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Argus Americas Crude Summit

Join 400+ senior-level oil market participants for the crude supply and trading event of the year!

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The Argus Americas Crude Summit will bring you unmatched insight on the future of the global crude markets and networking with senior executives from across the entire supply chain including oil majors, refiners, midstream and infrastructure organizations, financial institutions and many others.  

 Register by October 27th to save $800! 

Keynote speaker: Robert Gates

Robert Gates

Secretary of Defense (2006-2011); Author, New York Times Best Seller, DUTY: Memoirs of a Secretary at War and A Passion for Leadership

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Industry dinner speaker: Nicholas Burns

Nicholas Burns Harvard University

Former US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs
Former US Ambassador to Greece and NATO
Former White House Special Assistant
Current Harvard Professor 

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Industry speakers you will hear from: 

  • Dan Romasko, President and Chief Exeuctive Officer, Motiva Enterprises LLC
  • Chen Bo, President, UNIPEC
  • J.Rajaraman, Head of Oil Trading, Shipping and Logistics, Reliance Industries Ltd.
  • Paul Miller, Executive Vice-President and President, Liquids Pipelines, TransCanada 
  • Corey Prologo, Director of Oil Trading - North America, Head of Houston Branch, Trafigura Trading LLC
  • Helima Croft, Managing Director and Global Head of Commodity Strategy, Global Research, RBC Capital
  • Joseph Israel, CEO, Par Petroleum
  • Robert McNally, Founder and President, Rapidan Energy Group 
  • Amrita Sen, Co-founder and Chief Oil Analyst, Energy Aspects
  • Adam Bedard, CEO, ARB Midstream
  • Kjetil Solbraekke, Senior Vice President South America, Rystad Energy 

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Gain insight on:

  • The impact of US oil exports on global market dynamics and pricing 
  • President Trump’s energy policy – The first year in review and what to expect next 
  • The future of OPEC’s production strategy – Can OPEC and American shale coexist?
  • Asia’s evolving crude market - How are Asian refiners securing quality crude supply?
  • Developments in Brazil and Venezuela – A look at production, infrastructure and investments
  • Mexican energy reform – What opportunities remain for international companies?
  • Midstream opportunities and build-outs- How have US exports affected the midstream sector?
  • Refining considerations and the future of the fuels market – What does the future hold for refinery demand for crude?

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Companies that attend:

