October 17

02:30 PM

Valero Energy Corporation

Valero Energy Corporation

Fulfill your PE requirement at this Ethics for Engineers session.

We each have a responsibility to act with integrity and uphold the highest standards in all that we do. In this interactive session we will provide you with a tool to use when faced with an ethical decision as well as provide real world scenarios to practice making ethical decisions.

04:00 PM

This event is for attendees new to the industry or new to AFPM. It gives attendees the opportunity to interact with senior leaders to familiarize themselves with the industry and what to expect throughout the conference.

05:00 PM

Join us at the Grotto and LDR at the adjacent Convention Center for one swashbuckling bang-up time! This is not your typical opening networking event. Be sure to arrive in time to reunite with everyone you’ve missed seeing the past couple years in a fun, casual environment, the perfect kick-off to our long-awaited inaugural Summit and the perfect precursor to the new era of convention collaboration.

October 18

08:30 AM

Chet Thompson

President and CEO AFPM

The General Session on Day 1 will include AFPM President and CEO, Chet Thompson, awarding the AFPM Lifetime Service Award to two of your industry colleagues. This year’s awardees have made outstanding contributions to not only our industry, but also to AFPM for over 15 years. Congratulations to Willis Jernigan and Jeff Zurlo!

09:00 AM

John Auers

Executive Vice President RBN Energy LLC

Chet Thompson

President and CEO AFPM

10:00 AM

Michelle Poler

"Fear Less, Do More: 100 Days of Fears”

12:30 PM

Andy Woods (Facilitator)

Plant Manager Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP

Michael Goranson

Turnaround Execution Coordinator INVISTA

Daniel Goulet

President, North America Mobideo

Hear how INVISTA implemented a mobile work execution platform to improve their real-time visibility and performance during their Shutdown, Turnaround, Outages (STOs.) An overview of the case study will show how digitalizing work process led to operational excellence by:

  • Connecting workers and enabling them to digitally receive detailed task definitions and supporting work package information in the field
  • Connecting Managers and enabling them to receive real-time activity status information highlighting risks and supported better decision making
  • Enabling data-driven Contractor Performance Management

Tim Chappell

VR Training Portfolio Lead Exxon Mobil Corporation

Over the past 5 years VR safety training at ExxonMobil has gone from proof of concept to worldwide adoption. Overcoming the challenges of implementing a new training technology and building a value rich portfolio has resulted in many learnings that can help your organization navigate this new technology.

J. Mark Houdek

Director, Refinery of the Future and Sustainability in the Core Honeywell UOP LLC

Sponsored by: Honeywell UOP

At the conclusion of this presentation, the audience will take-away and /or be equipped with the following:

  1. A framework that can and used be used to evaluate future projects and measure the impact as related to financial and Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) characteristics
  2. Strategies for consideration ranging from shifts in processing objectives to more tactical approaches that address Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions
  3. Practical application of the strategies and tactics using real life commercial examples to illustrate the potential value that could be recognized

Rohan Dighe (Facilitator)

Process Monitoring and Optimization Engineer Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP

Morgan Bowling

Industry Principal, Oil & Gas Seeq Corporation

Trevor Lane

Optimization Engineer Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP

Yele Soyombo

Data Science Manager Ascend Performance Materials LLC

Brian Scallan

Director, Business Process Improvement Ascend Performance Materials LLC

This session will present refining and petrochemical industry case studies and ROI metrics which demonstrate the importance of balancing investments across employees and technologies to improve business outcomes, capture SME knowledge, and attract young talent to manufacturing.

Participants will:

  • Understand how analytics can help the company capture SME insights
  • Get insights on how to begin the machine learning and analytics journey

01:30 PM

Gerard Celestine (Facilitator)

Maintenance Support Manager Motiva Enterprises LLC

Herb Haught (Facilitator)

Manager, Maintenance & Reliability CVR Energy, Inc.

Bobby Tupper

Maintenance Excellence Manager Motiva Enterprises LLC

Mark Hutton

Category Manager- Services Motiva Enterprises LLC

Steve Brisendine

Vice President of Maintenance Operations Echo Maintenance LLC

This panel discussion will breakdown each step in the process of choosing the right contractors, and the factors to consider while evaluating their performance once onboard. We will also explore the roles and actions of team members in choosing the best contractors, building the essential KPI’s and Health checks, the frequency of touch points and evaluations.

Hardy Kemp (Facilitator)

Director - Projects & Turnarounds Flint Hills Resources, LLC

Mike Albarado

GNMT Planner Lead Flint Hills Resources

Paul Schulz

Safety Manager Flint Hills Resources

As a result of a recent line-up error incident in the Coker unit, the organization recognized that learning and improving is a journey. Not only does the leaderships response matter but the entire organizations response is key. In addition to the insights gained about responding to events, several error traps were identified that are relevant to other operating areas in the refinery.

