DUO Reservoirs
Mar. 31-Apr. 2, 2015
Denver, Colorado
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2015 Speakers

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General John Allen

Retired, U.S. Marine Corps. and Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL

General John AllenGen. John Allen is a retired four-star Marine Corps general and the former commander of the NATO International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces Afghanistan. Widely hailed as a strategic thinker, he is one of the nation's foremost experts on the geopolitical relationships between U.S. and Asia and the Middle East. In Afghanistan, Allen oversaw the shift from troop-intensive counterinsurgency operations to the development of Afghan security forces. As he orchestrated that change, he managed the removal of 33,000 U.S. troops, closing hundreds of bases as he handled the closure of supply routes through Pakistan, and led the crisis response to attacks on coalition personnel. Allen is currently affiliated with the Brookings Institution and a senior fellow at the Center for Naval Analysis and the Merrill Center of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.


Neil Amondson

President and Director, Quantum Energy

Photo Not AvailableNeil Amondson has served in multiple phases of real estate development throughout his public and private career. A former Washington State senator (1986-1994), he served in Southwest Washington, one of the largest energy producing counties (hydroelectric and coal-steam) and natural resource-based regions in the Pacific Northwest. Amondson is co-founder of NorthStar Transloading, which is being developed as one of the largest crude export and in-bound manifest transload facilities on the BNSF system. In addition to his aggregate and commercial development business, Hunter Light, Amondson is master planning an international Intermodal Transloading, Energy Processing & Refining, and Industrial Development in Eastern Washington. In November 2014, Amondson was appointed as president and director of Quantum Energy, Inc., which proposes to develop five 21st Century Energy Centers throughout Bakken with each to include a 20,000 barrel-per-day diesel refinery, processing plant and local/regional production of NGL byproducts.


Trisha Curtis

Director, Upstream and Midstream Research, Energy Policy Research Foundation Inc. (EPRINC)

Trisha CurtisTrisha Curtis is director of Research, Upstream and Midstream, at the Energy Policy Research Foundation, Inc. (EPRINC). Since 2010 she has lead research efforts and authored several reports on North American upstream and midstream. She recently spearheaded EPRINC's project with the Department of Energy for the Quadrennial Energy Review, evaluating production potential and crude oil transportation. She is currently studying and evaluating the impact of lower oil prices on the U.S and other major oil producing nations. Raised in Colorado, she has worked on oil and gas sites in Colorado and Wyoming. Curtis' work for the Department of Defense has focused on China and international economics. Curtis did her undergraduate work at Regis University, where she double majored in economics and politics, and she has an M.S. degree from the London School of Economics in international political economy.


Ian Dundas

CEO, Enerplus

Ian DundasIan C. Dundas became president and CEO of Enerplus in 2013. He joined the company in 2002 as vice president of Business Development, and in 2010, he became executive vice president. In 2011, Dundas was appointed executive vice president and chief operating officer, overseeing the development and execution of the company's operational strategies, strategic planning, marketing and reserves, as well as acquisitions and divestments. As president and CEO, Dundas is responsible for overall leadership of the strategic and operational performance of Enerplus. Dundas also held several executive positions in merchant banking. He is a member of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, governor of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers and sits on boards of numerous companies. Dundas holds a bachelor of commerce from the University of Calgary and bachelor of laws from the University of Alberta.


Greg Hill

President and COO, Hess Corp.

Greg HillGreg Hill is executive vice president and president of E&P for Hess Corp. He is also a member of the company’s board of directors. Hill joined Hess in January 2009 from Shell where he spent 25 years in a variety of operations, engineering, technical and business leadership roles in Asia-Pacific, Europe and the U.S. From 2006 to 2008, Hill was executive vice president, E&P of Singapore-based Shell Asia Pacific. During that time he also served as chairman of the company’s global production leadership team. From 2003 to 2006, Hill was vice president of production for Shell E&P Europe, which was Shell’s largest producing region. Prior to that leadership role, Hill led the merger of Enterprise Oil into Royal Dutch Shell in 2002 and 2003. Hill served as senior vice president of Aera Energy, a California-based joint venture affiliate of Shell and Mobil, from 1997 to 2002. Earlier in his career Hill served as a vice president in strategic planning in London, vice president of operations in California, and numerous other leadership roles in government relations, operations and technology in Houston and California. Hill holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Wyoming.


Monte Madsen

Completions Manager, Whiting Petroleum

Monte MadsenMonte Madsen is the Northern Rockies completions manager for Whiting Petroleum. He has over 25 years of diverse experience working for service companies, operators, and as a consultant in all major western US petroleum basins from North Dakota to West Texas. He has considerable experience in completion design, stimulation execution and drilling of horizontal and vertical wells. While at Whiting, Madsen has overseen Whiting's completion methods transition from swell packers and sliding sleeves to cemented liners with plugs and perforations; he has helped implement a variety of new methods and materials to Whiting's completion line up. Madsen holds a bachelor's degree in petroleum engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.


