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The Argus Petroleum Exports Summit has been developed to help US crude marketers, midstream operators and refiners develop their strategies for success in the international markets. The conference will frame the global hot spots for crude runs and trade based on demand factors and bracket the crude supply outlook to set the basis for volume and quality of crude trade. We will explore global supply and demand trends and analyze the logistics and infrastructure of exporting crude, including pipeline capacity, expansions and investments, risks, shipping, waterway concerns, blending, quality requirements and more. 

Join 200 refiners, blenders, infrastructure firms and shippers to discuss market opportunities and network with your peers at 8+ hours of scheduled networking activities.

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Who should attend? 

Analysts, logistic managers and traders involved in the international crude trade.

What will you learn? 

  • Where will crude trade? Where are the best opportunities for US crude?
  • What routes are the most profitable? What’s the outlook for the tanker market?
  • What are the risks for US companies in the international markets?
  • What are the financial and regulatory challenges facing domestic infrastructure developers?
  • What is China’s import capacity? Is a trade war with the US in the works?
  • How will US crude exports shift global product markets?
  • How will environmental regulations impact light/heavy spreads for crude and products?

Key presentations:

  • Shifts in export infrastructure: Brent Secrest, Senior Vice President, Liquid Hydrocarbons Marketing, Enterprise Products
  • The evolving geopolitical and security matrix for energy infrastructure investments: Andrew Holland, Director or Studies and Senior Fellow for Energy and Climate, American Security Project
  • China outlook – Demand and import capacity for crude and refined products: Tom Reed, China/Asia Energy Editor, Argus
  • Global tanker market: Gary Morgan, Director, Market Analysis, Deep Sea Tankers, Clarksons Platou Shipping Services USA LLC
  • Leveraging market intelligence, advocacy and commercial diplomacy to maximize international exports: Peter Tataris, Senior International Trade Specialist, U.S. Commercial Service, U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration

Other confirmed speakers include: 

  • Joseph Israel, President and CEO, Par Petroleum
  • Ben Nolan, Director, Shipping Research, Stifel
  • Johannes Benigni, Group Chairman, JBC Energy
  • Michael Moss, Vice President, Business Development, Rangeland Energy
  • Sandra Dunphy, Director, Energy Compliance, Weaver and Tidwell, LLP
  • Andrew Holland, Director or Studies and Senior Fellow for Energy and Climate, American Security Project
  • Kevin Sterling, CFA, Managing Director and Senior Equity Research Analyst, Equity Research | Airfreight and Logistics & Maritime, Seaport Global Securities LLC
  • Oscar A. López Velarde Pérez, ‎Tax Partner, ‎Ritch, Mueller
  • Duane Layton, Partner, Mayer Brown LLP
  • Brendan Hoffman, CEO, Haugen Consulting 
  • Jeff Kralowetz, Vice President, Business Development, Argus
  • Peter Gardett, New York Bureau Chief, Argus
  • Ed Arnold, Senior Consultant, Argus

Registration Pricing
Early Registration (March 24th - April 13th) $1,595
Standard Registration (April 14th - May 13th) $1895
Onsite Registration (May 14th - 16th) $1995
 Government Rate  $695

Add-On Items
Workshop package (Includes both workshops) 
Spouse pass $99

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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.

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.

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Antitrust compliance reminder

Argus takes compliance with antitrust law seriously. The purpose of the Argus Crude & Refined Products Exports conference is to help market participants understand the major issues shaping the market. 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.

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.

Monday, May 14, 2018
13:30 - 17:30 Preconference Workshop: Freight Rates

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17:30 - 19:30 Opening Cocktail Reception

Open to all conference delegates
Tuesday, May 15 2018 Main Conference Agenda
08:00 - 09:00 Registration and Morning Refreshments 
09:00 - 09:05

