• Steve Adam

    Steve Adam

    SilverBow Resources, Inc.
    Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

    Mr. Adam was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of SilverBow Resources, Inc. on November 6, 2017. Mr. Adam leads the Company’s operations and asset management efforts, including Reserve Reporting, Land Management, Supply Chain, Regulatory and Health Safety & Environmental functions. He was previously the Senior Vice President of Operations of Sanchez Oil and Gas, where he held a series of positions of increasing responsibility from May 2013 until July 2017, including Vice President of Operations—Eagle Ford. Mr. Adam has over 40 years of upstream exploration and production and petroleum services experience with both major and independent companies. He brings to the Company his unconventional resource management experiences with Sanchez Oil and Gas and Occidental Petroleum. Mr. Adam received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Montana State University, Master of Business Administration from Pepperdine University and Advanced Management Certificate from the University of California – Berkley.

  • Jason Baihly

    Jason Baihly

    Schlumberger Ltd.
    Commercial and Risk Manager, Integrated Services Management

    Jason Baihly is the commercial and risk manager for Integrated Services Management, Schlumberger. In this role, he focuses on developing integrated projects and alternative business models that can drive down capex and opex costs, improve operational efficiency, and improve recovery. Part of Baihly’s job includes determining the potential impacts of fracture hits and identifying the applicability of various mitigation methods with consideration of the impact of infill delay times. Prior to his current role, he was the refracturing technology manager for Well Services, Schlumberger. Baihly has over 15 years of experience in the industry across the completion and production domains, consulting, data analytics, and integration. He has spent his entire career working on unconventional plays in North America. Baihly joined Schlumberger in 2001 as a stimulation support engineer for Well Services. He has a bachelor’s in civil and environmental engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and a master’s in management of the oil and gas industry from Heriot-Watt University.

  • Barry Barksdale

    Barry Barksdale

    PDS Energy

    Bio coming soon.

  • Randy Bayless

    Randy Bayless

    Credit Suisse
    Managing Director

    Randy Bayless is a Managing Director at Credit Suisse in the Global Energy Group within the Investment Banking division, based in Houston. He has responsibility for clients in the exploration and production and oil service sectors. Mr. Bayless has been a member of the Global Energy group at Credit Suisse since 1999. He has significant experience across M&A, initial public offerings, equity and convertible offerings, high yield and leverage finance transactions and commodities. Mr. Bayless holds a B.B.A. in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin and a M.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin.

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    Pete Bommer

    Abraxas Petroleum Corporation
    Vice President Engineering

    Pete started his career in oil and gas in 1974 as a floor hand with Dawson Well Service out of Charlotte, Texas, and went on to receive his degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Texas in 1978. He has been engaged in engineering ever since. He currently serves as Vice President of Engineering for Abraxas Petroleum Corporation in San Antonio, Texas, focusing on corporate engineering and the stimulation of unconventional reservoirs. Pete also holds a Master of Arts degree from Dallas Theological Seminary. He and his wife of thirty-six years, Michelle, have three children, Chris, Alex, and Jennifer.

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    John A. Brooks

    Penn Virginia Corporation
    President & CEO

    John Brooks was promoted to President and Chief Executive Officer, and appointed as a Director of Penn Virginia Corporation, effective August 15, 2017. Mr. Brooks had previously served in several management roles for Penn Virginia, including as Interim Principal Executive Officer of Penn Virginia Corporation from September 2016 to August 2017, as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer from January 2014 to August 2017, as Penn Virginia Corporation’s Executive Vice President, Operations from February 2013 to January 2014, Senior Vice President from February 2012 to February 2013, Vice President from May 2008 to February 2012, and as Penn Virginia Oil & Gas Corporation’s Vice President and Regional Manager from October 2007 to February 2012, Operations Manager from January 2005 to October 2007, and Drilling Manager from February 2002 to January 2005. Mr. Brooks received his B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1984.

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    Heath Casteel

    Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LLC
    Technical Services Manager

    Heath Casteel is the Technical Services Manager for Performance Pipe, a division of Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP.  He has worked in the Polyethylene Pipe Industry for over 20 years in roles including manufacturing, engineering, technical sales, and technical service.  He currently leads the groups responsible for quality and technical support for Performance Pipe’s municipal, industrial and gas piping product lines.  Heath participates on national committees including ASTM, ASME, the Plastics Pipe Institute, the American Gas Association, and the American Petroleum Institute and has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Arkansas. 

