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Argus Americas Motor Fuels Summit

**Weather update**

January 16, 3:45 PM

As of this time, the conference will be proceeding as scheduled. We will continue to assess the situation and post updates throughout the day.

**Weather update**

Gasoline, Diesel, Ethanol, Biofuel, Jet

The summit will answer the needs of business leaders in the transportation fuels supply chain with a spotlight on supply growth, regulatory changes, logistical constraints and arbitrage opportunities which have changed the economics of the US refining industry and have market participants looking abroad for lucrative opportunities. This conference will help refiners, infrastructure developers and others discover ways increase value along the international refined product supply chain.

Key topics include:

  • Supply and demand outlook for refined products 
  • US product trade to the international markets
  • Logistical constraints for exports of refined products to the global market
  • Opportunities presented by Mexican energy reform 
  • Impact of bunker fuel specification changes on motor fuel supplies and pricing
  • Impact of RINs program and the Renewable Fuels Standard 
  • The future of transportation fuels requirements
  • …and much more

Keynote Speaker

Robert Gates

Robert Gates

Former Secretary of Defense

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2018 Confirmed Speakers: 

  • Industry Dinner Keynote Speaker: Nicholas Burns, Former US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, Former US Ambassador to Greece and NATO, Former White House Special Assistant, Current Harvard Professor 
  • Dan Romasko, Chief Executive Officer and President, Motiva Enterprises LLC
  • Joseph Israel, CEO, Par Petroleum
  • Dan Gordon, Executive Vice President, Business Development & Strategy, Delek US Holdings
  • Gwen Mitchell, Manager, Specialty Products - Reg Fuels, Andeavor
  • Gene Gebolys, Founder, President & CEO, World Energy 
  • Corey Prologo, Director of Oil Trading - North America, Head of Houston Branch, Trafigura Trading LLC
  • Michael Cohen, Head of Energy Commodities, Barclays 
  • Bob McNally, Founder and President, The Rapidan Group, Former Energy Advisor, President George W. Bush Administration
  • Brent Secreast, SVP, Enterprise
  • Robert Barnes, SVP Commercial - Crude Oil, Magellan 
  • Celeste Rebora, Director, Hydrocarbons Projects, TCM
  • Jose Carlos Femat Romero, Director, ONEXPO
  • Dr. Phil Verleger, Owner and President, PKVerleger LLC, Visiting Fellow, Colorado School of Mines
  • Esteban Salas, SVP, Refined Products, Windstar
  • Robert Campbell, Head of Oil Products Research, Energy Aspects
  • Alvaro Efrain Tellez Rangel, Founding Partner, ENIX
  • John Gretzinger, Senior Vice President, Head of Energy, INTL FCStone Financial Inc.
  • Jean-Luc Amos, Oil Products Manager, ICE Futures
  • Gregory Broussard, Senior Director, Energy Derivatives, Cargill Risk Management
  • Neil Earnest, President, Muse, Stancil & Co.
  • John Demopoulos, Vice President, North American Refined Products, Argus
  • Paul Niznik, Manager, Biofuels & Environmental, Argus Consulting Services
  • David Ruisard, US Products Editor, Argus

Event highlights

Who should attend:

Refiners · National, regional and independent fuel suppliers · Petroleum marketers and distributors · Fuel retailers/convenience store operators · Transportation and fuels logistics companies · Fuel Equipment providers · Executives and managers · Marketing professionals · Fuel supply and distribution professionals · Fuels pricing specialists and analysts · Environmental compliance officers

Register now

Registration Rates and Prices:

Pre-Registration Discount (Until November 17th)
Early Registration Discount (November 18th - December 15th)
Standard Registration (December 16th - January 15th)
Onsite Registration $2,195

Additional Bookable Items:

Industry Dinner $185

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Fees include participation in all sessions, conference luncheon/reception, coffee breaks, continental breakfast and one set of conference documentation per person. Travel and accommodation costs are not included.

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

Terms and Conditions
View the conference booking terms and conditions here.

Antitrust compliance reminder

Argus takes compliance with antitrust law seriously. The purpose of the Argus Americas Motor Fuels Summit is to help market participants understand the major issues shaping the market. 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.

The organizers will not accept liability for non-approval of visas, individual transport de­lays 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.

Wednesday, January 17
07:30 - 08:30 Registration and Breakfast
08:30 - 08:40 Welcome and Opening Remarks
08:40 - 09:30  Opening Address: Grand Ballroom G & J

Robert Gates
Secretary of Defense (2006-2011); Author, New York Times Best Seller, DUTY: Memoirs of a Secretary at War and A Passion for Leadership

Moderator: Euan Craik, CEO, Americas, Argus
09:30 - 10:30 Session 1: Global Oil Market Dynamics

  • Global oil outlook: A look at oil market balances, OPEC's strategy and US exports.
  • OPEC strategy: Oil exports from the US are rising dramatically, rivaling several OPEC member countries. Even so, OPEC and participating non-OPEC producers have largely complied with their late-2016 agreement to cut supply. Will cooperation or competition prevail as the market balances? What are the challenges that OPEC is facing to sustain global supply discipline?
Corey Prologo, Director of Oil Trading - North America, Head of Houston Branch, Trafigura Trading LLC
Michael Cohen, Head of Energy Commodities, Barclays

Moderator: Stephen Jones, SVP, Petroleum, Argus
10:30 - 11:00 Break: All attendees of the Argus Americas Motor Fuels Summit please join us in Grand Ballroom A for the remainder of the day’s sessions.
11:00 - 11:30  Presentation- Global Product Market Connectivity: What are the key considerations for the US in a products export context? Understand the global opportunities for USGC to Mexico and Latin America, East coast to Europe, West coast to Asia and other motor fuel arbitrage opportunities. How does this play into global market dynamics and which markets what the greatest opportunity recently? 

