2018 Powerhouse Speakers Representing Upcoming Projects in the Northeast Include:

To offer your expertise as a speaker please contact Event Director Bridget Robinson on (US) +1800 814 3459 x7556 or (Global) +44 (0) 207 375 7556 or e-mail brobinson@petchem-update.com

  • Secretary H. Wood Thrasher
    West Virginia Department of Commerce
    Secretary H. Wood Thrasher Cabinet Secretary
    West Virginia Department of Commerce
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  • Anca Rusu
    Shell Chemicals
    Anca Rusu Project Director - Pennsylvania Chemicals
    Shell Chemicals
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  • Doug Scott
    Shell Pipeline Company LP
    Doug Scott, P.E.Major Projects Manager
    Shell Pipeline Company LP
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    Doug is the Project Manager for Shell Pipeline Company’s Falcon Ethane Pipeline Project. Doug has more than 25 years’ experience in the industry, responsible for engineering and leadership roles on major projects including midstream, manufacturing, onshore and deep-water pipelines. He is a licensed professional engineer in Texas.

  • Hilary Mercer
    Shell
    Hilary Mercer Vice President Pennsylvania Chemicals
    Shell
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    Hilary Mercer was appointed as Vice President Pennsylvania Chemicals on August 1, 2017.

    Hilary was previously responsible for the Shell worldwide portfolio of integrated Gas Projects spanning Onshore and Floating LNG, Regassification and other gas related projects. She served as Executive Director for Shell’s Prelude project in, Geoje Island, South Korea and was instrumental in leading the project to successful sail-away.

    Hilary joined Shell in the UK as a Maintenance Engineer at Stanlow refinery in 1987. In 1994, she moved to the Netherlands where she worked in concept engineering developing small scale LNG offerings. In 1997, she was appointed Lead Mechanical Engineer for Construction in Oman, after which she worked for Sakhalin Energy Investment Company Ltd., first as the Commercial Manager for the project and later as Construction Manager and Project Director. She was appointed Technical Director for Iraq South Gas Venture in 2009, supported the utility project within Pearl GTL in 2010, and served as LNG Project Director at Arrow Energy where she grew the company from start-up to a competent operating and development organization.

    Hilary has a degree in Engineering Science from Oxford University, is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and is actively engaged in the promotion of engineering as a profession both within and outside Shell including encouraging greater female participation in the industry.

  • Senator Camera Bartolotta
    Pennsylvania Senate
    Senator Camera Bartolotta State Senator
    Pennsylvania Senate
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    Senator Camera Bartolotta brings an entrepreneurial spirit and a wealth of real-world experience to her job representing residents of Beaver, Greene and Washington counties. A longtime resident of Monongahela, she was elected to her first term representing the 46th Senatorial District in 2014.

    Prior to being elected to the Senate, she opened the first quick-lube business in the Mon Valley, Duke of Oil, which has been providing quality, affordable service since 1988. She also produced “La Dolce Vita,” a cooking show that aired on WPXI-TV and PCNC.

    In the Senate, Camera’s committee assignments reflect the main concerns of the communities she represents, including the need for quality, family-sustaining jobs and smaller government. She currently serves as Chair of the Senate Intergovernmental Operations Committee, which examines proposals to consolidate services and agencies and make state government operate more effectively and efficiently.

    She serves as Vice Chair of the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, and as a member of the Senate Community, Economic and Recreational Development Committee; Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee; Senate Transportation Committee; and Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee.

    Camera also co-chairs the Senate Gas and Oil Caucus, a bipartisan legislative body that focuses on issues impacting the gas and oil industry with the goal of promoting policies resulting in a positive future for constituents, the business community and state economy. In addition, she serves as co-chair of the bipartisan, bicameral Cystic Fibrosis Caucus , which is designed to help raise awareness of the condition and advance policies to help patients.

    In her first two years in office, Camera authored several new laws, including legislation to protect Pennsylvania’s fresh water supplies by ensuring the safe use of treated mine water in oil and gas operations; authorize the operation of Transportation Network Companies like Uber and Lyft in all 67 counties; and strengthen penalties for motorists who injure workers and emergency responders in construction zones. She also introduced a proposed amendment to the Pennsylvania Constitution to limit the future growth in state government spending.

    Camera is an active member of the community she has called home for nearly three decades. She is involved with local chapters of the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, the United Way Board of Directors, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Camera is also a member of the Saint Damien of Molokai Catholic Church.

    Family is a great source of pride in Camera’s life and motivates her civic engagement. Her daughter, Devin, is an award-winning news reporter, producer and anchor in Baltimore. Her son, Dante, is pursuing a career in the military. Her stepdaughter, Danielle, and son-in-law, Matthew, are successful business owners in Florida. Her stepson, Damon, is a steamfitter and lives in Belle Vernon with his wife, Laurie.

