Mary Lou Hendricks
Cal-West Express Co. Ltd.

Mary Lou began her career in the transportation industry in 1972 in Portland, Oregon, with the Harper Shipping Company. In 1976 she was transferred to Long Beach and was appointed vessel operations manager in Southern California -- the first woman to serve in this position! 
She spent the next decade moving up through the ranks in the shipping/warehousing/distribution/ trucking industry. In 1987, Mary Lou and her husband Richard became business partners at Cal-West Express, a warehouse/distribution and trucking company. She was the first woman president of the Harbor Transportation Club of Long Beach and served as president and chairman of the International Trade Club of Southern California. 
Mary Lou attended Seattle University and has 3 daughters and five grandchildren.


David Schilberg

Metal Buyer
Prime Materials Recovery, Inc.

PhotoDavid graduated from Northeastern University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. He moved to Charlotte, NC, to work for Ingersoll-Rand in their After -Market Finance Department. In 2006, David realized that the metal recycling industry was where he was meant to be, and he moved back to Connecticut to work for Prime Materials Recovery with his father and uncle. Currently he is at PMR working as a Metals Buyer and managing the IMC-MetalsAmerica hedge book.




Keith Gwozdz

Vice President - Metals
ED&F Man Capital Markets, Inc.

Keith received a BS in Mineral Economics from Penn State and an MBA in Finance from Pace University. He has 30 years of experience in risk management having worked for a major copper producer and a consumer and a number of LME brokerage firms. Keith is currently Vice President of Metals at ED&F Man Capital Markets in New York.



Rose Heirman

Commodity Risk Management

PhotoRose joined the American Copper Council board in 2015 with nearly 30 years of copper industry experience. Originally from Michigan, she began her mining career at Bagdad, Arizona with Cyprus Minerals and worked at three of the company’s Arizona mines before transferring to the Phoenix Corporate office, where she supported the accounting, sales and trading departments of Phelps Dodge Corporation.  She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Arizona State University.  Rose was promoted to Manager of Commodity Risk shortly after Freeport-McMoRan acquired Phelps Dodge in 2007, and became responsible for trading and assisting Freeport-McMoRan clients with their risk management needs.  After her 34-year career with the company, Rose retired and became an independent consultant in the field of risk management.  


VP - OEM Rod Sales

Jeff has been in the non-ferrous metals industry for 28 years. He has worked for Southwire 22 of those years. He also worked at The Coca-Cola Company and Norsk-Hydro. Jeff has a broad spectrum of experience that includes sales, purchasing, and trading.  He has 4 children, Sara Ellen, Andrew, Sam, and Lily.


Joann Arena

Director, Research & Product Development

CME Group

Joann began her career at COMEX in 1977 after receiving a BS in Business Administration from the College of Staten Island. In her forty plus career at the Exchange, she has held several positions in the Marketing, Market Data and Research Departments. She is currently the head of Metals Research and Product Development at CME Group and is responsible for the rule, regulations, and infrastructure of physically delivered and financially settled precious and industrial metals products. In her role, she has the opportunity to work directly with a wide variety of members of the metals industry and has found this to be one of the most rewarding aspects of her role at the Exchange.


Julie Meyers

Non-Ferrous Marketing/Copper Sales

Julie received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Marketing from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville and began her career in the metals industry working with a copper refinery.  She then switched base metals and worked on the sales desk for A.M. Castle and Co. (a Chicago based steel service center) before going back to the copper industry where for the past 28 years she has marketed copper and other non-ferrous metals for OmniSource Corporation (a wholly owned subsidiary of Steel Dynamics, Inc) in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  She served on the board of directors for the Northern Indiana Chapter of the American Foundry Society for nine years and was the chapter’s first female chairman.  She has also served as a director for the Ductile Iron Society and is a current member of the DIS College and University Relations Committee.  In addition, for the past 27 years she has served on the Trine University Mechanical Engineering Cast Metals Advisory Board where she organizes and manages the golf outing which is the major fund raiser for the university’s student metal casting program.  

Carlos Sanchez

VP & GM - Electrical Wires Division North America 

Carlos  is currently General Manager and Vice President of Electrical wires division in Nexans North America since 2015.  Carlos began his career with Canada Wire and Cable as process engineer in 1989, then held several roles in the organization in quality, engineering and technical services.  In 1999, he moved to France as plant manager of Nexans Societe de Coulée continue de Cuivre company.  In 2003, he returned to Canada as General Manager of the Montreal Rod Mill operation.  From 2005 to 2008, he was responsible for both the magnet wire and metallurgy business divisions.  From 2010 to 2015, he was Vice President of Human Resources for Nexans Americas. 
Carlos graduated from  McGill University in 1982 with a Bachelor in Metallurgical and from Ecole Polytechnique with Master in Applied Science in 1988. He also serves on the board of the Nexans Canada Inc. and previously was a board member of AIEM from 2003 to 2012.  In 2016, he received the Charles D. Scott’s award from Wire & Cable Manufacturers’ Alliance (WCMA) .




2019 - 2021
Geoffrey Kent, International Wire Group

2017 - 2019

Paul Eaglin, Carlisle Interconnect Technologies

2015 - 2017

Jeff Burghardt, Aurubis Buffalo 

2013 - 2015
Dennis Wright, Freeport-McMoRan Sales Company 

2011 - 2013
Gretchen Daniels, Revere Copper Products 

2009 - 2011
John P. DePetro Jr., Kataman Metals 

2007 - 2009
David McKiernan, Prudential Bache Commodities 

2005 - 2007
Chrys Makarushka, International Wire Group

2003 - 2005
Stephen J. Ruth, Phelps Dodge Sales Co.

2001 - 2003
Matthew Palazzolo, Emerson 

1999 - 2001
Ron Stevens, Kennecott Corp. (retired) 

1997 - 1999
James Stevenson, New Haven Copper (retired) 

1995 - 1997
C. Lee Griffin, Southwire Company 

1993 - 1995
Richard L. Hirsch, Sharps Pixley Brokers (retired) 

1991 - 1993
Bernard C. Schilberg, Prime Materials Recovery 

1989 - 1991
Peter J. Thomas, Kennecott Copper (retired) 

1987 - 1989
George P. Tateosian, Metal Traders 

1984 - 1987
C. Lee Franks, Packard Electric (retired) 

1976 - 1984
Herbert Barchoff, Eastern Rolling Mills (retired) 

Mary C. Boland, 1971 – 2012