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Argus Americas Motor Fuels Summit

Tuesday, January 16
13:30 - 14:30 Registration Opens
14:30 - 17:00 Pre-conference Workshop: Mexican Energy Reform

(Additional registration required- $395) 
14:30 - 15:30
  • Energy reform update- Update, analysis and trends: Take an in depth dive into the relevant challenges and opportunities uncovered since the liberalization of the Mexican market. Join this discussion to hear an overview of how trends in trade have shifted as well as what to expect in the coming year. 
Jaime Brito
Vice President, Pricing and Market Strategies

  • IEPS- A detailed look at taxation crossing the border: What is the legal framework surrounding the excise tax for inland transactions for nationally produced barrels and imports? How do these taxes vary by commodity and what are the government incentives specific to companies? What are the most common excise tax practical issues that the industry faces?
Santiago Llano Zapatero
Ritch Mueller 
15:30 - 16:00 Afternoon Networking Break 
16:00 - 17:00
  • US entry into Mexico from a regulatory perspective: What do transporters vs refiners look for when evaluating the boarder adjustment tax? What are the major considerations around retail permits as well as inspection of refined product imports into Mexico?
Alvaro Efrain Tellez Rangel
Founding Partner

  • Infrastructure- current and upcoming projects: What are the restrictions with current infrastructure and what are some of the most vital projects moving forward? Where are the major terminals planned on the border? How will all of this new infrastructure affect importing, transportation and storage as more participants enter the Mexican market?
Esteban Salas
SVP, Refined Products
Windstar LPG
17:00 - 19:00 Opening Night Reception

(Open to all conference attendees) 
19:00 - 22:00 Industry Dinner - Sponsored by ICE

*$185 per person – tables available for purchase. Please contact

Guest speaker:
Nicholas Burns
  • Former US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs
  • Former US Ambassador to Greece and NATO
  • Former White House Special Assistant 
  • Current Harvard Professor
Wednesday, January 17
07:00 - 08:30 Registration and Breakfast
08:30 - 08:40 Welcome and Opening Remarks
08:40 - 09:30  Opening Address: Grand Ballroom G & J

Robert Gates
Secretary of Defense (2006-2011); Author, New York Times Best Seller, DUTY: Memoirs of a Secretary at War and A Passion for Leadership
09:30 - 09:45 Room Switch: All attendees of the Argus Americas Motor Fuels Summit please join us in Grand Ballroom A for the remainder of the day’s sessions.
09:45 - 10:30 Session 1: Refining Industry Health

  • Crude market impact on refined products: How will recent global changes such as Mexican energy reform and Asian demand shifts affect expected global crude production and supply for motor fuels? What is the projected light/heavy spreads spanning the next 12 months and how much shale oil and product is the US anticipated to be exported?
Bernadette Johnson
VP - Market Intelligence
Drilling Info, Inc.

  • Refined product pricing outlook: What is the global appetite for US products and are those figures anticipated to remain steady? How will the abundance of crude in Corpus, Houston and Louisiana impact prices and what effect will Dakota Access have to capacity over the next year? How will this overall impact prices for products throughout 2018?
Kristine Klavers
Senior VP, Consulting - Americas
10:30 - 11:00 Break
11:00 -12:30  Morning Interactive Panel Discussion- Risk Management, Hedging, Spot vs Paper, Derivatives and Other Financial Considerations for Motor Fuels: Join us as we identify and discuss timely market questions including:

  • What are some of the risks people are hedging against price moves and what widely used benchmarks are most likely subject to change? Are there new tools for financial markets that the exchanges will bring on? How will all of this affect your overall hedging strategy? 
  • How can you get more accurate information on the spot market when paper trading and how will upcoming regulations and exchanges impact your ability to enter the paper market? Will Dodd-Frank rolling back impact paper trading and what other regulations should you keep in mind? 
  • What are the financial options derivatives within refined products? What are the benefits of exchange-traded derivatives vs. over-the-counter derivative and how is this expected to shift in near future? 
Mike Davis
Director of Market Development
ICE Futures

Gregory Broussard
Senior Director, Energy Derivatives
Cargill Risk Management 

John Demopoulos

Vice President, North American Refined Products
12:30 - 14:00 Networking Lunch and Presentation

Managing Risk in an Uncertain World: 
Petroleum and petrochemical markets expect extreme price volatility from weather events, macroeconomic pressures, geopolitical issues, capital flows and currency fluctuations. All can cause dramatic swings in underlying values. But how do you effectively manage your risk in this market, whether you are a consumer or producer? Discuss the challenges and opportunities of available financial risk-management strategies to create a boost to your bottom line in an otherwise challenging market environment.