  • Dennis M. Davin
    Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development
    Dennis M. Davin Secretary - Department of Community and Economic Development
    Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development
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    Dennis M. Davin was appointed to serve as Secretary of the Department of Community and Economic Development in January 2015 by Governor Tom Wolf.

    Prior to his appointment, Secretary Davin served as Director of the Allegheny County Economic Development since March 2004. During his time at the Allegheny County Economic Development, Secretary Davin was responsible for the overall development and implementation of the economic development strategy for Allegheny County. He managed funding from local, state, and federal resources to implement economic development activities such as: site development, new job creation initiatives, community development and affordable housing for approximately 1.25 million citizens in 130 municipalities. He also served as Director of the Allegheny County Redevelopment Authority and Executive Director of the: Industrial Development Authority, Hospital Development Authority, Higher Education Building Authority, and Residential Finance Authority.

    Secretary Davin is a former board member and treasurer of the Allegheny County Airport Authority; as well as a former member of the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance Partnership, Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board, International Economic Development Council, and National Association for Industrial and Office Parks, as well as a Carnegie Mellon University Center for Economic Development Fellow.

  • Denise Brinley
    Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development
    Denise Brinley Senior Energy Advisor, Department of Community and Economic Development
    Pennsylvania
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  • Lee Ann Wainwright
    Chevron
    Lee Ann Wainwright Policy, Government & Public Affairs Advisor
    Chevron
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  • Stacey Olson
    Chevron
    Stacey Olson President - Appalachia
    Chevron
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  • Robert Richard
    DTE Energy
    Robert Richard Senior Vice President of Major Enterprise Projects
    DTE Energy
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    Robert Richard is senior vice president of Major Enterprise Projects for DTE Energy, a Detroit-based diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide. Richard is responsible for major projects in Power Generation, Distribution, Renewable, Nuclear and Gas Midstream platforms- including the $1Billion East China Township Natural Gas Power Plant Project in Michigan. This assignment leverages his experience as an operating Executive in Gas Midstream, Power Generation and the Gas Utility of DTE Energy.

  • Morgan OBrien
    Peoples
    Morgan O'Brien President and CEO
    Peoples
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    Morgan K. O’Brien is president and chief executive officer of Peoples Natural Gas Company LLC, affiliated utilities serving approximately 740,000 customers in southwestern Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Kentucky.  In that capacity, he is responsible for the company’s strategic, operational and financial performance.

    Since joining Peoples Natural Gas, O’Brien has reestablished the 100 plus year old company in western Pennsylvania.  The company has significantly grown its employment in the region and has brought nearly 300 new jobs back to the region and created a high performing Customer Service Center in Pittsburgh.  In addition, he has orchestrated the largest infrastructure improvement and modernization project in the company’s history.  The company has committed to a multi-year multi-billion dollar investment program to meet the growing energy needs of the region and that will dramatically improve the environmental impacts to the region and in particular the quality of air in the region.  In May 2011, Peoples TWP, formerly T.W. Phillips Gas and Oil Co, was purchased and became a sister company to Peoples Natural Gas.  And in December 2013, Peoples acquired Equitable Gas.  And most recently, Peoples acquired Delta Gas in Kentucky.   With these acquisitions, Peoples is now the largest natural gas distribution company in Pennsylvania and serves thousands of customers in West Virginia and Kentucky as well.

    O’Brien has positioned Peoples as a true community partner and champion.  The company invests and partners with many organizations that drive economic development and improve the quality of life in the region.  Under his leadership, Peoples’ mission is to make the lives of all its customers better.  To that end, its vision of going above and beyond customer expectations is now becoming a key part of the company’s day to day operations.  This means exceeding expectations on every phone call and service call, and being more compassionate with customers who have challenges affording their energy bills.  This culture is consistently on display as Peoples’ employees volunteer their time and resources for charitable causes throughout the year.

    Prior to joining Peoples Natural Gas in February 2010, O’Brien served as President and CEO of Duquesne Light Holdings from September 2001 to January 2010.  At Duquesne Light, O’Brien refocused the company as a solidly performing electricity utility and community partner.  O’Brien joined Duquesne Light in 1991, holding several senior executive positions before becoming CEO. Prior to his tenure at Duquesne, he served in various management positions at PNC Bank and major accounting firms.

