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Argus Mexican Refined Products Markets

The Argus Mexican Refined Products Markets Conference is coming back to Houston, October 17-19, 2017.

Mexican energy reform is having a big impact on refined products markets in the Americas.

A year into the program, this conference gathers key market participants to discuss the real-world impact of these historic policy changes.

Join Argus October 17-19 in Houston to examine logistics challenges, existing and planned improvements to infrastructure, legal and tax considerations, as well as other key issues you need to know to maximize profitability and position your organization for success. Network, gain insight and do business at this exciting and timely industry event.


Keynote speaker:

Aldo Flores

Dr. Aldo Flores Quiroga

Deputy Secretary of Energy for Hydrocarbons
Secretaría de Energía, México


2017 Confirmed Speakers: 

  • Jesús W. Torres Cantú, Commercial Intelligence Manager, PEMEX Transformación Industrial in México
  • David Dennison, Associate Director Co-Products Americas, LyondellBasell
  • Dan Gordon, Executive Vice President, Business Development & Strategy, Delek US Holdings
  • Eduardo Andrade, Trading Manager and Business Development Latin America, Koch Supply & Trading Mexico
  • Francisco Soto, General Director, Bulkmatic Mexico 
  • Celeste Rebora, Director, Hydrocarbons Projects, TCM
  • Jose Miguel Gutierrez, Director, Ferropuerto Midstream Keri
  • Rich Byrnes, Chief Port Infrastructure Officer, Port of Houston
  • Gary Morgan, Director, Market Analysis, Deep Sea Tankers, Clarksons Platou Shipping Services USA LLC
  • Jennifer Fussell, AVP Sales, Chemical & Petroleum, Kansas City Southern
  • Ernesto Anguiano Sanchez, Commercial Director, Ferromex
  • Ing. Mauricio Arellano Villavicencio, Director de Combustibles, Aeropuertos y Servicios Auxiliares
  • Esteban Salas, VP- Refine Products, Windstar LPG Inc.
  • Alvaro Efrain Tellez Rangel, Founding Partner, ENIX
  • Jose Carlos Femat Romero, Director, ONEXPO
  • Oscar A. Lopez Velarde, Partner, Ritch Mueller
  • Carlos Yamamoto, President, Yamamoto Consulting
  • Jaime Brito, Vice President, Pricing and Market Strategies, Argus
  • Mark Babineck, Editor, Argus Petroleum Transportation North America, Argus
  • Carla Bass, Editor, Argus Mexico Fuel Markets, Argus

Who should attend:

Managers, Directors, Vice Presidents and C-Suite Executives associated with:

Refining, Strategy, Marketing, Production, Business Development, Sales, End-users, Infrastructure organizations, Transportation, Purchasing, Exports, Supply, Traders, Brokers, Rail, Waterborne, Pipeline, Legal and regulatory, Vendors, and more!
Companies represented

A snapshot of companies that attend:

Bank of America Merrill Lynch · Bulkmatic De Mexico · Calumet San Antonio Refinery · Comision Federal de Electric · Costco Wholesale · Energy Secretariat (SENER) · Hunt Refining Company · INTL FCStone · J.P. Morgan Securities LLC · Kansas City Southern de Mexico · LyondellBasell · Magellan Midstream Partners · Marathon Petroleum Company · Ministry of Finance · Murex LLC · PEMEX · Phillips 66 · Port of Brownsville · Promexico · PT Logistics · Savage Services Corporation · Shell · Tesoro Companies, Inc. · TransCanada Pipelines · Valero · Valero Energy · Watco · World Fuel Services Corporation
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Registration Pricing
Standard registration (September 23 - October 16) $1,895
 Onsite registration   $1,995
 Pre-conference workshop package  $395
 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 Mexican Refined Products Markets 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.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017- Preconference Workshop Day
15:00 - 17:30
 Preconference Workshops
(additional registration required) 
15:00 - 16:00 Workshop A: Dissecting IEPS taxes for gasoline and diesel prices in Mexico: This preconference session will flesh out the features surrounding the excise tax for inland transactions for nationally produced barrels and imports.
  • Hear an overview of IEPS taxes by commodity
  • Explore the excise tax for inland transactions for nationally produced barrels and imports
  • Understand fiscal incentives specific to IEPS and additional fiscal concepts
Oscar Lopez Velarde
Ritch Mueller
16:00 - 16:30   Afternoon Networking Break
16:30 - 17:30 Workshop B: Regulatory considerations for operating in Mexico: What are the major considerations around importing, transportation and storage, retail permits, as well as inspection of refined product imports into Mexico?
  • Discuss specifics around import, retail, transportation and storage permits
  • Evaluate considerations for inspection of refined product imports into Mexico
  • Analyze additional legal considerations for US exports 
Alvaro Efrain Tellez Rangel
Founding Partner
17:30 - 19:30 Opening Evening Cocktail Reception and Casino Night

