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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

Gas Machinery Conference (GMC)

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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Sustain Through The Pandemic: Supply Chain Best Practices - Webinar



Facebook Pandemic Supply Chain

When a pandemic strikes, the entire supply chain is impacted. This lack of access to crucial materials often results in panic buying, which then compounds the crisis. 

In this webinar, Sustain Through the Pandemic, you will learn supply chain best practices for future planning related to supply chain logistics during a crisis, as well as lessons learned through the impact of COVID-19 upon natural gas companies.

This webinar will discuss recent hot topics including:

  • delays in shipping
  • project interruptions
  • the need to refocus priorities

Each are considered from a supply chain optimization perspective and the very real post-COVID-19 reality.  Learn how to improve communication within the organization and to skillfully manage the impact of a scarcity mindset versus the reality of adequate supplies.  


You will learn:

  • The impact COVID-19 has had on natural gas companies related to maintaining a functional supply chain during the pandemic
  • Communication strategies for internal audiences
  • Best practices for future planning related to supply chain logistics during a crisis


Attendees will receive 1 Professional Development Hour


Who Should Attend 

  • Supply Chain professionals
  • Executives who supervise supply chain
  • Planning and analysis, finance professionals


When & Where 

May 14, 2020 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am /CDT | VIRTUAL 


Registration fees (open to the public) :

Michels has generously agreed to make this webinar free to all SGA and our sister associations' members. Are you a member of IPAA, NGA, AGA, MEA, APGA, SPE? Be sure to enter your association code when you register!

Non-Member: $25

Registration is now closed



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Experienced Instructor: 

Gwen Mitchell

Gwen Mitchell, founder and managing partner of 3rd I Business Solutions, (dba VertiSales, Incorporated) has a 20+ year record of transforming mission-critical legacy supply chain processes into state-of-the-art operations delivering on-time, budget-positive outcomes that have a direct impact on the bottom-line


Gwen Mitchell has previously held executive leadership roles in Fortune 500 companies including Air Liquide, Ernst & Young, General Motors, and Upjohn. In addition to corporate achievements, Gwen has a strong commitment to community service:

  • Serves as current President of the ISM-Houston “Institute of Supplier Management”
  • The Co-founder and Advisor to "Real Initiative Giving Help Today" (R.I.G.H.T), which focuses on the needs of the most vulnerable youth
  • Chairperson of the "Houston Minority Supplier Development Council" (HMSDC) scholarship fundraiser
  • Board member of the "Texans for Dental Reform", an advocacy organization for consumer protection in the dental industry

Academic and professional designations include:

  • BS in Management Information Systems from Bowling Green University
  • BA in Marketing from Bowling Green University.
  • Project Management Professional Certification (PMP) from the Project Management Institute,
  • Certified Process Professional Champion (CPPC) from the BP Group. 
  • The Goldman Sachs 1,000K Small Business Program 
  • Certificate in Conversational-IQ from the CreatingWE Institute 
  • The Dartmouth University Tuck School of Business Executive Program
  • Certification in Narrative Coaching by Dr. David Drake 
  • Member of the Industry Leaders Group (ILG) Presentation Power Program

SGA is pleased to present Gwen Mitchell's insight and perspective as we navigate supply chain best practices.




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 Internal Combustion Engines - Webinar

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Internal Combustion Engines (ICEs) are the heart of the Oil & Gas Industry, yielding the power to pump vital elements through pipelines across North America.  This introductory course will provide a solid foundation for individuals working on, interested in or responsible for, this equipment. By exploring the History of Horsepower, participants will be introduced to External Combustion Engines as well in order to understand efficiencies of both types. Attendees will be educated through presentation, demonstration of working models and interaction with the teacher. Join us in exploring a unique perspective on Combustion Engines.     


You will learn:

  • History of Horsepower
  • Internal vs External Combustion
  • Explanation of Indicated, Brake and Effective HP
  • Intro to the Otto Cycle
  • Two-Stroke vs Four-Stroke Engines
  • Reciprocating vs Centrifugal Engines
  • Diesel vs Gasoline Engines
  • Fire Triangle
  • Integral vs Separable Engines
  • Principles of Operation in Combustion Cycles


Attendees will receive 2 Professional Development Hours


Who Should Attend 

  • Entry-Level Engineers
  • Analysts
  • Technicians
  • Mechanics
  • FSRs
  • Project Managers
  • Reliability Engineers interested in gaining a basic understanding of Internal Combustion Engines


When & Where 

April 29, 2020 | 09:00 am - 11:00 am /CDT | VIRTUAL 


Registration fees (open to the public) :

Member: $75

Non-Member: $100

 Registration is now closed



Experienced Instructor: 



 Mary Savalle, PMP, REC

A passionate and unapologetic advocate for STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) educational opportunities, Detroit native Mary Savalle attended Wayne State University and completed her final year of undergraduate studies at Polytechnica Universidad de Puerto Rico.