    A Pittsburgh native, O’Brien earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and master’s degree in Taxation from Robert Morris University.  O’Brien is active in civic organizations throughout the region, including the Board of Trustees of his alma mater.  He also serves on many boards, some which include the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, The Pittsburgh Foundation, and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society – Western PA Chapter.  Morgan is also very engaged as a Board member for the United Way of Allegheny County and Chairs the Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce.

    O’Brien and his wife, Kathy, have four children and live in downtown Pittsburgh.

  • Brian Anderson
    WVU Energy Institute
    Brian Anderson Director
    WVU Energy Institute
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  • Chad Riley
    Thrasher
    Chad Riley CEO
    The Thrasher Group
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    Chad M. Riley, PE is the Chief Executive Officer of The Thrasher Group, a leading multi-disciplinary firm providing architecture, engineering, and field services such as environmental consulting, survey, and construction management throughout the Mid-Atlantic. A large portion of Riley’s career has been focused on the land development of projects including industrial parks and delivering strategically-designed sites for a multitude of manufacturing and commercial clients. His passion for bringing economic growth to the tristate area of West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania and Ohio, has made major impacts on the success of his clients’ endeavors. To date, he has been heavily involved in over 20 major economic development projects, and continues to keep a pulse on the influx of growth in the Appalachian region.

    He studied engineering at Fairmont State University. Working at every level within the company, he quickly rose to leading areas of business operations and was named partner within eight years. Riley was named CEO of Thrasher in 2017, overseeing nine offices in seven states.

  • Rick DeCesar
    AECOM
    Rick DeCesar VP Midstream & Pipelines
    AECOM
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    Rick DeCesar, Vice President of AECOM’s Midstream & Pipelines services sector for North America, is based in the Pittsburgh area. After leading the firm’s successful growth in the Appalachian Basin, today Rick leads capital oil & gas programs throughout North America. With a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the Oregon Graduate Institute, Rick is an active member of the Marcellus Shale Coalition.

  • Raj Suri
    Emberclear
    Raj Suri CEO
    Emberclear
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  • William Siderewicz
    Clean Energy Future
    William Siderewicz Owner
    Clean Energy Future
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    As founder and president of CEF is William Siderewicz has been actively involved in the construction of IPP electricity production facilities for 37 years. To date, he has been involved in the completion of 35 separate IPP projects totalling 14,350 MW of generation capacity. By the fall of 2017, CEF will have effectively brought $ 4.5 Billion of new private investment to northern Ohio. Current projects include the 960 MW Oregon Clean Energy Center (Oregon, Ohio) has been under construction since November 2014 and will be fully operational in May 2017. A similar 940 MW gas-fired plant broke ground in April 2016 and will be in production in June 2018. Advanced development is now underway to complete two additional new gas-fired facilities: The Trumbull Energy Center (940 MW) and the Oregon Energy Center (955 MW). These two new facilities, located in Lordstown, OH and Oregon, OH, respectively, will be operational in summer 2020.

  • Kevin Reimer
    PSEG
    Kevin Reimer Director of Construction Projects
    PSEG
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    Kevin Reimer is Director of Construction Projects for PSEG, New Jersey’s largest provider of electric and gas services- owning and operating a diverse fleet of power plants with approximately 12,000 megawatts of generating capacity located primarily in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions. Kevin possesses over 35 years of experience in all phases of Construction and Project Management. He has demonstrated competencies in managing all types of power plant and private sector construction. Kevin has delivered Outage and major Capital Projects on time and within budget throughout the entire PSEG system for the past 25 years.

