September 27, 2018 - 11:30am to 1:30pm

GAC Luncheon 2018 -- Steel Tariffs, Requirements and Collaboration presented by Brian Raff of AISC

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Over the next several years the domestic structural steel industry will face a broad range of external challenges.  These challenges will come from competing materials, changing marketplace conditions and demographics, increasing imports, legislated material preferences, increasing emphasis on sustainability, and a tightening labor supply.  Identifying and understanding these challenges is the first step to successfully addressing them as an industry.

Learning objectives:

  1. Learn about the current status and impacts of the Section 232 and Section 301 tariffs, and how these tariffs may impact your project’s budgets and sustainability when foreign steel is utilized.
  2. Learn how some state procurement laws and sustainability requirements can impact your design decisions in the West.
  3. Learn how best to collaborate with your steel fabricator through early involvement to best manage the schedule needs on your unique project while recognizing the benefits of domestically fabricated product.
  4. Know where to go for future knowledge on trade issues impacting structural steel so that designers can continue to deliver a project with the integrity, strength and durability that structural steel’s legacy has been built on for over the last 100 years.

Attendees will receive one hour of CEU credit.


Brian Raff is the Director of Government Relations with the American Institute of Steel Construction.  Since 2005, Brian has led several marketing and business development roles within AISC and the National Steel Bridge Alliance. In 2013, Brian left the Institute to serve as Marketing Director for one of North America's largest structural steel building and bridge fabricators before returning to AISC in 2017. Mr. Raff graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering degree and received his MBA from DePaul University in Chicago, focusing on entrepreneurship and economic business strategy.


University Club
76 East Monroe St.
Chicago, IL 60603


The cost for the luncheon is $75. The event begins at 11:30am with networking and a cash bar.  Luncheon will be served at 11:45, and the presentation will begin at noon. 

The luncheon menu:

  • Garden Arugula and Roma Tomato Salad, Shaved Parmesan and Aged Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • Amish Chicken Breast Milanese Style with Lemon Caper Sauce*
  • Rosemary Tossed Red Bliss Potatoes and Asparagus Spears
  • Lemon Meringue Tart with Sugar Crust and Raspberry Coulis

* The vegetarian/vegan/gluten-free entree is a Grilled Vegetable Lasagna, Jumbo Asparagus, Oven Dried Tomato

GAC/SEPAC represent the interests of the structural engineering profession in the political and legislative arenas in Illinois as an independent, bipartisan committee dedicated to the protection of the public health, safety, and welfare; the representation of Structural Engineers in relevant government activities; and the preservation and advancement of the Structural Engineering profession.



Tom Spiridis ( James McHugh Construction Co. )
Warren Vahle ( Sargent & Lundy )
Todd Hanssen ( Sargent & Lundy )
Lisa Cleveland ( Sargent & Lundy LLC )
Abigail Buchta ( Sargent & Lundy )
Anni Rao ( Sargent & Lundy )
Thomas Behringer ( Sargent & Lundy LLC )
David Horos ( Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP )
Christine Freisinger ( Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. (Chicago) )
Dave Hanner ( Focus Development, Inc. )
Josh Stark ( Focus Development, Inc. )
Joe Bulger ( Focus Development, Inc. )
Jose Medero ( Thornton Tomasetti, Inc. )
Thomas Poulos ( Thornton Tomasetti, Inc. )
David Bibbs ( CannonDesign )
Joseph Dardis ( AISC - American Institute of Steel Construction )
Mark Holland ( Paxton & Vierling Steel Co. )
Michael Wysockey ( Thatcher Foundations, Inc. )
Jennifer Traut-Todaro ( AISC - American Institute of Steel Construction )
Eric Bolin ( American Institute of Steel Construction )
Jerod Rudolf ( AISC )
Luke Johnson ( American Institute of Steel Construction )
John McLean ( Sargent & Lundy LLC )
Christopher Hewitt ( Sargent & Lundy LLC )
Erin O'Keefe ( Sargent & Lundy LLC )
Robert Caroti ( ArcelorMittal )
Vincent Mondelli ( ArcelorMittal International )
John Viise ( Thornton Tomasetti, Inc. )
Jared D'Amico ( K2N Crest )
Max Puchtel ( Quality Management Company )
David Nickell ( TGRWA, LLC )
Steve Elver ( GEI Consultants, Inc. )
Heather Gleason ( BKV Group )
Jan Blok ( The Structural Group, Ltd. )
Michelle Ryland ( Klein & Hoffman )
Andrew Schwarz ( HBK Engineering )
Shelley Finnigan ( ArcelorMittal )