Senior Geologist, BreitBurn Management Co.
Steve Boljen, senior geologist for BreitBurn Management Co., has 35 years of industry and management experience. Previously, he has been chief of oil and gas operations for the BLM in Bakersfield, Calif.; with Berry Petroleum on 3-D modeling of unconventional and heavy-oil reservoirs throughout California and as company liaison to government consortia; and chief geologist and petrophysicist and manager of the oil and gas division for Norwest Corp. He has also worked as a private, consulting geologist and as a geologist for Keba Oil & Gas Co., M. Davis & Associates and Schlumberger. He received his B.A. in geology from Rutgers University.
Senior Vice President, Exploration and Production, PDC Energy Inc.
Barton R. (Bart) Brookman Jr., senior vice president, E&P, for PDC Energy Inc., previously was with Patina Oil & Gas and its predecessor, Snyder Oil, beginning in 1988 in a series of operational and technical positions, culminating with the role of vice president, operations, for Patina. He holds a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and an M.S. in Finance from the University of Colorado.
John A. Cleveland
Managing Director, SFC Energy Partners
John A. Cleveland is managing director and a founding partner of SFC Energy Partners. Cleveland has more than 35 years of combined natural resources and technical and finance experience. In 2000, he opened and managed the Denver office of a large multinational finance organization focused on private equity investments in the oil and gas sector. Prior to this, he headed the oil and gas finance office of an international energy company and worked for two large banks and a securities firm. Cleveland began his oil career in 1976 as a field geologist working on hard rock mineral projects in the Rocky Mountains and Alaska. He possesses a B.A. degree in geology and a M.B.A. degree in Finance.
John B. Curtis
Professor Emeritus of Geology and Geological Engineering and Director, Potential Gas Agency, Colorado School of Mines
Before John Curtis joined the Colorado School of Mines in 1990, he spent 15 years in the petroleum industry with Texaco, SAIC, Columbia Gas, and Brown & Ruth Laboratories/Baker Hughes. He serves on and has chaired several professional society and natural gas industry committees, including the Supply Panel, Research Coordination Council and the Science and Technology Committee of the Gas Technology Institute. Curtis co-chaired the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) committee on unconventional petroleum systems and is an invited member of the AAPG committee on resource evaluation. He received a B.A. and M.Sc. in geology from Miami University, a Ph.D. in geology from The Ohio State University and is a licensed professional geologist (Wyoming). Curtis was a minuteman missile launch officer and instructor launch officer in the U.S. Air Force.
Senior Research Analyst, Energy Policy Research Foundation Inc. (EPRINC)
Trisha Curtis is a research analyst at EPRINC. She has recently finished her M.Sc. degree in international political economy at the London School of Economics and wrote her M.Sc. dissertation on Chinese national oil companies. Curtis has a long standing interest in energy which has been fueled by time spent working at oil and gas sites in Colorado and Wyoming. She completed her undergraduate work at Regis University in Denver, Colorado where she double majored in economics and politics and graduated summa cum laude.
Charles E. Cusack
Executive Vice President, Exploration, Halcón Resources Corp.
Charles Cusack served as vice president - exploration at Petrohawk Energy Corp. from 2005 until its sale to BHP Billiton in 2011, where he continued his role until joining Halcón in 2012. Prior to joining Petrohawk, he was employed by PHAWK, LLC from its formation in 2003 until 2004. Cusack held various technical and management positions at 3TEC Energy Corp., Cockrell Oil, Amerada Hess, Chevron and Tenneco Oil. Cusack began his career as a geologist with Gulf Oil in 1983 and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering geology from Texas A&M University.
Chairman and CEO, Noble Energy Inc.
Charles (Chuck) Davidson has more than 35 years of energy industry experience. Davidson joined Noble Energy in October 2000 as chairman and CEO after serving as chairman, president and CEO at Vastar Resources Inc. A member of the original executive team that formed Vastar in 1994, he previously held a number of engineering, operations and executive positions at ARCO. Active in numerous industry and trade organizations, Davidson is currently serving as chairman of the Independent Petroleum Association of America’s offshore committee. He serves on the board of the Gas Technology Institute, on the advisory board of the University of Texas in Dallas and with several Houston community organizations. He is also a board member for the Society for the Performing Arts and the Offshore Energy Center. Davidson has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Purdue University and a master’s degree in management from the University of Texas in Dallas.
