AMPP Gulf Coast Conference

AMPP Gulf Coast Conference

AMPP Gulf Coast Conference

Leading innovations in coatings and corrosion control

Welcome to the inaugural AMPP Gulf Coast Conference—your gateway to the latest in coatings and corrosion, tailored for the unique challenges of the U.S. Gulf Coast region. Hosted by the AMPP Houston Chapter, this landmark event invites industry trailblazers and specialists to convene, connect, and converse on groundbreaking solutions and trends in corrosion prevention and materials performance.

Delve into a specialized one-day rectifier class, designed to enhance your understanding of rectifier operation, functionality, and essential troubleshooting techniques. This foundational course is just a glimpse of the educational wealth offered at this premier conference.

Set in the hub of AMPP’s headquarters, the conference is perfectly positioned at the intersection of innovation and industry. Join us at the AMPP Gulf Coast Conference for an experience that promises to enlighten, inspire, and propel you to new professional heights.

Read the official event press release: AMPP Gulf Coast Area to Host Inaugural Conference in Houston

Call for abstracts

Call for abstracts

Become a valuable contributor by sharing your expertise, experience, and research with the top professionals in the coatings and corrosion industry. Don't miss this opportunity to showcase your knowledge and present to the best in the field!

We are looking for presentations on the following topics:

Corrosion - Submit abstract

  • Mega Rule
  • AC Mitigation
  • AC/DC Interference
  • Internal/External Tank CP and corrosion (Oil/Gas or Water)
  • Internal Corrosion (Pipelines)
  • Any Carbon Capture or Green Energy specific corrosion issues
  • Vapor Corrosion Inhibitor (under tank or in casings)
  • Standards update for AC monitoring and criteria
  • Hydrogen product lines

Coatings - Submit abstract

  • Surface Preparation
  • Pipeline Coatings
  • Maintenance Coatings
  • Inspections – Demo’s, New or improved Technologies
  • Cryogenic Coatings – LNG, Hydrogen, Butane, Propane Services
  • Biofuels, Hydrogen, Renewable Fuels
  • Bridging the Gap
  • Cost Saving Ideas
  • Market Segments – Water, Wastewater, Power, Energy, manufacturing, EV, Wind, Solar

Important deadlines:
Deadline for Abstracts: April 1, 2024
Deadline for Presentation: July 1, 2024

Registration

Register by June 24th to save up to $100! 

Register for the full conference and gain access to a wealth of resources: immerse yourself in expert-led technical presentations with access to a copy for each, earn 10 Professional Development Hours, enjoy a complimentary drink at networking events, explore cutting-edge solutions in the exhibit hall, and savor lunch on us on Tuesday. It's an all-inclusive pass to elevate your professional edge at the AMPP Gulf Coast Conference!

A discount is available for groups of 10 or more from the same company. Contact Kristie Saber to learn more.

Registration Type Member Price Non-Member Price
Advance Full Registration $300 USD $325 USD Register
Regular Full Registration $400 USD $425 USD Begins June 25, 2024
One-day Registration* $200 USD $225 USD Register
Local One-Day Exhibit Hall Pass** $100 USD $100 USD Register
Student Registration*** Free $20 USD Contact Customer Support

Registration policy

* Attendees gain access to expert-led technical presentations, including a copy of each, earn 10 Professional Development Hours (PDHs), receive a complimentary drink at networking events, explore the latest solutions in the exhibit hall, and enjoy a lunch on Tuesday.

** The Local One-Day Exhibit Hall Pass is specially designed for Houston area attendees. Available for purchase for either Tuesday or Wednesday, this pass offers local attendees exclusive access to the exhibit hall floor, a complimentary lunch on Tuesday, and a drink ticket during the happy hour. This registration does not offer access to the technical presentations.

*** For student registration, please contact customersupport@ampp.org.

Online registration closes on August 2, 2024, and will be available onsite.

Hotel information

Royal Sonesta Houston Galleria
2222 West Loop South
Houston, TX 77027 

Stay in the lively Uptown neighborhood and within minutes of the Galleria Mall, Rice University, Memorial Park, the Houston Zoo, and other top-rated attractions. The Royal Sonesta Houston Galleria features beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites, on-site dining options, a fitness center, an outdoor pool, a jacuzzi, 50,000 square feet of flexible event space, and a business center. 

Rates:

Single/Double - $169 USD

Book Your Room

Group code - 0304AMPP

Reservations must be made by July 13, 2024.

