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Keynote Speakers

Brian Cothran is president, North America Region for GE Oil & Gas. GE Oil & Gas is a leading digital industrial company inventing advanced technologies across all oil and gas segments in 120 countries worldwide. In this role, he leads all activities for GE Oil & Gas in the region. Mr. Cothran has more than 20 years of operations and leadership experience in the energy industry. He began his GE career in 1998 in GE Energy Installation and Field Services in Atlanta, Georgia, progressing through a number of roles in services, operations and sales. In 2008, he was appointed energy services general manager, Russia, CIS & Eastern Europe Region, where he was responsible for creating and developing GE Energy’s service franchise across the region. In 2011, Mr. Cothran served as the Europe president for flow and process technologies, a business within GE Oil & Gas that designs and manufactures highly engineered safety relief valves, control valves and measurement, regulation, and control solutions. In 2013, Mr. Cothran was the managing director for the Royal Dutch Shell global account where he had strategic planning and operational responsibility for GE’s entire range of products and services for the account. Mr. Cothran earned a Bachelor of Science in marketing from Berry College.

Andrew Evans was named president of Southern Company Gas—the largest distributor of natural gas in America—in May 2015, and chief executive officer in January 2016. He serves as chairman of the Southern Company Gas Board of Directors and is a member of Southern Company’s Management Council. Mr. Evans joined Southern Company Gas (AGL Resources) in May 2002 and has held several positions of leadership, including president and chief operating officer, executive vice president, chief financial officer, and treasurer. Mr. Evans came to Southern Company Gas from Mirant Corporation (formerly Southern Energy Inc.), where he served in various finance and business development roles over a nine-year period. Prior to Mirant, he was employed by National Economic Research Associates and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. He serves on the board of the American Gas Association (past finance chair). He also serves on the boards of Zoo Atlanta (chairman); Grady Memorial Hospital Corporation (audit chairman); Grady Health Foundation (chairman); New American Pathways; the Atlanta Committee for Progress; and the Georgia Council on Economic Education. Mr. Evans is a graduate of Emory University and the Booth/Kellogg program, CEO Perspectives.

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Brian Breaux is the technical sales leader for the Drilling Business at Cummins Sales and Service. Mr. Breaux has worked at Cummins Inc. for over 10 years where he has held positions in application engineering, product development, and project management prior to moving into his current technical sales position. Mr. Breaux has a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Lamar University.

Dan Britton has more than 25 years of experience working in varying roles within the natural gas and utility industry with specific focus on non-traditional supply solutions. Mr. Britton is the president of Pentex Alaska Natural Gas Company, LLC and its subsidiaries including Titan Alaska LNG, an LNG shipper and producer, and Fairbanks Natural Gas, a natural gas utility in Fairbanks, Alaska. He has led the Pentex group of companies since 2000, and is involved in energy solutions within the State of Alaska, with his current focus being the Interior Energy Project. Prior to moving to Alaska, Mr. Britton held multiple positions with BC Gas in Vancouver, BC including a development role in LNG and propane supply for locations not connected to the pipeline network.

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.

David Cackovic has 31 years of experience in engineering management, standards development and management, and railroad component research and testing. He is currently assistant vice president and chief, technical standards and inspections for Transportation Technology Center Inc., a subsidiary of the Association of American Railroads. From 1996 through 2002, he held the position of executive director, engineering services and programs, where he was responsible for mechanical, civil, and metallurgical engineering operations at the TTC. Mr. Cackovic recently completed a term as chairman of the ASME Rail Transportation Division.

George Chedsey is vice president of GTUIT, a firm headquartered in Billings, Montana, that provides field gas processing and NGL recovery. The firm currently processes over 20 MMSCFD of associated gas and produces over 1 million gallons of NGL per month using mobile and modular equipment. Mr. Chedsey is a graduate engineer from Texas A&M University and a registered professional engineer in the State of Texas.

Paul Cheliak is the director of innovation and new markets with the Canadian Gas Association (CGA) in Ottawa, Ontario. The CGA is the national voice for Canada’s natural gas distribution companies who deliver natural gas to over 20 million Canadians in all sectors of the economy. Mr. Cheliak’s role at CGA is to work with member company utilities to identify opportunities, develop policy recommendations, and gather business intelligence to advance the efficient use of natural gas. Prior to joining CGA, Mr. Cheliak worked with Natural Resources Canada, Canada’s federal resource department, providing natural gas market and policy advice to the Department’s senior management.