David Ruisard, US Products Editor, Argus

Moderator: John Demopoulos, Vice President, North American Refined Products, Argus
 11:30 - 12:30 Session 2: US Market Factors

  • Light transportation fuels- Supply-demand outlook and implications for logistical infrastructure: Although the oil industry has been efficiently moving transportation fuels for decades, there have been massive changes in supply patterns in recent years. How will the shifting patterns in supply and demand influence the current and future need for logistical infrastructure?
  • RINs, CAFE and other key regulations: Join us as we identify and discuss timely market questions including annual price outlooks for RINs and the opportunities and constraints within the US biofuels market being impacted by renewable fuel standards. What are some of the risk factors and how does this impact expectations for these standards moving forward? How will an anti-EPA Trump administration affect this market and what are the implications if they relax CAFE fuel economy standards for cars and light trucks?
  • Refining environmental credit planning: This presentation will discuss the refining planning aspects of both state and federal regulations that require the acquisition of environmental credits and impact pricing for products. This includes RFS, California Low Carbon Fuel Standard, Oregon Clean Fuels Program and Washington Clean Air Rule which are less known, but overlap with the RFS. Additionally hear details on the refining industry's difficulty in planning to comply due to constant changes in schedules and prices.
Neil Earnest, President, Muse Stancil & Co.
Paul Niznik, Mgr, Biofuels & Environmental, Argus
Gwen Mitchell, Mgr, Speciality Products/Reg Fuels, Andeavor

Moderator: John Demopoulos, Vice President, North American Refined Products, Argus
12:30 - 14:00 Networking Lunch and Presentation

Managing Risk in an Uncertain World
: In the petroleum and petrochemical markets, we have come to expect extreme price volatility due to extreme weather events, macroeconomic pressures, geopolitical issues, capital flows and currency fluctuations which frequently cause dramatic swings in underlying values. But how do you effectively manage your risk in this market, whether you are a consumer or producer? The challenges and opportunities in using financial risk management strategies to create a boost to your bottom line in an otherwise challenging market environment.

Gregory Broussard, Senior Director, Energy Derivatives, Cargill

Moderator: Jeff Kralowetz, Vice President, Business Development, Argus
14:00 - 15:00 Interactive Panel Discussion- Moving Products into the Mexican Market: A year into liberalization, early adopters and other organizations in the USGC and throughout the globe have only scratched the surface of the real-world potential of this historic shift in policy. During this discussion we will:
  • Examine ongoing logistics challenges, both existing and planned for moving products into Mexico
  • Explore legal and tax considerations. Understand end user demand and specification needs
  • Evaluate best practices for moving product across the border
Dan Gordon, EVP, BD & Strategy, Delek US Holdings
Celeste Rebora, Dir, Hydrocarbon Projects, TCM
Jose Carlos Femat Romero
, Director, ONEXPO
Jaime Brito, VP, Pricing and Market Strategies, Argus

Moderator: John Demopoulos, Vice President, North American Refined Products, Argus
15:00 - 15:30 Presentation- South American Spotlight: How much product will Chile, Venezuela, Peru and Ecuador be importing within the next 12 months? What effect has the liberalization of the Mexican market have on the region and will Latin American refineries be able to keep up with demand?

Robert Campbell
, Head of Oil Products Research, Energy Aspects

Moderator: John Demopoulos
, Vice President, North American Refined Products, Argus
15:30 - 16:00 Break 
16:00 - 17:00 Interactive Panel Discussion- Risk Management, Hedging, Spot vs Paper, Derivatives and Other Financial Considerations for Motor Fuels: Join us as we identify and discuss timely market questions including:
  • What are some of the risks people are hedging against price moves and what widely used benchmarks are most likely subject to change? Are there new tools for financial markets that the exchanges will bring on? How will all of this affect your overall hedging strategy?
  • How can you get more accurate information on the spot market when paper trading and how will upcoming regulations and exchanges impact your ability to enter the paper market? Will Dodd-Frank rolling back impact paper trading and what other regulations should you keep in mind?
  • What are the financial options derivatives within refined products? What are the benefits of exchange-traded derivatives vs. over-the-counter derivative and how is this expected to shift in near future?
Jean-Luc Amos, Oil Products Manager, ICE Futures
Gregory Broussard, Senior Director, Energy Derivatives, Cargill
John Gretzinger
, Senior Vice President, Head of Energy, INTL FCStone Financial Inc.

Moderator: John Demopoulos
, Vice President, North American Refined Products, Argus
17:00 Closing Announcements
17:00 - 19:30 Networking Reception

(Open to all event attendees)
Thursday, January 18
07:30 - 08:30 Registration and Breakfast 
08:30 - 08:35 Opening Remarks: Grand Ballroom G & J

Moderator: Stephen Jones, SVP, Petroleum, Argus
08:40 - 09:15 Keynote Address - The Future of North America’s Refining Sector: How will Mexico’s energy reform, Trump’s policies and feedstock economics impact the refining sector? How might new marine fuel specifications impact refiners? Where are the global opportunities for US refined products?

Dan Romasko, President and Chief Executive Officer, Motiva Enterprises LLC

Moderator: Stephen Jones
, SVP, Petroleum, Argus
09:15 - 09:45 Fireside Chat - The Impact of Oil Exports and Changing Infrastructure Needs on the Midstream Sector: What opportunities have US oil exports created for the midstream sector? What infrastructure is still needed to best move oil from producing basins to export terminals? Will foreign investors become involved in transportation projects in the US to help expedite larger export volumes?

