May 22-24, 2018

Chicago, IL

Technology, regulations and an evolving consumer demographic is changing the way the world thinks and reacts to transportation. As we begin to move toward what many are calling a mobility future, characterized by features such as advanced vehicle powertrains, self-driving vehicles and shared transportation services, it is clear that the market eventually will look very different.

As this evolution progresses, these new features will impact legacy systems. The changing transportation landscape will affect your business. What are you doing now to ensure your company stays relevant?

This May, stakeholders from across the fuels and vehicles industries will gather in Chicago for the FUELS2018 Annual Meeting. This is the market's premier event for collaboration, broad perspective and an open exchange of ideas without a pre-determined outcome. Attendees will return to work with a broader understanding of the diverse factors that influence their markets - as well as new industry perspectives on market disruptors.

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The agenda below is subject to change.

Tuesday, May 22

2:00 PM

Welcome - Lakeshore Ballroom

The World of Transportation Energy
Trey Hohmann, Research Manager, Stratas Advisors
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There is so much going on in the world of transportation energy that it is difficult to get your arms around the latest developments. From advancements in internal combustion engines to the deployment of electric vehicles, evolution of autonomous mobility solutions and government programs seeking to achieve particular objectives - how can we keep it all straight. This session will provide a broad overview of the state of play to help guide our discussions throughout the conference.

Diesel Fuel Quality and the Heavy Duty Sector
Andrew Austin, Senior VP Specialty Products, Mansfield Energy Corp
Jason Martin, Manager HD Engine Thermodynamics, Detroit Diesel
Ken Kimura, Product Quality Specialist Gasoline/Diesel, Andeavor
Dave Venrick, Mobile Equipment Manager, Vulcan Materials
Brian Kernke, General Manager of Fuel Quality, Musket Corporation
Modern high-pressure common rail heavy duty diesel engines are getting more efficient, but this comes with advanced technologies that are more sensitive to fuel quality. Reported incidents of system failures have been linked to deficiencies in fuel quality, leading some to call for a revision in diesel fuel specifications and improvement in fuel handling throughout the system. The Fuels Institute's Fuel Quality Council, represented by this panel of speakers, is dedicated to analyzing market conditions and facilitating a resolution to challenges that might exist between diesel fuel and modern engines.

Fuel Infrastructure/Biofuels Compatibility
Jeff Dzierzanowski, New Business Development Manager, Source North America Corporation
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Rick Long, EVP & General Counsel, Petroleum Equipment Institute (PEI)
Jim Rocco, Principle, Sage Risk Solutions LLC
Robert White, VP of Industry Relations, Renewable Fuels Association
As fuel composition evolves to incorporate greater volumes of biofuels, either in compliance with government programs or to deliver higher octane fuel for emerging modern engines, ensuring the compatibility of infrastructure is critically important. Many do not fully understand the complexity of the retail fueling storage and dispensing system. Join us as we go on a guided virtual reality tour of an underground storage tank system and learn more about requirements, limitations and opportunities for accommodating more biofuels in the market.

Octane and Internal Combustion Engine Advancements
John Farrell, Laboratory Program Manager Vehicle Technologies, NREL
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Michael Leister, Senior Consultant, Stillwater Associates
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Steve Przesmitzki, Global Team Leader for Strategic Transport Analysis, Aramco R&D
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More than 98% of vehicles on U.S. roads today are equipped with internal combustion engines and operate on liquid fuels. To comply with federal requirements, however, these engines must become more efficient. Advancements in engine design may necessitate changes to fuel composition. This session will evaluate the evolution and direction of ICE design and deployment, the role of octane in the fuel supply and the future of liquid fuels as a source of energy for transportation.

6:30 PM

Networking Reception St. Clair Ballroom

Wednesday, May 23

9:00 AM

Global, Federal and State Regulations
Michael Hartrick, Director of Fuel Economy and Climate, Auto Alliance
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Tammy Klein, Consultant, Future Fuel Strategies
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James Lyons, Principal Consultant, Trinity Consultants
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Paul Machiele, Fuel Center Director, EPA
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There are few external factors that can influence the direction of the vehicles and fuels market more than government regulation. Throughout the world, policies and initiatives are prompting changes in the strategic direction of stakeholders, creating both challenges and opportunities. Our panel of experts will share their perspective on what is happening in governments globally, nationally and at the state level and explore how these various pressure points might spur changes in the market.

Fueling a Clean Transportation Future
Jeremy Martin, Senior Scientist & Fuels Lead, Clean Vehicles Program, Union of Concerned Scientist
   - Presentation Available Here
The Union of Concerned Scientists is the leading science-based advocacy organization putting rigorous, independent science to work to solve our planet's most pressing problems. Dr. Jeremy Martin leads their work on transportation fuels and fuels policy, and is the author of a 2016 report, Fueling a Clean Transportation Future, that examines how the production and use of gasoline, ethanol and electricity are changing, and what it means for future. Dr. Martin has been an active participant in state and federal transportation fuel policies, ranging from the Federal Renewable Fuels Standard to the California Low Carbon Fuels Standard, and consideration of future policies governing the increasing importance of electricity and the potential role of high octane gasoline.

Electric Vehicles and the Infrastructure to Support Them
Dr. Philip Sheehy, Technical Director, ICF
   - Presentation Available Here
Sophie Shulman, Manager of Partnerships & Business Development, Electrify America, LLC
Ben Wrightsman, COO, Battery Innovation Center
As electric vehicles gain market share, how will the infrastructure evolve to provide consumers with a convenient and reliable means to power them? Where and how will consumers recharge their batteries? In this session, we will discuss what infrastructure might be needed to support consumers, what leading companies are doing to build out that infrastructure and how the technology is developing to enable the new market structure.

