We are the Energy Future: Reliable, Affordable, Sustainable

The AFPM Annual Meeting, 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, is going virtual in 2021, potentially connecting even more of our global network on April 12 and 13!

Conference Overview

This year’s Annual Meeting will be different than any other in the history of the association. We are living in extraordinary times and so we will put on an extraordinary meeting.

The mission for our Annual Meeting is to deliver an engaging program addressing both significant opportunities and challenges for U.S. refiners and petrochemical manufacturers. This year it may seem the challenges outweigh the opportunities, but we are an optimistic group and we are excited to deliver a program designed to arm you with critical information to help you achieve more, go farther, and improve your company’s performance.

Our first priority is always the safety of our members so a decision was made to gather virtually this spring with hopes of finally reuniting in person in 2022. It is vital for our industries to come together to engage on our most challenging issues, to learn from one another, to find solutions.

So plan to join us in April. You’ll experience the best a virtual meeting platform can offer - live streamed sessions, engaging panel discussions, interactive content, numerous networking opportunities in video rooms and yes, maybe even a little hospitality entertainment sprinkled in!

All times are CDT

Monday April 12, 2021

8:00 am
8:55 am

Morning Coffee


Networking opportunity.
55Min
9:00 am
11:30 am

General Session



Opening Remarks
Joe Gorder, Chairman, President & CEO, Valero Energy Corporation

President's Report
Chet Thompson, President & CEO, AFPM

Guest Speaker
Peter Zeihan, is a geopolitical strategist and critically acclaimed author who combines an expert understanding of demography, economics, energy, politics, technology, and security to help prepare for an uncertain future. With a keen eye toward what will drive tomorrow’s headlines, Peter uses an irreverent approach to transform today’s topics into relevant takeaways.
2.5Hrs
11:30 am
12:00 pm

Virtual Lunch Bunch


Networking and entertainment opportunity.
30Min
12:00 pm
2:00 pm

Concurrent Sponsored Sessions


Visit the Sponsor tab for more information.
2Hrs
12:30 pm
1:30 pm

Breakout - Putting Refinery Sustainability Into Perspective – A Practical Toolkit For Understanding What Can Be Done


This session sets climate change impacts into a refining setting, describing how to baseline the current situation, and how various paths forward can be evaluated based on thoughtful scientific and economic analysis to determine what is appropriate as the situation (including various drivers) evolves. In addition, we will describe how some are taking bold steps across the value chain in this new carbon landscape, including what specific aspects of refinery operations could be approached, and how some have already moved forward with biofuel production, enhanced energy management and other creative and evolving approaches.

Speaker:
John Beath, John Beath Environmental, LLC
1Hrs
2:00 pm
3:00 pm

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


Institutional investors are increasingly placing environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) factors at the center of their investment strategies. Join us for a discussion with investors about the factors driving ESG investing today and the impact on the refining and petrochemical industries.

Moderator:
Chet Thompson, President & CEO, AFPM
1Hrs
3:00 pm
3:30 pm

Virtual Break


Visit sponsor pages or networking rooms.
30Min
3:30 pm
4:30 pm

Breakout - Diversity & Inclusion with Franklin Covey, Unconscious Bias


Tackling unconscious bias isn’t about monitoring your every thought for bias against every kind of person. It is about assessing the fairness and effectiveness of your decision-making using the skills in this book and building a more inclusive, high-performing culture at work where everyone can contribute their best. Join us for a discussion with the author of Unconscious Bias and learn more about the four-part approach—Identify Bias, Cultivate Connection, Choose Courage, and Apply Across the Talent Lifecycle.
1Hrs
3:30 pm
4:30 pm

Concurrent Sponsored Sessions


Visit the Sponsor tab for more information.
1Hrs
4:30 pm
6:30 pm

Women in Industry Reception


Open to registered women attendees only.
2Hrs

Tuesday April 13, 2021

8:00 am
8:55 am

Morning Coffee


Networking opportunity.
55Min
9:00 am
10:30 am

General Session



This morning’s General Session featuring an interactive discussion on leadership and safety with the author of FranklinCovey’s 4 Disciplines of Execution, Chris McChesney followed by the announcement of the 2020 AFPM Distinguished Safety Award Winners. This session will also be live streamed on the virtual platform.

Opening Remarks
Chet Thompson, President & CEO, AFPM

Keynote Speaker
Chris McChesney, Author, FranklinCovey

AFPM Distinguished Safety Awards
Chet Thompson, President & CEO, AFPM
Joe Gorder, Chairman, President & CEO, Valero Energy Corporation
Jeff Ramsey, President & CEO, Flint Hills Resources, LLC
1.5Hrs
10:30 am
10:45 am

Virtual Break


Visit sponsor pages or networking rooms.
15Min
10:45 am
11:30 am

Concurrent Breakout Sessions


Advocacy - Oil Markets, Refining and the Energy Transition
This session will cover the global perspective on areas of demand growth including EV penetration, shifts in new capacity, threats of rationalization, opportunities for renewable diesel, and the US refining market and energy transition.

