• bob brooks

    Bob Brooks

    RBAC Inc.
    Founder & CEO
  • Jim Diemer

    Jim Diemer

    Sempra Infrastructure LLC
    Director, Commercial & Strategic Analytics

    Jim Diemer is Director of Market Analysis and Forecasting for Sempra Infrastructure.  In this capacity Mr. Diemer’s team leads all the fundamentals market research and analysis used in Sempra Infrastructure’s project development, due diligence, marketing, and business strategy activities across its three business lines of LNG & Net-Zero Solutions, Networks and Clean Power. Sempra Infrastructure’s mission is to be North America’s premier provider of safe and reliably energy delivery infrastructure delivering  energy for a better world.   Prior to the October 2021 formation of Sempra Infrastructure, Mr. Diemer was Regional Vice President of Midstream Commercial Development for Sempra LNG.

    Mr. Diemer joined Sempra LNG in 2015 bringing his broad energy infrastructure development and energy management background from his prior 30 years of experience largely with Siemens and Pace Global Energy Services, the U.S. Department of Energy and Science Applications International Corporation (now Leidos).  He has an M.S in Environmental Engineering in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,  a B.S in Civil Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a Certificate from the University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business Integral Executive Leadership Program.  Mr. Diemer and his wife Maureen reside in Houston, TX and have two adult children and one grandchild.

  • Alex Gafford

    Alex Gafford

    East Daley Capital Advisors, Inc.
    Capital Markets Analyst

    Alex is an analyst on East Daley’s Capital Markets team. Alex’s expertise lies in understanding, quantifying, and driving transparency related to natural gas interstate pipelines, natural gas gathering and processing asset systems, and LNG. Alex’s coverage includes companies such as Equitrans (ETRN), DT Midstream (DTM), MPLX (MPLX), Antero Midstream (AM), and Enbridge (ENB). Covering these companies includes producing financial models, insights, and research reports for cross-functional team use and external client needs on a monthly, quarterly, and ad hoc basis. Alex also models supply and demand dynamics across numerous basins and commodities such as crude, NGLs, and natural gas. 

  • Deborah Gholson

    Deborah Gholson

    Berkshire Hathaway Energy GT&S
    Gas Development Service Advisor
  • ken hersh

    Ken Hersh

    George W. Bush Presidential Center and Co-Founder of NGP
    President & CEO

    Kenneth A. Hersh, 59, is President, Chief Executive Officer, and board member of the George W. Bush Presidential Center, a Dallas-based non-partisan institution which houses the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum and the George W. Bush Institute. Mr. Hersh focuses on executing the strategy to sustain the Bush Center’s mission for the long term.

    He is the Co-Founder and former CEO of NGP Energy Capital Management, a premier private equity investment franchise in the natural resources industry managing over $20 billion of cumulative committed capital since inception in 1988. Until 2016, Mr. Hersh served as NGP’s Chief Executive Officer. From 1988 through the end of 2015, under his leadership, NGP invested over $12 billion and achieved significant investment returns making it one of the nation’s leading private equity firms.

    Mr. Hersh currently manages his family investment office and serves as Senior Advisor to The Carlyle Group’s natural resources division.  He also sits on the boards of the Texas Rangers Baseball Club and the Dallas Citizens Council. In addition, Mr. Hersh serves on the Board of Overseers of the Hoover Institution, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the National Council of the American Enterprise Institute, and the Dean’s Council of the Harvard Kennedy School. In 2014, he was recognized as Master Entrepreneur of the Year for the Southwest Region by Ernst & Young during its Entrepreneur of the Year program, and in 2017 received the Oil & Gas Council’s Lifetime Achievement Award.  In 2020, Mr. Hersh received the L. Frank Pitts Energy Leadership Award conferred by the SMU Cox School of Business for demonstrating outstanding leadership and innovation in the field of energy.

    Mr. Hersh is also very involved in the nonprofit arena both nationally and locally on a personal basis and through the efforts of the Hersh Foundation. He serves on the boards of the Global War on Terrorism Memorial Foundation, the Communities Foundation of Texas, the Baylor Scott & White Dallas Foundation, and sits on the Advisory Council of The Asian American Foundation. In 2015, Mr. Hersh received the St. Mark’s School of Texas Distinguished Alumnus Award. In 2019, he received the Henry Cohn Humanitarian Award, presented by the Texoma region of the Anti-Defamation League for his work in advancing the cause of human rights, dignity, and equal opportunity.

    Prior to co-founding NGP, Mr. Hersh was employed by Morgan Stanley & Co. where he was a member of the firm’s energy group specializing in oil and gas financing and merger and acquisition transactions.

    Mr. Hersh was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. After graduating from St. Mark’s, he attended Princeton University where he graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Politics in 1985. In 1989, Mr. Hersh earned his M.B.A. from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business where he graduated as an Arjay Miller Scholar.

    Mr. Hersh resides in Dallas, Texas.

