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The international crude and refined products markets are more dynamic than ever, with US crude exports adding to the action. Huge infrastructure development, ever-shifting economics and constantly changing logistics are all in play. And that was before Trump administration-led changes and Mexican energy reform stirred things up even more. With all these changes, supply chain considerations, market factors, and other key concerns, how can you ensure you are maximizing your margins and positioning your business for the future?  

Attend the Argus Crude & Refined Products Exports Conference to gain valuable insight into waterborne movements and new age market forces to better understand the dynamics of exports vs marketing crude and refined products domestically. 

2017 Keynote Speakers

Bob McNally
Adrian Lajous
Joseph Isreal
Bob McNally
Founder and President
The Rapidan Group 
Former Energy Advisor
President George W. Bush

       Adrián Lajous

      Former CEO,
      Chairman of the Board
      Pemex Group
      Non-resident Fellow
      Center on Global Energy Policy,
      Columbia University

Joseph Israel
President and CEO
Par Petroleum

2017 confirmed speakers include:
  • Gary Morgan, Director, Market Analysis, Deep Sea Tankers, Clarksons Platou Shipping Services USA LLC
  • T. Mason Hamilton, Petroleum Markets Analyst, Office of Energy Markets and Financial Analysis, U.S. Energy Information Administration
  • Bruce Mann, Director, Freight Mobility, Port of Houston
  • Eric Peterson, Director, Energy Market Strategist, ARB Midstream, LLC 
  • Gregory Broussard, Senior Director - Energy Derivatives, Cargill Risk Management
  • Andrew Holland, Director of Studies and Senior Fellow for Energy and Climate, American Security Project
  • Keith Benes, Senior Advisor, Goldwyn Global Strategies, LLC
  • Suzanne Danforth, Director, Downstream Product Development, Genscape
  • Hillary Stevenson, Analyst, Oil Market and Business Development, Genscape
  • Nicolas Vukelja Duque, MBA, ‎Former Vice President, The Panama Maritime Chamber, CCO & Owner, Terramar Oil & Services
  • John Auers, Executive Vice President, Turner Mason & Co.
  • Mark Luitwieler, VP Supply and Logistics, Flagship Resources, LLC 
  • Captain Carlos Yamamoto, President, Yamamoto Consulting LLC
  • Alex Vugman, Managing Partner, Ulysses Commodities
  • John Barbarise, Chief Operating Officer, Plaza Marine Group
  • Mara Roberts, Senior O&G Analyst, BMI Research
  • Jeff Leto, Refining, Product Supply & Logistics, EAI
  • Mike Lopez, Market Research Coordinator, EAI Inc.
  • Brendan Hoffman, CEO, Haugen Consulting
  • Edward Arnold, Consulting - Americas, Argus
  • Mark Babineck, Editor, Argus Petroleum Transportation North America, Argus
  • Peter Gardett, Bureau Chief, Argus
  • Nicholas Watt, Americas Freight Editor, Argus

Key topics include:
  • Refinery access and energy economics 
  • The intersection of energy and transportation for the Trump administration 
  • Onshore infrastructure and planned projects
  • Arbitrage and risk management 
  • Freight nomination and impacts on pricing
  • Upstream production and anticipated supply and pricing
  • Pricing expectations for crude and refined products
  • Route details relative to supply and demand trends, price formation and other specifics
  • The new generation of ship owners and how international oil companies and large Asia-Pacific operators play into the mix 
  • International demand for gasoline, jet fuel, diesel and other refined products
  • Freight rates volatility and maritime transport economics
  • Shipyard production and anticipated freight demand
  • Details on the Jones Act, open export market and outlook for NAFTA
  • The impact of Mexican Energy Reform on the liquid tanker market

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Who should attend?
Managers, directors, vice presidents and c-suite executives from:
  • Ship brokers and agents
  • Maritime organizations
  • Chartering desks and traders
  • Government entities
  • Refiners
  • US and international oil producers
  • Maritime ports and port authorities 
  • Panama Canal Representatives 
  • US Maritime Administration representatives (MARAD)
  • Infrastructure firms 
  • Lightering experts (AET)
  • Banks
  • Hedge funds
  • Law firms
  • Insurance firms 
  • Labs
  • Service providers
And more!

Registration Pricing
Standard Registration (May 13th - June 18th) $1595
Onsite Registration (June 19th - 21st) $1695

Add-On Items
Workshop package (Includes both workshops) 
Spouse pass $99

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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.

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Antitrust compliance reminder

Argus takes compliance with antitrust law seriously. The purpose of the Argus Crude & Refined Products Exports conference 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.