Michael Barham (Facilitator)

Principal Engineer, Refining Technologist Marathon Petroleum Corporation

Mark Hammer

OPA Product Management Yokogawa

David DeBari

Advanced Engineering Associate Exxon Mobil Corporation

In this session we will discuss in detail how the international code of marketing can help to ensure that digital formulization is used appropriately. This track will also discuss lessons learned during the first year of execution that have already begun consolidating. This session will also discuss the future of digital formulization and which industry capabilities require such computing.

Participants will

  • Gain an understanding of how to utilize innovations and new technologies
  • Develop remote planning skills
  • Structure the need for in the field manpower

Kevin Smith

Chief Commercial Officer Canvass AI

Robert Ohmes

Division Manager - Strategic Business Planning Becht

An estimated 40% of organizations fail to report significant business gains from AI. There are many reasons why AI fails to deliver on its promise, and the main reason is simply that companies start with challenges that are too big with many organizational complications and longer time to realize value. Instead, by starting small and targeting specific AI solutions that produce immediate business value, organizations can effectively take the first steps in their AI journeys while preparing their workforce for the more complex applications that unlock the full value of AI. As part of this presentation, we’ll explore a case study where engineers at an oil and gas company did just that. They started with a smaller opportunity, addressed it to provide immediate benefits and build trust within the organization, and then applied those learnings to adjacent challenges and assets to improve the overall asset reliability, safety and productivity at their upstream oil production facility. By making AI solutions practical for engineers and operators from the beginning, the workforce was able to scale AI across 20+ assets and processes, resulting in nearly $20M in benefits. Don’t make the mistakes of others, instead learn how to start on the right foot and to fast track your AI journey to success.

02:30 PM

Marc Coggeshall

Commercial Development Leader for North America Koch Engineered Solutions

Manufacturing and a healthy environment aren’t mutually exclusive. We believe responsible management of our environmental resources is vital to providing products and services that help people improve their lives, while using fewer resources and respecting the environment.

Stephen Gill (Facilitator)

Director, Process Safety HF Sinclair

Ken Bloch

Sr. HES Professional Marathon Petroleum Corporation

This incident review will cover a lift station explosion at the Marathon Galveston Bay Refinery. Highlights of the incident review will include, a review of the equipment involved in the explosion and a discussion on how the conditions which led up to the incident evolved. Followed by a discussion on the importance of maintaining equipment that is not part of the refinery process equipment, and suggestions on how to prevent a similar incident at other refineries

Tyler Veenstra

Refining Training & Development Manager Marathon Petroleum Company

The AFPM Immersive Learning Committee has been developing tools in a variety of mediums for AFPM members around Fired, Heaters and most recently winterization. After the presentation, head to Travis B, 3rd floor for hands on demonstrations of the tools.

Gerard Celestine (Facilitator)

Maintenance Support Manager Motiva Enterprises LLC

Herb Haught (Facilitator)

Manager, Maintenance & Reliability CVR Energy, Inc.

Bobby Tupper

Maintenance Excellence Manager Motiva Enterprises LLC

Mark Hutton

Category Manager- Services Motiva Enterprises LLC

Steve Brisendine

Vice President of Maintenance Operations Echo Maintenance LLC

This panel discussion will breakdown each step in the process of choosing the right contractors, and the factors to consider while evaluating their performance once onboard. We will also explore the roles and actions of team members in choosing the best contractors, building the essential KPI’s and Health checks, the frequency of touch points and evaluations.

03:30 PM

Tracy Sadowski (Facilitator)

Strategic Planning & Capital Projects Leader Monroe Energy, LLC

Alex Kalafatis

Sr. Director of Product Management Aspen Technology, Inc.

Yangdong Pan

Director, Advanced Process Control Delek US

Yugender Chikkula

Manager of Technology, APC Digitalization Motiva Enterprises LLC

Patrick Robinson

Maintenance Efficiency Lead Phillips 66

Rajan Rathinasabapathy

Process Optimization Engineer Phillips 66

This session will look at techniques and procedures that allow currently implemented APC systems to be modified at low cost to accommodate the newer AI based methods. This session will be of interest to and benefit APC engineers.

Olivier Le-Coz

Chief Technology Officer Axens North America

Stephen Gill (Facilitator)

Director, Process Safety HF Sinclair

Bill Clark

Director, Reliability Phillips 66

This session will include a presentation about a loss of containment, fire, and business impact event during a routine, non-complicated pump startup activity.  The presentation will cover key lessons learned and practical activities that can be taken to mitigate against operational, mechanical, and human performance failures. 

Michael Karlovich

VP-Corporate Communications PBF Energy, Inc.

