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The Argus Americas LPG Summit brings together a “who’s who” of the international LPG markets, representing more than 25 countries from around the world. This conference provides delegates with the intelligence and insight needed to position their companies for success in 2017 and beyond. Now in its 5th year and newly relocated to Houston, the Argus Americas LPG Summit has developed a reputation as a key annual business planning tool, and has added new networking and content options to help you develop new commercial opportunities in the new year.

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2017 featured speakers

Jim Teague
Bill Briggs, Director, Waterborne NGL Origination, Phillips 66
Matt Marshall, NGL Analyst, Cargill
Craig Whitley, President, World Energy Consultants
Jim Teague
Enterprise Products

Bill Briggs
Phillips 66

Matt Marshall

Craig Whitley
World Energy Consultants


Guest Speakers:

Leon Panetta_

Keynote Address

Secretary Leon Panetta
U.S. Secretary of Defense (2011-2013)

Director, Central Intelligence Agency (2009-2011)

Chief of Staff to President Bill Clinton (1994-1997)

Director, U.S. Office of Management and Budget (1993-1994)

Co-founder, Panetta Institute for Public Policy

Michael McFaul

Gala Dinner Address

Michael McFaul
U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation (2012-2014)

Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Russia and Eurasian Affairs, National Security Council (2009-2011)

NBC News Analyst

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Past attendees include representatives from...

Argentina - Austria - The Bahamas - Bahrain - Barbados - Belgium - Canada - Chile - Colombia - Denmark - Dubai - El Salvador - France - Germany - Guatemala - Holland - Honduras - Japan - Korea - Kuwait - Mexico - India - The Netherlands - Norway - Panama - Peru - Poland - Portugal - Russia - Serbia - Singapore - Spain - Switzerland - Trinidad and Tobago - Turkey - Ukraine - United Kingdom - United States - Uruguay - Venezuela

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January 19, 2017  - Argus Olefins Markets Seminar

This post-conference seminar will provide an in-depth analysis of global olefins markets from the vantage point of NGL feedstocks.


14:00 - 14:30
Ethylene landscape for 2017 and beyond

In this presentation, Argus's Jimmy Levine will explore how the near- and long-term olefins markets impact NGL/LPG pricing trends. His presentation will also explore how organizations should navigate the new dynamics of the ever-growing olefins markets.

Jimmy Levine, Vice President, Olefins - Ethylene, Argus

14:30 - 15:00
Growing NGL demand for olefin production in North America

Dynamic defines propylene markets these days as the variety of production processes grows and regional trends diverge. Access to NGL feedstocks is a key factor in this activity, ensuring the competitive advantage to maintain the strong growth of propylene derivatives. North America has become the new battleground as US and Canadian producers vie for the next big capacity expansion.

Paige Marie Morse, PhD, Vice President, Propylene and Derivatives, Argus
15:00 - 15:30
Outlook for the largest olefin derivatives: polyethylene and polypropylene

With the US polyethylene market looking ahead to new capacity additions and imports rapidly upending traditional polypropylene supply dynamics, 2016 was full of surprises for the US polyolefins markets. Join Argus's US polymers editor Michelle Klump as she presents views on the current market dynamics for olefins and polyolefins, and what to expect going forward into 2017.

This presentation will cover:
  • Argus’ near-term outlook for the US polyethylene and polypropylene markets
  • The impact of olefin feedstock dynamics on the polymer markets.
  • New North American PE capacity, and how it will impact contract pricing and export markets
  • How imports have changed the US polypropylene market, and what is expected in terms of additional capacity expansion
Michelle Klump, Editor, US Polymers, Argus
 15:30 - 16:00
Integration of new feedstock dynamics for olefins production

Steve Weber, Vice President, Petrochemical Consulting, Argus

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January 17, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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Antitrust Compliance Reminder

Argus takes compliance with antitrust law seriously. The purpose of the Argus Americas LPG Summit is to provide a high-level update on changes taking place in the LPG market including supply/demand fundamentals, North American infrastructure dynamics as well as understanding the complexities of global trade flows. The conference sessions will follow the agenda as circulated.

Argus reminds all participants of the need to be mindful of the requirement to comply with antitrust and competition laws. There should be no discussion of any matters relating to competition among participants, including discussion of individual prices, rates or market strategies and no exchange of information concerning any other competitive aspect of an individual company’s operation. Should any participant to this conference attempt to initiate a discussion with other participants on any of these matters, we recommend that other participants end the conversation immediately and at all times act in accordance with their own antitrust compliance policies and all applicable laws.

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Delegates are responsible for their hotel, travel and visa arrangements. Event room rates are available on a first-come, first-served basis.