3Macs • Accelerated Transport • ACL • Allegro Development • Alon • Altra Industries • American Railcar Leasing • AmSpec • Anadarko Petroleum Company • ARB Midstream • Arc Logistics Partners • Arc Resources • Argus • ARM Energy Management, LLC • Asphalt & Fuel Supply, LLC • Axeon Specialty Products • Ayalytical Instruments Inc. • Baker & McKenzie • Baker & O’Brien, Inc. • Baker Hughes • BakkenLink Pipeline LLC • BAML • Barclays • BASF TOTAL Petrochemicals LLC • Basin Transload, LLC • BG Group • Big West Oil, LLC • BNSF Railway • BOE Midstream • BP • Brand Energy & Infrastructure • Bridger, LLC • BTG Pactual • Buckeye • Buckeye Partners, L.P. • Bureau of Ocean Energy Management • California Resources Corporation • Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers • Canadian Oil Sands Limited • Canadian Pacific • Cargill • Cenovus Energy Inc • Center for a New American Security • Chevron • Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. • CHS, Inc. • CITGO • Citigroup Global Markets Inc • ClipperData • CMDTY Capital • CME Group • Coffeyville Resources Refining and Marketing • Cogent Energy Solutions, LLC • Columbia Center on Global Energy Policy • Commodity Appointments • Concho Resources Inc. • Connacher Oil and Gas Limited • ConocoPhillips • Continental Resources • Continuum Energy Services • Control Risks • Cosmo Oil • CP Energy • CP Rail • Crescent Point Energy Corp • Crowley Petroleum Services • Crude Oil Quality Association (COQA) • CSX Transportation • Delek US • Delta Air Lines, Inc. • Department of Energy • Devon • Devon Energy Corporation • DEWright, Inc. • Dominion Terminal Associates, LLP • DTN • Ducere LLC • Egistix Corporation • EKT Interactive • Enable Midstream Partners, LLC • Enbridge • Energy Aspects • EnergyWire • ENI Trading & Shipping • EnLink Midstream LLC • Equion Energia Limited • Essar Energy Overseas Texas • Euler Hermes • Exergy Resources • ExxonMobil Corporation • Fairway Energy Partners, LLC • Freeport McMoRan Oil & Gas • Frontier Energy Services • GA Global Markets • Gaffney, Cline and Associates • GARP • GATX Rail • GE Capital • GE Water & Process Technologies • GEMI - Univ. of Houston • Genscape • Gibson Energy • GKG Law, P.C. • Global Partners LP • Global View • Governor’s Office of Energy Development (Utah) • Great Northern Gathering & Marketing LLC • Greenbrier Companies • GUNVOR SA • Hess Corporation • HollyFrontier Companies • Houston Business Journal • Houston Fuel Oil Terminal Co. • Hunt Refining Company • Huntsman • Husky Oil Operations Limited • ICE • IIR Energy • Imperial Oil Limited • INCA Refining, LLC • Inspectorate • Integrated Energy Companies • IntercontinentalExchange | ICE • Intertek • Irving Oil • Iskandia • Japan Canadian Oil Sands Ltd. • Jefferson Energy Companies • JETRO Chicago • JOGMEC • JX Nippon Oil & Energy USA Inc. • Kansas City Southern Railway • Koch Supply and Trading • Kuwait Petroleum Corporation • LCM Commodities • Link Crude Resources • Lipow Oil Associates LLC • Liquidity Energy • Lodestar Logistics Corporation • Loop LLC • Lukoil • Lukoil Pan Americas, LLC • Lyondellbasell • Macquarie Holdings (U.S.A.) Inc. • Maersk Oil • Magellan Midstream LP • Marathon Oil • Marathon Petroleum Co. LP • Medanito • MEG Energy • Mercuria • MGQ Terminal • MIECO Inc. • Mitsubishi International Corporation • Mitsui Rail Capital • Monroe Energy, LLC • MonteCristoil & Refino Services • Morgan Stanley • MorningStar • Motiva Enterprises • Murex • Murphy Oil Company Ltd. • Muse, Stancil & Co. • Musket Corporation • MV Purchasing, LLC • Nalco Champion • Natixis • Navigator Energy Services • Newfield Exploration Co • Nexen Energy Marketing • NHK Japan Broadcasting Corporation • NIC • NNPC • Noble Americas Corp. • NuStar Logistics, L.P. • Nynas • Occidental • Odebrecht Oil & Gas • Oil Price Information Services • Oiltanking USA • One Cypress Energy • OpenLink Energy • Opportune LLP • OSG • Pacer Energy Marketing • Pacific Summit Energy • PBF • PDVSA Petroleo S.A. • Peaker Energy Group LLC • Pembina Midstream • Petro Source Partners, LLC • Petrobras America • Phillips 66 • Pinnacle Energy Marketing / Integrated Energy Companies • Pioneer Solutions • Plains All American Pipeline L.P. & Plains GP Holdings • Ponderosa Advisors LLC • Quorum Business Solutions • Rail Pipeline Group LLC • RBC Capital Markets • Reliance Holding USA • Reuters • RIL USA, INC. • Rio Energy International • Rio Grande Pacific Corporation • Rystad Energy • Sasol • Saugatuck Energy • Savage Services Corporation • Schneider Electric • Shell • Shell Deer Park Refining • Shell Pipeline Company LP • Shell Trading Canada • Shell Trading US Company • SimSci • Southcross Energy • Southwestern Energy Services Co. • Spectra Energy • Saudi Petroleum International • Staoil Marketing and Trading • Statoil • Stupp Corporation • Suit-Kote Corporation • Summit Discovery Resources LLC • Susser Petroleum Partners LP • Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP • Talisman (Colombia) Oil & Gas Ltd. • Targa Resources LLC. • Tesoro Refining and Marketing • Texas A&M University • Texas International Terminals • TexPar Energy, LLC • TexStar Midstream • The Greenbrier Companies • Thomson Reuters • ThyssenKrupp North America • Torq Energy Logistics • Total • Total E&P Canada Ltd • Total Petrochemicals and Refining • TouchStar • Trafigura • TrailStone Group • TrailStone NA Logistics, LLC • TransCanada • Trinity Rail • Tristream Energy • Tundra Energy Marketing Limited • Turner, Mason & Co • Ulysses Commodities • Union Pacific Railroad • UOP, a Honeywell Company • Valero Energy Corporation • Vermilion Energy Inc. • Vision Resources, Inc • Vitol • Wall Street Journal • Watco Companies LLC • Wells Fargo Securities • Western Refining Logistics • Westway Group, LLC • Woodward Partners • World Fuel Services • YPF • ZE PowerGroup Inc ...and many more!

