2017 promises to be an eventful year in the energy industry...  

Make sure you have the intel you need to deal with any changes, uncertainty or volatility that could impact your business. Join us for our 2017 Energy Forum, where you'll hear from the following experts:

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Stuart Hoffman, Chief Economist at PNC Financial Services Group
Stuart will discuss the economic and political issues that will impact fuels markets over the coming year, including Trump Administration policies and market factors such as global and national economic outlook and regional supply dynamics.

Michael Krancer, Senior Counsel and Chairman of the Energy Industry Team at Blank
Rome LLP; Principal of Silent Majority Strategies (SMS)
Michael will discuss the changed circumstances which demonstrate that the number one
risk to the hydrocarbon sector today is political risk, not technological. He will also provide
thoughts on how to hedge this new risk.


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Keith Naughton, Principal & Co-Founder of Silent Majority Strategies
Keith will discuss the federal and state political outlook for the next election cycle. 


Jeff Quigley, Director of Energy Markets at Stratas Advisors 
Jeff will discuss developments—and uncertainties—that will drive the oil and gas markets in 2017. The entire oil and gas value chain will be considered—from supply through consumption—within the context of macro-level conditions.

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Alex Epstein, Founder of the Center for Industrial Progress & author of The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels 
Alex will present "the other side" of the story regarding the energy debate, equipping attendees with information that can be used to make sense of, and rebut, claims made by climate change
advocates and the media. 

We hope to see you at this informative, thought-provoking event! All attendees will receive a copy of The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels.

Event Details:
Guttman Energy 2017 Energy Forum
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh/Southpointe
2:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception to follow

Hotel rooms are available at a special rate of $119/night. Mention Guttman Energy when making reservation to receive this rate.

About our Speakers:

Stuart Hoffman, Chief Economist at PNC Financial Services Group
Stuart G. Hoffman is senior vice president and chief economist for The PNC Financial Services Group and serves as the principal spokesperson on all economic issues for PNC. Mr. Hoffman was recognized as the most accurate forecaster for 2004 by Business Week and the second most accurate economic and interest rate forecaster for 2006 by USA Today. In addition, he was named one of the top forecasters in the Wall Street Journal economic survey covering the 1988 to 2012 period.

Mr. Hoffman joined PNC in 1980 after a six-year tenure with the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. He became vice president and senior economist for PNC in 1987 and was elected senior vice president and chief economist in 1991. He is frequently quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and Barron’s. In addition, he is a regular guest on CNBC, Bloomberg TV and The Wall Street Journal Radio Report. He is regularly interviewed by the Associated Press and Reuter’s news wire services.

Mr. Hoffman is currently serving on the American Bankers Economic Advisory Committee. He also serves on the board of directors of the Economic Club of Pittsburgh – the local chapter of National Association for Business Economics (NABE). He is a past president of the National Association for Business Economics.

Mr. Hoffman is a 1971 graduate of Pennsylvania State University. He received a master’s degree in 1973 and a doctorate degree in economics in 1975, both from the University of Cincinnati, where he was a Charles Phelps Taft Memorial Fellow. In 2004, the University of Cincinnati honored him as a Distinguished Alumnus and in 2011 presented him with The Carl Linder Award for Outstanding Business Achievement.


Michael Krancer, Senior Counsel, Energy, Blank
Rome LLP; Principal & Co-Founder, Silent Majority Strategies (SMS); former secretary of the PA
Department of Environmental Protection
Michael Krancer is Senior Counsel and Chairman of the Energy Industry Team with Blank Rome LLP and co-founder and principal of Silent Majority Strategies (SMS), an energy sector focused strategic communications, regulatory strategy and permitting strategy firm.  He is an advisor to U.S. and global energy companies of all types regarding the full range of legal, public policy, government relations, state and federal regulatory, financial, corporate, and labor matters.  Mr. Krancer has had more than 20 years of energy industry and public policy experience at the highest corporate and policy-making levels, and was Secretary of Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) under Governor Tom Corbett. During his tenure at the PA DEP, Mr. Krancer oversaw the environmentally responsible development of shale natural gas in Pennsylvania and was a key member of the governor’s team that attracted new and environmentally sensitive economic development to the commonwealth.

