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
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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:

  • Downstream in the Appalachian Basin | Joe Barone, President, Shale Directories
  • Shell Cracker Plant Update | Michael Marr, Senior Communications Leader
  • Oil and Gas Infrastructure in the Appalachian Basin | Charles Zelek, Sr. Economist, Department of Energy Office of Fossil Energy
  • Petrochemicals/Chemicals in the Appalachian Basin | Tom Gellrich, TopLine Analytics
  • Plastics Industry Outlook and Panel | Joe Barone, Shale Directories 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):

Michael Marr has been a senior communications leader in both the private and public sector for more than two decades. In 2012, Marr joined Shell and has since worked in different roles covering Shell’s US Chemicals Assets and Shell’s petrochemical project in Beaver County, PA. For the five years preceding Marr’s employment with Shell, he served as the public affairs lead at the former BP Texas City site, which housed the nation's third largest oil refinery, an integrated chemical plant and a power plant.

Marr worked in senior governmental roles before joining the private sector in 2007. After graduating from Johns Hopkins University with a Bachelor of Arts degree, Michael joined the staff of Congresswoman Helen Bentley of Maryland. Subsequently, Marr served in a variety of roles for New York Governor George Pataki – including as the Governor’s official press secretary, campaign press secretary and as the State’s lead economic development spokesperson in the 18 months that followed 9/11.

Marr grew up in Baltimore and recently relocated from Houston, Texas to the Pittsburgh area with his wife and their son Ryan, who is eight.


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.




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.



Dylan Borchers, Associate, Bricker & Eckler - Attorneys at Law. Dylan has a practice that focuses on energy infrastructure development, regulatory proceedings and energy policy.

Throughout his career, he has represented developers of new generation facilities totaling more than 5,000 MW of new electricity capacity in Ohio before the Ohio Power Siting Board. These projects include six new natural gas combined cycle power plants and four utility scale wind farms. He also represents a variety of clients, including trade associations, municipal aggregators, and suppliers in adjudicatory hearings, rulemakings and other proceedings before the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.

One of Dylan’s current clients is the developer of the country’s largest municipal combined solar and battery storage project.

He was formerly employed in management consulting with the technology and business consulting firm Accenture. Dylan was also commissioned as an Army officer and received his honorable discharge in 2008.


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