Appalachian Storage Hub Conference June 6-7th, 2018
 Appalachian Storage Hub Conference                                       June 6-7th, 2018 

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."

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.

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.

Carter serves as Assistant State Geologist and manages the Economic Geology Division of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Bureau of Topographic and Geologic Survey. Kristin has worked as a petroleum geologist for the Survey since 2001, her efforts include characterizing unconventional petroleum hydrocarbon reservoirs; evaluating depleted oil and gas fields as potential storage reservoirs; tracking oil and gas exploration, production and well abandonment activity; and interpreting Appalachian basin subsurface stratigraphy. Kristin served as the Commonwealth’s Primary Investigator for both the Benedum Foundation’s Appalachian Storage Hub Study and the West Virginia University Utica Shale Appalachian Basin Exploration Consortium.

Appalachian Storage Hub Panel

David Hooker is the President of Mountaineer Storage. Over a 32-year career in the energy sector, he has successfully worked with markets from wellhead to the burner-tip. Hooker has been co-founder on several start-ups, building management teams and directed company initiatives designed to originate, develop, own and operate energy infrastructure in diverse markets throughout the USA. He has worked for Merchant Energy Partners and East Cheyenne Gas Storage LLC, Inergy Midstream, CAES Development Company, Aquila Energy, and Market Hub Partners — at one time the largest independent owner and operator of natural gas salt cavern storage in North America.

Hooker also consulted on development initiatives involving biofuels, natural gas liquids, NGL export facilities, and compressed air energy storage. He received a BS from Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan, and a Juris Doctorate from Thomas M. Cooley in Lansing, Michigan.


Heather Rose-Glowacki is Director, Chemical & Industry Dynamics at the American Chemistry Council (ACC), a Washington, DC-based trade association representing companies engaged in the business of chemistry. In her current role, Ms. Rose-Glowacki is responsible for developing and maintaining comprehensive resources and intelligence on the chemical industry, including chemical industry investment projects, as well as providing industry and economic analyses in support of the ACC’s advocacy efforts, sustainability and market outreach activities.

Brent Breon currently serves as the Vice President of Business Development for Caiman Energy II and Blue Racer Midstream. In his current positions, he is focused on developing gas gathering, compression, processing and fractionation opportunities in the Marcellus and Utical Shale. Prior to joining Caiman in 2011, Brent worked at Dominion Resources in various operations, engineering and business development roles. Brent graduated from the University of Akron with a Bachelors' Degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters' in Business Administration.

State Governments Panel

Robert Johnson is the President of ADKL, LLC. He has more than twenty five years of service in public sector roles. Most recently, he served the Pennsylvania Governor in his Southwest Regional Office.  Robert met with community leaders on a regular basis and participated in significant economic development projects. Mr. Johnson has advised public officials and senior level corporate executives on existing and proposed legislative and regulatory initiatives and prepared position papers and briefs on selected legislative issues and is experienced in meeting with policy makers to advocate for policy changes.

Curtis Wilkerson has directed scores of high-profile public relations campaigns - and many more discreet ones - for a wide variety of clients across multiple industries.


Wilkerson advises clients on a long list of issues, including major economic development projects, engery, defense, telecommunications, natural resources, labor, education and health care. He is often quoted or utilized as a background source for regional and national media including The Washington Post, Politico, CNN and other outlets.


In 2006, Wilkerson founded Orion Strategies, a strategic public relations and government affairs firm that also offers in-house research/polling and creative services. Orion's clients cover a wide range of companies and organizations that wish to affect public and political opinion. The firm works on projects around the country and has staff on the ground in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Storage Hub Vision

Chad Riley PE is the CEO of The Thrasher Group, he believes that Thrasher’s successful business model is driven by connecting with communities where services are provided. Chad studied engineering at Fairmont State University and after graduating, went to work for Thrasher as a construction inspector.  Working at every level, he rose to leading areas of business operation and being named partner within eight years after joining the company.

Investing in the Appalachian Storage Hub Panel

Jorge Peláez, Managing Director, Investment Banking

Mr. Claiborn, who joined ORIX USA in 2012, is an Associate Director serving as an analyst for ORIX Municipal Finance & Infrastructure, assisting in originations and credit reviews in the firm’s Dallas office. Prior to joining ORIX, Mr. Claiborn worked as a public finance Investment Banking analyst at Jefferies in its Municipal Securities group in New York, focusing on Public Power and Utilities.  

Damian Georgino, Special Counsel Eversheds Sutherland advises U.S. and international corporations, Fortune 50 companies, financial institutions, private equity funds, and investors in complex transactions involving water and wastewater, environmental, industrial/manufacturing, energy, infrastructure and natural resource projects. Damian has advised clients on transactional—including investments, financings and structures, risk management and compliance—and operational matters across a variety of industries.

Kolaczynski is Co-founder and Managing Partner Freestone Industries, which builds, owns, and operates commodity-agnostic Terminal & Materials Handling Infrastructure and provides related logistics solutions. He brings 15 years of experience in business development, finance, consulting, and strategic planning. Prior to Freestone, he was the Vice President of Business Development at Arrow Material Services. Kolaczynski graduated with a B.A. in History from UCLA and is a Certified Business Consultant.

Appalachian Basin vs. Gulf Coast Panel

Jerry James is President, Artex Oil in addition to his responsibilities at Artex he is active in industry and regional initiatives. He served as President of the Ohio Oil and Gas Association (OOGA) from 2011 through 2012, and previously served as chairman of the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program (OOGEEP). His current outreach is Shale Crescent USA, an initiative to highlight the manufacturing opportunities and bring jobs to the Ohio Valley, made possible by shale development. 

Taylor Robinson is the President of PLG Consulting, a team of bulk industrial logistics experts in rail transportation and logistics, energy and chemical markets, and logistics infrastructure design.  Since 2001 PLG has partnered with clients to design or improve their logistics strategy and operations. Mr. Robinson’s career included stints in the automotive, aerospace and food industries with Honda, Honeywell and HJ Heinz.

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