Moderator:
Susan Grissom, Chief Industry Analyst, AFPM

Panelists:
John Auers, Executive Vice President, Turner Mason
Alan Gelder, Vice President, Global Content Lead for Refining, Wood Mackenzie

Operational Excellence and Culture - Positive Mental Awareness

Speaker:
Bob Pragada, President and Chief Operating Officer, Jacobs
45Min
11:30 am
11:45 am

Virtual Break


Visit sponsor pages or networking rooms.
15Min
11:45 am
12:30 pm

Concurrent Breakout Sessions


Advocacy - Vehicles Policy: Combustion Engine Bans or Consumer Choice?
A panel to evaluate the concept of banning internal combustion engine vehicles (ICEVs) favored by 98% of consumers today.  Panelists from impacted industries, local communities, and the think tank community look at the feasibility and costs of a technology-ban approach to reducing transportation emissions.

Operational Excellence and Culture - Digital Transformation: Cultural Change & Work Process Design

Technology - A New Era for Alkylation: Ionic Liquid Alkylation - ISOALKY (TM) Process Technology
This presentation introduces how ISOALKY Technology uses a non-volatile ionic liquid catalyst that operates with on-line regeneration, without acid soluble oil (ASO) disposal or any solid by-product formation. The presentation also reviews how ISOALKY Technology provides greater flexibility in processing olefin feedstocks with low/negligible H-transfer tendency, smaller volume of catalyst required, reduced emissions, optimized operating conditions to increase octane and alkylate yield, and decreased risk in transportation and handling of the solution.

Moderator:
Scott Purnell, Vice President, R&D, W. R. Grace & Co.

Panelists:
Helin Cox, Senior Business Leader, Alkylation & Treating, Honeywell UOP
Hye Kyung Timken, Chevron
45Min
12:30 pm
1:00 pm

Virtual Lunch Bunch


Networking and entertainment opportunity.
30Min
1:00 pm
1:45 pm

Concurrent Breakout Sessions


Advocacy - Regional Approaches to State Transportation Policy
As states look to the future of transportation, they are increasingly working with their neighbors to develop comprehensive solutions that involve electrification, fuels standards and Cap and Trade Programs. This session will look at the Transportation & Climate Initiative, the Great Plains Institutes “Clean Fuels Policy for the Midwest” and other regional efforts.

Operational Excellence and Culture - Human & Organizational Performance in Georgia Pacific: Opening Minds, Taking Action, and Getting Results
Poor safety performance drove Georgia-Pacific, a major player in the paper industry, to transform using Human & Organizational Performance. Find out how they are applying new learning both in the office and in the field, and the early results.

Moderator:
Sharon Watkins, Operations Leader, Monroe Energy

Speaker:
Dawn Wurst, Senior Vice President, Health & Safety, Georgia-Pacific Chemicals LLC

Technology - Midstream Market Outlook
With the expansion of U.S. oil production in places like the Permian basin we have seen a corresponding expansion of pipeline infrastructure development to bring this feedstock to refiners and export markets. The U.S. energy industry, and the midstream sector, has also been uniquely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This panel will provide an outlook for pipeline development in the United States, along with insights into key market drivers influencing midstream investment decisions. The panel will also discuss the outlook for midstream recovery in a post-pandemic era, and review some of the key infrastructure projects that are now underway.

Moderator:
Susan Grissom, Chief Industry Analysts, AFPM

Panelists:
Katie Bays, Managing Director, FiscalNote
Rusty Braziel, President & Principal Energy Markets Consultant, RBN Energy
Tom O’Connor, Senior Director Energy Markets, ICF Consulting
45Min
1:45 pm
2:00 pm

Virtual Break


Visit sponsor pages or networking rooms.
15Min
2:00 pm
2:45 pm

Concurrent Breakout Sessions


Advocacy - Sustainability: Defining Expectations
As public dialogues question society’s best path toward a sustainable future, fuel and petrochemical manufacturers are defining the role of our industries by demonstrating ongoing commitments to improving environmental performance, advancing safety, supporting thriving people and communities, and driving progress in their own operations and in sectors across the economy. Hear how companies are navigating evolving stakeholder expectations while spearheading solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges.

Operational Excellence and Culture - Walk the Line and Culture – Leadership Fireside Chat
Walk the Line is a conduct of operations driven, practice sharing program focused on engaging the front line to help reduce process safety events and help make sites safer. This fireside chat will discuss Walk the Line and Culture from a company leader perspective. Case studies on how Walk the Line may help will be provided.

Moderator:
Lawrence Moreaux, Vice President & Site Manager, LyondellBasell

Panelists:
Michael McKee, Vice President Refining Operations, PBF Energy
Michael VanDerSnick, Senior Vice President, Americas Manufacturing, LyondellBasell
Tim Watson, Corporate EH&S Vice President, Americas Styrenics

Technology - Cybersecurity Policy in the Evolving Threat Landscape
This session will focus on existing and potential threats to information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) systems, including ransomware, and what policy makers, regulators, and AFPM members can do to make these systems more secure from cyberattacks. We will look at how cyber threats have increased as technology advancements improve operational efficiency, and how the private sector can work with federal partners to ensure cybersecurity policy is crafted in a way that is flexible, non-prescriptive, and allows for industry to adequately respond to the evolving threat landscape.

