirls! Saddle up and put on your best cowboy attire and bling and mosey on down to the Copper Canyon for our reception and dinner.

Seating is by producer invitation. Those not invited to a producer table will be invited to a reserved MSCI table.
Copper Canyon


Spouse Tee-Times – Champions Course

9:03 & 9:12 am

Toro’s Sushi & Saki Experience with Lunch

10:00 am – 1:00 pm – CANCELLED

Delegate Golf Tournament

12:30 pm
PC Scottsdale Stadium Course
Shuttles depart at 11:30 am. Lunch for golfers will be provided at Toro’s Restaurant.

Sport Clay Shooting

1:00 – 5:00 pm
Meet at the Conference Departure Circle at 12:45 pm

MSCI Book Club:  Karolina’s Twins by Ron Balson

2:00 – 3:00 pm
Golden Room

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

MSCI Board of Directors Breakfast & Meeting

7:30 am – 4:00 pm
Palomino Ballroom 1&2

MSCI Board of Directors Spouse Breakfast & Meeting

9:00 –11:00 am
Moor 3

2017 Speakers

Keynote Speaker

Jack A. Hockema

Jack A. Hockema is Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Kaiser Aluminum, positions he has held since 2001 and 2006, respectively.  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. Mr. Hockema has served on the Board of Directors of Superior Industries International, Inc. since December 2014. He holds a Master of Science degree in Industrial Management and a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering, both from Purdue University.


General John Allen

General John Allen is one of the nation’s most legendary military leaders and most respected thought leaders on U.S.-global engagement. When President Obama created the appointment of special envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, General Allen was the first American tapped to confront the Islamic State terror group. According to the President, “American leadership of this coalition is making the world a safer place, and we have been fortunate to have a great patriot like John Allen leading our efforts.”

Widely hailed as a strategic thinker and a true battlefield leader, Gen. Allen is one of the nation’s foremost experts on the geopolitical relationships between U.S. and Asia and the Middle East. A unique combination of warrior and diplomat, Allen shares awe-inspiring stories of the challenges facing our nation, the keys to combating the danger, and the leadership lessons that can be applied to today’s business environment.

Distinguished Military Career. When General Petraeus became CIA director in 2011, Allen replaced him as the commander of the NATO International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces Afghanistan. There, he led and managed one of the most complex military transitions of the last decade as he oversaw the strategic shift from troop-intensive counterinsurgency operations to the development of Afghan security forces.

Allen spent his early career in Washington, DC, and became the first Marine Corps officer to be inducted as a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He had field command during missions in the Caribbean and the Balkans and became the first Marine to serve as the commandant of midshipmen at the Naval Academy. He then served as the principal director of Asian and Pacific affairs for the office of the Secretary of Defense before heading to a command position and service in Iraq. Allen spent 13 months in the Anbar province, where he led efforts to persuade Sunni tribal leaders to stand against al-Qaeda militants. His success precipitated a shift in the nature of the war in western Iraq. In 2008, Allen became deputy commander of U.S. Central Command.

A Respected Leader. Leon Panetta, the former defense secretary, described Gen. Allen as “one of the United States military’s most outstanding battlefield leaders, a brilliant strategist, and an exemplary Marine,” and Secretary Kerry said, “He worked relentlessly to build a vision among a diverse group of nations and bound them together with common purpose. I have relied on—and deeply valued—General Allen’s advice and counsel.” He was also recognized with prestigious awards from both Australia and Italy, the Order of Australia and the Order of Merit, for his leadership of their forces in Afghanistan and his leadership of the Global Coalition Against ISIL.

Allen is currently affiliated with the Brookings Institution, where he is a co-director of the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence, and is a senior fellow at the Merrill Center of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

Dr. David DeLong

Dr. David DeLong helps leaders implement practical solutions to address critical skill shortages created by major changes in workforce demographics, shifts in generational values and new technologies.

President of Smart Workforce Strategies, David is also a research fellow at the MIT AgeLab and has been an adjunct professor at Babson College where he teaches “Leading & Managing Organizational Change.”

He is co-author of The Executive Guide to High-Impact Talent Management (McGraw-Hill), and author of the widely-praised book Lost Knowledge: Confronting the Threat of an Aging Workforce (Oxford University Press).  His most recent book is Graduate to a Great Job: Make Your College Degree Pay Off in Today’s Market.

David has spoken for and consulted with organizations such as MetLife, American Council of Life Insurers, the Federal Reserve Bank, Farm Credit System, Microsoft, MasterCard, Lockheed Martin, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Ernst & Young and Accenture.

