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Educational Sessions and Speakers

Wednesday, October 18

10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
"The U.S. Shale Oil Revolution & An Uncertain Global Future"
presented by Baron Lukas, Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired) and CEO of ELS: Advancing Hydrocarbon Technology

In this fascinating look at the global energy economy, learn how oil, geostrategy and globalization can enable American energy independence and alter the global geostratetic picture. Advances in U.S. shale oil technology have enabled a genuine outlook for U.S. energy independence, supported by available capital, skilled labor and infrastructure.

A retired Marine Corps Colonel, former investment banker, former COO of a privately held company in the oil and gas sector, and former management consultant, Baron Lukas has over 37 years of leadership, management, and mentoring experience. His professional career spans a diverse spectrum of positions: fighter pilot, strategist, intelligence officer, professor, commander, and finally, senior business executive, consultant, and speaker. He is CEO of ELS, a cutting-edge nanotechnology service company and distributor that helps advance hydrocarbon recovery using nanotechnology in the completion and production phases of the oil and gas industry. Baron’s long history of successful military and business
leadership positions gives him a unique perspective that blends the best practices of both worlds.

1:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
"New Technology Spotlight: Nylon-Like Sling Webbing"
presented by Della Picken, Belt-Tech Products, Inc.

Nylon-Like Webbing is a polyester yarn that combines the benefits of Nylon and PET, and behaves like nylon in terms of enlongation, tenacity, durability and resistance to alkalai with the low moisture regain, stiffness, heat/US/acid resistance benefits of PET.

3:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
"New Technology Spotlight: The Development of Synthetic Chains with Dyneema®"
presented by Ralph Abato, Doleco USA, and Bill Fronzaglia, DSM Dyneema

Pushing the boundaries with innovation and replacing steel with synthetics: synthetic link chains with Dyneema®, certified worldwide by DNV-GL, are a leap forward in securement and lifting operations.


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