General Information

MSCI 2018 Annual Meeting
Chateau Elan Winery & Resort
Braselton, GA
Sunday, May 6 – Tuesday, May 8

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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 Atlanta’s average high and low temperatures in early May are 77° high and 57° low.

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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 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 Friday, March 2  $1,945
Register early, on or before Monday, April 2:  $2,245
Register after April 2:  $2,495



General Session Steel Industry Speakers

MSCI is bringing you the “who’s who” of the steel industry in this transformational Annual Meeting program. On both Monday and Tuesday, you will hear firsthand from carbon mill presidents and CEOs. These esteemed industry leaders will each take the stage to answer the decisive question:  Within your company’s commercial strategy, how do you view the role of service centers?

John J. Ferriola, Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer, Nucor
Robert D. Miller, President & CEO, NLMK USA
Mark D. Millett, President & Chief Executive Officer, Steel Dynamics, Inc.
Kirk Reich, President & Chief Operating Officer, AK Steel Corporation
Charles W. Schmitt, President, SSAB Americas
Barry M. Zekelman, Executive Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Zekelman Industries

Sunday, May 6

Sunday, May 6, 2018

11:00 am – 6:00 pm 
Registration & Hospitality
Sponsored by Morgan Stanley
Paris Ballroom Foyer

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

7:00 – 10:00 pm
Welcome Party
Sponsored by Kloeckner Metals
Winery Pavillion


2:00 – 4:30 pm
Chateau Elan Winery Tour & Tasting
Meet at the Cellar Door of the Winery


Monday, May 7

Monday, May 7, 2018

8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Paris Ballroom Foyer

8:00 – 9:00 am
Breakfast Buffet
Sponsored by HEMSAW
Paris Ballroom Foyer

8:00 – 3:30 pm
General Session
Paris Ballroom

9:00 – 9:30 am   
John J. Ferriola, Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer, Nucor

9:30 – 10:00 am
MSCI Momentum Monitors
Keybridge Research will introduce the new MSCI Momentum Monitors.  These quarterly end market forecast reports will be available soon and predict important metals end market activity.
Robert F. Wescott, President, Keybridge Research
Elizabeth Rust, Senior Economist, Keybridge Research

10:00 – 10:30 am 
Refreshment Break
Sponsored by Red Bud Industries
Paris Ballroom Foyer

10:30 – 11:00 am
Kirk Reich, President & Chief Operating Officer, AK Steel Corporation

11:00 – 11:30 am
Charles W. Schmitt, President, SSAB Americas

11:30 am – Noon
Robert D. Miller, President, NLMK USA

Noon – 1:15 pm
Jardin Des Tuileries – Paris Ballroom Terrace

General Session Resumes
Paris Ballroom

1:15 – 2:15 pm
Digital Disruption
Gisbert Rühl will share how he ultimately changed Klöckner’s supply chain, made the organization more efficient, and embraced digital disruption.
Gisbert Rühl, Chief Executive Officer, Kloeckner Metals

2:15 – 2:45 pm
Refreshment Break
Sponsored by Nelsen Steel Company LP
Paris Ballroom Foyer

2:45 – 3:15 pm
Mark D. Millett, President & Chief Executive Officer, Steel Dynamics, Inc.

5:00 – 6:00 pm
Sponsored by Braner Loopco
Jardin Des Tuileries – Paris Ballroom Terrace

Mill Night
Monday evening is open for the traditional customer entertainment.


11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Ladies Day Out:  Chateau Elan Spa & Lunch

Tuesday, May 8

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

7:30 am – 11:30 am
Paris Ballroom Foyer

7:45 – 8:30 am
Breakfast Buffet
Sponsored by Zekelman Industries
Paris Ballroom

8:30 – 11:30 am
General Session

8:30 – 9:00 am
Chairman’s Comments
Holman Head, President & Chief Operating Officer, O’Neal Industries

9:00 – 9:30 am
State of the Institute and Awards
Robert Weidner, President & Chief Executive Officer, Metals Service Center Institute

9:30 – 10:00 am
Refreshment Break
Sponsored by Ryder
Paris Ballroom Foyer

10:00 – 11:00 am
Global Economic Conditions and Its Implications for the Metals Industry
Dr.  Speake, regional chief economist of the largest steel consuming customer of service centers, will be sharing her insights into the economic environment within which our members compete daily
Laura Speake, Ph.D., Regional Chief Economist, Caterpillar

11:00 – 11:30 am
Barry M. Zekelman, Executive Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Zekelman Industries


1:00 pm
Golf Tournament – Woodlands Course – Shotgun start
Lunch for the Golfers will be served at Paddy’s Irish Pub beginning at 11:30 am.  Transportation to the course begins from Paddy’s at Noon.

6:00 – 7:00 pm
Sponsored by Idealease, Inc.
Winery Pavillion

Mill Night
Tuesday evening is open for the traditional customer entertainment.

Affiliate Member and First-Time Attendee Reception

Sunday, May 6 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 2018 Annual Meeting! Please join us for an early start and meet Board Members and staff prior to our Sunday Welcome Party.

