DUO Reservoirs
April 2-4, 2014
Denver, Colorado
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2014 Speakers

Adam Anderson

Vice President, Western U.S., Baker Hughes

Adam AndersonAdam Anderson is vice president, Western U.S. at Baker Hughes. Anderson previously served as Baker Hughes' president, Latin America. Prior to this role he was vice president, investor relations and held a variety of marketing and operations management positions in U.S. Land, Gulf of Mexico, the Middle East and the Product Development Center. He began his career with PES/WellDynamics and served in a variety of engineering and sales positions. Anderson earned his undergraduate degree in petroleum engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and his MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.


Laura Atkins

Executive Director of Petroleum Research, Hart Energy Research & Consulting

Laura AtkinsLaura Atkins has worked for Hart Energy as the primary author of its Heavy Crude Oil Study. She joined the company full-time as director of petroleum research upon her return to Houston in 2010. She has more than 20 years experience in the upstream oil and gas industry starting as a petroleum engineer for Amoco Production Company and moving into management positions with ARCO Alaska and ARCO International. Prior to joining Hart Energy, she worked for OPEC for three years as senior research analyst for energy technology. Atkins holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from Tulane University and a Master of Public Administration with a concentration in international affairs from Harvard University.


Keynote Luncheon Speaker

Peter Berg

Writer and Director, "Lone Survivor"

Peter BergPeter Berg has enjoyed success as a writer, director, producer and actor.

Berg made his feature film directorial debut (from his own original screenplay) on the 1998 cult favorite "Very Bad Things," which starred Cameron Diaz, John Favreau and Christian Slater and earned kudos at both the Deauville (France) and San Sebastian (Spain) Film Festivals. He went on to direct the actioner "The Rundown" starring Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson and Christopher Walken, and returned to the action genre with the war drama "The Kingdom," which starred Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner and Chris Cooper. In 2009, he directed the action hit “Hancock,” starring Will Smith in the title role as well as "Battleship," which hit theaters worldwide in 2012. He also executive produced the offbeat independent comedy, "Lars and the Real Girl," starring Ryan Gosling.

Berg is also known for his fierce portrait of high school football in the 2004 film adaptation of H.G. Bissinger's blistering bestseller, "Friday Night Lights," which toplined Billy Bob Thornton. The film's success, both in theaters and on DVD, spawned the acclaimed TV Series of the same name, which aired for five seasons and garnered multiple Emmy nominations and wins. In addition to serving as the series' executive producer, Berg also directed several episodes of the show, including the 2006 pilot, for which he earned an Emmy nomination as Best Director. As one of the series' writers, he also shared a Writers Guild nomination for Best New Series.

Berg was the Creator/Executive Producer for the critically acclaimed HBO Documentary Series "ON Freddie Roach." He Executive Produced NBC's police procedural drama "Prime Suspect," which starred Maria Bello and executive produced the medical drama series, "Trauma." Berg previously created and executive produced the ABC drama series "Wonderland," for which he also wrote and directed episodes. He got his start as a writer and director on David E. Kelley's critically acclaimed series "Chicago Hope," on which he starred for three seasons as the brash, hockey-playing surgeon, Dr. Billy Kronk.

As an actor, Berg's recent film work includes roles in Robert Redford's "Lions for Lambs," with Redford, Meryl Streep and Tom Cruise; "Smokin' Aces," for director Joe Carnahan; and Michael Mann's "Collateral," with Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx. Additional film acting credits include "Cop Land," "The Great White Hype," John Dahl's "The Last Seduction," "A Midnight Clear" and "Late for Dinner."

In addition to directing the 2012 sea adventure "Battleship," the New York Native (and son of a Naval historian) also develops projects under his Film 44 banner. Berg has just released "Lone Survivor," the film adaptation of Marcus Luttrell's gut-wrenching true tale of an ambush by Taliban forces in Afghanistan that killed Luttrell's three Navy SEAL comrades and nearly cost him his own life. In December, HBO premiered his sports documentary series "State of Play," which he executive produced and serves as moderator for each episode’s panel discussion. Next, Berg will executive produce and direct episodes of the HBO series "The Leftovers," starring Justin Theroux and Liv Tyler.


Subash Chandra

Senior E&P Analyst and Managing Director, Jefferies LLC

Subash ChandraSubash Chandra, senior E&P analyst and managing director for Jefferies LLC, covers, with his colleagues, more than 25 U.S.-focused E&P stocks, including EOG Resources Inc., Continental Resources Inc., Whiting Petroleum Corp. and Oasis Petroleum Corp. Prior to joining the firm in 2007, Chandra was an E&P research analyst and managing director for Morgan Keegan and AG Edwards. He received his B.A. from the University of Michigan and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.


