DUO Reservoirs
March 9-11, 2016
Denver, Colorado
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2016 Speakers

Adam Bedard

Chief Executive Officer, ARB Midstream LLC

Adam BedardAdam Bedard, co-founder and CEO of ARB Midstream LLC, has more than 20 years of experience in strategic analysis of the North American energy market. Prior to forming ARB, he was vice president of strategic planning and market analysis for NGL Energy Partners LP. Previously, he was the senior director of energy analysis for Bentek Energy. He received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder and his MBA in Finance from The Wharton School.


Steve Berman, CFA

Managing Director and Senior E&P Analyst, Canaccord Genuity Inc.

Steve BermanSteve Berman joined Canaccord Genuity Inc. in 2012 as a managing director and senior analyst, covering E&P companies from the firm’s New York office. He has extensive experience across the capital structure in a more than 30-year career on both the buy- and sell sides, with the past 15 years focused on energy. Prior to joining Canaccord, Berman was a senior equity analyst at Pritchard Capital Partners, covering small- and midcap E&P companies. A chartered financial analyst, he holds a BA degree in Accounting from Franklin & Marshall College and an MBA in Finance from Rutgers Graduate School of Management.


Robert Boswell

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Laramie Energy II LLC

Robert BoswellBob Boswell, chairman and CEO of Laramie Energy II LLC, formed Laramie I with more than $200 million in May 2004 and sold its Piceance Basin portfolio three years later for more than $1 billion. He and the team formed Laramie II in June 2007 and acquired underdeveloped assets in Garfield County, Colorado, building another Piceance portfolio. Prior to co-founding Laramie I, Boswell was chairman and CEO of Forest Oil Corp., which he joined as a director in 1987. Previously, he spent most of his career with Adams Affiliates, a Tulsa-based conglomerate, where he was CFO and, later, president and COO. He received his MBA from the University of Texas at Austin and his B.E. degree in Chemical Engineering, magna cum laude, from Vanderbilt University.


Ben Burke, PhD

Senior Geologist, Fifth Creek Energy LLC

Ben BurkeDr. Ben Burke, senior geologist for Fifth Creek Energy LLC, has more than 12 years of experience in applied geoscience with more than 10 years in domestic and international oil and gas exploration and development. Prior to joining Fifth Creek, Burke worked on Noble Energy Inc.’s horizontal development of the D-J Basin as a production geoscience team leader. He holds an AB magna cum laude from Bowdoin College, an MBA from Texas A&M University and a PhD from Dartmouth College. He is also a collaborating professor with the Department of Geological and Atmospheric Sciences at Iowa State University. Prior to Noble, he worked for ExxonMobil Corp. and as a senior geologist with Fidelity Exploration & Production in the Williston Basin, the Cotton Valley and the Powder River Basin.


Grant Butkus

U.S. Head of A&D Advisory, Macquarie Capital

Grant ButkusGrant Butkus joined Macquarie Capital in 2014 and is currently head of A&D advisory in the U.S. Prior to joining Macquarie, he was a director at CIBC Griffis & Small, where he advised clients on the evaluation and execution of A&D throughout the Lower 48. He began his career at ConocoPhillips as a reservoir engineer and led the team responsible for the appraisal and development of emerging horizontal plays in the Delaware Basin. He also held multiple technical positions in ConocoPhillips' Permian Basin group. Butkus received his BBA in Finance from Baylor University, B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Oklahoma, and MBA from Rice University.


Mike Eberhard

Vice President, Completions, Synergy Resources Corp.

Mike EberhardMike Eberhard, vice president of completions for Synergy Resources Corp., joined the Wattenberg-focused E&P in August. Previously, he was completions manager for Anadarko Petroleum Corp., overseeing completion operations in the Wattenberg Field, and spent nearly 30 years with Halliburton Co., with 10 of these as a technical manager and 20 in other managerial and technical, as well as sales, positions. Eberhard holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Montana State.