Monday, June 19, 2017
15:00 - 17:30 Preconference Workshop: Evaluating and Maximizing Maritime Markets

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(additional registration required) 
18:00 - 20:30 Saint Arnold Opening Cocktail Reception & Brewery Tour
  • Open to all registered conference delegates
  • Transportation to and from the Hilton Post Oak provided- Bus leaving hotel promptly at 6pm
  • Brewery address: 2000 Lyons Ave., Houston, TX 77020
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 Main Conference Agenda
08:00 - 9:00 Registration and Morning Refreshments 
09:00 - 09:05

Chairperson’s Welcome and Opening Announcements

09:05 - 10:00 Day 1 Morning Keynote Presentation- Oil market overview and Washington perspective on key policy issues: This morning keynote featuring a leading energy analyst and former energy advisor to President George W. Bush will provide a synopsis of the energy markets and transition into Washington policy and geopolitical issues globally.
  • A global outlook for crude and refined products
  • Explore the unusual volatility in prices over the last 10 years 
  • Assess key policy issues
  • Analyze the impact of Trump administration policy, taxation and other regulations  
Bob McNally
Founder and President
The Rapidan Group
Former Energy Advisor
President George W. Bush
10:00 - 10:30 Evaluating export trends, issues and options: This presentation will cover recent US refined product and crude oil export market trends and some of the key market and regulatory issues that producers and logistics firms may face in the future.
  • Demand growth rates in importing countries
  • The changing export product slate
  • Import versus export decisions
  • Likely MARPOL VI effects
  • The potential effects of border taxes
  • The effects of Shale Oil 
Edward Arnold
Consulting - Americas
10:30 - 11:00 Morning Networking Break
11:00 - 12:30 Session 1- Trapped Oil - Freeing Inland US Production as Global Competition Intensifies

Pipeline market overview:
Take a deep dive into the pipeline market and evaluate this mode from a variety of angles including quality, specifically when moving heavy from Canada to the USGC via pipe; bottlenecks and current infrastructure driving the need for new infrastructure as well as the overall cost effectiveness of this mode of transport.
  • Explore crude quality when utilizing pipelines for movements
  • Assess infrastructure bottlenecks and planned projects
  • Understand the financial aspects of pipelines and how they continue to be the most economically viable option 
Eric Peterson
Director, Energy Market Strategist
ARB Midstream, LLC

Port of Houston case study- Evaluating shoreline infrastructure and projects: Join this talk to understand the landside improvements and ship channel upgrades in progress and planned for the Port of Houston. Learn how will these investments will influence the USGC shipping dynamics and about what are some of the other infrastructure upgrades coming in the next few years among other logistics topics:
  • Explore landside components and ship channel improvements
  • Assess how this will impact the crude and supply products supply chain for the USGC
  • Analyze other upcoming infrastructure upgrades and logistical considerations 
Bruce Mann
Director, Freight Mobility
Port of Houston

Open exports - Cause and effect: The lifting of a ban on continental US exports of crude oil marked one of the most remarkable shifts in global energy policy, a reversal of the role the US has held in global energy markets since the 1970s. But a policy change doesn’t immediately mean more oil on the water, and competitive US production has had trouble accessing global markets, as a victim of infrastructure mismatches. 
  • How the export ban lift continues to greatly impact, and add to congestion in  shoreline destinations for crude and refined products
  • Evaluate which projects are likely to succeed and which may struggle, and why
  • Details of lightering, which remains both one of the best and one of the most troublesome (and expensive) tools for US crude exporters to meet demand in cost-competitive large cargo sizes
Gary Morgan
Director, Market Analysis, Deep Sea Tankers
Clarksons Platou Shipping Services USA LLC
12:30 - 14:00
Networking Luncheon

Track A: Crude and Refined Products Exports

14:00 – 15:30 Session 2A: Assessing the Supply Chain Markets for Crude and Refined Products Exports

Emerging trends in U.S. crude oil and petroleum product exports: This presentation will highlight current and emerging trends in U.S. exports of crude oil and refined products as well as other key factors including logistical constraints, peculiarities in EIA data, the role of backhaul economics, and more.
  • Explore export destinations and analyze market dynamics
  • Explain the peculiarities in EIA crude oil export data
  • Highlight the role backhaul economics plays in U.S. crude oil exports
  • Analyze current trends in U.S. exports of gasoline, distillate, and propane 
T. Mason Hamilton
Petroleum Markets Analyst, Office of Energy Markets and Financial Analysis
U.S. Energy Information Administration

Upstream production outlook and anticipated supply and trends: This presentation will take a look at the geopolitics and anticipated global crude production. How much Bakken and Permian crude is expected to be drilled and how will the global supply level impact pricing for refined products around the world? We will also evaluate trends and anticipated market conditions including light/heavy spreads and other market fundamentals. Attendees of this presentation will:
  • Overview of the global E&P market
  • Assess anticipated production for 2017 and beyond
  • Explore geopolitical considerations and trends in OPEC 
Mara Roberts
Senior O&G Analyst
BMI Research

Evaluating inland infrastructure and bottlenecks:In this talk we will discuss the infrastructure development needed to get production from onshore basins to the shoreline and ships.
  • Assess changes in basins that are seeing an uptick in production
  • Explore if infrastructure from these production points is sufficient
  • Analyze the persistence of bottlenecks in the supply chain and anticipated projects to overcome these bumps in the road
Mark Babineck
Editor, Argus Petroleum Transportation North America