Hotel & Travel

About Chateau Elan Winery & Resort

Located within the bustling Atlanta metro of Braselton, Château Élan Winery & Resort, the enchanting 16th century-styled château and full-service winery nestled among North Georgia’s picturesque foothills, offers guests traveling for business or leisure a unique destination experience marked by its unmatched luxury, distinguished offerings and amenities. Home to the most awarded winery in the Southeast, seven delectable restaurants, 40,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, a destination spa and 45 holes of championship golf managed by Troon Golf, Château Élan invites guests of all preferences to explore and enjoy the property’s picturesque land and architecture. From the moment you drive through the gates of Chateau Elan until the moment you leave, you will experience warm Southern hospitality combined with the beauty of the French countryside. Within the sweeping panorama of the North Georgia foothills, just 40 minutes away from Atlanta, Chateau Elan began with the planting of vineyards in 1981. From these lush vines of Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet and Riesling grapes has grown a 3,500-acre conference and leisure destination where French provincial and Southern hospitality combine to produce exceptional wines and warm memories.


Chateau Elan Winery & Resort
100 Rue Charlemagne Dr.
Braselton, GA 30517
Website: www.chateauelan.com
Phone:  (678) 425-0900

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 taxes) – Resort fees have been waived.

Run of House Rooms         $239.00
King Inn Suites                    $289.00
Spa Suites                             $299.00
Two Bedroom Golf Villas   $478.00

Cut-off date:  Monday, April 2, 2018

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, April 2 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 24 hours prior to scheduled arrival date.

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

Transportation Information

Château Élan Winery & Resort is located 55 miles from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.  One-way taxis cost approximately $130 and are an hour drive.

Transportation can be arranged through Château Élan’s Partner Cooper-​Global Chauffeured Transportation.   Transportation must be arranged prior to your arrival and may be done via e-mail ChateauElan@cooper-global.com, online at http://cooperglobal.com/ or by phone 770–455-​9600, toll free 1–866-​723-​LIMO(5466).

Self-Parking is convenient and complimentary throughout Château Élan. Valet Parking is $20 for overnight, and $10 for just the day available at both the Inn and the Spa.

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 8, 2018 – Woodlands Course – 1:00 pm shot gun start

Few golf resorts possess the beauty and variety offered by Château Élan, from the rolling Georgia hills, to the serene valley lakes on the Château. Led by the pre-eminent leader in golf and club management, Troon Golf provides personalized service and expertise providing extraordinary experiences. Château Élan also touts Atlanta metro’s only spa destination, complete with 35 treatment rooms and sweeping views of the estate’s sparkling lake and canopied trees.

Fee: $200.00 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 $64 plus tax and are charged to your room portfolio.

Golf pairing requests will be taken until Monday, April 30, 2018. Please email confirmed foursomes to Rose Manfredini. After that time, we will be unable to accommodate special requests.

Tours & Activities

Chateau Elan Winery Tour & Tasting

Sunday, May 6, 2018
2:00 – 4:30 pm
Chateau Elan Winery Tour & Tasting

A winery team member will guide you through the wine production room where the winemaking process is explained.  Weather permitting, the tour guide will lead guests through the vineyard where they will have the opportunity to see the vines up close and learn about the grape growing process.  Then, the group convenes in the tasting room where a reserved tasting area awaits.  Here, you will taste eight Chateau Elan premium wines.  During the tasting, each wine is paired with artisan cheeses.

$75.00 pp
Minimum 10

Ladies Day Out: Chateau Elan Spa

Monday, May 7, 2018
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Ladies Day Out:  Chateau Elan spa

Gather for a Ladies Day Out in the Spa at Chateau Elan.  Celebrated as Atlanta’s only spa destination experience for both women and men, the European-style Spa has 14 newly-renovated luxurious overnight guest suites and is nestled inside a 35,000 sq ft mansion overlooking a sparkling lake, canopied forest of trees, emerald green lawns and flowering shrubs. The Spa’s interior is equally beguiling with a peaceful ambiance, elegant furnishings and all the amenities to promote utmost serenity and relaxation.

Everyone enjoys their choice of either a soothing 50 minute full body Chateau Essential Massage or our revitalizing 55 minute Chateau Essential Facial. After being rejuvenated, share old stories over a gourmet Spa lunch, celebratory cupcakes and a glass of bubbly.

Your choice;  Facial: $155  or Massage: $180


Don’t miss the opportunity to generate new leads and raise positive awareness of your company. Be a 2018 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 Kaiserauer at (847) 485-3004.

