About MMDC

The 9th Annual Marcellus and Manufacturing Development Conference promises to be the best yet playing host to local, regional and national industry experts and leaders!

Attendees will learn from experts with presentations providing a look into the future of oil and gas, downstream manufacturing challenges and opportunity, sustainable practices, challenges related to renewable energy and much more.


From the President

Thank you for your interest in the Ninth Annual Marcellus and Manufacturing Development Conference (MMDC). The Appalachian region is emerging as a world energy leader while the long-term opportunities for downstream manufacturing provide a clear path forward for lasting economic growth and job creation. 

The 2020 MMDC explores our country’s energy portfolio, priorities and challenges, the need for public education related to energy and manufacturing industries and a vision for downstream development. This year’s conference offers a focus on sustainability and the broader meaning of such development. We’ll share corporate responsibility models, hear the forecast for future natural gas related growth, take a look at risk assessment, hear updates from industry leaders, and more.

We appreciate the value you place on the educational and networking opportunities presented by the  ninth year of our MMDC. We are grateful for the support of our sponsors and exhibitors and hope you’ll take the time to visit exhibits and learn about the services and products offered. We look forward to seeing you in April.

Rebecca R. McPhail, President
West Virginia Manufacturers Association



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.
Ed GaunchSecretary
West Virginia Department of Commerce
Marty Durbin
Durbin leads GEI’s efforts to build support for meaningful energy action through policy development, education, and advocacy, making it a go-to voice for commonsense energy solutions. He was the executive vice president and chief strategy officer at the American Petroleum Institute, where he integrated API’s broad advocacy capabilities in pursuit of the organization’s and the industry’s public policy.
Marty DurbinPresident
Global Energy Institute
James Van Nostrand
Jamie Van Nostrand is a Professor and Director of the Center forEnergy and Sustainable Development at WVU College of Law. Before coming to WVU in July2011, Mr. Van Nostrand spent three years as a member of the adjunct faculty at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law atPace University in White Plains, NY and Executive Director of thePace Energy and Climate Center
James Van NostrandDirector
Center for Energy/Sustainable Development, WVU
Derrick Price Williamson
Williamson has nearly 30 years of experience representing clients before state public service/utility commissions and appellate courts with respect to electric and natural gas issues and the litigation of rate cases. He regularly counsels manufacturing, institutional, commercial retail, and industrial clients regarding the procurement of energy services.
Derrick Price WilliamsonPartner
Global Energy Institute
Kimberly White
Wise works with multiple stakeholders to conduct scientific research that informs human health hazard assessments and implement approaches to improve the chemical risk assessment process. Dr. White has a diverse background having worked as a laboratory researcher focusing on neurotoxicity, an environmental sustainability and compliance manager and as a scientific advisor forthe petrochemical industry.
Kimberly White Senior Director
American Chemistry Council
Mychal Sommer Schulz
Schulz has represented clients in state and federal courts throughout West Virginia on a variety of issues, including employment, product liability, premises liability, contract, and environmental claims. In addition, he has often appeared before the West Virginia Supreme Court, and he has authored numerous amicus briefs for the West Virginia Insurance Federation and the Defense Counsel of West Virginia.
Mychal Sommer SchulzShareholder
Babst Calland
Curtis Wilkerson
Wilkerson is founder of Orion Strategies - a strategic communications and public relations firm with a staff of experienced professionals in public relations, government affairs, grassroots advocacy, polling, research and creative services.
Curtis WilkersonFounder
Orion Strategies
Justin Stockdale
Justin leads programs including recycling collection events to recover challenging and toxic materials from households, policy initiatives to improve and expand waste diversion systems locally and statewide as well as a broad range of education programs targeting all age groups.  Justin also works at the national level, and in Fall 2017 he was elected to the Board of Directors of the National Recycling Coalition.
Justin StockdaleWestern Regional Director
Pennsylvania Resources Council
Scott Potter
Potter brings over 30 of experience in the oil & gas industry, with emphasis on natural gas trading. Mr. Potter actively participates in RBN’s consulting engagements focused on crude oil, natural gas and NGL’s. In the 1980’s, working for Northern Natural Gas’ crude oil and condensate subsidiary. Potter co-founded Aquila Energy, which developed into one of the industry’s leading natural gas marketing companies.
Scott PotterManaging Director, Business Development
RBN Energy
Jerry James
Jerry has served as President of Artex Oil Company since 1995. Prior to assuming his current role, he held positions with various major oil companies in Texas, Louisiana, and Wyoming. Jerry is also a founder and an active volunteer of Shale Crescent USA. Jerry has served asPresident of the Ohio Oil and Gas Association and previously served as chairman of the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program.
Jerry JamesPresident
Artex Oil Company
Russ Lang
Russ oversees several hundred megawatts of utility contracts for Ferroglobe’s – Americas operations consisting of five US plants as well as plants in Canada and Argentina with plants operating in both regulated and deregulated markets. He also oversees all of the company’s demand response programs. Russ is also active is several state-based industrial energy groups.
Russ LangCorporate Manager
Energy – Americas Ferroglobe PLC

Corporate Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors
Gold Sponsors
Spilman Thomas & Battle
WV Energy Users
Silver Sponsors
SI Group
Bronze Sponsors
American Chemistry Council

MMDC Sponsors

Feature Sponsor
Babst Calland

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.