AFPM ANNUAL MEETING CANCELLATION (updated March 11, 2020): Amid concerns about the spread of COVID-19, we have made the decision to cancel AFPM’s Annual Meeting slated to take place March 22 - 24, 2020, in Austin, TX. For more information on the event cancellation, please visit our information page linked here.

The Annual Meeting is the world's premier refining meeting, assembling key executives, decision-makers, and technical experts from refining businesses, technology providers, contracting and consulting firms, and equipment manufacturers around the world.

Mark your calendar for the 2021 Annual Meeting, March 7 - 9, 2021, at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio.

Frequently Asked Questions

Registration and Travel

Q: Will I receive a refund?
A: Yes. You will receive a refund on your entire registration (including tickets and tables), less the $50 bank processing fee processing fee. All refunds have been processed.

Q: Can I transfer my funds to a future conference?
A: No. You will receive a refund for the registration fees paid.

Q: How will my money be refunded?
A: Your funds will be returned via the same method you paid for your registration.

Q: How long will it take to receive my refund?
A: Due to the high volume, please allow us 30 days to process your refunds. Once your cancellation has been processed, you will receive an email confirmation. It can then take up to 3 business days for your refund to be reflected on your credit card statement.

Q: How do I cancel my hotel reservation?
A: Please contact the hotel directly to cancel your guest room reservation. For your convenience, the hotel contact information is provided here.

JW Marriott Austin, (512)474-4777

Q: Not all airlines are offering a refund for flights or are charging change fees. Will AFPM cover those costs?
A: Airline policies are changing rapidly as the COVID-19 situation develops. We advise you to call your airline directly to check their current policy. AFPM will not reimburse for air travel cancellation or change fees.

General

Q: Are you considering holding a webcast of the event/some of the speakers/sessions?
A: AFPM is currently considering options to make important content available to registrants in different formats and will update you as plans are solidified.

Q: Why did it take AFPM so long to come to this decision?
A: This was a very difficult decision to make that involved consulting with a number of officials from Austin and New Orleans, public health officials, and many others. The health and safety of our members and staff is our primary concern, which ultimately brought us to this unprecedented decision.

Affiliates

Q: How do I cancel my meeting space?
A: Contact Jeanne at AMSuites@afpm.org. If you have signed a contract with the hotel(s), be sure to advise your hotel contact of your cancellation.

Q: Are there any penalties for cancelling my meeting room space?
A: AFPM cannot speak for the hotel if you have signed a meeting space contract. Please address directly with your hotel contact.

Q: I have already sent materials to Austin for my meetings/hospitality suite, will AFPM reimburse those fees?
A: AFPM is not able to reimburse any shipping fees you may have incurred.

Sponsors

Q: Can I get a credit for my sponsorship fees to use at a later AFPM event?
A: AFPM will work with our sponsors on a case-by-case basis. We value our relationship with each sponsor, and we want to make sure that we work together in the future. Please contact Colleen Lewallen at CLewallen@afpm.org to discuss.

Sunday March 22, 2020

9:00 am
7:30 pm

Registration

10.5Hrs
4:00 pm
5:30 pm

Women in Industry Reception


Open to registered women attendees only. Tickets must be reserved by March 13.
1.5Hrs
5:30 pm
7:30 pm

Opening Reception

2Hrs

Monday March 23, 2020

7:00 am
5:00 pm

Registration

10Hrs
7:30 am
9:00 am

EmPower Breakfast

Rebecca Adler, AFPM
Andrea Fuller, Just Add Firewater
1.5Hrs
7:30 am
9:00 am

Government Relations Breakfast


Price: $60
Open to registered attendees only. Tickets must be purchased by March 13.
1.5Hrs
9:00 am
11:30 am

General Session

Chet Thompson, President & CEO, AFPM
Joe Gorder, Chairman, President & CEO, Valero Energy Corporation
Frank Luntz, Pollster and Communications Expert, A View From Washington
2.5Hrs
11:30 am
12:30 pm

AFPM Networking Lunch

1Hrs
12:30 pm
1:45 pm

Lunch/Tech Talks

Grab a light lunch, then join these informal networking sessions that will feature short presentations on emerging technology.

Tech Talk - Concurrent Sessions/Repeated (12:30pm - 1:00pm; 1:15pm - 1:45pm):
1. Immersive Learning - Fired Heaters Demo - AFPM
2. How to Achieve True Workforce Connectivity - PK Technology
3. Real-Time Crude Oil Data by Optical Measurement - JP3
4. Demystifying Digital Twin Visualization Technologies - ZynQ 360
5. Improving Human Reliability, and Safety with Enhanced Reality Simulation - Voovio Technologies & BASF
6. A Breakthrough Redispersion Technology from Crystaphase - Crystaphase
1.25Hrs
2:00 pm
3:00 pm

General Session

Peter Zeihan, Geopolitical Strategist, Zeihan.com
1Hrs
3:00 pm
4:15 pm

General Session

Investor Perspectives: The rise in ESG investing and what it means for the refining and petrochemical industries.

