About Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate
For an escape to paradise, nestled in the heart of Orlando’s finest golf courses, Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate offers secluded luxury and easy access to area attractions like Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and SeaWorld.
Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate
1500 Masters Boulevard
Orlando, Fl 33896
Online reservations may be made from MSCI’s Specialty Metals Division Conference webpage. When calling, please mention MSCI to receive the negotiated rate.
Room Rates (run of house - single/double occupancy): $256.00 plus tax (resort fee has been waived)
Cut-off date: Monday, February 20, 2017
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 February 20 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 11:00 am. While the hotel will attempt to accommodate early check-in and late departures, it cannot be guaranteed depending upon hotel occupancy.
The Omni Orlando at ChampionsGate is approximately 25 minutes and 32 miles from the Orlando International Airport.
Associated Transportation offers 24-hour private chauffer driven services. Arrival cost is approximately $90.00 from Orlando International Airport. Please call (407) 888-9220, ext 2 for reservations or make online here: http://www.supershuttle.com/Locations/OrlandoMCOSFB
SuperShuttle provides roundtrip shared-ride shuttle service at $50.00 (makes additional hotel stops.) if you would like direct service, please specify at time of booking. 24-hour advance notice is required. Call (407) 888-9220, ext 2.
Taxis are available near the baggage claim area of Orlando International Airport.
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-by pass is available through National Car Rental. Reservations with Enterprise and National can be made by phone or online at http://www.enterprise.com/car_rental/deeplinkmap.do?bid=028&refId=MSCIW61
Julie E. Cram
Julie Cram is an advocacy and public affairs expert who brings more than 15 years of experience in issue advocacy, communications, and government affairs from high-level posts in campaigns, the federal government and the private sector.
As Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Public Liaison at The White House, Cram led a team of 18 professionals in developing advocacy campaigns to advance major initiatives around key policy areas including economic, trade, immigration, energy and environment, defense, international development and judicial nominations. She was instrumental in developing core strategies to foster consensus and build coalitions, effectively manage policy rollouts, and execute stakeholder outreach plans around complex and difficult issues in a fast-paced, high-stakes environment. While serving the President, Ms. Cram also had the privilege of leading an official delegation of veteran organizations to Iraq in 2007.
Immediately following her White House service, Cram was Senior Vice President at DDC Advocacy, an issues and grassroots advocacy firm, where she developed and managed national and state-based advocacy campaigns for associations, coalitions and corporations. In early 2010, Cram launched her own firm to help clients improve and strengthen their influence in the public policy arena by applying political-style thinking, discipline and tactics to support their unique environment and goals. Clients have included national associations, 527’s, issue coalitions and corporations.
Prior to the White House, Cram was Vice President, Corporate Communications for TerreStar Networks Inc., a mobile satellite communications company. In this role, she developed strategies focused on maximizing the start-up's corporate presence as well as public-sector visibility through targeted government and media relations, strategic branding, stakeholder outreach, and message development. She played an integral role in gaining U.S. government buy-in and assisted in developing equity financing packages. She also helped spearhead the company's pan-European issue advocacy campaign, which involved a major coalition launch, media development, and a grassroots outreach initiative.
Cram has served in other strategic public affairs roles including Director, Public Affairs, Burson-Marsteller; Deputy Communications Director, Bush-Cheney 2004; Director, Public Affairs, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce; and Deputy Communications Director, Republican National Committee.
Lee Fahrenz is Sales Vice President at Euler Hermes North America. Lee has over 30 years of sales and management experience in insurance, banking and finance, his last 12 years at Euler Hermes, North America's largest and oldest provider of trade credit solutions.
He is a frequent speaker and presenter for several groups and enjoys membership in many professional and trade associations.
Lee earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in business from Gustavus Adolphus College.
David "Skip" Hartquist
David "Skip" Hartquist is a partner in the firm's Washington, D.C. office, partner in the International Trade practice group, and managing partner of the firm's economic consulting subsidiary, Georgetown Economic Services. Under his leadership as past chairman of the International Trade practice, the group received a Tier 1 ranking in the "International Trade and Finance Law - National" and "International Trade and Finance Law - DC" categories in the 2011 "Best Law Firms" study published by U.S. News and Best Lawyers. Mr. Hartquist focuses his practice on international trade law and represents clients before the White House, numerous Executive Branch departments and agencies, regulatory agencies, and the U.S. Congress.
Mr. Hartquist's clients include Allegheny Technologies Incorporated, Calgon Carbon, Carpenter Technology, the Cold Finished Steel Bar Institute, the Copper and Brass Fabricators Council, Olin Corporation, the Specialty Steel Industry of North America and the Valve Manufacturers Association.
