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2017 Roundtables
Date Friday, April 7, 2017
Topic “Trends and Disruptions in the Chemical Industry”
Speaker Paul Bjacek, Thought Leadership Principal Director, Accenture
Presentation Bjacek 170407
Date Friday, March 10, 2017
Topic “Back to Focusing on the Essentials … A Prerequisite for Project Success”
Speaker Tim Swenk, Advisor, Endeavor Management
Presentation Swenk 170310
Date Friday, February 10, 2017
Topic “The Future of Global Project Activity”
Speaker Lee Nichols, Editor/Associate Publisher, Hydrocarbon Processing
Presentation Nichols 170210
Date Friday, January 13, 2017
Topic “EPC Projects – Back to Front Planning”
Speaker Boris Elieff, Vice President – Plant Services, Technip – North America
Presentation Elieff 170113

2016 Roundtables
Date Friday, December 9, 2016
Topic “Trends in Supplier Markets”
Speaker Juan Carlos Villalba, Sr. Director – Commercial Strategies, Fluor Corporation 
Presentation Presentation will not be posted
Date Friday, November 18, 2016
Topic “Modular Solutions for Small & Mid-Scale Liquefaction Facilities”
Speaker Bob Sammon, Global EPC Account Manager, GE Oil & Gas
Presentation Sammon 161118
Date Friday, October 14, 2016
Topic “Boost Your Leadership IQ: How to Successfully Transition from a Technical Contributor to a High Performing Leader” 
Speaker Mark Hordes, Managing Director, Senior Consultant, Mark Hordes Management Consultants, LLC
Presentation Hordes 161014
Date Friday, August 12, 2016
Topic “North American storage and transportation trends, how could the crude oil market change over the rest of the year”
Speaker Brian Busch, Director, Oil Markets and Business Development, Genscape, Inc.
Presentation Busch 160812
Date Friday, July 8, 2016
Topic “Lower for Longer and the Impact on the Houston Construction Market Outlook”
Speaker Pat Kiley and Candace Hernandez, Principals, Kiley Advisors
Presentation Kiley 160708
Date Friday, June 10, 2016
Topic “2016 and Two FPSOs in US GoM: The Twenty Year Saga”
Speaker Peter Lovie
Presentation Lovie RT 160610
Date Friday, May 20, 2016
Topic “A Modern Control Room – Human Factors and their Impact on Plant Safety and Ergonomics”
Speaker Hampus Schäring, Project Manager, CGM
Presentation Scharing RT 160520
Date Friday, April 8, 2016
Topic “Macro-economic impacts of US LNG exports”
Speaker Kenneth Medlock III, Ph.D., James A. Baker, III and Susan G. Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics, Baker Institute and Senior Director, Center for Energy Studies
Presentation Medlock RT 160408
Date Friday, March 11, 2016
Topic “Should You Trust Your Gut?”
Speaker Patrick Leach, CEO, Decision Strategies Inc.
Presentation Leach RT 160311
Date Friday, February 12, 2016
Topic “How to Avoid Project Train Wrecks”
Speaker Pete Luan, Project Management Consultant, Pete Luan & Associates, LLC
Presentation Presentation will not be posted
Date Friday, January 8, 2016
Topic “How unrecognized optimism is guaranteeing failed projects”
Speaker Dick Westney, Founder/Director and Justin Dahl, Principal, Westney Consulting Group
Presentation Presentation will not be posted

2015 Roundtables
Date Friday, December 11, 2015
Topic “PETROCHEMICAL INDUSTRY OVERVIEW – A Key Value Creator for the Hydrocarbon Chain”
Speaker Sanjeev Kapur, Principal Consultant and President, Apex PetroConsultants
Presentation Kapur RT 151211
Date Friday, November 13, 2015
Topic “What Does The Contract Say About That?”