Casino night reception Argus Natural Gas Conference Network with conference participants while trying your luck at blackjack, roulette, craps and poker for a chance to win some great prizes! Don't miss this fun-filled reception.
(open to all conference attendees) 
Wednesday, 18 October 2017- Main Conference Day 1
-English to Spanish translation available for all main conference sessions.
07:30 - 08:30 Registration and Morning Refreshments
08:30 - 08:35

Welcome and Opening Announcements

Jaime Brito
Vice President, Pricing and Market Strategies

08:35 - 09:05 Morning Keynote Address- Mexican Energy Reform Update: Hear an in-depth analysis from the Mexican Energy Secretariat (SENER) on energy reform including implementation details, permitting, price control expiration and competitive markets. Learn about the upcoming developments in the refined products sector in Mexico and other must-know details to set your organization up for success.
  • Hear an update on energy policy for refined products
  • Understand price control expiration and other implementation details
  • Assess market conditions and information as liberalization enters its final stage towards 2018
Dr. Aldo Flores Quiroga
Deputy Secretary of Energy for Hydrocarbons
Secretaría de Energía, México
09:05 - 10:30 Session 1: The Mexican Market Post Energy Reform

PEMEX TRI update- Gasoline and diesel in Mexico:
This presentation from the commercial intelligence manager of PEMEX TRI will explore how Pemex Transformacion Industrial is evolving for competition. This session includes analysis of PEMEX TRI’s main strengths and how corporate firms participating in the market will bring competition. What is PEMEX’s experience in domestic wholesale and distribution services? How commercial strategies, transportation and storage options will evolve so PEMEX can keep the upper hand as supplier to Mexico’s retail market? Attend this presentation to:
  • Understand market details for gasoline and diesel in Mexico and how Pemex Transformacion Industrial (TRI) participates on it
  • Explore how PEMEX TRI will face competition and the potential strategy and commercial options it will offer to the Mexican retail industry
  • Assess storage and transportation opportunities
Jesús W. Torres Cantú,
Commercial Intelligence Manager
PEMEX Transformación Industrial in México

Mexican jet fuel competition: Explore the various aspects of jet fuel delivery as well as discuss technical specification differences and logistical challenges directly from the Mexican Airport Authority, the key jet fuel supplier of Mexico’s airports. Additionally hear details on imports and exports, supply demand balance, the NAFTA impact, pricing shifts, on-airport ASA storage, into-plane services and more.
  • Understand Mexico’s jet fuel storage and distribution, the role of ASA in the Mexican industry
  • Analyze logistical challenges and hear details on imports and exports, as well as the domestic market
  • Explore supply and demand implications and the effect on prices. How ASA is prepared for competition in Mexico
Ing. Mauricio Arellano Villavicencio
Director de Combustibles
Aeropuertos y Servicios Auxiliares

Fuel liberalization’s home stretch -- update, analysis and trends: Take an in-depth dive into the relevant challenges and opportunities uncovered since the liberalization of the Mexican fuel market began in January. Join this discussion to hear an overview of how trends in trade have shifted, as well as what to expect as the government aims to complete liberalization by year’s end. This session will:
  • Identify the topics from the Mexican Energy reform and the international market of key importance 
  • Summarize the latest challenges Mexico affecting domestic refinery production and the national products balance
  • Explore impacts on prices and shifts in supply and demand
  • Assess trends in USGC flows into Mexico
  • Analyze recent trends for exporting products into Mexico, including gasoline, diesel, jet fuel
Carla Bass
Editor, Argus Mexico Fuel Markets
10:30 - 11:00 Morning Networking Break
11:00 - 12:30 Session 2: Regulatory Framework- An Update on the Main Regulatory Elements Framing the Mexican Refined Products Market

