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Dec 2017


George R. Brown Convention Center 1001 Avenida de las Americas Houston , Texas 77010
Tel: (713) 853-8000
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CLEAN GULF Conference & Exhibition 2017






Event Overview:

CLEAN GULF covers spill preparedness and response topics for the exploration & production, transportation, and storage of oil & hazardous materials. It provides a forum for responders, operators, regulators, equipment providers and environmental groups to openly discuss best practices and lessons-learned.  A comprehensive agenda is being built out based on the top issues facing the spill response community, and the growth in crude transportation by rail and pipeline is at the top of the list.  Because inland preparedness and response is such an important and timely topic, CLEAN GULF will host a track of sessions solely dedicated to these unique issues.

Attendee Information:

 Why Attend?

The CLEAN GULF conference is programmed by industry leaders, and is designed to provide you with best practices and lessons learned in response operations. Meet with old friends, discuss best practices, and walk away with solutions on how to help you better prepare, prevent and respond to a spill.  In addition to the conference sessions, CLEAN GULF has an exhibit floor featuring over 200 companies displaying the latest technologies and products for the industry.

Exhibitor Information:

We're bringing CLEAN GULF to the energy capital of the world in 2017 and that means your prospects and current customers will be in attendance and easily accessible for meetings at your booth or evening networking activities!  Not only can you purchase a booth and have access to 2,000+ attendees, you can also schedule pre-show or post-show meetings with local clients and get the most out of your investment with CLEAN GULF!

CLEAN GULF attendees come ready to search for new products and services to help fulfill their company's needs.  Don't miss the chance to reach these buyers as they all come together in one venue!


Dec 5   
7:00 AM – 6:30 PM Registration Open
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM Exhibitor Move-In
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Workshops
9:00 AM Jim Weber Sr. Memorial Golf Tournament (Registration at 8:00 AM; Shotgun Start at 9:00 AM)
2:15 PM – 3:45 PM Breakout Sessions
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM State & Federal Updates (Open to all attendees)
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM To Hell With Harvey Party (Open to all attendees)
Dec 6   


7:30 AM – 6:30 PM Registration Open

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM Opening Keynote & Welcome (Open to all attendees)

10:00 AM – 6:30 PM Exhibit Floor Open

10:00 AM – 10:45 AM Networking Break on the Exhibit Floor

10:45 AM – 12:15 PM Breakout Sessions

12:15 PM – 1:30 PM Lunch on the Exhibit Floor

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM Breakout Sessions

3:00 PM – 3:45 PM Networking Break on the Exhibit Floor

3:45 PM – 5:15 PM Breakout Sessions

5:00 PM – 6:30 PM Texas Tailgate Reception on the Exhibit Floor (Open to all attendees)

Dec 7   
7:30 AM – 2:30 PM Registration Open
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM Breakout Sessions
9:30 AM – 2:00 PM Exhibit Floor Open
10:00 AM – 10:45 AM Networking Break on the Exhibit Floor
10:45 AM – 12:15 PM Breakout Sessions
12:15 PM – 1:30 PM Lunch on the Exhibit Floor
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM Breakout Sessions
1:45 PM Prize Giveaway on the Exhibit Floor

Keynote Speakers

Rear Admiral Paul F. Thomas

Commander U.S. Coast Guard 8th District

Rear Admiral Paul Thomas serves as the Commander, Eighth Coast Guard District headquartered in New Orleans, and is responsible for Coast Guard operations spanning 26 states, including the Gulf of Mexico coastline from Florida to Mexico, the adjacent offshore waters and outer continental shelf, and the inland waterways of the Mississippi, Ohio, Missouri, Illinois and Tennessee River systems.

His previous Flag assignment was as the Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy where he was responsible for oversight and program management for all Coast guard navigation services, boating safety, ports and facilities, waterways management, merchant mariner credentialing, vessel documentation, marine casualty investigation, commercial vessel inspections, and port state control.

A specialist in Marine Safety, Security and Environmental Protection he has served at the Marine Safety Center in Washington DC, Marine Safety Office San Francisco Bay, CA, Marine Safety Detachment Port Canaveral, FL, and Marine Safety Office Jacksonville, FL. He has also served as Commanding Officer of Marine Safety Unit Galveston, TX, Commander Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville, FL. and as the Director of Inspections and Compliance at Coast Guard Headquarters

His other tours include Fifth Coast Guard District Chief of Staff, Executive Assistant to the Assistant Commandant for Marine Safety, Security and Stewardship, Military Assistant to the Director of Net Assessment in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Commanding Officer of USCGC CAPE ROMAIN and Operations Officer of USCGC BLACKHAW. 

Rear Admiral Thomas is a graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2005 he completed a National Security Fellowship at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and in 2010 he served as a Senior Fellow to the Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group (SSG XXIX). He is also an alumnus of Harvard’s National Preparedness Leadership Initiative. His military awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Coast Guard Commendation Medal, Transportation 9/11 Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal and the Coast Guard Achievement Medal.

He and his wife, Dr. Mary Thomas, DVM, have one son, Erik.

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