Chairperson’s Welcome and Opening Announcements

09:05 - 09:45 Shifts in Export Infrastructure: With the continued evolution of US exports; what are some of the key considerations for moving crude and products? This talk will discuss new terminal projects and capacity for the USGC including Corpus, Port of Houston and Port Arthur. Additionally we will discuss developing export points and how this will impact the overall shipment for crude and products internationally. 
  • Assess new terminal expansion projects 
  • Analyze sustainably for crude exports in the US Gulf coast 
  • Evaluate the advantages for exporting from Corpus Christi, Port of Houston and Port Arthur
  • Discuss which ports and export locations might develop in the coming years
Brent Secrest
Senior Vice President, Liquid Hydrocarbons Marketing
Enterprise Products
 09:45 - 10:15 Optimizing Refining and Midstream Assets as Crude and Fuel Grades Shift: This talk will discuss refinery dynamics including supply and demand balances for crude and refined products. Additionally we will explore pricing, quality, export vs import economics, the outlook for additional capacity and other key considerations. The discussion will look at how to optimize refining and midstream assets as crude flows and fuel grades shift.
  • Explore global refining dynamics
  • Understand supply and demand balance for crude and refined products
  • Assess pricing and export vs import economics
  • Analyze the outlook for additional capacity
Joseph Israel
President and CEO
Par Petroleum
10:15 - 10:45 Morning Networking Break
10:45 - 12:00 Session 1: US Exports and the Chinese Market – A Perfect Match or Trade War Brewing?

Chinese demand, import infrastructure and refining capacity: The growth in Chinese refining capacity will help ensure a balanced market for crude, but Chinese refined products are increasingly spilling over into the seaborne market. What is driving Chinese demand, and how will this affect global oil trade?
  • Explore how China’s surplus of refining capacity and rising product exports are partially offsetting growth in crude import requirements
  • Understand how China matched the massive build-out in US export capacity in terms of its ability to import, store and refine crude and what this means for US exporters
Tom Reed
China/Asia Energy Editor

Trade under Trump- A trade war brewing?
: Hear an update on NAFTA, KORUS, TPP and other international trade agreements. Additionally, hear how the Trump Administration is turning to seldom used U.S. trade laws to protect steel, aluminum, solar cells and other domestic industries from import competition as part of his American First agenda as well as an update on the brewing trade war with China.
  • Assess the outlook for the U.S. – China trade relationship and the future of the World Trade Organization
  • Understand how a protective Trump administration views current international agreements
  • Explore US foreign policy and how it its impacting international energy trade 
Duane Layton
Mayer Brown LLP

The evolving geopolitical and security matrix for energy infrastructure investments: With the Trump administration’s focus on domestic infrastructure and trade policy, there is considerable uncertainty in how markets, politics, and security will overlap. This presentation will discuss these new trends and how intensifying and volatile conflict with both traditional security threats as well as long-time allies like South Korea and new partners like China, both major destinations for the new crude oil exports from the US, make this an unusually important moment to evaluate the intersection of security issues with US energy export infrastructure.
  • Evaluate the intersection of politics, security, and markets 
  • Understand the threats posed by conflict and unrest, and how that will affect crude and refined products exports 
  • Assess terrorism and heightened interest for ISIS and other groups to target energy shipments and infrastructure 
Andrew Holland
Director or Studies and Senior Fellow for Energy and Climate
American Security Project
12:00 - 13:45 Networking Lunch
13:45 - 15:00 Session 2: Constraints on Infrastructure Development (North America and Abroad)

Challenges of developing infrastructure projects in North America- Funding, timing, regulatory issues
: Hear a port perspective on infrastructure projects and the outlook for VLCC's. Additonally this talk will analyze some of the recent port expansions in the USGC and other developments for US crude exports.  
  • Understand a port’s perspective on operations, activity and capacity 
  • Explore potential details on projects and the future of VLCC's
Delivering product to the Mexican market- Infrastructure and transportation: This talk will explore the progress on moving products since the liberalization of the Mexican market. Join this discussion to hear an update on terminals and rail utilization as well as how limited storage capacity continues to bottleneck the supply chain. Additionally we will provide details on what is moving and an outlook on future infrastructure investments.
  • Analyze the progress and advancement in infrastructure to move product into Mexico
  • Hear and update on storage capacity, terminals and rail projects around the border
  • Assess product movement volumes and whether existing infrastructure is sufficient 
Michael Moss
Vice President, Business Development
Rangeland Energy

