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Past Detroit Member Chapter Events

Dinner Meeting — March 2018

The AIST Detroit Member Chapter hosted a dinner meeting on Tuesday, 13 March 2018, at the Holiday Inn Southgate in Southgate, Mich., USA. The meeting featured a keynote presentation from Brian Bishop, vice president, Carbon Steel Operations, AK Steel, and a member of the AIST Board of Directors. More than 180 attendees enjoyed Bishop’s presentation, in which he provided a synopsis of AK Steel regarding the state of the company and the outlook for the Dearborn facility. Bishop’s discussion also touched on trade cases and tariffs, as well as AISTech 2018.

  Detroit Member Chapter chair Taylor Murphy (right), presented a plaque of appreciation to Brian Bishop (left), AK Steel, for his keynote presentation at the Detroit Member Chapter meeting.

Dinner Meeting — February 2018

The AIST Detroit Member Chapter hosted a dinner meeting on Tuesday, 13 February 2018, at the Holiday Inn Southgate in Southgate, Mich., USA, which featured a keynote presentation from Darrel Moore, vice president/general manager, Michigan and Indiana Operations, Gerdau Special Steel North America. More than 150 attendees enjoyed Moore’s presentation, “An Overview of Gerdau Special Steel North America and the Recent Expansion at Our Monroe Facility.”

1. Detroit Member Chapter chair Taylor Murphy (left), AK Steel, presented a keynote speaker plaque to Darrel Moore (right), Gerdau Special Steel North America’s vice president/general manager Michigan and Indiana operations, at the Detroit Member Chapter meeting on 13 February 2018. 2.  More than 150 members and guests of the Detroit Member Chapter listened to Moore’s overview of Gerdau Special Steel and their recent expansion project at the Monroe, Mich., USA, facility.
 
 
Roger Kalinowsky (right), Sidock Group, and Detroit Member Chapter secretary, presented a plaque of appreciation to Randy Skagen (left), vice president and general manager, Nucor Steel Tuscaloosa Inc., and 2017–2018 AIST president, for his keynote presentation.

Dinner Meeting — November 2017

The AIST Detroit Member Chapter hosted a dinner meeting on Tuesday, 7 November 2017, at the Holiday Inn Southgate in Southgate, Mich., USA that featured a keynote presentation from Randy Skagen, vice president and general manager, Nucor Steel Tuscaloosa Inc., and 2017–2018 AIST president. Skagen’s presentation, “Nucor: Making Steel Great Again,” was well received by the 80 professionals in attendance.

Keynote Presentation — 2017

The AIST Detroit Chapter hosted their first meeting of the 2017–2018 year with a keynote presentation from Robert Feldmann, executive director electric sales and marketing, DTE Electric Co. He focused on DTE’s Certificate of Necessity, which pertained to DTE Electric’s proposed changes to its electricity generation mix from primarily coal to natural gas and renewable energy. At the conclusion of his presentation, Feldmann fielded several interesting questions and provided additional information to the audience of approximately 110 professionals.

1. Roger Kalinowsky (right), Detroit Member Chapter secretary, Sidock Group Inc., presented a plaque of appreciation to Robert Feldmann (left), DTE Electric Co., for his keynote speech. 2. Roger Kalinowsky (right) presented a plaque to Doug Sheppard (left), U. S. Steel – Great Lakes Works/Hatch, in appreciation of his service as 2016–2017 Detroit Member Chapter chair.
 

Golf Outing — August 2017
The AIST Detroit Member Chapter hosted its annual golf outing on Monday, 7 August 2017, at the Walnut Creek Country Club in South Lyon, Mich., USA. Proceeds from the event will benefit the AIST Detroit Member Chapter’s Judith A. Quinn Scholarship Fund. There were 180 participants at this year’s event, and everyone enjoyed a beautiful day of networking, golf and dinner. 

1. The Detroit Member Chapter golf outing was held on 7 August 2017 in South Lyon, Mich., USA (left to right): Roger Kalinowsky, Detroit Member Chapter secretary; Kim Stamper; and Bill Sidock, Detroit Member Chapter treasurer (all of Sidock Group). 2. Nadia Kurtzhals (left) and Erika Brower (right), 2017 Detroit Member Chapter scholarship recipients, were recognized at the post-outing banquet.
 

