Drew Meyer, President of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration (SME), will be keynote speaker for the 48th Annual Forum on the Geology of Industrial Minerals, on May 2, in Scottsdale, Arizona.
AZGS is organizing and co-hosting the conference in partnership with the Arizona Geological Society, Arizona Rock Products Association, Arizona Mining Association, and AIPG Arizona Chapter.
Prior to forming Drew Meyer Consulting, 2012 SME President Drew A. Meyer was vice president, Marketing & Transportation Services, for Vulcan Materials Co., the largest construction aggregates producer in the United States and in the top five in the world. In that position, he was responsible for the marketing, market research, marketing support services, transportation sales and support services departments and economic forecasting and analysis for the Construction Materials Group.
In that role and throughout his career, Meyer has been an integral participant in the marketing, sales, strategic planning and business development functions of the company, responsible for transportation of aggregates by truck, rail and bulk- and self-unloading ocean-going ships.
During the last five years of his service with Vulcan, he and his staff focused on understanding the conditions necessary — and best methods — to improve aggregate pricing and overall construction materials profitability. He spent more than 35 years with Vulcan Materials, during which time he worked at the corporate, group and division levels domestically and in the Middle East. He is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University with B.S. and M.S. degrees in mineral economics.
Meyer has been an active participant in serving the construction aggregates Industry through its associations. He was elected an Honorary Life Member of the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) in January 2004. Prior to its merger with NSSGA, he served in a number of leadership positions in the National Aggregates Association including treasurer and vice chairman. In 2003, Aggregate Manager magazine selected Meyer as the AGGMAN Professional of the Year for 2002.
Meyer is a Past Chairman of the Construction Materials and Aggregates Committee of SME, a recipient of the AIME Hal Williams Hardinge Award in recognition of outstanding achievement in the field of industrial minerals; a recipient of the President’s Citation for Outstanding Leadership and Service to SME (2003), a past member of the SME Board of Directors (2006-2009), past vice president of the SME Foundation (2002-2009) and currently a trustee of the SME Foundation.
In addition to SME, Meyer is a member of the American Marketing Association, the National Association of Business Economists and a member of the Advisory Board of the Minerals Information Institute. He has authored and co-authored many articles and made numerous presentations on subjects related to the aggregates industry, industrial minerals, and the extraction, processing and consumption of magnetic metals from municipal solid waste.