About the Event

Welcome to the 26th Annual Tampa Steel Conference

Join the steel industry’s key decision makers and experts to learn about the future outlook for this important industry.

The Tampa Steel Conference is one of the nation’s largest steel trade events. The movement of iron and steel products is extremely important to our economy, as well as the Port of Tampa. This event pays due recognition to the steel industry and provides a forum to discuss the changing steel market.

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Tuesday, February 10th

3:00P – 7:00P
Information desk will be in hotel lobby

Early Bird Reception - Hilton Downtown Tampa


Noon - 4:00P
Sponsor Exhibit Set Up
Pick up Cruise Terminal 3 North – Port Tampa Bay

Buses Depart Hilton
Downtown Tampa for TPC Tampa Bay

8:00A – 1:30P
Tampa Steel Conference Golf Tournament
TPC Tampa Bay
5300 West Lutz Lake Fern Road
Lutz, FL 33558

Shuttle departs Hilton
Downtown Tampa for Freedman Tennis Facility

10:00A – 1:00P
Tampa Steel Conference Tennis Tournament
Sandra Freedman Tennis Facility
59 Columbia Drive
Tampa, FL 33602

Meet in lobby of Hilton
Downtown Tampa for Port Tour(For shuttle only. If you have transportation please meet at Cruise Terminal 3)

4:30P - 5:30P
Port of Tampa Harbor Tour
Tour guests will go straight to the Networking Reception

5:15P – 9:00P
Shuttle service
will be available between Hilton Downtown Tampa and Cruise Terminal 2

5:30P – 7:30P
Tampa Steel Conference Networking Reception
Cruise Terminal 2 – Port Tampa Bay
651 Channelside Dr, Tampa
(Conference name badges will be available at the reception)


7:45A – 4:00P
Shuttle Service
Available between the Hilton Downtown
Cruise Terminal 3 North – Port Tampa Bay

Registration & Attendee Material Pick up
Cruise Terminal 3 North – Port Tampa Bay

Sponsor Exhibits
Cruise Terminal 3 North – Port Tampa Bay

Break Area and Networking
Cruise Terminal 3 North – Port Tampa Bay

Breakfast on your own
Note: You should have received a voucher for the breakfast buffet at the Hilton Downtown Tampa in your welcome packet.

8:45A – 9:00A
Welcome Remarks
Cruise Terminal 3 North – Port Tampa Bay

The Honorable Bob Buckhorn, Mayor, City of Tampa,
Paul Anderson, President and CEO, Port Tampa Bay,
David Phelps, Master of Ceremonies

9:05A – 9:50A
Session 1 – Market Update
Cruise Terminal 3 North – Port Tampa Bay

Moderator: Jo Isenberg-O’Loughlin, Executive Director, American Metal Market
Panelists: TBD

9:55A – 10:40A
Session 2 – Regulatory/ Trade Crossfire
Cruise Terminal 3 North – Port Tampa Bay

Moderator: TBD
Panelists: Richard Chriss, AIIS
Philip Bell, Steel Manufacturers Association
Lewis Leibowitz, (Invited)

10:40A – 10:50A

10:55A - 11:25A
Session 3 – TBD SPEAKER
Cruise Terminal 3 North – Port Tampa Bay

Speaker: TBD

11:30A – 12:15P
Session 4 – Trade & Logistics
Cruise Terminal 3 North – Port Tampa Bay

Moderator: Tom Perdue, Stevedoring Vice President Sales and Marketing (Invited)
Panelists: Jame Chessman, Senior Operations Manager, Pacific Basin (Invited)
Silvio Cerlini, Multi Marine, Genoa, Italy
Rick Shannon, Atlantic Ro-Ro
Arthur Savage, A.R. Savage & Son (invited)

Session 5 - Networking Lunch
Cruise Terminal 3 North – Port Tampa Bay

Speaker: John Correnti, President & CEO, Big River Steel

1:40P – 2:25P
Session 6 – Keynote Session
Cruise Terminal 3 North – Port Tampa Bay

Speaker: The Honorable Andrew Card, Former White House Chief of Staff and Secretary of Transportation


Port Tampa Bay - Cruise Terminal 3
815 Channelside Dr

in the Channelside District

Tampa, Florida 33602

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Paul Anderson Rick Shannon Bob Buckhorn

Paul Anderson

Former Federal Maritime Commissioner Paul Anderson joined the Port Tampa Bay as Chief Executive Officer in December 2012 after holding a series of high-profile leadership positions in the public and private sectors over the last three decades. Prior to joining the Port Tampa Bay, Mr. Anderson was the Chief Executive Officer at the Jacksonville Port Authority.

