Southern Region Roster/Bios


Monica Apodaca

Regional Director


Monica Apodaca is the Director for the Southern Region and Past President of the 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 in the CCS division at United Technologies as Associate Director for 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.

Alicia Schmitt

Alicia Schmitt

Regional Vice Chair

SSAB Americas
Atlanta, GA

Alicia Schmitt is the Vice Chair  for the Southern Region and was Past President of the Texas Chapter President. She’s held regional board positions of Regional Director, Regional Vice Chair and Secretary.   She’s spent over twenty-eight years in the steel industry.  The last twenty-two 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.

Melissa McGurk

Melissa McGurk

Regional Secretary

Calvert, AL
251-229-8910 x 2015

Melissa McGurk is the Secretary for the Southern Region and was Past President for the Alabama Chapter.  She previously served as Programs Co-Chair and Vice President.  Melissa joined the steel industry in 2011 as an Executive Assistant to the VP of Sales & Marketing at ThyssenKrupp Steel USA located in Calvert, AL.  Following the purchase of the Calvert assets by AM/NS Calvert in 2014, Melissa supported the Distribution and Tubular & Heavy Equipment Sales Teams and in early 2017 she was promoted to Account Manager where her primary focus became Secondary Slab & Coil Sales. In addition to her career, she is an active member of Mardi Gras Societies in Mobile & New Orleans, and most weekends you can find her enjoying all the Gulf Coast has to offer with her family and friends

Maureen Horn

Maureen Horn

Regional Treasurer

Houston, TX

Maureen Horn is the Treasurer of the Southern Region and Texas Chapter Past President. She started her career in the steel industry in 1999 with IPSCO Tubulars and has held various positions in the commercial organization of IPSCO and TMK IPSCO. Maureen is now part of NORMA Group as a Senior ERP Project Manager - Americas.

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