About MMDC

The Marcellus and Manufacturing Development Conference plays host to companies interested in locating new facilities or expanding existing operations in the state, and provides companies and industry leaders the opportunity to gain an expanded understanding of the potential for ethane and ethylene related product development in West Virginia.

Conference attendees learn about West Virginia’s advantages, including tax incentives, environmental permitting, workforce development, availability of employees and site options, and have the opportunity to network with West Virginia leaders, manufacturers and suppliers. 

The WVMA’s 8th Annual Marcellus & Manufacturing Development Conference qualifies accountants for 7.5 CPE credit hours. Professional Engineer credit hours are also available.


From the President

Appalachia is well situated for a regional extraction-consumption strategy for the Utica, Marcellus, and associated shale gas plays; a strategy that focuses on long-term opportunity.   

The 2019 MMDC explores the infrastructure needed to take advantage of the abundance of shale resources in the region, challenges and opportunities for growing ethane related exports, and takes an in depth look at why our region is an ideal place to invest in the diversify our energy and manufacturing economies. We’ll share comparative analysis, discuss infrastructure needs including pipeline construction, as well as the development of an Appalachian Storage Hub for ethane reserves, and hear updates on the status of these projects.  

Infrastructure investment can create a readily available single source supply of ethane for consumers, predictability in pricing, and distribution channels that promote a broader geographic use and investment that could benefit the businesses and citizens of Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Rebecca R. McPhail, President
West Virginia Manufacturers Association


MMDC 2019 Speakers

John Deskins
Deskins leads efforts to serve the state by providing rigorous economic analysis and macroeconomic forecasting to business leaders and policymakers across the state of West Virginia. His academic research has focused on economic development, small business economics, and government tax and expenditure policy. He has delivered more than 100 speeches to business, government, and community groups.
John Deskins Director
Bureau of Business and Economic Research, WVU
Michael Graney
In 2018, Graney was appointed to the post of executive director of the West Virginia Development Office by Governor Jim Justice. He has spent much of his professional career in executive or co-founder positions with companies related to the petroleum industry. In those roles, he was responsible for managing different facets of business, including acquisition, retail operations and environmental compliance.
Michael GraneyExecutive Director
WV Development Office
Joe Dawley
Dawley manages EQT’s environmental compliance and government affairs teams and is responsible for tracking and developing EQT’s positions on legislative and public policy issues affecting the natural gas industry. Joe managed the permitting and permitting appeals for the Mountain Valley Pipeline. Prior to joining EQT in 2008, Joe has served as the General Counsel for the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection.
Joe DawleyDeputy General Counsel
Kathryn Dyl
Kathryn (Katie) Dyl is the Lead Modeler for the Natural Gas Markets Team in the Office of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels Analysis at the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). Joining the EIA in 2015, Katie is the primary modeler and analyst of North American natural gas markets, providing projections and insight for EIA’s long-term Annual Energy Outlook.
Kathryn DylLead Modeler, Natural Gas
Energy Information Administration
Frank Bakker
Bakker has 28 years of experience in the chemical industry. Prior to joining US Methanol, Mr. Bakker was President, CEO and Director of OCI Partners LP, where he spent 6 years building the company and overseeing the successful restoration of a mothballed methanol and ammonia plant in Beaumont, Texas. Prior to OCI, Mr. Bakker worked at DSM for 22 years where he served in variety of operational and managerial roles.
Frank BakkerCEO
US Methanol
David Yaussy
Chair of the firm’s Environmental Practice Group. His primary areas of practice are energy and environmental law, including litigation, permitting and administrative appeals for the natural gas, chemical, manufacturing, silviculture and agriculture industries. Mr. Yaussy regularly advocates on behalf of business and trade associations before the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection and the West Virginia Legislature on environmental and natural resource issues.
David YaussyMember
Spilman Thomas & Battle
Rhonda Reda
Reda serves as Executive Director of the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program and the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Foundation (Foundation). Reda helped form the organization in 1997. Prior to OOGEEP, Ms. Reda served as Vice President, Internal Affairs and Public Information for the Ohio Oil and Gas Association for more than a decade. Ms. Reda has also worked for several oil and gas companies.
Rhonda RedaExecutive Director
Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program
John Staub
John leads analysis and modeling of domestic and international petroleum and natural gas resources, production, refining, and logistics for both short and long-term outlooks. His office produces outlooks for a range of issues including: long-term oil prices, LNG exports, shale gas, tight oil, biofuels and technology change. He previously worked in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Policy and International Affairs.
John StaubDirector, Office of Petroleum & Natural Gas
Energy Information Administration
Ed Gaunch
Gaunch has been a member of the State Senate representing District 8 since 2014, is a native of Boone County. After graduating from West Virginia State University in 1970 with a double major in Economics and Political Science, he spent more than three decades in the insurance industry including 28 years at the Carson Agency in Charleston where he served as President and Chief Executive Officer for a number of years.
Ed GaunchSecretary
West Virginia Department of Commerce
David O'Brien
O’Brien has been with ExxonMobil for 30 years, having joined ExxonMobil Chemical in 1989 after graduating from Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. Dave has held a variety of positions in technology, planning, operations, and project management including assignments in the United States, United Kingdom and Singapore. In 2004, Dave joined ExxonMobil Gas & Power Marketing.
David O'BrienGlobal Power Executive
Bob McLusky
McLusky has been practicing environmental law for more than three decades. He has represented manufacturing and energy ventures covering a broad range of environmental issues, including defending Clean Water Act (CWA) enforcement actions in federal court and “fill” permits issued to coal, oil & gas, and pipeline operators.
Bob McLuskyMember

Our Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors
Gold Sponsors
Silver Sponsors
SI Group
Bronze Sponsors
American Chemistry Council
WV Executive
Emerald Sponsors

Event Venue

Waterfront Place Hotel
2 Waterfront Place
Morgantown, WV 26501

(304) 296-1700


  • Deadline for reservations: March 7, 2019
  • Parking available in the Morgantown Event Center Parking Garage.
  • All reservations are subject to a 24-hour cancellation policy.