Speaker Stephen Sanford, Managing General Counsel of the Energy and Chemicals Business Unit and the Power Business Unit, Fluor
Presentation Sanford RT 151113
Date Friday, October 9, 2015
Topic “Applying Construction Productivity Principles to Engineering”
Speaker Mark Halligan, Director of Operations – Sustaining Capital, SNC-Lavalin Oil & Gas
Presentation Presentation will not be posted
Date Friday, August 14, 2015
Topic Oil Price Volatility and the Houston Construction Market Outlook”
Speaker Pat Kiley and Candace Hernandez, Principals, Kiley Advisors
Presentation Kiley RT 150814
Date Friday, July 10, 2015
Topic “FLNG Liquefaction Technology: Considerations Influencing LNG Technology Selection”
Speaker Martin Rosetta, Vice President of Technology, Braemar Engineering
Presentation Rosetta RT 150710
Date Friday, June 12, 2015
Topic “LNG Storage Solutions, a Key Consideration and Element in LNG Terminal Operation”
Speaker Hal Bouknight, Senior Vice President, Business Development, IHI E&C International Corporation
Presentation Bouknight RT 150612
Date Friday, May 8, 2015
Topic “Navigation Channel Considerations for Marine Terminals: Minimizing Risk”
Speaker Jeffrey McWilliams, Director – Maritime, Gulf Coast Region, AECOM Inc.
Presentation McWilliams RT 150508
Date Friday, April 17, 2015
Topic “Riding the Waves of Change: How to Manage Change for Smooth Engineering and Construction Project Sailing”
Speaker Mark Hordes, Managing Director and Change Management Consultant, Mark Hordes Management Consultants, LLC
Presentation Hordes RT 150417
Date Friday, March 13, 2015
Topic “Natural Gas Liquids in the North American Oil & Gas Business after the Crude Collapse”
Speaker Jason Brunsell, Director of Commercial Development, EnLink Midstream
Presentation  Brunsell RT 150313
Date Friday, February 13, 2015
Topic “Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and Floating LNG: A Technology Review”
Speaker Gabriel Castaneda, P.E., Process Engineer, Gabchem Solutions
Presentation Castaneda RT 150213
Date Friday, January 9, 2015
Topic “Interface Management Energized Concurrent Engineering on Mega-Projects”
Speaker Rick Khadimally, Consultant, Interface Management, Chevron Malange Project Angola
Presentation RT 150109 Khadimally

2014 Roundtables
Date Friday, December 12, 2014
Topic “Subsea Production Systems–An Enabling Component of Offshore Production”
Speaker Bruce Crager, Executive Vice President – Expert Advisory Group, Endeavor Management
Presentation  RT 141212 Crager
Date Friday, November 14, 2014
Topic “Are You a Professional or Just an Engineer?”
Speaker Kenneth E. Arnold, P.E., Senior Technical Advisor, WorleyParsons and Consultant
Presentation RT 141114 Arnold
Date Friday, October 10, 2014
Topic “Offshore, Brownfield Execution in West Africa”
Speaker Kirk Barwick, Vice President Engineering, AMEC
Presentation RT 141010 Barwick
Date Friday, August 8, 2014
Topic “Project Information Management Challenges Solutions”
Speakers Kathryn Lust, Global Department Manager – PIM, Wood Group Mustang and Joe Guidry, PMP, Information Management Coordinator, Chevron
Presentation  RT 140808 Lust Guidry
Date Friday, July 11, 2014
Topic “A US Chemical Renaissance”
Speaker Russell Heinen, Senior Director of Technology & Analytics, IHS Chemical
Presentation RT 140711 Heinen
Date Friday, June 13, 2014
Topic “CII’s 10-10 Program – A New Approach to Improving Capital Project Performance
Speaker Stephen Mulva, Ph.D., Associate Director, Construction Industry Institute (CII)
Presentation RT 140613 Mulva
Date Friday, May 9, 2014
Topic “Attracting and Retaining Women in Oil and Gas Engineering
Speaker Carolyn Stewart, Regional Business Development Manager – North America, NES Global Talent
Presentation RT 140509 Stewart
Date Friday, April 18, 2014
Topic “Bringing Global Process Safety Expertise to Offshore Facilities
Speaker Robert C. Smith, Senior Consultant, ABB Inc.
Date Friday, March 7, 2014
Topic “Random Thoughts (a view of the FPSO industry)
Speaker Puneet Sharma, Vice President, FPSO Project Development, MODEC International Inc.