Robert Barnes, SVP Commercial - Crude Oil, Magellan

Moderator: Jeff Kralowetz, Vice President, Business Development, Argus
09:45 - 10:15 Break
10:15 - 10:45 Fireside Chat– The Impact of Changing Infrastructure Needs on the Midstream Sector: What opportunities have US oil exports created for the midstream sector? What infrastructure is still needed to best move oil from producing basins to export terminals? What opportunities do midstream organizations see for the refined products sector?

Brent Secreast, SVP, Enterprise

Moderator: Jeff Kralowetz, Vice President, Business Development, Argus
10:45 - 10:50 Room Switch: All attendees of the Argus Americas Motor Fuels Summit please join us in Grand Ballroom A for the remainder of the morning’s sessions.
10:50 - 11:30  Presentation- Advanced Biofuels: All growth in the RFS will now come from advanced biofuels, the vast majority of which will be blended into distillates. How will the Trump EPA’s first RFS rule, Congress’ tax legislation, and the Department of Commerce’s trade actions impact advanced biofuels supply and demand and ultimately drive the broader American distillate market?

Gene Gebolys, Founder, President/CEO, World Energy

Moderator: John Demopoulos, Vice President, North American Refined Products, Argus
11:30 - 12:15 Presentation: Distillate Drama- The Impending Effect of Sulfur Regulations on Refining Margins: How will the Marpol VI regulation likely affect bottom of the barrel products as well as distillates as a whole? What are the forecasts for ULSD and HSFO crack spreads and what are the anticipated expectations for US refining margins related to Marpol?

Edward Arnold, Senior Consultant, Argus

Moderator: John Demopoulos, Vice President, North American Refined Products, Argus
12:15 - 14:00 Networking Lunch and Room Switch- All attendees of the Argus Americas Motor Fuels Summit please join us in Grand Ballroom J & G following lunch for the remainder of the day’s sessions.
14:00 - 14:30 Presentation: The Evolving Role of the US Gulf Coast and the Impact on Crude Pricing: How are market dynamics impacting crude pricing and what is the evolving role of the US Gulf coast as a global benchmark?

Dr. Phil Verleger, Owner and President, PKVerleger LLC, Visting Fellow, Colorado School of Mines

Moderator: Euan Craik, CEO, Americas, Argus
14:30 - 15:30 Session 3: US Refining Considerations and the Future of the Fuels Market

  • Global refined products demand: How will China and India’s refining sectors impact US product supply? Will the US emerge as Mexico’s main supply source? What other regions might emerge as demand centers? 
  • The future of the transportation fuels mix: The global transportation sector is continuing to evolve to meet increasing emissions standards. What might this mean for diesel and gasoline demand? When will we see an increase in consumer adoption of electric, natural gas and renewable diesel vehicles? 
Joseph Israel, CEO, Par Petroleum
Ed Arnold, Senior Consultant, Argus

Moderator: Ed Arnold, Senior Consultant, Argus
15:30 - 16:00 Break
16:00 - 16:30 Closing Address: Looking Forward – The Global Crude Picture: Will OPEC, shale, and peak demand keep oil prices stable indefinitely?

Bob McNally, Founder and President, The Rapidan Group, Former Energy Advisor, President George W. Bush Administration

Moderator: Stephen Jones, SVP, Petroleum, Argus
16:30 Closing Remarks and Conference Conclusion

Stephen Jones, 
SVP, Petroleum, Argus

*Program subject to change

Tuesday, January 16, Preconference Day, Networking Reception and Industry Dinner
14:30 - 17:00
Preconference Workshops: Product Movements into Mexico
14:30 - 15:00
Energy reform update- Update, analysis and trends: Take an in depth dive into the relevant challenges and opportunities uncovered since the liberalization of the Mexican market. Join this discussion to hear an overview of how trends in trade have shifted as well as what to expect in the coming year.

Jaime Brito, Vice President, Pricing and Market Strategies, Argus
15:00 - 15:30  IEPS- A detailed look at taxation crossing the border: What is the legal framework surrounding the excise tax for inland transactions for nationally produced barrels and imports? How do these taxes vary by commodity and what are the government incentives specific to companies? What are the most common excise tax practical issues that the industry faces?

Santiago Llano Zapatero, Partner, Ritch Mueller
15:30 - 16:00
16:00 - 16:30
Infrastructure- current and upcoming projects: What are the restrictions with current infrastructure and what are some of the most vital projects moving forward? Where are the major terminals planned on the border? How will all of this new infrastructure affect importing, transportation and storage as more participants enter the Mexican market?

Esteban Salas, SVP, Refined Products, Windstar
16:30 - 17:00 The liberalization process from the point of view of retailers: Explore the current status of the retail sector in Mexico including growth over the last year due to the liberalization, new brands and new market opportunities. Additionally during this talk we will assess the challenges of liberalization and steps that could be applicable from the point of view of regulation, government incentives or public entities like Pemex, COFECE or others.

Jose Carlos Femat Romero, Director, ONEXPO
17:00 - 19:00 Opening Night Reception

Open to all conference attendees
19:00 - 22:00
Industry Dinner
Join over 150 senior-level crude, LPG and products market participants for our annual industry dinner.

