2021 International Petrochemical Conference (IPC): Remaining Resilient and Building a Sustainable Future

The IPC is the world's largest and most prestigious conference representing the petrochemical industry. It’s where the world’s petrochemical executives gather with their teams to make a year’s worth of connections in just two days. Come and strengthen relationships with your partners and meet new colleagues face-to-face without the distractions of the office and without the expenses of traveling all year long.

This year’s event is hybrid!

For those who can travel, we welcome you back and look forward to meeting in person once again. For those who have restrictions and are not able to travel, the education sessions will be made available on our cutting-edge virtual platform which will also allow virtual registrants to network and join B2B meetings, all at an affordable, reduced registration rate.

Register today and join your colleagues. The petrochemical industry is gathering once again and building a sustainable future!

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination OR negative PCR test required

AFPM values your support of our events. Your health and safety and that of all our registrants is of the utmost importance. Therefore, we have decided to require all in-person participants to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 PCR test performed within 72 hours of arrival. This action is part of comprehensive measures taken to protect the health and safety of everyone present at AFPM gatherings and allow us to once again return to face-to-face meetings confidently.

Engagement, Networking, and Industry Trends

Your time is valuable, and if you want to maximize time spent in meetings and learning the latest industry and global trends then IPC is the perfect place for you and your colleagues. Here are a few of the highlights and experiences you will have while packing in a year’s worth of business development in just two days.

Peer Meetings, Leadership Meetings, and Networking

The number of colleagues, future partners, and friends you will meet in such a short time will maximize your business cycle and help grow your bottom line. Without having to travel the globe—especially in the current climate—you’ll save money and time.

Join your colleagues for the Opening Reception!

An attendee favorite function, each year the reception allows everyone to network, say hello, and start the conference off right.

Industry Trends and Updates

High-profile speakers—experts in the areas of petrochemical markets, economics, and politics—lead attendees in thought-provoking discussions throughout the two-day event. The following are a few highlights of the education program. See the agenda for the full program.

CEO Panel—Reflections from the C-Suite

Join AFPM CEO Chet Thompson and CEOs of petrochemical companies to reflect on the most pressing topics facing the petrochemicals industry.

Disruptors & Recovery in the Petrochemical Industry—The Current and Future State of the Industry in the Post-COVID Era

This session includes leading experts’ thoughts on the current and future state of our industry, and how 2020 drastically shaped that future.

The Future of Sustainability—Innovation, Ingenuity, and Collaboration in the Petrochemical Industry

This session is led by experts, including representatives from petrochemical manufacturers, their value chain partners, and innovative organizations who are developing technologies, who will address sustainability issues.

Bring the team and register today!

Agenda subject to change.

Sunday October 17, 2021

9:00 am
7:00 pm


5:00 pm
7:00 pm

Welcome Reception


Monday October 18, 2021

7:30 am
8:00 am


7:30 am
5:00 pm


8:00 am
10:00 am

General Session - (Live-Streamed)

Opening Remarks

2021 Petrochemical Heritage Award Presentation
Jim Teague, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Enterprise Products Partners

Keynote Speaker
Ambassador Bolton will share his unique understanding of foreign policies, as well as the impact of trade agreements on international partnerships and the global business environment.

John Bolton , Former National Security Advisor & U.S. Ambassador to the UN
10:15 am
11:15 am

CEO Panel: Reflections from the C Suite - (Live-Streamed)

Join AFPM CEO Chet Thompson and CEOs of Petrochemical Companies to reflect on the most pressing topics facing the Petrochemicals Industry.

Chet Thompson, AFPM, CEO

Richard Rowe, CEO, Arkema
Mike Nagle, CEO, Olefins & Polymers USA, INEOS
BJ Hebert, President and COO, Chevron Phillips Chemical
11:30 am
1:30 pm

Petrochemical Leadership Luncheon

Invitation Only
2:00 pm
5:00 pm

General Session - (Live-Streamed)

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Future of Sustainability – Innovation, Ingenuity, and Collaboration in the Petrochemical Industry
This session will discuss developing technologies to address sustainability issues.

