Thu. 10/10
7:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Chamber Event
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2020 East Maple St
North Canton, OH
44720
USA
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Utica Summit is the annual look at the sustainable downstream benefits of Utica energy. Featuring national speakers who will share their expertise and forecast what is coming in the future.

In the program’s seventh year, the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce and ShaleDirectories.com have partnered to produce another conference designed to give insight on energy in Utica and beyond.

Utica Summit VII Highlights:

  • Petrochemicals – Appalachian Basin | Joe Barone, President, Shale Directories
  • Shell and PTTGC Cracker Plants Update | Tom Gellrich, TopLine Analytics
  • Plastics Industry Outlook and Panel | Perc Pineda, Chief Economist, Plastics Industry Assoc.
    and Daniel Clark, Purchasing Manager, Little Tykes
  • Oil and Gas as a Driver of the Regional Economy: Updates on Steel, Petrochemical
    and Beyond | Iryna Lendel, Ph.D., Cleveland State University
  • Plastics Packaging Recycling 100% by 2030 – A Moon Shot? | Heather Rose-Glowacki,
    Director Chemical and Industry Dynamics at the American Chemistry Council

Speakers (to-date):

Tom is founder of TopLine Analytics of Philadelphia, a business advisory firm that helps worldwide clients to plan for investments and expansion in the plastics and chemicals industry. One of his specialties has been advising on the development of ethane crackers that turn Utica gas into plastics feedstocks.

He 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.

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). Tom is a sought after speaker in industry conferences bringing innovative ideas to established industries.



Dr. Iryna Lendel is a Research Associate Professor and the Director of the Center for Economic Development at the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University. Dr. Lendel is an economist with vast experience conducting academic and applied research and analyzing regional economic development. Her research portfolio includes projects on industrial analysis, including high-tech industries, the oil and gas industry, art industries, steel industry and re-emerging optics industry; regional growth; technology-based economic development; technology transfer and ecology of innovation. She also writes on economic impact and the role of universities in regional economies.

Dr. Lendel is also affiliated with the Center for Energy Policy and Applications. She conducts research in energy policy and best management practices for water use sectors. Dr. Lendel was a principal investigator on a number of projects assessing the economic potentials and impact of the Utica Shale development on the state of Ohio and the tri-state area. Dr. Lendel has been a consultant to the World Bank, Research Triangle Institute and CRDF Global’s Technology Entrepreneurship Program. She is an assistant editor of Economic Development Quarterly.



As the Chief Economist of Plastics Industry Association, Perc Pineda serves as the organization’s primary staff expert on economics, statistics and industry research. His views on the economy have been widely quoted in the media, and his works have been published in peer-reviewed economic and trade journals.

Perc Pineda received his Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Philosophy in Economics from the New School of Social Research in New York, NY. He also holds a Master of Arts in Economics from the American University in Washington, D.C. and a Master in International Management from the University of Maryland.

Before joining PLASTICS, Perc Pineda was the Senior Economist of the Credit Union National Association, where he tracked macroeconomic trends, conducted economic research, wrote articles for industry publications, and interfaced with the media. His over 20 years of experience includes academia, international financial institution, and trade association work. As an economics professor, he taught macroeconomics at the St. Francis College in New York, NY and microeconomics, finance, and economics of regulations and the law at the City University of New York. Prior to a stint in academia, he was at the International Monetary Fund, and the U.S. Dairy Export Council working on market access and regulatory affairs.




Heather Rose-Glowacki is Director, Chemical & Industry Dynamics at the American Chemistry Council (ACC), a Washington, DC-based trade association representing companies engaged in the business of chemistry. In her current role, Ms. Rose-Glowacki is responsible for developing and maintaining comprehensive resources and intelligence on the chemical industry, including chemical industry investment projects, as well as providing industry and economic analyses in support of the ACC’s advocacy efforts, sustainability and market outreach activities. 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.




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.


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