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Omni Orlando at ChampionsGate
March 23-24, 2017

Conference Registration

Complete the registration form and mail or fax it, along with your remittance or credit card information, to MSCI.  Register early and save up to $500. Visit the home page and you’ll find a link directly to conference details and the registration area. Your registration fee covers lunch on Thursday, refreshments, Thursday evening reception and dinner, breakfast on Friday morning, refreshments, and Friday evening reception and dinner. You will also receive a link to receive presentations from the meeting – an invaluable resource.

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 Thursday and Friday evening receptions 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 Orlando’s average high and low temperatures in mid-March are 78º high and 58º low.

Affiliate Member and First-Time Attendee Reception
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Are you an MSCI Affiliate Member? Is this your first Specialty Metals Conference or first MSCI event? The Specialty Metals Division Council and the MSCI staff welcome you to the Specialty Metals Conference 2017! Please join us for an early start and meet council members and staff prior to our Thursday evening reception and dinner. Details to follow.

For questions or assistance, contact:

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

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

Hotel & Travel

Hotel Information

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.

Transportation Information

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:

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


MSCI Golf Tournament

International Golf Course at Omni Orlando Resort
Friday, March 24, 1:00 pm shotgun start

The International Course at Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate offers an authentic link-style golf experience, reminiscent of the great golf courses of the British Isles. 

Fee: $210.00 per person, inclusive of greens fees, golf cart, and lunch.

Taylor-Made clubs are available to rent for $49.00 (includes 2 sleeves of balls) and are charged to your room portfolio.

MSCI will be happy to accommodate foursome requests until Friday, March 10. Please send confirmed foursomes by email to Rose Manfredini no later than Friday, March 10. After that time, we will be unable to accommodate special requests.

Tours & Activities

Bass Fishing on Bay Lake

Friday, March 24, 2017 1:00 – 4:15 pm
$160.00 pp 

In the late 1960’s, more than 70,000 bass fingerlings were released into Bay Lake and Seven Seas Lagoon. Organized fishing was not allowed on Disney property until 1977 leaving bass to grow and breed undisturbed for years. The heaviest largemouth bass caught and recorded at the Vacation Kingdom was 14 pounds, 6 ounces. Two hour catch and release tour; pontoon boats are fully stocked for excursions, with rods, reels, fishing gear, beverages and a
digital camera. Boats seat 5. Guests may not bring their own food, beverage, or coolers.

Please enjoy lunch on your own prior to the tour.



Don’t miss the opportunity to generate new leads and raise positive awareness of your company. Be a 2017 Specialty Metals Division Conference 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 Monday, February 20, 2017. Limit one sponsor per event unless otherwise noted.

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

  • Breakfast March 24
  • Lunch March 23
  • Dinner March 23 or 24
  • Golf Tournament March 24
  • Room Drop of company literature or takeaway item March 23**
  • MSCI Specialty Metals Division Conference App
  • Room Keycards provided upon check-in
  • Padfolios provided upon registration
  • Bottled Water provided at refreshment breaks and throughout the conference

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

  • Charging Station
  • Mints

$3,500 Level includes custom napkins, signage, listing in the conference program and app, and display of literature. Choose from:

  • Refreshment Break March 23 or 24
  • Product Division Reception March 23 (choose Flat Rolled, Pipe and Tube, or Bar, Tool Steel and Nickel Alloy

*Complimentary registrations are valued at $1,695

**Limit 2 sponsors



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

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!

Dan North

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

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

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).

Stephen Yates

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.




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.

Activity and Registration Cancellation Policies
A full refund will be issued for cancellations received in writing by MSCI by 5:00 pm Monday, February 20; cancellations received in writing by MSCI by 5:00 pm before Friday, March 3, 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 Events Department by email to

Activity registration deadline is Monday, February 20. No refunds on cancelled activities or golf will be issued after this date as we are obligated to provide guarantees to our vendors on this date.

Press and Sponsorship Policies
No MSCI policy is intended to prevent accredited members of the press from attending MSCI events. Members of the press are defined as employees of publications that are subject to a circulation audit by a reputable third party (i.e., BPA). Each press outlet will receive one complimentary ‘press’ registration. Any attribution from a formal presentation or informal conversation outside of a formal conference session requires the permission of any speaker and MSCI before their comments or information from their presentation may be printed or distributed or published. Please note that recording of programs, materials and/or presentations (e.g., audio taping and/or videotaping) is prohibited. MSCI has the right to deny attendance to individuals or publications not abiding by this policy.

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.

Spouse/Guest Participation
Spouse and guests who accompany our delegates to Orlando are encouraged to attend our Friday evening dinner. A spouse/guest dinner ticket for the Friday reception and dinner is $125.00. No children please. Your spouse or guest may also pay to participate in the tours. 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.

Disney Discounted Tickets

Specially priced Disney Meeting & Conference Guest Tickets

For meeting & conference guests of the resort, Disney offers exclusive afternoon After 3:00PM tickets, as well as a 10% savings on all multi-day (2+ day) tickets.  All Multi-day tickets include an additional complimentary “Bonus Visit” admission. 

Visit the Disney Meeting & Convention Ticket Store to take advantage of the special pricing:

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