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Dave Stickler

Chief Executive Officer at Big River Steel

David Stickler, one of Big River Steel’s founding investors, serves as Big River’s Chief Executive Officer and is a member of the Board of Directors. Dave also serves as the Chairman of Big River Steel’s Executive Committee. Throughout his twenty-five years in the steel industry, Dave has invested in, structured and raised billions of dollars of capital for numerous high-profile steel projects, including a number of greenfield mini mill projects in North America and Asia. In addition to providing and raising capital for these projects, Dave frequently provides ongoing management assistance.

Dave has also led and structured a number of transactions involving scrap recycling companies and scrap substitute facilities.

Throughout his career, Dave has focused on using advanced technology as a tool to increase product capabilities, reduce labor costs, improve energy efficiency and generally support his drive to operate steel making facilities based on profitability per time on the mill rather than the more traditional tons per year mentality. On his two most recent greenfield min mill projects, SeverCorr, now SDI Columbus, and Big River Steel, Dave led the effort to bring a high level of automation into the operations. Dave is also focused on environmental sustainability and he drove Big River Steel’s efforts to become the only LEED Certified steel producer in the world (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).

Dave also has extensive Wall Street investment banking experience and early in his career he served in the Reagan Administration.

Dave holds an M.B.A. from the Kellogg Business School at Northwestern University and a B.S. in Accounting from Bowling Green State University.

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