2020 CGA Annual Meeting

April 26-29, 2020

Royal Sonesta New Orleans

New Orleans, Louisiana

CGA’s 2020 Annual Meeting has been Canceled

At CGA, the safety and health of our staff and member company employees are our core focus. Based on guidance issued by the World Health Organization (WHO), U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and others, we have canceled CGA’s 2020 Annual Meeting, as well as all in-person CGA events through May 15, 2020. Wherever possible, these events will be transitioned to web conferences to facilitate continued progress on critical industry initiatives.

 I believe that these steps are necessary to protect the wellbeing of our meeting participants and our members. While we considered rescheduling the Annual Meeting to a later date, we decided against doing so to allow our members to allocate their time and resources to the unique business challenges presented by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic once it passes. CGA staff will be in touch in the coming days with information on Annual Meeting registration refunds, hotel cancellation instructions, web conference information for rescheduled meetings, and more.

As the situation evolves, please do not hesitate to contact me if there are areas where CGA can get involved to support the industry’s ability to respond safely and effectively to the pandemic. We stand ready to assist you during these difficult times.

Thank you,

Rich Gottwald
CGA President & CEO

We invite you to join us for the Compressed Gas Association’s 107th Annual Meeting, to be held April 26-29, 2020 at the Royal Sonesta New Orleans in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The CGA Annual Meeting provides a unique opportunity for you to network with other members, get updates on CGA activities, participate in your committee meetings, as well as attend committee meetings that you might not normally be able to attend. This coordination and communication plays an essential role in CGA’s success representing the industry and developing safety standards.

This year, we have continued to update and enhance the Annual Meeting program to ensure that attendees at all levels find value in the event and have an engaging, exciting, and educational experience. With the generous support of our Annual Meeting sponsors, we’ve continued to refine our program, building on several new events from the 2019 meeting, including the Young & Emerging Professionals Reception on Sunday, an industry panel discussion and guest speakers on Monday, special breakfast programs Monday and Tuesday to recognize our committee leaders and key contributors, new optional activities, and more.

Registration and Hotel Reservation Deadline: March 27, 2020

Don’t Wait, Make Your Hotel & Flight Reservations Early This Year!

Please Note: The 2020 New Orleans Jazz Fest runs the weekends surrounding CGA’s Annual Meeting – April 24-26; and April 30-May 3. That means that an especially large volume of people will be visiting the city from out of town, driving up demand for flights, hotel rooms, and a host of related services – especially over both weekends. We have reserved a large block of rooms for our CGA attendees at our host hotel, the Royal Sonesta New Orleans. However, once that room block fills, you may find it challenging to find a hotel room elsewhere in town. So be sure to make your hotel and flight reservations as early as possible.

Use the expanding menus below to view the full meeting program as well as all details on how to register for the meeting and make hotel reservations. This page will be updated as event details change, so be sure to refresh your browser to see the latest information.

We look forward to seeing you in New Orleans!

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

A number of sponsorship opportunities remain for the CGA 2020 Annual Meeting, including 1 Emerald, 1 Gold, and multiple Bronze sponsorships. So if you’re considering becoming a sponsor, be sure to let us know soon! See the Sponsors section below for more information.

Registration Information & Policies

Overview

Everyone attending meetings or events scheduled in conjunction with the Annual Meeting must register and pay any applicable registration fees and optional activity fees. A registration fee will be assessed if an individual attends a committee meeting and does not register for the Annual Meeting.

NOTE: Beginning with the 2020 Annual Meeting, CGA members are no longer required to RSVP separately through the CGA Member Portal to attend specific committee meetings. You can now complete your entire registration using one central online system (see the Register Online Today link below).

Please review all meeting and registration information prior to completing your registration. As you complete your registration, please indicate the meals and optional activities you plan to attend in order for CGA to accurately arrange for seating and food and beverage.