Dave Yankovitz, Chemical Leader, Deloitte

Benny Mermans, Vice President of Sustainability, Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP
Rob Flores, Vice President of Sustainability, Berry Global
April Crow, Vice President of External Affairs / Investor Relations, Circulate Capital

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Disruptors & Recovery in the Petrochemical Industry – The Current and Future State of the Industry in the Post - COVID Era
This session includes leading experts’ thoughts on the current and future states of the petrochemical industry, and how the COVID-19 pandemic drastically shaped the future of the petrochemical industry.

Jeremy Pafford, Head of North America, Market Development, ICIS

Warren Wilczewski, Industry Economist, US EIA
Mark Eramo, Global Vice President, IHS Markit
Bob Kumpf, PhD, Material Science, Specialist Executive, Deloitte

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Embracing the Power of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion - Drivers for a Better Business
Join our panel of DEI and talent professionals to learn what works and what doesn’t as you evaluate your own workforce and consider the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

Gillian Morris, Principal, Advisory, Strategy, KPMG
Sarah Ramirtha, Financial Analyst and D&L Leader, BASF
Stacy Putman, Manager, Advocacy / Leadership & Workforce Development /Strategic Technology, INEOS
Jenny Hebert, Sales Director AMERICAS, Clean Fuels Technologies, Albemarle
Lanier Robertson, Head of Human Resources Americas, SABIC

Tuesday October 19, 2021

9:00 am
9:45 am

AFPM Meet & Greet

Curious to learn more about how AFPM is addressing our most pressing issues? Join AFPM’s Derrick Morgan, Rob Benedict and Jaime Zarraby for coffee and the opportunity to ask your most pressing questions.
9:00 am
12:00 pm


10:00 am
11:00 am

General Session

Digital Transformation in the Petrochemical Industry – Leveraging Technology to Achieve Business Goals (In-Person Only)
What does digital transformation mean for the petrochemical industry? This panel will share their journeys from changing culture, leveraging technology to achieve business goals, and planning for the future.

Peter Reynolds, Principal Analyst, Energy and Chemicals

Anup Sharma, Senior Vice President, Global Business Services, LyondellBasell
Suresh Vaidyanathan, General Manager, Refining Business Improvement & Chief Engineer, Phillips 66
11:30 am
2:00 pm

International Petrochemical Luncheon

Keynote Speaker
Isaacson provides an analysis of common traits of some of America’s greatest leaders and how those traits can be used to empower today’s business leaders, fostering the creativity necessary to compete in a new century of globalization.

Walter Isaacson – Renowned Historian / Author

Price: $125.00

In-person - Luncheon is open to registered attendees only. Badge & ticket are required to gain admittance. Reserved Seating is available with purchase of a table of 6 only. Tables of 6 are only available to members. Tickets must be purchased by October 1. No tickets or same-day seating will be available on-site.

Virtual – Virtual registrants are welcome to join other virtual registrants for lunch conversation and networking at video “tables” prior to viewing the presentation. There is no additional fee to attend this session for virtual registrants.

Registration Fees

Registration fees are based on AFPM membership. If your company is a member of AFPM, you qualify for the member fees.

Save $100 on registration fees by registering by September 17th. Registration fees increase by $100 on September 18th. Registration closes on October 8, 2021.

Registration Cancellation Policy

Cancellations may be made by September 17, 2021 with no penalty. Cancellations must be submitted in writing. Written cancellations postmarked, faxed, or emailed between September 18 and October 1, 2021 will receive a refund of fees, less a $100 processing fee. No refunds after October 1, 2021. No telephone cancellations.

Name Price Available To
IPC In-person Member Registration $750.00 Members/Government
IPC In-person Non-Member Registration $1,250.00 Non-Members
IPC Spouse Registration $100.00
IPC Virtual Member Registration $200.00 Members/Government
IPC Virtual Non-Member Registration $350.00 Non-Members

Meeting Dress

Business Attire

Special Events

All ticketed functions are open to registered attendees only. Tickets can be purchased at time of online registration.  To purchase tickets after registration is completed, click Register Now, and add the tickets you wish to purchase without making any other changes to the registration. You will only be charged for what has been added.

Tickets must be purchased by October 1st in order to attend the International Petrochemical Luncheon. No tickets or same-day seating will be available on-site.