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Registration Rates and Prices:

Pre-Registration Discount (Now-October 27th)
Early Registration Discount (October 28th-December 15th)
Standard Registration (After December 15th)
Onsite Registration $2,495

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Industry Dinner $185

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*Fees include participation in all sessions, conference luncheon/reception, coffee breaks, continental breakfast and one set of conference documentation per person. Travel and accommodation costs are not included.

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Antitrust compliance reminder

Argus takes compliance with antitrust law seriously. The purpose of the Argus Americas Crude Summit is to provide a high-level update on changes taking place in the crude markets including supply/demand fundamentals, North American infrastructure dynamics as well as understanding the complexities of global trade flows. The conference sessions will follow the agenda as circulated.

Argus reminds all participants of the need to be mindful of the requirement to comply with antitrust and competition laws. There should be no discussion of any matters relating to competition among participants, including discussion of individual prices, rates or market strategies and no exchange of information concerning any other competitive aspect of an individual company’s operation. Should any participant to this conference attempt to initiate a discussion with other participants on any of these matters, we recommend that other participants end the conversation immediately and at all times act in accordance with their own antitrust compliance policies and all applicable laws.

Hotel Accommodation and Visa Application

Delegates are responsible for their hotel, travel and visa arrangements. Event room rates are available on a first-come, first-served basis.


The organizers will not accept liability for non-approval of visas, individual transport de­lays and transport disruption. In such circumstances, our normal cancellation rules and penalties apply. Where matters beyond the reasonable control of the organizers impair or prevent the organizers from being able to perform any activities relating to this event, each delegate releases the organizers from any liability, relating to such events.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018
12:00 Registration Opens and Exhibitor Move-In 
17:00 - 19:00 Opening Night Reception 
19:00 - 22:00
Industry Dinner - Sponsored by ICE 

*$185 per person - tables available for purchase. Please contact 

Guest speaker: 

Nicholas Burns

  • Former US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs
  • Former US Ambassador to Greece and NATO
  • Former White House Special Assistant 
  • Current Harvard Professor 
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
07:30 - 08:30 Registration and Breakfast 
08:30 - 08:40 Welcome and Opening Remarks
08:40 - 09:30 Opening Address: 

Robert Gates

Secretary of Defense (2006-2011); Author, New York Times Best Seller, DUTY: Memoirs of a Secretary at War and A Passion for Leadership

09:30 - 09:45 Break
09:45 - 10:30 Session 1: Keynote Session - The Impact of North American Production and Exports on Global Crude Dynamics

How have oil exports changed the US crude sector? What is the long-term role of US crude supply in the global market? How are producers mitigating price risk and improving production efficiencies? How might a NAFTA renegotiation impact the upstream sector?

Speaker to be announced 
10:30 - 11:00 Break
11:00 - 12:00 Session 2: Keynote Session - Demand from Asia Pacific 

  • Asia’s evolving crude market: How are Asian refiners securing quality crude supply and what challenges remain? What effects will the new MARPOL bunker fuel specifications have on crude imports into Asia?
  • Demand from India: How much crude has India imported from Iran and Russia over the past year? How might US supply compete in India’s market? What shipping regulations and risks exist to move crude to the region?

Chen Bo,
President, UNIPEC
Head of Oil Trading, Shipping and Logistics, Reliance Industries Ltd.

12:00 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 14:00 Session 3: Fireside Chat – Canada’s Market

How might new regulations in Canada affect the development of energy infrastructure and investments in the market? What is the future of the Keystone XL and how will this impact North America's crude markets?

