Thomas Crowley Jr. has served as chief executive officer and chairman of the board of directors at Crowley Maritime Corporation since 1994. Under his leadership, the company has sold non-core and underperforming businesses while making a series of acquisitions to allow Crowley Maritime Corporation to expand into areas of opportunity such as logistics, petroleum transportation and distribution, ship management, marine salvage and wreck removal, naval architecture and engineering, project management, and liquefied natural gas (LNG) services. Crowley has guided the company through the largest, most technically demanding marine salvage project in history—the refloating and removal of the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia. Crowley has invested billions of dollars during his tenure in the construction of American-built tugboats, heavy-lift flat-deck barges, articulated tug barges (ATBs), tankers, and now LNG-powered container/roll-on/roll-off (ConRo) ships for use in the U.S.-Puerto Rico trade, utilizing best-available technology with a focus on safety, environmental protection, performance and efficiency. Crowley holds a business finance degree from the University of Washington. He is on the board of directors of the World Shipping Council, an advisory board member at the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business, and a longstanding member of the Young Presidents Organization.
Stephen Cadden began his work with SEA\LNG upon its launch in 2016 after leading the team from Xynteo, Ltd. that successfully developed SEA\LNG. He is based in the US and is responsible for the development and operations of SEA\LNG on behalf of its membership. Mr. Cadden has over 25 years of experience in the international shipping and logistics industry, having held a variety of management and executive leadership positions beginning with the US subsidiary of Wallenius Redernierna of Sweden. Following a merger between Wallenius Redernierna and Wilhelmsen Lines of Norway, Mr. Cadden lead the development of the logistics business for Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics, based in London and Oslo. In 2005, he relocated to Seoul, South Korea, to take up the role of international development director for GLOVIS, a Korean logistics business and Hyundai Motor Group affiliate. Subsequently, he was recruited to the position of group vice president, logistics, for Wilh Wilhelmsen ASA, based in Oslo, where he was responsible for the company’s global logistics investment portfolio.
Glenn Edvardsen has 35 years of experience in the maritime industry and eight years of experience as a senior officer for liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers. In 1988, he graduated as a Maritime Engineer and obtained his Master Mariner license. From 1991 to 2012, Mr. Edvardsen was employed by Crystal Cruises (owned by NYK), holding several senior positions in both their Los Angeles-based office and onboard Crystal Cruises’ three upper-end cruise ships. He served as commander and master onboard from 1998 to September of 2012, when he began his current position as chief executive officer of United European Car Carriers (UECC), a 50/50 joint venture between NYK and Wallenius Lines.
Paul Evans is a member of the Executive Advisory Group at Ferus Group and the executive vice president of Ferus Natural Gas Fuels LP, the parent company of Eagle LNG Partners and Ferus Natural Gas Fuels (NGF) LLC. Mr. Evans advises and supports Ferus’s NGF business unit leaders in the US and Canada. Prior to joining Ferus, Mr. Evans was the director of strategy & planning at Encana Corporation with responsibility for building Encana’s natural gas fuel business. Mr. Evans has almost 40 years of experience in the upstream oil and gas industry and served as president, CEO, and director of a public Exploration & Production company active in Western Canada.
Tim Hermann is president of Southern Company Gas’ Storage and Fuels business unit, which includes Pivotal LNG as well as underground gas storage operations in Texas, Louisiana and California. His 34 years of energy industry experience includes leadership roles in commercial, operating and strategic functions for both regulated and non-regulated enterprises. Prior to his current role, Mr. Hermann was vice president, storage and LNG operations for Southern Company Gas, which included operations and project management oversite for 22 gas storage, compression and propane plants throughout the enterprise. Prior roles include business unit leadership for wholesale gas marketing, power generation, and midstream subsidiaries based in the upper Midwest. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois, and he splits his time between Chicago, IL and Houston, TX. He is very proud of the Pivotal LNG team, which is the premier supplier of LNG to southeastern markets, with steady growth in Florida and the eastern seaboard as well as Caribbean markets.
Bill Hutchins has worked within the LNG industry for more than fifteen years. Soon after graduating from Maine Maritime Academy, he was sailing on LNG vessels trading within the Asia-Pacific basin, achieving roles as a senior officer. He subsequently moved into office roles where he worked in LNG vessel design and construction of both large and small scale vessels. Mr. Hutchins has been involved in many projects within the industry requiring development and application of novel technologies onboard large and small LNG vessels. He is currently working as project manager for Shell developing infrastructure for LNG as a marine fuel in the America.
James Hertwig brings 45 years of freight transportation experience to his position as president and chief executive officer of Florida East Coast Railway (FECR). FECR is a 351-mile freight rail system along the east coast of Florida. It is the exclusive rail provider for Port Miami, Port Everglades, and Port of Palm Beach, providing end-to-end intermodal and carload solutions to customers who demand cost-effective and premium quality. Prior to FECR, Hertwig served six years as president of CSX Intermodal, Inc. and nine years as president of Landstar Logistics. Hertwig presently serves on the Board of Directors of the Transportation Institute at the University of Denver. He was awarded the 2016 IANA Silver Kingpin Award, and he was selected to serve a three year term on the Federal Reserve Trade & Transportation Advisory Council. Hertwig recently concluded a third term on the Board of Directors for Intermodal Association of North America and participation on a Technical Peer Review of the US Maritime Administration’s (MARAD) study of the Panama Canal Expansion. In 2012, Hertwig was the first person outside the maritime industry to receive the Golden Compass Award from Seafarers’ House at Port Everglades. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Florida Trucking Association, the Executive Committee of the Transportation Research Board, and is FECR’s representative to the Board of Directors for the Association of American Railroads.
Peter Keller is executive vice president of TOTE; he assists in the oversight of both TOTE Shipholdings and the TOTE Maritime Division, which includes Sea Star Line and Totem Ocean Trailer Express. Keller joined TOTE in February of 2012 as president of Sea Star Line and has been leading the conversion of the company’s fleet to liquefied natural gas (LNG). Previously he was the principal of Peter I. Keller and Associates, LLC, a consulting and advisory practice serving the international maritime industry. Keller has extensive experience in port and terminal development, liner industry activities, labor relations, intermodal operations, and supply chain economics and strategies. From 2000 to 2010, Keller was executive vice president and chief operating officer of NYK Group Americas, Inc., overseeing policy matters for the NYK Group operating companies in North America, including NYK Line, NYK Logistics, Yusen Terminals, and Ceres Terminals. Prior, he was president of NYK Line North America Inc. and a member of the governing board of NYK in Tokyo. Together with Target and Total Transportation Services, Inc. (TTSI) he founded the Coalition for Responsible Transportation (CRT). Keller was inducted into the International Maritime Hall of Fame in 2006 at the United Nations in New York.
Marcel LaRoche is a marine engineer and maritime industry veteran with over 30 years of experience providing technical support and business development leadership throughout the industry in Canada and abroad. Holding a first class unlimited license, LaRoche has worked in ship operations and ship yards as well as for classification societies. Since 2010 LaRoche has provided leadership and technical support in transitioning the industry to natural gas and other clean fuel applications to promote safe ships and clean oceans. In his current role as director of liquefied natural gas (LNG) at BC Ferries, he is furthering this work by leading the step change required to implement natural gas into the organization as a marine fuel. LaRoche is an active member of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) and regularly contributes to Canadian and international regulatory working groups and standards committees. At the last Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel (SGMF) Technical Committee meeting, LaRoche was voted in as the Vice Chair North America for the SGMF.
Andy Moriarty has been the president of Chart Energy & Chemicals, Inc. (Chart E&C), a division of Chart Industries, Inc., a billion-dollar United States publically traded company, since 2016. Prior to this role, he was the vice president and general manager of the Brazed Aluminum Heat Exchangers (BAHX) division of Chart E&C. Mr. Moriarty started with Chart as the vice president and general manager of the Air Cooled Heat Exchangers (ACHX) business in 2011. Prior to joining Chart, his professional experience was with Tyco International, where he held a variety of positions including senior vice president and operational excellence of their infrastructure services segment, a $1.3 billion global engineering services and consulting business. In addition to this role, he also held various global sales and operational roles within Emerson Electric and Saint Gobain. Mr. Moriarty has an MBA from Lake Forest College, a BA in business administration from Saint Xavier University, and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School AMP Program.
