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Automotive Aluminum Advisors (A3) brings together a diverse team of recognized subject matter experts and consultants to serve client interests in the automotive and aluminum industries, and federal research & development programs. 

By leveraging our deep and broad experience in automotive, aluminum & federal R&D programs, we can help you move faster, lighter and further at less cost.
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Nate Beavers 

Founder & President 

Mr. Beavers is the founder and president of Automotive Aluminum Advisors (A3). He began his career in the aluminum industry more than 18 years ago in government affairs at the Alcoa Technical Center. There he held several progressive roles including responsibility for Trade Compliance and liaising with the Departments of Commerce and State on Alcoa's behalf. He also worked closely with the Department of Defense and defense prime partners to foster and secure federal R&D funding for advanced research and development programs. He then moved into Alcoa's automotive business where he led several accounts with U.S., German and Asian automakers. Beavers later joined Aleris where he advanced to lead and manage a majority of the company's North American automotive business. While at Aleris, he had a central role in helping develop the direction and strategy of the North American automotive business. In addition to leading A3, he participates in several industry trade organizations.

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Don Strugala 

Consultant - Automotive Body Sheet Field Engineer

Mr. Strugala has more than 30 years of experience in aluminum and steel automotive body sheet solutions. Most recently, he served as lead application engineer on the Ford account at Arconic, formerly Alcoa, overseeing the launch of the all-aluminum F-150 as part of his focus on assisting automakers with launching aluminum intensive vehicles. In addition to Arconic/Alcoa, Mr. Strugala's extensive automotive experience spans General Motors and National Steel. His prior roles include application engineering, field service, sheet metal forming and formability analysis, failure analysis, 8-D analysis and mechanical testing labs.

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David Williams  

Consultant - Federal R&D Programs  

Mr. Williams is a recognized federal research and development subject matter expert with extensive networks into the Department of Defense and civilian agencies. His experience and networks have enabled specialization in organizing consortiums and teams to secure federal support for advanced R&D initiatives. Williams spent 26 years at Alcoa holding various leadership positions in business development, technology marketing and government contracts at the Alcoa Technical Center, including as director of Government R&D Programs. Later, Williams served as the chief operating officer at the Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII). In this capacity, he had responsibility for Finance, Contracting, Human Resources, Intellectual Property and Corporate Compliance. Prior to joining Alcoa, his background includes significant federal experience, beginning with the Department of the Navy and then with the Department of Energy. Williams holds a J.D. from Duquesne University, and he is a Public Contracts Attorney with specialization in data and patent rights. 

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