Track B: Freight Markets and Waterborne Movements

14:00 – 15:30 Session 2B: Trends in Americas Freight

Oil exports, storage data and waterborne monitoring: The movement of crude oil and refined products cargoes for imports and exports can be a key indication for storage levels and overall market dynamics of both crude oil and refined products. These trends in waterborne movements and cooresponding storage data can provide key metrics for organizations throughout the supply chain.
  • Learn how Genscape effectively and efficiently monitors crude oil and refined products waterborne movements
  • Gain insights on how this directly relates to monitoring of storage for crude oil and refined products
  • Review data that can help to predict storage trends and provide insight on key export arbitrage movements
Suzanne Danforth
Director, Downstream Product Development

Hillary Stevenson
Analyst, Oil Market and Business Development

Tanker management and offshore crude oil operations: This presentation will give a marine markets overview for tankers and offshore crude operations. How can you overcome marine bottlenecks so they do not impact the midstream and what are the considerations for operating vessels to trade internationally with varying logistical structures?
  • Hear an overview for marine markets and tanker operations
  • Explore how to overcome marine bottlenecks
  • Understand how to conduct marine trade internationally with varying logistical structures
Captain Carlos Yamamoto
Yamamoto Consulting LLC 

Shipbrokers versus satellites: New technology is rapidly eroding the informational advantages traditionally enjoyed by shipbrokers. It’s easier than ever to tell where a ship is, what it is carrying and where it is going. Consolidation in vessel ownership alongside on-screen trading capabilities may undermine the appeal of traditional shipbroking, but information gaps persist.
  • How shipbroking will evolve in an “Uber-like” vessel-tracking world
  • Legal implications of a peer-to-peer shipbroking world for charterers and ship owners
  • How the drive to transparency could create new hedging tools
Peter Gardett
Bureau Chief

15:30 - 16:00 Afternoon Networking Break
16:00 – 17:30 Session 3A: Financial Considerations for Exports

Pricing expectations for crude and refined products
: What is the global appetite for US crude and are those figures anticipated to remain the same? There is plenty of crude at Corpus, Houston and Louisiana, but what effect will Dakota Access bring and how  that could impact prices? 

  • Explore international demand for North American crude
  • Assess how the newly approved Dakota Access Pipeline will impact supply and the light/heavy spread
  • Anticipated demand going forward
John Auers
Executive Vice President
Turner Mason & Co.

Financial risk management: 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? We 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.
  • Improve margins and budgets 
  • Maximize best practices to navigate volatility 
  • Prepare your balance sheet to withstand fluctuations in the market
Gregory Broussard
Senior Director - Energy Derivatives
Cargill Risk Management

Mexican Energy Reform- U.S. Refined Products Export to Mexico: Refined products export to Mexico is a huge area of focus as reform unfolds. Will trade through the USGC be a long-term market for refiners and transporters or will this turn out to be fool’s gold?
  • Hear an assessment of Mexican Energy Reform and  supply and demand estimates for gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel 
  • Understand Mexican refined product logistics and how new logistical projects such as rail transport, port expansions, and pipelines are important to satisfying Mexico’s continual need for U.S. refined product exports
  • Explore long term outlooks and the importance of Mexico as an outlet for USGC refined product
Mike Lopez
Market Research Coordinator
EAI Inc.

Jeff Leto
Refining, Product Supply & Logistics
EAI Inc.

16:00 – 17:30 Session 3B: An Evolving Market: Change Management Strategies for Freight Market Participants in Uncertain Times

A year after the Panama Canal expansion- Cause and effect for the liquid freight market: Take an in-depth look at the impact the canal expansion has on the global marine shipping market. We will analyze Panama Canal transit statistics to examine the current and anticipated shifts in routes, as well as the LPG and LNG markets.
  • Changes on the Bunker Route
  • Panama Canal Transit Statistics
  • Routes Changes
  • New dynamics for LPG and LNG
Nicolas Vukelja Duque, MBA
Former Vice President
The Panama Maritime Chamber
CCO & Owner
Terramar Oil & Services
Maritime Advisors Inc.

Financial and physical strategies for a Border Adjustment Tax market: The impact on underlying commodities trade from the border adjustment tax proposal before Congress has been widely analyzed, but approaches to managing pipeline and transport risks and optimizing transport-driven opportunities has received less attention. Physical and financial hedging strategies can be adopted to contend with the impacts of the proposed BAT, and this session will address those approaches as well as the related market impacts.
  • Analyze trade and operations considerations for the border adjustment tax 
  • Evaluate hedging and arbitrage strategies for both financial and physical traded commodities markets 
  • Discuss how the BAT and resulting market shifts will impact both pipeline and freight transportation 
Alex Vugman
Managing Partner
Ulysses Commodities 

A global outlook for quality, testing and specifications: This presentation will explore the ISO spec changes and the impact quality standards for both crude and refined products. Additionally we will take a look at both onshore and offshore testing and reasons why samples fail inspection. During this talk we will:
  • Assess testing procedures and what to look for in specs
  • Understand the market for crude and refined products in light of the new IMO regulations
  • Explore new trends in testing from both an onshore and offshore perspective 
John Barbarise
Chief Operating Officer
Plaza Marine Group

17:30 – 19:30 Evening Cocktail Reception

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 Main Conference Agenda (cont.)