Sarah Smith is the director of natural gas transportation (NGT), regional liquefied natural gas (LNG), and renewable natural gas (RNG) at the FortisBC Energy Utilities. She has been with FortisBC since 2006. Prior to getting involved with NGT, Ms. Smith was the director of conservation and energy management for FortisBC. Since joining FortisBC, Ms. Smith has led an expansion of the natural gas energy efficiency and conservation program from an annual budget of $4.5 million in 2006 to approval annual budget levels of approximately $36 million in 2016, which included an attendant expansion in the demand side management expertise and staff at the FortisBC Energy Utilities. In the process, Ms. Smith has introduced programs that have won a number of awards. Ms. Smith holds a diploma in sales and marketing management from the Sauder School of Business at UBC.
Tom Strang, senior vice president of maritime affairs for Carnival Corporation and plc, is responsible for developing a group-wide strategy for the supply of liquefied natural gas (LNG) for the next generation of cruise ships under order. He also provides representation for Carnival at various maritime authorities in Europe and other regions relating to marine and technical regulatory activities. Strang began his career as a naval architect with Vickers Shipbuilding and Engineering Ltd and then moved to Lloyds Register where he rose to the level of senior passenger ship specialist before joining Carnival’s corporate shipbuilding team in 2000. Over the past 17 years, Strang has been involved in various areas of the business including maritime development and compliance, corporate maritime policy, and health, environment, security and sustainability (HESS) Policy. Prior to his current role, Strang was senior vice president of marine operations at Costa with responsibility for marine and technical operations, which consisted of manning and newbuilding for the Costa fleet.
David Stubbs is the director of properties and environmental compliance for the Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT). In his role, Mr. Stubbs is responsible for all property acquisitions/dispositions, evaluation of land lease proposals, development of port properties for non-port related functions, environmental compliance, and green initiatives, and he seeks sources of capital funding through grants and other available programs. Mr. Stubbs has served in this capacity since joining JAXPORT in 2003. Prior to joining JAXPORT, Mr. Stubbs served as a development officer for a national real estate investment trust. He was responsible for development of executive office parks and the sale and purchase of multi-million dollar office buildings. Mr. Stubbs has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of North Florida, is a licensed Florida real estate broker, and holds the Certified Commercial Investment Manager (CCIM) designation.
Martin Tallett, president and founder of EnSys Energy, is an established advisor to industry and government and a developer of decision support software and services. He is chemical engineer with operational, supply planning, management and systems experience with Exxon and Amoco proceeding the current thirty plus years in international consulting. Among Mr. Tallett’s main activities has been his development of, and leadership, in integrated global supply industry modeling in the form of the EnSys WORLD oil model. This approach, continuously evolved and adapted to real world developments and issues, has established a proven and unique means to tackle important, strategic questions that are national, international and global in nature. Studies for clients as varied as the US Departments of Energy and State, EPA, EIA, American Petroleum Institute, OPEC Secretariat, International Maritime Organization, major oil companies, and technology providers have ranged from reference outlooks through 2040 to oil disruptions to marine fuel, ULS fuel and climate change regulatory impacts to technology and catalyst market outlooks. Recent studies led by Mr. Tallett have focused on North American supply and logistics issues, notably the potential refining and market impacts of Keystone XL and other pipeline and rail projects, and of allowing US crude oil exports. Mr. Tallett has also been named annually as a “main contributor” to each OPEC Secretariat World Oil Outlook published since 2007.
Peter Tumminello is group president of commercial businesses for Southern Company Gas. In this role, he is responsible for all operations outside of the regulated entities, including wholesale services, retail energy, retail services, and all midstream businesses including pipeline investments, gas storage, and liquefied natural gas (LNG) operations. He also serves on the Southern Company Gas Management Council. Tumminello brings more than 30 years of experience to the energy industry in his current position. He joined the executive management team of Sequent in August 2003 as vice president of asset management and origination and has held several positions that have increased his roles and leadership responsibilities throughout the organization. Prior to joining Southern Company Gas, Tumminello was vice president of energy supply for Green Mountain Energy Company, and he worked for TPC Corp and ARCO Oil and Gas Company in various capacities in energy marketing, storage and transportation asset management, petroleum engineering, finance and planning, and project evaluation. Tumminello earned his masters of business administration degree from the University of Southwestern Louisiana and his bachelor of science in petroleum engineering from Louisiana Tech University. He serves on the advisory board for Tulane University’s Energy Institute, as well as the Board of Trustees for Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Houston.
Chad Verret is executive vice president of Alaska & liquefied natural gas (LNG) operations at Harvey Gulf International Marine. He joined Harvey Gulf in October 2008 where his duties included project management, project planning, and review and customer interface for both domestic and international markets. Verret, a native of Louisiana, is the fourth generation of his family to be involved in the marine business. Verret has worked extensively in the marine industry for the past 30 years, sharing his talents with a number of vessel operating companies both as a vessel master and shoreside operational support lead. He is the active lead on all LNG-related projects and heads the Alaskan business unit for Harvey Gulf in Anchorage, Alaska. His combination of shipboard and shoreside experience offers a unique perspective in the dynamic and evolving offshore vessel market. He is currently on the board of directors for the Society of Gas as a Marine Fuel (SGMF), an international group whose concentration is the development of standards for the safe use of LNG as a marine fuel.
Luca Volta is the global strategic accounts and liquefied natural gas (LNG) venture manager for the aviation and marine global business unit of Marine Fuels, and is responsible for leading the Marine organization in developing strategic relationships with key customers and for the development of LNG as a marine fuel to meet Marine Fuels’ and ExxonMobil objectives. He is also responsible for representing Marine Fuels at global level with key customers, suppliers, contractors and ExxonMobil affiliates. Mr. Volta received his doctorate in physical organic chemistry in 1999. He began his career with ExxonMobil in the same year as a scientist at the Esso Research Centre in Abingdon working in the fuels area. Through his career, Luca has undertaken assignments in sales, operations, planning, and mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Volta currently serves on a number of boards as director, amongst them the board of directors of ExxonMobil Marine Limited (EMML) and of the Society for Gas as Marine Fuels (SGMF).
Lauran Wetemans, Shell’s general manager for downstream LNG, is pioneering the adoption of small-scale LNG, and leading Shell’s global market development activities for introducing LNG as a fuel for marine, heavy-duty road transport, and stationary applications. His portfolio includes Shell’s activities with Gasnor in Norway, and actively building positions in North America, Europe, Middle East, China and Singapore.
Momoyo Yuki joined Japan Petroleum Exploration Co., Ltd. (Japex) in 2014 as the senior manager of the Office of Business Solutions where she leads a risk review team with over 20 team members and provides advice and analysis for Japex’s various domestic and overseas projects. Yuki has been integrally involved in liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects and LNG trading, playing a key role in advising sales strategies for LNG projects and providing market analysis. Yuki graduated from Keio University with a bachelor’s degree in economics. After graduation, she joined the international sales division of Power Systems at Hitachi, Ltd., where she was stationed in the United States and Canada as a sales manager and traveled to over 40 countries on Hitachi’s behalf. Prior to Japex, she joined Shell Japan, Ltd. (a 100% subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell) in 2003 to support the development of power projects in Japan.
Joe Annotti manages Gladstein, Neandross & Associate’s (GNA) Funding 360 Program, which provides a comprehensive suite of incentives tracking, grant writing, and reporting assistance for air quality-focused funding opportunities, such as alternative fuel vehicle and infrastructure deployments. The Funding 360 Program has successfully won over $350 million on behalf of clients at a success rate of 92%. His team has also actively engaged leading state agencies on their Volkswagen settlement funding plans, which will enable GNA’s clients to most efficiently take advantage of this unprecedented opportunity. Previously, Mr. Annotti led a team of air quality specialists the Environmental Protection Agency, where he was responsible for the financial, environmental, and health benefits data created by $500 million in Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) grants. Building on his experience in the oil and gas industry in Louisiana, Texas, and Mississippi, Mr. Annotti provides project management, data analysis, and strategy development expertise for GNA’s broad client base.
