*Please Note Date & Hotel Change:
The dates and hotel location of this conference have changed to December 12-13, Royal Sonesta Houston Galleria, Houston


If you would like to be a part of the Petrochemical Supply Chain & Export Logistics 2017 please email me directly at karla@petchem-update.com

Conference Running Times:

  • November 14th from 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM (Including Evening Networking Reception)
  • November 15th from 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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DAY ONE: Full Conference Audience

8:00 Welcome to Day 1 - Karla Sharp, Sr. Director, Petrochemical Update
8:10 MORNING KEYNOTE Hurricane Harvey – Houston Strong
  • An overview of the business implications of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma on the U.S. Gulf Coast & East Coast
  • A summary of the bounce-back efforts and speed of response across our industry
  • Short term and long term challenges for our supply chain & recovery projections
  • Initiatives put in place to mitigate the damage of future events like these

Harris County Judge Ed Emmett Harris County Judge Harris County

8:30 MORNING KEYNOTE Producer Panel
  • Immediate supply chain needs in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey
  • The perceived impact of August/September plant closures on anticipated volumes and project completions
  • What Producers need from the transportation industry amid rapid production growth to be successful
  • Where Producers see the main long term bottlenecks

Formosa Plastics Rick Lissa Senior Director, Supply Chain Formosa Plastics

AkzoNobel Millissa Flanagan Senior Vice President, Integrated Supply Chain AkzoNobel

TPC Group, Inc. Shelly Heuser Senior Vice President - Supply Chain TPC Group, Inc.

9:10 MORNING KEYNOTE Land & Sea Distribution Panel
  • Dealing with the fallout of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma (recovery, backlog & rates)
  • Improving the resilience of our supply chain – how do we prepare for the next Harvey?
  • What are the perceived challenges for the next 3-5 years, given the additional volumes still to come online in the 1st wave of petrochemical projects?
  • Future plans through 2020
  • In their view, where can the petrochemical supply chain be optimize to be more successful?

IBM Moderator: David Womack Director of Strategy IBM

Port of New Orleans Brandy Christian CEO & President Port of New Orleans

Dupre Logistics, LLC Reggie Dupré President & CEO Dupre Logistics, LLC

Norfolk Southern Speaker to be confirmed Norfolk Southern

9:50 Morning Coffee Break
10:20 Shale Gas Industrial Expansion – Global & Domestic Implications Over the Next Decade
  • Latest project infrastructure, product and logistics impact forecast from the ongoing North American petrochemical expansion and recent Gulf Coast infrastructural damage cause by Harvey
  • Deep analysis of the large North American polyethylene expansion ramifications to the local and global markets, supply chains and logistics with a focus on the upcoming export growth
  • Additional analysis and commentary on likely ethane and ethylene export growth from the U.S. over the next decade.

PLG Consulting Taylor Robinson President PLG Consulting

11:00 Overcoming Hurdles & Congestion Amid the Petchem Export “Gold Rush”
  • Current capacity versus optimum capacity – port-by-port
  • Initiative and expansion projects underway or completed to increase port capacity
  • The impact of Hurricanes Harvey & Irma on progress and the aftermath in terms of backlogs
  • What are Ports doing to mitigate risk related to future natural disasters?
  • Influence and control – what is the ports role in influencing supply chain optimization elsewhere?

JLL Ports Airports and Global Infrastructure Moderator: Walter Kemmsies Managing Director, Economist and Chief Strategist JLL Ports Airports and Global Infrastructure

Port of Houston Authority John Moseley Senior Director, Trade Development Port of Houston Authority

South Carolina Ports Paul McClintock Chief Commercial Officer & Senior Vice President South Carolina Ports

GA Ports Authority Greg Van Brunt Regional Sales Manager, Trade Development GA Ports Authority

Port of Long Beach Don Snyder Director of Business Development Port of Long Beach

11:40 How Successful Have We Really Been in Optimizing Our Supply Chain to Deal with Growth (One Year On)?
  • Exploring how well the petrochemical supply chain is coping with increased volumes so far
  • What more must be done, and quickly, to support current petrochemical export volumes
  • What does the future hold, and must we act now?

