General Information

MSCI Carbon Conference
Hyatt Hill Country Resort and Spa
San Antonio, TX

Conference Registration

Registration Pricing


Register extra early on or before December 22nd: $1,695 – Super Early Bird!
Register on or before January 21st: $1,995
Register after January 21st: $2,195

Bring a Protegé*
Seasoned professionals can bring an emerging professional with seven or fewer years of industry experience for just $795. To register an emerging professional, please contact Briana Dee at (847) 485-3021.

Your registration fee covers lunch on Tuesday, refreshments, Tuesday evening reception and dinner, breakfast on Wednesday morning, refreshments, and the Wednesday evening reception.  The Dine-Around dinner is an add-on option for $125.  

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. The Tuesday evening reception and dinner will be held outdoors; weather permitting. It calls for casual and comfortable clothing; jackets are recommended. While planning your wardrobe, please remember that San Antonio’s average high and low temperatures in mid-February are 68° high and 46° low.

Affiliate Member and First-Time Attendee Reception

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 – 5:30 pm
Are you an MSCI Affiliate Member? Is this your first Carbon Conference or first MSCI event? The Bar Products, Flat Rolled and Plates & Shapes Councils and the MSCI staff welcome you to the Carbon Conference 2019! Please join us for an early start and meet council members and staff prior to our Tuesday evening reception and dinner. Details to follow.

Questions or Assistance

For questions or assistance, contact:

Rose Manfredini
Vice President, Membership & Events
(847) 485-3008 –

Briana Dee
Senior Membership and Events Coordinator
(847) 485-3021 –


Tuesday, February 19

9:00 – 11:00 am  
Carbon Council Meetings (closed to Council members)

    • Bar Division Council
    • Flat Rolled Council
    • Plates & Shapes Council

10:00 am – 6:00 pm

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

12:30 – 2:00 pm
The Economic Outlook:  Indicators, Forecasts and Your Business
Economic uncertainty and volatility remain challenging for business leaders.  How will tariffs, tax laws, and capital expenditures affect your company?  Dr. Beaulieu will provide a macro and micro economic outlook and forecasts for important key markets for the metals industry.
Alan Beaulieu, Ph.D., president, Institute for Trend Research, ITR Economics

2:00 – 2:30 pm
Refreshment Break

2:30 – 3:30 pm
NEW!  Texas A&M Student Panel
Our student panel comes from the renowned Texas A&M Industrial Distribution program. 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 ….
Moderator:  William Taggart Chisholm, CEO, Samuel, Son & Co., Limited

 3:30 – 4:00 pm
Refreshment Break

4:00 – 5:00 pm
Trade: What You Need to Know Now
An expert panel will discuss the latest on international and North American trade and its impact to the economy and your business
Moderator:  Robert Weidner, president & CEO, Metals Service Center Institute
William Taggart Chisholm, CEO, Samuel, Son & Co., Limited
Thomas J. Gibson, president & CEO, American Iron & Steel Institute
William M. Hickey, chairman, Lapham-Hickey Steel Corp.
Tony Nash, founder & CEO, Complete Intelligence
C. Davis Nelsen, II, chairman & CEO, Nelsen Steel Company LP

5:30 – 6:00 pm
Affiliate & First-Time Attendee Reception

6:00 – 7:00 pm
Receptions by Product Group

7:00 – 9:00 pm

Wednesday, February 20

7:15 – 8:00 am 

8:00 – 9:15 am  
High Impact Leadership
Develop an understanding for the U.S. military’s approach to high-impact, transformational leadership, while examining the leader’s role to get teams in the “Flow,” instill discipline in every activity, and establish a culture of learning (Fail Fast / Learn Fast).  Participant leaders will gain insights on powerful tools used by the military to create a “Mission First / People Always” team mentality.
Colonel Thomas Henry Magness, P.E., U.S. Army, retired, Thayer Leader Development Group at West Point

9:15 – 9:45 am  
Refreshment Break

9:45 – 10:15 am 
Maneuvering the Trucking Transportation Maze
Understand how driver shortages, new regulations, technology and disruptive forces are impacting our industry.    In this changing marketplace, learn how to best respond to meet the needs of your customers.
Ben McLean, chief executive officer, Ruan Transportation

