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Grant Butkus is a Managing Director with RBC Richardson Barr where he leads corporate and asset transactions including joint ventures and structured investments. His experience includes all of the major basins in the Lower 48 for both public and private clients. Prior to RBC Grant was Head of A&D for Macquarie Capital and held several senior technical positions at ConocoPhillips. He has a Bachelor’s of Science from The University of Oklahoma and an MBA from Rice University.
Mark covers the oilfield services and supply industries for Enverus. He has over 10 years of energy experience, spending much of this time working on hydraulic fracture design optimization and application of new technologies in unconventional plays. Mark is an active member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers through leadership in conference committees, study groups and co-authoring over 10 manuscripts in both domestic and international plays. He holds a bachelor of science in petroleum engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology.
Gordon Huddleston is a Partner and Co-President of Aethon Energy. He previously served as Aethon’s Chief Investment Officer. Mr. Huddleston currently serves on the Maguire Energy Institute Dallas Council at SMU Cox School of Business and the Board of Directors of Veritex Bank, a Dallas based public bank. Mr. Huddleston graduated from Vanderbilt University with a B.S. in Engineering Science.
Andy Huggins, Senior Vice President & Division Head leading Southwestern Energy’s Haynesville Division. Andy led the Corporate Development team and played a key role in both Montage and Indigo acquisitions. Andy began his career at SWN in 2007 as an engineer. During his 13 years with SWN, Andy has led in various roles with increasing responsibility across the company including in operations, midstream, marketing and most recently commercial and corporate development. Andy holds a Petroleum Engineering degree from Louisiana State University and a Master’s in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University.
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.
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With a diploma earned in Petroleum Engineering Technology providing his foundations in drilling, completions, reservoir engineering, and geology as well as over a decade of experience helping operators solve downhole challenges with innovative solutions, Nick brings a holistic, life of well approach in developing solutions. Most of his career has been spent working in the unconventional oil plays throughout the continental USA and Canada, providing operators with well construction solutions to prevent sustained casing pressure, as well as reducing non-productive time by utilizing robotic interventions to make operations more efficient. Recently he has helped a large DJ Basin operator improve well integrity to prevent sustained casing pressure through drilling and completions, including frac operations. He is also currently collaborating with operators to optimize re-completion liner systems to ensure zonal isolation of the re-frac liner while maximizing liner flow area.
Jay Salitza has been a Managing Director of KBCM’s Oil & Gas franchise since joining the firm in 2015. Mr. Salitza’s area of coverage is upstream exploration & production opportunities involving both private operators and SMID Cap entities. As a registered broker dealer and full service investment bank with capabilities across various product suites, KBCM’s focus is on capital formation via public markets for both debt and equity, private placement opportunities including transactions within the asset-backed subsegment of the capital markets, leveraged finance opportunities involving both offensive M&A opportunities and recapitalizations, and strategic alternatives advisory with clients exploring both buy-side and sell-side transactions. The goal is to create strategic value for clients through use of growth capital or harvesting realized gains with tactical monetization opportunities. Since joining KBCM, Mr. Salitza has been fortunate to have had the opportunity to execute on greater than 50 transaction opportunities across this product suite with clients.
Prior to joining KeyBanc, Mr. Salitza was employed within the energy team at both Scotiabank and Bank of America.
William’s 24-year international career includes operational and leadership positions in drilling, completions, and production technologies with startup and major oilfield service companies, including Schlumberger and Halliburton. His priority is to lead the organization to become the acknowledged leader in digital completion solutions that measurably improve operator and service company performance.
Mr. Stoneburner has over 45 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. He joined Pine Brook Partners in April 2013 and is an executive advisor on the energy investment team. He served as president of the North America Shale Production Division for BHP Billiton Petroleum from 2011 to 2012. From 2009 to 2011, Mr. Stoneburner served as president and chief operating officer of Petrohawk Energy Corporation. He was the company’s chief operating officer from 2007 to 2009, and led their exploration activities as vice president and then executive vice president of exploration from 2003 to 2007. Mr. Stoneburner began his career as a geologist in 1977 and held positions at Texas Oil and Gas Corp., Weber Energy Corp., Hugoton Energy Corp. and 3TEC Energy Corp.
