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

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General John Allen

Former Commander of U.S. and NATO Troops in Afghanistan First Marine General to Command a Theater of War

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.


Luther Birdzell

Founder, OAG Analytics

Luther BirdzellPrior to founding OAG Analytics in 2013, Luther Birdzell held executive and technical leadership roles in both software product and services organizations. Most recently, he executed top-line initiatives for iTKO that were instrumental in positioning their acquisition by CA Technologies in 2011 for $330MM. In 2007 Birdzell delivered the initial strategic vision that became the company's critical pivot to develop Service Virtualization, the driving technology for iTKO's acquisition. At iTKO, he made distinguished contributions to technology, sales, and strategic delivery. He also led the growth of the global delivery team, while substantially increasing services revenue. Birdzell holds two electrical engineering degrees from Dartmouth College.


Justin Britsch

Drilling and Completions Manager, Newfield Exploration Company

Justin BritschJustin Britsch is the Rocky Mountains drilling and completions manager for Newfield Exploration Company. He joined Newfield in 2008 as a drilling engineer in the company's Mid-Continent region and has since served in a variety of roles including field development, drilling and completions engineering and engineering management. In 2011, Britsch moved to Denver to take on the completions lead role for its Rocky Mountain assets and in 2014, he was named the project manager for the Central Basin development in the company's Uinta Basin. In early 2015, Britsch moved into his current position. Prior to Newfield, he held roles in facilities, production, subsea, and completions engineering for BP and ExxonMobil working in the Deepwater Gulf of Mexico, Nigeria and Angola. He is a graduate of Texas A&M University, is a licensed professional engineer and a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.


Bernard L. Colson, CFA

Managing Director and Senior Analyst for MLPs, Oppenheimer & Co.

Bernard L. ColsonBernie Colson is managing director and senior analyst for MLPs. Colson comes back to Oppenheimer after a brief time at Global Hunter Securities where he was Managing Director and Senior Analyst covering the MLP sector. Prior to joining Oppenheimer initially in 2010, he was with Tortoise Capital Advisors where he was involved in portfolio management and investment analysis of MLPs and utilities. While there he also spearheaded the portfolio team effort to launch the Tortoise Power & Energy Infrastructure Fund. Prior to Tortoise Capital, he was an investment analyst at Waddell & Reed where he covered the power and utility industry and the U.S. Media sector. Prior to Waddell & Reed, Colson was an assistant vice president at Citigroup Asset Management where he covered the North American electric and gas utilities and was a member of the Large Cap Core portfolio management team. He holds a B.A. in Sociology from Yale University and an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan Business School.


John B. Curtis

Professor Emeritus of Geology & Geological Engineering Director, Potential Gas Agency, Colorado School of Mines And GeoMark Research, Ltd.

John CurtisJohn B. Curtis is professor emeritus of geology and geological engineering and director, Potential Gas Agency at the Colorado School of Mines. He received a B.A. (1970) and M.S. (1972) in geology from Miami University and a Ph.D. (1989) in geology from Ohio State University. He is a licensed professional geologist (Wyoming). Curtis was a Minuteman Missile launch officer and instructor launch officer in the U.S. Air Force from 1972-1975. He has been at the Colorado School of Mines since July 1990. Curtis had 15 years prior experience in the petroleum industry with Texaco Inc., SAIC, Columbia Gas and Brown & Ruth Laboratories/Baker-Hughes. At the Potential Gas Agency, he directs a team of 100 for the Potential Gas Committee's biennial assessment of remaining U.S. natural gas resources. Prior to beginning transitional retirement, he taught at the Colorado School of Mines.


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.


John Fund

National Affairs Columnist, National Review magazine, Contributor to The Wall Street Journal, On-air Analyst, Fox News Channel

John FundJohn Fund is national affairs columnist for National Review magazine and a Fox News contributor. He is a quoted expert on American politics and the interconnections between politics, economics and legal issues. He previously served as a columnist and editorial board member for The Wall Street Journal. He is the author of several books, including "Obama's Enforcer: Eric Holder's Justice Department" and "Who's Counting: Bow Fraudsters and Bureaucrats Put Your Vote at Risk." He worked as a research analyst for the California Legislature in Sacramento before beginning his journalism career as a reporter for the syndicated columnists Rowland Evans and Robert Novak. Roll Call, the newspaper of Capitol Hill, called him "the Tom Paine of the modern Congressional reform movement." He has won awards from the Institute for Justice, The Competitive Enterprise Institute and The Fund for American Studies.


Brett Hall

Reserve Engineer, Synergy Resources Corp.

Brett HallBrett Hall has been a reservoir engineer for Synergy Resources Corp. since February 2014. His duties include reserve reporting, reservoir modeling, and assisting with drilling and completions operations. Hall is experienced in conventional and unconventional reservoirs throughout the Rocky Mountains and mid-continent regions. He has worked in the DJ Basin since 2008 and prior to joining Synergy worked with Black Diamond Minerals.


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.


James G. Hoff

Vice President of Reservoir Engineering and Founding Member, Midstream Energy Holdings, LLC

James G. HoffFounding member of Midstream 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.