  • Jen Hornemann

    Jen Hornemann, PhD, PE

    Antero Resources Corporation
    Vice President Production

    Dr. Jennifer (Jen) Hornemann has served as Vice President of Production since January 2022. Prior to her current role, she served as Director of Production Operations. Before joining Antero, Dr. Hornemann managed the Facilities Engineering & Water teams for QEP Resources, overseeing implementation of full modular production process designs for new Permian developments along with Williston and Haynesville facility installations. Prior to QEP, Dr. Hornemann worked across multiple ExxonMobil companies from 2009 to 2017, focusing on asset integrity for West Africa offshore equipment and pipelines as a Senior Research Engineer. During her time at XTO as Senior Facilities Engineer, she led integrity programs for offshore Cook Inlet assets and onshore Williston and Permian production facilities. Dr. Hornemann began her career with General Electric as a turbine Product Design Engineer. She holds a Professional Engineering License along with a B.S. in Physics from Stephen F. Austin State University, a M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Arkansas and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Montana State University.

  • Franc James

    Franc James

    Penn LNG
    Founder, Chairman & CEO

    Franc James is the Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Penn America Energy Holdings.

    Franc’s original proposition was that clean, responsible Marcellus natural gas can provide competitive, low-carbon energy to fuel economic development globally and within Pennsylvania. Today, this proposition is even more valid, as going forward, countries must accelerate a transition-away from coal. Natural gas is the ideal energy dense and transportable solution.

    From this idea, Franc formulated and led each aspect of Penn America’s strategy to develop a large-scale, LNG export facility at a suitable location in the Northeastern United States. Franc has driven the Company’s transition from the initial LNG proposition, to the formulation and development of the “proof of concept,” and now, to the funding and execution stage of the project.

    Franc’s leadership on all strategic commercial, political and social interactions during the project’s life-cycle has manifested in political support within Pennsylvania and in Washington, attracted a world-class EPC contractor in Bechtel Energy, generated interest from potential LNG customers throughout the world, and created an LNG leadership and management team with recent and successful LNG liquefaction project execution experience - internationally and domestically.

    Prior to Penn America, Franc held executive leadership and principal roles in iron ore mining and copper mining businesses in India and Mexico. In these leadership roles, Franc developed NACuMex S.A. de C.V. (copper) and United Group Holdings (Far East) Pvt Ltd. (iron ore) into integrated mining and processing businesses with customers in North America and Asia.

  • Jarchow_Craig

    Craig Jarchow

    TG Natural Resources LLC
    President & CEO

    Craig Jarchow is President & CEO of Castleton Resources, LLC. He has worked in the Upstream field for over 25 years, having held operational and management roles at Amoco and Apache, and partner-level roles in private equity at both First Reserve and Pine Brook Road Partners. Mr. Jarchow holds a B.A. in Geology from the University of Santa Barbara, California, and M.S. and Ph.D. in Geophysics from Stanford University, and an M.B.A. from MIT. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America.

  • Bernadette Johnson Enverus Women in Energy Honoree

    Bernadette Johnson

    General Manager & Head of Power & Renewables

    Bernadette Johnson serves as the Senior Vice President of Power and Renewables at Enverus (formerly Drillinginfo) and is responsible for helping to grow and expand the Enverus analytics offerings.  She joined Enverus through the acquisition of products and services from Ponderosa Advisors.  With over 11 years’ experience in the energy industry, Bernadette has earned the reputation of industry expert with extensive experience providing crude, natural gas, and NGL fundamentals analysis and advisory services to various players in the North American and Global energy markets.  A regular commentator for and speaker to the energy industry, her specific market expertise spans: financial trading, production forecasts, demand forecasts by sector, infrastructure analysis, midstream analysis, storage value analysis, and price forecasts. Prior to joining Ponderosa, and now DI, Bernadette was Senior Research Analyst for Sasco Energy Partners in Westport, CT where she provided analytics and research support for a team of financial traders active in natural gas, power and oil futures markets. Bernadette began her career with BENTEK Energy, LLC as a Senior Energy Analyst, Natural Gas Market Fundamentals and consulting project team lead.  In addition to her current role at Drilling Info, Bernadette remains a partner and shareholder in Ponderosa Advisors' remaining businesses.   Bernadette holds a MS Degree in International Political Economy of Resources and a BS Degree in Economics, from the Colorado School of Mines. 


  • Kristy Kramer

    Kristy Kramer

    Wood Mackenzie
    Vice President, Head of Gas & LNG Markets, Research

    Kristy Kramer serves as the VP of Markets, Gas & LNG Research at Wood Mackenzie, bringing more than a decade of energy industry experience with particular expertise in flowing gas, LNG, and the upstream oil and gas business in the Americas, Africa and the Middle East. 

    Kristy leads Wood Mackenzie’s gas market research team, which delivers fundamental supply, demand, and pricing analysis across global and regional gas markets.

    Having joined Wood Mackenzie as a principal in consulting in 2016, Kristy has been involved in helping customers determine and evaluate investment opportunities, design portfolio strategy, and understand associated market responses. She later joined our research team as Head of Americas Gas Research.

