Fri. 3/25
7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Chamber Event
Join everyone at The Nash Family Event & Conference Center at the Pro Football HOF
2121 George Halas Dr NW
Canton, OH
Questions? (330) 456-7253

This event is almost sold-out, online registration is closed.  Please contact Ashley Winter (330) 458-2073 if you would like to register.

Why Utica Green Upstream & Midstream


  • Energy companies active in Utica Shale natural gas production are focused on and committed to being good corporate citizens, effective environmental stewards and value creators for all stakeholders, especially Ohio communities.
  • At every aspect of the energy production cycle, Utica Shale companies – exploration & production, midstream, oilfield service companies and the countless other companies across the supply chain – place the highest value on operational excellence aimed at ensuring safety and environmental protection.
  • The industry has a central role to play in the ongoing energy transition and takes action every day to promote a healthier, cleaner and more sustainable environment and economy for our region.

    Conference Objective

  • The conference’s principal goal is to facilitate and drive dialogue with important stakeholders centered on the natural gas industry’s long and clear record of environmental stewardship as well as its enhanced sustainability efforts.
  • Through showcasing new innovative technologies as well as industry-leading best practices, conference participants and other stakeholders with have a platform to exchange ideas, discuss pioneering breakthroughs and share perspectives about the broader energy and Environment, Social, Governance (ESG) landscape.

Speakers (to date):

Rob Portman, United States Senator from Ohio

Rob Portman is a United States Senator from the state of Ohio, a position he has held since he was first elected in 2010. He previously served as a U.S. Representative, the 14th United States Trade Representative, and the 35th Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). In 1993, Portman won a special election to represent Ohio’s 2nd congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives and served six terms before President George W. Bush appointed him as U.S. Trade Representative in May 2005. He currently serves as the Ranking Member on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, as well as on the Senate Finance and Foreign Relations Committees.

Senator Portman has demonstrated longstanding support for the successful development of Ohio’s Utica shale resource, which has resulted in $86 billion of new capital investment in the state and the creation of more than 200,000 jobs for Ohio’s citizens. Senator Portman’s leadership played a vital role in passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which paves the way for the energy industry’s further participation in efforts to reduce our carbon footprint. 

Hardy Murchison - President and CEO, Encino Energy

Hardy Murchison is the co-founder, President, Chief Executive Officer, and Director of Encino Energy. Founded in 2011 and headquartered in Houston, Texas, Encino is a private onshore US oil and gas acquisition, exploration, and production company. Encino Energy manages Encino Acquisition Partners (EAP), a multi-billion-dollar acquisition partnership between Encino and Canada Public Pension Investment Board. Formed in 2017, EAP takes a long-term approach to acquiring and developing high-quality assets onshore in the lower 48 United States. EAP targets large properties with well-established production and a large, low-cost development inventory. EAP closed its first acquisition in 2018 with the $2 billion purchase of Chesapeake Energy’s Ohio Utica assets. 

Over the course of his career, Mr. Murchison has helped grow and manage numerous companies. As Vice President of Corporate Development at Range Resources Corporation, Mr. Murchison assisted the in the company’s rapid growth through acquisitions and in Range’s listing on the New York Stock Exchange. At Range, Hardy worked closely with Range’s CEO, John Pinkerton, now Encino Energy’s Executive Chairman. After Range Resources, Mr. Murchison spent a decade co-managing oil & gas E&P investments at First Reserve Corporation, ultimately as Managing Director & Partner. During that time, First Reserve invested $1.7 billion in companies and assets onshore in the US, shelf and deepwater Gulf of Mexico, Angola, Canada, China, Colombia and the UK North Sea. Hardy began his career in energy finance as an investment banking analyst at Simmons & Company International. Before that, he worked as a fly-fishing guide in southwest Alaska. 

Mr. Murchison earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas and holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Harvard University. Mr. Murchison serves as a director of the Coastal Conservation Association Texas Fund, and represents Encino on the board of the American Exploration & Production Council (AXPC).

