The AIST president, Anthony R. Bridge, will host the President’s Award Breakfast on Tuesday, May 4, 2010, in the Spirit of Pittsburgh Ballroom inside the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. The breakfast program will consist of the presentation of several prestigious association awards and AIME awards, followed by a keynote presentation by John P. Surma, chairman and chief executive officer of United States Steel Corporation. Advance single tickets are US$40. Tables of 10 are available at US$350. Tickets may be ordered when registering for the conference.
John P. Surma graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 1976 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. He joined Price Waterhouse LLP in 1976, and in 1981 he served in the Manchester, England, office of the Price Waterhouse United Kingdom firm. In 1987, he was admitted to the partnership. In 1983, Surma participated in the President’s Executive Exchange Program in Washington, D.C., where he served as executive staff assistant to the vice chairman of the Federal Reserve Board. In 1997, Surma joined Marathon Oil Co. as senior vice president — finance and accounting. He was appointed president of Speedway SuperAmerica LLC in 1998, and senior vice president — supply and transportation for Marathon Ashland Petroleum LLC (MAP) in 2000. He was named president of MAP on Jan. 1, 2001. Effective with the separation from USX Corporation, he became vice chairman and chief financial officer of United States Steel Corporation on Jan. 1, 2002. He was named president in March 2003, and president and chief operating officer in June 2003. He was elected president and chief executive officer in 2004, and chairman of the board of directors and chief executive officer in February 2006. Surma is a member of the board of directors of the American Iron and Steel Institute and previously served as chairman and vice chairman of the organization.