Prior to joining Kelley Drye in 1976, Mr. Hartquist worked for President Ford as general counsel of the White House Council on International Economic Policy. In that capacity, he worked on a wide range of international economic issues, including trade, finance, energy and agriculture.
In 1973 and 1974, Mr. Hartquist was assistant to the president of Overseas Private Investment Corporation, an agency of the U.S. government that provides political risk insurance to private U.S. corporations that invest in developing countries. From 1970 to 1973, Mr. Hartquist was chief legislative assistant to U.S. Senator Richard S. Schweiker (R-PA). Mr. Hartquist began his legal career as assistant counsel at Bank of America in Los Angeles and as assistant Washington representative in Washington, D.C.
Markus A. Moll
Markus Moll is managing director at SMR Steel and Metals Market Research, providing market intelligence in form of single- and multi-client studies to the specialty steel industry in Europe, the USA and Asia. He draws from his extensive metals experience with PLANSEE, a world market leader in refractory metals, such as molybdenum, tungsten, and tantalum, as well as his time as a market analyst with a German market research firm, where his work focused on stainless steel long products and nickel alloys. SMR is located in Reutte county of Tyrol – in the “Heart of the Austrian Alps” which is a perfect location to monitor the Global Specialty Steel Market!
Since 1996, Dan North has been with Euler Hermes, the world’s oldest and largest credit insurance company. As the company’s chief economist for North America, he uses macroeconomic and quantitative analyses to help manage Euler Hermes’ risk portfolio of more than $250 billion in annual trade transactions within the region. Prior to joining the company, Dan worked for Citicorp, using similar analyses to create outperforming investment strategies. Dan North earned his MBA from the Wharton School of Business. As one of the leading U.S. economists, Dan North has appeared on CNBC, Fox Business News, ABC News Now, France 24, and Bloomberg Radio and Television. He has been quoted by USA Today, Barron’s, Bloomberg Business Week, The Washington Post, Paris Le Monde, and The Wall Street Journal. After having predicted the 2008/2009 recession and its implications accurately, Dan North was ranked 4th on Bloomberg’s list of the 65 top economic forecasters in 2010.
Dennis M. Oates
Dennis M. Oates is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Universal Stainless & Alloy Products, Inc. He was named Chairman of the Board in 2010 and has served as President and Chief Executive Officer since January, 2008. Oates joined the Board of Directors of Universal in 2007.
Mr. Oates served as Senior Vice President of the Specialty Alloys Operations of Carpenter Technology Corporation from 2003 to 2007. In 2002, Oates was the Senior Vice President of Engineered Products Operations for Carpenter.
From 1997 through 2002, Oates was President and Chief Executive of TW Metals. Prior to forming TW Metals, he was President and Chief Operating Officer of the Boston-based Connell Limited Partnership (CLP) from 1995 to 1997.
Mr. Oates began his career in the metals industry in 1974 at Lukens Inc. in Coatesville, PA where he progressed through positions of increasing responsibility before being named President and Chief Operating Officer of Lukens' General Industries Group in 1988. In 1991, he was appointed Senior Vice President of Lukens Inc. and President and Chief Operating Officer of Lukens Steel Company.
Mr. Oates was named Entrepreneur of the Year 2012 by Ernst & Young and received the 2014 Sustainability Award from Smart Business Magazine in recognition his role in building a 21st century specialty metals manufacturing company. He is a past Chairman of the North American Specialty Metals Council and previously served on the Boards of Directors of the Steel Manufacturers Association and the American Iron and Steel Institute. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of the Specialty Steel Industry of North America and as a Director on the Metals Service Center Institute Board. Mr. Oates holds a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Temple University.
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.
Bill Toerpe is Vice President Dedicated Transportation Solution Sales for Ryder. Ryder is a $6.6B publically traded transportation and logistics solutions provider corporate headquartered in Miami, FL.. Ryder is recognized as a leading 3PL provider and Fleet Management Services company for over 85 years.
Bill has been working for Ryder for over 38 years in all of Ryder’s sales product line offerings. His current responsibilities are managing a sales organization of 18 people across the US, and managing a National book of business of +$500M in dedicated transportation services. He works with some of the largest corporations in the US. Bill was responsible for Ryder’s primary product line initiatives of Alternative Energy (Natural Gas) and Transactional Maintenance. His primary office is in Cincinnati, OH. Bill is a CTP (Certified Transportation Professional) with the NPTC (National Private Truck Council), as well as a member of the Council Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP).
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.