Her multi-faceted career began with DTE and includes experience with large natural gas engines and compressors, diagnosing engine/compressor defects, leadership at the largest gas storage facility in Michigan, supporting the Continuous Improvement Department, Reliability Engineer, Principal Reliability Engineer, and Capital Project Manager.

Mary’s professional credentials include:

  • BS in Mechanical Engineering
  • Lean Six Sigma Green Belt
  • Project Management Professional (PMP)
  • Reliability Engineering Certification (REC) through Clemson University. 


She has published industry papers, travels nationally teaching courses on internal combustion engine concepts and has developed training devices for kinesthetic learners. She has worked with companies around the world in research, analysis and training activities.

Mary’s passion for STEAM and community has resulted in partnerships with a local art store and elementary school to teach children STEAM concepts. Utilizing art and artifacts to create an interactive and engaging experience for 50 students each month, Mary is striving to ignite the STEAM movement in the next generation.





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.


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Assessment Tools to Better Understand Your Team Members


There are many assessment tools on the market - we will explore 2 behavioral tools: Extended DiSC and StrengthsFinders during this webinar. Behavioral models allow us to better understand both how we behave and the behavior of other people - especially our team members at work.


Learning objectives:

  • Basic understanding of Extended DiSC and StrengthsFinders as assessment tools used to better understand team members behavior
  • Understand how these tools are used to improve team development/performance
  • Learn the difference between behavior under pressure vs crisis


Attendees will receive1 Professional Development Hour


Who Should Attend 

  • Leaders who want to propel their remote workforce to team success
  • Remote Team Managers/Leaders
  • Remote Team Members who want to better understand Team Dynamics 


When & Where 

May 8, 2020. 10:00 am CTVIRTUAL 


Registration fees (open to the public) :

Member: $25

Non-Member: $50


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Brian Schubring


Brian Schubring President & CEO, Leadership Vision

Brian Schubring is the Founder and President of Leadership Vision, a firm providing Strengths-based organizational and leadership consulting.

Brian brings 30+ years of leadership experience within the private sector, education, and business. Since 2000, he has worked with over 16,000 individuals in more than 350 organizations in Asia, North and Central America, and 18 European countries. Brian has done extensive consulting, team building and coaching with individuals for the purpose of building strong people, teams and organizational culture






Dr. Linda Schubring


Linda Schubring, Principal Consultant, Leadership Vision

Since 2008, Dr. Linda Schubring has brought heart and soul to each engagement at Leadership Vision. As a Principal Consultant, she particularizes people, demonstrates a passion for contributions of others, and is a charismatic communicator.

Linda has traveled around the world studying people and communities adding to her cultural repertoire. Through a decade of administration in higher education, she developed proven management, leadership development, and successful bridge-building skills. In 2013, Linda earned her Doctorate in Intercultural Studies where she studied how multi-national leaders, teams, and individuals navigate change in a European context. From 2012-2019 she served as the VP of Employee Experience at an IT consulting firm in the Twin Cities. Her experience on an executive team and as an executive coach has fueled her drive to help individuals flourish, teams to excel and companies to thrive through cultivation of positive organizational culture





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Cindy Mitchell, Senior Director Of Member Experience and Administration, SGA

Cindy is an innovative leader now using her talents and experience to foster confidence and skills in leaders at all levels in organizations that want to continue to grow, develop and mature. Cindy spent 20 years leading a large office in local government as an elected official.  After retiring, Cindy consulted in leadership development, change management and worked with a couple of oil and gas companies to roll out huge leadership initiatives with several hundred leaders.  Cindy is an expert in using assessments as tools in coaching, team building and professional development for leaders.  Celebrating more than a year with SGA, she is bringing her leadership to the daily operations and the member experience. 









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.


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Women & Leadership - Virtual Workshop 



When & Where 

July 16, 2020 | 8:00 am-4:30 pm, Central Time| VIRTUAL (log-in information will be sent prior to event date ) 


More information and registration opportunities coming soon 


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.