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Argus Petrochemical Feedstocks Seminar

Confirmed Speakers:

Chuck Venezia
Chuck Venezia, Senior Vice President, Petrochemicals, Argus DeWitt

Chuck Venezia is Senior Vice President, Petrochemicals and was a Principal of DeWitt & Company Inc., prior to merger with Argus Media, Inc. He has more than 20 years experience in the petrochemical industry.

He joined DeWitt in 2002 from CheMatch where he served as Executive Director, Latin America of the online trading platform for bulk petrochemicals. Before joining CheMatch, Mr. Venezia served as Area Manager, Latin America for Chevron Chemical Company. At Chevron, he managed the company’s polymer export sales and other chemical sales into Mexico and South America.

Mr. Venezia holds an MBA and M.A. from Tulane University and a B.A. from Union College.
Steve Weber
Steve Weber,
Vice President, Petrochemical Consulting, Argus DeWitt

Steve Weber is Vice President of Petrochemical Consulting for Argus DeWitt. Steve began his career with Fina in 1979 as a Process Engineer and had various other assignments in the 1980s in the Economics and Planning and Marine Transportation Groups for Fina in Dallas. In 1989, he moved to the Port Arthur refinery and later became Operations Manager at the site. Steve was named Plant Manager of the Fina/GE Joint Venture Styrene Plant (Cosmar) in 1995 and Refinery Manager at the Big Spring Texas refinery in 1998. In 2000, he returned to Louisiana to manage both the Styrene JV and the Total Petrochemicals Polystyrene Operation. Steve was named Senior Manager of Aromatics for Total in 2005, relocating to Houston.

Steve joined DeWitt & Company Inc. in 2011 after spending two years with Solomon Associates in the refining and petrochemical consulting area. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Chemical Engineering and an MBA.
Amy Strahan Editor LPG Petrochemicals Argus
Amy Strahan, US LPG and Petrochemical Editor, Argus

Amy Strahan is editor of Argus Media’s daily NGL Americas report and also edits daily and weekly reports on the olefins and aromatics markets. She currently covers the waterborne LPG market in the US and is a regular contributor to LPG World, Argus’ bi-monthly magazine.

Before joining Argus, Amy worked for seven years for Bloomberg News, where she covered oilfield services and SEC regulation.
Paco Rangel
Paco Rangel, Vice President of Aromatics, Argus DeWitt

Paco has over 16 years of consulting experience in the energy and petrochemical industry. Areas of expertise include aromatics market consulting and price analysis, single client studies, manufacturing economic analysis, fuels supply chain and NGL pipeline management. Paco began his career at Accenture where he helped petrochemical clients in areas such as business process design, merger and acquisitions, and business process simulation.

Paco joined DeWitt & Company as an olefins analyst in 2001 and spent 10 years working on analysis for both olefins and aromatics markets and he became Manager of Economic Services in 2008. Paco rejoined Argus DeWitt in 2014 after spending three years working on fuel supply chain and NGL pipeline projects for Energy Consulting firm Opportune LLP. Single client work includes various topics in reforming, alkylation, pyrolysis gasoline, and economic competitiveness in both olefins and aromatics value chains.

Paco earned an Industrial Engineering degree from Texas A&M University and a master’s degree in business administration from Tulane University.
Paige Morse
Paige Morse
, Vice President, Propylene and Derivatives, Argus

Paige Marie Morse has 25 years in experience in the chemical industry, and joined Argus in 2016. She is a strategic thinker with broad experience in business development and corporate planning in chemical and energy markets. Paige began her career in R&D for Shell, then moved to business development positions at Shell, Dow, and Sunoco. These roles included development of new markets for intermediates and plastics, and strategic planning for chemical and refining businesses. Additionally, she has deep knowledge of chemical, refining and polymer catalysis and has several published papers and articles in the field. She has worked on several M&A projects throughout her career, with a focus on acquisition targeting, market and technology assessment, and asset integration.

Paige has PhD in chemistry from the University of Illinois, and a Bachelor of Arts from Kenyon College in Ohio. Her professional education includes executive-level training in Leadership, Mergers & Acquisitions, and Financial Analysis.
Daphne Tan, Heavy Products Team Lead, Argus

Daphne Tan has been covering refinery feedstock markets, including vacuum gas-oil (VGO), naphtha and light cycle oil (LCO) at Argus Media, Inc. since 2005. She assesses prices for these non-fungible markets and provides market commentary on a daily basis. Daphne previously worked as a petrochemical reporter for 7 years at ICIS, spanning time in the Singapore and US office where she covered Asian Methanol, MTBE, PET and Polyester Staple Fibers. She transferred to the US office in 1999 to cover phthalic and maleic anhydride before moving to the aromatics markets to handle benzene, toluene and xylenes as well as styrene. Daphne holds a Bachelor of Arts (Journalism-Advertising) and a Master of Business Administration from California State University, Fresno.
Rahul Iyer

Lunch Speaker

Rahul Iyer
, Vice President, Corporate Development, Siluria

Rahul Iyer has been a leader in new energy technologies for more than 15 years, building multiple companies, working at the nexus of venture capital, industrial innovation, and public policy. With his leadership in innovation across multiple award-winning projects, technologies, and companies, Iyer is responsible for Siluria’s strategy development and financing activities.
Iyer’s industrial innovation background ranges from the co-founding of a waste-to-chemicals company recognized in 2008 by the World Economic Forum as a Technology Pioneer, to a fuel cell technology company which became Intelligent Energy (IEH) now traded on the London Stock Exchange. Rahul helped drive development of the zero-emissions ENV Motorcycle, recognized by Time and Popular Science as one of the Best Inventions of 2005. Iyer has developed these companies and projects with the world’s top venture capital firms, private equity, The World Bank, US Department of Defense, and US Department of Energy.
Additionally, Rahul serves on the Washington DC based Leadership Council, providing the White House and President Obama his perspective on energy technology, and has also served on the US National Academy of Sciences Alternative Transportation Fuels Committee.
Mr. Iyer is a graduate of University of California, Berkeley.


Argus Condensate & Naphtha Markets Conference 


September 28th - 30th


Houston, TX | Hilton Post Oak Hotel


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Argus, through its purchase of DeWitt and Jim Jordan & Associates now offers a full range of international petrochemical services.

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