Eleven organizations and individuals were honored at Natural Gas Vehicles for America’s (NGVAmerica) 2019 Industry Summit and Annual Meeting for their contributions toward the advancement of natural gas as a transportation fuel.  These annual awards are awarded to nominees from all stakeholder segments, including but not limited to: NGV industry equipment and service suppliers, policy-makers, customers and clean-air/clean transportation advocates.  Nominees’ disciplines include education, government relations/policy development, public relations/communications, marketing, technology and operations/applications, among others.

“We are genuinely proud to award these hardworking individuals and organizations for the work that they do and the communities that they serve,” said NGVAmerica President Daniel Gage.  “Because of their contributions, we are moving to make communities healthier with fewer emissions through the increased use of readily-available natural gas as a transportation fuel.”
The 2019 NGV Achievement Award Recipients are:

BC Transit, Natural Gas Transit Fleet Program. Under the leadership of Chief Executive Officer Erinn Pinkerton, BC Transit has quickly become a recognized leader in the deployment of CNG-powered buses, not only in British Columbia, Canada but across the rest of North America.

City of Philadelphia, Natural Gas Fleet Program. The City of Philadelphia has started its transition from diesel refuse trucks to CNG and has contracted with Clean Energy to retrofit its South 63rd Street garage to make it CNG compliant as well as design, build, operate and maintain a 43-truck private time-fill CNG station (with room for expansion).

Southern Company, Gas NGV Utility Leadership. Southern Company Gas, through its Atlanta Gas Light (AGL) subsidiary, has been a leader in developing the NGV market since the early days of the industry.

Rob Adams, Lifetime Achievement Award. With 35 years of dedicated service to the CNG market, Rob Adams is a well-known and valued resource to the NGV industry.  With over 200 station projects and about 50 garage upgrade projects, Rob is one of the most experienced CNG infrastructure design engineers and is known for novel solutions for the most challenging station projects.

Pat Riley, Lifetime Achievement Award. Pat Riley has worked in the natural gas industry for 39 years with numerous accomplishments and association recognition for his efforts.

Mike Casteel, Exemplary NGV Industry Leadership. Casteel recently retired as Director of Fleet Procurement for UPS.  Today he serves as senior advisor with NGVA member TruStar Energy.  As a strong advocate of alternative fuel solutions, Mike has championed the adaptation of natural gas across the country.

Bert Kalisch, Exemplary NGV Industry Leadership. Bert Kalisch became President & CEO of the American Public Gas Association in 2004.  He led the effort to create two new foundations, the APGA Research Foundation and the Security & Integrity Foundation.

Dave McCurdy, Exemplary NGV Industry Leadership. Dave McCurdy joined the American Gas Association (AGA) as president and CEO in February of 2011, retiring earlier this year. He led the association during a natural gas renaissance due to advanced technology that has made domestic energy from shale formations abundant and affordable.

T.J. Noland, NGV Horizon Award. TJ Noland is currently the Southern Regional Sales & Marketing Manager at CenterPoint Energy, where he drives market growth and new programs in natural gas including CNG station, high density and large master planned residential and Federal GSA contracts.

Susan Shifflett, NGV Horizon Award. Susan M. Shifflett, President of the Texas Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance and President of S3-Serivces, has worked in the natural gas and propane vehicle markets for 25 years.

Oklahoma State Rep. Terry O’Donnell, NGV Public Policy Champion. OK State Representative O’Donnell has been a longtime advocate in the Oklahoma State Capitol for the increased use of natural gas in transportation.
In conjunction with the North American Commercial Vehicle Show, the 2019 NGVAmerica Industry Summit began Monday and continues through today at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA.