Met a ton of great people and had meaningful conversations and learned a tremendous amount. . .
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Bonanza Creek Energy
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Crude-by-Water North America

Reaching New Markets and Destinations for Domestic Crude Using Barge and Tanker, Chartering Jones Act Vessels, and Accessing Rail-to-Barge Terminals

February 3-4, 2015 · Houston Marriott West Loop by the Galleria · Houston, TX
Featuring These Industry Experts and More!

Tim Allen, Vice-President, Liquid Sales, American Commercial Lines

Tim Allen began his career with American Commercial Lines in 1987 as Manager of Liquid Sales. Throughout his career, Tim has held various leadership positions within the company's liquid sales group. From 2008 to 2011, he served as Sales Director for both liquids and Jeffboat, ACL's manufacturing division. Tim was promoted to his current role as Vice President of Liquid Sales in March 2013. He is based at ACL's headquarters in Jeffersonville, IN.

John Broadley, John H. Broadley & Associates; Former Chief Counsel, Federal Railroad Administration

John Broadley specializes in domestic and international transportation law and litigation, and domestic and international privatization, regulatory and institutional matters. His practice includes representation of domestic clients in Surface Transportation Board regulatory matters, including regulated transactions (acquisitions and abandonments), rate and service litigation, and in related proceedings before the federal courts. He also represents domestic clients in safety issues before the Federal Railroad Administration; and represents international clients in rail construction, concessioning, financing, regulation, and related institutional matters. John previously served as a partner at the law firm Jenner & Block, General Counsel with the Interstate Commerce Commission, and Chief Counsel at the Federal Railroad Administration.

Chuck Garman,Vice-President, Marine Sales and Marketing, Gunderson Marine LLC part of the Greenbrier Companies (GBX)

Chuck Garman has spent twenty years with the company focusing his efforts on the offshore, coastal and inland maritime markets. The Greenbrier Companies (NYSE:GBX) is one of the leading designers, manufacturers and marketers of railroad freight car equipment in North America and Europe, and a manufacturer and marketer of ocean-going marine barges in North America. Prior to Joining Gunderson Marine, Mr. Garman worked in new construction sales for the likes of Tacoma Boat, Nichols Brothers and Marco Shipyard in Seattle.

Ethan Groveman, Manager, Project Consulting, PIRA

Ethan Groveman oversees PIRA's project consulting practice where he has headed up studies in crude and product trade, refining, and vehicle fuel demand. In addition, he built and currently manages PIRA's North American rail and pipeline infrastructure databases and contributes to PIRA's work on refining, supply/demand balances, and vehicle technologies. He led the rail cost and capacity modeling for PIRA's 2013 North American Crude by Rail Study. Previous to PIRA, he served in product strategy and corporate development roles at Better Place, an electric vehicle infrastructure provider.

Colin Halling, Director, Oil Market Publications, Genscape

Colin Halling has spent 21 years in the industry as an oil and transportation market reporter, including heading up Platts' global shipping and bunker fuels coverage in London and setting daily benchmark price assessments on the European spot gasoil, diesel, fuel oil and jet fuel markets. As founding editor he later went on to establish the Argus Freight Report for Argus Media. He joined Genscape as Director of Oil Market Publications in July last year and launched Genscape's PetroRail Report last October.

Bruce Hodgson, Director, Market Development, The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation

Bruce Hodgson is responsible for initiatives to attract more traffic, including both traditional and new cargoes, into the Great Lakes / Seaway system and positioning Hwy H2O as a key component of the North American intermodal transportation system. Mr. Hodgson has extensive marine industry experience in British Columbia. Prior to joining the Seaway, he ran his own company, and he previously held management and senior sales positions with Norasia Container Line Canada Ltd., Wheels Pacific Freights Systems Inc., Westwood Shipping Lines and International Sea-Land Shipping Service Ltd. Having worked for a variety of organizations, Mr. Hodgson has a wide knowledge of inter-modal shipping, both nationally and internationally.

Ilya Marotta, Executive Vice-President for Engineering and Program Management, Panama Canal Authority

Ilya Marotta has worked for the Panama Canal Commission / Panama Canal Authority for over 29 years on various positions. At present, she works as Executive Vice-President for Engineering and Program Management. This vice-presidency is in charge of preparing the designs and specifications for all Panama Canal Projects, also issuing and managing all the construction contracts for the Panama Canal; and heading the execution of the Panama Canal Expansion Program. In the development and execution of her responsibilities, Ilya has been recognized several times with several awards of excellence for her contribution to various programs.

Jeffrey McGee, Managing Director, Makai Marine Advisors LLC

Jeff McGee provides marine research and corporate finance advisory support to the shipping industry and its financial investors. Previously, he was Head of Marine Research for New York-based Poten & Partners, Inc., the largest shipbroker in the U.S., and prior to that, Jeff served as the Director of Tanker Research in London for Simpson Spence & Young, the world's second-largest shipbroker. Before SSY, he was a Director at Drewry Shipping Consultants in London, where he was responsible for its tanker and dry bulk shipping consultancy and for its growing risk management practice, advising clients on the use of FFAs. Prior to that, he was Director of Mergers and Acquisitions at APL Logistics, a unit of Singapore-based Neptune Orient Lines, leading acquisition and joint venture efforts across Asia and Europe. His background also includes ten years of progressive capital markets, M&A and risk management experience at Philip Morris and GM, as well as a background in refinery operations and planning, tanker chartering and operations, and oil product trading throughout the Asia/Pacific region.

