Todd Abbott, Vice President, Resource Plays - South for Marathon Oil Corp. is responsible for Marathon's Permian and Eagle Ford businesses as well as the Land and Commercial Services organization. Prior to joining Marathon, Abbott was vice president of Permian infrastructure development and operations for Pioneer Natural Resources Co. Prior, he held a range of leadership roles at Pioneer, including vice president, finance, and treasurer; vice president of Permian operations; president of the Alaska division; and vice president, corporate finance. Abbott holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University and an MBA from Southern Methodist University.
Sean has over 21 years of experience in the O&G optimization software landscape. He formerly worked at Aspen Technology, Inc., a major optimization software provider in the oil & gas, chemical, and engineering & construction markets, where he held multiple roles over 11 years, most recently as VP of Sales for their Latin America region. He holds a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from The University of Texas.
Mr. Beck has over 20 years’ experience in energy and financial services including stints with Jefferies and Company and Moody’s Investor Service. Before joining Stratas Advisors, he held a leadership position with IHS Markit. Stephen’s responsibilities include leading the North American Shale Team in developing production forecasting and economic models. He is also involved in broader short-term and long-term forecasting efforts. Stephen received a bachelor of science in finance (minor in economics) from The Pennsylvania State University. He is a former member of the United States Marine Corps where he held the rank of Gunnery Sergeant.
Tim Brightbill has more than 20 years of experience representing clients on all aspects of international trade law and policy including import trade remedies (such as antidumping law, countervailing duty law, and safeguards investigations), global trade policy and trade negotiations, renewable energy policy, customs enforcement matters, Section 232 and 301 investigations, and digital trade issues. He is lead counsel to the American Line Pipe Producers Association, which in 2017 filed antidumping and countervailing duty cases against imports of large diameter line pipe from six countries. These cases are currently being investigated by the Commerce Department and the ITC.
Mr. Brightbill is vice chair of the Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Services, where he provides the U.S. government with industry advice on trade negotiations, such as those involving the NAFTA and the World Trade Organization. He has served as an adjunct professor of international trade law for Georgetown University Law Center for 15 years.
Mr. Brightbill was named by Who’s Who Legal as a Thought Leader for Trade and Customs, and was named by Law360 as an International Trade MVP in 2014 and 2017.
Mr. Chandra is a Managing Director covering the Exploration & Production sector since 2014. Prior to joining Guggenheim, Mr. Chandra was a Managing Director at Jefferies LLC, where he led a team covering Exploration & Production companies since 2007 and was responsible for the firm’s natural gas forecasts. Previously, he was at Morgan Keegan, in Houston, as a Managing Director for nine years. Mr. Chandra earned his B.A. in Economics from the University of Michigan and is a CFA® Charterholder. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and American Association of Petroleum Geologists.
Stephen Chazen has served as our Chief Executive Officer and President since February 2017 and has served as Chairman of the TPGE Board following the completion of the IPO in May 2017. Mr. Chazen retired as Chief Executive Officer of Occidental in April 2016. Mr. Chazen began his career at Occidental in 1994 as Executive Vice President-Corporate Development. He was named Chief Financial Officer in 1999 and served as Chief Financial Officer until 2010. Mr. Chazen was appointed President of Occidental in 2007. He was then named Chief Operating Officer in 2010 before being appointed Chief Executive Officer in May 2011. Mr. Chazen was elected to the Board of Directors in 2010. Before joining Occidental, Mr. Chazen was Managing Director in Corporate Finance and Mergers and Acquisitions at Merrill Lynch. He worked as Director of Project Evaluation and Reservoir Engineering at Columbia Gas Development Corporation from 1977 to 1982. Mr. Chazen began his career at Northrop Corporation in 1973 as Laboratory Manager at the Johnson Space Center, where he worked until 1977.
Mr. Chazen is a former Chairman of the American Petroleum Institute. He also serves on the Board of Advisors of Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy and is a member of the Senior Cabinet of the President's Leadership Council at Houston Methodist Hospital. Mr. Chazen also serves as a Director on the boards of directors of the Methodist Hospital Research Institute, Ecolab Inc., The Williams Companies, Inc., and the Catalina Island Conservancy. Mr. Chazen holds a Ph.D. in Geology from Michigan State University, a master's degree in Finance from the University of Houston and a bachelor's degree in Geology from Rutgers College.
