The 13th ICIS Pan American Base Oils & Lubricants Conference :: Speakers The 13th ICIS Pan American Base Oils & Lubricants Conference :: Speakers

2017 Speakers


Chief Executive Officer
Independent Lubricant Manufacturers Association
Holly Alfano has nearly 25 years of experience working with associations representing the petroleum industry. Before becoming CEO of the Independent Lubricant Manufacturers Association (ILMA), she served as vice president of government affairs for NATSO, an association representing truck stops and travel plazas. Prior to that, she was vice president of the Petroleum Marketers Association of America (PMAA), which represents fuel retailers and wholesale distributors of petroleum. Alfano came...more
Manager – Lube Studies
Solomon Associates
Jamie Brunk is the Manager of Lube Studies for Solomon Associates of Dallas where his responsibilities include Solomon’s industry standard Worldwide Paraffinic Lube Refinery Performance Analysis, and base oil and wax consulting.  Prior to joining Solomon, Jamie was employed by Shell and its predecessor companies (Pennzoil-Quaker State and Pennzoil) gaining experience in managing all aspects of the base oil business.  His 39 years of experience include base oil and wax refin...more
Vertex Energy
Mr. Cowart, the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Vertex Energy, has been involved in the petroleum recycling industry for nearly 25 years. Mr. Cowart is the founder of the Vertex group of companies and has served such companies since 2001. As a leader in this field, Ben helped pioneer the reclamation industry by developing recycling options for many residual materials once managed as a hazardous waste. Mr. Cowart was awarded the 2003 Business Man of the Year Award from ...more
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Latin America Area Sales Manager
Marcos Davi Santos is currently in a Latin America Area Sales Management role for Chevron Oronite and has previously worked as Product Line Specialist in Industrial Engine Oils and Specialties also for Latin America. He joined the company ten years ago as a Technical Service Manager based in Rio, Brazil. Previously, Marcos was in sales and technical support for a variety of product lines in industrial lubricants at a global energy company for approximately 8 years and started his career in...more
Regional Business Head Americas
Petronas Lubricants International
Guilherme de Paula serves as Regional Head Americas for PETRONAS Lubricants International since June 2012. As the Regional Head for Americas, Guilherme de Paula lead, directs and drives the overall business strategy and performance for the region towards sustainable and value-driven growth. He is also responsible for leading PETRONAS Lubricants corporate and business relationships with key stakeholders in Americas.   In 1982, he began his career within Shell Group of Companies...more
Distinguished Research Associate
ExxonMobil Research and Engineering
Richard C. (Rick) Dougherty is a Distinguished Research Associate and Program Coordinator in ExxonMobil’s Product Technology organization. Since taking on this role in 2012, Rick and his team have helped provide marketing and capital project-related technical support to ExxonMobil’s Basestocks business, and is responsible for base stock intellectual property development and maintenance. In addition, Rick also serves as ExxonMobil’s global industry advocate for base stocks...more
Senior Vice President, Business Development
William R. Downey Jr. is the Senior Vice President, Business Development for Novvi LLC. In this role, he is responsible for the market and business development activities at Novvi, reaching across OEMs, major oil companies and key independents, as well as distributors. He has used Novvi's technology platform, in combination with his deep lubricants industry expertise, global contacts, and strategic insights to target, process, and close customers, together with the CEO and the rest of ...more
Senior Manager EOLCS/DEF/MOM
Kevin Ferrick currently manages API’s Engine Oil Licensing and Certification System, a voluntary licensing program designed to define, certify, and monitor engine oil performance. The Program’s marks, the Service Symbol “donut” and Certification Mark “starburst,” help consumers identify quality engine oils for their gasoline and diesel-powered vehicles. Mr. Ferrick also manages API’s Diesel Exhaust Fluid Certification and Motor Oil Matters programs...more
Operations Director
Victor Franco-Paredes was born in México city. He has an Industrial Engineering degree by Universidad Autónoma de México and an MBA with Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México.   Victor started working in 1991 with Lumiplastica/Lens Lite as plant manager in big scale plastic injection molding machines (1500 tons injectors) and High vacuum aluminum metallizing processes facilities. In this period he worked as a part time Project Evalu...more
SGH Consulting LLC
Steve Haffner began his career with EXXON Chemical Company in 1977 as a project/field engineer for the Basic Chemicals and Paramins divisions. He later became an operations leader for their blending, shipping and customer service plants in Bayonne and Bayway New Jersey. Steve transferred to the marketing technical service group in Linden New Jersey Houston in 1992 where he did product development and technical support for many small and large lubricant marketers over the next six years...more
Dr Harry Ernest Henderson received a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Windsor in 1977, after which he spent 19 years with Imperial Oil and Exxon in Research, Marketing, Logistics and Technical Services activities in both domestic and international regions.  In 1997, Dr Henderson joined Petro-Canada as Manager for their Group III development, and later was Research Director at Syntroleum Corporation and their Fischer-Tropsch GTL upgrading programs. During his career of 36+ y...more
