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North East Petrochemical Speakers 2019

  • Wayne T. Smith
    BASF Corporation
    Wayne T. Smith Chairman & CEO
    BASF Corporation
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    Wayne Smith was elected Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of BASF Corporation in 2015. Smith began his career at BASF in 2004 as Group Vice President for the Regional Intermediates Business Unit in the United States. In 2006, he was named President of the Catalysts division and Executive Vice President, BASF Corporation. He became President of the company’s Polyurethanes division in Brussels, Belgium, in 2010 and was appointed to the Board of Executive Directors of BASF SE in 2012. In addition to his role as CEO and Chairman of BASF Corporation, Smith will have global responsibility for the Catalysts, Coatings and Performance Materials divisions.

    Smith was born in Rochester, New York. He received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Syracuse University and holds a master’s degree in business administration (MBA) from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Smith is married and has two children.

  • Chris Howell
    Shell Chemical
    Chris Howell Project Director - Appalachia Chemicals
    Shell Chemical
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    Chris joined Shell in 1992 working initially in R&D to improve dynamic modeling of deepwater platforms through model testing and numerical analysis. He worked for 17 years in Deepwater related projects, covering multiple roles including Installation Manager for the Brutus Tension Leg Platform and Project Manager for the BC-10 FPSO offshore Brazil. In 2009 Chris became the General Manager- Project Delivery Unconventionals, managing delivery of Shell’s Heavy Oil and Unconventional shale projects across North America. In 2014 Chris relocated to the Middle East as the Technical Director for Basra Gas Company in Iraq, a Joint Venture between Shell, Mitsubishi and the Government of Iraq to capture and process associated gas from oil field developments. Chris is currently the Project Director for the Pennsylvania Chemicals Project with accountability for delivery of the 1.5million ton/annum polyethylene facility and supporting infrastructure.

    Chris holds Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Texas A&M University, a Master of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a Doctorate in Engineering from MIT/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute.

  • Steven Winberg
    US Department of Energy
    Steven Winberg Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy
    US Department of Energy
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    As Assistant Secretary, Steve Winberg is responsible for the management and oversight of FE’s research and development program, encompassing coal, oil, and natural gas, as well as the Office of Petroleum Reserves.

    Prior to joining DOE, Mr. Winberg served as a senior level executive with proven expertise in fossil energy research & development, energy policy, strategic planning, business development and sales management. He is a specialist in emerging fossil energy technologies affecting the environment and end-use applications with extensive experience in fuels, emerging technologies, renewables, energy regulation, Department of Energy Cooperative Agreements, global energy markets and government relations. He holds patents related to NOx reduction technologies.

    Mr. Winberg has 40 years of successful senior corporate management, enabling the development of coal and natural gas technologies for both production and end-use; including emission control technologies, near-zero emission technologies (including CCUS technologies), and improved efficiency power production technologies from early stages, through engineering development and demonstration, and commercial deployment. He has extensive experience working with prime users and owners of gas and coal-based power, fuel generation, and delivery technologies, including an extensive understanding of the Federal Government’s business practices and the role it plays in shaping the Nation’s energy policies.

    Mr. Winberg began his career at the engineering firm Foster Wheeler as an engineer on coal-fired utility boilers. From there, he spent 14 years with Consolidated Natural Gas working in a variety of positions before becoming Vice President for CONSOL Energy Research & Development. Immediately prior to coming to DOE, Mr. Winberg served as a Senior Program Manager at Battelle Memorial Institute.

    Over the span of his career, Mr. Winberg has participated in a number of policy and energy initiatives. He has also gained extensive experience in numerous energy technologies, including advanced fossil energy combustion, coal-to-liquids, fluidized bed combustion, emulsified fuels, fuel cells, alternative fuel vehicles, and carbon utilization.

  • Jerry MacCleary
    Covestro LLC
    Jerry MacCleary Chairman & CEO
    Covestro LLC
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    Jerry joined Covestro (then part of Bayer) in 1979 as an accountant, before moving into a technical sales role in the plastics division. He continued to assume positions of increasing responsibility within sales, marketing, general management and strategic leadership. He also completed two international assignments in Germany.

    A leader in the chemical industry, Jerry is chairman of the American Chemistry Council’s Board of Directors and chairs its Sustainability Committee. He also serves on the Executive Committee for the Society of Chemical Industry, and on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Manufacturers.

    In the Pittsburgh region, Jerry serves on the Board of Directors for the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania and the Imani Christian Academy. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees for the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation, co-chair of the Executive Committee for The Advanced Leadership Initiative and a member of the Board of Directors for EQT.

    A passionate champion for sustainability, Jerry plays a leadership role in a number of local and national initiatives. He co-chairs CEOs for Sustainability, a Sustainable Pittsburgh initiative that encourages Pittsburgh businesses large and small to integrate sustainability into their business strategies. Jerry also leads a new sustainability committee as part of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, and he plays an active role in the U.N. Global Compact’s newly launched Sustainable Ocean Business Action Platform.

