David Stickler '83

sticklerCEO
Big River Steel

David Stickler graduated from BGSU with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. He has spent the past two decades building and operating some of the world’s most successful and profitable steel mills in the U.S., even as American steel producers have lost market share to other countries.

Currently Stickler is CEO of Big River Steel in Osceola, Arkansas. Unlike traditional steel producers that use iron ore, coal and coke to produce steel in environmentally challenged facilities, Big River Steel produces new steel using recycled steel from old cars, appliances, buildings, ships and bridges.

Big River Steel is a $1.6 billion FlexMill™, the first of its kind in the world. It is positioned to become the world’s leading steel producer in terms of range of product offering, energy efficiency and environmental cleanliness.