Bobby Bailey supports liquefied natural gas (LNG) logistics for Pivotal LNG. Prior to this position, he served as an LNG plant operator at the company’s Trussville, Alabama facility. He is responsible for the management of the Pivotal LNG fleet of equipment which includes LNG tankers. He manages the contracts for transportation support, regulatory compliance, and maintenance. Mr. Bailey is also the point of contact for all transportation contractors who provide delivery services to our customers and serves as the primary contact for scheduling. He brings extensive experience in operational, regulatory compliance and technical functions to the team in both transportation and LNG Plant operations. In his previous roles for the company, Mr. Bailey supported routine regulatory audits, compliance planning, and procedural documentation origination. Earlier in his career, Mr. Bailey spent more than seven years working for a military contractor in a high-profile facility known for operational excellence and high regulatory compliance requirements in various operation and management positions. He facilitated the hazardous energy isolation program and made routine compliance visits to other facilities to ensure compliance of all standards. Prior to and during his tenure at the military facility, Mr. Bailey was co-owner of a family-owned trucking and logistics company.
Travis Balaski is vice president of Ferus’ Natural Gas Fuels Canadian business unit. In this role, Mr. Balaski is responsible for maximizing utilization of Ferus Natural Gas Fuels assets and developing Ferus’ offering across Canada. Mr. Balaski first joined Ferus in 2006 as a co-op student. He subsequently joined Ferus after graduation, spending his first six years with the company in the engineering department supporting operations. In this role, Mr. Balaski designed equipment and managed key capital projects including the Elmworth CO2 plant expansion, Fort Saskatchewan plant construction, and the Utah CO2 plant purchase. Mr. Balaski expanded his role into business development by helping launch some of the first LNG fueling jobs in North America, supporting the Encana joint venture, and initiating the ENN joint venture. Mr. Balaski holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Alberta and a professional designation with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA).
Aziz Bamik joined Gaztransport & Technigaz (GTT), the leading engineering company in the shipping and storage of LNG and other liquefied gases, in 1999 and has served as general manager of wholly-owned subsidiary GTT North America (GTT NA) in Houston since its formation in 2013. Mr. Bamik is based in Houston, where he manages all the activities in the American continents. Before assuming this position, Mr. Bamik occupied various positions at GTT South America (GTT SA) in France, including research and development engineer, project manager, and director of business development. As project manager for nine years, he was in charge of relationships with shipbuilding yards in China, Korea, and Japan and the delivery of approximately 100 liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers, including the Regas-LNGCs and large and very large LNGCs for Qatari Projects. As director of business development for almost four years, Mr. Bamik was in charge of relationships with ship owners, charterers, gas companies, EPCs, engineering companies, and classification societies. Mr. Bamik is currently a member of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), the North American Marine Environmental Protection Association (NAMEPA), and the Program Committee of LNG X events, the largest international LNG event. He is a frequent speaker and contributor to the Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel (SGMF), the Society of International Gas Tanker and Terminal Operators (SIGTTO), US Coast Guard Senior Executive Forums, and other prominent industry events around the world. In early 2017 Mr. Bamik was awarded the U.S. Coast Guard Meritorious Public Service Award for his advocacy of the safe, clean, and secure transport and use of liquefied gases within the maritime industry. Mr. Bamik received his degree in engineering from Ecole Supérieure de l’Energie et des Matériaux in France.
Ted Barnes is an engineer, principal investigator, and project manager on advanced clean energy projects for Gas Technology Institute. He has worked on a variety of projects including the design and installation of fueling stations for compressed natural gas (CNG) and hydrogen vehicles, renewable natural gas (RNG) cleanup and use, advanced natural gas engine developments, and advanced storage of natural gas using adsorbent materials. Additional recent projects include managing a $40,000,000 clean vehicle and fueling station project in the Chicago area that deployed over 400 vehicles and 15 fueling stations, creating education/training materials for the use of alternative vehicles and fueling stations, as well as performing research on advanced gaseous fueling techniques and CNG fuel quality. Mr. Barnes also manages a group of engineers working on advanced clean energy R&D projects. Mr. Barnes is a Registered P.E. and has a Bachelor’s of Science in mechanical engineering and materials science from Duke University and a Master’s in mechanical engineering from Yale University.
David Barr is the executive director – North American operations for CIMC Enric, the leader in LNG and CNG products in China. He joined CIMC Enric in 2016 to help them bring their vast experience and energy technology to North and South America. Mr. Barr began his career in LNG and cryogenics industry way back in 1998 when the use of LNG as a fuel for trucks and buses was just being pioneered. He formed and was president of Chart’s NexGen Fueling division where many of today’s LNG products were designed. Over the past several years he formed an LNG distribution company for LubeTech and was vice president and general manager of Taylor Wharton’s LNG division prior to joining CIMC Enric. Mr. Barr holds a BS in Geology and has two executive MBA’s in leadership and entrepreneurship.
Mark Bell is the general manager for the Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel (SGMF), having joined this new NGO when it was formed in 2013. Mr. Bell has a wide range of experience in the marine LNG industry, mostly from a new-build and in-service inspection perspective. As a chartered marine and mechanical engineer, Mr. Bell brings with him a wealth of maritime experience since coming ashore. His work experience includes a substantial time spent with two of the leading Class Societies, LR and DNV. He has also spent three years with the UK Ministry of Defense and also has experience working for commercial ship owners and managers. Posts held during these periods have ranged from ship and engineer surveyor, area manager, business manager and director. Some of these roles were based outside of the UK. Mr. Bell has seagoing experience on VLCC’s and various tankers including gas ships and both the steam and motor variants.
David Benner holds a degree in civil engineering, and he has been involved with technical & mechanical sales since 1988. He started Mainstay in January 2006. One of Mainstay Fuel Tech’s main focus areas over the past few years has been compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling systems for vehicles in the heavy-duty trucking market throughout North America. Mr. Benner and his team began to pursue opportunities to carry this knowledge into high-horsepower on-board applications, specifically CNG for rail. Mr. Benner has worked in an executive role as well as managed business development. He and his team have been close to the CNG market throughout North America for the past several years, and they share expansive knowledge of how the alternative fuel market has been moving as well as the possible directions it may take in the future.
Beau Berthelot joined Conrad Industries in 2016 as business development manager of the Conrad LNG business unit—just in time for Conrad’s delivery of the first LNG Bunker barge ever built and operated in North America. In leading business development efforts, Mr. Berthelot is actively engaged in the development of LNG as a marine fuel, and he, along with LNG team, continue to pursue LNG opportunities, including developing additional designs for transport and bunker vessels, dual-fuel powered towboats, and other research and development projects. Prior to joining Conrad LNG, he led Waller Marine Inc.’s market development and industry education initiatives to drive the application of LNG in the US inland waterways and blue-water markets. Working with operators to identify the economic, operational and environmental benefits of LNG, Mr. Berthelot worked with LNG design and engineering team to formulate right-sized marine solutions to successfully achieve the transition to LNG as an alternative bunker fuel. He continues to build upon his keen understanding of relevant inland waterway operations and extensive working knowledge of the pertinent permitting issues cultivated while working in the small scale and marine LNG arenas; a skill set previously established during his role as legislative counsel for former U.S. Congressman Gene Taylor while working with the T&I, Maritime Transportation subcommittee. Mr. Berthelot is a licensed attorney. Prior to receiving his JD from Tulane University Law School, he was a R&D technician for DuPont-Dow Elastomers and an internal auditor for an insurance underwriter. He also holds an MBA and a BS in microbiology with a chemistry minor from LSU and currently resides in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Dan Bowerson is the director of technology and development at NGVAmerica. His roles include leading NGVAmerica programs related to industry technology, research priorities, best practices, and codes and standards development for natural gas vehicles (NGVs) and fueling infrastructure. Mr. Bowerson leads the NGVAmerica Technology & Development Committee, which is focused on removing technical barriers to advance natural gas as a transportation fuel. Prior to joining NGVAmerica, he was the technical specialist for CNG Fuel Systems at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, and held a variety of alternative fuel engineering positions at Roush Industries. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in mechanical engineering from Western Michigan University and a Master’s of Science in engineering management from the University of Michigan.
Tim Boyle has over 40 years of experience in the compression and alternative fuels industries. He is primarily responsible for the business development of the compressed/liquefied natural gas (CNG/LNG) international business plan. Mr. Boyle has developed CNG technology since 1976 as president of B&M Compressor, apposition he held until 1997. In this role he designed and built CNG stations in the Midwest and Mexico. Mr. Boyle has worked as a manufactures representative and consultant for CP Industries, Xebec, Ultra Filter, and Grimmer Industries, mainly in the China, Mexico and USA markets. He joined the ANGI International team in 1999 as sales manager, leaving for Hanover/Exterran in January of 2006. Mr. Boyle rejoined ANGI Energy Systems in 2009. Mr. Boyle is a graduate of Cleveland State University.
