Southern Gas Association’s (SGA) committee structure covers virtually all parts of the natural gas business separated into eight categories. Across these sections, there are more than 50 committees, task forces and event planning teams with 500+ volunteers supporting the organization.

The first quarter of 2019, SGA staff brought on nearly 100 new or returning employees from more than 30 different SGA member companies. We’re excited to have this new group of passionate industry volunteers commit to SGA’s mission linking people, ideas and information.

Please welcome SGA’s newest planning, task forces and committee volunteers:

  • James Spaulding, PSNC Energy
  • Laura Tracey, Washington Gas
  • Ted Gambill, Frontier Natural Gas Company
  • Brian Jackson, Atmos Energy, Mid-Texas Division
  • Jacob McGlincy, Southern Company Gas
  • John Rankin, Duke Energy Corporation
  • Jason Talbert, Dominion Energy Transmission, Inc.
  • Steven Yehle, Xcel Energy
  • Tony Lange, KS Energy Services LLC.
  • Thomas Menken, Honeywell
  • John Wilson, EN Engineering
  • Rusty Hough, Municipal Gas Authority of Georgia
  • Jimmy Nicholson, South Carolina Electric & Gas Co.
  • Stephen Adams, TransCanada
  • Ebrima Cham, Southern Company Gas
  • Vidal Acevedo, Atmos Energy Corporation
  • Jasmine Ruppel, Duke Energy Corporation
  • Brent Wininger, SCANA Corporation
  • Lisa Hill, South Carolina Electric & Gas Co.
  • Jeff Martinez, Atmos Energy Corporation
  • Karl Stanley, NiSource, Inc.
  • Julie Trachsel, Spire Inc.
  • Travis Blanton, Atmos Energy Corporation
  • Nathan Craft, Vectren Energy Delivery
  • Jeremy Grabowsky, Piedmont Natural Gas
  • Allen Sopshire, Arkansas Oklahoma Gas Corporation
  • Nicole Christianer, Spire Inc.
  • Shaun Slade, Spire Inc.
  • Dustin Hoey, SCANA Corporation
  • Troy Simoneau, ONE Gas, Inc.
  • Brian Focht, PECO Energy
  • Erin Obering, ONE Gas, Inc.
  • William Bates, The Williams Companies
  • Philip Blessinger, Boardwalk Pipeline Partners
  • Isaac Martinez, Enable Midstream Partners
  • Forrest Frazier, Boardwalk Pipeline Partners
  • Shawn Fullingim, Enable Midstream Partners
  • Ryan Miller, Washington Gas
  • Lisa Holleron, Texas Gas Service
  • DeAnna Musgrove, Southeast Connections, LLC
  • Brooke South, Arkansas Oklahoma Gas Corporation
  • Sara Throndson, ERM
  • Casie Westfall, Atmos Energy Corporation
  • Carol Williamson, Atmos Energy Corporation
  • Eric Jacobs, Southern Company Gas
  • Scott Runyon, South Carolina Electric & Gas Co.
  • Donald Simmons, Entergy New Orleans Inc.
  • Christine Quinn, TECO Peoples Gas
  • David Yonce, Spire Missouri Inc.
  • Eric Scott, Vectren Energy Delivery
  • Michael Yang, CenterPoint Energy
  • George Godat, Spire Inc.
  • Steven Bowen, PSNC Energy
  • Shannon Jackson, The Southeast Alabama Gas District
  • Erin Obering, ONE Gas, Inc.
  • Darrell Reneau, TECO Energy, Inc.
  • Jesse Sapp, Chesapeake Utilities
  • Rhonda Smith, Southern Company Gas
  • Randy Head, Boardwalk Pipeline Partners
  • Tony Case, Boardwalk Pipeline Partners
  • James Crowley, Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline Inc.
  • Wendy Straatmann, TransCanada
  • Valerie Tubbs, Enable Midstream Partners
  • Marc Worth, SCANA Corporation
  • Darrin Chism, Summit Utilities, Inc.
  • Tony Parker, Arkansas Oklahoma Gas Corporation
  • John Stephens, Spire Alabama Inc.
  • Daniel Fleming, Boardwalk Pipeline Partners
  • Leonard McCoy, TransCanada
  • Lori Miller, Memphis Light, Gas & Water Division
  • Brandy Silvio, Boardwalk Pipeline Partners
  • Noel Spicuzza, Atmos Energy Corporation
  • Jordan Ponizhaylo, Southern Cross Corp.
  • Jeff Whitaker, Frontier Natural Gas Company
  • Deirdre Goggins, Texas Gas Service
  • Kelley Grimes, Atmos Energy, West Texas Division
  • Lisa Holleron, Texas Gas Service
  • Sherry Kelley, Atmos Energy, Mid-Texas Division
  • Kelee Lusk, Atmos Energy, Mid-Texas Division
  • Michael Brandau, Boardwalk Pipeline Partners
  • Richard Ashy, Boardwalk Pipeline Partners

