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. 14, 2014.

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 (Institute

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,, (perhaps, say specifically instead of in particular) Guith leads the development of the 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 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.

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.