    Before joining Wood Mackenzie, Kristy spent eight years at ExxonMobil, where she led deal evaluation and developed portfolio strategies for both proprietary flowing gas and joint venture LNG assets.

    Kristy holds a BSc degree in Mechanical Engineering and a MBA from Washington University, St. Louis.Kristy Krame

  • Kyle Koontz

    Kyle Koontz

    BPX Energy
    Chief Operating Officer

    Mr. Koontz serves as the Chief Development Officer for Bpx Energy, which entails overseeing the multi-billion-dollar capital investment strategy in onshore oil and gas development as part of bp’s global resilient hydrocarbon strategy.  Mr. Koontz joined BP in December 2016 and has served as SVP Mid Continent Development, where he helped initiate the oil strategy conversion in the L48 onshore business now known as BPX Energy.  He started a new central reserves and resources team as SVP of BPX Corporate Reserves, and most recently served as SVP of Permian Development where he worked with the team to develop a multi-year, low carbon, development strategy which was solidified with the commissioning of the Grand Slam production facility in 2020. 

    Prior to joining bp, Mr. Koontz was one of the co-founders of Templar Energy he served as the Vice President of Engineering; responsible for Corporate Reserves, Production Accounting, Evaluation Engineering, and Asset Development and helped the management team grow the start-up company into the nation’s 27th largest natural gas producer.  Mr. Koontz received national recognition in Hart Energy's 2015 Oil and Gas Investor "Top Thirty under 40" publication. Prior to Templar Energy, Mr. Koontz served various roles at SandRidge Energy, including Manager of Asset Development in the Mississippian Business Unit.   


    Mr. Koontz lives in Denver with his wife Natalie and three kids, Kellan, Chloe, and Connor and loves snowboarding, wake surfing, mountain biking, and tennis.

  • Minh k le

    Dr. Minh K. Le

    Rystad Energy
    Senior Research Analyst/Head of Hydrogen
  • Hart Energy Conferences speaker Kevin Little

    Kevin Little

    Macquarie Energy, Macquarie Group
    Senior Vice President, Natural Gas Fundamentals

    Bio coming soon!

  • Dan Lopata

    Dan Lopata

    Chesapeake Energy Corp.
    Vice President, Marcellus
  • Tim Oudman

    Tim Oudman

    Republic Services
    Vice President, Business Development

    Tim Oudman is Vice President of Business Development for Republic Services, a leader in the environmental services industry. He is responsible for mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and the company’s emerging business growth platform. Tim oversees the development of the company’s renewable energy projects, including a recently announced joint venture to develop the nation’s largest RNG portfolio build-out to date. He joined Republic Services in 1997 and has previously served in corporate strategy and field operating roles including Area President, Market Vice President and General Manager. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Indiana University and an MBA from Purdue University.  

  • Zack Van Everen

    Zack Van Everen

    East Daley Capital Advisors, Inc.
    Senior Capital Markets Analyst

    Zack is a senior analyst on East Daley’s Capital Markets team. Zack’s expertise lies in understanding, quantifying, and driving transparency related to natural gas interstate pipelines, gathering and processing asset systems, and refined product distribution networks. Zack’s coverage includes companies such as TC Energy (TRP), Kinder Morgan (KMI), Western Gas (WES), and Crestwood Equity Partners (CEQP). Covering these companies includes producing financial models, insights, and research reports for cross-functional team use and external client needs on a monthly, quarterly, and ad hoc basis. Zack also leads East Daley’s natural gas supply and demand team which analyzes supply and demand dynamics across numerous basins across the entire U.S. Zack has prior experience in corporate finance and investment management, and he holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance. 

  • Amol Wayangankar

    Amol Wayangankar

    Enkon Energy Advisors
    Founding Principal

    Amol Wayangankar has 15 years of market and commercial advisory experience with clients in natural gas, LNG and NGL markets. He has advised numerous energy infrastructure transactions; both domestic and international including asset valuations, commercial due diligence, structuring, contract negotiations, asset/market feasibility to support project developers, lenders, energy companies, and investors, in their project development, financing, A&D and planning efforts. Mr. Wayangankar has expertise in asset due diligence, and market studies in the natural gas upstream and midstream space with experience in upstream target valuations, midstream valuations of gas storage, pipeline, terminals, processing plants, gathering systems and fractionation facilities. In the NGL space, Mr. Wayangankar has led commercial structuring and negotiations on terminal and pipeline agreements with multiple LPG/Ethane export terminals in the US. He has experience in originating, structuring and negotiating long-term ethane/LPG Sale and Purchase Agreement with domestic and international buyers. Prior to founding Enkon Energy Advisors, Mr. Wayangankar held senior positions with other energy consulting firms where he advised the C-suite on market entry/growth strategy, evaluated investment opportunities and developed business plans for emerging opportunities. Mr. Wayangankar holds a dual Master degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from Penn State.