Appalachian Storage Hub Conference June 5-6th, 2019
 Appalachian Storage Hub Conference                                       June 5-6th, 2019 

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.


Luncheon Speaker

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. Prior to establishing Mustang Sampling, Thompson with Walt Gerhold founded Valtronics in 1985. 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.

Honorable Pennsylvania House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-28) 

Unanimously elected for a third term as the Speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on Jan. 1, 2019, by his House colleagues, Rep. Mike Turzai is now in his tenth House term, originally winning a special election in 2001 for a vacant seat in the 28th Legislative District.  Mike represents communities in Marshall Township, Bradford Woods, Pine Township and McCandless Township in Allegheny County.


Speaker Turzai prides himself on focusing on family values, commitment, putting forth full effort and going the extra mile – helping to set an example for those around him.

Over the past decade, Mike has leveraged the opportunities created by the emerging natural gas industry in Pennsylvania to lead efforts to create Marcellus Works, an innovative program designed to secure Pennsylvania’s future and create thousands of new jobs.

Working to move Pennsylvania into the 21st century and bring better opportunities for all Pennsylvanians, Speaker Turzai’s accomplishments include privatizing wines sales and making the entire wine and spirit system more convenient for consumers. Turzai is the leading advocate of creating enhanced educational opportunities for parents and students, fighting needless tax increases and promoting measures to entice private sector job creation while strengthening government efficiencies.


During the 2011-12 Legislative Session, he was instrumental in passing the Fair Share Act, an important lawsuit abuse reform measure. During that session and the 2013-14 session, Mike also led efforts to provide real business tax relief and advocated for fair and balanced workers’ compensation and unemployment compensation systems.


Born in Sewickley and raised in Moon Township, Mike developed his tenacity and strong work ethic from his parents and family. After graduating from Our Lady of Sacred Heart High School in 1977, Mike earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame before earning his Juris Doctor from Duke University in 1987.


Mike; his wife, Lidia; and their three sons, Andrew, Stephen and Matthew, live in Marshall Township, Allegheny County, and are involved in many community activities.

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