Bill Chmela is an engineer and a licensed professional geophysicist in the state of Texas. He has gained extensive experience with data analysis, interpretation, visualization, and automation over a 35-year upstream career.
Bill's current focus is on the rapid expanded deployment of the Bit Guidance System, a completely new method developed by Motive, for steering the bit in horizontal and extended reach wells that uses automation to go well beyond traditional directional drilling methods.
As Vice President for Motive Drilling Technologies, his interests are on drilling better wells faster, linking the domains of drilling and geoscience, and drilling with a higher degree of factory-like consistency.
Mr. Deupree has more than 30 years of experience in all aspects of petroleum engineering, including reservoir engineering, production operations and property evaluations. He is the founder of three companies resulting in sales efforts with a return on equity of approximately 3:1. Mr. Deupree provides strategic leadership and direction to Escondido and is primarily responsible for business plan development and execution. Bill also served as President and CEO of Escondido II’s predecessor, Escondido Resources, LP.
Prior to forming Escondido, Bill was a founding partner of Legend Natural Gas, LP and served as the Vice President of Business Development from 2001 to 2004. From 1994 to 2001, Bill was Vice President of Business Development for North Central Oil Corp. and was part of the senior management team that subsequently formed Legend Natural Gas. Bill began his career as an engineer with Mitchell Energy Corporation and also worked as a management consultant for the premier accounting firm, Coopers & Lybrand (now PriceWaterhouseCoopers).
Bill received his Bachelor of Science degree in petroleum engineering in 1983 from Texas A&M University and earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Houston in 1989. He is a Registered Professional Engineer and is an active member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and numerous other energy organizations. In 2012, he was named among the Best CEOs for medium companies by the Texas Independent Producers & Royalty Owners (TIPRO) Association’s Texas Top Producers Program.
Peter M. Duncan is President and CEO of MicroSeismic, Inc. a Houston based oil field service company specializing in hydraulic fracture stimulation surveillance and evaluation. He holds a Ph.D. in Geophysics from the University of Toronto. His early career as an exploration geophysicist was with Shell Canada and then Digicon Geophysical, first in Calgary then in Houston. In 1992 he was one of 3 founders of 3DX Technologies Inc., a publicly traded independent oil and gas exploration company. Duncan was 2003-04 President of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG). Duncan was the Fall 2008 SEG/AAPG Distinguished Lecturer speaking on the subject of Passive Seismic at 45 venues around the world. He is an Honorary Member of SEG, the Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists (CSEG), the Geophysical Society of Houston (GSH) and the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE). He received the Enterprise Champion Award from the Houston Business Journal in 2010, the World Oil Innovative Thinker Award in 2011, and was the 2013 EY National Energy Entrepreneur of the Year. In 2014 he received the Virgil Kauffman Gold Medal from SEG.
John serves as a global lead client service partner in Deloitte's Oil, Gas & Chemicals practice. He works closely with energy and resources clients to bring the deep capabilities of the firm to solve problems and enhance value. John brings a unique mix of commercial, risk management, operational, and financial knowledge and the experience of more than 28 years serving the industry. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting from Stephen F. Austin University and is a CPA in the state of Texas.
Ashley Fernandes is the sales and commercial vice president for Drilling & Measurements at Schlumberger, a position he assumed in July 2017. Fernandes is responsible for contracts management, supply chain management, global pricing benchmarks and sales management.
Prior to his current role, he was the Drilling Technology Integration Center (TIC) manager for Integrated Drilling Systems (IDS). Fernandes has over 35 years of experience in the industry across operations, engineering and commercial. His well construction experience covers a wide range of competencies including HPHT, ERD, and deepwater and land operations for conventional and unconventional applications.
He joined Schlumberger in 1996 as an MWD engineer–directional driller in the Middle East. He has also held operational and management positions in Africa, Asia and North America. Prior to joining Schlumberger, he spent 13 years with an offshore rig contractor as an operations manager.
Fernandes holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Mumbai in India. He is an active member of SPE, IADC and APPEA.
