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.
As executive director, Goldstein is responsible for managing the Foundation’s technical and economic studies, implementing its strategic plan and overseeing the planning and studies development process. He also manages the Foundation’s meetings and workshops.
Goldstein has worked in the environmental and natural gas industries since 1993. Prior to joining the Foundation, Goldstein held a variety of positions, including managing partner, chief operating officer, vice president, project manager, environmental inspector and field technician. He has worked with large consulting firms, pipeline operators and private developers of natural gas assets.
Goldstein holds an MBA in finance and business law from Stern School of Business at New York University, an MS in environmental science from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse and a BS in biology from Keene State.
Robert Williamson is a member of the Sac and Fox Nation of Oklahoma. Robert is a Cultural Leader of the tribe and has served as a Council member. Robert currently sits on the Sac and Fox Business Committee who are responsible for oil and gas development.
Greg Ward joined CoServ in 1997 as a lineman. Throughout his career he has worked as a Staking Engineer, Project Manager, Marketing Representative, Business Development Manager, Director of Engineering Services, Director of Construction Management & Logistics and Senior Director of Operations.
Greg is certified in NRECA’s Robert I. Kabat Management Internship Program for Executive Management. He holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Business Administration from Texas Woman’s University.
Prior to founding GSPH, Mr. Smith founded Underground Solutions, Inc. (OTC:UGSI), an infrastructure technology company that developed pipeline technologies. He served as President and CEO until 2005. UGSI had sales of $50M, and was sold to Aegion Corp. (NASDAQ:AEGN) for $90M in 2016.
Mr. Smith founded several construction firms in the Pittsburgh area, focused on industrial construction services, as we all residential construction and remodeling.
Mr. Smith holds several patents covering various pipeline installation and rehabilitation technologies and is a pioneer in Trenchless Technologies and a thought leader in 3-D mapping.
Jeremy Koster currently leads an operational support organization in the Natural Gas Industry with teams in Work Management, Operator Qualification, Technical Training, Continuous Improvement, Data Performance, and Technology Support and Strategy.
With most of his career in multi-state large construction and development operations he worked for over a decade structuring and building long term strategic partnerships and alliances within labor and supplier channels to gain quality, efficiency and loyalty.
This combined with experience in Six Sigma, Lean Sigma, Agile, DevOps, and historical project management, Jeremy propels a progressive and pragmatic approach to everyday business challenges requiring rapid or long term improvement and sustainability
Jeremy, originally from Central New York now resides in Charlotte, North Carolina with his wife Heather and 4 children.
Brother Tom Gross was initiated into Local 81, Ottawa, IL, in 1975. With 45 years experience Brother Gross has served as Business Agent of Local 81; in charge of pipeline, gas distribution, and building trades, and as Business Manager of Local 81 for six years before being appointed by former General President Hite as a Special Representative assigned to the UA’s Department of Pipeline and Gas Distribution.
At the 39th UA General Convention Brother Gross was unanimously re-elected and will continue to serve as the UA’s Director of Pipeline and Gas Distribution.