Industry Summit


Wednesday, September 7th

All sessions open to conference participants unless otherwise noted.

12:00– 5:00 PM Registration Open
12:00 – 7:00 PM NGV Marketplace Open
Presented by: Trillium CNG
1:00 – 3:30 PM NGVAmerica Technology & Development Workshop
  1:00 – 2:15 PM LNG/HHP Roundtable Discussion
“What is Needed to Move the Market Forward?”
  2:15 – 3:30 PM NGVA Technology & Development Committee Meeting
“Work Group Updates & 2017 Agenda Planning”
 3:00 – 6:00 PM  NGV Global Board of Directors Meeting (Invitation Only)
3:30 – 6:00 PM NGVAmerica State Government Advocacy Workshop
  3:30 – 4:30 PM Volkswagen Settlement Workshop
“Getting Your State Ready to Promote NGV Projects”
  4:30 – 6:00 PM NGVA State Government Advocacy Committee Meeting
“Planning the 2017 NGV Agenda in the States”
5:30 – 7:00 PM Welcome to Denver Reception
Sponsored by: TruStar Energy, Ariel Corporation & CP Industries
7:00 – 9:00 PM NGVAmerica & NGV Global Joint Board of Directors Dinner (Invitation only)

Thursday, September 8th

7:30AM – 5:00 PM Registration Open
8:30 – 11:00 AM NGVAmerica Annual Meeting & Board of Directors Meeting
(Open to all NGVAmerica members and guests)
11:00 AM – 9:00 PM NGV Marketplace Open
Presented by: Trillium CNG
11:00 – 11:30 AM Networking Break in the NGV Marketplace
Sponsored by: SoCalGas Company
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM Industry Summit Lunch
Sponsored by: Penske Truck Leasing & Clean Energy
  11:55 AM Welcoming Remarks
Gordon Exel, Vice President, Westport
Chair, NGVAmerica
  12:00 PM Lunch Service
  12:25 PM Remarks – “State of the Trucking Marketplace”
Bill Graves, Former Governor of Kansas, and Former President & CEO, American Trucking Associations
  12:45 PM Presentation of NGVA Achievement Awards
Matthew Godlewski, President, NGVAmerica
1:00 – 1:30 PM Networking Break
Sponsored by: Shell LNG
1:30 PM 2016 NGVAmerica Industry Summit
Opening Remarks
Matthew Godlewski,
President, NGVAmerica
1:50 PM

Convergence for a Strong NGV Industry
Agility, Westport and Love’s all led groundbreaking mergers this year to capitalize on opportunities to grow quickly and prepare for future expansion of the NGV marketplace. Their leaders will discuss the decision-making process that led to the new organizations and what customers and the overall marketplace can expect in the months ahead. The panel will contemplate other opportunities for convergence in the industry, the current sales market, and where product innovation is headed.


Matthew Godlewski, President, NGVAmerica
Kathleen Ligocki, Chief Executive Officer, Agility Fuel Systems
Nancy Gougarty, Chief Executive Officer, Westport
(Panelist TBD), Trillium CNG – A Love’s Company

2:50 PM

Perspectives on the Automotive Industry & the 2016 Elections
Mitch Bainwol, President & CEO, Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers


The automotive industry is entering a new era of innovation and safety advancements. Alternative fuels, self-driving vehicles, sophisticated crash avoidance systems and other technologies are making their way into the next generation of vehicles. The CEO of America’s largest automotive trade association will discuss these advancements and highlight the challenges of aligning customer demand with the goals of government regulators and policymakers. He will also tap his years of Capitol Hill experience and provide perspective on this unique political season, the fall elections, and what to expect in the lame-duck session of Congress.

3:45 PM What’s New at the Retail Level Among all Transportation Fuels?
John Eichberger, Executive Director, Fuels Institute
  Networking Break
Sponsored by: Questar Fueling
4:00 PM

The Future of America’s Energy Security
Anne Korin, Co-Director, Institute for the Analysis of Global Security
Dan Simmons, Director, Institute for Energy Research


Global security and energy experts provide analysis on the geopolitics of oil and deficiencies of renewables, such as wind and solar. They will make the case for why natural gas offers the best solution to America’s energy needs and discuss the global trends that are influencing the current price of oil and what to expect in the months ahead.

4:55 PM Plenary Session Wrap up
Matthew Godlewski, President, NGVAmerica
6:00 – 9:00 PM Industry Networking Reception – “Salute to Ron Eickelman”
Sponsored by: Agility Fuel Systems & Hexagon Composites

Friday, September 9th

7:00 AM Registration Open
7:00 AM “Grab & Go” Breakfast
Sponsored by: Black Hills Energy
8:00 AM Opening Remarks
Matthew Godlewski,
President, NGVAmerica
8:15 AM

Workshop I:
Market Moving Opportunities for NGV’s — How does the NGV Marketplace Capitalize on the VW Settlement & California State Implementation (SIP) Plan?
Sponsored by: Redeem by Clean Energy™


The Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal settlement has resulted in $2.7 billion in new funds to put new and cleaner trucks on America’s roads over the next ten years. California’s State Implementation Plan for air quality calls for over 900,000 low-NOx trucks to be deployed by 2030. These present enormous opportunities to drive market penetration for heavy-duty natural gas trucks and lift the entire NGV marketplace. This session will focus on an industry plan to seize the opportunity and your role to get into the game.


