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Fall 2024 Appalachian Hydro Conference Speakers

Perry Babb

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 its 7,000-acre stranded natural gas asset through a vertically integrated business case, of direct-use of its 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 2 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.

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 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.  

He 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.  

Mike Broeker

President / Managing Director, Bedford Management Partners

Mike has over 25 years of experience as an energy transition and technology professional. At Bedford Management Partners Mike is part of an executive advisory team that provides clean energy consulting services to multinational companies, authorities, utilities, and other groups working to navigate this complicated energy transition.

Mike has extensive strategic development and implementation expertise. He has years of experience in private capital, working with many technology related start-ups on their business planning, financial modeling, commercialization, and fund raising efforts. Mike is on the Board of the Robert Morris University – School of Engineering Math and Science. Mike has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.

Bryce Custer

NAI / Ohio River Corridor, LLC

Bryce Custer is the preferred source for commercial real estate services along the Ohio River corridor in Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania and to be recognized as the experts in the area of petrochemical, plastics energy services and derivative industries for site selection and consultation throughout the Appalachian Basin.

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.

Tom Gellrich

Founder and CEO, RNG Directory

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.

Seth Harris

Director, of Sustainability, Emerson

Seth Harris is the director of sustainability in the Americas for Emerson, assisting customers in achieving their sustainability goals while growing the company’s sustainability initiatives and sales. Harris leads direct sales engagement in the Americas, establishing growth programs for the company’s sales channels, identifying opportunities to expand or enhance relevant product offerings based on customer needs.

Harris brings expertise in upstream oil and gas industry regulatory engagement and decarbonization initiatives, and now more broadly helps Emerson and its customers improve energy use, reduce emissions and develop and deploy innovative technologies such as hydrogen and carbon capture and storage that deliver on their sustainability goals. Since joining Emerson in 2005, He also held several management positions, responsible for customer sales and engagement around Emerson’s product portfolio including measurement and flow, software and valves. Harris holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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.

Appa Hydrogen & Carbon Capture Conference Speakers Ken Thompson

Ken Thompson

President, Mustang Sampling / Valtronics

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.

Perry Babb

CEO and Chairman, KeyState NGS

Babb is CEO of KeyState Energy, Developer of KeyState Natural Gas Synthesis, LLC., a $900,000,000 very low-carbon hydrogen, ammonia and ureaproduction facility under development in Clinton County Pennsylvania. KeyState NGS is a joint venture with Frontier Natural Resources, Inc. and will maximize its 7,000-acre stranded natural gas asset through a vertically integrated business case, of direct-use of its 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 2 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.

Shawn Bennett

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.  

Bernard Brown

Chief Operating Officer, Empire Diversified Energy

Brown is responsible for leading Empire Diversified Energy’s technical requirements for the deployment of technology in the recycling and energy space. He is also responsible for the management of research and development for supporting infrastructure in Empire’s business units. Brown has an impeccable reputation with several of the world’s largest financial institutions as a team leader for the restructuring of distressed assets and holds multiple degrees including a Masters in Energy from Texas A&M University, a MPA from Clemson University, and a bachelor’s degree in planning from Arizona State University.

Brent Chicken

Member, Steptoe & Johnson, PLLC

Brent Chicken is an attorney with the law firm of Steptoe & Johnson PLLC. He is experienced in energy and natural resources law, with extensive knowledge of the challenges faced by exploration and production, midstream, and downstream/utility companies operating in the energy industry. He regularly represents clients in complex commercial litigation disputes, business transactions, administrative/regulatory law and procedure, and title examination matters.  

 

Appa Hydrogen & Carbon Capture Conference Speaker Kirt Conrad

Kirt Conrad

Executive Director & CEO, SARTA

Kirt Conrad is a senior executive in Public Transit with expertise in alternative energy and public policy. During his career, he has lead campaigns that have increased ridership over 30% and increased revenues by 20%, secured over $50 million in competitive grants and managed construction programs from railroad rehabilitation to LEED certified building in the transportation industry. He also led the purchase of 50 miles of railroad right-of-way and use of transportation infrastructure as a multi-modal corridor for both freight and commuter service.

Since 2009, Kirt Conrad has been the CEO of the Stark Area Regional Transit Authority (SARTA) in Canton, Ohio. SARTA operates 100+ buses with 200+ employees. Last year nearly 2.6 million passenger trips were transported by over 30 fixed routes or demand response services throughout Stark County.

