04 March - 06 March 2019
Miami, Florida, US

Argus Americas Asphalt Summit

Speakers

Abraham Garcia Prieto
Export Executive Asphalts, CESPA
Abraham Garcia is Export Executive for bitumen in Cepsa. He is responsible of the bulk exports of Cepsa’s bitumen. With a Technical Engineering Degree and Master in Quality and Environmental Systems, he joined Cepsa in 2007 at the Technical Department, in charge of Customer Technical Assistance for cold and warm mixes (emulsions). In 2010, he took a position in the Sales D...
Abraham Garcia is Export Executive for bitumen in Cepsa. He is responsible of the bulk exports of Cepsa’s bitumen. With a Technical Engineering Degree and Master in Quality and Environmental Systems, he joined Cepsa in 2007 at the Technical Department, in charge of Customer Technical Assistance for cold and warm mixes (emulsions). In 2010, he took a position in the Sales Department, in charge of the central Spain area, and finally in 2012 he joins the Export team, initially in charge of North African market, and later, worldwide for bulk operations, being part of the Cepsa’s Asphalts Export expansion
Raymundo Benitez
President, QUIMI-KAO S.A. de C.V.
Raymundo started at QUIMI-KAO S.A. de C.V. (part of Kao Corporation Japan) in 1999, where he served as Technical Vice-President for two years and is currently President. He previously carried out technical research into asphalt and asphalt emulsion and worked in technical services for customers in the US, Mexico and Latin America. He served as Research and Development Supe...
Raymundo started at QUIMI-KAO S.A. de C.V. (part of Kao Corporation Japan) in 1999, where he served as Technical Vice-President for two years and is currently President. He previously carried out technical research into asphalt and asphalt emulsion and worked in technical services for customers in the US, Mexico and Latin America. He served as Research and Development Superintendent and the Leader of Asphalt for Kao Europe. He is a member of the Mexican Association of Asphalt, AMAAC, and a committee member of both HMA Technical and Asphalt Emulsions Technical. Raymundo worked for BITUMICH (Bituminosos de Michoacan) in QC Laboratory in Mexico in asphalt emulsion production and technical services in 1989-99. He has a chemical engineering degree from Michoacan University.
Mo Rahman
Technical Marketing Manager, Pacific-West Region, Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions
Mo Rahman has 24 years of experience in asphalt materials industry since his undergraduate degree in 1995. He has specialized in construction materials, production / operations, evaluation / testing, quality control / quality assurance and managing QC lab. He is knowledgeable in liquid asphalt materials, engineering design and planning, operations, budget, department super...
Mo Rahman has 24 years of experience in asphalt materials industry since his undergraduate degree in 1995. He has specialized in construction materials, production / operations, evaluation / testing, quality control / quality assurance and managing QC lab. He is knowledgeable in liquid asphalt materials, engineering design and planning, operations, budget, department supervision, hot mix asphalt paving and building construction, soils / aggregate, asphalt and concrete mix design, sales & customer service and solving customer complaints. He is also experienced in construction materials research and development, specification review, and working around roadway construction, asphalt, ready mix concrete and aggregate crushing plants. Mo has worked for Granite Construction Company from 1997 to 2007 in various technical roles, from 2007 to 2012 he was with Cemex and ATC Group Services before starting working for Alon Asphalt Company in 2012 and he worked there until 2018 as a Technical Services Manager and Director. He currently works as a Technical Marketing Manager for Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions, Inc. in Pacific-West region. He obtained a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Civil Engineering in 1995 and a Master’s of Science degree in Civil Engineering with emphasis in asphalt materials in 1997 from University of Nevada, Reno. He is a licensed professional engineer in Arizona, Utah and New Mexico. He is active in local material producers’ (ARPA) technical committees for asphalt, ADOT/ASU pavement materials committee/conferences, Association of General Contractors (AGC), Western Regional Association for Pavement Preservation.
Jim Musselman
Asphalt Performance Manager, CRH Americas Materials
Jim Musselman is an Asphalt Performance Manager for CRH Americas Materials, a vertically integrated company that produces over 135 million tons of aggregate and 50 million tons of asphalt mixtures in North America annually. Prior to joining CRH, Jim was the State Bituminous Materials Engineer for the Florida Department of Transportation. He has worked in the area of asph...
