More than 150 exhibitors from all over the U.S. will display the very latest products modern technology has to offer at the 53 rd Gas Compressor Institute, April 19-20, in Liberal, Kansas.

“The purpose of the first Institute was much the same 53 years ago as it is today,” said Chairman Jim Wilson of Hugoton, to provide training on core subjects as well as cutting edge technology for natural gas industry personnel.” Show Coordinator Reenie Jackson said all 150 inside booths are sold out, with several on the waiting list. Several vendors will have outside exhibits as well.

For these 53 years, the Gas Compressor Institute has provided unique educational opportunities for the petroleum and natural gas industry. Under the guidance of the Southwest Petroleum Industry Education Committee and with management support provided by Seward County Community College, the Gas Compressor Institute has steadily grown in size and stature, and gained a national reputation for excellence.

The organizing committee is especially proud to showcase this year’s show with its online information and registration service at

Keynote Speaker for April 19 will be Karen Buchwald Wright, CEO, President and Owner of Ariel Corporations, one of the worlds leading manufacturers of natural gas compressors. She earned her BA from St. Olaf College in Northfield MN and says she ended up in her present position by “being born in the right family.”

Kicking the events of April 20 will be Keynote Speaker Steve Guy, Vice President of Operations for ONEOK Field Services Company and ONEOK Gas Transportation, LLC. Guy joined Oklahoma Natural Gas Company in 1976 as an engineer trainee and has held successive positions of increasing responsibility in Shawnee, Tulsa and Enid prior to being named Operating Manager of the Northern District in 1982.

Highlighting this year’s exciting and fact filled sessions will again be one entitled Hot New Products, a rapid-fire presentation of industry innovations. A new session this year will be H 2 S Certification. Participants will be certified and receive documentation upon the completion of these classes. Compressor Maintenance and Repair, back by popular demand, will have Session’s l & 2 with presentations by industry leaders in the areas of maintenance and support. Topics included in this panel will be Laser Alignment and Precision Measurement. Other topics include Air Regulations, Gas Turbines and Oil Analysis.

This year features the 2 nd Annual Breeze Masters Scramble Golf Tournament, a four-person scrambles, April 18.

Registration for the Gas Compressor Institute is $75 before April 12 and $85 after that date. To register, contact the Office of Business & Industry, Seward County Community College, Liberal, Kansas, at 620-629-2650 or For online registration, motel availability and other information, direct your web browser to

Members of the Gas Compressor Planning Committee are Jim Wilson-Great Plains Gas Compression, Hugoton, chair; David Miller, Hoerbiger Service, Inc., Liberal, first vice-chair, ; Terry McBride-The Hanover Company, Yukon, Okla., second vice-chairman; Jay Bauer, Compressor Systems, Inc., Perryton, Texas; Frank Chavez, Cooper Compression, Littleton, Colo.; Ken Croy, Swagelok, Liberal; Ken Davis, Foley Equipment, Dodge City; Bob Delay, ONEOK Field Services, Medicine Lodge; Travis Dunagan, Kinder Morgan, Lakin; Steve Duran, FW Murphy, Tulsa, Okla.; Charles Ferguson, Panhandle Eastern Pipeline, Liberal; John Garren DISCO, Elk City, Okla.; Marion Gayman, Cooper Energy Services, Claremore, Okla.; Jim Graves ONEOK Field Services, Ulysses; Jim Greeson, Exline, Inc. Coweta, Okla.; Terry Hall, Cook, Compressor Group, Mooreland, Okla.; Tom Kitts, Rotary Compressor Systems Inc., Amarillo, Texas; Mike McCoy, Altronic, Inc., Tulsa, Okla.; Randy Ogden, Simons Petroleum, Woodward, Okla.; Dan Sattler, Exline Ignition &Automation, Scott City; Galen Smith, Pioneer Natural Resources, Ulysses; Jack Taylor, Liberal Chamber of Commerce, Liberal; Colleen Towns, City of Liberal; Bulent Turan, TPS, Monument, Colo.; Don Ukens, Wireless Data Communications, Liberal; Walt Walicek, BP, Ulysses; Jim Wensauer, Reynolds-French, Tulsa, Okla.; Bill Whitehead, Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline, Lyons; Barry Woods, Chrome Machine & Casting, Bushland, Texas; and Reenie Jackson, Doug Brown, Elizabeth Dominguez, Dale Reed and Andy Yoxall at SCCC.
The Seward County Community College Board of Trustees met Monday to discuss programs and employ a number of individuals.

Dr. Duane Dunn gave an update of the challenge course, which included goals of the program, letters of support and visits with area businesses and organizations.

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