Exhibitors

Attendees of the AMPP Gulf Coast Conference want to learn about the latest products and services in corrosion prevention and mitigation. This gives exhibiting companies the opportunity to showcase how their products and services can be effective in assisting with these concerns.

8’ x 8’ - $550

Exhibit fee includes:

  • 8’x8’ exhibit space (includes one 6’ ft table and two chairs)
  • 1 full conference registration
  • 1 tent card displaying your company name
  • Company name listed on floor plan located on conference website

Additional booth attendants may register for the full conference registration fee

For more information, please reach out to Meghan Hodge

Sponsorships

Sponsorship opportunities at the AMPP Gulf Coast Conference are a powerful channel for leading companies to command the spotlight and capture the undivided attention of key decision-makers and attendees. We go beyond the basics of brand visibility by offering dynamic sponsorship opportunities that ensure your brand is the focal point, consistently engaging with the audience and leaving a lasting impression on every attendee.

Sponsorship opportunities coming soon!

For more information, please reach out to Cindy Patton.

Networking

Houston Chapter’s 12th Annual Clay Shoot
Houston Chapter’s 12th Annual Clay Shoot

Monday, August 5
8 a.m. safety/breakfast with a 9 a.m. start

American Shooting Centers
16500 Westheimer Parkway
Houston, TX 77082

Join us for the Houston Chapter's 12th Annual Clay Shoot, a key event in supporting education through our scholarship program. Your participation directly contributes to the educational futures of promising students. Come for a day of sharpshooting and camaraderie, and help us continue our commitment to empowering the next generation. Let's aim for success together!

More info coming soon.

Opening Reception in the exhibit hall

Monday, August 5
5 – 7 p.m.

A favorite social event, this year’s Opening Reception features hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine, and soft drinks. It is a great opportunity to network with attendees. A cash bar will also be available. Join us as we kick off the inaugural Gulf Coast Conference!

Happy Hour in the exhibit hall

Tuesday, August 6
5 – 6 p.m.

Join us as we close out day two with hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine, and soft drinks. Enjoy this excellent opportunity to network with people in your industry.

Pete's Dueling Piano Bar
Pete's Dueling Piano Bar

Tuesday, August 6
7 – 10 p.m.

 Join us at Pete's Dueling Piano Bar, for a night of great food, music, and networking in celebration of the first-ever AMPP Gulf Coast Conference! Experience the electric atmosphere as A-list pianists on two baby grands perform hits from all eras, with the crowd's energy fueling an unforgettable sing-a-long. Your presence is what makes the night special at Pete's, known for its friendly vibe and high-octane entertainment. Don't miss this unique blend of networking and fun, where every moment is a highlight.

This is a ticked event (Price TBD)

Transportation will be provided to and from the event.

There is a required 21+ ID from all guests upon entry.  Guests will not be permitted to attend without the proper ID.

Conference committee

Cindy Patton, Seal for Life

Conference Chair - Cindy Patton, Seal for Life

Michael Pardo, S&B Engineers and Constructors, Ltd.

Chair - Michael Pardo, S&B Engineers and Constructors, Ltd.

Coatings Track – courtesy of Coating Society of the Houston Area

Will Hon, Specialty Polymer Coatings, Inc.

Vice Chair - Will Hon, Specialty Polymer Coatings, Inc.

Coatings Track – courtesy of Coating Society of the Houston Area

Donald Savoie, Buckeye Partners

Chair - Donald Savoie, Buckeye Partners

Corrosion Track 

Ben Bussard, CONSULEX Corrosion Professionals

Vice Chair - Ben Bussard, CONSULEX Corrosion Professionals

Corrosion Track 

Meghan Hodge, International Paint

Exhibits Chair - Meghan Hodge, International Paint

August 5 -7, 2024
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Rectifier training

Interested in learning the operation, functions, and basic troubleshooting steps for rectifiers?
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Protective Coatings: Basics and Beyond

Interested in learning about surface preparation, selecting the appropriate coatings for specific applications, and identifying common coating defects and failures?
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Schedule

Exhibitor move-in:
Monday, August 5
12 - 5 p.m.

Show hours:
Monday, August 5
5 - 7 p.m.
Tuesday, August 6
8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Wednesday, August 7
8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Exhibitor move-out:
Wednesday, August 7
12 - 2 p.m.


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Basic Cathodic Protection Rectifier Training

Basic Cathodic Protection Rectifier Training

August 5
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
$225.00 (limited spots available) - Includes Opening Reception in the exhibit hall

This class will teach students the operation, functions, and basic troubleshooting steps for rectifiers. It will involve lectures as well as hands-on troubleshooting.

