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2020 Young & Emerging Professionals Summit

August 18 – September 29, 2020

10-part webinar series

Registration fee: FREE

(part of the CGAConnect 2020 family of online events)

**PLEASE NOTE: Registration for each Summit webinar closes two (2) days before its event date (see schedule below for details).**

The recently formed Young & Emerging Professionals Committee within the Compressed Gas Association (CGA) has been hard at work planning this groundbreaking series of webinars, launching in mid-August and running through the end of September 2020. Registration is complimentary for all participants.*

This innovative series of online events, co-hosted by CGA and the Gases & Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA), promises to deliver unparalleled learning opportunities for the compressed gas industry’s next generation of great safety thinkers and leaders.

Individual webinars will cover an exceptional lineup of educational topics, including: cylinder filling (industrial and medical gases); hydrogen production, storage, transport, and emerging applications; and oxygen safety (cleaning, compatibility, and lessons learned). These sessions will focus on communicating the reasons for requirements in today’s safety standards, including lessons learned through incidents, near misses, and the personal experiences of each presenter.

See the detailed Summit schedule below for information on all sessions.

*Please Note: Summit attendance is limited to young and emerging professionals who work for member companies in good standing with CGA or GAWDA (in order to register through GAWDA, your company must participate in the CGA publications subscription program). “Young and emerging professionals” are defined as those aged 45 years or younger, OR someone who is new to their area of industry operations.

Each session will feature a 60 to 90 minute presentation, followed by a 30 to 60 minute moderated panel and open question and answer session with 3 to 4 subject matter experts.

You may register for a single webinar in the series, or as many as all 10! Pending company approval, presentation slides will be made available on demand to all registrants following each event. However, we will not be able to provide session recordings for all webinars, so be sure to mark your calendar and carve out time to attend the events you sign up for.

Thank You to Our Sponsor!

Thank you to Weldcoa for sponsoring the Young & Emerging Professionals Summit 2020.

We’ll update the calendar below as needed, so be sure to refresh your web browser to see all the latest information.

2020 Young & Emerging Professionals Summit

Event Program

(as of: August 14, 2020)

WEEK 1

SESSION #1:
TUESDAY, AUGUST 18
3:00-5:00PM (Eastern)

REGISTRATION CLOSES:
Saturday, August 15, 2020
11:59PM (Eastern)

Knowledge Management and Succession Planning – Key Conversations, Combating Knowledge Loss, and Preparing for Advancement

Keynote Speaker: David DeLong, Smart Workforce Strategies

Panelists:

  • Jack Finn, FIBA Technologies
  • Richard Pawulski, Air Liquide
  • Kelvin Dixon, Matheson
  • Allison Earlbeck, Earlbeck Gases & Technologies

Session Moderator: Hector Villarreal, Weldcoa

About Our Keynote Speaker

Dr. David DeLong is an author, speaker, and president of Smart Workforce Strategies, a consulting firm that helps organizations find solutions to critical skill shortages and risks of knowledge loss.

He is also:

  • A research fellow at the MIT AgeLab and has been an adjunct professor at Babson College, teaching MBAs “Leading & Managing Change”
  • An acclaimed keynote speaker and co-author of the The Executive Guide to High-Impact Talent Management
  • Author of the widely praised Lost Knowledge: Confronting the Threat of an Aging Workforce
  • A veteran researcher who has spent more than 20 years studying the strategic impacts of changing workforce demographics and knowledge loss on organizational performance
  • A former researcher at both Harvard Business School and MIT’s Sloan School

WEEK 2

SESSION #2:
TUESDAY, AUGUST 25
3:00-5:00PM (Eastern)

REGISTRATION CLOSES:
Saturday, August 22, 2020
11:59PM (Eastern)

ASU (Air Separation Unit) Pumps and Compressors

Speaker: John Bernard, CGA Consultant

Panelists include: John Bernard; Dr. John Somavarapu, Air Liquide; Patrick Smith, Air Products & Chemicals

Session Moderator: Anu George, Air Liquide

SESSION #3:
THURSDAY, AUGUST 27
3:00-5:00PM (Eastern)

REGISTRATION CLOSES:
Monday, August 24, 2020
11:59PM (Eastern)