Registration and Hotel Reservation Deadline: March 27, 2020

Register Online Today: Click Here for 2020 CGA Annual Meeting Registration

Key Dates

  • Registration and Hotel Reservation Deadline: March 27, 2020. Members who register by this deadline will not be charged a meeting registration fee.
  • Members who register on March 28 or later will be charged a meeting registration fee of $300 (USD).
  • Online registration closes on April 12, 2020. After this date, registrations will only be accepted onsite at the meeting.
  • Cancellation/Changes Deadline: April 12, 2020

Remember: The 2020 New Orleans Jazz Fest runs the weekends surrounding CGA’s Annual Meeting – April 24-26; and April 30-May 3, so a large volume of people will be visiting the city from out of town, driving up demand for flights, hotel rooms, and a host of related services – especially over both weekends. We have reserved a large block of rooms for our CGA attendees at our host hotel, the Royal Sonesta New Orleans. However, once that room block fills, you may find it challenging to find a hotel room elsewhere in town. So be sure to make your hotel and flight reservations as early as possible.

Hotel Reservations Reminder: CGA no longer makes hotel reservations for the CGA Annual Meeting. Click here to make your hotel reservation, or go to the Hotel Information & Reservations section of this webpage to read more about the Annual Meeting host hotel.

Registration Fees

How to Register

CGA members are welcome to attend committee meetings held during the Annual Meeting, whether as a current member of a committee or as a guest. In either case, please RSVP for the meetings you wish to attend, using our online system. As you progress through your registration, note those events and committee meetings that are marked “by invitation only.” Access to these meetings is restricted, as indicated.

To begin your online registration for the 2020 CGA Annual Meeting, click this link: Register Now. Please complete the online registration process to the end. You will only need to submit payment information if your spouse/significant other or other guest will accompany you, or you choose to register for one or more fee-based optional activities.

If paying by credit card, any applicable fees must be paid online, in full, at time of registration.

Registrants may also opt to pay any necessary fees by check or wire transfer. If you wish to pay by check or wire transfer, please first complete your full registration using our online system, then indicate that you wish to pay by check or wire transfer. Once you have completed your registration, you will be given the opportunity to print your receipt detailing any applicable fees due. If paying by check, please mail your check along with your payment receipt to:

Compressed Gas Association

Attn: CGA 2020 Annual Meeting

14501 George Carter Way, Suite 103

Chantilly, Virginia 20151 USA

Checks must be made payable to Compressed Gas Association in U.S. dollars and drawn on a U.S. bank. Checks drawn on a non-U.S. bank will not be accepted. To pay by wire transfer, contact CGA for current instructions.

CGA Member Registration = $0 for registrations received by March 27, 2020

**After March 27, 2020, a meeting registration fee of $300 (USD) will apply. The late registration fee will be assessed if a person attends a committee meeting and does not register.**

All registration fees and prices on this page are quoted in U.S. funds (USD).

Safety Awards Banquet

You may purchase tickets for others from your company who will only be attending the Safety Awards Banquet. The cost is $150 (USD) per person. Please use the form at the bottom of this section to contact Sarah Saunders for further information.

Cancellation/Changes Policy

Cancellations are required regardless of whether a registration fee has been paid or not. All registration cancellations, activity cancellations, changes, and requests for refunds must be submitted and confirmed via CGA’s online registration system on or before April 12, 2020. Refunds are subject to a $50 (USD) processing fee. No refunds will be made for cancellations received after the deadline for any reason. Refunds will be processed after the meeting.

Questions?

If you have any questions about your registration, send an email to Sarah Saunders by completing the form below and clicking “Submit.” All required fields are marked with an asterisk (*).

Alternatively, you may call Sarah at 703-788-2724 for assistance.

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Hotel Information & Reservations

2020 CGA Annual Meeting Hotel:

Royal Sonesta New Orleans

300 Bourbon Street

New Orleans, LA 70130

Telephone: 1-504-556-0300

CGA Annual Meeting hotel reservation weblink

Located on world-famous Bourbon Street, Royal Sonesta New Orleans effortlessly combines timeless elegance and southern refinement, setting itself apart from other French Quarter hotels to create an experience unlike any other.

The CGA group rate is $229.00 single or double, and is subject to applicable taxes, currently approximately 15%, subject to change. The CGA group rate includes complimentary use of the fitness center and  complimentary basic internet access in all guest rooms. Upgraded WiFi is available for $9.95 per user per day.