  • Vasu Pinapati
    Tenaska
    Vasu Pinapati VP Engineering
    Tenaska
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  • Jason Crum
    Dynegy
    Jason Crum Senior Director of Turbines and Generation
    Dynegy
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  • Jason Hamman
    The Hamman Consulting Group
    Jason Hamman President
    The Hamman Consulting Group
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    Jason Hamman is the President and Founder of The Hamman Consulting Group. Established in February 2013, The Hamman Consulting Group provides a full range of location advisory, site selection and economic development services to private and public sector clients. Jason’s work with private sector clients includes site selection and location analysis, identification and acquisition of tax incentives and grants and real estate brokerage services. He also works extensively with economic development organizations to prepare economic development strategic plans, identify target industry sectors, provide business attraction and lead generation services, conduct market/feasibility studies, prepare economic impact analyses, grant writing and GIS mapping. From to 2008 to 2013, Jason was a Senior Consultant with Silverlode Consulting Corp. in Cleveland. During his tenure at Silverlode, Jason worked with a variety of private sector clients, including a publically traded iron-ore mining company, a global leader in welding products, a market leading food processing equipment manufacturer, an aviation MRO company, a multi-national call center operator and a large healthcare organization, as well as many public sector clients, including multi- county regional economic development organizations, large cities, and rural counties. Prior to joining Silverlode, Jason was a member of the research department at Team NEO, an 18- county regional economic development organization representing Northeast Ohio. His work at Team NEO supported business attraction and expansion efforts by providing customized analysis of economic indicators and demographic data, labor market and industry analysis, economic impact modeling, and GIS mapping. Jason also worked as an Economic Development Specialist for the Lorain County Community Development Department. In March 2018, Jason founded The Hamman Realty Group, Inc., an Ohio based commercial real estate brokerage. Jason earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Cleveland State University. Jason has been a featured speaker at Area Development's Consultants Forum (Jacksonville FL, Dec. 2012), Expansion Management's Roundtable Series (Tucson, AZ, Oct. 2012), the Northeast Indiana Economic Development Forum (Sep. 2014), Columbus ED 411 (Dec. 2014), the U.S. Ethane Exports & Ethylene Markets (Houston, TX, Oct. 2014), the Utica Summit (Canton, OH, Oct. 2015), the Mid-America Economic Development Council (Chicago, IL, Dec. 2015), the NGL Feedstocks & Derivatives (Houston, TX, Feb. 2016), the SiteLink Forum (Lynchburg, VA, Nov. 2016), the North Alabama Industrial Dev. Assoc. Annual meeting (Huntsville, AL, Nov. 2017) and the Ohio Econ. Dev. Assoc. (2011-2017) on the topic of Real Estate Development and Reuse.

  • Ed Hill Jr
    IBEW
    Edwin Hill Jr Business Development
    IBEW
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    Ed is with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and leads Business Development for the IBEW in PA, NY, NJ and Delaware. Ed works with thirty-six local offices to align the IBEW’s wide range of electrical construction and maintenance services provided by thousands of electrical contractors and more than 50,000 professional electrical workers to the needs of existing and future clients. Ed was previously with the IBEW’s Education department delivering training to the local offices in his region. Prior to that, Ed was the VP of Operations with Adventace, a worldwide sales operation’s consulting and training organization. Ed spent the first 15 years of his professional working life as a commercial pilot.

  • Christopher Reber
    Community College of Beaver County
    Christopher ReberPresident
    Community College of Beaver County
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    Dr. Christopher M. Reber has devoted his entire 37-year career to higher education. He is currently President of Community College of Beaver County (CCBC) near Pittsburgh, PA, where he is leading initiatives supporting student-centered learning, enrollment management, partnerships, pathways, diversity, and assessment. Dr. Reber has championed the development of nationally distinctive CCBC High School Academies; more than 600 articulation agreements with four-year colleges and universities nationwide; and new program development that addresses high priority workforce and economic development needs throughout western Pennsylvania. Under his leadership, CCBC has become known as a tristate workforce development leader in a rapidly emerging economic and industrial transformation. CCBC was named one of America’s Top 150 Community Colleges by The Aspen Institute and selected twice as one of Pennsylvania Business Central’s Top 100 Organizations during his tenure. CCBC is also an Achieving the Dream Leader College in recognition of the institution’s student success outcomes and has gained regional and national recognition for the College’s distinctive programs in Aviation Sciences; Nursing and Allied Health; and Process Technology, among others. Under Dr. Reber’s guidance, CCBC was selected as one of 44 colleges and universities in America and the only community college in Pennsylvania to provide federal Pell funding for high school students participating in dual enrollment programs. Before joining CCBC, Dr. Reber served for 12 years as Executive Dean of Venango College of Clarion University, and for 18 years at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, as the Chief Development, University Relations and Alumni Relations Officer and Chief Student Affairs Officer. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Dickinson College, a master’s degree from Bowling Green State University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh.

  • Kevin McGowan
    McGowan
    Kevin McGowan President
    McGowan Corporate Real Estate Advisors
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  • Kevin J. Hilton
    IMPACT
    Kevin J. Hilton Chief Executive Officer
    Ironworkers Management Progressive Action Cooperative Trust (IMPACT)
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    Kevin Hilton has dedicated his professional career to the development and implementation of successful relations that serve to benefit the construction industry.

    He comes to IMPACT after serving The Association of Union Constructors (TAUC) and the National Maintenance Agreements Policy Committee (NMAPC) as Senior Vice President, where he worked for over 12 years dealing directly with all major stakeholders in the industry, from the leadership of the Building Trades to the principal officers in the Contractor community to the leadership of every major Industrial Manufacturing sector in the U.S. During his tenure at TAUC/NMAPC, Kevin managed the development of complex databases, websites and media outreach strategies.

