This past November several of our AWMI
Cleveland Board members attended the 2015
AWMI Annual Conference in Tucson, AZ. We
came back with not only a tan but also with the
honor of having been awarded the Chapter of
We want to thank all of our new members that
joined us in 2015 as well as our faithful members
that continue to support not only our events but
our board members as employers, co-workers &
as our life long friends. Each year the Chapter of
the Year title & trophy is awarded to the Chapter
that increases its’ membership by the highest
percentage. Due to amazing local supporters not
only here in Northern Ohio, & western Pennsyl-
vania, but also those who travel from Columbus,
Chicago & even North Carolina; we were able to
exceed our goal by 161% & doubled our mem-
bership, now exceeding over 110 incredible
HOW WAS THIS POSSIBLE?
Many factors aided in increasing membership!
1. Our membership has become more diverse.
We have transitioned beyond events involving
only carbon flat-roll service centers & integrated
alloy, white metal producers & distributors, value
-add vendors, various sized mills, scrappers &
2. Our Cleveland Board members are also very
diverse; working from many different facets of
the metals business. Fresh ideas!
3. We are exploring new topics for events as
well as area venues. We will continue to include
new locations, speakers & educational tours
from mills, service centers, and processors of
aluminum, titanium and stainless products.
4. We are giving back to our members through
scholarship opportunities & encourage collegiate
5. We are listening to our members! Thank you
to those who have completed our surveys during
2015! We appreciate your feedback & accept
the challenge to take our Chapter to the next
level by continuing to plan events around our
member’s interests & suggestions!
We are the Chapter of the Year!!
...and we have the trophy to prove it!
The Cleveland Board had faced challenges
starting 2015 with a very small Board; this was
due to some turnover of board positions and
vacancies within a short period of time. However
we were able to turn negatives into positives &
those remaining stepped up! All hands on deck!
These circumstance made our Board even
stronger and more cohesive as a unit. We are
also proud to report that we have doubled the
size of our Cleveland Chapter Board adding
some amazing new ladies to the roster!
We are proud of the successful year in 2015;
but we know that we will have new challenges
in 2016 due to the state of the current metals
markets. We are working to again maintain our
current membership base while also continuing
to reach out to potential new members. We will
continue to evolve with a revived membership
base which was the key to chapter growth in
2015; and how we will continue to maintain our
stability in 2016.
Please do not forget to renew your membership
for 2016! We encourage you to invite a co-
worker to one of our events! If you
have questions on renewal or addition-
al comments, contact our Membership
Chairperson, Charlene Cybator at
The Next BIG Event!
March 2, 2016
Educational Event at the Auto Show!
Join us for dinner at the IX Center &
enjoy the Cleveland Auto Show
**featuring 2 guests speakers, see pg 3!
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MORE AMAZING SPONSORS!
American Metal Processing Company
Concast Metal Products Co.
Ferrous Metal Processing
Specialty Metals Processing
The Tin Ceiling
Tri America Steel
Vita Hair for Life
Youngstown State University
Golf Financial Group
Jaro Transportation Services Inc.
Ohio Steel Plate
Samuel Steel Pickling Company
Forge Products Corporation
...what a great 2015!
A Very Happy Holiday at The Terrace Club!
We appreciate the support of our guests & sponsors!
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Looking forward to 2016...
We are planning another exciting year, full of AWMI MEMBER benefits!
Special pricing, seating and early registrations just to name a few...
SAVE THESE DATES!
March 2, 2016 AWMI goes to the Auto Show! Please join us at the IX Center for dinner with
Christopher Kristock, Vice President, Quality and Advanced Technology,
SET Enterprises Inc. Retired Vice President, Quality and Advanced Engineering,
Severstal North America & Dick Kerwin of Alpha Aluminum
April 28, 2016 Members Only Mill Tour at ArcelorMittal
ArcelorMittal will be hosting 2-tours this spring, 8am & 1pm.
We will be opening up registrations mid-March to our members first,
for this FREE event.
April 28, 2016 Annual Industry Dinner at the Metropolitan at The 9!
We are excited to have Dan DiMicco, former CEO of Nucor & author of
AMERICAN MADE Why Making Things Will Return Us to Greatness
June 2016 2nd Annual Networking Event, location TBD...we are learning towards the
Hardrock Rocksino for this one!
August 2, 2016 Annual Golf Outing! Tee off with us at Firestone County Club in Akron, Ohio
September 2016 Mill Tour Part II! We plan to add an extra educational event to the calendar…
perhaps Titanium is a girl’s best friend!?!
October 2016 2016 Membership Drive, date & location TBD...we may include wine & chocolate!
November 2016 Annual National AWMI Conference, Orlando, FL; all chapter members welcome!
December 7, 2016 Holiday Party & Silent Auction See you at the Terrace Club!
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Association of Women in the Metal Industries (AWMI) is a society of professionals, founded in California in
1981, to promote and develop the growth of women in the metal industries. AWMI believes that women in
similar industries can benefit themselves and their companies through relationships, education and shared
knowledge. The programs and activities of AWMI are structured to enhance members’ skills and experi-
ence, address challenges confronting the industry, increase numbers in metal and promote career growth to
the next level. Membership is open to both women and men who are seeking to develop all aspects of their
professional development and career advancement.
AWMI Cleveland Chapter Board of Directors
Cleveland Chapter President
Julie Farr, Customer Service Manger, Chromalloy
Secretary & Programs Co-Chair
Mallory Schaffert, CRM Analyst, TimkenSteel
Treasurer & Newsletter Editor
Melissa Stephenson, Corp Credit Manager
Universal Steel/Columbia National Group
Amanda Visconti, Outside Sales, Penn Stainless
Kelsea Kiene, Channel Specialist, 3M
Charlene Cybator, Account Manager
ArcelorMittal Steel USA
Social Media & Publicity
Laura Byrne, Regional Sales Manger, Olympic Steel
Member at Large
Chelsea Bush, Office Manager, TriAmerica Steel
Member at Large
Annette Marado, Director of Strategic Marketing
Carpenter Technology Corp
Janet Kuban, Quality Assurance Manager