Guillaume Brossard was appointed director, LNG market development in 2015. He has ten years of commercial law and business development experience. Prior to joining Gaz Métro in 2013, he worked for renowned private firms and for the City of Montréal as an attorney at law. Throughout the years, he has built a strong expertise in the field of business development including project financing, procurement contracts, engineering, and construction of major infrastructure notably, in the energy markets. Additionally, Mr. Brossard was actively involved at many stage in the development of the Seigneurie de Beaupré Wind Farms, one of the biggest wind farm projects in Canada. He is now in charge of the development and commercialisation of the liquefied natural gas produced at Gaz Métro’s LSR plant in Montreal. He is currently developing with his team different projects, including all the stages of the supply chain, related to the use of LNG in diverse markets such as utilities, marine transportation and industrials. Mr. Brossard holds a Bachelor in Law from Laval University and has been a member of the Québec Bar since 2006.
Dick Brown is president and chief executive officer of the Ferus group of companies. In 2001, Mr. Brown founded Ferus Inc., an energy services company specializing in the supply and delivery of cryogenic products for well stimulation and enhanced oil recovery. Ferus has become the leading off-road provider of industrial gases to the Canadian energy market, and has expanded its operations into Kentucky and Utah. In 2010, Mr. Brown recognized the opportunity for natural gas to fuel the high horsepower market in North America, and has since positioned Ferus Natural Gas Fuels Inc. and Ferus Natural Gas Fuels LP as North American leaders in LNG and CNG fueling solutions. He has over 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, having held several key management positions at Amoco Petroleum Company Ltd. before founding, growing, and successfully divesting two independent oil and gas companies. Dick Brown is a professional engineer and a University of Alberta 1983 gold medal recipient.
Greg Buffington is the vice president of Carib Energy, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Crowley Marine. Mr. Buffington is a 33-year veteran of the gas industry with past experience in the LPG and currently in the LNG business. He was the founding partner and president of Carib Energy which was purchased by Crowley in 2013. Carib Energy was the first company to receive a small scale LNG export license for FTA counties for 25 years. The license gives Carib Energy the ability to export 250,000 MT per year and the company is currently awaiting a 25-year NFTA license for 438,000 MT. Mr. Buffington is currently developing multi-year contracts in the Caribbean, as the Carib team builds the logistics and distribution of LNG as an instant pipeline.
Robert Butts was named manager of fuels for Pivotal LNG in July 2016. He is responsible for expanding Pivotal LNG’s sales, marketing, and business development within the maritime industry, primarily in the southeast United States. Mr. Butts brings leadership, management, and specialty knowledge experiences to his role. Prior to joining Pivotal LNG, he served the United States Coast Guard for 26 years as a marine safety officer. In this role he led and managed regulatory compliance programs responsible for verifying safety, security, and environmental compliance with domestic and international law. He also had oversight of regulations governing offshore oil and gas exploration as well as passenger vessel operations. Additionally he led, managed, and taught the USCG marine casualty investigation process at the agency’s Marine Safety School. Part of his responsibilities included offering advice and guidance to USCG Captain of the Port(s), maritime stakeholders, and LNG industry representatives on federal regulations and policies that governed siting, risk management, and operation of LNG as a marine fuel. Mr. Butts’ career has been dedicated to enhancing and evolving maritime safety, security, and environmental compliance in South Louisiana, Virginia, and Florida.
Timothy J. Callahan, a staff engineer in the powertrain engineering division at Southwest Research Institute, has over 25 years of experience developing high-efficiency, low-emission natural-gas and dual-fuel engines for stationary and mobile applications. He improves the performance and lowers emissions of high horsepower, natural-gas engines using various combustion and control system technologies.
Francis (Fran) Chinnici joined Florida East Coast Rail (FECR) in 2013 after a 29 year career with CSX Transportation where he held positions in operations and finance. As an engineering graduate of Penn State University, Mr. Chinnici began his railroad career in 1984 with the Chessie System Railroad as metallurgical engineer in the Research and Test Department at Huntington, WV. He held positions of increasing responsibility in Mechanical and Transportation, and served as vice president purchasing and materials in Jacksonville, FL for the nine years prior to his departure. As senior vice president – engineering and mechanical, he is responsible for ensuring service excellence with track, design and construction projects, signaling, locomotives and rolling equipment. He also oversees the Purchasing and Materials team who ensure that this service level is achieved at the lowest total cost of ownership.
In addition to his undergraduate from Penn State, Mr. Chinnici received an MBA from Jacksonville University in 1997. He served for several years as a board member and chairman of RailMarketplace, Inc., a consortium purchasing organization funded by the Class 1 Railroads.
Thomas DeLay is general manager and owner of Cimarron Composites, located in Huntsville, Alabama. Mr. DeLay started his career at the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in 1989 in the materials and processes laboratory. He became an agency subject matter expert for composite pressure vessels and all-composite tanks for new rocket propulsion systems. Mr. DeLay developed unique capabilities in the development and evaluation of composite materials for cryogenic applications. Mr. DeLay has six patents in composite tank technology. He started Cimarron Composites in the summer of 2008 as a consulting company; however, the company grew to become a developer and producer of composite tanks for niche applications. He has many customers in the commercial rocket development industries and with government agencies. He has recently developed large-scaled type 4 composite tubes for gas transport and high pressure type 3 cylinders for hydrogen fuel cell applications. Mr. DeLay has a bachelor’s degree in Physics from S.W. Oklahoma State University and did some postgraduate work at the University of Arizona. He also has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Oklahoma State University.
Michael DelBovo, president of Saddle Creek Transportation Inc., has been a part of the leadership team since 1997. Saddle Creek Transportation provides asset & non-asset based supply chain solutions, including dedicated fleets, transportation management, and brokerage services. Mr. DelBovo is responsible for the trucking company, logistics/brokerage company, and cross-docks located in nine facilities stretching nationwide and over 500 drivers. In 2012, Mr. DelBovo spear-headed a $50 million CNG project that today is a fleet in excess of 200 Freightliner tractor-trailers, along with multiple fueling stations. With Mr. DelBovo’s leadership, Saddle Creek became the first freight company in Florida to introduce natural gas to it’s over the road trucking fleet which has exceeded 40 million miles. Mr. DelBovo began his career in logistics in 1985 with Schneider National and has held a variety of positions for companies such as Dart Transit and CH Robinson. Each year DC Velocity carefully selects Rainmakers –individuals that make outstanding contributions to the logistics field and advance their profession. Mr. DelBovo was one of the 11 selected 2014 Rainmakers. He has been recognized by Supply & Demand Chain Executive magazine as one of its 2014 “Pros to Know.” Mr. DelBovo earned his bachelor’s degree from Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin and received his MBA from the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh.
Greg Denton has spent his career in the oil & gas Industry, developing international upstream assets and LNG transport and infrastructure projects. He joined GTT Gaztransport & Technigaz, the leading engineering company in the shipping and storage of LNG and other liquefied gases, in 2012 and has served as business development manager for subsidiary GTT North America (GTT NA) since its formation in 2013. In addition to GTT’s core activities of very large ethane carriers, multi-gas carriers, FLNGs, and FSRUs, he focuses on the deployment of GTT’s onshore tank technology and the development of the LNG as fuel value chain.
As business development manager he is in charge of the relationships with project developers, gas companies, EPCs, engineering companies, end users, and regulatory bodies. Mr. Denton represents GTT NA in industry and standards groups such as NFPA, CSA, and API. He is a frequent speaker and contributor to prominent industry events across the Americas. Mr. Denton began his career with ExxonMobil Development Company in Offshore Fabrication and then Onshore Construction, executing brownfield projects offshore West Africa and greenfield projects in northern Alberta, Canada. He subsequently joined Hilcorp Energy Company, based in Houston, TX, developing unconventional assets and optimizing production of both oil and gas plays in the Central Texas region, before joining GTT. Mr. Denton graduated with honors from the University of Kansas with a B.S. in mechanical engineering and a Minor in Germanic languages.