The organizers will not accept liability for non-approval of visas, individual transport de¬lays and transport disruption. In such circumstances, our normal cancellation rules and penalties apply. Where matters beyond the reasonable control of the organizers impair or prevent the organizers from being able to perform any activities relating to this event, each delegate releases the organizers from any liability, relating to such events.


*topics, speakers and session timing are subject to change

Tuesday, January 17
14:00 Registration Opens
17:00 - 19:00 Pre-conference Welcome Reception
19:00 - 22:00
Gala Dinner
Guest speaker: Michael McFaul

Sponsored by ICE

Wednesday, January 18
07:30 - 08:30 Registration and Breakfast
08:30 - 09:45 Welcome Remarks and Opening Address
Guest speaker: Secretary Leon Panetta

09:45 - 10:00 LPG Summit - Return to Ballroom C
10:00 -11:15 Session 1: The Global LPG Markets in 2017

  • Crude volatility and the impact on LPG: Crude prices have recovered from historic lows in early 2016, but remain depressed and continue to impact the industry. An analysis of market dynamics will shed light on trends and a timeline for recovery.
  • LPG's role in meeting global sustainable energy demands: With the US leading the world in production, where are the next major supply sectors located?
  • Seaborne LPG trade in an unconstrained world – past, present and future: Global seaborne LPG markets have no supply bottlenecks. In the US, shale-based LPG continues to hold promise and production levels remain steady. Iranian sanctions have been lifted and exports have grown, Japanese demand is down, Thai imports have fallen and PDH economics in China and South Korea remain strong. With a number of issues looming, a snapshot summation of the global LPG market is this – too many molecules and too many ships. How long will current market conditions last and when will we see a turnaround? What will it take for the market to balance?

Dominic Haywood, Crude Market Analyst, Energy Aspects
David Appleton,
Senior Analyst, Argus Media
Craig Whitley, President, World Energy Consultants

11:15 - 11:45  Break 
11:45 - 12:30 Session 2: The North American Post-Boom Production Powerhouse, Part 1

  • North American production: Despite low crude and natural gas prices, NGL production continues to rise and has become an increasingly substantial contributor to global supply. A comprehensive look at domestic production sources and trends will paint a picture of supply dynamics.
  • Domestic ethane production and exports: Will enough ethane cracker capacity be built to keep pace with projected growth in production? Will ethane exports solve the US supply overhang, or will propane increasingly intrude on ethane consumption?

Anne Keller, Manager - NGL Research, Wood Mackenzie
Matt Marshall, Senior Trading Analyst, Cargill

12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 15:15 Session 2: The North American Post-Boom Production Powerhouse, Part 2

  • EIA update: A discussion on the upcoming EIA release of the time series of movements of propane, propylene, and butanes, historical trends and changing geographies, and EIA’s methodologies for developing national and regional LPG-by-rail estimates.
  • Mont Belvieu pricing dynamics: Pricing in Mont Belvieu has not behaved as market participants thought it would in recent years. What are the major influencers, and how are they slated to change in the near future?
  • US northeast pipeline infrastructure: Infrastructure needs in the Northeastern US are on the rise in light of significantly lower commodity prices and production growth from the Marcellus and Utica shale plays. What are the near-term effects on the domestic market?
  • LPG by rail: What are the future product flows on US rail routes? Are regulations for pressurized cars impacting NGL rail car availability?

Warren Wilczewski, Industry Economist, Office of Petroleum, Natural Gas & Biofuels Analysis, U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)
Bill Briggs, Director, NGL Waterborne Origination, Phillips 66
Ajey Chandra, Managing Director, Muse, Stancil & Co.
Dan Penovich,
President, Mitsui Rail Capital

15:15 - 15:45 Break
15:45 - 17:30 Session 3: Can Latin America Soak Up the Surplus?

  • Mexico: New reforms allow for private traders to import LPG, but so far few have been able to make significant headway in the domestic market as Pemex lowers prices to remain competitive. In the meantime, Mexico is investing in new infrastructure. What is the outlook going forward?
  • Chile: New facilities at Quintero Bay allow the country to import approximately 250,000 t/yr of LPG and to acquire raw materials from the international market. How has the opening of the new facilities affected the Chilean market? 
  • Brazil: In recent years, Brazil has turned to the US to become a long-term supplier, edging out traditional Latin American sources of LPG. As the largest importer of US propane in South America, what does the Brazilian LPG market look like in the near term? Is Brazilian demand large enough to help balance North American oversupply?
Luis Landeros, President, LPGas Distributors Association
Felipe Silva, Supply Manager, ‎Empresas Lipigas S.A.
Karin Krugner Constantinos,
Supply Chain and Logistics Manager, Ultragaz
17:30 Reception
Thursday, January 19
07:30 Registration Opens 
07:30 - 08:30 Delegate Breakfast Specialty Session: Managing Risk