  • Charles Cusack

    Charles Cusack

    Recoil Resources
    President & CEO

    Mr. Cusack graduated in Engineering Geology from Texas A&M in 1982. He worked in various positions for Tenneco, Chevron, Amerada Hess, Cockrell Oil, and 3TEC Energy.

    In 2003, along with Floyd Wilson and Dick Stoneburner, he co-founded Petrohawk Energy. Under his direction, over a million acres were acquired in the Haynesville Shale, Eagle Ford Shale, and Permian Basin. This acreage and the resulting production were the core positions that led to the sale in 2011 to BHP for $15.3 billion.

    In 2012, he joined Halcon as EVP of Exploration and soon became Chief Operating Officer. He oversaw operations and leasing in the East Texas Eagle Ford, Bakken Shale, Utica Shale, TMS, and several other basins while growing the production to over 40,000 BOEPD.

    In 2016, Mr. Cusack left Halcon to found Recoil Resources where he is currently President and CEO. Recoil is a private equity-backed company that operates about ~100 Eagle Ford wells and has over 60,000 contiguous net acres in the oil window of the Eagle Ford Shale.

  • Dr. Ali Daneshy

    Dr. Ali Daneshy

    Daneshy Consultants International

    Dr. Ali Daneshy serves as president of Daneshy Consultants International Inc. He was SPE director from 2005 to 2008. He is the recipient of multiple SPE awards, including SPE Honorary Member and Distinguished Service Awards for his contributions to rock mechanics and hydraulic fracturing as well as an SPE Distinguished Member. 

    Daneshy served as director of petroleum engineering at the University of Houston from 2004 to 2007. Prior to this, he was the vice president of Integrated Technology Products at Halliburton Energy Services from 1996 to1998. At Halliburton, he also served as the operations technical manager for the Europe/Africa region, director of the European Research Center and manager of Reservoir Research & Engineering. Daneshy also has held several other technology management positions in the areas of well stimulation, geomechanics, produced water management, software development, fluid mechanics, onsite data and acquisition systems, among others.

    Daneshy is the co-editor-in-chief and publisher of Hydraulic Fracturing Journal, a quarterly publication. He has authored three books covering well stimulation, proppant transport and upstream technologies. He also has been involved with more than 50 technical publications in various areas of oil and gas completions and production as well as over 15 publications in various areas of technology management and engineering creativity.

    Daneshy earned an M.S. in mining engineering from the University of Tehran and an M.S. in mineral engineering (rock mechanics) from the University of Minnesota as well as a Ph.D. in mineral engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla.

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    William E. Deupree

    Escondido Resources
    Founding Partner, President & CEO

    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.

  • Michael Downs

    Michael Downs

    Falcon Minerals Corp.
    Vice President, Operations

    Mr. Downs has been VP of Operations at Falcon since October 2018, where he oversees the company’s royalty production, land administration, reservoir engineering and ongoing minerals acquisition efforts.  Mr. Downs previously served as VP Operations at Titan Energy, LLC and its predecessor’s from April 2014 until September 2018, where he managed Titan’s Eagle Ford position and integrated over $2.2 billion of acquisitions into the company.  From July 2011 until March 2014, Mr. Downs was Director, Strategic operations for Atlas Energy, LP.  Prior to this, Mr. Downs was JV Coordinator for Atlas, responsible for managing a $1.7 billion joint venture in the Marcellus Shale between Atlas Energy, Inc and Reliance Industries of India. Mr. Downs graduated from Drexel University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Accounting. 

  • Peter Duncan

    Peter Duncan

    President & CEO

    Peter M. Duncan is President and CEO of MicroSeismic, Inc. He holds a Ph.D. in Geophysics from the University of Toronto.  His early career was with Shell Canada and then Digicon Geophysical, in Calgary then Houston. In 1992 he helped found 3DX Technologies Inc., a publicly traded independent oil and gas exploration company. Duncan was 2003-04 President of SEG. Duncan was the Fall 2008 SEG/AAPG Distinguished Lecturer. He is an Honorary Member of SEG, CSEG, GSH and EAGE. Other awards he has received include: Enterprise Champion Award from the Houston Business Journal, World Oil Innovative Thinker Award, EY National Energy Entrepreneur of the Year and the Virgil Kauffman Gold Medal from SEG. He is currently President-Elect of GSH.