Jim Musselman is an Asphalt Performance Manager for CRH Americas Materials, a vertically integrated company that produces over 135 million tons of aggregate and 50 million tons of asphalt mixtures in North America annually. Prior to joining CRH, Jim was the State Bituminous Materials Engineer for the Florida Department of Transportation. He has worked in the area of asphalt pavement materials and construction for over 33 years. Jim has both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Florida and is also a registered professional engineer in the State of Florida.
Bill Lee
Terminal Manager, Century Asphalt
Mr. Lee Received a BSc and a PhD in Chemistry from University of Oklahoma in research on the ‘Chemical Characterization of Asphalt.’ He taught synthesis courses before moving to industry in 1993 with Deepwater Chemicals, where he managed R&D and full-scale production. In 1997, he went to work for GAF Roofing Materials, initially as Research Manager for Commercial Roofi...
Mr. Lee Received a BSc and a PhD in Chemistry from University of Oklahoma in research on the ‘Chemical Characterization of Asphalt.’ He taught synthesis courses before moving to industry in 1993 with Deepwater Chemicals, where he managed R&D and full-scale production. In 1997, he went to work for GAF Roofing Materials, initially as Research Manager for Commercial Roofing, then as Manager of Asphalt Technology. Mr. Lee moved to Total Petrochemicals in 2001 in Asphalt R&D, eventually being promoted to Asphalt Business Manager in 2007. He now manages the asphalt terminal for Century Asphalt in Baytown Texas, a facility with more than 550K bbls storage. He has also served as a consultant.
Flavio Vianna
President, Holding GV-BETUNEL
Flávio Vianna has more than 20 years of experience in the Brazilian asphalt industry and serves as Co-CEO of GV Holding. In 2014, Mr. Vianna led the effort to create GV Holding; a holding company resulted from the merge of three Brazilian asphalt distribution companies and the major private held asphalt distribution company in Brazil. Mr. Vianna is advisor of VP Investi...
Flávio Vianna has more than 20 years of experience in the Brazilian asphalt industry and serves as Co-CEO of GV Holding. In 2014, Mr. Vianna led the effort to create GV Holding; a holding company resulted from the merge of three Brazilian asphalt distribution companies and the major private held asphalt distribution company in Brazil. Mr. Vianna is advisor of VP Investimentos and member of the investment board of local Investment Funds that majorly support paving companies in Brazil. Mr. Vianna previously worked at Price Waterhouse as Senior Auditor, and participated on the auditing process of many major Brazilian companies. Mr. Vianna has a Bachelor degree in Economic Sciences from the University of Rio de Janeiro, UERJ, and lives in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Allen Smith
Principal, Asphalt Sourcing Alliance LLC
Allen Smith is a member of Asphalt & Sourcing Alliance (ASA); a consulting firm focused on assisting manufacturers and refiners in sourcing, using or selling asphalt and other related raw materials. Allen interacts with an extensive list of asphalt industry contacts and he is familiar with the major manufacturers, products, distribution channels, industry trends and compet...
Allen Smith is a member of Asphalt & Sourcing Alliance (ASA); a consulting firm focused on assisting manufacturers and refiners in sourcing, using or selling asphalt and other related raw materials. Allen interacts with an extensive list of asphalt industry contacts and he is familiar with the major manufacturers, products, distribution channels, industry trends and competitive dynamics. He and his colleagues have conducted multiple asphalt market studies, workshops and surveys and he has presented on asphalt, asphalt roofing and related topics to industry groups in North America and Asia.
Ross Poland
Lead Scientist – FLO Pipeline Products, Baker Hughes
Ross is the Lead Scientist for Baker Hughes’ FLO Pipeline products R&D group, formerly having been the Technical Service Manager of Fuel Additives. Ross joined Baker Hughes in 2012 as a Synthesis Chemist for the Petroleum and Fuel Additives group. He has spent most of his career working on development and technical support of H2S scavenging additives, primarily for asphal...