    Jerry holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from West Virginia University.

    He is married, has three children, and resides in Venetia, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Pittsburgh.

  • Mike Hager
    US Methanol
    Mike Hager CFO
    US Methanol
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    Michael Hager joined US Methanol in October 2017. Mr. Hager has 15 plus years of experience in the fields of accounting and finance. Prior to US Methanol, Mr. Hager served as CFO of Graf Brothers Flooring, Inc., the world’s largest manufacturer of rift and quartered hardwood flooring.

    Prior to Graf Brothers Flooring, Mr. Hager served in a variety of financial leadership positions at State Electric Supply Company. Mr. Hager is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in West Virginia, as well as a Certified Fraud Examiner. He holds a Bachelors in Business Administration from Marshall University.

    Shale Crescent USA, a World Class Opportunity for Petrochemical Producers.

  • Wally Kandel
    Solvay Specialty Polymers USA
    Wally Kandel Senior Vice President & Plant Manager
    Solvay Specialty Polymers USA
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    Senior Vice President and Specialty Polymer Marietta, Ohio Site Manager for Solvay. Wally worked for Chevron / Chevron Phillips for 20 years before joining Solvay in 2007. He is a co-founder and volunteer Director for Shale Crescent USA, an organization dedicated to Branding and Marketing the Ohio Valley region also known as the Shale Crescent USA for economic development. Wally is a petroleum engineer by degree and has worked in the industry for over 30 years with experience working on 4 continents.

  • Jerry James
    Artex Oil Company
    Jerry James President
    Artex Oil Company
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    Jerry is from Southeastern Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering from Marietta College where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. Jerry has served as President of the Ohio Oil and Gas Association (OOGA) and previously served as chairman of the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program (OOGEEP). He is a Registered Professional Engineer.

    Jerry has served as President of Artex Oil Company since 1995. Prior to assuming his current role, he held positions with various major oil companies in Texas, Louisiana, and Wyoming. Jerry is a founder and an active volunteer Director of Shale Crescent USA.

  • Dr Brian Anderson
    National Energy Technology Laboratory, Department of Energy
    Dr Brian Anderson Director of the
    National Energy Technology Laboratory, Department of Energy
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    Brian J. Anderson, Ph.D., is director of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory where he manages delivery and execution of fossil energy research programs. He earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from West Virginia University and his master's and doctorate degrees in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is recipient of the Honor Achievement Award from DOE for his work on a team that responded to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and the 2012 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.

  • Cal Dooley
    American Chemistry Council
    Cal Dooley President & CEO,
    American Chemistry Council
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    Cal Dooley is President and CEO of the American Chemistry Council (ACC). Since joining ACC in 2008, Dooley has enhanced member value and strengthened the competitive position of U.S. chemical manufacturers by advocating for a business and regulatory climate that drives innovation, supports job growth and enhances safety.

    Under his leadership, ACC has achieved some of its greatest successes in recent memory. In 2017, Mr. Dooley led industry efforts in helping secure the historic “ Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” that included key provisions that improve and support a vibrant and competitive U.S. chemical industry and manufacturing sector. In 2016, following three years of bipartisan negotiations, Mr. Dooley oversaw the enactment of the " The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act,” legislation which reformed the U.S. Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 and ushered in a new era for U.S. chemical regulations. In 2015, ACC led-efforts resulted in the enactment of two bills governing freight rail transportation and distribution: a three-year extension for Positive Train Control implementation, and the “Surface Transportation Board (STB) Reauthorization Act of 2015.” The bill reauthorized the STB for the first time since its creation, ensuring common-sense reforms that deliver safe, reliable, and affordable freight rail transportation and distribution to chemical manufacturers and other shippers. Under Mr. Dooley’s tenure ACC also secured the “Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act,” providing industry a safe harbor against lawsuits when voluntarily sharing & receiving info on cyber threats & defenses.

    Earlier at ACC, Mr. Dooley oversaw the launch of a national energy advocacy and awareness campaign, “From Chemistry to Energy.” His leadership in this arena initiative has been critical to ensuring that federal and state policymakers understand the link between domestic shale gas, the chemical industry and growth in America’s manufacturing sector that will drive U.S. competitiveness, boost exports, and create new, high-paying jobs.

    In addition to his commitment to updating federal chemical safety regulations, Dooley has led efforts urging Congress and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ensure the best available science and technology are at the foundation of government science and risk assessment programs. A current focus is on reforming EPA’s Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) so that chemical safety determinations can be credible and reliable. Not waiting for regulatory reform, however, Dooley oversaw the establishment of ACC’s Value Chain Outreach initiative, a long-term, comprehensive program designed to address misplaced and ill-informed information about chemicals in the value chain and consumer marketplace.