  • Bryce Erickson

    Bryce Erickson

    Mercer Capital LLC
    Senior Vice President

    Bryce is leads Mercer Capital’s Oil & Gas Industry Group. Bryce is also a contributor to Forbe.com addressing valuation and economic trends in the oil & gas industry. He has over 20 years of oil and gas industry and valuation experience both in the U.S. and internationally. Bryce provides oil and gas companies, midstream operators, and oilfield servicers, as well as mineral & royalty owners, with corporate valuation, asset valuation, litigation support, transaction and due diligence advisory, and other related services.    

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    Sean Fitzgerald

    Boomtown Oil LLC/North Silo Resources LLC
    Vice President and Head of Reservoir Engineering

    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.

  • George Grinestaff

    George Grinestaff

    Shale IOR LLC

    George has 35 years of industry experience in reservoir engineering.  He started his career with Arco Alaska engineering the Prudhoe Bay miscible gas project.  George is an expert in predicting performance for gas injection EOR with compositional reservoir simulation. He has completed large projects in Alaska, Middle East, North Sea, Gulf of Mexico, and major Shale Basins. He has also developed and commercialized EOR tools for scaling miscible EOR.

    George started Shale IOR LLC in 2016, providing full-service IOR for unconventional gas injection EOR projects. The group handles all areas of a project: subsurface feasibility, pilot, and full-scale operations.

  • Glenn Hart

    Glenn Hart

    Rio Grande Exploration & Production
    President & CEO

    Glenn D. Hart is the President and CEO of Rio Grande and has more than 30 years of experience developing oil and gas resources throughout South Texas. Following graduation from Texas A&M University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering, Mr. Hart began his career as an engineer in the late 1970s with Tenneco Oil Company's Gulf Coast Division. He moved on to serve as an engineering manager for Sanchez-O Brien Oil & Gas Company before founding Michael Petroleum in 1983. In August 2001, Houston-based Michael Petroleum was sold to Calpine Natural Gas and, with other members of his management team, Mr. Hart formed Laredo Energy in October 2001 Mr. Hart holds membership in the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), the Texas Independent and Royalty Owners Association (TIPRO), and the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA).

  • Erec Isaacson

    Erec Isaacson

    Vice President – Gulf Coast Business Unit

    Erec S. Isaacson is vice president, Gulf Coast Business Unit for ConocoPhillips. He leads a team responsible for the development and operations of the company’s Eagle Ford asset in South Texas and offshore Gulf of Mexico assets. 

    Isaacson began his career with Phillips Petroleum Company in Bartlesville, Oklahoma in 1986 as a geophysicist in Upstream Technology. He held various exploration and development positions in the company, including assignments in Houston, Odessa and Stavanger. 

    In 2002, he became manager, New Ventures Exploration, and then transitioned to manager, Upstream Project Authorization and Performance. In 2006, he moved to Alaska where he first held the role of manager, Alaska Exploration, and later as vice president, Commercial Assets with accountability for non-operated, pipeline and Cook Inlet assets. 

    In May 2010, Isaacson assumed the role of president, Qatar, for the project completion, startup and the first year of production for the QG3 JV. He then moved to Jakarta in May 2012 as President & General Manager Indonesian BU. In November 2016, he became vice president, Rockies BU proir to assuming his current position in August 2018. 

    A native of Colorado, Isaacson earned a bachelor of science degree in Geophysical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines in 1986. He currently serves on the boards of IPAA and TXOGA. 

  • Bernadette Johnson

    Bernadette Johnson

    Vice President, Market Intelligence

    Bernadette Johnson serves as Vice President, Strategic Analytics for 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. 


  • Mike Kelly

    Mike Kelly

    Seaport Global Securities LLC
    Managing Director & Senior Analyst

    Mike Kelly, Managing Director and Senior Analyst for Seaport Global Securities LLC, covers more than 30 E&Ps, ranging from the international operator Apache Corp. and Permian-focused Parsley Energy Inc., to gas powerhouse Southwestern Energy Co. Kelly joined SGS in 2015 in its merger with Global Hunter Securities LLC, which he joined in 2011 after some six years on the buy side as an Energy Analyst for Kennedy Capital in St. Louis. He received his MBA from Washington University. His undergraduate degree is from Trinity University in San Antonio, where he majored in Business Administration and minored in Political Science.

  • Branden Kennedy

    Branden Kennedy

    Venado Oil & Gas
    Chief Financial Officer

    Branden Kennedy serves as Chief Financial Officer for Venado Oil and Gas where he oversees accounting, finance, marketing, business development and human resources.