Paul Favret

Chief Executive Officer, Resource Energy Partners LLC

Paul FavretPaul Favret is the CEO, President, and founder of Resource Energy and an accomplished oil and gas executive with 30+ years of industry experience. Prior to Resource, Mr. Favret was CEO/president for several E&P companies including Source Energy Partners, Abundant, Aspect, and Ascend. These companies focused on Domestic and International exploration and production in resource and conventional plays, drilling over 600 wells and producing over 30,000 BOED. He was also team lead, geophysicist, at his 12 year tenure at Amoco Production. Favret holds a B.S. and M.S. in Geology/Geophysics and a MBA. He has authored 7 US patents for a variety of exploration techniques mostly involving seismic.


Nathan Fisher

Vice President, U.S. Development & Geosciences, Enerplus Resources (USA) Corp.

Nathan FisherNathan Fisher oversees Enerplus’ U.S. asset development planning and geoscience and business analysis teams. Fisher's past work experience includes exploration and development in various basins in the U.S., including the Rocky Mountain basins, Appalachian basin, onshore Gulf Coast, and offshore Gulf of Mexico. Prior to joining Enerplus in 2011, Fisher held positions at Shell, Newfield and El Paso. Fisher has a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Princeton University as well as a Masters in Science in Geology and Geophysics from Cornell University.


Garrett Frazier

Director of Sales and Marketing, Magnum Oil Tools International, Ltd.

Garrett FrazierGarrett Frazier, Director of Sales and Marketing for Magnum Oil Tools International, Ltd. began his career managing assembly operations for Magnum, and today oversees all marketing and sales efforts encompassing 8 locations worldwide. Since 2001 Garrett and his brother Derrick have worked closely with their father Lynn Frazier, CEO and President of Magnum. Over the past 15 years they have developed a product line dedicated to efficient wellbore isolation technology. Frazier holds a BBA in Marketing from Texas A&M University Corpus Christi.


HC Freitag

Vice President, Integrated Technology, Baker Hughes

HC FreitagHans-Christian (HC) Freitag currently holds the position of vice president - Integrated Technology in the Global Products & Services organization for Baker Hughes. He joined Atlas Wireline Services in 1989 and worked in operations, geoscience and management positions around the world. In 2002, he moved to Baker Hughes INTEQ and oversaw the development and market introduction of advanced LWD technology. From 2005 to 2008 he was responsible for formation evaluation in North America. From 2008 to end 2013 he held a number of senior and executive management positions with Baker Hughes in the Middle East and Asia Pacific. Prior to his current role, he was the vice president for the Unconventional Resources Business Unit for the Eastern hemisphere. He has authored publications on OH and CH formation evaluation with SPWLA and SPE. Freitag holds an MSc in geophysics and a BSc in Physics from TU Berlin and TU Clausthal in Germany.


Clay Gaspar

Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, WPX Energy, Inc.

Clay GasparClay Gaspar, senior vice president and chief operating officer of WPX Energy Inc., joined the company in 2014 as its senior vice president of operations and resource development. Prior to joining WPX, Gaspar held technical and leadership roles at Newfield Exploration Co., Anadarko Petroleum Corp. and Mewbourne Oil Co. He received his bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M and his master’s degree in petroleum and geosciences engineering from The University of Texas.


Greg Hill

President and COO, Hess Corp.

Greg HillGreg Hill is president and chief operating officer of Hess Corporation, a global independent energy company engaged in the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas. Hess is a leading shale oil and gas producer and a leader in deepwater production and development. Its global portfolio is focused in five strategic areas: onshore North America; deepwater Gulf of Mexico, the North Sea, offshore West Africa, and offshore Malaysia. The company is also engaged in exploration and appraisal activities in the Gulf of Mexico, Guyana, Australia and Nova Scotia. Prior to joining Hess in 2009, Hill spent 25 years at Shell in a variety of operations, engineering, technical and business leadership roles in Asia Pacific, Europe and the United States. This included serving as executive vice president – exploration and production of Singapore-based Shell Asia Pacific, vice president of production for Shell E&P Europe, and senior vice president of Aera Energy, a California-based joint venture affiliate of Shell and Mobil. Hill holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wyoming.


