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GMRC is a subsidiary of the SGA founded in 1952 to provide its member companies and industry with the benefits of an applied research and technology program directed toward improving reliability and cost effectiveness of the design, construction, and operation of mechanical and fluid systems.

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Only GMRC workshops and conferences provide professionals of all levels the opportunity to gain knowledge that can be used immediately, acquire skills to help you work safer and smarter, and keep up with the latest industry regulations …see more

Gas Machinery Conference (GMC)

The GMC is an industry unique event that brings together subject matter experts in gas machinery for three days to include short courses, technical papers and new technology updates …see more

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Now Available – Natural Gas Champions Online Training

SGA is revising the art of verbal persuasion and energizing an industry through the Natural Gas Champions training program. This unique course is a result of a collection of industry leaders' vision to harness the power of knowledge sharing and evaluate the sentiment of conversation about the future of energy in this country.

For more information, please contact Nicolle Billmyre.

Whether you’re already a member or considering SGA membership, you can purchase the learning module at any time here.


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Natural Gas: Public Enemy #1 or the Key to a Sustainable Future? - Webinar

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This session looks at the role of natural gas in a lower carbon economy.  Natural Gas is positioned to continue to lead our nation into a better energy future. A critical contributor to environmental advances over the last 25 years, natural gas has also been a driving force in the best economic boom in generations.  In addition, it has a significant role in national security.

However, despite the facts, there is a growing opposition that is more organized than ever, inciting communities and even states to ban the presence of natural gas.  Natural gas is not the enemy of a sustainable future; it is the key to a sustainable future. Don Raikes will discuss the state of the natural gas industry and the role that natural gas has in a clean energy future. And how, now more than ever, Americans are seeing firsthand the critical role that energy plays in meeting our daily needs.

Webinar objective:

  • Discuss and evaluate the role of natural gas in a lower carbon economy

Attendees will receive 1 Professional Development Hour



Who Should Attend 

  • Leaders who want to provide innovative natural gas solutions
  • Natural Gas professionals at all levels of the organization



When & Where 

May 21, 2020 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am CDT| VIRTUAL



Registration fees (open to the public) :

Registration is now closed



Experienced Instructor: 

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Donald R. Raikes, President–Gas Distribution Gas Infrastructure Group, Dominion Energy

Donald R. Raikes is president–Gas Distribution, Gas Infrastructure Group. Raikes is responsible for leading Dominion Energy’s gas distribution operations across the company’s footprint. Since joining the company in 1985, he has held various positions in the interstate gas pipeline business unit. Raikes was part of the commercial team that implemented the wholesale restructuring and also led the commercial team that reactivated the Cove Point LNG terminal. He was also responsible for the commercial transactions relating to the Cove Point Export project, as well as the ACP project. He previously was vice president-Transmission Marketing & Business Development and was named vice president–Pipeline Customer Service & Business Development in November 2014. In August 2017, he was appointed senior vice president-Dominion Midstream Operations. In February 2019, he became senior vice president–Gas Transmission Operations and oversaw operations of the company’s portfolio of natural gas terminaling, processing, storage, transportation and related assets. He assumed his current post in October 2019. Raikes serves on the board of Homeward Virginia. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Fairmont State University.





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Combustion Stabilization in Reciprocating Engines and its Impact on Reliability- Webinar





Legacy reciprocating engines are critical assets to all pipeline companies.  The method in which they are monitored and maintained significantly impacts each asset's overall life cycle.  Combustion stabilization within this equipment has the potential to reduce green house gas (GHG) emissions, extend mean time between failure (MTBF), improve fuel economy and extend its useful life. 

This course is a continuation of the GMRC Introduction to Internal Combustion Engines course (available on-demand) in which deeper concepts will be explored.  Attendees will be educated through presentation, virtual interaction and demonstration by use of a simulator built by the instructor.  Join us in exploring a unique perspective on Combustion Stabilization in Reciprocating Engines and its Impact on Reliability. 