    Mr. Kennedy joined Venado in September 2018 and brings years of experience in both the energy and banking sectors. Prior to joining Venado, he served as Vice President of Capital Markets/Finance at Laredo Petroleum. While with Laredo Petroleum for 10 years he led various responsibilities for the company, including: Investor Relations, Capital Markets, Corporate Finance, Risk Management and Treasury. He also served on the Board of Directors of Medallion Midstream LLC, a private midstream organization.

    Prior to joining Laredo, he worked as a management consultant for Fortune 500 Financial Services organizations, including Bank of America, USAA, and Wells Fargo.

    Branden has Bachelor of Sciences and Master of Business Administration degrees at Oklahoma State University, and also holds a Master of Energy Business degree from the University of Tulsa.

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    Phil Martin

    New Century Exploration LLC

    Phil Martin is President and CEO of New Century Exploration, LLC, based in Houston, Texas. New Century is a portfolio company of Talara Capital Management and has operated Eagle Ford, Austin Chalk and Buda wells in the Eastern Eagle Ford Trend since 2015. New Century is focused on new well technology and was the first company to lead the way with slick-water, 100 mesh fracs in the Eastern Eagle Ford.

    Phil has more than 30 years of experience managing E&P programs in various trends, including Eagle Ford, Austin Chalk, Buda, Pettet, Cotton Valley, Haynesville and others. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from Louisiana State University and a Master of Science degree in Geology from the University of Louisiana.

    Phil is currently President of the Houston Petroleum Club and is active in TIPRO, IPAA, ADAM Houston, and Houston Producers Forum.

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    Charlie Matter

    Case Energy Partners LLC

    Mr. Matter is an oil and gas entrepreneur who has founded and successfully operated multiple mineral and royalty partnerships. He is the Founder & CEO for Case Energy Partners, LLC and its affiliates. He has extensive familiarity with the land and acquisition aspects of the oil and gas business with an emphasis on mineral and royalty interests. At Case he is directly involved with the evaluation, acquisition, and management of oil and gas properties and reports to an advisory team with extensive experience. Through Case he was worked with Meredith Land & Minerals, Cascade Energy, Rosewood Resources, Dale Operating, and numerous family offices. He is a Registered Professional Landman (RPL), Certified Mineral Manager (CMM), and received a Bachelor of Arts from Centenary College and Master of Arts from John Brown University. He has also completed continuing education at Colorado School of the Mines and through the Entrepreneurs' Organization. 

    He is an active member of the Dallas Petroleum Club, Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO), American Association of Petroleum Landmen (AAPL), Young Professionals in Energy (YPE – Dallas Chapter), and National Association of Royalty Owners (NARO).  

  • Frank McCorkle

    Frank McCorkle

    Treadstone Energy Partners
    Founder & President

    As Treadstone Energy Partner’s CEO and co-founder, Frank McCorkle contributes more than 30 years of industry experience to the company as a successful developer of oil and gas resources. 

    Following graduation from the University of Tulsa, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering, Mr. McCorkle began his career as an engineer with BP in 1988, working the Prudhoe Bay oil field in Alaska.  Challenging conventional thinking, Mr. McCorkle pushed new evaluation and workover techniques and was instrumental in applying horizontal producer and injector technology into areas of the field previously deemed undevelopable.  In a variety of assignments, he was responsible for well optimization & workovers, business planning, and miscible gas flood management.

    In 1994, Mr. McCorkle transferred to work a large project evaluation and startup in the North Sea, where he was responsible for estimating production and reserves, optimizing facility / pipeline designs & reservoir development, and managing partner relationships.  Mr. McCorkle returned to Alaska in 1999 where he led technical teams in the management and development of Prudhoe Bay and other Alaska fields.  He was responsible for managing more than 300,000 bopd production & 1 bn boe reserves. 

    Mr. McCorkle transferred to work the Mid-Continent region in 2004, where he led technical teams and projects in horizontal well development of tight gas reservoirs, applying some of the first multi-staged fraccing technology.  In a variety of assignments, he was responsible for identifying and developing more 50 mmboe of reserves.  In 2009, Mr. McCorkle led the startup of BP’s project for the entry into the Eagle Ford play. 

    Mr. McCorkle co-founded Treadstone Energy Partners in 2011 with $50MM funding from Kayne Anderson Energy Funds.  Treadstone’s first venture was very successful, taking the old Ft. Trinidad field from 20 bopd to more than 10,000 bopd in in less than two years by applying new completion techniques to fractured carbonates.  From this success, Treadstone received the Oil & Gas Investors 2013 Excellence Award for “Best Field Rejuvenation”.  Treadstone sold the Ft Trinidad asset for $715MM in July 2014.