Travis Nichols

Director, Investment Banking, Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co

Travis NicholsTravis Nichols serves as a director in Investment Banking with a focus on M&A in the upstream sector and in the Permian Basin. Nichols was previously a regional planning advisor and business unit coordinator at ExxonMobil Upstream Ventures. Nichols began his career in the United States Army serving as a Captain with the 911th Engineer Company and a First Lieutenant with the Second Engineer Battalion. Nichols holds a BS and Masters in Science from Pennsylvania State University and an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.


Craig Rasmuson

COO, Synergy Resources Corp.

Trisha CurtisCraig Rasmuson joined Synergy in September 2008. Rasmuson's duties vary from overseeing the daily drilling and completion operations to organizing all field operations. Rasmuson also coordinates all state and municipal permitting for our operations. He represents Synergy in various capacities such as City and Town Council meetings and landowner leasing and surface use execution. Rasmuson has worked in the DJ Basin since 2006 and prior to joining Synergy he worked with DCP Midstream and PDC Energy.


Taylor L. Reid

President and Chief Operating Officer, Oasis Petroleum Inc.

Taylor L. Reid SpeakerTaylor L. Reid has served as director, president and chief operating officer of Oasis Petroleum Inc. since January 2014. Reid previously served as director, executive vice president and chief operating officer (or in similar capacities) since inception in March 2007 and has 27 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. From November 2006 to February 2007, Reid worked with Mr. Nusz to form the business plan for Oasis Petroleum LLC and secure funding for the company. He previously served as asset manager Permian and Panhandle operations with ConocoPhillips. Prior to joining ConocoPhillips, he served as general manager Latin America and Asia operations with Burlington and as general manager corporate acquisitions and divestitures from July 1998 to February 2004. From March 1986 to June 1998, Reid held various operations and managerial positions with Burlington in several regions of the continental United States, including the Permian Basin, the Williston Basin and the Anadarko Basin. Reid holds a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering from Stanford University.


Tim Rezvan

Senior Vice President, Energy Research, Sterne Agee

Tim RezvanTim Rezvan joined Sterne Agee in October 2010 as a vice president and member of the energy exploration and production research team. Prior to joining Sterne Agee, he spent two years at Oppenheimer & Co., covering exploration and production, integrated and refining companies. Before that, he spent six years at BlackRock as a director and quantitative analyst on a team that used quantitative and fundamental methods to manage equity assets, and three years as a vice president at Weiss, Peck & Greer in a similar capacity. Tim earned an MBA from New York University's Stern School of Business and a BBA in Finance from the College of William & Mary, where he also completed the degree requirements for a BA in Spanish. He has been a CFA charterholder since 2001.


Matthew T. Thompson

Vice President, Northern Region, QEP Resources, Inc.

Matthew T. ThompsonMatthew T. Thompson, Northern Region Vice President for QEP Resources, Inc. (QEP), has worked in the oil and gas industry for more than 18 years. In his current role, Thompson is responsible for QEP assets located primarily in the Rockies and the Williston Basin. Prior to joining QEP's predecessor company (Questar) in 2004, he worked as a petroleum engineer for W.D. Von Gonten & Company in Houston. Thompson is a registered professional engineer and obtained his B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University.


Uday Turaga

CEO, ADI Analytics LLC

Uday TuragaUday Turaga is founder and CEO of ADI Analytics LLC, a boutique energy and chemical consulting firm based in Houston, Texas. Through 15 years of energy and chemical industry experience gained at ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, Booz & Co., and ADI Analytics, Turaga brings deep commercial and technical expertise in oil and gas, coal, renewables and chemicals. He and his colleagues at ADI Analytics advise Fortune 500 companies, clean-tech start-ups, government agencies and investors on market entry, strategic planning, competitive positioning and technology assessment. Over the past five years, ADI Analytics has completed over 120 projects for nearly 50 clients, including BP, Shell, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, BASF, NOVA, Lubrizol, Elliott Management, Arsenal Partners and U.S. Department of Energy. Turaga holds a Ph.D. in fuel science from Penn State and an MBA from the University of Texas.


James J. Volker

Chairman and CEO, Whiting Petroleum Corp.

Jim Volker SpeakerJames J. (Jim) Volker, chairman and CEO of Whiting Petroleum Corp., joined Whiting Oil and Gas Corp. in 1983 as vice president of corporate development. Previously, he was co-founder, vice president and later president of Energy Management Corp. from 1971 through 1982. He holds a degree in finance from the University of Denver, an MBA from the University of Colorado and has completed the H.K. VanPoolen and Associates course of study in reservoir engineering.