Mr. Fitzgerald, a petroleum engineer, is the reservoir lead at Boomtown Oil LLC. Mr. Fitzgerald has directed his skills in reservoir engineering, risk analysis, accounting, finance and economics to become an expert in corporate development. He has created and executed numerous business plans for both unconventional resource plays and conventional assets. He has a strong track record in divestitures and has extensive experience in running acquisition projects, managing the engineering, land, accounting and legal due diligence process. He was co-founder of STXRA, running the company’s day to day operations and handling all accounting, finance and HR functions. He was President of Viola Oil & Gas, a private equity backed company with a $60 MM capital commitment. At Rosetta Resources, he directed the technical aspects of their $350 million divestiture program that generated the capital needed to fund their Eagle Ford investments. He was also responsible for the technical aspects of Rosetta’s acquisition efforts, including the acquisition of incremental Eagle Ford acreage. While at Shell Exploration and Production Company, he handled diverse reservoir engineering assignments. He created a $300 million scalable business plan for optimizing the value of Shell’s South Texas asset.
Daniel C. Herz is the Chief Executive Officer and President of Falcon Minerals and previously was the President of Osprey Energy since April 2017. Mr. Herz has been President of Atlas Energy Group, LLC since April 2015. Mr. Herz served as Titan Energy, LLC’s Chief Executive Officer and is a Class A Director. Mr. Herz has also served as President and a director of the general partner of Atlas Growth Partners, L.P. since its inception in 2013. From August 2007 to February 2011, Mr. Herz was Senior Vice President of Corporate Development and Strategy for Atlas Energy, Inc. until it’s sale to Chevron. Mr. Herz served as Senior Vice President of Corporate Development and Strategy of the general partner of Atlas Energy, L.P. from February 2011 to February 2015, and was also Senior Vice President of Corporate Development and Strategy of Atlas Pipeline Partners GP, LLC from August 2007 through to its sale to Targa Resources in February 2015.
is the Chief Executive Officer and President of Falcon Minerals and previously was the President of Osprey Energy since April 2017. Mr. Herz has been President of Atlas Energy Group, LLC since April 2015. Mr. Herz served as Titan Energy, LLC’s Chief Executive Officer and is a Class A Director. Mr. Herz has also served as President and a director of the general partner of Atlas Growth Partners, L.P. since its inception in 2013. From August 2007 to February 2011, Mr. Herz was Senior Vice President of Corporate Development and Strategy for Atlas Energy, Inc. until it’s sale to Chevron. Mr. Herz served as Senior Vice President of Corporate Development and Strategy of the general partner of Atlas Energy, L.P. from February 2011 to February 2015, and was also Senior Vice President of Corporate Development and Strategy of Atlas Pipeline Partners GP, LLC from August 2007 through to its sale to Targa Resources in February 2015.
Brian Hill serves as the U.S. Maritime Administration’s (MARAD) Director of the Western Gulf Gateway Office based in Houston, Texas, since late 2011. As MARAD’s Western Gulf Gateway Director, Brian’s area of responsibility includes all the ports, waterways, and intermodal connections and corridors in Texas and Oklahoma. In this position, the Gateway Director works with local Texas and Oklahoma ports and other intermodal industries and responsible agencies, to improve and strengthen the U.S. marine transportation system. Brian retired as a Coast Guard Commander and brought a diverse maritime transportation, port security, regulatory, planning, and maritime/admiralty law background to the U.S. Department of Transportation and MARAD.
Brian’s most recent position prior to MARAD with the U.S. Coast Guard was as the Chief of the Eleventh Coast Guard District’s Ports, Waterways and Coastal Security Section from 2006 to 2011. In this position, he oversaw overall planning for the port security mission in all ports in California, including Los Angeles/Long Beach, San Diego, and San Francisco/Oakland. His duties also included ensuring waterside security protection for military outload vessels loading equipment in California ports in support of the war efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan, and planning with DOD and federal partners for joint operations.
Brian is also an experienced maritime law and Coast Guard (JAG) attorney. Among other positions, he served as a Coast Guard attorney in their Seventh District Office in Miami where he worked in maritime law cases, environmental crimes, and maritime security issues. Brian also worked several years as a Maritime and Admiralty Law attorney with a large law firm in Miami. During this time, he became one of only 56 attorneys in Florida that is Board Certified by the Florida Bar as a Specialist in Admiralty and Maritime Law. After a few years with the law firm representing shipping and port facility interests, he returned to active duty with the Coast Guard until his retirement.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in Government from Florida International University, a law degree (J.D.) from the St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami, and a master’s degree in Security Studies (Homeland Defense and Security) from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA.
