Our speakers will lead us in discussions regarding what the Utica Shale means to manufacturing, transportation, job creation and more. Check back often for additions to our exciting speaker lineup leading up to the event on Oct. 23, 2013.

Keynote Luncheon Speaker Jim Umpleby

Keynote Luncheon Speaker Jim Umpleby

Group President, Energy and Power Systems, Caterpillar, Inc.

BIO: D. James (Jim) Umpleby is a group president of Caterpillar Inc. in Peoria, Ill. Umpleby has administrative responsibility for Caterpillar’s energy and power systems group, which includes Industrial Power Systems & Growth Markets Division, Large Power Systems & Growth Markets Division, Marine & Petroleum Power Division, Electric Power Division, Progress Rail Division and the Solar Turbines Division.

Since joining Solar Turbines Incorporated, a wholly owned subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc., in 1980 as an associate engineer, Umpleby has held numerous positions of increasing responsibility in manufacturing, engineering, sales, marketing and customer services. From 1984 to 1990, Umpleby lived in Asia and held positions in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In 1990 Umpleby was named manager of Solar’s project applications engineering department in San Diego. He became director of power systems operations and plant manager of Solar’s Kearny Mesa gas turbine packaging facility in 1994.

Umpleby was promoted to a Solar vice president in 1997 with responsibility for Solar’s customer services business. He became Solar’s vice president of Turbomachinery Products in 2000 with responsibility for design engineering, manufacturing and supply chain. He served as vice president for Solar’s power generation business in 2004. Umpleby transferred to Peoria, Illinois, in 2005 as general manager of global services for Caterpillar’s Product Support Division and returned to Solar in 2007 as vice president for Solar’s oil and gas business. The Caterpillar Board of Directors elected Umpleby a Caterpillar vice president and president of Solar Turbines in 2010. He was named group president and a member of Caterpillar’s executive office effective January 2013.

Umpleby graduated from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering in 1980. He completed an executive leadership program at the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Lausanne, Switzerland in 1996.

Umpleby is an executive committee member of the board of directors of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA) Foundation.

About Caterpillar:
For more than 85 years, Caterpillar Inc. has been making sustainable progress possible and driving positive change on every continent. With 2011 sales and revenues of $60.138 billion, Caterpillar is the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. The company also is a leading services provider through Caterpillar Financial Services, Caterpillar Remanufacturing Services and Progress Rail Services.[/xt_toggle]

David Mustine

David Mustine

Managing Director for Energy, Chemicals and Polymers, JobsOhio

BIO:  David Mustine serves as the JobsOhio managing director, specializing in energy, chemicals and polymers. Prior to joining JobsOhio, David was appointed by Governor Kasich as the Director of Ohio Department of Natural Resources. David has spent most of his career in the energy industry, including 16 years at American Electric Power and 10 years in the oil and gas industry. He has business experience in over 25 countries. He now resides with his family in Franklin County.

About JobsOhio
JobsOhio is a private, nonprofit organization that promotes job creation and economic development for Ohio.

Michael Birk

Michael Birk

Senior National Fleet Sustainability Manager, Frito-Lay North America

BIO: Michael Birk is responsible for gaseous fuel program for Frito-Lay. As Sustainability Manager Michael oversees vehicle implementation, shop upgrades, fuel infrastructure projects and technician training across Frito-Lay/PepsiCo.  Prior to 2011 Michael held the position of Region Fleet Manager for Frito-Lay overseeing one of the largest privately owned fleets within Frito-Lay. In this role, Michael was responsible for the development and execution of his region’s sustainability strategy for fleet. By developing partnerships with organizations like Clean Fuels Ohio, Michael received the Green Fleet Certification in the State of Ohio.

In 2011 Michael received PepsiCo Chairman’s award for his work on the electric vehicle program and success of receiving over 2 million dollars in grants to fund EV and propane projects. Michael has also served on variety of panels and education sessions including Propane Day at the Ohio State House and CNG – will it work for you panel at 2013 TMC’s national meeting.

About Frito-Lay North America
Frito-Lay North America is the $13 billion convenient foods business unit of PepsiCo. For more than 75 years, Frito Lay has enjoyed growing the best snacks on earth starting with simple, farm-grown ingredients. To continue growing the best snacks on earth, they are working to reduce their impact on the environment by improving how they make their snacks.

Roe East

Roe East

General Manager, On-Highway Natural Gas Business, Cummins Inc.

BIO: Roe has been employed at Cummins for 23 years, in a variety of marketing, sales, product planning, and business strategy roles.  He is currently responsible for Cummins worldwide on-highway natural gas engine business. Prior to this role, Roe was President of Cummins Westport Inc., a joint venture focused on developing and marketing natural gas engines for the NAFTA region.

Before joining Cummins, Roe had stints at both Emerson Electric and Caterpillar.   He is a graduate of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and Northwestern University.

About Cummins Inc.
Cummins Inc. is a Fortune 500 corporation that designs, manufactures, distributes and services engines and related technologies, including fuel systems, controls, air handling, filtration, emission control and electrical power generation systems.