Fireside Chat- Leveraging Market Intelligence, Advocacy and Commercial Diplomacy to Maximize International Exports: Understand how the US Department of Commerce can assist with due diligence, market research and intelligence to assist organizations in the exports market. Additionally we will explore how partnering can help you to identify potential trade partners and set your organization for success when entering new markets.
  • Analyze how collected data can optimize product movements internationally
  • Assess strategies for commercial diplomacy for global exports
Peter Tataris
Senior International Trade Specialist, U.S. Commercial Service
U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
15:00 - 15:30 Afternoon Networking Break 
15:30 - 17:00 Session 3: The Hunt for Red Hot Markets

Global arbitrage opportunities and US crudes in the international markets
: Take an in-depth look at growing price disparities between international markets and understand the benefits and challenges purchases weigh within arbitrage. Explore the dynamics of buying from overseas and how those markets differ from region to region. Learn how imports including the coastal US, Midcontinent and Gulf coast can alter or disrupt the traditional flow of products inside the US and assess the corresponding North American crude oil supply environment and applicable pricing implications. Additionally we will provide an outlook for the global supply/demand balance going forward.
  • Understand inconsistencies in purchasing options for crude and products domestically vs oversees refiners should keep an eye on
  • Hear details on arbitrage and understand how to calculate proper metrics
  • Learn details on international flows and key demand regions and a description of current US oil exports
  • Assess the global pricing implications related to supply and demand balances
Jeff Kralowetz
Vice President, Business Development

Mediterranean crude markets impacting the global supply and demand balance
: Recently there has been a divergence from Russian crude for Mediterranean refiners for a variety of reasons including Libyan crude availability. How has this impacted the global market and what does this mean for competition in the global market? Join this talk as we discuss:
  • Diversification away from Russian crude for Mediterranean refiners
  • How much Libyan crude will be available
  • Impact of long-term competition to Europe from Indian, Middle Easter and Asia-Pacific refiners and the effect on crude demand 
Johannes Benigni
Group Chairman
JBC Energy

Latin America export dynamics from the USGC: Hear an in depth viewpoint on the export market for products with particular focus on Mexico and the rest of Latin America.
  • Understand where US refined products exports go
  • Analyze what is the US exporting and seasonality of exports
  • Evaluate the main export facilities in the USGC and USWC 
17:00 - 19:00 Evening Networking Cocktail Reception

Open to all conference delegates 

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 Main Conference Agenda (cont.)

08:00 - 09:00 Registration and Morning Refreshments
09:00 - 09:05 Chairperson's Welcome and Day 1 Recap
09:05 - 10:30 Session 4: Crude on the Waves

The global maritime tanker market: This presentation will give a market overview for international tanker shipments
. What are the considerations for operating vessels to trade globally with varying logistical structures?
  • Hear an overview for marine markets and tanker operations
  • Explore how to overcome marine bottlenecks 
  • Understand how to conduct marine trade internationally with varying logistical structures
Gary Morgan
Director, Market Analysis, Deep Sea Tankers
Clarksons Platou Shipping Services USA LLC

Panel Discussion: Tanker Outlook – Freight Rates, Demurrage, The Impact of Sulphur Regulations on Shipping Cost and Access to Capital: Join us as we discuss key considerations for maritime markets including access to capital as well as bank and equity financing. Additionally we will explore the outlook for freight rates and demurrage along with the impact for overall movements for crude and products internationally. This interactive panel discussion has a variety of ways to submit questions and comments ensuring you get the most out of the event possible.

