Wednesday evening, following the reception at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country, dinner will be a Dine-Around of area San Antonio restaurants. Buses will transport attendees to the restaurant selected during registration. If you would like to add the Dine-Around to your registration (cost $100), please contact Briana Dee at (847) 485-3021.
Dine-Around cancellations can be accepted until February 3, 2017. No refunds will be issued after this date as we are obligated to provide guarantees to the restaurants.
Ácenar is one of the largest and most innovative contemporary Mexican restaurants and bars on the River Walk. Guests will enjoy a modern take on Texas regional Mexican dishes inspired by the history and heritage of these two cultures.
Ácenar’s professional team delivers a culinary explosion of bold Latin-infused flavors. Enjoy many fine selections of Gulf fish, crab and shrimp, or piping-hot San Antonio style enchiladas, savory chiles rellenos, sizzling parrilladas, asadas and cabrito — all made to your satisfaction.
This multi-level spacious restaurant features floor, balcony and outdoor seating. The interior and exterior reflect colors and designs influenced by Lisa’s Mexican and Asian heritage, such as molcajete walls and pagoda-style patio.
Linger after dinner upstairs in the Balcony Lounge or in the popular Átomar Bar where you’ll enjoy Latino style cocktails, signature margaritas, and premium tequilas from the extensive Latin drinks menu.
Biga on the Banks
Biga on the Banks sets the standard for fine dining among San Antonio River Walk Restaurants, especially when it comes to Private Dining. Biga on the Banks has a reputation for innovation among Riverwalk Restaurants in San Antonio and are proud to have a place in San Antonio’s fine dining. Owner and Chef Bruce Auden is well known for his innovative approach to New American cuisine. Join Biga on the Banks for a relaxed elegance and fine dining experience on the famous San Antonio Riverwalk.
Blue Star Brewery
The Blue Star Brewing Company opened in 1996 and is located at the beginning of the Mission Reach, a major bike-friendly and pedestrian friendly thoroughfare to the city’s cultural and historical features that runs along the San Antonio River. This eclectic craft brewery and restaurant is a central watering hole and activity hub for locals and hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. The craft beer made on premise, and elevated pub food, are served six days a week using fresh and locally raised and grown ingredients.
The owners have fostered a strong bond with their community, elevating their classic pub dishes through their alliance with local farmers. The food is made with quality ingredients prepared simply. Blue Star Brewing Company’s Friendly neighborhood atmosphere is rivaled only by the quality food and beer it serves. Weekly live bands and entertainment, Spurs shuttle, late-night shows, group bike rides, and countless other community events have made this unique restaurant and brewery a destination location for locals and tourists, alike.
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. Order a bottle of wine from their extensive cellar that's specifically chosen to pair with the big and bold flavors of executive chef Robbie Nowlin, who marries the traditions and history of South Texas with the finesse of the world's finest restaurants..
Whether you enjoy your experience nestled among the limestone walls inside the restaurant, at a table along the river or on a barge while floating on the river itself, you'll see how Boudro's transforms a meal into a dining event.
Your table is al fresco (in the open air). The bread is al forno (warm from the oven). And your pasta – if you ordered the pasta, which is always a good choice on our menu of traditional Italian favorites – 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, bold flavors and legendary dishes like our famous Shrimp Paesano – an experience not to be missed.
And when the meal ultimately ends – after toasting your companions with world-class wines, stealing bites from off of each other’s plates, and sharing a complimentary house dessert (free with any entrée) – you’ll truly know the meaning of buon appetito.
Mario Longhi is president and chief executive officer of United States Steel Corporation and serves on the company’s Board of Directors. In these roles, he is applying his experience as a proven leader in manufacturing and of corporate transformations to his oversight of U. S. Steel’s own transformation journey. Known as The Carnegie Way, this multi-year effort aims to build value for all of the company’s stakeholders and return U. S. Steel to sustainable profitability throughout the business cycle. Under Mr. Longhi’s leadership, The Carnegie Way is facilitating profound cultural, financial and operational flexibility and effectiveness at the company. This is being achieved through an intense focus on developing collaborative customer relationships, driving operational excellence, fostering innovation and creating cutting-edge solutions to address our customers’ current and future needs.
Mr. Longhi is also considered a thought leader on the subject of global trade. He has served as one of the steel industry’s leading voices on this subject, and he has worked with elected officials and regulators at all levels of government in both the United States and the European Union. Mr. Longhi’s advocacy has played a key role in global efforts to curtail government-supported overcapacity and ensure that market forces, not market-distorting practices, drive supply and growth among steel companies.
Mr. Longhi has held a series of increasingly responsible executive leadership roles since he joined U. S. Steel in July 2012 as executive vice president & chief operating officer. He was appointed president and chief operating officer in June 2013 and was elected president and chief executive officer in September 2013.