10:15 – 11:00 am
Demystifying Data Science in the Metals Industry
Let’s make terms like “data mining” and “AI” understandable.  Learn how different uses of data and computer processing power can be used in our industry.  This session will provide suggestions on how a metals company can exploit information and technology to drive better business results.
Samuel Chun, Ph.D., assistant dean & managing director of Executive Education Professor of Management Practice, Washington University, Olin Business School

11:00 – 11:30 am
Putting Data and Technology to Work – Majestic Steel USA
Todd Leebow, president & CEO, Majestic Steel USA

6:00 – 6:45 PM 
Light Reception

7:00 PM
Meet at the front hotel lobby at 6:45 pm for bus departure at 7:00 pm



12:30  – 5:30 pm
Golf Tournament – Shotgun start
Hill Country Golf Course at Hyatt Hill Country Resort and Spa
Lunch buffet for the golfers at 11:45 am

1:00 – 4:30 pm
Texas Style Shooting


Hotel & Travel

About The Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa

Experience the true Texan hospitality of a stunning Hill Country hotel and resort. Nestled on 300 acres of the Rogers-Wiseman family ranch, this San Antonio resort & spa offers a unique blend of countryside relaxation and casual elegance. Located just 1.5 miles from SeaWorld San Antonio, and only 16 miles northwest of the downtown San Antonio River Walk and San Antonio International Airport, Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa feels a world away, but with the convenience and fun of San Antonio just outside your door.

The Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa​
9800 Hyatt Resort Drive
San Antonio, Texas, USA, 78251
Tel: +1 210 647 1234

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

Room Rate: $260.00 single/double, plus tax (resort fee has been waived)

Cut-off date: Monday, January 21, 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 January 21 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 48 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

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 is supporting its new member by suggesting 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 bypass is available through National Car Rental. Reservations with Enterprise and National can be made by phone or online at

CTA Transportation offers 24-hour private chauffer driven services. Arrival cost is approximately $168.00 from the San Antonio Airport. Please call (210) 829-8608 for reservations.

Taxis are available near the baggage claim area of the San Antonio Airport. For return to the airport, please speak with the hotel concierge to make advanced arrangements.  Approximate one-way fare is $48.00.


Hill Country Golf Course at Hyatt Hill Country Resort and Spa
Wednesday, February 20, 12:30 pm shotgun start

Sprawling over 200 acres and designed by Arthur Hills and Associates to capture the beauty and landscape of the Texas Hill Country, the Hill Country Golf Club features diverse terrain, from links-style, rolling meadows and lush hillsides to tree-shaded plateaus and tranquil lakes and ponds. In 2012, the course was ranked among the Top 25 Southern U.S. Golf Resorts by Condé Nast Traveler.

Fee: $275.00 per person, inclusive of tournament and greens fees, golf cart and lunch.

Taylor-Made clubs are available to rent for $65.00 and are charged to your room portfolio.

Golf pairing requests will be taken until Friday, February 8, 2019. Please email confirmed foursomes to Rose Manfredini. After that time, we will be unable to accommodate special requests.

Tours & Activities

Texas Style Shooting

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 1:00 – 5:30 pm
$275.00 pp
Minimum 10/Maximum 55

The National Shooting Complex is one of the premier shooting facilities in the world, spanning 671 acres of San Antonio countryside. It hosts the World Skeet Championships and National Sporting Clays Championship. Certified instructors and experienced shooters will be partnered with new shooters and the contests begin. Included is deluxe motor coach transportation from the hotel to the complex, 50 rounds of ammunition per person, rental of guns, eye and ear protection. Please enjoy lunch on your own before the tour.

Dine Around - Taste of San Antonio

What is a dine-around? It’s a chance to go out for a casual dinner with other conference attendees and make a few new friends while discovering some of the unique cuisines of San Antonio. Participation in the dine-around is $125.00
per person. Dress for all dine-arounds is casual attire.

Choose from:
• Biga on the Banks
• Boudros
• Paesanos

When registering online make certain to select “Dine Around” and select a restaurant to reserve your spot.  To add the Dine-Around to an already completed registration, please call Briana Dee at 847-485-3021.

Biga on the Banks

Biga on the Banks sets the standard for fine dining among San Antonio River Walk Restaurants because of its reputation for innovation. Owner and Chef Bruce Auden is well known for his unique approach to New American cuisine. Join Biga on the Banks for a relaxed elegance and fine dining experience on the famous San Antonio Riverwalk.