  • Managing oil market risk in an uncertain world
  • Using big data to explore operational and price risk
Brian Jenisch, Managing Director, Energy Risk Management, Cargill
Stan Brownell, Director, Sapient Global Markets
08:30 - 09:30 Opening remarks and keynote address: The globalization of U.S. hydrocarbons

Speaker: Jim Teague, CEO, Enterprise Products Partners
09:30 - 09:45  LPG Summit - Return to Ballroom C
09:45 - 11:00
Session 4: Changes in Regional Consumer Markets

  • Europe: How are regional consumer markets changing? Which European country or region is driving the most demand and where is capacity being added?
  • Canada: Western Canada is flush with stranded LPG, causing propane prices to plummet. How will a new LPG export terminal on British Columbia’s coast help the Canadian market? What obstacles are in place?
Samuel Maubanc,
General Manager, AEGPL
Gerry Goobie,
Principal, Gas Processing Management Inc.
Jamie Fisher,
Director - Energy Exports, Altagas
11:00 - 11:30 Break 
11:30 - 12:15 Session 5: Shipping and Freight Rates

  • Innovative technologies for LPG transport increase flexbility and reduce costs: In a low shipping rates environment, it is essential to reduce the total cost of ownership. Containment technologies offer solutions for cutting shipyard construction costs, operational cost reduction and bringing flexibility and safety to shipowners.
  • Panama Canal expansion: The expansion of the Panama Canal, commercially in use since July of 2016, will allow shorter routes for US Gulf coast LPG exports to Asia. How will this impact trade flows and the freight market?
Aziz Bamik, General Manager, GTT North America
Knut Scharning, President, Gulf Stream Tanker Chartering
12:15 - 13:00 Session 6: Asian Markets

  • Outlook for Chinese PDH: What is driving China’s PDH development? What has been the effect on global propane supply competition? What are the limitations and challenges? 
  • Outlook for term contracts: Following the spate of cargo cancellations seen in the third quarter of 2016, many term buyers are faced with difficult questions on the US market going forward. Is it better to stay in the spot market rather than commit long term? 
Paige Morse, PhD, Vice President, Propylene and Derivatives, Argus
Uday Turaga, CEO, ADI Analytics
13:00 Conference Concludes

2017 Special Guest Speakers
Leon Panetta_

Leon Panetta

U.S. Secretary of Defense (2011-2013)
Director, Central Intelligence Agency (2009-2011)
Chief of Staff to President Bill Clinton (1994-1997)
Director, U.S. Office of Management and Budget (1993-1994)
Co-founder, Panetta Institute for Public Policy

Co-founder of the Panetta Institute for Public Policy, Leon Panetta returned to the Institute on February 27, 2013, after serving as the 23rd Secretary of Defense. 

A Monterey native and Santa Clara University School of Law graduate, Mr. Panetta began his long and distinguished public service career in 1964 as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army, and upon discharge went to work in Washington as a legislative assistant to U.S. Senate Minority Whip Tom Kuchel of California. In 1969, he was appointed director of the U.S. Office for Civil Rights, where he was responsible for enforcing equal education laws, and later he served as executive assistant to the mayor of New York City. He then returned to Monterey, where he practiced law until his election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1976.

Serving his Central Coast district in Congress for 16 years, Mr. Panetta was a key participant in agriculture, healthcare, marine and federal budget issues, and from 1989 to 1993, he chaired the House Budget Committee. He authored a wide range of legislation, including the Hunger Prevention Act of 1988, Medicare and Medicaid coverage for hospice care for the terminally ill, and numerous measures to protect the California coast, including creation of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

In 1993, Mr. Panetta left Congress to serve as director of the Office of Management and Budget for the incoming Clinton administration. There, he was instrumental in developing the policies that led to a balanced federal budget and eventual budget surpluses. In 1994, he accepted appointment as the President’s chief of staff, and immediately brought order and focus to White House operations and policy making. 

Upon leaving the Clinton administration in 1997, Mr. Panetta joined with his wife Sylvia to establish and co-direct the Panetta Institute for Public Policy, based at California State University, Monterey Bay. Reflecting Mr. Panetta’s own ideals and personal example, the nonpartisan, not-for-profit study center seeks to attract thoughtful men and women to lives of public service and prepare them for the policy challenges of the future. In addition, Mr. Panetta developed programs for the Institute, such as its Leon Panetta Lecture Series, Congressional Internship Program and Leadership Seminar, that help to inform Americans about the critical issues facing our communities, states and nation in the 21st Century. Institute programs also aim to inspire a deeper engagement in the democratic process while simultaneously setting a public
example of service and commitment.

