John J. Ferriola
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.
Holman Head, President and Chief Operating Officer of O’Neal Industries is a native of Montgomery, Alabama, and a graduate Washington & Lee University with a B.A. degree in economics.
Holman began his career at Vulcan Materials Corporation, where he worked for two years in Outside Sales. He then joined O’Neal in 1980 as an Inside Sales Representative for the Birmingham District and later moved to Outside Sales at O’Neal-Memphis. In 1984, he returned to Birmingham to work in O’Neal’s Marketing Department. Then in 1990, he was named Director of the Specialty Products Department, which was responsible for providing marketing, sales training, and direct-mill purchasing support to the O’Neal district sales teams. In 1994, Holman became District Manager of the Birmingham District, and the next year was promoted to Vice President of Purchasing and Product Development. In 2003, he was named Senior Vice President for the Southern Region, and then Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in 2006. With the formation of O’Neal Industries in 2009, Holman became President and Chief Executive Officer of O’Neal Steel and Executive Vice President of O’Neal Industries. In 2014, he became President and Chief Operating Officer of O’Neal Industries.
He is active in the Birmingham community serving on the boards of the Salvation Army, United Way of Central Alabaman, the Campaign for UAB, and JDRF. He is a member of Rotary Club of Birmingham and is the incoming Chairman of the Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI).
Doug Holtz-Eakin, Ph.D.
Dr. Doug Holtz-Eakin, the former director of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office and the former chief economist of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, is one of the nation’s top economists. He has served at the highest levels of government and is well-known on Capitol Hill and in Washington’s top think tanks. Having been involved in policy, politics, academia, and government, he is unique in his diverse, multifaceted economic background and offers audiences a 360 degree view of the economy. A distinguished economic advisor, academic, and strategist, he is also skilled at forecasting policy changes on the horizon. Holtz-Eakin is the current president of the American Action Forum policy institute and a former commissioner on the congressionally-chartered Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission. He serves as an outside adviser to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He was also formerly the chief economist of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, where he helped to formulate policies addressing the 2000–2001 recession and the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
From 2003–2005, he served as the director of the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, where he provided budgetary and policy analysis to the U.S. Congress. During his tenure, CBO assisted Congress as they addressed numerous policies, notably the 2003 tax cuts, the Medicare prescription drug bill, and Social Security reform. During 2007 and 2008, he was director of domestic and economic policy for the John McCain presidential campaign. Following the 2008 election, Dr. Holtz-Eakin was the president of DHE Consulting, an economic and policy consulting firm providing insight and research to a broad cross-section of clients.
Holtz-Eakin has built an international reputation as an economic scholar. He has performed extensive research in areas of applied economic policy, econometric methods, and entrepreneurship. At Syracuse University, he became the trustee professor of economics at the Maxwell School, chairman of the department of economics, and associate director of the Center for Policy Research.
Dr. Holtz-Eakin has also held positions in several Washington-based think tanks. He was a senior fellow at the Peter G. Peterson Institute for International Economics, the director of the Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies, and the Paul A. Volcker chair in international economics at the Council on Foreign Relations. He has also been a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, the Heritage Foundation, and the American Family Business Foundation. Holtz-Eakin serves on the boards of the Tax Foundation, National Economists Club and Center for a Responsible Federal Budget, and the Research Advisory Board of the Center for Economic Development.
Chuck Hagel was the 24th Secretary of Defense, serving from February 2013 to February 2015. He is the only Vietnam veteran and the first enlisted combat veteran to serve as Secretary of Defense. Over his tenure, he directed significant steps to modernize America’s partnerships and alliances, advance the rebalance in Asia-Pacific, bolster support for European allies, and enhance defense cooperation in the Middle East while overseeing the end of America’s combat mission in Afghanistan. In addition, he led major initiatives for service members and their families, including increasing resources for suicide prevention, combating sexual assault, and accounting for missing personnel. Further, Hagel improved partnerships with the Department of Veteran’s Affairs, to include health record interoperability, service treatment record transferability, and continuity of mental health services and support. Hagel launched the Defense Innovation Initiative to better prepare the Pentagon for future threats, and enacted comprehensive reforms to the Nuclear Enterprise and Military Health system.
Some of Hagel’s current commitments include serving on the Board of Trustees of RAND; Advisory Boards of Deutsche Bank America and Corsair Capital; Senior Advisor to Gallup and to the McCarthy Group; Distinguished Executive in Residence at Georgetown University; Distinguished Statesman at the Atlantic Council; and Board of Directors of the American Security Project.
Prior to accepting this appointment, Hagel served as a distinguished professor at Georgetown University. He served on the Boards of Directors of Chevron Corporation and Zurich’s Holding Company of America; the Advisory Boards of Corsair Capital, Deutsche Bank America, M.I.C. Industries and was a senior advisor to Gallup. He was co-chairman of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board, a member of the Secretary of Defense’s Policy Board, and a member of the Secretary of Energy’s Blue Ribbon Commission on the Future of Nuclear Power. He also served as chairman of the Atlantic Council, chairman of the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration Advisory Committee, and was a member of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) board of directors and the Systemic Risk Council.
