Wed. 4/5
7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Chamber Event
Join everyone at Barrette Center at Walsh University
2020 East Maple St
North Canton, OH
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Speakers (to date):

Oleg Tolmachev

Executive VP and COO, Eclipse RESOURCES

Oleg Tolmachev previously served as the Company’s Vice President, Drilling & Completions since February 2013. Prior to joining the Company, from April 2011 to February 2013, Mr. Tolmachev served as the Senior Asset Manager, Utica Shale with Chesapeake Energy Corporation where he was responsible for leading an asset team comprised of land, geology, drilling, resource development and operations for Chesapeake Energy Corporation’s Utica Shale projects in Ohio. Prior to joining Chesapeake Energy Corporation, from August 2008 to 2011, Mr. Tolmachev held the position of Group Lead Completions, Mid-Continent Business Unit at EnCana Oil and Gas (USA) Inc. where he managed well completions and intervention operations in its Barnett Shale, Deep Bossier and East Texas Haynesville Shale business units. Mr. Tolmachev received his Bachelors of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Oklahoma.

Colette Breshears

Colette Breshears

Natural Gas Analyst, Genscape

Colette Breshears is a member of the data analysis team at Genscape. With the world’s largest private network of on-the-ground sensors and other technology, Genscape keeps track of product flow through the midstream pipeline networks. The data analysis team takes that information and builds production forecasts – drilling forecasts – around the ability to bring new gas to market.

Chris Zeigler

Executive Director, API Ohio


Chris Zeigler is executive director of API Ohio, a division of the American Petroleum Institute. With over 20 years of public service experience, Zeigler has worked successfully with diverse groups of government, civic and business stakeholders.

As API Ohio executive director, Zeigler leads the organization’s legislative and public outreach efforts.

He also coordinates API Ohio’s educational and work group activities. 
Zeigler previously served as chief of staff to Ohio Congressman Pat Tiberi. He has also worked for several Ohio legislators, including former Ohio House Speaker Jo Ann Davidson.

Elena Melchert

Director, Upstream Oil & Gas Research Division, U.S. Department of Energy

Elena Melchert is the Department of Energy’s director for the Upstream Oil and Gas Research Division, which includes shale development and offshore spill prevention. She is a petroleum engineer with over 30 years of experience in the oil and gas sector including exploration and production, field operations, research and development, and domestic and international policy development [Latin America].

Dr. Andrew Thomas

Associate Professor of International Business at the University of Akron


Andrew R. Thomas, PhD is Associate Professor of International Business at the University of Akron; and, the bestselling author of 21 books.

His most recent books include “Global Supply Chain Security”, and “The Customer Trap: How to Avoid the Biggest Mistake in Business”.

His forthcoming work is “Shale Energy and the Supply Chain: Business and Geopolitical Implications of the Fracking Revolution”.

Andrew is founding editor-in-chief of the Journal of Transportation Security, contributing editor at Industry Week, and a regularly featured analyst for media outlets around the world such as BBC, CNBC, Fox News, CNN, and ABC.

He is a founding member of the National Academy of Sciences, Global Supply Chain Security Subcommittee.

A successful global entrepreneur, Dr. Thomas has traveled to and done business in 120 countries on all seven continents.

Jackie Stewart

State Director, Energy in Depth


How have our public institutions (schools and local governments) benefited from Utica exploration? This experienced advocate for energy development will tell you.

Dan Schweitzer

Stark State College


Dan is director of the oil and gas technical education programs at Stark State, an Ohio leader in meeting the needs of energy employers. He will offer his observations on workforce needs.

Chris Ventura

Executive Director, Consumer Energy Alliance


Chris Ventura is Executive Director for Consumer Energy Alliance – Midwest is based in Columbus, Ohio.  Prior to joining CEA, Ventura served as Senior Project Manager for the Ohio House of Representatives under Speaker William Batchelder. While serving in this position, he was responsible for managing enterprise-level database development and organizational change management dealing with constituent outreach for the Ohio House of Representatives.

Ventura also served as Legislative Aide and Clerk of the Policy and Legislative Oversight Committee for State Representative Michael Dovilla. Ventura provided strategic counsel on policy issues ranging from electricity generation and manufacturing to cybersecurity and travel and tourism.

In addition to his policy work, Ventura has successfully implemented social media strategies and directed website development for numerous trade associations, political candidates, and campaign committees.

He holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from The American University with a focus on State / Local Government and Management Consulting and a B.A. in Adolescent Young Adult Social Studies Education from Baldwin Wallace University.

Brydon Ross

Brydon Ross

Vice President of State Affairs, Consumer Energy Alliance

Brydon Ross leads Consumer Energy Alliance’s state affairs policy and advocacy work. Before joining CEA, he served as the director of energy and environmental policy for the Council of State Governments and as the interim executive director of the Association of Air Pollution Control Agencies.

Ross worked in the private sector as the director of government relations for the Association of Oil Pipe Lines in Washington, D.C., and for nearly 10 years was a senior staff person in the U.S. Senate, specializing in energy and environmental issues for U.S. Sens. George LeMieux and Mel Martinez of Florida, and Elizabeth Dole of North Carolina. He also staffed the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, and he began his Capitol Hill career with his home-state senator, Tim Hutchinson of Arkansas.

Ross has a master’s degree in national security and strategic studies from the U.S. Naval War College and a bachelor’s degree in history from Centre College in Danville, KY.

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