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Speakers, agenda set for MCPA’s Annual Conference, Met Coal: The Path Forward

Grundy, Va. and Charleston, W.Va.: The Metallurgical Coal Producers Association released its lineup of speakers, agenda, and theme for its annual conference, which is set for September 26-28, 2021, at the Stonewall Resort in Roanoke, West Virginia.

“This year’s title for our conference, Met Coal: The Path Forward, reinforces the vision our founding members have for the industry,” said Ben Beakes, president of the MCPA. “Each has shifted production more toward metallurgical coal and formed the MCPA to highlight the opportunities steel-making coal brings to our region.”

This year’s conference attendees will gain insights from leaders in the steel and metallurgical coal industries as well as related markets. “The program lineup consists of the industry’s top leaders. From the mine to steel products, in one setting attendees will be exposed to the latest news and trends related to metallurgical coal and the products it makes possible,” said Beakes.

Sunday, September 26th

6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Opening Dinner

Speaker: Ben Beakes, President of MCPA “Let’s talk about met coal.”

Monday, September 27th

8:00 – 12:00 p.m. Opening Session

CEO Panel

Speakers: David Stetson, Alpha Metallurgical Resources

John Schroder, United Coal Company (Metinvest)

Jeff Bitzer, Coronado Coal

More than Energy

Speaker: Bill Murray, Dominion Energy

Met Coal and Related Markets

Speakers: Kevin Dempsey, American Iron & Steel Institute

Finn Host, Riverside Shipping

Matthew Lester, Sun Coke

Adam Longson, CSX

Leadership Outlook

Speaker: U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R, W.Va.)

12:00 p.m. Lunch

1:30 p.m. Golf Scramble

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Reception and Dinner

Tuesday, September 28th

8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Session II

States of Affairs

Speakers: Clark Lewis, Troutman Pepper, Virginia’s Political Outlook

Ben Beakes, West Virginia’s Political Outlook

Brooks Smith, Troutman Pepper, Environmental Outlook

Met Coal Financial Outlook

Speakers: Dan Chu, Jefferies Group

Ernie Thrasher, XCoal Energy & Resources

Lucas Pipes, B. Riley Securities

General Counsel Committee Breakout Session

Speakers: Roger Nicholson, Alpha Metallurgical Resources

Paul Konstanty, United Coal Company

12:30 p.m. Adjourn

In addition to the released agenda, elected officials from West Virginia and Virginia will address the attendees. Social activities are also planned. Contact Barbara Altizer at for more details.

Visit to register for the annual conference.


About MCPA

The Metallurgical Coal Producers Association is a non-profit trade organization made up of metallurgical coal producers in Central Appalachia and those who support our producing members’ operations. The four coal producers are: Alpha Metallurgical Resources (formerly Contura Energy)., Coronado Coal LLC, United Coal Company LLC (a subsidiary of Metinvest Group), and RAMACO Resources, Inc. Its mission is to advance the opportunities of the metallurgical coal industry through advocacy, education, and outreach primarily in Virginia and West Virginia.



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