Regulatory considerations for Mexico: This talk will review the liberalization process as reform continues to unfold, with particular focus on what activities are regulated by CRE and which ones are not including importing, blending, transportation and storage.
  • Hear a review of the liberalization process as reform continues to unfold
  • Focus on what activities are regulated by CRE and which ones are not including importing, blending, transportation, storage and regulatory features
  • Discuss lessons learned during this year’s liberalization process
  • Receive an update on refined product specifications for gasoline, diesel and jet fuel
Alvaro Efrain Tellez Rangel
Founding Partner

Round table- Energy reform from the point of view of the private industry: What have legal, regulatory and taxation experts identified as both either competitive advantages or bottlenecks of the reform. Our experts will describe how the reform has either fostered or blocked private investment and international flows either by keeping existing regulations or adding recent ones.
  • Understand if the continuous update of the fiscal incentive for IEPS positive or negative
  • Explore the scenario should IEPS disappear or be reduced for imports to take place
  • Evaluate the main issues around the successful implementation of the reform
Oscar A. Lopez Velarde
Ritch Mueller

Alvaro Efrain Tellez Rangel

Founding Partner

Eduardo Andrade

Trading Manager and Business Development Latin America
Koch Supply & Trading Mexico
12:30 - 14:00  Networking Luncheon
14:00 - 15:30
Session 3: US Gulf Coast Infrastructure

Refiner's perspective on the Mexican market: Hear a USGC refiner discuss how they are viewing the continued Mexican opportunity for diesel distribution from the Gulf into Mexico.
  • Assess infrastructure into Mexico 
  • Understand refinery economic considerations 
  • Explore the ongoing impact of energy reform among other key details
Dan Gordon
Executive Vice President, Business Development & Strategy
Delek US Holdings

Port case study: Evaluating shoreline infrastructure and projects: Understand the landside improvements and ship channel upgrades in progress and planned for a leading USGC port.
  • 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 
Rich Byrnes
Chief Port Infrastructure Officer
Port of Houston

Inspectors and demurrage- Best practices for loading and offloading products: This presentation will take an in depth look at maximizing operations and transfer of products via freight and marine vessels.
  • The role of inspectors and what to consider with waterborne movements
  • The impact of lay time and demurrage
  • Effective strategies for loading and offloading 
  • An overview for marine markets and tanker operations 
Carlos Yamamoto
Yamamoto Consulting
15:30 - 16:00 Afternoon Networking Break 
16:00 - 17:30 
Session 4: Refined Product Movements into Mexico

US-Mexico products trade trends and supply options
: Hear a detailed analysis of the anticipated exports to Mexico by product, including CBOB and diesel as well as blending components such as MTBE and ethanol. For each of these products, this presentation will describe ports of call, primary modes or transport and other key details about the main exporting regions of the US and to which Mexican cities those shipments are headed.
  • Explore details on commodities to Mexico including gasoline, diesel and other blending components
  • Understand different variabilities for transport options
  • Assess what regions are the major demand points and which ones are expected to increase demand 
Mark Babineck
Editor, Argus Petroleum Transportation North America

The impact of Mexico on the products tanker market: This presentation will give a marine markets overview for waterborne shipments. 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
Gary Morgan
Director, Market Analysis, Deep Sea Tankers
Clarksons Platou Shipping Services USA LLC

Rail: Learn how leading rail operators plan to move product into Mexico and the logistical challenges the market is facing.
  • Discuss how projects are increasing access and supply into Mexico
  • Analyze the financial investments necessary to increase infrastructure
  • Evaluate how 12 months later this line is continuing to impact the market
Jennifer Fussell
AVP Sales, Chemical & Petroleum
Kansas City Southern
17:30 - 19:30

Day 1 Evening Cocktail Reception (open to all conference attendees)

