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Keynote Speakers

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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, 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.

Mike Nicoletti began his professional career at the Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad (IHB) in 2002. Since then, he has held various positions ranging from manager of revenue and manager of process improvement to his current position as director of purchasing. Mr. Nicoletti has led several projects that have reduced the annual operating expense of the IHB by greater than five percent. He is the lead railroad official for IHB’s $60M Locomotive Fuel Conversion Project to convert 70 percent of the IHB fleet to CNG. This ambitious four year project is the first fleet conversion to CNG in North America, assisted by funding and support of the USDOT. Mr. Nicoletti holds a bachelor’s degree from Saint Joseph’s University of Philadelphia, and will receive an MBA from Indiana University-Northwest in March of 2015. He is the 2014 recipient of a Rising Star award from Progressive Railroading Magazine. The IHB, located in Chicago, is the largest switching railroad in North America handling in excess of one million rail cars annually.

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.

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, PhD, earned his master’s 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 completing 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 a manufacturing manager position. In 2003, Dr. Starke returned to his roots in engineering. With the consolidation of engine engineering within Caterpillar, he moved to the Large Engine Center Facility in Lafayette, Indiana. Since 2008, Dr. Starke has been the petroleum & gas product manager. Besides engines, gensets, and custom solutions for the oil and gas market, his responsibilities include gas engine technology, platform, and application development for various markets.

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.

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.

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.