Moderator:
Barrett Golden, Partner, Joele Frank

Panelists:
Todd Heltman, Managing Director, Neuberger Berman
Jared Mann, Managing Director, Neuberger Berman
Lewis Ropp, Managing Director, Equity Portfolio Manager, Barrow, Hanley, Mewhinney & Strauss, LLC
Robin Wehbe, Senior Portfolio Manager, BNY Mellon
1.25Hrs
5:00 pm
6:00 pm

Operating Company Reception

Peer-to-peer networking between operating company personnel only.
1Hrs
6:00 pm
7:00 pm

Chairman's Reception

By Invitation
1Hrs

Tuesday March 24, 2020

7:00 am
12:00 pm

Registration

5Hrs
7:30 am
9:00 am

Industry Leadership Breakfast

Featuring:
Mark Lashier, President & CEO, Chevron Phillips Chemical Company

Price: $60
Open to registered attendees only. Tickets must be purchased by March 13.
1.5Hrs
9:00 am
10:15 am

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Sessions/Tracks:

-Transportation Climate Initiative
-A Perspective on the Outlook For Global and US Refining: In the Years 2025/2035 - Looking Forward 5 to 15 Years
-A New Era for Alkylation: Ionic Liquid Alkylation - ISOALKY™ Process Technology/
Improving Refinery Column Stability with Machine Learning
-Human & Organizational Performance in Georgia Pacific: Opening Minds, Taking Action, and Getting Results
1.25Hrs
10:30 am
11:45 am

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Sessions/Tracks:

-Navigating Business Related to Climate Change
-Future of Transportation Fuels
-HF Alky and Operational Excellence
-Bite-Sized Training Keeps Knowledge Full
1.25Hrs
12:00 pm
2:00 pm

Annual Luncheon

Featuring:
Rahm Emanuel, 55th mayor of the City of Chicago, former White House Chief of Staff for President Barack Obama, three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives
Karl Rove, Senior Advisor to President George W. Bush from 2000-2007 and Deputy Chief of Staff from 2004-2007

Price: $125
Open to registered attendees only. Tickets must be purchased by March 13. No tickets or same-day seating will be available on-site.
2Hrs
2:00 pm
3:00 pm

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Sessions/Tracks:

-State and Local - Community Engagement
-IMO 2020/2050: Smooth Sailing or Rough Seas Ahead?
-Turnaround Productivity and Schedule Assurance through Digital Work Processes
-Creating a Culture of Effective Safety Communication
1Hrs
3:15 pm
4:15 pm

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Sessions/Tracks:

- Sustainability: Defining Expectations
- The Unified Strategy Driving Local Anti-Industry Efforts (MEMBER ONLY SESSION)
- FCC Revamp - Opportunity, Challenges and Lessons Learned / FCC NOx Control Technology Advancements - Regulatory Compliance without Capital Investment
- Mechanical Initiatives a Case Study with Placid Refining Company / Advancing Process Safety: New Areas of Site Assessments
1Hrs
Name Price Available To
Member Registration - Late $1,200.00 Member/Government
Member Registration - Early $1,100.00 Member/Government
Non-Member Registration - Early $2,100.00 Non-Members
Non-Member Registration - Late $2,200.00 Non-Members
Spouse Registration $100.00
Name Price Available To
EmPower Breakfast
EmPower Breakfast $0.00
Government Relations Breakfast
GR Breakfast Ticket $60.00 Registered Attendees only
Industry Leadership Breakfast
IL Breakfast Ticket $60.00 Registered Attendees Only
Annual Luncheon
Annual Luncheon Ticket $125.00 Registered Attendees Only
Annual Luncheon - Table of 10
Annual Luncheon - Table of 10 $1,250.00 Members Only

Housing

The conference hotel room block at the JW Marriott Austin is sold out. If you are still needing to make a hotel reservation, please contact the Hyatt Place Austin Downtown, or use the link provided in your registration confirmation. The Hyatt Place Austin Downtown is directly located across the street from the JW Marriott Austin. The room rate will be the going rate at the hotel.

Hyatt Place Austin Downtown 
211 East 3rd Street 
Austin, TX 78701 
(512) 476-4440

By registering for this meeting you signify that you have read, understand, and agree to abide by AFPM's policies on registration, housing, cancellation, spouse/guest registration, and fees.