    He is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Building Museum, the ACE Mentor Program, the National Alliance for Fair Contracting, and a member of the Construction Industry Institute board of advisors as well as host of IMPACTv and a regular contributor to various industry publications. He is a past Board member of the Association of Union Constructors. He has either contributed to or been cited in numerous trade publications including Engineering News Record, The Voice (a Construction Users Round Table publication), BIC (Building Industry Alliance), Crane Magazine, The Construction User and Crane Hotline, among others. Aside from speaking engagements, he has been featured in Latino magazine, the leading Hispanic publication which is geared towards fortune 100 companies across North America.

    Hilton holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and a Master’s of Science degree in Industrial Relations from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

  • Charles A. Schliebs
    Stone Pier Capital
    Charles A. Schliebs Managing Director
    Stone Pier Capital
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    Charlie Schliebs serves again in 2018 as the volunteer Conference Chair and Emcee of the Northeast Petrochemical Construction 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 energy construction jobs for projects such as the new Shell 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 NFL pro football players to raise money for children’s charities in the Appalachian Basin.

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

    Bryce’s current focus is serving the needs of petrochemical, oil & gas, derivative industries and energy services companies capitalizing on the drilling and exploration of the Utica / Marcellus Shale in Eastern Ohio and the Northern West Virginia Panhandle. Primary focus is in the area of Site Selection for industrial clients utilizing rail throughout Ohio and West Virginia and river barge along the Ohio River in Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

    Experience in site selection for Natural Gas Power Companies (Carroll County Energy and Southfield Energy). Site selection for hotels (Corporex) and many other industrial and distribution clients. Site selection for companies that have a need to be on the Ohio River close to the Shell Petrochemical Complex in Monaca, PA and the proposed PTTGC complex in Belmont County, Ohio.

  • Gideon Gradman
     
    Gideon Gradman CEO & Managing Director
    Integrated Energy Advisors
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  • William “Pat” Getty
    Tri State Shale Coalition
    William “Pat” Getty President
    Tri State Shale Coalition
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  • Tim Judge
    Simtronics
    Tim Judge Managing Director
    Simtronics
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  • Keith Coyle
    Babst Calland
    Keith Coyle Attorney
    Babst Calland
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    Keith Coyle is a member of Babst Calland’s Washington, D.C. office and a shareholder in the Energy and Natural Resources, Environmental and Transportation Safety groups and Pipeline and HazMat Safety practice. Mr. Coyle advises clients throughout the United States on energy matters, but his practice focuses primarily on the regulation of pipelines and liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities and the transportation of hazardous materials. He has significant experience working on these issues for clients in the private sector, as a former government attorney, and through his participation in industry task forces and trade organizations.

    Mr. Coyle acquired a deep understanding of matters relating to the regulation of oil and gas pipelines and LNG facilities while serving as an Attorney-Advisor for the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), the federal agency responsible for overseeing the safety of that infrastructure. Working in cooperation with other agencies, including the Federal Railroad Administration, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Federal Aviation Administration, and United States Coast Guard, PHMSA also regulates the safe transportation of energy products and other hazardous materials.

    Drawing on that expertise, Mr. Coyle advises his clients on PHMSA compliance issues and acts as outside counsel during audits and investigations, enforcement cases, and other administrative proceedings. He also assists clients by participating in PHMSA-related proceedings at the state level and in the federal courts and by drafting legislative and regulatory proposals.

    In addition to his client representations, Mr. Coyle is an active member of the Marcellus Shale Coalition, the Appalachia Basin’s leading oil and gas trade organization, where he leads the Pipeline and Midstream Committee’s Pipeline Safety Workgroup. He also served as a member of the Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force, a stakeholder group formed in 2015 by Governor Tom Wolf to examine a range of pipeline developments issues in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

    Mr. Coyle previously served as legislative counsel for Congressman Kevin Brady, where he focused on energy, natural resources, and environmental issues. He has prior experience in the areas of veterans’ and special education law.

  • Paul Boulier
    Team NEO
    Paul Boulier Vice President, Industry and Innovation
    Team NEO
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    Paul is the Vice President for Industry and Innovation at Team NEO. He is responsible for developing and executing direct-to-company business growth and attraction for Team NEO in the region’s core industries; including Energy, Oil & Gas, Metal Fabrication and Machinery; Polymers, Chemicals and Coatings, as well as Packaging and Transportation.

    Team NEO is a privately-funded regional business attraction and growth organization. It is a nonprofit that markets Northeast Ohio to the world, attracts new businesses and helps those that are here grow. Team NEO is the Northeast Ohio regional partner for JobsOhio, a private, nonprofit corporation that drives economic development and job creation for the State, as well as working closely with economic development organizations across 18 counties.