    Prior to joining ACC, Dooley served as President and CEO of the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA). He took over leadership of GMA after serving as President and CEO of the Food Products Association (FPA), which merged with GMA in January 2007.

    In Congress, Dooley represented the 20th District of California as a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1991 to 2004. He served on the House Agriculture Committee, as well as the House Resources Committee.

    Dooley holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from the University of California, Davis and, as a Sloan Fellow, earned a master’s degree in management from Stanford University.

  • Paul Marsden
    Bechtel Corporation
    Paul Marsden Senior Vice President, Senior Project Manager of Pennsylvania Chemicals
    Bechtel Corporation
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    Responsible for leading large multi-national, multi-location teams delivering complex high value projects. Deep understanding of the EPC business in multiple methods of execution and contract structure, including lump sum and reimbursable contracts for self perform direct hire and contracts management execution. Over 20 years global experience within the Civil, Infrastructure and Oil and Gas industries.

  • Rick DeCesar
    AECOM
    Rick DeCesar VP of Midstream & Pipelines
    AECOM
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  • Steve Schlotterbeck
    Energy Innovation Center Institute
    Steve Schlotterbeck Former CEO
    EQT Corporation (Member of Board of Directors, Energy Innovation Center Institute)
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  • Mike Jacoby
    Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth (APEG)
    Mike Jacoby President
    Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth (APEG)
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    Mike Jacoby is the president and CEO of the Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth (APEG). APEG is the JobsOhio regional non-profit affiliate organization charged with supporting and coordinating economic development across 25 counties in southern and eastern Ohio.

    Mike has more than 20 years of economic development experience in Ohio at the local, regional and state level. Professional highlights include the recruitment of Halliburton to Zanesville, which resulted in nearly 1,000 jobs, and the recruitment of Fanatics to Frazeysburg, which resulted in over 200 jobs and peak season employment approaching 2,000.

    He is a Certified Economic Developer as designated by the International Economic Development Council, an Economic Development Finance Professional as designated by the National Development Council and a graduate of the Economic Development Institute at Oklahoma University. He has a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Ohio University and a Bachelor of Arts in newspaper journalism from Kent State University. He and his family live near Zanesville.

  • David Hooker
    Mountaineer NGL Storage LLC
    David Hooker President
    Mountaineer NGL Storage LLC
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    David is a commercial operations executive with a proven track record in company leadership. He has co-founded several startups, built management teams, and directed initiatives to originate, develop, own, and operate energy infrastructure in diverse markets throughout the United States. David co-founded three natural gas storage development companies, supporting the development, construction, and commercial operations on four assets representing more than $1 billion in enterprise value. He has also worked on development initiatives involving biofuels, natural gas liquids, LNG export facilities, and compressed air energy storage.

    David holds a Juris Doctorate from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School and a Bachelor of Science from Hillsdale College.

  • Katie Klaber
    KlaberGroup
    Katie Klaber Managing Director
    KlaberGroup
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    Kathryn Klaber launched The Klaber Group in November 2013, to provide strategic services to businesses and other institutions as they capitalize on shale development in the United States and abroad, and as they manage the impacts of public sector actions across many industries. Ms. Klaber’s career-long experience in energy, economic and environmental issues at the confluence of the private and public sectors brings new perspectives, strategies and implementation to the clients of The Klaber Group.

    In 2009, Ms. Klaber launched and led the Marcellus Shale Coalition as its first CEO, growing it to be the premier trade association for the oil and gas industry in the northeastern United States during a high-stakes period. On behalf of the MSC’s member companies, she worked closely with elected leaders, regulators and the civic community to advance the responsible development of the Marcellus, Utica and related shale formations, and the enhancement of the region’s economy and environment. Ms. Klaber facilitated and guided the work of an engaged board of directors and an active membership from approximately 300 companies, responsible for nearly 10% of US natural gas production from Pennsylvania alone. Throughout this rapid growth and intensive scrutiny of industry operations, Ms. Klaber stayed focused on securing the industry’s license to operate, hiring a world-class team, fostering integrity within the organization and the industry, especially on issues related to safety and environmental protection, and bringing lasting value to her members’ businesses.

    Kathryn Klaber is a regular speaker on energy issues to major audiences, as well as a featured expert on national television such as Fox Business, national press such as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and Associated Press, and in state and regional television, radio and print. She has lectured to industry groups in Australia and at London’s Chatham House.

    Prior to joining the MSC, Ms. Klaber served as Executive Vice President for Competitiveness at the Allegheny Conference on Community Development and as the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Economy League – roles that focused on sustainable prosperity for businesses and residents alike. During the first decade of her career, Ms. Klaber worked for the international environmental, health and safety consulting firm Environmental Resources Management, first at the company’s headquarters in Philadelphia, then in her native Pittsburgh.

