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.
CEO and Chairman, KeyState NGS
Perry Babb is CEO of KeyState Energy, Developer of KeyState Natural Gas Synthesis, LLC., a $900,000,000 very low-carbon hydrogen, ammonia and urea production facility under development in Clinton, County Pennsylvania. KeyState NGS is a joint venture with Frontier Natural Resources, Inc. and will maximize it’s 7,000 acre stranded natural gas asset through a vertically integrated business case, of direct-use of it’s onsite natural gas supply, as feedstock, in onsite, value-added manufacturing, with novel onsite carbon capture, use and geological storage. OGCI, Climate Investment has advised KeyState for more than two years and this year funded Development Phase II. KeyState NGS is proposed to be at FID 4th quarter 2023, construction 2024 & 2025 and commercial operation 2026.
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.
Member, Steptoe & Johnson
Kathy Beckett has over thirty years of experience practicing environmental, regulatory, and natural resources law. She has a national reputation for her ability to influence environmental policies on behalf of her clients. She has been instrumental in the development of national and state regulatory programs and the drafting of environmental legislation. Kathy is the Team leader of the firm Environment, Social, Governance (“ESG”) group of attorneys with experience and knowledge about how ESG impacts all aspects of business. She has also worked Environmental Justice issues with USEPA. Kathy earned her B.A. from the University of Kentucky and her J.D. from West Virginia University College of Law.
Member, Steptoe & Johnson
Armando Benincasa combines state agency experience, real-world business perspective, and deep understanding of complex environmental issues in a practice focused on energy and environmental law, environmental litigation, administrative law, government affairs, and lobbying. He manages cases involving permitting and regulatory requirements for natural resources, including coal, oil, and gas, carbon capture, solid waste, water resources, underground storage tanks, voluntary remediation, and the drafting of rules and statutes related to the environment.
He has extensive experience in governmental matters, as well as in representing energy companies before state agencies and the West Virginia Legislature. He earned his B.A. from Washington and Lee University and his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.
Energy and Resilience Division Manager, Battelle
Shawn Bennett is the Energy and Resilience Division Manager at Battelle where he oversees all government funded energy projects awarded to Battelle. In this role he primarily focuses on opportunities in Carbon Capture and Storage, Hydrogen, Rare Earth Elements and Critical Minerals, and Direct Air Capture.
Mr. Bennett is a former Managing Director at FTI Consulting in the Energy and Natural Resources sector as well as the former Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Oil and Natural Gas at the U.S. Department of Energy where he oversaw the Departments research and development in the oil and gas sector as well as regulated LNG export authorizations for the United States.
David M. Flannery
Member, Steptoe & Johnson
A client of David Flannery’s once said that David is “the finest environmental policy attorney in the nation.” Throughout his career, David has focused his practice in the areas of environmental and energy law and is ranked as one of the leading lawyers in America in these areas. Flannery is a member of the American College of Environmental Lawyers and a Commissioner to the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO) and is well-regarded by his clients, policy makers and colleagues.
David has authored numerous articles for industry and trade publications and is often requested to speak on relevant and timely environmental topics both regionally and nationally. His unique combination of business acumen, technical background, and litigation experience make Flannery a valuable resource for clients faced with energy, environmental, and regulatory issues, including facility siting.
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.
Director, External Affairs, Equinor
Holly Hannold is the Director of External Affairs for Equinor US, part of the exploration and production international team. In this role, Holly manages external engagement for energy transition projects, with a special focus on clean energy projects in the tri-state region. Prior to joining Equinor, Holly worked for ExxonMobil as Public and Government Affairs Manager for XTO Energy in the Appalachia basin and managed government relations in 7 states across the mid-Atlantic region. Prior to joining ExxonMobil, Holly worked for Chevron in various roles spanning state government relations, corporate advertising, federal, and international affairs. Holly started her career working on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
Holly holds a master’s degree in integrated marketing and communications from West Virginia University and a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Liberty University. Holly lives with her husband and son in Pittsburgh, PA.
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.
Manager of Environmental Sustainability, Nucor
Dave Miracle is the Manager of Environmental Sustainability for Nucor Corporation and has worked in the steel industry for 24 years.
Dave joined Nucor in August 2020 as Manager of Environmental Affairs and accepted his current position of Manager of Environmental Sustainability in the January 2021. Dave began his career at AK Steel in 1998 and served in various environmental positions over his 22-year tenure, including General Manager of Environmental Affairs and Sustainability prior to joining Nucor. In 2019, Dave was appointed by the President of the United States as federal commissioner of the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO).
Dave holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Kentucky.
Vice President of Corporate Policy, API
Dr. Aaron Padilla is the Vice President of Corporate Policy at the American Petroleum Institute (API). He leads API’s efforts for corporate issues that apply across all segments of the oil and natural gas industry value chain: climate and environmental/social/governance (ESG); tax, trade, and accounting; and cybersecurity, physical security, and emergency preparedness and response.
Over his career he has worked in 30 countries across six continents. Prior to joining API, Aaron worked for Chevron with responsibilities for both supporting new capital investments on-the-ground globally and representing the company for international policy initiatives. Before Chevron, Aaron worked for the environmental consulting firm ERM.
Dr. Padilla is a Marshall Scholar and Truman Scholar, and he completed his M.Phil. and Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge. He holds a B.A. from Stanford University, where he studied as a Coca-Cola Scholar and graduated Phi Beta Kappa.
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.
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.
Chuck Zelek, Ph.D.
Founder, Climate Smart Environmental Consulting
Charles (Chuck) Zelek, PhD., is founding partner at Climate Smart Environmental Consulting LLC, and principal at Climate Smart Business Solutions LLC. In these roles, Chuck provides expert perspective to clients on technologies and policies in both the energy and agricultural sectors as they relate to climate change and economic development, particularly in the area of carbon credits. This perspective is based on an over 20 year federal government career, including senior positions at both the US Department of Energy (DOE) and US Department of Agriculture (USDA).
At DOE, Chuck occupied positions including director of the Economic Benefits Division at the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) in Pittsburgh PA, and Senior Economist and Special Advisor to the Assistant Secretary in the Office of Fossil Energy (FE) in Washington DC. In his role at NETL, Chuck led a group that developed and deployed expert modeling and forecasting capability to support policy and technology development. Chuck led the development of the representation of Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage (CCUS) in the National Energy Modeling System (NEMS) that is currently used by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) to produce the Annual Energy Outlook (AEO).