Committees and volunteers are the energy who drives SGA forward, and we would like to take this moment to thank and recognize all SGA’s volunteers. You keep our organization’s wheels moving, make our communities safer and provide excellent service that meet the energy needs in America.

Are you interested in joining the effort to grow people and advance the industry for a safe and sustainable future? Together, you can solve today’s problems and drive the conversation for tomorrow, exclusively available to only member company employees.

Learn more about volunteer opportunities and engaging with an SGA committee.

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Southern Gas Association Names Suzanne Ogle President and Chief Operating Officer

Suzanne Ogle now responsible for day-to-day operational management of organization

For Immediate Release: April 3, 2019

(DALLAS, Texas – April 3, 2019) — The Southern Gas Association (SGA) Board of Directors announced the promotion of Suzanne Ogle to president and chief operating officer of the organization. In this new role, she will be responsible for all day-to-day operations of SGA with full responsibility for budget, delivering on strategic goals and performance of the team.

“We selected Suzanne for senior vice president of SGA and GMRC in February 2019 because of her experience across the natural gas value chain as well as her energy and enthusiasm,” said William N. Cantrell, chief executive officer of SGA. “Suzanne is a strong leader who consistently demonstrates SGA’s servant philosophy and immediately began delivering results,” said Mr. Cantrell. “After observing her capabilities, I am confident she will continue to drive the association forward as we engage the natural gas industry for a more sustainable tomorrow.”

Ogle came to SGA with more than twenty-five 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. She is a member of the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI), the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and the Women’s Energy Network. She earned the Accreditation in Public Relations credential from PRSA in 2009 and the Investor Relations Charter credential from NIRI in 2018.

She holds an Advanced Marketing certificate from Southern Methodist University, both a Finance Management and a Business Analytics certificate from Cornell University and an Executive Leadership for Energy Professionals certificate from the University of Houston. She received a Master of Education in educational psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in business marketing from California Lutheran University.

About the Southern Gas Association:

For more than a century, SGA has been focused on growing individuals and advancing the industry by linking people, ideas and information. Representing the industry as a whole from drill bit to burner tip, SGA’s membership comprises 200 businesses across the distribution, pipeline and gas supply marketing sectors as well as more than 300 industry partners who serve the industry as vendors, suppliers and consultants.

Follow the Southern Gas Association On:
LinkedIn.com | Twitter.com | Facebook.com

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Suzanne Ogle

Media Contact:
Ashley Brazell, Marketing and Communications Manager
Phone: (972) 620-4002 | E-mail: ashley.brazell@southerngas.org

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In March, SGA hosted attendees at the annual Spring Gas Conference and Expo. More than 30 classes, roundtables and workshops were offered to utilities and natural gas-focused companies in the southeast.

Over three days, nearly 1,000 natural gas employees came together to learn new skills and ideas, discuss best practices and discover new products and solutions available to the industry. The sold-out expo hall boasted 100+ of the vendors and suppliers showcasing the latest products and solutions available to the natural gas business.

