Wed. 4/4
7:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Chamber Event
Join everyone at Barrette Center at Walsh University
Grove St NE
North Canton, OH
Questions? 330-458-2070


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These speakers (to date) will present at Utica Midstream:

Edward M. Marszal, PE, ISA84 Expert

Edward M. Marszal, PE, ISA84 Expert

President, Kenexis

BIO: Mr. Marszal is an ISA84 Expert and the President and CEO of Kenexis. Mr. Marszal has over twenty years of experience in risk analysis and the design and implementation of engineered safeguards, such as safety instrumented systems, relief systems, alarm systems, and fire and gas systems for the oil & gas industry globally.

Mr. Marszal began his career with UOP, a licensor of process units to the petroleum and petrochemical industries, where he performed field verification of control and safety instrumented systems at customer sites, and designed and managed development of custom control and SIS projects. After leaving UOP, Mr. Marszal led a number of risk analysis / engineered safeguard consulting teams culminating in the establishment of Kenexis. Mr. Marszal is committed to providing education on chemical process loss prevention. He is a prolific teacher, author, and lecturer.

Mr. Marszal is a Senior Member of the ISA and serves on the SP84, SP18, and SP91 committees. Mr. Marszal is a past Director of the ISA Safety & Security Division. Mr. Marszal is also a senior Member of the AiChE and a guest alumni lecturer at The Ohio State University.

Mr. Marszal holds a B.S., Chemical Engineering from The Ohio State University. He is a 1992 Registered Professional Engineer (Control Systems), State of Illinois, and the State of Ohio. Ed is a Certified Functional Safety Expert, TUV and an ISA84 Expert.

Rick Simmers

Rick Simmers

Chief, Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management

BIO: As Chief of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management, Rick Simmers is responsible for enforcing Ohio’s laws related to oil and gas drilling, production, plugging, orphan wells, solution mining, enhanced recovery, gas storage and underground injection control operations.

An ODNR career employee, Simmers began working for the Oil and Gas Program in 1985. Over the years he has served as a staff geologist, ground water investigator, acting chief and statewide field enforcement administrator.

Simmers earned both a Master of Science degree and Bachelor’s degree in geology from the University of Akron. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Akron.

He is currently serving as Ohio’s representative to the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission and has also served on the Ground Water Protection Council.

Jason Stechschulte

Jason Stechschulte

Commercial Development Manager, Marathon Pipe Line LLC

BIO: Jason Stechschulte graduated from Trine University in Angola, Indiana, with a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering in 2003. He joined Marathon Petroleum Corporation (MPC) in 2003 as a pipeline engineer in Findlay, Ohio. Throughout his career at MPC, he has held various engineering, operations, and commercial positions in the marketing and transportation engineering, transportation and logistics, and pipeline organizations. In August 2016, Stechschulte assumed his current position where he leads commercial and engineering development of growth projects, including within the Utica shale, for Marathon Pipe Line LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Marathon Petroleum Corporation. In his current role, he manages commercial growth opportunities for Marathon Pipe Line LLC and MPLX LP. He is a registered professional engineer in the state of Ohio.

Tina Rush

Tina Rush

Local Government Affairs Representative for West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky

BIO: Tina M. Rush is Local Government Affairs Representative for West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky, representing MarkWest Energy, a subsidiary of MPLX LP. She works with local government officials, non-profit organizations and community members and areas where MPLX operates.

Prior to her current position, Ms. Rush worked at the company’s Mobley Complex in Wetzel County, West Virginia. Ms. Rush has also owned her own business and worked in human resources for a Fortune 500 company.

Ms. Rush currently serves on the board of directors for the newly formed Women’s Energy Network of West Virginia, as well as the Doddridge County Chamber of Commerce and the Wetzel County Chamber of Commerce. She is active in her community and volunteers with several groups and committees.

Ms. Rush is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Southern Wesleyan University in South Carolina, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Management.

 Brent Breon

Brent Breon

President of Business Development, Caiman Energy II and Blue Racer Midstream

BIO: In his current position, Brent Breon is focused on developing gas gathering, compression, processing, and fractionation opportunities in the Marcellus and Utica Shale. Blue Racer is a joint venture formed in December 2012 by Caiman Energy II and Dominion to own, operate, develop and acquire midstream assets. Prior to joining Caiman in 2011, Breon worked at Dominion Resources in various operations, engineering, and business development roles. He graduated from The University of Akron with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and an MBA. Brent has presented an update on the significant infrastructure work of Blue Racer for every midstream seminar we have produced.

Colette Breshears

Colette Breshears

Natural Gas Analyst, Genscape

BIO: Colette Breshears is a member of the data analysis team at Genscape. With the world’s largest private network of on-the-ground sensors and other technology, Genscape keeps track of product flow through the midstream pipeline networks. The data analysis team takes that information and builds production forecasts – drilling forecasts – around the ability to bring new gas to market.

 George Stark

George Stark

Director, External Affairs Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation

BIO: George Stark is the Director of External Affairs for Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation. In this role, George directs external and internal outreach including government affairs, advertising, media relations, corporate social responsibility, and communications campaigns. He also oversees efforts in building community relationships and furthering workforce development and natural gas utilization within the industry.

In addition to his roles on several oil and natural gas industry organizations, George currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Pittsburgh Airport Area Chamber of Commerce, The Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, and the Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Dickinson College and is a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh. Prior to Cabot, George worked at Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania/Maryland for 15 years and most recently held the position of Director of External Affairs during his tenure. He lives in Peters Township, Pennsylvania with his wife and three daughters

Jerry James

Jerry James

President, Artex Oil Company 

BIO: Jerry is from South Zanesville, Muskingum County, Ohio, and currently resides in Washington County, Ohio. Jerry earned his Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering from Marietta College in 1980 where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. Jerry served as President of the Ohio Oil and Gas Association (OOGA) from 2011 through 2012, and previously served as chairman of the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program (OOGEEP). His current outreach is Shale Crescent USA, an initiative to highlight the manufacturing opportunities and bring jobs to the Ohio Valley, made possible by shale development. Jerry is a Registered Professional Engineer in Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. He is also a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers as well as the Society of Petroleum Evaluation Engineers.

Jerry has served as President of Artex Oil Company since 1995. Prior to assuming his current role, he held positions with various major oil companies in Texas, Louisiana and Wyoming, and served as a petroleum engineering consultant for James Engineering, Inc. based in Ohio.

Bryce Custer

Bryce Custer

NAI Spring

BIO: Bryce Custer is one of the most active commercial real estate agents in the Utica Shale region and has helped assemble property for major projects. He’s optimistic about Utica and will tell you why.

Erika Young

Erika Young

Business Development, Enbridge

BIO: Erika Young is in business development for Enbridge, responsible for developing the NEXUS Gas Transmission project to deliver Marcellus and Utica shale gas to chemical and industrial plants, power generators and local distribution companies in Ohio, Michigan and Ontario.

Young joined Spectra Energy’s predecessor company in 2001. Her career includes roles of increasing responsibility in the audit, financial services, supply chain, corporate strategy and business development areas.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Xavier University of Louisiana and an MBA from Tulane University.

Originally from New Orleans, Young currently resides in Houston with her husband Brian and two sons, Jalen (13) and Julian (10).

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We have reserved a block of rooms exclusively for Midstream attendees at the Hyatt Place Canton.  You'll receive a special rate of only $97 per room, per night for a King Suite!

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