Stephen Armstrong, president and CEO of O’Neal Steel, began his career with BellSouth spending 10 years in various operations, finance, marketing, strategic pricing and management roles. He joined O’Neal Steel in 2006 as Financial Planning & Analysis manager. He was promoted to manager of Sales & Marketing Analysis in 2008 and in 2010, he was promoted to Vice President of Administration which ultimately included responsibility for Accounting, Credit, Information Services, Human Resources, Analytics and Strategic Planning. In 2012 Stephen was named vice president and CFO and held that position until his promotion in 2014 to president and CEO.
Armstrong earned a degree in electrical engineering from Auburn University and earned an MBA from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is a member of the Junior Board of Directors for the Birmingham Zoo, UAB Collat School of Business Advisory Committee, former Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Board of Directors and Children’s Hospital Committee for the Future – Class of 2008, along with other industry and philanthropic organizations.
Ladd Hall, executive vice president of Flat-Rolled Products, Nucor Corporation has been with Nucor for 34 years. He graduated from Utah State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Marketing and a minor in Japanese.
Hall began his career at Nucor Steel Utah in 1981, in inside sales. In 1986, he transitioned to outside sales and in 1988, Mr. Hall became a sales manager for Nucor Cold Finish Utah. In 1993, he was promoted to general manager of Vulcraft Texas, and in 1994 he was promoted to vice president and general manager of Vulcraft Utah. In 1998, Hall was named vice president and general manager of Nucor Steel Darlington. From there, he went on to become vice president and general manager at Nucor Steel Berkeley, until being appointed to his current position.
Author, former diplomat, speaker, and now a sought after advisor to Fortune 50 and Silicon Valley CEOs, Anja Manuel shares her powerful insights on the rise of emerging markets in Asia and beyond, what this means for us, and America’s future role in international leadership.
As co-founder and partner with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley, and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates in a strategic consulting firm, she helps business leaders make sense of and expand into key international markets.
Manuel was deeply involved in U.S. policy towards Asia as a diplomat for the U.S. State Department. Her front row view of the colossal shift in power to China – and India in particular – makes her a significant voice on globalization and how to manage it today.
Her book This Brave New World draws on two decades of experience in business, law, and government to take the audience on an intimate tour of the corridors of power and the lowly slums of Asia. She has traveled extensively across Asia and the world, independently and with her clients, and regularly experiences tough negotiators and managing unruly subsidiaries in cities from Beijing to Bangalore to Bogota. A graduate of Harvard Law School and Stanford University, Manuel now lectures at Stanford.
Providing audiences a candid look at the rise of emerging markets, Manuel is a commentator on TV and radio (NPR, BBC, AlJazeera, and others), and writes frequently for major U.S. publications such as
Fortune, Reuters, NewYorkTimes.com, Foreign Affairs, Daily Beast, and others.
As vice president of Digital Innovations for Kloeckner Metals, R. Matt Meyer is responsible for leading the effort to drive change in an industry that has been slow to realize the benefits of the digital economy. He has 22 years in the service center sector in various sales, product marketing and management roles. Having introduced digital products for multiple distribution companies since the infancy of the internet, Mr. Meyer has insight into how dramatic shifts in the customer’s digital fluency is driving adoption rates and expectations in the shifting B2B economy.
Meyer holds a BS from the University of Tennessee, an MBA from Middle Tennessee State University and is a graduate of the MSCI Strategic Metals Management Program at Washington University.
Chad Moutray is chief economist for the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), where he serves as the NAM’s economic forecaster and spokesperson on economic issues. He frequently comments on current economic conditions for manufacturers through professional presentations and media interviews. He has appeared on Bloomberg, CNBC, C-SPAN, Fox Business and Fox News, among other news outlets.
Prior to joining the NAM, Mr. Moutray was the chief economist and director of economic research for the Office of Advocacy at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) from 2002 to 2010. In that role, he was responsible for researching the importance of entrepreneurship to the U.S. economy and highlighting various issues of importance to small business owners, policymakers and academics. In addition to discussing economic and policy trends, his personal research focused on the importance of educational attainment to both self-employment and economic growth.
Prior to working at the SBA, Mr. Moutray was the dean of the School of Business Administration at Robert Morris College in Chicago, Ill. (now Robert Morris University of Illinois). Under his leadership, the business school had rapid growth, both adding new programs and new campuses. He began the development of an M.B.A. program that began accepting students after his departure and created a business institute for students to work with local businesses on classroom projects and internships.
Mr. Moutray is a former board member of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE). He is also the former president and chairman of the National Economists Club, the local NABE chapter for Washington, D.C. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics from Eastern Illinois University. He is a Certified Business Economist™, where he was part of the initial graduating class in 2015.
