Hurricane Seminar
July 20, 2017 | 12pm
Marriot Marquis | Houston, TX


28th Annual Conference

2017: It's a Wrap!
The 28th Annual Hurricane Seminar by StormGeo was a tremendous success and we're already looking forward to next year's event, though it may be hard to top this one! We'd like to thank our stellar lineup of speakers and all of those who attended the industry's leading hurricane seminar.
Our afternoon program was ideally constructed to bring professionals from business and industry together under one roof to learn how to create, improve or fine-tune responses to severe weather and other disasters.

Interlaced with networking opportunities (disguised as breaks between sessions), our attendees had ample opportunity to mingle and converse with those of like mind who find this seminar so valuable for this very reason.

Please reach out to our presenters on social media and see more photos on Twitter ( #HurricaneSeminar ), Facebook and LinkedIn.

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StormGeo's Hurricane Seminar - an industry-leading annual conference since 1989 - presents an afternoon of thought-provoking and compelling sessions surrounding weather trends in three key areas:

    Tune in during our live expert panel segment as professionals from USAA, Whataburger, & Texas Children's Hospital reveal how they manage safer, more efficient operations during severe weather using advanced forecasting and technology.
  2. Advanced Analytics
    The weather technology landscape is growing at an ever increasing rate of speed. From deep learning algorithms to damage modeling, we'll walk you through how the best and brightest minds leverage weather data to reduce risk and catapult new revenue opportunities.
    Climate experts Sean Sublette of Climate Central's Climate Matters Program and Dr. Neil Frank, former director of the National Hurricane Center, will do a deep-dive into the future of the climate change phenomenon and analyze its impact.



Hear from professionals at USAA, Whataburger, & Texas Children's Hospital to learn how they use weather trends & technology to bolster their severe weather programs.


National Weather Service's Dan Reilly will discuss the steps you should take to become StormReady certified.


Dr. Neil Frank & Sean Sublette will dive into the impact analysis and future forecasting around climate change.


Presented by StormGeo’s own TropicsWatch Manager and Senior Forecaster, Chris Hebert – get an update on this hurricane season's forecast.


Advanced Analytics and Meteorology have been partners for decades, yet today’s initiatives are redefining what is possible. Watch our expert map out some exciting new possibilities.


Deploying remote and unmanned camera systems into the path of hurricanes, learn about the technology behind Mark Sudduth's unique live streamed storm videos.


Among its many amenities, the Marriott Marquis boasts a heated infinity pool as well as Texas-shaped lazy river out on the terrace.


Parking downtown, no matter the city, isn't any fun and might even change your mind about attending an event. With that in mind, we have valet parking covered as part of seminar experience.
Meet Our Speakers
Bill Read is a former U.S. Naval meteorologist, National Weather Service meteorologist and director of the National Hurricane Center. Later, as a senior meteorologist with the NWS he was appointed to direct the Houston/Galveston weather forecast office in 1992.

Bill retired as Director of the National Hurricane Center in 2012 after a long and distinguished career in the NWS. Bill served as an officer in the US Navy where he flew with the Navy Hurricane Hunters.  Bill earned the Bachelors and Masters of Science in Meteorology from Texas A&M University. He is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society and has served as President of the National Weather Association. Bill has been recognized for numerous awards, most recently for the Neil Frank award given at the 2015 National Hurricane Conference.
Bill Read
Former Director of the National Hurricane Center
Josh Morgerman, globetrotting and renowned hurricane chaser of iCyclone , has been prowling the earth for violent cyclones since age 21 and is currently one of the world’s most active and prolific hurricane chasers. Combining an aggressive chase style with iron determination, this Southern Californian has a near-100% success rate getting into a storm’s inner core, where the real action happens. And he has a penchant for chasing difficult-to-reach storms in exotic locations — ”the ones no one else will go after.”
Josh Morgerman
The iCyclone mission has always been to penetrate, experience, and document the inner cores of hurricanes as they thrust ashore—via video, data collection, and blogging.
Dr. Neil Frank has had an extensive, challenging and rewarding career as a meteorologist. Beginning as a weather officer in the United States Air Force and then as a forecaster working for the National Hurricane Center, he was eventually appointed as the Director of the NHC in 1974. To date, he is the longest serving director of the NHC having held the position for 13 years under the Administrations of Presidents Ford, Carter and Reagan. While with the NHC, he also served as Chairman of the International Hurricane Committee.

Following retirement from the National Hurricane Center, Dr. Frank joined Houston’s CBS affiliate, KHOU-TV. During his 20-year career with KHOU as chief meteorologist he received numerous awards and recognitions.
Dr. Neil Frank
Former Director of the National Hurricane Center
Sean Sublette
Sean Sublette is an award-winning meteorologist working on Climate Central ’s Climate Matters program, bringing 19 years of experience as a broadcast meteorologist.
Before joining Climate Central, Sublette was Chief Meteorologist at WSET in Lynchburg, Va. Previously, he was the morning meteorologist at WSLS in nearby Roanoke. Prior to his promotion to Chief Meteor-ologist in Lynchburg, the Virginia Association of Broadcasters awarded his team Best Morning Show six times in eight years.
Climate Central
AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist, forecasting professionally since 1995.
Mark Sudduth
Mark Sudduth, founder and editor of , has been studying the impacts of hurricanes for 20 years. A graduate of UNC-Wilmington (Geography), he has worked with federal, state and local agencies, as well as business and industry, to promote hurricane awareness through first-hand observation and research. Mark and his team deploy remotely operated, unmanned camera systems to stream and capture live video of hurricane effects and collect high-frequency wind and pressure data during tropical storm and hurricane landfall events.
Chris Hebert
Chris is the well-known, go-to hurricane expert to StormGeo clients, as well as being a minor celebrity on the hurricane conference tour that takes place each year at about this time. In the weeks and months leading up to hurricane season, he’s on the road – or in the air – quite a bit. He’s been with StormGeo since 2012. Before that, he was ImpactWeather’s hurricane expert for many years and helped develop many of the ImpactWeather and StormGeo proprietary hurricane timeline tools known to those clients with threats from tropical storms.

