By Ben DuBose
HOUSTON -- Downstream executives and key market players descended upon the River Oaks Country Club this past Friday (Oct. 19) for Hydrocarbon Processing's 39th annual HPI Forecast and Breakfast.
The event marked the annual release of the HPI Market Data book, a 98-page issue with keen market insight into sectors such as refining, natural gas/LNG, petrochemicals, maintenance/equipment and health, safety and environment.
Each year, company leaders rely on the information from the book to refine their marketing strategies, recognize emerging trends and discover new opportunities and areas of growth.
At the Oct. 19 event, magazine editors unveiled their forecast for the coming year, which includes a projected 3.6% increase in yearly HPI spending. Further forecast details can be found in the news story for the event.
Included below are select images from the breakfast presentation.
Numerous attendees took the opportunity to network at the pre-breakfast coffee reception.
Gulf Publishing Company CEO John Royall welcomed guests to the annual event.
Hydrocarbon Processing publisher Bret Ronk introduced his team of editors.
Stephany Romanow, editor of the magazine, shared her outlook for the refining sector.
Process editor Adrienne Blume offered thoughts on the natural gas/LNG industry.
Online editor Ben DuBose evaluated changes within the petrochemical market.
Technical editor Billy Thinnes discussed possible policy changes within safety HPI regulations.
US Rep. Pete Olson (R-Texas) concluded the event by delivering the keynote address,
sharing thoughts on the energy renaissance in Texas and America.
Organizers partnered with the Houston Food Bank (pictured right, Ashley Estes) for charitable donations.
For more information on the HPI Market Data book, please click here.
If you would like a copy of the PowerPoint slides from the presentation, email HP here.