2019 Agenda at a Glance

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08:30 - 08:40 Chairman Intro

Stone Pier Capital Advisors Charles Schliebs Managing Director Stone Pier Capital

08:40 - 09:10 Creating chemistry for a sustainable future
  • Hear from the leading integrated chemical company about the global chemicals market and the role of the US
  • Develop a better understanding of how the industry can create value to society and contribute to a sustainable future

BASF Corporation Wayne T. Smith Chairman & CEO BASF Corporation

09:10 - 09:40 Thriving Ahead: How Covestro Drives Growth and Sustainability through Community Engagement
  • Whether it’s partnering with Allegheny County school districts to strengthen STEM education, convening stakeholders to foster the region’s sustainability, empowering employees to use their purpose to build the nonprofit sector, or collaborating with industry and academic institutions to drive innovation, Covestro - the start-up with an 80-year history - attributes much of its success in Pittsburgh to engaging in the community in real, substantive ways.
  • In his speech, Jerry MacCleary, CEO of Covestro LLC, will recount Covestro’s story of community engagement - both top down with senior executives and bottom up with employees at all levels
  • how this type of engagement has contributed to the company’s ongoing success in a unique region of the country that will embrace companies - and industries - that are authentically responsible and truly committed to its people. 

Covestro LLC Jerry MacCleary Chairman & CEO Covestro LLC

09:40 - 10:10 Outlook for the US & Global Downstream Industry
  • Gain insight from an up-to-date the short-term energy outlook that looks at impacts to supply & demand of petrochemicals on the U.S. northeast, NGL production and projects that that will impact NGL market dynamics and takeaway capacity.
  • Understand the nature of the market for polyethylene and other derivatives of ethane, as well as derivatives of butane, propane and others that constitute wet gas along with methane: use this to inform your investments and strategy in the region.

American Chemistry Council Cal Dooley CEO American Chemistry Council

10:40 - 11:10 Delivering World Class Construction Projects in the Northeast
  • A discussion of key challenges projects are face in the north east and how to mitigate risks
  • Overview of key best practices teams should apply to reduce a project’s capital cost and improve schedule certainty
  • Hear best practices for tackling poor construction labor productivity head on
  • Explore best practices for capital efficiency enhancement

Bechtel Corporation Paul Marsden Senior Vice President, Senior Project Manager of Pennsylvania Chemicals Bechtel Corporation

11:10 - 11:40 Shell Chemical Appalachia Project Update
  • Hear the latest in the Northeast largest petrochemical project.
  • Understand key challenges experienced so far and how they overcame them and guarantees the project’s success.
  • Looking to the feature, understand shell’s key considerations and priorities when operating in the NE

Shell Chris Howell Project Director - Appalachia Chemicals Shell

11:40 - 12:10 Future of Petrochemicals In The Appalachian Region
  • Appalachian petrochemical industry will enhance U.S. energy and manufacturing security, and substantial economic benefits in Appalachia and the U.S.
  • An expanded Appalachian petrochemical industry can support five world-scale petrochemical crackers, regional pipelines and a storage network, and downstream manufacturing facilities
  • The Department of Energy, in alignment with other federal agencies, is focused on communicating the market opportunity; investing in public infrastructure; supporting workforce development; and facilitating the investment of private capital

Fossil Energy Steven Winberg Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy US Department of Energy

14:15 - 14:45 Advanced Manufacturing and Carbon Capture Innovations at NETL
  • Session TBC

Department of Energy Dr Brian Anderson Director of the National Energy Technology Laboratory Department of Energy

14:45 - 15:30 Trends in the Regional Petrochemical Industry
  • In this panel hear the latest on workforce development efforts between public and private entities.
  • Take a fresh look at efforts bringing workforce development under one cohesive umbrella, guaranteeing today and tomorrows workforce.
  • Get the facts on what gaps need filling and how we are doing it - dispel any doubts regarding the Northeast’s readiness!

Chemical Alliance Zone of West Virginia Kevin DiGregorio Executive Director Chemical Alliance Zone of West Virginia

West Virginia Polymer Alliance Zone Keith Burdette President West Virginia Polymer Alliance Zone

West Virginia Development Office Moderator: Michael Graney Executive Director West Virginia Development Office

16:00 - 16:45 Appalachia NGL Fireside Chat Needs in 2019 and Beyond
  • Hear from key industry players on steps taken already to develop the US’s next NGL Hub.
  • Develop a better understanding on challenges to infrastructural development in the region and what steps are being taken to overcome them.
  • Gain expert insight on the impact the hub would have on the industry and pricing.

Mountaineer NGL Storage LLC David Hooker President Mountaineer NGL Storage LLC

KlaberGroup Katie Klaber Managing Director KlaberGroup

AECOM Rick DeCesar VP of Midstream & Pipelines AECOM

Lane Power & Energy Solutions Inc. Moderator: Michael Tritt President Lane Power & Energy Solutions Inc.

16:45 - 17:15 Inbound Logistics for success in the Northeast Region
  • Inbound logistics can be a tough nut to crack in the Northeast but don’t let it be the downfall to your project being a success.
  • Hear from the industries foremost experts on inbound logistics in the Northeast and learn from their recent success stories and create your own checklist for success.
  • Don’t allow the Northeast landscape let your construction costs run away from you.

