All Committees


Southern Gas Association has more than 45 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, Customer Growth and Development, Safety & Employee Development , Asset Management, Leadership, ESG & Corporate Services and Innovative Opportunities Section Managing Committees. 

Committees and volunteers are the energy that drives SGA forward. Committees organize and sponsor workshops, roundtables, webinars, conferences, benchmarking surveys, 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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Interested in joining a committee?

With as little as 1-2 hours a month, we know you have what it takes.

We want your knowledge – we invite high-performance industry professionals to share ideas and strategies regarding best practices, better processes, better results, and a safer industry.

We want your innovation – beyond planning events, our committees act as an incubator for innovation that will ensure relevance for the natural gas industry far into the future.

We want your influence – with a focus on volunteer leadership development, professional growth, and exposure opportunities, we’re developing leaders who will chart the course to a sustainable energy future.

At SGA, we invest in the future of natural gas by providing opportunities to learn, exchange ideas, share solutions and grow professionally. Committee members create connections, build community, and enjoy opportunities for leadership.

Join an SGA committee today and influence the future of the natural gas industry as we advance innovations and develop people, relationships, and solutions.

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Section Committees

Asset Management Section

Co-Chairs:

  1. Glen Koch, Vice President, Project Execution-Transmission & Gulf of Mexico, The Williams Companies
  2. Keith Lincoln, Vice President, Operations, Summit Utilities

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

Committee Leadership:

  1. CHAIR: Shawn Patterson, Vice President & Chief Operations Officer, Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline
  2. VICE CHAIR:  Ryan Hyman, Vice President CIO, Spire Inc.

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

Co-Chairs:

  1. DeShaundra Jones, Director of Customer Experience, Washington Gas
  2. Jen Kostyniuk, Director, Corporate Affairs & Capital Project Support, 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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