Restaurant Website

Boudro’s – The Vault

Step into Boudro’s, a Texas bistro, and experience why it is one of the most treasured and popular attractions on the San Antonio River Walk. The Vault was once the lobby of the historic Alamo National Bank circa 1902. Relics of its past remain, including a built-in marble bar that was once the bank teller station and three of the original bank vaults. Executive chef Robbie Nowlin marries the traditions and history of South Texas with the finesse of the world’s finest restaurants.

Restaurant Website


Your table is al fresco (in the open air). The bread is al forno (warm from the oven). And your pasta arrives al dente (slightly firm). As you’ll soon discover, Paesanos is the perfect blend of the old world and the new. Nestled into a cozy bend of the San Antonio River Walk, it’s where visitors and locals alike go to enjoy an authentic Italian experience, full of fresh ingredients and bold flavors.

Restaurant Website


Don’t miss the opportunity to generate new leads and raise positive awareness of your company. Be a 2019 Carbon Conference sponsor and build on your relationships within the metals supply chain. There are a number of outstanding outstanding opportunities. For more information and to secure your sponsorship, speak with Monique Kaiserauer at (847) 485-3004.

Deadline to submit artwork is Monday, January 21. Limit one sponsor per event unless otherwise noted.

*Complimentary registrations are valued at $1,695

$7, 500 Level

$7,500 Level includes one complimentary registration*, signage, listing in the app, and display of literature in the registration foyer. Meal sponsorships also include a reserved table, and the golf sponsorship includes custom flags. Choose from:

  • Lunch SOLD! Sponsored by Commercial Metals Company
  • Dinner Sold! Sponsored by MC Machinery Systems, Inc. (Mitsubishi Laser)
  • Breakfast SOLD! Sponsored by Gerdau
  • Golf Tournament February 20
  • Room Drop of company literature or takeaway item February 19
  • MSCI Carbon Conference App Sold! Sponsored by Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co.
  • Room Keycards provided upon check-in Sold! Sponsored by Alton Steel Inc.
  • Bound Notebooks provided upon registration
  • Bottled Water provided at refreshment breaks and throughout the conference

$5, 000 Level

$5,000 Level includes signage, listing in the app, and display of literature in the registration foyer. Choose from:

  • General Session WiFi Sold! Sponsored by Enmark Systems, Inc.
  • Custom Charging Station for phones and tablets
  • Tins of Mints provided throughout the conference

$3,500 Level

  • Product Division Reception
    • Flat Rolled Sold! Sponsored by Nucor Corporation
    • Bar Sold! Sponsored by Nelsen Steel Company
    • Plates and Shapes Sold! Sponsored by SSAB Americas
  • Refreshment Break
    • February 19 Break 1 Sold! Sponsored by Red Bud Industries
    • February 19 Break 2
    • February 20 Sold! Sponsored by The Bradbury Group


Alan Beaulieu, Ph.D., president, ITR Economics

One of the country’s most informed economists, Dr. Alan Beaulieu is president and a principal of ITR Economics. Since 1990, he has provided in-depth economic consulting and presentations across North America, Europe, and Asia.

Alan has coauthored, with Brian Beaulieu, the books “Make Your Move,” “Prosperity in the Age of Decline,” and “But I Want It!” He has also penned numerous articles and makes up to 90 appearances a year.

Alan has a doctorate from Louisiana Baptist University.

William Taggart Chisholm, CEO, Samuel, Son & Co., Limited

Bill Chisholm is CEO, of Samuel, Son & Co., Limited.  Bill has spent his entire career in the steel industry.  Prior to joining Samuel, Bill was with Dofasco and then ArcelorMittal.  From 1980 to 2001, he served in a number of increasingly senior operations roles at Dofasco which culminated in his appointment as President, Tubular Products Division.  He was then promoted to the position of Chief Operating Officer, ArcelorMittal Tubular Products, where he integrated the North American operations of Dofasco with the assets of Mittal Steel.  He was responsible for three business units, operating 26 plants in 13 countries and four continents, while employing over 10,000 employees.   From 2009, until the mid-2013, Bill served as Chief Executive Officer for ArcelorMittal, Mexico.  He was responsible for the largest integrated steel mill in Mexico, producing four million tons of products for the global market.