Prior to joining U. S. Steel, Mr. Longhi spent six years at Gerdau Ameristeel Corporation, serving first as president from 2005 through 2006 and then additionally in the role of chief executive officer from
2006 until 2011. Before his arrival at Gerdau Ameristeel, Mr. Longhi spent 23 years at Alcoa, Inc., which he joined in 1982 as a construction superintendent for the company’s Alumar Refinery in his native Brazil. During his time with the company, he advanced through increasingly responsible positions in Brazil, the United States and Switzerland, including tenures as president – Alcoa Wheels International, president – Alcoa Forgings Division, president and chief executive officer – Howmet Castings, and Alcoa vice president and group president – Global Extrusions.
Mr. Longhi began his career in the metals industry in 1978 as an engineer at Cobrasma, a Babcock and Wilcox licensee for the sale, design and manufacture of pressure vessels for use in South America.
Mr. Longhi was named 2015 Steelmaker of the Year by the Association for Iron and Steel Technology and CEO of the Year at the 2015 Platts Global Metals Awards. He was also honored by American Metal Market in 2011 with an Award for Steel Excellence as Industry Ambassador/Advocate of the Year.
In January 2017, Mr. Longhi was invited to participate in U.S. President Donald Trump’s Manufacturing Jobs Initiative. Mr. Longhi also currently serves on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the World Steel Association. He is also vice chairman of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), serves as a member of AISI’s Board of Directors and is chairman of the association’s Policy and Planning Committee. Mr. Longhi serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the National Association of Manufacturers. He is also a current member of the Association for Iron and Steel Technology. During his career, he has also served as chairman, director and Executive Committee member of the Steel Manufacturers Association.
Outside the steel industry, Mr. Longhi serves as a member of The Business Council, the Council on Competitiveness, and the National Petroleum Council. He also serves on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, and he is a member of the African American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania’s Presidential Roundtable.
A native of Tatui, state of São Paulo, Brazil, Mr. Longhi earned a bachelor’s degree in metallurgical engineering from the Institute Mauá de Tecnologica in São Paulo. He became an American citizen in 2007.
One of the country’s most informed economists, Dr. Alan Beaulieu is a principal of the ITR Economics where he serves as President. Since 1990, he has been consulting with companies throughout the US, Europe, and Asia on how to forecast, plan, and increase their profits based on business cycle trend analysis. Alan is also the Senior Economic Advisor to NAW, Contributing Editor for Industry Week, and the Chief Economist for HARDI.
Alan is co-author, along with Brian Beaulieu, of books
Make Your Move, Prosperity in the Age of Decline, and But I Want It.
He has also penned numerous articles on economic analysis. He makes up to 150 appearances each year, and his keynotes and seminars have helped thousands of business owners and executives capitalize on emerging trends.
Philip K. Bell
Bell is President of the Washington, D.C. based Steel Manufacturers Association (SMA). Prior to leading the SMA, Phil served as Director of External Communications and Public Affairs for Gerdau Long Steel North America based in Tampa, Fla. He is a 25-year industry veteran who developed an interest in the steel industry and manufacturing in the late 1980’s while working in maintenance and operations at Elementis Chromium in Corpus Christi, Texas. He has held executive level positions in operations, human resources and public affairs with Gerdau, the SGL Carbon Group, and Qualitech Steel Corporation.
Mr. Bell currently serves on the U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Advisory Committee on Steel (ITAC 12), advising the Secretary of Commerce and United States Trade Representative on trade policy, trade agreements, and other trade related matters that benefit U.S. businesses, workers, and the economy. He is a member of the National Association of Manufacturing (NAM) Council of Manufacturing Associations (CMA) and the Association of Iron & Steel Technology.
Phil graduated from Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. He holds a master’s degree in Global Strategic Communications from the University of Florida, with distinction.
Bill Chisholm is President and 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.
Kevin M. Dempsey
Dempsey leads the AISI public policy team representing the interests of North American steel producers and serves as Senior Vice President of Public Policy and General Counsel to the Institute. Before joining AISI, he was a partner at Dewey & LeBoeuf, a global law firm, and its predecessor Dewey Ballantine LLP. While in private practice, Dempsey litigated numerous international trade cases on behalf of U.S. steel producers and other U.S. industries before the U.S. International Trade Commission, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the U.S. courts. He served as counsel to several U.S. integrated steel producers in the Section 201 investigation on steel products in 2001-03. The unanimous finding by the ITC of injury to the domestic steel industry led to then President George W. Bush implementing tariffs on a variety of steel products, which at the time provided a breathing period during which the steel industry was able to achieve extensive restructuring and consolidation, which led to the revitalization of the domestic steel industry.