Hotel Reservations due Friday, March 27, 2020 to receive the CGA rate.

Reservations received after this date will be accepted on a space-available basis and are subject to prevailing room rates.

Remember: The 2020 New Orleans Jazz Fest runs the weekends surrounding CGA’s Annual Meeting – April 24-26; and April 30-May 3, so a large volume of people will be visiting the city from out of town, driving up demand for flights, hotel rooms, and a host of related services – especially over both weekends. We have reserved a large block of rooms for our CGA attendees at our host hotel, the Royal Sonesta New Orleans. However, once that room block fills, you may find it challenging to find a hotel room elsewhere in town. So be sure to make your hotel and flight reservations as early as possible.

Reservation Instructions

Make your hotel reservation online by clicking the Royal Sonesta New Orleans’ CGA Annual Meeting hotel reservation weblink.

Alternatively, you may call the hotel’s reservations line at 1-855-463-3092. When you call, be sure to reference Group Code 0423CGAMTG, or Group Name “CGA 2020 Annual Meeting” to receive the Compressed Gas Association group rate.

Please Note: Any requests for special room arrangements must be made at the time of reservation.

An email confirmation of your reservation will be provided by the hotel, upon request.

Reservations must be guaranteed with a major credit card or accompanied by a deposit equal to the first night’s room and taxes. Deposits are refundable if cancellation is received 72 hours in advance of guest’s arrival date.

One night’s room rate will be assessed to any guest who departs prior to the date confirmed at check-in. The fee will be automatically posted to the guest folio, on or after departure. This fee will be waived only with 72-hour advance notice provided prior to guest’s departure date.

Room bed types are not guaranteed. The hotel will assign room types at check-in based on availability.

Please Note: CGA has contracted with the meeting hotel to set aside a sizeable block of rooms at this greatly discounted rate for meeting registrants. The Association is contractually obligated to fill this room block and may be exposed to significant financial liability should our members fail to support this room block. We appreciate members choosing to stay at the Annual Meeting host hotel. CGA cannot guarantee that rooms will be available after the deadline or once the room block is full.

Hotel Overview

  • Check in: 4:00 PM; check out: 12:00 PM
  • Valet parking is $43 per vehicle, per night (taxes not included); self parking is not available at the hotel
  • Non-smoking facility
  • 24-hour guest room key access to the hotel’s Business Center
  • All new, 24-hour Fitness Center
  • Roof-top, outdoor heated swimming pool
  • Newspapers provided upon request
  • All hotel rates and prices quoted on this page are in United States dollars (USD)

Event Schedule

CGA 2020 Annual Meeting Event Schedule

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Sunday, April 26

9:00 AM – 7:00 PM CGA Registration and Information Desk
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM CGA Annual Golf Outing at Bayou Oaks at City Park, sponsored by Eleet Cryogenics, Inc. (transportation departs hotel at 9:30 AM)
11:00 AM – 7:00 PM Sponsor Tabletops
1:30 PM – 3:30 PM Historic French Quarter Walking Tour, sponsored by Cryogenic Industrial Solutions
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Yoga, sponsored by Eleet Cryogenics, Inc.
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM Young & Emerging Professionals Reception, sponsored by FIBA Technologies, Inc. (by invitation only)
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM Welcome Reception, sponsored by FIBA Technologies, Inc.

Monday, April 27

7:30 AM – 7:00 PM CGA Registration and Information Desk
7:30 AM – 5:00 PM Sponsor Tabletops
7:30 AM – 8:15 AM Breakfast & Committee Member Recognition, sponsored by Norris Cylinder Company
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM Networking Breaks Lounge
8:30 AM – 11:30 AM Canadian Executive Committee Meeting (by invitation only)
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM Liquefied Petroleum Gases Committee Meeting
8:30 AM – 11:30 AM Safety and Health Committee Meeting
8:30 AM – 11:30 AM Specialty Gases Committee Meeting
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM Mats Pilates & Stretching
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Process Safety Committee Meeting
11:45 AM – 1:45 PM Industry Lunch with Keynote, sponsored by Chart Industries, Inc.: “WHAT’S AHEAD? Deciphering Messages From The Financial Markets,” with Professor Peter Ricchiuti of Tulane University
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM Industry Panel Discussion: Cylinder Valves, Relief Devices, and Connections
2:00 PM – 6:00 PM Standards Council (by invitation only)
3:45 PM – 5:15 PM High Risk Communication Session, with Dr. Vincent Covello of the US-based Center for Risk Communication
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM Fun Night and Dinner, sponsored by the Western Group