08:00 - 09:00 Registration and Morning Refreshments
09:00 - 09:05 Chairperson's Welcome and Day 1 Recap
09:05 - 10:00 Day 2 Morning Keynote Presentation: Energy Trade Dynamics between Mexico and the US- Opportunities, Infrastructure and Outlook: There has been a dramatic uptick in Mexican import dependence from the US. Join us as we discuss trade value, US crude exports, the outlook for Mexican Energy Reform and details within the trade deficit; and evaluate key hydrocarbons including natural gas, crude oil and refined products:
  • Trends around increases in Mexican import reliance 
  • USGC export market outlook
  • Analysis and forecasting future curves around Mexican Energy Reform
  • Market analysis for hydrocarbons including natural gas, crude oil and refined products
Adrián Lajous
Former CEO, Chairman of the Board
Pemex Group
Non-resident Fellow
Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia University
10:00 - 10:30
Maximizing US products into Mexico through transactional awareness: This presentation will continue our analysis on refined products into Mexico and discuss the outlook for rail lines and overall transport optimization. By assessing recent transactions, we will evaluate how trucking is increasingly competitive, particularly for shipments to the western region of Mexico. We will explore options in overcoming some common obstacles within in these transactions; paying specific attention to ancillary costs.
  • Follow a truck and rail transaction all the way through its process
  • Understand how to overcome major obstacles present within these transactions
  • Explore optimization strategies for different logistics options 
  • Evaluate easily overlooked ancillary costs which can further lead to significant expense reductions 
Mark Luitwieler
VP Supply and Logistics
Flagship Resources
10:30 - 11:00 Morning Networking Break
11:00 - 12:00
Session 4: Permitting and Security 

Infrastructure permitting for the midstream
: In this presentation we will examine key fundamentals for permits and changes expected from the Trump administration. Furthermore we will discuss cross border access for the USGC and evaluate the status of pipeline projects related to permitting.
  • Examine infrastructure permitting considerations for the midstream
  • Evaluate expected changes from the Trump administration
  • Discuss cross boarder access for the USGC
Keith Benes
Senior Advisor
Goldwyn Global Strategies, LLC

The evolving geopolitical and security matrix for energy infrastructure investments: With the new administration’s focus on domestic infrastructure and trade policy, there is considerable uncertainty in how markets, politics, and security will overlap. This presentation will discuss these new trends and how intensifying and volatile conflict with both traditional security threats as well as long-time allies like South Korea and new partners like China, both major destinations for the new crude oil exports from the US, make this an unusually important moment to evaluate the intersection of security issues with US energy export infrastructure.
  • Evaluate the intersection of politics, security, and markets
  • Understand the threats posed by conflict and unrest, and how that will affect crude and refined products exports
  • Assess terrorism and heightened interest for ISIS and other groups to target energy shipments and infrastructure 
Andrew Holland
Director of Studies and Senior Fellow for Energy and Climate
American Security Project
12:00 - 13:00 Closing Keynote Address: Refiner's perspective: Midstream and downstream considerations for the domestic and international markets: This talk will discuss refinery dynamics including supply and demand balances for crude and refined products. Additionally we will explore pricing, quality, export vs import economics, the outlook for additional capacity and other key considerations. The discussion will look at how to optimize refining and midstream assets as crude flows and fuel grades shift.
  • Explore global refining dynamics
  • Understand supply and demand balance for crude and refined products
  • Assess pricing and export vs import economics
  • Analyze the outlook for additional capacity
Joseph Israel
President and CEO
Par Petroleum
13:00  Chairperson’s Closing Comments and Conclusion of Event

Monday, June 19, 2017- Preconference Day & Networking Reception
15:00 - 17:30
Preconference Workshops: Evaluating and Maximizing Maritime Markets
15:00 - 16:00
Workshop A: Freight markets and the US Gulf to Asia route: In global freight there are few routes as significant or promising as USGC to Asia. This preconference session will explore this vital part of the maritime supply chain and assess supply and demand trends, price formation and other specifics impacting crude shipments to China, Thailand, Singapore, Korea, Japan and others.
  • Review details of tanker routes to Asia and assess freight demand
  • Explore infrastructure constraints and other bottlenecks at both ends of this trade route, including ship delays at Chinese ports
  • Identify emerging trends in the trade route, including examination of vessel classes and of loading points along the US Gulf coast
  • Assess the impact of rising US crude exports on demand for Jones Act-compliant tankers and ATBs

