Valero Energy Corporation’s Travis Capps to Give Keynote Address at ISA Automation Week 2012

Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA (29 June 2012) - The International Society of Automation (ISA) announces that Travis Capps, vice president of energy and gases, with Valero Energy Corporation, will be a keynote speaker at ISA Automation Week 2012. The conference is scheduled for 24-27 September 2012, at the Orange County Convention Center, West Concourse, Orlando, Florida, USA.

In his address, scheduled for 8:00 a.m., Tuesday, 27 September, Capps will challenge the audience with ideas and concepts which automation professionals can use to help make their companies more successful within the framework of today’s technological and economic climate. According to Capp, “Every individual within the automation process has a new, important role in the business and financial success of his or her organization.” Attendees will be asked to consider how the decisions they make every day, as technologists in the automation and controls arena, have an impact on efficiency, profitability and long-term sustainability for their employers.

Capps holds a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering degree from Auburn University and a Master of Business Administration from The University of Texas. He began his career in the oil industry, joining Exxon in 1994 where he worked for six years in a variety of technical and operational assignments, beginning with an assignment as a process engineer for the Benicia Refinery in Benicia, California. Prior to the refinery’s acquisition by Valero Energy Corporation in 2000, he led its Coordination and Economics group. Upon joining Valero, Capps was the Refinery Technology Director in the corporate offices in San Antonio, Texas. In 2003, he joined the corporate planning and economics group and ultimately became the Vice President of Planning and Economics for the West Coast, Mid Continents and Northeast Regions. In 2006, Capps moved to the position of Vice President of Strategic Development and was responsible for the economic modeling and development of Strategic Planning, the stewardship and analysis of current operations and the automation and advanced process control efforts of the corporation. At the end of 2007, he was promoted to his current position as Vice President of Energy and Gases.

About ISA Automation Week

ISA Automation Week is a technical conference that includes three full days of sessions; poster sessions; a dedicated Technician Day; an expansive Solutions Provider Showcase; technology solutions theaters on the Solutions Provider Showcase floor offering standards briefings, author briefings and supplier presentations; and networking and social events.

ISA Automation Week Partners include ARC Advisory Group and Cooper Bussmann Wireless. c3controls, Honeywell Process Solutions and OSIsoft, LLC are ISA Corporate Partners.

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About ISA Founded in 1945, the International Society of Automation ( is a leading, global, nonprofit organization that is setting the standard for automation by helping over 30,000 worldwide members and other professionals solve difficult technical problems, while enhancing their leadership and personal career capabilities. Based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, ISA develops standards, certifies industry professionals, provides education and training, publishes books and technical articles, and hosts conferences and exhibitions for automation professionals. ISA is the founding sponsor of the Automation Federation (