Returning to public service in the Obama Administration as director of the CIA, he ran the operation that brought Osama bin Laden to justice, and, as Secretary of Defense, led the effort to develop a new defense strategy, helping bring two wars to an end, and opened up opportunities for everyone to serve in the military. Mr. Panetta chronicles his life in public service in his memoir Worthy Fights, which was published by Penguin Press in the fall of 2014.

Over the years Mr. Panetta has served on numerous boards and commissions. He co-chaired California Forward, the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative and Governor Schwarzenegger’s Council on Base Support and Retention. In 2006, he served on the Iraq Study Group, a bipartisan national commission seeking a new course for the war in Iraq. In 2016, Mr. Panetta launched the CSIS Commission on Countering Violent Extremism, which he co-chairs with former Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Mr. Panetta is the recipient of many awards and honors. His most recent awards include: the California Teachers Association’s “Friends of EducationAward”; the Judicial Council of California’s “Stanley Mosk Defender of Justice Award”; “The Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award”; the Sons of Italy Foundation’s “National Education & Leadership Award”; the “Peter Benchley Ocean Awardfor Excellence in Policy”; and the Intelligence and National Security Alliance’s “William Oliver Baker Award”. Connecting You with the World's Greatest Minds
Jim Teague, CEO, Enterprise Products Partners

A.J. "Jim" Teague

Director and Chief Executive Officer 
Enterprise Products Partners

Effective January 1, 2016 Mr. Teague was elected Chief Executive Officer of Enterprise GP and has been on the Board of Directors of EPGP since July 2008. He was elected Chief Operating Officer and a Director of Enterprise GP in November 2010 and served as Executive Vice President of EPGP from November 1999 to November 2010. Mr. Teague joined Enterprise in connection with its purchase of certain midstream energy assets from affiliates of Shell Oil Company in 1999. From 1998 to 1999, he served as President of Tejas Natural Gas Liquids, LLC, then an affiliate of Shell. From 1997 to 1998, he was President of Marketing and Trading for MAPCO, Inc. Prior to 1997 he spent 22 years with Dow Chemical in various roles including Vice President, Hydrocarbon Feedstocks. Mr. Teague was a Naval Officer and served in an attack helicopter squadron in Vietnam.

2017 Speakers
Bill Briggs, Director, Waterborne NGL Origination, Phillips 66

Bill Briggs, Director, NGL Waterborne Origination, Phillips 66

Bill has 19 years of commercial marine and products experience in the Oil & Gas Industry. He is a 1996 graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, NY. His industry career started on inland tow boats with American Commercial Barge Lines and then a quick progression to oil tankers with Coastal Corporation. He then came ashore to assume marine operations positions with Coastal and Laurin Maritime. This was followed by a vessel chartering position with El Paso Energy. After assisting Clarksons Shipbrokers with establishing their U.S. based operations in Houston he moved to Phillips 66, holding positions in vessel chartering and LPG origination where he has been for the past 11 years.

Matt Marshall
Matt Marshall, Senior Trading Analyst, Cargill

Matt Marshall currently leads macro research for natural gas trading for Cargill, where he previously held the same responsibilities for natural gas liquids and petchems. Cargill is a very active participant in petroleum markets around the globe. As a large consumer of fuels and plastics in packaging, Cargill’s specific interest in NGLs and their downstream markets is driven by management of its internal consumption, and for helping customers control their exposures to volatile energy prices.
Daniel Penovich
Dan Penovich, President, Mitsui Rail Capital

Dan Penovich is a 35 year veteran of the railcar leasing industry. He is president of Mitsui Rail Capital, LLC, a 50/50 joint venture between JA Mitsui Leasing, Ltd. and Mitsui and Co. Ltd. both located in Tokyo, Japan.

Dan’s previous work included 12 years at GATX Corporation where he led the North American Sales force and provided support for GATX’s international business development projects. Prior to GATX, he was employed by Union Tank Car for 15 years where he led commercial efforts in the Midwest region. He started his career in the rail car operating leasing business at North American Car Company.

In addition to his work experience Dan holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Logistics from Indiana University and a Masters of Business Administration from Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

Dan is an active member of the Chicago Traffic Club, New York Traffic Club, National Grain and Feed Association, North American Freight Car Association, Association of American Railroads and a number of other rail shipper organizations. He also has joined the Indiana University-Kelly School of Business Transportation Executive Board. The board’s goal is to promote careers in logistics and supply chain management to students at the Kelly School. Ultimately the board wants the University to establish a major in supply chain and logistics management.