Steven Childers is currently the vice president of Southern Pump and Tank Company Natural Gas (SPATCO NG). He has been with the company for 17 years and previously held roles such as vice president of DEF sales and design, vice president of the Industrial Division, and regional sales. Prior to joining SPATCO, Mr. Childers worked as an engineering consultant for Forest Wheeler and the Belco Pollution Controls division of Forest Wheeler as well as several positions in sales. He holds degrees from Metallurgy University of Dayton Ohio and University of South Carolina.

Michael Cleveland is the manager of LNG technology in BNSF Railway’s Mechanical department. His responsibilities include managing emerging locomotive technology projects, the LNG pilot locomotives, and implementing training programs for field personnel on the LNG pilot program. This includes developing training classes and materials to be presented to BNSF and customer employees on the safety, design, and function of LNG locomotives and tenders. Prior to joining BNSF’s LNG team in 2015, he held several supervisory roles at BNSF’s locomotive repair facility in Lincoln, Nebraska. Mr. Cleveland holds an MS in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University and a BA in physics from Austin College.

Scott Conway has over 30 years of experience working for Caterpillar’s Global Power Solutions Division. While living in the US, Australia, Europe, and the Middle East, his roles have covered engineering, product support, sales, and strategy. The majority of that time has been centered around power generation with a focus on applications utilizing gaseous fuels. Projects including coal mine methane, landfill, combined heat and power, and standard pipeline natural gas have provided significant experience. Mr. Conway is currently the North American business development manager for Caterpillar’s Gas Electric Power Segment.

Patrick Couch, project director for Gladstein Neandross & Associates (GNA), leads and collaborates on a wide range of projects and market development initiatives for GNA’s clients. He brings extensive experience in research, development, and demonstration of a broad range of advanced mobile and stationary power technologies to the firm. From leading fleets through the evaluation of alternative fuel technologies to assisting policy makers with the development of practical and successful strategies for clean transportation, Mr. Couch’s work includes a mix of technical, business, and policy expertise. Prior to joining GNA, he worked as an associate principal at TIAX LLC where he managed demonstration efforts for some of the most innovative heavy-duty vehicle technologies in the US. He was also selected to lead the company’s technical work for some of the world’s largest fleet modernization programs for heavy-duty trucks. Mr. Couch holds both a BS and an MS in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Irvine.

Gregory Denton has spent his career in the oil & gas industry, developing international upstream assets before transitioning to liquefied natural gas (LNG) business development. Mr. Denton began his career with ExxonMobil Development Company in the Offshore Fabrication department, executing deepwater projects in West Africa. He transitioned to the Onshore Construction department where he was seconded to Imperial Oil Resources for Phase One fabrication of the Kearl Oil Sands Project in Alberta, Canada. He subsequently joined Hilcorp Energy Company based in Houston, Texas, developing unconventional assets and optimizing production of both oil and gas plays in the central Texas region. Mr. Denton joined Gaztransport & Technigaz (GTT) in 2012 and has served as business development manager for GTT North America since the subsidiary was established in September 2013. In addition to GTT’s core activities of LNG carriers, very large ethane carriers, multi-gas carriers, floating LNG units, floating storage and regasification units, and onshore storage tanks, he focuses on the development of the LNG-as-fuel value chain. Mr. Denton graduated with honors from the University of Kansas in 2005 with a BS 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.

Bill Epling is a professor in, and chair of, the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Virginia (UVa). He joined UVa as chair in August 2016. Dr. Epling received his PhD from the University of Florida in 1997 and his BS from Virginia Tech in 1992, both in chemical engineering. Prior to joining academia, he followed a relatively unique path that has given him a broad perspective in the field of environmental catalysis, including catalyst design, manufacture, characterization, and application. This was accomplished working across a spectrum of locations: a national lab (Pacific Northwest National Lab); in academia (University of Waterloo, University of Houston, and University of Virginia); a catalyst manufacturing company (EmeraChem); and an engine manufacturer (Cummins Inc). His research has most recently focused on diesel and natural gas engine emissions reduction and utilization of natural gas in the production of value-added chemicals.

