Agenda at a Glance


07:00 - 08:25 REGISTRATION, EXHIBITION & WELCOME COFFEE - Sponsored by Sargent Electric
08:25 - 08:35 Chairman Intro

Stone Pier Capital Advisors Charles Schliebs Managing Director Stone Pier Capital Advisors

08:35 - 09:30 Forging the Future with Energy - Boosting Economic Development Opportunities in the Tri-State Region
  • Evaluate the prospects to enhance the regions opportunities in petrochemical & plastics manufacturing
  • Understand how focussing on increases in gas fired power and heating and key gas pipeline projects can significantly boost economic growth
  • Hear how success will require coordinated across the region including leaders in business, government, economic development, academic & non-profit communities

Stone Pier Capital Advisors Chair: Charles Schliebs Managing Director Stone Pier Capital Advisors

West Virginia Department of Commerce Secretary H. Wood Thrasher Cabinet Secretary West Virginia Department of Commerce

Pennsylvania State Senator Camera Bartolotta State Senator Pennsylvania Senate

Chevron Stacey Olson President - Appalachia Chevron

Peoples Natural Gas Morgan O’Brien President & CEO Peoples Natural Gas

Reed Smith Tarek Abdalla Partner Reed Smith

09:30 - 09:55 China Energy Investment - A Game Changer for West Virginia

WVU Energy Institute Brian Anderson Director WVU Energy Institute

09:55 - 10:10 Marketing, Transportation, Infrastructure, Research, Innovation, and Workforce: The Pillars of an Energy-Enabled Economy
  • Overview of regional strengths and assets
  • Development of in-basin use of natural gas and natural gas liquids
  • Discussion of how petrochemical growth connects to Industry 4.0

Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development Dennis M. Davin Secretary - Department of Community and Economic Development Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development

10:10 - 10:35 The Tri State Shale Agreement: Its Significance and Evolution in Building a Worldwide Brand
  • History and overview of the Tri State Shale Coalition
  • Update on current activities to enhance regional investment opportunities
  • Overview of major branding effort to speak with one voice, one message

Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development Denise Brinley Senior Energy Advisor, Department of Community and Economic Development Pennsylvania

Team Neo, Ohio Paul Boulier President and CEO Team Neo, Ohio

Vision Shared, West Virginia Cory Dennison President Vision Shared, West Virginia

10:35 - 11:10 EXHIBITION & NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK - Sponsored by Sargent Electric
11:10 - 11:35 PLENARY KEYNOTE: Shell Chemicals Appalachia

Shell Hilary Mercer VP Pennsylvania Shell

11:35 - 12:20 Digital Performance in the Global Chemical Industry
  • Digital transformation, Industrial IoT and Industry 4.0 have all created the awareness and need in the process and energy industries for change.
  • However, it is not enough to address the developments associated with the fourth industrial revolution from just a technological perspective - companies also need to transform their organization and culture.
  • This panel will review example Studies and Surveys on how the chemical industry is approaching this digital revolution and the current progress. In addition to discussing the characteristics of high performance digital company that combines broad levels of digital investment with a broad level of business success.

DxT3 Chair: Chet Mroz CEO DxT3

Prisma Impianti Manuel Alfonso CEO Prisma Impianti

Virgo Flemming B. Bjoernslev Operating Partner Virgo

ARC Advisory Group Peter Reynolds Analyst ARC Advisory Group

Eaton John P Stampfel Vice President Strategy and Innovation Electrical Systems and Services Group Eaton

Gas Power Plant Construction Track
13:50 - 14:00 Chairman Intro

Bob Haupt Energy Markets & Project Development Consultant

14:00 - 14:30 Major Project Update- Tenaska’s Westmorland Generating Station Project
  • Gain insight from one of the US leading Utilities on their current $1Bn gas power plant construction project in Pennsylvania.
  • Hear what stage they are at in the construction process and best practices.
  • Learn from industry leaders to best insure your projects success.

Tenaska Vasu Pinapati VP of Engineering Tenaska

14:30 - 15:15 Panel: Scope Negotiations for Success
  • Significantly improve negotiation effectiveness- prepare for a negotiation and recognize the risk.
  • Learn how to best approach change to scope.
  • Clearly define success and achieve win-win outcomes.

Bowen Moderator: Tom Kyner VP Business Development Bowen

Duke Energy Jeffrey Peet Lead Engineer, Citrus County Project Duke Energy

Bowen Tom Kyner VP Business Development Energy Bowen

Invenergy Amit Nadkarni Project Manager Invenergy

Bob Haupt Energy Markets & Project Development Consultant

Capital Energy Services Ward Hill President Capital Energy Services

15:15 - 15:40 LNG in the Northeast - Emerging Uses and Opportunities
  • Overview of LNG uses and applications, including avoiding pipeline capacity charges, commodity sales and use, and backup fuel for gas-fired power plants
  • Review of typical project delivery model
  • Facility siting, permitting and engineering considerations
  • Case study of project economics for power customers.

