COVID-19 Update for the Tubular Conference

Together, we are facing a truly unprecedented situation, because of COVID-19. With all of the country currently in self-quarantine and much uncertainty surrounding the opening of America again, we have decided to cancel our 2020 Tubular Products Division Conference scheduled for June 1-3 at The Historic Thayer Hotel in West Point, NY.

We will issue refunds for conference registrations.  The Thayer Hotel will automatically cancel hotel reservations reserved in the MSCI block and send a confirmation of cancellation. No deposits were collected.

In light of this pandemic, we will be delivering value virtually throughout the year and along the following lines:

  • Helping members navigate complex business issues confronting them now;
  • Reinforcing the importance of our community; and
  • Helping prepare members for the future in promoting the importance of our industry.

Please visit the MSCI website and note our weekly communications.

Conference Registration

Registration Pricing


Register on or before Wednesday, April 15th: $1,895 – Super Early Bird!
Register on or before Friday, May 1st: $2,195
Register after Friday, May 1st: $2,395

Bring a Protegé*
Seasoned professionals can bring an emerging professional with seven or fewer years of industry experience for just $995. To register an emerging professional, please contact Briana Dee at (847) 485-3021.

Your registration fee covers a West Point History & Tradition Tour, breakfast, lunch refreshments, reception and dinner on Tuesday, breakfast, refreshments, reception and dinner on Wednesday. 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 Tuesday and Wednesday 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 West Point, New York’s average high and low temperatures in early-June are 74° high and 51° low.

Affiliate Member and First-Time Attendee Reception

Tuesday, June 2, 2020 – 5:30 – 6:00 pm
Are you an MSCI Affiliate Member? Is this your first Tubular Conference or first MSCI event? The Tubular Products Division Council and the MSCI staff welcome you to the Tubular Conference 2020! Please join us for an early start and meet council members and staff prior to our Tuesday evening reception and dinner. Details to follow.

Questions or Assistance

For questions or assistance, contact:

Monique Combs
Vice President, Professional Development and Tubular Products
(847) 485-3024 – mcombs@msci.org

Briana Dee
Senior Membership & Events Coordinator
(847) 485-3021– bdee@msci.org


Monday, June 1

4:00 – 6:00 pm
Tubular Council Meeting (closed to council members)

6:00 –8:00 pm

Tuesday, June 2

7:00 am – 4:00 pm
Bradley Foyer

8:00 – 8:45 am
Grant Ballroom

8:45 – 9:15 am
Bradley South/North

9:15-10:15 am
Pulse on the Industry
MaryEmily Slate, Executive Vice President, Nucor Corporation

10:15-10:45 am
Refreshment Break

10:45 – 12:00 pm
Political Watch 2020 and Impacts on Manufacturing
The road to the White House has only six months remaining.  Each day the news is flooded with poll numbers and predictions.  Beinart, one of America’s most highly-regarded commentators on American politics and foreign policy, will go beyond the typical network poll commentators and outline the 2020 Presidential candidates’ positions and their impact on manufacturing.
Peter Beinart, CNN Political Commentator, Contributing Editor for The Atlantic, and Associate Professor of Journalism & Political Science at City University of New York

12:00 – 1:00 pm
Willard Scott Patio
Rain Backup – Grant Ballroom

1:00 – 2:30 pm
Planning with Optimism
The last two years have provided for many headlines, but did those headlines help or hinder your business? Presidential politics are fascinating, and we will explore the likely impact, if any, on the near-term economy and what potential election outcomes may mean to our forecast and to your world. The coronavirus is roiling stock markets, but will it impact your business? Our job will be to determine the best course of action for the most important part of the economy – you and your business.
Alan Beaulieu, President, ITR Economics

2:30 – 3:00 pm
Refreshment Break & Load Buses for West Point Tour

3:00 – 5:00 pm
West Point History & Tradition Tour
All Tubular Conference attendees will go on a guided tour of West Point.  The tour requires moderate walking and visitors spend approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes off the bus at the various stops, most of which is outdoors. Some pathways may be unpaved and the ground uneven. Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear.