    Ms. Klaber earned her undergraduate degree in environmental science from Bucknell University and her Masters in Business Administration from Carnegie Mellon University, where she received the Enterprise Award for Entrepreneurship and is currently advising on curriculum as part of a the school’s new Energy Track.

  • Bill Matheson
    Scneider National
    Bill Matheson CCO
    Schneider National
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    Bill Matheson is senior vice president and chief commercial officer at Schneider, a premier provider of transportation, logistics and intermodal services. In this role he is responsible for collaborating with the business and commercial leadership teams to advance Schneider’s market position. He also leads the enterprise’s sales acceleration, revenue management and commercial marketing initiatives and oversees global accounts and management for Schneider’s operation in Mexico.

    Previously Matheson was Schneider’s president of Intermodal and Logistics Services and accountable for Schneider’s asset-based Intermodal Services and Global sales organization. Prior to that, he served as the company’s vice president and general manager of Truckload Services, managing all aspects of operations and capacity within Schneider’s diversified Truckload division. This included serving as the general manager for Schneider Dedicated, which provides dedicated fleet transportation services as well as oversight for the company’s driver recruitment, training and safety programs and accountability for Schneider’s network of Operating Centers.

    Matheson joined Schneider as a service team leader in 1983 immediately following his graduation from Indiana University. Since then, he has served in many leadership roles, including director of capacity development from 1992 to 1994 and vice president of operations from 1994 to 2000.

    Matheson holds a bachelor’s degree in business, with a concentration in transportation and logistics, from Indiana University–Bloomington. His community involvement includes serving on the board of directors for the Salvation Army of Brown County (Wisconsin)

  • Mike Toohey
    Waterways Council
    Mike Toohey CEO
    Waterways Council
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    With more than 30 years of federal government expertise, Mike Toohey serves as WCI’s President and CEO and joined the association in August 2011. Prior to joining WCI, he served as Consultant with The Livingston Group’s Transportation, Shipbuilding, Shipping and Ports practice area. Prior to that, he served as Vice President of Government Affairs for Ashland Inc., a global chemical, energy and construction company. During his 19 years with Ashland, Mr. Toohey served as the principle representative to the federal government and also supervised state government relations for this Fortune 500 corporation. His responsibilities also included leadership positions as the Chair of the American Chemistry Council’s Federal Legislative Roundtable and Chairman of the Board of the American Highway Users Alliance, and board positions with WCI, and the Danny Thompson Memorial Foundation.

    President George H. W. Bush nominated Mr. Toohey as Assistant Secretary of Transportation, where he served from 1992 to 1993 following confirmation by the United States Senate. Mr. Toohey also served as Staff Director for the Republican Staff of the Committee on Public Works and Transportation, and the Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries during his 14-year tenure with the U.S. House of Representatives.

    Mr. Toohey earned a Bachelor of Science degree in forestry from the University of California, Berkeley.

  • Ken Burke
    McCarls
    Ken Burke CEO
    McCarls
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    Ken is the CEO and a Shareholder of McCarl’s LLC, a heavy process piping and industrial construction company which provides industrial construction, fabrication and maintenance services to clients in the chemical, oil & gas, steel and miscellaneous other industrial sectors.

    Prior to this, Ken was Senior Vice President of Project Delivery Excellence, Safety, Quality & Alliances at Jacobs Engineering.

    From 2007 to 2013, he held executive leadership roles as CEO, Special Contractors Group and CFO at Tutor Perini Corporation.

    From 2001-2007, Ken served as CEO at Union Switch & Signal, a company headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA and founded by George Westinghouse. Union Switch & Signal has been recognized as a leader in designing and engineering driverless train control systems and centralized command centers for railways around the world.

    Education:

    MBA, Pepperdine University
    B.S. Business Administration, Troy University

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    Port of Pittsburgh Commission
    Mary Ann Bucci Executive Director
    Port of Pittsburgh Commission
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    It was announced Friday, April 15, by the Port of Pittsburgh Commission that Mary Ann Bucci has been named the Executive Director of the Commission by a unanimous vote of the board members. Mary Ann has been with the Port of Pittsburgh Commission for 16 years and during that time has served as Marketing Director, Assistant Executive Director, and Interim Executive Director. She also served as Fiduciary Agent for FEMA’s Port Security Grant Program. Subsequent to the departure of the previous Executive Director, Mary Ann seamlessly integrated herself into the leadership role as Interim Executive Director and has proven to be not only capable and well-suited, but eager to take on the challenge of the role of Executive Director.

  • Craig Martin
    Jacobs
    Craig Martin Former CEO of
    Jacobs
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    Biographical and Career Information

    Education

    M.B.A., 1981, Executive Program, University of Denver, Colorado
    B.S., 1971, Civil Engineering, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

    Craig and Diane Martin National Center for Construction Safety (NCCS): Senior Advisor

    Since retirement, Craig and Diane established the NCCS at the University of Kansas. Craig now acts as an advisor to the center, helping identify and develop life-and-injury saving ideas and technologies.

