Southern Region Roster/Bios


Laura Sleighter

Regional Director

Senior Metal Trader
Alchemy Metal Specialists
3409 Eastwood Drive
Clarksville, TN 37043

Laura Sleighter is the current Past President of the AWMI Tennessee Chapter.  With over 20 years’ experience in management and procurement, Laura has worked in the metals industry since 2003.  Her career started as a Procurement Engineer with Comefri, Inc. (Hopkinsville, KY).  She transitioned to a Supply Chain Manager, then Scrap Metal Buyer at Alcoa Recycling, which became Arconic (located Alcoa, TN).  Most recently becoming the Senior Metal Trader at Alchemy Metal Specialists.  Laura earned her Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing Engineering Technology from Austin Peay State University, and her master’s Degree in Business Administration from University of Phoenix.


Alicia Schmitt

Regional Vice Chair

Regional Sales Manager
SSAB Americas
Atlanta, GA

Alicia Schmitt was the Texas Chapter President. She’s spent twenty-four years in the steel industry. They last eighteen years have been with SSAB. She’s held several positions within SSAB including Insides Sales, Purchasing Manager and currently Regional Sales Manager.

Regional Secretary



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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