Vice President, Business Development
  Gerry Jackson began his career with The Pennzoil Company in 1978 as a Salesman for the Penreco division. He later became Branch Manager, Regional Manager and then Director of Sales.Gerry transferred to Houston in 1994 as Director of Base Oil Sales & Marketing for Pennzoil. He managed the paraffinic, naphthenic and specialties business and was involved in the start-up of the Excel ParaLubes facility in Lake Charles, LA.In 2001, Gerry was named as Vice President of Lubric...more
Vice President
Ricardo Strategic Consulting
Mr. Kuhn consults in off-highway, commercial vehicle, automotive and energy industries. His expertise includes market growth strategy development, product development strategy for engines and powertrain, Total Cost of Ownership assessment for technology introduction, product portfolio planning, and technology planning. Mr. Kuhn has worked for Ricardo Strategic Consulting since 2008, where he has been involved in a range of projects related to product, market, and technology trends regardin...more
Director, Energy
Milind Phadke is a Director of the Energy Practice at Kline & Company. Based in Kline’s India office he is responsible for the company’s syndicated market research reports in the areas of finished lubricants, lubricant basestocks, and lubricant additives. His client base includes all of the global and leading regional energy companies located in North America, Europe and Asia. Milind has more than 15 years of work experience in the petroleum industry in sales, marketing...more
Global Business Manager Passenger Car Engine Additives
The Lubrizol Corporation
Gabe Rhoads Global Business Manager, passenger car engine oil additives, of The Lubrizol Corporation.  In his role Mr. Rhoads directs the passenger car engine additives business.    Mr. Rhoads joined Lubrizol in 2000 and has served in positions that include global sales manager, regional business manager, product manager, and process development engineer.  He has completed a two year expatriate assignment at Lubrizol’s Hazelwood, United Kingdom, facility. ...more
Account Manager
Lubrizol Mexico
Mr. Yair Rodriguez is Account Manager for Lubrizol Additives to customers based in México and Bolivia.  In his role, Mr. Rodriguez is in charge  of additives sales for several segments like engine oils, driveline and other transportation-related fluids, as well as industrial lubricants and fuels additives.    In his 15 years of career, Mr. Rodriguez has worked in Lubrizol sales for 5 years, and the rest in different companies related to coatings (Dupont) ...more
Director Business Development
Joe Rousmaniere is Director of Business Development for Chemlube International, a base oil trading company with offices in New York, Switzerland, and Singapore and operations worldwide. He has more than 30 years of experience in the base oil business and specializes  in setting up marketing operations for innovative top tier base oil products.
General Manager
Motiva Base Oils
Bryan currently serves as the General Manager – Base Oils for Motiva Enterprises LLC.  In the role, he is accountable for the current performance and future strategy of Motiva’s Base Oil business.   Bryan holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Texas Tech University and an MBA with a Finance concentration from Louisiana State University.  He started his career in technical roles with Star Enterprise at the Port Arthur Refinery followed by a move to the Co...more
Base Oil Development
The Bahrain Petroleum Company (BAPCO)
Starting off as a Materials Scientist, Norman Sheppard has four decades’ experience in the Extractive and Hydrocarbon processing industries. Now full time leading the 400,000 MTPA Group III Base Oil business of Bahrain Petroleum at Sitra Refinery, he has detailed knowledge in lubrication matters covering all aspects of finished lubricants from formulating to retailing, base oils manufacturing and marketing, and additives development and sales; with well-known companies BP, Lubrizol, ...more
Vice President,Lubricant Technology
Thom joined Valvoline in 1997 as Technical Director Branded Lubricants.   His current position is Vice President Branded Lubricant Technology.  Immediately prior to joining Valvoline Thom held product development positions within The Lubrizol Corporation for seven years.  A native of Oakville, Ontario, Thom attended the University of Waterloo where he received a Bachelor of Science in Applied Chemistry.  He has been involved in the development, manufacture and ...more
Lubes Process Specialist
Becht Engineering
Howard E. Spencer has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Drexel University and over 40 years of experience in the petroleum refining industry with ExxonMobil, Mobil and as an independent consultant. Howard has worked in 26 refineries both within and outside of North America, more than 20 of which processed lubricating oils. Included is over 29 years of experience in lube oil refining. Howard has a patent in Solvent Dewaxing and a pending patent in Residual Oil Deasphalting. Howard has t...more
Marine Product Line Manager
Chevron Oronite
Dick Wolpert is currently in a Marine Product Line Management role for Chevron Oronite.  During his career with Chevron, his experience includes years in research, process development, and process design in petrochemicals and specialty chemicals.  He has extensive project management experience in Chevron and led projects to construct facilities for commercial production of new chemical additives, including several Marine detergents now in commercial use in Oronite additive produc...more
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