Speaker: Nicholas Burns
  • Former U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs
  • Former U.S. Ambassador to Greece and NATO
  • Former White House Special Assistant
  • Current Harvard Professor
Moderator: Euan Craik, CEO, Americas, Argus
*$185 per person – tables available for purchase. Please contact

2018 Speakers
Nicholas Burns Harvard University
Nicholas Burns
, Former US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs (2005-2008), Former US Ambassador to Greece (1997-2001) and NATO (2001–2005), Former White House Special Assistant

Nicholas Burns is the Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He is Director of the Future of Diplomacy Project and Faculty Chair for the Programs on the Middle East and on India and South Asia. He serves on the Board of Directors of the School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and is a Faculty Associate at Harvard’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.

Burns is Director of the Aspen Strategy Group, Senior Counselor at the Cohen Group, and serves on the Board of Directors of Entegris, Inc. He also serves on the boards of several non-profit organizations, including the Council on Foreign Relations, Special Olympics International, the Diplomacy Center Foundation, the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress, The Trilateral Commission, the Richard Lounsbery Foundation, the Atlantic Council, America Abroad Media, the Association of Diplomatic Studies and Training, the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, the Appeal of Conscience Foundation, the Boston Committee on Foreign Relations, and the Gennadius Library. From 2014-2017, he was a member of Secretary of State John Kerry’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board at the U.S. Department of State. He is Vice Chairman of the American Ditchley Foundation and serves on the Panel of Senior Advisors at Chatham House: the Royal Institute of International Affairs. He is a member of the Committee on Conscience of the United States

Holocaust Memorial Museum. He is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Order of Saint John and Red Sox Nation.

Professor Burns served in the United States government for 27 years. As a career Foreign Service Officer, he was Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs from 2005 to 2008; the State Department’s third-ranking official when he led negotiations on the U.S.–India Civil Nuclear Agreement; a long-term military assistance agreement with Israel; and was the lead U.S. negotiator on Iran’s nuclear program. He was U.S. Ambassador to NATO (2001–2005), Ambassador to Greece (1997–2001) and State Department Spokesman (1995–1997). He worked for five years (1990–1995) on the National Security Council at the White House where he was Senior Director for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia Affairs and Special Assistant to President Clinton and Director for Soviet Affairs in the Administration of President George H.W. Bush. Burns also served in the American Consulate General in Jerusalem (1985–1987) where he coordinated U.S. economic assistance to the Palestinian people in the West Bank and before that, at the American embassies in Egypt (1983-1985) and Mauritania (1980 as an intern).

Professor Burns has received 12 honorary degrees, the Presidential Distinguished Service Award, the Secretary of State’sDistinguished Service Award, the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service from the Johns Hopkins University, the Boston College Alumni Achievement Award, and the Jean Mayer Global Citizenship Award from Tufts University. He hasa Bachelor of Arts in History from Boston College (1978), a Master of Arts in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (1980), and earned a Certificat Pratique de Langue Française at the University of Paris-Sorbonne (1977). He was a visiting Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in summer 2008.
Robert Gates
Robert Gates
, Secretary of Defense (2006-2011); Author, New York Times Best Seller, DUTY: Memoirs of a Secretary at War and A Passion for Leadership

Robert Gates served as the 22nd secretary of defense (2006-2011) and is the only secretary of defense in U.S. history to be asked to remain in that office by a newly elected President. President Barack Obama is the eighth president Gates has served. He previously served under President George W. Bush.

On Gates’ last day in office, President Barack Obama awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian honor.

Before becoming secretary of defense in 2006, Gates was the president of Texas A&M University, the nation’s seventh largest university. Prior to assuming the Texas A&M presidency on August 1, 2002, he served as interim dean of the George Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M from 1999 to 2001.

Gates joined the Central Intelligence Agency in 1966 and spent nearly 27 years as an intelligence professional. During that period, he spent nearly nine years at the National Security Council, the White House, serving four presidents of both political parties.

Gates served as director of Central Intelligence from 1991 until 1993. He is the only career officer in CIA’s history to rise from entry-level employee to director. He served as deputy director of Central Intelligence from 1986 until 1989 and as assistant to the President and deputy national security adviser at the White House from January 20, 1989 until November 6, 1991, for President George H.W. Bush.

Gates has been awarded the National Security Medal, the Presidential Citizens Medal, has three times received the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, and has three times received CIA’s highest award, the Distinguished Intelligence Medal. In April, 2016, he became the inaugural recipient of the Zbigniew Brzezinski Annual Prize, in recognition of his distinguished record of promoting the importance of geostrategic thinking with a transcending moral purpose.

He has authored three memoirs - Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War (2014), a straightforward, vividly written account of his experience serving Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, From the Shadows: The Ultimate Insider’s Story of Five Presidents and How They Won the Cold War (1996) which details his career as a CIA officer at the center of power during a time when the threat of global annihilation informed America’s every move, and A Passion for Leadership: Lessons on Change and Reform from Fifty Years of Public Service (January 2016), in which Gates draws on years of exceptional experience to offer readers a powerful, informative and pragmatic look at leadership.

Until becoming secretary of defense, Gates served as chairman of the independent trustees of The Fidelity Funds, the nation’s largest mutual fund company, and on the board of directors of NACCO Industries, Inc., Brinker International, Inc. and Parker Drilling Company.

Gates currently serves on the board of directors of Starbucks and is partner in the consulting firm, RHG LLC, with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and others. He has also served on the board of directors and executive committee of the American Council on Education, the board of directors of the National Association of State Universities and Land- Grant Colleges. He has also been president of the Boy Scouts of America, and the National Eagle Scout Association.

A native of Kansas, Gates received his bachelor’s degree from the College of William & Mary, his master’s degree in history from Indiana University and his doctorate in Russian and Soviet history from Georgetown University. Gates was installed as chancellor of the college of William & Mary, beginning in February 2012. He is the first William & Mary alumnus in the modern era to serve as chancellor of the college.