Dinner Meeting — April 2017
The Detroit Member Chapter hosted a U. S. Steel Night dinner meeting at the Holiday Inn Southgate in Southgate, Mich., USA, on Tuesday, 11 April 2017. Keynote speaker Mike Davenport, director engineer — applications for United States Steel Corporation, spoke on developments and guidelines for producing automotive advanced high-strength steel. There were more than 170 attendees in the audience.

 
 
Eric Petersen (left), AK Steel, was presented with a plaque of appreciation from Detroit Member Chapter chair Doug Sheppard (right), Hatch Associates Consultants, for his keynote address on 14 March 2017.

Dinner Meeting — March 2017
The Detroit Member Chapter hosted a dinner meeting at the Holiday Inn Southgate in Southgate, Mich., USA, on Tuesday, 14 March 2017. Keynote speaker Eric S. Petersen, vice president, Research and Innovation, AK Steel, presented “Innovative Steel Grades and Their Potential for Lightweighting in Automotive Structures.” The presentation covered the next generations of advanced high-strength steels and their applications in automotive vehicles, as well as AK Steel’s newly constructed research facility and AK’s commitment to industry innovation. It was followed by an engaging question-and-answer session that generated a good response from the 200-plus attendees.

Dinner Meeting — February 2017
The AIST Detroit Member Chapter hosted a dinner meeting at the Holiday Inn Southgate in Southgate, Mich., USA, on Wednesday, 15 February 2017. Wendell Carter, vice president and general manager of ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor and 2016–2017 AIST president, was the evening’s keynote presenter. There were 135 members in attendance.

1. Detroit Member Chapter chair Doug Sheppard (left), Hatch Associates, presented a plaque to past chair Richard Kritikos (right), United States Steel Corporation, as a token of gratitude for his contributions to the chapter at the Detroit Member Chapter meeting on 15 February 2017 in Southgate, Mich., USA. 2. Wendell Carter (right), ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor and 2016–2017 AIST president, was presented with a plaque of appreciation from Sheppard (left) for his keynote address at the dinner meeting.
 

Dinner Meeting — October 2016
On Monday, 7 November 2016, the Detroit Member Chapter hosted its Sidock Group Night dinner meeting at the Holiday Inn in Southgate, Mich., USA. The keynote speaker Mike Eagen, senior project consultant for the Sidock Group, presented “Erection of the Roof at Ford Field.” Eagen gave an excellent and interesting presentation to almost 100 people, in which he explained the Ford Field roof erection procedure with spans up to 528 feet long and truss weights up to 1,600 tons.

Roger Kalinowsky, Detroit Memb0er Chapter secretary (right), presented a plaque of appreciation to keynote speaker Mike Eagen (left) at the chapter’s November dinner meeting.
 
 
Detroit Member Chapter chair Doug Sheppard (left), Hatch Associates Inc., presented a plaque of appreciation to keynote speaker Brian Boychuk (right), president of Midland Tool & Supply.

Dinner Meeting — October 2016
On Tuesday, 11 October 2016, the AIST Detroit Member Chapter hosted its Midland Tool & Supply Night dinner meeting at the Holiday Inn in Southgate, Mich., USA, featuring a keynote presentation by Brian Boychuk, president of Midland Tool & Supply.
Boychuk’s presentation focused on how Midland Tool & Supply can assist construction forces to meet their need for tools and safety equipment during complex 24-hour a day projects. At the conclusion of his presentation, Boychuk fielded several interesting questions and provided additional information to the group of approximately 90 professionals in attendance.

Golf Outing — August 2016
The AIST Detroit Member Chapter hosted its annual golf outing on Monday, 1 August 2016 at the Walnut Creek Country Club in South Lyon, Mich., USA. Proceeds from the event will benefit the AIST Detroit Member Chapter’s Judith A. Quinn Scholarship Fund. There were 180 participants at this year’s event and everyone enjoyed a beautiful day of networking, golf and dinner. SMS group (Dearborn) and Imerys tied for lowest score at 58. 

The Detroit Member Chapter held its annual golf outing on 1 August 2016 (left to right): John Young and Dave Ernvall, Gerdau Long Steel North America Monroe Mill; Mike Newkirk and Joe Jackson, Sidock Group Inc.

Annual Day at the Ballpark — June 2016
A great time was had by all who attended the AIST Detroit Member Chapter’s annual day at the ballpark on Saturday, 25 June 2016, where 90 members and guests participated. The afternoon began with food and drinks at the prestigious Detroit Athletic Club, followed by an afternoon baseball game at Comerica Park in Detroit, Mich., USA. Even though the Detroit Tigers lost to the Cleveland Indians 6-0, the group enjoyed watching the Tigers play from great seats in the upper deck behind home plate.