Johannes Escudero is the founder and chief executive officer of the Coalition For Renewable Natural Gas, Inc. (RNG Coalition). Mr. Escudero founded the RNG Coalition in July 2011 to provide the North American renewable natural gas industry with a public policy platform and an advocacy voice. Today, the RNG Coalition’s membership is international and includes leading companies and organizations from each sector of the RNG industry, including producers of 90% of the renewable natural gas in North America. Together, the RNG Coalition advocates for the development, deployment, and utilization of renewable natural gas so that present and future generations have access to clean, domestic, renewable fuel and energy supply. Through advocacy and education, the RNG Coalition has successfully expanded and created new RNG markets at the federal, state, provincial, and local government levels in the United States and Canada. Mr. Escudero has more than 15 years of organizational leadership and business development experience, with a diverse background in non-profit management, higher education, politics, governmental, legislative, and regulatory affairs. Prior to founding the RNG Coalition, Mr. Escudero served as Legislative Director in the California State Assembly, serving ranking members of the Budget, Transportation, Utilities and Commerce, Natural Resources, and Environmental Safety & Toxic Materials committees.

Paul Evans is the executive vice president and a member of the Executive Advisory Group at Ferus. As the executive vice president, he advises and supports the leaders of the business units within Ferus, with a focus on the LNG and CNG fueling businesses in Canada and the US. Prior to joining Ferus in 2013, Mr. Evans was the director of strategy & planning at Encana Corporation and was responsible for building Encana’s natural gas fuel business. He also served as president, chief executive officer, and a director of Stylus Energy Inc., a Toronto Stock Exchange-listed junior exploration and production company, active in Western Canada. Mr. Evans has over 34 years of experience as a professional geologist in the oil and gas industry. During his career, he founded several junior oil companies and has worked on diverse exploration projects in Hudson Bay, Ontario, East Coast Canada, and in the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin. Mr. Evans holds a BS in geological sciences from the University of British Columbia.

Pierre Fiat is the founder of Air Flow Group and has over 25 years of experience in the cryogenic gas business. He started his career with Air Liquide as a sales representative and later a plant manager for industrial gas production. Since the creation of Air Flow in 2004, he has led technology advancement of the company’s line of cryogenic gas equipment, positioning the company as the world leader of virtual pipeline by sea, especially for refrigerated liquid argon and carbon dioxide. Air Flow (Booth # 337) claims the most comprehensive and technically advanced lineup of cryogenic containers in the industry, with a key focus on improving logistics performance and gas processes in accordance with safety regulations and IMDG code. Mr. Fiat earned a master’s degree in marketing and aims to implement this experience and knowledge on the American LNG market.

Cliff Gladstein is the founder and president of Gladstein, Neandross & Associates (GNA). For over 22 years, he has been a leader at the local, state, and national levels in the effort to develop cost-effective policies, programs, and products to reduce pollution from transportation, relieve the nation’s dependence on petroleum, and create innovative public-private partnerships to pursue market-based solutions for environmental problems. Mr. Gladstein is the founder of the Interstate Clean Transportation Corridor (ICTC), the nation’s first and most successful public-private partnership to accelerate the commercialization of clean alternative fuel vehicles in the interstate movement of goods, and he continues to develop and implement other clean transportation and power generation technology deployment programs and incentive programs. Mr. Gladstein teaches air quality policy at the UCLA Institute of Environment and Sustainability and is an advisor to the University of Southern California’s Sustainable Cities Program and Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. He is a graduate of Duke University and holds three graduate degrees from the University of Texas, Austin, and the University of California, Los Angeles.

Mark Grist is a business development professional with a track record of success in new ventures and energy markets. His 30 year experience base spans a variety of industries ranging from hydrogen and fuel cell markets to gas plant technologies and operating services. He has experience developing relationships with strategic partners in Europe, North America, and Asia and his corporate development experience includes execution of acquisitions and divestitures. Over his career Mr. Grist has held senior-level business development & marketing positions with BrightSide Technologies, Methanex, QuestAir, Enersul, SunCentral and C-I-L. Mr. Grist has an MBA from Queen’s University and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia. With FortisBC, he is responsible for executing business and market development programs. Specific areas of development interest include natural gas vehicles, liquefied natural gas, and renewable natural gas.