Presentation RT 140307 Sharma
Date Friday, February 7, 2014
Topic “Evolving Dynamics in North American Oil Production
Speaker Skip York, Principal Analyst – Oils Research, Wood Mackenzie
Presentation RT 140207 York
Date Friday, January 10, 2014
Topic “Top Ten Observations of Cost Estimating
Speaker Joe Kabeiseman, Senior Analyst, Quaternion Consulting, Inc. (QCI)
Presentation RT 140110 Kabeiseman

2013 Roundtables
Date Friday, December 13, 2013
Topic “The Brave New World of Energy Security
Speaker Bill Arnold, Professor in the Practice of Energy Management, Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University
Date Friday, November 8, 2013
Topic “Floating Production Systems – The Industry’s Best Solution for the Future”    RT 131108 Crager
Speaker Bruce Crager, Executive Vice President, Endeavor Management
Date Friday, October 11, 2013
Topic “Main Automation Contractor – Value Drivers”   
Speaker Nicholas Yim, Program Manager, Vigilant Plant Solutions, North America, Yokogawa Corporation of America
Date Friday, August 9, 2013
Topic Oil & Gas Journal’s Midyear Forecast-2013”   RT 130809 Tippee
Speaker Bob Tippee, Editor, Oil & Gas Journal
Date Friday, July 12, 2013
Topic “The Influence of Cyber Geopolitics on the Oil & Gas Industry”
Speaker Chris Bronk, Fellow in Information Technology Policy, The Baker Institute
Date Friday, June 14, 2013
Topic 2012 Community Indicator Report, Human Capital Development and Education”     RT 130614 Mosbacher
Speaker Catherine Mosbacher, President & CEO, The Center for Houston’s Future
Date Friday, May 17, 2013
Topic Automation Accessible”RT 130517 Schipani
Speaker Joe Schipani, Director, Business Development, Cimation
Date Friday, April 12, 2013
Topic Near Misses: What Do They Mean to Management?”RT 130412 Baruque 
Speaker Edmond Baruque, HSE Specialist, Audubon Field Solutions
Date Friday, March 8, 2013
Topic Understanding Technology Advancements in Owner-Driven Capital Project Execution and How They Impact You”    RT 130308 Guard
Speaker Andrew Guard, Business Development Executive, Intergraph PP&M
Date Friday, February 8, 2013
Topic “Assuring an Adequate Safety Culture”     RT 130208 Arnold
Speaker Ken Arnold, Senior Technical Advisor, WorleyParsons
Date Friday, January 11, 2013
Topic “The 2012 Elections and U.S. Domestic and Foreign Energy Policy”
Speaker Joe Barnes, Bonner Means Baker Fellow, The Baker Institute

2012 Roundtables
Date Friday, December 14, 2012
Topic “Oil & Water Do Mix – Managing the world’s most powerful natural resource while pursuing the shale revolution”
Speaker Keith Cole, CEO, Titralyte
Date Friday, November 9, 2012 – Presentation will NOT be available
Topic “Trends in Supplier Markets”
Speaker Larry Jackson, Vice President of Procurement, Fluor
Date Friday, October 5, 2012
Topic “Transitioning from Technical Expert to Manager”     RT 121005 Panos & Gray
Speakers Anthony Panos, Founder & President, Performance Training, Inc.
Mark Gray, Chief Commercial Officer, Bergaila & Associates, Inc.
Date Friday, August 17, 2012
Topic “Emerging Innovations and Technologies in the Energy Sector”
Speaker Maryanne Maldonado, Vice President & Managing Director of HTC Energy, Houston Technology Center (HTC)
Date Friday, July 13, 2012
Topic “Surviving the Talent Shortage: A Panel Discussion”   RT 120713 Lee
Speakers Dave Lee, CEO, Covelo Group LLC
Steve Allen, Sr. Vice President, Human Resources & Administration, Technip USA
Bill Bradshaw, President, Affinity Management Group
Date Friday, June 8, 2012
Topic “Floating Production Systems: The Drivers That Drive Us”
Speaker Eric Namtvedt, President, FloaTEC, LLC
Date Friday, May 18, 2012
Topic Engineering Sustainable Concrete Structures: Challenges, Opportunities and New Frontiers              RT 120518 Shahsavari
Speaker Dr. Rouzbeh Shahsavari, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rice University
Date Friday, April 13, 2012
Topic Beyond Compliance: Measuring Effectiveness in Safety Management Systems” RT 120413 Shah
Speaker Ajay A. Shah, P.E., Director, Audubon Risk Management Services (ARMS)
Date Friday, March 9, 2012
Topic GHG Best Available Control Technology (BACT) – Where do We Stand after One Year of USEPA’s Regulation of GHG Emissions?”       RT_120309_Crum
Speaker Ron Crum, URS Corporation, Vice President-Louisiana Operations
Date Friday, February 10, 2012
Topic “Betrayed by Best Practices – How Excessive Focus on Conventional Wisdom Kills Big Projects, and What to do about it.”                RT_120210_POST_Westney
Speaker Richard (Dick) Westney, Founder/Chairman of Westney Consulting Group Inc.