Bill is a graduate of Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology in Chemical Engineering Technology and has continued his education at both McMaster University and the Ivey School of Business.  He currently sits on the Board of Governors for Mohawk College and the Board of Directors for the Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI).

Samuel Chun, Ph.D., assistant dean & managing director of Executive Education Professor of Management Practice, Washington University, Olin Business School

Samuel Chun is the Assistant Dean & Managing Director of Executive Education Professor of Management Practice, Washington University, Olin Business School.  Dr. Chun currently instructs in Olin’s Executive, Professional and full-time MBA programs, teaching Strategic Management, Business Analytics and Marketing courses, as well as Innovation, and Sales & Customer Management.

Sam has extensive consulting experience in metals, chemicals, agriculture, biotechnology and financial services industries.  He has offered a variety of Harvard Business School Cases and Harvard Business School Notes. 

Sam has a Ph.D. in Business Administration from Washington University, St. Louis, MO and a B.A. in Economics/Philosophy from Grinnell College, IA.

Thomas J. Gibson, president & CEO, American Iron & Steel Institute

Thomas J. Gibson is the president and CEO of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) and president of the Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI). Gibson has spearheaded AISI’s advocacy efforts on issues critical to the North American steel industry since 2008 with the goal of effectively taking the steel industry’s story to decision makers at all levels of government.

Prior to joining AISI, he led the advocacy programs of the American Chemistry Council and the Portland Cement Association, establishing a strong track record of achieving legislative objectives by working with both Democrats and Republicans.  Gibson has also served as chief of staff to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrators Christine Todd Whitman and Michael Leavitt and staffed the Senate Environmental Public Works committee.

Gibson recently served as chairman of the National Manufacturers Association’s Council of Manufacturing Associations.  He received the communicator of the year award from the World Steel Association in 2013 and is also regularly quoted in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, American Metal Market, Politico and Reuters.

Gibson is a U.S. Naval Academy graduate with a Master’s degree from the University of Rhode Island and a Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center.

William M. Hickey, chairman, Lapham-Hickey Steel Corp.

Bill Hickey is chairman of Lapham-Hickey Steel Corp.  Lapham-Hickey Steel Corp. is a steel service center founded in 1926.  This family owned and operated company has 11 locations with approximately 700 employees.  Lapham-Hickey is currently ranked as one of the top 50 service centers in the United States.

Bill has been employed with Lapham-Hickey Steel Corp. since 1975.  He has held several positions within Lapham-Hickey Steel Corp.  Since January 1, 2018, Bill accepted the position of Chairman as the management structure transitions to the fourth generation of the Hickey Family.

During Bill’s career, he has been active in the MSCI, holding chapter and national leadership positions in that organization.  He currently is a member of the Chairman’s Emeritus Council.

Bill was appointed a position to ITAC-7.  ITAC-7 is an advisory committee to the Department of Commerce and the United States Trade Representative.  He held the position of Chairman of the Committee for 4 years.  He remains an active member.

Bill is a Trustee for the PMA Educational Foundation.

Bill remains active in the Illinois Manufacturer’s Association.  He is currently a member of the Board of Directors and served a 2-year term as Chairman (2016-2017).   He has held other officer positions on the board of directors.

Bill was named 2012 Service Center Executive of the Year by Metal Center News.

In 2014, Bill was the recipient of the Richard L. Duchossuis Alumni Award for Integrity and Values from Morgan Park Academy.

He and his wife, Leslie, have four children and live in the suburban Chicago area.

Todd Leebow, president and CEO, Majestic Steel USA

Todd Leebow is the President and CEO of Majestic Steel USA, a leading steel distribution and processing company. Majestic Steel USA has a unique culture that focuses on delivering prime product with an unparalleled customer experience. In 2007, Todd Leebow joined the family business to oversee the company’s supply chain.

As an entrepreneur and visionary, Todd Leebow saw an opportunity for data and technology to maximize efficiency through Majestic Steel USA’s business and innovate the way customers buy steel.

Under Todd Leebow’s leadership, Majestic Steel USA has been recognized as a top company to work for in Northeast Ohio and the Cleveland Area with special recognition for Leadership and Innovation. The culture that Todd Leebow has built at Majestic Steel USA allows the company to attract top talent to the steel industry and join the Majestic Family.

Todd Leebow is a philanthropist, owner and operator of other business ventures, and a vocal advocate for the steel industry.