Huntsman Corp Amy Hark Director, Americas & Global Logistics Purchasing Huntsman Corp

Kansas City Southern Jennifer Fussell Assistant Vice President Sales and Marketing Petroleum Kansas City Southern

Bulkmatic Camilo Gomez Gerencia Comercial Bulkmatic

12:20 The Growing Importance of Resin Distribution as a Channel to Market

How global trends impacting the plastics industry are changing the strategic importance of Distribution, including:

  • How consolidation at both the producer and converter levels are changing the structure and role of Distribution
  • How producers and their distribution partners are being challenged to satisfy rising customer expectations due to digital technology
  • How the Shale Revolution is creating new demands on distributors to expand their market reach
  • How global competitive pressures are transitioning distributors from product peddlers to total solution providers
  • And how new materials and manufacturing technologies are disrupting the Distribution space

M. Holland Dwight Morgan Vice President, Corporate Development M. Holland

12:45 Lunch Break
2:30 AFTERNOON KEYNOTE Port Houston (title to be confirmed)
  • Details coming soon.

Port of Houston Authority Roger Guenther Executive Director Port of Houston Authority

3:00 New Thinking on Trucking of Bulk Liquid Petrochemicals - 1 Year On
  • Freight visibility and the BASF platform
  • Sustainable visibility processes
  • Digitalization
  • Collaboration as a critical factor in recovery and damage mitigation relating to Hurricane Harvey

BASF Bill Wehrle Director, Supply Chain BASF

Resources Global Professionals Dr. David Bazzetta Business Advisor - Process Optimization Resources Global Professionals

3:40 Union Pacific Presentation (title to be confirmed)

Union Pacific Railroad Kari Kirchhoefer Vice President and General Manager - Chemicals Union Pacific Railroad

3:55 Afternoon Coffee Break
4:30 Greenbrier Companies Presentation (TBC)

In light of the FRA’s statement that it would like to explore the use of the DOT 117 as the “new standard” for lower-risk hazmat shipments, this presentation will discuss:

  • Regulatory requirements for the DOT 117 tank car
  • Status of ECP brakes with respect to the transportation of flammable liquids in unit-train operations

The Greenbrier Companies, Inc. James Rader Vice President of Regulatory Services The Greenbrier Companies, Inc.

4:55 Packaging, Warehousing and Drayage
  • Hear from packing and warehousing companies on their general outlook for petrochemical production growth in North America from 2017 and beyond
  • Overview of newly completed and planned facilities for 2017 & 2018
  • Examples of how they are expanding operations, and developing partnerships with key suppliers to prepare for growth
  • Key lessons learned in optimizing the Plastic Resin supply chain
  • What challenges still exist?

Tricon Energy Moderator: Riyesh Kothari Operations Manager Tricon Energy

Vinmar International Tushar Bhuta Global Director of Supply Chain Vinmar International

Plantgistix Marc Levine President Plantgistix

National Property Holdings and Rail Logix Michael Plank Chairman & CEO National Property Holdings and Rail Logix

TGS Matt Fleming Vice President TGS

5:35 Consolidation: ...the Key to the Congestion Conundrum?
  • Definition
  • Where is it needed?
  • Who wants it & who doesn’t?
  • What’s in it for me?
    • Owners
    • Terminals
    • Industry
  • Why won’t it work?

Odfjell Terminals USA Melbourne Pinks Commercial Director Odfjell Terminals USA

6:00 Day One Evening Networking Party
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DAY TWO: Full Conference Audience

8:30 The Digital Supply Chain - What Does It Mean?

What does digitalization, its implications, challenges and opportunities mean for the petrochemical supply chain in terms of:

  • Operational efficiency
  • Tools
  • Data
  • Block Chain

Accenture Ojas Wadivkar Accenture

8:55 Approaches Towards Successful Digitalization
  • Assessing supply chain digitization strategies and implementation best practises
  • Integration and standardization challenges
  • A look at organizational design within the petrochemical supply chain and opportunities for improvement through digitalization

BASF Andy O’Connor Global Director and Head of Digital SC Development – BASF 4.0 BASF

9:35 Honeywell Workforce Productivity/Connected Worker Presentation (title to be confirmed)
  • Details coming soon.

Honeywell Speaker to be confirmed Honeywell

10:00 Cybersecurity: The Other Side of the Coin
  • Understanding the complexity of digital security and exposure to risk
  • Achieving an effective risk management strategy - technical and non-technical mitigation
  • The risk of cyberattack – impacts on efficiency
  • How can we mitigate attacks?