Tony Barbera - Co-Owner and CEO, Barbco

Tony Barbera has been with Barbco since the beginning in 1989. He has mastered all aspects of the fabrication of the AMB product lines and related tooling. This includes CNC machining, plasma burning, general machining, fit and weld fabrication, paint, hydraulic and electrical assembly. Barbera has experience with international and domestic sales, as well as leading the Barbco Engineering team.

Tony is involved in the commissioning and consulting on all Barbco manufactured Auger Boring, Guided Auger Boring, Boring Machine Tunnel Attachments, Horizontal Directional Drill, FlexBor, TriBor equipment, as well as with, domestic and international sales and rentals. Tony holds numerous domestic and international patents.  The latest two have been conferred on November 5, 2019 and January 7, 2020.  Four more international and one more domestic inventions are well along in the patenting process.

Tony has professional organization memberships with: North American Society for Trenchless Technology (NASTT), National Utility Contractor Association of Ohio (NUCA), Association of Equipment Manufactures (AEM) and member of the Microtunneling Short Course and is a speaker for the organization. In addition, he is on the advisory board for the Barbera Education, Research & Training (BERT) Facility at the Trenchless Technology Center on the campus of Louisiana Tech University in Rushton, Louisiana.

Brent Breone, Chief Commercial Officer - Pin Oak Energy Partners, President - Pin Oak Midstream

Brent currently serves as the Chief Commercial Officer at Pin Oak Energy Partners and President of Pin Oak Midstream. In his current position, he is responsible for natural gas, oil, and NGL marketing, gas transportation and processing agreements as well as all midstream services and operations provided by Pin Oak.

Brent is also Co-founder and Vice President of Power Systems at Magellan Scientific, an affiliate of Pin Oak Energy Partners engaged in the development of off-grid, decentralized data centers.

Prior to joining Pin Oak Energy Partners, Brent was the Vice President of Business Development at Caiman Energy and Blue Racer Midstream and was focused on developing gas gathering, compression, processing, fractionation and NGL transportation opportunities in the Marcellus and Utica Shale regions.

Brent graduated from The University of Akron with a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering and a master’s in business administration.

Brent serves on the Board of the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program and is a member of the Midstream and Producers Committee with the Ohio Oil and Gas Association.

Craig Butler - Executive Director/Secretary, Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District

Craig Butler began serving as the Executive Director/Secretary for the MWCD on May 1, 2020. Prior to taking on this new role, Butler was the Executive Director of the Power Siting Board for the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. In 2014, Governor John Kasich, appointed Butler as Director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a position he held until 2019. Prior to serving as the Director of the EPA, Butler served as the Assistant Policy Director for Energy, Agriculture and the Environment in Governor Kasich’s administration. Prior to his service in the Kasich Administration, Butler served in various positions in the Ohio EPA and is regarded as an innovator and national leader in balancing environmental protection, conservation, public health and economic development issues. Butler holds a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and Environmental Studies from Mansfield University in Pennsylvania and a Master of Science in Environmental Studies from Ohio University.

Kevin Cronin, Vice President, Sustainability and R&D, Ultra Poly

Kevin is currently VP, Sustainability and R&D at Ultra-Poly Corporation, one of the largest asset-based plastics recycling companies in the country.  Kevin is also currently the chair of the Recycling Committee at the PLASTICS Industry Association.

Kevin has over 40 years of professional experience in the field of polymers and plastics.  His career began as a product development engineer and progressed through more customer-facing roles in sales and marketing, to business management and ultimately to executive leadership of several companies both in a large corporate setting as well as in small entrepreneurial environments.     

Over the past 10 years, Kevin has become deeply involved with sustainability initiatives and was CEO of a company that was in the top 20 of all polymer recycling operations nationally.  He created his own company to focus on broader, more holistic approaches to sustainability and to develop solutions to more challenging waste streams.


Tom Gellrich has been one of the pioneers in understanding and identifying the changes that shale gas as risks and opportunities for the US manufacturing industry. His presentations and white papers have been extensively quoted.