Margaret Doyle is senior manager of marine business development at Eagle LNG Partners and Ferus Natural Gas Fuels. She has 30+ years of experience in the marine and energy sector, specializing in chemical, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), and liquefied natural gas (LNG) shipping. Prior to joining Eagle/Ferus, Ms. Doyle was employed by the Gas Technology Institute as senior manager on the Education and Corporate Development team, specializing in LNG training and business development for the marine and rail sectors. She is a long standing appointed member of the US Coast Guard Chemical Transportation Advisory Committee (CTAC) and chairs the CTAC subcommittee tasked with developing recommendations for safety standards for the design of vessels carrying natural gas as a cargo or a fuel. She also serves on the US delegation to the International Maritime Organization’s HTW subcommittee specializing in liquefied gas and vessels using low flashpoint fuels. In previous roles, Ms. Doyle was responsible for developing and delivering the first set of LNG bunkering courses in North American on behalf of the US Maritime Resource Center. She has a Bachelor of Science in marine transportation from the US Merchant Marine Academy at King’s Point, a Master of Engineering Management from George Washington University, and a Master of Engineering in environmental pollution control from Pennsylvania State University.
Clint Eaves joined Certarus in early 2016 to launch the expansion of the United States division. After quick success, Mr. Eaves helped Certarus grow from one unique location to over six distinct geographical locations within the United States. Prior to his success with Certarus, Mr. Eaves served as an executive account manager at Baker Hughes and senior drilling optimization engineer at National Oilwell Varco. Before joining National Oilwell Varco, Mr. Eaves spent four years learning the oil and gas market serving in various field engineering roles. Mr. Eaves earned his BA in mathematics from the University of Oklahoma.
Wolfgang Fengler is a mechanical engineer with over 17 years of professional experience. He is a Cum Laude graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles with a BS in Design & Control and an MS in Heat & Mass Transfer. During his tenure at UCLA, he completed an internship at the natural gas-fueled campus cogeneration plant. Mr. Fengler began his career with Honeywell where he was responsible for the development of proton-exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell power systems as well as heat transfer and volumetric modeling of the NASA Advanced Inflatable Airlock project. At General Electric, Mr. Fengler developed solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) system dynamic models, controls and balance-of-plant packaging for two prototype systems under the US Department of Energy’s Solid State Energy Conversion Alliance (SECA) Program. His experience also includes production management at a surface engineering facility. Mr. Fengler has consulted on a number of rail-related projects covering locomotive and passenger equipment including applications involving compressed natural gas (CNG). He currently serves as a senior program manager for Mobile Pipeline® products Americas at Hexagon Lincoln with responsibility for fuel storage and bulk-haul applications involving hydrogen, renewable natural gas (RNG), CNG, and other gasses for the rail sector as part of the company’s Hexagon RailGas venture.
Jose Fernandez started his career in power at Rolls Power Ventures in charge of developing projects in the Caribbean and Central America Market. Being part of Aggreko since 2005, working in the international projects primarily in Latin America where the company has led the application of multi MW power plant in small, medium and large scale temporary power plants for several customers in different sectors such as utilities, manufacturing, mining, and oil & gas. In addition, he has been general manager for Mexico and Colombia where Aggreko has been focus in developing gas applications using CNG as a primary source and gas pipeline. Today he leads the alternative fuels efforts for Aggreko North America as the future of the rental industry.
Les Gingell began his career at Avco Lycoming, where he was in charge of gas turbine engine installations for applications from world transatlantic record holders, to the U.S. Navy’s Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC), as well as many mega-yacht and commercial ferry projects. In 1994, he joined MAN B&W as director of business development, and has been involved in many of the most advanced applications of large diesel engines, including the first two-stroke powered liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers, the first alternate fueled vessels, and numerous other advanced projects. During Les’s tenure at MAN, all ocean going ships built in the US have been powered by MAN B&W main engines.
John Grubic is the team lead for Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Business Development across the Americas. His team is responsible for Shell’s small-scale and LNG for transport developments. Previously Mr. Grubic managed Shell’s Global Marine LNG business, which involved Shell’s LNG bunkering market entry at the Rotterdam Gate terminal. Mr. Grubic joined Shell Canada in 1999 after graduating with a degree in economics. He worked in a number of roles across the downstream organization (strategy, mergers & aquisitions, sales, marketing, refining, and trading), and was previously based in London and The Hague.
Hernan Henriquez, executive director of sales and marketing, has spent over 12 years in the commercialization of gaseous fuels and high pressure storage vessels. Prior to his appointment as executive director of sales and marketing, Mr. Henriquez served as director of sales and marketing, business development manager, and sales manager. Prior to joining Quantum in 2005, Mr. Henriquez served as the OEM sales manager at IMPCO Technologies. He was responsible for leading domestic and international sales and strategic marketing programs for IMPCO‘s global commercialization of fuel systems for transportation and industrial applications through OEM’s (Caterpillar, Cummins, IVECO, etc.). Before entering the fuels systems business, Mr. Henriquez held several managerial roles in high-technology hardware and software companies for Global 500 companies. Mr. Henriquez received an Associates Science degree in engineering technology
Randall Hull joined Prometheus Energy in May 2012 as director of business development. He is responsible for sales, marketing, and commercial development activities for application of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to targeted industrial sectors, including oilfield exploration and production, remote power and process heat generation, and fuelling of ultra-high-horsepower engines for marine and locomotive applications. Mr. Hull has three decades of energy industry experience, primarily working in the industrial gas industry with a focus on power generation, hydrogen production and marketing, and downstream hydrocarbons’ processing. He has international experience and led the development and closure of several large on-site hydrogen supply awards for clean fuels petroleum refining projects in Asia and Latin America. Prior to joining Prometheus Energy, he founded Petrochem Outsourcing Consulting Services LLC, a global consulting practice helping global oil, energy, and chemical companies manage strategic outsourcing of critical products and services. Mr. Hull’s experience includes several senior sales, business development, and general management roles at General Electric, Air Products, BOC/Linde, and recently as senior commercial vice president at Marsulex, a North American firm in the specialty chemicals and refining services businesses. Marsulex was acquired by Chemtrade Logistics, another Canadian firm in June 2011. Additionally, he has serviced as president and chief operating officer of a small, public, renewable energy firm in 2006. Mr. Hull is a member of both the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) professional organizations.
Steve Igoe is the commercial manager for the Large Power Systems gas engine business, which serves as the engine product group for all the high horsepower segments for Caterpillar. In his role he has leadership responsibility for product strategy and development and market development for Caterpillar’s dual fuel mining truck program. Mr. Igoe has been actively involved in making dual fuel mining truck projects a reality. Mr. Igoe has 22 years with Caterpillar. He joined in 1995 in the Electric Power business field representative covering the Northeast. In his career he has held various commercial and product roles in Caterpillar’s energy and transportation businesses in technical marketing & sales, product group, engineering and field validation, and regulatory in both the engine and mining segments. He holds a MBA from Bradley University and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Clarkson University.
Richard P. Insull is the director of business development for external engineering at Matrix PDM Engineering Inc., a subsidiary of Matrix Service Company (Nasdaq: MTRX). Mr. Insull is a Professional Engineer with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Pennsylvania State University. Mr. Insull has over 30 years of experience with the development, engineering and construction of industrial facilities with a focus on liquid natural gas (LNG) / cryogenic storage tanks and associated facilities for industrial, fertilizer, peak shavers, bunkering, import and export terminals. Before joining Matrix PDM, Mr. Insull worked for Air Products and Chemicals and CB&I. He possesses expertise in field inspection, design engineering, project engineering and business development. Example projects with which Mr. Insull has been involved include: front-end engineering design (FEED) for LNG tanks, cryogenic tanks and balance of plant facilities; detailed engineering for various engineering-only and engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) projects; and engineering studies for project development, existing tank and facility upgrades, and existing tank and facility troubleshooting and repairs.
Matthew Jackson is the vice president of LNG business development at Crowley Maritime Corporation, leading Crowley’s global LNG initiatives across all business sectors. Some of these initiatives include LNG export, supply distribution, bunkering, and bulk transportation. He joined Crowley Maritime in 2002 and has worked in several areas of the company including liner shipping, logistics, and petroleum transportation. Before his move to Crowley, Mr. Jackson worked for a major consulting firm and was a US Air Force captain. He has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Alabama and a master’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of Arkansas.
