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.

Ryan Hyman, Chair

SVP, Chief Information & Innovation Officer
Spire Inc.

Anthony James Moy, Member

Gas Engineering Manager
CPS Energy

Brian Sloan, Member

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

Brianne Knierman, Staff Liaison, alternate


Southern Gas Association

Celesta Miracle, Staff Liaison

Senior Manager of Committee Strategy
Southern Gas Association

Charlene Kaufman, Member

Technical Training Data Coordinator
CenterPoint Energy

Denny Miles, Member

IT Communications and Corp Security
Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline Inc.

Joni Zich, Member

Director, System Strategy & Business Operations
Xcel Energy

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

Lee Mitchell, Member

Manager Coal and Gas Origination
Duke Energy Corporation

Mallik Angalakudati, Executive Council Liaison

Senior Vice President, Strategy & Innovation
Washington Gas

Rodney Clayton, Member


Boardwalk Pipeline Partners

Roger T. Williams, Member

Vice President Commercial LNG & Gas Development
BHE GT&S

Samuel J Prentice, Member

Environmental Engineer
Spire Alabama Inc.

Scott A Hallam, Member

Senior Vice President , Transmission and Gulf of Mexico
Williams Companies

Scott Carter, Executive Council Liaison

President- Missouri
Spire Missouri Inc.

William A. Kuchar III, P.E., Member

District Director
CenterPoint Energy

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.

Brian Langille, Member

Gas System Assistant Director

Brianne Knierman, SGA Staff Liaison

Brianne Knierman, Staff Liaison

Krystal Schubert, Member

Project Manager, Gas Growth

Scott Hults, Member

Manager, Account Management - Gas Business Development

Scott Lane, Member

Account Executive

Hydrogen Taskforce

Committee Leadership

  1. CHAIR: Graham Christy, Summit Utilities, Inc.

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.

Graham Christy, Chair

Manager, Engineering

Brian Petermann, Associate Committee Member

Senior Project Manager

Brianne Knierman, SGA Staff Liaison

Brianne Knierman, Staff Liaison

Chris Stroble, Member

Fleet Management Team Lead

Clinton Anderson, Associate Committee Member

Sales Initiative Leader

Daniel Klapper, Member

Dave Durgin, Member

Director, Natural Gas Division

James Fowler, Associate Committee Member

Americas Energy Market Development Manager

Jay Thomas Hedlund, Associate Committee Member

Regional Manager

Kristine Clark, Member

Manager, Gas Capacity Planning

Mason Butler, IV, Member

Engineering Manager

Peyton Ashmore, P.E., Associate Committee Member

Business Development Manager

Rick Whitworth, Member

Vice President, Business Development

Steve Munster, Associate Committee Member

Business Development Manager

Steve Munster, Associate Committee Member

Business Development – Utilities Southeast District

Tyler Enos, Member

District Manager

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.

Alex Leon, Member

Gas Engineering & Planning Manager

Andrea Martinez, Member

Manager, Pipeline Safety Management Systems

Angela C. Whitfield, Member

Director, Operations & Technical Standards

Benjamin Clapp, Member

Pipeline Engineering Discipline Lead

Bob Morris, Associate Committee Member

Business Development Manager

Brian Langille, Member

Gas System Assistant Director

Brianne Knierman, SGA Staff Liaison

Brianne Knierman, Staff Liaison

Chad Cuvo, Associate Committee Member

Appalachian Regional Sales Manager

Dan Pajak, Associate Committee Member

President

Daniel Dessanti, Associate Committee Member

Director, Operations Services

Ionut Buse, Member

Enterprise Analytics Team Leader

Joseph James Serrett, Associate Committee Member

Business Development Manager

Kevin Joyce, Member

Director-Gas Utility Emergency Response

Kristine Clark, Member

Manager, Gas Capacity Planning

Maria Muller, Member

Managing Director, Innovation and Technology

Michael Haeflich, Associate Committee Member

Sr. Vice President & CCO

Mike O’Shea, Member

Manager, HP Gas Transmission Engineering

Paul Khuri, Associate Committee Member

Vice President Business Development

Scott Lane, Member

Account Executive

Scotty Wade Jordan, Member

Service Supervisor

Sean Michael Lynn, Member

Staff Engineer - Pipeline Compliance and Standards

Stephanie Higdon, Member

Manager, IT Business Intelligence

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.

Scott Coulombe, Chair

Director of Renewable Natural Gas

Amanda M Miller, Member

Senior Accountant

Brian Langille, Member

Gas System Assistant Director

Brian S. Wagaman, Member

Vice President - Gas Supply

Celesta Miracle, Staff Liaison

Senior Manager of Committee Strategy

Dave Durgin, Member

Director, Natural Gas Division

Gaye Lynn Schaffart, Member

Vice President, Strategic Initiatives

Joe Medina, Member

Managing Director

John R Wilson, Associate Committee Member

Senior Vice President of Business Development

Jon Moe, Member

Gas Operations Engineer SE/SW Metro Denver

Josh Linton, Member

Renewable Energy Development Manager

Justin Roberts, Member

Compression Engineering Team Lead

Kristine Clark, Member

Manager, Gas Capacity Planning

Krystal Schubert, Member

Project Manager, Gas Growth

Laura Jane Mooney, Member

Regulatory Compliance Manager

Mack Smith, Member

Gas Development Services Advisor

Matt Fleming, Member

Director, Origination

Matt Leavy, Member

Matt Poelking, P.E., Associate Committee Member

Project Manager

Moses Singh, Associate Committee Member

Team Leader - Energy Practice

Ryan Causey, Associate Committee Member

Regional Account Manager

Ryan Davis Clark, Associate Committee Member

Stacey Atella, Associate Committee Member

Project Manager

Weston Dakota Cole Rhoads, Member

LNG Focus & Opps

Committee Leadership

  1. CHAIR: Ryan Smith, Piedmont Natural Gas

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

Adam Tracy, Associate Committee Member

Andrew Park, Member

Plant Manager

Brian Kendrick, Associate Committee Member

Business Development Virtual Pipeline

Carl Smith, Member

Gas Distribution Engineer

Celesta Miracle, SGA Staff Liaison

Senior Manager of Committee Strategy

Darwin Stillson, Member

Supv Area Operations

David Jeong, Associate Committee Member

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

Juan Carlos Rivadeneira, Associate Committee Member

LNG Consultant

Justin Corwin, Member

Supervisor of Operations

Kevin Byrne, Member

Manager, Gas & Plant Operations

Paul Newman III, Member

Manager, Air Quality

Robert S. Miller, Member

Natural Gas System Manager

Russell Isom, Member

Gas System Manager

scott zaruba, Member

Senior Account Manager