Promoting Natural Gas is the Theme of TIPRO's Annual Convention Feb. 24-26 in Houston

Featured Speakers: Entrepreneur Businessman T. Boone Pickens; Apache Corporation's Chair/CEO G. Steven Farris, and Regina Hopper, CEO of America's Natural Gas Alliance

Jan 21, 2010, 16:35 ET from TIPRO

HOUSTON, Jan. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- A forum on the promising future of natural gas is drawing industry leaders to Houston February 24-26 to the Annual Convention of the Texas Independent Producers & Royalty Owners Association. Keynote Presentation Speaker Thursday, Feb. 25 will be Entrepreneurial Businessman T. Boone Pickens; Opening Keynote Speaker will be Apache Corporation's Chairman/CEO G. Steven Farris, and providing a Washington viewpoint will be America's Natural Gas Alliance President/CEO Regina Hopper. The Convention Theme of "Natural Gas Glowing Stronger Every Day" will be demonstrated in displays and exhibits of natural gas vehicles, appliances and more at the Galleria mall which is a first at a TIPRO Convention offering the general public the opportunity to see how they can use high-efficiency, environmentally-friendly resources powered by natural gas.

"We're featuring high-profile speakers who will attract attendees and media attention as we focus on the superiority of the fuel, the dynamics of its growth potential and future markets which is a new and exciting direction for TIPRO," says TIPRO's President Tad Mayfield. "Production innovations have led to an unprecedented level of excitement in the natural gas industry resulting in abundant domestic supply and attributes that point to 'blue as the new green.' We're positioning TIPRO to lead the industry in Texas in touting the benefits of this win-win energy source for our state."

The Convention will be located at the Westin Galleria Hotel, 5600 W. Alabama. Full Convention Registration is available to TIPRO members for $425 and $695 for non-members (before Feb. 1). There will be panel discussions on Creating Markets for Natural Gas, Supply and Price Outlook, and Barnett Shale Issues. In addition to technical presentations, meetings on state and federal issues, and Association business, there also will be the President's Reception and Dinner Thursday evening. There will also be plenty of time set aside for networking with colleagues.

For sponsorship opportunities contact Joanne McCord-Reynolds at 512.477.4452 or e-mail To register for the convention visit For Westin Galleria reservations call 800.228.3000.

TIPRO represents more than 2,000 independent producers and royalty owners in Texas.  Our members include small family-owned companies, the largest publicly traded independents, and large and small mineral estates and trusts.; 512.477.4452