Event Details


April 24 - 25, 2014


Omni William Penn Hotel Pittsburgh, PA


About the Shale Gas Summit

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Join the conversation.

Of the 28,000 members of the Pennsylvania Association of Realtors® (PAR), more than one-quarter are impacted by transactions stemming from development of the Marcellus Shale formation, one of the nation’s most abundant natural gas fields.

In fact, the number of shale wells in Pennsylvania has multiplied more than 50 times since 2007, resulting in significant and sometimes unpredictable changes and challenges to our communities. Perhaps, more than any other profession, Realtors® practicing in shale gas producing areas face the daunting task of managing and responding to a multitude of issues stemming from these complex transactions.

PAR members and others interested in learning more about shale gas drilling—in particular, oil, gas and mineral rights—and its impact on the real estate industry will convene for a summit, April 24 and 25, 2014 at the Omni William Penn Hotel in Pittsburgh, PA.

Guest speakers include some of Pennsylvania’s best and brightest thought leaders—shale gas experts who will lead discussions on community development, leases, titles, valuation, land management, economic impact and housing.

The Shale Gas Summit is supported by the Pennsylvania Association of Realtors® Education Foundation.

Addressing The Issues

April 24


12:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Marcellus Shale Update 2014

Continuing Education (CE) course led by Donald A. Deets, Realtors Educational Institute. *Please note: 1) a separate $20 fee applies to this course [50% off regular admission fee], 2) This course is not approved for Ohio CE credits.

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Emerging Issues in Pennsylvania Oil & Gas

Led by Robert Burnett, Attorney, Houston Harbaugh

4:15 pm - 5:15 pm

General Session: Land and Property Valuations With Shale Development

Led by Jeffrey R. Kern, Senior Appraiser, Resource Technologies Corporation

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Welcome Reception

Join us in the Urban Ballroom for a networking and welcome reception for Summit attendees. Beverages and heavy Hors d'oeuvres served.

April 25


8:30 am - 9:30 am

Economic Impacts of Natural Gas Development

Led by Tom Murphy, Penn State Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research

What's In A Title?

Led by Lawrence Brudy, Esq., Lawrence D. Brudy & Associates, Inc.

9:45 am - 10:45 am

The State of Energy: A Federal and State Perspective

Led by Stephanie Catarino Wissman, Associated Petroleum Industries of PA

A View From The Trenches

Led by Marvin G. Meteer, Wyalusing Township Supervisor, Bradford County

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Natural Gas Impacts on Housing

Led by Bryce Maretzki, Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA)

The Lease of My Worries

Led by Lawrence Brudy, Esq., Lawrence D. Brudy & Associates, Inc.

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Lunch with Keynote Speaker

Our Team of Experts


Bryce Maretzki

Director of Strategic Planning and Policy, Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency

“Natural Gas Impacts on Housing”

Bryce led PHFA’s response to the impact of Marcellus Shale development on housing and community development. Having spent the past 17 years working in public and non-profit organizations, Bryce is committed to revitalizing our cities and towns.  As a practitioner in this sector, he has helped guide policy formation and project implementation on issues from housing and social services for families who are homeless, to county-wide efforts to integrate community development and social services for families surviving poverty in Allegheny County. Bryce holds a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received his Bachelor of Political Science and Urban Studies from Penn State University.


Stephanie Catarino Wissman

Executive Director, Associated Petroleum Industries of PA, A Division of API

“The State of Energy: A Federal and State Perspective”

Stephanie represents API-PA and its members before state and local government, congressional representatives, the media, and more. API-PA is the only national trade association that represents all aspects of America’s technology- driven oil and natural gas industry. Prior to API-PA, Stephanie was the director of government affairs for the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, the largest broad based business advocacy association in Pennsylvania. In this capacity, she lobbied on energy and environmental issues, and general business issues. Stephanie is a graduate of Penn State University.


Lawrence D. Brudy, Esq.

Attorney, Lawrence D. Brudy & Associates, Inc.

“What’s In A Title?” and “The Lease of My Worries”

Lawrence has represented thousands of buyers and sellers in residential real estate transactions, negotiated oil and gas leases for landowners in Pennsylvania, and has produced and certified hundreds of title opinions for oil, gas and coal interests. A licensed Pennsylvania Real Estate Broker, Lawrence specializes in residential/commercial real estate, energy, business and estates.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh, a Master’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University, and his Juris Doctor from the Duquesne University School of Law.  Lawrence has provided continuing education for hundreds of Pennsylvania Realtors® and was honored in 2011 by the Pittsburgh Business Times – Dallas Business Journal – Houston Business Journal as one of the 300 industry leaders in the “Who’s Who in Energy.”

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Robert Burnett

Director, Houston Harbaugh Attorneys at Law

“Emerging Issues in Pennsylvania Oil & Gas”

Attorney Robert J. Burnett represents landowners and royalty owners throughout Pennsylvania in an array of oil and gas matters including lease negotiations, overriding royalties and participation agreements; the implied covenants to develop and market oil/gas; surface access and pipeline right-of-way; and lease preservation, maintenance, and development—including the impact of delay rental and shut-in royalty clauses.  As a member of the Pennsylvania National Association of Royalty Owners (NARO) Legislative Committee, Robert crafts well-reasoned and pragmatic legislation that benefits both landowners and industry. He has been recognized as a “Who’s Who in Energy” by the Pittsburgh Business Times in 2011, 2012, and 2013.

