President's Award Breakfast

Tuesday, 9 May • 8–9:45 a.m. •
Karl F. Dean Grand Ballroom

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Recognizing steel industry excellence, the President’s Award Breakfast program consists of the presentation of prestigious AIST Board of Director Awards, including AIST’s Steelmaker of the Year, followed by a keynote presentation. Tickets can be purchased when you register for AISTech. Advance single tickets are US$40. A table of 10 is US$350.

2017 Keynote Speaker

Big River Steel: A Technology Company That Just Happens to Make Steel

David Stickler
chief executive officer
Big River Steel

David Stickler, one of Big River Steel’s founding investors and a member of the company’s board of directors, was named chief executive officer of Big River Steel in August 2015. Throughout his 20 years in the steel industry, he has invested in, structured and raised billions of dollars of capital for numerous high-profile steel projects throughout the world, including a number of greenfield mini-mill projects. In addition to providing and raising capital for these projects, Stickler frequently provides ongoing management assistance. He has also led and structured a number of transactions involving recycling companies. Most recently, he partnered with a leading Silicon Valley venture capital firm and formed a company focused on processing electronic waste in the southern United States, thereby providing a domestic cradle-to-grave solution for companies such as Apple and HP. Stickler has extensive Wall Street investment banking experience and early in his career he served in the Reagan Administration. He earned his M.B.A. from Northwestern University and a B.S. degree in accounting from Bowling Green State University.