Nov. 7 Speakers to Talk Natural Gas in Green Space

Published on November 4, 2011

Panel Will Feature Energy Leaders from AGL Resources,
Pivotal and American Gas Association

The University of Houston C. T. Bauer College of Business will host the final edition if its Distinguished Leaders Series this fall, presented by AGL Resources and their Houston-based companies (Sequent Energy, Pivotal Energy and Compass Energy), on Nov. 7, featuring a panel of three prominent experts to talk about natural gas in the green space.

The discussion will be held at 6 p.m. at in Stubblefield Auditorium in Michael J. Cemo Hall in Stubblefield Auditorium, with a 5 p.m. reception in the Cemo lobby preceding the event.

The panel will feature notable and accomplished leaders from the energy industry, including:

Ira G. Pearl is vice president of AGL Resources’ Office of Technology and Environmental Sustainability in Atlanta, Georgia. He is responsible for leading business development and commercialization in the “Clean Tech” space, focusing on new and improved natural gas applications and technologies, and for leading the company’s climate change and greenhouse gas strategy, natural gas vehicle strategy, and other environmental sustainability initiatives. In 2010 he took on the additional role of President of Renewco, AGL’s renewable energy development company where he is responsible for leading business development, commercialization, and operations of the company’s renewable energy portfolio.
Dave Schultz joined AGL Resources in 2005. During his time at AGL, he led an effort to site an east coast LNG import terminal, and successfully brought into commercial operations AGL Resources’ Golden Triangle Storage project. Currently, as vice president of Asset Management, he is responsible for leading Pivotal LNG, overseeing and developing AGL Resources’ existing liquefied natural gas merchant production. He’s also active in AGL Resources’ “green initiative” to promote natural gas as an environmentally responsible fuel. Mr. Schultz has more than 25 years of experience in the energy industry, including senior positions in the power generation and natural gas pipeline industry.
Richard D. Murphy, Growth Policy Advisor to the American Gas Association (AGA), has worked with the AGA since March 2010 on the development and execution of a new AGA program focused on long term demand growth opportunities for the natural gas utility industry. Achieving continued gains in the efficiency of energy use, along with significant reductions in the carbon intensity of the U.S. economy, will require utilities and regulators to move beyond a ‘business as usual’ approach. He has worked with AGA’s Leadership Team and member companies to explore new business models and leadership strategies for natural gas utilities to deploy in a clean energy economy. Mr. Murphy has held senior level positions in the utility industry over a 30 year career with a focus in marketing, business development, energy efficiency, account management, community relations and customer service.

Since its inception in 2002, the Distinguished Leaders Series at UH Bauer has brought leaders from the business world to campus to give students firsthand perspectives of their paths to success. With support from AGL Resources, the DLS has recently focused on how those leading energy companies are keeping pace with innovations in the industry.

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