Brian Abel

Pipeline Training, IUOE-PLCA

Bryan began his career with the operating engineers 27 years ago. He is proud that he is a third- generation operating engineer. Bryan has held various roles through-out his career, from Owner/CFO, project manager, foreman, to operator.

Through-out these various roles, Bryan has always had a desire to ensure the safety for all employees. As the director of the National Pipeline Training Program, he feels a sense of responsibility to pass on the knowledge and expertise gained in the pipeline industry through hands on experience to the next generation of operating Engineers.

It is Bryan’s goal, along with his staff of 15 full-time instructors, to help ensure IUOE operators achieve the highest level of safety and awareness through training, thus  safeguarding that the PLCA contractors performing the work in the pipeline industry have the skilled workforce to complete the job safely.

Joe Barone Shale Directories

Joe Barone

President and Founder, Shale Directories

Joe Barone, President and Founder Shale Directories, has kept companies that service and supply the oil and gas industry current on the latest developments since 2009.  He produces a Shale Directories online member directory, and issues weekly Facts & Rumors newsletters.   

Barone realizing the need for in-person networking and information sharing has produced more than 60 upstream, midstream and downstream conferences as well as conferences focusing on underground storage, hydrogen generation and carbon capture sequestration. 

He is a recognized ‘go-to’ source for contacts, and information in the oil and gas sector with concentration in the Appalachian Basin.

Shawn Bennett

Energy and Resilience Division Manager, Battelle

As the former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oil and Natural Gas, Shawn Bennett administered the Department of Energy’s oil and gas programs, including research and development, analysis, and natural gas regulation. Throughout his career, Bennett has focused exclusively on energy issues and have developed a deep level of expertise across multiple segments of the oil and gas industry.

With 15 years of combined public affairs experience as a chief staff executive and government relations professional, he has an extensive background in government affairs, media relations, grassroots strategy and nonprofit leadership. Bennett has developed and directed several public awareness programs and issue campaigns, helping educate the public and policy makers on key organizational priorities while utilizing an extensive array of public affairs tactics and strategies to achieve success

Bridget van Dorsten

Hydrogen Research Analyst, Wood MacKenzie

Bridget is a hydrogen-focused research analyst within Wood Mackenzie’s Energy Transition Practice. They work on modelling hydrogen markets and hydrogen assets in addition to tracking project deployments, policy, investments and new technologies.

Prior to this role, they were a consultant with Power Advocate specializing in hydrogen asset modelling, strategic sourcing and category management for energy utilities in North America. Bridget holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering from Brown University where their focus was on renewable energy and hydrogen. Prior to graduation, Bridget worked in France and the U.S. for entities focused on optimization of hydrogen production and distribution for light-duty vehicle applications, namely Air Liquide and First Element Fuel.

Tom Gellrich

Founder, TopLine Analytics

Gellrich has been one of the pioneers in understanding and identifying the changes that shale gas as risks and opportunities for the US manufacturing industry. His presentations and white papers have been extensively quoted. As an executive with experience in operational business management, strategic development, hands on sales and marketing Tom provides a unique perspective combining all elements. He has been involved in several start-up opportunities – innovation – balanced with Fortune 50 experience – rigorous application. His entry to the business world was with Exxon Mobil, moving from engineering to project management and business roles.

Larry Maggi Commissioner Washington County

Larry Maggi

Commissioner, Washington County, PA Commissioners

The Honorable Larry Maggi is currently serving his fifth term on the Board of Commissioners of Washington County and currently serving as the board’s vice 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 at the forefront in jobs, low taxes, quality of life issues as well as keeping its agricultural and country charm. Commissioner Maggi served proudly in the United States Marine Corps and was honorably discharged in 1971.

He graduated from California University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science degree in education. Prior to being elected commissioner in 2003, he was the sheriff of Washington County for six years, elected in 1997.

He served for 24 years with the Pennsylvania State Police as a state trooper. He and his wife Mary Jeanne reside in Buffalo Township, PA.

Jeffrey Soth

Legislative and Political Director, IUOE-PLCA

Jeffrey Soth is the Legislative and Political Director of the International Union of Operating Engineers, one of North America’s largest construction unions. Soth hails from Washington State, where he served as a staffer in both chambers of the legislature and as mayor of his hometown, the City of Snohomish, WA. Soth is a long-time member of Operating Engineers Local 302, Washington, Alaska and Idaho.

He possesses a Bachelor of Arts in economics and a Master’s degree in political science from Western Washington University.

Appa Hydrogen & Carbon Capture Conference Speakers Ken Thompson

Ken Thompson

President, Mustang Sampling / Valvtronics

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.

Kevin Warner, Ph.D.

Chief Technology Officer, Mustang Sampling / Valvtronics

Kevin Warner is a professional physicist currently serving as Senior Vice President & Chief Technology Officer for Mustang Sampling. Kevin has worked in the measurement industry since 1994 when he joined Daniel Industries to promote ultrasonic gas flow metering, after which he joined Instromet as division president and later served as Senior Vice President for Elster. He holds a Ph.D. in Physics & Astronomy from University of Delaware, has earned several patents, and has published on subjects including cryogenics, speed-of-sound measurement techniques, formation evaluation, nuclear experimentation, and ultrasonic flow metering.