The Detroit Member Chapter’s annual day at the ballpark drew 90 attendees on 25 June 2016.
 
 
Doug Klingensmith, Unconventional Solutions Inc., delivered the keynote address at the Detroit Member Chapter’s dinner meeting on 8 March 2016. 

Dinner Meeting — March 2016
On Tuesday, 8 March 2016, the AIST Detroit Member Chapter held an enjoyable dinner meeting at the Holiday Inn Southgate, Southgate, Mich., USA, with 100 attendees. The keynote speaker was Doug Klingensmith, vice president of technical support and business development, Unconventional Solutions Inc., who presented “Minimizing and Preventing Unscheduled Down Days With Composite Systems.”

 
  Detroit Member Chapter chair Richard Kritikos (center), U. S. Steel – Great Lakes Works, presented a plaque of appreciation to keynote speakers Bill Staggs (left) and Mike Bills (right) from Alta Equipment in appreciation of their presentation on 9 February 2016.

Dinner Meeting — February 2016
On Tuesday, 9 February 2016, the AIST Detroit Member Chapter hosted its Alta Equipment Night dinner meeting at the Holiday Inn in Southgate, Mich., USA. The keynote presentation was delivered by Bill Staggs, rental territory manager, and Mike Bills, vice president sales and rental operations of Alta Equipment. They presented “The Alta Story and its Impact on the Steel Industry” to the 225 steel industry professionals in attendance, including many members of the AIST Oxygen Steelmaking Technology Committee.

 
 
The Detroit Member Chapter dinner meeting was held on 10 November 2015 (left to right): AIST president George Koenig, Hatch Associates Inc.; AIST Judith A. Quinn Detroit Member Chapter Scholarship recipient Jordan Tower, Wayne State University; and Detroit Member Chapter chair Rich Kritikos, U. S. Steel – Great Lakes Works. 

Dinner Meeting — November 2015
On Tuesday, 10 November 2015, the Detroit Member Chapter hosted a dinner meeting at the Holiday Inn in Southgate, Mich., USA. There were 105 steel industry professionals in attendance. The keynote presentation was delivered by current AIST president George Koenig, director — global business and technology development, Iron & Steel, Hatch Associates Inc. Detroit Member Chapter chair Rich Kritikos, engineering manager, U. S. Steel – Great Lakes Works, awarded Jordan Tower, a mechanical engineering student at Wayne State University, with an AIST Judith A. Quinn Detroit Member Chapter Scholarship. Tower’s scholarship was one of four bestowed by the chapter in 2015. 

Rich Kritikos (right), Detroit Member Chapter chair, presented a plaque of appreciation to keynote presenter Dave Andrea (left) at the chapter’s October dinner meeting. 

Dinner Meeting — October 2015
On Tuesday, 13 October 2015, the Detroit Member Chapter hosted its DTE Energy Night dinner meeting at the Holiday Inn in Southgate, Mich., USA. There were 130 steel industry professionals in attendance. The keynote presentation was delivered by Dave Andrea, senior vice president and chief economist for the Original Equipment Suppliers Association. His presentation was titled “The Top 10 Questions Facing Auto Suppliers,” which proved to be an interesting and well-received topic. 

Golf Outing  August 2015
The Detroit Member Chapter hosted a golf outing on Monday, 3 August 2015, at the Walnut Creek Country Club in South Lyon, Mich., USA. There were 208 attendees. A team from SMS Technical Services won the scramble contest with a score of 61. Proceeds from the event benefit the AIST Detroit Member Chapter’s Judith A. Quinn Scholarship Fund. Dinner was held after the golf outing, during which two of the chapter’s scholarship recipients were recognized.

Baseball Game — June 2015
The Detroit Member Chapter hosted a networking event on Saturday, 13 June 2015, in which nearly 100 members and guests participated. The afternoon began with food and drinks at the prestigious Detroit Athletic Club, followed by an exciting late-afternoon baseball game at Comerica Park in Detroit, Mich., USA.

