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Savvas Manousos
Savvas Manousos
, Global Head of Trading, Maersk Oil Trading

Savvas Manousos is the Head of Global Trading for Maersk Oil Trading. He leads the teams in New York, Copenhagen, Rotterdam and Singapore who are responsible for sourcing and optimising the fuel requirements of the AP Moller Maersk Group’s fleet of vessels. Maersk is the world’s largest buyer of Marine Fuels.

Prior to joining Maersk, Savvas was based for almost 4 years in Mumbai as President of Global Trading for Reliance Industries, India’s largest private company and led the teams responsible for sourcing crude and feedstocks and placing producers from the Jamnagar Refinery supersite – the world’s biggest single location refinery operating at 1.35 m barrels per day.

Savvas started his career with BP with whom he spent almost 23 years holding roles in Supply and Trading, Corporate Strategy and Mergers & Acquisitions.

He is a graduate of City University, London and sits as an advisory board member of the McKinsey Downstream Executive Council. 
Jason Breslaw
Jason Breslaw
, Marpol Lead for 0.5% Marine Fuels Development, BP Products North America

Jason Breslaw leads BP’s distillate trading origination across the Americas. His current role includes leading BP’s preparatory work in developing the company’s 0.5% Marine Fuel offers and supporting the region’s refineries as they consider modifications in the run up to 2020. Jason has been with BP for 12 years and has held a number of roles in London and Chicago including in freight analytics, jet operations, distillate trading and blending where he was responsible for developing BP’s significant wholesale position in the ARA and West Mediterranean DMA markets. He played a leading role in preparing the company for the 2015 0.1% ECA Marine Fuels specification change, and contributes to relevant ISO and CIMAC marine working groups and military fuels quality forums. Outside of his Marpol-related responsibilities he manages BP’s renewable diesel strategy in the Americas across all parts of the value chain. Born in London, UK, Jason majored in chemistry at the University of Cambridge. A foodie and avid traveler, he’s an air-miles enthusiast who enjoys spending time with his friends and family.
Michael Winstone
Michael Winstone
, Division Director Oil Trading, Macquarie Capital Inc.

Mr.Winstone has been in the oil trading business for almost thirty years. Following positions at Cargill, Koch and Vitol, he has worked for the past six years at Macquarie Bank where he is an executive director in charge of physical oil trading. With an extensive background in fuel oil and feedstock trading, Mr Winstone is now also deeply involved in crude and products trading as well as business development.

Peter Alexander
Peter Alexander
, Sr Planning Analyst-Gas Supply, Fuel Oil Management, Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc.

Peter manages liquid fuel supply for the generation plants at Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc. in New York City. His current roles include the management of fuel quality, quantity and logistics. His knowledge is gained from 20 years’ experience in managing the fuel supply for plants throughout New York City, Long Island, New England and New Jersey.

Peter also works with Con Edison’s natural gas purchasing department. Here he’s involved with purchasing and scheduling natural gas to optimize the company’s portfolio.

In addition to Peter’s diversified background with liquid fuels and natural gas, he also worked with bidding electric generation into daily power markets, retail electric load bidding and retail electric load forecast modeling.

Peter holds an MBA in Financial Management from Pace University’s Lubin School of Business, New York and a BA in Financial Management from Pace University, New York.
Don Bonett
Don Bonett
, Consultant, Former Manager, Fuel Resources, Consolidated Edison Of New York, Inc.

Don Bonett is currently consulting in the Fuel Oil and Lubrication areas. He retired from Consolidated Edison Of New York, Inc. in 1998. During this time he held various positions including manager, fuel resources, preventive maintenance manager, senior engineer and lubrication engineer.

Don previously assisted in the planning an implementation of the Energy Buyer’s Conference (formerly the Utility Fuel Oil Buyer’s Conference) since 1997. He is a member ASTM International, Committee D2 Petroleum Products and Lubricants and a former member of STLE.
Mikhail Shapiro
Mikhail Shapiro
, Marine Fuels Manager, Glencore Ltd.

