Joe Barone Shale Directories

Joe Barone

President and Founder, Shale Directories

Barone is president and founder of Shale Directories the #1 online directory connecting local businesses with oil and gas operators and their employees. Shale Directories is focused on the four major shale plays in the U.S. — Marcellus, Utica, Permian and Eagle Ford.  
As part of Shale Directories, he publishes one of the most popular online newsletters, Facts & Rumors.
Barone has produced over 60 oil and gas conferences focusing on upstream, midstream, downstream, hydrogen generation and carbon capture sequestration.   He is also a founder H2 and Carbon Capture Network.

Perry Babb

Chairman and CEO, KeyState to Zero

Babb is the CEO and chairman for KeyState to Zero, a $400,000,000 low-carbon hydrogen, ammonia and urea production facility proposed for Clinton County, PA. KeyState is a joint venture with Frontier Natural Resources, Inc. and will maximize its 7,000 acre natural gas asset through a vertically integrated business case, and direct-use of its onsite natural gas supply, as feedstock and power source, in onsite, value-added manufacturing, with novel onsite carbon capture, use and geological storage.

Michael Docherty

Executive Director, IN-2-Market, Inc.

Michael Docherty is Executive Director of the Appalachia Hub Alliance, an industry-led consortium focused on supporting a low-carbon/hydrogen hub in the Tri-State Region of Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The alliance is bringing together industry with key regional stakeholders in support of industrial sector decarbonization and the transition to clean energy, including hydrogen. Docherty is also Executive Director of IN-2-Market (I2M), the non-profit corporation that is facilitating the Appalachia Hub Alliance. Docherty’s previous industry experience includes corporate roles with GE, Ford and most recently as SVP/GM at Sunbeam in that company’s successful turnaround. Docherty is the author of the book, Collective Disruption: How Corporations and Startups Can Co-create Transformative New Businesses. He holds an MBA degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School and BSME degree from Drexel University. 

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.

David Giles

Chief Operating Officer, Navigator CO2 Ventures

David brings over 16 years of significant business development and public policy experience in the midstream, downstream, and renewable fuels business. Prior to joining Navigator in 2021, David served as VP of Strategic Planning & Public Policy for Valero Energy Corporation, where he was responsible for corporate strategic planning and the identification and analysis of public policy trends.

During his tenure at Valero, David served in various roles, including VP of Business Development, Executive Director of Government Affairs, and Director of Business Development for the midstream business. Prior to those positions, he worked in Valero’s legal department, the Clear Channel Communications legal department, and in private law practice at Cox & Smith and Thompson & Knight.

David earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications, with a minor in Economics, from the University of Arkansas, and a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law.

John Hines

Government Relations Manager, Northeast and Great Lakes, Shell Oil Company

John T. Hines currently serves a Corporate Relation Manager for Shell Oil covering 17 states in the East Coast, Great Lakes and Appalachia regions. Mr. Hines manages external relations and advises various businesses of Shell on political, regulatory, community and environmental matters.

Prior to his current role, Mr. Hines serves as Government Relations Manager for Shell in the northeast for close to a decade.

A native of Greene County, Mr. Hines currently resides in Palmyra, Lebanon County, with his wife, Amy. He has two adult children, Matthew and Alexis.

Marcus Koblitz

Senior Policy Advisor for Climate and ESG, American Petroleum Institute

Marcus is a Senior Policy Advisor for Climate & ESG issues in API’s Corporate Policy group. Marcus helps to guide API climate policy through engagement and consultation with API members and represents industry to policymakers. In addition to working with API’s climate team on overarching climate policy issues, like carbon pricing, Marcus is lead staff on greenhouse gas estimation methodologies for direct emissions; carbon capture, use, and storage issues; the social cost of greenhouse gases; and low-carbon hydrogen policy.


Marcus has been with the American Petroleum Institute for more than 15 years, starting in API’s Economic Policy Group. He has worked on issues spanning the full range of the oil and natural gas business including Fuels, Infrastructure and Midstream, Hydraulic Fracturing, Access, Power generation and Tax issues.

Marcus holds a bachelor’s degree from the Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Public Policy degree, with a concentration in science, technology, and environmental policy, from the School of Public Affairs at American University.


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.