Nicholas Watt
Americas Freight Editor

16:00 - 16:30
Networking Break
 16:30 - 17:30
Workshop B: Optimizing marine transportation: Now that we have taken an in-depth look into the markets aspects of maritime transportation; we will look further into optimizing it. This preconference session will discuss vital aspects for waterborne shipments including handling, navigation, safety issues, regulatory compliance, and their overall effects on laytime and demurrage.
  • Assess strategies to optimize maritime shipments
  • Explore best practices regarding handling, navigation, safety issues and regulatory compliance
  • Understand how this call all impact laytime and demurrage
Brendan Hoffman
Haugen Consulting
18:00 - 20:30
Saint Arnold Opening Cocktail Reception & Brewery Tour
  • Open to all registered conference delegates
  • Transportation to and from the Hilton Post Oak provided- Bus leaving hotel promptly at 6pm
  • Brewery address: 2000 Lyons Ave., Houston, TX 77020

2017 Speakers:
Bob McNally
Bob McNally
, Founder and President, The Rapidan Group, Former Energy Advisor, President George W. Bush

Robert McNally is the founder and President of The Rapidan 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 24-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 rom 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.
Adrian Lajous
Adrián Lajous
, former CEO, Chairman of the Board, Pemex Group, non-resident Fellow, Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia University

Adrián Lajous is a non-resident Fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy. He has been Chairman of the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of El Colegio de México. In 2003-04 he was a Senior Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University. From 2001 to 2011 he was senior energy advisor to McKinsey & Company. In 1994 Lajous was appointed Director General of Pemex (CEO) and Chairman of the boards of the Pemex group of operating companies. He stepped down from this position in December 1999 after 29 years in public service. Lajous taught at El Colegio de México (1971-76), joined the Ministry of Energy in 1977, where he was appointed Director General for Energy. In 1983 he moved on to Pemex where he held a succession of key executive positions: Executive Coordinator for International Trade, Corporate Director of Planning, Corporate Director for Operations (COO) and Director for Refining and Marketing. He has also served on the Board of Repsol-YPF, Tenaris, the Comisión Federal de Electricidad and a number of Mexican industrial and financial corporations. Lajous holds degrees in Economics from the National University of Mexico and Cambridge University. He is Chairman of the Coloquio de Política Energética in Mexico City and chaired the Oxford Energy Policy Club from 2002 to 2012.
Joseph Isreal
Joseph Israel, President and 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.
Gary Morgan
Gary Morgan
, Director, Analyst Group, Clarksons Platou Shipping Services USA LLC

Gary Morgan has an educational background in Economics (University of Newcastle upon Tyne), adding to this a Masters degree in Marine Technology and the Environment – covering areas including maritime transport economics, shipyard production and modelling.

In 2005 he joined Lloyds Register as an analyst working in the business development department, going on to become a market intelligence manager. In this position, Gary played a central role in ship owner/shipyard new business development. A key responsibility included providing detailed strategic analysis which influenced the direction of Lloyds Register’s marine division.

In November 2008 Gary joined Clarksons’ newly established market analysis team as a senior analyst, working closely with the various commercial interests of the Group. In 2010 Gary was appointed director of the analyst team. At the beginning of 2012 Gary moved to Clarksons Houston office to establish an analytical resource for the broking division in the US.
Bruce Mann, Director - Freight Mobility, Port of Houston
Bruce Mann,
Director, Freight Mobility, Port of Houston

Bruce Mann is the Director - Freight Mobility for the Port of Houston Authority. He is responsible for maritime related freight transportation activities (including but not limited to rail, roadway, and barge transportation) and identifying and supporting freight transportation projects that improve access to Port of Houston facilities (public and private) in order to enable growth in commerce, increase transportation options and reduce transportation costs.

Mr. Mann is an accomplished transportation manager with over 18 years of experience in freight transportation for some of the world’s largest chemicals manufactures and trading companies as well as a Class I railroad. Mr. Mann’s most recent position prior to the Port of Houston was managing Trafigura's crude, coal and metals (ferrous and non-ferrous) groups moving materials in gondolas, box cars, tank cars, open top hopper cars, which equated to 55,000 railcar loads in 2013. Trafigura is one of the world’s largest companies generating revenue of nearly $130 billion/year.

Mr. Mann has managed fleets of up to 7,200 railcars and can speak in depth about crude by rail, plastics, chemicals and other commodities. He is also accomplished in freight contract negotiation, transportation equipment leasing, site logistics contractors and 3rd party logistics providers in the rail space.

Mr. Mann currently serves on the Technical Advisory Committee for the Houston-Galveston Area Council, as Treasurer of the North American Rail Shippers Association, he is also on the Board of Directors for the Southwest Association of Rail Shippers. He is also a member of the Houston Transportation Club, a member of the Houston Transportation Professionals Association, a dynamic public speaker and a recognized industry expert in the crude oil and plastics transportation fields and a leader in freight mobility.