Louis James is director of business development at UGI Energy Services LLC (UGIES). In this position, Mr. James is responsible for the development of a variety of conventional and alternative energy-related opportunities. He has been involved in several key efforts and projects including organization of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) marketing group, construction of a one-billion-cubic-foot LNG storage tank and liquefaction expansion at UGIES’ existing LNG plant in Temple, Pennsylvania, development of the newly commissioned greenfield liquefier in the Marcellus Shale region of north-central Pennsylvania, repowering of the Hunlock generating plant from coal to natural gas, development of the Broad Mountain landfill gas to power project, and development of several photovoltaic solar power facilities. Prior to joining UGIES, Mr. James held various business development related positions at Sunoco Logistics Partners, Sithe Energies, and Williams Energy & Trading. Louis James has a Bachelor of Science degree in geology from Long Island University and a Master of Science degree in energy economics and finance from West Virginia University.
David Jaskolski is a senior account manager for Pivotal LNG, a wholly owned subsidiary of Southern Company Gas (formerly AGL Resources, Inc.). He brings more than 30 years of professional experience to his role developing and implementing strategic plans for key accounts in the commercial on-highway, construction, marine, and petroleum and rail markets. Before joining Southern Company Gas in 2010, Mr. Jaskolski held several leadership and account management positions in the heavy-duty truck, construction equipment and electrical power generation industry. In the natural gas industry, he is recognized as an expert in the use of liquefied natural gas as an alternative fuel for heavy-duty trucks. Mr. Jaskolski holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering technology from the University of Southern Mississippi. He has served on the board of directors for several state transportation associations.
CDR Randy Jenkins reported as the Chief of the Cruise Ship National Center of Expertise in June 2015 with over 17 years of Coast Guard, Marine Safety experience. During his time at the Marine Safety Center, CDR Jenkins was lead on several cruise ship new construction and refurbishment plan review projects and participated in dozens of initial certificate of compliance exams for vessels bound for the U.S market. He currently oversees the training of all Coast Guard cruise ship examiners, assists in the development of national and international standards and Coast Guard policy, and continues to participate in exams both domestically and globally. CDR Jenkins is also responsible for ensuring a consistent national approach to conducting cruise ship exams and the direct liaison with the cruise ship industry. As the Prevention Chief in the Nation’s energy epicenter, he was responsible for overseeing and shepherding in over $100 Billion in growth in the oil and gas industry ahead of the “energy renaissance” including construction oversight of the Nation’s first LNG bunker barge. Other notable accomplishments include: the salvage and safe offload of sulfur from the grounded freighter JIAN QIANG, serving as adviser to the Office of Naval Intelligence analyzing multiple terrorist attack scenarios on tankers in the Gulf of Aden, and leading prevention efforts for the arrival and safe destruction of precursors to Syrian chemical weapons of mass destruction. CDR Jenkins holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marine Transportation from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point (1998) and a Masters in Fire Protection Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (2008). His areas of emphasis on passenger vessels are on fire safety, evacuation and performance-based designs.
E. David Kailbourne started his career in the investment industry in 1993, gaining significant experience in all phases with particular emphasis on proprietary trading of commodities. Mr. Kailbourne used his strong commodity background and entrepreneurial spirit to found the start-up company REV H2O, LLC in 2011. This entity was one of the first companies to specialize in the recycling and remediation of unconventional oil and gas drilling waters produced from horizontal shale drilling. His leadership has made the company into one of the premier fluid services firms in the Marcellus shale region for both water remediation and logistics serving the energy industry. Mr. Kailbourne co-founded REV LNG, where he serves as the CEO and chairman of the board. REV LNG is a full service alternative fuel supply company that specializes in the distribution of liquid natural gas (LNG) to on and off road customers. In this role he is responsible for developing business strategy, sales and marketing plans, customer relations programs, customer value propositions and supply chain partners. Mr. Kailbourne leads the REV LNG team in developing all facets of the logistical supply chain of sourcing, transporting and distributing LNG to domestic customers. Mr. Kailbourne is a graduate of Bowling Green University where he earned a degree in political science and economics.
Ray Kroll began his career at Shell focused on the day-to-day operations of compressor stations and well sites, where he learned a great deal about natural gas. In 1996, he transferred to Shell’s Downstream Business, providing HSSE and operations support for Retail/ Aviation/ Commercial Fuels/ Bulk Fuels Terminals across Canada. This involved the operations and safe handling of hydrocarbons in large storage tanks, load racks, and pipelines supporting this vast network. During this time, Mr. Kroll managed emergency response, including the Crisis Management Centre and Crisis Management Team for both Upstream and Downstream businesses. In late 2011, Mr. Kroll moved into the newly formed liquefied natural gas (LNG) business in Canada focused on developing Shell’s first LNG fuel station for commercial vehicles. With help from other LNG companies and the Calgary fire department, Mr. Kroll started conducting what were coined LNG “Burn & Learn” sessions to demystify LNG and encourage industry growth. Mr. Kroll conducted these sessions with the Houston and surrounding area HAZMAT teams, and subsequent sessions with various Louisiana first responders in Little Calliou and Golden Meadows. As LNG in North America started to grow, Mr. Kroll’s role evolved, and he began to help develop the LNG Road transport sector in the USA and Europe for Shell. Marine interest also started to pick up, and Mr. Kroll was involved in the first LNG fuel transfer to an off-shore supply vessel (OSV) and subsequent marine bunkering activities. Mr. Kroll represents Shell’s interests in the development of codes and standards for LNG in North America and sits on the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) for LNG standard Z276. Mr. Kroll continues to support LNG development in North America and around the world for Shell with projects like Gibraltar and Europe LNG bunkering.
Eric Kuenzli was named director of fuels in September 2013. He is responsible for expanding Pivotal LNG’s and JAX LNG’s marketing effort primarily in the Southeast United States. Mr. Kuenzli has more than 20 years of experience in the energy industry, with a focus on fuel procurement, trading, and marketing of natural gas. Most recently, he was director of fuels at the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), where he was responsible for overseeing procurement, trading and hedging a one-billion-dollar natural gas portfolio of assets. Previously, he managed the fuels organization for Exelon Generation, and was primarily responsible for wholesale and retail natural gas supply. Prior to those positions, Mr. Kuenzli held positions of increasing responsibility with various natural gas production, trading, and marketing companies. Mr. Kuenzli holds a bachelor of business administration degree from Baylor University.
Erik Langeteig is the director of project solutions for the Engineered Systems group at Chart Industries. Mr. Langeteig leads a team of application development engineers and managers in developing innovative and comprehensive liquid gas project solutions for aerospace, marine, mining, power generation, and Industrial markets. He has been with Chart since 2013 working on liquefied natural gas (LNG) liquefaction and engineered systems projects throughout North America and the Caribbean. Over his tenure at Chart, Mr. Langeteig has held various roles in market development, project acquisition, and project development. He previously spent nine years working as an engineer and a manager at Suncor Energy. He has a BS in industrial engineering and management from Northwestern University and an MBA from the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis.
Reid Larson is a liquefied natural gas (LNG) product manager for Chart Industries. In this role, Mr. Larson has been instrumental in developing and bringing to market multiple products for fueling natural gas-powered vehicles, both on and off-road. He has worked for Chart Industries in multiple roles, developing expertise in managing and engineering products for stationary and mobile applications in the natural gas market. Chart is a leading independent global manufacturer of highly engineered equipment used in the production, storage and end-use of hydrocarbon and industrial gases. Chart’s products are used throughout the liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply chain for purification, liquefaction, distribution, storage, and end-use applications. Mr. Larson holds a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Minnesota and a BS in physics from Augsburg College.
Jorge Lobo has been with FortisBC for more than six years in areas such as energy efficiency program management and renewable gas project management. For the last four years, Mr. Lobo has led the development of innovative LNG delivery systems for industrial customers such as mine haul trucks and trailer ro-ro and ro-pax ferries operators, from initial concept to operation and maintenance. Before joining FortisBC, he led an EPC company where he developed major infrastructure projects with custom solutions to private and public customers as a business development and project manager. Mr. Lobo is a professional engineer and holds a MBA from the Sauder School of Business at UBC.