Thank you for engaging through your social networks and the GoMobile@SGA timeline with #SGASpringGas over the past few months. SGA’s core focus is linking people, ideas and information, and we loved seeing you connect to our mission by posting online. Here are our top social media shout outs:

Finally, thank you to the sponsors for this year, including:

Once again, thank you to the attendees, teachers, speakers, panelists, facilitators, exhibitors and sponsors for making the 2019 Spring Gas Conference and Expo one of the best yet.

Mark your calendar for next year — March 16-18 in Columbia, South Carolina!

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Southern Gas Association’s New, Online Training Empowers Industry for Crucial Conversations

SGA zeros in on industry education focused on benefits of natural gas as a key part of America’s clean energy solution

For Immediate Release: March 18, 2019

(DALLAS, Texas – March 18, 2019) — Today, the Southern Gas Association (SGA) launched Phase II of the Natural Gas Champions Program, a web-based series intended to enhance the conversation of natural gas through knowledge acquisition and communication training. The online training builds a foundational understanding of natural gas facts with respect to the American energy industry and communication skills that are critical to responsibly engage with the public. Building on the instructor-led program central to Phase I, the series of 10 online modules offers increased access to natural gas industry employees indiscriminate of location, work environment or technology limitations.

“The goal of this course is to provide a company’s overall employee base with a general understanding and prepare them for those casual yet critical conversations that help shape public opinion,” said Suzanne Ogle, senior vice president of SGA. “After completing the training, utility workers finish empowered by their part of the role natural gas plays to delivering America clean, reliable energy and equipped with more facts about how the industry strives to operate in a safe, efficient and environmentally-sound manner.” 

Originally created as a joint industry project, the Natural Gas Champions Program was developed by SGA with the support of the American Gas Association, the American Public Gas Association and the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America to positively influence the public narrative focused on natural gas as a central component to America’s energy solution. The initial concept was delivered to a test group of 60 employees representing 20 industry companies to craft the most effective resonance among peers. The online training of Phase II establishes a baseline understanding of the energy industry, builds on knowledge specific to natural gas and culminates with instruction on how to approach the energy discussion with others.

Now deployed across the country, the Natural Gas Champions Program was delivered through 10 workshops reaching 250 people from 35 different companies in 2018. Through this next phase of the program, SGA plans to dramatically increase industry exposure facilitated through online access. Participants who complete the program will acquire the necessary knowledge to speak confidently about the natural gas industry as well as the fundamental communication skills to engage in influential conversations with neighbors, family and the community.

The web modules for Phase II of the Natural Gas Champions Program can be purchased as a package for member or non-member companies. Additional information including upcoming instructor-led workshops and purchase of the online training can be accessed at www.southerngas.org/natural-gas-champions. 

About the Southern Gas Association:  For more than a century, SGA has been focused on growing individuals and advancing the industry by linking people, ideas and information. Representing the industry as a whole from drill bit to burner tip, SGA’s membership comprises 200 businesses across the distribution, pipeline and gas supply marketing sectors as well as more than 300 industry partners who serve the industry as vendors, suppliers and consultants.

Follow the Southern Gas Association On: LinkedIn.com | Twitter.com | Facebook.com

Media Contact:
Ashley Brazell, Marketing and Communications Manager
Phone: (972) 620-4002 | E-mail: ashley.brazell@southerngas.org

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Last month, the Southern Gas Association hosted the 2019 Supply Chain Management Conference with the Northwest Gas Association in Point Clear, Alabama.

Thank you to the Supply Chain Management Conference Planning Committee and the Associate Members for developing such a great event. Joel Zeff, motivational speaker, opened the conference with an engaging keynote that will be hard to top next year! Here are his top seven takeaways on how to increase collaboration, productivity, passion and innovation in the workplace:

  1. Learn to celebrate work and create a positive environment.
  2. Learn to improve collaboration and teamwork and help all partners find success.
  3. Learn the three keys to leading change: be prepared; be focused; be open and flexible.
  4. Learn the key to success: staying in the game and keeping your passion.
  5. Learn to promote ownership and accountability.
  6. Learn to encourage innovation by creating opportunity.
  7. Learn to enhance communication.