Lead Hurricane Forecaster, StormGeo
Nationally-recognized hurricane expert and featured speaker on the hurricane conference circuit.
Dave VandenHeuvel
David has over 33+ years of operational weather experience including 22 years in the United States Air Force. David was the CEO for MeteoStar, and a Senior VP at Weather Decision Technologies before joining the StormGeo team. He has developed numerous unique weather software solutions in the industry including interactive mapping, mobile alerting, and geospatial weather interfaces.

In 2017 StormGeo is launching a suite of advanced analytics coupled with deep learning called DeepStorm. This platform will power the development of transformational new products that will allow customers to better understand the impacts of weather on their business and detailed analytics to forecast those impacts into the future. 

Commercial Manager, Meteorologist, StormGeo

Belarmino Castellanos has been the Director of the Restaurant Support Center for Whataburger Restaurants since 2000. His team manages all customer and restaurant needs via the Customer Care Team, Incident Management Team and an internal Call Center.

With over 20 years in the hospitality, food service and retail industries (DoubleTree Hotels, Motorola, Luby’s, and Whataburger), Belarmino has extensive experience in the business continuity, food safety, quality assurance and relationship management realms.
Belarmino Castellanos
Director - Restaurant Support Center at Whataburger Restaurants LLC
Rob Galbraith
Rob Galbraith, who is a Director in the Property and Casualty (P&C) Property Underwriting area at USAA, where his team is responsible for developing and managing USAA’s catastrophe underwriting guidelines for all property lines and perils, including wildfire.

Rob has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry in a variety of
positions with USAA, Smith Barney, and the Federal Reserve Board.

Rob has earned several industry professional designations and is actively involved as part of multiple industry trade groups. 

Director of Property Underwriting at USAA
James Mitchell
James Mitchell joined Texas Children’s in September of 2015 as the Assistant Director of Business Continuity & Emergency Management. At Texas Children’s he leads teams responsible for all hazards preparedness efforts as well as a new effort to imbed Business Continuity planning into the organization. His team recently led significant, full scale active shooter exercises with multiple law enforcement and emergency medical services involved.

James has an extensive background in Crisis Management, Business Continuity  and IT Disaster Recovery in both the Energy (BP) and Investments (Invesco) industries.

Assistant Director - Emergency Management & Business Continuity at Texas Children's Hospital
Dan Reilly has been a meteorologist with the National Weather Service for the past 24 years. The last 9 years he has worked as the Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the Houston/ Galveston Weather Forecast Office and has worked numerous hurricanes as an operational forecaster along the Texas and Mid Atlantic coasts including Ike, Floyd and Isabel.

Dan received his Master’s degree in Meteorology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from the University of Virginia.  

Dan Reilly
Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the National Weather Service Houston/Galveston


1777 Walker St. Houston, TX 77010
Texan Ballroom Floor 4 Salon E

Indulge in Texas-sized Luxury ​​
Coming off the heels of hosting Superbowl LI, the newest addition to the scenic Houston downtown skyline, the Marriott Marquis Houston captures the bold spirit of Texas while embracing the best of Southern hospitality.

Ammenities Include:

  • Nearby attractions including Minute Maid Park, Toyota Center and BBVA Compass Stadium
  • Texas-shaped lazy river and heated infinity pool
  • Patio High Dive & two-story Biggio's Sports bar
  • Full-service spa & 24-hour fitness center

You can book rooms online here or by calling the hotel directly at (800) 228-9290. 


We'll begin the afternoon with a delicious plated lunch from the award-winning chefs at the Marriott Marquis, followed by educational sessions, breaks, and finally a cocktail reception immediately following the event.
  1. 12:00
    Grab a seat for a delicious plated lunch & networking
  2. 12:40
    Hurricane Outlook
    Tropical storm season forecast by StormGeo's Lead Hurricane Forecaster, Chris Hebert
  3. 1:00
    Introduce yourself to the table!
  4. 1:10
    StormReady Cert
    NWS' Dan Reilly talks about how to earn your badge of safety
  5. 1:30
    Expert Panel
    USAA, Whataburger, & Texas Children's Hospital
  6. 2:10
    Grab a quick snack & meet our vendors
  7. 2:25
    Hurricane Chasing
    Featuring live footage from Mark Sudduth
  8. 2:55
    Advanced Analytics
    How to leverage machine learning and neural networks to streamline weather operations.
  9. 3:15
    Enjoy refreshments & network
  10. 3:30
    Climate Change
    Hear from our guest speaker experts on the future of climate change.
  11. 4:30
    Hurricane Videos
    Shared by a favorite on The Weather Channel: Josh Morgerman
  12. 5:00
    Hurricane Videos
    Enjoy cocktails on StormGeo and make some new friends!
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