04:30 PM

Charlie Turner

Director, Brand and Marketing Communications AFPM

Ericka Perryman

Director, Issues Communications AFPM

State and federal government policies are being introduced that misunderstand our work and threaten the viability of our industries. We need our workforce, who stand to be effected, to get involved. Industry employees are our most powerful representatives. Learn how you and your company or facility can get involved.

No Press Allowed

Eric Legare (Facilitator)

Senior Advising Process Engineer, Technical Services Phillips 66

Curt Hemphill

Senior Process Engineer Burns & McDonnell

Kristen Hildebrand

Staff Chemical Engineer Burns & McDonnell

Rich Smith

Senior Manager, Hydroprocessing Chevron U.S.A. Inc

Priyesh Thakker

Principal Hydroprocessing Engineer Topsoe, Inc.

Renewables is a new and evolving area within Refining.  As such, industry has experienced new process safety lessons learned from operation and revamps.  This session will be a mini panel town hall with short presentations followed by Q&A.

Tim Duncan

Applications Project Manager Solenis LLC

Gordon Johnson

Water Treatment Consultant Solenis LLC

Brian J. Martin

Utility Technologist Marathon Petroleum Corporation
October 19

08:00 AM

Arnold Austin (Facilitator)

Lead Process Control Engineer Emerson Automation Solutions

Karen Kuhn

Manager, Process Controls Cenovus Energy Inc.

Patrick Robinson

Maintenance Efficiency Lead Phillips 66

Troy Jones

Ensure Safe Production Team Leader Motiva Enterprises, LLC

The panel will discuss dynamically managed alarms and advanced shelving. Questions addressed will include how alarms are rationalized and implemented, and how advanced alarm shelving is part of the state-based alarm process.

Participants will:

  • Get good practices in mitigating alarm floods
  • Hear actual results/experiences from SMEs

Katie Yiznitsky (Facilitator)

Staff Refinery Models Engineer Valero Energy Corporation

Ben Mossman

Operations Superintendent CHS, Inc.

Gordon Robertson (Facilitator)

Senior Director, Technical Programs AFPM

Josh Santrock

Crude/Vac Technologist Marathon Petroleum Corporation

Sim Romero

Principal Consultant Becht

Tracie Gurtler

Process Engineer HF Sinclair

Tim Oubre

Sr. Technical Specialist Athlon, A Haliburton Company

Jason Nigg

Director, Crude, Fractionation, & Heat Transfer Phillips 66

Jeff Sexton (Facilitator)

Refining Technology Director Marathon Petroleum Corporation

Mike Achacoso

Vice President - Refining & Logistics Solomon Associates LLC

Alan Gelder

VP Refining, Chemicals and Oil Markets Wood Mackenzie

The Energy Transition to a lower carbon future will play a significant role in the Refining Industry.  How our industry – in the US and around the world - will adapt to changing market conditions going forward is evolving.  However, the US will be well positioned to take advantage of opportunities.  This session will highlight challenges and concerns that will impact our Refining outlook.

Steve Gim (Facilitator)

Regional Tech Service Manager - Americas BASF Corporation

Ken Bruno

Global Technical Service Director, FCC Albemarle Corporation

Tony Barletta

Vice President Process Consulting Services

Bani Cipriano

Segment Marketing Manager - Light Olefins W.R. Grace & Co.

Todd Hochheiser

Global Technical Service Manager Johnson Matthey

Rohan Khandelwal

Senior Manager Honeywell UOP

Vasilis Komvokis

Global Innovation & Evaluation Manager BASF Corporation

Phillip Niccum

FCC Technology Advisor Lummus Technology

Rahul Pillai

Technology Manager, FCC KBR

Raj Singh

Technology Manager Technip Energies

A super-panel that brings in various participants in the FCC world to discuss the available technologies and pertinent issues surrounding the potential transition of FCCs with greater petrochemical tilt. Value drivers, required changes (both FCC and downstream) and their magnitude will be discussed.

Jimmy Jernigan (Facilitator)

Associate Director, Global Maintenance and Reliability LyondellBasell Industries

Hardy Kemp

Director - Capital Projects, Construction & Turnarounds Flint Hills Resources, LLC

Robin Knowles

Senior Manager, Global Manufacturing Learning & Development LyondellBasell Industries

Dawn Wurst

SVP - Health & Safety Georgia-Pacific LLC

David Hammons

Organizational Learning and Reporting Manager Chevron U.S.A. Inc.

This session will present and discuss human performance and its effects on work as it pertains to quality of repairs, defect elimination, process safety, operational disciplines, quality of work checks by managers, culture challenges, and getting involvement from executives and union leaders. Companies at various stages of the human & organizational performance journey will share their lessons learned, success and challenges.