Thank you to Vulcan Utility Signs for hosting a site tour and special tasting to kick start the event, and thank you to PLH Group for sponsoring the annual golf tournament. Congratulations to the 2019 Supply Chain Management Conference Golf All-Stars!

  • First Place Team – David Kerr, Tony Spivey, William Jones and Jeff Dyer
  • Second Place Team – John Wilson, Ryan Evans and Jeff Elgin
  • Third Place Team – Jake Naylor, Joel Chermak and Chad Davis
  • Top Two Closest to the Pin – Richard Clement and Dan Rosinski
  • Top Two Longest Drives –William Jones and Drew Sitgreaves

Thank you for engaging through your social networks and the GoMobile@SGA timeline with #SGASCMC19 over the past few months. SGA’s core focus is linking people, ideas and information, and we loved seeing you connect to our mission by posting online. Here are our top social media shout outs:

Finally, thank you to the sponsors for this year, including:

We hope you can join us again next year. Mark your calendars for February 26-28, 2020, at the Lost Pines Resort in Austin, Texas!

 

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Don’t miss SGA’s 2019 Spring Gas Conference & Expo this month!

We’re just two weeks away for you to join 800+ industry colleagues and peers in Columbia, South Carolina. Need help deciding which of the 30+ classes, roundtables and workshops to schedule?

 

Suggested Classes to Sign Up For:

  • Accounting Roundtable
  • Creating Natural Gas Champions
  • Skill Performance Evaluation Workshop
  • Recognize & React to AOCs
  • Women & Leadership Forum

 

Learn more and register at southerngas.org.

**No prerequisites are required for any course; learning objectives are available on the corresponding agenda. The Accounting Roundtable can earn up to 7 credits.

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Think you’re not affected by artificial intelligence (AI)? Think again …

SGA’s Management Conference keynote kicks off with the “Case for Change.” Listen and learn solutions to actually leverage AI to boost business results, improve customer service and free up staff to work on more creative initiatives and cultivate better business relationships.

3 Real Ways AI Is Changing the Natural Gas Business

#1 Increase Efficiency of Transaction-Based Work – Think automating customer requests, scheduling, customer communications, data management and more!

#2 Automate Complex Functions Through Algorithms – Apply better algorithms for gas control, gas purchasing, gas scheduling, shift scheduling, etc.

#3 Use Human Intelligence to Boost Analytics Performance – Tap into the potential of analytics-focused employees to identify necessary changes and process improvements for optimal data collection, operations and asset management.

SGA’s 2019 Management Conference keynote will be led by Michael Poland, CMRP, CCMP, CRL, managing director for ASCO&S, Accenture Strategy | Industry XO. Learn more and register today! 

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Earlier this month, the Southern Gas Association welcomed 350+ industry peers at the 2019 Technical Conference on Environmental Permitting and Construction. Together, the group hosted 15+ learning opportunities, including real-world case studies demonstrating how to successfully get pipelines permitted and built.

The group kicked off with a golf tournament hosted by HDR, Inc. at the Cowboys Golf Club. Congratulations to the following SGA golf all-stars:

  • Closest to the Pin Hole #3 – Chip Day
  • Closest to the Pin Hole #6 – Jon Austin
  • Closest to the Pin Hole #15 – Brad Schaeffer
  • Longest Putt Hole #7 – Micah Chambers
  • Longest Drive Hole #11 – Chip Day
  • Longest Drive Hole #18 – Jesse Brown
  • Closest Out of the Sand Trap Hole #16 – Steve Rowe

The conference opened with former SGA Chair of the Board Caron Lawhorn. She discussed the importance of natural gas in today’s environment and for the future of the country. Attendees were able to attend different sessions focusing on two main tracks focusing on permitting and construction. Thursday night, SWCA Environmental Consultants and Resource Environmental Solutions (RES) sponsored a knee-slapping good time at the special event’s Chuckwagon Social. Dr. Scott Tinker, director of the Bureau of Economic Geology, delivered the closing keynote session and left the attendees inspired and empowered to be active participants in the global energy transition.

