Speakers

State Policy Director-WV, Dominion

Robert C. Orndorff, Jr., of Charleston, WV, is the State Policy Director-WV for Dominion. He is a registered lobbyist in West Virginia, and was previously one in Ohio and Pennsylvania.

GE Plastics Materials Engineering Professor, WVU

Dr. Brian J. Anderson is the GE Plastics Materials Engineering Professor in chemical engineering at West Virginia University and Director of the WVU Energy Institute. A native of Ripley, West Virginia, Dr. Anderson is widely regarded as among the top energy research professionals in the country.

President, Pittsburgh Regional Alliance

David Ruppersberger is the President of the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance (PRA), an affiliate of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development. The PRA markets the benefits of conducting business in southwestern Pennsylvania to companies already in the region and around the world that are growing, relocating or expanding.

Director, Energy and Resources Policy for the National Association of Manufacturers

Rachel Jones is Director of Energy and Resources Policy for the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). Jones oversees the NAM’s energy policy work and has expertise on issues ranging from energy production and infrastructure, water quality, land use, chemical regulation and the legislative and rule making processes.

Cabinet Secretary, West Virginia Department of Commerce

H. Wood “Woody” Thrasher grew up in Clarksburg, West Virginia and attended the schools of Harrison County. He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from West Virginia University in 1977. Following in his father, Henry A. Thrasher’s footsteps, the young entrepreneur was destined for a successful career in engineering. Convincing his father to open their own business, Thrasher Engineering was born in Clarksburg in 1983.

Director of Energy and Petrochemicals, JobsOhio

Matt Cybulski joined JobsOhio in 2011 as project manager and site selection manager. He managed projects across Ohio, specifically working with Columbus 2020, TeamNEO, and Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth (APEG

Vice President of Northeast Development, MarkWest

James Crews became vice president of Northeast Development for MarkWest Hydrocarbons in October 2011. Prior to MarkWest, he held various positions with NiSource Gas Transmission and Storage-NGT&S (and its predecessor Columbia Gas Transmission) from 1995 to 2011.

CEO, AIChE's RAPID Manufacturing Institute

Karen A. Fletcher is CEO of the RAPID Manufacturing Institute. Rapid Advancement in Process Intensification Deployment (RAPID) is tenth in the nation’s network of Manufacturing USA Institutes. RAPID is funded by the Department of Energy with matching funds from industry and academia.

Senior Director, Policy Analysis and Economics, American Chemistry Council

Martha Gilchrist Moore is senior director for policy analysis and economics at the American Chemistry Council. In that role, she analyzes the impact of various policy initiatives and energy trends on the chemical industry, in particular recent developments in shale gas.

President, Pennsylvania Chemical Industry Council

As president of the Pennsylvania Chemical Industry Council (PCIC), Jeff serves as the public policy advocate for Pennsylvania’s chemical and petrochemical industries. Representing $24 billion in revenue and over 41,000 direct jobs, the PA Chemical Industry Council engages to improve the Pennsylvania’s business opportunities through public policy advocacy, communication, and education.

Milan Puskar Dean of the College of Business and Economics, West Virginia University

Dr. Javier A. Reyes is the Milan Puskar Dean of the College of Business and Economics at West Virginia University. He has served in that capacity since July 2016. Reyes oversees a college of more than 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students, 104 faculty and 55 staff. The business school offers 10 undergraduate majors and 10 graduate programs.

Director of Government and Community Relations, Southwestern Energy

Maribeth Anderson is the Director of Government and Community Relations for Southwestern Energy. She came to Southwestern at the end of 2014, after serving in similar roles for Chesapeake Energy since 2007. Prior to entering the energy sector, Maribeth was a senior consultant for Charles Ryan Associates and the News Director for WSAZ Television.

Senior Vice President of Manufacturing, NGK Spark Plugs (U.S.A.)

Bob Pepper, is Senior Vice President of Manufacturing at NGK Spark Plugs (U.S.A.), Inc. Pepper, a 35-year veteran in automotive parts manufacturing, has been with NGK since 2007, and previously served as director of Manufacturing Administration.

Member, Jackson Kelly

Kelley M. Goes is a Member of the Jackson Kelly firm practicing in the Environmental Practice Group in the Charleston, West Virginia, office. Ms. Goes has wide legal experience, including litigating patent infringement cases for one of the world's largest energy companies.

Executive Director, West Virginia Development Office

Kristopher has worked with high level executives in Fortune 100 companies and global manufacturing leaders in chemicals, plastics, automotive, aerospace, metals, medical device and composites.

Executive Director, West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association

Prior to her role with WVONGA, Blankenship practiced law in Charleston, West Virginia for fifteen years at the law firms of Babst Calland and Robinson & McElwee, PLLC.

Business Development Manager, Mountaineer NGL Storage, LLC

Mr. Hanley has over 25 years of NGL, LPG and Crude experience in the areas of marketing, business development, storage, supply and distribution.