Hagel served two terms in the United States Senate (1997-2009) representing the state of Nebraska. Hagel was a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations; Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs; and Intelligence Committees. He chaired the Foreign Relations International Economic Policy, Export and Trade Promotion Subcommittee; and the Banking Committee’s International Trade and Finance, and Securities Subcommittees. Hagel also served as the chairman of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China and the Senate Climate Change Observer Group.
He is the author of the book, America: Our Next Chapter, a straight-forward examination of the current state of our nation that provides substantial proposals for the challenges of the 21st century. Alan Greenspan says, “America: Our Next Chapter should be required reading;” former World Bank President James Wolfensohn declares the book, “a must read.” Journalist and author Tom Brokaw states, “this is a book for people who care about their country,” and General Colin Powell says that Hagel “writes with insight, expertise, authority, and with the credentials that come from his dedicated service in war and peace.” Hagel was the subject of a 2006 book by University of Nebraska professor Charlyne Berens entitled, Chuck Hagel: Moving Forward.
Prior to his election to the U.S. Senate, Hagel worked in the private sector as the president of McCarthy & Co., an investment banking firm based in Omaha, Nebraska, and served as chairman of the Board of American Information Systems (AIS). Before joining McCarthy & Co., Hagel was president and chief executive officer of the Private Sector Council (PSC) in Washington, D.C.; Chief Operating Officer of the 1990 Economic Summit of Industrialized Nations (G-7 Summit); and president and chief executive officer of the World USO.
In the mid-1980’s, Hagel co-founded VANGUARD Cellular Systems, Inc., a publicly traded corporation. In 1981, President Ronald Reagan nominated Hagel to serve as deputy administrator of the Veterans Administration, a nomination unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate. Hagel also served as deputy commissioner general of the United States for the 1982 World’s Fair. From 1977 through 1980, Hagel was manager of Government Affairs for The Firestone Tire & Rubber Company in Washington, D.C. From 1971 to 1977, he was chief of staff to Congressman John Y. McCollister (R-Nebraska). In 1969, Hagel worked as a newscaster and talk show host with radio stations KBON and KLNG in Omaha, Nebraska.
Hagel served in Vietnam with his brother Tom in 1968. They served side by side as infantry squad leaders with the U.S. Army’s 9th Infantry Division. He earned many military decorations and honors, including two Purple Hearts.
Among awards and recognitions Hagel has received are: the National Intelligence Distinguish Public Service Medal (2015); the U.S. Army Decoration for Distinguished Civilian Service (2015); the U.S. Air Force Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service (2015); the U.S. Navy Distinguished Public Service Award (2015); the Tong-Il Medal, Order of National Security Merit from the Republic of Korea (2015); to name a few.
He has served on the advisory boards of many institutions. In the early 1990’s, Hagel served on the Board of Trustees of Manville Personal Injury Settlement Trust, and in the 1980’s served as Chairman of the $240 million Agent Orange Settlement Fund.
Hagel holds Honorary Doctorate Degrees from Georgetown University; the College of William and Mary; Marymount University; Creighton University; Bellevue University; Doane College; Midland Lutheran College; and North Central College.
A fourth generation Nebraskan, Hagel was born in North Platte, Nebraska. He graduated from St. Bonaventure High School, Columbus, Nebraska, the Brown Institute for Radio and Television, Minneapolis, Minnesota, and the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Edward J. Lehner
Edward J. Lehner is president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Ryerson, a global metals supplier and processor with operations in the United States, Canada, Mexico and China. Eddie has served as Ryerson’s CEO since June 2015 after having served as Ryerson’s executive vice president and chief financial officer since 2012.
Prior to joining Ryerson, Eddie served as the chief financial officer of PSC Metals, Inc., a diversified metals company, and before that, as the chief financial officer of SeverCorr, LLC., a primary steel manufacturing company headquartered in the southern United States.
Eddie’s career also includes senior general management, operational, financial, accounting, tax and consulting roles for Nucor, Birmingham Steel, Inc., Laurel Steel and Deloitte & Touche.
Eddie has served on the Board of Directors of Modumetal Inc. and The Mississippi State Workforce Investment Board, and he is a member of Financial Executives International (FEI).
He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Cincinnati and is also a Certified Public Accountant (C.P.A.).
Gregg J. Mollins is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. Mr. Mollins has spent his entire career in the metals service center industry, including 31 years with Reliance, and is experienced in every operational area of the metals service center business. Prior to becoming President and Chief Executive Officer of Reliance in May 2015, Mr. Mollins served as President since 2002 and as Chief Executive Officer from May 1194 to May 2015. Mr. Mollins held the offices of Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Reliance from November 1995 to January 2002, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer from 1994 to 1995, and Vice President from 1992 to 1994. Mr. Mollins joined Reliance in 1986 as Division Manager of the former Santa Clara division, following ten years in various metals service center sales and sales management positions. In addition to his executive position, Mr. Mollins has also served as a director of Reliance since September 1997.