You will learn:

  • Combustion and Fire Triangle Review
  • What is Fuel Balancing?
  • Importance of Fuel Balancing/Combustion Stabilization
  • Steps to Complete Fuel Balancing
  • Air/Fuel Ratio vs Trapped Equivalency Ratio
  • Fuel Balancing Components (Mechanical Breakdown)
  • Impact of Balancing/Stabilization on Emissions
  • Balancing Utilizing a Windrock PA System
  • Introduction to Equalization Lines
  • Full 'Virtual' Demonstration Utilizing a Fuel Rail Simulator


Attendees will receive 2 Professional Development Hours



Who Should Attend 

All level Engineers, Analysts, Technicians, Mechanics, FSRs, Project Managers and Reliability Engineers interested in gaining a more in-depth understanding of Fuel Rail Balancing and Combustion Stabilization



When & Where 

June 04, 2020 | 9:00 am - 11:00 am CDT | VIRTUAL



Registration fees (open to the public) :

Member: $75

Non-Member: $100


Registration is now closed



Experienced Instructor: 



 Mary Savalle, PMP, REC

A passionate and unapologetic advocate for STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) educational opportunities, Detroit native Mary Savalle attended Wayne State University and completed her final year of undergraduate studies at Polytechnica Universidad de Puerto Rico.

Her multi-faceted career began with DTE and includes experience with large natural gas engines and compressors, diagnosing engine/compressor defects, leadership at the largest gas storage facility in Michigan, supporting the Continuous Improvement Department, Reliability Engineer, Principal Reliability Engineer, and Capital Project Manager.

Mary’s professional credentials include:

  • BS in Mechanical Engineering
  • Lean Six Sigma Green Belt
  • Project Management Professional (PMP)
  • Reliability Engineering Certification (REC) through Clemson University. 


She has published industry papers, travels nationally teaching courses on internal combustion engine concepts and has developed training devices for kinesthetic learners. She has worked with companies around the world in research, analysis and training activities.

Mary’s passion for STEAM and community has resulted in partnerships with a local art store and elementary school to teach children STEAM concepts. Utilizing art and artifacts to create an interactive and engaging experience for 50 students each month, Mary is striving to ignite the STEAM movement in the next generation.




This event follows the SGA Cancellation Policy "C"  when cancellation is needed.


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Power Hour - Webinar

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It is National Volunteer Appreciation Week and SGA is hosting a POWER HOUR with our volunteers!                  Join us for some networking, live music and virtual games. 


Who Should Attend 

SGA Volunteers


When & Where 

April 30, 2020 | 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm /CT 


Registration fees (Exclusive to SGA's Volunteers):

SGA's Volunteers: Free


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 Thank you to our Sponsor:

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The Future of The Industry - Webinar



This webinar considers the role of natural gas in a lower carbon economy. We will look at natural gas opportunities and possible impacts on key stakeholders, including energy consumers, infrastructure investors and policymakers.


Further, we’ll examine how natural gas and its requisite infrastructure will be needed and utilized in a lower-carbon economy.  Additionally, discussion of current and future technologies for the automation and digitalization of the industry.


 A. Gathering, transmission and distribution of natural gas are at the front line of the climate debate, and each sector must have a successful methane management plan to thrive in today’s operating conditions. The most critical tool in managing and reducing methane emissions is not technology - it is demonstrating a true commitment to environmental stewardship with three key elements: people, culture, and relationships. Methane management by definition includes engineering and best practices in operations – but to stop there may be short-sighted. A holistic approach including culture and leadership is critical to the success in reducing or eliminating methane emissions.  Gaffney Cline and Associates, an international global oil and gas consultancy, will share best practices in a successful methane management program, including:

    • Creating and maintaining an employee and leadership culture that values environmental stewardship
    • Demonstrating methane management as a strategic priority
    • Establishing positive, transparent working relationships with critical external stakeholders

B. RNG enhances fuel diversity for natural gas utilities and provides a waste management solution and a new revenue stream for family farmers. Ryan Childress, Director-Gas Partnership Business Development, Gas Infrastructure Group Dominion Energy will discuss the Dominion Energy and Smithfield Foods’ joint venture, Align Renewable Natural Gas.   


C. Digital Transformation for the natural gas industry – Mosaic’s nation-wide benchmark study provides insight from senior electric, gas, and pipeline leaders concerning the workforce impacts of the continuous evolution the energy industry is experiencing. The study addresses significant changes industry leaders are experiencing and anticipate related to digital and technological transformations; as well as how to build and sustain a skilled and competent workforce.