Deadline to submit artwork is Thursday, March 31. 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 6 SOLD! Sponsored by Kloeckner Metlas
  • Golf Tournament May 8
  • Breakfast May 7 SOLD! Sponsored by HEMSAW
  • Breakfast May 8 SOLD! Sponsored by Zekelman Industries
  • Lunch May 7
  • Annual Meeting App
  • Bottled Water provided at refreshment breaks and throughout the conference SOLD! Sponsored by Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co.
  • Drawstring Backpacks provided upon registration
  • Bound Notebooks or Padfolios provided upon registration
  • Room Drop of company literature or takeaway item May 6, May 7*
  • Room keys provided upon check-in 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
  • Mints
  • General Session WiFi

$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 6 SOLD! Sponsored by Modern Metals Magazine
  • Refreshment Break May 7 am SOLD! Sponsored by Red Bud Industries
  • Refreshment Break May 7 pm SOLD! Sponsored by Nelsen Steel Company LP
  • Refreshment Break May 8 am SOLD! Sponsored by Ryder
  • Reception May 7 SOLD! Sponsored by Braner Loopco
  • Reception May 8


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

John J. Ferriola is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer 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, Neb. bar mill. From 1998 to the end of 2001, he served as Vice President and General Manager of the Crawfordsville, Ind. sheet mill.

In January 2002, John was appointed as Executive Vice President and in September 2007 was named Chief Operation Officer of Steel Making Operations. He became President and Chief Operating Officer and 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 currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Steel Manufacturers Association (SMA) and as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the American Iron & Steel Institute (AISI).  John has been active in the Association for Iron and Steel Technology (AIST) for over 20 years and has served on its board of directors. He has also served on the Board of Directors 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.

Robert D. Miller, President & CEO, NLMK USA

From 1996 to 1998, Miller worked at Caparo Steel as the head of the Treasury Group. In 1998, he joined Duferco as Treasurer (Finance Manager) for the Group’s US companies. From 2003 to 2011, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Duferco Farrell Corporation, and later NLMK USA. In 2011, he was appointed President of NLMK USA, responsible for the Corporate Services Group.  John holds a degree in Business and Finance from Pennsylvania State University, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Duquesne University (Pittsburgh).

Mark D. Millett, President & Chief Executive Officer, Steel Dynamics, Inc.

Mark is a co-founder of Steel Dynamics, Inc. (SDI) and President and Chief Executive officer since 2012. Prior to this position, Millet was President and Chief Operating Officer of OmniSource.  Prior to the formation of Steel Dynamics, Mark worked for Nucor Corporation for 12 years and earned his bachelor’s degree in metallurgy from the University of Surrey, England.

Kirk Reich, President & Chief Operating Officer, AK Steel Corporation

Kirk W. Reich has served as President and Chief Operating Officer since January 2016.. Prior to that, Mr. Reich served in a variety of other capacities since joining AK Steel in 1989, Reich received his undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University and an MBA from the University of Notre Dame.

Gisbert Rühl, Chief Executive Officer, Klöckner & Co SE

With a number of leadership positions in industry and consulting already under his belt, Gisbert Rühl joined the Klöckner & Co Management Board as CFO in 2005. He has served as Chairman of the Board since 2009. Gisbert is currently driving forward Klöckner & Co’s digital transformation and the development of an open industry platform in which the company plays a pioneering role within the steel industry.

Elizabeth Rust, Senior Economist, Keybridge Research

Elizabeth Rust is an Economist at Keybridge, where she focuses on macroeconomic analysis and forecasting, economic policy analysis, and economic modeling. She holds a Master’s degree in International Economics and European Studies from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University.

Charles W. Schmitt, President, SSAB Americas

Chuck Schmitt is president of SSAB Americas. Schmitt began his career in the steel industry with U.S. Steel’s management trainee program in 1985. In 1990, he joined IPSCO as the Midwest sales manager and held various roles within the organization including government affairs and overseeing the company’s southern business division. A fourth-generation steelmaker, Schmitt received his B.B.A. from the University of Texas in Arlington, Texas.

Laura Speake, Ph.D., Regional Chief Economist, Caterpillar

Laura joined Caterpillar in her current role in 2014. She is driven to develop a deep understanding the energy markets today, how the changes that are occurring in the near term and what the future may look like. Her experience from 19 years in the energy business cutting across technologies and fuels offers a unique perspective on the energy landscape of the future and the implications for Caterpillar. Dr. Speake’s responsibilities include developing deep understanding of the macroeconomic conditions that drive the Electric Power, Marine, Oil & Gas and Industrial segments of the E&T business. She supports the Sales and Operations Planning department by providing the top down forecast of the business segments across regions. She also has responsibility for forecasting oil, gas and diesel prices for the corporation. And is personally driven to help foster a deeper understanding of the changing energy landscape, megatrends and what the implications may be for the company. Laura has extensive prior experience in the Energy sector, having spent 15 years with Southern Company, one of the largest electric utilities in the US and its subsidiaries. She has a broad range of experience both as a forecaster and wholesale business development in the electric utility industry.

Laura holds a PhD in Applied Economics from Clemson University.

Robert Wescott, Ph.D., President, SSAB Americas

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.

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

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 Friday, March 2, 2018. cancellations received in writing by MSCI by 5:00 pm before Monday, April 2, 2018, 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 2, 2018.  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 Kaiserauer 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.

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