The Emerging Opportunities Ohio River Valley Conference will provide a comprehensive view of the once-in-a-generation industrial and commercial development. In addition to development of cracker and petrochemical plants, experts predict the overall development will change the economic landscape.
Make sure to register early for this premiere event. We are lining up an exciting list of the top energy, chemical, land development, and state economists. Your learning from this conference will allow you to transform your business to take advantage to this explosive development!
Come network with the experts and fellow participants to prepare your company to for this once in general development opportunity. We’ve even negotiated a special rate for attendees of the conference. CLICK HERE to reserve your room now.
Registration | Coffee and Light Refreshments
Welcome | Chad Riley, CEO, The Thrasher Group
Ohio River Valley Opportunities | Woody Thrasher, Commerce Secretary, West Virgina
Upstream Outlook | Erik Milito, Director of Upstream and Industry Operations, American Petroleum Institute
TBD | Sean Murphy, Senior Vice President, Advisian, Worley Parsons Group
Appalachian Storage Hub Economic Report | Kevin Swift, Chief Economist, American Chemistry Council
Infrastructure Development: Commercial, Retail, and Residential | Bryce Custer, President, Ohio River Corridor, LLC
Pennsylvania Economic Report | Denise Brinley, Senior Energy Advisor, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development
Panel Discussion on Ohio River Valley Outlook | Moderated by Chad Riley
Concluding Remarks | Chad Riley
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.
His research interests include molecular, reservoir, and multi-scale modeling applied to energy and biomedical systems.
A native of Ripley, West Virginia, Dr. Anderson is widely regarded as among the top energy research professionals in the country. He is frequently lauded for his focus on and contributions to richer and cleaner sources of energy, energy security, scientific leadership and research excellence. In 2012, he received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the US Government on emerging scientists and engineers. He was also recently featured on the “Inspiring West Virginians” radio series by West Virginia Public Broadcasting.
Dr. Anderson’s distinguished career has also included numerous other awards, recognitions and prominent service positions, including;
Dr. Anderson received his Bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering in 2000 at WVU and his MS and PhD in chemical engineering from MIT in 2004 and 2005 respectively.
Outside of his energy research and business pursuits, he is an accomplished vocalist. While at MIT, he was a member of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus in and he currently sings with the Mendelssohn Choir in Pittsburgh.
Steve Hedrick is President & CEO of Mid-Atlantic Technology, Research & Innovation Center (MATRIC) in South Charleston, West Virginia.
MATRIC delivers market-driven innovation, research, technical engineering, and technology commercialization for the chemical, energy, environmental, and advanced software sectors.
Mr. Hedrick has nearly three decades of broad-based leadership experience, with more than 20 years of experience in the petrochemical industry, leading businesses, chemical manufacturing and health, safety, environment and quality (HSEQ). Prior to MATRIC, he held numerous roles of increasing responsibility at Lyondell, Bayer Polymers, Bayer MaterialScience and Bayer CropScience and has led multiple regional and global teams to improve business results, reliability and safety systems. His entry into the chemical industry followed service as an officer in the United States Army.
Mr. Hedrick currently serves as the CEO of Appalachia Development Group, LLC, a collaborative platform designed to deliver the Appalachia Storage and Trading Hub, considered to be industry’s catalyst for the industrial spread associated with the prolific shale gas developments in the Marcellus, Utica and Rodgersville Shales.
In addition, Mr. Hedrick currently serves on a number of boards of directors, including the Discover the Real West Virginia Foundation, the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce, Charleston Area Alliance, Advantage Valley, West Virginia Manufacturers Association, Thomas Health System, Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences of West Virginia and West Virginia Regional Technology Park Corporation. He is Chairman of the Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce and Vice Chairman of the Charleston Area Alliance. Mr. Hedrick also sits on the Business Roundtable of West Virginia.
A native of West Virginia, he holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.
Wood “Woody” Thrasher was appointed the West Virginia Secretary of Commerce in December 2016 by Governor Jim Justice. In that role, he oversees eight agencies including the Development Office, the Divisions of Forestry, Labor, and Natural Resources, the Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training, WorkForce West Virginia, the West Virginia Tourism Office, and the West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey. As Secretary of Commerce, Thrasher’s main goal is creating more jobs in West Virginia by growing existing businesses and attracting new businesses to the state.
Thrasher is the previous president and chief executive officer of The Thrasher Group, Inc., a leading Mid-Atlantic engineering and architectural firm, with the headquarters based in Bridgeport, West Virginia. In 1983, Mr. Thrasher with his Father, Henry, started Thrasher Engineering in Harrison County with one employee. The company has grown to employ over 400 professionals in six different states. In addition to his engineering pursuits, Thrasher also held interests in commercial and residential developments in North Central West Virginia through High Tech Development, LLC, the developing company of the White Oaks Business Park.
Mr. Thrasher remains very active with his alma mater. In 2012, he was elected to the West Virginia University Alumni Association’s Board of Directors, and currently serves as its immediate past chairman. He is a distinguished alumnus of the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, and has been active on various committees within the College. He has served as past president of the West Virginia American Council of Engineering Companies and the West Virginia Society of Professional Engineers. In 2000, Thrasher was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by the national professional services firm of Ernst and Young. He has also served as an officer on the executive and financial committee for West Virginia University Hospital. Thrasher is very involved in the community and is a member of chambers and local organizations throughout the state. He is past president of the Harrison County Chamber of Commerce, and serves on the board of the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce.
Chad Riley is the CEO of The Thrasher Group, a leading multi-disciplinary firm providing architecture, engineering, and field services throughout the Mid-Atlantic.