Colonel Thomas Henry Magness, P.E., U.S. Army, retired, Thayer Leader Development Group at West Point

Colonel Tom Magness has over 26 years of practical leadership experience both in military and civilian-based organizations.  He served in leadership assignments around the world, with diverse responsibilities and missions.

Tom retired from the military in 2011.  During his last assignment in Afghanistan, he more than tripled the output of his organization by making people believe the seemingly impossible and focusing not just on building projects but on building people to be able to accomplish more than they ever thought possible.

COL Tom Magness has been with the Thayer Leader Development Group (TLDG) since 2011.  His first book, Leader Business:  Battle-Tested Leadership Strategies for any Organization helps connect military leadership lessons to the business world.

Ben McLean, chief executive officer, Ruan Transportation

Benjamin McLean joined Ruan Transportation Management Systems in 2007 and currently serves as Chief Executive Officer. During his tenure with Ruan, he has overseen both internal corporate functions and the company’s operations across the country. McLean has served as Ruan’s chief information officer and chief operating officer, along with roles overseeing the company’s legal department and the purchase, maintenance, and sale of all company equipment.

Prior to joining Ruan, McLean assisted companies with mergers, acquisitions, and equity offerings at William Blair & Company in Chicago, IL. His previous experience includes roles at Deloitte, where he was a systems consultant, and Cravath, Swaine & Moore, where he assisted with corporate transactions.

McLean grew up in Grand Rapids, MI, and holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the Kellogg School of Management and a law degree from Northwestern University School of Law. He earned his undergraduate degree in computer engineering from Northwestern.

C. Davis Nelsen II, CEO and Chairman of the Nelsen Steel Company

Dave Nelsen II has been CEO and Chairman of the Nelsen Steel Company since 1994.  Nelsen Steel is a cold finished steel bar manufacturing company.   Dave joined the family-owned company in Sales in 1980 and has held positions of increasing responsibility.  In 1994, he successfully negotiated ownership of Nelsen Steel Company as the sole-proprietor and became CEO and Chairman.

Mr. Nelsen was a founding director of a De-Novo (newly chartered) bank holding company, American Chartered Bank founded in 1987 and recently merged into MB Financial Bank.

Further, Mr. Nelsen is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization since 1997, an international education-based organization of CEO’s who must join before 45 years of age, whose companies have 50 employees and revenues over $12,000,000 US.  He has held several senior officer positions in the local (Chicago Chapter), regional (East Central Region), and international levels of the organization.

Tony Nash, CEO and Founder of Complete Intelligence

Tony Nash is the CEO and Founder of Complete Intelligence, a data technology firm using the world’s largest proprietary artificial intelligence and machine learning platform to forecast commodities, currencies, equity markets, economics and international trade.

Previously, Tony built and led the global research business for The Economist (EIU) and the Asia consulting business for IHS (now IHS Markit). He has also been a social entrepreneur, media entrepreneur, writer and consultant.

Tony is a frequent public speaker and leader of closed door dialogues with business and government leaders on markets, economics, risk and technology. He is a contributor to leading global media (BBC, CNBC, Bloomberg, etc) and has served as an advisor to government and think tanks in Tokyo, Singapore, Beijing and Washington DC.

Tony is an international advisory board member for Texas A&M University and a non-executive director with Kredit Microfinance Bank in Cambodia. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University and a BA in Business Management from Texas A&M University.


A full refund will be issued for cancellations received in writing by MSCI by 5:00 pm Monday, January 21, 2019; cancellations received in writing by MSCI by 5:00 pm before Friday, February 1, 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 the MSCI Member Services Department.  Activity registration deadline is Monday, January, 21. No refunds on cancelled activities or golf will be issued after this date as we are obligated to provide guarantees to our vendors.


Seasoned  professionals can bring an emerging professional with 7 or fewer years of industry experience for just $795. To register an emerging professional and for more details call Briana Dee at 847-485-3021.

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 the Carbon Conference.

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.

Spouse/Guest Participation

Spouse and guests who accompany our delegates to San Antonio are encouraged to attend our Wednesday Dine-Around. A spouse/guest dinner ticket for the Wednesday dinner is $125. No children please. Your spouse or guest may also pay to participate in the optional activities noted in the schedule. The golf tournament is for delegate members only. To purchase a dinner or a tour ticket for your spouse/guest, please call Briana Dee at (847) 485-3021.