Gregory P. (Greg) Leveille is Chief Technology Officer for ConocoPhillips. Leveille began his career with Conoco in 1984. During the first decade of his career, Leveille held various exploration, development and operations geology assignments,workingbothintheUnitedStatesandnorthwest Europe. Beginning in 1995, Leveille has held leadership positions in technology, exploration, operations, strategy and portfolio management, asset management, project management, and commercial organizations. Leveille is a member of the Executive Committee of the Unconventional Resources Technology Conference (URTeC), serves on the Society of Petroleum Engineers’ U.S. Advisory Council and is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board for the University of Houston’s College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.
Mr. Eric P. McCrady, BS has been the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Sundance Energy Australia Limited since May 2011 and November 29, 2011 respectively. Mr. McCrady is the Chief Executive Officer at Sundance Energy, Inc. since April 2011. He served as the Chief Financial Officer of Sundance Energy Australia Limited since June 2010. Mr. McCrady is responsible for the financial oversight and forward capital management of Sundance Energy Australia Limited. He oversees finance, corporate controls and accounting, information technology, risk management and human resources. He has an extensive track record in corporate finance, including initial public offerings, going private transactions, senior and mezzanine debt transactions. He led and participated in the negotiation and closing of multiple strategic ventures with major energy companies such as Bucyrus, Caterpillar, Macquarie, Elmrock Capital, Orlando Utility Commission, Headwaters, Shell and Whiting Petroleum. Prior to Sundance, Mr. McCrady held various roles with The Broe Group, GE Capital and American Coin Merchandising. He has been a Director of Sundance Energy Australia Limited since November 29, 2011 and Texon Petroleum Limited since February 27, 2013.
Michael O’Neill is founder and CEO of Preferred Sands, one of America’s leading providers of high‐quality in-basin sand and innovative proppant technologies. O’Neill oversees Preferred’s sand plants in South Texas, West Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona and Nebraska. O’Neill positioned Preferred as one of the first companies to employ an in‐basin strategy to drive down cost and enhance production. O’Neill and his team continuously develop innovative technologies that provide efficient energy recovery solutions.
Prior to Preferred, O’Neill served as founder and CEO for Preferred Real Estate Investments, Inc., a full‐service real estate development firm. O’Neill began his career with First Pennsylvania Bank in 1984, with a focus on lending to aggregate and mining process companies.
O'Neill holds a bachelor’s degree from Villanova University in Finance and a Juris Doctorate from Temple University.
Russell Parker is the President and Chief Executive Officer of EP Energy Corporation and has served as a member of the Board since November 6, 2017.
He was previously Chief Executive Officer of Phoenix Natural Resources from March 2016 to October 2017. Mr. Parker was the President of Chief Oil & Gas LLC from March 2015 to December 2015, and prior to becoming President, was Vice President of Engineering and Operations from October 2014 to March 2015 and Vice President of Engineering from November 2012 to October 2014. From January 2001 to October 2012, Mr. Parker worked in various engineering and asset management capacities for Hilcorp Energy Company.
Mr. Parker received his BS in Petroleum and Geosystems from the University of Texas at Austin where he also was recognized as an Outstanding Young Graduate of the Cockrell School of Engineering as well as Distinguished Alumnus of the Petroleum Engineering Department.
Prior to joining the firm in 2012, Mr. Petrie was Vice Chairman of Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Previously, he was a co-founder of Petrie Parkman & Co. Mr. Petrie was a former Managing Director and Senior Oil Analyst of The First Boston Corporation. During his career, Mr. Petrie has been an active advisor on more than $250 billion of energy related mergers and acquisitions, including many of the largest in the industry. Among his other assignments, Mr. Petrie led the teams that advised the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on its natural gas initiative, the State of Alaska on gas pipeline options, and the U.S. Department of Energy on the sale of the Elk Hills oilfield. Mr. Petrie has a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point and received his Master of Science in Business Administration from Boston University. In December 2005, Mr. Petrie received an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering degree from the Colorado School of Mines. He is also a member of the CFA Institute.
Steve Rosenberg is Weatherford’s Global Business Director for Drilling Engineering with over 35 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. He has previously held drilling engineering positions with Diamond Offshore and Conoco and is regarded as a subject matter expert in casing and liner drilling applications having written numerous technical papers on these subjects as well as holding three U.S. Patents. He holds BS degrees in Petroleum Engineering from Mississippi State University and Biology from St. Lawrence University.
