MWDPTC Schedule At-A-Glance



9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. UPPAC Meeting – Windsor A Room

1:30 – 2:00 p.m. INPAA Members Only Meeting – Windsor C Room

2:00 – 3:30 p.m. INPAA Meeting – Windsor C Room

4:00 – 5:30 p.m. Indiana 811 Excavator Preview – Windsor A Room



9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Golf Tournament at Donald Ross Course, French Lick Resort (Shotgun start at 10:00 a.m.), sponsored by Duke Energy

9:00 a.m. –  12:00 noon. Clay Pigeon Shooting at Sporting Clay’s Range at the West Baden Stables, sponsored by US Hydrovac Inc.

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon. Horseback Riding at The Stables, French Lick Resort, sponsored by Indiana Michigan Power

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch available for golfers at Hagen’s Club House restaurant

12:00 noon. Lunch for Clay Pigeon Shooting and Horseback Riding attendees at West Baden

1:30 – 4:00 p.m. Exhibitor Registration and Setup

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Scholarship Sweets (Scholarship Attendees Orientation/Meet & Greet/Reception)

2:00 – 7:30 p.m. General Conference Registration

5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Boogie Woogie Bash (Welcome Reception), sponsored by USIC



7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Continued Conference Registration

7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Opening Breakfast, sponsored by Citizens Energy Group

8:30 – 9:45 a.m. Welcome and Keynote Speaker, Mark Nutsch, sponsored by Orbital Sidekick – Hoosier Ballroom

9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Expo Hall Open

10:10 – 11:00 a.m. SESSION BLOCK 1

  • Violence in Your Workplace: Prevention & Response; Presenter: Carol S. Dodgen, Owner/Dodgen Security – Windsor A Room
  • Rising to the Challenge – “50 in 5” Industry Challenge to Cut Damages in Half by 2028; Presenter: Khrysanne Kerr, Vice President of Marketing & Outreach/Common Ground Alliance (CGA) – Windsor B Room
  • IN ORBIT – Routine Infrastructure Monitoring Solutions from Space are Taking Off!!; Presenter: Peter Weaver, Vice President, Business Development/Orbital Sidekick – Windsor C Room
  • A Comprehensive Look at Private Utility Locates; Presenters: Larry Oliver, Vice President/Mason Private Locating; Jake Mason, President/Mason Private Locating; Eric Mandery, Client Relationship Manager/Mason Private Locating; Brad Mason, Operations Manager/Mason Private Locating – Clifton A Room
  • Risk vs. Reward: Preventing Loss and Increasing Profitability; Presenter: A.J. Manion, Founding Partner/Manion Stigger, LLP, a Construction Law Firm – Clifton B Room

11:10 a.m. – 12 noon. SESSION BLOCK 2

  • Dialing in your Reticular Activation System (RAS) for Ultimate Success; Presenter: John Brix, International Safety Speaker – Windsor A Room
  • Damage Prevention: A PHMSA Perspective; Presenter: Massoud Tahamtani, Deputy Associate Administrator, Policy and Programs/PHMSA – Windsor B Room
  • Preventing Accidents with Confined Space Training; Presenter: Robert Wagner, Vice President/Fusion Safety and Business Solutions – Windsor C Room
  • Indiana’s Damage Prevention Stakeholder Group – Purpose and Objectives – A Panel Discussion; Presenters: Steve Allen, Executive Director of Pipeline Safety/Energy Worldnet, Inc.; Lisa Robbins, Utility Coordination Program Manager/HWC Engineering; Aaron Holeman, Senior Pipeline Safety Engineer, Pipeline Safety Division/Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC); Kurt Youngs, President/Youngs Excavating, Inc; Janice Long, HR/Safety Director/Atlas Excavating, Inc.; Rusty Poore, Senior Damage Prevention Coordinator/CenterPoint Energy; Blaine Walters, Operations Manager/USIC; Justin Sell, Executive Director/Indiana 811 – Clifton A Room
  • Tips and Tricks for Advanced Locating; Presenter: Casey McCorquodale, National Sales Director/Stake Center Locating – Clifton B Room