Date  Friday, January 13, 2012
Topic  “Subsea Separation and Processing of Oil, Gas & Produced Water Past, Present and Future – Why We Need It Now”      011312RT_Prescott.pdf
Speaker  Neal Prescott,  Executive Director Offshore Technology, Fluor Offshore Solutions

2011 Roundtables
Date Friday, December 9, 2011
Topic “The Practical Construction MBA”
Speaker Matt Stevens, President of Stevens Construction Institute, Inc., Management Advisors to Construction Contractors
Date Friday, November 18, 2011
Topic “A Retrospect – how 2 companies have achieved significant cost savings for themselves and their clients through their involvement in the Process Industry Practices (PIP) consortium”        Jahn_Dolbec_RT111811
Speaker Wayne Dolbec, Executive Director for Engineering Excellence at Shaw Energy and Chemicals with responsibility for Engineering Strategic Initiatives and Business Analytics across multiple execution offices in India, the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States, and,
Paul Jahn, Vice President and Regional Business Manager at Middough with dual responsibility for the company’s process industry business in the Midwest and for its chemical industry strategy nationwide.
Date Friday, September 9, 2011
Topic “The Current State & Outlook of the LNG Industry”      RT_110909_Humphries
Speaker Gerald D. Humphrey is Senior Vice President, Business Development – Global LNG at CB&I.
Date Friday, August 5, 2011
Topic “A Wall Street View of E&C” RT_110805_Fisher
Speaker Steven M. Fisher, CFA,CPA, Executive Director, UBS Investment Research – Engineering & Construction/Industrials  - a survey was completed by attendees; view those results here.
Date Friday, July 8, 2011
Topic ”Contracting Strategies for Today’s Environment”
Speaker Lyn Fu, Partner, Cruver, Robbins and Fu, LLP
Date Friday, June 10, 2011
Topic “Creating a Competitive Advantage through Your Workforce”
Speaker Lloyd G. Kirchner, President and CEO, Commonwealth Engineering & Construction
Date Friday, May 13, 2011
Topic “Sustainability: What Does it Mean to Energy Contractors and How Does it Affect Your Business”
Speaker Charles R. Lyons, P.E., VP Global Quality, Health, Safety & Environment (QHSE), KBR
Date Friday, April 8, 2011
Topic Global security challenges, issues, and their impact on the Global E & C Industry
Speaker Richard A. (Rick) Fisher, CPP, CFE, VP Global Corporate Security, Chicago Bridge & Iron
Date Friday, March 11, 2011
Topic “E&C Industry – C-Suite Global Mobility Metrics”
Speaker James O’Neill, Principal with Mercer
Date Friday, February 11, 2011
Topic “Engineering and Construction Funding”
Speaker Brad Mc Donald, McDonald Financial Corporation
Date Friday, January 14, 2011
Topic “The E&C Landscape, 2011 and Beyond”
Speaker David C. Vogt, Sr. Director, Global Market Development in the Corporate Planning Group, CB&I

2010 Roundtables                                                                                  Top of Page
Date Friday, December 10, 2010
Topic “Top Ways for an EPC Contractor to Get into Trouble”
Speaker Frank G. Adams, PE, President, Interface Consulting International, Inc.
