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Argus Petrochemical Summit 2017

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2017 Speakers
Paul Brisson, Vice President, C4 Olefins & Derivatives

Paul Brisson, Vice President, C4 Olefins and Derivatives, Argus

Paul is Vice President for C4 Olefins & Derivatives for Argus DeWitt. Paul held various sales and business management positions with Diamond Shamrock Chemicals, OxyChem, Huntsman, Altivia, and TPC Group over a 37 year career in the industrial chemical industry. Beginning with OxyChem’s acquisition of Cain Chemicals in 1986, Paul moved into the olefins and aromatics side of the industry in major account management and development, specializing in North American contract butadiene sales. 

Since joining DeWitt in 2007 Paul has been the C4 Business consultant, with emphasis on the global butadiene markets. Argus DeWitt serves clients that produce, consume, and trade butadiene and butadiene derivatives around the world. Paul holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy from The Ohio State University.

Jimmy Levine, Vice President, Olefins - Ethylene
Jimmy Levine, Vice President, Olefins - Ethylene, Argus

Jimmy has worked for some of the largest petrochemical companies in the US, and is an expert in all aspects of light olefins, from supply and demand to risk management.

Paige Morse
Paige Marie Morse, PhD, Vice President, Propylene and Derivatives, Argus

Paige Marie Morse has 25 years in experience in the chemical industry, 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 began her career in R&D for Shell, then moved to business development positions at Shell, Dow, and Sunoco. These roles included development of new markets for intermediates and plastics, and strategic planning for chemical and refining businesses. Additionally, she has deep knowledge of chemical, refining and polymer catalysis and has several published papers and articles in the field.

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. Her professional education includes executive-level training in Leadership, Mergers & Acquisitions, and Financial Analysis.

Paco Rangel
Paco Rangel, Vice President, Aromatics, Argus

Paco has over 16 years of consulting experience in the energy and petrochemical industry. Areas of expertise include aromatics market consulting and price analysis, single client studies, manufacturing economic analysis, fuels supply chain and NGL pipeline management. Paco began his career at Accenture where he helped petrochemical clients in areas such as business process design, merger and acquisitions, and business process simulation.

Paco joined DeWitt & Company as an olefins analyst in 2001 and spent 10 years working on analysis for both olefins and aromatics markets and he became Manager of Economic Services in 2008. Paco rejoined Argus DeWitt in 2014 after spending three years working on fuel supply chain and NGL pipeline projects for Energy Consulting firm Opportune LLP. Single client work includes various topics in reforming, alkylation, pyrolysis gasoline, and economic competitiveness in both olefins and aromatics value chains.

Paco earned an Industrial Engineering degree from Texas A&M University and a master’s degree in business administration from Tulane University.

Steve Weber
Steve Weber, Vice President, Petrochemical Consulting, Argus

Steve Weber is Vice President of Petrochemical Consulting for Argus DeWitt. Steve began his career with Fina in 1979 as a Process Engineer and had various other assignments in the 1980s in the Economics and Planning and Marine Transportation Groups for Fina in Dallas. In 1989, he moved to the Port Arthur refinery and later became Operations Manager at the site. Steve was named Plant Manager of the Fina/GE Joint Venture Styrene Plant (Cosmar) in 1995 and Refinery Manager at the Big Spring Texas refinery in 1998. In 2000, he returned to Louisiana to manage both the Styrene JV and the Total Petrochemicals Polystyrene Operation. Steve was named Senior Manager of Aromatics for Total in 2005, relocating to Houston.

Steve joined DeWitt & Company Inc. in 2011 after spending two years with Solomon Associates in the refining and petrochemical consulting area. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Chemical Engineering and an MBA. Steve is responsible for single client studies for refining and petrochemicals in the Americas.

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