Sam Arneson joined Crusoe in January of 2022 as the Director of Business Development, Permian Basin and is leading the company’s expansion efforts in Texas and New Mexico. Sam joined the oil and gas industry in 2006 with MarkWest Energy Partners and held various analytical and commercial roles of increasing responsibility over the course of roughly ten years. More recently, Sam has spent the last six years in the Permian Basin in senior level roles with private equity portfolio teams and joined Crusoe from Oryx Midstream Services where he served as the Director of Business Development. Prior to Oryx, Sam was the VP of Marketing for Felix Energy II as well as the Director of Business Development for EagleClaw Midstream. Sam holds an undergraduate degree in Finance from St. Cloud State University.
Jack Belcher has over 30 years of experience in energy and energy policy. Jack is a Principal at Cornerstone where he provides strategic and tactical advice to energy and transportation companies and financial institutions, focusing on government relations, regulatory affairs, public policy, strategic communications, situational risk management, and Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) performance. He also is also the vice president and co-founder of the Center for ESG & Sustainability. Jack previously served regulatory affairs and policy manager for Shell North America’s Exploration & Production Division, and staff director for the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources. Jack also previously worked for the Independent Petroleum Association of America, Hart Energy Publications, and Texaco Gas Marketing Inc. Jack holds a B.A. in Government from The University of Texas at Austin. He is certified by the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures and the Sustainable Accounting Standards Board.
Chris is leading the development and growth of Milestone’s Carbon Sequestration business unit, from project development to execution and expansion. Prior to joining Milestone, Chris worked in various commercial and technical leadership roles at ExxonMobil, including project development for carbon capture, utilization, and sequestration (CCS/CCUS).
Chris brings more than 17 years of global oil and gas industry experience to Milestone. He began his career as an electrical engineer with Burns & McDonnell before joining ExxonMobil, where he spent more than a decade overseas working on commercial negotiations, marketing, and project development in more than 30 countries. Chris has diverse technical experience in reservoir engineering, midstream operations, and power project development for CCS and CCUS applications. He also has held several commercial leadership roles such as NGL, CO2, and Unconventional Infrastructure Manager for XTO Energy, and as Commercial Director and Board Member of ExxonMobil Exploration Argentina, S.R.L.
Chris holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University, as well as an MBA from London Business School. He lives with his family in The Woodlands, Texas.
Steve is a PhD physicist who co-founded Kairos Aerospace in 2014. Prior to founding Kairos, Steve was a research manager at the Lockheed Martin Solar and Astrophysics Laboratory. He has worked on a variety of NASA- and DARPA-funded programs, including cryogenic detector programs, solar physics experiments and radiation modeling for spacecraft.
David Finan joined EIV Capital in 2014 and currently serves as a partner and a member of the firm’s Investment Committee. He is actively involved in firm strategy and is responsible for originating and stewarding investments across EIV Capital’s areas of focus.
Prior to joining EIV Capital, David served as director for Quantum Energy Partners, where he participated in investment activities across upstream, midstream and oil field sectors, including portfolio company board participation and monitoring, evaluating, and sourcing new investments, due diligence and transaction structuring and execution. In 2006, David joined GSO Capital Partners, a division of the Blackstone Group, where he served as vice president of the energy investment team and provided credit, equity, and special situation capital across the energy value chain. His responsibilities included negotiating and executing private investments, participating in syndicated offerings, and monitoring ongoing investments within GSO and Blackstone’s credit and special-situation hedge funds. David held positions at JPMorgan and Credit Suisse’s investment banking Natural Resources Group, focusing on mergers, acquisitions, and capital market transactions.
David earned a B.B.A. in finance and management information systems and graduated cum laude from Baylor University.
Jeff Hume assumed the duties of Continental Resources, Inc.’s (CLR) Vice Chairman of Strategic Growth Initiatives in June 2012.
Previously, Mr. Hume was President from November 2009 and Chief Operating Officer from October 2008. He has also served as CLR’s Senior Vice President of Operations, Senior Vice President of Resource and Business Development from October 2005, Senior Vice President of Resource Development from July 2002, and Vice President of Drilling Operations from 1996. Prior to joining Continental Resources in May 1983 as Vice President of Engineering and Operations, Jeff held various engineering positions with Sun Oil Company, Monsanto Company and FCD Oil Corporation. Jeff is a Registered Professional Engineer in Oklahoma and member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association, and the Oklahoma and National Professional Engineering Societies. Mr. Hume graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in petroleum engineering technology in 1975.
Nikhil’s responsibility at Talos is to strategize, identify opportunities and convert them to material projects in the energy transition space with the support of his exceptional co-workers. He has played a leading role in Talos’ diversification from E&P to CCUS and continues to seek growth in the blue economy. Nikhil has spent past 23 yrs in E&P applying known solutions to innovative applications enhancing commercial value. He has a bachelors and masters in chemical engineering from University of Houston and a masters in liberal arts in extension studies in the field of finance from Harvard.
Ben Linke is the Vice President of Emissions Management for Baker Hughes. In this role, Ben leads in helping the industrial and energy sectors better understand, control and reduce emissions.
Previously, Ben was Vice President for the Services & Offshore business within Baker Hughes’ Oilfield Equipment product company. Responsible for P&L, operational and execution activity for subsea wellheads and premium connector and casings, Ben’s remit also extended to installation and commissioning, life of field services and intervention services.
Ben also served as Global Operations Executive Director for Baker Hughes Subsea Services where he was responsible for installation and commissioning along with life of field operations globally. Prior to that, he was the Strategic & Operations Sourcing Director for GE Oil & Gas – Oilfield Equipment, where his remit included global procurement strategy, supplier relationships and logistics.
