Commodity EDGE 2012: Event Breakdown

Commodity EDGE: Event Breakdown

March 19-20, 2012 at the InterContinental Chicago (O’Hare)

Day 1 (Monday, March 19): Executive Roundtables

1:30 pm – 5:30 pm

On the first day of the conference, we’re offering several Executive Roundtable Discussions:

  • Hedging Strategies for Commodities (led by Tom Hronis and Damon Pavlatos of Future Path Trading)
  • Advanced Sourcing Technologies (moderated by Jason Busch, Executive Editor, Spend Matters. With Trevor Stansbury, Founder/President–Supply Dynamics; Sean Timmins, Principal Consultant–Triple Point Technology; Jim Wetekamp, Senior VP, Solution Strategy–BravoSolution)
  • Forecasting, Statistical Modeling and Building Internal Competencies (led by Omer Abdullah, Co-Founder and Managing Director–The Smart Cube, Inc.)

*These sessions will be professionally videotaped and edited for future use (potential webinars; hosted viewing on the MetalMiner and Spend Matters sites; etc.)

Day 2 (Tuesday, March 20): The Main Event

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Day 2 features Keynote Speakers, a Policy Panel Discussion and a variety of Breakout Sessions.

  • Keynote: “Manufacturing & Economic Outlook.” William Strauss, Senior Economist and Economic Advisor–Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
  • Panel: “Public Policies Sure to Impact Sourcing Organizations in 2012-2013.” (Panelists: Jennifer Diggins, Director, Public Affairs at Nucor Corp.; Thierry Decocq, Founder, Managing Partner of YQ Purchasing; Michael Zadoroznyj, VP Product Center, Treasury and Regulatory Compliance Division at Triple Point Technology)
  • Keynote: “Navigating Turbulent Times.” Rick Blume, General Manager, Commercial, at Nucor Corp.
  • Networking Lunch

Later on Day 2, attendees choose three Market Outlook Breakout Sessions from the following:

  • Steel (led by Peter Wright, Producer, Gerdau Market Update)
  • Aluminum (led by Jorge Vazquez, Founder/Managing Director, HARBOR Aluminum)
  • Energy (led by Mark Pruitt, Principal, The Power Bureau)
  • Base Metals (led by the MetalMiner team, Lisa Reisman, Stuart Burns and Taras Berezowsky)
  • Rare Earth Metals (led by Gareth Hatch, Founding Principal, Technology Metals Research, LLC; President, Innovation Metals Corp.)
  • Packaging (led by Bill Stotzer, Senior Director, Alvarez & Marsal)
  • Transportation (led by Chandler Hall, Vice President at BravoSolution)
  • Plastics (led by Bob Zieger, Senior Category Manager, BPO Practice, Accenture)
  • Chemicals/Ingredients (led by Nick Peksa, Director, Business Development, Mintec)
  • Commodity Management Technology (led by Jason Busch, Executive Editor, Spend Matters; and Thomas Kase, Lead Analyst, Spend Matters)
  • Indirect Materials


*Participants who successfully complete this program will receive (9.75) hours of continuing education. They may be applied toward ISM CPSM recertification, CPSD recertification, C.P.M. recertification, and/or A.P.P. reaccreditation program requirements. Note: ISM does not endorse, certify or sponsor this program or its content.