Dan resides in the Chicago suburb of Naperville, Illinois with his wife Cindy and has two grown children, Mark and Laura.
Felipe Silva
Felipe Silva,
Supply Manager, ‎Empresas Lipigas S.A. 

Felipe Silva is the supply manager of the Chilean LPG company Lipigas S.A. He is an electrical engineer with post graduate study in finances.

Felipe has worked at Lipigas for the last 20 years in several positions including operations manager, logistics manager, and north commercial zone manager. In his time at Lipigas, he has been the leader of modernization projects of two main bottling plants at Lipigas, introducing a pallet distribution system in Chile. Felipe was in charge of developing a LPG distribution company in Bolivia, including building a bottling plant in Santa Cruz. He introduced the first use of railway for LPG transportation from north of Argentina to Chile, crossing the Andes mountains.

In the last four years he has been the leader of a maritime LPG supply project for Lipigas. This includes building full refrigerated storage in Quintero as well as negotiation of LPG supply on freight contracts, forming Lipigas’s LPG trading company.
Luis Landeros
Luis Landeros,
President, LPGas Distributors Association 

Luis Landeros serves as the president of the board for the LPGas Distributors Association (ADG) in Mexico. He has more than 25 years of experience with retail and consumer distribution companies, serving in project leadership, sales management, sales development, consulting and marketing management, and chief executive positions. The ADG serves to promote and advocate common interest of the four biggest LPG distribution groups of Mexico, concentrating 250 companies with 45 percent of the total market share, nationwide. The ADG actively participated in the elaboration of the Secondary Laws for the Mexican Energy Reform with the Secretariat of Energy, including its Hydrocarbon Regulation, Administrative Rulings and Official LPGas Standards.
Dominic Haywood
Dominic Haywood, Crude Market Analyst, Energy Aspect

Dominic specializes in North American crude oil market analysis. His work at Energy Aspects centers on supply and demand fundamentals, with a particular emphasis on regional crude balances, trade flows and grades. His research covers specialist areas such as Cushing storage, pipeline arbitrage and Canadian oil sands market dynamics. Prior to Energy Aspects he worked for a London based commodity fund as an oil derivatives trader, and for UBS in New York. Dominic holds a BA from Nottingham University and a GDL in Law from the University of Law, London. Dominic is currently an MBA candidate at Warwick Business School, where he is enrolled on the Global Energy MBA program. 
Knut Scharning, President, Gulf Stream Tanker Chartering LLC
Knut Scharning, President, Gulf Stream Tanker Chartering

Knut Scharning brings 25+ years of experience in shipping and logistics for liquid products, from clean petroleum products and chemicals to palm oil and tallow. He has worked with ship owners and brokers including players like Odfjell, Stolt Nielsen, Navig8, Team Tankers, and Maersk,. Producers and commodity trading companies such as Shell, BASF, Firestone Polymers, Integra, Tricon, TPC, Atlantic Methanol and Denofa. Knut has executed a long-term contracts of affreightment with Ras Gas and Qatar Gas moving product from Qatar to the United States. Since 2007, Knut has owned and operated Gulf Stream Tanker Chartering, a brokering and logistics consulting business. Trained at the Norwegian Shipping Academy. Knut received his business education from “The Oslo School of Business” in Norway, majoring in International Marketing & Management. He has been married for 28 years and has been blessed with two healthy boys. Knut resides in Houston.
Karin Krugner Constantino
Karin Krugner Constantino, Supply Chain and Logistics Manager, Ultragaz 

Karin is a graduate in production engineering and has a post graduate degree in supply chain and logistics. In 2001, she started her career as a trainee at Ultragaz, leading LPG distributor in Brazil, in the controlling department. Subsequently, promoted to analyst in a supply chain area. Since then, she has been improving and consolidating her career in these areas. Nowadays she is responsible for all LPG purchasing throughout Brazil, as well as route optimization and freight accounts. 
Uday Turaga
Uday Turaga, PhD, CEO, ADI Analytics

Uday Turaga is CEO of ADI Analytics LLC, a boutique energy and chemical consulting firm based in Houston, TX.

