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2020 Technical Conference Highlights

Earlier this month, the Southern Gas Association welcomed 370+ industry peers at the 2020 Technical Conference on Environmental Permitting and Construction. Together, the group hosted 20+ learning opportunities, including real-world case studies demonstrating how to successfully get pipelines permitted and built.


The group kicked off with a golf tournament hosted by VHB, Inc. at the Club at Savannah Harbor. The scramble team winners with a net score of 66 were: Corey Huwa, Sean Sparks, Armondo Pietrocarlo, Jason Hendricks. Prizes were also given out to the following SGA golf all-stars:

  • Longest Drive Hole #2 –Aaron Hoffer
  • Bunker Shot Hole #6 – Chad Robinson
  • Closest to the Pin Hole #8 – Peyton Ashmore
  • Longest Drive Hole #11 – Jon Austin
  • Longest Putt Hole # 12 – Bill Braun
  • Closest to the Pin Hole #17 – Mike Donnelly


The conference opened with Suzanne Ogle, SGA’s CEO. She discussed the importance of natural gas in today’s environment and for the future of the country. Attendees were able to attend different sessions focusing on two main tracks focusing on permitting and construction. Thursday night, SWCA Environmental Consultants and Resource Environmental Solutions (RES) sponsored a fun-filled time of networking with great friends, food and music at the special event’s “Seas the Day”. Andrew Urich, Associate Professor of Management, Spears School Of Business, delivered the closing keynote session and highlighted the power and importance of likability—and how this will directly impact your ability to influence others around you. By focusing on your presence and appearance you will build your capacity to influence, and therefore, lead in any situation.


Thank you to the Environmental Technical Conference Planning Committee for planning, facilitating and organizing such a worthwhile event. In particular, SGA would like to recognize the chair of the committee Corrie Peré, Environmental Specialist at Atmos Energy, for her leadership throughout the planning process.


We have loved engaging with you on all things  #SGAETC20 over the past few months, and we hope you’re already putting what you learned into practice. Thanks to all who posted in GoMobile@SGA’s timeline, to Twitter and LinkedIn. Here is top social media shout out:


Finally thank you to the sponsors for this year, including:


We hope you can join us again next year. Mark your calendars for February 16-18 in Austin, Texas!


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