Array of Leading Experts to Shine at MetalMiner/Spend Matters Conference

Less than two weeks remain before MetalMiner and Spend Matters present their first conference on Tuesday, March 1, and it promises to be a doozy. Not only will International Trade Policy Breaking Point feature refreshing formats and a live video simulcast, but it boasts a cast of leading policy experts that will certainly make for engaging debates and workshops.

Here’s our lineup:

Timothy Brightbill represents clients on all aspects of international trade law and policy including import trade remedies (such as antidumping law, countervailing duty law and safeguards investigations), global trade policy and trade negotiations, international arbitration, export controls (compliance and licensing), climate change policy, customs matters and international e-commerce issues. Chambers USA Leading Lawyers for Business (2010) has named Mr. Brightbill one of the nation’s “Up and Coming practitioners in international trade law, noting that “he stands out as Ëœan incredibly impressive Ëœnuts and bolts’ lawyer.’

As Director of Government Affairs on behalf of Nucor, Jennifer Diggins focuses on federal legislation affecting the areas of climate change, energy and environmental public policy. Jennifer analyzes legislative proposals to identify areas of opportunity and challenge for her client Nucor. She also spends a good deal of time in Washington, D.C., advising key decision makers on pending legislative issues of importance for Nucor.

William A. Strauss is a Senior Economist and Economic Advisor in the Economic Research Department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, which he joined in 1982. His chief responsibilities include analyzing the current performance of both the Midwest economy and the manufacturing sector for use in monetary policy. He produces the monthly Chicago Fed Midwest Manufacturing Index and organizes the Bank’s Economic Outlook Symposium and Automotive Outlook Symposium. In addition, he conducts several economic workshops and industrial roundtables throughout the year.

Domenick Gambardella is a Partner in PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Practice Leader for their WMS Customs & International Trade Practice in the United States. In addition to his 29 years of experience in customs and trade consulting from a public accounting perspective, his background also includes three years as an auditor with the Regulatory Audit Division of the U.S. Customs Service and two years as an auditor for the New York State Sales Tax Bureau.

Jim Lawton is president and general manager of the Supply Management Solutions division of D&B, a division he helped create. Lawton’s mandate is clear: take D&B’s incredible resource of information and put it to work for customers in new and innovative ways. He’s dealt with challenges including export controls, tariff inequity, IP protection and the risks associated with not knowing who your supplier’s supplier might be.

Dan McGroarty has consulted for more than a decade with firms ranging from Fortune 500 companies to start-up ventures, in various industries including the resource sector, telecommunications, airlines, travel, pharmaceuticals and financial services.   His engagements occur at the CEO and senior-executive level.   In a typical Carmot engagement, Dan manages custom-built consulting teams on an international level, with a focus on issue management and company strategy, against the broader policy and risk environment that affects each client. Dan currently serves as Senior Advisor to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce/International Division.   He was named to the Board of Directors of newly launched Colorado Rare Earths in early 2011.

Sean Devine is currently the VP, Strategy and Supply Management at Echo Global Logistics. He is responsible for transactional and contract transportation supply management on behalf of their 15,000 small business and 200 enterprise customers. He is also responsible for corporate strategy and various new business initiatives. Prior to Echo, Sean was VP, Pricing and Engineering at Con-way Freight, where he was responsible for pricing, continuous improvement (lean six sigma), business intelligence, operations research and corporate strategy. He also previously served as Con-way’s VP, Supply Management where he was responsible for supply management across all business units and spend categories. Prior to Con-way, Sean worked in the Supply Chain solutions industry as VP, Consulting at Emptoris, Director, Marketing at Open Ratings and VP, Products and Services at CombineNet.

Lisa Reisman is co-founder and editor of the highly acclaimed metals website MetalMinerâ„¢, with over 36,000 monthly readers. MetalMiner provides sourcing and trading intelligence for global metals markets and currently ranks as the largest metals publication in the United States, according to third party ranking sites. MetalMiner has been referenced in a wide range of publications including BBC Radio, The Financial Times Blog, the Wall Street Journal Blog, CNN, Forbes, The Christian Science Monitor as well as American Metal Market, The Huffington Post and NPR Marketplace. Lisa has appeared on a metals segment for She also serves as Editor-at-Large of Surplus Record, an industrial publication with a circulation of 75,000.

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