In 1967, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force and served as an intelligence officer at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri.
Dan Romasko
Dan Romasko
, President and CEO, Motiva Enterprises LLC

Dan Romasko was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Motiva Enterprises LLC in February 2014. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Motiva is a leading refiner, distributor and marketer of transportation fuels and lubricant base oils in the Eastern, Southern, and Gulf Coast regions of the United States. Motiva is a wholly owned subsidiary of U.S. affiliates of Saudi Aramco.

Prior to his current role, Dan was the Executive Vice President of Operations for Tesoro Corporation with accountability for the refining, marketing, logistics and marine organizations. In addition, he served as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of Tesoro Logistics LP. Before joining Tesoro, Dan held the positions of Vice President, Operations Integrity and Vice President, Technical Operations and Competence at Suncor Energy.

Dan began his career with ConocoPhillips, serving the company through leadership positions in mid-stream, supply and trading, global specialty products, and refining during his 20-year tenure.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from Montana State University.
Joseph Isreal
Joseph Israel,
CEO, Par Petroleum

Joseph Israel serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Par Petroleum, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Par Pacific Holdings, focused on refining, marketing, and logistics. Mr. Israel’s 20 plus years of experience in the oil and gas industry includes a successful track record of structuring and leading petroleum refining, marketing and asphalt operations, as well as driving profitable corporate development initiatives. Prior to joining Par in January 2015, Mr. Israel served as Senior Vice President at Hunt Refining Company, where he led operations planning, crude oil supply, marketing and business strategy. Previously, between the years of 2000 and 2008, Mr. Israel served as VP of M&A and Business Development for Alon USA, a US refiner and marketer, and as Chief Operating Officer for the company between 2008 and 2011. Mr. Israel holds his Master of Business Administration and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Bob McNally
Bob McNally
, Founder and President, The Rapidan Energy Group, Former Energy Advisor, President George W. Bush

Robert McNally is the founder and President of Rapidan Energy Group, an independent energy consulting and market advisory firm based in the Washington DC area. Mr. McNally's clients include leading global energy market investors, producers, and traders. Mr. McNally’s 26-year professional career includes senior financial market and official posts spanning economic, security, and environmental aspects of energy market analysis, strategy, and policymaking.

Mr. McNally started his professional career in 1991 as an oil market analyst and consultant with Energy Security Analysis, Inc. In 1994, he joined Tudor Investment Corporation and for twelve subsequent years analyzed energy markets, macroeconomic policy, and geopolitics for Tudor portfolio managers, earning promotions to Vice President and Managing Director. From 2001 to 2003, Mr. McNally served as the top international and domestic energy adviser on the White House staff, holding the posts of Special Assistant to the President on the National Economic Council and, in 2003, Senior Director for International Energy on the National Security Council. Mr. McNally served in the Peace Corps in Senegal from 1988-1990.
Mr. McNally earned his double major BA/BS in International Relations and Political Science from American University and his MA in International Economics and American Foreign Policy from Johns Hopkins Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He was co-chair for energy policy on the 2008 Romney Campaign, served on the Policy Advisory Committee for Senator Marco Rubio's 2010 campaign, and regularly advises congressional and administration officials on energy policy and markets. Mr. McNally is a Member of the National Petroleum Council and is a non-resident fellow at Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy.

Mr. McNally has testified to the House and Senate on energy markets and national security and speaks to professional conferences on energy markets, policy, and geopolitics. He has been published in Foreign Affairs (co-authored essay with Michael Levi, July/August 2011) and has been interviewed by CNN, The Economist, Fox Business, The Financial Times, The Washington Post, National Journal, Platts Energy Week TV, PBS' Great Decisions in Foreign Policy series, Bloomberg News, Aviation Daily and other programs and journals.

He is the author of the book Crude Volatility: The History and the Future of Boom-Bust Oil Prices, from Columbia University Press, 2017.

Mr. McNally is married and has three children.
Corey Prologo, Director of Oil Trading - North America, Head of Houston Branch, Trafigura Trading LLC

Corey is the Head of Oil Trading for North America and Head of the Houston branch office at Trafigura Trading LLC. He joined Trafigura 2011, and moved to the Geneva office in 2012 as a trader on the Gasoline team. In May, 2013 Corey was named Co-Head of Gasoline trading in Geneva and was promoted to the sole Head later that year. He moved to Houston to take up his current role in August 2016.

Prior to joining Trafigura, Corey worked at BP for 9 years in the gasoline team and moved to the Chicago, Los Angeles, London, and Singapore offices during this time. Corey has a degree in Finance from Bowling Green University, Ohio.
Brent Secreast, SVP, Enterprise

Mr. Secrest has served as Senior Vice President of Liquid Hydrocarbons Marketing for Enterprise Products since May 2016. He has responsibility for Crude Oil Pipelines and Natural Gas Liquids, Crude Oil and Refined Products Marketing as well as the Enterprise Trucking and Marine divisions. Mr. Secrest previously served as Vice President, Crude Oil and Refined Products Marketing from October 2015 to May 2016 and as Vice President, Crude Oil Pipelines and Terminals from October 2012 to October 2015. He has also served in various other leadership positions, including in the areas of NGL marketing and supply, commercial development, distribution, and business analysis. Mr. Secrest has over 20 years of experience in the energy industry and began his career at Basis Petroleum Inc. prior to joining Enterprise in 1996.
Robert Barnes
Robert Barnes
, SVP Commercial - Crude Oil, Magellan