Anthony Sardella is a visionary, entrepreneur and educator in the big data analytics industry. As Chairman and Founder of Sherpa Analytics, he has steadily grown and developed the data analytics company into an industry leader in expert statistical data research, analytical strategy initiatives, and behavioral and social science methodologies. In 2004, he founded evolve24, a digital consumer insights company that uses traditional and social media to measure perception, reputation and risk. He now leads the vision, strategy and advancement of the combined research entity, with capabilities to deliver decision-ready intelligence and global market insights to U.S. and multinational businesses.
As Chief Innovation Officer for Maritz Holdings Inc., Anthony lead the company innovation efforts aimed at driving profitable growth opportunities for the Maritz business portfolio. His focus was to identified and commercialize innovations by assessing new business to complement Maritz’s existing portfolio, leveraging divisional opportunities, and assessing new technology and innovative business models for faster and profitable growth.
Tony joined Maritz in 2010 as Senior Vice President, Managing Director, evolve24 following the acquisition of evolve24 by Maritz Research. Prior to starting evolve24, he was the Director of a market analytics team at Monsanto Company that contributed to the development and implementation of strategies for faster adoption of Monsanto’s biotechnology products to deliver the promised value for consumers, farmers, shareholders and other stakeholders.
He is a faculty member of the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis and serves as Adjunct Professor of Business lecturing MBA students and executives on the nonmarket environment and its disruptive impact on business strategy. As well, he is an appointed Board member of Olin’s Institute for Innovation and Growth focused on bringing corporations and academia together to enhance innovation research, knowledge and the practice of innovation and growth.
Tony holds an M.B.A from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Business and a bachelor’s of science degree specializing in Toxicology from The University of Toronto, Canada. Tony and his wife live in Wildwood, Missouri with their two children.
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.
After the 2007 acquisition of IPSCO by SSAB, Schmitt was promoted to Vice President and in July 2011, Schmitt was promoted to SSAB’s Group Executive Committee and appointed president of the SSAB Americas business division. In his current role, he is responsible for directing all commercial and operational activities, as well as the overall financial performance for the Americas. He was Chairman of the American Iron and Steel Institute in 2015 and sits on the Board of Directors for Metals Service Center Institute.
A fourth-generation steelmaker, Schmitt received his B.B.A. from the University of Texas in Arlington, Texas in 1984.
Michael Steep is senior vice president of Global Business Operations at PARC, a Xerox Company. He is a Disruptive Innovation Expert. Based upon decades of operations and innovation experience at companies including Apple and Microsoft, Mike engages with executives to show how to leverage emerging technology into bottom line business opportunities. Throughout his career, Mike has worked in the presence of industry legends -- including David Packard, Bill Gates, and Satya Nadella -- experiencing first hand some of the greatest breakthroughs and transformations of entire industries. All of this change powered by the invention of the digital camera, cloud computing, mobile devices, IoT, meta-materials, and privacy preserving analytics. His passion for practical innovation now extends to working with CEO’s and R&D executives from companies including BMW, Google, P&G, L’Oreal, and AirBus to transform technology disruption of their industries into exponential opportunity. As a Silicon Valley executive working with Fortune group companies, a global speaker, and a contributing editor to Forbes, Mike reveals the process companies use to transform disruptive technology into exponential opportunity. Mike has had an exceptional career - more than two decades of global operating experience in companies including HP, Apple, IBM, Microsoft, and now PARC’s world-renowned innovation center. Mike earned his MBA from the University of Virginia, and his BA from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Resident Scholar at the Stanford University Engineering School and Adjunct Professor of Digital Business at Imperial College London. He also serves on Smart Board London and advises commercial clients on the impact of emerging technology in their industries.
As the founder and president of Optimum Safety Management, Steve brings extensive leadership experience as he partners with local, regional, and national firms to design and implement effective, sustainable safety management systems.
With vast experience in manufacturing operations and construction technology, Steve uses his background in mechanical engineering to see the entire picture of safety before helping Optimum Safety Management clients to recognize the true Return on Safety™¸ the significant gains in engagement, productivity and profitability that come with innovative, structured, and sustainable safety management systems.
An authorized OSHA outreach trainer, Certified Leadership Coach, Construction Health and Safety Technologist®, Steve also is a highly regarded speaker who has introduced attendees at local, regional, and national events to the big picture in safety, including recent speaking engagements at Illinois Chamber of Commerce, Finishing Contractors Association, Metals Service Center Institute, Illinois Safety Council, Valley Industrial Association, Northwest Builders Association and OSHA Conferences.