Mikhail Shapiro is the Marine Fuels Manager for Glencore. Mikhail began working in the maritime industry in 2004 for Chemoil and has since held various roles, including marketing, blending, operations, logistics, chartering as well as derivative and physical oil trading. Prior to the Glencore integration, he was the trading manager for Chemoil Europe BV in Rotterdam.

Glencore is a leading integrated producer and marketer of over 90 commodities with worldwide activities in production, refining, processing, storage, transportation and supply. Glencore has more than 90 offices in over 50 countries.

As of 2016 Glencore Ltd. replaced Chemoil as the marine fuels contracting entity in the U.S. and Panama. Glencore Ltd. is one of the largest physical suppliers of marine fuels with supply locations in multiple ports covering the U.S. East Coast, U.S. Gulf Coast, U.S. West Coast and the Panama Canal.

Outside the Americas, recent highlights include the implementation of certified Mass Flow Meters in Fujairah and the addition of Australia as a physical supply location. Chemoil has been fully integrated into Glencore since 2014 and was Singapore MPA’s number one bunker supplier by volume in 2015 and 2016.
Glencore is a leader in global marine fuel supply with an extensive vertically integrated physical footprint in multiple supply hubs around the world.
Lana Piterova
Lana Piterova
, Senior Bunker & Lubricant Trader, Arte Bunkering LLC

Lana Piterova has over 6 years experience in the bunker industry and currently holds a position of Senior Bunker & Lubricant Trader at Arte Bunkering. Based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Lana primarily focuses on arranging bunkers in the US, Canada, Caribbean and the Americas and handles a diverse client portfolio. Thanks to her extensive experience and profound market knowledge, Lana is a key element of Arte USA branch.

Established in 2010, Arte Bunkering is a global bunker trading house and brokerage firm with offices in Estonia, Russia, Germany and USA. The company was created on a foundation of extensive and long-standing experience in the marine fuels market. Arte Bunkering serves over 3000 vessels per year worldwide, from yachts and small cruise vessels to tankers, containerships and VLCCs. Originally established to serve the requirements of customers in the Russian and former USSR ports, the company is now extremely active in Europe, Middle East, South East Asia and the Americas.

Marc Holm
Marc Refsoe Holm
, Fuel Oil Trader, Maersk Oil Trading

Marc Refsoe Holm has 10 years in the Residual fuel oil and bunker industry. He is currently heading up Maersk Oil Trading’s US resid desk and has been trading US resid markets the last 5 years.

Previously Marc has led large scale business development project in the Singapore, Rotterdam and US fuel oil markets. He is an active market participant in the major US and Latin American bunker markets moving more than 9 mill bbls of marine fuel per year.
Brendan K Collins
Brendan Collins, Environment & Natural Resources Partner, Ballard Spahr LLP

Brendan Collins is an environmental lawyer and leader of Ballard Spahr's Manufacturing Industry Group. He devotes his practice primarily to clients in the electric power sector and oil and gas industry. Mr. Collins advises clients on permitting issues, regulatory matters, as well as government affairs, and has litigated civil, criminal and administrative matters in state and federal courts.
Bernadette Johnson Managing Partner Ponderosa Advisors
Bernadette Johnson, VP Market Intelligence, Drilling Info, Inc.

Bernadette Johnson joined Drilling Info through the acquisition of products and services from Ponderosa Energy. She serves as Vice President, Market Intelligence for Drilling Info and is responsible for helping to grow and expand DI’s analytics offerings, building on the work she did at Ponderosa Energy leading consulting engagements and research efforts. With over 10 years’ experience in the energy industry, Bernadette has earned the reputation of industry expert with extensive experience providing crude, natural gas, and NGL fundamentals analysis and advisory services to various players in the North American and Global energy markets. A regular commentator for and speaker to the energy industry, her specific market expertise spans: financial trading, production forecasts, demand forecasts by sector, infrastructure analysis, midstream analysis, storage value analysis, and price forecasts. Prior to joining Ponderosa, and now DI, Bernadette was Senior Research Analyst for Sasco Energy Partners in Westport, CT where she provided analytics and research support for a team of financial traders active in natural gas, power and oil futures markets. Bernadette began her career with BENTEK Energy, LLC as a Senior Energy Analyst, Natural Gas Market Fundamentals and consulting project team lead. Bernadette holds a MS Degree in International Political Economy of Resources and a BS Degree in Economics, from the Colorado School of Mines.