Tuesday, April 28

7:30 AM – 6:30 PM CGA Registration and Information Desk
7:30 AM – 4:00 PM Sponsor Tabletops
7:30 AM – 8:15 AM Breakfast & Committee Leadership Recognition, sponsored by Weldcoa
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM Networking Breaks Lounge, sponsored by Cryogenic Industrial Solutions
8:30 AM – 9:30 AM Environmental Committee Meeting
8:30 AM – 11:30 AM Hydrogen Technology Committee Meeting
8:30 AM – 11:30 AM Medical Equipment Committee Meeting
8:30 AM – 11:30 AM Work Item (WI) 13-042 Task Force Meeting (Specialty Gases Committee)
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Financial Committee Meeting (by invitation only)
9:30 AM – 11:30 AM Industrial Gases Apparatus Committee Meeting
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Executive Committee Meeting (by invitation only)
11:45 AM – 1:45 PM Lunch and Annual Meeting of the Association
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM Historic French Quarter Walking Tour, sponsored by Cryogenic Industrial Solutions
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM Board of Directors Meeting (by invitation only)
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM Distribution and Fleet Safety Committee Meeting
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM Food Gases Committee Meeting
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM Hazardous Materials Codes Committee Meeting
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM Safety Awards Reception & Banquet
8:30 PM – 12:00 AM Dessert Reception/After Party, sponsored by Taylor-Wharton

Wednesday, April 29

7:30 AM – 4:30 PM CGA Registration and Information Desk
7:30 AM – 8:15 AM Breakfast
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM Networking Breaks Lounge
8:30 AM – 11:30 AM Bulk Distribution Equipment and Standards Committee Meeting
8:30 AM – 11:30 AM HYCO Committee Meeting
8:30 AM – 11:30 AM Medical Gases Committee Meeting
11:45 AM – 1:15 PM Lunch on Your Own
1:30 PM – 4:30 PM Atmospheric Gases and Equipment Committee Meeting
1:30 PM – 4:30 PM Hazard Communication Committee Meeting
1:30 PM – 4:30 PM Medical Gases Regulatory Policy Group Committee Meeting (by invitation only)
1:30 PM – 4:30 PM Natural Gas Technology Committee Meeting
2:30 PM – 4:30 PM Cooking Demonstration Class & Meal, New Orleans School of Cooking

Optional Activities

Pre-registration for optional activities is required and applicable fees must be paid at time of registration. Capacities are limited where noted – sign up early to reserve your place at these exciting events! Fees and restrictions apply where noted.

Members, spouses/significant others, and guests are all welcome to participate in our optional activities, including CGA Annual Meeting general session breakfasts, lunches, and dinners (each non-member guest must be registered and a $200 annual meeting registration fee paid). As you complete your online registration, please indicate the meals and optional activities you and your guests plan to attend in order for CGA to accurately arrange for seating and food and beverage.

Sunday, April 26

CGA Annual Golf Outing (Bayou Oaks at City Park, New Orleans)

9:00 AM: Meet in hotel lobby

9:30 AM: Group transportation departs hotel for golf course (approximate 20 minute transit)

10:15 AM: Practice range

10:45 AM: Call to carts (all players must arrive for course check-in by this time)

11:00 AM: Shotgun Start, South Course

4:00 PM: Group transportation departs Bayou Oaks for hotel, as golfers finish play

Participant Fee: $150

CGA’s 2020 Annual Golf Outing, sponsored by Eleet Cryogenics, will be held on the Par 72 South Course, Bayou Oaks at City Park.