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Jeffrey R. Kern

Senior Appraiser, Resource Technologies Corporation

“Land and Property Valuations With Shale Development”

Jeff, a member of the American Society of Appraisers (ASA) and a certified general appraiser, has taught appraisal and assessment continuing education courses to professionals across the country. He is a member of the American Institute of Mineral Appraisers, the International Association of Assessing Officers, a member of the Board of the International Mineral Economics and Management Society, and the National Association of Independent Fee Appraisers. Jeff is also certified in Pennsylvania as an ad valorem property tax evaluator.

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Tom Murphy

Co-Director, Penn State Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research

“Economic Impacts of Natural Gas Development”

With 28 years of experience working with public officials, researchers, industry, government and landowners, Tom’s work centers on educational consultation in natural resource development, with an emphasis in natural gas exploration. He lectures globally on the issues—from the economics that drive the process (including landowner and surface issues) to environmental aspects, drilling, infrastructure, and resource utilization.  This ranges from environmental risk mitigation strategy to legal and regulatory implications of energy development in local communities.  According to Tom, examining the role of “social license” is a vital feature of the shale dialogue prior to and during the energy development phase. Tom is a graduate of Penn State University.

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Marvin G. Meteer

Wyalusing Township Supervisor, Bradford County

“A View From The Trenches”

As Chair of the Wyalusing Township Board of Supervisors and an appointee to the Bradford County Natural Gas Task Force, Marvin is a respected elected official who has participated as a speaker or panelist at several natural gas related conferences across the Commonwealth since development began in 2009. Marvin was inducted into the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors’ (PSATS) Hall of Fame in 2007 and received the Governor’s Award for Local Government Excellence in 2011.  Marvin has been a member of the PSATS Executive Board since 2010 and a member of the Pennsylvania Local Government Advisory Committee since 2012. In 2010, Marvin and his wife, Maxine, were chosen as the Wyalusing Community’s Outstanding Citizens.

Venue and Accommodations

Omni William Penn Hotel

Pennsylvania Association of Realtors® members and guests can receive a discount rate of $149 per room/per night at our host hotel.

Omni William Penn Hotel
530 William Penn Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Book Your Stay Online

or call 1-800-THE OMNI (843-6664).
Reserve today! Limited room availability at the discounted rate.


Getting Here ... and Parking

transportation_edited-1Getting to Pittsburgh couldn’t be easier. The city is serviced by a vast interstate highway system, full Greyhound schedules, Amtrak passenger rail service and one of the top airports in the world—Pittsburgh International Airport. Pittsburgh International serves as a “focus city” for USAirways and is also serviced by all other major U.S. airlines, including Southwest, American, United, Delta, AirTran and Northwest. Recently voted as the #1 airport in the United States and #3 in the world by readers of Conde Naste Traveler.

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Airport Shuttle and Taxi Service (additional cost):  1.800.258.3826
SuperShuttle Service: Reservation must be made 6-12 hours in advance. $25 one way per person/$50 round trip per person.
Self Parking: In the Mellon Square parking garage across from the hotel (approximately $14/day, Mon-Fri).
Valet Parking: Available to overnight guests (approx. $29 per 24 hours, includes in/out privileges).


Realtor® members: Please provide your NRDS number to receive special member pricing.
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Become a Sponsor



Learn more about the Pennsylvania Association of Realtors® (PAR). We Are 29,000 Strong!

A PAR partnership offers you the unique opportunity to connect with an industry that POWERS ONE-FIFTH of our nation’s economy, employs more than 17 million Americans, and contributes a quarter of all federal and state tax revenue and as much as 70 percent of local taxes. As one of Pennsylvania’s largest trade associations, PAR members represent a massive market for your products and services. With more than 29,000 Realtors®, brokers, developers, builders, property managers, appraisers and more, PAR is perfectly positioned to expand your organization’s visibility. 

Call Laurie Brown, Marketing Manager – Pennsylvania Association of Realtors®, 1.800.555.3390

GOLD $12,000

Exclusive Recognition Package Includes:

  • “Official Sponsor” introduction by PAR President at Welcome Reception
  • Display table at Welcome Reception
  • Six complimentary tickets to event
  • Five minute presentation at  Luncheon
  • Full page, four color ad in event program (inside cover)
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  • Ad placement and link in Leader News
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  • Ad placement and link on all event e-communications
  • Eight mentions on PAR social media channels
  • Follow-up list of attendees

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Premium Recognition Package Includes:

  • “Official Sponsor” introduction at Luncheon
  • Four complimentary tickets to event
  • Official sponsor of keynote address
  • Display table at Luncheon
  • Half page, four color ad in event program
  • Company logo and link on website
  • Logo on signage
  • Ad placement and link on all event e-communications
  • Four mentions on PAR social media channels

BRONZE $4,000

Signature Recognition Package Includes:

  • Two complimentary tickets to event
  • Quarter page, four color ad in event program
  • Company logo and link on website
  • Logo on signage
  • Ad placement and link on all event e-communications
  • Two mentions on PAR social media channels



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