Gabe Claypool

President and Chief Operating Officer, Dakota Plains Holdings Inc.

Gabe ClaypoolGabe Claypool is president and chief operating officer of Dakota Plains Holdings Inc., which operates two loop-track, crude-loading facilities in Mountrail County, North Dakota, each capable of loading 120 unit-train cars into the Canadian Pacific rail system with capacity of some 80,000 barrels per day. Claypool previously led the company as chairman and CEO while taking it public in 2012. Prior, Claypool worked in the agriculture industry in transportation logistics, commodity marketing, trading and hedging. He holds a BBA from the University of Iowa.


Francisco Fragachán

Director, Sales and Marketing, Pressure Pumping, Weatherford

Francisco FragachanFrancisco E. Fragachán is responsible for new technology developments associated with production enhancement and multistage fracturing requirements at Weatherford. He has in-depth expertise with well log analysis, well stimulation, formation damage and nuclear logging. Fragachán is recognized for technical expertise and resolution of highly complex issues in fracturing, flow back and severe organic scaling. This expertise, gained over 26 years, garnered recognition within the industry and lead to the publication of 65 articles relating to these issues. Fragachán also created the first Society of Petroleum Engineers, Algeria Section, in 1999, the first time a foreign organization was recognized in Algeria. He has an M.S. and Ph.D. in Solid State and Rock Physics from Purdue University, and attained a License in Physics, Physics Engineer, at Simón Bolívar University in Caracas, Venezuela, in 1979.


Harold Hamm

Chairman and CEO, Continental Resources Inc.

Harold HammHarold G. Hamm has served as CEO and a director since 1967 and currently serves as chairman of the board of directors. He also serves as chairman of the board of directors of the general partner of Hiland Partners LP and as chairman of the board of directors of the general partner of Hiland Holdings GP, LP. He also serves as a director of Complete Production Services, Inc., a NYSE publicly traded oil and gas service company. Hamm is past chairman of the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association and served as a founding board member of the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board. He was president of the National Stripper Well Association and founder and chairman of Save Domestic Oil, Inc. He recently co-founded the Domestic Energy Producers Alliance to preserve the oil and gas markets for oil and gas produced in the United States. In 2011, he was inducted into the OIPA’s Wildcatters Hall of Honor, the association's highest recognition.


Steve Herod

President, Halcon Resources Corp.

Steve HerodSteve W. Herod is a co-founder and president of Halcon Resources Corporation, a NYSE traded exploration and production company. He was a co-founder and executive vice president, corporate development of Petrohawk Energy Corporation from 2003 until Petrohawk's sale to BHP Billiton in 2011. Herod served as executive vice president, corporate development for 3TEC Energy Corporation from 1999 to 2003. Herod served as president of Shore Oil Company from 1992 until the merger of Shore with 3TEC in 1997. From 1984 to 1991, he was with Conquest Exploration Company in various financial management positions. Herod began his career in 1981 as a financial analyst with Superior Oil Company. He is a 1981 graduate of Oklahoma State University with a B.S. degree in finance and management. Herod is active in various industry organizations. He and his wife Lorie are the parents of two daughters, Meredith and Morgan.


Tom Lantz

Chief Operating Officer, American Eagle Energy Corp.

Tom LantzTom Lantz, chief operating officer of Bakken-focused American Eagle Energy Corp., led the Halliburton Co. team, in partnership with Lyco Energy Corp., in drilling the first horizontal, fraced Middle Bakken well in Montana in 2000, leading to the discovery of Elm Coulee Field and the modern Bakken play. Upon Lyco's sale of its Bakken portfolio to Enerplus Corp. in 2005, Lantz ran the Elm Coulee/Sleeping Giant property for it. He later rejoined Dick Findley, geologist and discoverer of Sleeping Giant, at American Eagle Energy, which has continued to develop oil pay from the prolific basin. Prior to joining Halliburton, Lantz was a reservoir engineer for Phillips Petroleum Co. He received his bachelor’s from the University of Southern California.


David Lehman

President and CEO, DJ Resources LLC

David LehmanDavid (Dave) Lehman is a University of Texas educated Geologist, and a former ExxonMobil Executive. He founded DJ Resources, LP ("DJR I") in 2003 and this company was one of the first movers in the regional Niobrara Play in the DJ Basin. DJR I was sold in 2010 for over ten times invested capital. Lehman is a founder and investor in DJ Resources, LLC ("DJR II") which was funded in 2011. DJR II owns leases on 136,000 acres in the DJ Basin Niobrara and Codell Play (44,000 are core acres in the Wattenberg Field area). OBO development activity is ongoing, with operated drilling planned for 2014.