Learning Objective:

  • Discuss and evaluate the role of natural gas in a lower carbon economy

Attendees will receive 3 Professional Development Hours


Who Should Attend 

  • Leaders who want to provide innovative natural gas solutions
  • Natural Gas professionals at all levels of the organization


When & Where 

May 19, 2020 | 01:00 pm - 04:00 pm /CT 


Registration fees (open to the public) :


Non-Member: $300

Registration is now closed



Experienced Instructor: 

 Joyce Gorgan


Joyce Gorgan, Managing Director of the Central Region, Mosaic

Joyce Gorgan is Managing Director of the Central Region for Mosaic, a national consulting firm that focuses on the utility and oil & gas industries. During her tenure with Mosaic, Joyce has consulted with utilities across the US regarding workforce planning and enhancement, training program and facilities development, as well as change management and user adoption for large ERP initiatives.  Joyce recognizes that a company’s workforce is its largest and most valuable asset, and she works with companies to help them realize maximum benefit from their workforces. 





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Lizzy Rienholt, Senior Director of Sustainability & Corporate Affairs, Summ

Lizzy Reinholt currently works as Senior Director of Sustainability & Corporate Affairs at Summit Utilities where she oversees the development and implementation of the company’s long-term sustainability vision along with community and public relations, government affairs and corporate communications. In addition, she sits on the board of ONE Future, a coalition of natural gas companies working together to voluntarily reduce methane emissions across the natural gas supply chain. Prior to that joining Summit, Lizzy spent much of her career working on various political campaigns and worked as a senior project manager at the Bernstein Shur Group working with a variety of environmental, energy and social justice companies and organizations.



Jennifer Stewart

Jennifer StewartDirector of Methane Management, Gaffney Cline and Associates

Jennifer Stewart is the Director of Methane Management at Gaffney Cline and Associates, an international global oil and gas consultancy offering technical, commercial, and strategic advice to the oil and gas industry. Her expertise and focus is on a value and holistic approach to methane management.

She recently retired from the role as Senior Vice President Legislative and Regulatory Affairs of Southwestern Energy, an independent energy company engaged in natural gas and oil exploration and production. Jennifer led efforts to identify, develop and implement methane reduction solutions. Under her leadership, Southwestern Energy led all North American producers with the lowest methane intensity under the EPA’s GHG Reporting Program and received recognition among environmental shareholder activist groups and regulatory bodies as the leading upstream producer for methane abatement practices and disclosures.  

Jennifer was designated as a Houston Business Journal Women in Energy Leadership Woman to Watch and has been recognized twice by the National Diversity Council as one of the Most Powerful Woman in Oil & Gas. She is an attorney licensed to practice in the state of Texas.  



Ryan W. Childress

Ryan W. Childress, Director-Gas Business Partnership Development, Dominion Energy's Gas Infrastructure Group

Ryan W. Childress is responsible for sourcing, analysis and execution of new business strategies for Dominion Energy’s Gas Infrastructure Group.

Childress was an intern with the company from 2008-2009 and joined the company full-time in 2013 as a Business Development Consultant in the Alternative Energy Solutions Group. He joined the Midstream Group in 2015 as a Project Manager, and was promoted to Manager-Midstream in July 2017. In January 2019 he became Manager-Gas Business Development and assumed his current role in October 2019.

From 2009 to 2013 he worked in the Investment Management Division at Barclays Capital. Prior to that, he served on the staff of former Governor Mark R. Warner.

Childress received a bachelor’s degree in government and a master’s degree in education from the University of Virginia, where he was a four-year letterman on the football team. He also earned his master’s degree in business administration from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business




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Suzanne Ogle, President and CEO, Southern Gas Association

Suzanne Ogle is President and CEO of the Southern Gas Association.  As CEO she helps SGA members overcome the challenges, they face operating in the natural gas industry and navigating public perception.  With her entrepreneurial mindset and wide range of experience across the natural gas value chain from service, to exploration and production, midstream and transmission she focuses on business process, optimization and effective communication to prepare the SGA members for resilience and innovation in an industry in transition.

Suzanne is an Accredited Public Relations and Certified Investor Relations professional. She holds an Advanced Marketing certificate from Southern Methodist University, as well as Finance Management, Business Analytics and Change Management certificates from Cornell University and an Executive Leadership for Energy Professionals certificate from the University of Houston. She received a Master of Education in educational psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in business marketing from California Lutheran University.





This event follows the SGA Cancellation Policy "C"  when cancellation is needed.


For registration Information Please Contact Member Services

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