Dinner Meeting — April 2015

On Tuesday, 14 April 2015, the Detroit Member Chapter hosted a U. S. Steel – Great Lakes Works Night dinner meeting at the Holiday Inn in Southgate, Mich., USA. Q. Edward Liu, senior research engineer, process technology — steelmaking and casting from the U. S. Steel Research and Technology Center, served as the keynote speaker. Liu’s presentation was titled “Effective Inclusion Treatment With Solid Core Pure Calcium Wire.” There were 193 attendees at the dinner.

Dinner Meeting  March 2015

On Tuesday, 10 March 2015, the Detroit Member Chapter held a dinner meeting sponsored by AK Steel Corp. The dinner was held at the Holiday Inn in Southgate, Mich., USA. The keynote speaker for the dinner was Stuart Street, technology manager, Ironmaking department at AK Steel Corp. – Dearborn Works. His presentation was entitled “Titanium and Iron: Fishing Lures, Golf Clubs, Superheroes or an Ironmaking Curse-to-Cure Story.” There were 250 attendees at the dinner.

Dinner Meeting — November 2014
On Tuesday, 11 November 2014, the Detroit Member Chapter hosted a dinner meeting at the Holiday Inn in Southgate, Mich., USA. The event featured a keynote presentation by Glenn Pushis, vice president — sheet products, Steel Dynamics Inc. – Flat Rolled Div., 2014–2015 AIST president. His presentation was titled “Culture Is Strategy.” There were 112 attendees at the meeting.

Dinner Meeting  October 2014

The AIST Detroit Member Chapter hosted a dinner meeting on Tuesday, 14 October 2014 at the Holiday Inn in Southgate, Mich., USA. The event was sponsored by DTE Energy and featured a keynote presentation by Melissa Seymour, regional executive — central region for MISO Energy. Seymour’s presentation included an overview of MISO Energy. There were 185 attendees at the dinner.

Golf Outing — August 2014
The Detroit Member Chapter’s annual golf outing was held on Monday, 4 August 2014 at the Walnut Creek Country Club in South Lyon, Mich., USA. The outing was held in scramble format and proceeds will benefit the AIST Detroit Member Chapter’s Judith A. Quinn Scholarship Fund. This year’s event had 215 participants.

Dinner Meeting — April 2014
The Detroit Member Chapter hosted a United States Steel Corporation Night dinner meeting on Tuesday, 8 April 2014 at the Holiday Inn in Southgate, Mich., USA. Tony Nuzzo, director — engineering for U. S. Steel, served as keynote speaker for the dinner. His presentation was titled “U. S. Steel Lorain Plant No. 4 Seamless Mill Expansion.” There were 160 attendees at the meeting.

Dinner Meeting — March 2014
The AIST Detroit Member Chapter hosted a dinner meeting on Tuesday, 11 March at the Holiday Inn in Southgate, Mich., USA. The keynote presentation was given by Mark R. Blankenau, manager of process technology at Severstal Dearborn, and was titled “Flat Rolled Steel and the Competition for the Automotive Materials Market.” There were 230 attendees at the event.

Memorial Dinner  February 2014
The AIST Detroit Member Chapter hosted a memorial dinner in honor of Judith A. Quinn on Tuesday, 11 February 2014 at the Holiday Inn in Southgate, Mich., USA. Quinn was a Life Member of AIST and served as the Detroit Member Chapter secretary until her passing in late October 2013. At the dinner, the chapter shared a slideshow of photos, and several of Quinn’s friends and colleagues spoke on her behalf. There were more than 180 attendees at the dinner. Donations received and all profits from the dinner will benefit the Detroit Member Chapter’s Judith A. Quinn Scholarship fund.

Dinner Meeting — October 2013
The Detroit Member Chapter hosted an AIST National Night on Tuesday, 8 October 2013 at the Holiday Inn at Southgate, Mich. Terry G. Fedor II, vice president, U.S. Iron Ore Operations for Cliffs Natural Resources and the 2013–2014 AIST president, was the keynote presenter. Jim Hanner, past chair of the Detroit Member Chapter, Rudolph/Libbe Inc., was recognized as the winner of the 2013 Detroit Member Chapter Outstanding Service Award. The event had 135 attendees.

Dinner Meeting — September 2013
The Detroit Member Chapter kicked off its fall programming with a dinner on Tuesday, 10 September 2013 at the Holiday Inn in Southgate, Mich. The evening was sponsored by DTE Energy and featured a keynote presentation by Gregory P. Garland, manager of energy optimization at DTE Energy. Garland’s presentation was entitled, “The 2014 Energy Efficiency Program.” There were 125 attendees at the meeting.

