About Hydrocarbon Processing

About Hydrocarbon Processing

Since 1922, management and technical professionals from petroleum refining, gas processing, petrochemical/chemical and engineer/constructor companies throughout the world have turned to Hydrocarbon Processing for high quality technical and operating information. Through its monthly magazine, website and e-newsletters, Hydrocarbon Processing covers technological advances, processes and optimization developments from throughout the global Hydrocarbon Processing Industry (HPI). Hydrocarbon Processing editors and writers provide real-world case studies and practical information that readers can use to improve their companies’ operations and their own professional job skills.

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Meet the Staff

John Royall
President and CEO

• Over 22 years of experience in business-to-business media and events
• Previously was Vice President of PennWell's Offshore Group
• Held executive positions at Reed Business Information and Penton Media
• A graduate of the University of Texas
Bret Ronk
V.P. Downstream and Midstream, Gulf Publishing Company
• Areas of responsibility: Hydrocarbon Processing magazine, HydrocarbonProcessing.com,
GasProcessingNews.com, events, ancillary print and digital products
• More than 25 years of publishing industry experience including executive positions at McGraw-Hill Publishing, Reed Publishing and Avid Ratings
• BA degree in psychology from Indiana University and an MBA from the University of Dallas
Lee Nichols 
Editor/Associate Publisher
• Areas of responsibility: all content in Hydrocarbon Proccessing magazine, HydrocarbonProcessing.com, the Hydrocarbon Processing Construction Boxscore Database and the HPI Market Data book 
• Previously was Director of Gulf Publishing Company's Data Division and managed all data content and sales, including corporate access programs to Hydrocarbon Processing and World Oil, Boxscore Database and upstream/downstream industry data reports 
• BS degree in journalism, Texas A&M University
Heinz P. Bloch

• Areas of responsibility: Hydrocarbon Processing Reliability column, maintenance and reliability coverage 
• More than 52 years of HPI experience and registered professional engineer
• Holds seven US patents; authored over 540 technical papers and 18 books
• For 25 years, was an Exxon Chemical Co. machinery specialist 
• BS and MS degrees in mechanical engineering
Adrienne Blume
Executive Editor

• Areas of responsibility: natural gas processing, LNG, GTL, NGL
• Previously worked as Managing Editor at Hydrocarbon Publishing Company
• MA degree in English and Publishing, Rosemont College; BA degrees in English and anthropology, Webster University
Mike Rhodes
Managing Editor

• Areas of responsibility: print and web editorial, 'show daily' newspapers for industry conferences, coverage of natural gas and LNG, gas processing
• Previously worked as managing editor at Diesel & Gas Turbine Publications
• BS in Journalism/Public Relations, minor in Technical Writing, Eastern Washington University
Ben DuBose
Online Editor

• Areas of responsibility: All daily HydrocarbonProcessing.com news content, e-Newsletter program, HPInformer Blog, HP polls, social media, petrochemicals coverage
• Previously worked as reporter for industry publication ICIS, and as a copy editor for Dallas Morning News
• MA in journalism, University of Missouri; BA in communication and political science, Lamar University
William M. Goble
Contributing Editor

• More than 32 years of experience in information systems
• Principal partner with Exida.com, a consulting training and support company for safety-critical and high-availability process information
• BS degree from Penn State, an MS degree from Villanova and a PhD from Eindhoven University of Technology in Eindhoven, Netherlands


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