Lance Lauck

Executive Vice President, Corporate Development and Strategy, PDC Energy Inc.

Lance LauckLance Lauck was appointed executive vice president corporate development and strategy in January 2015. Lauck has overall responsibilities for PDC's business development, strategic planning, corporate reserves and midstream & marketing. Lauck joined PDC in August 2009 as senior vice president business development with the added responsibility of leading PDC's strategic planning efforts. Previously, he served as vice president - acquisitions and business development for Quantum Resources Management LLC from 2006 to 2009. From 1988 until 2006, Lauck worked for Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, where he initially held production, reservoir and acquisition engineering positions before being promoted to various management level positions in the areas of acquisitions and business development, ending his service as general manager, corporate development. From 1984 to 1988, Lauck worked as a production engineer for Tenneco Oil Company. Lauck graduated from the University of Missouri-Rolla in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering.


Sam Margolin

Director, Equity Research, Energy, Cowen & Co.

Sam MargolinSam Margolin, director, equity research, energy, for Cowen & Co. joined the firm in 2013 from Cowen's acquisition of Dahlman Rose & Co. Margolin is Cowen's lead analyst for the refining and marketing and marine-transportation teams. His coverage includes refiners Valero Energy Corp., Tesoro Corp. and Marathon Petroleum Corp. Joining Dahlman Rose in 2006, the marine-transport team was known as one of the top research groups in the sector and was picked for several awards by The Wall Street Journal and Financial Times. Within this coverage, Margolin gained valuable experience with examining all levels of the oil-supply chain, with special emphasis on downstream assets. Margolin received his bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 2004.


Heath Mireles

Vice President, Resource Development, Continental Resources Inc.

Heath MirelesHeath Mireles, vice president, resource development, for Continental Resources Inc., joined the company in 2010 in completions engineering and as resource-development manager in the new-ventures group. Prior to joining Continental, Mireles was a completions engineer for BP Plc, where he led a liquid-CO2-frac pilot in Wamsutter Field that resulted in a 300% improvement in well performance. Mireles received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Kansas State University.


Jeff Nelson

Vice President, Tallgrass Energy Partners LP

Jeff NelsonJeff Nelson, vice president and general manager, water, for Tallgrass Energy Partners LP, joined the company in 2014 from BNN Energy, of which he was co-founder and president when Tallgrass acquired the firm. Previously, he was a senior construction manager for Bechtel Power Corp. and a lead field engineer for Kiewit. He received his bachelor’s degree in Construction Management from Wayne State College and studied business law, project management, at Penn State University.


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.


Ward Polzin

CEO, Centennial Resource Development LLC

Ward PolzinWard Polzin, chief executive officer of Denver-based 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 also co-led Enerplus’ entry into the Marcellus in 2009. 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.


Jeff Quigley

Director, Energy Markets, Stratas Advisors

Jeff QuigleyJeff Quigley is the director of Energy Markets for Stratas Advisors. With more than 12 years of experience, he is responsible for market monitoring and forecasting across the entire value chain. Quigley manages Stratas’ Short-Term Price Outlook Service, which combines market fundamentals, geopolitics and Stratas’ own economic outlook to build an integrated, data-driven outlook on key energy markers for the next 24 months. Prior to joining Stratas Advisors, Quigley was a senior associate with Energy Ventures Analysis (EVA), a strategic consultancy based in Arlington, Va. There he led teams covering international energy markets, oil and gas and solid fuels (coal) serving major US utilities, trade associations and global energy companies. Before joining EVA, Quigley served seven years as a manager and lead analyst at PFC Energy (now IHS) in Washington, DC. There, he led a team of analysts focused on long-term forecasting and quantitative analysis of the oil and gas sector. Quigley holds an MBA from George Washington University and a BS in Business Administration from American University.


