Each year the OOGA Winter Meeting brings together an in-depth series featuring key speakers representing the many components of the oilfield landscape. Don’t miss the opportunity to network with other industry professionals and stay abreast of developments at OOGA’s premier business event.

2018 Business & Breakout Session Breakdown


Thursday Morning Sessions

Moderator: Amanda Finn, Government Relations Manager – Ascent Resources, LLC


– Business –
9:00 – 9:15 a.m.
71st OOGA Winter Meeting Kick-off (Easton A & B)

Jim Aslanides, President – MFC Drilling, Inc.
President – OOGA


– Business –
9:15 – 9:45 a.m.
DeBrosse Memorial Report (Easton A & B)

Martin Shumway, PE, CPG
Technical Officer – Locus Bio-Energy Solutions LLC


– Business –
9:45 – 10:00 a.m.
Mergers and Acquisitions and Appalachian Basin Roundup (Easton A & B)

Timothy Knobloch, President – James Knobloch Petroleum Consultants, Inc.


– Business –
10:00 – 10:30 a.m.
A Once in a Century Opportunity to Create Energy-Intensive Manufacturing Jobs (Easton A & B)

Jerry James, President – Artex Oil  Company Volunteer Director – Shale Crescent USA


– Breakout –
10:30 – 11:45 a.m.
Policy and Pricing Impacting Producers (Juniper)
(Hosted by the OOGA Producers Committee)

Committee Chair/Moderator: Duane Clark – Petrox, Inc.

The Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management: An Update
Rick Simmers, Chief, ODNR Division of Oil & Gas Resources

Modular Gas-to-Liquids – Manufacturing Synthetic Fuels & Lubricants with Ohio Natural Gas
David Marks, Appalachian Business Development Coordinator – Dominion Energy Fuel Services


– Breakout –
10:30 – 11:45 a.m.
Dealing With The “Inconvenient Facts” Plaguing the Oil and Gas Industry (Regent 3)
(Hosted by the OOGA Environmental Committee)

Inconvenient Facts – How rising temperatures and increasing CO2 are benefitting the planet and the human condition
Gregory Wrightstone, Author

Wayne National Forrest Discussion
Mike Chadsey, Director of Public Relations – OOGA


Thursday Afternoon Sessions

Moderator: James Haas, Vice President, Development – Reserve Energy Exploration Company


– Business –
1:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Remarks from the OOGA (Easton A & B)

Matthew Hammond, Senior Vice President – Ohio Oil and Gas Association


– Business –
1:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Comments from Mike DeWine, Candidate for Ohio Governor (Easton A & B)

The Honorable Mike DeWine, Attorney General of Ohio, DeWine Husted for Ohio


– Business –
2:00 – 2:45 p.m.
What the Frack? Ohio’s Activist Agenda (Easton A & B)
(Panel discussion with OOGA, EID, API and OGA)

Moderator/Panelist: Mike Chadsey, Director of Public Relations – Ohio Oil and Gas Association

Jimmy Stewart, President – Ohio Gas Association

Rebecca Heimlich, Central Region Campaign Manager, External Mobilization – American Petroleum Institute

Jackie Stewart, Strategic Communications Director – FTI Consulting
State Director – Energy in Depth-Ohio


– Business –
2:45 – 3:15 p.m.
Technology Tools, Save Time and Money (Easton A & B)

Joe Surra – Energy Program Director – Woolpert

Dan Michalec, GISP, PMP, Energy Program Director – Woolpert


– Breakout –
3:15 – 4:30 p.m.
Legislative Lowdown (Juniper)
(Hosted by the OOGA Governmental Affairs Committee)

Committee Chair/Moderator: Amanda Finn, Government Relations Manager – Ascent Resources, LLC

Lee Fuller, Executive Vice President – Independent Petroleum Association of America

Ohio Legislators


– Breakout –
3:15 – 4:30 p.m.
Getting the Gas to Market
(Hosted by the OOGA Commerce Committee)

Energy Infrastructure: Opportunities & Challenges
Allen Fore, Director of Public Affairs – Kinder Morgan

Eureka Midstream Overview
David Dulak, Managing Director, Business Development – Eureka Midstream


Friday Morning Sessions

Moderator: James Halloran, Vice President – PNC Wealth Management


– Business –
9:00 – 9:05 a.m.
Welcome Back to the 71st OOGA Winter Meeting (Easton A & B)
Jim Aslanides, President – MFC Drilling, Inc.
President – OOGA


– Business –
9:05 – 9:30 a.m.
Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program – A 20th Anniversary Special Presentation and 2018 Pipeline Award (Easton A & B)

Ron Whitmire, Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer – EnerVest, LTD.

Diana Hoff, Vice President, Operations – Antero Resources Corporation


– Business –
9:30 – 10:15 a.m.
Our Energy Future in an Upside Down World (Easton A & B)

G. Allen Brooks, Managing Director – PPHB LP


– Breakout –
10:15 – 11:30 a.m.
Insight On Moving And Storing Natural Gas (Regent 3)
(Hosted by the OOGA Midstream Committee)

Committee Chair/Moderator: William Ratcliffe, Regulatory Affairs Manager – Williams Companies

Asim Z. Haque, Chairman & CEO – Public Utilities Commission of Ohio

Emerging Opportunities – Marcellus/Utica Shale Production
David Hooker, President & CEO – Energy Storage Venutures LLC


– Breakout –
10:15 – 11:30 a.m.
State & Local Tax Issues (Juniper)
(Hosted by the OOGA State & Local Tax Committee)

Ohio State Tax Developments: Audits to Legislation and Points Between
Tony Ehler, Partner and Tax Group Chairman – Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP


– Breakout –
10:15 – 11:30 a.m.
Ohio Oil & Gas Legal Update (Lilac)
(Hosted by the OOGA Legal Committee)

Committee Chair/Moderator: Gregory Russell – Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease, LLP

Thomas Fusonie, Partner – Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease, LLP

Mitchell Tobias, Associate – Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease, LLP


– Business –
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Comments from Mary Taylor, Candidate for Ohio Governor
The Honorable Mary Taylor, Lieutenant Governor of Ohio, Taylor Estruth For Ohio


12:15 – 1:30 p.m.
Keynote Luncheon
Brian Kilmeade, Fox & Friends