Robert (Robb) L. Barnes currently serves as SVP, Commercial – Crude Oil and has served in such capacity since 2014. He previously served as VP, Commercial – Crude Oil and Marine Terminals for Magellan from 2011 through 2014. From 2007 through 2011, he served as VP, Terminals and, from 2003 through 2007, as Director, Marine Terminal Services. Prior to joining Magellan, he worked in various staff and management positions within marketing, business and commercial development, operations and environmental since joining The Williams Companies, Inc. (“Williams”) in 1987.
Daniel Gordon, EVP Business Development & Strategy, Delek US Holdings
Dan Gordon
, Executive Vice President, Business Development & Strategy, Delek US Holdings

Dan Gordon is Executive Vice President Business Development & Strategy at Delek US Holdings. Delek operates two refineries in the United States with a combined refining capacity of 140,000 bbls/day, along with a variety of midstream and downstream assets. He has been focused in recent years on expanding Delek’s crude operations and capabilities, in particular by developing its crude by rail initiative, which includes the establishment of DK Canada. Prior to this role, Dan has held several senior level roles within Delek including, Vice President of Crude Supply & Trading and Vice President of Fuel Supply and Transportation for Mapco, a 370+ convenience store chain which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Delek, overseeing its refined product supply, pricing and distribution.

Dan has earned an MBA from Georgia Tech and BS from the University of Florida.
Gwen Mitchell
Gwen Mitchell,
Manager, Specialty Products - Reg Fuels, Andeavor

Gwen Mitchell is the Manager, Specialty Products – Reg Fuels, for Andeavor, located in San Antonio, Texas. She manages the strategy, planning and optimization of market based environmental programs within the commercial function. She graduated from Drexel University in Philadelphia in 1995 with a degree in chemical engineering and is currently pursuing an MBA with a concentration in economics at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She began her career as an environmental engineer with TRC Environmental in North Carolina and then transitioned into the refining industry as a process engineer with Bechtel in Houston and then at the Texas City Refinery with Amoco. At Texas City, she held various roles in operations, optimization, and commercial. She has been implementing strategy and planning within Tesoro/Andeavor since 2007.
Celeste Rebora Mier
Celeste Rebora
, Director, Hydrocarbons Projects, TCM

Celeste started her professional career at Vibosa, a Mexican large-scale precasted concrete elements for infrastructure, where she was in turn, Head of Costumer Service, Operations & Logistics Manager and COO. She joined the head-hunter industry in 2006 in a Mexican firm. In 2009, she became the firm’s Managing Partner and in 2014, her already established firm became a part of the Alexander Hughes Group as a leader in the Industry and Energy practices. Since January 2014 as a result of the Energy Law Reforms, Celeste started to participate in various forums, with her experience, she advised international companies from the Energy sector on how to perform in México. On the electric energy field, she participated in the development of a 30MW photovoltaic farm, in the municipality of Asencion Chihuahua, she was responsible for obtaining the permits and licenses, at this time everything was new in Mexico, therefore she had the opportunity to study and to advance at the same time of how they were giving the reforms and the changes. Since 2015, she became a member of the Energy Commission of the Consejo Cordinador Empresarial were she developed a strong relationship with PEMEX and other regulatory agencies. She holds a degree in architecture given by the Instituto Tecnologico de Monterrey, a Diploma in Energy Law by the Escuela Libre de Derecho, and a Diploma on Social Well-Being by the USEM. Celeste has been a part of social relationships for a long time, this has allowed her to achieve strong relationships with clients and partners. Her degree on Social Well Being gave her a different perspective on this field, not only on how to treat clients but also on the importance of teamwork and how you should always respect the integrity of her peers and employees.
Jose Carlos Femat Romero, Director, ONEXPO

With a Bachelor’s degree on Economics from ITAM, José C. Femat also holds a Master Degree in History and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science. In the public sector, he has served as Director of Economic Regulation in the Energy Regulatory Commission, as Deputy Executive Secretary of the Inter Ministerial Commission on Public Expenditure, Financing and Privatization of the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP) of Mexico, and as Minister - Counselor of Economic Affairs at the Permanent Delegation of Mexico to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). He also worked as General Director of Oil Products at the Ministry of Energy. Currently, he acts as Director General of Onexpo Nacional. In the private sector, he worked as Country Manager for Oikocredit, as Deputy Director of International Economic Analysis at Casa de Bolsa Banorte, and as International Treasury Manager of Banamex. He was professor of Economic History, Economic Policy, Energy Economics and Microeconomics at ITAM, at Anahuac University, at the IPN and at INAP. He has various collaborations and publications related to the energy sector in Mexico and performance-based evaluation. Since 1995, is responsible for the column “Portfolio de Análisis” for the newspaper “El Economista”.
Michael Cohen, Head of Energy Commodities, Barclays

Michael Cohen is a Director and Head of Energy Markets Research at Barclays and is responsible for the firm’s oil and natural gas market forecasts. Based in New York, Mr. Cohen is also responsible for the firm’s research covering upstream, midstream, and downstream developments in North American energy markets. He is the lead author of Barclays’ flagship oil market monthly publication, The Blue Drum, and he also advises top management of Barclays’ broad reaching client base on global energy market developments. He is also a consultant to the National Intelligence Council and has been invited to speak to graduate students at Stanford, Columbia, and Georgetown University.

Prior to joining Barclays Capital in August 2013, Mr. Cohen spent two years as a senior member of the Oil Industries and Markets Division at the International Energy Agency (IEA), where he was a principal author of the industry benchmark Oil Market Report and Medium Term Oil Market Report. Mr. Cohen also worked for seven years with the US Department of Energy as an economist with the Energy Information Administration and with the Office of Policy and International Affairs. He also has experience in gas and power markets as a trading desk analyst for American Electric Power and as a consultant on electricity market design with LECG.

