Philip K. Bell is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Steel Manufacturers Association. Before leading SMA, Phil served as director of external communications and public affairs for Gerdau Long Steel North America based in Tampa, Florida. He is a 25-year industry veteran who developed an interest in the steel industry and manufacturing in the late 1980s while working in maintenance and operations at Elementis Chromium in Corpus Christi, Texas. He has held executive-level positions in operations, human resources and public affairs with Gerdau, the SGL Carbon Group, and Qualitech Steel Corp.
Bell serves on the US Department of Commerce International Trade Advisory Committee on Steel (ITAC 12), advising the secretary of commerce and US trade representative on trade policy, trade agreements and other trade-related matters that benefit US businesses, workers and the economy.
He is a member of the National Association of Manufacturing (NAM) Council of Manufacturing Associations (CMA) and the Association of Iron & Steel Technology.
Bell graduated from Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. He holds a master’s degree in global strategic communications from the University of Florida, with distinction.
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