Moderator:
Derrick Morgan, Senior Vice President, Federal & Regulatory Affairs, AFPM

Panelists:
Former Representative Will Hurd, (R-TX-23)
Chris Roberti, Senior Vice President for Cyber, Intelligence, and Supply Chain Security Policy, US Chamber of Commerce
Chris Lukas, General Manager, Information Risk Strategy & Management, Chevron
45Min
2:45 pm
3:00 pm

Virtual Break


Visit sponsor pages or networking rooms.
15Min
3:00 pm
3:45 pm

Concurrent Breakout Sessions


Advocacy - How Community Engagement Benefits People on Both Sides of the Fence
Refineries and petrochemical facilities are critical to cultivating thriving communities. Serving as the foundation of local economies, they are also active partners in programs to advance education, health, safety, and environmental protection. Through these programs and open and transparent communication, they are building trust and lasting partnerships with the people that live in their communities. Hear how our industries are establishing goodwill and supporting their neighbors, and how these activities benefit our workers, from the people who live it every day.

Panelists:
Adam Gattuso, Government Affairs and Communications Leader, Monroe Energy
Blythe Bellows Lamonica, Senior Manager, Southeast Communications Hub, BASF Corporation
Jake Reint, Managing Director of Public Affairs, Flint Hills Resources

Operational Excellence and Culture - Transparency, Credibility and Confidentiality in Sustainability
The energy industry faces a challenging future as governments and financial institutions make a strong push for climate sustainability strategies. Key industry stakeholders are feeling a sense of urgency as near-term commitments are expected. Add to the mix the expectation that data be publicly available, and black-box solutions are no longer being acceptable. Welcome to the Information Age. The industry needs to adapt with flexible, modular ways to provide information in the right context while still protecting their intellectual property. To do so requires a variety of data, methodologies, and partnerships to cross-validate and capture different dimensions of the sustainability landscape. Join us as we present findings and observations from our journey toward providing clients actionable insight and reporting that has been transparent, credible, and confidential.

Speaker:
Charles J. Reith, Jr., President & CEO, HSB Solomon Associates LLC

Technology - Midstream Policy Outlook
In recent years we have experienced a myriad of legislative and regulatory midstream policies that improved pipeline safety and streamlined infrastructure permitting.  During the same period, pipelines have become highly politicized.  We have seen widespread efforts to stifle or stop midstream infrastructure projects through the regulatory process, legislation, and litigation.  Furthermore, with a new Administration and Congress focused on transitioning to renewable energy sources the next four years are likely to remain very active. This panel will review current regulatory, legislative, and legal midstream issues and provide and near-term outlook on midstream policy issues.

Moderator:
Robert Benedict, Vice President, Petrochemicals & Midstream, AFPM

Panelists:
Keith Coyle, Babst Calland
Christi Tezak, ClearView Energy Partners, LLC
Cynthia Quarterman, Atlantic Council
45Min
3:45 pm
5:00 pm

Virtual Networking


Visit sponsor pages.
1.25Hrs
4:00 pm
5:00 pm

Concurrent Sponsored Sessions


Visit the Sponsor tab for more information.
1Hrs

Meeting Fees

Member: $475
Non-member: $775

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

Sponsorship Information

We are excited to welcome our supporters and affiliates back for the Annual Meeting – Virtual Edition. This conference will cover two days of live, pre-recorded and on demand sessions that you have come to expect at our premier event. But even more important – we have incorporated over 30 touch points for sponsors and affiliates to get in front of our attendees. 

Envision this – your company has this amazing service or outlook that needs to be shared with the industry. AFPM can help you deliver that message. We have designed the agenda to allow our sponsors the opportunity to present these relevant concepts to the attendees and include them on the main agenda. 

In addition, this new platform provides secure, private online meeting rooms which are enabled for sponsors and affiliate to use and schedule private meetings.

Become a Sponsor
Sponsorship Opportunities

Please see our sponsorship offerings below and contact either Jeanne Boone or Colleen Lewallen at sponsorships@afpm.org so we can answer your questions and help you keep your visibility in front of the industry leaders.

View Sponsorship Opportunities

Click here to view the 2019 AFPM Sponsors.

By registering for this meeting you signify that you have read, understand, and agree to abide by AFPM's policies on fees, cancellation, anti-trust, ethical conduct, and photo release described below.

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.

Cancellation Policy
Content will be available following the conference, therefore, all refunds/cancellations must be submitted in writing and emailed by March 19 with no penalty. No refunds will be accepted after March 19. No telephone cancellations. Substitute conference registrations may be made 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.

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 & 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.

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.