Mr. Cohen received an MA in International Economics from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies in Russian and Eurasian Affairs, and a BSBA in Economics and BA in Political Science from The Ohio State University. He is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Philip Verleger
Dr. Phil Verleger
, Owner and President, PKVerleger LLC, Visiting Fellow, Colorado School of Mines

Dr. Philip K. Verleger, Jr., has studied and written about energy markets since 1971. His earliest research, published in 1973, addressed the determinants of gasoline demand. It is still cited today. Since 1971, he has published two books and numerous articles and papers on the evolution of energy markets. Many of these have influenced the thinking about and development of these markets, especially his papers on how energy went from being a monopolized good to a real commodity and the transformation’s consequences.

Dr. Verleger played a critical role in creating the oil futures markets. His most recent research has shown that the crude oil price collapse that began in 2014 shares many characteristics with the subprime housing debacle that precipitated Lehman Brothers’ failure and the Great Recession of 2009. This new research suggests the oil price decline will have very long-lasting and negative implications for much of the energy sector, even if prices rebound periodically.

Dr. Verleger earned his Ph.D. in Economics from MIT in 1971. He began his work on energy as a consultant to the Ford Foundation Energy Policy Project in 1972. He then served as a Senior Staff Economist on President Ford’s Council of Economic Advisers and Director of the Office of Energy Policy at the US Treasury in President Carter’s administration

Dr. Verleger has been a Senior Research Scholar and Lecturer at the School of Organization and Management at Yale University and a Vice President in the Commodities Division at Drexel Burnham Lambert. He is now Owner and President of PKVerleger LLC. From 2008 to 2010, Dr. Verleger served as the David E. Mitchell/EnCana Professor of Management at the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business. From 1985 to 2012, he was affiliated with the Peterson Institute for International Economics, most recently as a Senior Fellow.
Esteban Salas
Esteban Salas, SVP, Refined Products, Windstar

Esteban Salas is a Director of Windstar Refine Products Business. Esteban is a Mexican national with 10 years career in USA refine products and natural gas industry in leadership roles in business development, trading and logistics. Esteban received a bachelor degree in Chemical Engineer from Tecnologico de Monterrey, and MBA in entrepreneurial finance from Babson College. Mr. Salas started the Refine products business for Windstar and now leads a multi-functional team overseeing its sales growth efforts, product supply, pricing and distribution. Recently his team successfully import the first gasoline rail cars into Hermosillo Sonora. Prior to joining Windstar, Esteban founded a company that imported first LNG trailer into Mexico, participate in the development of CNG projects. Before Mexican energy reform, Esteban worked in the alternative fuel industry for Fortune 500 companies in Houston and Philadelphia.
Gene Gebolys
Gene Gebolys
, Founder, President & CEO, World Energy

Mr. Gebolys has championed biodiesel’s development in the U.S. and throughout the world for over twenty years. In 1998, he founded World Energy. A widely recognized industry leader, World Energy has been named Platt’s Global Downstream Energy Company of the Year and The US Department of Energy’s National Stakeholder of the Year.

Mr. Gebolys was the founding Chairman of the National Biodiesel Political Action Committee and was a founding Commissioner of the National Biodiesel Accreditation Commission (BQ-9000). He was Chair of the National Biodiesel Board’s Regulatory Committee for five years during the establishment of the industry’s most critical public policy supports including the establishment of the Blenders Tax Credit and the Federal Renewable Fuels Standard. Mr. Gebolys has Chaired the industry’s RFS Task Force since its inception in 2009 overseeing the US biodiesel industry’s efforts on all issues relating to the industry’s most important public policy issue. He remains active in in the most critical matters impacting biofuel industry growth domestically and around the world.

Prior to founding World Energy, Mr. Gebolys was Vice President for Alternative Fuels for Twin Rivers Technologies Inc., the country’s first stand-alone biodiesel business. He holds degrees from Harvard University and The Ohio State University in Public Administration, Economics, and Business Management.
Jean-Luc Amos, Oil Products Manager, ICE Futures

Jean-Luc Amos joined Intercontinental Exchange in 2011 and works as the Oil Products Manager in the Market Development team. His role entails the development, growth and promotion of ICE’s new and existing crude oil, refined product and other commodity Futures and derivative markets, with a focus on those within the ICE Futures Europe Exchange. ICE Group is a global network of 12 regulated Exchanges and 6 Clearing Houses, listing over 12,000 contracts and securities. He has worked in the energy sector for over ten years, starting at the price reporting agency Platts as a forward curve and futures Editor providing real-time market reporting on price movements. Subsequently, Jean-Luc joined KBC Advanced Technologies as a Global Oil Supply Senior Analyst. Primarily focusing on global conventional and unconventional oil supply, he was actively involved in determining the company’s supply/demand balance within the Energy Economics team.
Gregory Broussard
Gregory Broussard
, Senior Director, Energy Derivatives, Cargill Risk Management

Gregory Broussard recently joined Cargill Risk Management, a global leader in providing risk management solutions. He leads a team which provides financial risk management solutions to a wide range of producers and consumers of energy commodities in both North and South America. Having worked as both a trader and an originator over the last 15 years, Greg has developed extensive capital markets experience across multiple asset classes including foreign exchange, interest rates, emerging markets and commodities. Greg is a native Houstonian who received his undergraduate degree in business from Baylor University and his MBA in capital markets from Rice University. Mr. Broussard is based in Cargill's Houston office.
John Gretzinger, Senior Vice President, Head of Energy, INTL FCStone Financial Inc.

