Andrew Craig

Andrew Craig

Manager-Land Project and Manager-Keystone Pipeline Projects, TransCanada

Andrew Craig

Andrew Craig

Manager-Land Project and Manager-Keystone Pipeline Projects, TransCanada

Andrew Craig has more than 17 years of industry experience primarily with the acquisition of real estate for major linear infrastructure projects. He has worked on TransCanada pipeline projects in both the United States and Canada since 2008. Craig is an active member of the International Right of Way Pipeline Committee. Currently, he resides in Houston, Texas.

Jeff Goldstein

Jason Goldstein

Executive Director, INGAA Foundation

Jeff Goldstein

Jason Goldstein

Executive Director, INGAA Foundation

As executive director, Goldstein is responsible for managing the Foundation’s technical and economic studies, implementing its strategic plan and overseeing the planning and studies development process. He also manages the Foundation’s meetings and workshops.

Goldstein has worked in the environmental and natural gas industries since 1993. Prior to joining the Foundation, Goldstein held a variety of positions, including managing partner, chief operating officer, vice president, project manager, environmental inspector and field technician. He has worked with large consulting firms, pipeline operators and private developers of natural gas assets.

Goldstein holds an MBA in finance and business law from Stern School of Business at New York University, an MS in environmental science from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse and a BS in biology from Keene State.

Mike Prior, P.Eng.

Mike Prior, P.Eng.

Senior Strategic Advisor, Michels Canada

Mike Prior, P.Eng.

Mike Prior, P.Eng.

Senior Strategic Advisor, Michels Canada

Mike Prior, P.Eng., is the Senior Strategic Advisor for Michels Canada, one of the nation’s top utility infrastructure contractors, specializing in pipelines, horizontal directional drilling, Direct Pipe and tunneling. He was Senior Vice President at Michels Canada until 2013 and lead operations as Vice President for Marine Pipeline Construction previous to that. Prior has close to 50 years’ experience in the pipeline industry in engineering and Management roles and has worked on most major pipeline systems in Canada. Prior is a registered professional engineer in several Canadian provinces and in the United Kingdom.

Christina Sames

Christina Sames

Vice President, Operations & Engineering, American Gas Association

Christina Sames

Christina Sames

Vice President, Operations & Engineering, American Gas Association

Christina Sames is the Vice President of Operations & Engineering for the American Gas Association (AGA). In this role, she works closely with AGA’s members and stakeholders to improve safety, reliability and efficiency. She leads AGA’s efforts on safety culture, AGA’s Commitment to Enhancing Safety, Safety Information Resource Center, Executive Leadership Safety Summit and is the staff executive for the AGA Board Safety Committee, Operations Executive Committee and Operations Managing Committee. Sames is also on the Cross Bore Safety Association Board and API’s Emergency Response Advisory Board. Prior to joining AGA, Christina worked for Pipeline Research Council International Inc. and spent 12 years with the Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s Office of Pipeline Safety. She holds a B.S. in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University.

Stuart Saulters

Stuart E. Saulters

Policy Advisor, API, Midstream and Industry Operations

Stuart Saulters

Stuart E. Saulters

Policy Advisor, API, Midstream and Industry Operations

Stuart Saulters has been involved in the oil and gas industry for almost 10 years.  After graduating from Mississippi State University with a Civil Engineering degree, he began working as a Design Engineer at Chevron’s Pascagoula, Mississippi Refinery.  At this location, he worked in the Sulfur Recovery Unit, as well as the Blending and Shipping operating area.  After 4 years in the downstream sector, Stuart transferred to work as a Facility Engineer at Chevron’s production facilities in West Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.  His focus, while working in the upstream sector, was with operation and maintenance of production equipment.  Stuart accepted a job as a Policy Advisor with API in August 2014.  Since then, he has supported several API groups advocating and working on pipeline operations matters, specifically, safety and quality management systems, integrity, and operator qualification.

Stuart and his wife, Kacie, live in DC’s Brookland neighborhood with a dog and cat.

Don W. Thorn

Don W. Thorn

Principal Partner, DJT Consulting LLC

Don W. Thorn

Don W. Thorn

Principal Partner, DJT Consulting LLC

Don Thorn has served the pipeline industry for almost 50 years. He recently retired from Welded Construction LP, where he served as company president from 2008 to 2015. He has since founded DJT Consulting LLC. Thorn has been involved in a number of pipeline industry organizations throughout his career. He is a member of the Pipeliners Club of Houston. He served as president of the Pipe Line Contractors Association (PLCA) in 2009 and chair of the PLCA Safety Committee from 2010 to 2015. He has been a member of the INGAA Foundation Executive Committee since 2012 and served as chairman of its Safety Committee in 2013. From 1994 to 2014, he was a member of the API-AGA Joint Committee on Oil and Gas Field Welding Practices. Thorn earned a B.S. in aerospace engineering from the University of Alabama in 1971.

Robert Westphal

Robert H. Westphal

Senior Vice President of Construction Operations, Michels Corporation

Robert Westphal

Robert H. Westphal

Senior Vice President of Construction Operations, Michels Corporation

Robert H. Westphal has more than 50 years of experience in pipeline and utility construction. He began his career at Michels in 1965 as a laborer and advanced through the ranks as foreman, superintendent, project manager, general superintendent, vice president and currently serves in his present position. A pioneer in Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD), Westphal guided Michels’ path to becoming one of North America’s leading HDD contractors. Known for his determination, work ethic and strong convictions, Westphal has held and continues to hold leadership roles in many organizations and boards including having served as PLCA President in 2005. He and his wife, Jone are also actively involved in many charitable and community organizations.

Tom Ziegenfuss

Tom Ziegenfuss

Vice-Chairman of the Board, EN Engineering

Tom Ziegenfuss

Tom Ziegenfuss

Vice-Chairman of the Board, EN Engineering

Tom Ziegenfuss has worked for 36 years in the natural gas industry.  Upon graduation in 1981, from the University of Illinois with a B.S. in General Engineering, he began his career with the Peoples Energy Companies (Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas) in Illinois.

Most of Tom’s roles with Peoples Energy from 1982 through 1993 were Engineering and Operating roles starting as an entry level Staff Engineer progressing to Supervisory Engineer.  In 1993, Tom was promoted into a manager position at North Shore Gas.  In 1995, he completed his MBA in Finance at DePaul University.  His career progressed into continually higher level management roles, within the Peoples Organization, and he concluded his tenure as Vice-President of Engineering.

In 2004, Tom left Peoples to join EN Engineering in the role of Vice-President of Distribution.  In 2008, he moved to the role of Chief Operating Officer and then to Chief Executive Officer in 2011.  During this time, Tom was part of an outstanding management team that grew EN Engineering from a small engineering firm in the Chicago area, with 75 employees, to a nationally recognized engineering firm with over 1,000 employees in twenty cities across the United States.  In 2017, Tom moved to the role of Vice-Chairman of the Board and continues in that role today.

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