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If you are like most people working in our industry, you get a lot of emails trying to convince you to attend this conference, that seminar or some other expo. We believe our Eastern Oil & Gas Conference and Trade Show is one event you should attend—particularly this year.
The 2015 edition takes place October 27-28 at the Monroeville Convention Center, just east of Pittsburgh. Here’s why we think you should be there:
1. It’s the longest-running event of its kind in the region, produced by the industry, for the industry. The excitement over the region’s shale plays resulted in myriad entities hosting conferences over the past several years. Many of these organizers previously knew nothing about unconventional gas, let alone the oil and gas business. They simply saw the opportunity to cash in on a hot topic.
A lot of these conferences are gone now, but we are still around. Our event dates back to the 1970s, when it was known as the Eastern Oil & Gas Equipment Show and was produced by one of our predecessor organizations, the Pennsylvania Oil & Gas Association (POGAM). Unlike many other events, ours is put together by people who know the industry best—your trade association. We rely on our members to let us know what interests them, what concerns them and where they see opportunities. Our Eastern Oil & Gas Conference and Trade Show reflects that insider’s edge.
2. We have an excellent program lined up. You can download the event brochure to see the detailed agenda, but here is an overview of the presentations you can expect over the day-and-a-half program:
Additionally, the schedule is set up so that you have plenty of opportunity to walk the show floor and get some networking done. We are particularly excited about our Tuesday-evening networking reception. Again, check out the event brochure for full details.
We also have some new features lined up for this year’s event. One is the Product and Services Showcase. A new addition this year at major PIOGA events, the Showcase is a set of sessions during our meetings that allow service companies, professional firms and suppliers to highlight their products in special presentations to attendees. The Showcase sessions will be held in an “amphitheater” in the convention center’s North Hall. The sessions will be open to all visitors, not just those who are registered for the conference portion of the event. Presenting companies include:
Another new feature is Producers Row. The exhibit floor will include special areas manned by representatives from our producer member companies. This will give participants a chance to get to know more about the companies that have turned Pennsylvania into the nation’s No. 2 gas-producing state.
The third new facet is a special equipment display area. Due to the unpredictability of late-October weather, we won’t be offering an outdoor exhibit area for equipment. However, the convention center’s North Hall with its 26-foot-high ceiling is able to accommodate some sizable equipment. Come and see what’s there!
3. If you don’t want to go to the conference, you can still visit the show. We hope you will take advantage of the knowledge that will be shared at the conference. But if you can’t do that, you can still take in just the trade show. Show hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, October 27, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday the 28th. The cost for show-only admission is $25 at the door. As noted above, you can also take part in the Product and Services Showcase sessions even if you are there just for the show.
4. Staying away because of the down market is not a smart excuse. Yes, our producers are facing tough times due to poor market conditions. But instead of staying away, it’s all the more important to participate to make new contacts and learn about new market opportunities and fresh ways to make your operations more efficient. Smart companies see opportunities where others see doom and gloom.
And it’s a mistake to think that the entirety of our industry has pulled back. There is a huge build-out of infrastructure going on get gas to market. We’re also seeing many companies developing new and expanded markets for our gas. Come and find out what others are doing and how you can benefit.
5. If you have a product or service to market, you should be exhibiting here. At this writing, we still have plenty of exhibit spaces available. You should be taking advantage of this opportunity to make new contacts, renew past relationships and let others in the industry know what sets you apart. We’ve even reduced that cost of booth space compared to our 2014 show, making it a better value yet.