Event Calendar

Operating Conference & Exhibits

July 25-27, 2016

Houston, TX 

Hilton Americas & George R. Brown Convention Center 


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The Operating Conference format is focused round table discussion. Attendees learn smart practices and lessons learned from their peers with 22 concurrent facilitated sessions to choose from. Breakout sessions with presentations from subject matter experts open the conference following the keynote address. Make plans to visit the exhibit hall, which will include over 100 services and product service organizations showcasing the latest products and services available to the industry. 

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2016 Registration Rates


Registration Type

Early (Before June 26th)

Regular (June 26th to Event Date)1

Full Access:Full access to all conference and expo events including meals, receptions, sessions, and Tuesday Evening Special Event.




Guest Pass:Guest pass is required for any guest (i.e. spouse) of attendee that will be attending receptions, visiting the expo hall, and the Tuesday evening Special Event. All other meal functions are not open to guests. This pass is for non-industry attendees that are guests of registered attendees. 




Day Pass: Pass is not for service and product providers. This pass is available only for Tuesday and gives attendee the opportunity to visit the expo hall, all sessions during the day, and the reception. Includes all meals for the day at the meeting location and includes access to the Tuesday evening Special Event. Full Access Registration is required for Special Event access.  




Limited Exhibit Hall Pass: Pass is not for service and product providers.This pass is available only for Tuesday afternoon from 1:30 to 4:00 PM to the expo hall for the event. Includes refreshments available in the exhibit hall during this time. Registrants for this pass must be an employee on an operating company. 




Wednesday PSMS Roundtable:This pass is available only for Wednesday afternoon from 1:00 to 5:00 PM to the “deep dive” roundtable session. Includes a light lunch prior to the session. Registrants for this pass must be an employee of an operating company. Pass is not for service and product providers. Visit the roundtable web page for more details.




Exhibitors: Booth registration is separate than booth personnel. See exhibit tab on conference page for more information about booth registration. 

First Registrants per 8 x10 booth



Each Additional Registrant per 8x10 booth (Member/Nonmember)



1Additional fees apply for onsite registration during the conference.

Cancellation Policy

This event follows the SGA Cancellation Policy "A" when cancellation is required.


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To see avaliable sponsor opportunities view the sponsor form Here!

Contact Jane Butler for information about current sponsorship opportunities.

Interested in who attends this conference? View the 2015 Event Company Title Roster Here


 Booths for the SGA Operating Conference 2016 now Sold Out.  If you would like to be placed on waiting list, please contact Joni Pullen.


  • Registering for an exhibit booth includes only ONE registration pass you will need to register any additional booth personal separately.  
  • This year we are offering exhibit passes for Tuesday, July 27th use this opportunity to promote to your Houston base clients!  Details are under the registration tab.
  • Sponsorship & SGAToday advertising opportunities still available if interested email Ashlyn Smith.


Freeman Online Ordering Information


Exhibitor Move-In:
   Mon 7/25 Exhibitors Move-In  8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Exhibit Hours:
   Mon 7/25  Exhibit hall open 3:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (Reception 4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.)

   Tue  7/26  Exhibit hall open 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Breakfast 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.,
                     Lunch 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. and Business Mixer 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.)

   Wed 7/27  Exhibit hall open 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. (Breakfast)

Exhibitor Move-Out:
   Wed 7/27 Exhibit Move Out  8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.


Monday Afternoon Breakouts

Breakout Sessions will cover topical areas that are typically cross-functional in any given organization.  These are short 2-3 hour sessions that will be available on the Monday afternoon of the conference.

Roundtable Topical Areas:


Attendees will be selecting a primary roundtable during registration. However you are welcome to move around the Conference and participate in any of the concurrent sessions. 

  1. Some sessions during roundtable time may be closed to gas company attendees only.  Those interested in attending specific sessions should check the mobile platform or posted session information for more details. 

Full Agenda


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Hotel Information


  • Hilton Americas- 1600 Lamar, Houston, TX 77010(Host Property)
    • Room Rate: $185/night (Single/Double Occupancy)
    • Call In Reservations: 1 (713) 739-8000
    • Online Reservations
    • Cut Off Date:July 5th, 2016 


Conference attendees are requested to make every effort to stay at the host property first, but in the effort rooms are not available within the event block, the following overflow hotel(s) should be considered.

The following hotel is making rooms available at the same rate as the host hotel as a courtesy. This courtesy is based on availability at the property with no guarantee of availability. However, attendees should make reservations as early as possible to increase the opportunity of rooms being available.


The Four Seasons

Online: http://www.fourseasons.com/houston/

  • Click on "Make a Reservation"
  • Select dates and enter the group code (case sensitive):CI0716SO
  • Confirm room and details


Please note if pre/post nights are requested this must be done by calling the reservations line at (800) 734-4114.


“Event attendees must contact the hotel directly (either by phone or the posted hotel reservation link) to make their reservations. Any contact to you from a third party claiming to be a booking agent for the SGA should be considered a scam.”

SGA Today


SGA Today Conference Publication

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This daily news magazine will be published for all 3 days of the event replacing the traditional conference guidebook. Take a minute and look through the 2015, day 2, Operating Conference SGA Today.  You’ll see it is designed to give you maximum exposure and the benefits of advertising in the SGAToday is as follows: 


    • Exposure to all conference attendees as they will access information about the conference, show information, and other changes or updates to schedules.
    • Opportunity to draw attention to your show booth if you are exhibiting at this year's conference.
    • Use this opportunity to announce new product releases, service offerings, or other changes.
    • Include follow-up information for contacts to be made following the show for those not able to come by and see you at your booth.

Complete and return the Advertising Agreement to reserve your space today or for more information contact Ashlyn Smith.















More Info

Livestream Information


Blood Drive

SGA is partnering with Gulf Shore Blood Center to host a blood drive on Tuesday, July 26 at the Hilton Americas.  

To schedule an appointment:

    1. Click on underlined link below
      Southern Gas Association - Operating Conference
      Tuesday, 07/26/2016 (09:00 am - 03:00 pm)
      1600 Lamar
      Hilton Americas - Houston - Room 344
      Houston, TX 77010
    2. Click on an available timeslot.
    3. Login to your Digital Donor account.
    4. If you don’t already have an account, create one now. You don’t need a Donor ID to register. The information you enter has to match the information we have for you in the system if you've donated in the past.
    5. Confirm your appointment.


Houston Food Pantry 

SGA is also partnering with the Young Pipeline Professions to host a food drive for the Houston Food Bank.  The drive will last from July 25th to the morning of July 27th. 

The Houston Food Bank vision for the future is to expand service to the community to 100,000,000 nutritious meals by 2018 and every dollar donated to the Food Bank provides the equivalent of three meals for one individual.

To contribute to this cause please v
isit YPP at table top 14 to donate nonperishable food items or to give a cash donation.


Professional Development Hours

Professional development hours (PDH) are available for certain sessions.  For general information on professional development hours at the SGA, please visit the SGA PDH web page.



Past Events

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Future Locations

  • July 17-19, 2017: Atlanta, GA (Hilton Downtown)
  • July 30 to August 1, 2018: Tampa, FL (Marriott Waterside)
  • July 15-17, 2019: San Antonion, TX (JW Marriottt San Antonio Hill Country Resort)