Ben Nolan
Director, Shipping Research

Kevin Sterling, CFA

Managing Director and Senior Equity Research Analyst, Equity Research | Airfreight and Logistics & Maritime
Seaport Global Securities LLC

Brendan Hoffman

Haugen Consulting
10:30 - 11:00 Morning Networking Break
11:00 - 12:30 Session 5: Regulatory Issues Affecting Crude and Refined Products Demand and Light/Heavy Spreads

The looming impact of MARPOL Annex VI for refiners and transporters
: How will the IMO sulfur restriction announcement likely affect bottom of the barrel products as well as other motor fuels and heavy crude demand? How will supply and demand balances and export trends shift as a result?
  • Hear an overview of the challenges, the current worries and risks for the crude markets and products in light of the recent regulations 
  • Analyze some of the likely scenarios going forward
  • Understand how those scenarios will affect refiners and crude oil producers
Edward Arnold
Senior Consultant

RINS and exports- Considerations for the 2018 export market
: How are refiners RFS obligations calculated? How exports of gasoline or diesel handled to exclude them from refiners’ RFS obligations? How does an obligated party calculate their RIN cost per gallon of gasoline and diesel fuel on a given day? What about any renewable fuels that might be blended into gasoline or diesel at the time of export? How are renewable fuel export volume obligations calculated?
  • Understand how are refiners RFS obligations calculated
  • Explore how to calculate RIN cost per gallon on a given day for gasoline and diesel
  • Analyze how renewable fuel export volume obligations are calculated
Sandra Dunphy
Director, Energy Compliance
Weaver and Tidwell, LLP

Dissecting IEPS taxes for gasoline and diesel prices in Mexico
: This talk will flesh out the features surrounding the excise tax for inland transactions for nationally produced barrels and imports. We will discuss the government announced short term fiscal incentives and its application for a particular IEPS category. Additionally we will describe how these taxes trickle down to the final consumer and how importers who are paying this tax are able to get it back in the transaction down the supply chain.
  • Hear an overview of IEPS taxes by commodity
  • Explore the excise tax for inland transactions for nationally produced barrels and imports
  • Understand fiscal incentives specific to IEPS and additional fiscal concepts
Oscar López Velarde Pérez
‎Tax Partner
Ritch Mueller
12:00  Chairperson’s Closing Comments and Conclusion of Event

2018 Speakers:
Brent Secrest
Brent Secrest,
Senior Vice President, Liquid Hydrocarbons Marketing, Enterprise Products

Mr. Secrest has served as Senior Vice President of Liquid Hydrocarbons Marketing for Enterprise Products since May 2016. He has responsibility for Crude Oil Pipelines and Natural Gas Liquids, Crude Oil and Refined Products Marketing as well as the Enterprise Trucking and Marine divisions. Mr. Secrest previously served as Vice President, Crude Oil and Refined Products Marketing from October 2015 to May 2016 and as Vice President, Crude Oil Pipelines and Terminals from October 2012 to October 2015. He has also served in various other leadership positions, including in the areas of NGL marketing and supply, commercial development, distribution, and business analysis. Mr. Secrest has over 20 years of experience in the energy industry and began his career at Basis Petroleum Inc. prior to joining Enterprise in 1996.
Joseph Isreal
Joseph Israel
, President and Chief Executive Officer, 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.
Ben Nolan
Ben Nolan
, Director, Shipping Research, Stifel

Mr. Ben Nolan joined Stifel in May 2013 covering the shipping and energy infrastructure sectors. Prior to Stifel Mr. Nolan was part of Knight Capital covering both equity and debt of companies in the maritime sector and had previously spent six years at Jefferies as an equity research analyst covering the shipping sector. In addition to equity research, Mr. Nolan spent several years as a corporate financial analyst for EOG Resources in the oil and gas business, was a commercial credit analysts for Sterling Bank, and earned his way through college as a machinist manufacturing oil field equipment.

Mr. Nolan graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.B.A. in Finance and received his M.B.A. from the University of Houston. Mr. Nolan is also a CFA charterholder.
Gary Morgan
Gary Morgan
, Director, Analyst Group, Clarksons Platou Shipping Services USA LLC

Gary Morgan has an educational background in Economics (University of Newcastle upon Tyne), adding to this a Masters degree in Marine Technology and the Environment – covering areas including maritime transport economics, shipyard production and modelling.

In 2005 he joined Lloyds Register as an analyst working in the business development department, going on to become a market intelligence manager. In this position, Gary played a central role in ship owner/shipyard new business development. A key responsibility included providing detailed strategic analysis which influenced the direction of Lloyds Register’s marine division.

