GPA Midstream Convention infused with enthusiasm and energy to meet industry challenges

By Travis E. Poling

The 2023 GPA Midstream Convention wrapped Wednesday morning in San Antonio after more than 50 programs, forums, meetings and inspirational talks.

“Attendance went up again this year, and it showed people are excited about what's happening in the midstream industry,” said Joel Moxley, president and CEO of GPA Midstream.

"U.S. crude oil, natural gas, and NGL production is at historically high levels," Moxley said. “The midstream industry is moving it all, and doing it more efficiently than ever before. That makes what happens at the convention even more important as our great volunteers who participate in safety, technical, and advocacy committees come together to discuss their goals for the year ahead. Their willingness to share time and expertise are vital to our industry's future success.”

Attendance at this year’s convention was 1,758, up 5.4% from last year. About a quarter of the attendees were GPA Midstream members, 56% were GPSA members, and the rest were non-members, said Melodi Foster, director of meetings and events.

“I hope we see even bigger numbers next year with people bringing that same enthusiasm,” Moxley said. “Our annual convention is the 'Super Bowl' of our year, and we hope that it serves as a kickoff for people to stay engaged throughout the year.”

Foster said the Professional Women’s Networking event Rockin’ Your Personal Brand: Strategies for Elevating Your Industry Presence was well attended and received.

An executive roundtable discussion on the future opportunities and challenges for the midstream industry drew a standing room crowd with 400 showing up to a session planned for up to 300 people.

An update on GPA Midstream's Let's Clear the Air campaign drew a full house to hear the latest on the association's consumer education campaign.

Attendees enjoyed the Vendor Night opening reception, and a host of sponsored hospitalities Monday and Tuesday night that included a New Orleans-themed room, casino night, dueling pianos, and whiskey and tequila samplings.

Future meeting dates are confirmed for San Antonio’s Marriott Rivercenter through 2026. Foster said locations are still being finalized, but the convention will return to a schedule of other cities alternating with San Antonio beginning in 2027.