All Committees


Southern Gas Association has more than 50 committees, task forces and event planning teams with more than 500 volunteers supporting the organization.

OUR MISSION

Share ideas, resources and best practices to develop people, relationships and solutions

Southern Gas Association’s committee structure covers virtually all parts of the natural gas business separated into eight categories – Associate Members, Asset Management, Customer Growth & Retention, Safety, Leadership, ESG, Commercial, and Innovative Opportunities Section Managing Committees. 

Committees and volunteers are the energy that drives SGA forward. Committees organize and sponsor workshops, roundtables, webinars, conferences and joint industry projects. Through digital and in-person engagement, SGA members come together to share ideas, resources and best practices to develop people, relationships and solutions.

 

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Asset Management Section

Co-Chairs:

  1. Glen Koch, Vice President, Project Execution-Transmission & Gulf of Mexico, The Williams Companies
  2. Kyle Moore, Director, Gas Operations, Chesapeake Energy

The mission of the Asset Management Section Managing Committee is to provide opportunities to share in experiences, lessons learned, challenges, and successes of SGA member companies. This field is continuously evolving, and it is important that companies expand their management principles to include these various systems, processes, and management policies. This committee is focused on systematic processes and practices for the efficient storing and utilization of system data that is utilized for the operations of utility and pipeline systems. The Committee evaluates issues and challenges and makes recommendations to the Executive Council on SGA’s policies, plans, and tactics for addressing identified challenges and opportunities.

This section manages the following sub-committees:

  • Compression
  • Control Room Management
  • Engineering, Design, and Construction
  • Integrity Management & Compliance
  • Measurement & Communications
  • Operations, Maintenance & Emergency Management
  • Storage
  • Land
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Associate Members

Committee Leadership

  1. CHAIR: Michelle Trapp, Director Corporate Business Development & Supplier Diversity, Michels Corporation
  2. VICE CHAIR:  Gerald Sims, National Sales Manager, Heath Consultants Incorporated

The Associate Members Section Managing Committee, as suppliers of goods and services, implements a vital partnership with member gas companies. Through the exchange of ideas and technologies, this contribution promotes the continued growth and improved performance of all members within the natural gas industry.

The purpose of Associate Members Section Managing Committee is to build a collaborative community, engage in dialogue to facilitate the exchange of information within the committee, and provide subject matter expertise and support to other SGA committees. The committee supports SGA in multiple ways, including sponsorships, service on SGA committees, participation in exhibit halls, and engagement in conference and training workshop events.

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Customer Growth and Development Section

Co-Chairs:

  1. Kira Lake, Director of Growth and Retention, Chesapeake Utilities Corporation
  2. Matt McCoy, Director, Commercial Services, Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline

The mission of the Customer Growth & Development Section Managing Committee is to provide opportunities to share in experiences, lessons learned, challenges, and successes of SGA member companies. This committee focuses on market penetration, product development, market expansion and diversification, current and emerging technology, marketing campaigns, and more. The Committee evaluates issues and challenges and makes recommendations to the Executive Council on SGA’s policies, plans, and tactics for addressing identified challenges and opportunities.

This section manages the following sub-committees:

  • Business Development
  • Codes & Standards
  • Commercial & Industrial Markets
  • Customer Experience
  • Gas Marketing
  • Gas Supply
  • Regulatory & Rates
  • Residential Markets
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ESG & Corporate Services Section

Co-Chairs:

  1. Maurice Baker, Manager of Community Relations, Georgia Natural Gas (Southern Company)
  2. Liz Beck, Manager, Carbon Policy & Corporate Responsibility, CenterPoint Energy

The mission of the Environmental Social Governance (ESG) & Corporate Services Section Managing Committee is to provide opportunities to share in experiences, lessons learned, challenges, and successes of SGA member companies. This committee has two focuses; 1) measuring the sustainability and societal impact of an investment in a company and 2 ) activities that combine or consolidate certain enterprise-wide needed support services. The Committee evaluates issues and challenges and makes recommendations to the Executive Council on SGA’s policies, plans, and tactics for addressing identified challenges and opportunities.

The Section manages the following sub-committees:

  • Accounting & Finance
  • Environmental
  • Human Resources
  • IT & Cybersecurity
  • Legal & Risk
  • Stakeholder Communications
  • Supply Chain
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Innovative Opportunity Section Managing Committee

The mission of the Innovative Opportunities Section Managing Committee is to provide opportunities to share in experiences, lessons learned, challenges, and successes of SGA member companies. This committee is charged with helping to empower SGA Members and their partners to move deeply, strategically, and successfully in pursuit of new opportunities that positively impact the industry. The Committee explores emerging innovations and effective practices, helps to incubate ideas and a vision for business education, and guides SGA’s efforts to develop reports and other content aimed at helping SGA Members and their stakeholders to understand the related challenges and opportunities. The Committee evaluates issues and challenges and makes recommendations to the Executive Council on SGA”s policies, plans, and tactics for addressing identified challenges and opportunities.

This section manages the following taskforce groups:

  • Renewable Natural Gas
  • Hydrogen
  • Expanding Gas Usage
  • LNG Focus & Opportunity
  • New Technology
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Leadership Section

Committee Leadership

  1. CO-CHAIR: DeShaundra E. Jones, Washington Gas
  2. CO-CHAIR: Jen Kostyniuk, Dominion Energy

The mission of the Leadership Section Managing Committee is to provide opportunities to share in experiences, lessons learned, challenges, and successes of SGA member companies. This committee promotes and enables the development of leaders in the natural gas industry. The Committee evaluates issues and challenges and makes recommendations to the Executive Council on SGA’s policies, plans, and tactics for addressing identified challenges and opportunities.

This section manages the following sub-committees:

  • Inclusion & Diversity
  • Multi-Generational Leadership
  • Women & Leadership
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Safety & Employee Development Section

Co-Chairs:

  1. Bryan Ford, Sr. Health & Safety Professional, Duke-Energy
  2. Clifford Swoape, Manager , Safety & Training, Middle Tennessee Natural Gas

 

The mission of the Safety & Employee Development Section Managing Committee is to provide opportunities to share in experiences, lessons learned, challenges, and successes of SGA member companies. This committee focuses on safety and health issues and regulations of systems and people. The Committee evaluates issues and challenges and makes recommendations to the Executive Council on SGA’s policies, plans, and tactics for addressing identified challenges and opportunities.

This section manages the following sub-committees:

  • Employee Health & Safety
  • Learning & Development
  • Pipeline Safety Management Systems
  • Technical Training & Operator Qualifications
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