    In late 2014, Mr. McCorkle and his team formed Treadstone II with $100MM funding from Kanye Anderson Energy Funds.  Continuing to focus on fractured carbonates, Treadstone II has acquired over 50,000 acres in the East Texas Austin Chalk & Eagle Ford trend.  Applying the most advanced completion techniques for resource plays, Treadstone has grown production from 500 bopd to over 10,000 bopd since the initial acquisition in mid 2016.

    Mr. McCorkle is a registered professional petroleum engineer, and holds membership in the Society of Petroleum Engineers.  He holds a seat on the University of Tulsa’s Petroleum Engineering Department Industry Advisory Board. 

    Mr. McCorkle and his wife, Kristin, have three married children and five grandchildren.  They are very active within their community, working to positively impact the lives of young families through local church ministry.  Mr. McCorkle enjoys spending time with family & friends and helping other people,

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    Eric McCrady

    Sundance Energy Corp.

    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.

  • Mark A. Norville

    Mark A. Norville

    BlackBrush Oil & Gas

    Mr. Norville has worked in the development and exploration business for over 38 years in Texas. He is a graduate of Texas A&M University. Mr. Norville’s experience includes both field and management work in both South and East Texas during his career. Mr. Norville held the position of District Geologist for Clayton Williams Energy, Inc. as well as Exploration & Operations Manager for Stallion Oil Company, where he supervised and ran all of the field operations and business operations of the San Antonio office. Most recently, he was the Vice President of Exploration for Kerns Petroleum, Inc. of San Antonio, where he managed the exploration and development of the Olmos and San Miguel formation for the company from 1998-2005. He has been active in the AAPG for over 40years and active in the SPE for over 35 years. He was also President of the South Texas Geological Society from 2000-2001. Mr. Norville’s area of expertise includes field exploitation, production evaluation and development planning for new exploration plays.

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    Tom Petrie

    Petrie Partners

    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.

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    John Roby

    Teal Natural Resources

    John brings extensive engineering, operational and investing experience to his current role. Prior to Teal, John served as Chief Financial Officer for Titanium Exploration Partners where he managed the company’s business development, finance and accounting functions. Previously, John was an Associate for Congruent Investment Partners, a private investment firm, focused on debt and equity investment in lower middle market companies. Mr. Roby’s responsibilities at Congruent included sourcing investments, transaction execution and portfolio management. John began his career at Occidental Petroleum where he held multiple technical roles of increasing responsibility. During his time with Oxy, Mr. Roby held positions in production, completions, and reservoir engineering across both conventional and unconventional assets.

    Mr. Roby graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering with honors and received an MBA from Harvard Business School. John is a member of the Independent Petroleum Association of America and the Dallas Petroleum Club.  John serves as a board member of the nonprofit ChandlerSpeaks.

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    Rocky Seale

    Baker Hughes Co.
    National Product Line Sales Leader, Completions & Wellbore Interventions

    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.

  • Ellen Scott

    Ellen Scott

    Deep Imaging
    Engineering Advisor

    Ellen Scott is an Engineering Advisor to Deep Imaging.  She brings nearly a decade of experience in the oil and gas industry, with roles in business development, GeoEngineering, and Field Engineering at Fracture ID, SIGMA3, and Schlumberger. Her areas of expertise include completions, hydraulic fracturing, geomechanics, cementing, microseismic interpretation, and production enhancement field studies. She began her career in 2010 with Schlumberger in the Middle East. Ellen has a B.S.E. in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University and a M.S. in Global Energy Management from the University of Colorado Denver Business School.

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    Amit Sharma

    Halliburton Co.
    Integrated Sensor Diagnostics Manager

    Amit Sharma is part of Halliburton’s North America Innovations & Technical Solutions Team and is based in Houston, TX. He leads a team that focuses on implementing Engineered Learning Curve Approach in asset development and addressing well spacing and completion optimization challenges across different basins in North America.

    Mr. Sharma has been with Halliburton for more than 18 years and has experience in unconventional completions, completion and asset optimization, downhole diagnostics including fiber optics, microseismics and well intervention areas. He is a recipient of Hart’s Meritorious Award for Engineering Innovation and holds a patent. Amit has received his MS degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Wyoming, USA.