Thursday, 19 October 2017- Main Conference Day 2 
08:00 - 09:00 Registration and Morning Refreshments
09:00 - 09:05 Chairperson's Welcome and Day 1 Recap

Jaime Brito
Vice President, Pricing and Market Strategies
09:05 - 09:30
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 entities created.
  • Assess challenges of liberalization and steps could be applicable from the point of view of regulation, government incentives or public entities like Pemex, COFECE or others
  • Evaluate regional investment needs identified by ONEXPO, for international companies to consider
Jose Carlos Femat Romero
09:30 - 10:30  Panel Discussion- Assessing current infrastructure and future projects: Explore project strategy and expectations for new infrastructure including which refiners have pipeline connections to Mexico as well as which ones will have connections in the near future.
  • Explore current and planned infrastructure upgrades into Mexico from the USGC
  • Understand financial considerations
  • Discover the current status for refiners' capabilities to ship projects into Mexico
Celeste Rebora
Director, Hydrocarbons Projects

Jose Miguel Gutierrez
Ferropuerto Midstream Keri

Francisco Soto

General Director
Bulkmatic Mexico
10:30 - 11:00
Morning Networking Break
11:00 - 12:00 Session 5: Suppliers and End Users into Mexico

How are suppliers and end users positioning for opportunities in Mexico: Analyze how market participants are viewing the product supply landscape in Mexico. Hear how a leading global company is positioning for increased product flows into Mexico.
  • Inland supply for the northern states in Mexico
  • Waterborne midstream opportunities
  • Capital projects
  • Koch imported its first cargo of ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD) into Mexico through the Port of Veracruz
  • Koch Mexico plans increased imports in Veracruz
Eduardo Andrade
Trading Manager and Business Development Latin America
Koch Supply & Trading Mexico

MTBE and gasoline trade in Mexico: This presentation will provide market context, including global supply and demand balances, market trends, and history of MTBE use in Mexico. This presentation will also address the technical benefits of MTBE as well as the opportunities and concerns of this gasoline blend component moving forward.
  • Hear key details on global market factors, supply and demand, and pricing trends for MTBE
  • Understand political issues and opportunities for using MTBE
  • Assess the technical benefits of blending MTBE
David Dennison
Associate Director Co-Products Americas
12:00 - 12:30  Closing Panel Discussion- Channels to the Mexican market: This panel discussion will evaluate some of the new projects and terminals along the border and transportation throughout Mexico.
  • How have the companies developed new business models since the announcement of energy reform?
  • What are the cross-border logistics and rail opportunities throughout Mexico?
  • What are the overall opportunities via rail? 
Esteban Salas
VP- Refine Products
Windstar LPG Inc.

Ernesto Anguiano Sanchez

Commercial Director
12:30 Chairperson's Closing Comments and Conclusion of Conference

Jaime Brito
Vice President, Pricing and Market Strategies

2017 Speakers
Aldo Flores
Dr. Aldo Flores Quiroga, Deputy Secretary of Energy for Hydrocarbons, Secretaría de Energía, México

Aldo Flores-Quiroga was appointed Deputy Secretary for Hydrocarbons on August 1st, 2016. Prior to this, he was Secretary General of the International Energy Forum (IEF), based in Riyadh, from January 2012 to July 2016. Since his appointment he has worked on the implantation of the Energy Reform, including the exploration and production bid rounds and the opening of the natural gas and fuels markets in Mexico. Previously, he was Head of the International Affairs Office in the Ministry of Energy and Head of the Bilateral Economic Relations Office at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Aldo Flores-Quiroga is an energy expert, with a major in economics at the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León and a PhD in Political Science at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). From 1996 to 2011, he was professor at the Department of Politics and Economics at Claremont Graduate University in California. In Mexico, he was visiting professor at Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) and Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE). His research on trade policy and energy issues has been published in English and Spanish.

Francisco Soto
Francisco Soto,
General Director, Bulkmatic Mexico

Francisco Soto is President of Bulkmatic de Mexico S de RL de CV, a subsidiary of Bulkmatic Transport located in Griffith, IN.