Through more than 15 years of experience at ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, Booz Allen, and ADI, Turaga brings deep commercial and technical expertise in oil and gas, coal, renewables, and chemicals. Turaga holds a PhD in Fuel Science from Penn State and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.  
Craig Whitley, Global LPG Analytics Team Leader, BP
Craig Whitley, President and CEO, World Energy Consultants

Craig Whitley is President and CEO of World Energy Consultants, LLC. After 45 years of experience working in the U.S. NGL and global LPG industries, Craig recently retired as the Global NGL Analytics leader for BP and launched World Energy Consultants to provide market analysis, feasibility studies, due diligence support, merger acquisition analysis, custom studies, expert testimony, workshops and training programs for private, public and state-owned energy companies.

Prior to joining BP in 2010, Craig was a senior partner at the international energy consulting firm of Purvin & Gertz for 18 years. Craig joined Purvin & Gertz in 1993 and headed the company’s LPG consulting practices in Latin America and Southeast Asia, and is well known for his analysis of North American NGL markets.

Craig is an expert in international LPG markets, having conducted and led consulting assignments in 49 different countries during his 18-year tenure at Purvin & Gertz. He was also very instrumental at growing Purvin & Gertz market forecasting services as founder and Senior Editor of Purvin & Gertz’ North America NGL Market Outlook, Global LPG Market Outlook and Latin America LPG Market Outlook multi-client studies for many years.

Immediately prior to his employment with Purvin & Gertz, Craig was President of Bonner & Moore Market Consultants, an international energy-consulting firm headquartered in Houston, TX. During his career he has served as chief executive of several energy firms in the LPG business, including BruinGas, Inc., Trio Energy Company, Trio Chemical Company and Aero Energy, Inc.

Craig’s LPG industry expertise and knowledge encompasses many areas of interest that highlight his widespread industry experience, including: market analysis and forecasting, supply acquisition and distribution, gas processing, LPG and NGL trading and marketing, technical analysis, aerosol propellant production and international LPG trade.

Craig lives in Houston, is married and has 4 children. He holds separate B.S. degrees in Chemistry and Zoology and received his MBA from Ole Miss.
Gonzalo de Arteaga
Gonzalo de Arteaga,
Senior Gas Shipping Analyst, Fearnleys  

Gonzalo de Arteaga is a Senior Analyst at Fearnleys, responsible for research and market analytics for LNG and LPG carriers. Fearnleys is one of the most prominent ship-broking houses in the market, supporting charterers and owners to pursue cutting-edge shipping solutions and innovations in a rapidly developing market. Prior to joining Fearnleys, Gonzalo spent four years at Statoil, where he worked as a Senior Gas Market Analyst. Gonzalo is an economist with a Masters in Economics with specialization in energy at NHH, Bergen and a Master in International Management both at NHH, Bergen and HEC, Paris.
Ajey Chandra
Ajey Chandra, Managing Director, Muse, Stancil & Co.
Mr. Ajey Chandra is a Director of the firm and the Managing Director of the Houston office of Muse, Stancil & Co. where he also leads the Midstream practice area for the firm. Mr. Chandra joined Muse in 2014 after 28 years of experience in various facets of the midstream industry, including operations, engineering, business development, management, and consulting. Mr. Chandra has had a wide variety of assignments covering all aspects of the energy industry during his career, and has had several long term expatriate assignments overseas, including Europe and Southeast Asia. Mr. Chandra’s operating, consulting and management experience includes working at Amoco, Purvin & Gertz, Hess and NextEra Energy Resources prior to joining Muse Stancil. Mr. Chandra has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University and an MBA from the University of Houston. Mr. Chandra has also attended Executive Education classes at Harvard University, and is a Professional Engineer in Texas.
Samuel Maubanc
Samuel Maubanc, General Manager, AEGPL 

Samuel Maubanc is General Manager at the European LPG Association (AEGPL), which is the sole representative of the LPG industry at European level, representing national LPG Associations as well as distributors and equipment manufacturers from across Europe.

He started working for the AEGPL in 2011. His main role is to coordinate the work of the association, manage its administration, and establish reliable and efficient communication channels with European Union policy makers and the wider policy community, on behalf of the European LPG sector. Samuel represents AEGPL in EU-level discussions relating to policies and regulations that are of direct relevance to LPG, either as a heating/cooking, industrial, or transport fuel.

Samuel has ten years of experience in government relations. He has provided consulting services in public affairs and strategy to companies from a wide range of sectors including energy, ICT, retail, food, and media. Prior to living in Brussels, he also worked in Tokyo at the European Commission Delegation to Japan, where he dealt with regulatory obstacles preventing European businesses getting access to the Japanese market.

Samuel is a French citizen and holds a Master’s degree in European Studies from the University of Aalborg, Denmark.
Gerry Goobie, Principal, Gas Processing Management Inc.
Gerry Goobie, Principal, Gas Processing Management Inc. 