Mr. Mann is also a United States Navy veteran and has lived in the Houston area since 2001. He holds an undergraduate degree from Jacksonville University in Florida and an MBA. 
Eric Peterson
Eric Peterson, Director, Energy Market Strategist, ARB Midstream, LLC

Mr. Peterson is the Director of Market Research and Analytics at ARB Midstream, LLC, a midstream energy company based in Denver, CO. Mr. Peterson’s background includes over 10 years of professional experience in finance and market research, with an emphasis on the energy sector. Prior to joining ARB Midstream, he was the Manager of Strategic Planning and Market Research at NGL Energy Partners, one of the nation’s fastest growing energy MLP’s. Before transitioning into the energy sector, Mr. Peterson began his career as a Financial Analyst performing valuation analysis and researching equities and fixed income across multiple sectors. Mr. Peterson attended Utah Valley University where he received a B.S. in Finance. .
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.
Andrew Holland
Andrew Holland
, Director of Studies and Senior Fellow for Energy and Climate, American Security Project

Andrew Holland is the American Security Project’s Director of Studies and Senior Fellow for Energy and Climate. As an expert on energy, climate change, and infrastructure policy, he has worked at the center of debates about how to achieve sustainable energy security and how to effectively address climate change for the last decade.
He served as Legislative Assistant on Energy, Environment, and Infrastructure for United States Senator Chuck Hagel of Nebraska for three years from 2006 through 2008. He worked in the US House of Representatives for the House Ways and Means Committee and the Office of Congresswoman Roukema.

Keith Benes
Keith Benes
, Senior Advisor, Goldwyn Global Strategies, LLC

Keith J. Benes is Senior Adviser for Pipelines and Infrastructure Permitting at Goldwyn Global Strategies. LLC, an international energy consulting firm. Keith has over a decade of experience in managing, conducting, and litigating complex permitting processes at all levels of government. Mr. Benes served as a Senior Attorney at the U.S. Department of State (2005-2014) where he managed interagency consultations, congressional relations, and external stakeholder engagement on some of the highest profile and intensely scrutinized environmental reviews of the past decade, including the Keystone XL pipeline review. Mr. Benes writes on energy policy and climate change topics including investor attitudes on energy investments, treatment of energy goods and services in trade agreements, and development of U.S. climate change law and policy.

T Mason Hamilton
T. Mason Hamilton
, Petroleum Markets Analyst, Office of Energy Markets and Financial Analysis, U.S. Energy Information Administration

Mason Hamilton is a Petroleum Markets Analyst at the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). EIA collects, analyzes, and disseminates independent and impartial energy information to promote sound policymaking, efficient markets, and public understanding of energy and its interaction with the economy and the environment. Mason is a principal contributor to EIA’s This Week in Petroleum and Today in Energy publications, he also advises EIA’s Short-Term Energy Outlook. Mason’s work and analysis spans across the petroleum and liquid fuels markets spectrum, from crude to products and from pipelines to tankers. Mason has briefed the Secretary of Energy, DOE senior leadership, members of Congress, multiple state energy offices, and trade groups on EIA’s petroleum data and analysis.
Susanne Danforth
Suzanne Danforth
, Director, Downstream Product Development, Genscape

Suzanne Danforth is the Director of Downstream Product Development at Genscape in Houston, Texas. Suzanne holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and Managerial Studies from Rice University. She has worked in the energy information industry for 16 years, from market reporting at Argus Media to methodology and assessment development at S&P Global Platts. She has in-depth knowledge in terms of Americas crude oil and refined product markets, pricing, and logistics. In her current role, Suzanne is managing and developing products to expand Genscape’s fundamental data and insight offerings in the Americas refined products space, specifically, U.S. gasoline and distillate demand, refined products pipelines, rack pricing, and transatlantic arbitrage market opportunities. She has discussed areas of interest with the press around gasoline and diesel demand and impact on inventories and price in recent months, including the September/October 2016 Colonial Pipeline outages, recent weather events, and the decline in U.S. gasoline demand in the first quarter of this year.
Hillary Stevenson
Hillary Stevenson, Analyst, Oil Market and Business Development, Data Integrity, N.A, Genscape

Hillary Stevenson joined Genscape in 2009 where she helped develop and launch Genscape’s multiple crude inventory reports, including Cushing; pipeline flow reports; the refinery alerting service; ethylene cracker monitoring; and rail monitoring technologies, facilitating data expansion throughout. Recently, as an Oil Markets and Business Development Analyst, her focus includes analyzing market implications, effects of Genscape data and identifying fundamental data trends, concentrating on the North American crude oil supply chain. Her oil market commentary has been published in major news outlets and magazines. Hillary has a BS in Chemistry from the University of Louisville.
Nicolas Duque
Nicolas Vukelja Duque, MBA
, Former Vice President, The Panama Maritime Chamber, CCO & Owner, Terramar Oil & Services, CEO, Maritime Advisors Inc.

Nicolas Vukelja Duque, MBA, ‎is the former vice president of the Panama Maritime Chamber and currently CCO & Owner of Terramar Oil & Services; a family-owned barge service company with 15 years of experience in Panama. Terramar is a barge owner and operator company providing expertise as physical bunker supplier, ship to ship (lightering) agency, Marpol II, IV, V and other services. Nicolas started the Panama Bunkering Procedure Manual for local operations and the initial developer of Offshore Bunkering Manual.

