Pittsburgh Chemical Day 2020 Schedule

Pittsburgh Chemical Day 2020 Speakers

Keynote Speaker

Eric Byer

President, NACD

Eric Byer joined NACD in January 2014 as president. He came to NACD with nearly twenty years of experience in government and public affairs as well as organizational operations.

Prior to NACD, Eric was senior vice president at Obadal, Filler, MacLeod & Klein, PLC,  (OFMK) where he led strategic communications, marketing, programs, and government affairs as well as policy initiatives for the firm’s largest clients.

Before his tenure at OFMK, Eric was the chief operating officer and vice president of government and industry affairs at the National Air Transportation Association, where he led external affairs and internal operations for the $6.1 million organization.

Earlier in his career, Eric served as senior government relations coordinator for Smith, Bucklin, and Associates.  He was also a legislative assistant to the Chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Government Reform and Oversight, Rep. William F. Clinger, Jr. (R-Pa.).  He also served as an intern for the late Rep. Dean Gallo (R-N.J.).

Eric holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and a Master of Arts in Government from Johns Hopkins University.

Topic: Peak Performance —

Sean Coyle

CEO, Sandler Training


Topic: Managing Regulatory, Investment and Litigation Risk Through Understanding Toxicological Impacts and Effective Strategic Communication —

Oliver S. Schmidt

President & CEO, C4CS, LLC

Oliver S. Schmidt has been Managing Partner and President and CEO of C4CS®, an international management consultancy headquartered in Pittsburgh, for over two decades. He has more than 25 years of consulting, training, and executive coaching experience in the areas of strategic communication, crisis management, and organizational leadership.

A multi-lingual business leader who has lived and worked in North America, Europe, and Asia, Oliver routinely advises executives including the CEOs and members of the board of directors of publicly listed and privately held corporations regarding high stakes business issues. On the consulting side, his focus is on working with domestic and international client partners in the areas of issues and stakeholder management, reputation and crisis management, and crisis and risk communication.

Oliver has addressed professional audiences in several dozen countries. While he often speaks at conferences that focus on corporate communication or crisis management, he is also regularly invited to present to corporate boards and senior management teams. Additionally, he conducts recurring Continuing Legal Education (CLE) classes on such topics as crisis communication and crisis management and teaches an online course on Harnessing the Power of Social Media in a Crisis.

The author of numerous peer-reviewed articles about a range of crisis management, strategic communication, and leadership topics, Oliver has conducted interviews with various domestic and international industry and mainstream media and taught as a guest professor at leading universities in multiple countries. He can be reached at schmidt@c4cs.com.

Frank Mink

Toxicology Expert, C4CS


Topic: What’s Best in Class for Contractor Management —

Leah Walsh

Account Representative, ISN


Topic: Business strategies: Effective Cultural Change and Accelerating Performance to Meet Demand Post COVID-19 —

Ray Vasey

Senior Partner, Spitfire


Topic: Shell Pennsylvania Chemical – COVID-19 Response —

Christopher T. Howell

Project Director, Pennsylvania Chemicals

Chris joined Shell in 1992 and worked for 17 years in Deepwater related projects, covering multiple roles including R&D for facility design, Installation Manager for the Brutus Tension Leg Platform and Project Manager for the BC-10 FPSO offshore Brazil. In 2009 Chris became the General Manager- Project Delivery Unconventionals, managing delivery of Shell’s Heavy Oil and Unconventional shale projects across North America. In 2014 Chris relocated to the Middle East as the Technical Director for Basra Gas Company in Iraq, a Joint Venture between Shell, Mitsubishi and the Government of Iraq to capture and process associated gas from oil field developments. Chris is currently the Project Director for the Pennsylvania Chemicals Project with accountability for delivery of the 1.5million ton/annum polyethylene facility and supporting infrastructure.

Chris holds Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Texas A&M University, a Master of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a Doctorate in Engineering from MIT/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute.


Topic: TBD —

Lauren Stein

President, PVS Technologies


Topic: TBD —

Von Eric Fisher, P.G. L.R.S.

Vice President, Value Properties, Inc.

Owing to his diverse and extensive background in geology, engineering, industrial development, marketing, real estate, and strategic planning, Von Fisher was recruited to help grow Value Properties, Inc. a Manhattan-based developer known for providing manufacturing, warehouse, office, and laboratory space for over 30 years to local, national and international companies. Value Properties historically had a portfolio that spanned between the Mississippi and the Atlantic and is now preparing for substantial growth focusing around the Pittsburgh region, which it anticipates being the Polymer Capital of the United States within the decade. With that thought in mind, Von is spearheading a marketing effort on a national basis to woo manufacturers and distributors to the Ohio Valley.

Value Properties owns and operates the Ambridge Regional Distribution and Manufacturing Center, one of the largest industrial parks in the region with tenants including Allegheny Petroleum, Sherwin Williams Shore Corporation and Tenaris (formerly TMK-IPSCO). Value Properties also owns ConAm3PL, a third-party logistics resource for companies including Mitsubishi Electric, Herr Voss and Shell. ConAm3PL is now a primary focus of Value Properties’ Marketing campaigns and is fully situated to take advantage of the National trend for utilization of 3PL services.


Pittsburgh Chemical Day 2020 Panel Speakers

— Topic: Back to Basics, Rebuilding the Region’s Economy with Energy, Petrochemicals and Manufacturing —

Wally Kandel

Sr. VP, Solvay

Senior Vice President and Specialty Polymer Marietta, Ohio Site Manager for Solvay. Wally worked for Chevron / Chevron Phillips for 20 years before joining Solvay in 2007. He is a co-founder and volunteer Director for Shale Crescent USA, an organization dedicated to Branding and Marketing the Ohio Valley region also known as the Shale Crescent USA for economic development.  Wally is a petroleum engineer by degree and has worked in the industry for over 30 years with experience working on 4 continents.  


Jerry James

President, Artex Oil

Jerry is from Zanesville, Ohio, and currently resides in Marietta, Ohio.  He earned his Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering from Marietta College in 1980 where he graduated Magna Cum Laude.  Jerry has served as President of the Ohio Oil and Gas Association (OOGA) and previously served as chairman of the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program (OOGEEP).  He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania.  Jerry is also a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers as well as the Society of Petroleum Evaluation Engineers.

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.

Greg Korzera

Director Of Marketing, Shale Cresent

Greg Kozera, is the Director of Marketing for Shale Crescent USA and the President of Learned Leadership LLC (www.shalecrescentusa.com)

He is a professional engineer, environmentalist, marketing and leadership expert. Greg is a professional speaker with more than 40 years of experience in the natural gas and oil industry.

A regular magazine and newspaper columnist Greg is author of the books Just the Fracks Ma’am and Learned Leadership.

A high school boys’ soccer coach. His teams have won 15 Regional and 5 West Virginia State Championships. Greg understands the importance of Leadership and Teamwork.

He is a former President of the Virginia Oil & Gas Association and immediate Past-President of the Ohio Chapter of the National Speakers Association.


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