As an Executive with experience in operational business management, strategic development, hands on sales and marketing Tom provides a unique perspective combining all elements. He has been involved in several start-up opportunities – innovation - balanced with Fortune 50 experience – rigorous application. At Elemica, a B2B service company that Tom was instrumental in founding, he managed all aspects of European operations but focused on customer acquisition. Prior to Elemica, at Arkema/Atofina, Tom held a variety of positions in Strategic Planning, Business Management, and Business Consulting. His entry to the business world was with Exxon Mobile, moving from engineering to project management and business roles.

Tom holds a degree in Chemical Engineering, and is bilingual with extensive experience in Europe. His interests expand into guest lecturer for the St. Josephs University Executive MBA program, and as a Board member for the 3E Institute (Educational Excellence and Entrepreneurship).

John Guoynes - Vice of Business Development, E3 Energy Services

John Guoynes is Vice of Business Development for E3 Energy Services, a solution- based compression and midstream service provider. John has over 25 years of experience in Appalachia oil & gas including: Director of Production at Rice Energy and Engineering Manager for CNX Gas. He has experience in upstream and midstream sectors of unconventional and conventional plays including production optimization, midstream and facilities, reservoir management, gas storage and enhanced oil recovery. He is currently involved with several ventures for oil, natural gas and NGL’s including new solutions for decarbonization. Recently, John has presented at DUG East and DUG Permian on Decarbonization of Natural Gas Compression. 

He is a graduate Petroleum Engineer from Oklahoma State University with an MBA, has authored numerous publications and served on several Oil & Gas committees including an appointment to a State Oil & Gas Regulatory Board. 

Mark Henning - Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University

Mark Henning is a research associate with the Energy Policy Center housed within the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University. His research focuses on the hydrogen economy, Ohio hydrocarbon development, microgrids, energy storage, and sustainable transportation. He holds a Master of Public Administration and MS in Statistics from Cleveland State University. 

Bryan Hum - President and Owner, Green Valley Seed

Bryan Hum is the President and Owner of Green Valley Seed.  Bryan started working for Green Valley Seed in 1995.  As an avid outdoorsman as well as being in the green industry, Bryan has studied wildlife habitat and different land management practices and helped the oil and gas industry to be great stewards of the land.

Founded in 1966, Green Valley Seed has grown to become a leading wholesale seed and environmental supplier.  Green Valley Seed sells all products that are necessary for revegetation and erosion control.  Green Valley Seed has supplied products for well pads, compressor stations and pipelines throughout Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Michigan.

Bradley P. Janssen - Chief of Natural Resources and Land Management, Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District

Brad, as Chief of Natural Resources and Land Management of the MWCD, oversees the natural resources, land and leasing programs on more than 56,000 acres of MWCD owned properties.  These programs include oil and gas, minerals, forestry, agriculture/soil resources, water resource/water supply, geologic resources, historical/cultural resources, land acquisitions and sales, lease operations, and docking/shoreline management.  In addition, Brad is involved with many of the district’s strategic partnerships with federal, state, and local agencies throughout the watershed to work together to accomplish projects on MWCD properties, and within the greater watershed.

In addition to the experience above at MWCD, Brad has over 16 years of previous experience in land management and natural resources management.  This experience includes management and leadership roles for both small and large operating companies in the Appalachian Basin.  In addition, Brad’s previous experience includes coordinating several large projects for municipal water supplies in Maryland and Pennsylvania, as well as hydrogeologic investigations and wastewater management.

Brad holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Geology from Denison University and a Certificate of GIS from Pennsylvania State University.  Professional affiliations include the American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL), Michael Late Benedum Chapter of the AAPL (MLBC), Water Management Association of Ohio (WMAO), and the Ohio Oil and Gas Association (OOGA).

Marcus Koblitz – Senior Policy Advisor, Climate & ESG American Petroleum Institute

Marcus is a Senior Policy Advisor for Climate & ESG issues in API’s Corporate Policy group. Marcus helps to guide API climate policy through engagement and consultation with API members and represents industry to policymakers. In addition to working with API’s climate team on overarching climate policy issues, like carbon pricing, Marcus is lead staff on greenhouse gas estimation methodologies for direct emissions; carbon capture, use, and storage issues; the social cost of greenhouse gases; and low-carbon hydrogen policy. 