Leif Gross is manager of product definition and new product introduction at Caterpillar Marine Power Systems’ worldwide headquarters in Hamburg, Germany. He oversees product development for Caterpillar and MaK branded marine engines. Mr. Gross began his career as an officer in the German Army and received his officer cadet training at the French Ecoles de Saint-Cyr and the Royal Netherlands Air Force. Back in Hamburg, he studied economics at the University of the Federal Armed Forces Hamburg and the University of the City of Hamburg. Following his military career, he assumed a sales position at Cummins Marine Engines in 1994 and joined Caterpillar in 2000. Mr. Gross went through several international sales positions, both for Caterpillar and MaK products. Until April 2012, he was responsible for Caterpillar’s business in the cruise industry. Mr. Gross’s current responsibilities encompass segment-specific product definition in all technical and commercial aspects down to the development of strategic product support solutions. In this role, he manages the Caterpillar Marine strategy for LNG-fueled engine solutions. Mr. Gross has served as a panelist and speaker at the Interferry and Seatrade conferences among others as well as a lecturer at Carnival’s Aida Cruise Academy.

Rodney Harms is the well service segment manager for Caterpillar Oil & Gas. In his role he has leadership responsibility for product strategy and development, technical sales support, and application and installation engineering for the well service segment of Caterpillar’s business. This broad segment covers engines, transmissions, and well service pumps that are used in hydraulic fracturing and other well service applications. Mr. Harms joined Caterpillar in 2001 as an engineer designing transmissions. Since 2005 he has supported the development and introduction of large powertrain solutions used in oil and gas applications. In his career he has held various roles in design, product support, field validation, operations leadership, and technical marketing in both oil & gas and mining segments. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois.

Diana Hopkins is the land drilling and production segment manager for Caterpillar Oil & Gas. Ms. Hopkins has leadership responsibilities for global product strategy and new product development, technical sales support, and application and installation engineering for the Land Drilling and Production segment of Caterpillar’s business. She joined Caterpillar in 2004 in their engineering rotational program and upon completing the program, she worked as a validation engineer of diesel and gas engines. Since then, Ms. Hopkins has held numerous roles from application engineer, integrating Tier 4 emissions solutions in Oil & Gas applications to defining new product needs for the well service segment with focus on Tier 4 and Caterpillar DGB solutions. Prior to her current role, Ms. Hopkins was a corporate account manager covering key end-users of Caterpillar products. Ms. Hopkins holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Bradley University.

Matt Houser began his career with Cummins as an industrial engine sales representative in Oklahoma City in 2007. He later relocated to Houston to focus on the Oil & Gas segment and to lead the drilling team. Today, he serves as the general manager for the Cummins Gulf Region drilling business, and also has multi-segment business development responsibilities outside of drilling. Mr. Houser graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a BBA in marketing and business management, and later with a MBA from Colorado State University.

William Hutchins has worked within the LNG industry in both operational and office roles. 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 a project engineer for Shell developing infrastructure for LNG as a marine fuel.

Lyle Jensen is the president and chief executive officer of American Power Group (APG). Under Mr. Jensen’s vision and leadership, APG has received approximately 500 EPA dual-fuel engine family approvals for an alternative fuel solution that converts existing Class 8 trucks and high-horsepower stationary diesel engines to run concurrently on diesel and various forms of natural gas including compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas, conditioned well-head/ditch gas, or bio-methane gas. During the summer of 2015, Mr. Jensen led the due diligence and acquisition of Trident’s flared gas capture and recovery business. With Trident’s proprietary Flare to Fuel™ process technology, the company can convert captured flared gases into natural gas liquids at an oil and gas producer’s remote or stranded well site. The next generation Trident NGL processing systems will have the additional capability to convert residual flared methane gas into pipeline quality natural gas that can be sold for a variety of dedicated and dual-fuel natural gas engine applications at a significant cost savings.

David Lyon is a scientist at Environmental Defense Fund who works on their series of studies to quantify methane emissions from the oil and gas supply chain. His efforts include analyzing emissions data and researching technologies and policies to reduce methane emissions and minimize the climate impacts of oil and gas development. Dr. Lyon previously worked for the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) as coordinator of the state’s air pollution emissions inventory program. While at ADEQ, he was project manager of an EPA-funded study on emissions and air quality impacts of natural gas development in the Fayetteville Shale. Dr. Lyon has a PhD in Environmental Dynamics from the University of Arkansas and performed doctoral research on quantifying, assessing, and mitigating methane emissions from oil and gas super-emitters.