5:30 – 6:00 pm
Affiliate & First-Time Attendee Reception

6:00 – 9:00 pm
Reception & Dinner
Zulu Time Lounge
Rain Backup – Grant Ballroom

Wednesday, June 3

7:30 – 11:00 am
Bradley Foyer

7:30 – 8:15 am
Grant Ballroom

8:15 – 8:30 am
Bradley South/North

8:30 – 9:30 am
High Impact Leadership
Develop an understanding for the U.S. military’s approach to high-impact, transformational leadership, while examining the leader’s role to get teams in the “Flow,” instill discipline in every activity, and establish a culture of learning (Fail Fast / Learn Fast).  Participant leaders will gain insights on powerful tools used by the military to create a “Mission First / People Always” team mentality.
Colonel Thomas H. Magness, P.E., U.S. Army, Retired, Thayer Leadership Development Group at West Point

9:30 – 10:00 am
Refreshment Break

10:00 – 11:00 am
Speaker TBA

6:30 – 8:30 pm
Reception & Dinner
Washington Patio & Ballroom

Optional Activities

11:30 am
Buses Depart for Golf Lunch 

12:30 pm
Golf Tournament – Shotgun Start
West Point Golf Course

12:00 – 4:00 pm
Pride of the Hudson Narrated Sightseeing Cruise & Lunch


Hotel & Travel

Hotel Information

About The Historic Thayer Hotel at West Point

Seated on a hilltop in Upstate West Point, NY, with commanding views of the Hudson River and the United States Military Academy, The Historic Thayer Hotel at West Point has been a national treasure since opening in 1926. Visited by past U.S. Presidents, international leaders and celebrities alike, this hotel is like no other in the world. Come and discover a captivating blend of over 200 years of military history combined with a full array of modern comforts and amenities.

The Historic Thayer Hotel at West Point
674 Thayer Rd.
West Point, NY  10996
Phone: (845) 446-4731
Reservations: (845) 446-4731, x1
Website:  https://www.thethayerhotel.com/

Reservations can only be made via phone.  When calling, please mention the MSCI Tubular Products Division Conference to receive the negotiated rate.

Room rates (run of house – single/double occupancy): $282.00 plus tax and $13.99 facility fee

Cut-off date:  Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Please note:  It is recommended that you make your hotel accommodations early to ascertain availability.  MSCI cannot guarantee availability or the room rate after Wednesday, April 22, 2020 or when the MSCI room block is filled – whichever occurs first.

Transportation Information

The Thayer Hotel is approximately a 1 hour drive from any of the following New York metropolitan area airports.

Kennedy (JFK) International Airport
LaGuardia Airport
Newark International Airport
Stewart International Airport
Westchester County/White Plains


The Thayer Hotel is on the west bank of the Hudson River approximately 40 miles north of New York City. Traveling from New York City takes about an hour and twenty minutes by car, train or bus.

From Kennedy (JFK) International Airport
From LaGuardia Airport
From Newark International Airport
From Stewart International Airport
From Westchester County/White Plains Airport

Valet parking is included in the facility fee.

Metro-North has rail service from Grand Central Station in mid-town Manhattan, up the east bank of the Hudson. If you don’t have a car, get off at Peekskill where cabs are often waiting. You may want to call to reserve a Highland Falls or Peekskill cab. Driving time from Peekskill to West Point is approximately 20 minutes.

Short Line Bus offers daily bus service from the New York City Port Authority, near Times Square in midtown Manhattan, to the West Point Visitors Center; one-way trip takes 1 hour 40 minutes and costs approximately $15. Short Line also has day trip packages with sightseeing and local discounts.

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 bypass 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



West Point Golf Course
Wednesday, June 3, 2020 12:30 pm shotgun start

Nestled in the Hudson Valley just north of the Bear Mountain Bridge, the West Point Golf Course offers an unforgettable golf experience. The West Point Golf Course is an 18-hole challenge on a mountain layout, with well maintained terrain normally seen only at private clubs or high-end courses. Don’t let the length fool you this Robert Trent Jones design course is a great challenge for all levels of golf.

One takes a walk through history at the West Point Golf Course, starting with Hole #1 the tee marker reflects upon the American Revolution finishing with #17 and #18 reflecting upon Iraq and Afghanistan. The course is home of Army Golf, the Academy’s division one golf team  practices and holds tournaments. A favorite is the Army Navy Match – GO ARMY.

Fee: $140.00 per person, inclusive of tournament and greens fees, golf cart and lunch.

Strata clubs are available to rent for $15.00 and payment will be collected at the golf course.

Golf pairings will be created by selected members of the Tubular Council.

Tours & Activities


Pride of the Hudson Narrated Sightseeing Cruise & Lunch
Wednesday, June 3, 2020 12:00 – 4:00 pm
$100.00 pp

Cruise along the Hudson River aboard the luxurious Pride of the Hudson!  Bask in the open air on the spacious sundeck or enjoy the comfort of our climate controlled main salon featuring huge wrap-around windows.

