The Compressed Gas Association (CGA) will hold our 107th Annual Meeting at the Royal Sonesta New Orleans hotel in the heart of New Orleans’ vibrant and historic French Quarter on April 26-29. We invite all employees of CGA member companies to join us for this one-of-a-kind event.

The largest technically-focused gathering of industry subject matter experts, CGA’s Annual Meeting features a multi-day program with engaging speakers, invaluable networking opportunities, and over 20 technical committee meetings that play a crucial role in advancing safety across our industry. And of course, our prestigious Safety Awards recognize some of the industry’s foremost safety leaders and contributors.

This year, we have continued to update and enhance the Annual Meeting program to ensure that attendees at all levels find value in the event and have an engaging, educational, and highly productive experience. With the generous support of our Annual Meeting sponsors, we’ve continued to refine our program, building on several new events from the 2019 meeting, including the Young & Emerging Professionals Reception on Sunday, an Industry Panel discussion and guest speakers on Monday, special breakfast programs Monday and Tuesday to recognize our committee leaders and key contributors, new optional activities, and more.


Professor Peter Ricchiuti of Tulane University will deliver Monday’s keynote address, “What’s ahead? Deciphering messages from the financial markets.” Ricchiuti will cut through jargon and financial myths to explain what the stock, bond, and energy markets are telling us about what awaits around the corner, providing valuable information to inform attendees’ business and personal financial decisions for the future.

RSNO hotel exterior

Source: Royal Sonesta

A renowned public speaker, Ricchiuti’s humor and insight have earned him numerous teaching awards at Tulane University, where he created and runs the nationally acclaimed Burkenroad Reports student stock research program. He began his career with the investment firm of Kidder Peabody in Boston, and later managed Louisiana’s $3bn investment portfolio while serving as the assistant state treasurer. Ricchiuti has addressed more than 1100 groups in 47 states and several countries. He has been featured in BARRON’S, Kiplinger’s, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.

Monday’s Industry Panel will be led by three industry subject matter experts, on the topics of cylinder valves, valve inlets and outlets, pressure relief devices, and valve connections.

Later the same day, Dr. Vincent Covello of the US-based Center for Risk Communication will lead a session on High Risk Communication. Dr. Covello is an internationally recognized trainer, researcher, consultant, and expert in crisis, conflict, change, and risk communications.

Event information and deadlines

The 2020 New Orleans Jazz Fest runs the weekends surrounding CGA’s Annual Meeting – April 24-26; and April 30-May 3, so everyone planning to join us for the Annual Meeting should book hotel and flight reservations early this year. The deadline for Annual Meeting registrations and hotel reservations is March 27, 2020.

To view the full meeting program as well as all details on how to register for the Annual Meeting and make hotel reservations, visit

We look forward to seeing everyone in New Orleans in April!