    He has extensive experience in building and growing businesses from startups to multi-$B corporations. . He has been a solution provider to the plastics industry for over 40 years, working with OEMs, Fabricators and Converters, and raw material providers to drive results and innovation in the Packaging, Electrical & Electronics, Transportation, Industrial, and Medical markets. He has successfully led efforts in seven major acquisitions; creating strategy, scouting opportunities, executing deals, and creating teams for efficient integration.

    Paul’s previous experience includes senior executive roles in General Management, Marketing, Sales, Research & Development, Operations, and Organizational Design & Development, including: Chief Marketing Officer of A. Schulman, a global thermoplastics compounder serving the packaging, transportation, consumer products, industrial and agricultural markets; Vice President of Marketing & Sales at Core Molding Technologies, a designer/molder of reinforced composite products for the transportation, electronics, industrial, automotive aftermarket and alternative energy markets. He has also held Executive Business Leadership roles at Avery Dennison, a manufacturer of high-performance adhesives and consumer products, and Nova Chemicals, a global manufacturer of Styrenics polymers, polyethylene and petrochemicals.

    Paul earned a Master’s Degree in Plastics Engineering from UMASS Lowell and a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). He also completed advanced studies in Global Marketing and Business Strategy at University of Pittsburgh’s Katz Graduate School. Paul actively volunteers and mentors entrepreneurs in business strategy/planning at Mercy Corps International, as well as contributing to venture groups through the Akron (OH) ARCHAngels, WPI Business School (MA), and Fusion Pointe, a Naples (FL) West Coast Venture Group.

  • Johnny M. Moore
    Pierpont Community and Technical College in West Virginia
    Johnny Moore President
    Pierpont Community and Technical College in West Virginia
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  • Tim Hanley
    Energy Storage Ventures
    Tim Hanley Energy Storage Ventures
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    Timothy has more than 25 years of NGL, LPG, and crude experience in the areas of marketing, business development, storage, supply, and distribution. Timothy has served as a commercial manager and director of the enterprise facilities at Harford Mills, New York; Hutchinson, Kansas; Adamana, Arizona; Mt. Belvieu, Texas; and Crestwood’s Bath, New York, storage facilities. Recently, Timothy was the senior manager of West Texas crude business development for Blue Knight Energy Partners and successfully led and managed the firm’s startup investment in the Advantage Pipeline.

    Timothy holds an MBA in management and a Bachelor of Arts in history from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a Master of Arts in corporate communications from Seton Hall University.

  • Tarek Abdalla
    Reed Smith
    Tarek Abdalla Partner
    Reed Smith
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    A partner in Reed Smith’s global Energy & Natural Resources Group, Tarek Abdalla has extensive experience advising on energy and infrastructure projects in the United States, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Tarek represents contractors, owners, developers, equipment suppliers and engineers, in public and private construction projects, including conventional, renewable and nuclear power plants, pipelines, industrial facilities, and other critical infrastructure. For more than 25 years, Tarek has also successfully handled disputes through negotiation, mediation, litigation and international arbitrations involving high-profile construction projects throughout the world.

  • Taylor Robinson
    PLG Consulting
    Taylor Robinson President
    PLG Consulting
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  • Stephen Catt
    Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Institute
    Stephen Catt - Deputy Director, Education and Workforce Development
    Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Institute
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  • Chet Mroz
    DxT3
    Chet Mroz CEO
    DxT3
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    CEO and President & Founder DxT3,Inc. a new company which provides Digital Transformation application software and professional services utilizing the IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) enabling technologies applied to the Oil & Gas and Energy industries.

    Chet Mroz is a recognized leader in the global industrial automation industry. The depth and breadth of Mr. Mroz’s experience and technical knowledge, as well as a result-based leadership style and capabilities, has helped numerous companies profitably expand their business globally.

    Chet has over four decades of experience in project, business, and plant operations management working as a project manager, interim executive and consultant. He has led businesses for Mobil Oil, Foxboro (now Schneider), Texas Instruments, ABB and Yokogawa in the United States, the Middle East, Europe, and Asia. Currently, Mr. Mroz is also a board Advisor to Amerapex Corporation providing Engineering, Procurement and Construction Management Services, Seismic Services and Non-Destructive Testing services to the Oil & Gas Industries.

    More recently, Mr. Mroz was the former President and CEO of Yokogawa Corporation of America from 2011 to 2015. Yokogawa Corporation of America is the North American operating unit of Yokogawa Electric Corporation of Tokyo, Japan, a global market leading automation manufacturer and provider of automation projects, instrumentation, analyzer, systems integration services, field support services, and advanced software products and services with 1000 employees and a network of sales channel partners in North America.