    Board Member for Team Industrial Services (NYSE: TISI)

    Jacobs Engineering Group: President and Chief Executive Officer (Retired)

    Craig Martin retired as the firm’s President and Chief Executive officer in December 2014 after nine years in that role. Jacobs is one of the world’s largest and diverse providers of technical professional and construction services. The company provides full-spectrum support to industrial, commercial, and government clients across multiple markets. Services include scientific and specialty consulting alongside all aspects of engineering, architecture, construction, and operations and maintenance. Craig spent 21 years with Jacobs.

    The company, founded in 1947, was headquartered in Pasadena, CA and is now located in Dallas, TX. With more than 66,000 employees, Jacobs’ global network included more than 250 offices in over 30 countries, with operations in North America, the United Kingdom, mainland Europe, the Middle East, India, Australia, Africa, and Asia.

    Career Highlights

    Mr. Martin has more than 47 years of experience in the international engineering and construction industry with a particular emphasis on major infrastructure programs and projects worldwide; including social and critical infrastructure, transportation, environmental, water and wastewater, power and utilities, and telecommunications.

    He became President of Jacobs in July 2002 and Chief Executive Officer in April 2006, and also served as a member of the company’s Board of Directors. Since joining Jacobs in 1994, the company’s revenue grew from $1.16 billion to nearly $13 billion. Most of this growth was organic, but approximately 1/3 came through mergers and acquisitions.

    Previously, Craig worked with CRSS Inc. and Martin K. Eby Construction Co., Inc.

  • Bryce Custer
    Ohio River Corridor
    Bryce Custer President
    Ohio River Corridor
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    Custer realized the need for commercial real estate services to help with petrochemical and derivatives companies locating in the Ohio River corridor in anticipation of upstream and downstream activity from the Shell Chemical petroleum cracker plant in Monaca, PA. From this realization Ohio River Corridor, LLC, was born.

    Custer brings with him experience in all aspects of commercial real estate including acquisition, disposition and development of office, retail and industrial projects. As an active real estate investor for over 20 years, Custer understands the challenges facing both buyers and sellers in sale and lease transactions. Utilizing his experience from prior businesses, he works to discover critical success factors to develop solutions that meet the needs of both parties. Custer has a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from Kent State University. He is a CCIM and MRICS designee, and a member of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors.

    Custer was also the owner of Leadership Development Centers, a sales and management firm affiliated with Wilson Learning Corporation. Custer worked with numerous clients throughout northeastern Ohio and Charlotte, North Carolina in the area of managerial and sales development. In 2001, the firm was sold in order to focus on real estate ventures.

    Prior to real estate investing, Custer was an environmental chemist at Wadsworth/Alert Laboratories (now known as TestAmerica). While at Wadsworth/Alert he was instrumental in meeting the needs of clients as GC/MS analyst, Sr. Project Manager and Assistant Laboratory manager for ten years.

  • Michael Tritt
    Lane Power & Energy Solutions Inc.
    Michael Tritt President
    Lane Power & Energy Solutions Inc.
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    Michael has worked in engineering and construction sectors for the past twenty eight years with a focus on the design and construction of Power Generation and Energy Storage projects in the Oil & Gas sector. He has worked on strategic pursuits and projects in North America, Europe and Asia with a specific concentration on hard rock and salt hydrocarbon storage caverns that support the Petrochemical industry. His team at Lane Power & Energy Solutions have been involved in the design and delivery of all major hard rock cavern projects over the past 10 years which include (2) in China, (5) in Singapore and (2) in the United States. Throughout his 28 years, he has assumed several executive management roles with responsibilities that include strategic planning, business development, financial management and reporting, project evaluation / development and project design and construction delivery; particularly at-risk EPC projects. Michael has worked on various types of power generation projects including waste to energy, natural gas turbine, biomass, compressed air energy storage and geothermal.

    An influential thought leader on Oil & Gas strategic storage issues, Michael is active in the Business Executives for National Security (BENS), the Atlantic Council, and the Solution Mining Research Institute (SMRI). Michael earned a degree in Civil Engineering from Lehigh University and graduated from the Wharton Management Program at the University of Pennsylvania.

    He is married and lives with his wife and two sons outside of Philadelphia, PA.

  • Ross Myers
     
    Ross Myers CEO
    Allan Myers
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    A. Ross Myers is the Chairman of Allan Myers, the largest heavy civil construction and construction materials company in the Mid-Atlantic, headquartered in Worcester, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech (1972). Upon graduation, he went to work for the family business, then known as Allan A. Myers and Son, and became the president of the company in 1983.