Graduating from the Monterrey Institute of Technology in 1991 with a degree in Industrial Engineering, Francisco completed his MBA also at Monterrey Tech in 1996 and in 2006 obtained an alumni degree from the Harvard Business School for its General Management Program.

Francisco has more than 25 years’ experience in the Transport and Logistics industries, focused particularly on international movements between the US and Mexico. Over the past 20 years he has been building Bulkmatic’s presence in the Mexico market and spearheading the development of fourteen rail to truck transloading terminals within Mexico, including more than 45 kilometers of tracks, equivalent to 2,300 car spots and over 1 million sq foot of warehouse.

During this time, Francisco has helped establish Bulkmatic de Mexico as the leading bulk transload and distribution company in Mexico, receiving and transferring over 35,000 railcars per year. Francisco currently splits time between offices in Griffith and Monterrey and is focused on transloading expansion opportunities in Mexico and other parts of Latin America.

Recently, Bulkmatic started operations in Colombia under the scope of Francisco Soto responsibilities.
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.
Miguel Gutierrez
Jose Miguel Gutierrez,
Director, Ferropuerto Midstream Keri

José Miguel Gutiérrez Cruz holds a degree in Business Administration from Tecnológico de Monterrey, with specialty in International Finance, and a master's degree in Corporate Administration focused on International Negotiations by Tecnológico de Monterrey.

His professional performance has been mainly in the world of international negotiations, participating for years as a broker exchange in different brokerage houses such as Casa de Cambio Plus and Casa de Bolsa Multiva. He was in charge of the International Business Academy of Tecnológico de Monterrey and is currently an independent entrepreneur in his own firm Global Companion, focused on Global Business, Foreign Trade, International Certifications and Energy Reform.

Mr. Gutiérrez has focused on Energy Reform issues since 2012 and he, along with his firm, Global Companion, is currently serving as the General Manager and leader of the project, Ferropuerto Midstream KÉRI. Energetics KERI SAPI de CV. As it is considered as a global strategic project.
Jose W Torres Cantu
Jesús W. Torres Cantú, Commercial Intelligence Manager, PEMEX Transformación Industrial in México

Jesús W. is Commercial Intelligence Manager at PEMEX Transformación Industrial in México.
Economist with more than 12 years of experience in economic analysis, regulation, public policies, finance and pricing for the energy sector, transportation, environment and natural resources, at different areas of the Mexican Federal Government and PEMEX. Prior to his current duties he was Deputy Manager of Economic Studies at the Finance Corporate Office of PEMEX; before that, he worked 8 years at the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit as Director of Pricing Policy for the Oil Sector and Deputy Director of Sectorial Studies, and at the Mexican National Water Commission as Director of Revenue Analysis.
Mauricio Arellano
Ing. Mauricio Arellano Villavicencio
, Director de Combustibles, Aeropuertos y Servicios Auxiliares

Mauricio Arellano is the Director of Fuels for Aeropuertos y Servicios Auxiliares (ASA), a Mexican government entity that operates 60 aviation fuel farms and 62 into-plane locations in Mexico’s main airports, including Mexico City and Cancun.
He has a BS in Systems Engineering from La Salle University and a MBA from the Instituto Panamericano en Alta Dirección de Empresas (IPADE).

Within ASA, he is responsible for the management and operation of the fuel supply, storage and into-plane services nationwide and has participated in various projects related to development of infrastructure, maintenance, equipment and technology for the fuel operations optimization.

Recently, he has collaborated with the Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) on development issues associated with handling aviation fuels in Mexico, associated to the Energy Reform.

Mauricio has over 13 years in the aviation fuels area in ASA, where he has held several positions within the organization.
Eduardo Andrade
Eduardo Andrade,
Trading Manager and Business Development Latin America, Koch Supply & Trading Mexico

Eduardo Andrade is the Distillates Trading Manager for Koch Supply & Trading, LP, one of the world’s largest commodities trading companies. Koch Supply & Trading is a subsidiary of Koch Industries, Inc.

Mr. Andrade began his career as an analyst with Koch Supply and Trading in 2007 and has since held different roles trading crude oil, fuel oil, feedstocks and distillates. During this time he has also served as the distillites business development leader for Latin America.

