Thu. 9/24
7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Chamber Event
Join everyone at NEW LOCATION: Holiday Inn Canton (Belden Village)
4520 Everhard Rd NW
Canton, OH
Questions? 330-458-2070


exploration and production, oil and gas public policy

  • Learn what's new in the energy business
  • Build your network of business contacts
  • Find your opportunity

Register with confidence, cancel at any time with no cancellation fees. We are committed to provide a safe conference environment in conjunction with the Holiday Inn Canton. As the COVID-19 situation remains fluid, we will have protocols in place for social distancing and other safety precautions. Please check the website closer to the conference where we will outline these safety measures.


Speakers (to-date):


Colette Breshears, Head of NA Infrastructure, Wood Mackenzie
Jason Stechschulte, Business Development Manager, MPLX
Mike Tritt, President, Lane Power & Energy Solutions
Jackie Stewart, Director of External Affairs, Encino Energy
Tony Barbera, Co-Owner, Barbco, Inc.
Labor Panel Discussion, Bob Wilds, Bryan Abel and Paul McCormack
Charles Zelek, Special Advisor for Fossil Energy, Department of Energy
Aaron Fleming, Director Crude Commercial, Enlink
Adam E. Schroeder, Public Information Officer, ODNR, Division of Oil & Gas Resources Management

Colette Breshears



Colette oversees our Infrastructure Intelligence products and keeps an eye on project timelines, construction status, and regulatory approvals, all of which impact natural gas movement across North America. She diversified our surveillance and introduced aerial flyovers for assessing not only project status, but also potential root causes of infrastructure failures, giving us an edge in monitoring recently completed projects that may be at risk. Colette is currently tracking construction progress of Columbia Gas’ Mountaineer XPress pipeline, a key transportation highway for much-needed natural gas supply in the US, and is closely monitoring the buildout of pipelines in the Permian. She is an academically trained geologist and prior to joining the natural gas team here, worked with the U.S. Forest Service conducting climate change research through stream temperature data analysis. She has a BS in Geology from Pacific Lutheran University and a MS in Earth Science from Boise State University.

 Jason Stechschulte

Jason Stechschulte

BUSINESS Development Manager, MPLX LP


Jason Stechschulte graduated from Trine University in Angola, Ind., 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 MPLX LP, a diversified, growth-oriented master limited partnership formed in 2012 by MPC. In his current role, he manages commercial growth opportunities for MPLX LP and its subsidiaries. He is a registered professional engineer in the state of Ohio.

 Michael Tritt

Michael Tritt

President, Lane Power & Energy Solutions Inc.


Michael has worked in engineering and construction sectors for the past twenty-five years with a focus on the design and construction of Energy Storage and Power Generation projects in the Oil & Gas sector.  He has worked on strategic pursuits and projects in North America, Europe and Asia with a specific concentration on hard rock and salt hydrocarbon storage caverns that support the Petrochemical industry.  His team at Lane Power & Energy Solutions have been involved in the design and delivery of all major hard rock cavern projects over the past 10 years which include (2) in China, (5) in Singapore and (2) in the United States.  Throughout his 25 years, he has assumed several executive management roles including strategic planning, business development, financial management and reporting, project evaluation / development and project design and construction delivery; particularly at-risk EPC projects.  Michael has worked on various types of power generation projects including waste to energy, natural gas turbine, biomass, compressed air energy storage and geothermal.

An influential thought leader on Oil & Gas strategic storage issues, Michael is active in the Business Executives for National Security (BENS), the Atlantic Council, and the Solution Mining Research Institute (SMRI). Michael earned a degree in Civil Engineering from Lehigh University and graduated from the Wharton Management Program at the University of Pennsylvania.

He is married and lives with his wife and two sons outside of Philadelphia, PA.

Jackie Stewart

Jackie Stewart

Director of External Affairs, Encino Energy, LLC


BIO: Jackie joined Encino in 2018 and leads external and government affairs for the company.  She previously served as Managing Director for FTI Consulting Strategic Communications Energy and Natural Resources practice and served in various roles for members of the United States Senate and House of Representatives.

Tony Barbera

Tony Barbera

Co-Owner & CEO, Barbco


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.

Dr. Charles Zelek

Dr. Charles Zelek

Senior Economist, DOE Office of Fossil Energy


Dr. Chuck Zelek is a senior economist with the DOE Office of Fossil Energy (FE).  In this capacity, he conducts energy market analyses to inform FE’s fossil energy research, development, and demonstration programs and contribute to related policy and regulatory decision making.  Dr. Zelek has worked in the field of energy economics for over 20 years across positions in academia and government. He has supported formulation of the Energy Title of the 2008 Farm Bill as a senior economist for the Department of Agriculture, evaluated the impacts of advanced energy technologies at the Department of Energy, and recently been assigned by the Assistant Secretary of Energy as the Department of Energy Point of Contact for the Tri-State Governors Shale Coalition.


Adam E. Schroeder 



Mr. Schroeder is the Public Information Officer for the Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Prior to joining the Department Mr. Schroeder ran Pearl Market in downtown Columbus. In his free time Mr. Schroeder serves as Vice President for Pickerington Community Theatre and enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons.

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