US Methanol Mike Hager CFO US Methanol

17:15 - 17:25 Chairman’s Day 1 Conclusion

Stone Pier Capital Advisors Charles Schliebs Managing Director Stone Pier Capital



09:00 - 09:10 Chairman’s Day 2 Intro

Stone Pier Capital Advisors Charles Schliebs Managing Director Stone Pier Capital

09:10 - 09:40 The Mighty Marcellus - Coming of Age
  • A lookback on the first decade of the Shale Gas revolution
  • Current challenges and opportunities
  • Thoughts on its future

Energy Innovation Center Institute Steve Schlotterbeck Former CEO, EQT Corporation, now Member of the Board of Directors Energy Innovation Center Institute

09:40 - 10:20 Shale Crescent USA, a World Class Opportunity for Petrochemical Producers.
  • If Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania were their own country , they would be the third largest natural gas producing country in the world.
  • In 2008, the three states were producing less than 3% of the nations natural gas. Today they are producing over 30%. In addition, even though three states have half the land mass of Texas, they now outproduce the former number one producing state of Texas in natural gas.
  • The abundance of Natural Gas and NGLs has led to economic advantages. A recent study shows that a polyethylene facility built in the Shale Crescent USA has a Net Present Value 4 times greater than one built on the Gulf Coast.

Solvay Specialty Polymers USA Wally Kandel Senior Vice President & Plant Manager Solvay Specialty Polymers USA

Artex Oil Company Jerry James President Artex Oil Company

10:20 - 11:10 Creating and Sustaining a Safety Culture
  • Session details TBC

McCarls Ken Burk CEO McCarls

Jacobs Craig Martin Former CEO Jacobs

Ross Myers CEO Allan Myers

Aubrey Daniels David Uhl Partner Aubrey Daniels

11:30 - 12:15 Site Selection and Suitability for Downstream Manufacturing in the Northeast
  • Opportunity abounds. Learn about downstream markets and industries - beyond the cracker plants.
  • Hear about a systematic approach to identify and select the ideal site in Appalachia.
  • Discover the key factors that make a site desirable from the perspective of site selection, infrastructure connectivity, and permitting.
  • Gain practical information on how to harness the potential and tackle the challenges of regional industrial sites for the range of new prospective projects, large and small.

Baker Tilly Capital Moderator: Gideon Gradman Managing Director Baker Tilly Capital

APEG & JobOhio Mike Jacoby CEO APEG & JobOhio

Ohio River Corridor Bryce Custer President Ohio River Corridor

Langan Jason Hanna Principal Langan

12:15 - 12:40 Digital Performance in the Global Chemical Industry Master the art of developing an action plan in the new era of digitalization to ensure you aren’t left behind
  • Get the facts on what digitalization, its implications, challenges and opportunities really mean for Manufacturers
  • Learn about emerging Business of Tomorrow scenarios and the path via Industry 4.0  from the Business of Today
  • Hear from leading experts on what digital innovation means for your bottom line and how can it add value.

EY Jade Rodysill Principal - Chemicals Lead Ernst & Young

14:30 - 15:00 How Shippers Can Create Capacity
  • Much of the petrochemical industry will be within 700 miles of the customer base and will be connected not only by rail but also by road, now is the time to get the low down on trucking challenges and needs.
  • Be sure that your route to market is fully prepared, hear about the initiatives trucking companies are taking to improve human capacity and productivity.
  • Ensure your product gets to market as promised.

Schneider National Bill Matheson CCO Schneider National

15:00 - 15:45 Strictly Business - Optimization of Supply Chain Year on Year In the Northeast
  • Get the facts current supply chain capacity in the Northeast Region
  • Get the low-down on plan to increase capacity in the wake of petrochemical investment in the region.
  • Advance your capabilities toward a digital supply chain.
  • Hear from the ultimate authority on what has been done, what more must be done, and quickly.

Waterways Council Mike Toohey CEO Waterways Council

Mary Ann Bucci Executive Director Port of Pittsburgh Commission

Adam Gilmore Senior Vice President of Operations SGS

BeeMac Logistics Michael Ceravolo CCO BeeMac Logistics

15:45 - 15:50 Chairman Conclusion

Stone Pier Capital Advisors Charles Schliebs Managing Director Stone Pier Capital


We are thrilled host so many petrochemical professionals under one roof. However, many of you compete with one another so in order to comply with antitrust rules, we should avoid any discussions or comments that may not be appropriate in fact or even in appearance.

In order to not run afoul of the antitrust rules, in either the formal presentations or informal discussions, we ask our attendees to refrain from exchanging or discussing information regarding prices, price changes, discounts, allowances, credit terms and similar subjects.

We ask speakers to be aware of these concerns during their presentations, and suggest all participants are aware also.

2019 Sponsors & Exhibitors

Platinum Sponsor

  • WVDO

Gold Sponsor

  • Voovio

Silver Sponsors

  • apeg
  • EY
  • Kintla
  • Lane
  • Langan
  • Ohio River

Bronze Sponsor

  • Orion Strategies

Coffee Break Sponsor

  • SargentElectric

Wi-Fi Sponsor

  • Satellite

Lanyard Sponsors

  • S&B Shield


  • ALL
  • AS
  • Brock
  • BSB
  • Canal-barge
  • Crest Vista
  • Dixon
  • draeger
  • Eagle
  • Elliott Group
  • GAI
  • impact
  • Industrial-Info
  • IntelliTrans
  • KAP
  • Maviro
  • Ohio River
  • Parker
  • Praxair
  • Precision
  • PSB
  • SafeRack
  • Sarcos
  • SargentElectric
  • Satellite
  • Simtronics
  • SpotterBuddy
  • STOlogix
  • Stone & Webster
  • Superheat
  • Tactexs
  • Teadit
  • Tilsatec
  • Fluid Engineering
  • Valdel
  • Voovio
  • WO Grubb
  • WVDO
  • Baker Hughes, a GE company

Media and Community Partners

  • Hydrocarbon Engineering
  • Innovoil
  • Kallandish
  • marcellus
  • natgasintel
  • Newsbase
  • NortheastONG
  • NorthwestPAOilGas

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