Event Calendar

Operating Conference & Exhibits

July 17-19, 2017

Atlanta, GA 

Hilton Atlanta


The Operating Conference format is focused round table discussion. Attendees learn smart practices and lessons learned from their peers with 22 concurrent facilitated sessions to choose from. Breakout sessions with presentations from subject matter experts open the conference following the keynote address. Make plans to visit the exhibit hall, which will include over 100 services and product service organizations showcasing the latest products and services available to the industry. 

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2017 Registration Rates


Registration Type

Early (Before June 16th)

Regular (June 17th to Event Date)1

Full Access:Full access to all conference and expo events including meals, receptions, sessions, and Tuesday Evening Special Event.




Guest Pass:Guest pass is required for any guest (i.e. spouse) of attendee that will be attending receptions, visiting the expo hall, and the Tuesday evening Special Event. All other meal functions are not open to guests. This pass is for non-industry attendees that are guests of registered attendees. 




Day Pass: This pass is available only for Tuesday and gives attendee the opportunity to visit the expo hall, all sessions during the day, and the reception. Includes all meals for the day at the meeting location and includes access to the Tuesday evening Special Event.





Limited Exhibit Hall Pass: This pass is available only for Tuesday afternoon from 1:30 to 4:00 PM to the expo hall for the event. Includes refreshments available in the exhibit hall during this time, but does not include meal functions, receptions, nor the Tuesday evening Special Event.




Exhibitors: Booth registration is separate than booth personnel. See exhibit tab on conference page for more information about booth registration. 

Exhibitor- Includes on registration per 8 x10 booth



Each Additional Registrant per 8x10 booth (Member/Nonmember)


1Additional fees apply for onsite registration during the conference.

Cancellation Policy

This event follows the SGA Cancellation Policy "A" when cancellation is required.


                                   Thank You to Our 2017 Sponsors!

Platinum Sponsors

SEC PowerTeam Logo Website      


Gold Sponsors

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Galperti Website 

  Goodwin  Assoociates Logo

Silver Sponsors

American SP Website Dist Construction Website

  ERM Logo

GAI logo website 
Mears Signature Website Michels Corp website Sensus website   trc logo 

Bronze Sponsors

 schneider LIO Life Green RGB      

Event Contributors

 schneider LIO Life Green RGB
                                                                                                                         SEC PowerTeam Logo Website                                              Itron Website   
Water Bottles                         Hotel Key Cards  Hydration Stations
                        Mobile App


To see available sponsor opportunities view the sponsor form Here!

Contact Jane Butler for information about current sponsorship opportunities.

Interested in who attends this conference? View the 2015 Event Company Title Roster Here


2017 SGA Operating Conference Exhibitors/Floorplan

Booths for the SGA Operating Conference 2017 now SOLD OUT. If you would like to be placed on waiting list, please contact Joni Pullen

  • Registering for an exhibit booth includes only ONE registration pass you will need to register any additional booth personal separately.  


Exhibitors: Booth registration is separate than booth personnel. See exhibit tab on conference page for more information about booth registration. 

Exhibitor- Includes on registration per 8 x10 booth



Each Additional Registrant per 8x10 booth (Member/Nonmember)



1Additional fees apply for onsite registration during the conference.


Exhibitor Move-In:
   Mon 7/17 Exhibitors Move-In  8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Exhibit Hours:
  Mon 7/17  Exhibit hall open 3:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (Reception 4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.)

 Tue  7/18  Exhibit hall open 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Breakfast 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.,
                     Lunch 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. and Business Mixer 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.)

 Wed 7/19  Exhibit hall open 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. (Breakfast)

Exhibitor Move-Out:
 Wed 7/19 Exhibit Move Out  8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.



Monday Afternoon Breakouts

Breakout Sessions will cover topical areas that are typically cross-functional in any given organization.  These are short 2-3 hour sessions that will be available on the Monday afternoon of the conference.

Topical Areas:


Attendees will be selecting a primary roundtable during registration. However you are welcome to move around the Conference and participate in any of the concurrent sessions. 

  1. Some sessions during roundtable time may be closed to gas company attendees only.  Those interested in attending specific sessions should check the mobile platform or posted session information for more details. 

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Hotel Information


Our originally room block at the Hilton is full. The Marriott is conveniently connected via an enclosed sky bridge on the same level as our meeting space at the Hilton.


“Event attendees must contact the hotel directly (either by phone or the posted hotel reservation link to make their reservations. Any contact to you from a third party claiming to be a booking agent for the SGA should be considered a scam.”

SGA Today


SGA Today Conference Publication


This daily news magazine will be published for all 3 days of the event replacing the traditional conference guidebook. Take a minute and look through the 2016, day1, Operating Conference SGA Today You’ll see it is designed to give you maximum exposure and the benefits of advertising in the SGAToday is as follows: 


    • Exposure to all conference attendees as they will access information about the conference, show information, and other changes or updates to schedules.
    • Opportunity to draw attention to your show booth if you are exhibiting at this year's conference.
    • Use this opportunity to announce new product releases, service offerings, or other changes.
    • Include follow-up information for contacts to be made following the show for those not able to come by and see you at your booth.

Complete and return the Advertising Agreement to reserve your space today or for more information contact Ashlyn Smith.



Giving Back

 Blood Drive 

SGA is partnering with the Red Cross to host a blood drive on Tuesday, July 18 at the Hilton from 9-2PM.

To schedule an appointment:

 1. Click here-  Southern Gas Association - Operating Conference

 2. Enter the sponsor code SGA in the box "Give Blood. Find a Blood Drive"

 3. Click on Southern Gas Association

 4. Tap the donation time that you would like to give


Meet Cargo at Operating Conference

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SGA is raising funds for Freedom Service Dogs of America!

Based just outside of Denver, FSD is a nonprofit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by rescuing dogs and custom training them for individual client needs. Their service dogs end up serving children, veterans and active duty military and other adults.

Throughout 2017, SGA will be working with members to raise enough money to rescue, treat, train and ultimately graduate a service dog with FSD.

This is an exciting opportunity, but we need your help! It costs around $30,000 to get a dog ready to serve. By helping SGA meet our goal, you will forever change the life of someone in need.

  • You can donate here or onsite at the Operating Conference.


More Info

Professional Development Hours

Professional development hours (PDH) are available for certain sessions.  For general information on professional development hours at the SGA, please visit the SGA PDH web page.



Past Events

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Future Locations

  • July 30-August 1, 2018 | Marriott Waterside | Tampa, FL
  • July 15-17, 2019 | JW Marriottt San Antonio Hill Country Resort | San Antonio, TX 
  • July 13-15, 2020 | St. Louis, MO