2017 YPP USA Symposium: Speakers

Read more about the 2017 YPP USA Symposium speakers below.
Remember, space is limited, so register today.


Troy A. Eid (Greenberg Traurig LLP) focuses his litigation, mediation and transactional practice on government enforcement, investigations and compliance, environmental law, energy and natural resource development, and Federal Indian law and Native American and Alaska Native tribal law. A former Presidential appointee in two Presidential Administrations, Troy is a trusted advocate and mediator.  He has counseled various pipeline projects, including Kinder Morgan’s Ruby Pipeline delivering natural gas from the Rockies to the West Coast, and negotiated new and renewal right-of-way agreements on Native American tribal lands.  He also mediates disputes between tribes and energy companies.



Mark L. Hereth (P-PIC) is a Principal with Process Performance Improvement Consultants, LLC (P-PIC), part of the Blacksmith Group.  Mark has over 38 years of experience in the energy, chemical and environmental industries as well as the oil and gas insurance industry. He has worked in the areas or risk management, management system development, pipeline operations, project management, process plant design and environmental and pipeline safety legislation and regulations. He serves on the PHMSA Risk Modeling Work Group and was appointed by the Transportation Secretary to the Voluntary Information Sharing Advisory Committee for a three year term beginning in 2017. Mark presently serves as a board member for the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America Foundation and is the Vice Chairman of the INGAA Foundation for 2017.


Kimberly Tarr (Boardwalk Pipeline Partners) serves as VP Engineering and Construction for Boardwalk Pipeline Partners.  Ms. Tarr has 25 years of experience in the energy sector and joined Boardwalk in 2008. In her current role, Kimberly has responsibility for executive leadership, project management, project design and estimating, construction management, land management and environmental permitting for an interstate natural gas transmission pipeline company. Ms. Tarr currently leads the execution of a $1B portfolio of pipeline, compressor station, and interconnect projects. Prior to Boardwalk, Ms. Tarr held various roles for AGL Resources, Inc. In her last role with AGL, she had responsibility for the development, design and construction of grass roots natural gas storage facilities.  In other roles with AGL, Kim managed the engineering activities for two local distribution companies: Atlanta Gas Light and Chattanooga Natural Gas. Prior to 2000, she served in various roles with The Williams Companies and with The M.W. Kellogg Company. Kim is a graduate of Rice University with a B.S. in Civil Engineering and holds a Masters of Business Administration from Colorado State University.


Alan Mayberry (US Department of Transportation) is the Associate Administrator for Policy and Programs at the Office of Pipeline Safety in Washington, DC.  In his role, Alan leads PHMSA’s development of comprehensive oversight programs including regulatory development, engineering and research, state grants, federal enforcement and the Training and Qualifications Division.  Prior to August, 2013, Alan was the Deputy Associate Administrator for Field operations overseeing US pipeline safety oversight through PHMSA’s five regional offices.



Trevor MacFarlane (Dynamic Risk) is President and CEO of Dynamic Risk.  Over the past 20 years, Trevor has supported the development and implementation of risk management programs across the pipeline industry. Mr. MacFarlane is a leading advisor in the development of pipeline integrity management programs and has extensive experience in all technical aspects of pipeline reliability and risk management.


Andy Drake (Enbridge, formerly Spectra Energy) is the Vice President, Asset Integrity and Technical Services for Enbridge Gas Transmission and Midstream.  Andy has held positions of increasing responsibility throughout his career, including manager of construction, general manager of technical services, vice president of engineering and construction and vice president of Operations and EHS.  Drake has held leadership positions on numerous technical committees and regulatory initiatives within the natural gas industry, including chairing the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ Gas Piping Standards Committee, representing the U.S. natural gas infrastructure industry on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Technical Advisory Committee on Pipeline Safety, and Chair of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America’s Integrity Management Initiative.




Michael McGonagill (Strategic Convictions LLC) is President- Strategic Convictions LLC.  Mike most recent experience in serving as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Office for Alliance Pipeline.  Mike Is currently focused on helping individuals see the convictions of their calling within their trade and their world. Currently actively developing and teaching industry courses on Pipeline Safety Management Systems in association with Process Performance Improvement Consultants (P-PIC). Is also developing educational materials to provide insights to individuals, companies and teams.


Jill Silman Chapman, MS-HRM, SPHR, SHRM-SCP is a Senior Performance Consultant with Insperity.  Jill is a nationally recognized speaker and routinely presents on the topics of Workforce Planning, Candidate as Consumer/Candidate Experience, Generational Diversity, Talent Management, Recruiting, Branding and Media Relations.  For the past 10 years, Jill has served as an Instructor at the Institute for Human Resource Education at Rice University (Sally Glasscock School of Continuing Studies).


Alan Eastman (Mears) is Executive Vice President with Mears.  For over 35 years, Alan has held technical and executive leadership positions in both the gas pipeline and electric power industries.  Through his efforts the root cause of many damage mechanisms have been determined, resulting in the deployment of strategies to address and/or manage them in a way that optimized the Safety and Life Cycle of the component.   He has leveraged extensive field experience to grow personally,  which he credits as a key contributor to his effectiveness and appointment to key executive leadership positions, including his current role as Executive Vice President Mears Integrity Solutions.   His efforts were very pivotal in working with OPS and other key industry leaders to craft the Gas Transmission Integrity Management rule.