Paul Miller,
Executive Vice-President and President, Liquids Pipelines, TransCanada
14:00 - 15:30 Session 4: Global Rebalancing, North America’s Competitiveness and International Strategies

  • Lower forever? – Will drilling activity increase? What is the outlook for global crude production, demand and pricing? How will US production shift global dynamics? Can both OPEC and shale sources coexist? How might the transportation sector impact oil demand in the near term? 
  • Trump energy policy and geopolitical relations: How has Trump’s ‘golden era’ energy strategy impacted the energy sector? What’s in store for federal fuels policies and how might this effect refinery economics? What is OPEC’s future strategy? How might Libya and Venezuela impact global supply? 
  • Global arbitrage opportunities and North American oil trends: Will there continue to be an opportunity for US shale in Europe and Asia? What other arbitrage opportunities might we see in 2018? 

Amrita Sen,
Co-founder and Chief Oil Analyst, Energy Aspects
Helima Croft,
Managing Director and Global Head of Commodity Strategy, Global Research, RBC Capital
Corey Prologo,
Director of Oil Trading - North America, Head of Houston Branch, Trafigura Trading LLC

15:30 - 16:00 Break
16:00 - 17:00 Session 5: Latin America – Investment Opportunities and Upstream Developments

  • Developments in Brazil and Venezuela: What is the outlook for Brazilian crude production, infrastructure build outs and investment? Will Venezuelan upstream and downstream sectors recover? How could US sanctions on Venezuela impact crude imports? Will Venezuelan debt force more shipments to China?
  • Mexico’s market – Does the reform work? How is Mexico defining royalties, production taxes, and other fiscal aspects of the bidding rounds? What are the main opportunities for international companies who have not yet participated in the bidding rounds? How might the Trump administration impact Mexican policy? 

Kjetil Solbraekke,
Senior Vice President South America, Rystad Energy
Others to be announced

17:00 - 19:00 Networking Reception 
Thursday, January 19, 2018
07:00 - 08:30 Registration and Breakfast 
08:30 - 08:45 Opening Remarks
08:45 - 09:15 Session 6: Keynote Address - The Future of North America’s Refining Sector

How will Mexico’s energy reform, Trump’s policies and feedstock economics impact the refining sector? How might new marine fuel specifications impact refiners? Where are the global opportunities for US refined products? 

Dan Romasko,
President and Chief Executive Officer, Motiva Enterprises LLC
09:15 - 10:00 Session 7: Keynote Address - The Impact of Oil Exports and Changing Infrastructure Needs on the Midstream Sector 

What opportunities have US oil exports created for the midstream sector? What infrastructure is still needed to best move oil from producing basins to export terminals? Will foreign investors become involved in transportation projects in the US to help expedite larger export volumes?

Speaker to be announced 
10:00 - 10:30 Morning Break 
10:30 - 12:00

Session 8: The Impact of US Crude Exports on Transportation, Infrastructure and Freight Rates 

  • Piping the Permian and Canadian developments: What expansion projects are in the works to move crude from the Permian to Houston, Cushing and Corpus Christi? What is the status of the Keystone? What is the future of pipeline capacity out of Western Canada and how will this impact rail transportation? 
  • Export infrastructure developments: What new terminal expansion projects will come to fruition? How is the Port of Corpus Christi and Port of Houston evolving to meet higher export demand? Is the newly expanded Panama Canal impacting the export market? Will foreign investors have a part to play in the infrastructure buildout? 
  • Global freight rates and shipping economics: What is the outlook for freight rates from the Gulf Coast and Corpus Christi to Europe, Asian and Latin America? What routes will be the most economical? Will ships be redirected from other regions to handle increasing US exports? 

Adam Bedard,
Chief Executive Officer, ARB Midstream
Others to be announced

12:00 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 15:00  Session 9: US Refining Considerations and the Future of the Fuels Market

  • Global refined products demand: How will China and India’s refining sectors impact US product supply? Will the US emerge as Mexico’s main supply source? What other regions might emerge as demand centers? 
  • Feedstock flexibility, switching and alternative fuels sources: How are refiners utilizing alternative feedstocks to better comply with the RFS and CAFÉ Standards? How are refiners best planning under uncertain federal fuels regulations? 
  • The future of the transportation fuels mix: The global transportation sector is continuing to evolve to meet increasing emissions standards. What might this mean for diesel and gasoline demand? When will we see an increase in consumer adoption of electric, natural gas and renewable diesel vehicles?

