Business – September 2019

September 2019

NACE International and The Society for Protective Coatings (SSPC) have discussed a potential merger and will ask their members to vote on the matter within a year.
In a joint announcement, NACE and SSPC said their leaders “recently convened to hold further discussion about options and approaches to combining the organizations to mutually benefit the members of both organizations.”
The meeting was deemed a success and led to multiple positive outcomes, according to NACE President Terry Greenfield and SSPC President Garry Manous.
“Both organizations will provide informational webinars and small group information sessions prior to the vote to enable members to have a thorough understanding of what is involved in any cooperative relationship between the two organizations,” the joint statement said.

Businesses in the News

Noble Midstream Partners announced a $200 million equity commitment from Global Infrastructure Partners Capital Solutions Fund to fund capital contributions to Dos Rios Crude Intermediate LLC, a newly formed subsidiary holding Noble Midstream’s 30% equity interest in the EPIC Crude Pipeline. Of the $200 million total commitment, $100 million will be funded during the first quarter of 2019.
Drone-inspection technologies firm Cyberhawk signed a global teaming agreement with smart-combustion solutions firm John Zink Hamworthy Combustion (JZHC), an authority on flares, burners and emissions.
Pipeline Equipment has been named the largest manufacturer in Oklahoma on the annual Inc. 5000 list with three-year revenue growth of 78%. The Tulsa-based company had revenues of $37.2 million, according to the listing of independent small business.

Names in the News

davisEnLink Midstream’s executive chairman, Barry E. Davis, who led the company as CEO from its founding in 2014 to 2018, has resumed his role of CEO, replacing Michael J. Garberding, who has left the company. Davis will continue to serve as chairman for the Dallas-based company, which also appointed former American Airlines Chairman and CEO Thomas W. Horton to its board of directors.


kevin_akersAtmos Energy appointed Kevin Akers to serve as president and CEO, and as a member of its board of directors, effective Oct. 1. Akers, currently executive vice president, will succeed Mike Haefner, who is stepping down Sept. 30 to focus on a recent health issue. He will retire Jan. 1 from the company and the board. Kim R. Cocklin, formerly CEO of Atmos Energy, will continue as executive chairman of the board.



CharlettaDiana M. Charletta has been appointed president of Equitrans Midstream Corporation (ETRN) and president of the general partner of EQM Midstream Partners, the Pittsburgh-based company’s publicly traded subsidiary. Charletta will retain her current position of chief operating officer for both ETRN and the EQM General Partner, as well as continue as a member of the EQM General Partner’s Board of Directors.





GTI announced Kimberly S. Greene, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Southern Company Gas, was appointed to the GTI Board of Directors. GTI is a research, development and training organization that addresses global energy and environmental challenges.




Targa Resources made the following management-succession changes effective March 1, 2020: Matthew J. Meloy, current president, will become chief executive officer and join the Board of Directors. Joe Bob Perkins, current CEO, will remain as a member of the management team and become executive chairman of the board of directors. James W. Whalen, current executive chairman, will retire from the management team and remain on the board.

WFS Technologies named Jim Darroch as its chief technology officer. In his role, Darroch will work on software development strategy and expand the product engineering team to meet growing client demand for existing products. Prior to joining WFS, Darroch was part of Honeywell’s Connected Enterprise organization.




JET Infrastructure, which owns and manages jet fuel pipelines and terminals across the United States, announced Chad Edinger joined the company as general manager. Previously, he was vice president of Marketing and Business Development for NuStar Energy LP (formerly Kaneb Pipeline).

Colonial Pipeline named David Gray as vice president and general counsel. In his new role, Gray will lead Colonial’s legal functions, including the ongoing relationship with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and other regulatory agencies.
AltaGas named D. James Harbilas as executive vice president and chief financial officer. He replaces Tim Watson, who left the company.
The board of Sempra Energy subsidiary Southern California Gas Company named Mia DeMontigny as chief financial officer, chief accounting officer, and controller and treasurer of the company. Bruce Folkmann, who previously served in those roles at both SoCalGas and San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E), another Sembra subsidiary, will remain in that role at SDG&E.

Boston-based construction firm BOND announced the promotion of Dan Foppiano to vice president of the Civil and Utility Division of the company’s New York office.


Associations in the News

The Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA) named Michael Isper as its new director of Security, Reliability and Resilience. In his role, Isper will lead the cyber- and physical security efforts for the association, managing its ongoing collaboration efforts with member companies and the federal government to ensure the reliable delivery of natural gas to end users. Isper most recently served as a program manager with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Transportation Security Administration Surface Security Division.