Mike Mackey began his career designing launch facilities at Cape Canaveral and was a key member of the launch team. Mr. Mackey joined GP Strategies in 1996 and leads GP Strategies’ Alternative Fuels Division located in Escondido, CA. Mr. Mackey has over 30 years of cryogenic and high pressure system design, fabrication, installation, operation, and maintenance experience. While at GP, Mr. Mackey has been the engineer of record for over 150 liquefied natural gas (LNG), compressed natural gas (CNG), and hydrogen fuel stations, cryogenic trailer loading system, cryogenic systems and high pressure systems. This includes some of the largest LNG, CNG, and hydrogen fuel stations in the US. Mr. Mackey has 6 patents related to cryogenic pumping and metering. Mr. Mackey is a Registered Professional Mechanical Engineer and holds a BSME from Texas A&M University, a MSME from the University of Colorado, and an Executive MBA from San Diego State.
Mike Morris joined Thigpen Energy as the health and safety coordinator after a 20-year career as a firefighter. Mr. Morris was directly responsible for the implementation of best practices that incorporated regulatory and customer health, safety, and environmental (HSE) requirements in an emerging market. After Thigpen was acquired by private equity in 2014, Mr. Morris was named vice president of health, safety, and environmental for the newly formed TRF Energy Solutions. As Thigpen Energy surged as a key provider of virtual pipeline solutions, Mr. Morris managed the health, safety and regulatory compliance for one of the largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) virtual pipeline fueling solutions ever deployed for power plant fueling. Mr. Morris left Thigpen Energy to begin his own safety consulting business in early 2016. Mr. Morris accepted his most recent role as health, safety and environmental director for Chart Lifecycle, one of his consulting clients. In this position, he both led HSE compliance and managed the P&L for safety services worldwide. As part of the executive management team, Mr. Morris assisted in developing and implementing strategies enabling Chart Lifecycle grow to over 225 employees in less than 20 months. Mr. Morris currently continues to own and operate Morris Safety Services.
Dave Myers has been involved with the alternative fuels industry in North America since 1989, specializing in the development and sales of products designed specifically to meet the demanding needs of CNG and hydrogen systems. Mr. Myers holds patents for valve and PRD technology for CNG and hydrogen cylinder applications. His more than 39 years of experience with high-pressure gases encompasses a broad range of applications from semiconductor systems to fabrication of vehicular fuel systems. Mr. Myers is a senior member of ISA, SAE and past member of several technology committees’ for CNG vehicles and components.
Scott Myers has been founder and president of OptiFuel Systems, LLC, focused on providing EPA approved, high horsepower, dual fuel engines and associated storage systems for use in natural gas products in the rail, maritime, power generation, and off-road markets. Previously, Mr. Myers was the founder and president of EcoDual, Inc. focused on dual fuel systems for the Class 8 market. For 24 years, Mr. Myers was involved in developing unmanned air, ground and underwater autonomous systems as the founder and president of General Dynamics Robotic Systems. Mr. Myers has a BS in mechanical engineering from Clemson University and an MS in mechanical engineering from The University of Texas in Austin.
Rear Admiral John Nadeau assumed the duties as the assistant commandant for prevention policy in July of 2017. In this capacity, he leads development of national policy, standards, and programs to promote marine safety, security and environmental stewardship. He oversees three Directorates: Inspections and Compliance, Marine Transportation Systems, and Commercial Regulations and Standards. The programs under his leadership include waterways management, navigation and boating safety, ports and facilities, merchant mariner credentialing, vessel documentation, marine casualty investigation, commercial vessel inspections, and port state control. His previous flag officer assignment was the assistant commandant for capability, where he was responsible for identifying and providing service-wide capabilities and developing standards for staffing, training, equipping, sustaining, maintaining, and employing forces to meet all U.S. Coast Guard mission requirements. Other assignments include commanding officer of the Coast Guard Marine Safety Center; commanding officer of Marine Safety Unit Wilmington, North Carolina, where he served as the captain of the port, federal on scene coordinator, and officer in charge, marine inspection; chief of inspections at Marine Safety Office Corpus Christi, Texas; senior investigating officer at Activities Baltimore, Maryland; and chief of the office of design and engineering standards at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters. Rear Admiral Nadeau graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in naval architecture & marine engineering and obtained advanced degrees in mechanical engineering and naval architecture & marine engineering from the University of Michigan. He earned a Master of Arts degree in homeland security and defense from the Naval Postgraduate School and is licensed as a Professional Engineer in Virginia. His military awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, the Coast Guard Commendation Medal, the Coast Guard Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, and the Transportation 9/11 Medal.
Scott Nason is the product manager for Chart’s Rail Products Group. He is concentrating on liquefied natural gas (LNG) rail tender and tank car opportunities as well as opportunities for the use of ISO containers to transport and store LNG. Prior to this position, Mr. Nason spent several years as a product manager of mobile equipment for Chart, focusing on rail cars, highway trailers, International Organization for Standardization (ISO) containers, and a variety of cryogenic liquid transportation equipment. He also worked as an engineering manager for Chart’s process engineering division, working on bulk tanks and systems for all cryogenic liquids. Mr. Nason has 30 years of experience in design engineering, product management, and business development of cryogenic liquid systems and transportation equipment.
George Nemeth began his energy career with ExxonMobil working on gas commercialization and liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects around the world. After his last posting with ExxonMobil in Qatar, Mr. Nemeth moved to the trading side of the business to launch LNG trading desks at Merrill Lynch Commodities, Societe General, and Koch Supply & Trading. Currently, Mr. Nemeth is the director of LNG business development for Applied Energy Services (AES) focusing on the Caribbean and Latin America regions. Mr. Nemeth holds an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.
Michael Nicoletti currently operates as JRA Consulting, a firm dedicated to bringing alternative energy into the transportation industry and in particular railroads. Mr. Nicoletti began his professional career at the Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad (IHB), which is the largest switching railroad in North America. He has held various positions from accounting and finance to purchasing to director of mechanical operations. While at the IHB, he authored and directed the IHB’s $60-million Locomotive Fuel Conversion Project to convert 70 percent of the IHB fleet to compressed natural gas (CNG). This ambitious, environmentally friendly, and profitable project is the first fleet conversion to CNG in North America, assisted by funding and support of the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT). He was the 2014 recipient of a Rising Star award from Progressive Railroading Magazine. Mr. Nicoletti holds an MBA from Indiana University.
Michael O’Hearn is the natural gas sales manager for the Freightliner brand with Daimler Trucks North America, covering the East Coast. Michael began his career in 2013 as a CAReer trainee working on various assignments in Daimler’s finance, engineering and sales departments which included international projects and exposure to Daimler’s global network. He was then promoted to regional sales support manager for Freightliner’s Southeast region where he was tasked with supporting the selling efforts of on-highway and vocational trucks. Michael has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Belmont Abbey College and a Master of Science degree in economics from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Nathan Ough is the vice president of corporate and business development. He has nine years of energy investment, corporate development, and finance experience working in a multinational investment bank and large refining conglomerate. He also has extensive experience with refined product demand and supply within the oil & gas sector to agricultural markets. Mr. Ough holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance and economics from the University of New Brunswick.
Arvind Ramakrishnan has spent over nine years with FortisBC in various divisions, including forecasting, resource planning, energy efficiency, and conversation. He has been responsible for managing and taking the biomethane program to the market, developing and implementing the natural gas for transportation incentive program, and, more recently, leading a sales team to drive additional growth in compressed natural gas (CNG)/liquefied natural gas (LNG) business for domestic and regional markets. The regional LNG team was instrumental in adding about 500 vehicles, six mine haul trucks and seven marine vessels in the province to drive growth and throughput in the company. Mr. Ramakrishnan and the entire team is currently responsible for driving additional growth and identifying new markets and opportunities across marine, remote power generation, and mine haul segments. Mr. Ramakrishnan has an MBA from the Sauder school of business, University of British Columbia; a product management certification from University of California, Berkeley; and an engineering degree.
Sheldon Reed, director of the Fire Academy of the South, provides leadership and academic guidance to the Fire Academy. The Academy maintains a strong relationship with industries and agencies across the state of Florida providing industry brigade training, aircraft firefighting training, and other employer-specific fire training. In the course of his duties, Chief Reed is also the liaison for the Jacksonville Fire Rescue Department (JFRD). During his nine year tenure, the Fire Academy has increased enrollment in the Fire Fighter II program, and instituted new programming including marine firefighting, aircraft firefighting, and the use of drones in public safety, and is currently developing a liquefied natural gas prop, which will be one of only three in the United States. Chief Reed also implemented an EMT and paramedic program at the Fire Academy. The Fire Academy was named the Florida Fire Training Center of the Year in 2010 and in 2016 by the Florida Training Directors Association. Chief Reed retired from the City of Naples Fire Department after 25 years of service and served the last seven years of his tenure as chief of the department. Upon retirement from municipal service, Chief Reed was the Fire Science Technology Coordinator for Edison State College in Fort Myers, FL. While at Edison, he developed the curriculum for Edison’s first bachelor degree, BAS in Public Safety Management. Chief Reed possesses a bachelor’s degree in public administration. He has also taken executive level courses at the National Fire Academy and is certified as a Florida Fire Instructor III.