Date Friday, November 12, 2010
Topic “Assuring Predictable & Sustainable Performance in a Global Delivery Context – A Large Project Case Study”
Speaker Chris Lloyd-Jones, Corporate Vice President Air Liquide, S.A., Chairman & CEO Air Liquide Process & Construction, Inc., Chairman Lurgi Inc
Date Friday, October 8, 2010
Topic “From Capability to Results – Finally! Quantifiable Team Behavior” – you may request a copy of this speaker’s presentation from www.epm.cc; see notation in red approximately center mid page
Speaker Gerry Sepe, Chief Executive Officer, ePM, LLC
Date Friday, August 13, 2010
Topic Energy Market Consequences of an Emerging U.S. Carbon Management Policy ‘Carbon Solutions’ Study”
Speaker Kenneth B. Medlock, III, Fellow in Energy Studies, James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Rice University
Date Friday, July 9, 2010
Topic “Trends in North American Construction Craft Productivity”
Speaker Mo Perry, Vice President, Kiewit Energy Company
Date Friday, June 11, 2010
Topic “EPA Mandatory GHG Reporting……What’s Next?”
Speaker Matt Harrison, Senior Project Manager at URS
Date Friday, May 7, 2010
Topic “Shifting O&G Dynamics, Shifting EPC Opportunities”
Speaker Michael Krenek, Director, Deloitte LLP
Date Friday, April 23, 2010
Topic “CERA EPC Project Capital Cost Trends”
Speaker Candida Scott — Cambridge Energy Research Associates, Inc.; Senior Director of Research Cost Analysis Forum
Date Friday, March 12, 2010
Topic “The Impact of Social Media on Recruiting”
Speaker David Tuttle – Director, Digital Strategy, TMP
Date Friday, February 12, 2010
Topic “A simple and reliable method forecasting time and costs of E&C projects”
Speaker Dr. Tom Johns, PhD, PE, PMP, MAPM, Chairman Business Management Consultants Advisory Council
Date Friday, January 22, 2010
Topic “A Perspective on Managing Market Changes and Planning for the Future”
The presentation is a 7.86 MB pdf file. Please allow time to load.
Speaker Marco Caccavale, North America Region General Manager, GE Oil & Gas

2009 Roundtables
Date Friday, December 11, 2009
Topic “Is it Possible to be Ethical and Still Look Out for Your Company’s Best Interest?
Speaker Ken Arnold has over forty years of industry experience with 16 years at Shell Oil Company. He founded Paragon Engineering Services in 1980 which was purchased by AMEC in 2005. Since then Ken founded K Arnold Consulting, Inc.
Date Friday, November 20, 2009
Topic “Algae – pond scum evolves to prime time Energy Source”
Speaker Barry Cohen – Executive Director, National Algae Association PDF
Will Thurmond – Managing Principal, Emerging Markets Online PDF
Date Friday, October 9, 2009
Topic “Understanding Carbon Capture and Sequestration”
Speaker Michael E. Moore, Vice President, Business Development and External Affairs, Blue Source  LLC
Date Friday, August 14, 2009
Topic “Compensation to Engineers: Recent Past and Future Trends in Local Region and Nationally”
Speaker Chris Touhey, Vice President, Pearl Meyer & Partners
Date Friday, July 10, 2009
Topic “Meltdown Management in the E&C Industry and the Engineering Company Conundrum
Speaker Paul Allen, CEO/Project Executive, Project Executive Group and
Ken Arnold, Founder, Ken Arnold Consulting
Date Friday, June 12, 2009
Topic “Construction in Today’s Uncertain Market
Speaker Daniel H. Lumma, Vice President, Kiewit Energy Company
Date Friday, May 15, 2009
Topic “Canada Line – Automated Light Rail System
Speaker Jean-Marc Arbaud, President and Chief Executive Officer, IntransitBC
Date Friday, April 17, 2009
Topic “Monetizing U.S. Coal/Petcoke: The Gasification Opportunity”
To view the video visit http://www.gasification.org/. Scroll to bottom of page.
Speaker James Childress, Executive Director, Gasification Technologies Council
Date Friday, March 13, 2009
Topic “Louisiana Energy Projects – Economic Impact?”
Speaker Dane E. Revette, Director of the Energy Development, Oil, Gas and Petrochemical sectors for Louisiana Economic Development (LED).
Date Friday, February 13, 2009
Topic “Status of the Project Finance Market”
Speaker George Longo, Managing Director, Structured Finance Group,Raymond James & Associates, Inc.