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.
JR Owens
J. R. Owen
, Trader, Warner Petroleum Corporation

‘J.R.’ has attended and lectured at multiple industry conventions globally over his tenure in the oil industry. His areas of expertise involve the topics he will discuss today, carbon black feedstock oil, vacuum gasoil and the desulfurization of bunker fuels utilizing the GenOil GHU. ‘J.R.’ is a residual fuels trader with Warner Petroleum Corporation out of Clare, Michigan. Warner Petroleum Corporation has been in the petroleum business since 1976. Warner Petroleum Corporation is a regional wholesale marketer of commercial, marine, and, industrial fuel products and services. Warner has achieved successful growth and loyal customers by providing value, integrity, and innovation in the products and services it delivers. ‘J.R.’ also is Vice-President, COO of GenOil USA.

‘J.R.’ has more than thirty-four (37) years of hands-on oil industry experience as a blender, consultant, global sourcing advisor, loss control specialist, terminal manager and trader.
Prior to his present positions, ‘J.R.’ has worked with John W Stone Oil Distributors LLC, J.P. Morgan Venture Energy Corp., RPG Industries, Phillips Carbon Black Division, Aditya Birla Group, Birla Carbon Division, Griffith Energy, Oil Chem Trading, Ag-Chem Commission Co., Towing Charters Inc. and National Petroleum Sales Inc. ‘J.R.’ was raised in West Seneca, NY, a suburb of Buffalo, NY. He currently resides in the Lake Placid, NY, located in the Adirondack Mountains with his wife Susan. He is a member of the 1974 class from St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont. Since 1968, ‘J.R’ has also been a professional entertainer under the name of MR DJ.
Allen Smith
Allen Smith
, Principal, Asphalt & Sourcing Alliance

Allen Smith is a member of Asphalt & Sourcing Alliance (ASA); a consulting firm focused on assisting manufacturers and refiners in sourcing, using or selling asphalt and other related raw materials. Allen interacts with an extensive list of asphalt industry contacts and he is familiar with the major manufacturers, products, distribution channels, industry trends and competitive dynamics. He and his colleagues have conducted multiple asphalt market studies, workshops and surveys and he has presented on asphalt, asphalt roofing and related topics to industry groups in North America and Asia.
Brendan Hoffman 100
Brendan Hoffman,
CEO, 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.

John Demopoulos
John Demopoulos, Vice President, North American Refined Products, Argus       

John Demopoulos is Vice President for North American Refined Products at Argus Media. As VP, John is responsible for running Argus’ refined products business, including asphalt, residuals, feedstocks, blendstocks, biofuels, gasolines, distillates, and related environmental credits. John’s previous roles at Argus have involved quality control & assurance, managing editorial teams, launching new reports, and reporting on a variety of commodity markets, including crude oil, natural gas, marine fuels, and asphalt. John joined Argus after working for several years as a foreign correspondent, based in Greece and the Balkans. He has 13 years’ experience in commodities, a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics, and a bachelor’s degree from King’s College London.
Stefka Ilieva
Stefka Ilieva, Marine Fuel Editor and Pricing Analyst, Argus

Stefka Ilieva joined Argus Media in 2012 as the editor of the daily price and news report Argus Marine Fuels. Built an extensive network of suppliers, traders, brokers and shipowners in all major ports in North America and Latin America. Formerly fuel oil consultant with Poten & Partners (2006-2012) where she focused on market analysis, scenario planning and strategy development for resid production, consumption and regulations. She contributed to the monthly Fuel Oil in World Markets and Fuel Oil Opinion reports and co-authored the studies Fuel Oil Prospects 2010-2015, North America ECA 2012-2020 and Marine Fuel Regulations 2010-2025. She has a Bachelor in Business from Baruch College and an MBA from Fordham University.
Anne Huber, Senior Consultant, Argus

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