Innovative Opportunities Section Managing Committee


Providing a forum for executives from member utilities to learn, develop, and share best practices to enhance the current and future innovation.

OUR MISSION

A collaborative community within Innovative Opportunities

The mission of the newly created 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.

The committee provides educational and networking opportunities to industry peers through our roundtable at the SGA Management Conference, oversees the activities of sub committees, and provides guidance to SGA staff on appropriate areas of focus for the association.

The committee meets in person at planning meetings, conferences, and periodically by conference call.

Brian Sloan, Member

Manager of Engineering - Automation & Controls East)
TC Energy USA Pipeline Services, LLC

Charlene Kaufman, Member

Technical Training Data Coordinator
CenterPoint Energy

Fred Hunzeker, Board Liaison

President & CEO
Tenaska Marketing Ventures

KENNETH EUGENE SMITH, Member

GAS DESIGN TECHNICIAN 2
TECO Peoples Gas

Keary Rogers, Member

Manager, Core Reliability
TC Energy USA Pipeline Services, LLC

Kimberly Carter, Member

Director
Texas Gas Service

Luke Litteken, Board Liaison

Senior Vice President, Gas
Xcel Energy

Reagan Ginther, Staff Liaison


Southern Gas Association

Rodney Clayton, Member


Boardwalk Pipeline Partners

Roger T. Williams, Member

Vice President Commercial LNG & Gas Development
BHE GT&S

Ryan Hyman, Co-Chair


Spire Inc.

Samuel J Prentice, Member

Environmental Engineer
Spire Alabama Inc.

Shawn L. Patterson, Co-Chair

VP, Chief Operations Officer
Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline Inc.

William Miles Kenny, Member

Vice President, Gas Supply
CenterPoint Energy


Committee Activity Plan 2021 Coming Soon

Innovative Opportunities Sub-Committees

Expanding Gas Usage Taskforce

The mission of the Expanding Gas Usage Taskforce is to provide opportunities to share in experiences, lessons learned, challenges, and successes of SGA member companies. This taskforce focuses on natural gas infrastructure expansion as a key to driving economic development, job creation and reducing consumer energy costs.

Who We Are?  Natural Gas Industry who are strategic thinkers, leaders, and decision makers within member companies.

What We Do? Provide networking and educational opportunities to industry peers through awards programs, best practice sharing and educational development for SGA events.

Where We Meet? The group meets virtually through webinars, in person at planning meetings and conferences, and for monthly taskforce calls.

Jordan Anderson, Staff Liaison, alternate

Learning and Development Manager, Industry Trends

Reagan Ginther, Staff Liaison

Hydrogen Taskforce

The mission of the Hydrogen Taskforce is to provide opportunities to share in experiences, lessons learned, challenges, and successes of SGA member companies. This taskforce focuses on the production of hydrogen from renewable electricity from grid balancing and on H2 Production with low CO2 footprint from other resources as well as H2 storage, handling and distribution.

Who We Are?  Natural Gas Industry who are strategic thinkers, leaders, and decision makers within member companies.

What We Do? Provide networking and educational opportunities to industry peers through awards programs, best practice sharing and educational development for SGA events.

Where We Meet? The group meets virtually through webinars, in person at planning meetings and conferences, and for monthly taskforce calls.

Chris Stroble, Member

Fleet Management Team Lead

Clinton Anderson, Member

National Sales Manager - O&G Midstream

James Fowler, Associate Committee Member

Americas Energy Market Development Manager

Jay Thomas Hedlund, Associate Committee Member

Regional Manager

Jordan Anderson, Staff Liaison, alternate

Learning and Development Manager, Industry Trends

Mason Butler, IV, Member

Engineering Manager

Peyton Ashmore, P.E., Associate Committee Member

Business Development Manager

Reagan Ginther, Staff Liaison

Rick Whitworth, Member

Vice President, Business Development

New Technology Taskforce

The mission of the New Technology Taskforce is to provide opportunities to share in experiences, lessons learned, challenges, and successes of SGA member companies. This taskforce focuses on the development and implementation of new technologies and cost-effective practices for enhancing pipeline safety, efficiency and deliverability.

