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John Packard is the publisher and founder of Steel Market Update and has spent over 30 years selling light gauge flat rolled steel: hot rolled, cold rolled, galvanized and Galvalume. Since 1977, he has been an active participant in the flat rolled steel business in North America. His background provides the unique flavor and quality of Steel Market Update. John has held positions in the service center, steel mill and trading company segments of the flat rolled steel industry.

Spencer Onstot Johnson
Spencer is an eleven year veteran in the world of steel futures, all of them with StoneX (formerly FCStone Financial Inc.). Over that time StoneX has worked with every type of market participant to formulate risk management and trading strategies for steel derivatives. StoneX has also worked tirelessly to grow liquidity and provide access to new ferrous markets for its clients. Spencer is also one of the longest serving members of the London Metal Exchange’s steel committee.

Estelle Tran
Estelle joined CRU as a steel and ferroalloy prices analyst in October 2017. Based in Pittsburgh, Estelle is the main contact for the data providers who contribute to the CRU Midwest flat roll indices. Estelle also covers the US bulk ferroalloys market, contributes analysis to the Global Steel Trade Service and produces the SMU Service Center inventories Report. She started covering the US steel industry as an editor for S&P Global Platts in 2011, and over the years has covered the flat rolled steel, long steel, and primary aluminum markets as well as trade issues. Estelle has been a board member of the Association of Women in the Metal Industries Pittsburgh Chapter since 2012 and served as president from 2017-2020. She earned a B.A. in English writing and history from the University of Pittsburgh.

Sean Kessler 
Sean serves as Director, Metals Products for CME Group. He is responsible for the strategic development, management and profitability of the company’s industrial and precious metals business in the Americas. Prior to joining CME Group in 2018, Kessler was a metals trader at Red Kite Group and ED&F Man Capital Markets, where he managed risk in metals futures and over-the-counter markets. He holds an MBA as well as bachelor’s degrees in finance and economics from Sacred Heart University.