Before joining Koch, he worked for PMI (Pemex International), and held positions in fuel oil trading and crude oil marketing.

Mr. Andrade received a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Instituto Teconologico de Monterrey, and a dual masters degree in Business Administration and Industrial Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.
David Dennison
David Dennison,
Associate Director Co-Products Americas, LyondellBasell

David Dennison works for LyondellBasell Industries as the MTBE marketing and business development manager. He has supported isobutylene and oxygenated fuels at LyondellBasell in marketing and planning positions for 7 years. He also worked as a marketing manager for Lyondell’s Houston Refinery for 2 years specializing in biofuels. Prior to joining LyondellBasell, David worked in various engineering and management positions at Eli Lilly and Company and Albemarle Corporation. David has a chemical engineer degree from Texas A&M University and an MBA from The Wharton School.
Daniel Gordon, EVP Business Development & Strategy, Delek US Holdings
Dan Gordon,
Executive Vice President, Business Development & Strategy, Delek US Holdings

Dan Gordon is the 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 thsi 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.
Rich Byrnes
Rich Byrnes,
Chief Infrastructure Officer, Port of Houston

Rich Byrnes is the Chief Infrastructure Officer for the Port of Houston Authority. He leads a multi-functional group tasked with supporting public transportation and trade needs of the region, and enabling an efficient and effective base for Port operations. The Infrastructure team’s responsibilities include Facilities and Master Planning, Strategic Asset Management, Project & Construction Management, the non-federal role in Houston Ship Channel Development, Freight Mobility, and Environmental Affairs.

Rich’s career spans engineering, operations and consulting across transportation, oil & gas and shipbuilding industries, working with Fortune 100 corporations, State-Owned Enterprises and governments on every continent. He began his career managing supply chain and wintering over at the South Pole, Antarctica, and then as an oil field engineer in the Middle East. In Transportation he has consulted to ports and shipping companies across the US, Latin America and Australia on issues of planning and economics, and in Oil & Gas he worked with organizations across the Americas, Asia, Europe and Middle East on issues of strategy, organization and asset development. Previously, Rich held roles as Vice President at two global oilfield services companies, responsible for business and technical consulting, and he has also been a Clinical Professor of Leadership at Texas A&M’s Mays Business School.

Rich has two Master’s degrees from MIT, one in Ocean Systems Management and another in Technology and Policy. He has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara, an Associate’s in mathematics from Long Beach City College and he has completed executive leadership programs at Texas A&M. Rich and his family have lived in the Houston area since 1992, and in his spare time he promotes STEM education in local schools and coaches youth baseball.
Jennifer Fussell
Jennifer Fussell,
AVP Sales, Chemical & Petroleum, Kansas City Southern

Jennifer Fussell currently serves as the Assistant Vice President Sales and Marketing Petroleum and Chemicals in Houston TX at Kansas City Southern. She also holds responsibility for the commercial relationships between Kansas City Southern and the gulf coast ports. She first joined KCS in 1998 as a rail operation clerk in Shreveport LA. Through her 18 years with the Kansas City Southern she has contributed in both commercial and operating management positions as Assistant Director of Customer Service, Assistant Director of Service Design and Measurement, and Director Sales and Marketing throughout the network in Louisiana, Texas, and Kansas City, MO.

Jennifer also serves on the Board of Directors of the Southwest Association of Rail Shippers since 2011. She was named “SWARS Person of the Year” for 2015. Southwest Association of Rail Shippers is a non-profit association which provides an open forum for railroads and shippers to meet and discuss matters of mutual interest. The region includes the greater southwest territory including Mexico.
Gary Morgan
Gary Morgan,
Director, Market Analysis, Deep Sea Tankers, 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.
Ernesto Anguiano Sanchez
Ernesto Anguiano Sanchez
, Commercial Director, Ferromex

Ernesto Anguiano Sánchez is the Commercial Director with Ferromex and received his bachelor in business administration with more than 20 years of experience in different industries as Logistics, Oil & Gas, Consumer Goods and Financial.

