SHALE Magazine and In the Oil Patch hosted the Fourth Annual State of Energy luncheon on Aug. 29 at the Solomon P. Ortiz International Center in Corpus Christi, Texas. This event was held in partnership with nearly every Corpus Christi-area chamber of commerce, including the Aransas Pass Chamber of Commerce, Ingleside Chamber of Commerce, Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce, Portland Chamber of Commerce, Rockport/Fulton Chamber of Commerce and the United Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, the Corpus Christi Regional Economic Development Corporation also partnered with SHALE Magazine and In the Oil Patch.

U.S. Representative Michael Cloud (TX-27) served as the distinguished speaker at the event and addressed attendees on energy activity in Texas and the United States from a policy and economic stimulation perspective. Congressman Cloud was recently elected in a special election for the 27th district which extends from the Gulf Coast to Austin.

Port Corpus Christi Chief Executive Officer Sean Strawbridge was the featured speaker at the luncheon. Strawbridge spoke on the importance of the continued growth of the energy industry in Texas, particularly in infrastructure, and how the Port plans to navigate through increased demand for natural resources around the world.

A dynamic panel concluded the event, addressing a number of topics from across the energy sector value chain. The panel consisted of industry experts including David Blackmon, Editor of SHALE Magazine; Jeff Dorrow, Vice President of Commercial Operations at EPIC Pipeline LP; Paul Sheppard, Vice President, Southeast at Halliburton; and Thomas Tunstall, Ph.D., Director of Research at the UTSA Institute of Economic Development.

The event brought in nearly 500 attendees representing various industries ranging from energy-related companies, housing organizations, engineering firms, banking institutions and more.

Sponsors of this event include Black Mountain, Citgo, IBC Bank, Gulf Coast Growth Ventures, Marathon Oil, MMR Group, Port Corpus Christi and the South Texas Energy & Economic Roundtable (STEER).

photos courtesy of shale


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