Thomas W. Dyk
CEO and Chairman, Axia Energy LLC
Thomas W. Dyk cofounded Axia Energy and serves as CEO and chairman of the board. In 2004, Dyk cofounded Orion Energy Partners and served as chief operating officer until the company sold a majority of its assets five years later. Prior to Orion, Dyk joined Tom Brown, Inc. in 1998 as executive vice president and was subsequently named the company's chief operating officer in 1999. Prior to joining Tom Brown, Dyk served as regional vice president for the Rocky Mountain Division of Burlington Resources. He served in various technical and management capacities while at Burlington Resources. Dyk has been a member of the Melior Technology Board of Directors since 2012 and currently serves on the ACE (Alliance for Choice in Education) board of trustees, the Montana Tech Foundation board of directors and is the chairman of the board for Select Oil Tools.
Global Refining Vice President, WorleyParsons
Odette Eng, global refining vice president for WorleyParsons, recently joined the company in its global refining select business. A graduate of the University of Southern California in chemical engineering, Eng has worked in the downstream industry for more than 32 years in various functions, ranging from engineering delivery to technology development and management. She has authored and co-authored several papers to address key technical and market issues and has participated in various collaborative forums in the industry.
Senior Analyst, Johnson Rice & Co.
Welles Fitzpatrick is a senior analyst and partner at Johnson Rice and Company. Johnson Rice is an energy boutique investment bank which has lead the most small to mid-cap onshore E&P and service equity deals each year since 2009. Mr. Fitzpatrick covers small to mid-cap E&P companies, including Niobrara focused PDCE and SYRG. He has been with the firm since 2006 when he started as a research associate in large-cap coverage. Since 2009, Mr. Fitzpatrick has built his own coverage which now includes thirteen companies representing $21b of market value. Prior to Johnson Rice, Mr. Fitzpatrick worked in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia commercializing the country's first free trade zone for Xenel Industries. He received his BA from Vanderbilt University.
Vice President, Crude Logistics, Inergy Services
Brian Freed currently serves as the vice president of crude logistics for Inergy Services where he is responsible for the company's commercial, strategic growth and profit and loss-related activities for their crude oil business. Prior to joining Inergy, Freed served as vice president of business development for Rangeland Energy, the developers of the COLT Hub in Epping, N.Dakota, which Inergy acquired in December 2012. Before Rangeland, he was CEO of Energy Solutions International (ESI) until September 2010). While at ESI, Freed lead the merger and recapitalization of ESI with Entessa and took the helm as the CEO of the combined company. He had been co-founder, president and CEO of Entessa since its inception in 2002. Prior positions also include managing principal consultant at Excelon/C-bridge Internet Solutions and business process consultant at Perot Systems (now Dell). Before launching his civilian business career, Freed proudly served as an artillery officer in the U.S. Army after graduating magna cum laude from West Virginia University with a B.S. degree in finance.
Director, Shale Resource Projects, Weatherford
Robert “Rob” Fulks, director of shale resource projects, has been with Weatherford for twenty-three years. Since 2005 Fulks has been instrumental in developing Weatherford's shale oil & gas services portfolio. In addition to being part of the fracturing technologies group Fulks is a core member of the Unconventional Resource Team (URT) chartered to introduce the same integrated services to emerging shale plays in South America, Asia, Africa and Europe. Fulks received a BS from Virginia Military Institute. He attended Virginia Tech economics grad school on a state fellowship and later received his MBA at the University of Houston. Fulks is a member of SPE and AAPG and has authored numerous technical articles covering both onshore and offshore projects.
Patrick A. Graham
Executive Vice President, Corporate Development, Bonanza Creek Energy
Patrick A. Graham joined Bonanza Creek in 2001 and has served as both senior and executive vice president of our predecessor companies. From 1995 to 2001, Graham was employed by Berry Petroleum Company where he evaluated acquisition opportunities in California, the Rocky Mountain region and Canada. Graham gained experience working with major and independent oil companies while employed with Dowell Schlumberger from 1986 to 1995. He received his Bachelors of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University and has held various technical positions in Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, California and Alaska.
Vice President, Drilling Operations, WPX Energy Inc.
Alan Harrison is vice president of drilling for WPX Energy. He has more than 30 years of experience in upstream oil and gas. Prior to his current role, he led WPX's Piceance Basin operations, which garnered more than a dozen awards from the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission for drilling innovations, application of technology, rig design, water management, reclamation and community involvement. The Denver Business Journal recently named him one of the top energy executives in Colorado. He serves on the executive board of directors for the Colorado Oil & Gas Association, and was the 2005 COGA president. He is a graduate of the Colorado School of Mines.
Vice President, Natural Gas Economy Operations, Encana Natural Gas Inc.
