Event Details




Utica Summit V

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
The Barrette Center at Walsh University
2020 East Maple St, North Canton, OH 44720

Downstream development: ethane cracker plants, sustainable jobs in manufacturing, and more!

Utica Summit is our annual look at the sustainable downstream benefits of Utica energy. National speakers come here to tell you what’s coming our way.

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

Utica Summit V Sponsors (to date):

These speakers (to date) will present at Utica Summit V:

Paul Boulier on Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania cooperation toward developing a regional petrochemical hub.

Paul is vice president for business attraction at Team NEO, an economic development organization focused on creating jobs for Northeast Ohio’s residents. He holds degrees in plastics engineering and chemistry and has worked at A. Schulman, Core Molding Technologies, Avery Dennison and Nova Chemicals.

James Cooper on the potential for petrochemical industry growth in Northeast Ohio and the Ohio River valley.

James is senior petrochemical adviser at the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers. He works on special projects related to the petrochemical industry with a focus on shale development, the manufacturing supply chain and strategies for key advocacy issues. He also serves as a technical advisor in the areas of chemical risk management, security and safety.

Bryce Custer on preparing Stark County or any other community for downstream business growth opportunities.

Bryce, with NAI Spring Realty of Canton, is one of the leading commercial real estate agents in the Utica Shale region. He has helped to acquire land for infrastructure projects such as the Advanced Power gas-fired electricity generating plant in Carroll County. He works in both Ohio and West Virginia to help companies prepare for major Utica business expansions.

Kent Dubbe on workforce development in Utica-related manufacturing

Kent is vice president of human resources and organization development at Ariel Corp. in Mount Vernon, Ohio. Ariel is the world’s largest manufacturer of separable reciprocating gas compressors used by the global energy industry to extract, process, transport, store and distribute natural gas from the wellhead to the end user.

Tom Gellrich on the pursuit of cheaper U.S. energy by worldwide manufacturers, and the latest on ethane crackers.

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.

Andrew Thomas on the tens of billions of dollars in Utica business investments to date.

Andrew is executive in residence at the Energy Policy Center at Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University. CSU has been Ohio’s leading academic institution in studying the economic value of Utica Shale development. His research colleagues, Dr. Iryna Lendel of Cleveland State and Dr. Jeffrey Dick at Youngstown State University, have been presenters at past Utica business seminars produced by the Canton Regional Chamber – and Shale Directories.


Your business sponsorship will show that you support these programs, the opportunities that regional businesses are finding, and the oil and gas industry overall. In return, you will receive a wide array of promotional opportunities as outlined below. Contact David Kaminski, Vice President for Public Policy & Energy, at davidk@cantonchamber.org or (330) 458-2059.



You will receive the following sponsor benefits and promotional opportunities at Utica Summit V:

  • First level of sponsorship listed (company logo) after the presenting sponsor.
  • Recognition by company logo in all web and print promotional material, including signs and slides.
  • A 2-column-by-5-inch ad in the Canton Regional Chamber’s Action newsletter in the month of the event.
  • Six tickets to Utica Summit V.
  • Use of a 6-foot display table at Utica Summit V.



  • Company logo listed after gold sponsorship in all web and print promotional material, including signs and slides at Utica Summit V.
  • Three tickets to Utica Summit V.
  • Use of a 6-foot display table at Utica Summit V.



  • Company logo listed after gold and silver sponsors in all web and print promotional material, including signs and slides at Utica Summit V.
  • Two tickets to Utica Summit V.

Midstream Presentations 2017

These speakers presented at Utica Midstream on Wednesday, June 7, 2017:

Kyle Stewart

Kyle Stewart

Business Development Manager, Rockwater Energy Solutions, presenting sponsor of Utica Midstream

CLICK HERE to view Kyle’s presentation.

Allen Fore

Allen Fore

Vice President of Public Affairs, Kinder Morgan, Inc.

CLICK HERE to view Allen’s presentation.

Jason Stechschulte

Jason Stechschulte

Commercial Development Manager, Marathon Pipe Line LLC

CLICK HERE to view Jason’s presentation.

Jimmy Stewart

Jimmy Stewart

President, Ohio Gas Association

CLICK HERE to view Jimmy’s presentation.

James C. Grech

James C. Grech

President, NEXUS Gas Transmission LLC

CLICK HERE to view James’s presentation.

Brent Breon

Brent Breon

Vice President of Business Development, Caiman Energy II and Blue Racer Midstream

CLICK HERE to view Brent’s presentation.

David Ledonne

David Ledonne

VP of Operations, Utica and Appalachia, MarkWest Hydrocarbon

CLICK HERE to view David’s presentation.

Nate Eschbaugh

Nate Eschbaugh

Manager of Commercial, EnLink Midstream

CLICK HERE to view Nate’s presentation.

Carla Wagner

Carla Wagner

Canine Trainer/Technical Director, CDIS-K9 Pipeline Leak Inspection

CLICK HERE to view Carla’s presentation.


Have questions about the Utica Capital Series? Write or call:

Vice President of Public Policy and Energy
Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce
davidk@cantonchamber.org | 330.458.2059

Event Assistant
Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce
moniquet@cantonchamber.org | 330.458.2070