Prior to joining Dewey Ballantine in 1995, Mr. Dempsey served as counsel to Senator John C. Danforth (R-MO) and the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. In 1989–90, while on the staff of the Senate Commerce Committee, he participated in the development of the acid rain cap-and-trade system established by the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990. Later, while serving on Senator Danforth's personal staff and again on the staff of the Senate Commerce Committee, he played a key role in the drafting of the implementing legislation for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the GATT Uruguay Round Trade Agreements.
During his years on Capitol Hill and in the private sector, Mr. Dempsey has worked extensively on international trade negotiations, including the Doha Development Agenda and the negotiations on the accession of China to the WTO. He also has considerable experience with U.S. and international law related to subsidies, trade remedies, market access, intellectual property rights, and product standards, as well as U.S. legislative procedures for authorizing and implementing trade agreements. He has also advised on matters related to trade and environment and the ongoing global climate change negotiations.
Mr. Dempsey received his Juris Doctor Degree from Harvard Law School and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Washington University. He is a member of the District of Columbia bar and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of International Trade and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the D.C. Circuit.
Anil K. Gupta, Ph.D.
Dr. Anil K. Gupta is the Michael D. Dingman Chair in Strategy, Globalization and Entrepreneurship and Distinguished Scholar-Teacher at the Smith School of Business, The University of Maryland at College Park. Anil also serves as chairman, The China India Institute, a Washington DC-based research and consulting organization. He has earlier served as the INSEAD Chaired Professor in Strategy at INSEAD and a visiting professor at Stanford University as well as Dartmouth College. He received a doctorate from the Harvard Business School, an M.B.A. from the Indian Institute of Management at Ahmedabad, and a B.Tech. from the Indian Institute of Technology at Kanpur.
Anil is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading experts on strategy, globalization and entrepreneurship. Ranked by Thinkers50 as one of the world’s “most influential living management thinkers,” he has also been named by The Economist as one of the world’s “superstars” in a cover story on “Innovation in Emerging Economies.” He is one of only 3 professors in the world to have been elected by his peers as a Lifetime Fellow of all three of the most prestigious bodies in the field – Academy of Management, Strategic Management Society, and Academy of International Business, with a combined membership of over 25,000 scholars worldwide.
Anil’s other honors include the “Best Professor in Strategic Management” award from CMO Asia, recognition by BusinessWeek as an Outstanding Faculty in its Guide to the Best B-Schools, induction into the Academy of Management Journals’ Hall of Fame, and listing by Management International Review as a “North American Superstar” for research in strategy and organization. He is also a regular participant at the World Economic Forum summits including the annual meeting in Davos and the regional meetings in China, India, and the Middle East. He is also a member of the Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Emerging Multinationals.
Aviva Leebow Wolmer
Aviva Leebow Wolmer is the Chief Executive Officer at Pacesetter. She has been a transformative and commanding force during her tenure of leadership at Pacesetter. Initially, Aviva was responsible for creating “Pacesetter University,” before transitioning first to Vice President for People and subsequently Executive Vice President, a role responsible for the company’s corporate, profitable growth. From day one at Pacesetter, an immediate impact was felt when Aviva personally interviewed all 150+ associates. Aviva knows that it’s the people who drive the business and understanding their needs and ideas for the organization was the first most important step she could take in driving true innovation.
In 2014, she immediately released the Vivid Vision as she accepted her new role as CEO. This document continues to inspire and direct a culture shift within the organization. Under Aviva’s dedication to innovation, partnership and personal fulfillment in the workplace, departmental boundaries no longer exist and she has ignited inspiration, creativity, enthusiasm and collaboration throughout the entire organization.
Aviva routinely travels to Pacesetter’s service centers in Atlanta, Chicago, and Houston in an ongoing effort to promote continuous improvement and remain close with Associates from the factory floor to the boardroom.
Aviva is aggressively working to break down the perception that steel is an antiquated industry and replace it with her vision of a vibrant technology-driven cornerstone of American manufacturing. Aviva is also personally committed to issues affecting the local community. Her leadership in breast cancer awareness continues to have far-reaching impact in Atlanta. She is currently organizing and participating in the 3rd Pacesetter Team – Big Ol’ Shanty’s Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk. Last year, the team raised $50,000.00 for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Aviva became a Pacesetter Team Member in July 2010 after graduating from the University of Baltimore Law School magna cum laude.
Joe Oleksak is a partner and leader, information technology consulting team at Plante Moran. Joe has more than seventeen years of information systems security and information technology audit experience in financial institutions including banks, credit unions, mortgage companies, and insurance companies. Joe’s experience includes: IT strategic planning, IT risk assessments, IT audit, global/local network security projects, web application security, PCI compliance, SSAE16 & SOC reviews, incident response and business continuity and disaster recovery management. Joe is a member of the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), and the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC)². He attends and presents at multiple security and industry conferences annually and is a member of both the Indiana Bankers Association Information Technology Committee and the Illinois Bankers Association Technology Committee. Joe is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified in Risk and Information System Controls (CRISC).