    From a total of ten employees in 1972, the company has, under Ross’s direction, earned industrywide recognition for its progressive and innovative management, well-trained and highly skilled workforce of over 2000, award-winning workplace safety programs and consistently high levels of customer satisfaction. Allan Myers is nationally ranked in Engineering News Record’s Top 50 Heavy Contractors, has been named as one of Pennsylvania’s Top 100 Places to Work and was named the Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) Contractor of the Year in 2012 as well as ENR’s Mid-Atlantic Contractor of the Year in 2017 recognizing the firm’s culture of safety, family leadership, community contributions and company growth.

    Ross is the co-founder of the Myers-Lawson School of Construction at Virginia Tech, conceived as a liaison between the construction industry and the academic community. The mission of the school is to partner with the construction industry to be the benchmark provider of knowledge and leadership and make construction a career of first choice.

    Ross Myers is an active supporter of many regional and national charitable organizations. In 1986, he established a scholarship fund honoring his father, Allan C. Myers, for students of the local community college. To date, over 350 scholarships have been awarded, all from private donations raised by the Myers family. Ross is a board member of the ACE/Mentor program, a member of the Construction Industry Roundtable, the IIF Executive Forum and the Construction Industry Safety Initiative, and the Moles and Beavers.

  • David Uhl
    Aubrey Daniels
    David Uhl Partner
    Aubrey Daniels
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    With successes in the aerospace, energy, manufacturing and mining industries, Mr. Uhl is a resultsdriven leader with 25 years’ experience helping organizations maximize Discretionary Effort™ and strengthen safety culture and performance. David leads large-scale efforts to affect strategic and culture change in Fortune 1000 companies and government institutions. He is a seasoned executive coach, change leader and master facilitator. Mr. Uhl is adept at applying behavioral science technology to accelerate and sustain organizational change and performance improvement. Known for his flexibility and adaptability, David has a track record of success working at every organizational level.

    For years, David has been helping clients in high-hazard industries build resilient, high-performance safety cultures by systematically applying an understanding of human behavior from a scientific perspective. Some past and current clients include NASA, BP, Westinghouse Nuclear, INPO, Entergy, Chevron, Duke Energy, Boeing, National Grid and CNX/CONSOL Energy. Mr. Uhl’s undergraduate and graduate studies culminated in Austin at the University of Texas’ Cockrell School of Engineering. David and his wife Lisa reside in.

  • Michael Ceravolo
    BeeMac Logistics
    Michael Ceravolo CCO
    BeeMac Logistics
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    Michael Ceravolo serves as Chief Commercial Officer at Beemac Logistics. He joined Beemac in 2016, bringing more than 16 years of transportation industry leadership, business development, and supply chain transformation experience to his role with the company. He is an executive with proven success overseeing multiple divisions, preparing and controlling multi-million dollar budgets and coordinating company-wide continuous improvement projects.

    His responsibilities as Chief Commercial Officer include setting strategic direction and driving execution across the company’s entire logistics network, which services thousands of customers annually. Michael is also accountable for the overall operations and commercial performance of Beemac Logistics.

    Michael Ceravolo holds a B.S. from Robert Morris University in Supply Chain Management and Logistics Engineering as well as a degree in Professional Aviation Management. Previously, Michael served as Director of Energy Services for PLS Logistics where his focus on oil and gas clients, innovation, improved operational efficiency and improved execution led to significant growth for the organization.

    Michael is also an FAA licensed pilot, a member of the National Association of Steel Pipe Distributors and the Young Supply Chain Professionals Organization. Outside of work, Michael enjoys supporting philanthropic initiatives. He is active in Project Holiday Dreams, Toys for Tots, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Habitat for Humanity and the Feeding America Network. His other interests include boating, golf, and traveling with family. He currently resides in Beaver, PA with his wife Jill and two children Ethan and Avery.

  • Jade Rodysill
    Ernst & Young
    Jade Rodysill Principal - Chemicals Lead
    Ernst & Young
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    Jade is a principal in the Advisory Services practice of Ernst & Young LLP. He is a career performance improvement practitioner, working globally in industry, software and consulting across supply chain domains for more than 20 years. His efforts span M&A and divestitures, strategy formulation, end-to-end operating model transformation, supply chain and commercial management, and SAP and digital enablement.

    Jade has worked extensively in the chemicals, energy, agriculture, natural resources, industrial products and transportation industries. He is presently responsible for the US Chemicals Advisory sector.