Mr. Gerry Goobie is a Principal in the Calgary office of Gas Processing Management Inc. (GPMi) providing consulting services to clients in the natural gas liquids (NGL) and natural gas processing industry throughout North America.

Gerry has been in the petroleum industry for 32 years with over 25 years in the NGL and natural gas businesses. His experience includes commercial operations, project management, strategic planning, acquisitions and divestments, regulatory matters and general management.

Prior to joining GPMi, Gerry was a Managing Consultant in the Calgary office of Purvin & Gertz Inc. Prior to joining Purvin & Gertz, Gerry provided independent consulting services to clients in the natural gas and NGL businesses in Western Canada.

Gerry holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry, a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering and a Master of Business Administration degree. He is Registered Professional Engineer in the province of Alberta.
Anne Keller
Anne Keller, Manager - NGL Research, Wood Mackenzie

Anne Keller joined Wood Mackenzie in August 2012, managing the NGL Research team, which developed and launched the short term service in 2013, and the long term service in 2014.

Prior to joining Wood Mackenzie, she was Founder and President of Midstream Energy Group, a strategy consultancy focused on transaction advisory services to the gas midstream and NGL distribution and marketing sectors, private equity investors, and banks. Her industry experience includes positions in corporate finance, asset management, NGL supply and trading, and project development. She was also Group Manager in the Natural Gas and Utilities section of Jacobs Consultancy, a subsidiary of Jacobs Engineering.

Anne holds a BS in Accounting and Business Administration and an MBA in Finance. She is a CPA, and currently serves on the Boards of Directors and the Finance and Technical Committees of the Gas Processors’ Suppliers Association. She has developed and taught “NGL Fundamentals” courses which have been attended by over 1,000 industry professionals, including an “NGL 101” webinar sponsored by the US Energy Information Administration.  
Warren Wilczewski, EIA, Industry Economist, Office of Petroleum, Natural Gas & Biofuels Analysis
Warren Wilczewski, Industry Economist, Office of Petroleum, Natural Gas & Biofuels Analysis, U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)

Since joining the Energy Information Administration in 2014 Warren Wilczewski has led EIA’s effort at implementing survey and analytical changes to the way the agency collects and disseminates Hydrocarbon Gas Liquids (HGL) data. Warren contributes to EIA’s HGL analysis along a wide range of products, including short-term and long-term energy outlooks, near-term articles, energy-by-rail, and various assessments of the HGL complex. Prior to coming to EIA Warren worked at ICF International, where he supported the company’s development of an NGL practice as the lead market analyst. Warren received his BA in International Relations/International Trade from the University of British Columbia, and his MS in Global Affairs/Energy & Environment from New York University.
Jamie Fisher
Jamie Fisher, Director - Energy Exports, AltaGas 

Jamie Fisher is the Director Energy Exports – Commercial at AltaGas Ltd., and is currently working as a part of the development team at AltaGas Idemitsu Joint Venture. AIJV was formed to pursue opportunities involving exports of LPG and liquefied natural gas LNG from Canada to Asia. Jamie has extensive experience in the development of wholesale and retail markets for natural gas, and has structured and negotiated a broad range of long-term marketing, sale, and asset management transactions at locations Canada. Companies he has held commercial roles with include Duke Energy, TransCanada Pipelines, and Merrill Lynch.

Jamie started in the energy industry as an engineer, and has a strong background in mechanical engineering, gas processing, and plant construction. He has a B.Sc. from the University of Calgary, and an MBA from the University of Western Ontario. Jamie currently lives in Calgary with his wife and two teenage daughters.
David Appleton
David Appleton, Senior Analyst, Argus

David Appleton is a Senior Analyst at Argus, specializing in LPG. He is responsible for delivery of the global and European LPG statistical reviews that Argus publishes in partnership with WLPGA each year, as well as editing the Argus LPG Outlook and contributing to Argus LPG World among other projects.. Prior to joining Argus, David spent six years at the European LPG Association, where in his role as public affairs manager, he promoted and defended the interests of the downstream European LPG sector in the Brussels energy policy sphere. David holds a BscEcon in Politics and Economics and a Masters in International Development
Paige Morse
Paige Morse, PhD, VP, Propylene and Derivatives, Argus

Paige Morse is responsible for market intelligence and analysis for propylene and related derivatives. She has 25 years in experience in the chemical industry in the US and Europe, and joined Argus in 2016.

She is a strategic thinker with broad experience in business development and corporate planning in chemical and energy markets. Paige has worked in R&D, business development, and marketing at Shell, Dow, Sunoco and Clariant. She has worked on several M&A projects throughout her career, with a focus on acquisition targeting, market and technology assessment, and asset integration. Paige has PhD in chemistry from the University of Illinois, and a Bachelor of Arts from Kenyon College in Ohio.