Restored and re-established in 2017, the South Course features 18 holes of championship golf in New Orleans City Park. The pristine South Course was designed by renowned golf course architect Rees Jones and Greg Muirhead of Rees Jones, Inc., in association with Torre Design Consortium. Sitting on over 200 acres, the South Course measures between 5,054 and 7,302 yards. The South Course features multiple tee off locations in order to accommodate players of all skill levels.

Transportation will be provided between the Royal Sonesta New Orleans hotel and Bayou Oaks. If you plan to take group transportation, please be in the lobby of the hotel by 9:15 AM. If you wish to play with your own clubs, bring them with you to the lobby for loading.

$150 participant fee includes transportation, greens fee, GPS-enabled golf cart, practice balls, bottled water, and boxed lunch. Club rentals, retail merchandise, and food and beverage purchased at retail facilities or from beverage carts are each player’s responsibility.

Everyone must have a set of clubs. Rental clubs are available at a cost of $85, inclusive. If you wish to rent clubs, please indicate this during your online registration for the Annual Meeting, so that CGA may submit your rental request. You are responsible for rental charges, which will be arranged with the Pro Shop prior to play.

An average score or handicap must be included in each golfer’s online registration for the Annual Meeting. CGA will assign all foursomes.

Prizes will be awarded to each member of the first and second place teams, and winners of the two Closest to the Pin and one Most Accurate Drive contests. More information on game play and rules will be sent out to registered players prior to the outing. USGA Rules of Golf govern all play.

Appropriate attire is appreciated on the golf course and practice areas: collared shirts, long pants or walking shorts. Unacceptable attire includes T-shirts, tank tops, athletic shorts, cut-offs, or jeans. Metal spikes are not allowed at the Bayou Oaks at City Park South Course.

Members, spouses/significant others, and guests are welcome to register, but space is limited.

Historic French Quarter Walking Tour

1:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Participant Fee: $20

Maximum 3 groups of 15 people each; 1 tour guide per group

This walking tour, sponsored by Cryogenic Industrial Solutions, offers an exceptional opportunity to discover the heart of New Orleans. The oldest sector of the city, the French Quarter is so unique it has been sanctioned and preserved by the National Historic Trust in Washington, DC. Today, this renowned neighborhood offers an exciting vision of the historic greatness of New Orleans with its narrow streets, outstanding examples of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century French and Spanish architecture and the oldest Cathedral and apartment buildings in America. Courtyards, patios, enchanting alleys, artists surrounding the cast-iron fences of Jackson Square, outdoor markets, views of the Mississippi River, and a wide array of emporiums and internationally famous restaurants make the French Quarter the heart of New Orleans.

Lead by a licensed tour guide. Comfortable shoes and a camera are recommended.

Yoga Session

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Participant Fee: $15

Maximum 30 people

In this yoga session, sponsored by Eleet Cryogenics, stretch out those road-weary muscles after a long day of travel. 45 minute session with 15 minute cool down. Mats and water provided. Licensed instructor. Work-out attire required.

Young & Emerging Professionals Reception

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Complimentary

Open to qualifying CGA members (“by invitation only”)

All CGA members aged 45 or younger are invited to this groundbreaking event, sponsored by FIBA Technologies. Come and join CGA’s next generation of great thinkers and safety leaders, and enjoy this invaluable opportunity to meet with your peers from across the industry, as you network and learn from each other.

Welcome Reception

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Complimentary

All CGA members, spouses/significant others, and guests are invited to this annual event sponsored by FIBA Technologies, which formally kicks off the CGA Annual Meeting.

Monday, April 27

Pilates Session

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Participant Fee: $15

Maximum 30 people

This Pilates session, sponsored by Eleet Cryogenics, offers a form of low-impact exercise designed to strengthen muscles, while improving your posture and flexibility. A certified Pilates instructor will guide you through the 45-minute session, including cool down. Mats and water provided. Work-out attire required.

Breakfast & Committee Member Recognition

7:30 AM – 8:15 AM

Complimentary

In this breakfast, sponsored by Norris Cylinder, we will recognize the exceptional contribution of some of our most active committee members. Come help us celebrate their expertise and dedication to advancing CGA’s safety mission. Members, spouses/significant others, and guests are all welcome!

