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Highlights from Operating Conference 2016

Held in Houston at the Hilton Americas, SGA’s 2016 Operating Conference and Exhibits hosted three days of sessions, roundtables and valuable discussion with peers.

More than 250 planning committee volunteers helped coordinate 139 sessions spanning 21 topical areas. With more than 1,000 industry professionals representing 300+ companies, participants gathered to solve problems, engage in active dialogue and share best practices to advance the natural gas industry.

SGA also recognized several key volunteer leaders from member companies with the Service Award. Please join us in congratulating the following 2016 Operating Conference recipients:

  • Janie Norton, Piedmont Natural Gas
    • Asset Management & GIS Committee
  • George  Mathai, Dominion Transmission, Inc. 
    • Compressor Station Automation & Controls
  • David Jacobsmeier, Liberty Utilities 
    • Distribution, Construction, Operations & Maintenance Committee
  • Matt Ricks, Liberty Utilities 
    • Distribution Engineering Committee
  • Theodore Reed, BGE, a member company of Exelon Corp. 
    • Distribution Integrity Management Committee
  • Glen Boatwright, York County Natural Gas Authority 
    • Emergency Management Committee
  • Michelle Wisz, Chattanooga Gas Company 
    • Field Service Operations Committee
  • Vicki Long, The Williams Companies 
    • Gas Control Committee
  • Beth Minear, Contract Land Staff, LLC
    • Legal Committee
  • Jeffery Sunderland, Kinder-Morgan
    • LNG Operations Committee
  • Kurt Cheramie, Kinetica Partners, LLC 
    • Offshore Gas Operations Committee
  • Rus Hayslet, Southern Company Gas

    • Distribution Regulatory Compliance Committee
  • Ronald Douglas, The Williams Companies-Transco
    • Pipeline Construction, Operations & Maintenance Committee
  • Jeff Gorman, Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline Inc. 
    • Pipeline Measurement Committee
  • David Johnson, Energy Transfer Partners 
    • Pipeline Regulatory Compliance Committee
  • Wayne Costa, Enable Midstream Partners
    • Project & Engineering Management Committee
  • Thomas Flitter, SCANA Corporation 
    • Public Awareness & Damage Prevention Committee
  • Tremese Davis, Southern Company Gas 
    • Regional Directors and Managers Task Force
  • Adam Spry, Piedmont Natural Gas 
    • Right of Way Committee
  • Thomas Schaller, Spire, Inc. 
    • Supply Chain Committee
  • Katie Hellfritz, Xcel Energy 
    • Transmission Integrity Management Committee
  • Scott Newcomb, Atmos Energy Corporation 
    • Underground Storage Committee
  • Connie Waterman, Southern Company Gas

    • Everything DIM Workshop
  • Deana Keever, York County Natural Gas Authority
    • Spring Gas Conference



If you were unable to attend this year, be sure to mark your calendar for the 2017 Operating Conference in Atlanta on July 17-19, 2017. Don’t forget to check out the highlight video!

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