Chad Davis began his career in the underground construction industry in 1997 with Miller Pipeline and has remained with the company his entire career. He began as a laborer then quickly progressed to an operator and then a foreman in 2000. In 2005, he was promoted to superintendent and in 2011, he stepped into his current role of Vice President of South Region Construction. He has spent the last decade managing large projects, spearheading start-ups, and integrating acquired operations across the eastern half and southern areas of the United States. He currently oversees construction operations in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Texas. Davis is a Habitat for Humanity volunteer and involved in the Children’s Bureau of Indianapolis. He’s an active member of the DCA, Southern Gas Association, and PLCA. He’s also a member of the Alabama Natural Gas Association, Florida Natural Gas Association, and Mississippi Gas Association.
Captain David Murk, US Coast Guard (ret.), is the Pipeline Manager at the American Petroleum Institute (API) and is responsible for the oversight of infrastructure policy and technical issues to support and advocate for the safe and reliable transportation of petroleum liquid and natural gas by pipeline. Prior to joining API in 2016, Murk served twenty-six years in the public sector including twenty-four years with US Coast Guard and two years at US Department of Transportation (USDOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). In his last three years in the Coast Guard, Murk served as the Senior Maritime Advisor to the Secretary of Transportation. At USDOT, Murk served as the Director of Field Operations in the Office of Pipeline Safety, where he helped lead over 140 pipeline inspectors in the oversight of federal safety regulations for interstate natural gas and petroleum liquid pipelines and liquefied natural gas facilities.
Tony Straquadine, Jr.
Anthony “Tony” Straquadine, Jr. assumed the role of Executive Director of the INGAA Foundation in September 2018.
As executive director, Tony is responsible for managing the Foundation’s technical and economic studies, implementing its strategic plan and overseeing the planning and studies process. He also leads the development and execution of the Foundation’s meetings and workshops.
Tony has worked in the oil and natural gas industry for over 35 years. Prior to joining the Foundation, Tony worked with Alliance Pipeline, most recently as Managing U.S. Officer and Manager, Commercial & Government Affairs. He was responsible for developing and implementing government relations strategies in the U.S. and Canada. Before joining Alliance in 1999, he held variety of operational and senior human resource management positions at Halliburton Company.
Tony holds a Bachelor of Science degree in geology and geophysics from the University of Hawaii. He has served on the board of directors of both the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America and the INGAA Foundation, the executive committee of the North Dakota Petroleum Council, the advisory board for Illinois State University’s Institute for Regulatory Policy Studies and as the past chair of the Heat is Power Association, an association representing the Waste Heat to Power industry. He frequently speaks at industry and regulatory conferences.
Tom Ziegenfuss has worked for 36 years in the natural gas industry. Upon graduation in 1981, from the University of Illinois with a B.S. in General Engineering, he began his career with the Peoples Energy Companies (Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas) in Illinois.
Most of Tom’s roles with Peoples Energy from 1982 through 1993 were Engineering and Operating roles starting as an entry level Staff Engineer progressing to Supervisory Engineer. In 1993, Tom was promoted into a manager position at North Shore Gas. In 1995, he completed his MBA in Finance at DePaul University. His career progressed into continually higher level management roles, within the Peoples Organization, and he concluded his tenure as Vice-President of Engineering.
In 2004, Tom left Peoples to join EN Engineering in the role of Vice-President of Distribution. In 2008, he moved to the role of Chief Operating Officer and then to Chief Executive Officer in 2011. During this time, Tom was part of an outstanding management team that grew EN Engineering from a small engineering firm in the Chicago area, with 75 employees, to a nationally recognized engineering firm with over 1,000 employees in twenty cities across the United States. In 2017, Tom moved to the role of Vice-Chairman of the Board and continues in that role today.
Christina Sames is the Vice President of Operations & Engineering for the American Gas Association (AGA). In this role, she works closely with AGA’s members and stakeholders to improve safety, reliability and efficiency. She leads AGA’s efforts on safety culture, AGA’s Commitment to Enhancing Safety, Safety Information Resource Center, Executive Leadership Safety Summit and is the staff executive for the AGA Board Safety Committee, Operations Executive Committee and Operations Managing Committee. Sames is also on the Cross Bore Safety Association Board and API’s Emergency Response Advisory Board. Prior to joining AGA, Christina worked for Pipeline Research Council International Inc. and spent 12 years with the Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s Office of Pipeline Safety. She holds a B.S. in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University.
Mike Prior, P.Eng.
Mike Prior, P.Eng., is the Senior Strategic Advisor for Michels Canada, one of the nation’s top utility infrastructure contractors, specializing in pipelines, horizontal directional drilling, Direct Pipe and tunneling. He was Senior Vice President at Michels Canada until 2013 and lead operations as Vice President for Marine Pipeline Construction previous to that. Prior has close to 50 years’ experience in the pipeline industry in engineering and Management roles and has worked on most major pipeline systems in Canada. Prior is a registered professional engineer in several Canadian provinces and in the United Kingdom.
Andrew Craig has more than 17 years of industry experience primarily with the acquisition of real estate for major linear infrastructure projects. He has worked on TC Energy pipeline projects in both the United States and Canada since 2008. Craig is an active member of the International Right of Way Pipeline Committee. Currently, he resides in Houston, Texas.