Joseph Israel,
CEO, Par Petroleum
Others to be announced

15:00 - 15:30 Closing Address: Looking Forward - The Global Crude Picture

Will OPEC, Shale, and Peak Demand Keep Oil Prices Stable Indefinitely?

Speaker: Robert McNally, Founder and President, Rapidan Energy Group 
17:00 - 19:00 Carl McCain Winter Cocktail Reception
Complimentary for all conference delegates

*Program subject to change

2018 Keynote Speaker
Robert Gates

Robert Gates

Secretary of Defense (2006-2011); Author, New York Times Best Seller, DUTY: Memoirs of a Secretary at War and A Passion for Leadership

Robert Gates served as the 22nd secretary of defense (2006-2011) and is the only secretary of defense in U.S. history to be asked to remain in that office by a newly elected President. President Barack Obama is the eighth president Gates has served. He previously served under President George W. Bush.

On Gates’ last day in office, President Barack Obama awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian honor.

Before becoming secretary of defense in 2006, Gates was the president of Texas A&M University, the nation’s seventh largest university. Prior to assuming the Texas A&M presidency on August 1, 2002, he served as interim dean of the George Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M from 1999 to 2001.

Gates joined the Central Intelligence Agency in 1966 and spent nearly 27 years as an intelligence professional. During that period, he spent nearly nine years at the National Security Council, the White House, serving four presidents of both political parties.

Gates served as director of Central Intelligence from 1991 until 1993. He is the only career officer in CIA’s history to rise from entry-level employee to director. He served as deputy director of Central Intelligence from 1986 until 1989 and as assistant to the President and deputy national security adviser at the White House from January 20, 1989 until November 6, 1991, for President George H.W. Bush.

Gates has been awarded the National Security Medal, the Presidential Citizens Medal, has three times received the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, and has three times received CIA’s highest award, the Distinguished Intelligence Medal. In April, 2016, he became the inaugural recipient of the Zbigniew Brzezinski Annual Prize, in recognition of his distinguished record of promoting the importance of geostrategic thinking with a transcending moral purpose.

He has authored three memoirs - Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War (2014), a straightforward, vividly written account of his experience serving Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, From the Shadows: The Ultimate Insider’s Story of Five Presidents and How They Won the Cold War (1996) which details his career as a CIA officer at the center of power during a time when the threat of global annihilation informed America’s every move, and A Passion for Leadership: Lessons on Change and Reform from Fifty Years of Public Service (January 2016), in which Gates draws on years of exceptional experience to offer readers a powerful, informative and pragmatic look at leadership.

Until becoming secretary of defense, Gates served as chairman of the independent trustees of The Fidelity Funds, the nation’s largest mutual fund company, and on the board of directors of NACCO Industries, Inc., Brinker International, Inc. and Parker Drilling Company.

Gates currently serves on the board of directors of Starbucks and is partner in the consulting firm, RHG LLC, with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and others. He has also served on the board of directors and executive committee of the American Council on Education, the board of directors of the National Association of State Universities and Land- Grant Colleges. He has also been president of the Boy Scouts of America, and the National Eagle Scout Association.

A native of Kansas, Gates received his bachelor’s degree from the College of William & Mary, his master’s degree in history from Indiana University and his doctorate in Russian and Soviet history from Georgetown University. Gates was installed as chancellor of the college of William & Mary, beginning in February 2012. He is the first William & Mary alumnus in the modern era to serve as chancellor of the college.

In 1967, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force and served as an intelligence officer at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri.

2018 Speakers
Chen Bo
Chen Bo,
President, UNIPEC

Mr. Chen has been working in China Petrochemical Corporation. He has been Executive Director, President of UNIPEC since April 2014. Mr. Chen is also the Chairman of Sinopec Kantons Holdings Limited.

Since joining UNIPEC in 1993, he has successively held various positions, Business Manager of Crude Oil department of UNIPEC, Business Manager and Deputy Manager of UNIPEC Asia Company Limited, Deputy Manager and Manager of Crude Oil Department of UNIPEC, Assistant to General Manager of UNIPEC and Deputy General Manager of UNIPEC.