Cylinder Filling: Industrial and Medical Gases

Speaker: Kevin Klotz, Weldcoa

Panelists: Kevin Klotz, Don Renner, Weldcoa; John Willenbrock, CGA; Terran Bergdale, A-OX Welding Supply Company; Rob Stauder, Linde

Session Moderator: Zach Fowler, Linde

WEEK 3

SESSION #4:
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1
3:00-5:00PM (Eastern)

REGISTRATION CLOSES:
Saturday, August 29, 2020
11:59PM (Eastern)

Hydrogen: Production, Storage, Transport, & Emerging Applications

Speaker: Pierre Drolet, Air Liquide

Panelists: Pierre Drolet; Tom Drube, Chart Industries; David Farese, Air Products & Chemicals; Carl Rivkin, Nikola Motor Company

Session Moderator: To be announced

SESSION #5:
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 3
3:00-5:00PM (Eastern)

REGISTRATION CLOSES:
Monday, August 31, 2020
11:59PM (Eastern)

Cylinder Valves, Pressure Relief Devices (PRDs), Regulators, and Connections

Speaker: Jerry Sameth, CGA

Panelists: Jerry Sameth; Shaun LaGrange, Praxair; William Hald, Rotarex; Rohit Behani, Tekno Valves

Session Moderator: Zach Fowler, Linde

*Labor Day Break – No Sessions September 7 – 11*

WEEK 4

SESSION #6:
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15
3:00-5:00PM (Eastern)

REGISTRATION CLOSES:
Saturday, September 12, 2020
11:59PM (Eastern)

Carbon Dioxide Production, Filling, & Emerging Applications

Speaker: Dave Burgener, CO2 & N2O Consulting

Panelists: Dave Burgener; Bud Klotz, Weldcoa; Matt Erwin, Airgas, an Air Liquide company; Andrew Stride, Matheson

Session Moderator: Kristie Vice, Chart Industries

SESSION #7:
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17
3:00-5:00PM (Eastern)

REGISTRATION CLOSES:
Monday, September 14, 2020
11:59PM (Eastern)

Container Filling: Cryogenic Liquefied Gases

Speaker: Dave Mason, Roberts Oxygen Company

Panelists: Dave Mason; Kevin Klotz, Weldcoa; Tom Badstubner, AsteRisk; Kevin Kimker, Cee Kay Supply

Session Moderator: Jake Kilgas, Airgas, an Air Liquide company

WEEK 5

SESSION #8:
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22
3:00-5:00PM (Eastern)

REGISTRATION CLOSES:
Saturday, September 19, 2020
11:59PM (Eastern)

Oxygen Safety: Cleaning, Compatibility, and Lessons Learned

Speaker: Sid Phakey, Linde

Panelists include: Sid Phakey; Bud Klotz, Weldcoa; Jim White, Praxair

Session Moderator: Sara Beers, GenOx Transportation

SESSION #9:
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24
3:00-5:00PM (Eastern)

REGISTRATION CLOSES:
Monday, September 21, 2020
11:59PM (Eastern)

Cylinder and Valve Failure Analysis

Speakers:

  • Cylinders: Steve Gentry, Worthington Industries, Pressure Cylinders
  • Valves: Richard Paciej, PhD, Linde Electronic Gases and Specialty Products

Panelists include: Steve Gentry; Richard Paciej; Henry Holroyd, Luxfer Gas Cylinders

Session Moderator: To be announced

WEEK 6

SESSION #10:
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29
3:00-5:00PM (Eastern)

REGISTRATION CLOSES:
Saturday, September 26, 2020
11:59PM (Eastern)

Panel & Roundtable Discussion: Leveraging CGA & GAWDA Participation

Speakers: Rich Gottwald, CGA & John Ospina, GAWDA

Panelists include: Abydee Butler Moore, Butler Gas Products; Justin Guitreau, Tekno Valves North America; Anu George, Air Liquide; Zach Fowler, Linde

Session Moderator: Hector Villarreal, Weldcoa

*Reminder: Summit attendance is limited to young and emerging professionals who work for member companies in good standing with CGA or GAWDA (in order to register through GAWDA, your company must participate in the CGA publications subscription program). “Young and emerging professionals” are defined as those aged 45 years or younger, OR someone who is new to their area of industry operations.

**DON’T WAIT TO REGISTER: Registration for Summit webinars closes two (2) days before each event date (see the schedule above for details).**