 

Andy Graham

Member, Steptoe & Johnson, PLLC

Andy Graham has practiced energy and mineral law with Steptoe & Johnson PLLC over the last 19 years in Texas and West Virginia, focusing on mineral title examinations, assisting clients buying or selling mineral, midstream and renewable energy assets, and handling surface use issues arising from energy development. He also teaches energy land management at West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia. 

 

Matthew Maione

Senior Engineer, CNX Resources Corporation

Matthew Maione is an engineering professional with over 10 years of experience in the natural gas industry.  In his current role as Senior Engineer in CNX Resources Corporation’s New Technologies team, he is responsible for implementing new technologies and commercializing CNX’s unique fuel alternatives.  During his tenure at CNX, he previously held roles as a strategic planning engineer directing the company’s natural gas midstream strategy and capital allocation and a midstream operations engineer focused on improving day-to-day pipeline and processing facility efficiencies.  Matthew holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh.

Jeff Nehr

Senior Vice President of Gas Supply & Development, Hope Gas

Jeff has responsibility for directing gas supply activities, developing programs with West Virginia producers, and leads the company’s microgrid projects.
Prior to joining Hope Utilities, Jeff has more than 30 years of combined work experience with the Peoples Natural Gas and Equitable where his most recent role was VP of Business Development at Peoples Natural Gas Company implementing corporate market strategy to help drive revenue growth. 
 
Jeff has volunteered his time to Miracle League Baseball, an organized baseball league for special needs children and adults, as a coach. Jeff is also a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh XXXIV.

Tim Reichwein

Executive Vice President, Lane Power & Energy Solutions

M.C. “Tim” Reichwein is the Executive Vice President for Lane Power and Energy. Tim has experience in engineering, operations, and construction surpassing 40 years. An expert in underground storage of hydrocarbon products, Tim frequently travels the globe to make presentations about technical issues. His areas of expertise include planning, designing, constructing, and operating gas & oil storage and handling facilities. Among his specialties are designing, developing, and operating hard rock and salt storage caverns – and the surface facilities related to them. Tim has been active for numerous years with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) facilities. He earned a B.S. in industrial construction and an M.Ed. in industrial construction management from Colorado State University.

Nansen G. Saleri, PhD
Keynote Speaker

Chairman of the Omnis Hydrogen Advisory Board and CEO and Co-Founder Quantum Advisory Board

Saleri is Chairman, CEO, and co-founder of Quantum Reservoir Impact (QRI), a strategic consultancy and advanced analytics firm specializing in sustainability, Net-Zero, and energy transition, headquartered in Houston, Texas, with global operations.

As the former Head of Reservoir Management for Saudi Aramco for nearly a decade, Dr. Saleri led efforts in managing the company’s Maximum Sustained Capacity (MSC) of 11 million barrels per day in oil production and played a leading role in its development planning including Ghawar, the world’s most prolific oilfield. Represented Saudi Aramco in testifying at the Washington D.C. Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) defending the company’s reserves. Chairman, Corporate Task Force, Non-Associated Gas Program, Saudi Aramco. Previously worked 18 years for Chevron, where his final role was as Manager, Reservoir Engineering at Chevron Geosciences responsible for technical support for all its domestic and international upstream assets.

Perry Babb

CEO and Chairman, KeyState NGS

Babb is CEO of KeyState Energy, Developer of KeyState Natural Gas Synthesis, LLC., a $900,000,000 very low-carbon hydrogen, ammonia and ureaproduction facility under development in Clinton County Pennsylvania. KeyState NGS is a joint venture with Frontier Natural Resources, Inc. and will maximize its 7,000-acre stranded natural gas asset through a vertically integrated business case, of direct-use of its 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 2 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.

Shawn Bennett

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.  

Bernard Brown

Chief Operating Officer, Empire Diversified Energy

Brown is responsible for leading Empire Diversified Energy’s technical requirements for the deployment of technology in the recycling and energy space. He is also responsible for the management of research and development for supporting infrastructure in Empire’s business units. Brown has an impeccable reputation with several of the world’s largest financial institutions as a team leader for the restructuring of distressed assets and holds multiple degrees including a Masters in Energy from Texas A&M University, a MPA from Clemson University, and a bachelor’s degree in planning from Arizona State University.