Marcus has been with the American Petroleum Institute for more than 15 years, starting in API’s Economic Policy Group. He has worked on issues spanning the full range of the oil and natural gas business including Fuels, Infrastructure and Midstream, Hydraulic Fracturing, Access, Power generation and Tax issues. 

Marcus holds a bachelor’s degree from the Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Public Policy degree, with a concentration in science, technology, and environmental policy, from the School of Public Affairs at American University. 

Joseph Longo, PE - Chief Executive Officer, Anax Power

As Chief Executive Officer of Anax Power, Mr. Longo manages and oversees the company’s engineering, manufacturing, operations, and sales activities. Mr. Longo is a Licensed Professional Electrical Engineer and President of Longo Electrical-Mechanical, Inc., a leading independent electromechanical engineering service and sales firm headquartered in Wharton, New Jersey. He is a senior member of the Association of Energy Engineers and a past President of New York’s Metropolitan Chapter of the Electrical Apparatus & Service Association.

Mr. Longo is a graduate of The University of Notre Dame and of the Owner/President Management Program at Harvard Business School. He has been a board member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce, Jersey Battered Women’s Services, and the Chair of the Corporate Development Council for Habitat for Humanity.

Elliot Metzger - Business Developer, New Energy Ventures, Williams

Elliot Metzger is a Business Developer for New Energy Ventures at Williams where he is responsible for creating and implementing commercial strategies for clean energy solutions, along with originating and developing new business that helps customers meet their emissions reductions goals.

Elliot started his career with Williams in 2012 shortly after Williams entered the Marcellus Shale in southwestern and northeastern Pennsylvania and grew his career through multiple roles over various geographies. In his most recent role, Elliot was responsible for commercially managing and growing Williams’ offshore midstream business in the western and central Gulf of Mexico. He was focused on maximizing uptime on existing assets, minimizing costs and developing tailored midstream solutions for new Gulf of Mexico production. Elliot’s early career involved various technical roles including project development, process engineering and midstream technical services among others.

Elliot received an MBA from the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Pennsylvania State University.

Elliot currently serves as Director on the SER Jobs Board of Directors and as Treasurer of the organization’s executive committee. SER Jobs is a Houston-based nonprofit focused on empowering individuals through workforce and economic development.

Eric Vendel, Chief of the Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management, ODNR

As Chief of the Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management, Eric Vendel oversees the regulation of Ohio’s oil and natural gas industry for the protection of the public and the environment while ensuring the state’s abundant natural resources are managed and developed responsibly.

An ODNR employee since 2012, Eric previously served as an attorney with the Ohio Legislative Service Commission where he was the principal drafter of several oil and gas bills. He holds a J.D. from Capital University Law School, a master’s degree in organic chemistry from The Ohio State University, and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Wittenberg University.

A native of the Dayton area, Eric enjoys watching movies, Ohio State football, and spending time with his wife and seven children.

Chris Zeigler - Executive Director, API Ohio

Chris Zeigler serves as executive director for API Ohio, a division of the American Petroleum Institute. With over 25 years of public service experience, Zeigler has worked successfully on public policy issues within various levels of government and with diverse groups of business, civic and labor stakeholders.

As API Ohio’s executive director, Zeigler manages the operation and activities of the state office. His duties include representing API and its member companies before state and local government, congressional representatives and their staff, the media, the general business community, and the public to accomplish public policy goals significant to the natural gas and oil industry.

Zeigler worked in the Ohio House of Representatives in various positions, including as legislative aide to the House Majority Leader and policy aide to the Speaker of the House. Prior to joining the API, Zeigler served as chief of staff to former Ohio Congressman Pat Tiberi (OH 12th CD).

Zeigler received a BA in Political Science from The Ohio State University.

Joe Barone - President, Shale Directories

Barone is president of Shale Directories, the “yellow pages for the oil and gas industry” connecting local businesses with oil and gas operators, their employees and families. Barone has attended over 40 oil and gas expos in the last five years and spoke before the Marcellus Shale Commission. He guest hosted “The Marcellus Shale and You” radio show on KDKA News radio, and is currently a regular on the radio show, “All Energy Now.”

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