David’s work has been widely cited in the New York Times, Fortune Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, Harvard Business Review Blog, CIO Magazine, US News & World Report and The Boston Globe.  He has also been interviewed on NPR’s “Morning Edition” and “Talk of the Nation”.

Anja Manuel

Author, former diplomat, speaker, and now a sought after advisor to Fortune 50 and Silicon Valley CEOs, Anja Manuel shares her powerful insights on the rise of emerging markets in Asia and beyond, what this means for us, and America’s future role in international leadership.

As co-founder and partner with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley, and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates in a strategic consulting firm, she helps business leaders make sense of and expand into key international markets.

Manuel was deeply involved in U.S. policy towards Asia as a diplomat for the U.S. State Department. Her front row view of the colossal shift in power to China – and India in particular – makes her a significant voice on globalization and how to manage it today.

Her book This Brave New World draws on two decades of experience in business, law, and government to take the audience on an intimate tour of the corridors of power and the lowly slums of Asia. She has traveled extensively across Asia and the world, independently and with her clients, and regularly experiences tough negotiators and managing unruly subsidiaries in cities from Beijing to Bangalore to Bogota. A graduate of Harvard Law School and Stanford University, Manuel now lectures at Stanford.

Providing audiences a candid look at the rise of emerging markets, Manuel is a commentator on TV and radio (NPR, BBC, AlJazeera, and others), and writes frequently for major U.S. publications such as  Fortune, Reuters, NewYorkTimes.com, Foreign Affairs, Daily Beast, and others.

Jay Shelton

Jay Shelton is the Senior Vice President of Risk Management Services at Assurance. With over 16  years  of  experience  in  the  risk  management  field,  he  is  an  expert  in integrated and enterprise risk management across multiple business industries. He has   hands   on   experience   in   performing   a   full   range   of   risk   and   insurance management and compliance  functions  and  has  extensive  experience  in  business risk    mitigation,    business    continuity    planning,    and    cyber    risk    and breach management.

Prior to joining Assurance, Jay held risk management roles for several fortune 500 companies, including Trinity Industries and GE Capital.

Jay earned an MBA from the University of Notre Dame and Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from  Indiana  University.  Jay is  a  member  of  the  Risk  Insurance Management  Society,  American  Society  of  Safety  Engineers,  and  the  National Association of Environmental Professional.

Robert F. Wescott, Ph.D.

Robert F. Wescott is Founder and President of Keybridge Research LLC, an economic consulting firm in Washington, DC, that has served global financial institutions, Fortune 500 companies, and leading industry associations since 2001.  Dr. Wescott has more than 30 years of professional experience working on global macroeconomic and public policy issues.  He is a frequent speaker to business and financial audiences around the world about financial markets, economic trends, and geopolitical risks.  He also testifies as an expert before U.S. Congressional committees on economic and financial policy matters.

From 1999 until 2001, Wescott served as Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy at the White House, where he developed Administration policies toward G-7 countries, Russia, China, India, key emerging-market economies, and the international financial system.  During 1993-94, Wescott was Chief Economist at the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, where he performed policy analysis and was responsible for the Administration’s economic forecasts.

From 1994-98 Wescott was an official in the Research and European Departments at the International Monetary Fund, where he did research on global economic risks and policy challenges and prepared the Fund’s World Economic Outlook.  From 1982-93, Wescott was Senior Vice President and Chief Economist at WEFA Group (today IHS Global Insight/Markit), a private economic modeling and analysis firm, where he was responsible for all economic modeling and forecasting.  During his time at WEFA he wrote the company’s flagship monthly economic newsletter for clients and was the firm’s primary spokesperson with clients and the media.

In 1989-90, Wescott was the first Research Director at the International Centre for the Study of East Asian Development (ICSEAD) in Kitakyushu, Japan, a research institute established in cooperation with the University of Pennsylvania.  ICSEAD does quantitative economic research on the economies of East Asia.

Wescott holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, and has published research papers in the areas of macroeconomics, energy economics, fiscal policy, inflation, global financial crises, and geopolitical risks.

Joe Quinn

Joe Quinn joined The Aluminum Association in July, 2013 as the Vice President of Public Affairs.  In this role, Quinn oversees policy communications, advocacy strategies and media relations.

Prior to joining the Association, Quinn spent eight years at Edelman where he led public affairs and corporate reputation programs for Walmart, Toyota and the American Petroleum Institute, among others.  Quinn has 14 years of experience managing and implementing strategic communications campaigns, positioning clients favorably with key opinion leaders to advance policy initiatives, and providing crisis and issues management counsel for clients facing contentious issues.

Before his tenure at Edelman, he spent three years as Managing Director at Xenophon Strategies.  Quinn began his career at Ketchum.  He received his B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of South Carolina.