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.

Appalachian Storage Hub Panel

Tim 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. 

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 AECOM’s 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 TriState Infrastructure Council.

Jason Stechschulte graduated from Trine University with a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering in 2003. Throughout his career at MPC, Mr. Stechschulte has held various engineering, operations, and commercial positions in the marketing and transportation engineering, logistics and storage, and pipeline organizations. Currently leads commercial and engineering development of growth projects, including within the Utica shale for MPLX.

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.

Opportunity Zones

Ohio River Corridor, LLC, was established in 2016 by Bryce Custer, SIOR, CCIM, MRICS, as a plastics site selection and commercial real estate services company aligned now as NAI Ohio River Corridor. Ohio River Corridor, LLC is a petrochemical, plastics and energy site selection and commercial real estate services company that specializes in site selection along the Ohio River from Monaca, Pennsylvania, home of the Shell ethylene cracker facility, downriver to Southpointe, Ohio and Parkersburg, West Virginia. Their service region also includes eastern Ohio, southwestern Pennsylvania, and the northern panhandle of West Virginia. Custer is well published and speaks regularly to industry experts and the public in a variety of forums.

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