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Presenter: Don Olson - Mobiltex Data Inc.

A long-standing member of AMPP (formerly NACE), Don has been providing training to the industry for 35+ years and has taught thousands of CP professionals.

Don offers rectifier training classes to not only enhance the general knowledge of Cathodic Protection rectifiers but also to aid in selecting the best type of rectifier for the specific application. Classes include discussions on Cathodic Protection fundamentals, general safety practices, design considerations, rectifier types, applications and selection, basic rectifier theory, installation, and maintenance considerations, troubleshooting, and repair, etc. In addition to the theory portion of the class, students can also expect to receive direct hands-on troubleshooting training on rectifier units.

A Certificate of Completion will be presented to attendees after the class. Please note this is not an AMPP course and certificates will be provided by the instructor.

Students are encouraged to bring and use their multimeters for the hands-on troubleshooting part of the class.


Protective Coatings: Basics and Beyond

Protective Coatings: Basics and Beyond Workshop

Coating inspection for the non-coating inspectors and specification writer

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
$225.00 (limited spots available) - Includes Opening Reception in the exhibit hall

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This training session offers valuable insights for Non-Coating Inspectors and Specification Writers. Participants will gain knowledge in crucial areas such as surface preparation, choosing appropriate coatings for specific applications, and recognizing common coating defects and failures. The workshop emphasizes a hands-on inspection approach, equipping attendees with practical skills to assess coating quality. Additionally, participants can earn 8 PDH (Professional Development Hours) credits, making this workshop an outstanding opportunity for professional growth in the field of protective coatings.

This workshop is ideal for inspectors: Non-Coating Inspectors, Engineers and Technicians, Quality Assurance Personnel, Facility Managers, Construction Professionals, Manufacturing Professionals, Environmental and Safety Professionals, Coating Suppliers and Manufacturers, Fabricators.

Opening: Michael Pardo, PCS, S&B Engineers & Constructors

Closing remarks: Michael Pardo, S&B Engineers & Constructors

AMPP staff: Alina Blanco, Exhibits Specialist

Topics presented during this workshop:

  • Introduction to Coatings and their Functions 
  • Different Types of Coatings and their applications
  • Surface Preparation techniques for Coatings Application & Coating Application Methods and Equipment 
  • How to Avoid Coatings Failures
  • Coating Maintenance and Repair
  • Health and Safety Considerations for Coating Applications and Inspections
  • Ensuring Quality and Durability for Coatings with Digital Tools with Hands on Demo of Equipment 
  • Equipment / Coatings Product Demo 
  • Q&A 

Exhibitor Payment & Cancellation Policy: Payment is due at the time of contract submission. If you request to be invoiced, payment is due within 30 days of invoice date. After 30 days of the invoice date, your pre-selected booth space will be forfeited without full payment. You will be required to select another booth space when payment is received. All unpaid booth spaces will remain in "reserved" status until full payment is received. Contracts received less than 30 days prior to event must be paid in full at the time of contract submission.

All requests for cancellation must be submitted in writing. All paid and guaranteed exhibitor booth registrations cancelled in writing at least 30 calendar days or more prior to the start of the event will receive a full refund, less a 10% service fee of the total exhibit space fees; including booth attendant registrations. Paid and guaranteed exhibitor booth registrations cancelled in writing 29 to 15 days prior to the start of the event will receive a refund of 50% of the total exhibit space fees; including booth attendant registrations. No refunds or credit will be issued on cancellation requests received less than 14 days before the event begins. If the conference is cancelled due to Federal, State, or local regulations, exhibitors will receive a full refund.

Standard Registration Policy: Paid registrations cancelled in writing at least 30 calendar days or more prior to the start of the event will receive a full refund, less a 10% service fee. Paid registrations cancelled in writing 29 to 7 calendar days before the starting date of the event will receive a refund of 50% of the registration fee. No refunds or credit will be issued on cancellation requests received less than 7 calendar days before the event begins. Transfer of registration is permitted one time with an accompanying fee of $100.00 USD. Transfers may not be made less than 7 calendar days before the event begins. This policy supersedes any previously published policy regarding the cancellation process for AMPP Conferences.

All requests for transfer or cancellation must be submitted in writing to customersupport@ampp.org. No refund will be processed if the registrant is a no show.

Right to Deny or Remove: We reserve the right to deny registration or admission to, or remove any party from the Conference, in our sole discretion.