The GPA Convention is where midstream meets. For more than nine decades, GPA has led the midstream industry in research, technology, setting and adopting standards for natural gas and natural gas liquids, and more recently, working with legislators and regulators to represent the industry at state and federal levels.
Each year, the GPA Convention brings together more than 2,000 professionals involved in natural gas gathering, compression, treating, processing, storage and marketing, and natural gas liquids fractionation, transportation, storage and marketing, all with the common interest of meeting about – and making a difference in – midstream matters.
The 2014 GPA Convention hosted 2,600 attendees representing 636 companies and 24 countries. Countries represented included: Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Denmark, Egypt, France, India, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Holland, Norway, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Thailand, Trinidad, United Emirates, United Kingdom and United States.
A large percentage of GPA Convention attendees are decision-makers within their companies, with nearly 20% holding an executive title (chief executive officer, chief operating officer, president, director, senior vice president and vice president). A large percentage of attendees at the executive level have an engineering degree and background, as do the more than 30% holding a manager title.
More than 20% of our attendees hold engineering titles, including but not limited to the following: applications engineer, automation engineer, consulting engineer, controls engineer, environmental engineer, facility engineer, field engineer, gas processing engineer, mechanical engineer, operating engineer, plant engineer, process engineer and project engineer.
From our perspective, the top reason for attending the GPA Convention stems from the fact that this entire conference is planned by your industry peers, which means that the topics are timely and relevant to your business. The Program Committee, which is the group responsible for convention planning, is made up of individuals representing more than 40 midstream operating companies. This group meets face to face two times each year and works year-round through conference calls and e-mails to put a solid program lineup together.
From our attendees’ perspectives, their top reasons for attending are networking and information exchange. The GPA Convention registration list reads like a "Who’s Who" of midstream professionals, from top-level executives to young professionals tagged as the next generation of industry leaders.
Combining the power of networking with the information presented during the GPA Convention is invaluable. The schedule covers a number of topics within the areas of international affairs, legislative and regulatory issues, safety, market information, operations and maintenance, technical sessions and research. GPA committee meetings and forums held during the convention are open to all attendees, providing endless opportunities to meet, share and learn.