Name Price Available To
International Petrochemical Luncheon
Luncheon Ticket $125.00 Registered Attendees Only
International Petrochemical Luncheon - Table of 6
Luncheon Table $750.00 Members


Reservations cannot be made prior to registration. If you register before the hotel cut-off date, you will receive a link to make a hotel reservation once your registration is complete. You can also find the link to reserve your housing at the top of your confirmation email.

Be sure to register and reserve your room by September 17th. The room block rate cannot be guaranteed after this date.

Grand Hyatt San Antonio
600 E. Market Street
San Antonio, TX 78205-2600

Guest Room
Rate: $209.00 Single/Double Occupancy

Hilton Palacio del Rio
200 South Alamo Street
San Antonio, TX 78205-3213

Guest Room - City View
Rate: $249.00 Single/$274.00 Double Occupancy

Guest Room - River View
Rate: $269.00 Single/$294.00 Double Occupancy

Marriott Rivercenter Hotel
101 Bowie Street
San Antonio, TX 78205-3901

Guest Room
Rate: $244.00 Single/Double Occupancy

Marriott Riverwalk Hotel
889 East Market St.
San Antonio, TX 78205

Guest Room
Rate: $244.00 Single/Double Occupancy

Westin Riverwalk Hotel
420 Market Street
San Antonio, TX 78205-2920

Guest Room - City View
Rate: $239.00 Single/Double Occupancy

Guest Room - River View
Rate: $259.00 Single/Double Occupancy

Become a Sponsor
Become a Sponsor

Give your brand more visibility through one of our sponsorships. Branding and engagement opportunities are available for in-person and virtual platforms. Details will be coming soon.

For more details contact Colleen Lewallen.

Need Meeting Space?
Become an Affiliate

Are you in need of a suite or meeting room to host your meeting at IPC? Reach out to our affiliate coordinators to request a space.

AFPM Safety Protocols

AFPM considers the health and safety of all those who have joined us onsite as our top priority. AFPM is committed to implementing these additional COVID-19 safety protocols to help protect you and our employees as we navigate these changing circumstances. Accordingly, AFPM’s Safety Protocol, is a living document that will continue to evolve, incorporating the latest updates and enhancements of health and safety that will further the onsite experience for everyone in attendance.

Reminder: Proof of COVID-19 vaccination OR negative PCR test required

  • Proof of vaccination for all individuals or a negative PCR COVID-19 test dated within 72 hours prior to attending the AFPM International Petrochemical Conference (IPC). Documentation of vaccination or a negative test must be uploaded to the CLEAR app. The Health Pass code for IPC is EFATTENDEE16.
  • Please note, Rapid Response test results will NOT be accepted.


  • Adhere to all government travel restrictions in the areas you are traveling to and from.
  • Visit this link for current COVID-19 status in San Antonio, TX and general guidance while traveling: https://covid19.sanantonio.gov/Home
  • Complete the AFPM COVID-19 Waiver during online registration.

Health Screening
1.    Have you experienced any of the following symptoms in the past 48 hours: 

  • Fever (100.4 or greater) or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle aches
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

2.    Have you been in close physical contact in the last 14 days with anyone who is known to have laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 or anyone who has symptoms consistent with COVID-19

3.    Are you isolating or quarantining because you may have been exposed to a person with COVID-19 or are worried you may be sick with COVID-19?

If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, or if you feel sick prior to your arrival, please stay home and contact
ipc@afpm.org. We will handle all follow-up accordingly. 

Arrival Screening

  • All attendees will be asked to submit to a contactless temperature check daily.
  • Any attendee who has not been successfully screened will not be permitted to enter the event.


  • Contactless pick-up of name badges.
  • You will be asked to show your documentation of vaccination or a negative test via the CLEAR app. Please have your Health Pass ready to be scanned.
  • Registration counters will be shielded with plexiglass barriers separating AFPM staff member and registrant.


  • If at any time onsite you do not feel well, please advise an AFPM Staff Member immediately and do not continue with any onsite activities.


  • A mask is highly recommended to be worn when attending all IPC functions. Please ensure the mask is completely covering the face (nose and mouth). Limit touching face, nose, and mouth.
  • Wearing a mask or face covering is currently recommended indoors, regardless of vaccination status, in San Antonio, TX. 
  • Disposable masks will be available on-site, but please plan to bring your own.