Industry Lunch with Keynote Speaker

11:45 AM – 1:45 PM

Complimentary

Sponsored by Chart Industries, this luncheon with renowned speaker, helps set the tone for our work together building toward a safer future (speaker and topic soon to be announced). Members, spouses/significant others, and guests are all welcome!

Fun Night and Dinner

7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Complimentary

Come enjoy an evening of good food, good company, and good times for all, sponsored by the Western Group. Members, spouses/significant others, and guests welcome!

Tuesday, April 28

Breakfast & Committee Leadership Recognition

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM

Complimentary

In this breakfast, sponsored by Weldcoa, we will recognize our outgoing committee leaders. Come help us honor their dedicated leadership in advancing CGA’s safety mission. Members, spouses/significant others, and guests are all welcome!

Historic French Quarter Walking Tour

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Participant Fee: $20

Maximum 3 groups of 15 people each; 1 tour guide per group

This walking tour, sponsored by Cryogenic Industrial Solutions, offers an exceptional opportunity to discover the heart of New Orleans. The oldest sector of the city, the French Quarter is so unique it has been sanctioned and preserved by the National Historic Trust in Washington, DC. Today, this renowned neighborhood offers an exciting vision of the historic greatness of New Orleans with its narrow streets, outstanding examples of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century French and Spanish architecture and the oldest Cathedral and apartment buildings in America. Courtyards, patios, enchanting alleys, artists surrounding the cast-iron fences of Jackson Square, outdoor markets, views of the Mississippi River, and a wide array of emporiums and internationally famous restaurants make the French Quarter the heart of New Orleans.

Lead by a licensed tour guide. Comfortable shoes and a camera are recommended.

If your schedule won’t allow you to sign up for a walking tour on Sunday, now’s your chance!

Dessert Reception/After Party

7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Complimentary

This event, which immediately follows the Safety Awards Banquet, caps off the evening with celebration, networking, and dessert. Sponsored by Taylor-Wharton, this party has become a long-recognized Annual Meeting tradition. Members, spouses/significant others, and guests are all welcome!

Wednesday, April 29

Cooking Demonstration Class & Meal, New Orleans School of Cooking

2:00 PM: Meet in hotel lobby; depart at 2:15 PM

2:30 PM – 4:30 PM: Class & Meal

Participant Fee: $50

Maximum 52 people

The New Orleans School of Cooking (NOSOC) occupies a renovated mid-19th century molasses warehouse in the heart of the French Quarter, within easy walking distance from the Royal Sonesta hotel. Join us for this cooking demonstration class and learn to prepare the distinctive dishes New Orleans is famous for. Fun is the key ingredient in this kitchen – as the school’s entertaining chefs teach the basics of Louisiana cooking – seasoned with healthy doses of history, trivia, and Louisiana lore. Examples of dishes prepared include Gumbo, Shrimp Creole, and Bread Pudding. Once the class is done, you’ll be able sit back and enjoy the delectable feast made right before your eyes. So be sure to bring your appetite!

Fee includes:

  • Escort through the historic French Quarter
  • Admission to the NOSOC
  • 2 hours private cooking demonstration
  • Authentic New Orleans meal – cooked by a skilled chef!
  • Recipe cards

Sponsors

2020 CGA Annual Meeting Sponsors

Thank you to our 2020 CGA Annual Meeting Sponsors!

Sponsorship Availability

The CGA Annual Meeting is the largest technically-focused gathering of our industry’s subject matter experts. We anticipate approximately 250 attendees, including representation from every facet of the industry. This is your opportunity to market directly to an audience of influential industry leaders.

There are several opportunities for your company to connect with Annual Meeting attendees. As a sponsor of the 2020 CGA Annual Meeting, you will support the critical work of CGA, create goodwill amongst CGA members, and increase awareness of your organization amongst attendees. Your organization will enjoy a number of benefits, including showcasing your products and services to potential clients, inclusion of your branding in meeting materials, and recognition at major meeting functions. With participants from all levels of leadership within the industry, your company will want to connect with our meeting attendees – the driving forces in the industry.