Mr. Stoneburner is Non-Executive Chairman for Tamboran Resources and is an advisor to Ayata. He also serves on the advisory council of The Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas at Austin, on the visiting committee of the Bureau of Economic Geology at the University of Texas at Austin and is a board member of Switch Energy Alliance. He is also is a former board member for Memorial Assistance Ministries and past President and former board member of the Houston Producers Forum.
Mr. Stoneburner holds a B.S. in Geological Sciences from the University of Texas at Austin, an M.S. in Geological Sciences from Wichita State University, was a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologist's Distinguished Lecturer Series in 2012-2013 and was awarded the Norman Foster Outstanding Explorer of the Year award by the AAPG in 2016.
Robert C. Turnham, Jr. is a founding partner, President and Director of Goodrich Petroleum Corporation, a public E&P company focused on exploration, exploitation and development of unconventional onshore oil and natural gas reserves. The Company was founded in 1995 and trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol GDP. Goodrich Petroleum has been an early mover in the Haynesville, Eagle Ford and Tuscaloosa Marine shale basins. The Company has spent over $3 billion of capital expenditures in these areas and raised $2.5 billion of capital through asset sales and capital market transactions since going public. Prior to 1995, Mr. Turnham was President of Liberty Production Company, a privately held oil and gas exploration and production company, and Turnham Interests, Inc., an oil and gas investment company. Mr. Turnham started his career with Pennzoil Company in 1981. Mr. Turnham has been a guest commentator on CNBC, Fox Business and Bloomberg, a guest speaker at numerous conferences over the years, and has served on various private company and non-profit boards.
Chris Widell currently serves as President & CEO of Sponte Operating, Inc in Dallas, TX. He began his career as an officer in the US Army’s 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas, and deployed to Iraq twice—first to Baghdad in 2004 and then to the Diyala Province during the Surge of 2006-2007. In 2008, Widell exited the Army as a Captain and has spent the next decade working as a Petroleum Engineer for Newfield Exploration, Anadarko Petroleum and Dale Operating, evaluating, acquiring and developing oil and gas properties in nearly every onshore US unconventional basin. In 2018, Chris founded Sponte, an Independent Exploration and Production company currently focused on developing the prolific Haynesville Shale in East Texas.
Widell graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2002 with a BS in Civil Engineering and earned an MBA at the University of Texas at Austin in 2011. Chris has been married to his wife Jennie since 2003 and they have 4 kids. In addition, Widell has served on the Board of Directors for Head Start of Greater Dallas since 2018.
Darin Zanovich currently serves as President and CEO of Mesa Minerals Partners II, LLC (“Mesa II”). Darin founded Mesa II in May 2021 with an initial equity commitment of $150 million from NGP Natural Resources XI, L.P. and NGP Royalty Partners, L.P. In July 2021, Mesa II closed on an acquisition from an undisclosed seller in the Haynesville shale play in North Louisiana for $110 million. The asset consists of ~15,000 net royalty acres and 472 PDP wells with projected asset cash flow for the next twelve months of ~$30 million.
Prior to forming Mesa II, Darin served as President & CEO of Mesa Minerals Partners LLC, a Quantum Energy Partners backed mineral and royalty company focused in the Haynesville shale play. The company successfully sold in December 2020 to Franco-Nevada Corporation for $135 million generating over a 2.5x return for its investors.
Prior to forming Mesa, Darin served on the Executive Management team at Haymaker Minerals & Royalties, LLC (“Haymaker”). Haymaker successfully sold the majority of its assets in 2018 for over $450 million in cash and stock generating over a 2.5x return for its investors.
Additionally, Darin has also held executive management roles with Talisman Energy and Samson Resources in his career and has over twenty-four years of experience in oil and gas operations, land and business development, as well as over sixteen years in executive management roles with various upstream companies.