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GMRC is a subsidiary of the SGA founded in 1952 to provide its member companies and industry with the benefits of an applied research and technology program directed toward improving reliability and cost effectiveness of the design, construction, and operation of mechanical and fluid systems.

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Only GMRC workshops and conferences provide professionals of all levels the opportunity to gain knowledge that can be used immediately, acquire skills to help you work safer and smarter, and keep up with the latest industry regulations …see more

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The GMC is an industry unique event that brings together subject matter experts in gas machinery for three days to include short courses, technical papers and new technology updates …see more

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Now Available – Natural Gas Champions Online Training

SGA is revising the art of verbal persuasion and energizing an industry through the Natural Gas Champions training program. This unique course is a result of a collection of industry leaders' vision to harness the power of knowledge sharing and evaluate the sentiment of conversation about the future of energy in this country.

For more information, please contact Nicolle Billmyre.

Whether you’re already a member or considering SGA membership, you can purchase the learning module at any time here.


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Ethical Decision Making - Webinar

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Ethics are a system of moral principles that determine how one makes decisions. Some ethical decisions are easily made but others are more difficult and require careful consideration of ethical implications.

Studying ethics is critical to the success of every decision-maker.  By studying ethics, one further develops skills in determining and expressing one’s values and moral principles. 

This webinar further develops these skills using real-world scenarios including office setting, engineering design, field operations, financial, and personal life cases. Simulating scenarios allows participants to evaluate what they would do when faced with an ethical decision via group interaction and discussion.



Attendees will receive 4 Professional Development Hours


When & Where 

December 11, 2020 | 8:00 am - 12:00 pm central time| VIRTUAL


Registration fees (open to the public) :

Member: $99

Non-Member: $199

*When using a credit card, a 4% convenience fee is added.






Experienced Speakers:  

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Michella Thomas, Operations Manager, US West, Solar Turbines

Michella Thomas started her career at Solar Turbines in 1990 upon graduating from UC San Diego with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.   Her earlier roles include Manufacturing, Design, and Production Test Engineering.  She spent the next 14 years as a Project Manager including a 2-year assignment in Belgium, working with both domestic and international customers on order execution of turbomachinery packages, and then as an Engineering Group Manager.  Michella moved into a Corporate Account Manager role, focusing on strategic agreements with key customers.  Then, as a Product Manager, she worked with a focused team of engineers to lead the development efforts for sustainable solutions, with the release of the methane emissions recompression product, designed to reduce fugitive methane at equipment and station levels and decrease GHG emissions to the atmosphere.  Michella’s current position is the Operations Manager for the US West Region, accountable for establishing and maintaining long term service agreements with customers



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Susan Slattery, PE, PMP, Vice President Engineering, TRC Companies

Susan Slattery is a Vice President Engineering for TRC Companies and has over thirty years of experience in the oil and gas industry. She has worked on projects involving both pipeline and compressor station facilities domestically and overseas with KPL Gas Service, Willbros and TRC Companies. Ms. Slattery earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Kansas and an MBA from the University of Arkansas. She is a certified project management professional, a NCEES Model Law Engineer and a registered professional engineer in multiple states.  




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Suzanne Ogle, APR, IRC, President & CEO, Southern Gas Association

Suzanne Ogle is President and CEO of the Southern Gas Association.  As CEO she helps SGA members overcome the challenges, they face operating in the natural gas industry and navigating public perception.  With her entrepreneurial mindset and wide range of experience across the natural gas value chain from service, to exploration and production, midstream and transmission she focuses on business process, optimization and effective communication to prepare the SGA members for resilience and innovation in an industry in transition.

Suzanne is an Accredited Public Relations and Certified Investor Relations professional.  She holds an Advanced Marketing certificate from Southern Methodist University, both a Finance Management and a Business Analytics certificate from Cornell University and an Executive Leadership for Energy Professionals certificate from the University of Houston. She received a Master of Education in educational psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in business marketing from California Lutheran University.






Refund policy

This event follows the SGA Cancellation Policy "C" when cancellation is needed. 



For registration Information Please Contact Member Services

For content Information Please Contact Learning & Professional Development.



Introduction to Ratemaking- Virtual workshop 

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This 1.5-day course will introduce the student to the ratemaking process as it pertains to the natural gas industry. It is important that individuals working in the natural gas industry gain an understanding of this process since almost everyone in the industry has some impact on rates. 


Learning Objectives: 

The first day provides information on the basic components of the rate process from the pipeline and LDC perspective, including fundamentals of the ratemaking process such as:

  • Rate of return issues
  • Mock rate case exercises
  • Revenue requirements
  • Cost of service issues
  • Rate design components
  • Regulatory considerations
  • Future trends in ratemaking

The day concludes with an interactive group exercise, the Van Go Transportation Company, which illustrates issues companies face when structuring their rates and determining if services are fixed, variable, or both.

The second day of the workshop provides an opportunity for participants to apply the information received the previous day in a series of case studies and role-playing exercises. The Ratemaking Game - a set of case studies based on actual rate cases - divides participants into role-playing groups comprised of gas company representatives, commissioners, consumer advocates and interveners.