Brendan Marshall works to advance the mining industry’s understanding of key economic issues such as taxation, international trade and investment, transportation and infrastructure, energy and climate change, and innovation. Mr. Marshall is also responsible for mining policy and regulation in Canada’s North. He is the lead writer and researcher for the Mining Association of Canada’s (MAC) annual Facts & Figures publication. Prior to joining MAC, Mr. Marshall held several federal government positions, including research assistant to the Speaker of the Senate of Canada, lead advance to the Prime Minister of Canada, and executive assistant to the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages. Mr. Marshall holds two master’s degrees in political philosophy and energy management.

Marc Megel has over 20 years of experience in the service, design, and development of diesel, natural gas, and gasoline engines, with a primary focus on heavy-duty and high horsepower applications for various on- and off-highway commercial vehicle markets. Mr. Megel began his professional career at Cummins, Inc in the Structural and Thermal Analysis group where he was involved with the analysis, design, manufacturing, and testing of cylinder heads and blocks for medium-/heavy-duty automotive and industrial diesel and natural gas engines. Mr. Megel later joined SwRI in the Engine Design Section of the Engine and Vehicle Research Division as a lead finite element analyst and mechanical development engineer. Since that time, he has focused on delivering complete engine, component, and system solutions to OEMs throughout the world to meet advancing criteria and GHG emissions regulations. Mr. Megel currently serves in the position of director of powertrain design and development where he leads a large team of engineers, technicians, and staff in the US, UK, and China providing powertrain design, analysis, performance and mechanical development, prototyping, and production launch/warranty support for customers throughout the world across a wide array of light-, medium-, and heavy-duty applications as well as high horsepower and rail markets.

Kirt Montague is the founder and chief executive officer of Plum Energy LLC, a privately held limited liability company based in Seattle, Washington, and founded in 2011. Plum is focused primarily on the development of small-scale LNG value chains to service off-grid industrial markets. Before forming Plum Energy, Mr. Montague was the chief executive officer of Prometheus Energy Group, Inc., which he founded in 2003 and led through the sale of a majority interest to the Shell Technology Venture Fund in the fall of 2010. Mr. Montague has participated in the development of several innovative, “first-of-kind” applications for small-scale LNG in the US and Poland, and helped pioneer the creation of new “off-grid” markets for natural gas, including the drilling and mining industries. Before forming Prometheus, he was a managing shareholder of Romero Montague, P.S., a business law firm in Bellevue, Washington. Currently, Mr. Montague is the immediate past chairman and a current member of the executive board of the Clean Technology Alliance of Washington and also serves as a board member of Water Tectonics Inc. He previously served on the board of directors of a variety of private companies and non-profit organizations. In 2009, Mr. Montague was recognized as one of the Top 25 Innovators and Entrepreneurs in Seattle by Seattle Business Magazine. He has a law degree from the University of Michigan and a degree in business management and finance from Brigham Young University.

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 and SAE and a past member of several technology committees’ for CNG vehicles and components.

Scott Nason is the product manager for Chart’s Rail Products Group, concentrating on 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, 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.

Erik Neandross is the chief executive officer of Gladstein, Neandross & Associates (GNA), North America’s leading consulting firm specializing in the market development of alternative fuel technologies in the on-road transportation and rapidly developing off-road high horsepower sectors. Mr. Neandross works with GNA’s technical, public affairs, grant, market analysis, and events & marketing teams to deliver an array of strategic planning, financial modeling, market intelligence, marketing, and expert technical assistance to the firm’s clients. He has been at the forefront of some of the nation’s largest and most innovative alternative fuel vehicle projects, working with Ryder, Frito-Lay/PepsiCo, Waste Management, UPS, Sysco Food Services, California Cartage Company, City of Los Angeles, Nestle Waters, Aramark, and many others, including several leading projects in the off-road sector. Mr. Neandross regularly advises some of the largest companies in the alternative fuel industry, as well as a variety of public sector representatives. He frequently speaks at leading alternative fuel conferences around the world. In addition to overseeing GNA’s consulting services, Mr. Neandross directs GNA’s production of two of the nation’s leading alternative fuel conferences: the Alternative Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo, North America’s largest alternative fuels and clean vehicle technologies show, and the Natural Gas for High Horsepower (HHP) Summit.

