About MMDC

The 9th Annual Marcellus and Manufacturing Development Conference is changing formats to meet health and safety demands as a result of COVID-19. Still the same great content, the eConference plays host to local, regional ad national experts and leaders, on a safe and easy to use online format.

Online attendees will learn from experts with presentations providing a look into the future of oil and gas, downstream manufacturing challenges and opportunities, regional sustainability, legal and technical updates and more!


From the President

Thank you for your willingness to be part of our Ninth Annual Marcellus and Manufacturing Development Conference (MMDC). Even in these challenging times, it is important to remember that the Appalachian region is emerging as a world energy leader while the long-term opportunities for downstream manufacturing provide a clear path forward for lasting economic growth and job creation. Even though COVID-19 prevents us from gathering, we know that it is critical to continue to build the momentum for downstream manufacturing in our region. 

The 2020 MMDC explores our country’s energy portfolio, priorities and challenges, a vision for downstream development, legal and technical issues and more. In our three event eConference we’ll hear the forecast for future natural gas related growth, take a look at risk assessment, receive updates from state officials.

We appreciate the value you place on the educational and networking opportunities presented by the  ninth year of our MMDC and are committed to bringing everyone back together for our 10th Annual conference in Morgantown in April 2021. We are grateful for the support of our sponsors and MMDC partners. We hope to see you in-person at our next event when we are beyond COVID-19, but are grateful that you will join us virtually. In the meantime, stay safe and healthy!

Rebecca R. McPhail, President
West Virginia Manufacturers Association


Dan Brouillette
Brouillette currently serves as the 15th United States Secretary of Energy. Brouillette has three decades of experience in both the public and private sector. Most recently he was the Senior Vice President and head of public policy for USAA, the Nation’s leading provider of financial services to the military community. Before joining USAA, Brouillette was a Vice President of Ford Motor Company.
Dan BrouilletteSecretary of Energy
United States of America
Marty Durbin
Durbin leads GEI’s efforts to build support for meaningful energy action through policy development, education, and advocacy, making it a go-to voice for commonsense energy solutions. He was the executive vice president and chief strategy officer at the American Petroleum Institute, where he integrated API’s broad advocacy capabilities in pursuit of the organization’s and the industry’s public policy.
Marty DurbinPresident
Global Energy Institute, US Chamber of Commerce
Jerry James
Jerry has served as President of Artex Oil Company since 1995. Prior to assuming his current role, he held positions with various major oil companies in Texas, Louisiana, and Wyoming. Jerry is also a founder and an active volunteer of Shale Crescent USA. Jerry has served asPresident of the Ohio Oil and Gas Association and previously served as chairman of the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program.
Jerry JamesPresident
Artex Oil Company
Scott Potter
Potter brings over 30 of experience in the oil & gas industry, with emphasis on natural gas trading. Mr. Potter actively participates in RBN’s consulting engagements focused on crude oil, natural gas and NGL’s. In the 1980’s, working for Northern Natural Gas’ crude oil and condensate subsidiary. Potter co-founded Aquila Energy, which developed into one of the industry’s leading natural gas marketing companies.
Scott PotterManaging Director, Business Development
RBN Energy
Maribeth Anderson
Anderson came to Antero at the end of 2017, after serving in similar roles for Southwestern Energy and Chesapeake Energy since 2007. Anderson has served in industry leadership roles across four states, having been elected as the Board President for the WV Oil and Natural Gas Association. She is also on the executive board of the WV Independent Oil and Gas Association and the board of the Ohio Oil and Gas Association.
Maribeth AndersonDirector of Government Relations
Antero Resources
Chris Grose
Grose leads Potesta & Associates, Inc. (POTESTA) on geological/geotechnical engineering projects, both small and large format. With his geoscience background, Chris routinely provides engineering and environmental support to a varied array of clients ranging from private developers to large industrial clients.
Chris GroseSenior Engineering Associate
Dustin Meyer
Meyer's efforts are focused on ensuring natural gas competes on a level playing field in domestic markets, while also working to establish the United States as a key supplier of reliable and affordable LNG for the rapidly expanding global gas market. In doing so, he works with a diverse set of domestic and international stakeholders to communicate the benefits natural gas offers both at home and abroad.
Dustin MeyerDirector, Natural Gas Market Development
American Petroleum Institute
Mychal Sommer Schulz
Schulz has represented clients in state and federal courts throughout West Virginia on a variety of issues, including employment, product liability, premises liability, contract, and environmental claims. In addition, he has often appeared before the West Virginia Supreme Court, and he has authored numerous amicus briefs for the West Virginia Insurance Federation and the Defense Counsel of West Virginia.
Mychal Sommer SchulzShareholder
Babst Calland
Kathy Beckett
Kathy has national reputation for her ability to influence environmental policies on behalf of her clients. She has been instrumental in the development of national and state regulatory programs and the drafting of environmental legislation. Kathy is a senior attorney in a group of 16 experienced environmental lawyers and technical professionals
Kathy BeckettMember
Steptoe & Johnson
Ed Gaunch
Gaunch has been a member of the State Senate representing District 8 since 2014, is a native of Boone County. After graduating from West Virginia State University in 1970 with a double major in Economics and Political Science, he spent more than three decades in the insurance industry including 28 years at the Carson Agency in Charleston where he served as President and Chief Executive Officer.
Ed GaunchSecretary
West Virginia Department of Commerce
Richard Meyer
Meyer's responsibilities include markets and policy to support the association’s outreach to advance awareness of the important role that natural gas utilities serve in meeting the needs of clean energy economy. His work relates to natural gas supply and demand fundamentals, end-use markets, greenhouse gas emissions and climate-related policy, and natural gas distributed generation technologies.
Richard MeyerDirector of Energy Markets
American Gas Association
Kimberly White
Dr. White has a diverse background having worked as a laboratory research-er focusing on neurotoxicity, an environmental sustainability and compliance manager and as a scientific advisor for the petrochemical industry. For the past 10 years, she has been actively involved in supporting scientific research and chemical risk assessments that are firmly based on up-to-date scientific knowledge and are evaluated in accordance with the most relevant scientific approaches.
Kimberly WhiteSenior Director
American Chemistry Council

Corporate Sponsors

Gold Sponsors
Spilman Thomas & Battle
WV Energy Users
Silver Sponsors
Bowles Rice
SI Group
Bronze Sponsors
American Chemistry Council
Dominion Energy

MMDC Sponsors

Feature Sponsor
Babst Calland