Date Friday, January 9, 2009
Topic “Oil Trends” (due to size, this presentation is loaded in 2 parts – A & B) Part A / Part B
Speaker Mark F. Peters, Vice President of Gulf Publishing Company and the Publisher of Hydrocarbon Processing and of the official OTC Conference Newspaper

2008 Roundtables
Date Friday, December 12, 2008
Topic “Impact – current economic trend, financial market issues and reduced demand for oil”
Speaker John Townsend, Vice President Procurement and Materials for KBR Operations.
Date Friday, November 14, 2008
Topic “Managing Contraction and Stress in an Ambient Pressure Insulated 9%Ni Subsea Cryogenic Pipeline”
Speaker C. Neal Prescott, Executive Director Offshore Technology at Fluor Offshore Solutions
Date Friday, October 10, 2008
Topic “Improve Your Success in International Contracting”
Speaker Dean Ragsdale, CEO, Ragsdale Group LLC
Date Friday, August 8, 2008
Topic “The Change Competency: A Critical Success Factor for Today’s E&C Companies”
Speaker Dutch Holland, PhD, CEO, Holland & Davis LLC
Date Friday, June 13, 2008
Topic “Strategy, Forecasting and Capital Investing in the Hydrocarbon Industry”
Speaker J P Chevriere, Founder, Transmar Consult Inc.
Date Friday, May 16, 2008
Topic “New Views on North American Gas: After the Inflection Point”
Speaker Raoul LeBlanc, Senior Director, Financial Advisory, PFC Energy
Date Friday, April 11, 2008
Topic “Capital Projects: Meeting the Challenge of Predictability”
Speakers Mr. Richard Westney, PE, PMP, Chairman and Ric Massie of Westney Consulting Services
Date Friday, March 7, 2008
Topic “Pakistan Oil Refinery Modernizations – a Delegation Orientation Visit”
Speakers Mr. Mohammad Azam, Director of Refining, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources, Government of Pakistan Delegation of Refinery Presidents and CEO’s from PakistanDr. Geoff Parker, Director, Entergy-Tulane Energy Institute, Tulane University
Date Friday, February 15, 2008
Topic “The Construction Labor Shortage . . . Dealing with the Challenges – Locally & Globally”
Speaker Jason J. Marques, VP Construction Director, Aker Kvaerner Industrial Constructors

2007 Roundtables
Date Friday, November 9, 2007
Topic Fabrication Oriented Engineering”
Speaker Nick Routledge, Executive VP, Projects, HFG Engineering US, Inc., A Heerema Group Company
Date Friday, July 13, 2007
Topic “Petroleum Engineering: A Discipline Facing Challenges “
Speaker Vik Rao, Senior VP and Chief Technology Officer, Halliburton
Date Friday, May 18, 2007
Topic “LNG: where we are today and the impact LNG will have on other forms of energy”
Speaker Chris Helms, Pipeline Group President, NiSource, Inc.
Date Friday, March 9, 2007
Topic “Construction Challenges for Pipelines in North America”
Speaker Richard Adams, VP Operations & Engineering, Enbridge Corporation
Date Friday, January 12, 2007
Topic “Russia: Political & Business Climate”
Speaker Dean A. Peroff, Partner, Amsterdam & Peroff

2006 Roundtables
Date Friday, September 8, 2006
Topic “The Future of World Gas Trade”
Speakers Dr. Peter Hartley, Baker Institute Rice Scholar and Professor of Economics, Rice University, & Dr. Kenneth Medlock III, Research Fellow in Energy Studies, James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, Rice University
Date Friday, August 11, 2006
Topic “The Personnel Availability Crisis: How the University of Texas is Handling Requests for Training in the Oil and Gas Industry”
Speaker Greg McCormack, University of Texas
Date Friday, July 21, 2006
Topic “BioChemicals & BioFuels from Renewables”
Speaker Dr. Ramon Gonzalez, Rice University
Date Friday, June 9, 2006
Topic “The Resurrection of Foster Wheeler”
Speaker Mr. Raymond J. Milchovich, Foster Wheeler
Date Friday, May 19, 2006
Topic “Reclaiming the Gulf Gas & Oil Energy Network after the Damage from Ivan, Katrina and Rita”