Golf Outing — August 2013
On Monday, 5 August 2013, the Detroit Member Chapter’s annual golf outing was held at the Walnut Creek Country Club in South Lyon, Mich. There were 216 golfers in this year’s tournament, and they enjoyed a day of wonderful weather and networking.

Dinner Meeting — April 2013
On Tuesday, 9 April 2013, the Detroit Member Chapter hosted a dinner meeting at the Holiday Inn in Southgate, Mich. The dinner meeting included a keynote presentation by James R. Gray, general manager, U. S. Steel – Great Lakes Works. Also at the dinner, it was announced that the Detroit Member Chapter Scholarship would be named in honor of its current secretary, Judie Quinn. The naming of the Judith A. Quinn Detroit Member Chapter Scholarship was not the only surprise for Ms. Quinn, as her family joined the dinner to celebrate the occasion as well. There were 300 attendees at the meeting.

Dinner Meeting — March 2013
On Tuesday, 12 March 2013, the Detroit Member Chapter hosted a dinner meeting at the Holiday Inn in Southgate, Mich. The dinner featured a keynote presentation by David Brandau of Severstal Dearborn. The title of Brandau’s presentation was, “The Start-Up of the Severstal Dearborn 72-Inch Hot-Dip Galvanizing Line.”

Vegas Night — February 2013
The Detroit Member Chapter hosted its annual Vegas Night scholarship benefit on Friday, 15 February 2013 at the Holiday Inn in Southgate, Mich. There were 120 attendees at the event.

Dinner Meeting  — November 2012
On Tuesday, 13 November 2012, the Detroit Member Chapter hosted a dinner meeting at the Holiday Inn in Southgate, Mich. “Steam Coffin: Captain Moses Rogers and the Steamship Savannah Break the Barrier” was presented by historian, John L. Busch. There were 110 attendees at the dinner.

Dinner Meeting — October 2012
On Tuesday, 9 October, the Detroit Member Chapter held a dinner meeting at the Holiday Inn in Southgate, Mich. The evening was sponsored by DTE Energy and featured a keynote presentation by Rob Bacyinski, program manager — alternative fuel vehicles for DTE Energy. His presentation was entitled, “Natural Gas — The Alternative Fuel for Transportation.” There were 120 attendees at the dinner.

Dinner Meeting — September 2012
On Tuesday, 11 September, the Detroit Member Chapter hosted a social night/dinner meeting at the Holiday Inn in Southgate, Mich., where attendees were able to reconnect with business contacts and receive an update on the Detroit Member Chapter. There were 120 attendees at the dinner.

Golf Outing — August 2012
On Monday, 6 August 2012, the Detroit Member Chapter hosted its annual golf outing at the Walnut Creek Country Club in South Lyon, Mich. A sold-out crowd of 258 golfers participated this year. The event was a great success. Proceeds from the event will go to the AIST Detroit Member Chapter Scholarship fund.

Dinner Meeting — April 2012
The Detroit Member Chapter hosted a dinner meeting at the Holiday Inn in Southgate, Mich., on Tuesday, 17 April. It was the chapter’s annual United States Steel Corporation night. The keynote presentation was given by Bart DePompolo, technical marketing manager, U. S. Steel – Automotive Center. His presentation was entitled, “Keeping Steel the Material Choice for the Automotive Market.” Also at the dinner, Wendell Amica of U. S. Steel was presented with a plaque recognizing his term as the 2011–2012 chapter chair. There were 230 attendees at the dinner.

Dinner Meeting — March 2012
On Tuesday, 13 March, the Detroit Member Chapter hosted the Severstal Dearborn Night dinner meeting at the Holiday Inn in Southgate, Mich. The keynote presenters were Larry Flowers, division manager — finishing operations, and John Tomasaitis, lead project engineer — cold mill modernization, both from Severstal Dearborn. Their presentation was entitled, “Severstal Dearborn PLTCM: Overview of Construction, Commissioning and Operations of a New Facility.” There were 260 attendees at the dinner.

Vegas Night Scholarship Fundraiser — February 2012
On Friday, 24 February 2012, the Detroit Member Chapter hosted a “Vegas Night” themed scholarship benefit at the Holiday Inn in Southgate, Mich. More than 170 attendees participated in this second annual event. The benefit was held to raise money to help support the Detroit Member Chapter’s scholarship fund.