David Stickler

chief executive officer
Big River Steel LLC, Osceola, Ark., USA

David Stickler, one of Big River Steel’s founding investors, serves as Big River’s chief executive officer and is a member of the board of directors. Throughout his 25 years in the steel industry, he has invested in, structured and raised billions of dollars of capital for numerous high-profile steel projects, including a number of greenfield mini mill projects in North America and Asia. On his two most recent greenfield mini-mill projects, SeverCorr, now Steel Dynamics Inc. – Flat Roll Group Columbus Division, and Big River Steel, Stickler led the effort to bring a high level of automation into the operations. He is also focused on environmental sustainability and he drove Big River Steel’s efforts to become the only LEED-certified steel producer in the world. Stickler also has extensive Wall Street investment banking experience and early in his career he served in the Reagan Administration. He holds an M.B.A. from the Kellogg Business School at Northwestern University and a B.S. degree in accounting from Bowling Green State University.