David Hill, vice president, natural gas economy operations, for Encana Corp.'s Encana Natural Gas Inc., works externally and internally to increase the use of natural gas in power generation and transportation. He is also the Natural Gas Vehicle Drive Project champion. Prior to joining Encana, Hill was president of Ticora Geosciences, specializing in unconventional gas with core retrieval, core analysis and consulting. At the Gas Technology Institute for 11 years, he worked in shale-gas, CBM and tight-gas-sands program areas and conceived and was managing editor of GTI's GasTIPS publication. Hill has a Bachelor of Science degree in petroleum engineering from Marietta College and an MBA from Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University.
Executive Vice President and President, Worldwide E&P, Hess Corp.
Greg 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.
James G. Hoff
Vice President, Reservoir Engineering, Merchant Energy Holdings LLC
Founding member of Merchant Energy Holdings, LLC, James Hoff is responsible for the downhole aspects of storage development. Hoff has 25-plus years’ natural gas experience from reservoir and surface facility engineering, to market fundamentals research and commodity marketing support, to project and team management. Prior storage field experience includes running technical and commercial committees for Jackson Prairie, member of the technical committee for Clay Basin, gas storage engineer for nine storage fields owned by Williams Natural Gas (now Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline). He was the founding member of Alta Energy Consulting in Denver. Hoff served as a member of the Gas Research Institute (now Gas Technology institute) gas storage steering committee and is a past section chairman for the Salt Lake chapter of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.
Vice President, Business Development, WBI Energy
Paul Hopfauf began his career with the WBI Energy in 1992. He held positions of increasing responsibility in financial planning and business development prior to leading the company's non-regulated natural gas gathering business. In his current position, Hopfauf is responsible for all the business development activities at the WBI Energy group of companies. A native of Glendive, Mont., Hopfauf holds a bachelors degree in business administration from the University of Montana and an MBA and masters in management from the University of Mary.
Steven B. Huckaby
Chairman and CEO, Meritage Midstream
Steve Huckaby has 30-plus years' midstream experience, most recently as president of Arista Midstream Services, LLC. Before founding the company, he served as vice president of business development and general manager for Momentum Energy Group, LLC. During his tenure, Huckaby was responsible for business development activities in the Rocky Mountain West for the Yorktown Energy Partners, Bank of America and Lehman Brothers-backed midstream startup. Previously, he served as vice president, gathering and processing, Kinder Morgan, Inc.; president, Tall Pines Energy, Inc.; co-founder and executive vice president, Bear Paw Energy, Inc.; manager of business development, Synder Oil Co.; and vice president and chief operating officer, Vessels Oil and Gas, Inc. Huckaby began his career at Oxy Cities Service NGL, Inc. He earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Oklahoma State University.
Vice President and General Manager, Canopy Prospecting Inc.; Eddystone Rail Co.
Erik Johnson joined Canopy Prospecting in 2005 and is currently vice president and general manager. Prior to joining the company, Johnson was a supply chain management consultant with Tenzing Consulting, working with clients in Chapter 11, pre-M&A and private equity situations. He previously worked for FreeMarkets, Inc. in Greater China and India in a number of positions dealing with the company’s energy, process, and heavy industry clients and potential clients. Johnson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Vanderbilt University and a Master of Arts in East Asian studies from Yale University.
Justin J. Kringstad
Director, North Dakota Pipeline Authority
In August 2008, Justin J. Kringstad was appointed by the North Dakota Industrial Commission as director of the North Dakota Pipeline Authority. He received his degree in geological engineering from the University of North Dakota’s School of Engineering and Mines. Kringstad serves on the Governor's Western North Dakota Energy Development Information Exchange Council and has an advisory role on the EmPower North Dakota commission. Prior to his work with the pipeline authority, Kringstad worked with the North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources, the Plains CO2 Reduction Partnership at the Energy and Environmental Research Center, and as an energy consultant for Terra Resources.
A. Lance Langford
Vice President, Bakken DPNA, Statoil
A. Lance Langford serves as vice president Bakken for development and production North America. Prior to joining Statoil, Langford served Brigham Exploration Co. as executive vice president of operations from 2001 to 2011, vice president of operations from 1997 to 2001 and manager of operations from 1995 to 1997. From 1987 to 1995, Langford served in various engineering capacities with Meridian Oil, Inc., handling a variety of reservoir, production and drilling responsibilities. He holds a B.S. in petroleum engineering from Texas Tech University.
Chief Operating Officer, Central Montana Resources LLC
Stephen (Steve) Lipari, chief operating officer of Central Montana Resources LLC, previously was director of new ventures and strategic planning for Newfield Exploration Co. and general manager of Newfield's onshore Gulf Coast business. Prior, he was president and CEO for Aspect Abundant Shale LP and executive vice president of Aspect Energy LLC; operations manager of EOG Resources Inc.'s Fort Worth East division as a start-up member of EOG's Barnett project; and held positions in EOG's South Texas and offshore divisions. He received his bachelor's degree in petroleum engineering from Louisiana State University.