Miguel Raimao is vice president of Business Development with RailGas, Inc., a leading developer of CNG for rail equipment. His current projects include the development of CNG fuel tenders and fast-fill systems for line-haul applications. Mr. Raimao is also the founder and lead strategist at Resonance Mode, a consultancy that assists companies in driving alternative-fueled engine and energy conversion technologies from inception to adoption. Prior to RailGas, he was responsible for program management and business development at Sturman Industries, where he focused on advanced engine technologies, including camless electro-hydraulic valvetrains, high pressure fuel injection for global OEMs, and Tier1 suppliers. Mr. Raimao began his career at Cummins Engine Company in the Fuel System Technology Group for heavy-duty engines. He is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Phani Raj is the general engineer in the HazMat Division of the Office of Safety of the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) in Washington, DC. He has been with FRA for over three years. Dr. Raj holds SM and PhD degrees from Harvard University. Before joining FRA, he was the president of a consulting company for over 30 years, providing services on HazMat safety, storage, handling, and transportation to the natural gas industry, petrochemical and chemical industry, and the federal government. He has been a member of the NFPA Committee on LNG Facility Siting and LPG Committee. Dr. Raj has published over 65 technical papers in peer-reviewed journals and as an adjunct professor, he has taught graduate chemical engineering courses at MIT, Texas A & M, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Arvind Ramakrishnan has spent over nine years with FortisBC in various divisions including forecasting, resource planning, energy efficiency and conversation, 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 CNG/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 are currently responsible for driving additional growth to identify new markets and opportunities across marine, remote power generation, and mine haul segments. He has an MBA from Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia; product management certification from the University of California, Berkley; and an engineering degree.

Jim Reddinger is the chief operating officer and chief financial officer of Stabilis Energy, a leading producer and distributor of liquefied natural gas (LNG) used to fuel high horsepower engines. Stabilis Energy provides customers with turn-key LNG fuel solutions including fuel production, logistics and transportation services, field support, and equipment design. Prior to Stabilis, Mr. Reddinger founded and operated multiple new businesses ventures. He was also a managing director in investment banking at UBS and Credit Suisse. Mr. Reddinger holds a BA from Harvard University and an MBA from the JL Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

Kirk Richardson is currently the training director for the marine firefighting, LNG emergency response, and oil spill response programs within the Emergency Services Training Institute (ESTI) in College Station, Texas. Mr. Richardson joined ESTI in 1986 and has been a marine firefighting and LNG emergency response instructor with ESTI for the past 30 years. The marine, LNG, and oil spill response programs specialize in hands-on emergency response training.

Rod Rinholm is executive director of business development and education for Gas Technology Institute (GTI). His primary responsibilities involve the implementation of training programs that benefit the energy industry and its customers. For over 25 years, Mr. Rinholm has been involved with and led an array of energy technology, market analysis, and training programs for the North American and international gas industry, including positions in R&D program management, business development, and strategy and policy analysis and education. Mr. Rinholm holds an MS in civil engineering from the University of Saskatchewan and an MBA from Northwestern University.

Richard Rogers is managing director of Peaking Operations for Southern Company Gas. Mr. Rogers is responsible for directing operations at six liquefied natural gas 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 supports the safe and 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.

Greg Rozitis has more than 15 years of experience working in the North America resource industry, mainly in the oil & gas markets. With more than 30 years of business experience in the Japanese market, starting with the British Columbia Trade Development Corporation, he was instrumental in establishing a North American presence for the Hitachi High-Tech / Air Water Plant & Engineering joint venture company which was launched in 2014. The Vancouver-based company focuses on marketing and selling cryogenic equipment and tanks to the North American LNG industry. Hitachi High-Tech AW Cryo, Inc. (HTAW) has access to several manufacturing facilities around the world, including Malaysia and China. Hitachi ensures that its products engineered and designed in Japan and North America stand up to the world-class Hitachi brand. Mr. Rozitis’s primary role with HTAW is developing new business and relationships with industry leaders throughout North America.