Mr. Chen has extensive working experience in international crude oil, natural gas trading and transportation as well as international storage logistics. Mr. Chen has maintained a good relationship with the world’s major oil producers, large oil companies and large trading companies.
Corey Prologo
Corey Prologo,
Director of Oil Trading, North America, Head of Houston Branch, Trafigura Trading

Corey is the Head of Oil Trading for North America and Head of the Houston branch office at Trafigura Trading LLC. He joined Trafigura 2011, and moved to the Geneva office in 2012 as a trader on the Gasoline team. In May, 2013 Corey was named Co-Head of Gasoline trading in Geneva and was promoted to the sole Head later that year. He moved to Houston to take up his current role in August 2016.

Prior to joining Trafigura, Corey worked at BP for 9 years in the gasoline team and moved to the Chicago, Los Angeles, London, and Singapore offices during this time. Corey has a degree in Finance from Bowling Green University, Ohio.
Helima Croft, Managing Director, Global Head of Commodity Strategy, RBC Capital Markets
Helima Croft,
Managing Director and Global Head of Commodity Strategy, Global Research, RBC Capital

Helima joined RBC from Barclays, where she was a Managing Director and Head of North American Commodities Research specializing in geopolitics and energy. Helima’s team was responsible for the firm’s research covering oil, natural gas, base, and precious metals, as well as the economics and politics of key commodity producing countries in the Middle East, Africa and Latin America. Prior to that, she worked in Lehman’s Business Intelligence group. Earlier in her career, Helima held positions at the Council on Foreign Relations and the CIA, where she focused on geopolitics and commodities.

As of September 2015 Helima became an exclusive CNBC Contributor, joining the ranks of the TV channel’s exclusive guests. Helima has received many industry accolades throughout her career, including Breaking Energy’s Top Ten New York Women in Energy. She is also a Life Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and received her PhD in Economic History from Princeton in 2001.
Amrita Sen Energy Aspects
Amrita Sen,
Co-Founder & Chief Oil Analyst, Energy Aspects

Amrita Sen is the founding Partner and Chief Oil Analyst at Energy Aspects. Amrita leads Energy Aspects’ analysis and forecasting of crude and products markets. Her specialism is in energy commodities, particularly oil and oil products. Amrita’s deep understanding of the complex relationships within the global energy sector, her wealth of industry contacts and 10 years of experience, allow for a unique perspective on market outlook. She holds an MPhil in Economics from Cambridge University, a BSc in Economics from the University of Warwick, and is pursuing a PhD in Economics at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. She is a Non-resident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council, a Research Associate at the Oxford Institute of Energy Studies, and was formerly Chief Oil Analyst for Barclays Capital. She is frequently featured in leading media outlets, including the Financial Times, BBC News, Reuters, Bloomberg, CNBC, Wall Street Journal, and Sky News, and at leading industry events as a speaker, and is regarded as a leading authority on oil markets.
Bob McNally
Robert McNally,
Founder and President, Rapidan Energy Group

Robert McNally is the founder and President of Rapidan Energy Group, an independent energy consulting and market advisory firm based in the Washington DC area. Mr. McNally's clients include leading global energy market investors, producers, and traders. Mr. McNally’s 26-year professional career includes senior financial market and official posts spanning economic, security, and environmental aspects of energy market analysis, strategy, and policymaking.

Mr. McNally started his professional career in 1991 as an oil market analyst and consultant with Energy Security Analysis, Inc. In 1994, he joined Tudor Investment Corporation and for twelve subsequent years analyzed energy markets, macroeconomic policy, and geopolitics for Tudor portfolio managers, earning promotions to Vice President and Managing Director. From 2001 to 2003, Mr. McNally served as the top international and domestic energy adviser on the White House staff, holding the posts of Special Assistant to the President on the National Economic Council and, in 2003, Senior Director for International Energy on the National Security Council. Mr. McNally served in the Peace Corps in Senegal from 1988-1990.
Mr. McNally earned his double major BA/BS in International Relations and Political Science from American University and his MA in International Economics and American Foreign Policy from Johns Hopkins Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He was co-chair for energy policy on the 2008 Romney Campaign, served on the Policy Advisory Committee for Senator Marco Rubio's 2010 campaign, and regularly advises congressional and administration officials on energy policy and markets. Mr. McNally is a Member of the National Petroleum Council and is a non-resident fellow at Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy.