  • Kirk Spilman

    Kirk Spilman

    Pursuit Oil & Gas
    President & CEO

    Mr. Spilman has over 20 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. Prior to Pursuit, Mr. Spilman was the President and CEO of Stonegate Production Company, LLC. Before Stonegate, Mr. Spilman served as Regional Vice President – Eagle Ford at Marathon Oil Corp. where he was directly responsible for leading all aspects of Marathon’s Eagle Ford assets in South Texas. Over his 18-year career at Marathon, he held various other positions of increasing responsibility within planning, operations and engineering in Marathon’s domestic and international upstream business. He began his career as a field engineer with Texaco Exploration & Production. Mr. Spilman graduated from Texas A&M University in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science degree in petroleum engineering.

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    Martin Thalken

    Protégé Energy III LLC
    Chairman & CEO

    As Chairman and CEO, Martin Thalken brings more than three decades of experience in multiple leadership positions. Before founding Protégé I in 2004, Protégé II in 2008, and Protégé III in 2013, he was Acquisitions and Planning Team Leader at Newfield Exploration. From 1992-2003, he served as Vice President – Acquisitions, Acquisitions Technical Manager, and an Acquisitions Engineer at Vintage Petroleum, Inc. He worked at Enron Oil and Gas Company as Senior Production Engineer from 1990-1991, and Exxon Company USA from 1983-1990, serving in various engineering and supervisory positions. Martin has a B.S. Degree with Distinction in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kansas.

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    Robert Urquhart

    Managing Director, Global Investment Banking

    Robert Urquhart joined Scotiabank in 2011 and is a Managing 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 10 years of investment banking experience in the energy sector with a particular focus on the Eagle Ford Shale and Permian Basin in recent years.  Mr. Urquhart has acted as an advisor on 17 closed transactions since the beginning of 2016 with an aggregate value of US$12 billion.  Recent notable transactions include:

    -          Newfield Exploration’s US$7.7B corporate sale to Encana Corporation

    -          Cimarex Energy’s US$545MM Delaware Basin divestiture to Callon Petroleum

    -          Cabot Oil & Gas’ US$765MM Eagle Ford divestiture to Venado Oil & Gas

    -          EnerVest’s $215MM Mid-Continent divestiture to FourPoint Energy

    -          SM Energy’s US$800MM Eagle Ford divestiture to Venado Oil & Gas

    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.


  • William D. Von Gonten, Jr.

    William D. Von Gonten, Jr.

    W.D. Von Gonten & Co. Petroleum Engineering Laboratories

    William D. Von Gonten, Jr. “Bill”, is founder, owner, and president of  Houston, Texas – based W.D. Von Gonten & Co. Petroleum Engineering, formed in 1995 and W.D. Von Gonten, Laboratories, LLC formed in 2013.

    Bill is a Registered Petroleum Engineer and a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, the Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts, and the Houston Producers’ Forum. 

    With 30-plus years of international industry experience, Bill’s areas of expertise and services span both conventional and unconventional shale plays, including all major plays in the US and the Vaca Muerta in Argentina. Extensive work efforts in these areas include oil and gas reserve estimations, field studies, property acquisitions, reservoir simulations, well test analysis, feasibility studies, and economic projections. To better understand unconventional reservoirs, Bill constructed a unique core laboratory to evaluate highly layered reservoirs at centimeter scale.  This state of art laboratory focuses on understanding hydrocarbon flow systems and geomechanical properties.  The lab is very focused on the development of proprietary software for high resolution hydraulic fracture simulation, plus empirical and physics based data analytics.  The new software tools will enable the industry to model the unconventional layered reservoirs and fluid flow unlike any other software in the industry today.

    Bill has recently co-developed a proprietary process to evaluate hydraulic fracture connectivity in unconventional reservoirs to improve well production performance. In addition, he has co-developed a method for integrating measurements from known laboratory techniques of fluid extraction.

    In 1988, Bill earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas and was recently named an Outstanding Alumni of the Dwight Look College of Engineering – an honor given each year to former students who have made outstanding contributions to his or her profession, discipline or community.

  • Chuck Yates

    Chuck Yates

    Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors LP
    Managing Partner

    Chuck Yates is a managing partner for the Kayne Anderson Capital Advisor’s energy private equity activities. He is responsible for the origination and execution of private equity transactions in the energy industry.

    Prior to joining Kayne Anderson in 2001, Mr. Yates was a senior vice president at Stephens Inc., an integrated merchant and investment bank.

    Mr. Yates earned a B.A. in Political Science in 1991 and an M.B.A. in Finance in 1994 from Rice University.