Thu. 5/20
7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Chamber Event
Join everyone at Holiday Inn Canton (Belden Village)
4520 Everhard Rd NW
Canton, OH
Questions? 330-456-7253


One year after the pandemic hit the Utica, what’s the outlook Midstream in the Utica? How many delayed projects have been moved into 2021? Are companies playing catch up?

When the Shell cracker plant opens what is its impact on Midstream? More pipelines? Is there a need for more fractionation and processing facilities?

What is the natural gas demand going to be? What was it during the pandemic? What's the impact of a very cold winter on natural gas prices?

There are a considerable number of unknowns as 2021 progresses. Get the answers to these questions and more.

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The Holiday Inn Canton is offering special room rates for the dates of May 19 and 20, 2021.  Call (330) 494-2770 to make reservations and mention that you are attending Utica Midstream.


Jason Stechschulte - Business Development Manager, MPLX

Timothy Knobloch - Petroleum Consultant, JKPC Inc.
Emma Curtis - Community & Project Outreach Specialist, Williams Companies
Christina H. Polesovsky - Associate Director, American Petroleum Institute (API) Ohio
Joseph F. McGinn - Vice President, Public Affairs and Government Relations, Energy Transfer
Richard Scott Fisher - International Sales / Technical Advisor Barbco, Inc.
Dave Alonso - Regional Vice President, New Equipment Sales, Mitsubishi Power

Jason Stechschulte

Jason Stechschulte

BUSINESS Development Manager, MPLX LP

BIO: 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.



Tim Knobloch is president of James Knobloch Petroleum Consultants Inc. (formerly James Engineering Inc.) based in Marietta, Ohio. Tim has been associated with the firm since 1997 performing reservoir analysis and economic appraisals, estimating and auditing oil and gas reserves, providing litigation support, production analysis, oil and gas appraisals, and acquisitions and divestitures. The company also maintains a current database of all Appalachian Basin horizontal wells including location, completion, production, and reserves analysis information.

Tim began his career with Amoco Production Company in Traverse City, Michigan as a drilling and production engineer and later worked in the Appalachian Basin with Quaker State and Peake Energy before joining James Engineering.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University, is a lifelong member of the SPE, and is also a member of the International Institute of Minerals Appraisers.


Associate Director, American Petroleum Institute (API) Ohio

Christina H. Polesovsky is the Associate Director for API Ohio, the state office of the American Petroleum Institute, the only national trade association representing all aspects of America’s oil and natural gas industry. Christina performs government affairs activities on behalf of the industry in Ohio and Michigan.

Prior to joining API Ohio, Christina served as the Vice President for the Ohio Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association. Christina also served as Chief of Staff to former Ohio Auditor of State Mary Taylor, after serving as Taylor’s campaign manager and legislative aide in the Ohio House of Representatives. She also worked on the Bush-Cheney ’04 campaign as the Eastern Ohio Field Director. She has extensive and respected experience in political affairs and public policy.

Christina holds a Master of Arts degree in public policy and management from the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University. She earned her undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the University of Kentucky, where she earned the distinction was selected as the outstanding graduate of the College of Arts of Sciences.

She serves on the President’s Government Affairs Advisory Committee for The Ohio State University and is a graduate of the Jo Ann Davidson Ohio Leadership Institute and has been named by Columbus Business First as a Who’s Who in Energy.

Christina is a native of Perrysburg, Ohio and currently resides in Upper Arlington with her husband, Jeff, and their daughters, Harper and Ella.

joseph f. mcginn

Vice President, Public Affairs and Government Relations
Energy Transfer

Joe McGinn is the Vice President of Public Affairs and Government Relations for Energy Transfer. In his two years away from Energy Transfer, Joe was founder and principal of McGinn Public Strategies, where he worked to achieve solutions to complicated public affairs matters.

Starting his career with Sunoco in 2004, he has been with the company for over a decade in various positions in the fields of community relations, communications, media relations, philanthropy, recruiting, labor relations, human resources and government affairs. His responsibilities now include public affairs, government relations, external communications, and media relations.

Prior to Sunoco, Joe worked as a district representative for a US Congressman in Pennsylvania. He led outreach engagement with constituents and spoke on behalf of the congressman at public events.
Joe earned a Masters Degree in Government Administration from the University of Pennsylvania, a BA in English from Columbia University in New York City, a Master of Government Administration certificate from Fels Institute of Government and a certificate in Human Resource Management from Villanova University.

Joe resides in Aston, Penn. with his wife and children.

richard "scott" fisher

international sales / technical advisor, barbco inc.

Scott Fisher is an International Sales / Technical Advisor for Barbco, Inc.  Scott has spent 34 years in the Trenchless Industry.  He started his career in welding and learned all aspects of Auger Boring and HDD equipment fabricating.  Currently, he provides new machine commissioning and technical consulting services.

Scott has worked on jobs spanning 42 states, as well as Canada, Mexico and 28 other countries. Over the past 3 years Scott, along with Barbco, has donated his time to be an instructor for Louisiana Tech Auger Boring School at the Bert Facility (Barbera Educational Research Training Center).

Scott is an active member of the North American Society for Trenchless Technology (NASTT) and the National Utility Contractor Association of Ohio (NUCA).

dave alonso

Regional Vice President, New Equipment Sales
Mitsubishi Power

David Alonso is Region Vice President, New Equipment Sales for Mitsubishi Power Americas, a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Power LTD. Mitsubishi Power leads the industry in power generation and  energy storage solutions. Committed to environmental protection and carbon reduction, Mitsubishi Power is at the forefront of green hydrogen and battery energy storage systems. Mr. Alonso is responsible for all
aspects of the sales and marketing activities in the Eastern U.S. 

Prior to joining Mitsubishi Power Americas, Mr. Alonso served as Region Vice President, Southeast Region for Siemens Power Systems Sales, where he was responsible for account  management and product sales including generation equipment and service (fossil, nuclear, and  renewable), transmission and distribution, and energy storage solutions for utility, IPP, and EPC customers across a 9 state region. Other key positions Mr. Alonso held while at Siemens include Sales
Manager, Service Marketing Integration Manager, and New Unit Marketing Engineer. Mr. Alonso is well versed in electric utility industry trends and has a proven track record in leveraging a portfolio of products to meet customer demands and resolve challenges. 

Mr. Alonso holds a Bachelor of Science in Management Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology and an MBA from the University of Florida. He and his wife live in Peachtree City, Georgia with their two  sons and daughter. 


community and project outreach specialist, williams companies

Emma Curtis is a Pittsburgh-based Community and Project Outreach Specialist at Williams, covering assets and communities in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Maryland. Emma has been with Williams for one year and has spent much of the last year learning to navigate community outreach in the midst of a pandemic.

Prior to joining Williams’ Government Affairs and Outreach team, Emma spent time with Environmental Resources Management (ERM) as a public affairs consultant where she used her expertise to identify and analyze social media influencers to generate comprehensive reports that helped oil and gas sector clients define proactive measures to mitigate business and reputational risks.

Emma graduated from Penn State University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism. She wrote and produced stories for AccuWeather and the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review prior to shifting industries.

Emma is a native of York, Pennsylvania in south central Pennsylvania and currently resides in Cranberry Township, north of Pittsburgh. 


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