Spring 2020 Meeting

Join us in Austin, TX at The Fairmont Austin February 25th & 26th


A room block is secured with the Fairmont Austin. We’ll be using a rooming list so please do not call the hotel to reserve your space.  Please provide us with the details (in the registration form notes section) or you may contact Stephanie Fontaine (sfontaine@steeltubeinstitute.org) by February 4th, if you have not already reserved your hotel room.


Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Executive Committee Agenda

Violet Room

10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Joseph Anderson
Welcome & Anti-Trust Review | Minutes from Fall Meeting | Accounting Update & Financial Review | Membership Recruitment Goals | Committee Reviews | General Meeting Review

12:00-1:00 p,m. Lunch in the Firewheel Room

STI General Meeting Agenda

Violet Room

12:00-1:00 p.m. Lunch in Firewheel Room

1:00-1:30 p.m. Joseph Anderson
Welcome & STI Business Meeting  | Introductions | Anti-Trust | Minutes & Financial Review | Committee Updates | Company Business Updates

1:30-2:30 p.m. Rick Preckel, Principal, Preston Pipe
Industry Outlook 2020

2:30-2:45 p.m. Break

2:45-3:45 p.m. Don Thuene, Principal, Donnic Consulting Group
Achieving Zero Injuries

3:45-4:30 p.m. Tyler Noesser, Alliant Group | Rachel Munoz, Alliant Group
Tax Credits & Incentives for Manufacturing

4:30-5:00 p.m. Joseph Anderson | Eric Karlovic, CEO, HLK
New Direction for STI

5:00 p.m. Adjourn

6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Reception & Dinner

7:30 p.m. Eddie Gossage, President, Texas Motor Speedway

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

HSS Committee Agenda

Violet Room

7:00 a.m. Breakfast in Firewheel Room

8:00-9:00 a.m. Kim Olson | Patty Alt, HLK | Jenny Travers, HLK 
Marketing Goals & Strategies 2020

9:00-10:00 a.m. Patty Alt, HLK | Jenny Travers, HLK
Website Review

10:00-10:15 a.m. Break

10:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Joseph Anderson | Kim Olson
Research Projects Update | A1085 Path Forward | Buy Clean California Update | EPD Renewal in 2020 | A500 Specification Update

12:00-1:00 p.m. Lunch in Firewheel Room

1:00-3:00 p.m. HSS Committee Meeting, continued

3:00 p.m. Adjourn


Fairmont Austin

Fairmont Austin, designed to exceed the highest standards and services, offers luxury in downtown Austin accommodations. The 37-story luxury hotel features 1,048 richly appointed guest rooms and suites, including Fairmont Gold. Guests experience personalized service, unique views, five restaurant and bar offerings, seasonally heated swimming pool on the 7th floor and a full-service salon and spa.  


Eddie Gossage

Eddie Gossage, President, Texas Motor Speedway. It only seems appropriate, according to Speedway Motorsports, Inc. Executive Chairman and NASCAR Hall of Famer Bruton Smith, that “The Great American Speedway!” is guided by “America’s Greatest Racing Promoter.” Smith anointed legendary Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage with that flattering title and considering the speedway mogul’s half century in motorsports it resonates as the ultimate compliment. Gossage, who always has considered Smith his mentor, has benefitted from that relationship to develop into a world-famous, innovative speedway executive in motorsports today. He pioneered the construction and debut of Texas Motor Speedway in the 1990s and steadily built the venue into one of the premier speedways in the world.

Gossage, a native of Nashville, Tenn., has been involved in motorsports since 1980 and his diverse experience in all major forms of auto racing has molded him into one of the most influential and well-known executives in professional sports. He began his illustrious motorsports career as the public relations director of Nashville International Raceway in 1980. After one season, he was transferred by National Raceways, Inc. (owners of the Nashville venue) to serve as manager of the company’s other speedway, Bristol International Raceway (now Bristol Motor Speedway).

In 1983, the Miller Brewing Company hired Gossage to manage the Milwaukee-based company’s expansive motorsports public relations program. He became a fixture in American motorsports in NASCAR, Indy car, drag racing, sports car racing and unlimited hydroplane racing.

Gossage returned to his speedway roots in 1989 when he was named vice president of public relations for Charlotte Motor Speedway. During his tenure, the speedway staged the first-ever nighttime superspeedway race, increased its seating capacity by more than 20 percent, and Speedway Motorsports, Inc. (SMI) went public on the New York Stock Exchange.

Gossage was handpicked by Smith in 1995 to be the guiding force for his new state-of-the-art facility in Fort Worth, Texas that would debut in 1997. Today, Texas Motor Speedway is considered one of the premier motorsports venues in the world and continues to be one of the most innovative and creative under Gossage’s legendary guidance.

Gossage also has been influential in the career starts for many of the top executives and talent in the sport today. As manager of Bristol Motor Speedway in the early 1980s, Gossage helped a local radio advertising salesman land his first job in motorsports when he assisted Mike Helton in becoming the public relations director at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Today, Helton is the Vice Chairman of NASCAR. Gossage, a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, resides with his wife Melinda in Southlake, Texas.

Tyler Noesser

Tyler Noesser, Senior Associate alliantgroup’s. As a member of the firm’s R&D Implementation Department, Tyler has helped deliver more than $40 million dollars in R&D tax credits for engineering, architecture, construction, manufacturing, aerospace and oil & gas companies in the U.S.

Prior to joining alliantgroup, Tyler held positions within both the aerospace and oil and gas industries. During his tenure in the aerospace industry, he worked for a company that had an onsite manufacturing facility, providing him unique insight and a firsthand perspective into different manufacturing processes and procedures. Tyler was also the employee of an oil and gas company, where he worked in a pure engineering capacity.

Tyler is tasked with gathering all necessary information and documentation to help his clients claim both federal and state research and development tax incentives. With strong expertise in both industries, combined with his knowledge of the tax code, Tyler is uniquely positioned to identify and document all qualifying activities for R&D based tax incentives.

Donald Theune

Donald Theune, Principal and Cofounder of the Donnic Consulting Group, LLC. Donnic Consulting is a training and consulting company that specializes in safety culture change. He has worked in that field for over twenty-eight years having helped hundreds of manufacturers significantly reduce accidents and injuries, even achieve zero injuries.

He is a frequent speaker at national, regional and industry conferences on the subject of safety culture change.

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