Your adventure will begin at Blu Pointe in Newburgh, NY and your captain will narrate the sights along the way, including:

-Washington’s Headquarters – established as a historic site in 1850 because George Washington spent so much time here during the Revolutionary War!
-Mount Beacon – the highest point between the Catskills and the Atlantic Ocean. Beacon fires were built here during the Revolutionary War.
-Bannerman Island – this historic Island is known for its warehouse, built to resemble a Scottish Castle.
-Breakneck Mountain – legend has it that the mountain was named for a farmer’s bull that fell down the cliff and broke its neck. A granite quarry at its base supplied material for the towers of the Brooklyn Bridge, the base of the Statue of Liberty, and sidewalks in New York City.
-Cold Spring – a quaint town known for its restaurants and antiques.
-World’s End – the deepest point of the Hudson River. Explorers believed that the river stopped there, but eventually realized that after the sharp “S” bend it continued.
-Constitution Island – during the Revolutionary War, chains were run from here to West Point.
-West Point – the United States Military Academy at West Point boasts beautiful & historic buildings including Eisenhower Hall, their chapel, field house, & more.


Don’t miss the opportunity to generate new leads and raise positive awareness of your company. Be a 2020 Tubular Product 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 Combs at 847-485-3004.

Deadline to submit artwork is Thursday, April 30, 2020. Limit one sponsor per event unless otherwise noted.

*Complimentary registrations are valued at $1,895

**Limit 2 sponsors

$7,500 Level

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

  • Tuesday Dinner June 2
  • Wednesday Dinner June 3
  • Golf Tournament June 3
  • Bottled Water provided throughout the conference

$5,000 Level

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

  • Tuesday Lunch June 2
  • Tuesday Breakfast June 2
  • Wednesday Breakfast June 3
  • Room Drop of company literature or takeaway item June 2
  • Charging Station
  • General Session WiFi
  • Bound Notebooks provided upon registration

$3,500 Level

$3,500 Level includes signage, listing in the conference program and app, and display of literature. The refreshment break and reception sponsorships also include custom napkins. Choose from:

  • Refreshment Break June 2 or June 3
  • Tuesday Reception June 2
  • Mints provided throughout the conference


Dr. Alan Beaulieu, Ph.D., president, Institute for Trend Research, ITR Economics

One of the country’s most informed economists, Dr. Alan Beaulieu is President and a principal of ITR Economics. Since 1990, he has provided in-depth economic consulting and presentations across North America, Europe, and Asia.

Alan has coauthored, with Brian Beaulieu, the books “Make Your Move,” “Prosperity in the Age of Decline,” and “But I Want It!” He has also penned numerous articles and makes up to 90 appearances a year.

Alan has a doctorate from Louisiana Baptist University.

Peter Beinart, CNN Political Commentator, Contributing Editor for The Atlantic, and Associate Professor of Journalism & Political Science at City University of New York

Peter Beinart is one of America’s most highly-regarded commentators on American politics and foreign policy. He is a professor of journalism and political science at The City University of New York, a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Middle East Peace, a contributor to the Atlantic and The Forward, and a political commentator for CNN. He hosts a biweekly podcast on topics around politics, Jewish life, and the Middle East for Forward. Beinart burst onto the punditry scene immediately after graduating from Oxford in 1995. Since then, he has been editor of the New Republic magazine, written widely acclaimed books, and been a featured player on the television news circuit for his expertise and articulate analysis. Exclusively represented by Leading Authorities speakers bureau, he addresses politics, foreign policy, elections, and the American-Israel relationship.

Powerful Prose. His first book, The Good Fight: Why Liberals—and Only Liberals—Can Win the War on Terror and Make America Great Again, was published in 2006. His second, The Icarus Syndrome: A History of American Hubris, was published in 2010, and his latest, The Crisis of Zionism, which expands upon his The New York Review of Books essay, “The Failure of the American Jewish Establishment,” was published in April 2013. Madeleine Albright called The Good Fight “a book filled with apt insights and common sense.” Fareed Zakaria called The Icarus Syndrome “lucid, thoughtful and strikingly honest,” and Bill Clinton called The Crisis of Zionism “a deeply important book for anyone who cares about Israel.”

Variety of Platforms. Beinart has contributed to the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, the Boston Globe, the Atlantic, TIME, Slate, Reader’s Digest, Die Zeit, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, and Polity: The Journal of the Northeastern Political Science Studies Association. He is a former Senior Columnist at Ha’aretz and was named “Columnist of the Year” by The Week magazine. Additionally, he has appeared on Meet the Press, This Week, Charlie Rose, The McLaughlin Group, The Colbert Report, MTV, NBC, ABC, CNN, Fox, MSNBC and many other television and radio programs. He has provided commentary for CNN for both Democratic and Republican conventions, and previously gave the Theodore H. White lecture at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He is a Senior Fellow in International Security at the New America Foundation.