His passion for bringing economic growth to the Appalachian Region has made major impacts on the success of his clients’ endeavors. Chad’s ability to connect with people, foresee opportunities, and find solutions are at the core of his success. His approach to tackling complicated projects has resulted in hundreds of successful projects, including 20 major economic development projects throughout the region.
Riley studied engineering at Fairmont State University and after graduating, went to work for Thrasher as a construction inspector. Working at every level within the company, he quickly rose to leading areas of business operations and was named partner within eight years. He now oversees the company’s eight offices in six states.
Denise Brinley is the Senior Energy Advisor PA Department of Community and Economic Development. In this role, she assists the agency with developing investment, business development, and recruitment strategies for the Commonwealth.
Pennsylvania’s access to natural gas, the upcoming pipeline infrastructure build out, impaired properties that hold great potential for redevelopment, and the existing industrial and manufacturing base position the Commonwealth for sustained economic growth – and will be key areas of focus for Ms. Brinley.
Her position includes building effective relationships with private companies, public officials, federal and state agencies, non-government organizations, and other partners to further the agency’s strategic agenda. She focuses on partnership building, both internally and externally, and developing major departmental initiatives that demonstrate the inextricable links between economic and community development, the private and public sectors, along with the economy and the environment.
Custer has experience in all aspects of commercial real estate including acquisition, disposition and development of office, retail and industrial projects. As an active real estate investor for over 20 years, Custer understands the challenges facing both buyers and sellers in sale and lease transactions. Utilizing his experience from prior businesses, he works to discover critical success factors to develop solutions that meet the needs of both parties.
His current focus is serving the needs of the Petrochemical, Oil & Gas, Derivative Industries and Energy Services companies capitalizing on the drilling and exploration of the Utica/Marcellus Shale in eastern Ohio and the West Virginia panhandle, which includes the Appalachian Basin and the Ohio River Corridor. His primary focus is in the area of site selection for industrial clients utilizing rail transport throughout Ohio and West Virginia and barge transportation along the Ohio River.
Custer has experience in site selection for natural gas power companies (Carroll County Energy and Southfield Energy). He has also coordinated site selection for hotels (Corporex) and many other industrial and distribution clients.
Prior to real estate investing, Custer was an environmental chemist at Wadsworth/Alert Laboratories (TestAmerica). He was instrumental in meeting the needs of clients as GC/MS analyst, Sr. Project manager and Assistant Laboratory Manager for ten years.
Erik Milito is the Director of Upstream and Industry Operations for the American Petroleum Institute (API), which is the national trade association representing more than 600 companies involved in all aspects of the oil and gas industry, including exploration production, refining and transportation. Milito’s work covers regulatory and legislative matters related to domestic exploration and production, including access to domestic oil and natural gas resources both onshore and offshore.
Prior to his current position, Milito served as managing counsel covering a host of legal issues, including oil and gas leasing, royalty, environmental, fuels, transportation, safety, and civil justice reform.
Milito served for over four years on active duty in the U.S. Army as a judge advocate, and an additional four years in the U.S. Army Reserve, resigning at the rank of Major. He was assigned to active duty tours in Hawaii, Korea and Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, and he served as a prosecutor, defense attorney and command advisor. Milito was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal and Army Commendation Medals during his military tenure.
After leaving the Army, he worked as a career attorney with the Solicitor’s Office of the U.S. Department of the Interior. While at Interior, Milito worked on oil and natural gas law, employment law, and disability access issues.
Milito attended the University of Notre Dame on an ROTC scholarship, and received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He received his juris doctor from Marquette University Law School, where he was a member of the Law Review.
Swift is the chief economist at the American Chemistry Council in Arlington, Virginia, where he is responsible for economic analyses dealing with markets, energy, trade, tax, and innovation as well as monitoring business conditions, identifying emerging trends and assessing the economic and societal contributions of the business of chemistry.
Prior to joining the ACC, Swift held senior level executive positions at two major industrial market consultancies. He began is career at Dow Chemical USA.
He is a member of the National Association for Business Economics, Society of Business Economists, the Harvard Discussion Group of Industrial Economists and the National Business Economics Council. Swift is a member of The Wall Street Journal Forecasters’ Survey panel, NABE’s panel of forecasters and a participant in the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank’s forecaster’s survey.
He chaired the NABE Education committee and was elected an NABE Fellow. He was also one of the first to achieve NABE’s Certified Business Economist (CBE) designation.
Swift earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ashland College and is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University with an MA degree in Economics. He is also a graduate Anglia Polytechnic University with a doctorate in Business Administration. He has also completed studies at Harvard University and the University of Oxford.
Swift is an adjunct professor of Business Economics at the University of Mary Washington and is also a member of the Heritage Council of the Chemical heritage Foundation.
Mike Jacoby is the VP of Business Development and formerly Director of Shale Energy, at the Appalachian Partnership for
Economic Growth (APEG). APEG is the JobsOhio regional non-profit affiliate organization charged with supporting and coordinating economic development across 25 counties in southern and eastern Ohio.
Mike has more than 20 years of economic development experience in Ohio at the local, regional and state level. Professional highlights include the recruitment of Halliburton to Zanesville, which resulted in nearly 1,000 jobs, and the recruitment of Fanatics to Frazeysburg, which resulted in over 200 jobs and peak season employment approaching 2,000.
He is a Certified Economic Developer as designated by the International Economic Development Council, an Economic Development Finance Professional as designated by the National Development Council and a graduate of the Economic Development Institute at Oklahoma University. He has a Masters’ Degree in Public Administration from Ohio University and a Bachelor of Arts in newspaper journalism from Kent State University. He and his family live near Zanesville.
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