Nicolas is an industrial engineer with a master’s degree in maritime administration and holds a post degree on bunkering operations as well as a cursing post degree on superior education.
John Auers
John Auers
, Executive Vice President, Turner Mason & Co.

John R. Auers is a senior vice-president with Turner, Mason & Company, an international downstream petroleum consulting group based in Dallas, TX. He manages TM&C’s subscription forecast publications and is the chief economist for the firm. These publications include The Crude and Refined Products Outlook, a biennial report that forecasts supply, demand, and pricing for crude oils and petroleum products worldwide and The World Crude Outlook, an annual assessment and forecast of worldwide crude oil reserves, production and demand. He also leads assignments in the area of refining economics and planning, LP modeling, downstream asset valuation, crude oil valuation and capital investment and strategic planning. Auers joined the firm in 1987 after 7 years with Exxon Corporation, with which he held various positions at its Baytown, Texas, refinery. He holds a BS (1980) in chemical engineering from the University of Nebraska and an MBA (1984) from the University of Houston-Clear Lake. Auers is a licensed professional engineer in Texas and Nebraska and is a member of TSPE and AIChE.
Mark Luitwieler
Mark Luitwieler
, VP Supply and Logistics, Flagship Resources, LLC

Prior to this position, he managed operations and project management at Peaker Energy, a midstream project development company focusing primarily on the development and operation of “Crude by Rail” assets in early 2013. He also is actively involved in the review and modification of API Standards as they relate to “Crude by Rail”. He was part of 2 task groups under the Crude Oil Work Group of the Rail Subcommittee on Standards.

Mark has worked for prominent corporations such as TOSCO Refining and Marketing, 7 Eleven Corporation and Musket Corp, among others. He has a broad wealth of experience across multiple commodities including refined products, crude oil, feed-stocks, and bio-fuels. Within his progressive energy career, he has held several leadership roles in supply, logistics, and asset optimization and operations. He has an extensive background in managing and operating energy infrastructure assets such as petroleum terminals, crude transloading terminals, rail and truck fleets, and large retail operations as well as originating and sourcing supply for these assets and contracts, alike.
John Barbarise
John Barbarise, Chief Operating Officer, Plaza Marine Group

John Barbarise joined The Plaza Marine Group January 2013, after a stellar and quite long career in the Petroleum Inspection and Laboratory side of the Oil and Gas Industry. Mr. Barbarise is an accomplished and results driven Leader with demonstrated experience in Operations and Business Management with expertise in leadership, strategic planning, analytical skills, fuel and marine fuel blending, motivation, marketing, operation and business development, and establishing working relationships. Visionary and results-oriented who synthesizes business facts, events and concepts to produce realistic and long-range plans for the development of the company. Strong interpersonal and communication skills coupled with vision, business insight, and astute problem solving abilities. Recognized for professionalism, creativity, positive mental attitude, commitment to excellence and demonstrated ability to work with co-workers at all levels.
Alex Vugman
Alex Vugman, 
Managing Partner, Ulysses Commodities

Alex Vugman is the founder and has been the managing partner of Ulysses Commodities LLC for the past 5 years. He has 15 years of experience as a commodities trader & broker on the floor of New York Board of Trade and New York Mercantile Exchange since 2002 in crude oil, natural gas, trading pits. He holds a BS in Business Admin from SUNY (State University of New York) at Albany and attended SUNY MARITIME for his Masters in Int’l Transportation Management.
Mara Roberts
Mara Roberts
, Senior O&G Analyst, BMI Research

Mara Roberts Duque is a Senior Oil & Gas Analyst at BMI Research, a Fitch Group company. Her role integrates analysis and strategy related to the upstream, midstream, and downstream segments of the sector, with a focus on North and Latin American markets.

Upon joining BMI in 2014, Ms Roberts Duque became the key analyst for markets in the Western hemisphere, with a particular focus on upstream development and project analysis. She has been featured in various industry and news publications, such as Bloomberg, Platts Gas Daily and Institutional Investor.

Ms Roberts Duque previously researched energy policy in Latin America at both the Inter-American Dialogue and the Council of the Americas in Washington, DC. She holds a Bachelor's degree from the Johns Hopkins University in International Studies and a Masters of Arts degree from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) with a focus in Latin American Political Economics and Energy Policy.
Carlos Yamamoto
Captain Carlos Yamamoto
, President, Yamamoto Consulting LLC

Former VP for North Latin America at Bureau Veritas Commodities managing strategic planning, P/L operation, and new growth projects in Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Venezuela y Curacao, with a focus in oil and gas, coal, metals and minerals, agriculture and environmental services.

Prior to his tenure at Bureau Veritas, Carlos collaborated for 29 years in the Pemex Group, earning an extensive experience in Mexico’s O&G industry, in several management positions including: tankers management, offshore crude oil operations, petroleum products terminals operations amongst others at PMI. He was chairman of the Committee of Petroleum Measurement Accountability at the American Petroleum Institute from 2004 to 2007 and active member.