Mr Anguiano is currently responsible for the Oil&Gas, Chemicals & Fertilizers areas in Grupo Mexico Transportes, Ferromex, and was recently appointed as Commercial Director of IMEX (Terminals and last-mile business unit).

For the last three years in Grupo Mexico Transportes has closed several long-term contracts with the main companies from the Chemical industry. In 2017, to seize the opportunities from the Energy Reform, he signed one of the main contracts to supply refined products from Veracruz to inland terminals as Mexico City Region and Puebla.

In addition, Mr Anguiano has been an active member of the Grupo Mexico initiative to expand its oil-by-rail business by building at least three storage terminals in Mexico. Grupo Mexico Transportes, Ferromex, operates rail lines in Mexico, Texas and Florida, and is the mayor railroad in Mexico with a 66% of the market share of rail cargo.
Esteban Salas
Esteban Salas
, VP- Refine Products, Windstar LPG Inc.

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. 
Jose C Femat Romero
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”.
Efrain Tellez
Alvaro Efrain Tellez Rangel,
Founding Partner, ENIX

Efrain Tellez holds a degree in Actuarial Science and also a Master Degree in Economics. His main professional career has been developed at the energy sector for more than 19 years. He is a specialist in industrial organization, economic regulation of monopolies, markets and competition promotion in the energy sector. Until April, 2016, he was Head of the Regulation Unit at the Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) in Mexico. Among other activities, he was in charge of designing the economic regulatory framework and coordinate the CRE’s participation in the development of public policy in the energy sector; also provided advisory in economic and regulatory matters to the President, Commissioners, and other main Divisions at the CRE. Currently he is independent consultant in infrastructure development, markets and regulation in Mexico.
Oscar Lopez Velarde Perez
Oscar Lopez Velarde,
Partner, Ritch Mueller

Oscar López Velarde is a partner of the Mexican law firm Ritch Mueller. Mr. López Velarde is a Mexican licensed attorney that received his law degree from the Iberoamericana University and an LLM in Taxation from Georgetown University. He has structured all sort of upstream, midstream and downstream deals in Mexico, and it is also very active in the private equity and capital markets space. More recently he has been an active participant in the development of the Mexican Energy Reform, advising most of the companies that participated in Round 1; new midstream and downstream projects and in the development of the new asset class called Fibra E. Prior to joining Ritch Muller, Mr. López Velarde was the Mexico Leader for the Oil and Gas Industry of one of the big accounting firms.
Carlos Yamamoto
Captain Carlos Yamamoto,
Consultant, 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.Jaime Brito, VP, Strategic Business Development, Latin America, Argus
Jaime Brito
Jaime Brito,
VP, Strategic Business Development, Latin America, Argus

Jaime joined Argus in January 2013 after spending almost 10 years with PFC Energy. Prior to that Jaime worked at Aspentech and PMI Comercio Internacional. Jaime has plenty of experience on the oil sector, especially on market fundamentals, refining economics, forecasting and refining modeling as well commercial strategies for crude or product trade. Jaime has completed projects around the world that vary from feasibility of new refineries to sales of crude pipelines to trading strategies for NOCs and IOCs. He has a BS in Chemical Engineering and a MBA. Fluent in Spanish and English.
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Mark Babineck,
Editor, Argus Petroleum Transportation, 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 six years, having also been a senior reporter and an assistant news editor.

Prior to joining Argus, Mark was an assistant state editor and an assistant business editor and part of the Houston Chronicle’s coverage team of the climactic Enron criminal trials. Mark spent about 10 years as a reporter with the Associated Press, covering news, sports and business around the state of Texas, and a year after that covering crude markets and general news at Reuters.

Mark is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He is a native Houstonian who remains in the city with his wife, Susan, and two children.
Carla Bass, Editor, Argus Mexico Fuel Markets, Argus

Carla Bass is editor of Argus Mexico Fuel Markets and a deputy news editor in Houston. She began covering energy news in the South American country of Ecuador where she worked as a freelance journalist for eight years for publications including The Economist, the Miami Herald, and other business and energy news services.

Before joining Argus, Carla worked in Washington DC and Houston as a real-time news editor for another energy news and price reporting agency, where she also later managed a global market engagement program.

