2018 Agenda


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

Northeast Petrochemical Construction Conference
13:50 - 14:50 Panel: Construction Workforce Development - A Northeast Petrochemical Focus
  • Insights into the challenges of those needs locally
  • A review of some of the programs the unions are utilizing to recruit and train apprentices
  • Training challenges and lessons learned from other mega projects

Industrial Info Resources Chair - Tony Salemme VP Craft Labor Group Industrial Info Resources

Shell Chemicals Anca Rusu Project Director - Pennsylvania Chemicals Shell Chemicals

IBEW Edwin Hill Jr Business Development International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers

Simtronics Tim Judge Managing Director Simtronics

Energy Innovation Center Institute Rich DiClaudio CEO Energy Innovation Center Institute

14:50 - 15:15 Mountaineer NGL Storage: Salt Cavern Storage Facility, Powhatan, Ohio
  • Overview of premier salt cavern NGL storage project in northeastern U.S.
  • Unique convergence of shale gas development, deep salt formations, and petrochemical infrastructure network
  • Highlights of engineering design solutions and safeguards

Civil & Environmental Consultants Jonathan Farrell Project Manager Civil & Environmental Consultants

Energy Storage VenturesTim Hanley Energy Storage Ventures

15:15 - 15:40 Safety, Skills and Capacity - When Contractors and trades Collaborate the Client Wins!
  • Competition for talent: over 5k skilled workers needed. We have the capacity to recruit and train 50,000 per year.
  • A network to guarantee delivery of safe and trusted Human resources. 157 training centres; over 1500 welding booths; verifiable; 100s of construction and safety certifications.
  • Tailor our training to the needs of the customer to form a true partnership in with the industry.

IMPACT Kevin J. Hilton Chief Executive Officer IMPACT

15:40 - 16:25 EXHIBITION & NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK - Sponsored by Sargent Electric
16:25 - 17:15 A Step-by-Step Guide to Site Availability in the North East
  • Where might additional ethane crackers be sited in the Appalachia basin?
  • Discover the key factors that make a site desirable from the perspective of a project developer, and use this knowledge to inform your site selection strategy in Northeast
  • Practical information on how to harness these sites potential and overcome any barriers that they may present.
  • Make the best choice for your project.

The Thrasher Group Chad Riley CEO The Thrasher Group

The Hamman Consulting Group Jason Hamman President The Hamman Consulting Group

NAI Ohio River Corridor Bryce Custer, SIOR, MRICS Petrochemical & Energy Services NAI Ohio River Corridor

McGowan Corporate Real Estate Advisors Kevin McGowan President McGowan Corporate Real Estate Advisors

Gideon Gradman CEO & Managing Director Integrated Energy Advisors



08:00 - 09:25 REGISTRATION, EXHIBITION & WELCOME COFFEE - Sponsored by PJ-Trumbull
Northeast Petrochemical Construction Conference
09:25 - 09:35 Chairman Intro

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

9:35 - 10:35 Readying the Next-Generation for Careers in Advanced Manufacturing & Petrochemicals
  • In this panel we explore the role of community colleges, business and government in providing the next generation with the education and support to fully leverage the new opportunities and jobs that will come with a sharp uptick in manufacturing activity and downstream facility operations and maintenance
  • How can businesses and schools, both secondary and post-secondary, work together in a continuous and flexible manner to ensure that educational programming keeps pace with anticipated and changing employer requirements?
  • As major employers often hire from a multi-state labor shed, how can education and training providers work together, across geopolitical boundaries, to meet the same standards of workforce preparation?

Tri State Shale Coalition Chair - William “Pat” Getty President Tri State Shale Coalition

Community College of Beaver County Christopher Reber President Community College of Beaver County

TeamNEO Paul Boulier Vice President, Industry and Innovation Team NEO

Pierpont Johnny Moore President Pierpont Community and Technical College in West Virginia

Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Institute Stephen Catt Deputy Director, Education and Workforce Development Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Institute

Chevron Lee Ann Wainwright Policy, Government & Public Affairs Advisor Chevron

10:35 - 11:15 REGISTRATION, EXHIBITION & WELCOME COFFEE - Sponsored by PJ-Trumbull
11:15 - 12:00 Pipeline Development in Support of Petrochemical Expansion in the Appalachian Basin
  • Overview on recent, on-going and planned NGL pipeline infrastructure development in the Appalachian Basin
  • Insight from a major midstream operator regarding strategy for developing an ethane system
  • Deep dive on pipeline system being developed to convey ethane to Shell’s petrochemical plant in Beaver County
  • Lessons learned on pipeline operational safety

AECOM Chair - Rick DeCesar VP - Pipeline & Midstream Services AECOM

Babst Calland Keith Coyle Attorney Babst Calland

Kallanish Energy Doug Scott P.E.Major Projects Manager Shell Pipeline Company LP

Blue Racer Midstream Brett Breon VP Business Development Blue Racer Midstream

Williams Glenn Koch Vice President, Engineering and Construction Williams

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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