Keynote Luncheon Speaker

Marcus Luttrell

Retired Navy SEAL and bestselling author of "Lone Survivor"

Marcus LuttrellMarcus Luttrell is the author of the number one New York Times best-selling book, "Lone Survivor", which tells the harrowing story of four Navy SEALs who journeyed into the mountainous border of Afghanistan and Pakistan in Operation Redwing. An unparalleled motivational story of survival, the book is also a moving tribute to the friends and teammates who did not make it off the mountain. A powerful testament to the courage, integrity, patriotism, and community that forged these American heroes, "Lone Survivor", is an incredible account of teamwork, fortitude, and modern warfare, and Luttrell’s experiences have captivated millions around the country. His book is currently in production as a major motion picture starring Mark Wahlberg as Luttrell.

Leading Petty Officer Marcus Luttrell joined the U.S. Navy in March 1999 and became a combat-trained SEAL in January 2002. After serving in Iraq for two years, he was deployed to Afghanistan in the spring of 2005. As a SEAL, Luttrell was trained in weapons, demolition, and unarmed combat. He also served as Platoon medic.

After recuperating from Operation Redwing, he redeployed to Iraq for a second tour and retired in 2007, earning the Navy Cross for combat heroism by President W. Bush. Many of these experiences are highlighted in his follow up bestselling book, Service. In it, Luttrell turns his focus from his own experiences as a combat-trained Navy SEAL to the nature of service on America's battlefields and the soldiers who give their lives to defend their nation and each other.


Rich McClure

President, EE3 LLC

Rich McClure holds a BS and ME in Petroleum Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. He worked as a reservoir engineer for Questa Engineering for 14 years before joining Ellora Energy in Boulder in 2002. At Ellora he held the position of COO until the fall of 2010 when Ellora Energy merged with ExxonMobil. In early 2013, McClure and members of the management team from Ellora Energy founded EE3 LLC. They then purchased a number of producing properties and associated acreage in the North Park Basin (Jackson County, CO). During 2013 EE3 increased their acreage position to more than 103,000 net acres and drilled 5 horizontal Niobrara wells.


Ward Polzin

CEO, Centennial Resource Development LLC

Ward PolzinWard Polzin, chief executive officer of newly formed, NGP-backed Centennial Resource Development LLC, was most recently a managing director of Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. Securities Inc., heading its E&P A&D practice. Previously, Polzin was U.S. country manager for Enerplus Corp. where he was responsible for its Bakken program, which was initiated with the 2005 purchase of Lyco Energy Corp.'s Elm Coulee Field portfolio. Polzin, who began his E&P career with BP Plc, received his BS in petroleum engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and an MBA from Rice University.


Craig Rasmuson

Chief Operating Officer, Synergy Resources Corp.

Craig RasmusonCraig Rasmuson, chief operating officer of Synergy Resources Corp., has worked in the Denver-Julesburg Basin since 2006 and joined Synergy in 2008 where he is responsible for daily drilling and completion operations as well as coordinating with state and municipal permitting entities. Previously, Rasmuson worked with DCP Midstream LLC and with E&P operator PDC Energy Inc.


Scott Reasoner

Vice President, Western Operations, PDC Energy Inc.

Scott ReasonerScott J. Reasoner joined PDC Energy in April 2008 as vice president, western operations. Reasoner has over 25 years of progressive technical and management experience in the energy industry. Before joining PDC, he served as a business unit manager with Noble Energy Inc. where he was responsible for the Mid-Continent team. Prior to his work with Noble Energy, Reasoner worked for Patina Oil and Gas Company starting as production manager working his way up to vice president operations. His earlier experience includes positions with Snyder Oil Corp. and Vessels Oil and Gas Co. Reasoner is a graduate of the Colorado School of Mines with a degree in Petroleum Engineering, has earned an MBA from the University of Colorado, and is a Registered Professional Engineer.


Taylor L. Reid

President and Chief Operating Officer, Oasis Petroleum Inc.

Taylor L. ReidTaylor 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.


David Scobel

Chief Operating Officer, Caliber Midstream Partners LP

David ScobelDavid Scobel, chief operating officer of Bakken-focused Caliber Midstream Partners LP, joined the company from Meritage Midstream Services LLC where he was vice president, operations, in Meritage's build-out of South Texas infrastructure. Previously, Scobel was director, projects, for Merchant Energy Partners; a consultant on Rocky Mountain business development for Superior Pipeline Co.; midstream-facilities manager for Bill Barrett Corp.; and a project manager for Bear Paw Energy and Thunder Creek Gas Services. He received his B.S. in chemical and petroleum-refining engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.