Rocky has over 27 years’ experience in the upstream sector of oil and gas. He began his career with Baker Service Tools working across North America Land and Gulf of Mexico and currently is the National Product Line Sales Leader for Completions and Wellbore Intervention for North America Land for Baker Hughes GE. Over the past 20 years he spent time leading groups in engineering, technical services, operations and business development in regional and global capacities for various completion, liner hanger, sidetracking and wellbore intervention companies. Rocky received a bachelor of science in Petroleum Engineering from Montana Tech.
Sean has over 25 years of experience in the global transportation and energy sectors in both public administration and private sector disciplines, holding senior leadership roles in Business & Corporate Development, Large Infrastructure Development, Capital Structuring, Finance, and Public Private Partnerships.
In his role as CEO of the Port of Corpus Christi, Sean focuses his efforts on capital placement, organizational alignment and culture, and flawless execution.
A veteran of world-class organizations such as the Port of Long Beach, Ports America Group, Oxbow Energy, and Sea-Land Service, Sean has written extensively on the evolving marine terminal and vessel shipping paradigms and has been globally recognized for his industry knowledge and large network of professional relationships.
Robert Urquhart joined Scotiabank in 2011 and is a Director in the Energy Investment Banking Group in Houston. Mr. Urquhart focuses on the firm’s M&A and A&D efforts related to U.S. clients and properties with an emphasis on corporate and asset valuations, evaluation of merger and acquisition opportunities, corporate and asset mandates on both the buy and sell-side, and capital markets transactions.
Mr. Urquhart has over 9 years of investment banking experience in the energy sector with a particular focus on the Eagle Ford Shale in recent years. Mr. Urquhart has acted as advisor on over $2.2 billion in Eagle Ford M&A transactions since mid-2016, including meaningful divestitures by Cabot Oil & Gas ($765 million divestiture in 2018), SM Energy ($800 million divestiture in 2017), Newfield Exploration ($390 million divestiture in 2016), as well as the acquisition of assets from Pioneer/Reliance/Newpek by Sundance Energy ($220 million acquisition in 2018).
Prior to joining Scotiabank, Mr. Urquhart worked in the Energy Investment Banking Group at Madison Williams and as a Portfolio Manager at PEAK6 Investments. Mr. Urquhart graduated from Princeton University with a Bachelor of Arts of Political Economics and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business with a Masters of Business Administration with concentrations in Finance and Accounting.
G. Gleeson Van Riet was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of SilverBow Resources, Inc. on March 20, 2017. He was previously the Chief Financial Officer of Sanchez Energy Corporation where he held a series of positions of increasing responsibility from April 2013 to March 2016. Mr. Van Riet has over 20 years of finance experience and previously worked as an investment banker with Credit Suisse and Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette in London and Los Angeles. A native Houstonian, Mr. Van Riet earned a dual B.A. and B.S. from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
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Matthew Wilhoit is the VP & Global Head of the Unconventional Oil & Gas Solutions Business for Siemens AG. In this role he is responsible for leading Siemens' Unconventional Oil & Gas business activities including in-field electrical distribution and mechanical solutions (i.e. SEAMTM), mobile and fixed power generation solutions, and service for unconventional fields and applications.
Matthew joined Siemens in June 2015 bringing a successful background in the oil and gas industry. He has spent 13 years working in project management, technical design, manufacturing, business development and strategy. He began his career in automotive engineering working for DaimlerChrysler and later he moved to oil & gas working for Royal Dutch Shell where he managed global projects within the downstream and upstream businesses.
Matthew holds a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Lawrence Technological University, and a Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan.
Ken is responsible for developing and advancing Dow's strategic innovation pipeline and strategy for microbial control solutions for oil and gas applications globally. He is also the technical leader of the Dow Microbial Control team responsible for developing new products for market adoption and lead technical partner for marketing and the customer application centers.
Ken received his Ph.D. in Environmental Microbiology from Tulane University, followed by an Exxon funded post-doc. He then accepted a Professorship at the Texas Research Institute for Bioenvironmental Studies & became Director of the SHSU Disease Vector Program for the Air Force Border Health & Environmental Threats Initiative. In 2008, Ken moved into petroleum microbiology at Baker Hughes with responsibilities in oilfield production chemistry, and development and application of technologies associated with oilfield microbiology, microbially influenced corrosion (MIC), sulfide control and corrosion inhibition. He later moved to BP as a production microbiologist with responsibilities in development and implementation of R&D strategies for reservoir souring and MIC before his current role at Dow. Ken is the author of over 40 publications and patents.