Todd Campbell, Vice President, Public Policy, Clean Energy
Bill Nowicke, Chief Operating Officer, Agility Fuel Systems
Dr. Kathryn Clay, Vice President, Policy Planning, American Gas Association
Erik Neandross, Chief Executive Officer, Gladstein, Neandross & Associates
Ken Marko, Senior National Fleet Engineer, Frito Lay

9:00 AM

Workshop II:
Messaging the Strong Environmental Value of Natural Gas Vehicles – How to talk with Customers, Regulators & Policymakers about the Benefits.
Sponsored by: ampCNG


NGVAmerica’s Emissions Work Group represents a broad section of stakeholders across the NGV industry and has been working for several months to quantify a clear picture around the environmental benefits of NGVs.  This session will provide participants with the tools, information, and examples they need to articulate the environmental benefits of NGVs in their discussions with customers, prospects, regulators and policy makers.  It will also include case study examples of NGV projects with strong environmental records.


Overview of the NGVAmerica Emissions Work Group Report
Dan Bowerson, Director Technology & Development, NGVAmerica


Modeling Assumptions & Methodology Defined
Tools for Evaluating the Environmental Benefits of Transportation Fuels


Evaluating Emissions – Case Studies
How do shippers and logistic companies evaluate emissions and what criteria do they use to implement green fleet strategies for themselves or for customers?
Sam Weitz, Director, Transportation Engineering, Anheuser Busch InBev
Matthew Krasney, Director Alternative Fuels, Penske Truck Leasing


Renewable Natural Gas – Case Study: Fair Oaks Farms
The largest on farm anaerobic digester in the United States is owned and operated by ampCNG at Fair Oaks Farms in Indiana. The manure generated at this facility is turned into renewable natural gas to power 42 CNG trucks and other fleets in the area.
Grant Zimmerman, Chief Executive Officer, ampCNG

10:15 AM

Workshop III:
Paving the Way in a Competitive Marketplace – Innovation and New Technologies on the Road Ahead for NGVs.


NGVAmerica members represent the entire natural gas vehicle marketplace and are bringing new technologies that will enhance the environmental and economic value propositions for using more natural gas in transportation. This session will provide a sampling of what products will break barriers and help grow the entire industry through lower emissions, innovation, and efficiency.


Renewable Natural Gas (RNG)
RNG is increasingly becoming a larger portion of all natural gas used in transportation. How is innovation increasing the opportunity, what is the outlook for more projects and what are the challenges ahead?
Johannes Escudero, Executive Director, Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas.


Light-Duty Vehicles
Low petroleum prices have put pressure on all alternative fuels, but strong opportunities remain for light-duty NGVs. Future innovation and optimization can further boost the value of using natural gas in light-duty applications and industry leaders will discuss these opportunities.
Barry Carr, Landi Renzo USA
Brad Douville, Westport Fuel Systems


Heavy-Duty Engines
“Near Zero” low NOx engines, next generation high efficiency and other advancements in heavy-duty technologies are entering the marketplace. Hear the latest news and what is coming in the months ahead.Jerry Johnson, Cummins Westport


Fueling Infrastructure Technology
Newly technologies such as advanced methane leakage mitigation and smart dispenser that communicate with the vehicle are examples of innovation that is coming to the modern refueling facility.
Brad Couch, Ariel Corporation


Pipelines/Upstream Emissions/Fracking
The environmental community who once embraced natural gas as the “bridge fuel” now attacks this clean, abundant and cheap fuel to advance their renewables agenda. Drilling sites, upstream emissions and pipeline infrastructure are top targets for their criticism. This conversation will get into the tough topics like fracking and help you to have a conversation with a critic.
Sarah Sandberg, Colorado Oil & Gas Association

11:30 AM Wrap up & Closing Remarks

Networking Events

Where NGV Industry Leaders and Professionals Meet

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As the must-attend event for the NGV industry, the NGVAmerica Annual Meeting & Industry Summit is renowned for its excellent networking opportunities. For more than 25 years, NGVAmerica has served the industry by fostering new relationships, opportunities, and partnerships. Our networking events bring together exactly who you need to meet to achieve your business goals – bring your business cards!


Be sure to visit the MarketPlace between sessions and during breaks to connect with the company representatives to discover new business opportunities, having meaningful  conversations and connect with industry colleagues.

Industry Reception

Evening receptions are your ideal opportunity to mingle with decision makers in a relaxed atmosphere, reflecting on the day’s discussions and explore business opportunities with new contacts.

Breakfast & Coffee Breaks

Extended breakfast networking sessions and coffee breaks have been planned throughout to ensure you maximize your networking time.

Golf Tournament

Network with key contacts over a round of golf at Fox Hollow Golf Course, one of America’s most photographed golf courses offering a striking, majestic Colorado backdrop surrounded by extreme elevation changes, dramatic vistas and ancient red sandstone rocks.  You can download a printable registration form here.