Northstar Industries Doug Early Business Development Northstar Industries

Langan Engineering & Environmental Services, Inc Jason Hanna Principal/VP Langan Engineering & Environmental Services, Inc

16:25 - 17:10 The importance of the pre-planning phase to your project success.
  • Proven effective strategies to successfully realise and implement your project objectives.
  • Discover how to best mitigate risk to ensure you stay coordinated and on schedule.
  • Ensure project efficiency and success.

Orion Strategies Moderator: Curtis Wilkerson President Orion Strategies

Dynegy Jason Crum Director of Generation and Turbines Dynegy

AES Rubén Soroeta Director of Engineering AES

CEC Jennifer Flannery Senior Project Manager Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.

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Gas Power Plant Construction Track
09:25 - 09:30 Chairman Intro

Bob Haupt Energy Markets & Project Development Consultant

09:30 - 10:00 Major Project Update- DTE China Township Project
  • Gain insight from one of the US leading Utilities on their current $1Bn gas power plant construction project in Michigan.
  • Hear what stage they are at in the construction process and what lessons they have learned so far to ensure you don't make the same mistakes.
  • Learn from the best.

DTE Energy Dan Fahrer Director of Major Enterprise Projects DTE Energy

10:00 - 10:40 Panel: To Modularize or not to Modularize?
  • Key Considerations for the modular route; what project scenarios justify the modular route?
  • Will a complete or partial modular construction strategy deliver you real ROI on your project? Investment in a complete modularization study to evaluate all the alternatives
  • Hear from OEMs and what they can do for you.
  • Specific case study examples as to how modularization can contribute to successful major projects

ShureLine Moderator: Goutam Shahani VP Sales and Marketing ShureLine Construction

PSEG Kevin Reimer Director, Construction Projects PSEG

Wunderlich-Malec Engineering, Inc Mark Cosentino Power Market Manager Wunderlich-Malec Engineering, Inc

Swamy Margan SVP Global Sales Heartland Water Technology

Siemens Chris Mieckowski Global Director of Solutions Portfolio Siemens

11:15 - 11:30 To a more flexible and clean future - What Gas Turbines can do for Your Plant.
  • Help you become fluent in new age turbines technologies.
  • Determine what equipment your plant needs.
  • Make the right decision for your plant.

Clean Energy Future William Siderewicz President and Founder Clean Energy Future

11:30 - 12:00 The Secret to Successful Financing
  • Hear from the best in the business on how to ensure your vision doesn’t fall at the first hurdle.
  • Get the low down on what your future investors really care about.
  • Create your own checklist for success to guarantee a smooth transition to the development stage.

EmberClear Raj Suri CEO Emberclear

13:30 - 14:20 Panel: High Performance Strategies for Mega Projects - Beyond Productivity
  • Game-changing ideas to dramatically improve project schedule and execution productivity on your project
  • Best practices for tackling poor construction labor productivity head on
  • Overcome challenges relating to cost controls and achieve effective cost management - driving better end results
  • Modularization - benefits and considerations relating to productivity/efficiency
  • Integrate successful cost management initiatives at design phase - benefit from multi stakeholder input on your bottom line
  • Tangible solutions & proven tactics to enhancing productivity on projects

Kiewit Energy Group Bob Nussmeier Vice-President Kiewit Energy Group

Dominion Energy Jim Strohman Director Dominion Energy

Continuum Advisory Group Mona Haggag Principal Continuum Advisory Group

Advisian Sean Murphy Senior Vice President Advisian

14:20 - 14:40 Eastern Ohio: The New Petrochemical Hub
  • Update on the PTT Cracker
  • Site development work in Eastern Ohio
  • Why consider Eastern Ohio
  • River rail improvement project
  • Development of gas-fired power plants
  • Broadband development project
  • Pipeline construction
  • Mark West investments

Harrison County Nick Homrighausen Executive Director of Community & Economic Development Harrison County, Ohio

Ed Looman Project Manager/Director of Shale Development The Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth

14:40 - 15:05 How Northeast Petrochemical Logistics Will Change the Industry Landscape
  • Development factors and challenges in NE petrochemical production over the next decade and what it means for rail shipments and car demand in sand, refined products, chemicals, and other commodities
  • Best practices in petrochemical industry logistics
  • Developing logistics and supply chain strategies that lead to a competitive advantage

PLG Consulting Taylor Robinson President PLG Consulting

15:05 - 15:15 Chairman Summary

Stone Pier Capital Advisors Charles Schliebs Managing Director Stone Pier Capital Advisors


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