09:00 AM

Gordon Robertson (Facilitator)

Senior Director, Technical Programs AFPM

Josh Santrock

Crude/Vac Technologist Marathon Petroleum Corporation

Sim Romero

Principal Consultant Becht

Tracie Gurtler

Process Engineer HF Sinclair

Tim Oubre

Sr. Technical Specialist Athlon, A Haliburton Company

Jason Nigg

Director, Crude, Fractionation, & Heat Transfer Phillips 66

Clifford Avery (Facilitator)

FCC Process Advisor Albemarle Corporation

David Dayton

Senior Fellow and Director, Biofuels RTI International

Pyrolysis is the thermal conversion of biomass, municipal waste and/or plastic in the absence of oxygen to produce a liquid product.  This pyrolysis oil product will have various properties depending on the feedstock and technology.  However, it can be further processed through hydrotreating, co-processed in an FCC unit or steam cracker to produce petrochemicals or transportation fuels.  This session will cover the Pyrolysis technology with other sessions highlighting further processing of the pyrolysis oil.

Steve Gim (Facilitator)

Regional Tech Service Manager - Americas BASF Corporation

Ken Bruno

Global Technical Service Director, FCC Albemarle Corporation

Tony Barletta

Vice President Process Consulting Services

Bani Cipriano

Segment Marketing Manager - Light Olefins W.R. Grace & Co.

Todd Hochheiser

Global Technical Service Manager Johnson Matthey

Rohan Khandelwal

Senior Manager Honeywell UOP

Vasilis Komvokis

Global Innovation & Evaluation Manager BASF Corporation

Phillip Niccum

FCC Technology Advisor Lummus Technology

Rahul Pillai

Technology Manager, FCC KBR

Raj Singh

Technology Manager Technip Energies

A super-panel that brings in various participants in the FCC world to discuss the available technologies and pertinent issues surrounding the potential transition of FCCs with greater petrochemical tilt. Value drivers, required changes (both FCC and downstream) and their magnitude will be discussed.

Jimmy Jernigan (Facilitator)

Associate Director, Global Maintenance and Reliability LyondellBasell Industries

Hardy Kemp

Director - Capital Projects, Construction & Turnarounds Flint Hills Resources, LLC

Robin Knowles

Senior Manager, Global Manufacturing Learning & Development LyondellBasell Industries

Dawn Wurst

SVP - Health & Safety Georgia-Pacific LLC

David Hammons

Organizational Learning and Reporting Manager Chevron U.S.A. Inc.

This session will present and discuss human performance and its effects on work as it pertains to quality of repairs, defect elimination, process safety, operational disciplines, quality of work checks by managers, culture challenges, and getting involvement from executives and union leaders. Companies at various stages of the human & organizational performance journey will share their lessons learned, success and challenges. 

Darwin Logerot (Facilitator)

Principal Process Control Consultant Emerson Automation Solutions

Karen Kuhn

Manager, Process Controls Cenovus Energy Inc.

Patrick Robinson

Maintenance Efficiency Lead Phillips 66

Troy Jones

Ensure Safe Production Team Leader Motiva Enterprises, LLC

The panel will discuss sustaining alarm management. Questions addressed will include how they initially rationalize alarms, monitor alarms, audit and management of change alarm settings as required in order to maintain a good alarm management program.

Participants will:

  • Get good practices in sustaining an alarm management program
  • Hear actual results/experiences from SMEs

Mo Abueida (Facilitator)

Principal Process Engineer – Benicia Refinery Valero Energy Corporation

Ben Mossman

Operations Superintendent CHS, Inc.

10:15 AM

Rohan Khandelwal (Facilitator)

Senior Manager Honeywell UOP

Mike Stine

FCC Mechanical Specialist Honeywell UOP

Bryant Duncan

Senior Field Service Engineer Honeywell UOP

This session will review various issues that have been found in FCC units and how to address them. We will show details of failure mechanisms and discuss root causes and how to identify these mechanisms, along with the best approaches for timely field repairs and long term design solutions.

Lawrence Moreaux

Associate Director Digital Technology Integrations and Partnerships LyondellBasell Industries

Deidra Armstrong

Director of Operational Excellence HF Sinclair

This session will give an overview of technology related to Walk the Line and E-Permitting. The presenters will each share their journey towards implementing an E-Permitting system. The attendees will also learn about existing WTL toolbox resources. Companies at various stages of e-permitting system will share their lessons learned, successes and challenges.

Atique Malik (Facilitator)

President AIControl LLC

Abi Mukund

Head of Product Marketing & Strategy Imubit, Inc.