Steven Stump is vice president of sales at Stabilis Energy, an LNG producer and distributor. Mr. Stump has 40 years of experience in compressed and cryogenic gas and equipment. He is a graduate of Ohio State University. He served as vice president of sales at Worthington Cylinder for 22 years, then president of Chart Cryogenic Systems following as vice president of business development for Trinity Industries, then general manager of Trinity Container prior to joining Stabilis.

Sam Thigpen brings unique insight and expertise to the industry as president of Chart Lifecycle, Inc. He has 20 years of experience in the energy business, including oil and gas services, gas processing, and pipeline operations. Mr. Thigpen joined Chart in October 2015 to develop the new Lifecycle business, focusing on solution-based service offerings in gas processing, LNG, petrochemical, and industrial gas markets. Previously, he was chief executive officer at Thigpen Energy. In 2005, he founded Thigpen Energy on the principle of providing the energy industry the most comprehensive integrated natural gas fueling solutions. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors. Mr. Thigpen is recognized as an industry leader and has spoken at numerous trade shows and conferences. He studies finance at Sam Houston State University, is a lifetime member of Mensa, and has also held various seats on the Board of Directors at the Gulf Coast Gas Measurement Society.

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.

Dale Wade is vice president of marketing and customer service at the Alaska Railroad. He joined the Railroad in January 2012 and heads the Freight and Passenger Marketing Department as well as Passenger Guest Services. He is a 30-year veteran of the freight transportation industry, involved in all aspects of freight service logistics, sales, and marketing. Previously, Mr. Wade spent 15 years as national account executive for FedEx Corporation; and managing director and transportation consultant for AFMS Transportation Management in Portland, Oregon. He studied business administration at the University of Alaska Anchorage with a focus on sales and strategic negotiations.

Cole Walker is the territory sales manager for Thunder Creek Equipment. Thunder Creek Equipment is an industry leader in the proper handling, management, and distribution of fluids and field service resources for the heavy equipment industry. Through his work with the company, Mr. Walker has been at the forefront of proper Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) handling techniques and ensuring the health of Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) systems. Prior to joining Thunder Creek, Mr. Walker was a sales leader in various fields for over 25 years. Mr. Walker has been working specifically with DEF solutions for the oil and gas industry for the past five years.

William Wells is director of HHP and utility markets for Eagle LNG Partners. Eagle LNG Partners is wholly owned by Ferus, Natural Gas Fuels, a portfolio company of the Energy Minerals Group. Eagle LNG is developing regional LNG projects to supply clean-burning, competitively-priced fuel for the marine, rail, transport trucking, power generation, and oil and gas service industry, including virtual pipelines. In addition to the proposed FERC-jurisdictional LNG export facility in Jacksonville, a second Maxville plant is being constructed to support fueling Crowley’s new LNG-powered ships. Eagle has requested authorization from the DOE to export LNG on its own behalf and as an agent for other organizations. In late July DOE issued an order granting Eagle LNG Partners Jacksonville LLC long-term, multi-contract authorization to export LNG to countries that hold a free trade agreement (FTA) with the US. Eagle LNG Partners is pleased to announce it has achieved a major milestone by submitting draft Resource Report 13 for the Jacksonville Project to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on August 29, 2016. These are exciting times for both Eagle and the small-scale LNG industry. With more than 28 years of experience in the natural gas local distribution company (LDC) industry and over 20 years in the role as an NGV consultant, Mr. Wells led a major LDC’s efforts to develop and implement an NGV market and business plan including construction of comprehensive public access CNG station infrastructure. In addition to holding a variety of other natural gas industry roles and supporting a number of large CNG customer fleets, Mr. Wells has experience in the areas of regulatory tariffs, municipal land use, industry legislation, environmental permitting, utility rate design and other project development disciplines. He holds a BA in business administration from Gettysburg College.

Stewart Wilson is vice president of Ferus’ CNG business unit. In this role, he is responsible for bringing to market CNG production and distribution projects for oil and gas, mining, marine, off-road trucking, industrial, and other high horsepower applications. Mr. Wilson joined Ferus in 2006 and has filled various analytical and commercial development roles in business development, sales & marketing, and operations. He has played a major role bringing Ferus’ natural gas fueling business to realization across North America. Most recently, he worked in partnership with GE in founding The Last Mile™ Fueling Solution, a fully-integrated flare gas capture and CNG supply solution to oil and gas operators in resource plays across North America. Mr. Wilson has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta, and 11 years of oil and gas experience.