FIA Midwest Meeting of Members

Event Date: Wednesday, January 30, 2019 to Wednesday, January 30, 2019

The 2019 FIA Midwest Meeting of Members, hosted by Ernie Pawelczyk and Brandon Wilke of Klein Tools, will be held on Wednesday, January 30, 2019. This event will provide a great opportunity for you to network with your peers and hear from industry experts. Come share your thoughts with other FIA members in this interactive format and enjoy a plated lunch!


The guest keynote speaker for the January meeting is Dr. Don McNeeley, president and CEO of the Chicago Tube and Iron Company. In his presentation, Don will be addressing the current political landscape and the challenges of attracting a skilled workforce.   



The Estate by Gene & Georgetti
9421 W. Higgins Road
Rosemont, Illinois 60018



11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.



To register for the FIA Midwest Meeting of Members, you can complete the registration form or click the button below for online registration. 



About the Keynote Speaker

Donald McNeeley is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Chicago Tube and Iron Company, a steel distribution, fabrication and engineering company founded in 1914, headquartered in Chicago with ten subsidiaries. Founded upon sound free-market principles, they are celebrating 104 years of consecutive profitability, a record unmatched in the United States steel industry.  In 2011, Dr. McNeeley was the architect of a merger of his company with Olympic Steel, Inc.  The combined forces of $1.5 billion in sales and 35 locations position them as one of the top 10 in the nation.


As philanthropist, he was acknowledged for his $3.6 million donation to LaRabida Children’s Hospital on Chicago’s Southside - the largest donation in their 110-year history.  As chairman of the MSCI, Dr. McNeeley’s legacy was the creation of an industry scholarship fund for sons and daughters of industry employees.  To date, that fund has provided over $7 million in direct support for college studies.  Further, he was responsible for the development of the Strategic Metals Management Course at Washington University.  This program serves to prepare the next generation of industry leaders.  He is also involved in the construction of schools and funding of anti-poaching efforts in Zimbabwe, Africa.


As educator, he holds a clinical professorship at Northwestern University in the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Mathematics.  He teaches the capstone course in the master’s program and also advises doctorial students.  Previously at DePaul University he was the recipient of the University’s Best Teaching Award.  He has also guest lectured at a number of prestigious institutions, including the United States Military Academy at West Point. 


As economist and visionary, Dr. McNeeley writes a quarterly column in the trade press titled The McNeeley View where he addresses economic, social trends, and the political landscape affecting our industry, and is also featured in industry blogs. 


He is a graduate of the Harvard Business School, George Williams College, University of Wisconsin, and Benedictine University.  He holds a BA in Business, MBA, a Ph.D. in Economics, and a M.S. in Management and Organization Behavior.  His academic degrees were with honors.


Dr. McNeeley is often quoted in the trade press, as well as in the Wall Street Journal.  It is said that he has the unique ability to make the complex understandable.  He is most proud of his Irish Catholic roots of modest means from the Southside of Chicago with working class parents and seven siblings. 


In a testament to his competitive nature, Dr. McNeeley has completed 82 marathons, including a five-time finisher of the renowned Boston Marathon, seven Olympic distance triathlons, and in a test of endurance, he once completed six marathons in six weeks.


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