Appalachian Storage Hub Conference June 15th, 2017
 Appalachian Storage Hub Conference                                       June 15th, 2017 


Joe Barone is CEO of Shale Directories, the "yellow pages for the oil and gas industry" connecting local businesses with the oild and gas operators, their employees and families. Barone attended over 40 oil and gas expos in the last five years and spoke before the Marcellus Shale Commission. He guest hosted, 'The Marcellus shale and You' radio show on KDKA news radio, and currently a regular on the radio show, "All Energy Now".

David McKinley  (Representative WV-R) is the sponsor of the Appalachian Ethane Storage Hub Study Act (HR 2568) and has been leading the charge on this effort in the House of Representatives for nearly three years.  Last Congress, he included the storage hub study in the House Energy Bill (H.R. 8).   Representative McKinley sits on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, is Vice Chair SubCommittee on Environment; Member, Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection and Member, Subcommittee on Energy. He is a practicing Professional Engineer. 

Tom Gellrich is the CEO of TopLine Analytics that consults on the downstream impacts of shale gas, focusing on the revolutionary changes in the Chemical Industry. His presentations have been featured in a dozen global conferences and quoted in the media on a regular basis. His 30 year career includes ExxonMobil and Total-Arkema.

Brian J. Anderson is the Director of the West Virginia University (WVU) Energy Institute and the GE Plastics Materials Engineering Professor in chemical engineering at WVU. The WVU Energy Institute is the central university organization coordinating and facilitating collaborative research projects at WVU in Fossil Energy, Sustainable Energy, Energy Policy, and Environmental Stewardship related to energy. 

Chemical Panel

Panel Leader: Kevin DiGregorio is the Executive Director of the Chemical Alliance Zone which works with partners across West Virginia to boost and maintain investments and jobs in the chemical industry and related industries, including natural gas, manufacturing, and technology in general. CAZ creates, initiates, and facilitates business opportunities, leading to opportunities for you, your business or organization.

Jim Cooper is Senior Petrochemical Advisor at the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers.  Jim works on special projects related to the petrochemical industry with a focus on shale development, the manufacturing supply chain and strategies for key advocacy issues.  He also serves as a technical advisor in the areas of chemical risk management, security and chemical safety. 

Jason Lankford is VP and Site Director West Virginia Operations of The Dow Chemical Company. With Dow Jason served in wide variety of production operations throughout Dow U.S. facilities. This includes, Light Hydrocarbons II in Plaquemine, LA; Extruded Polystyrene (XPS) facilities in Riverside, MO, La Porte, TX, and Dalton, GA; St. Charles LA operations for Ethylene Oxide, Higher Glycols and Methyl Glycol Ethers; and most recently the West Virginia Operations site.

Mr. Wolfli is COO & Director US Methanol and a professional mechanical engineer with over 30 years of senior management and operational experience in a range of both private and publicly traded energy, petrochemical, renewables and technology companies. Prior to founding US Methanol in 2015, Richard was CFO and Director of privately held NRG Biofuels Inc. between 2012 and 2014, a bio-diesel research and technology development company, while at NRG Biofuels he was responsible for overall startup strategy and raising capital.

State Panel

Lance Chimka is a Regional Director in the PA Department of Community & Economic Development Governor's Action Team. He leads the team focused on removing barriers to development, investment and job growth in Southwestern Pennsylvania. The primary mission of the Governor’s Action Team is to foster economic growth throughout the Commonwealth by attracting new businesses and helping existing Pennsylvania companies expand.

Joshua L. Jarrell is Deputy Secretary and General Counsel for the West Virginia Department of Commerce. In that role, he helps foster economic development in West Virginia and provides legal counsel to a cornucopia of state agencies, including the state’s Division of Tourism, Division of Natural Resources, West Virginia Development Office, and Office of Miners’ Health, Safety & Training, among others.  He has served on the Governor’s STEM Council, the Governor’s Oil and Natural Gas Safety Commission, the West Virginia Land Stewardship Corporation, the West Virginia Film Tax Credit Committee, and the West Virginia Municipal Home Rule Board.

Paul Boulier is Vice President, Industry and Innovation Team NEO. He is responsible for developing and executing direct-to-company business attraction for the region’s core industries, including metal fabrication and machinery; polymers, chemicals and coatings; energy, oil & gas; as well as packaging and transportation. Team NEO is an economic development organization focused on creating jobs for Northeast Ohio’s residents.

Midstream Panel

Marc Halbritter is Sr. Vice President  for Business Development at Blue Racer.  Prior to that, he served as the chief legal officer for, as well as overseeing the marketing of natural gas liquids for the company and its customers. Marc has has over 30 years’ experience in the gas industry, including including VP of Operations, General Counsel and Managing Director.  

James W. Crews is Vice President Business Development at MarkWest Energy Partners. He has spent his entire professional career in the energy industry. This includes various positions with NiSource Gas Transmission and Storage-NGT&S (and its predecessor Columbia Gas Transmission); Cabot Oil and Gas; Babcock and Wilcox Nuclear Power and Washington Gas Light Company in Washington D.C. Jim also served as president of WVONGA in 2010- 2011.

Mr. Hanley Vice President Business Development Energy Storage Ventures (Mountaineer NGL Storage) - has over 25 years of NGL, LPG and Crude experience in the areas of marketing, business development, storage, supply and distribution. During the last 10 years, Mr. Hanley has served as a Commercial Manager and Director of the Enterprise facilities at Hartford Mills NY, Hutchinson KS, Adamana AZ, Mt Belvieu TX, and Crestwood's Bath NY storage facilities. 

Exploration and Production Panel

Brittany Thomas Ramos is Coordinator of External Affairs Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation. In this role, Brittany coordinates external and internal outreach including government affairs, advertising, media relations, corporate social responsibility, and communications campaigns. Her prime focus is on community outreach, building community relationships.

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