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2014 Conference Speakers

 Keynote Speaker

Commander Kirk Lippold, USN (Ret.)
Leadership and Accountability When It Matters

Lippold was the Commanding Officer of the USS Cole when it came under a suicide terrorist attack by al Qaeda in the port of Aden, Yemen in October 2000. With this unique experience, Lippold will address the audience with a presentation titled “Leadership and Accountability When It Matters.” Commander Lippold has briefed over 6,000 military officers, 2,000 federal and state law enforcement officers, and has given over 300 presentations on this event that is widely recognized as one of the most brazen acts of terrorism by al Qaeda prior to September 11, 2001.

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Crisis or Hiccup? Current realities, and future dynamics, in the North American used oil industry
Ian Moncrieff, Kline & Company, Inc.

Major changes have taken place in the North American used oil value chain since the boom days of 2010/2011. Stagnant lubricants demand, heightened competition among used oil collectors, pricing tensions on UMO supply, and weakening virgin base oil production margins, have all contributed to tougher times for industry players downstream of generation. Recent events in world oil markets are adding a dimension of uncertainty. Are these changes signaling a new reality in used oil industry dynamics, or are they a blip on the radar screen? The likely future forces impacting the collection and resale of UMO, as well as on re-refining profitability, and the potential consequences and strategic options for the industry, will be addressed.

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Current Status of Vacuum Tower Asphalt Extender in North America
Tony Kriech, Heritage Research Group

Using the vacuum tower bottoms from rerefining engine oil has been practiced in North America for 30 years. Recently there has been published work by researchers that have raised concerns about these materials from a performance standpoint. Other studies have found no such concerns. This presentation will review all of these studies as well work by Heritage that discuss this complex issue.

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An Update From The International Used Oil Research Institute
Dr. Raoul R. Richardson, International Used Oil Research Institute

The Institute has always maintained an aggressive environmental perspective, as it pertains to our natural resources, our stewardship, and the issues impacting our global environmental challenges, to improve the protection of human health and the environment. The development of educational resources for the used oil recycling industry compels this type of collaborative effort. Industry/University partnerships represent a vital evolutionary component for research, which we anticipate will result in exciting new innovations. We are thrilled concerning the potential, as we strive together, merging theoretical classroom activities with real world field applications, and researching new technologies, while documenting our findings by third party scientific organizations to ensure oversight.

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PCBs: Working With EPA to Fix the Problem
Steve Shimberg, SJSolutions PLLC

This session will provide an update on NORA’s PCB/TSCA Reform Effort.  It will review and provide an opportunity to discuss: the problems that led us to launch this effort; the solutions that we are proposing; the status of TSCA reform legislation; the progress we are making with EPA to develop administrative solutions; and the path forward to reach a successful conclusion.

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What is My Company Worth?
Bert Rosica, A. E. Rosica & Co.

Just like the price of oil, the value of one’s business can fluctuate over time and can be affected by many factors. And just like the price of oil, understanding the value of your business, and the factors that affect it, can help when it comes to managing your business and making decisions that will be beneficial to enhancing your company’s value in the future. 

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 Tire Pyrolysis Provides a New Business Opportunity

Ed Benizzi, Director of Marketing, PRTI, Inc.

The scrap tire industry can offer an opportunity for the used oil collectors, processors and fuel blenders.  Tire pyrolysis, which is coming of age as a viable business opportunity, has the ability to provide an additional source of revenue for NORA members. It allows you to provide new service to your current and future customer base. PRTI, Inc., an environmental and energy company in Raleigh, North Carolina has the process and the technology to bring this opportunity to NORA members.

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 Solving Business Challenges With Best-In-Class Technology Deployment

Sherri McDaniel, President of ATEK Access Technologies, LLC.

Have you ever been in a situation where you invested in new technology to improve your business and you didn’t get the results you expected? Many companies experience that frustration and missed opportunity. To avoid repeating this miss in the future, join us in a workshop focused around best practices for the planning and deployment of new technology in the increasingly competitive waste oil market.

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 Labs: How to Reduce Costs, Get Results, and Limit Liability

Opal Johnson, Laboratory Director, Summit Environmental Technologies

Ensure the link is not broken and your samples and associated results are viable from beginning to end in a streamlined and cost effective manner. Your data is only as strong as the weakest link. The chain of custody is your first line of defense. Learn how to make it an unbreakable chain.