In November 2008 Gary joined Clarksons’ newly established market analysis team as a senior analyst, working closely with the various commercial interests of the Group. In 2010 Gary was appointed director of the analyst team. At the beginning of 2012 Gary moved to Clarksons Houston office to establish an analytical resource for the broking division in the US.
Johannes Benigni, Group Chairman, JBC Energy

Bio and headshot coming soon.
Michael Moss
Michael Moss
, Vice President, Business Development, Rangeland Energy

Michael L. Moss serves as Vice President Business Development for Rangeland Energy, a private equity backed midstream development company. Mr. Moss’ primary focus is commerical development of Rangeland’s South Texas Energy Products System (STEPS), a terminal project located in Corpus Christi, TX that will take advantage of the ongoing energy reform in Mexico and upcoming energy infrastructure development in Corpus Christi. Prior to joining Rangeland Energy, Mr. Moss served in exective or managerial roles with Occidental Petroleum Corporation, ExxonMobil, Energy Maintenance Services and URS Corporation. Mr. Moss has over 25 years experience developing domestric and international energy infrastructure projects. Michael received JD and MBA degrees from the University of Missouri, Kansas City, and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Missouri, Rolla.
Sandra Dunphy
Sandra Dunphy
, Director, Energy Compliance, Weaver and Tidwell, LLP

Sandra Dunphy has more than 30 years of experience working with energy companies in North and South America, Europe and Asia and is nationally recognized as a Renewable Identification Number (RIN) expert within the United States renewable fuels industry. With a practice specialization in Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) compliance and fuels consulting, Sandra brings extensive technical experience and knowledge to each of her clients. In addition, Sandra developed a premiere EPA fuel credit trading business in the United States, coordinating hundreds of transactions per year. She is experienced in industrial energy conservation strategies and energy distribution networks and has extensive contract negotiation experience in electricity, natural gas, and liquid fuels.

Sandra is a member of the fuels committee for the National Petrochemical and Refiners Association and is also a member of the Advanced Biofuels Association and the Renewable Natural Gas Coalition. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Delaware. She joined Weaver in 2011 when Weaver acquired LT Hawthorne & Associates, an EPA fuels consulting company.

Currently, Sandra acts as the primary Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) consultant for many renewable fuel producers, importers, petroleum refiners and a multitude of other RFS market participants. She has assisted many producers in navigating the RFS2 registration process, including new types of fuels made from new feedstocks and production processes. In addition, she has provided expert witness testimony before the U.S. International Trade Commission on the RFS regulations.

Sandra has been an invited speaker at the Oil Price Information Service (OPIS) RFS conference each year for the past 9 years to explain in detail the RFS program.
Peter Tataris
Peter Tataris
, Sr. International Trade Specialist, U.S. Commercial Service, U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration

Peter Tataris joined the Houston Export Assistance Center in September 2015 after serving for over four years with U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service at the U.S. Embassy in Athens, Greece.

In his new position, Peter focuses on Energy and healthcare. Peter combines all necessary government resources assisting Houston-Area companies in optimizing their business plans for entering foreign markets. Peter has over twenty years experience developing, planning and implementing export strategies for multinational companies. As Commercial Specialist in Athens, Greece he successfully implemented customized export programs assisting U.S. companies in achieving their goals in the energy, aerospace defense, safety and security industries.

Peter works with the Advocacy Center, successfully advocating on behalf of U.S. companies to eliminate barriers and help level the playing field in international markets. He has been a contributor to the Greek Country Commercial Guide, which helps U.S. Small and Medium Enterprises understand the business environment and opportunities. Peter has over fifteen years of managerial experience in positions of increased responsibility in the pharmaceutical industry. He launched the first HIV immunoassay screening test in Greece’s blood banks reducing the risk of contracting AIDS during transfusion by nearly 100%. In addition, he organized a three day diabetes event, where five thousand people were screened for high blood glucose levels.

Peter earned his MBA with concentration in Marketing from Henley Business School in the United Kingdom and his B.S. undergraduate degree in Information Decision Sciences from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is bilingual in Greek and English.