    Prior to Yokogawa and from 2016, Mr. Mroz was an independent business strategy consultant, interim executive, and acquisition advisor to over 20 start-ups, ranging from small to large firms in the measurement, industrial automation, software products, process equipment and engineering consulting and construction businesses serving the oil & gas, chemical, energy and manufacturing markets.

    Mr. Mroz holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Cleveland State University and attended advanced university programs for finance, management, and process technologies. Mr. Mroz is a member of the GPSA Midstream Association.

  • Rich DiClaudio
    Energy Innovation Center Institute
    Rich DiClaudio CEO
    Energy Innovation Center Institute
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  • Manuel Alfonso
    Prisma Impianti
    Manuel Alfonso CEO
    Prisma Impianti
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    Manuel Alfonso is chief executive officer of Prisma Impianti, an Italian system integrator, and Prisma Revamp, its US subsidiary.

    The company focuses on process automation for a variety of industries, including Metals, Oil&Gas, Energy and Chemical.

    After a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and a Master in Strategic Management, he joined Prisma. He worked to establish the company as an expert on functional safety, in order to provide turnkey services from risk analysis to implementation and certification of the upgraded system.

    He later turned his attention to the growing Industry 4.0 applications, ensuring Prisma partnerships with Italian universities working on AI and cybersecurity. Prisma now offers modular solutions to improve production planning, maintenance and product traceability.

    In 2013 he was elected for a three years term as local president of the Young Entrepreneurs of Confindustria, the Italian employers’ federation. He was part of the Italian Delegation for G20 Young Entrepreneurs Alliance in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

  • Flemming B. Bjoernslev
    Virgo
    Flemming B. Bjoernslev Operating Partner
    Virgo
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    Flemming is an experienced executive, having spent 30 years in the chemical industry in Europe, Latin America, and the United States. Flemming is actively supporting Virgo’s Specialty Chemicals strategy as an Operating Partner, while also serving as an advisor to the North American chemical industry as a Senior Consultant at Cumberland Highstreet Partners. His scope includes supporting small and midsized chemical Companies in enabling and preparing for digitalization/Industry 4.0.

    Previously, Flemming joined Bayer AG in 1986, and following his vocational training in Germany, he embarked on an international career with Bayer, where he worked in several roles of increasing importance across various business groups in Europe and Latin America. In 2005, Bayer spun-off its chemical activities to form Lanxess AG, and Flemming continued his career with the newly-formed company. After setting up operations for Lanxess in Central/Eastern Europe, in 2012, he was appointed President and CEO of Lanxess Corporation, overseeing 15 sites with 1,700 employees and $2 Billion in annual revenues in North America until 2015.

    Flemming was born and raised in Copenhagen, Denmark. He speaks four languages fluently and holds a bachelor degree from the University of Applied Sciences in Essen, Germany

  • Bob Nussmeier
    Kiewit Energy Group
    Bob Nussmeier Vice-President
    Kiewit Energy Group
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  • Jim Strohman
    Dominion Energy
    Jim Strohman Director
    Dominion Energy
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  • Mona Haggag
    Continuum Advisory Group
    Mona Haggag Principal
    Continuum Advisory Group
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  • Brett Breon
    Blue Racer
    Brett Breon VP Business Development
    Blue Racer Midstream
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    Brent currently serves as the Vice President of Business Development for Caiman Energy II and Blue Racer Midstream. In his current position, he is focused on developing gas gathering, compression, processing, fractionation and NGL transportation opportunities in the Marcellus and Utica Shale region.

    Prior to joining Caiman in 2011, Brent worked at Dominion Resources in various Operations, Engineer, and Business Development roles

    Brent graduated from The University of Akron with a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s in Business Administration.

    Brent has been an Ohio Oil and Gas Association (OOGA) Board of Trustees member since 2004 and a member on the Producers and Midstream committees.

  • Glenn Koch
    Williams
    Glenn Koch Vice President, Engineering and Construction
    Williams
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    Professional Experience

    Glenn Koch is Vice President of Engineering & Construction at Williams for the Northeast Gathering and Processing Operating Area. Williams is a premier provider of large-scale infrastructure connecting U.S. natural gas and natural gas products to growing demand for cleaner fuel and feedstocks. Williams’ headquarters are located in Tulsa, Oklahoma with a regional headquarters located in Pittsburgh.

    Koch currently is responsible for the execution of all Williams’ gas gathering and processing projects across the Utica and Marcellus shale plays in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio and is based in Pittsburgh. Since joining Williams in 1989, Koch has served in various leadership roles in operations, engineering, construction and project management covering midstream gathering and processing as well as interstate gas transmission supporting the company’s Transco system.