Attendees will receive 12 Professional Development Hours



Who Should Attend 

  • Rate Analysts (two years or less) from LDC, transmission, or gas supply marketing companies
  • Non-rate professionals from any department who would benefit from a broad understanding of the rate process, including: Operations, Government Relations, Marketing, Public Affairs, Accounting, Engineering, and other departments


When & Where 

February 23, 2021 | 8:00 am - 4:30 pm central time| VIRTUAL

February 24, 2021 | 8:00 am - 12:00 pm central time| VIRTUAL


Registration fees (open to the public) :

Member: $750

Non-Member: $925 

*When using a credit card, a 4% convenience fee is added.






Experienced Instructor:  

Mark Caudill

Mark Caudill, Attorney at Law, Mark D. Caudill, LLC

Mark Caudill is an attorney with more than 30 years of energy utility regulatory, legal, and management experience, including work before numerous state commissions and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”). Mark has served: natural gas distribution companies, interstate pipelines, and producers; electric distribution companies, transmission companies, and generators; energy marketers; and financial institutions that fund utility-related transactions. Based in the Atlanta metropolitan area, Mark is currently admitted to the Georgia and Alabama state bars. He works with companies and their local attorneys in matters regarding regulated markets. His clients include some of the leading energy companies in North America.

Mark previously served as a vice president and practice leader at MCR, a national management consulting firm specializing in regulated industries. Mark provided in-depth knowledge and expertise, including traditional ratemaking, alternative forms of regulation, supply and capacity planning, and regulatory case management. Prior to joining MCR, Mark served as Vice President for Energy Competition, and Corporate Secretary and Vice President for Rates and Regulatory at AGL Resources; Vice President of Rates and Regulatory for Atlanta Gas Light; Director of State Regulatory Affairs for Southern Natural Gas Company and Sonat; and as the Deputy Assistant General Counsel for Enforcement and the Special Assistant to the Deputy General Counsel at FERC.

In addition to appearing as an attorney in many rate and regulatory proceedings, Mark has appeared as an expert witness before state utility commission, FERC, state legislative committees, and U.S. congressional committees. Additionally, Mark regularly presents at industry and professional conferences, and he conducts seminars, workshops and mock trial training exercises to enhance the effectiveness of rate departments and in-house fact, policy and expert witnesses.


Refund policy

This event follows the SGA Cancellation Policy "C" when cancellation is needed. 



For registration Information Please Contact Member Services

For content Information Please Contact Learning & Professional Development.


How Digital Flare Mitigation Benefits the Environment and Oil and Gas Operators- WEBINAR 



About this webinar

Reducing flaring and related emissions are critical to reducing carbon and attaining corporate ESG goals. New technologies have emerged to enable efficient and cost-effective management of stranded or flaring gas volumes.

Join SGA for “How Digital Flare Mitigation Benefits the Environment and Oil and Gas Operators” as we discuss Digital Flare Mitigation® technology with Crusoe Energy Systems & INNIO Waukesha. Crusoe Energy Systems deploys mobile, modular data centers and rich burn gas engines to convert flare gas into electricity for energy-intensive computing processes at the well site. We invite you to learn how this innovative technology can help reduce flaring and related emissions and help operators meet ambitious ESG goals.




  • What is Digital Flare Mitigation?
  • How does Digital Flare Mitigation work?
  • What are the costs and deployment considerations to operators?
  • What are the use cases? 
  • Who are Crusoe's clients?
  • How does Crusoe use Waukesha Gas Engines’ technology? 




October 26, 2020 | 11:00 am – 12:00 PM  Central time CT 




Thanks to SGA’s member companies this webinar is being offered free to participants

 Registration is now closed




Experienced INSTRUCTOR:

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Cully Cavness, President and Co-Founder of Crusoe Energy Systems

Cully is an energy industry professional with a passion for innovative environmental solutions. He was formerly Vice President of Finance at Highlands Natural Resources, a private equity-sponsored exploration and production company with operations in Colorado and Montana. While at Highlands, Cully's role included responsibility for commodities sales and marketing, which exposed him to the industry's challenges with flaring. Cully was previously an oil and gas investment banker at Petrie Partners, a boutique finance firm servicing upstream and midstream clients. Before that Cully worked in technical business development roles in the geothermal power generation industry domestically and internationally. Cully holds an undergraduate degree in geology from Middlebury, an MBA from Oxford and completed a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship researching the "triangle of E's" (Energy-Environment-Economics) principally in China, Iceland, Spain, and Argentina. Cully is an avid endurance athlete, and has completed various ultra long distance events including IronMan Zurich, North Face Endurance Challenge and the Death Race.




Hari Sivadas, Sales Director North America, INNIO Waukesha Gas Engines

Hari Sivadas is the Sales Director for Waukesha new engine sales for North America. Hari has been with the business for 7 years in a variety of sales, business development and marketing roles. Prior to this he also spent time at Caterpillar and in other consulting roles in the Energy and Transportation sectors.





For registration Information Please Contact Member Services

For content Information Please Contact Learning & Professional Development.