Lifetime awards include the Individual Meritorious Honor Award and Group Mission Honor Award from the U.S. Embassy in Greece.
Andrew Holland
Andrew Holland
, Director or Studies and Senior Fellow for Energy and Climate, American Security Project

Andrew Holland is the American Security Project’s Director of Studies and Senior Fellow for Energy and Climate. As an expert on energy, climate change, and infrastructure policy, he has worked at the center of debates about how to achieve sustainable energy security and how to effectively address climate change for the last decade.

He served as Legislative Assistant on Energy, Environment, and Infrastructure for United States Senator Chuck Hagel of Nebraska for three years from 2006 through 2008. He worked in the US House of Representatives for the House Ways and Means Committee and the Office of Congresswoman Roukema.

He holds a Master’s Degree in International Strategy and Economics from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and a Bachelor’s Degree in History and Economics from Wake Forest University in North Carolina.

He is originally from New York City, grew up in New Jersey, and currently resides in Alexandria, VA.
Kevin Sterling
Kevin Sterling, CFA
, Managing Director and Senior Equity Research Analyst, Equity Research | Airfreight and Logistics & Maritime, Seaport Global Securities LLC

Managing Director Kevin W. Sterling, CFA, who joined Seaport Global Securities in October 2016, follows the Airfreight & Logistics and Maritime sectors. He has been quoted in numerous financial publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, Bloomberg, Forbes, and Investor’s Business Daily, as well as a guest on CNBC and Bloomberg television and radio. Sterling has been a frequent speaker at various industry conferences including The Traffic Club of Chicago, Armstrong & Associates 3PL Summit, National Tank Truck Carriers Association, Argus North American Crude Transportation Summit, Platts Bunker and Residual Fuel Conference, Infonex, Infocast, and Cargo Network Service. The 2015 StarMine Analyst Awards ranked him #3 for his stock picking in the marine sector. Prior to joining the firm, he followed airfreight & logistics companies and maritime companies for BB&T Capital Markets and Stephens Inc. for 12 years.

Kevin Sterling received a bachelor’s degree from Randolph-Macon College and earned his MBA with a concentration in management science from Virginia Tech. He is also a member of the CFA Institute and the Richmond Society of Financial Analysts.
Oscar Lopez Velarde Perez
Oscar López Velarde
Pérez, ‎Tax Partner, ‎Ritch, Mueller

Oscar López Velarde is a partner of the Mexican law firm Ritch Mueller. Mr. López Velarde is a Mexican licensed attorney that received his law degree from the Iberoamericana University and an LLM in Taxation from Georgetown University. He has structured all sort of upstream, midstream and downstream deals in Mexico, and it is also very active in the private equity and capital markets space. More recently he has been an active participant in the development of the Mexican Energy Reform, advising most of the companies that participated in Round 1; new midstream and downstream projects and in the development of the new asset class called Fibra E. Prior to joining Ritch Muller, Mr. López Velarde was the Mexico Leader for the Oil and Gas Industry of one of the big accounting firms.
Duane Layton
Duane Layton
, Partner, Mayer Brown LLP

Duane Layton is the Global Head of Mayer Brown’s Government Affairs and International Trade Group. His practice concentrates on international dispute settlement, including World Trade Organization disputes. Mr. Layton also has extensive experience representing governments and industries in import relief proceedings (i.e., anti-dumping, countervailing duty and safeguard), both in the United States and in other jurisdictions such as Brazil, China, and the European Union.

Duane is recognized in the Guide to the World’s Leading International Lawyers, Legal 500, Super Lawyers, and The International Who’s Who of Trade & Customs Lawyers. His published works on international trade law and international dispute settlement appear in numerous books and journals, including the Stanford Journal of International Law, the Journal of World Trade, and Business Law International.
Brendan Hoffman 100
Brendan Hoffman
, Chief Executive Officer, Haugen Consulting

Brendan Hoffman is chief executive officer of Haugen Consulting (HC). Previously with Systems and Computer Technology (SCT), he joined HC in 2002. Brendan’s time at HC has seen him operate as in-house demurrage consultant to BP Shipping in Chicago and STUSCO in Houston, operate as account manager for numerous cornerstone clients, develop and present HC’s training courses worldwide, and start and manage HC’s Houston office. In 2012, Brendan moved to Shell to help manage Shell’s Demurrage Americas department, spending time in the Houston, Barbados, London, and Rotterdam offices before ultimately returning to HC in 2015. Brendan was educated at Haverford College in Pennsylvania.