Shawn Mindrup, Senior Sales and Market Account Executive, Energy and Shortline Relations, Kansas City Southern Railway

Shawn Mindrup is part of the energy business unit at Kansas City Southern (KCS) where he focuses on bring crude by rail from multiple shale formation to the US Gulf Coast. Prior to arriving at KCS, Shawn spent five years as a Regional Sales Manager for Continental Disc Corporation where he specialized in pressure protection of storage vessels and manufacturing systems. Mindrup holds a Master of Business Administration from Baker University and a Bachelor of Science in public relations from the University of Central Missouri.

Michael J. Rodriguez, Deputy Maritime Administrator, U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration (MARAD)

Michael J. Rodriguez was sworn in as Deputy Maritime Administrator on October 20, 2014. Coming to MARAD most recently from active duty with the National Maritime Intelligence- Integration Office, he brings over 35 years of public and private maritime industry experience to his dual role as a member of the Maritime Subsidy Board and auxiliary to the Maritime Administrator. A 1979 graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA), Rodriguez sailed for 17 years as a merchant marine deck officer. In 2009, Rodriguez began service as Senior Professional Staff at the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation. During his term with the committee, Rodriguez worked on a wide range of national maritime issues including navigation, port and waterway safety, and was instrumental in the committee's efforts to develop and pass the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010.

Curtis Shuck, Senior Director of Sales, Port of Vancouver USA

Curtis Shuck's primary responsibilities with Port of Vancouver USA include supporting various teams within industrial marketing, business development, property development and management, capital project development and delivery and facilities maintenance, including the port's newly-created rail department. Curtis is a member of the real property transactions team that has negotiated and successfully completed such notable projects as the port's land purchases from BNSF Railway Company that included an infrastructure donation from the railroad to the port and dual carrier rail access for the Port of Vancouver USA, the Port of Vancouver/City of Vancouver Joint Waterfront Redevelopment Team that facilitated the three way property exchange between the BNSF Railway, Boise Cascade and the port that paved the way for the planned Vancouver Waterfront Project.

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David St. Amand, President, Navigistics

David St. Amand is the President and Founder of Navigistics Consulting, a management consultancy dedicated to the maritime industry. He writes the Wilson Gillette Report covering the Jones Act product tanker and large ATB market. He has degrees in naval architecture and marine engineering from Webb Institute and an MBA from Dartmouth's Tuck School.

Mark Viator, Director, Public and Government Affairs, Jefferson Energy Companies

Mark E. Viator has over 37 years of downstream and midstream experience in the Refining and Petrochemical Industries, with 8 years in operations, and 26 years in management for Unocal, BASF, and Jefferson Energy Companies. Jefferson is an innovative new midstream / downstream company positioned to capitalize on the distribution and processing of U.S. domestic shale oil and Canadian bitumen transported to the Gulf Coast by railcar and distributed to Gulf Coast refineries by barge, pipeline and exported internationally by ship.

Abudi Zein, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer, ClipperData

Abudi Zein specializes in energy market pricing, information product development and fundamental analysis. He most recently lead efforts at Genscape to create new information products based on the Company's proprietary energy data. Prior to joining Genscape, Mr. Zein worked in the energy information industry in Tokyo, Singapore, London, Houston and New York. During his career, Mr. Zein held management positions in editorial, product development, marketing, sales and general management. He was CEO for Argus Media, Inc, a Senior Vice President at Oxford Analytica and Sales Director at Platts London.

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In the past few years, the expansion of crude-by-water (moving crude by barge or tanker) has outpaced crude-by-rail. Understanding the crude-by-water industry is essential for anyone who is involved with crude transportation and marketing. If you understand the industry, shipping crude by water can get you the best prices and maximize your profits. To do this you must understand the Jones Act, learn how to charter vessels cost-effectively, and become familiar with the rail-to-barge terminals, their prices, and their capacity.

INFONEX's Crude-by-Water North America will be the first conference exclusively dedicated to bringing the industry together to address these issues. You will make valuable connections with people from across the industry. You walk away from this conference with a comprehensive understanding of the crude-by-water industry. Our faculty of crude-by-water leaders and pioneers will provide you with the information that you need to master crude-by-water and maximize your profits.

You will hear from speakers who are heavily involved in shipping crude through each of the major crude-by-water networks:

  • The Mississippi, Ohio, and Arkansas Rivers
  • The East, West, and Gulf Coasts
  • The Pacific Northwest
  • Atlantic Canada

You will even hear about the potential for shipping domestic crude through the Panama Canal. You will also get detailed information on rail-to-barge terminals including volume, capacity, pricing, and which railways can give you access. You will hear from leading barge operators, ports, terminals, and railways. And, you will understand the Jones Act and learn how to cost-effectively charter and procure Jones Act vessels.

This will be the only conference in 2015 that will help you to make valuable business connections, build relationships, and get a serious understanding of how to thrive in the crude-by-water industry. It will also be the only conference that is designed specifically for crude shippers instead of investors. Register today!

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