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 Uh-Oh, It's Hammered! - Managing Environmentally-Impacted Media in a Merger or Acquisition

Gary Risse, P.E., Trihydro Corporation

Letter of Intent, CHECK! Financing, CHECK! Environmental Due Diligence, Uh-Oh! The sale of your business, or the purchase of a strategic acquisition has just been complicated by discovery of environmentally-impacted media (soil, groundwater, surface water). Should it scuttle the deal? Should I clean it up? How big of a deal is it? Is it reportable? Who’s responsible? Should I call my attorney? This session focuses on possible pitfalls resulting from invasive due diligence activities, ways to responsibly bracket potential legacy environmental cleanup costs, and how to keep them from stopping an otherwise attractive business deal. These concerns are real whether your firm is the acquirer, or the acquired, and both sides of the table have certain responsibilities.

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 Is the Used Motor Oil Market Ready For Price Indexation?

Markus Wimmer, Argus Media

The market for used motor oil (UMO) has seen tremendous change over the past decade, largely based on evolving processing technology and a shift toward new value chains such as base oil rerefining. The pricing of UMO has not caught up with this development, and is still largely tied to No. 6 fuel oil and other price baskets that are oftentimes unrelated to the unique supply and demand balance for UMO. Particularly the buying and selling on unrelated price indexes exposes parties to undue risk and uncertainty. Argus proposes to create a pricing tool that identifies the unique value of used motor oil independent from its end usage to provide structure across its entire value chain.

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 Exports and Imports of Used Oil

Chris Harris, NORA General Counsel

Does used oil need a passport? Used oil is definitely part of an international market. It flows into and out of the United States in significant quantities. There are certain regulations governing such exports and imports. Which agencies regulate these international shipments and transactions? What paperwork is required? Is your business in compliance? NORA General Counsel Chris Harris will provide the answers.

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 Re-Refining Technologies

Francois de Toit, Catalyst Trading Company

The understanding of feedstock contaminants, feedstock preparation, operating/design features/parameters and how these can influence hydro-processing and catalyst systems when treating waste oils. Understanding catalyst systems and how these systems can deactivate and/or create pressure drops.

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Government Affairs/Executive Summary
Chris Harris and Jack Waggener, 
NORA General Counsel

Since its founding in 1984, NORA has always been involved in a wide range of government policy issues. At NORA’s 30th anniversary conference there will be a session dedicated to reviewing the status of more than a dozen ongoing issues that are likely to affect your business. These issues include the Non Hazardous Secondary Materials (NHSM) litigation affecting both on-spec and off-spec used oil, NORA’s NHSM petition to EPA, the aftermath of the California Used Oil Life Cycle Analysis, and the fight to overturn various states’ ban on the use of Vacuum Tower Asphalt Binder (aka Asphalt Flux) for paving.

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      Market Update

Roy Schumacher, President of Schumacher Consulting, and Scott Parker, Executive Director of NORA

In our rapidly changing used oil market, what are the critical market factors that you must know to make good business decisions going forward? Trends in the asphalt industry pertaining to production, fuel prices, government funding and competition from the cement industry affect RFO demand. Likewise, the growing re-refining industry’s market factors such as increased capacity, new products introduced & produced changes in base oil prices and pinched margins affect everyone. How do the constantly changing prices of natural gas, crude oil, diesel, propane, RFO, UMO and #6 oil affect your business today, next year and beyond?

Scott Parker, Executive Director of NORA, and Roy Schumacher, President of Schumacher Consulting, are teaming up to present a macro view of the used oil industry including the latest trends and factors that we all need to know to develop effective business strategies for this dynamic market.

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 Optimizing the Performance of Hydrotreating and Filtration Systems

Peter Douvry and Nirav Shah, Porocel

Re-refineries range in size from complex, multi-million gal/yr production facilities to relatively simple skid-mounted filtration units.  Most large scale plants use hydrotreating to produce high quality Group II and III base oils from used motor oil.  Smaller operations typically utilize a filtration technology, usually activated bauxite (or “clay”-based).  At the heart of each of these processes are critical performance components that must be routinely replaced – catalyst and metal trap media in the case of hydrotreating; activated bauxite in filtration systems.  The proper selection of these products and optimal use can have a huge impact on the performance and economics of the re-refinery.

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