To become a sponsor or learn more, please contact Sarah Saunders at +1 703-788-2724.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Level

Investment

Benefits Summary

Diamond Sponsor $75,000
(1 available)
Exclusive recognition as CGA’s 2020 Annual Sponsor (January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020)
Exclusive sponsorship of 1-2 high profile events during the CGA Annual Meeting
Showcase Sponsor of CGA’s Annual Meeting mobile app
Exclusive sponsorship of all additional CGA events during calendar year 2020 (Safety & Reliability Seminar, CGA Canada Annual Meeting, webinars, etc.)
Branded recognition in all 2020 issues of CGA’s biweekly member email newsletter, CGANEWS
Annual Meeting Sponsor Tabletop Display
Annual Meeting Diamond-level potential event(s) include:

  • Monday Industry Forum
  • Tuesday Luncheon before Annual Meeting of the Association
  • Tuesday Pre-Awards Banquet Reception
Platinum Sponsor $50,000
(1 total; SOLD OUT)
Platinum-level event:

  • Monday Networking Dinner (Sponsored by: Western Group)

Sponsorship includes:

  • Tabletop Display
  • Company logo and name recognition during Annual Meeting
Emerald Sponsor $25,000
(3 total; 1 remaining)
Emerald-level events include:

  • Monday Lunch with Keynote (Sponsored by: Chart Industries)
  • Tuesday Lunch before Annual Meeting of the Association
  • Tuesday Dessert Reception / After Party (Sponsored by: Taylor-Wharton)

Sponsorship includes:

  • Tabletop Display
  • Company logo and name recognition during Annual Meeting
Gold Sponsor $15,000
(2 total; 1 remaining)
Gold-level events include:

  • Sunday Welcome Reception & Young Professionals Reception Bundle (Sponsored by: FIBA Technologies)
  • Monday Industry Forum

Sponsorship includes:

  • Tabletop Display
  • Company logo and name recognition during Annual Meeting
Silver Sponsor $10,000
(4 total; SOLD OUT)
Silver-level events:

  • Sunday Golf + other sporting events (Sponsored by: Eleet Cryogenics)
  • Monday Breakfast (Sponsored by: Norris Cylinder)
  • Tuesday Breakfast (Sponsored by: Weldcoa)
  • Tuesday Networking Breaks + Historic French Quarter Walking Tours, Sunday & Tuesday (Sponsored by: Cryogenic Industrial Solutions)

Sponsorship includes:

  • Tabletop Display
  • Company logo and name recognition during Annual Meeting
Bronze Sponsor $7,500
(6 available)
Bronze-level events include:

  • Monday Networking Breaks, including WiFi, Food & Beverage
  • Wednesday Networking Breaks, including WiFi, Food & Beverage
  • Wednesday Breakfast

Sponsorship includes Company logo and name recognition during Annual Meeting

CGA Champion $3,500
(unlimited)
Sponsorship includes Company name recognition during Annual Meeting

Speakers

Keynote Address

Professor Peter Ricchiuti of Tulane University will deliver Monday’s Keynote address, “WHAT’S AHEAD? Deciphering Messages From The Financial Markets.” Ricchiuti will cut through jargon and financial myths to explain what the stock, bond, and energy markets are telling us about what awaits around the corner, providing valuable information to inform attendees’ business and personal financial decisions for the future.

A renowned public speaker, Ricchiuti’s humor and insight have earned him numerous teaching awards at Tulane University, where he created and runs the nationally acclaimed Burkenroad Reports student stock research program. He began his career with the investment firm of Kidder Peabody in Boston, and later managed Louisiana’s $3 billion investment portfolio while serving as the assistant state treasurer.

For 18 years, Ricchiuti was also a director of Amedisys, the nation’s largest home healthcare company, a user of compressed gases.

Ricchiuti has addressed more than 1100 groups in 47 states and several countries. He has been featured in BARRON’S, Kiplinger’s, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.

Industry Panel Discussion

Monday’s Industry Panel will be led by three soon-to-be-announced industry subject matter experts, on the topics of cylinder valves, valve inlets and outlets, pressure relief devices, and valve connections.

High Risk Communication Session

Later that afternoon, Dr. Vincent Covello of the US-based Center for Risk Communication will lead a session on High Risk Communication.

