Utica Summit III to Convene in North Canton on October 13

Utica Summit IIIMDN is happy to support the Utica Summit III, a forum for high-level conversation about what is possible, now and in the future, because of the technology that permits horizontal drilling of the shale plays in the United States. Utica Summit III, presented by the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, The Repository, and ShaleDirectories.com, is scheduled for Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at The Conference Center, Kent State University at Stark (North Canton, OH). The crowd size is limited and past events have sold out. In addition to six main speakers, this year’s event will also include comments from no less than three U.S. Congressman…

Three congressmen representing Northeast Ohio, U.S. Rep. Bob Gibbs, R-7; U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, R-16; and U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-13, will offer remarks at Utica Summit III, the downstream oil and gas business development conference on Oct. 13 at Kent State University Stark.

They will join six main speakers who will explore topics from the petrochemical uses of Utica gas to new markets for the abundant energy supply being tapped in eastern Ohio.

Gibbs will offer welcoming remarks during the morning program, which begins at 8 a.m. Renacci will speak during the luncheon around noon, and Ryan will speak at the start of the afternoon session. All three members of Congress share the duty of representing Stark County in Washington.

Other speakers at the annual conference include:

* Jonathan Winslow, vice president of development at Advanced Power, the Swiss company building a natural gas-powered electricity generation plant in Carroll County, Ohio. Winslow also is project manager at another natural-gas power plant scheduled to be built in Brockton, Mass. He is a member of Advanced Power’s Senior Management Committee.

* Bruce McKay, senior policy adviser, federal affairs, for Dominion, the parent of Dominion East Ohio Gas. McKay will talk about Dominion’s liquefied natural gas export terminal under construction at Cove Point, Md., and the federal government’s decision to permit long-term export of natural gas.

* Tom Gellrich, founder of TopLine Analytics in Philadelphia, who is constantly looking for the answers to these questions: Will an ethane cracker that can produce polyethylene be built in Ohio, Pennsylvania or West Virginia? If so, when? Gellrich studies the ethane market and promotes ethane as a catalyst for increased U.S. manufacturing growth.

* Jason Hamman, founder of the Hamman Consulting Group, who serves as the economic development consultant for Monroe County, Ohio. He is helping rural Monroe, along the Ohio River in southeast Ohio, to transform itself into a county that can accommodate the growth from oil and gas exploration and the manufacturing and service industries that are attracted to large reserves of inexpensive gas energy.

* Nicole Decker, equity sector strategist with UBS, the global wealth management firm. As recently as May 2015, Ms. Decker and a research colleague at UBS confirmed their confidence that the United States is on a path toward energy independence, despite the downturn in energy prices.

* Frederick “Fritz” Shepperd, a native of Northeast Ohio who now heads Shepperd Investors AG in Zurich, Switzerland. He works with family offices and institutional investors. He will speak about the potential for European business investment in Ohio. He says his investors are “quiet” and willing to take the long view, and are interested in U.S energy-based investments.

This is the third summit co-produced by the Canton Regional Chamber, Shaledirectories and The Repository, and the 10th significant oil and gas business development meeting under the partnership of the Chamber and Shaledirectories.

Because of its size, 1,600-plus members, and its location in the Utica play, the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce is the only Chamber in Ohio that consistently brings the oil and gas industry to speak to audiences of business people who are curious about the opportunities that come with the exploration of the Utica Shale. Chamber seminars typically draw audience members to Ohio from Pennsylvania and West Virginia and other neighboring states.

To register for Utica Summit III, go to the event website: www.uticasummit.com.

For further information, contact David Kaminski at the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce at (330) 458-2059 or [email protected]