IronNet Mark Olsen Co-Founder and President IronNet Cybersecurity (former Director, National Counterterrorism Center, appointed by President Obama)

10:25 Morning Coffee Break
11:00 Re-Design: Innovations in the Way We Truck
  • Trucking initiatives for improving human capacity and productivity
  • Alternative transportation of trucks – how are trucking companies and railroad working together to reduce transportation times
  • Strategies for reducing delivery time and saving on cost

Sunburst Trucking Shaun Leone President Sunburst Trucking

Dupre Logistics Mike Matte Senior Director of Business Development Dupre Logistics

11:40 Forming the Perfect Partnership: What Do Producers Need from Their Partners and Vice Versa?
  • Assessing current relations and potential communication bottlenecks
  • Strategies for enhancing flow and transparency at every stage of distribution
  • How Producers and their suppliers can work more effectively together
  • Challenges and considerations for ports, ocean carriers, railroad and distributors

Advision Sean Murphy Vice President Advision

12:20 Lunch Break
2:00 Supply Chain and Logistics Opportunities in the Texas Gulf Coast – Industrial Sector Overview
  • Rail growth and expansion
  • Industrial Development
  • Marine infrastructure

TGS Matt Fleming Vice President TGS

2:40 Adapting to Growth through Rail Infrastructure Investment (1 Year On)
  • What are class one railroads, and localized lines doing to accommodate growth?
  • Insight into what markets railroads are serving; where is demand coming from and how are they applying it to their market strategies
  • How are new agreements to allow switching railway provider affecting the industry?
  • How can we create a sense of competition?
  • What’s the picture for both resins & bulk liquid petrochemicals

North American Rail Shippers Association Richard Dodd Former President North American Rail Shippers Association

3:15 Considerations and Strategies for Combatting Aging Fleets
  • Impact of single hull vessel scrappage measures
  • Emission regulations surrounding ‘most polluting’ inland vessels entering ports and current surcharge updates
  • What this will mean for these vessels and how is the industry replacing retiring vessels

RightShip Americas Capt. Anuj Chopra Vice President - Americas RightShip Americas

3:45 End of Conference
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A Special Thanks to our 2017 Advisory Committee:

  • Bill Wehrle
    Bill Wehrle Director, Supply Chain
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    Speaker Bio Coming Soon...

  • Ojas Wadivkar
    A.T. Kearney
    Ojas Wadivkar Partner
    A.T. Kearney
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    Ojas Wadivkar is a partner of A.T. Kearney Middle East and is a senior member of the Energy and Process Industries Practice at A.T. Kearney. He has consulted companies internationally for more than 16 years, and has spent the last 6 years dedicated to clients in the GCC.

    He has consulted clients across multiple industries including process, electric utilities and petrochemical companies on issues ranging from supply chain and operations to defining business strategies and redesigning organizations. Additionally he has also consulted and implemented energy efficiency programs for U.S. Government sites. Mr. Wadivkar is a recognized expert within the energy industries space.

    In addition to being a Management Consultant he is also a Professional Mechanical Engineer (licensed in California, USA) and a Certified Energy Manager.

  • Walter Kemmsies
    Walter Kemmsies Managing Director, Economist and Chief Strategist
    JLL U.S. Ports, Airports and Global Infrastructure
    View Bio

    Dr. Walter Kemmsies is a Managing Director, Economist and Chief Strategist for JLL’s U.S. Ports, Airports and Global Infrastructure Group.

    In this role, Walter executes initiatives for public and private sector clients who have interests in or properties proximate to seaports and airports throughout North America. He is also working to expand the U.S. Ports, Airports and Global Infrastructure Group’s expertise to the infrastructure sector and assist both public agencies and investors in underwriting, financing and evaluating new investment vehicles and opportunities.

    Walter is widely viewed as one of the foremost experts on ports, rail and infrastructure in the U.S. His areas of expertise include, but are not limited to, demand forecasting, maritime and overall global trade regulatory issues, public/private port and infrastructure financing as well as long term strategic planning/capital investment.

    Walter’s professional experience working in Europe, Latin America and Asia uniquely qualifies him as a global trade economist.



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2017 Sponsors & Exhibitors

Gold Sponsors

  • Dupre Logistics
  • honeywell
  • honeywell
  • Greenbrier Companies
  • National Property Holding
  • Rail Logix
  • TGS

Silver Sponsors

  • advisian
  • Bulkmatic
  • Plantgistix

Port Sponsors

  • Georgia Ports Authority
  • Port freeport
  • Port NOLA
  • Port of Long Beach
  • the-port-of-virginia

Railroad Sponsors

  • CN
  • Kansas
  • union pacific

Lanyard Sponsor

  • unitcargo

Wi-Fi Sponsor

  • MILS


  • coastal cargo
  • EMS
  • intersack
  • tankspan


  • ATLS
  • BDP
  • Coperion
  • Cordstrap
  • DCG
  • DoverMEI
  • Eagle
  • EMS
  • the-port-of-virginia
  • Powell
  • rsi
  • SPSI
  • Transporeon

Media Partners

  • cscmp
  • HCB
  • JOC
  • Link
  • maritime executive
  • North American Rail Shipper Association (NARS)
  • Eagle
  • SCLG
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