Southern Region Roster/Bios

Alicia Schmitt

Alicia Schmitt

Regional Director

Regional Sales Manager
SSAB Americas
Atlanta, GA

Alicia Schmitt was the Texas Chapter President. She’s held regional board positions of secretary and Regional Vice Chair.   She’s spent twenty-six years in the steel industry.  They last twenty one years have been with IPSCO Steel, which was bought out by SSAB.  She’s held several positions within SSAB including Insides Sales, Purchasing Manager and currently Regional Sales Manager.


Monica Apodaca

Regional Vice Chair

Commodity Management – Associate Director, Steel
Charlotte, NC

Monica Apodaca is the current President for the AWMI Carolinas Chapter.  Monica began her career in the metals industry at ArcelorMittal in 2002 serving in several Sales and Marketing roles.  She moved to North Carolina in 2015 as an OEM Account Manager and in August 2016 Monica accepted a position at CARRIER as Associate Director, Commodity Management-Steel.  Monica graduated from the University of Chicago with a BA in Public Policy in 2000 and currently resides in Charlotte with her two French Bulldogs Biggie and Tupac.

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Angela Reed

Regional Secretary

Director of Business Development
HRC Steel Supply LLC
White Hall, AR
(870) 692-6926

Angela Reed is the owner of HRC Steel Supply LLC.  She began her career in the metal industry with Varco Pruden in 1999 and joined AWMI in 2006.  Angela has a varied steel experience from construction to service center throughout her career.


Claire Brendel

Regional Treasurer

Sales Representative
Nova Alloys
Dallas, TX
Phone: 214-688-5200

Claire Brendel is a sales representative for FS Alloys Inc., a stainless and aluminum distributor based in Dallas, TX. She started her career in the metal industry in 2012 and joined AWMI in 2014.

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