Richard Rogers is managing director of peaking operations for Southern Company Gas. Mr. Rogers is responsible for directing operations at six liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities, two propane-air peaking plants and two pipeline compressor stations. Additionally, he manages the LNG bunkering process for Pivotal LNG, which includes ensuring procedures, training, and staffing support for the safe, reliable delivery of LNG to ships at the Port of Jacksonville. He also provides support to Pivotal LNG as a technical consultant. The majority of Mr. Rogers’ 30-plus year career with AGL Resources has centered on all aspects of LNG and propane-air peak shaving. He also previously held roles in engineering and gas operations. Mr. Rogers received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Jeff Sherman joined then-Detroit Diesel Corporation in 1999 as a marine sales manager with responsibilities for the marine pleasure craft mega-yacht market. In early 2004, Mr. Sherman added responsibilities for the commercial marine business segment for MTU in the Western Region of the US. In 2006, Mr. Sherman shifted his role and became the manager for the workboat market in North America and remains in that role currently, focusing on tugs, ferries, OSVs & crew boats, and other miscellaneous workboats, to name a few. Mr. Sherman grew up in the marine industry, working as a technician all the way the general manager in various yards on Cape Cod. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Springfield College and also attended Bridgewater State College, pursuing a master’s degree in education. Mr. Sherman holds a USCG near Coastal Masters License, and is an associate member of SNAME, PVA, CPVA, CFOA, AWO and serves on several committees within the marine community.
LCDR Dallas Smith is the detachment chief for the U.S. Coast Guard’s Liquefied Gas Carrier National Center of Expertise (LGC NCOE) located in Port Arthur, TX. Here he supervises a team of liquefied gas subject matter experts who provide technical advice to both the industry and the Coast Guard for all foreign and U.S. flagged vessels and barges that carry liquefied gases in bulk, LNG/LPG terminals, LNG Bunkering, and LNG as a marine fuel. In addition, his team creates and reviews USCG policy, regulations, procedures and standards for liquefied gas carriers, liquefaction and regas terminals, LNG bunkering operations, and LNG fuel systems. LCDR Smith was the supervisor of Marine Safety Detachment (MSD) Brownsville, TX, where he oversaw and managed all marine safety, homeland security, and emergency management missions at the U.S./Mexico border. Prior to MSD Brownsville, LCDR Smith served as a senior marine inspector and a port state control examiner at Sector Houston-Galveston, where he conducted comprehensive safety and security inspections on U.S. and foreign freight/oil/chemical/LPG/LNG vessels and terminals. LCDR Smith received his commission in 2005 after serving as an electronic technician for four and a half years and serving at Electronics Support Detachment (ESD) New Orleans. He holds an M.B.A. with honors from Liberty University (2016), B.S. degrees with honors in technology management and organizational leadership from University of Houston (2010), an A.A.S. in electronic engineering from Thomas Edison State College (2003). LCDR Smith’s military awards include the Coast Guard Commendation Medals, Coast Guard Achievement Medals, the Commandant’s Letter of Commendation, and numerous other personal and team awards.
Frank Starke gained his master degree in mechanical engineering from the Helmut Schmidt University in Hamburg, Germany, in 1990. In 1998 he earned his PhD in mechanical engineering from the same university. In 1997 Dr. Starke started to work for Caterpillar at the MaK facility in Kiel, Germany. After a six-month training program, he became a project manager in the Quality department. Further project manager positions for strategic projects led to management positions in Operations including the manufacturing manager position. In 2003 Dr. Starke returned to his roots in Engineering. With the consolidation of engine engineering within Caterpillar, he moved to Lafayette, Indiana, into the Large Engine Center Facility. In 2008 Dr. Starke became the petroleum & gas product manager. Since 2014 he is back in Kiel Germany as the global product manager for medium-speed engines and managing director for Caterpillar Motoren GmbH & Co KG.
Douglas Stout joined FortisBC in 2001 as vice president of gas supply and transmission. He has held senior roles with Belkorp Industries Inc. and Husky Energy Inc., and has served as director for Sultran Ltd., Pacific Coast Terminals, and Hillsborough Resources. He is chair of the Canadian Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance and a director of the Northwest Gas Association.
Amy Sweeney is the director of the Division of Regulation for DOE’s Office of Oil and Gas in the Office of Fossil Energy. In this role, Ms. Sweeney directs the review of applications for the import and export of natural gas, including liquefied natural gas (LNG), under Section 3 of the Natural Gas Act. As part of her role, she is also responsible for the collection and publication of natural gas trade statistics. Ms. Sweeney is also currently acting director of the Division of International Engagement, responsible for promoting the activities of the Office of Oil and Gas with our international partners. Prior to joining the Office of Fossil Energy, she served as team leader for natural gas statistics at the Energy Information Administration (EIA). Among the outputs of her group were the Weekly Natural Gas Storage Report, a principal federal economic indicator that provided market insights on the tightness of natural gas supplies, and the collection and publication of statistics collected from local distribution companies and natural gas marketers. Ms. Sweeney has a BA in economics from Wake Forest University.
Magnus Tangen has worked for Clean Marine Energy in a business development and project management role since 2013 and is involved in developing the marine markets for liquefied natural gas (LNG) as fuel, primarily in North America. Mr. Tangen graduated with an MA in management from the University of St Andrews, Scotland in 2005. He also has an MSc in shipping, trade, and finance from CASS Business School at City of London University from 2010. Prior to joining Clean Marine Energy, Mr. Tangen held analytical roles with Bloomberg LP and Overseas Shipholding Group in London, UK, and worked as a sale and purchase/projects ship-broker in Stamford, Connecticut. Prior to his studies, Mr. Tangen served as an officer in the Norwegian Navy from 1999 to 2001.
Sam Thigpen brings unique insight and expertise to the energy service industry across many verticals. In his 20 years in the industry, he has led teams and organizations in oil and gas services, gas processing, and pipeline operations. Before founding Thigpen Business Consultants, he was previously the president of Chart Lifecycle, chief executive officer of TRF Energy Solutions, and chief executive officer of Thigpen Energy. Mr. Thigpen studied finance at Sam Houston State University, is a lifetime member of Mensa, and has also held various board of director seats in both for-profit and non-profit organizations.
Sean Turner, chief operating officer and partner at Gladstein Neandross & Associates (GNA), provides technical oversight on alternative fuel initiatives, air quality improvement, and vehicular technology for several of GNA’s largest clients. He has worked in international engineering consulting and government affairs on automotive emissions, alternative fuels, and air quality issues for over 20 years. Mr. Turner previously served as president of the California Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition. His work established a new regulatory and legislative presence in California through an intensive lobbying campaign, an acclaimed industry newsletter, a website, a natural gas fuel station directory, and a web-based fuel station mapping system. Mr. Turner spent two years working in Cairo, Egypt, as a CNG specialist on the Cairo Air Improvement Project designing CNG fuel systems and national safety standards for natural gas transit buses and fueling stations in Egypt. From 1995 until 1998, Mr. Turner was director of technology for Natural Gas Vehicles for America, where he managed technology-related issues, as well as the development of national safety standards for NGVs and fueling infrastructure. Mr. Turner earned his BS in mechanical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, and his MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management in Los Angeles.
Mario Vila is the fleet maintenance director for UPS in Florida. A mechanical engineer, Mr. Vila has 30 years in the air and ground transportation industry, 22 of which were in the maintenance field. He has had multiple domestic and international assignments.
Harald Wilms is the director for business development with Zeppelin Power Systems, a dealer for Caterpillar engines for Germany, Central European and Asian territories. Dr. Wilms holds a PhD degree in mechanical engineering from the Technical University of Braunschweig. He joined Zeppelin Power Systems in 2012 and is in charge of developing strategies for market development both for marine and land-based applications. Previously, he was involved in various development, engineering and sales management positions and was instrumental in setting up Zeppelin’s operations in North America.