Education and Early Career. Beinart graduated from Yale University in 1993, winning a Rhodes scholarship for graduate study at Oxford University. After graduating from University College, Oxford with a master’s in philosophy in international relations, Beinart became The New Republic’s managing editor in 1995. He became senior editor in 1997, and from 1999–2006 served as the magazine’s editor. Beinart was a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations from 2007–2009.


Colonel Thomas Henry Magness, P.E., U.S. Army, retired, Thayer Leader Development Group at West Point

Tom has over 26 years of practical leadership experience both in traditional military units and non-traditional, civilian-based, bottom line-focused construction organizations. He served in leadership assignments around the world, culminating as a commander for a $5B engineering and construction program in Afghanistan. He has served as commander (CEO) for five different organizations, all with diverse responsibilities and missions. He served for 4 years as a teacher/coach/consultant at the US Army’s National Training Center, mentoring military leaders on fundamental elements of leadership. An Airborne Ranger, Tom is comfortable with the leadership of both small units and large with years of practical experience leading groups, both military and civilian, from 30 to 1,400.

Tom retired from the military in 2011. His last assignment in Afghanistan, served as an opportunity to demonstrate that visionary, inspiring leadership resonates not just with Americans. During his 12-month deployment, he more than tripled the output of his organization by making people believe in the seemingly impossible and focusing not just on building projects but on building people to be able to accomplish more than they ever thought possible. He built a team of military, civilians, contractors, and Afghan engineers who found ways to overcome life and death challenges to accomplish the mission. Tom Magness has been with TLDG since 2011 and has given leadership presentations around the world to a wide range of audiences – helping over 50,000 leaders understand what he calls, “Leader Business.”

Tom has published dozens of professional articles and is an active blogger, publishing small articles on leadership since 2007. His first book, Leader Business: Battle-Tested Leadership Strategies for any organization, was published in 2010 to help connect military leadership lessons to the business world.

MS, Civil Engineering, University of Texas, Austin, TX
BS, Mechanical Engineering, U.S. Military Academy, West Point, NY

MaryEmily Slate, Executive Vice President, Nucor Corporation

Ms. Slate is Executive Vice President of Nucor Corporation.

Ms. Slate began her career with Nucor in 2000 as District Sales Manager at Nucor Steel Arkansas. She later served as Sales Manager at Nucor Steel Decatur, LLC and then as Cold Mill Manager.

In 2010, Ms. Slate was promoted to General Manager of Nucor Steel Auburn, Inc. and was elected Vice President in 2012. She most recently served as Vice President and General Manager of Nucor Steel Arkansas from 2015 to 2019. Ms. Slate was named Executive Vice President in May 2019.


A full refund will be issued for cancellations received in writing by MSCI by 5:00 pm Friday, May 1, 2020; cancellations received in writing by MSCI by 5:00 pm before Friday, May 15, 2020, 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 Member Services Department.

Activity registration deadline is Friday, May 1, 2020. No refunds on cancelled activities or golf will be issued after this date as we are obligated to provide guarantees to our vendors.

*Bring a Protegé

Seasoned  professionals can bring an emerging professional with 7 or fewer years of industry experience for just $995. To register an emerging professional and for more details call Briana Dee at 847-485-3021.

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.

Content Policy

The content (including, but not limited to, slides, charts, video-clips, etc. ) presented at MSCI conferences is proprietary and presented solely for the benefit of conference attendees. The conference content should not be disseminated or re-transmitted in any way (e.g. electronically, via audio tape, etc.) to the public or third parties.

Entertainment Policy

Entertainment and/or company meetings should never be scheduled at the same time as official MSCI business or a social event. This includes breakfast sessions, business sessions, and evening group functions. MSCI recommends that company entertainment be planned prior to the opening or following the conclusion of the Tubular Products Division Conference.

Press and Sponsorship Policies

This event is closed to the press. Only event sponsors may distribute products or promotional materials at MSCI venues.  Please contact Monique Combs at (847) 485-3004 if you are interested in becoming a sponsor.

Registrant/Participant Image and Voice Agreement

Registration for attendance and/or participation at MSCI Conferences and other associated activities constitutes an agreement by the registrant to permit MSCI’s to use and distribute (both now and in the future) the registrant or participant’s image or voice in photographs, videotapes, electronic reproductions, audiotapes or other digital or electronic recordings of such event and activities.

Spouse/Guest Participation

Spouse and guests who accompany our delegates to Arizona are encouraged to attend our Wednesday evening dinner. A spouse/guest dinner ticket for the Wednesday reception and dinner is $150. No children please. Your spouse or guest may also pay to participate in the optional activities noted in the schedule. 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.