John Myers

Process Engineering Team Lead Monroe Energy, LLC

Learn about Monroe’s Energy experience of applying Closed Loop Neural Network models for direct control at their refinery. John Myers, Process Engineering Team Lead, walks through the steps it takes to develop these AI models and the lessons learned to obtain organizational alignment to adopt this advanced technology.

Ken Chlapik (Facilitator)

Global Market Manager - Hydrogen Johnson Matthey

Christy Anderson

Americas Technical Specialist Manager, Hydroprocessing Albemarle Corporation

Mary Cotturo

Process Engineer Marathon Petroleum

This session presents a commercial case study at Marathon Petroleum that utilizes BMCs for enhanced performance.  We will discuss how BMCs enabled Marathon to process a previously downgraded feed stream to the hydrocracking unit. Despite processing this high-severity feed, the refinery realized increases in overall unit stability and hydrocracking catalyst activity, resulting in a new level of profitability.

Sam Lordo (Facilitator)

Advisor Becht

Sim Romero

Principal Consultant Becht

Jeff Sexton (Facilitator)

Refining Technology Director Marathon Petroleum Corporation

Bob Riley (Facilitator)

Director, Energy Transition & Sustainability W. R. Grace & Co.

Leif Forer

Sustainability Consultant Foxley Consulting

Kristine Klavers

Managing Director - Houston EcoEngineers

Several new technologies have been developed to produce renewable fuels and petrochemical products. However, monetization of these new renewable streams is important to justify commercialization and utilization. EPA pathway approval for transportation fuels and ISCC+ credits for petrochemicals are key economic incentives based on current regulations that will drive investment. This session will highlight both options for monetization.

11:15 AM

Greg Cantley (Facilitator)

Refining Process Design Manager Marathon Petroleum Corporation

Karen Green

Refining Environmental, Sr Refining Engineer Marathon Petroleum Corporation

Mark Knight

Global Sustainability & ESG Leader Veolia Water Technologies and Solutions

Global, regional and local water issues are driving the need for water conservation. In this session, the “It’s just water” mindset presents challenges and opportunities that will be discussed, as will a focus on defining the journey to a more sustainable use of water; while recognizing the much needed balancing act to harmonize water, energy and GHG reduction targets.

Rohan Khandelwal (Facilitator)

Senior Manager Honeywell UOP

Mike Stine

FCC Mechanical Specialist Honeywell UOP

Bryant Duncan

Senior Field Service Engineer Honeywell UOP

This session will review various issues that have been found in FCC units and how to address them. We will show details of failure mechanisms and discuss root causes and how to identify these mechanisms, along with the best approaches for timely field repairs and long term design solutions.

Sai Reddy Pinappu (Facilitator)

RDD Scientist Baker Hughes

Chuck Red

Vice President Applied Research Associates, Inc.

Ulrik Brasen

Energy Separation Capital Sales Manager North America Alfa Laval

The desalter is the primary pretreatment unit for crude oil in a refinery.  In a renewable diesel facility, pretreatment is also required.  This session will highlight the need and differences in pretreatment technologies for renewable feedstocks.

Atique Malik (Facilitator)

President AIControl LLC

Abi Mukund

Head of Product Marketing & Strategy Imubit, Inc.

Yangdong Pan

Director, Advanced Process Control Delek US

John Myers

Process Engineering Team Lead Monroe Energy, LLC

Adi Punuru

Differentiating Technologies Group Lead ExxonMobil Research & Engineering Co.

Learn about an advanced form of AI that is used for direct plant control and the requirements needed to allow such technologies to build confidence for the entire organization and to reduce maintenance effort for sustained profits. This session will be followed by a short panel discussion by industry experts.

Herb Haught (Facilitator)

Manager, Maintenance & Reliability CVR Energy, Inc.

Mike Mckee

Vice President, Refining Operations PBF Energy Inc.

Lawrence Moreaux

Associate Director Digital Technology Integrations and Partnerships LyondellBasell Industries

This session will focus on the third pillar of WTL – Operational Readiness, focusing on Operations preparing equipment for Maintenance, Maintenance returning equipment to Operations & Operations returning equipment to service. The presentation will give applicable examples of lessons learned from Operational Readiness events as well as the related tools designed to help operators understand the operating state of the plant. This session will also demonstrate the AFPM Safety Portal that houses the Walk the Line toolbox. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. An understanding of Operational Readiness and the importance of communication and interaction between operations and maintenance
  2. Practical examples to apply to improve practices at your site
  3. How to utilize the WTL toolbox to improve your Operational Readiness practices

01:30 PM

Andy Moreland (Facilitator)

Technology Director - Hydroprocessing Valero Energy Corporation

Eric Legare (Facilitator)

Senior Advising Process Engineer, Technical Services Phillips 66

Jonathan Arana

Hydroprocessing Technology Specialist Honeywell UOP LLC

Melissa Davis

Senior Technical Service Manager Topsoe, Inc.