Taylor L. Reid

President and Chief Operating Officer, Oasis Petroleum Inc.

Taylor L. Reid SpeakerTaylor L. Reid, president and chief operating officer of Oasis Petroleum Inc., co-founded the Williston Basin-focused operator in 2007. Previously, Reid worked the basin for Burlington Resources Inc., including during its tests of the upper Bakken shale in the late 1980s and early 1990s in western North Dakota. With Burlington, Reid also worked in the Permian, Anadarko and Western Canadian Sedimentary basins and was general manager, Latin and Asia operations, and general manager, corporate A&D. After Burlington’s merger with ConocoPhillips in 2006, Reid was asset manager, Permian and Panhandle operations. He received his Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering from Stanford University.


Karl Rove

Former Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to President George W. Bush, Political Strategist and Bestselling Author

Karl RoveKarl Rove, an iconic political strategist and one of the most sought-after political brains of our time, is best known for his provocative and robust knowledge of the major political issues of the day. Mr. Rove served as Senior Advisor to President George W. Bush from 2000–2007 and Deputy Chief of Staff from 2004–2007. At the White House he oversaw the Offices of Strategic Initiatives, Political Affairs, Public Liaison, and Intergovernmental Affairs and was Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy, coordinating the White House policy-making process. Before Karl Rove became known as “The Architect” of President Bush’s 2000 and 2004 campaigns, he was president of Karl Rove + Company, an Austin-based public affairs firm that worked for Republican candidates, non-partisan causes, and non-profit groups. Today Mr. Rove writes a weekly op-ed for the Wall Street Journal, is a Fox News contributor and is the author of the latest book, The Triumph of William McKinley: Why the Election of 1896 Still Matters, and the New York Times bestseller, Courage and Consequence: My Life as a Conservative in the Fight.


Jack Vaughn

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Peak Exploration & Production LLC

Sam MargolinJack Vaughn, chairman and chief executive officer of Peak Exploration & Production LLC, founded the company as a fourth iteration of his Peak series of E&Ps. Under his leadership, Peak has achieved returns on investment of between 2.2 and 4.7x from projects in the San Juan Basin, the Granite Wash in the Texas Panhandle, the Barnett shale, and the Williston Basin. Prior to forming Peak I, Vaughn was vice president, Rocky Mountain division, for EnerVest Management Partners, managing a San Juan Basin CBM project and the acquisition, development and divestiture of conventional Wyoming Green River Basin projects. Previously, he was an executive project manager for Hillman Co.’s energy group. Vaughn holds a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and started his career in 1968 with Amoco Oil Co.


Jack Wiener

Chief Technical Advisor, Halliburton

Jack WienerJack Wiener is chief technical advisor for Halliburton in Denver, CO where over the last 3.5 years he has designed, planned and geosteered nearly 200 horizontal Niobrara wells in the DJ Basin using integrated 3D earth modeling technologies. Wiener began his career at Texaco Inc. as a development geologist and spent the next 21 years working in frontier exploration, asset management, geophysical technology development & global earth modeling. Wiener then joined the Halliburton Technology Team to work in petrophysical research & neural network analysis. In 2002, he invented CHI modeling; a neural network technique for simulating open hole triple combo logs from cased hole pulsed neutron data. He later joined Samson Resources as a senior geologist leading Rocky Mtn. reservoir studies & new play development and then Laramie Energy II in new business development. Wiener holds several patents in neural network applications related to petrophysics and geophysics. He graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in Geology & Masters in Geophysics.


Chris Wright

CEO, Liberty Resources LLC

Chris WrightChris Wright, chief executive officer of Liberty Resources LLC, co-founded the Williston Basin operator in 2010 and is also the CEO of Liberty Oilfield Services LLC, which operates in the Rockies as well. In 1992, Wright founded frac-mapping and -diagnostics firm Pinnacle Technologies Inc., which co-developed 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.