Young Executives Winter Conference

Come aboard the Queen Mary on February 6 - 8, 2019 for the PEI Young Executives Conference!  This annual conference  is designed for tomorrow's owners and managers in the petroleum and energy handling equipment and services industry.  Registration will open in December 2018.

2018 Conference Schedule

Wednesday, February 7, 2018
  1:00 p.m. $50 PRE-EVENT Scavenger Hunt (Register Here) - Meet in Hermitage Hotel Lobby
  6:00 p.m. RDM Welcome Station (badge pickup and check-in) - Hermitage Hotel Lobby
  6:30 p.m. Welcome Reception - Hermitage Hotel Lobby
  7:00 p.m. "Diamonds & Denim" Dinner sponsored by Performance Ink Inc. - Hermitage Hotel Grand Ballroom

Thursday, February 8, 2018
  8:00 a.m. Breakfast - Hermitage Hotel Veranda
  9:00 a.m. Industry Panel - Hermitage Hotel Grand Ballroom:

  • Robert Peavey: 2018 PEI president (PumpTex Inc.)
  • Craig Hoyer: 2017 PEI president (Kubat Equipment & Service Co.)
  • Blair Shwedo: 2009 PEI president (SouthEastern Petroleum Systems Inc.
  • Sara Beck: PEI Women and former PEI board member (Meco Inc. (Montgomery))
  • Brad Baker: former PEI board and YE member (Husky Corp.)

11:30 a.m. Lunch - Hermitage Hotel Veranda
12:30 p.m. Discussion Roundtables - Hermitage Hotel Grand Ballroom
  2:30 p.m. Conference adjourns for the day
  6:30 p.m. Networking Reception - Hermitage Hotel Veranda

Friday, February 9, 2018
  8:00 a.m. Breakfast - Hermitage Hotel Veranda
  9:00 a.m. Keynote: Garrison Wynn - Hermitage Hotel Grand Ballroom
12:30 p.m. Conclusion

YE Conference Hotel











The Hermitage Hotel

 231 6th Ave. N.

Nashville, TN  37219


PEI is offering to the first 50 YE registrants who book rooms at The Hermitage Hotel an additional $40 discount per night on Feb. 7 and 8, 2018 — a net $239 room rate. Otherwise, the guaranteed PEI negotiated room rate at The Hermitage is $279 a night if booked by noon on Monday, Jan. 8.   

To book a room at The Hermitage Hotel:

  1. Register for the 2018 PEI Young Executives Conference.
  2. Call The Hermitage at 888-888-9414.
  3. Mention block code "1802PETROL."


Speaker Bio

“If the world agreed on what’s best, everybody would choose the best and nothing else would be considered. Decision-making doesn’t work that way.”

 − Garrison Wynn


KEYNOTE SESSION: The Real Truth About Success: What the Most Influential Do Differently

Garrison Wynn, the 2018 keynote, wrote the book "The Real Truth About Success: What the Top 1% Do Differently, Why They Won't Tell You, and How You Can Do It Anyway!"

YE members will learn how to jump from being great at what they do to understanding and developing the qualities, products, services and leadership styles customers and employees want.





PEI Executive Panel Session

As for new educational and networking offerings, a panel of five industry experts will engage throughout the conference to mentor PEI Young Executives. The conversational panel, “What I Would Tell My Younger Self,” promises to be 100 percent audience-driven and PowerPoint-free. 

Panelists are: 2018 PEI President Robert J. Peavey, president of PumpTex Inc.; 2017 PEI President and former YE member Craig Hoyer, president of Kubat Equipment & Service Co.; PEI Women and former PEI board member Sara Beck, chairman and CEO of Meco Inc. (Montgomery); 2009 PEI President Blair D. Shwedo Sr., president of SouthEastern Petroleum Systems Inc.; and former PEI board and YE member Brad Baker, executive vice president of Husky Corp.



Cancellations must be submitted in writing no later than 30 days before the event to Please include registration confirmation number if possible.

All cancellations will be assessed a $25 administrative fee. Cancellations received within 30 days of the event are not eligible for refunds. Transfers of registration to another person within your company can be made without penalty at any time. To transfer a registration after badges have been mailed, please bring the badge to the on-site PEI registration counter. 


2018 Diamonds & Denim Sponsor:

Performance Ink


2018 Welcome Station Sponsor:



“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.