Dr. Covello is an internationally recognized trainer, researcher, consultant, and expert in crisis, conflict, change, and risk communications. Over the past 25 years, he has held numerous positions in academia and government, including Associate Professor of Environmental Sciences and Clinical Medicine at Columbia University, senior scientist at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, Study Director at the National Research Council/National Academy of Sciences, and Director of the Risk Assessment Program at the National Science Foundation.

Transportation

Airport Information

The Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) is the closest airport to the Royal Sonesta New Orleans, and lies approximately 16 miles or 26 minutes from the hotel.

Ground Transportation

The Royal Sonesta New Orleans does not provide private airport transportation.

Airport Shuttle is the official ground transportation provider for the New Orleans International Airport. Reservations are required. Service from the (MSY) airport is available on a continuous basis, with vehicles departing approximately every 30 minutes to area hotels. Airport Shuttle makes multiple stops and has a three (3) bags per person limit. The cost is $24 one-way and $44 round trip per person. Reservations must be made in advance by calling 504-522-3500. Book online here.

Taxi fare from MSY to the Royal Sonesta New Orleans is approximately $36 flat rate one-way for 1 or 2 passengers and $15 per person for three or more.

For Uber & Lyft, use the hotel’s 300 Bourbon Street address for drop-off and pickup. For after hours (12-6 AM) use the 700 Conti or 700 Bienville Street for access to the lower lobby.

Visit the airport website for more information on ground transportation options, including car rental, taxis, shared rides, and other public transportation.

Parking

The underground Royal Sonesta New Orleans Parking Garage is located at 700 Conti Street or 700 Bienville Street (between Royal and Bourbon Streets). Valet parking is $43 per vehicle, per night (taxes not included); self parking is not available at the hotel. Pricing is subject to change.

Driving to the Hotel

If you plan to drive to the hotel, keep in mind that the French Quarter consists mostly of one-way, narrow streets. Vehicular traffic on Bourbon Street is stopped nightly at dusk, to allow pedestrians more space to explore. Some trucks, buses, and mini coaches are encouraged to check ahead for alternate driving directions to accommodate your larger vehicle in the French Quarter.

When Bourbon Street is closed, easy entry to the hotel may be accessed by way of the hotel’s underground Parking Garage, located at 700 Conti Street or 700 Bienville Street (between Royal and Bourbon Streets). The hotel’s lower lobby is located on this level and leads to the main lobby.

Visit the “Getting Here” section of the hotel’s website for more information.

General Information

What to Wear

The dress code for CGA committee meetings is business casual, coat and tie are optional.

Dress for the Safety Awards Banquet is business formal; business suit, or coat and tie for men; business or cocktail dress for women.

A sweater or jacket is recommended for outdoor evening events. Indoor meetings and events will be in air-conditioned meeting space, so it is recommended that you bring a jacket or sweater.

Weather

Temperatures in the New Orleans in mid-April average a high of 79°F (26°C) and a low of 61°F (16°C).

Things to Do in New Orleans

For information on things to do and places to see in the area, visit NewOrleans.com. The official website for the New Orleans tourism industry, NewOrleans.com is produced and managed by New Orleans & Company (formerly the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau) – a non-profit organization that promotes New Orleans as a premier travel destination.

We’re in Good Company: New Orleans Jazz Fest 2020

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival – more commonly known as Jazz Fest – is considered one of the best attended, most respected, and most comprehensive festivals of its kind in the world. With 13 stages and musical performances that span a multitude of genres across two consecutive weekends, Jazz Fest features much of the best that the city has to offer – in terms of music, food, and culture.

Jazz Fest 2020 runs the weekends surrounding CGA’s Annual Meeting – April 24-26; and April 30-May 3.

Jazz Fest is a 10-day cultural feast in which thousands of musicians, cooks and craftspeople welcome over 400,000 visitors each year. Hosted at the Louisiana Heritage Fair Grounds, music from blues, R&B, gospel, Cajun, Folk, Afro-Caribbean, Latin, country, bluegrass and everything in between will be on display.

If you’re interested in participating in Jazz Fest on the weekends before and after the CGA Annual Meeting, visit the event website for information on ticket sales, performance schedules, etc.