Dr. Jeffrey A. May
Chief Geologist (retired), EOG Resources Inc.
Dr. Jeffrey A. (Jeff) May earned a B.A. in geology from Earlham College, a M.S. in geology from Duke University and a Ph.D. in geology from Rice University. Prior to joining EOG, he was a research geologist with Marathon Oil Co.; a geological and geophysical consultant with Enron Oil & Gas and GeoQuest Reservoir Technologies; and an exploration geoscientist with DDD Energy. He retired from EOG in 2011, 10 years after serving as their first chief stratigrapher. May has conducted sedimentologic, sequence-stratigraphic and seismic-stratigraphic projects on basins and fields worldwide, including the Williston and several other Rockies basins. May has published numerous papers and abstracts on deepwater sandstones, sequence stratigraphy, geophysical interpretation and mudrock deposition and is a member of the AAPG's Distinguished Lecturers 2013 series.
Bakken Project Director, Hess Corp.
David joined Hess in 2010 and as 32-plus years of experience in the oil and gas industry. Prior to assuming his current role in 2013, McKay was director, Bakken project, with responsibility for managing Hess' project operations in North Dakota. He previously spent 13 years at Aera Energy's Belridge asset where he served as vice president, operations; engineering manager; and development manager. He was responsible for building capacity in the asset's leadership and employees, and managed the lean operating principles at all levels of the organization to reduce waste and improve productivity. McKay began his career at Mobil Oil Corp. where he worked in various production and operations positions for 16 years in Oklahoma and California. He earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Colorado — Denver.
General Director, Petroleum, BNSF Railway
Teresa Perkins was named general director, Business Development, for BNSF Railway in 2008. In this role, Teresa is responsible for finding and developing new customers and markets that will be future growth areas for BNSF’s Industrial Products business unit. Perkins currently leads the sales team responsible for all shipments of crude oil, LPGs and gas liquids handled by BNSF. Since 2009, an important part of her job has been the development of shale oil markets for BNSF, primarily in the Bakken Shale and other shale plays. Perkins began her career with BNSF in 1985 when she joined Burlington Northern Railroad, a BNSF predecessor. She has a Bachelor of Science in forest resources and a Master of Science in forest products from the University of Minnesota in St. Paul.
Chairman, Petrie Partners
Tom Petrie, chairman of Petrie Partners, has led more than $200 billion of energy M&A transactions over several decades. Most recently, Petrie served as vice chairman of Bank of America and was previously vice chairman of Merrill Lynch, which acquired the boutique energy investment-banking firm Petrie Parkman & Co., which Petrie co-founded in 1986. Prior to co-founding Petrie Parkman, he was a managing director and senior oil analyst for First Boston Corp. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy, an MBA from Boston University and an honorary doctorate from the Colorado School of Mines.
Taylor L. Reid
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Oasis Petroleum Inc.
Taylor L. Reid has served as director, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Oasis Petroleum Inc. since its inception and has 26 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. 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 March 1986 to June 1998, Reid held various operations and managerial positions with Burlington in several regions of the continental U.S., including the Permian Basin, the Williston Basin and the Anadarko Basin. He was instrumental in Burlington’s expansion into the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin. Reid holds a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering from Stanford University.
Vice President, Operations, Whiting Petroleum Corp.
Rick Ross is vice president of operations - Denver for Whiting Petroleum Corp. He held various technical and managerial positions with Amoco Production Co. from 1982 to 1999 and with Whiting since 1999. He has 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry including extensive experience in the Rocky Mountains and Mid-Continent. Ross graduated from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology with a B.S. in mechanical engineering. He is the past chairman of the North Dakota Petroleum Council, a state trade group representing the North Dakota oil and gas industry. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, and is a registered professional engineer in the state of Colorado.
Senior Vice President and Group Leader, Oil and Gas Solutions, Savage Cos.
Nathan Savage joined Savage in 1995. Prior to his current role in leading Savage’s oil & gas solutions group, he served as group leader for the company’s commercial development group, and held various roles in operations management, finance and business development and as group leader for the refinery and sulphur solutions group. Before joining Savage, he worked as an operating manager in Pennsylvania for a venture capital group in the wireless telecommunications industry. Savage earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Brigham Young University and an MBA from West Virginia University.