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GTT North America
Houston-based GTT North America (GTT NA) is the US subsidiary of French engineering and technology company GTT. As a leading engineering company in containment systems for the shipping and storage in cryogenic conditions of LNG (liquefied natural gas) and other gases, GTT offers engineering, consultancy, training, maintenance support and technical design services. Approved by leading classification societies, its technologies are underpinned by a substantial return of experience over many decades.

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Gala Dinner

Tuesday, January 17, 7:00 - 10:00 PM

Hilton Americas, Ballroom of the Americas, 2nd level, Ballroom BC
Tickets: $175 to attend

To reserve a table, contact Hunter Jones to learn more
Business attire is requested, black-tie is optional. Seating is limited, Book early to reserve your spot.

Gala dinner speaker

Hear Michael McFaul, former U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation and Senior Director for Russian and Eurasian Affairs at the national Security Council, give the audience a historical and forward-thinking perspective into the successes, obstacles and challenges facing the U.S., its allies and its adversaries around the world.
Michael McFaul

Michael McFaul

U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation (2012-2014); Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Russia and Eurasian Affairs, National Security Council (2009-2011); and NBC News Analyst. 

Michael A. McFaul served as Ambassador of the United States of America to the Russian Federation from January, 2012, to February, 2014. Prior to becoming Ambassador, he served for three years as the special assistant to the President and senior director for Russia and Eurasian Affairs at the National Security Council.

McFaul is a professor of Political Science at Stanford University. He is also director and senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) and the Peter and Helen Bing Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution.

He is the author and editor of several monographs including, Advancing Democracy Abroad: Why We Should and How We Can (2009); with Valerie Bunce and Katheryn Stoner-Weiss, eds., Democracy and Authoritarianism in the Postcommunist World (2009); with Anders Aslund, eds., Revolution in Orange: The Origins of Ukraine's Democratic Breakthrough (2006); with Nikolai Petrov and Andrei Ryabov, Between Dictatorship and Democracy: Russian Postcommunist Political Reform (2004); with James Goldgeier, Power and Purpose: American Policy toward Russia after the Cold War (2003); and Russia’s Unfinished Revolution: Political Change from Gorbachev to Putin (2001).

McFaul was born and raised in Montana. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations and Slavic Languages and his Master of Arts degree in Soviet and East European Studies from Stanford University in 1986. He was awarded a Rhodes scholarship to Oxford where he completed his Doctor of Philosophy degree in International Relations in 1991.

Risk Management Breakfast

Thursday, January 19
7:30 - 8:30 AM

Managing risk in an uncertain world In the petroleum market, we have come to expect extreme price volatility due to the macroeconomic pressures, geopolitical issues, capital flows and currency fluctuations causing dramatic swings in underlying values. But how do you effectively manage your risk in a $50/barrel market, whether you are a consumer or producer? Cargill’s Brian Jenisch will discuss the challenges and opportunities to utilize financial risk management strategies to create a boost to your bottom line in an otherwise challenging market environment. 

Learn strategies to:

  • Improve margins and budgets 
  • Best practices to navigate volatility 
  • Prepare your balance sheet to withstand fluctuations in the market

Brian Jenisch
Brian Jenisch, Managing Director, Energy Risk Management, Cargill

Brian Jenisch is managing director, energy risk management with Cargill, focusing on North America markets. He leads a team which provides financial risk management solutions to a wide range of producers and consumers of energy commodities, including crude oil, fuel oil, diesel, gas oil, gasoline, natural gas and resins. Prior to joining Cargill in 2008, Mr. Jenisch was a director, energy origination with Shell Oil Company. A Kansas native, he is a graduate of Fort Hays State University. Mr. Jenisch is based in Cargill's Houston office.

Plus, hear from Stan Brownell, Director of Sapient Global Markets as he demonstrates real world case studies and approaches to using data to manage operational and price risk. 

Learn strategies to:

  • Forecasting oil price movements
  • RTOs and generation assets dispatch

Stan Brownell
Stan Brownell, Director, Sapient Global Markets

Stan’s background encompasses over 20 years of senior management and business development experience for various energy trading companies, private equity firms, power generators and large integrated oil & gas companies. Experience includes operational risk assessment and the evaluation/implementation of contracting practices, trading control procedures, and risk management systems for commodity trading and infrastructure investments. He received an undergraduate degree in mathematics from Michigan Technological University and an MBA in Finance from the University of Houston.

*This specialty breakfast is complimentary for all delegates of the Argus Americas Crude Summit. Register now

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