Ross is the Lead Scientist for Baker Hughes’ FLO Pipeline products R&D group, formerly having been the Technical Service Manager of Fuel Additives. Ross joined Baker Hughes in 2012 as a Synthesis Chemist for the Petroleum and Fuel Additives group. He has spent most of his career working on development and technical support of H2S scavenging additives, primarily for asphalt applications. His other areas of expertise in finished fuels include drag reducing additives and cold flow improver additives.
Osvaldo Speranza
Senior Consultant, Argus Consulting Services
Osvaldo Speranza is Head of Argus Asphalt Consulting and is based in the US. He has over 22 years’ experience in the Americas and global asphalt markets. He is an expert in asphalt fundamentals, trend analysis, refining economics and pricing. Ozzy leads the Argus Asphalt Annual, the most extensive analysis of global asphalt fundamentals available. Before Argus, Ozzy spent ...
Osvaldo Speranza is Head of Argus Asphalt Consulting and is based in the US. He has over 22 years’ experience in the Americas and global asphalt markets. He is an expert in asphalt fundamentals, trend analysis, refining economics and pricing. Ozzy leads the Argus Asphalt Annual, the most extensive analysis of global asphalt fundamentals available. Before Argus, Ozzy spent 17 years with Shell in a variety of roles, including Bitumen Group Wholesale and Pricing Manager, Latin America Market Development Manager in Brazil, Caribbean Oil Trader in Barbados, International Franchising for Jiffy Lube, and Global Account Manager of Aviation in both the US and London offices. He was also a Marketing Manager for YPF-Repsol and Marketing Director for Pennzoil, both in Argentina. Ozzy holds an MBA from Boston University in the US and a BSc in business administration from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Jim Warren
Executive Director, Asphalt Contractors Association of Florida
Jim joined the Asphalt Contractors Association of Florida in 1995 as Director of Engineering and Education and became Executive Director in 1996. He joined the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) as a Staff Engineer in 1987, later assuming NAPA’s training and professional development duties. Jim worked as an Inspector for the Illinois Department of Transport both ...
Jim joined the Asphalt Contractors Association of Florida in 1995 as Director of Engineering and Education and became Executive Director in 1996. He joined the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) as a Staff Engineer in 1987, later assuming NAPA’s training and professional development duties. Jim worked as an Inspector for the Illinois Department of Transport both during college and after graduating from Purdue University with a BSCE in 1983, when he then moved to Houston, Texas to serve as a Materials Engineer and Laboratory Supervisor with McClelland Engineers, a geotechnical and materials testing firm.
Jay Hansen
Executive Vice President, National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA)
Jay was named NAPA’s Executive Vice President in November 2011. He joined the firm in November 1998 as Vice President for Government Affairs after more than 12 years working in Congress on transportation issues. Jay has led the industry’s efforts to secure Federal highway funding, worked to defeat harmful pavement-type selection mandates, secured asphalt pavement research...
Jay was named NAPA’s Executive Vice President in November 2011. He joined the firm in November 1998 as Vice President for Government Affairs after more than 12 years working in Congress on transportation issues. Jay has led the industry’s efforts to secure Federal highway funding, worked to defeat harmful pavement-type selection mandates, secured asphalt pavement research and deployment funding, and arranged for the construction of an asphalt pavement exhibit at the National Museum of American History, which attracts over 4mn visitors annually.
Jay Roman
President, Escalation Consultants Inc.
Jay founded Escalation Consultants in 1979 and has assisted hundreds of companies in controlling rates and prices in transportation agreements. Thousands of rail transportation executives have attended his programs on controlling rail expenses to help increase market share and profitability and Escalation Consultants is involved with more than a billion dollars in rail spe...
Jay founded Escalation Consultants in 1979 and has assisted hundreds of companies in controlling rates and prices in transportation agreements. Thousands of rail transportation executives have attended his programs on controlling rail expenses to help increase market share and profitability and Escalation Consultants is involved with more than a billion dollars in rail spend annually with shippers.