Chief Operating Officer, Caliber Midstream
David Scobel's 15 years of experience in the oil and gas industry includes gas gathering and processing, from the project design, business development and construction management perspectives. Before joining Caliber, Scobel was vice president of operations at Meritage Midstream, where he served on the management team that built Eagle Ford Escondido and Cuervo Creek gathering systems; director of projects at Merchant Energy Partners, where he oversaw the East Cheyenne Gas Storage Project design; and as consultant for Superior Pipeline Co., where he presented $98 million in acquisition opportunities and three greenfield projects within nine months. Scobel is a current member and former board member of the Rocky Mountain chapter of the Gas Processors Association. He earned a B.S. in chemical and petroleum refining engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.
Director, Energy Research, ITG Inc.
Gibson Scott became a member of ITG IR in June 2004 after working for two years in Talisman Energy's land acquisitions and divestitures group and many summers at various oilfield services companies. He graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 2002 with a bachelor degree in administrative and commercial studies, specializing in finance and administration, and earned his CFA charter in 2009. Gibson's focus is predominantly Lower 48 oil-prone basins, including the Bakken and Niobrara, as well as the creation and maintenance of company- and play-specific valuation models.
Partner, Americas and Head, Energy and Chemicals, A.T. Kearney
Vance Scott is a partner with A.T. Kearney and leads the energy and process industries practice for the Americas, which includes E&P, refining and petrochemicals. Additionally, he is a member of the company’s board of directors. Scott has over 20 years of industry and consulting experience across the E&P, midstream, refining, petrochemicals and power value chains. His consulting work encompasses strategy, merger integration and divestitures, operations improvement and strategic capital planning. Before coming to A.T. Kearney, Scott worked in E&P in the areas of acquisitions and divestitures, asset management, and petroleum engineering. Scott earned his master’s in operations engineering and MBA from Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering/ Kellogg Graduate School of Management and his B.Sc. in petroleum engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.
Senior Vice President, Exploration, Continental Resources Inc.
Jack H. Stark has been senior vice president, exploration, for Continental Resources Inc. since 1998, during which Continental proved the Bakken play in North Dakota and, since, has proven the Three Forks I, II and III benches. The company is working now toward proving economic production from the fourth of the four Three Forks benches. Prior to joining the company in 1992, he was the exploration manager for the western Midcontinent region for Pacific Enterprises and held various positions with Cities Service Co. and TXO Production Corp. Stark holds a Master's degree in Geology from Colorado State University.
Technical Marketing Manager, Water Liaison, U.S. Northern Region, Halliburton
Clay Terry, technical marketing manager for Halliburton's U.S. Northern, has more than 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. He joined Halliburton in 1995 as the business development manager of integrated solutions. His current responsibilities include leading water management optimization in the U.S. Northern region, specializing in the use of alternative water sources for primary drilling and completions activities targeting ground water resources, both fresh and produced. He holds a bachelor's degree in bible/natural sciences/education from Hardin-Simmons University and is currently pursuing a graduate degree from the Colorado School of Mines. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the American Petroleum Institute.
President and Chief Operating Officer, Goodrich Petroleum Corp.
Robert C. (Rob) Turnham is president and chief operating officer of Goodrich Petroleum Corp., which is among operators such as Encana Corp. that are horizontally producing the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale's vast bounty of oil commercially. Turnham began his career in the oil and gas industry in 1981. Prior to joining Goodrich, which also operates successfully in the Eagle Ford, Pearsall, Buda and Haynesville plays, in 1995, Turnham was president of Liberty Production Co., founder of Turnham Investments Inc. and a financial analyst for Pennzoil.
James J. Volker
Chairman and CEO, Whiting Petroleum Corp.
James 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.
Executive Vice President, Co-Head of Acquisitions & Divestitures, Energy Investment Banking, Raymond James
Harrison Williams joined the Energy Group at Raymond James & Associates in April of 2012 upon the firm's acquisition of Morgan Keegan. Prior to joining Raymond James, he worked at Albrecht & Associates since 1989. Williams started his career at Cambridge Royalty Company in 1975, and was Assistant to the Chairman at Inexco Oil Company from 1979-87. Williams also has experience in gas storage and operated as an independent from 1988 until he joined Albrecht. He holds an A.B. degree from Harvard College, and an M.S. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Partner and Managing Director, Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors LP
Chuck Yates is a partner for Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors' energy private equity activities. He is responsible for the origination and execution of private equity transactions in the energy industry. Prior to joining the company in 2001, Yates was a senior vice president and head of the power technology group at Stephens Inc., an integrated merchant and investment bank. He graduated from Rice University earning a Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, and an MBA. Yates is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.