Hydroprocessing of renewable feedstocks such as vegetable oils and animal fats into renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel is growing in market adoption. Catalyst plays a significant role in this process with functions including contaminate removal, hydro deoxygenation (HDO) and isomerization. This session will be a mini panel town hall including short presentations to review the various catalytic steps followed by Q&A.

Ziad Jawad (Facilitator)

Senior FCC Engineer Phillips 66

Dr. Natalie Herring

Director of Technology & Bus. Development G.W. Aru, LLC

Luis Bougrat

Technical Sales Manager W.R. Grace & Co.

Tiffany Clark

FCC Technologist Marathon Petroleum Corporation

Rainer Bass (Facilitator)

Process Reliability Lead HF Sinclair Corporation

Steve Ayers

Senior Process Engineer Sulfur Experts, Inc.

Most TGTU operators focus only on H2S removal, and forget about the second, and equally important function of this unit which is to slip CO2! Recycling CO2 to the front end of a sulphur plant causes all sorts of long-term problems including reduced sulphur recovery and increased COS and CS2 formation. Slipping CO2 in an MDEA system is not difficult when the various mechanisms involved are well understood. In this paper we give easy-to-understand, practical operational changes you can implement immediately to maximize the performance of the TGTU and by default the SRU!

Gerard Celestine (Facilitator)

Maintenance Support Manager Motiva Enterprises LLC

Bruce Taylor (Facilitator)

Digital Transformation Consultant FurtherTec

Wade Smith

Wireless Service Manager, North America Emerson Automation Solutions

Thomas Cobb

Innovation Leader Motiva Enterprises, LLC

David Bailey

Product Owner Chevron Phillips Chemical Company

Brandon Taylor

Business Manager, Work Process Transformation HF Sinclair

This session will be a facilitated discussion of panelists that have implemented mobile applications that have digitized legacy work practices and proven the potential value that it can return. AFPM's whitepaper on Digital Transformation will also be introduced.

Adrian Azpilicueta (Facilitator)

Sr. Industry Technical Consultant Nalco Water

Austin Schneider

Director of Technology Crystaphase

Ryan Pratt

Hydroprocessing, Sulfur, and Amine Technical Lead Exxon Mobil Technology Company

Larry Keon

XOM Beaumont Refinery OSD Engineering Advisor Becht

Part 1: Dynamic Pressure Drop Modeling Helps Improve Critical Decision-making
Speaker: Austin Schneider, Crystaphase

Part 2: Reactor Bed Chemical Cleaning
Speakers:
Ryan Pratt, Hydroprocessing, Sulfur, and Amine Technical Lead, ExxonMobil Technology Company
Larry Keon, XOM Beaumont Refinery OSD Engineering Advisor, Becht
Adrián Azpilicueta, Sr. Industry Technical Consultant, Nalco Water

Russell Wiltse (Facilitator)

Principal Process Engineer Valero Energy Corporation

Steve Philoon

Sr Platforming Technology Specialist Honeywell UOP LLC

Matt Hutchinson

Senior Technology Manager Axens North America

02:45 PM

Rainer Bass (Facilitator)

Process Reliability Lead HF Sinclair Corporation

Scott Fowler

Principal Process Engineer Technip Energies

Discussion of the Hydrogen Plant design and instrumentation considerations specific to improving reliability and reducing loss of hydrogen production. This topic will include additional operating modes for the Steam Methane Reformer and preventative troubleshooting.

Gerard Celestine (Facilitator)

Maintenance Support Manager Motiva Enterprises LLC

Bruce Taylor (Facilitator)

Digital Transformation Consultant FurtherTec

Wade Smith

Wireless Service Manager, North America Emerson Automation Solutions

Thomas Cobb

Innovation Leader Motiva Enterprises, LLC

David Bailey

Product Owner Chevron Phillips Chemical Company

Brandon Taylor

Business Manager, Work Process Transformation HF Sinclair

This session will be a facilitated discussion of panelists that have implemented mobile applications that have digitized legacy work practices and proven the potential value that it can return. AFPM's whitepaper on Digital Transformation will also be introduced.

Christy Anderson (Facilitator)

Americas Technical Specialist Manager, Hydroprocessing Albemarle Corporation

Jignesh Fifadara (Facilitator)

Refinery and New Technology, Solutions Architect Veolia Water Technologies and Solutions

Aline Bueno Cury

Technical Specialist - Refining Catalysts Albemarle Corporation

Jesper Gottlieb

Sr. Licensing Manager Topsoe, Inc.

Mikala Grubb

Business Development Manager Topsoe, Inc.