Established in 1995, HC is a family owned and operated business which provides voyage performance tracking, post fixture claims analyses, and demurrage resolution services for shipowners, charterers, and commercial trading partners. In addition, we present tanker operations and demurrage training courses worldwide.
Jeff Kralowetz Vice President Business Development Argus
Jeff Kralowetz
, Vice President, Business Development, Argus

Jeff leads Argus business development in crude oil and NGL markets in North America. He opened Argus’ office in Calgary in 2010, and oversaw the expansion of crude oil and NGL price indices in Canada through the beginning of 2013. Previously, Jeff served as Argus’ news editor for the Americas.

A graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point, Jeff served 5 years as an aviation officer. He holds a master of arts degree from Baylor University.
Ed Arnold, Senior Consultant, Argus
Edward Arnold
, Senior Consultant, Argus

Senior Consultant, covering petrochemicals, refining, upstream and biotechnology for Argus Consulting Services. He has 39 years’ experience conducting market risk analysis, feasibility studies and project valuations working for Jacobs Consultancy and UOP. He has provided advisory services for some of the world’s most successful petroleum refining, energy production, chemicals, petrochemicals, logistics and biotechnology organizations, as well as for banks, sovereign wealth funds, government agencies and entrepreneurial firms.
Peter Gardett
Peter Gardett
, Bureau Chief, Argus

Peter Gardett is currently Bureau Chief for Argus Media in New York City. Argus is a leading provider of price assessments, business intelligence and market data for the global energy and commodities markets.

He previously served as an Adjunct Fellow at the Center for a New American Security. As Founding Editor of Breaking Energy, formerly AOL Energy, he established a leading online resource for news, community building, strategic communications, and events serving practitioners in energy politics, finance, regulation, science, and operations. Peter also served as Entrepreneur in Residence for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, where he advised startups affiliated with NYSERDA on strategic issues.

Peter has spent over 17 years leading teams originating market data, analysis, and news products for the energy sector, including 14 years at Argus Media. He has led teams developing products for traders, companies and regulators in the global coal, power, natural gas, oil, and renewable energy sectors and has convened strategic private sector dialogues engaging the New York Mercantile Exchange and CME Group, the Commodities Futures Trading Commission, and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. During his first stint at Argus, he opened the company’s New York City office and spent substantial time building a Latin American presence on behalf of the firm.

Peter attended St Andrews University in Scotland, where he earned a combined bachelors and masters in modern history with a focus on economics and economic history. He lives in New York City.

Tom Reed, Editor, Argus China Petroleum, Argus

Bio and headshot coming soon

Monday, May 14, 2018- Preconference Day & Networking Reception
12:30 - 13:30
Preconference Registration and Badge Pickup
13:30 - 17:30
Preconference Workshop- Freight Rates: Argus freight rates are central to Argus delivered prices, which are taking a larger and more prominent role in the evolving physical crude oil and refined products markets. Where physical and financial markets diverge on price, it is often a function of transport, with opaque and poorly understood global tanker and freight costs partly to blame. Supply chains are shifting, and more crude oil and refined product is moving over longer distances on the water, often as part of arbitrage plays that defy historical trade patterns. When market participants look at wellhead costs, terminal pricing and delivered pricing, do they understand the freight component? When an arbitrage opens or closes, what role do tanker costs and freight rates play? Argus freight rate workshop participants will learn:
  • How and when global tanker rates do, and do not, correlate with global oil and refined products trade
  • The challenges and opportunities US exporters face in accessing and leveraging global tanker fleets
  • How delivered prices for US exports include tanker rates, and what market participants can do to reduce or manage tanker rate exposure
  • The factors in evaluating freight rate outlooks and in analyzing historical pricing
  • How indexing using Argus freight rates works, and why it can be useful for US exporters of crude oil and refined products
Peter Gardett
New York Bureau Chief
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