Thank you to the Environmental Technical Conference Planning Committee for planning, facilitating and organizing such a worthwhile event. In particular, SGA would like to recognize the chair of the committee Adrienne Mason, manager of EHS at Kinder Morgan, for her leadership throughout the planning process.

We have loved engaging with you on all things #SGAETC19 over the past few months, and we hope you’re already putting what you learned into practice. Thanks to all who posted in GoMobile@SGA’s timeline, to Twitter and LinkedIn. Here are top social media shout outs:

Finally thank you to the sponsors for this year, including:

We hope you can join us again next year. Mark your calendars for February 11-14 in Savannah, Georgia!

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Are you planning to attend SGA’s 2019 Management Conference? Here are 5 quick reasons why you should register today.

Five Reasons to Attend#1 – The Presidents Panel on How Natural Gas Is Part of the Energy Future

Learn from the industry’s leading thought leaders on what they see happening in their areas as it relates to electrification and what their companies are doing to address the challenge.

#2 – Access to network with executives from across the business and the nation

This conference consistently draws 300+ leaders from across the business to have focused roundtable sessions. Together you can use this valuable opportunity for education, sharing of best practices and relationship building.

#3 – Nine roundtable discussions to hear about challenging topics from your peers and how we can work together to address them

  • Accounting & Finance
  • Associate Members
  • Customer Experience
  • Distribution Operating Executives
  • Gas Supply Marketing
  • Growth & Retention Executives
  • Human Resources Executives
  • Pipeline Operating Executives
  • Rates & Regulatory Affairs

#4 – Sneak peek of SGA’s Natural Gas Champions program by SGA President William N. Cantrell

This program prepares participants with the knowledge, confidence and a concise, effective list of easy to remember takeaways that can be used during conversations with friends, family, community leaders and virtually anyone with questions about the natural gas industry. Learn more.

#5 – Special event at the River Ranch Stockyards hosted by SGA Associate Members

Return to where the west began in the spirit of cowboys and cattle drives. Enjoy conversation, dinner and entertainment at this iconic Fort Worth destination.

Learn more and register today here.

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On January 23, SGA announced that Suzanne Ogle has been named Senior Vice President SGA and GMRC. Effective February 4, Ms. Ogle will be responsible for several areas including Marketing and Communications, Learning and Professional Development, and Finance and Accounting. In addition, she will be directly involved in the leadership of the Gas Machinery Research Council (GMRC).

“We are excited to have Suzanne take this important leadership role for SGA and GMRC,” said Caron Lawhorn, Senior Vice President Commercial, ONE Gas, and 2018 Chair for SGA. “Suzanne’s extensive experience in the natural gas business and with association activities offers a unique set of capabilities that will help continue to move SGA forward.”

Bill Cantrell, President & CEO, SGA, added, “Suzanne’s passion and experience in opening dialogues about the benefits of fossil fuels fit perfectly with SGA’s Natural Gas Champions initiative.”

Suzanne Ogle is currently the Vice President of Investor Relations and Corporate Communications for Approach Resources (NASDAQ:AREX) an independent oil and gas exploration company based in Ft. Worth, Texas. She has over 25 years of experience in the oil and gas industry leading sales, marketing & communication and commercial teams for both public and private energy companies. Suzanne has a wide variety of contacts and interests within the energy industry. She is chair of the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) Wildcatters Sporting Clay Tournament, raising more than one- quarter million dollars benefitting the IPAA Energy Education Foundation, and is a member of the Women’s Energy Network. She has also served on the Business Development and Supply and Demand committees of IPAA.

Suzanne Ogle has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology. She describes herself as a lifelong learner and it shows in her accomplishments. She is a certified Investor Relations Professional, an accredited practitioner of Public Relations, is certified in Marketing, Financial Management and Business Analytics, and is certified in Energy Leadership.

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