Carla is working toward a master’s degree in foresight at the University of Houston and earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin.

Jorge Wade, Director, TCM

Industrial Engineer with more than 20 years of experience working for global companies specialized on the railway and logistics industries with strong presence in Mexico. Currently leading the TCM, first project in Mexico to receive the CRE Fuels Storage Permit, located in San Luis Potosí with the ability to receive unit trains and store up to 1.2 M Bbl.
Jorge Wade, Director, TCM

Industrial Engineer with more than 20 years of experience working for global companies specialized on the railway and logistics industries with strong presence in Mexico. Currently leading the TCM, first project in Mexico to receive the CRE Fuels Storage Permit, located in San Luis Potosí with the ability to receive unit trains and store up to 1.2 M Bbl.
Jorge Wade, Director, TCM

Industrial Engineer with more than 20 years of experience working for global companies specialized on the railway and logistics industries with strong presence in Mexico. Currently leading the TCM, first project in Mexico to receive the CRE Fuels Storage Permit, located in San Luis Potosí with the ability to receive unit trains and store up to 1.2 M Bbl.
Jorge Wade, Director, TCM

Industrial Engineer with more than 20 years of experience working for global companies specialized on the railway and logistics industries with strong presence in Mexico. Currently leading the TCM, first project in Mexico to receive the CRE Fuels Storage Permit, located in San Luis Potosí with the ability to receive unit trains and store up to 1.2 M Bbl.

Raven PetroleumRaven Petroleum, L.L.C. is a Wholly-owned Subsidiary of Raven Resources Group, L.L.C. a development company that takes advantage of opportunities in the current gas and oil marketplace. Raven buys, sells, develops energy-related properties. Our projects include midstream terminals, petroleum refineries, ethanol and natural gas facilities. Raven’s founder is a native Texan with a core team having over 500 years of combined experience. Raven is in the position to react efficiently to volatile market conditions while integrating clean technology into the refining process to benefit the environment. This sustainable refining approach will generate green job opportunities to the local economy and set a new standard for the oil and gas industry.

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Kansas City SouthernRail shipping with Kansas City Southern puts North American businesses on track to success. Whether you ship within the United States or Mexico or need efficient, secure transportation across the border, KCS is ready to be your rail partner of choice. Our network in the U.S. and Mexico offers connectivity to and from most of the North American continent. We are THE transportation solutions partner at the heart of every supply chain. Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., Kansas City Southern (KCS) (NYSE: KSU) is a transportation holding company that has railroad investments in the U.S., Mexico and Panama.

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Chemex ModularChemex Modular is a leading supplier of new and refurbished modular equipment. Chemex Modular possesses the complete range of engineering and fabrication expertise to provide fully modularized equipment and related engineering support. Whether providing modular process equipment, measurement modules, logistics, identifying a process issue or implementing a planned change, Chemex Modular delivers a customer-specific solution. Our services include, but are not limited to, the following: modular oil refineries and gas processing plants, allocation measurement and LACT systems, and the full range of engineering consulting services, from feasibility studies to detailed engineering design.

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Skyeye Measurement

Sky Eye Measurement is a leader in the design, manufacturing, and installation of hydrocarbon measurement and transfer systems. With offices in Calgary, Edmonton, Houston and installations in Canada, the US and Mexico, we currently serve the North American market. Our experience with LPG, Butane, NGL and Refined Fuels measurement for trade and transfer allows us to respond quickly to meet our client’s needs. With in house Engineering, Fabrication and Technical Services, we supply, install and maintain the systems we provide. Sky Eye Measurement is committed to providing the safest, most reliable, and highest performing systems in the industry.

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Basic EquipmentBASIC Equipment, founded in 1989, is one of the industry leaders in service of modular refineries; both refurbishment and new construction. Our in-house experts offer a synergy of services that best benefit our client’s schedule and maximize profitability. Services such as feasibility studies, detailed engineering and design, equipment manufacturing, industrial coatings application, instrumentation and electrical, modular skid packaging, freight and logistics, and in-field erection are all self-performed within our organization. BASIC’s experience in modular refining systems can be found domestically, as well as internationally.

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