Alex Ibanez
Principal Consultant, Muse, Stancil & Co
Alex, who has 15 years’ industry experience, began his career in refinery operations as a Process Unit Engineer and later joined KBC Advanced Technologies providing process engineering solutions for global oil refiners. Prior to joining Muse in 2016, he worked for Chevron as a Project Controls Engineer administering the procurement budget for the Wheatstone LNG project. Al...
Alex, who has 15 years’ industry experience, began his career in refinery operations as a Process Unit Engineer and later joined KBC Advanced Technologies providing process engineering solutions for global oil refiners. Prior to joining Muse in 2016, he worked for Chevron as a Project Controls Engineer administering the procurement budget for the Wheatstone LNG project. Alex holds a BSc in Chemical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma and an MBA from Indiana University. Muse provides downstream consulting services, offering integrated technical and business expertise.
John Demopoulos
Vice President, North American Refined Products, Argus Consulting Services
John is responsible for running Argus’ North American refined products business, including gasoline, distillates, asphalt, residuals, feedstocks, blendstocks, biofuels, and related environmental credits. His previous roles at Argus have involved quality control and assurance, managing editorial teams, launching new reports, and reporting on a wide variety of commodity mark...
John is responsible for running Argus’ North American refined products business, including gasoline, distillates, asphalt, residuals, feedstocks, blendstocks, biofuels, and related environmental credits. His previous roles at Argus have involved quality control and assurance, managing editorial teams, launching new reports, and reporting on a wide variety of commodity markets. John joined Argus after working for several years as a foreign correspondent, based in Greece and the Balkans. He has 13 years’ experience in commodities, a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics, and a bachelor’s degree from King’s College London.
Maria Ahmad
Americas Asphalt Editor, Argus
Maria Ahmad is based in New York and edits the Argus Americas Asphalt report. Previously, she guided Argus coverage of the US west coast refined products market in Houston for three years. Maria has reported on financial equities for newswire MNI, a subsidiary of Deutsche Boerse, in Beijing, China. And before that, she was Acting General Manager of the China Carbon Forum, ...
Maria Ahmad is based in New York and edits the Argus Americas Asphalt report. Previously, she guided Argus coverage of the US west coast refined products market in Houston for three years. Maria has reported on financial equities for newswire MNI, a subsidiary of Deutsche Boerse, in Beijing, China. And before that, she was Acting General Manager of the China Carbon Forum, a non-profit organization that covered cap-and-trade schemes and brought together stakeholders in China’s evolving emissions sector. Maria is fluent in Mandarin and studied at the Beijing Language and Culture University and Beijing Foreign Studies University.
Stephen Jones
Senior Vice President, Global Head of Oil Products, Argus
Stephen Jones is Global Head of Oil Products at Argus. Stephen joined Argus in 2017 as Senior Vice President and is based in Houston. He is responsible for Argus pricing solutions that meet the rapidly changing trading requirements for gasoline, jet fuel, diesel, marine fuels, base oils, asphalt, refinery feedstocks and biofuels markets. Stephen has expertise in all aspect...
Stephen Jones is Global Head of Oil Products at Argus. Stephen joined Argus in 2017 as Senior Vice President and is based in Houston. He is responsible for Argus pricing solutions that meet the rapidly changing trading requirements for gasoline, jet fuel, diesel, marine fuels, base oils, asphalt, refinery feedstocks and biofuels markets. Stephen has expertise in all aspects of the energy business, having served clients for over 30 years in the industry. Prior to Argus, Stephen was with Purvin & Gertz and IHS Market for 17 years where he was Vice President of the Refining & Marketing team. He has been an instrumental leader for large international teams that provided research and consulting services to clients in the upstream, crude oil markets, refining, natural gas liquids, chemicals, automotive, maritime, and midstream businesses. While at IHS Markit, Stephen was charged leading the Energy Product Management team and the integration of the legacy PFC Energy, Purvin & Gertz, and CERA market services. Stephen began his career in the energy business with Exxon at the world-class Baton Rouge Refinery where he advanced through a variety of technical support, business planning, engineering supervision, and operations management positions. He then held positions in Exxon’s Refining Headquarters and Supply & Trading teams in Houston where he gained expertise in crude oil trading, refinery optimization and market economics. Stephen holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Tulane University.