Mr. McNally has testified to the House and Senate on energy markets and national security and speaks to professional conferences on energy markets, policy, and geopolitics. He has been published in Foreign Affairs (co-authored essay with Michael Levi, July/August 2011) and has been interviewed by CNN, The Economist, Fox Business, The Financial Times, The Washington Post, National Journal, Platts Energy Week TV, PBS' Great Decisions in Foreign Policy series, Bloomberg News, Aviation Daily and other programs and journals.

He is the author of the book Crude Volatility: The History and the Future of Boom-Bust Oil Prices, from Columbia University Press, 2017.

Mr. McNally is married and has three children.
Joseph Isreal
Joseph Israel, CEO, Par Petroleum

Joseph Israel serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Par Petroleum, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Par Pacific Holdings, focused on refining, marketing, and logistics. Mr. Israel’s 20 plus years of experience in the oil and gas industry includes a successful track record of structuring and leading petroleum refining, marketing and asphalt operations, as well as driving profitable corporate development initiatives. Prior to joining Par in January 2015, Mr. Israel served as Senior Vice President at Hunt Refining Company, where he led operations planning, crude oil supply, marketing and business strategy. Previously, between the years of 2000 and 2008, Mr. Israel served as VP of M&A and Business Development for Alon USA, a US refiner and marketer, and as Chief Operating Officer for the company between 2008 and 2011. Mr. Israel holds his Master of Business Administration and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Adam Bedard
Adam Bedard, CEO, ARB Midstream

Adam Bedard is a co-founder, member of the Board of Directors of Denver-based ARB Midstream, LLC, and the company’s Chief Executive Officer. ARB Midstream, founded in 2014 and based in Denver, CO, is a private equity backed, midstream and logistics company focused on crude oil, gas liquids and refined markets in the inland corridor of North America. ARB has successfully completed over $150MM in acquisitions and new build projects. Most recently, ARB acquired the Platte River Gathering System, and 157,000 b/d gathering system located in the heart of the DJ Basin, one of the most prolific shale plays in North America. Mr. Bedard’s background includes over 20 years of experience with a focus on strategic analysis of the North American energy markets. Immediately prior to forming ARB Midstream, he was the Vice President of Strategic Planning and Market Analysis for NGL Energy Partners. Mr. Bedard as a B.S. in Civil Engineering from CU Colorado, is a certified Professional Engineer, and has an MBA in Finance from Wharton.
Kjetil Solbraekke
Kjetil Solbraekke, Senior Vice President South America, Rystad Energy

Broad experience from leading positions in the Oil and Gas business over 25 years. CEO upstream experience from Norway and Brazil, as well as extensive experience in M&A, Corporate finance, and Governmental relations. Been responsible for change management processes and providing new strategic direction for Governments, National companies, private and listed companies in Norway and abroad. Responsible for the acquisition of the Peregrino field with Norsk Hydro in Brazil in 2005, for setting up the organisation who delivered the field development plan, and had it approved by the Brazilian authorities in 2007. The project was at that time the largest project worldwide for Norsk Hydro. The project was included in Statoil at the time of the merger in 2008. Worked internationally in UK and Brazil over the last 9 years. Have previously been in the following positions : CEO in Panoro Energy and SINTEF do Brasil, SVP in Statoil and Norsk Hydro, CFO in Norsk Hydro, Assistant director general in the Ministry of Petroleum and energy in Norway.

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Date: Tuesday, January 16th | Time: 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM | Fee: $185 per person 

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Guest speaker: Nicholas Burns

Nicholas Burns Harvard University

Former US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs
Former US Ambassador to Greece and NATO
Former White House Special Assistant
Current Harvard Professor

Nicholas Burns is the Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He is Director of the Future of Diplomacy Project and Faculty Chair for the Programs on the Middle East and on India and South Asia. He serves on the Board of Directors of the School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and is a Faculty Associate at Harvard’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.

