Our speakers led discussions regarding what the Utica Shale means to manufacturing, transportation, job creation and more. 

Rayola Dougher

Rayola Dougher

Senior Economic Advisor, American Petroleum Institute

BIO: Rayola Dougher is a senior economic advisor at the American Petroleum Institute and is a member of API’s Media Relations Department. She is one of API’s principal spokespersons and covers a wide range of issues affecting the oil and natural gas industry, including crude oil and gasoline prices, industry taxes and earnings, exploration and production, hydraulic fracturing, and refining and marketing topics.

Ms. Dougher has been interviewed on all the national network TV shows, as well as on numerous radio news shows, extensively quoted in newspapers and has testified before federal and state legislators.

Prior to joining API, Ms. Dougher was at the Institute for Energy Analysis where her research focused on carbon dioxide related issues and international energy demand and supply forecasts. She holds a Masters degree in Economic Development and East Asian studies from the American University and a Bachelors degree in History and Political Science from the State University of New York at Brockport.

About American Petroleum Institute:
The American Petroleum Institute (API) is the only national trade association that represents all aspects of America’s oil and natural gas industry.

The American Petroleum Institute traces its beginning to World War I, when Congress and the domestic oil and natural gas industry worked together to help the war effort.

Tom Gellrich

Tom Gellrich

Founder, TopLine Analytics of Philadelphia

BIO: Tom Gellrich, an industry leader in shale gas strategies, advises global chemical and downstream industry executives on the profound changes driven by the U.S. shale gas revolution. He has over 25 years of chemical, oil, and gas industry experience working with companies in the United States, Mexico, Canada, and Europe. This includes enterprise-wide and business unit strategy, operations management, supply chain management, business transformation and innovation.

Most of Tom’s career has been with Fortune 50 companies in the chemical and petrochemical space, ExxonMobil and Arkema. His entrepreneurial talents also led him to create two start-ups. In Elemica, a chemical industry supported B2B platform to lower supply chain costs, where he managed the European operations out of Frankfurt Germany. In TopLine Analytics he saw the once-in-decade change that shale gas represents as an opportunity to help reshape a global industry.

Tom is an accomplished speaker and author in the chemical industry. He recently co-authored with PricewaterhouseCoopers “Shale Gas: reshaping the US chemicals Industry, 2012”. At the Shale Petrochemical Manufacturing Summit 2012 he presented “Innovations in Shale Gas demand.” He holds a B.S. degree in chemical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. In his spare time he is involved with the Chemical Heritage Foundation, Greater Philadelphia Senior Executive Group, a board member of the 3E Institute, and guest lecturer for the St. Joseph’s University Executive MBA program.

About Topline Analytics
TopLine Analytics is on the forefront of identifying shale gas downstream impacts. They provide the education, structure and creativity to compliment in-house teams, and can address all aspects of the shale gas tsunami.

Christopher Guith

Christopher Guith

Senior Vice President for Policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Institute for 21st Century Energy

BIO: Christopher Guith is responsible for developing the Institute’s policies and initiatives as they apply to the legislative, executive, and regulatory branches of the federal and state governments. Specifically, Guith leads the development of the Energy Institute’s policies and messaging relating to oil and natural gas and nuclear energy. He led the Chamber’s Shale Works for US campaign, which analyzed and promoted the widespread benefits of shale energy development in America.

Guith offers expertise on an array of energy and environmental issues. He educates policymakers, businesses, energy stakeholders, coalitions, and the public about the importance of a diversified energy portfolio and how it can ensure an efficient, reliable, prosperous, and secure energy future. He also leverages his broad energy expertise as a spokesperson with local, state, and national media.

Guith travels frequently to speak to small and large stakeholder groups, raising awareness of the impact of policy decisions on America’s energy future and encouraging groups to share their perspectives with policymakers. In addition, he consults with state and local chambers of commerce and business groups, advising them how to quantify the importance of safe, reliable American energy to their businesses, as well as how to amplify that message when communicating with energy decision makers.

Prior to joining the Chamber in 2008, Guith served as deputy assistant secretary for nuclear energy at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), where he developed the administration’s nuclear energy policies and coordinated the department’s interactions with Congress, stakeholders, and the media. He was also deputy assistant secretary for congressional affairs at DOE and a chief representative of the administration during the drafting and debate of the Energy Policy Act of 2005.

Earlier in his career, Guith served as Rep. Bob Barr’s (R-GA) legislative director and Rep. Tim Murphy’s (R-PA) counsel and policy adviser. He was also legislative counsel for the Environment, Technology & Regulatory Affairs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Guith is a graduate of Syracuse University-College of Law and the University of California-Santa Barbara.

About U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute
The mission of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for 21st Century Energy is to unify policymakers, regulators, business leaders, and the American public behind a common sense energy strategy to help keep America secure, prosperous, and clean. Through policy development, education, and advocacy, the Institute is building support for meaningful action at the local, state, national, and international levels.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.

Dr. Iryna Lendel

Dr. Iryna Lendel

Assistant Director of the Center for Economic Development at the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University

BIO:Dr. Iryna V. Lendel is a graduate faculty and the Assistant 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 in conducting academic and applied research especially analyzing strategies and policies on regional economic development. Her research portfolio includes projects on industrial analyses, the role of universities in regional economies, technology-based economic development, and the ecology of innovation. Dr. Lendel is also affiliated with the Center for Energy Policy and Applications. She writes on energy policy and applications with concentration on shale development in the U.S. and internationally. Dr. Lendel was a principal investigator on a project assessing the economic impact of the Utica Shale development on the state of Ohio.