Gregory Broussard
Senior Director, Energy Derivatives
14:00 - 15:30 Session 2: Motor Fuels and Regulations

  • Refining environmental credit planning: This presentation will discuss the refining planning aspects of both state and federal regulations that require the acquisition of environmental credits and impact pricing for products. The regulations that will be covered include The Renewable Fuel Standard, California Low Carbon Fuel Standard, Oregon Clean Fuels Program and Washington Clean Air Rule.
Gwen Mitchell
Manager, Specialty Products - Reg Fuels

  • RINs, CAFE and other key regulations: Join us as we identify and discuss timely market questions including annual price outlooks for RINs and the opportunities and constraints within the US biofuels market being impacted by renewable fuel standards. What are some of the risk factors and how does this impact expectations for these standards moving forward? How will an anti-EPA Trump administration affect this market and what are the implications if they relax CAFE fuel economy standards for cars and light trucks?
Paul Niznik
Manager, Biofuels & Environmental
Argus Consulting Services

  • Advanced biofuels: All growth in the RFS will now come from advanced biofuels, the vast majority of which will be blended into distillates. How will the Trump EPA’s first RFS rule, Congress’ tax legislation, and the Department of Commerce’s trade actions impact advanced biofuels supply and demand and ultimately drive the broader American distillate market?
Gene Gebolys
Founder, President & CEO
World Energy
15:30 - 16:00 Break 
16:00 - 17:00 Session 3: Regional Focus

  • Canadian demand for products: What volume of refined products will Canada import vs produce domestically? How will these supply and demand shifts impact prices and what are some planned infrastructure projects expected to impact Canada?
Neil Earnest
Muse, Stancil & Co.

  • South American spotlight: How much product will Chile, Venezuela, Peru and Ecuador be importing within the next 12 months? What effect will the liberalization of the Mexican market have on the region and how will this impact global supply and demand balances for the rest of Latin America?
Fidel Farías
Former Energy Market Consultant and Business Strategy Analyst
PDVSA, Petroleos de Venezuela S.A.
Energy Market Consultant and Business Strategy Analyst
17:00 - 19:30 Networking Reception

(Open to all event attendees)
Thursday, January 18
07:00 - 08:30 Registration and Breakfast 
08:30 - 08:40 Opening Remarks
08:40 - 09:15 Keynote Address - The Future of North America’s Refining Sector: How will Mexico’s energy reform, Trump’s policies and feedstock economics impact the refining sector? How might new marine fuel specifications impact refiners? Where are the global opportunities for US refined products?

Dan Romasko
President and Chief Executive Officer
Motiva Enterprises LLC
09:15 - 10:00 Fireside Chat - The Impact of Oil Exports and Changing Infrastructure Needs on the Midstream Sector: What opportunities have US oil exports created for the midstream sector? What infrastructure is still needed to best move oil from producing basins to export terminals? Will foreign investors become involved in transportation projects in the US to help expedite larger export volumes?

Robert Barnes
SVP Commercial - Crude Oil
10:00 - 10:30 Morning Networking Break & Room Switch: All attendees of the Argus Americas Motor Fuels Summit please join us in Grand Ballroom A for the remainder of the day’s sessions.
10:30 - 11:00 MARPOL 2020: How will the IMO MARPOL VI announcement likely affect bottom of the barrel products as well as other motor fuels? What is expected in compliance and how will supply and demand balances shift as a result?

Edward Arnold
Senior Consultant
11:00 - 12:00 Closing Interactive Panel Discussion- Mexican Energy Reform: A year into liberalization, early adopters and other organizations in the USGC and throughout the globe have only scratched the surface of the real-world potential of this historic shift in policy. During this closing panel discussion we will:

  • Examine ongoing logistics challenges, both existing and planned for moving products into Mexico 
  • Explore legal and tax considerations 
  • Understand end user demand and specification needs
  • Evaluate best practices for moving product across the boarder
Dan Gordon
Executive Vice President, Business Development & Strategy
Delek US Holdings

Celeste Rebora
Director, Hydrocarbons Projects

Jaime Brito
Vice President, Pricing and Market Strategies
12:00 Closing Remarks and Conference Concludes

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