He also served as judge and chief judge and chairman of Pennsylvania’s Environmental Hearing Board ("EHB"), the state-wide trial/appellate court for environmental matters involving appeals from actions of the DEP, and was assistant general counsel to Exelon Corporation, one of the nation’s largest competitive energy providers and parent of three different utility companies.  At Exelon, Mr. Krancer was responsible for environmental health and safety matters, as well as energy policy development and government relations for the company.

As a prominent and popular speaker and writer, Mr. Krancer is widely recognized for practical thought leadership on a wide range of energy policy issues, including the emerging, global geopolitical importance of Pennsylvania shale gas and energy resources; federal and state regulation of shale gas extraction; LNG export potential; and the future of America’s energy revolution.


Keith Naughton, Principal & Co-Founder, Silent Majority Strategies LLC
Dr. Naughton is co-founder and principal at Silent Majority Strategies.  He has over 20 years’ experience in elective and advocacy politics with candidates at the national, state and local level.  His work has included campaign management, communications, media development and placement, grassroots fieldwork and polling.  He has consulted and provided services to many prominent political leaders including, Senator Bob Dole, Governor Tom Ridge, President Pro Tem of the Pennsylvania State Senate Joe Scarnati, as well as several Pennsylvania Supreme Court and Appellate Court Judges.  His expertise is in public communications and interest group politics.

Dr. Naughton is the author of the book, Washington Gold Rush: The Competition for Congressional Earmarks, which was based on his award-winning doctoral work at the University of Southern California.  He is a regular contributor of analysis and opinion to The Daily Caller.  In addition, he has contributed to the San Francisco Chronicle, Washington Examiner, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Public CEO, PA Townhall.com, American Radio Journal and RealClearPolitics.  

In addition to his Ph.D. in public policy from the University of Southern California, he has an M.S. in public management and policy and a B.S. in economics from Carnegie Mellon University.


Jeff Quigley, Director of Energy Markets at Stratas Advisors
Jeff Quigley is the director of Energy Markets for Stratas Advisors. With more than 12 years of experience, he is responsible for market monitoring and forecasting across the entire value chain. Mr. Quigley manages Stratas’ Short-Term Price Outlook Service, which combines market fundamentals, geopolitics and Stratas’ own economic outlook to build an integrated, data-driven outlook on key energy markers for the next 24 months. Prior to joining Stratas Advisors, Mr. Quigley was a senior associate with Energy Ventures Analysis (EVA), a strategic consultancy based in Arlington, Va. There he led teams covering international energy markets, oil and gas and solid fuels (coal) serving major US utilities, trade associations and global energy companies. Before joining EVA, Mr. Quigley served seven years as a manager and lead analyst at PFC Energy (now IHS) in Washington, DC. There, he led a team of analysts focused on long-term forecasting and quantitative analysis of the oil and gas sector. Mr. Quigley holds an MBA from George Washington University and a BS in Business Administration from American University.


Alex Epstein, Founder of the Center for Industrial Progress & author of The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels
Alex Epstein is a philosopher who applies big-picture, humanistic thinking to industrial and environmental controversies. He founded Center for Industrial Progress (CIP), a for-profit think tank and communications consulting firm focused on energy and environmental issues, in 2011 to offer a positive, pro-human alternative to the Green movement.

Mr. Epstein is the author of The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels (Penguin, 2014), which has been widely praised as the most persuasive argument ever made for our use of coal, oil, and natural gas. Mr. Epstein has publicly debated leading environmentalist organizations such as 350.org, Greenpeace, and the Sierra Club. Arguing that industry needs to become a confident champion for energy and freedom, Mr. Epstein helps companies use his moral arguments to neutralize attackers, turn non-supporters into supporters, and turn supporters into champions.

He was named “most original thinker of 2014” by The McLaughlin Group for his New York Times bestseller The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels.

Mr. Epstein has guest-lectured at dozens of universities including Harvard, Yale, Stanford, and Duke–as well as dozens of Fortune 500 companies. He has publicly debated representatives from many of the world’s leading environmentalist groups, such as 350.org, Greenpeace, and the Sierra Club.

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