Speaker Mr. Mike Coyne, Shell Oil
Date Friday, April 21, 2006
Topic “Global Oil and Gas Industry Construction Trends”
Speaker Mr. Bob Tippee, Editor, Oil & Gas Journal
Date Friday, March 3, 2006
Topic “Nuclear Power: Its Resurrection and the Effect on the E&C Industry “
Speakers Mr. Joseph J. Munisteri, The Joseph J. Munisteri Company
Mr. Michael J. (Mike) Hyland, Snamprogetti
Date Friday, February 3, 2006
Topic “Personnel Availability (or Lack of It)”
Speakers Dr. Stephen Klineberg, Rice University
Mr. Kenneth Arnold,
AMEC Paragon
Ms. Mary Needham,
Reserve Technology Institute
Date Friday, January 13, 2006
Topic “Risk Management in the E&C Industry”
Speaker William (Bill) Zelle, Engineering & Construction Risk Institute (ECRI)

2005 Roundtables
Date Friday, December 9, 2005
Topic “The Realities of Certifying LNG Terminals in North America”
Speaker William (Bill) Westcott,Lloyd’s Register
Date Friday, November 18, 2005
Topic “Corporate Suicide Prevention – Case Histories of Billion Dollar Missteps”
Speaker Kerry C. Williams, Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Martin
Date Friday, September 9, 2005
Topic “New Laws Impacting E & C Projects”
Speaker Kerry C. Williams, Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Martin
Date Friday, August 12, 2005
Topic “Gas to Liquids”
Speaker Ray Oriss, Kellogg, Brown & Root
Date Friday, July 15, 2005
Topic “Overview of Coal Gasification”
Speaker Dick Olliver, Aplethora Consulting (ex ConocoPhillips)
Date Friday, June 10, 2005
Topic “Trends and the Future the LNG Shipping Industry”
Speaker Bill Sember, The American Bureau of Shipping
Date Friday, May 20, 2005
Topic “E&C Demands for the LNG Industry”
Speaker Joseph Munisteri, Joseph P. Munisteri Company
Date Friday, April 8, 2005
Topic “How Will Project Execution Change in the Next 5 Yrs?”
Speaker Ray Piper, President, Business Improvement Solutions Ltd. Co.
Date Friday, March 11, 2005
Topic “Upgrading Heavy Oil – the EST Process”
Speaker Mr. Montanari, Chief Technology Officer, Snamprogetti
Date Friday, February 18, 2005
Topic “Alberta- The New Saudi Arabia”
Speaker Gary Kalynchuk, VP, Stantec Engineering
Date Friday, January 14, 2005
Topic “Sarbanes-Oxley Overview”
Speaker Stephen Moritz, VP, Sogeti USA LLC – (Technology Consulting Sub of Capgemini) Project Delivery & Governance Services Practice
2004 Roundtables
Date Friday, November 12, 2004
Topic “Understanding the ( U.S.) Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ”
Speaker Donald Cruver, Managing Partner of the Law Firm Cruver, Robbins and Fu, LLP
Date Friday September 10, 2004
Topic “Globalization Challenge to the EPC Industry”
Speaker Freddie Wong, Manager at Aramco Global Services and is Co-Chair of the Globalization Committee of CII (Construction Industry Institute).  This presentation is based on an extended workshop on this topic conducted by CII jointly with several other organizations.
Date Friday, July 9, 2004
Topic “LNG Imports and their Effect on the State, Regional and National Economies”
Speaker Eric Smith, Former Chairman of Saipem US, is now with Tulane University at the Entergy-Tulane Energy Institute.  This presentation is based on a study he co-authored at Entergy-Tulane Energy Institute (published April ’04).
Date Friday, May 14, 2004
Topic “Can the Asian Contractors Save the Global Petroleum Industry?”
Speaker
J. P. Chevriere, President, Transmar Consulting
Date Friday, March 12, 2004
Topic “Impact of Technology in the Energy Industry”
Speaker
Martin Van Sickels, Chief Technology Officer, KBR
Date Friday, January 9, 2004
Topic “Construction for the U.S. Offshore Market and the U.S. Shipping Market Effects of Free vs. Regulated Markets”
Speaker
Peter M. Lovie, P.E., Vice President, American Shuttle Tankers