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Welcome to the Tampa Steel Conference, one of the nation’s largest steel trade events. The movement of iron and steel products is extremely important to our economy and is a significant cargo commodity at Port Tampa Bay.

On its 27th year, the Tampa Steel Conference recognizes the steel industry and provides a wide array of topical information as well as a forum to discuss the changing steel market.

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

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Paul Anderson Daniel R. Pearson

A. Paul Anderson

Former Federal Maritime Commissioner Paul Anderson joined the Tampa Port Authority 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 Tampa Port Authority, 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.

Nominated to the Federal Maritime Commission by President George W. Bush in 2003, and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2004, Mr. Anderson served a five-year term ending in 2008. In addition, the president designated Anderson as the Commission’s Chairman. During his tenure, Anderson voted on issues affecting the trillion-dollar international maritime industry and represented the Commission before Congress, maritime industry associations and major corporate leadership. A highlight of Anderson’s service included his appointment to the Committee on Marine Transportation, a cabinet-level strategy group responsible for the nation’s seaports and reporting directly to the president.

Most recently, Mr. Anderson was responsible for providing industry recommendations on legislative issues to the Ranking Member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee at the U.S. House of Representatives where he served as a Senior Fellow. He was president of International Oil and Shipping Company of Boca Raton, Florida, between 2008 and 2010 following his service on the Federal Maritime Commission. Anderson spent 10 years with JM Family Enterprises, a diversified automobile business headquartered in Deerfield Beach, Florida, and was previously a senior director of Seabulk Marine, Inc., an international marine transportation company in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He has also served as an advisor on intermodal issues to former Florida governors Jeb Bush and Charlie Crist.

Mr. Anderson has also held numerous community leadership positions including Chair, Board of Trustees, Broward County (FL) Community College; Chair, Broward Alliance; Chair, Broward Health Foundation; Vice President, Board of Trustees, Leukemia Lymphoma Society; Board of Directors, Florida Tax Watch; and the Board of Directors, Public Affairs Council.

Raised in San Clemente, California, Anderson has relocated with his family to Tampa from Jacksonville, Florida, where, except during the period of his public service in Washington, D.C., he has resided for the past 25 years. Anderson is a 1982 graduate of the University of Florida and completed the Senior Managers in Government program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.



Daniel R. Pearson

Daniel R. Pearson has served since 2013 as a senior fellow in the Cato Institute’s Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy Studies. His work focuses on bringing greater freedom to food and agricultural markets, reducing the degree of protectionism inherent in trade remedy measures (antidumping and countervailing duties), and rebuilding momentum for multilateral trade liberalization.

From 2003 to 2013, Pearson served as a Republican on the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC). He was nominated by President George W. Bush, began serving a recess appointment in 2003, and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on November 21, 2004. He was designated by the President to serve as ITC chairman for the two-year period from June 17, 2006, through June 16, 2008, and to serve as vice chairman from June 17, 2008 through June 16, 2010.

Pearson was assistant vice president of public affairs for Cargill, Inc., in Minneapolis, MN, from 1998 to 2003. His work dealt primarily with trade policy issues, including the World Trade Organization agricultural negotiations, the efforts of China and other countries to join the WTO, the global liberalization initiative for the oilseed sector, the U.S.-Mexico sweetener dispute, and the effects of domestic agricultural policies on U.S. competitiveness. Before his appointment to assistant vice president, he served as a policy analyst in the public affairs department from 1987 to 1998.

From 1981 to 1987, Pearson was the agricultural legislative assistant to Senator Rudy Boschwitz in Washington, DC, where he was responsible for legislative and regulatory issues under the jurisdiction of the Senate Agricultural Committee. He also served as staff of the Subcommittee on Foreign Agricultural Policy, chaired by Senator Boschwitz.

From 1979 to 1980, Pearson farmed in a diversified 800-acre operation with his father and brother near Ogilvie, Minnesota.

Pearson holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees, both in agricultural and applied economics, from the University of Minnesota.



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