Carlos has a chief officer and engineer degrees from Escuela Nautica Mercante de Veracruz; a maritime law diploma from University of Southampton; and an executive MBA diploma from Kellogg School of Management, Evanston, IL. 
Jeff Leto
Jeff Leto, Refining, Product Supply & Logistics, EAI

Jeff Leto has worked as a consultant at EAI, Inc. since 2009 where he focused on refined product supply and logistics. Prior to joining EAI, Jeff worked in the petroleum refining industry in Operations Planning where he was responsible for distillates product blending and refinery yields engineering.

Jeff's areas of expertise include refinery modeling, biofuels, product logistical models, product consumption models and forecasting, regional network balance forecast models among others.

Jeff received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 2008.

Mike Lopez
Mike Lopez
, Research Coordinator, EAI, Inc.

The Market Research Coordinator at EAI, Inc. since 2007, Mike Lopez leads a market retail research group that tracks retail gasoline trends across the United States. The group maintains databases housing the gasoline profiles of thousands of gas stations, convenience stores, and hypermarkets. EAI, Inc.’s retail database is instrumental in characterizing the gasoline outlook and projections in many of EAI, Inc.’s studies; from micro-market level to regional to national in focus. In addition to supporting client and EAI, Inc. industry studies, Mike and his team have been contributors to online and print publications such as Wall Street Journal, CSP (Convenience Store News and Petroleum), Supermarket News and Bloomberg.

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Brendan Hoffman
, Chief Executive Officer, Haugen Consulting

Brendan Hoffman is chief executive officer of Haugen Consulting (HC). Previously with Systems and Computer Technology (SCT), he joined HC in 2002. Brendan’s time at HC has seen him operate as in-house demurrage consultant to BP Shipping in Chicago and STUSCO in Houston, operate as account manager for numerous cornerstone clients, develop and present HC’s training courses worldwide, and start and manage HC’s Houston office. In 2012, Brendan moved to Shell to help manage Shell’s Demurrage Americas department, spending time in the Houston, Barbados, London, and Rotterdam offices before ultimately returning to HC in 2015. Brendan was educated at Haverford College in Pennsylvania.

Established in 1995, HC is a family owned and operated business which provides voyage performance tracking, post fixture claims analyses, and demurrage resolution services for shipowners, charterers, and commercial trading partners. In addition, we present tanker operations and demurrage training courses worldwide.
Ed Arnold, Senior Consultant, Argus
Edward Arnold
, Senior Consultant, Argus

Senior Consultant, covering petrochemicals, refining, upstream and biotechnology for Argus Consulting Services. He has 39 years’ experience conducting market risk analysis, feasibility studies and project valuations working for 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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Mark Babineck, Editor, Argus Petroleum Transportation North America, Argus

Mark Babineck is editor of Argus Petroleum Transportation North America, a weekly publication that launched in September 2012, and has been with Argus Media for five years. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, he has covered energy news and other matters for the Associated Press, Reuters and the Houston Chronicle.. 
Peter Gardett
Peter Gardett
, Bureau Chief, Argus

Peter Gardett is currently Bureau Chief for Argus Media in New York City. Argus is a leading provider of price assessments, business intelligence and market data for the global energy and commodities markets.

He previously served as an Adjunct Fellow at the Center for a New American Security. As Founding Editor of Breaking Energy, formerly AOL Energy, he established a leading online resource for news, community building, strategic communications, and events serving practitioners in energy politics, finance, regulation, science, and operations. Peter also served as Entrepreneur in Residence for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, where he advised startups affiliated with NYSERDA on strategic issues.

Peter has spent over 17 years leading teams originating market data, analysis, and news products for the energy sector, including 14 years at Argus Media. He has led teams developing products for traders, companies and regulators in the global coal, power, natural gas, oil, and renewable energy sectors and has convened strategic private sector dialogues engaging the New York Mercantile Exchange and CME Group, the Commodities Futures Trading Commission, and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. During his first stint at Argus, he opened the company’s New York City office and spent substantial time building a Latin American presence on behalf of the firm.

Peter attended St Andrews University in Scotland, where he earned a combined bachelors and masters in modern history with a focus on economics and economic history. He lives in New York City.

Nicholas Watt
Nicholas Watt, Americas Freight Editor, Argus

Nicholas Watt is the Americas Freight Editor in Argus Media’s New York bureau. He covers markets for ocean-going vessels, including international tankers, Jones Act tankers, chemical tankers, and dry bulkers. His coverage entails writing news and analysis articles on the transportation of energy commodities, and assessing the freight costs for routes originating in the Americas. He also helps develop Argus’ freight coverage of the US Gulf coast, the US west coast, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

Prior to joining Argus in 2015, Nicholas received his masters in energy politics at the European University at St. Petersburg. There, he co-founded and served as the editor of the ENERPO Journal, a web-based journal that focuses on current energy trends in the post-Soviet space, and reported on Russia’s oil and gas industry for the St. Petersburg Times.

Nicholas is from St. Louis, MO.

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