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KEYNOTE PRESENTERS




Lt. Governor Jon Husted

 

Lt. Governor Jon Husted oversees the Ohio Common Sense Initiative (CSI) and serves as the director of both the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation and InnovateOhio.

Jon started his life in a foster home before being adopted by his loving parents, Jim and Judy. He is the oldest of three children and was raised in Northwest Ohio’s Williams County. The small community instilled in him the importance of faith, family, and hard work that serve as the foundation of his public service. He graduated from Montpelier High School and earned both his bachelor’s and master’s from the University of Dayton (UD).

Jon was an All-American defensive back for the Dayton Flyers and a member of UD’s 1989 Division III national championship football team. After receiving his master’s, he remained in the Miami Valley and served as the vice-president for economic development at the Dayton-Area Chamber of Commerce.

Throughout his time in elected office, Jon has demonstrated repeatedly his ability to get things done that have a positive impact on Ohio and its residents.

As secretary of state, Jon made it his mission to make Ohio the best state in the Midwest to do business by improving customer services and reducing wait times for entrepreneurs. As House speaker, he led the passage of the most conservative state budget in 40 years, which included at the time, the largest income tax cut in Ohio’s history.

Of all his responsibilities, Jon considers his most important role as that to be a loving husband to his wife Tina, and father to Alex, Katie, and Kylie.

On Nov. 6, 2018, Jon was elected to serve as lieutenant governor of Ohio. He also previously served as Ohio secretary of state, speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives, and a member of the Ohio Senate.

Lourenco Goncalves

 

Lourenco Goncalves has been chairman, president and chief executive officer of Cleveland-Cliffs since August 2014. He designed and led the company through a major strategic initiative, transforming Cleveland-Cliffs into a leading player in the U.S. steel industry, starting with a complete financial turnaround, followed by growth initiatives in the metallics market and the entry into the steel business.

In 2017 in Toledo, Cliffs started the construction on the world’s most modern Direct Reduction Plant, which started operations in November 2020. Mr. Goncalves led the acquisition of AK Steel in March 2020, followed by the acquisition of ArcelorMittal USA in December 2020. With these two major acquisitions, Cleveland-Cliffs is now the largest flat-rolled steel company and the largest iron ore pellet producer in the U.S. and in North America, holding an industry-leading market position in automotive steel. With the Toledo plant, Cleveland-Cliffs became the sole producer in the Great Lakes region of hot briquetted iron (HBI), an environmentally friendly metallic feedstock designed to reduce GHG emissions.

Prior to Cleveland-Cliffs, Lourenco served as CEO of Metals USA Holdings Corp. for more than 10 years. Prior to Metals USA, he served as CEO of California Steel Industries Inc. for five years. Prior to that, he was employed by Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional (CSN), a major steel and mining company in Brazil, where he held several positions in operations and sales. From October 2011 to April 2014, Lourenco was a board member of Ascometal SAS, a manufacturer of special steel headquartered in Paris, France.

Lourenco earned a master’s in metallurgical engineering from the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and a bachelor’s in Metallurgical Engineering from the Military Institute of Engineering in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Rick Riggle

 

Rick Riggle is the chief operating officer of L-H Battery Company Inc., the new joint venture battery plant established by LG Energy Solution and Honda in Fayette County, Ohio. 

This new joint venture will produce lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles produced by Honda. 

Rick previously served as the plant lead of the Anna Engine Plant of Honda Development & Manufacturing of America LLC. He has been with Honda since 1994, serving in key leadership roles at multiple Honda facilities, including plant lead for the Engine Assembly at Honda of Canada Mfg.

Rick holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Toledo.
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