Chairman, Texas Pipeline Association
Shay Bluntzer was elected Chairman of the Texas Pipeline Association in January 2021, after serving on the TPA Board of Directors since 2013. In his role as Executive Director of Public Affairs at NuStar – a publicly traded limited partnership based in San Antonio and one of the largest independent liquids terminal and pipeline operators in the nation – Shay has been instrumental in building the company’s profile at the highest levels of government. He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors for NuStarPAC, a political action committee dedicated to the advancement of NuStar’s business objectives.
Shay serves on the Board of Directors for the Energy Infrastructure Council, an organization dedicated to the improvement and enhancement of the United States energy infrastructure. He also serves on the government relations committees of several prominent national, state and local trade associations in the energy sector. Shay previously served on the Board of Directors for the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio and is a dedicated volunteer and avid supporter of the United Way and Haven for Hope. He holds a degree in public administration from Texas State University.
Vice Chairman, Texas Pipeline Association
Vincent DiCosimo, has served as an officer of Targa Resources since the acquisition of his company, Coast Energy Group LLC, in December of 2010. Prior to his current role, Mr. DiCosimo was Senior Vice President of Targa Petroleum Logistics, Targa Resources Corp. Over his long career, Mr. DiCosimo previously served as founder and CEO of Coast Energy LLC, co-founder and CEO of PipeStem Energy Group, Vice President of Marketing for Enterprise Products Partners, founder and CEO of RedMeteor LLC and founder, CEO and EVP of Cornerstone Propane and Coast Energy Group, LP (NYSE). Mr. DiCosimo graduated with honors from West Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Public Administration and attended the University of Houston for post graduate studies. Mr. DiCosimo currently serves as Vice Chairman of Texas Pipeline Association, a Director of International Liquids Terminal Association, Vice Chairman of the Greater Houston Port Bureau, American Oil Pipeline Association Pipeline Leadership Committee, a Director of the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association, Texas Oil and Gas PAC board and Targa’s state and Federal PACs. He also represents Targa on the Greater Houston Partnership, North Dakota Petroleum Council, New Mexico Oil and Gas Association and the Petroleum Alliance. He has severed as Past Chairman of the Sugar Land TIRZ No. One, a Director of PERC and Executive Director of CFOP (Coalition for a Fair and Open Port). He and Francine, his wife of thirty-seven years, have three grown children and reside in Houston.
President, Texas Pipeline Association
Thure Cannon serves as president of the Texas Pipeline Association (TPA). Prior to joining TPA in 2010, Thure worked in the Texas Legislature for over 12 years serving as chief of staff for a state representative. Before his legislative tenure, Thure consulted on numerous political campaigns and interned for members of the Texas House and Texas Senate.
Thure holds a Master of Public Affairs degree from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas. He has been a guest lecturer on Texas campaigns at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and has been a speaker at conferences and service clubs on the Texas Legislature and politics.
Legislative Director & General Counsel, Texas Pipeline Association
The Texas Pipeline Association (TPA) welcomed Jennifer Coffee as its Legislative Director & General Counsel in November 2020. Prior to joining TPA, Jennifer was Legislative Director & General Counsel for Texas
State Sen. Peter P. Flores. She is a graduate of Texas State University and received her J.D. from the South Texas College of Law. She is licensed to practice law in the state of Texas. Prior to Sen. Flores’ office, Jennifer was an Assistant General Counsel for the Texas A&M University System, Office of General Counsel; and served as a Legislative Aide and Policy Analyst for State Sens. Craig Estes and Chris Harris.