Ed Holloway

Co-CEO, Synergy Resources Corp.

Ed HollowayEdward Holloway has been an officer and director of Synergy Resources Corp. since 2008 and has over thirty years of experience operating oil and gas companies in the Denver Julesburg Basin. Prior to joining Synergy Resources, Holloway co-founded Petroleum Exploration and Management, LLC whose assets were acquired by Synergy Resources in 2011. In 1997, Holloway co-founded, and since that date has co-managed, Petroleum Management, LLC, a company primarily engaged in the distribution of refined petroleum products. Prior to that, he founded a private oil and gas company that he sold to LYCO Energy Corporation and then founded and sold a second private oil and gas company to Southwest Production. Holloway earned a degree in Business Finance from the University of Northern Colorado and is a past President of the Colorado Oil & Gas Association.


Jeff Knupp

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

Jeff KnuppJeff Knupp joined Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. in 2008, and is currently a Director in Upstream Investment Banking with a focus on Permian, Midcon and Rockies, as well as corporate M&A. Before joining TPH, his career spanned a total of 6 years as a reservoir engineer at ExxonMobil, Merit Energy, Netherland, Sewell & Associates. He holds an MBA from University of Texas and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University.


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.


Gabriel Martinez

Upstream Analyst, Stratas Advisors

Gabriel MartinezGabriel Martinez is an upstream analyst with Stratas Advisors. His work is oriented towards the American and Canadian Rocky Mountain regions. He is responsible for evaluating the potential of geologic and economic success of given acreage positions. His work is focused on production modeling and analysis, well economics, and playwide production forecasting by hydrocarbon type. His most recent work has analyzed the impact of emerging technologies on well performance and cost management. Martinez received his Bachelor of Science degree in Geophysics and Geophysical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.


Anita Parlow

Founder, A.L. Parlow & Associates LLC

Anita ParlowA.L. Parlow is an independent advisor and consultant to CEOs and top management in the oil, gas and bio-fuels industries, international agencies and non-governmental organizations on matters of corporate responsibility, crisis management and prevention. She conducts field–work, assessments, develops crisis management strategies and produces strategic reports in order to identify and implement "Best Practices" strategies that bridge theory and practice worldwide. Previously, Parlow served as spokesperson for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees in the U.S., and as co–director for a Harvard Kennedy School–based project, Waging Peace. Parlow's 2004 dissertation for her advanced degree in law from Oxford University was on the topic of Corporate Social Responsibility in the petroleum industry and Central Asian locations. Her current project is with the Harvard-MIT Program on Negotiation in anticipation of the forthcoming 2014 Arctic Circle meetings in Reykjavik.


Tom Petrie

Chairman, Petrie Partners

Tom PetrieTom 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.


David Rabley

Vice President, North and South America Region, Schlumberger Business Consulting

David RableyDavid Rabley is a vice president for Schlumberger Business Consulting, North & South America, based in Houston. He specializes in performance improvement, operations, strategy development and organization in upstream oil and gas. Rabley has more than 14 years of consulting experience and has been in Houston since 2013. Prior to joining SBC, he was director and Singapore office Leader for Accunomics LLC, where he led programs with oil major clients to achieve significant increases in performance and profitability across Australia, Singapore and Thailand. Rabley was also an associate partner in McKinsey & Co. and a leader of their Global Energy Practice, based in London and Singapore. He additionally led McKinsey's SE Asia Supply Chain and Procurement practice. Rabley holds an M.A. in economics from the University of Cambridge (Downing College) and has an MBA from INSEAD.


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

Managing Director, 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.


Diana Santos

Vice President, Phillips 66 Pipeline LLC

Diana SantosDiana Santos is the manager of strategic ventures and business development for Phillips 66 Co. and vice president of Phillips 66 Pipeline LLC. She has over 25 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. Santos joined Conoco in 1990 after graduating from Oklahoma State University. She held roles in finance until 2001, when she moved to work for the CFO as an executive analyst, participating in several key initiatives, including the Gulf Canada acquisition and ConocoPhillips merger. Additional roles at ConocoPhillips included finance manager of International downstream in the United Kingdom and manager of investor relations. Following the split from ConocoPhillips, Santos held the role of manager, transportation BD for Phillip 66. Recently, Santos became the manager of strategic ventures, where she oversees key joint ventures for the midstream segment, including recently announced projects in the Bakken.


Gibson Scott

Director, Energy Research, ITG Inc.

Gibson ScottGibson 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.


Clay Terry

Technology Marketing Manager, Northern Region, Halliburton

Clay TerryClay Terry is technical marketing manager for Halliburton's U.S. Northern, where his primary focus is alternative business applications, focused on horizontal recompletions. He has more than 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry and 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. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the American Petroleum Institute.


Matthew T. Thompson

Vice President, QEP Resources, Inc.

Matthew T. ThompsonMatthew T. Thompson, Vice President for QEP Energy (QEP), has worked in the oil and gas industry for more than 18 years. In his current role, Thompson is responsible for QEP assets focused in two major regions: the Northern Region (primarily the Rockies and the Williston Basin) and the Southern Region (primarily Texas and Louisiana) of the United States. 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.