Young Executives Winter Conference

The annual Young Executives Winter Conference is held each year and is designed exclusively for those who are poised to be tomorrow's owners and managers in the petroleum and energy handling equipment and services industry.  

The two-day Winter Conference provides younger employees of PEI member companies a separate environment for building industry relationships. From networking to leadership development, the program encourages an exchange of ideas with peers on the challenges of everyday business. The conference is designed to help those who are poised to be tomorrow's owners and managers.

During the conference, Young Executives network in both formal and informal settings, and learn from prominent and accomplished industry leaders. The Winter Conference features some of the most popular speakers in the industry in a relaxed environment that encourages out-of-the-box thinking. 

The next YE Winter Conference will be held February 8-10, 2017, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Registration opens in October 2016. 

2017 Conference Schedule

Wednesday, February 8, 2017
6:30 p.m. Welcome Reception and dinner

Thursday, February 9, 2017
9:00 a.m. Robert Renkes - Industry Growth and Outlook
10:00 a.m. Break
11:30 a.m. Lunch Break
12:30 p.m. YE Discussion Groups
2:30 p.m. Conference adjourns for the day
6:30 p.m. Reception 

Friday, February 10, 2017
9:00 a.m. Ryan Estis - The Communication Revolution 
10:30 a.m. Break
12:30 p.m. Conclusion

YE Conference Hotel

The Caribe Hilton is an upscale beachfront resort is 2.3 miles from La Fortaleza and 2.7 miles from Castillo San Felipe del Morro in Old San Juan.

The bright rooms (some with ocean views) have private balconies, free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, plus minifridges and coffeemakers. Suites feature separate living areas, and some add kitchenettes and/or whirlpool tubs. Room service is available.

The property has multiple dining options, including an Asian restaurant, a steakhouse and a tapas bar. There's also a spa and an outdoor pool with a swim-up bar, plus a fitness center and private beach access. For more information, or to view photos of the resort, click here

Speakers Bio

RYAN ESTIS is the former Chief Strategy Officer for a $200 million division of McCann-Erickson Advertising and now serves as the Chief Experience Officer in his growing training and development organization.

A leading expert on business performance, leadership, sales effectiveness and the future of work, Ryan has been recognized as one of the best keynote speakers in America by Meetings & Conventions Magazine alongside Tony Robbins, Bill Gates, Coach Ditka and Marcus Buckingham.

Estis serves as a faculty member for the Institute for Management Studies, is a Sr. Associate with Employer Brand International, an advisory member on the SmartBrief Workforce Council and is a certified Human Capital Strategist.

You can connect with him through his popular blog


ROBERT RENKES is Executive Vice President and General Counsel of the Petroleum Equipment Institute (PEI) and the Yoda of all things petroleum equipment.

He began his career with PEI in 1979 and has served in his present position since 1987. Renkes will retire is July 2016. 


“The PEI Young Executives Winter Conference has been hugely instrumental in developing my career at McCon and within the petroleum equipment industry as a whole.  The conference provides inspirational speakers as well as industry-specific education and collaboration that have been invaluable both professionally and personally. More importantly, as a member of Young Executives I have had the opportunity to forge friendships with leaders in our industry who will be responsible for guiding and inspiring the industry’s future.” 

Maggie Lawson, Project Manager, McCon Building and Petroleum Services, Inc. 

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2016 Registered Attendee List