Brent Chicken

Member, Steptoe & Johnson, PLLC

Brent Chicken is an attorney with the law firm of Steptoe & Johnson PLLC. He is experienced in energy and natural resources law, with extensive knowledge of the challenges faced by exploration and production, midstream, and downstream/utility companies operating in the energy industry. He regularly represents clients in complex commercial litigation disputes, business transactions, administrative/regulatory law and procedure, and title examination matters.  

 

Appa Hydrogen & Carbon Capture Conference Speaker Kirt Conrad

Kirt Conrad

Executive Director & CEO, SARTA

Kirt Conrad is a senior executive in Public Transit with expertise in alternative energy and public policy. During his career, he has lead campaigns that have increased ridership over 30% and increased revenues by 20%, secured over $50 million in competitive grants and managed construction programs from railroad rehabilitation to LEED certified building in the transportation industry. He also led the purchase of 50 miles of railroad right-of-way and use of transportation infrastructure as a multi-modal corridor for both freight and commuter service.

Since 2009, Kirt Conrad has been the CEO of the Stark Area Regional Transit Authority (SARTA) in Canton, Ohio. SARTA operates 100+ buses with 200+ employees. Last year nearly 2.6 million passenger trips were transported by over 30 fixed routes or demand response services throughout Stark County.

 

Andy Graham

Member, Steptoe & Johnson, PLLC

Andy Graham has practiced energy and mineral law with Steptoe & Johnson PLLC over the last 19 years in Texas and West Virginia, focusing on mineral title examinations, assisting clients buying or selling mineral, midstream and renewable energy assets, and handling surface use issues arising from energy development. He also teaches energy land management at West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia. 

 

Matthew Maione

Senior Engineer, CNX Resources Corporation

Matthew Maione is an engineering professional with over 10 years of experience in the natural gas industry.  In his current role as Senior Engineer in CNX Resources Corporation’s New Technologies team, he is responsible for implementing new technologies and commercializing CNX’s unique fuel alternatives.  During his tenure at CNX, he previously held roles as a strategic planning engineer directing the company’s natural gas midstream strategy and capital allocation and a midstream operations engineer focused on improving day-to-day pipeline and processing facility efficiencies.  Matthew holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh.

Jeff Nehr

Senior Vice President of Gas Supply & Development, Hope Gas

Jeff has responsibility for directing gas supply activities, developing programs with West Virginia producers, and leads the company’s microgrid projects.
Prior to joining Hope Utilities, Jeff has more than 30 years of combined work experience with the Peoples Natural Gas and Equitable where his most recent role was VP of Business Development at Peoples Natural Gas Company implementing corporate market strategy to help drive revenue growth. 
 
Jeff has volunteered his time to Miracle League Baseball, an organized baseball league for special needs children and adults, as a coach. Jeff is also a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh XXXIV.

Tim Reichwein

Executive Vice President, Lane Power & Energy Solutions

M.C. “Tim” Reichwein is the Executive Vice President for Lane Power and Energy. Tim has experience in engineering, operations, and construction surpassing 40 years. An expert in underground storage of hydrocarbon products, Tim frequently travels the globe to make presentations about technical issues. His areas of expertise include planning, designing, constructing, and operating gas & oil storage and handling facilities. Among his specialties are designing, developing, and operating hard rock and salt storage caverns – and the surface facilities related to them. Tim has been active for numerous years with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) facilities. He earned a B.S. in industrial construction and an M.Ed. in industrial construction management from Colorado State University.

Nansen G. Saleri, PhD
Keynote Speaker

Chairman of the Omnis Hydrogen Advisory Board and CEO and Co-Founder Quantum Advisory Board

Saleri is Chairman, CEO, and co-founder of Quantum Reservoir Impact (QRI), a strategic consultancy and advanced analytics firm specializing in sustainability, Net-Zero, and energy transition, headquartered in Houston, Texas, with global operations.

As the former Head of Reservoir Management for Saudi Aramco for nearly a decade, Dr. Saleri led efforts in managing the company’s Maximum Sustained Capacity (MSC) of 11 million barrels per day in oil production and played a leading role in its development planning including Ghawar, the world’s most prolific oilfield. Represented Saudi Aramco in testifying at the Washington D.C. Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) defending the company’s reserves. Chairman, Corporate Task Force, Non-Associated Gas Program, Saudi Aramco. Previously worked 18 years for Chevron, where his final role was as Manager, Reservoir Engineering at Chevron Geosciences responsible for technical support for all its domestic and international upstream assets.