David Hood

Senior Engineer – Customer Application Engineering Veolia Water Technologies and Solutions

Clifford Avery (Facilitator)

FCC Process Advisor Albemarle Corporation

Nik Larsen (Facilitator)

FCC Technologist Marathon Petroleum Corporation

George Yaluris

R&T Director Albemarle Corporation

Mark Schmalfeld

Global Marketing Manager BASF Corporation

Lisa Wolschlag

Sr. Business Development Manager for Co-Processing Renewable Fuels Honeywell UOP LLC

An increasingly common strategy to meet decarbonization targets is the inclusion of bio-intermediate feedstocks into conventional refinery processes. This strategy has economic and environmental drivers by avoiding capital and GHG burdens by repurposing existing assets rather than building new processing equipment. Coprocessing of these bio-intermediates in refinery processes such as Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC) traditionally designed for fossil fuels can present some unique challenges.  These challenges as well as potential mitigation techniques will be highlighted.

Clay Marbry (Facilitator)

Director, Process Technology Roddey Engineering Services, Inc.

Matt Hutchinson

Senior Technology Manager Axens North America

Elizabeth Manning (Facilitator)

Process Safety & Operational Excellence Manager LyondellBasell Industries

Daniel McGraw (Facilitator)

Technical Services Manager Marathon Petroleum Corporation

Tiera Lacorte, NDCCDP, CDP

Console Supervisor Monroe Energy, LLC

Katie Taylor

Director of Engineering Becht

Rob Dugan

Operations Day Foreman - Crude Marathon Petroleum Corporation

03:45 PM

Wendy Wildenberg

Senior Technical Lead Flint Hills Resources, LLC

Sally Davis

Pressure Safety System Engineer Flint Hills Resources, LLC

Joe Rydberg

Process Engineer CITGO Petroleum Corporation

Jeff Johns

Hydroprocessing Advisor Becht

Special considerations for additional risk reduction are necessary in several areas common to Hydroprocessing Units Relief Design to adequately design for Process Safety. Hydroprocessing units have unique overpressure relief scenarios related to their inherent design of having very high operating pressure, large inventory of highly flammable hydrogen vapor as well as a large inventory of liquid hydrocarbons held at high pressure. Guidance in both API standard for relief design (API STD 521) as well as Process Safety Reviews using Layers of Protection Analysis, Process Hazard analysis, and Safety Instrumented System Design are needed.

Attendees of this session will hear such special considerations, industry events, and common pitfalls in the following four areas:

  1. High Pressure Equipment protected by common relief typically on the High Pressure Separator.
  2. High Pressure Vapor Reversing into Low Pressure rated equipment.
  3. High Pressure Vapor Blow-through into downstream Separators/Flash Drums or Blow-through direct to Stripper / Fractionator.
  4. High Pressure large liquid inventory continues forward for longer duration causing overfill even after charge pump is stopped.

Elizabeth Manning (Facilitator)

Process Safety & Operational Excellence Manager LyondellBasell Industries

Daniel McGraw (Facilitator)

Technical Services Manager Marathon Petroleum Corporation

Tiera Lacorte, NDCCDP, CDP

Console Supervisor Monroe Energy, LLC

Katie Taylor

Director of Engineering Becht

Rob Dugan

Operations Day Foreman - Crude Marathon Petroleum Corporation

Steve Shimoda (Facilitator)

Refining Technology Manager Technip Energies

Joe Colmone

FCC Technologist Delek US

Ben Higgins

Specialist Contract Engineer Suncor Energy

William Herasymiuk

Fixed Equipment Mechanical Integrity SME Delek US

Mechanical issues with equipment directly impact the reliability of FCC unit. Representative from three refining companies will share their experiences and provide insight for improvements.

Rainer Bass (Facilitator)

Process Reliability Lead HF Sinclair Corporation

Mike Achacoso

Vice President - Refining & Logistics Solomon Associates LLC

It is well known that better energy efficiency leads to lower carbon emissions from a refinery. Unfortunately, refineries located in areas with low energy costs and no form of carbon tax often assign a lower priority to energy efficiency.  Recent trends show improved energy efficiency can result in other “secret” benefits.  These benefits include lower non-energy operating expenses and increased refinery capacity through more efficient capital investment.  Examples include lower maintenance costs for steam-related equipment; lower volume-related costs for water treatment; lower water usage and cooling tower requirements, and lower personnel staffing levels to support these types of facilities.  Solomon will present case studies of refineries that have achieved these improvements.

Easton Snyder

Solutions Engineer Sphera

04:30 PM

Kerry Siggins

CEO StoneAge, Inc.

Self Leadership: How to Become a Leader Worth Following

AFPM networking event for and by women.

October 20

08:00 AM

Hosted by Our Sponsors & Exhibitors

This is a “must attend” special event, the first of its kind!

