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Washington State Housing Finance Commission
Seattle, WA
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WCTA Breakfast: Natural Gas Featuring Kirt Montague (Plum Energy), Andy Douglas (Paccar), Dan Kovacich (Maxum Petroleum), Jesse Saldivar (Shell Oil Company), and Clay Riding (Puget Sound Energy) | May 15

--NEW LOCATION:  Washington State Housing Finance Commission, 1000 Second Avenue, Suite 2800, Seattle
--TIME:  Doors open/Networking at 7 a.m.  The program will run from 730-900 a.m.  Networking until 10 a.m.

Moderator: Kirt Montague is CEO of Plum Energy and Board Chair of the Washington Clean Technology Alliance.   Plum Energy is focused primarily on acquiring and leasing LNG and CNG related equipment including storage tanks, vaporizers, mobile re-fuelers, transport trailers, and CNG and LNG fueling stations. Plum Energy looks for investments in: 1) Projects, preferably with strategic partners, in the development, construction, and operation of LNG production facilities; and 2) Companies that enable the use of natural gas using CNG or LNG including equipment providers and service companies.

Andrew Douglas is the National Sales Manager for Kenworth Truck Company, a division of PACCAR Inc.  During his 30 year career in the transportation business, he has held numerous positions within PACCAR and its divisions including Kenworth, PACCAR Financial, and PacLease that included both domestic and International assignments.  For the past  eight years, Mr. Douglas has lead Kenworth's "Green Initiatives" covering the growing markets for hybrid and Natural Gas products and  has worked directly with the Ports of Los Angles, Long Beach, Oakland and Seattle on clean truck strategies.  Mr. Douglas holds degrees in finance and economics and a Masters of Business Administration.

Dan Kovacich is Vice President at Maxum Petroleum responsible for the Marine Division & Rainier Petroleum Corporation.  He has 20 years of experience in the maritime trades on the US West Coast and is the sole fuel supplier to the Washington State Ferries.  As the result of a fuel risk management program developed by Kovacich over two years, the WSF operated below their fuel budget for the first time in 2012.  Maxum Petroleum continues to surpass the environmental, health and safety standards established for transferring fuel and lubricants over the water.  He received his graduate and undergraduate degrees from the University of Washington.

Jesse Saldivar is Senior Advisor, US Business Affairs, Shell Oil Company.  His responsibilities include representing Shell on the boards of various external organizations as well as dedicating his time to engaging with government, business, civic, and community leaders. Additionally, he leads the Shell Sponsorships and Events Team responsible for managing key Shell sponsorships such as the Shell Houston Open and NASCAR.  Saldivar has been with Shell for more than 18 years where he has performed US and global roles in business operations, strategy, portfolio management, and commercial development. His career at Shell has provided him the opportunity to work on both the US East and West Coasts as well as Europe.  He is now located in Texas along with his wife and two children. Saldivar is a graduate of the University of Houston.

Clay Riding is Director of Natural Gas Resources for Puget Sound Energy.  He is responsible for PSE's LNG initiative to build a regional scale LNG facility and expand the use of natural gas as a fuel for marine vessels and transportation markets.  Since returning to PSE in 2007, he has been responsible for the acquisition of long-term natural gas supplies, transportation, and storage for the company's core gas and gas-fired generation portfolios.  He leads natural gas resource project development and oversees operation of the Jackson Prairie Storage Project.  He is also extensively involved in regional and national discussions regarding the growing interdependency of natural gas and electricity.  Mr. Riding has 31 years of experience in energy covering a broad-range of areas including risk management, utility operations management, trading, business development, and marketing.  He has an extensive background in the acquisition and management of energy supply resources, utility and interstate pipeline operations, and Federal Energy Regulator Commission regulations.  Over the past 24 years he has been involved in the development of natural gas markets in the west including gas-fired generation.  Mr. Riding spent six years with The Energy Authority, four years with PSE (earlier in his career), and sixteen years with The Williams Companies.

--WCTA Members $25 Early Bird/$35 Regular
--Non-members $35 Early Bird/$45 Regular
--$50 at the door
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Washington State Housing Finance Commission (View)
1000 Second Avenue, Suite 2800
Seattle, WA 98104
United States



Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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