Appalachian Storage Hub November 5th, 2020 Conference IV
Appalachian Storage Hub                                                      November 5th, 2020Conference IV 

Conference Opening

Joe Barone is CEO of Shale Directories, the "yellow pages for the oil and gas industry" connecting local businesses with the oil 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."

Presenting Sponsor Lane Power & Energy Solutions, Inc.

Michael has worked in engineering and construction sectors for the past twenty five years with a focus on the design and construction of Energy Storage and Power Generation 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 25 years, he has assumed several executive management roles including 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.

Break Sponsor - Mustang Sampling

Kenneth Thompson, Founder and President of Mustang Sampling brings with him over 30 years of experience in the Gas and Oil industry and the proven ability to lead multi-disciplined and multi-channel teams. Throughout his tenure, Ken has grown the Companies ten-fold by focusing on innovative solutions in the natural gas, NGL, and LNG sampling markets, and is the holder of numerous global technology patents. Utilizing his tenured experience Thompson currently leads the operational Business Units for Mustang Sampling and Valtronics creating a thriving and nurturing environment.

Tom Gellrich is the CEO of Top Line Analytics that consults on the downstream impacts of shale gas, focusing on the revolutionary changes in the Chemical and Plastics Industries. His presentations and white papers have been featured in a dozen global conferences and quoted in the international media on a regular basis. His 30-year career includes ExxonMobil and Total-Arkema. He received a BS in Chemical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Perry Babb leads the development team for 'KeyState Natural Gas Synthesis, LLC', a $400,000,000 low-carbon hydrogen, ammonia and urea production facility proposed for Clinton, County Pennsylvania.  KeyState is a joint venture with Frontier Natural Resources, Inc. and will maximize it's 7,000 acre natural gas asset through a vertically integrated business case, and direct-use of it's onsite natural gas supply, as feedstock and power source, in onsite, value-added manufacturing, with novel onsite carbon capture, use and geological storage.


Perry is a sociologist by training and problem solver by nature, with 40 years experience creating successful corporations and non-profits in 6 diverse markets, including construction, maintenance, marketing, energy infrastructure, and international humanitarian aid, under 8 brands, and across a dozen countries.  Perry serves as CEO and Chariman of KeyState NGS.

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Luncheon Speaker

Larry Maggi is currently serving his fourth term on the Board of Commissioners of Washington County and currently serving as the board chairman. He is proud to have been born, raised, educated, and working most of his life in Washington County. Commissioner Maggi believes in Washington County and that it is a great place to work, live, play, and raise families. He is committed to keeping Washington County on the fore front in jobs, low taxes, and quality of life issues as well as keeping our agricultural and country charm.


Michael Marr has been a senior communications leader in both the private and public sector for more than two decades.  In 2012, Marr joined Shell and has since worked in different roles covering Shell’s US Chemicals Assets and Shell’s petrochemical project in Beaver County, PA.  For the five years preceding Marr’s employment with Shell, he served as the public affairs lead at the former BP Texas City site, which housed the nation’s third largest oil refinery, an integrated chemical plant and a power plant.


Marr worked in senior governmental roles before joining the private sector in 2007.  After graduating from Johns Hopkins University with a Bachelor of Arts degree, Michael joined the staff of Congresswoman Helen Bentley of Maryland.  Subsequently, Marr served in a variety of roles for New York Governor George Pataki - including as the Governor's official press secretary, campaign press secretary and as the State's lead economic development spokesperson in the 18 months that followed 9/11.

Dr. Chuck Zelek is a senior economist with the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy.  In this capacity, he conducts energy market analyses to inform fossil energy research, development, and demonstration programs and contribute to related policy and regulatory decision making.  He has supported formulation of the Energy Title of the 2008 Farm Bill as a senior economist for the Department of Agriculture, evaluated the impacts of advanced energy technologies at the DOE, and recently been assigned by the Assistant Secretary of Energy as the DOE Point of Contact for the Tri-State Governors Shale Coalition.  

As the Chief Economist of Plastics Industry Association, Perc Pineda serves as the organization’s primary staff expert on economics, statistics and industry research. His views on the economy have been widely 
quoted in the media, and his works have been published in peer-reviewed economic and trade journals.

Perc Pineda received his Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Philosophy in Economics from the New School of Social Research in New York, NY. He also holds a Master of Arts in Economics from the American University in Washington, D.C. and a Master in International Management from the University of Maryland. 

Before joining PLASTICS, Perc Pineda was the Senior Economist of the Credit Union National Association. His over 20 years of experience includes  academia, international financial institution, and trade association work. 

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