12 noon – 1:00 p.m. Lunch, sponsored by Miller Pipeline + Grand Prize Giveaway

12:30 – 1:45 p.m. Featured Speaker, Lee Shelby, sponsored by CenterPoint Energy – Hoosier Ballroom

1:45-2:30 p.m. Dessert & Mingle in Expo Hall

2:30 – 3:20 p.m. SESSION BLOCK 3

  • UPPAC: The Who What & How; Presenters: Ben Warren, Director Gas Transmission & Distribution | Energy Operations/Citizens Energy Group, and the UPPAC Committee Members: Scott Sontag, Rick Smith, Justin Sell, Bruce Dickie, Angie DeKemper and Blaine Walters – Windsor A Room
  • Planning for Success in Locating for Municipalities; Presenter: Randy Weathers, MS4 Supervisor/The City of Greenwood – Windsor B Room
  • Utility Coordination for Utilities; Presenter: Bill Read, Utility and Railroad Engineer, Seymour District – Windsor C Room
  • Best Practices for Managing High-Profile/High-Risk Assets; Presenter: Tom Hall, Vice President of Business Development/KorTerra, Inc. – Clifton A Room
  • Resources for Effective Traffic Management; Presenters: Marisah Darling, Office/Account Manager/Protection Plus, Inc.; Billy Ingles, Operations Director/Protection Plus, Inc. – Clifton B Room

3:30 – 4:20 p.m. SESSION BLOCK 4

  • Historical Pipeline Events and Lessons Learned; Presenter: Steve Roberts M.Ed., Vice President of Training/Paradigm; David Wilkerson, Senior Public Awareness Consultant/Paradigm – Windsor A Room
  • Maximize Your Pro-ductivity with Exactix Pro Ticket Entry; Presenter: Kristin Swank, Web Training Specialist II/Indiana 811 – Windsor B Room
  • Natural Gas Safety for First Responders and Contractors; Presenter: Mike Miller, Public Safety Trainer/NIPSCO – Windsor C Room
  • Proposed Changes to IC 8-1-26 in 2024, Indiana’s “Dig Law”; Presenter: Kurt Youngs, President/Youngs Excavating, Inc. – Clifton A Room
  • The Latest Advancements in CCTV for Utility Locates; Presenters: Larry Oliver, Vice President/Mason Private Locating; Jake Mason, President/Mason Private Locating; Eric Mandery, Client Relationship Manager/Mason Private Locating; Brad Mason, Operations Manager/Mason Private Locating – Clifton B Room

4:45 – 5:30 p.m. Door Prize Reception in Expo Hall. & refreshments, sponsored by BOSS Solutions

5:00 – 5:30 p.m. – Expo Hall closes



8:00 – 11:00 a.m. Continued Conference Registration

8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Breakfast, sponsored by GridHawk LLC

9:00 – 9:50 a.m.   SESSION BLOCK 5, All-Conference Session on the Indiana Dig Law, Hosted by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission

  • Review of New 811 Regulations Taking Effect in 2024; Presenters: Beth Heline, General Counsel/Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC); Jeremy Comeau, Assistant General Counsel/Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) – Hoosier Ballroom

10:10 – 11:00 a.m.   SESSION BLOCK 6

  • Enhancing Safety & Efficiency in Your One Call System with Damage Prevention; Presenters: Indiana 811 Education and Outreach Team: Lauryn Luckey, Education and Outreach Manager; McKennah Heckman, Education and Outreach Specialist; Mason Hubner, Education and Outreach Specialist; Johnna Bingham, Education and Outreach Specialist; Maddie McCaughey, INPAA Program Manager – Windsor A Room
  • Subconscious Communication Hacks; Presenter: John Brix, International Safety Speaker – Windsor B Room
  • The Beginning Of The End Of Crossbores?Presenters: Danny Hixon, Founder and CEO/Hixon Consultants LLC; Michael Hassey, CTO and Chief Engineer/Hixon Consultants LLC – Windsor C Room