Southern Gas Association is pleased to welcome the following companies as new members to the organization:

Gas Supply Marketing


  • Drillinginfo is the leading energy SaaS and data analytics company that provides predictive tools and technology to drive exploration decisions, evaluate rapidly evolving opportunities and achieve better, faster results. The company delivers actionable intelligence over mobile, web and desktop platforms to analyze and reduce risk, conduct competitive benchmarking, and uncover market insights. Drillinginfo serves more than 2,500 companies globally from its Austin, Texas headquarters and has more than 400 employees.
  • Official Delegate: Tanya Andrien, Senior Vice President, Strategic Development

IHS Markit

  • IHS Markit (Nasdaq: INFO) is a world leader in critical information, analytics and solutions for the major industries and markets that drive economies worldwide. The company delivers next-generation information, analytics and solutions to customers in business, finance and government, improving their operational efficiency and providing deep insights that lead to well-informed, confident decisions. IHS Markit has more than 50,000 key business and government customers, including 85 percent of the Fortune Global 500 and the world’s leading financial institutions. Headquartered in London, IHS Markit is committed to sustainable, profitable growth.
  • Official Delegate: Ed Kelly, Managing Director


City of Tallahassee Natural Gas Utility

  • The City of Tallahassee’s Natural Gas Utility is proud of its 60+ year history of providing clean, safe, economical and reliable natural gas to residents and businesses in their growing service area. They work to safely provide natural gas energy through 920 miles of underground gas mains, which serve over 30,000 customers in the Leon, Gadsden and Wakulla areas. Their highly-trained staff works around the clock to ensure the integrity and dependability of the distribution system and to assist customers with energy conservation and cost savings through natural gas use.
  • Official Delegate: Stephen Mayfield, Gas Operations and Business Development Manager

Colorado Springs Utilities

  • Colorado Springs Utilities works to provide safe, reliable, competitively-priced electric, natural gas, water and wastewater services to the citizen owners and customers of Colorado Springs Utilities.
  • Official Delegate: Michael Avanzi, Managing Engineer, Gas Planning and Design
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During the Southern Gas Association’s 2017 Management Conference, two companies were recognized for SGA’s Community Service Award. This award recognizes the most effective service or outreach programs focused on improving the communities in which the members operate.

First place was awarded to CenterPoint Energy for the “Natural Gas Education Website.”

Runner-up for the Community Service Award went to Atmos Energy for the “811 Day Campaign.”

Thank you to all the companies who submitted excellent community service programs for consideration. Congratulations again to both winners CenterPoint Energy and Atmos Energy.

Find more information about the SGA Awards Program here

Left to right: Kimberly S. Watson, 2017 SGA Chair of the Board; Celina Cardenas of Atmos Energy Mid-Tex Division; Tracy Janda of CenterPoint Energy; Bill Cantrell, SGA CEO and President


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At the 2017 Management Conference, SGA recognized eleven individuals for their commitment to SGA and the natural gas industry.

As a member-driven organization, SGA could not exist without the 500+ volunteers serving on 50+ committees and interest groups. These volunteer leaders drive development and delivery of all SGA content and programs. Please join us in celebrating the following individuals for their service:

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Last week, SGA’s Management Conference met in Baltimore with more than 300 gathering to share best practices, roundtable important issues and uncover upcoming trends.

The planning committee arranged ten roundtables, thought provoking keynote speakers focusing on leadership and innovation, joint sessions and other opportunities for participants to connect. The conference also featured a presentation for SGA’s Service Awards and Community Service Awards, a golf scramble at Bulle Rock Golf Course, a bike tour of Baltimore and special event at the B&O Railroad Museum hosted by the Associate Members.

Thank you to the 2017 Management Conference Planning Committee members:

  • Matthew Bieberly, ONE Gas
  • Christine Fernandez, Boardwalk Pipeline Partners
  • Kevin Miller, Miller Pipeline
  • Darron Hanner, Liquidity Services, Inc.
  • Bill Dobbins, MRC
  • Tony Spivey, Kerotest
  • David Baker, CenterPoint Energy
  • Steve Chapman, Spire Energy
  • Sarah Stabley, Piedmont Natural Gas
  • Margaret Choate–Von Flatern, ONE Gas
  • Valarie Bolduc, Sevier County Utility District
  • Amber Lineback, Piedmont Natural Gas
  • Richard Mitschke, Atmos Energy
  • Tom Wooden, Enbridge
  • Conference Chair Anders Johnson, Kinder Morgan

Watch highlights from the conference below.

SGA would like to especially recognize the following members and companies for their support to help make the 2017 Management Conference such a success:

Participating Sponsors

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SGA is excited to announce the 2017 Environmental, Safety & Health and Training Conference (ESHT) keynote speaker, Elizabeth McCormick, decorated U.S. Army officer and number one best-selling author.

Through her real-life experiences about being a U.S. Army Black Hawk helicopter pilot, Elizabeth uses humor and vulnerability to relate to today’s business climate. She will inspire you by sharing her pioneering and insightful aviation lessons learned in a dramatically memorable and action-oriented keynote presentation.

Here’s a special message from Elizabeth for you!

By participating in ESHT 2017 and attending Elizabeth’s keynote address, you will learn to:

  • Believe in yourself to accomplish your goals no matter what is happening around you
  • Increase your focus, take more action and become more effective
  • Lead from where you are influencing others to climb to a higher level of success

Don’t miss Elizabeth’s memorable message at this year’s Environmental, Safety & Health and Training Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Register today!





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The May issue of the Network News is now available in our Communication Center.

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The April issue of the Operations & Engineering Newsletter is now available in our Communication Center. To subscribe to the newsletter, visit your SGA profile to adjust your communications preferences.

SGA Operations and Engineering Newsletter

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The April issue of the Network News is now available in our Communication Center.

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Southern Gas Association is pleased to announce the formation of the new Inclusion and Diversity (I&D) Task Force.

Formed in March 2017, the Inclusion and Diversity Task Force focuses on providing a forum for I&D professionals to share challenges, best practices and lessons learned in an effort to broaden the effectiveness of inclusion and diversity efforts in their companies and across the industry.

“It is well known there are challenges hiring quality talent in the natural gas industry. I believe this I&D committee is critical to tap into talent that exists but that we have not previously reached,” said Rhonda Mayhan, chair of SGA’s task force, executive director of the ONE Gas Foundation and vice president of inclusion and diversity at ONE Gas, Inc. “Creating inclusive workplaces will help us to engage and retain that talent once we get it.”

Currently, the task force is working to develop and facilitate a roundtable for the Environmental, Safety & Health and Training Conference (ESHT) on June 13-15 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The agenda for the I&D Roundtable at ESHT will include several important topics including how to establish a baseline and measure the progress of efforts.

Preview of I&D Roundtable Sessions for ESHT 2017:

  • Engaging Management at All Levels as I&D Partners and Advocates
  • Defining I&D Beyond Race and Gender
    • Pushing Beyond Individual Perceptions of I&D to Embrace the Goal of Inclusion
  • Cultural Change in the Traditional Energy Industry
    • What Role Does I&D Play?
  • Engaging White Males as Full Diversity Partners

Interested in attending the Inclusion and Diversity Roundtable at the 2017 Environmental, Safety & Health and Training Conference? Register here.

For more information on participating in the Inclusion and Diversity Task Force, contact Kent Hobart.

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Co-hosted with the American Public Gas Association and the Carolinas Public Gas Association, SGA’s Spring Gas Conference and Expo met last week in Charlotte, North Carolina. This regional conference provided localized technical training, workshops, classes and seminars to help better prepare the workers in the natural gas industry for the challenges faced on a daily basis.

The 2017 Spring Gas Conference and Expo offered 31 different opportunities for attendees to gain valuable training with leading industry content and best practices. Classes and workshops ranged from accounting roundtables to visual welding inspection courses. More than 800 natural gas workers participated. Conference attendees were also able to visit with 85 exhibitors to learn about the latest updates to goods and services available to the industry.

See the highlights from the conference below, and mark your calendar for next year’s conference on March 19-21 in Columbia, South Carolina.

SGA would like to especially recognize the following companies for their time and support to help make the 2017 Spring Gas Conference & Expo such a success:

Conference Co-Hosts

Participating Conference Sponsors


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