Registration Policy
Those who are present at the site of an AFPM meeting and/or occupy a hotel room in the AFPM room block to conduct business with industry personnel gathered for that meeting are expected to register for that meeting and pay the registration fee, whether or not they attend a specific function.

Fee Policy
Member Fee Eligibility - The member rate is based on membership information currently on file with AFPM. If your company is not currently a member, the non-member fees will be charged to your credit card.

Ticketed functions are open to registered attendees and registered spouses only. No tickets or same-day seating will be available on-site.

Spouse/Guest Policy
A guest is a spouse/significant other, friend or an adult child (18 years old or older) who is not in an industry-related occupation. A co-worker, an associate or spouse who works within the industry may not use the Spouse/Guest Registration category.

Cancellation Policy
Registration cancellations must be submitted in writing and faxed to 202.835.0467 or emailed to AM@afpm.org. Substitute conference registrations may be made in advance or on arrival with no penalty. Substitutions can be made online by the individual who entered the registration or can be submitted in writing to AM@afpm.org.

Cancellations may be made by February 21, 2020 with no penalty. Cancellations must be submitted in writing. Written cancellations postmarked, faxed, or emailed between February 22 and March 6, 2020 will receive a refund of fees, less a $50 processing fee. No refunds after March 6, 2020. No telephone cancellations.

Individual Ticket Refund Policy
Refunds will be made on individual tickets purchased, if request is received in writing prior to March 6, 2020. No refunds after March 6th. Ticketed functions are open to registered attendees only.

Table Ticket Refund Policy
Refunds will be made on tables of tickets for the Annual Luncheon purchased, if request is received in writing prior to February 21, 2020. No refunds on tables after February 21st. Ticketed functions are open to registered attendees only.

Recording Policy
Video recording, streaming or broadcasting of the exhibit hall, general sessions, workshops and discussions is strictly prohibited. Audio recording is permitted only in the workshops and for the sole purpose of private use. Any recording for purposes of reproduction or distribution without the written consent of the AFPM is strictly prohibited.

Photo Release
By registering for this conference, I hereby grant AFPM, its licensees and assigns, the right to use my name, biographic material, as well as, photos, or videos taken of me during the conference in news media, websites, publications, programs, articles, and/or marketing materials.

Ethical Responsibility and Professional and Personal Conduct Code
The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (“AFPM”) has adopted the following “Ethical Responsibility and Professional and Personal Conduct Code” (hereinafter, “the Code”). Every member of AFPM, their designated representatives, and non-member attendees at all AFPM meetings and forums agree to abide by the Code as a condition of membership in AFPM and attendance and participation at AFPM meetings and forums.

The Code requires the following of all individuals attending AFPM meetings and forums:

Adherence to the AFPM bylaws and the AFPM policies and procedures, as adopted by AFPM’s Board of Directors.
Strict compliance with antitrust laws.
Adherence to all applicable federal and state laws.
Maintenance of the highest level of professional and personal ethical behavior while attending AFPM meetings and forums.
Prevention of certain behaviors, including harassment, violence, intimidation and discrimination of any kind involving race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability or, where applicable, veteran or marital status.
Assurance that conduct at all times and in all professional and personal dealings with each other and other attendees is with the highest level of integrity and courtesy.
Sharing of knowledge and expertise as speakers at AFPM educational events and sessions whenever practicable, without soliciting or explicitly promoting their own organization's products or services.
Working to instill public and consumer confidence in the petrochemical and refining industries, its member companies, and its professionals, avoiding any action conducive to discrediting members of AFPM.
Refraining from scheduling general attendance meetings, receptions or other events at times that conflict with substantive programming or social events at AFPM meetings without express written permission of AFPM.

Failure to abide by the Code may result, for the first offense, in informal censure of a company or individual by the AFPM Executive Committee. If violations of the Code continue after such an informal censure, a company may be subject to expulsion from AFPM, or an individual to exclusion from participation in AFPM activities, by the Board of Directors.

Entertainment Policy
We ask your cooperation in observing Association policy on activities held in conjunction with any AFPM meeting:

Meetings or social activities should not be scheduled that take registrants away from AFPM programs and AFPM-sponsored activities;
Any company sponsoring a function to which 25 or more people are invited should outline its plans for advance approval by AFPM. In general, such functions will be approved if they do not unduly take registrants away from AFPM-sponsored activities;
All representatives of companies sponsoring hospitality activities are expected to register for the meeting;
Hospitality suites are expected to close by 12:00 am;
Food, beverage and service personnel (bartenders, hostesses, etc.) must be obtained through the hotel catering department;
Suite promotional activities are to avoid the use of elaborate entertainment, expensive door prizes, suite attendance solicitation by individuals who are not full-time employees of the sponsoring company, or other similar activities.