Join our exhibitors and sponsors for a final farewell to celebrate both our inaugural Summit AND the return to face-to-face meetings. You’ll be treated to a gourmet breakfast, an upscale swag bag, and a few extra surprises! Be sure to reserve your seat when you register. We promise you’ll be glad you came.

09:30 AM

Mike Mitzner (Facilitator)

Senior Account Manager - Global Solutions Axens North America

Randy Peterson

Technology Manager Elessent Clean Technologies

This session will focus on how most sulfuric alkylation units can reduce acid consumption by 10-15% with only better trained staff and little to no capital investment.

Better acid strength analyses, monitoring and flow control are key focus areas as well as refrigeration & fractionation optimization.

A case study is included to present low to mid CAPEX options to further reduce acid consumption and/or increase capacity.

Maxed-out alky units are very common due to perennially strong alkylate margins which can far outweigh incremental acid costs.

Sam Lordo (Facilitator)

Advisor Becht

Raul Romero (Facilitator)

Marketing Director Nalco Water
  1. Crude Quality, LTO Issues - Sam Lordo, Becht
  2. Vacuum Unit Troubleshooting - Raul Romero, Nalco Water

Stephen Gill

Director, Process Safety HF Sinclair

Venkat Venkatasubramanian

Co-Director, Center for Management of Systemic Risk Columbia University

Rajan Rathinasabapathy

Process Optimization Engineer Phillips 66

Darin Foote (Facilitator)

Refinery Operations Superintendent CHS, Inc.

Andrew Mezera

FCC Subject Matter Expert Valero Energy Corporation

Mark Taylor

Senior Manager Circor

Chad Norris

Sr. Director - General Manager Circor

Virgil Guzman

Regional Sales Manager Circor

Michael Wardinsky

Manager Alkylation and FCC Technology Motiva Enterprises, LLC

The objective of this session is to inform and discuss.  This session will first cover the primary functions, failure modes, and design best practices for slide valves in the FCC.  We will also discuss the reliability operating window, preventative maintenance, and regular monitoring to ensure the primary function of the valve is maintained through the run.  Lastly, we will discuss the hazards and safe operating response to a loss of primary function of the Spent, Regenerated, or Flue Gas Slide Valve.

Brad Hase (Facilitator)

VP of Turnarounds HF Sinclair

Hardy Kemp (Facilitator)

Director - Projects & Turnarounds Flint Hills Resources, LLC

Open collaborative discussion on topics related to scoping, planning and execution and other related issues.

Sravan Papu (Facilitator)

Commercial Director Crystaphase

Sergio Robledo (Facilitator)

Senior Account Manager - Clean Fuels, North America Topsoe, Inc.

David Sacks

Process Technology SME Hydroprocessing, Reforming, Isomerization Delek US

Howard Moore

Principal Engineer Marathon Petroleum Corporation 

Jeff Johns

Hydroprocessing Advisor Becht

This panel will address all of the questions submitted through the portal. Audience participation will be encouraged.

11:00 AM

Tim Olsen (Facilitator)

Technical and Business Consultant for Refining Industry Emerson Automation Solutions

Stephen Gill

Director, Process Safety HF Sinclair

Nicole Birchall

Operations Excellence Manager Marathon Petroleum Corporation

Dustin Beebe

Vice President, Control and Operator Performance Emerson Automation Solutions

Richard Grove (Facilitator)

FCC Process Expert Chevron U.S.A. Inc.

Jon Peters

Sr. BIN Leader – FCC Chevron

Nik Larsen

FCC Technologist Marathon Petroleum Company

Dharmesh Panchal

Service Fellow FCC Technology Honeywell UOP

Steve Tragesser

Chief Technology Engineer – FCC & Alkylation KBR

Steve Forry

Vice President of Sales CECO Emtrol-Buell

Hayden Poppe

Mechanical Engineer Technip Energies

We often have conversations regarding just how long can you run an FCC between turnarounds. This panel will highlight some of the key topics discussed concerning safety, reliability, and degrading performance. We invite audience participation and encourage feedback on if these concerns are facts, fiction, or myths.

Hardy Kemp (Facilitator)

Director - Projects & Turnarounds Flint Hills Resources, LLC

Brad Hase (Facilitator)

VP of Turnarounds HF Sinclair
Open collaborative discussion on topics related to scoping, planning and execution and other related issues.

Sravan Papu (Facilitator)

Commercial Director Crystaphase

Sergio Robledo (Facilitator)

Senior Account Manager - Clean Fuels, North America Topsoe, Inc.

David Sacks

Process Technology SME Hydroprocessing, Reforming, Isomerization Delek US

Howard Moore

Principal Engineer Marathon Petroleum Corporation