John is recognized in the industry as one of the most innovative thinkers in building dynamic hedging and risk management programs. He is having been quoted in WSJ, OPIS, Bloomberg TV and Reuters. John has been a guest speaker at industry meetings for PIRA (Exco Leadership), Platts, OPIS S&D Summit and others. He has developed numerous hedging portfolios, trading books and hedging structures for clients during his tenor at INTL FCStone.

He currently works with large merchant traders, refiners, institutional hedgers, retail/wholesale companies and the INTL FCStone network. He has an extensive background in financial derivatives and implementation of risk-specific strategies for clients to manage risk and securitize margins within the energy space.
John began his career at Farmers Commodity Corporation (FCC) in 1999 as an OTC broker. In 2002, he helped develop the internal OTC trading desk, then shifted his focus to commercial business and full-service risk management programs for the INTL FCStone client base. In 2013, John became Senior Vice President, Head of Energy for INTL FCStone Financial Inc., FCM Division. His current focus is growing the capacity and capabilities of the INTL FCStone energy business across North America.
Robert Campbell, Head of Oil Products Research, Energy Aspects

Robert heads up coverage of global oil products markets. Prior to joining Energy Aspects, Robert worked as an energy journalist for nearly 14 years for Reuters, Petroleum Argus and other publications, where he reported on oil markets and trends from Latin America, London, and New York in addition to temporary assignments worldwide. Most recently he was Oil Markets Columnist at Reuters. Robert holds an MA from McMaster University and a BA from McGill University and is based in New York.
Neil Earnest
Neil Earnest
, President, Muse, Stancil & Co.

Neil K. Earnest is the President of Muse, Stancil & Co. with over 30 years of industry experience. Muse provides customized consulting services to the downstream energy industry, focusing on offering an integrated combination of technical and business expertise.

As a consultant, he has worked on a broad range of assignments in the downstream sector around the world. Neil has also headed most of Muse’s Canadian engagements related to market analysis and development of business strategy, with a concentration on assisting clients interested in upstream-downstream integration possibilities.

Prior to joining Muse in 1991, Neil was with Phillips Petroleum Company for 11 years in a variety of refinery and headquarters positions. Neil holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from Michigan State University and an M.B.A. from University of Houston - Clearlake. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Texas.
Santiago Zapatero
Santiago Llano Zapatero, Partner, Ritch Mueller

Santiago joined Ritch Mueller as a partner in 2017. Previously, Santiago was based out of the Houston office of Ernst & Young LLP in the international tax practice (Latin American Business Center) for almost three years. Santiago was also member of the team that lead the efforts of Ernst & Young LLP towards investment projects in Mexico derived from the recent Energy Reform.

Before joining Ernst & Young LLP, Santiago worked in two well-known tax and legal advisory firms in Mexico City as senior associate in the tax consulting and transfer pricing practice areas.

Santiago has provided tax advice to local and multinational companies engaged in different sectors, such as energy, real estate, financial services, manufacturing, among others.

Santiago obtained a BS in Accounting from the Universidad Panamericana in Mexico City as well as a Master´s in Tax Law from the same university. 
John Demopoulos
John Demopoulos
, Vice President, North American Refined Products, Argus

John Demopoulos is Vice President, North American Refined Products at Argus in New York. As Senior Markets Manager, John is responsible for ensuring methodological rigor across Argus’ Americas operations. He works closely with Argus’ price reporting teams around the world, ensuring that markets are being assessed appropriately, and that methodologies are being clearly communicated to Argus’ customers. John was previously Argus’ Bureau Chief in New York, where he built a small team of price reporters, launched a marine fuels report, and revamped Argus’ coverage of global asphalt markets. Before that, he covered a variety of commodity markets from Argus’ London headquarters, including natural gas and crude oil. John joined Argus after working for several years as a freelance journalist, based in Greece and the Balkans. He has over a decade’s experience in commodities, a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics, and a bachelor’s degree from King’s College London.
Paul Niznik
Paul Niznik
, Manager, Biofuels & Environmental, Argus Consulting Services

Paul has over 27 years of experience in biofuels and alternative fuel development. His broad knowledge of biofuel economics – including RFS, RINs and LCFS – has kept refiners, biofuels producers, automakers and government agencies informed of alternative fuels markets and policies. He pioneered biodiesel sales for major oil companies such as Hess, Gulf and Irving Oil, and has consulted for Chevron, US DOE, USDA, Phillips 66, Nissan, Toyota, Hess, Petrobras, the Government of Zimbabwe and UOP Honeywell. Paul is an alumnus of Yale University where he studied astrophysics.
David Ruisard, US Products Editor, Argus

David Ruisard has been the US Products editor with Argus for 5 years. From gasoline to residual fuel oil to distillates to crude oil, David has extensive experience in the US markets.

He first became a market reporter when he joined Platts in 2001 as their US Gulf coast gasoline and distillates reporter.

Before the oil markets, David was an award winning news reporter and is a proud graduate of Baylor University.
Edward Arnold, Senior Consultant, Argus

Senior Consultant, covering upstream, refining, petrochemicals, US transportation trends, and biotechnology for Argus Consulting Services. He has 39 years’ experience conducting market analysis, feasibility studies, risk analysis, and project valuations working for Argus, Jacobs Consultancy and UOP. He has provided advisory services for some of the world’s most successful petroleum refining, energy production, chemicals, petrochemicals, logistics and biotechnology organizations, as well as for banks, sovereign wealth funds, government agencies and entrepreneurial firms.

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