    Jade holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering (Operations Research) from the University of Nebraska, as well as a Master of Business Administration degree, focused on Operations and Strategic Management from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Gideon Gradman
    Baker Tilly Capital
    Gideon Gradman Managing Director
    Baker Tilly Capital
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    Gideon Gradman is an energy executive and advisor on matters of energy, environmental and industrial development. As Managing Director at Baker Tilly Capital and Founder of Integrated Energy Advisors, he advises companies, asset owners, and investors on the development or redevelopment of energy and industrial assets, from deal origination, to real estate site acquisitions and divestitures, to feedstock supply, transportation strategy, and financing, with a particular focus on oil and natural gas-related industries. He also advises universities, municipalities, and regional government agencies on economic development strategies. With over 16 years of management and advisory in the oil & gas, electric power, chemicals, and waste management sectors, Gideon is a trusted advisor to corporate leaders and government officials. Prior to founding Integrated Energy Advisors, Gideon held management and advisory positions at Braskem America, BP, Charles River Associates, Deloitte, and two venture-capital funded portfolio companies. He also served as a Public Member of Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board, the statewide authority charged with licensing the construction of major energy infrastructure in the state, from 2006-2007, appointed by the Governor of Massachusetts. Mr. Gradman holds an MBA and a Master’s degree of Public Policy from the University of Chicago, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Bachelor of Science in Applied Science from Washington University in St. Louis.

  • Jason Hanna
    Langan
    Jason Hanna Principal
    Langan
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    Mr. Hanna is a Principal with Langan Engineering & Environmental Services and has over 22 years of experience providing site selection, facility permitting, regulatory compliance, site remediation and brownfield redevelopment services for various private sector clients throughout the northeast. Mr. Hanna directs Langan’s energy sector services throughout Appalachia and helps direct Langan’s energy services across the U.S. Langan Engineering is a 1,100 plus person engineering and environmental consulting firm that provides integrated site/civil, environmental, geotechnical, survey and traffic engineering solutions for a variety of upstream, midstream, downstream and renewable energy projects across the U.S. Mr. Hanna has a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Geology from Millersville University and a Master of Science in Environmental Pollution Control from Penn State University.

  • Michael Graney
    West Virginia Development Office
    Michael Graney Executive Director
    West Virginia Development Office
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    In 2018, Michael Graney was appointed to the post of executive director of the West Virginia Development Office by Governor Jim Justice.

    Graney earned his BA from the University of Virginia and his MBA from the University of Virginia Darden Graduate School of Business in 1990.

    Since then, he has spent much of his professional career in executive or co-founder positions with companies related to the petroleum industry. In those roles, he was responsible for managing different facets of business, including acquisition, construction, finance, administration, retail operations and environmental compliance.
    From 1991 to 2015, he was president of One Stop, a chain of convenience stores based in West Virginia.

    He has been a member of numerous oil industry professional organizations and a committee member on the Governor’s Natural Gas Vehicle Task Force.

    Graney has also been active in community and civic service groups, including the YMCA of the Kanawha Valley, Boy Scouts of America Buckskin Council and Charleston Area Medical Center Foundation. He is the current chairman of the board for the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences.

  • Kevin DiGregorio
    West Virginia Development Office
    Kevin DiGregorio Executive Director
    Chemical Alliance Zone of West Virginia
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    Kevin DiGregorio is the Executive Director of The Chemical Alliance Zone, a nonprofit dedicated to creating jobs in the chemical industry and related sectors across West Virginia. Kevin has a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from West Virginia University and over 16 years of experience with Union Carbide and Dow. He was awarded the Corporate Fellows Technology Award at Union Carbide and spent his last years at Dow as the Change Leader at the South Charleston Technology Park. Kevin is a Board Director with MATRIC, the WV Regional Technology Park, and TechConnectWV. He also serves on several advisory boards and chairs the WVU Chemical and Biomedical Engineering Advisory Committee. Kevin was inducted into the WVU Academy of Chemical Engineers in 2015.

  • Keith Burdette
    West Virginia Development Office
    Keith Burdette President
    West Virginia Polymer Alliance Zone
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    Keith Burdette is the President and CEO of The Polymer Alliance Zone in West Virginia, USA. The Zone’s mission is to assist in the retention and expansion of existing polymer companies, as well as work to recruit new investment and jobs in the industry to a region along the Ohio River, and area with a large concentration of existing specialty polymer companies. Keith has most recently served as The Secretary of Commerce and Executive Director of the West Virginia Development Office during the administration of Governor Earl Ray Tomlin. Keith has served in the administration of two Governors; served in both houses of the West Virginia State Legislature and served five years as the President of the West Virginia State Senate, making him first in line of succession to the Governor. Keith has also been involved with Shale Crescent USA and the Tri-State Shale Conference.

Pittsburgh Chairman:

  • Charlie Schliebs
    Stone Pier Capital
    Charlie Schliebs Managing Director
    Stone Pier Capital
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    Charlie Schliebs serves again in 2019 as the volunteer Conference Chair and Emcee of the Northeast Petrochemical Conference. Charlie is a co-founder and Managing Director of Stone Pier Capital Advisors, a Pittsburgh-based boutique M&A advisory firm and investment bank serving energy companies in the Appalachian Basin. Charlie has advised on deals in oilfield services, unconventional and conventional oil and gas, petrochemical, LNG, midstream gathering and pipelines, compression, processing and fractionation, renewable methane, energy construction, nuclear services, waste coal, wind and solar.

