WSD Affiliated Consultants & Industry Experts
Paul E. Vivian
Principal for Steel Pipe & Tube
33 years of experience in the pipe and tubing industry with both distribution and manufacturing companies.
While in the distribution business, Paul was involved in the purchasing, inventory management and supply chain
side of the business before switching to sales and site selection. While in manufacturing, his focus was on business
plan development, forecasting, international trade and sales issues.
Mr. Vivian is currently a partner in Preston Publishing, the pipe and tube industry's premier resource for
industry data and consulting services.
Rick W. Preckel
Principal for Steel Pipe & Tube
32 year of business experience with 25 years in the pipe and tube industry with a steel pipe and tube manufacturer.
While in the pipe and tube manufacturing business, Rick was involved in all key functions of running a business including
executive and administrative functions such as accounting, marketing, human resources, information technology, acquisitions
and divestitures, investor relations, strategy and expansion, international trade, and operational functions such as logistics,
supply chain, and start-ups.
Mr. Preckel is currently a partner in Preston Publishing, the pipe and tube industry's premier resource
for industry data and consulting services.
Robert E. Mazurak
Iron & Steel Industry Market Research
Bob's 40 years industry experience covers a broad range from mining through final product placement and end use applications
of various raw material commodities. His primary emphasis has been in iron ore, scrap and alternative iron products for the
iron & steel industry. While at Cliffs Natural Resources (formerly Cleveland-Cliffs), his Involvements included global
technical assistance, due diligence, transportation logistics, ironmaking, market analyses, commercial services,
financial and operational auditing, and macroeconomics.
Bob is President of Mazurak Resource Consulting, LLC. He received a Bachelors of Science degree cum laude in geology
from York College of the City University of New York (1972), a Masters of Science degree in geology from the
Pennsylvania State University (1976), and a Masters degree in Business Administration from Cleveland State
University (1986) with honors in marketing. He is a member of the Association for Iron & Steel Technology (AIST),
a Fellow of the International Iron Metallics Association (IIMA), served many years on the HBI Association, and on
the Commercial Research Committee of the American Iron & Steel Institute (AISI).
Dr. Joseph J. Poveromo
Raw Materials & Ironmanking Specialist
Joseph J. Poveromo received his Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering in 1974 at the Center for Process Metallurgy, State University of New York at Buffalo
(SUNYAB). Earlier he had received a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from Rensselaer Poly.
He then joined Bethlehem Steel's Homer Research Laboratories where he advanced to the position of Research Consultant. In 1993 he established his consultancy,
Raw Materials & Ironmaking Global Consulting. From 1993 through 2008 his principal client was the Quebec Cartier Mining Company, for whom he served as Director
Technology-International. Currently, he consults for steel, iron ore, other natural resource, technology provider, financial and consultancy companies on a
Dr. Poveromo is a Distinguished Member of the Iron and Steel Society (now AIST) of AIME. He has received a number of Iron & Steel Society Awards including
the T. L. Joseph Award in 1998 for his long-standing contributions to ironmaking technology. He is also a Special Member of the IIMA (International Iron
Robert M. Mateer
Steel Pricing Expert
Mr. Mateer has more than 25 years of international experience in the automotive and steel industry.
His career has taken him around the world where he has utilized his business experience and expertise
to develop global strategies, solutions and trading opportunities.
Throughout his career he has reengineered internal and external processes by looking at market segmentation and organization redesign for North America,
European and Asian integrated steel mills. He has established international trading opportunities for manufacturers in North and South America and Eastern Europe.
Robert M. Miller
Investment Banking Expert
Mr. Miller is a prominent industry expert, with over 30 years of experience advising a broad range of companies and other parties. Mr. Miller represents
many of the world's most prominent companies in the steel, metals and mining sectors and is considered one of the world's leading financial and
strategic advisors to the sector.
His firm, Miller Mathis, offers clients a complete range of services including: strategic advice; mergers & aquisitions
and capital raising (through affiliates). They specialize in sell-side engagements for mature companies/projects and finding strategic or financial partners/investors
for worthy earlier stage companies and projects.