Mr. Anderson was recently elected Chairman of the Florida Ports Financing Commission by Florida’s port directors. He’s also been appointed by the Chairman of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) to lead a newly created cooperative effort of the AAPA and the U.S. Conference of Mayors. In this role, Mr. Anderson will bring together the country’s most prominent mayors with port leadership to urge investment in seaport infrastructure and make U.S. port competitiveness a national priority. In addition, he is the Legislative Chairman of the Florida Ports Council and serves on the Florida Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.



Rick Shannon

President, Atlantic Ro-Ro Carriers

Rick Shannon has more than 40 years in the transportation industry, holding senior positions in worldwide shipping companies. His career covers most of the major area in the world including South-Central America, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa, and the Far East. Rick has headed up projects for the building of airports, terminals, buildings with complete turnkey operations throughout the Red Sea and Persian Gulf. He represented Society General de Surveillance on many of the construction projects.


Rick entered the Soviet Union as the General Agent USA for all 17 Soviet Union ocean shipping companies in 1991. As the Soviet Union was going through the turbulent times in the early 1990s of privatization, the basic infrastructure could not adapt to the overnight changes and demands. State owned companies disappeared and private entrepreneurs now had control of all areas within Russia. A period of mayhem followed.


In 1995 a new group had formed – Atlantic Ro-Ro Carriers – and Rick became their firs president in October 1995. The two-ship operation has grown to its present five-ship, dedicated U.S./St. Petersburg, all water service with no transshipment. It is the only liner service offering break-bulk, project freight, ro-ro, and container capability.

Rick has concentrated on working with Russian Customs and Russian diplomatic entities for the past 22 years as well as with U.S. regulatory bodies. In 2002, after two years of negotiating, Rick was able to put into the Russian Customs law, Order 441: a transparency method of offering customs clearance at the Port of St. Petersburg mandating customs clearance within three hours of discharge. The project worked, but resistance from the Russian side made it difficult to continue. Rick’s group had an exclusive on this mandate.


Rick has been a member of most of the major trade organizations for many years, and, in 1994, became one of the first members of the American Chamber of Commerce in St. Petersburg. Rick has received the “The Veteran of Cold War on the Seas” medal from the joint council of Veterans-Submariners of the Russian Navy, received an honoree appointments at Major General in the Cossack Army in 1999, and was honored by the Russian Orthodox Church in 2000 at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York, along with Victor Chernomyrdin, former Prime Minister of the Russian Federation and Yuli Vorontsov, Chairman of the Board of AIG Investment Bank & Special Enjoy of the United Nations Secretary-General for the CIS. In 1996, he became a member of the Board of Directors of the House of Hope, a free American-Russian alcohol rehabilitation center just outside of St. Petersburg.




Bob Buckhorn

As Tampa’s mayor, Bob Buckhorn serves on several boards and governing authorities including the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority, Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority, and the Tampa Port Authority. The mayor is represented on the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority, the Metropolitan Planning Organization, Tampa Bay Water, and the Tampa-Hillsborough Expressway Authority. He also appoints citizens to serve on a number of other boards, committees and authorities charged with regulating and overseeing various city operations.

Buckhorn is committed to continuously looking for ways to reduce costs and create opportunities for economic growth. In June 2011, he formed the Economic Competitiveness Committee to review the City of Tampa’s permitting and regulatory processes and look for ways to improve the system. Buckhorn is committed to ensuring that Tampa is known as a place that is open for business and he will continue to focus on building an environment that will create a strong economic climate.

Buckhorn graduated from Penn State University in 1980, with a degree in Political Science. He is married to Dr. Catherine Lynch Buckhorn and they have two daughters.



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