Scott Smith

President and CEO, Vanguard Natural Resources LLC

Scott SmithScott Smith has been president and chief executive officer of Rockies, Permian and Midcontinent operator Vanguard Natural Resources LLC since its 2006 formation. Since then, the MLP has grown to an enterprise value of $3.4 billion, including its $900 million of 2013 acquisitions in Colorado and Wyoming and its Bakken-drilling venture with Oasis Petroleum Corp. in western North Dakota. Previously, Smith was president of Ensource Energy Co. LLC, a board member of The Wiser Oil Co. and co-manager of San Juan Partners LLC.


Tim Sulser

Director, Investment Banking, Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. Securities Inc.

Tim SulserTim Sulser, a Denver-based director of investment banking for Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. Securities Inc., joined the firm from Netherland, Sewell & Associates Inc. where he was a reservoir-engineering consultant based in Houston. Previously, he was a senior consultant, oil and gas, for Strategic Decisions Group and a reservoir engineer for Marathon Oil Corp. He received his B.S. in petroleum engineering from Montana Tech and an M.S. in management science from Columbia University.


Nick Thomas

President, Meritage Midstream Services II LLC

Nick ThomasNick Thomas, president of Wyoming-focused Meritage Midstream Services II LLC, co-founded, with chairman Steve Huckaby, predecessor start-up Meritage Midstream Services I LLC, whose Eagle Ford assets were sold to Howard Energy Partners in 2012. Previously, Thomas held business-development roles in Arista Midstream Services LLC, Canyon Gas Resources LLC/Cantera Natural Gas LLC, Aquila Merchant Services Inc. and Western Gas Resources Inc. Thomas began his career as an engineer for Monsanto Co. He received his B.S. in chemical engineering from Texas A&M.


James J. Volker

Chairman and CEO, Whiting Petroleum Corp.

Jim VolkerJames 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.


John Westerheide

General Manager, Unconventional Resources, GE Oil & Gas

John WesterheideJohn Westerheide, general manager, unconventional resources, for GE Oil & Gas, has worked in the company's unconventional-resources field- and operations-solutions group since 2011, previously as marketing manager and unconventional marketing leader. Prior to joining the group, Westerheide was surface-marketing leader for the company. He received his BBA in marketing and economics from the University of Oklahoma.


Kevin Williams

Senior Vice President, North Business Unit, DCP Midstream LLC

Kevin Williams, senior vice president for DCP Midstream LLC, is responsible for the company's northern business unit, which gathers nearly 1 billion cubic feet of gas a day, producing some 40,000 barrels of gas liquids daily, in Colorado, Wyoming and Michigan. Previously, Williams was a senior vice president for fuel-transportation company CHS Inc., director of gas supply and marketing for Spectra Energy Corp.'s Tetco business and director of project development for Williams Cos. Inc.'s Transco unit. He received his bachelor's in business management from the University of Northern Iowa.


Tom Williams

Vice President, Industrial Products Sales, BNSF Railway Co.

Tom WilliamsTom Williams, vice president, industrial-products sales, for BNSF Railway Co., previously was vice president, domestic intermodal. He joined Santa Fe Railway Co. in 1993 in Schaumburg, Ill., where he held various positions in intermodal marketing, automotive marketing and industrial-products marketing. Williams received his BS in business finance from Indiana University at Bloomington and his MBA from the University of Chicago. He is also a graduate of the Advanced Management Program of Harvard University's Graduate School of Business Administration.


Gary Willingham

Senior Vice President, U.S. Onshore, Noble Energy Inc.

Gary WillinghamGary Willingham is senior vice president of Noble Energy's U.S. onshore region. In this executive position, Willingham is responsible for Noble Energy's operations in its DJ Basin and Marcellus core areas, as well as its frontier onshore projects and the U.S. land and marketing functions. Prior roles at Noble include vice president of strategic planning and corporate reserves, business unit manager for the Rockies business unit, and director of business development. Prior to joining Noble Energy in 2003, Willingham held various engineering, business development, and strategic planning roles at BP, Vastar Resources and Arco Oil & Gas. Willingham has a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas and he is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.


Chris Wright

CEO, Liberty Resources LLC

Chris WrightChris Wright, chief executive officer of Riverstone-backed Liberty Resources LLC, co-founded the company in 2010 to operate in western North Dakota, selling its Bakken leasehold and production of some 5,600 BOE/day from 86 operated and nonoperated wells in 2013 to Kodiak Oil & Gas Corp. for $660 million. In 1992, Wright founded frac-mapping and -diagnostics firm Pinnacle Technologies Inc., which co-developed new technology with UPR in the Cotton Valley play that led to Mitchell Energy & Development Corp.'s vertical Barnett breakthrough in the late 1990s. He sold Pinnacle to Carbo Ceramics Inc. in 2002 and sold Barnett operator Stroud Energy Inc. to Range Resources Corp. in 2006. He holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from MIT and degrees in electrical engineering from the University of California-Berkeley and MIT.