He also served as Executive Director for GE’s Corporate Audit Staff with responsibilities for operational and strategic projects as well as financial and compliance audits across GE Oil & Gas, GE Latin America and GE Supply Chain. He spent over 5 years on various assignments and leadership roles across GE in the USA, UK, Italy, Brazil and elsewhere.
Ben joined GE’s Financial Management Program in 2009, where he worked on assignments in GE Healthcare in Germany, Sweden and the USA. He joined GE in 2004.
Ben and his family reside in the United Kingdom. He is originally from Cologne, Germany and an International Management graduate from FHDW – Bergisch, Gladbach in Germany.
Elizabeth McGinley leads Bracewell’s Carbon Capture Utilization & Storage (CCUS) team and is chair of Bracewell's tax department. She advises strategic and financial investors on tax issues arising in connection with the energy transition including federal tax credits and investment structures. Her recent representations include Navigator CO2 Ventures LLC in the development of an industrial scale carbon capture pipeline system of more than 1,200 miles of new carbon dioxide gathering and transportation pipelines across five Midwest states, and Talos Energy in its lease and development of over 40,000 acres located offshore in Texas state waters in the Gulf of Mexico for carbon sequestration.
As part of her traditional energy transactional practice, Liz regularly advises clients on acquisitions, dispositions, project development, joint ventures and debt and equity investments in the upstream and midstream oil and gas and conventional and renewable power industries. She represents both public and private energy companies as well as private equity funds. Liz is recognized by Chambers USA among America's leading lawyers for tax (2012-2021).
Dr. Jana Nythruva graduated from Texas A&M University with an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering and obtained his M.B.A. and Doctorate in Business from the University of Florida, in Gainesville. With a passion for innovating the energy transition he has obtained more than 20 years of experience in the Energy Industry, from Power Generation to Industrial Applications and Processes. Jana has been with Siemens Energy since 2001 and has held multiple roles across the energy portfolio within Siemens Energy. Jana is currently the Vice President of Industrial Process Solutions for the Americas at Siemens Energy. His current focus and interests lie in developing tailored, sustainable solutions to process industries in their decarbonization journey.
As Strategy & Policy Vice President of OGCI, Julien Perez is responsible for coordinating actions and commitments, developing external policy views, managing relations with institutions and external stakeholders, and providing strategic direction to drive future development of the organisation.
Previously, Julien was head of Climate & Energy Services at Ernst & Young where he assisted private and public players in setting up and implementing low-carbon strategies. Julien also worked at Total where he coordinated climate change actions and at Aecom managing environmental liabilities for various industries. Julien holds an Environmental Engineering degree from Agro ParisTech, an Energy and Climate Economics degree from Dauphine and an advanced degree in climate change management from Yale.
Jason has more than 18 years of experience in the Energy industry, ranging from upstream exploration and production, oilfield services, and technology to investment management and venture capital.
Prior to joining EcoVapor, Jason was CEO of Avitas, Avitas, a Baker Hughes venture focused on emissions monitoring and detection strategies enabled through robotics, AI, and digital techniques. Before that, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of XACT Downhole Telemetry. Prior to XACT, he was a Principal at Kenda Capital, a venture capital fund focused on energy technology.
Jason is a skilled leader with a track record of building high-performance teams, managing growth, and facilitating the adoption of new technologies and solutions in the Energy sector. He received his B.S. in Finance from the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Gordon currently works as a senior executive in business development for Wolf Carbon Solutions US LLC, a U.S. based affiliate of Wolf Midstream, a $4 billion multi-faceted energy infrastructure organization based in Calgary, Alberta. As the founding CEO of Wolf Midstream, Gordon was a key player in the midstream business origination of the Alberta Carbon Trunk Line, and Wolf’s resulting leadership in the carbon infrastructure business in Canada. Wolf Midstream was formed in 2016 with equity financing from CPP Investments to focus on the acquisition and development of energy midstream infrastructure assets in Western Canada. Starting with a small team, Wolf has acquired and built a substantial asset base in oil pipelines, natural gas liquids, and carbon infrastructure and Gordon was instrumental this progression of Wolf to the multi-faceted, infrastructure business it is today. Prior to Wolf, Gord was a founder and principal of Mistral Energy Inc., VP of Commercial Operations for Taylor Gas Liquids Ltd., the Manager and Administrator of Taylor NGL Limited Partnership. Gordon has also held positions with Ernst & Young in their gas industry management consulting practice and various engineering positions with Dow Chemical Canada. Gordon holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and an MBA from the University of Alberta. He holds a professional engineering designation in the province of Alberta.
With over 15 years of experience working in the oil and gas industry, Rachel Schelble recently joined Wood Mackenzie as a Director in Corporate Research with a focus on Midstream Infrastructure, Carbon Management, and Energy Transition Strategies.
Prior to joining Wood Mackenzie, Rachel worked for ExxonMobil where she held multiple positions in competitor analysis, commercial negotiation, value chain integration, infrastructure development, geoscience integration, and resource evaluation in roles based in Russia, Canada, and the U.S. Most recently, she led a project focused on understanding the potential of nature based solutions for carbon sequestration, and development of carbon management strategy profiles for U.S. oil and gas companies.
Prior to this, Rachel was located in Midland, TX and worked as part of XTO Energy (a subsidiary of ExxonMobil), focused on developing the Permian Basin, leading commercial infrastructure and marketing negotiations and working to align business objectives across the Permian Value Chain from Upstream through to Chemicals.
Rachel has a PhD in Earth Sciences from the University of Southern California, and a BSc in Earth and Planetary Sciences from the University of New Mexico.