The GPA Midstream Association has been engaged in shaping the midstream sector of the U.S. energy industry since 1921: setting and adopting standards for natural gas liquids; developing simple and reproducible test methods to define the industry’s raw materials and products; managing a cooperative research program that is used worldwide; providing a voice for our industry on Capitol Hill; being the go-to resource for a multitude of technical reports and publications; and so much more. Our annual GPA Midstream Convention has become the meeting place for midstream professionals from around the globe.
We are the primary advocates for a sustainable Midstream Industry focused on enhancing the viability of natural gas, natural gas liquids and crude oil. We provide local, regional and global forums to develop standards, conduct industry research, educate our workforce and improve operational safety. As advocates, we work with legislators and regulators to promote a safe and viable Midstream Industry.
Joel Moxley is president and CEO of GPA Midstream and is responsible for the strategic leadership of the organization. Prior to his appointment, Moxley served as chief commercial officer for Southcross Energy Partners/Southcross Holdings from 2015 - 2019 and was responsible for overseeing the company's gas gathering, gas treating, gas processing, natural gas liquids (NGL) fractionation and gas and NGL marketing assets in Texas, Mississippi and Alabama. Prior to Southcross, Moxley led Crestwood Equity Partners as senior vice president, operations services, and served as chief operating officer for Crestwood Midstream Partners. He also has held executive roles focused on commercial activities within Crosstex Energy, Enterprise Products Partners, El Paso Corp. and PG&E Corp. Moxley served as GPA Midstream chairman of the board from 2013 - 2015. Under his leadership, the association opened a Washington, D.C., office to increase the midstream industry's involvement in federal legislative and regulatory issues. More recently, he led a strategic review of the association in 2016 - 2017, which resulted in a number of key changes within the organization that have been implemented within the last two years.
Johnny Dreyer is senior vice president and Corporate Secretary of GPA Midstream and is responsible for the many of the day-to-day operations of the organization. He provides counsel and direction for the annual GPA Midstream Convention and also serves as the interface between GPA Midstream and its domestic chapters and international affiliated organizations. Dreyer joined GPA Midstream in 1994 as director of industry affairs. In that role he oversaw and provided direction to GPA Midstream’s legislative and regulatory affairs activities, including all committees and subcommittees. Dreyer was elected secretary in 2007, and his title changed to senior vice president and corporate secretary in 2013. Prior to joining GPA Midstream, Dreyer worked for Texaco’s Natural Gas and Liquids Division from 1981 to 1994. He holds a Bachelor of Administration in business management from Southern Nazarene University.
Matthew Hite is GPA Midstream's vice president of government affairs and leads the association's federal advocacy activities in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining GPA Midstream in January 2015, Hite served as policy counsel and committee executive to the Environment, Technology & Regulatory Affairs Division at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. In that role, he handled a variety of environmental issues and also managed the Chamber's Environment and Agriculture Committee, the policymaking body for environment and agriculture issues and initiatives. Before joining the Chamber, he spent close to a decade working on Capitol Hill. He was senior counsel to Ranking Member Jim Inhofe (R-OK) on the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works where he handled a number of environmental, agency oversight and regulatory issues. Prior to that, he worked on energy and environmental issues for congressional members from Alaska, Idaho and Ohio. Hite holds a Juris Doctor from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Rochester.
Martin Erne joined GPA Midstream as director of technical services in February 2015 and directs the association's research and technical iniatives. Prior to joining GPA Midstream, Erne worked as an engineering project manager for DCP Midstream, managing projects including custody transfer meter stations, pipeline laterals and connections. Prior to that, he worked in various engineering roles for Lamons, S&B Engineers and Constructors, Neptec USA and Jacobs Engineering. He joined Jacobs Engineering in 2007 as a project engineer, where he was responsible for managing the design, construction, testing and certification of International Space Station (ISS) intravehicular activity hardware and providing real-time support for ISS flight crew equipment. Before that, he worked as a flight planner for the United Space Alliance where he provided real-time support of space shuttle missions for the Shuttle Mission Control Center. Erne holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Ohio State University and a Master of Science in engineering management from the University of Houston.
Crystal Myers is responsible for establishing and developing a strong association brand and is responsible for the management and delivery of all association communications and events. She joined GPA Midstream as director of communications in January 2013 and worked in a communications role for the association on a contract basis since early 2007 as GPA Midstream’s account lead at Dollahon Public Relations. Prior to that, she worked for ConocoPhillips' corporate communications and transportation divisions with focus on internal communications at the company's headquarters in Houston. Myers holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism with emphasis in public relations from Oklahoma State University.
Charlotte Sawyer, manager of government affairs, joined GPA Midstream in April 2017 in the association's Washington, D.C.-based office. Before joining GPA Midstream, Sawyer served as external affairs manager for the National Review Institute (NRI) and ran its D.C. satellite office for about two years, working with Congress and state-based think tanks to help NRI better convey NRI's policy messages to their audiences and constituents. Prior to NRI, Sawyer worked at the Washington Free Beacon researching policies and issues and writing. She has also worked at the Hudson Institute. Her GPA Midstream responsibilities include participating in the implementation and management of the organization's federal legislative strategies and serving as one of the association's lobbyists before the U.S. Congress and federal agencies. Sawyer holds a Bachelor of Arts in politics and history from Ave Maria University in Florida.