    Charlie is annually named to "Who’s Who in Energy" by American City Business Journals, and is a national Judge for the Oil & Gas Awards. He is a regular speaker, moderator, panelist or conference leader with respect to energy topics and a judge for energy technology competitions. Following his serving as a member of the 2014-2015 Transition Team for then newly-elected Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, Charlie became recognized as a leading critic of Governor Wolf’s annual proposals to make Pennsylvania the only state in the nation with both an impact tax and a severance tax on unconventional natural gas. His energy-related editorials and articles have been published in Marcellus Drilling News and Natural Gas Now as well as his own firm’s energy newsletter.

    As a founding Board member and officer of the non-profit Pittsburgh Energy Innovation Center Institute, Charlie has spearheaded a number of energy-related initiatives, including workforce development training involving some of the largest exploration and production companies in the Marcellus/Utica region, and also with respect to preparing minorities and women for energy construction jobs at projects such as the new Shell Polymers Petrochemical Complex in Beaver County, PA. Through a second non-profit that Charlie co-founded, the Huddle Up for Kids Foundation, Charlie works with leading energy or energy-related companies such as Chevron, Shell Chemical and MSA Safety, and retired pro football players, to raise money for children’s charities in the Appalachian Basin.

Gas Power Plant Engineering & Construction Speakers 2019

  • Richard Evans
    Panda Power Funds
    Richard Evans Senior Vice President - EPC
    Panda Power Funds
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  • Robert Yeager
    Emerson
    Robert Yeager President - Power & Water
    Emerson
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  • Tom Rumsey
    Competitive Power Ventures
    Tom Rumsey Senior Vice President
    Competitive Power Ventures
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  • Jake Macholtz
    Kiewit
    Jake Macholtz VP, Technology & Continuous Improvement
    Kiewit
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  • Michael Banks
    DTE Energy
    Michael Banks Manager - Power Engineering
    DTE Energy
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  • Paul Browning
    Mitsubishi Hitachi Power System Americas, Inc.
    Paul Browning CEO & President
    Mitsubishi Hitachi Power System Americas, Inc.
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  • Raj Suri
    Emberclear
    Raj Suri CEO
    Emberclear
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  • Wayne Toms
    Duke Energy
    Wayne Toms Project Director - Citrus County
    Duke Energy
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  • Robert Wholey
    Long Ridge Energy Terminal
    Robert Wholey President
    Long Ridge Energy Terminal
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  • Charlie Bowser
    netpower
    Charlie Bowser President
    NET Power
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  • Joey Steele
    Southern Company
    Joey Steele Business Development & Acquisitions
    Southern Company
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  • Olfa Hamdi
    Concord Project Technologies
    Olfa Hamdi CEO
    Concord Project Technologies
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  • Peter Kelly
    Sargent & Lundy
    Peter Kelly Senior Vice President
    Sargent & Lundy
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  • Tom Kyner
    Bowen
    Tom Kyner Vice President
    Bowen
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  • Frank Kalany
    Wood Plc
    Frank Kalany Director of Power Engineering
    Wood Plc
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  • Kajal Mukherjee
    Worley
    Kajal Mukherjee Director of Engineering & Technology
    Worley
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    Kajal currently serves as Director, Engineering Technology with WorleyParsons. Hel has over 45 years of experience in Power Plant designs including over 20 years with WorleyParsons.. In his current role, Kajal provides technical direction and guidance on all facets of engineering activities from conception to completion, Operations and Maintenance aspects for various Gas turbine based simple & combined cycle plants, cogeneration and repowering.

    Kajal’s study and design experience includes over 150 different gas turbine projects and studies totaling over 130,000 MW covering small to very large advanced class (G-J class) gas turbines.

    Throughout his career Kajal has been involved in different roles including system design, engineering, engineering management of EPC proposal/projects, Owner’s Engineer, performance testing, operation and maintenance supports. He is actively involved in value engineering, technology and configuration screening and competitive bidding using LCOE approach to achieve the lowest life cycle costs.

    Kajal is a Member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and is a Registered Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He has served as a panelist and made / co-authored several presentations at various conferences such as Power-Gen, CCUG, ASME, ICEPAG, and Electric Power on various topics of power /cogen plant designs. He also coauthored a couple of cogen and IGCC articles published in Power Magazine.

    Kajal holds a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University, Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Calcutta, India.

  • Mark Cutshaw
    Chesapeake Utilities Corporation
    Mark Cutshaw Director Generation
    Chesapeake Utilities Corporation
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  • Joshua Klopp
    Wartsila
    Joshua Klopp Regional Business Development and Engineering Manager
    Wartsila
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Pittsburgh Chairman

  • Curtis Wilkerson
    Orion Strategies
    Curtis Wilkerson President
    Orion Strategies
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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

Exhibitors

  • ALL
  • AS
  • Brock
  • BSB
  • Canal-barge
  • CIRCADIAN
  • 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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