Geoffrey Kent

VP of Procurement and Logistics
International Wire Group

Photo Geoff began his career at International Wire Group in 2001 and worked in Operations, Quality Control and Purchasing before his current appointment as Corporate Director of Procurement and Logistics. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Bryant University, and is the proud father of two daughters.





Mary Lou Hendricks
Cal-West Express Co. Ltd.

PhotoMary 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 Corporate office in Phoenix. Cyprus later became Phelps Dodge Corporation in 2000, and was subsequently acquired by Freeport-McMoRan in 2007. Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, Freeport-McMoRan is the world’s largest publicly traded copper producer with mines in North America, South America, Africa, and Indonesia. Rose has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Arizona State University and in her current role as Manager, Commodity Risk Management, she enjoys assisting Freeport-McMoRan clients with their risk management needs.


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.



Shelly Huckfeldt 

Senior Business Manager
Union Pacific Railroad

PhotoShelly is currently Senior Business Manager Industrial Products within the Marketing and Sales Organization at Union Pacific Railroad in Phoenix, Arizona, a position she has held since June 2005. Shelly began her career with Union Pacific Railroad in September 1995 as a management trainee and held several positions within the headquarters location in Omaha, NE prior to a promotion, which led her to Arizona in May 2000. In addition to serving on the board of the American Copper Council, Shelly also earned her CTL (Certified in Transportation and Logistics) through the American Society of Transportation and Logistics in 1997.
Shelly graduated with a BSBA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (1995), and an MBA from Creighton University (2000).
Shelly is actively involved throughout her community currently serving as the Ambassador Committee Chair within the Fiesta Bowl Organization; a Cantor and Choir Member at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Chandler, an Emeritus with the Junior League of Phoenix, and member of the Phoenix Alumnae with Kappa Alpha Theta.

Carlos Sanchez

VP & GM - Electrical Wires Division North America 

 PhotoCarlos  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) .
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.


Betsy Boland
American Copper Council

Photo Betsy’s career includes twenty years of experience in the fundraising, events management and not-for-profit fields. She has worked at Fordham University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and SUNY Empire State College, where she managed reunion programs, presidential fundraising events around the country, and the donor relations program, respectively.

She has worked as an independent event consultant, and is a graduate of Fordham University. Betsy has volunteered her event management and fundraising expertise by serving on a number of boards focused on community, arts and culture and is co-founder of Saratoga Springboard, a non-profit organization supporting the Saratoga Springs community in upstate New York from 2005 - 2015. 


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