Christopher Masciantonio

Director of Government Affairs and Public Policy, US Steel

Masciantonio  is the director of Governmental Affairs and Public Policy for US Steel. He began his career with US Steel in 1989 as an attorney in the arbitration section of the company’s corporate labor relations department. He served as the state of Pennsylvania’s director of the office of Labor-Management Cooperation, a position to which he was appointed by former Governor Tom Ridge. He also served as a senior advisor to Ridge in all matters impacting labor relations. He is a graduate of St. Vincent College in Latrobe, PA and also holds a master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh. He and his wife reside in Jeanette, PA and are the parents of three children.

Karen Matusic

Regional Senior Director, External Affairs Equinor

Karen Matusic is the regional senior director of External Affairs for Equinor. She has worked in the energy sector since 2005 and most recently was based in Guyana, South America. She joined Equinor in November to serve as its first external affairs executive in the region focused on low carbon energy solutions. Matusic was raised in eastern Ohio and graduated from Bethany College in West Virginia.

Kip Tygard

President and Managing Partner, Wishgard

Tygard is President & Managing Partner of Wishgard LLC, the developer of The AEIS Appalachian Storage Hub and Trading Post.  Having energy sector experience dating back to 1988, Tygard has been on the forefront of many industry initiatives.  With global involvement upstream, midstream and downstream he is now focused on the expansion of energy storage. 

The AEIS Project is operational and designed to support a wide array of products from Hydrogen, Ammonia, NGL’s – including Ethane, as well as CCS. The project is scalable and offers built on demand sites to support from 1 to 100 MMBLs of NGL’s, hundreds of GigaWatts of Hydrogen, and millions of Tons of CO2 per annum. Among project attributes these sites have the required infrastructure of pipe, river, rail and electric already in place.

Wishgard’s leadership is creating opportunities for advancement through all forms of energy creation, storage and application. Our assets and initiatives provide efficient and profitable solutions to significant industry demands

Robert "Bo" Wholey

President, Long Ridge Energy

Bo joined Long Ridge in 2017 as its President, having previously worked as an infrastructure private equity investor and investment banker in New York City at firms including UBS Warburg, Highstar Capital, American Capital and Strata Energy Investments.  Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Bo returned to the region to oversee Long Ridge’s redevelopment of the former Ormet Aluminum Smelter site on the Ohio River.  Under Bo’s leadership, Long Ridge has achieved several important milestones including raising $588 million of project financing for the construction of a 485 MW combined cycle gas turbine power plant, entering into several long-term, fixed price power sales agreements, vertically integrating the power plant’s natural gas supply, and establishing a plan to transition the power plant’s fuel source to hydrogen, which will initially reduce and ultimately eliminate carbon emissions. Bo graduated from Babson College with a Bachelor of Science in Finance.

Anna Wishart

Director of Government Affairs and External Relations, Monolith Chemicals

Anna was born, raised, and has lived in Nebraska for over 30 years. She is a graduate of Middlebury College in Vermont. In 2011, she was elected to the Lincoln Airport Authority, and served as Chair of the Board. Anna was elected to serve District 27 in the Nebraska Legislature in 2016 and 2020 and currently serve as Vice Chair of the Legislature’s Appropriations Committee.

In addition to public service, Anna works as Director of Government Affairs and External Relations at Monolith, a next generation chemical and energy company that believes technology innovations will create the path to environmental transformation. Monolith utilizes clean electricity to transform natural gas into vital materials, including carbon black and hydrogen, that are needed for a wide range of purposes and industries — in a way that is clean and environmentally responsible.

Michael Valore

Senior Director of Advanced Reactors Commercialization at Westinghouse

Michael Valore has 15 years of combined experience in the energy sector, where he’s held varying roles of increasing responsibility. Michael is currently the Senior Director of Advanced Reactors Commercialization at Westinghouse. In this role, he is responsible for leading the effort to bring eVinci to the commercial market.  Prior to his current role, he served in a senior position as the Westinghouse Americas Procurement Officer where he was responsible for Westinghouse’s North American supply chain.   He has previously held roles managing projects for AP1000 in the US and China and was responsible for all material and equipment delivery for AP1000 sites. Prior to joining Westinghouse, Michael started his career at FirstEnergy working as a Mechanical Engineer in two large coal fired power plants.