WASHINGTON – The INGAA Foundation’s board of directors elected Robert A. Riess, Sr., president and chief executive officer of Sheehan Pipe Line Construction Company, as its new chairman for a one year-term.
“Rob has extensive experience in pipeline construction, and he understands what it takes to build a natural gas pipeline safely and on time. This experience and insight make him ideally suited to take the reins as chairman of the INGAA Foundation for the coming year,” said Foundation President and CEO Don Santa.
The INGAA Foundation brings together pipeline operators and contractors – including construction companies, pipe mills, engineering companies, consultants, environmental and safety groups and others – to facilitate the efficient construction and safe and reliable operation of the North American natural gas pipeline system. The Foundation’s flagship study, a long-term forecast of midstream natural gas, oil and NGL infrastructure needs, is slated to be updated in 2016. The report was last updated in 2014.
“I’m excited about taking the helm of the INGAA Foundation,” Riess said. “My priority in the coming year is to help build an even stronger safety and quality culture within the pipeline industry. Last year, we expanded the Foundation’s safety committee to include quality. We believe it is imperative to ensure that the materials and services provided to the pipeline industry are of the highest quality to ensure both public and worker safety.”
The board also elected Tom Hutchins, vice president of Environment, Health and Safety, for Kinder Morgan, as vice chairman.