Kirt Conrad

Kirt Conrad

Executive Director, Stark Area Regional Transit Authority

BIO: Kirt Conrad has been the executive director/CEO of the Stark Area Regional Transit Authority (SARTA) in Canton, Ohio since 2009. He received a Bachelor in Political Science from Kent State and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Akron.  He recently completed graduate certificate in finance from the Grenoble Graduate School of Business in Grenoble France and is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Business Administration at Grenoble focusing the development of alternative energy.

Previously, Kirt worked for the METRO Regional Transit Authority in Akron as planner, grants manager, and planning director.  At METRO, he interacted with the operation of its 60 bus CNG and fueling facility. Kirt is also the vice president of the Ohio Public Transit Association and Treasurer of the Ohio Transit Risk Pool.

SARTA operates 85 buses with 200 employees. Last year nearly 2.7 million passenger trips were transported by 30 fixed routes or demand response service throughout Stark County. SARTA opened Northern Ohio’s first public-private Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueling facility.  By midsummer, 23 vehicles will be powered by CNG. Over 50,000 gasoline gallon equivalent is dispensed from the CNG station.

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.

Thomas D. Moline

Thomas D. Moline

Vice President, Steel Manufacturing, The Timken Company

BIO: Thomas D. Moline is vice president – steel manufacturing for The Timken Company’s Steel Group. Moline is responsible for implementing a Timken initiative to expand capacity and improve productivity in the production of special bar-quality and seamless mechanical tubing steel products.

Additionally, Moline directs all manufacturing and finishing processes at the company’s three steelmaking facilities. He is responsible for improving the efficiency of steel production while reducing energy consumption. He also is responsible for ensuring adherence to the company’s strict quality standards in steel production. He was named to his current role in 2006.

Previously, Moline served as manager of the Harrison Steel Plant in Canton, Ohio, from 2004-2006. In 2003, he served as director of operations at a former Timken tubemanufacturing facility in the United Kingdom. Moline joined Timken in 1984 as an engineer on the project team that built the company’s Faircrest Steel Plant. He went on to hold several positions of increasing responsibility across all areas of the business, including manufacturing, sales, marketing, order fulfillment and product management. In 2001, he assumed managerial responsibility for the company’s former special-finishing operation and tube-making plant in Wooster, Ohio. Moline holds a bachelor’s degree in manufacturing engineering from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

About The Timken Company
The Timken Company is a global manufacturer of bearings, high-performance steels, and related components and assemblies. Timken operates in 30 countries and territories.

Peter A. Molinaro

Peter A. Molinaro

Senior Advisor, North America Government Affairs, The Dow Chemical Company

BIO: Peter Molinaro is senior advisor for North America Government Affairs for The Dow Chemical Company based in Washington, D.C. For the last ten years he served as Vice President of North America Government Affairs for Dow. His responsibilities have included U.S. federal, state and Canada government affairs professionals, advocacy management and maintaining relationships with national political and governmental organizations. Additionally, he led the company’s advocacy efforts on U.S. energy and climate change policy.

Prior to joining Dow, Peter was Assistant Director of Government Affairs for Union Carbide Corporation. After beginning his career in local government, he joined Union Carbide in 1981 as Manager of Community Affairs and then spent several years as Regional Manager of Public Affairs, responsible for state government relations in the northeast. He has just completed 30 years of service to the combined companies.

He is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, member of The Business-Government Relations Council, a member of the Executive Committee of the Public Affairs Council and is a Past Chairman of the Federal Government Affairs Committee of the American Chemistry Council.

He holds a Masters degree in Public Administration from the University of Hartford and a Bachelors degree in Political Science from Central Connecticut State University. A native of Danbury, Connecticut, he is married with two daughters and currently resides in Oakton, Virginia.

About The Dow Chemical Company
The Dow Chemical Company combines the power of science and technology to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company connects chemistry and innovation with the principles of sustainability to help address many of the world’s most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, renewable energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity.

Kevin J. Little

Kevin J. Little

Vice President, J.P. Morgan Asset Management

BIO: Kevin Little, vice president, is a portfolio manager and trader within the Global Fixed Income (GFI) group. Based in New York, Kevin performs broad trading and portfolio management duties across commodity portfolios. In this capacity, he manages the strategy’s investment allocation across the energy spectrum, specifying in various grades of crude oil, refined petroleum products, natural gas liquids, and natural gas.

Prior to this, he was a Client Portfolio Manager focused on Emerging Market Debt and Core Fixed Income. An employee since 2005, he previously worked as a trading assistant on the Interest Rate Derivatives/Swaps desk in the Investment Bank. Kevin holds a B.A. in political science from the University of Delaware.

About JP Morgan Chase
JPMorgan Chase (NYSE: JPM) is one of the oldest financial institutions in the United States. With a history dating back over 200 years, the company is a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.4 trillion. The company operates  in more than 60 countries, with 260,000 employees and serves millions of consumers, small businesses and many of the world’s most prominent corporate, institutional and government clients.