Burns is Director of the Aspen Strategy Group, Senior Counselor at the Cohen Group, and serves on the Board of Directors of Entegris, Inc. He also serves on the boards of several non-profit organizations, including the Council on Foreign Relations, Special Olympics International, the Diplomacy Center Foundation, the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress, The Trilateral Commission, the Richard Lounsbery Foundation, the Atlantic Council, America Abroad Media, the Association of Diplomatic Studies and Training, the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, the Appeal of Conscience Foundation, the Boston Committee on Foreign Relations, and the Gennadius Library. From 2014-2017, he was a member of Secretary of State John Kerry’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board at the U.S. Department of State. He is Vice Chairman of the American Ditchley Foundation and serves on the Panel of Senior Advisors at Chatham House: the Royal Institute of International Affairs. He is a member of the Committee on Conscience of the United States

Holocaust Memorial Museum. He is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Order of Saint John and Red Sox Nation.

Professor Burns served in the United States government for 27 years. As a career Foreign Service Officer, he was Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs from 2005 to 2008; the State Department’s third-ranking official when he led negotiations on the U.S.–India Civil Nuclear Agreement; a long-term military assistance agreement with Israel; and was the lead U.S. negotiator on Iran’s nuclear program. He was U.S. Ambassador to NATO (2001–2005), Ambassador to Greece (1997–2001) and State Department Spokesman (1995–1997). He worked for five years (1990–1995) on the National Security Council at the White House where he was Senior Director for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia Affairs and Special Assistant to President Clinton and Director for Soviet Affairs in the Administration of President George H.W. Bush. Burns also served in the American Consulate General in Jerusalem (1985–1987) where he coordinated U.S. economic assistance to the Palestinian people in the West Bank and before that, at the American embassies in Egypt (1983-1985) and Mauritania (1980 as an intern).

Professor Burns has received 12 honorary degrees, the Presidential Distinguished Service Award, the Secretary of State’sDistinguished Service Award, the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service from the Johns Hopkins University, the Boston College Alumni Achievement Award, and the Jean Mayer Global Citizenship Award from Tufts University. He hasa Bachelor of Arts in History from Boston College (1978), a Master of Arts in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (1980), and earned a Certificat Pratique de Langue Française at the University of Paris-Sorbonne (1977). He was a visiting Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in summer 2008.

2018 Event Sponsors 

ICE Intercontinental Exchange is the leading network of regulated exchanges and clearing houses for financial and commodity markets, delivering transparent, reliable data, technology and risk management services to market participants around the world. ICE’s global markets provide direct, electronic access to a range of more than 1,000 energy products across crude and refined oil, natural gas, natural gas liquids, liquefied natural gas, power, coal, petrochemicals and emissions and ICE Futures Europe, London’s leading derivatives exchange is home to Brent and Gasoil futures, the global crude and refined oil benchmarks which represent approximately half of the world’s crude and refined oil futures traded volume.

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Chemex ModularChemex Modular is a leading supplier of new and refurbished modular equipment. Chemex Modular possesses the complete range of engineering and fabrication expertise to provide fully modularized equipment and related engineering support. Whether providing modular process equipment, measurement modules, logistics, identifying a process issue or implementing a planned change, Chemex Modular delivers a customer-specific solution. Our services include, but are not limited to, the following: modular oil refineries and gas processing plants, allocation measurement and LACT systems, and the full range of engineering consulting services, from feasibility studies to detailed engineering design.

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OiltankingOiltanking, a subsidiary of Marquard & Bahls, has been active in tank storage logistics since 1972, and is the second-largest independent operator of tank terminals for oils, chemicals and gases worldwide. The company owns and operates 81 terminals in 23 countries with a total storage capacity of 21 million cbm, on five continents – in Europe, North America, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, India, and the Asia-Pacific region.

At the tank terminals, Oiltanking stores and handles nearly 1,000 different products including crude oil, petroleum products, biofuels, chemicals and gases. The total throughput of all terminals in 2015 was around 128 million tons.

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Sponsorship Opportunities: Marketing, Branding and Lead Generation 

The Argus Americas Crude Summit provides an unparalleled platform to leverage your brand. Get your name in front of over 400 senior-level professionals from the global crude markets.

Argus will customize the most effective package to meet your business objectives. A wide range of sponsorship and exhibitor packages are available for your budgets to deliver the highest return on your investment including:

  • Reception and signature drink
  • Exclusive branding during breakfast, lunch and breaks
  • Delegate gifts and lanyards
  • Exhibit booths and seat drops
  • Specialty coffee bar
  • Delegate passes
  • WiFi and networking app

.....and more! Contact us today to customize a sponsorship package that meets your unique business needs.

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