Hand Hygiene:

  • Wash your hands often and thoroughly, for no less than 20-seconds.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Personal hand sanitizers will be provided onsite but please feel free to bring your own.
  • Please refrain from traditional handshakes when greeting each other.
  • Follow CDC guidelines for hand hygiene.

Hotel Meeting Rooms

  • All room sets will be socially distanced. Please respect others’ personal space in sessions by maintaining adequate social distance.

Hotel Meal Functions

  • Plated meals will be served “room service style” with plate covers and individual condiment packages for each guest.
  • During buffet meals and the reception all food will be served by a hotel attendant and separated by a plexiglass shield. Please maintain a reasonable distance between attendees.

Personal Accountability Commitment

  • By attending this meeting, you agree to engage in the following additional health and safety measures: completing a daily temperature check, following the masking policies where necessary, practicing good hand hygiene, practicing appropriate social-distancing, and not attending if you have felt unwell or have recently been exposed or in close-contact to someone exposed to COVID-19.

Post Event:

  •  If you test positive for COVID-19 up to 14 days after returning home from the event, please contact AFPM Meetings staff to advise them.
  • If you have any additional concerns or questions that are not listed above, please contact AFPM Meetings at meetings@afpm.org.
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.

COVID-19 Safety Protocols
AFPM is closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic, CDC guidelines, city/state regulations, and venue practices. Due to the changing nature of these restrictions and requirements, AFPM will release official safety protocols two weeks prior to the conference that all staff and attendees must follow while present at the conference.

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination OR negative PCR test required
AFPM values your support of our events. Your health and safety and that of all our registrants is of the utmost importance. Therefore, we have decided to require all in-person participants to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 PCR test performed within 72 hours of arrival. This action is part of comprehensive measures taken to protect the health and safety of everyone present at AFPM gatherings and allow us to once again return to face-to-face meetings confidently.

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.

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.

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 a spouse who works within the industry may not use the Spouse/Guest Registration category.

Cancellation Policy
Registration cancellations must be submitted in writing and emailed to IPC@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 IPC@afpm.org.

Cancellations may be made by September 17, 2021 with no penalty. Cancellations must be submitted in writing. Written cancellations postmarked, faxed, or emailed between September 18 and October 1, 2021 will receive a refund of fees, less a $100 processing fee. No refunds after October 1, 2021. No telephone cancellations.

Ticket Refund Policy: Individual
Refunds will be made on individual tickets purchased if request is received in writing prior to October 1, 2021. No refunds after October 1st. Ticketed functions are open to registered attendees only.

Ticket Refund Policy: Tables of 6
Refunds will be made on tables of tickets purchased if request is received in writing prior to September 17, 2021. No refunds after September 17th. 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.

AFPM Antitrust Guidelines
AFPM takes its antitrust compliance obligations seriously and our antitrust policy goes beyond the minimum requirements.

To ensure compliance with the antitrust laws and avoid any appearance of anticompetitive activity, every participant in AFPM meetings and AFPM activities must adhere to the AFPM antitrust guidelines.

Therefore, there should be no discussion or disclosure of information with respect to:

Individual company's prices, profits, premiums, surcharges, or discounts;
your intent to do business with specific customers;
proposed product offerings;
allocation of geographic or product markets;
any refusal to deal with a customer or supplier;
how to respond to the market behavior of a competitor;
company's non-public, confidential information; or
any other topic involving a potentially anticompetitive practice.

It is not only your duty to follow the AFPM policy, but also to affirmatively stop any conversations on impermissible subjects. If a discussion presents an antitrust issue, raise your concern immediately. If the discussion continues, announce that you are leaving the meeting because you have an antitrust concern and immediately report your concern to AFPM staff and legal counsel. These Guidelines apply both during the meeting and at informal social events involving AFPM members.

This reference is an overview of AFPM's Antitrust Guidelines. It is not a substitute for legal counsel. Any and all antitrust related concerns should be addressed to AFPM's General Counsel.

Ethical Responsibility and Professional and Personal Conduct Code
The American Fuel and 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 a.m.;
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.