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
• Areas of responsibility: Hydrocarbon Processing magazine, HydrocarbonProcessing.com,
Events, ancillary print and digital products
• Over 22 years of publishing industry experience including executive positions at McGraw-HallPublishing, Reed Publishing and Avid Ratings
• Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and a MBA from the University of Dallas
Stephany Romanow
• Over 25 years of HPI industry experience, including positions at B.F. Goodrich and ARCO Polymers
• Contributing editor for Riegel’s Handbook of Industrial Chemistry
• BS degree in chemical engineering, University of Pittsburgh
• Areas of responsibility: Refining and petrochemical processes, catalysts
Heinz P. Bloch

• 47 years of HPI experience
• Registered consulting engineer
• Holds five US patents
• Authored over 170 technical papers and 11 books
• For 24 years, was an Exxon Chemical Co. machinery specialist and held positions worldwide
• BS and MS degrees in mechanical engineering
• Areas of responsibility: HPIn Reliability column, maintenance and reliability coverage
Adrienne Blume
Managing Editor

• Previously worked as managing editor at Hydrocarbon Publishing Co.
• MA in English & publishing, Rosemont College
• BA in English and BA in anthropology, Webster University
• Areas of responsibility: natural gas and LNG, gas processing
Mike Rhodes
Technical Editor

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

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

• 33 years of experience in information systems
• Principal partner with Exida.com, a company that does consulting training and support for safetycritical and high availability process information


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