In 2014, he received the Outstanding Graduate Alumni Award from Eastern Illinois University, and in 2015, he accepted the Alumnus Achievement Award from Lake Land College in Mattoon, Ill., where he earned his associate’s degree in business administration.
Maria Orosco, Big Data manager, Resolvit, has 18 years experience in business management and information technology. She has in-depth experience working with business and data analytics on sales insights including products, services, customers and partners. She also has expertise in data quality and data architecture, specializing in cross-enterprise and B2B; as well as data visualization (trending, predictive, opportunity and risk insights). She handles program and project management, change management, and system assessment and configuration. She holds a BA from San Jose State University.
Richard Robinson is president of Norfolk Iron & Metal Co. (NIM), a family-owned business, now over 100 years old. Norfolk Iron and Metal Co. was founded in 1908 by John Robinson, Richard’s grandfather. The company now employs approximately 700 people, with locations in Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas, and Iowa, as well as a joint venture in Illinois. Richard joined NIM in 1976 after graduating from the University of Arizona with a B.S. in Engineering.
Richard is the chairman of the Metals Service Center Institute Board of Directors. He was honored as the 2010 Metal Center News Executive of the Year, an award which recognizes an individual whose career and business strategies represent a model for the rest of the industry. He is also active in his community: a trustee of the University of Nebraska Foundation, past chairman of the Norfolk Area YMCA, past chairman of the Norfolk, Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Division.
Richard and his wife Betti are the parents of three sons, two of whom have continued the tradition of joining the family business. Their youngest son is a financial advisor.
Joe Salazar is a brocker within Aon’s Financial Services Group, Professional Risk Solutions Team. Joe manages E&O exposures for Middle Market clients across the country. Some areas of expertise include Network Security & Privacy Liability (Cyber), Technology Errors and Omissions, Professional and Media Liability
Joe is a member of Aon’s Professional Risk Solutions team, a groundbreaking team created thirteen years ago made up of risk specialists from inside and outside the insurance industry, drawing from technology, law, and consulting. Joe has been with Aon since February of 2015. He has specialized in E&O and Network Security & Privacy risk for that entire period.
Joe earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and a Minor in Entreprenuership from Eastern Illinois University.
Dan L. Van Alstine
Dan Van Alstine is president and chief operating officer for Ruan Transportation Management Systems. Prior to joining Ruan in 2014, Van Alstine held senior-level roles with Schneider National, Inc., including senior vice president of their over-the-road van truckload group, senior vice president and general manager of dedicated services and logistics, as well as commercial positions throughout Schneider. Additionally, he served as vice president of marketing at Transport America and other senior roles throughout his 35-year career in transportation and logistics.
Van Alstine received his Bachelor of Arts in Business & Communication Arts from St. Norbert College (De Pere, WI). He has been involved in a number of transportation and logistics industry associations and groups and currently serves on both the American Trucking Associations (ATA) and Iowa Motor Truck Association (IMTA) executive boards.
He and his wife Chris are heavily involved in community and charity groups, including supporting the homeless and underprivileged. They have three grown children and reside in Des Moines, IA.
Edward Vore serves as chief executive officer, ArcelorMittal Tubular Products NAFTA.
Edward joined Copperweld Corporation in 1983 which was a legacy company acquired by Dofasco in 2005. He held a number of commercial roles of increasing responsibility prior to an assignment in the metallurgical department at the Shelby, Ohio tubing plant. After his technical development, Edward held commercial management roles in sales and marketing of increasing responsibility until assuming his current position in July 2013.
Edward is a member of the executive boards of the MSCI Tubular Products Council, Committee on Pipe and Tube Imports (CPTI), and the Steel Tube Institute of North America (past president).
Edward holds a Bachelor of Science degree in metallurgical engineering from Lafayette College and a MBA in executive management from Ashland University. He is married with two sons and lives in Lexington, Ohio.
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.
As Executive Chairman and CEO, Mr. Zekelman is responsible for all aspects of Zekelman Industries’ business and as such has devoted his entire business career to the development of Zekelman Industries, Atlas Tube, Wheatland Tube and the structural tube and pipe industry.
Zekelman began his career at Atlas Tube, assuming ownership, with his brothers, with his father's sudden passing in 1986. His primary role at Atlas was the provision of strategic and commercial leadership. Under his direction, the business grew from $2 million in sales to over $1.2 billion in sales. In 2006, as CEO, Chairman and President of Atlas Tube, he merged Atlas Tube with Zekelman Industries.
Zekelman previously held the position of Chief Operating Officer and was promoted to Chief Executive Officer and President of Zekelman Industries in 2008. Mr. Zekelman's initial term as Chief Executive Officer lasted until March of 2010 when he was appointed to Executive Chairman.
Mr. Zekelman was born and raised in Windsor, Ontario. He received his early education in Windsor and later attended York University in Toronto, Ontario.