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Year-End Report and Message from CEO | William N. Cantrell, Southern Gas Association

The Chinese philosopher Confucius is reputed to have said, “May you live in interesting times.” For our industry, I can’t think of a more interesting time. We have abundant supplies of natural gas, low and stable prices, and thousands of megawatts of previously coal-fired power plants that have converted to natural gas, significantly lowering carbon emissions. Yet, while we successfully serve a growing body of customers, concerns about hydraulic fracturing, climate change and the role of natural gas in our clean energy future increase. This juxtaposition requires our industry to act with strategy and an entrepreneurial mindset.

Innovation and transformation represent two-sides of the same coin. Now more than ever, we believe strategy requires a pulse on the marketplace, and that the SGA mandate is to provide members with opportunities that nurture thought leadership. So, while 2018 was a successful year at SGA in several important ways, including financial results, conference attendance, and a significant new training initiative. We too must evolve to help our members stay relevant.

This year we have three important initiatives:

Natural Gas Champions — This is SGA’s unique leading-edge training for all industry employees. Phase II of this effort was launched in the first quarter.
Drive Value for Members — From conferences to training to leadership opportunities through volunteer engagement, the SGA staff is working hard to bring more value for your investment.
Simplify the Association Structure — Several changes to the organization have been made recently, all designed to foster efficiency and improve two-way communications.

One of the most exciting changes to the organization has been the addition of Suzanne Ogle, our president and COO. Suzanne came to SGA with more than 25 years of experience in the oil and gas business and more than a decade of membership and volunteer leadership with the Independent Petroleum Association of America.

These changes will build on the strong foundation that underlies SGA. You can view SGA’s 2018 Year-End Report.

Thank you for your continued support.

 

William N. Cantrell
Chief Executive Officer, SGA & GMRC

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