Who We Are?  Natural Gas Industry who are strategic thinkers, leaders, and decision makers within member companies.

What We Do? Provide networking and educational opportunities to industry peers through awards programs, best practice sharing and educational development for SGA events.

Where We Meet? The group meets virtually through webinars, in person at planning meetings and conferences, and for monthly taskforce calls.

Angela C. Whitfield, Member

Dir Operations & Technical Standards

Benjamin Clapp, Member

Pipeline Engineering Discipline Lead

Bob Morris, Associate Committee Member

Business Development Manager

Ionut Buse, Member

Enterprise Analytics Team Leader

Jordan Anderson, Staff Liaison, alternate

Learning and Development Manager, Industry Trends

Joseph James Serrett, Member

Business Development Manager

Keary Rogers, Member

Manager, Core Reliability

Michael Haeflich, Associate Committee Member

Sr. Vice President & CCO

Paul Khuri, Associate Committee Member

Vice President Business Development

Reagan Ginther, Staff Liaison

Tommy A Trujillo, Member

Energy Contracts Manager

Renewable Natural Gas Taskforce

The mission of the Renewable Natural Gas Taskforce is to provide opportunities to share in experiences, lessons learned, challenges, and successes of SGA member companies. This taskforce is charged with helping expand knowledge for sustainable development, deployment and utilization of renewable natural gas so that present and future generations will have access to domestic, renewable, clean fuel and energy.

Who We Are?  Natural Gas Industry who are strategic thinkers, leaders, and decision makers within member companies.

What We Do? Provide networking and educational opportunities to industry peers through awards programs, best practice sharing and educational development for SGA events.

Where We Meet? The group meets virtually through webinars, in person at planning meetings and conferences, and for monthly taskforce calls.

Brian S. Wagaman, Member

Director-Gas Supply Administration

Gaye Lynn Schaffart, Member

Vice President, Strategic Initiatives

John R Wilson, Associate Committee Member

Vice President of Business Development

Jordan Anderson, Staff Liaison, alternate

Learning and Development Manager, Industry Trends

Josh Linton, Member

Strategic Planning Representative

Justin Roberts, Member

Compression Engineering Team Lead

Matt Fleming, Member

Director, Origination

Matt Poelking, P.E., Associate Committee Member

Project Manager

Moses Singh, Associate Committee Member

Team Leader

Reagan Ginther, Staff Liaison

Ryan Causey, Associate Committee Member

Regional Account Manager

Ryan Davis Clark, Associate Committee Member

LNG Focus & Opps

The mission of the LNG Focus & Opportunity Taskforce is to provide opportunities to share in experiences, lessons learned, challenges, and successes of SGA member companies. This taskforce focuses on the safe, reliable, effective and efficient construction, operations, and maintenance of LNG Facilities which include technologies, processes, best practices and lessons learned and standards.

Who We Are? Operations supervisors, managers, and directors from across the natural gas industry.

What We Do? Build a community within its peer group to engage in dialogue and facilitate the exchange of information.

Where We Meet? The group meets on monthly conference calls, at an onsite planning meeting, and holds a roundtable as part of the SGA Conferences.

Ryan Smith, Chair

Director of Supplemental Gas

Brian Kendrick, Member

Business Development Virtual Pipeline

Carl Smith, Member

Gas Distribution Engineer

Darwin Stillson, Member

Supv Area Operations

Diana Smith, Member

Senior GIS Analyst

James Fowler, Associate Committee Member

Americas Energy Market Development Manager

Jeff Brightwell, Member

VP, LNG Operations

Jim Schauer, Associate Committee Member

Executive Director, Business Development

Jordan Anderson, SGA Staff Liaison, alternate

Learning and Development Manager, Industry Trends

Juan Carlos Rivadeneira, Associate Committee Member

LNG Consultant

Kevin Byrne, Member

Manager, Gas & Plant Operations

Paul Newman III, Member

Manager, Air Quality

Reagan Ginther, SGA Staff Liaison

Robert S. Miller, Member

Natural Gas System Manager

Russell Isom, Member

Gas System Manager

scott zaruba, Member

Senior Account Manager