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Regional Chamber Announces Agenda for Utica Shale Conference and Trade Show - September 21, 2011

The president & COO of V&M Star and JobsOhio’s energy czar will be among the keynote speakers at the Regional Chamber’s Youngstown Ohio Utica & Natural Gas (YOUNG) 2011 conference and trade show. The day-long event will take place Wednesday, Nov. 30, at the Covelli Centre in downtown Youngstown.

YOUNG, Ohio’s first Utica shale play conference, is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. During that time, attendees may view all of the exhibits, as well as learn about the science of hydrofracking and essential tips for landowners. Speakers will be:

10 a.m.
Education Session 1
Trina Rauscher Cooper, Human Resource Director, V&M Star
Topic: V&M Staffing Update: A Discussion of Job Search Resources, Skill Set Requirements and Employment Opportunities

Michelle Ball, Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services
Topic: Job Opportunities in the Shale Industry and How the Department of Jobs and Family Services is Linking Job Seekers to Openings

11 a.m.
Education Session 2
Dr. Jeffrey Dick, Chair of Geological and Environmental Sciences, Youngstown State University
Topic: Fracking: Fact vs. Fiction

12 p.m.
Education Session 3
Atty. Eric Johnson, Johnson & Johnson
Topic: Legally Speaking, What Do Property Owners Need To Know?

The afternoon session will target local and national companies that want to learn more about the supply chain for the oil and natural gas industry and hear about Ohio’s receptiveness to the investment and job creation activities associated with shale gas. Among the afternoon experts are:

2:30 p.m.
Joel Mastervich, President & COO, V&M Star
Topic: V&M Star’s Expansion: It’s Status & More

Thomas E. Stewart, Executive Vice President, Ohio Oil & Gas Association (OOGA)
Topic: Ohio’s Oil and Gas Industry, Its Potential Shale Play Opportunities and the OOGA

3:30 p.m.
David Mustine, General Manager for Energy, Jobs Ohio
Topic: Ohio’s Open-For-Business Approach to the Oil and Natural Gas Industry

4:30 p.m.
Daniel Rice, III, Managing General Partner, Rice Energy;
Managing Director, Blackrock Capital Global Resources Team
Topic: Shale Plays and Their Impact on Financial Markets

Walt Good, the Regional Chamber’s vice president of Economic Development, Business Retention & Expansion, said, “Ohio’s shale plays are transforming this region’s and our nation’s economy. This event gives participants the ability to hear from and interact with those at the forefront of this burgeoning energy revolution.”

Additional speakers will be announced in the near future.

YOUNG 2011 sponsors include: Gold sponsor V&M Star; Silver sponsors Chesapeake Energy, Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 396 and Patriot Water; and Bronze sponsors DE-CAL, Inc. and New Castle School of Trades. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Booth space for the trade show is also still available.

The conference and tradeshow will feature exhibits from companies involved in the supply chain for the industry. Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 396 will have two large trailers on the floor filled with hands-on displays that demonstrate advanced welding practices.

The morning session is open to the public, and entry is free. The afternoon session, which includes a business after hours networking event at 5:30 p.m., costs $50.

To obtain tickets for the afternoon session or to reserve booth space, please visit or contact Bergen Giordani at the Chamber at 330.744.2131, ext. 21.


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