Dr. Lendel is a consulting expert on international shale development, she was invited to a number of international workshops and conferences. Her research on shale development includes economic development strategies, assessments of economic impact on regional and state economies, social aspects of communities in shale development regions, shale-related workforce development, and the measures of water usage for industries, including oil and gas industry. She has been a consultant to the World Bank, Research Triangle Institute, and CRDF Global. Dr. Lendel speaks four languages.

Dr. Lendel earned her master’s degree with honors from Ivano-Frankivsk Institute of Oil and Gas (Ukraine). After graduating from the Moscow Academy of Oil and Gas’s Post-Graduate Course, she earned her Ph.D. in Economics at the Lviv Regional Institute of Ukrainian Academy of Science. She earned a second Ph.D. in Urban Studies from the Levin College of Urban Affairs with a concentration in Economic Development. She is an assistant editor of Economic Development Quarterly, International Shale Gas and Oil Journal and a guest blogger at Crain’s Ohio Energy Report.

About the Center for Economic Development at the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University: The Center for Economic Development provides research and technical assistance to government agencies, non-profit organizations, and private industry. The Center for Economic Development serves as a designated Economic Development Administration (EDA) University Center, since 1985.

Bill Renz

Bill Renz

General Manager for GAIN® Clean Fuel

BIO:Bill Renz is the General Manager for GAIN® Clean Fuel. GAIN compressed natural gas is a brand of clean fuel owned and marketed by U.S. Oil. U.S. Oil, a division of U.S. Venture, Inc., has been recognized as the innovative leader in the distribution of petroleum and renewable energy products for more than 60 years.

Renz leads the progressive GAIN brand as it rapidly expands across the nation. He has driven the brand since inception to a national contender in the CNG industry. His goal is to partner with fleet owners across the U.S. to provide them with a cleaner, more affordable and more effective way of operating their business. The GAIN model allows these partners to reap the rewards as the CNG industry grows.

Renz is a Wisconsin native and University of Wisconsin Madison graduate with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and a Masters in Manufacturing Systems Engineering with a specialization in Management.

About GAIN® Clean Fuel: Over the past five decades, U.S. Oil has become one of the fastest growing petroleum suppliers in the industry and is recognized today as a trusted and diverse wholesale fuel distributor.

From our Wisconsin petroleum roots, U.S. Oil today handles all aspects of fuel supply in the Mid-Continent, from branding retail gas stations and convenience store franchising to offering dependable wholesale and biofuel supply.

A division of U.S. Venture, Inc., we pride ourselves on anticipating our clients’ needs and “finding a better way” to do business.

Anthony Palmer

Anthony Palmer

Vice President of IHS Chemical Consulting

BIO: Anthony J. Palmer is Vice President of IHS Chemical Consulting where he manages the consulting operations of the New York and Santa Clara Offices. He directs a diversity of engagements for clients with interests in the business, technical, and financial aspects of the energy, chemicals, plastics, and related industries.

Mr. Palmer’s consulting activities are focused on helping companies plan and implement business and corporate development programs worldwide. His areas of interest include strategic business management, financial and acquisition analysis, technology assessment, capital project planning, manufacturing strategy, international project development, expert witness/litigation support, and material supply strategy. In addition to his consulting activities, Mr. Palmer is an Adjunct Professor of Management at Connecticut State University’s Ancell School of Business Administration where he teaches courses in Strategic Management using the case analysis approach.

Mr. Palmer was also associated with CMAI, CPI Consulting Associates, Chem Systems, and Exxon Corporation. He holds both Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Chemical Engineering from Manhattan College, and an MBA in Finance and International Business from Fordham University.

About IHS Chemical Consulting: Providing chemical companies, financial institutions, governments, investors and businesses worldwide information and forecasts for better decision making.

In today’s uncertain economy, chemical and energy firms need a clear, timely picture of ongoing events, as well as an objective analysis of probable future trends and developments. IHS Chemical Consulting draws on more than 60 years of providing strategic planning, technology evaluation and process economic analysis to corporate and public sector clients in all areas of the chemical industry. Together, we offer what many consultancies cannot, a history exclusively dedicated to the chemicals business and how it integrates with upstream oil and gas operations.

Michael Taylor

Michael Taylor

Senior Director for International Affairs and Trade at SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association

BIO: Mr. Taylor serves as SPI’s primary staff expert on international trade policy, programs, and activities. He advises SPI staff and membership on the impact of international trade law and regulatory actions, and advocates SPI positions before government officials and other policy makers. Mr. Taylor organizes and leads trade missions, provides trade facilitation services, and assists member companies in market entry planning and execution.

Prior to his current responsibilities, Mr. Taylor was Director, Europe and Multilateral Programs of the Global Intellectual Property Center (GIPC) at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. While serving in this capacity, he developed, promoted, and executed the GIPC goals and objectives to champion intellectual property rights in Europe and those multilateral forums where European countries participated.

Mr. Taylor is a part-time lecturer in political science at Trinity Washington University and Georgetown University in Washington, DC. He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in American politics, comparative politics, international relations, political economy, and research methods for more than twenty years.

He received his B.A. in International Affairs from the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University, and his M.A. in World Politics from the Catholic University of America.

About SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association: Founded in 1937, SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association promotes growth in the $373 billion U.S. plastics industry. Representing nearly 900,000 American workers in the third largest U.S. manufacturing industry, SPI delivers advocacy, market research, industry promotion, and the fostering of business relationships and zero waste strategies. SPI also owns and produces the international NPE trade show. All profits from NPE are reinvested into SPI’s industry services. Find SPI online at www.plasticsindustry.org and www.inthehopper.org.

“From resin suppliers and equipment makers to processors and brand owners, SPI is proud to represent all facets of the U.S. plastics industry,” said William R. Carteaux, president and CEO, SPI. Our most recent economic reports show that the plastics industry as a whole is resilient, and has come through the recession significantly better than other U.S. manufacturing sectors.”