    Education

    Koch earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from McNeese State University in 1989.

  • Sean Murphy
    Advisian
    Sean Murphy Senior Vice President
    Advisian
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    Mr. Murphy is responsible for all aspects of management, including operational profit and loss, client relationship development and maintenance, bid development and positioning, strategic planning and business improvements. Previously, Mr. Murphy held the position of Vice President of the Infrastructure & Environment Customer Sector Group for WorleyParsons US, Latin American and Caribbean Region.

    Mr. Murphy is also the Global Director of WorleyParsons Restoration Services - the specialist Environmental Risk Management, Remediation and Redevelopment Division of WorleyParsons providing services to asset owners, operators and investors. The Restoration offering consists of WorleyParsons project development, project delivery and program management capability supported by our broad technical capabilities in contaminated land management. WorleyParsons Restoration Services contains over 400 specialist staff across 20 offices in 10 countries.

  • Peter Reynolds
    ARC Advisory Group
    Peter Reynolds Analyst
    ARC Advisory Group
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    Peter Reynolds is a contributing analyst with ARC Advisory Group thought leader and strategist. Peter has a long history of practical experience in refinery automation, safety and IT in the Downstream Energy and Oil and Gas industries. He is helping industry simplify operational processes, process automation, IT and advanced applications through best practice research, consulting and speaking engagements.

  • Jonathan Farrell
    Civil & Environmental Consultants
    Jonathan Farrell Project Manager
    Civil & Environmental Consultants
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  • Cory Denninson
    Vision Shared, West Virginia
    Cory Dennison President
    Vision Shared, West Virginia
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  • John P Stampfel
    Eaton
    John P Stampfel Vice President Strategy and Innovation
    Electrical Systems and Services Group
    Eaton
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    John Stampfel is the vice president of innovation and strategy for the Electrical Systems and Services Group at Eaton. His responsibilities include the digitization of products, systems and business processes to further Eaton’s Intelligent Power solutions.

    Stampfel has more than 27 years of experience with Eaton in electrical power distribution, control and automation. Throughout his career, he has led Eaton teams to deliver complex electrical power management products and projects on time and on budget for commercial, industrial, government and utility customers.

    Previously, he was the vice president and general manager of Eaton’s Electrical Engineering Services Division. Prior Eaton assignments include roles in operations, project management, marketing and sales in the U.S., Europe and Puerto Rico.

    He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Boston University.

    Stampfel is married and has two daughters. He is also an active in the Pittsburgh community. Currently, he is a board member of the Woodlands Foundation and the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh.

    Eaton is a power management company with approximately 96,000 employees. The company provides energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably. Eaton is dedicated to improving the quality of life and the environment through the use of power management technologies and services. Eaton sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. For more information, visit www.eaton.com.

  • Antony Salemme
    IndustrialInfo Resources
    Antony Salemme VP Labour Risk Assessment
    IndustrialInfo Resources
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    IndustrialInfo Resources
    Antony Salemme VP Labour Risk Assessment
    IndustrialInfo Resources
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  • Nick Homrighausen
    Harrison County
    Nick Homrighausen Executive director of community and economic development
    Harrison County, Ohio
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    Nick Homrighausen serves as the Executive Director of Community & Economic Development for Harrison County, Ohio

    A native of Dover, Ohio and a graduate of Muskingum College, Homrighausen has been involved with Oil and Gas since monitoring the industries activity for his previous position at AMP. He is vice chair of the Columbus to Pittsburg roadway committee and serves on the APEG advisory board.

    Before joining Harrison County, Ohio, Homrighausen worked at American Municipal Power in Business and Economic Development, Marketing and Energy Efficiency areas. He grew up working in the family Funeral Home and enjoys working on small construction and woodworking projects around the house.

    He is involved locally in Historic Canal Dover Association. The friends of the river front committee, as well as various local fundraising endeavors.

  • Ed Looman
     
    Ed Looman Project Manager/Director of Shale Development
    The Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth
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    Ed Looman serves the Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth as project manager in the Eastern Ohio counties of Jefferson, Harrison, Carroll, Holmes, Coshocton, Guernsey, Belmont and Monroe.

    APEG is the JobsOhio regional network partner covering 25 counties in Southeastern Ohio.

    A native of Steubenville, Ohio and a graduate of The Ohio State University, Looman has been actively working with shale oil and gas projects since the industry first arrived in Eastern Ohio. Recently, he became APEG’s director of shale development.

    Before joining APEG, Looman served as executive director of the Jefferson County, Ohio economic development organization. He started his economic development career with Growth Partnership of Ashtabula County, Ohio.

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