The Future of Fuel Retailing
Joseph Bona, President, Bona Design Lab, Inc.
   - Presentation Available Here
Spencer Cavalier, Managing Director and Principal, Matrix Capital Markets Group, Inc.
   - Presentation Available Here
Retailers sold more than $300 billion worth of fuel in 2016 and billions of dollars in fueling infrastructure and real estate. With the anticipated decline in liquid fuel demand, the need for electric vehicle recharging infrastructure and potential shifts in the overall transportation sector, what is the future of the retail market? There are 150,000 retail gas stations in the United States - is there a future for these locations? Can they evolve to satisfy the emerging consumer or are they destined to be relics of the past? How might the retail offer change to capitalize on changing market conditions?

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5:30 PM

Reception - Lakeshore Ballroom

Thursday, May 24

8:00 AM

Energy Outlook and Market Transitions
Thomas Miller, Strategy Manager, BP Products North America, Inc.
   - Presentation Available Here
BP publishes one of the most respected outlooks for the energy sector and is implementing a strategic plan to be positioned to deliver value to consumers as the transportation sector evolves to new power sources and mobility solutions. Miller will provide a global view on how BP anticipates the market might evolve and how legacy players can remain relevant.

Evolution of Mobility Solutions
Ann M. Schlenker, Director, Center for Transportation Research, Argonne National Laboratory
   - Presentation Available Here
Becky Steckler, AICP, Urbanism Next Program Manager, University of Oregon
   - Presentation Available Here
The global consumer is changing and the transportation sector is changing with it. Consumers are increasing their use of ride hailing services and indicating their growing interest in on-demand, autonomous mobility. Advanced technologies are demonstrating promise to improve transportation efficiency. Urban planners are seeking mobility solutions that will reduce the need for parking structures, mitigate traffic congestion and improve local air quality. Are planners and consumers ready to take the next step to transition from a theoretical new mobility system to a physical one?

Board of Advisors Meeting

Board of Advisors Lunch

Board of Directors Meeting

2:00 PM

Meeting Adjourned

Andrew Austin
Senior Vice President
Specialty Products, Mansfield Energy Corp.
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Joseph Bona
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Bona Design Lab, Inc.
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Spencer P. Cavalier
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Managing Director & Principal
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Jeff Dzierzanowski
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New Business Development Manager
Source North America Corporation
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John Farrell
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Laboratory Program Manager for Vehicle Technologies
National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL)
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Mike Hartrick
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Director of Fuel Economy & Climate
Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers
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Trey Hohmann
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Research Manager
Stratas Advisors
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Tom Kelso
President of Matrix
Downstream Energy & Convenience Retail (DER) Group
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Ken Kimura
Product Quality Engineer
ARCO Products Company
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Tammy Klein
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Future Fuel Strategies
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Michael Leister
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Senior Consultant
Stillwater Associates
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Rick Long
EVP & General Counsel
Petroleum Equipment Institute (PEI)
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James Lyons
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Principal Consultant
Trinity Consultants
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Paul Machiele
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Fuel Center Director
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Jason Martin
Manager of Heavy Duty Engine Thermodynamics
Detroit Diesel
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Jeremy Martin
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Senior Scientist & Fuels Lead, Clean Vehicles Program
Union of Concerned Scientist
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Thomas Miller
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Strategy Manager
BP Products North America Inc.
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Steve Przesmitzki
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Global Team Leader for Strategic Transport Analysis
Aramco R&D
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Jim Rocco
Sage Risk Solutions LLC
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Ann M. Schlenker
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Director, Center for Transportation Research
Argonne National Laboratory
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Dr. Philip Sheehy
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Technical Director
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Sophie Shulman
Manager of Partnerships & Business Development
Electrify America, LLC
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Becky Steckler, AICP
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Urbanism Next Program Manager
University of Oregon
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David Venrick
Manages Mobile Equipment
Downstream Energy & Convenience Retail (DER) Group
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Robert White
VP of Industry Relations
Renewable Fuels Association
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Ben Wrightsman
Battery Innovation Center
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Registration for the FUELS2018 is now OPEN.

Registration Pricing

Fuels Institute Contributor Early Bird Rate (expires 3/30/18): $749
Regular Rate: $999
Non-contributor Early Bird Rate (expires 3/30/18): $1,149
Regular Rate: $1,399
Government/National Lab Staff Flat rate: $349

Registration is closed now.

Hyatt Centric Chicago Magnificent Mile
633 North Saint Clair Street
Chicago, IL 60611



Hotel accommodations are the responsibility of each attendee. Registering for FUELS2018 does not include your hotel accommodations.

Alternative hotels within walking distance to the host hotel would be – Fairfield Inn & Suites Chicago Downtown, Courtyard by Marriott Chicago Downtown, Hampton Inn Chicago Downtown/Magnificent Mile and Homewood Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown/Magnificent Mile.


Airport: O'Hare International Airport is approximately 18 miles (26 minutes) from the Hyatt. Chicago Midway Airport is approximately 13 miles (23 minutes) from the Hyatt.

Parking: If you plan to drive, the Hyatt Centric Chicago Magnificent Mile offers a variety of hourly, overnight and event parking rates that you can review, HERE.

Your support allows us to create the premier transportation event of the year. Sponsorship of FUELS2018 shows stakeholders from across the transportation sector your continued dedication to identifying the opportunities and challenges associated with future technologies and changing consumers. Sponsorship opportunities can be found here (PDF).


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