Mr. Braziel joined RBN Energy in 2013 as Director of Finance and Fundamental Analysis. Prior to RBN, he was with Direct Energy and specialized in data analysis. Mr. Braziel began his career with BENTEK Energy before moving to Apache Corporation where he spent five years. Mr. Braziel received his BBA in Finance from Baylor University. He earned his MBA from the University of Houston with certificates in Energy Investment Analysis, Economics of Energy Value Chain, Energy Accounting and Finance, and Energy Risk Management.
Zac Crouch, Vice President, Pressure Pumping, for Baker Hughes is a graduate of Texas A&M University, holding a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. Zac started his career with Baker Hughes in 1991 in Hobbs, N.M., as a field engineer. He worked in various engineering and management positions within the U.S. in West Texas, Oklahoma and Michigan until 1997 at which time he moved to Houston headquarters to take on a global product line support role in Liner Systems. In 2003, Zac moved internationally to take various operational leadership roles in Australia, Malaysia, the UAE, Qatar, China and Saudi Arabia. In 2014 he returned to Houston where he has since led the global product lines for Completions, Well Intervention and Pressure Pumping where he serves today.
David M. Elkin became the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Vine in January 2019. Mr. Elkin joined EQT Production Company in 2009 as Vice President, Engineering. He went on to serve as Senior Vice President, Drilling & Completions from 2014 to 2017 and Senior Vice President, Asset Optimization from 2017 to 2018. Prior to his time with EQT, Mr. Elkin spent six years with EnerVest Operating, LLC as Vice President Engineering & Drilling, and the previous 15 years in various engineering and leadership capacities with Energy Corporation of America, Inc. Mr. Elkin holds a B.S., Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering degree from The Pennsylvania State University.
Craig Jarchow is President & CEO of Castleton Resources, LLC. He has worked in the Upstream field for over 25 years, having held operational and management roles at Amoco and Apache, and partner-level roles in private equity at both First Reserve and Pine Brook Road Partners. Mr. Jarchow holds a B.A. in Geology from the University of Santa Barbara, California, and M.S. and Ph.D. in Geophysics from Stanford University, and an M.B.A. from MIT. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America.
Mr. Krenek currently serves as President & CEO of Sabine Oil & Gas Corp. (“Sabine”) where he has focused on transforming Sabine to a pure play East Texas company. Under his leadership starting in January 2017, Sabine divested non-core properties, increased its acreage position in East Texas and realized significant increases in proved reserves through field studies and proving up Haynesville and Cotton Valley acreage with successful drilling programs focused on enhanced completions with long laterals. Sabine was sold to Osaka Gas USA in November 2019 and Mr. Krenek and his leadership team continue to manage the company.
Prior to working for Sabine, Mr. Krenek served as President & CEO of Chalker Energy Partners III (“Chalker III”). Chalker III achieved a 3.4x gross return on an equity investment of $22 million. Chalker III’s efforts were primarily focused on the Cleveland play in the Texas Panhandle and the Miocene/Frio play along the Texas Gulf Coast.
Mr. Krenek also served as President & CEO of Chalker Energy Partners II (“Chalker II”) from April 2006 through June, 2008. In March 2008, Chalker II sold the majority of its assets to NFR Energy LLC with the remainder being sold to Forest Oil Corporation, XTO and PetroQuest. Chalker II was focused on acquisitions and development drilling in East Texas and the Fort Worth Basin in North Texas. Chalker II generated a 4.0x gross return on $54 million of invested equity. Mr. Krenek’s primary duties at Chalker II and III included: 1) business development, 2) reservoir and operational asset evaluations, 3) financial analysis, and 4) managerial functions. Collectively, Chalker II and III completed over $110 million in acquisitions and executed $765 million in divestitures. Mr. Krenek has over 25 years of oil and gas experience in reservoir engineering, production operations, asset management and A&D.
Prior to Chalker, Mr. Krenek held various positions with escalating responsibilities with Devon Energy including serving as Asset Manager for their South Texas and East Texas business units. Mr. Krenek held staff and managerial positions at Ocean Energy, Seagull Energy, Global Natural Resources and Marathon Oil. Mr. Krenek obtained his commercial skills through A&D assignments with Ocean Energy and Devon Energy, executing over $775 million of transactions. Additionally, Mr. Krenek managed teams that added 0.5 Tcfe of reserves in the Carthage Field at Devon Energy and successfully executed Drilling Programs in East Texas, the Gulf Coast and South Texas.
Mr. Krenek graduated from Texas A&M in 1987 with a BS in Petroleum Engineering. He is a registered professional engineer in Texas and a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and the Society of Professional Evaluation Engineers (SPEE). He is married and has six children with hunting and fishing as his primary hobbies.
Eric D. Marsh became the President and Chief Executive Officer of Vine Energy Inc. in May 2014. Previously, Mr. Marsh served as Senior Vice President of Encana’s USA Division after being promoted to that position in 2011. From November 2009 to October 2013, Mr. Marsh also served as an Executive Vice President at Encana. Prior to 2009, Mr. Marsh led various business units including Encana’s Bighorn Business Unit, Encana’s South Rockies Business Unit and Mid-Continent Business Unit. Mr. Marsh currently serves as a director of Olympus Energy LLC. Mr. Marsh served on the Governor’s Task Force for the State of Wyoming Engineering Development and has served on both the University of Wyoming Foundation and the University of Wyoming Engineering Accreditation Board.
Emily McClain is a Senior Analyst on Rystad Energy’s Gas Market research team in Houston. She is responsible for providing natural gas expertise focused on the North American gas market. Her responsibilities include coverage of the upstream, midstream and downstream gas sectors as well as pricing analysis across different North American price hubs. Prior to joining Rystad Energy, Emily held various technical roles with IHS Markit, Williams and Shell. She holds an MS in Geology from West Virginia University.
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Mr. Olmstead focuses on the drivers and inhibitors to unconventional production in the most important existing and incubating plays in North America. He has been involved in various capacities of asset and operator analysis in North American research for more than eight years. Recently, he has focused on the financial constraints to production and the implications for future supply as the industry wrestles to identify its role in global production. Prior to joining IHS Markit, he served in the strategy and finance department of a US independent producer. Mr. Olmstead holds a degree in mechanical engineering from Baylor University, United States, and an MBA from Rice University, United States.
Prior to joining Aethon, Mr. Sander served as Vice President, Encana Oil and Gas (USA) Inc., where he led the Mid-Continent Business Unit (MCBU) and held responsibility for all strategic, financial, commercial, development and operational aspects of the MCBU. The MCBU included operations in the Haynesville Shale, Barnett Shale, East Texas, Permian, Tuscaloosa Marine Shale, Eaglebine, and Mississippian Carbonate. In this role, Mr. Sander grew the business unit to cash flow of over $1.0 billion, managed development and exploration programs with budgets exceeding $1.5 billion, and led the acquisition and disposition of over $3.0 billion in assets. During his tenure, the compound average production growth exceeded 30%. Mr. Sander joined Encana in Calgary and was Team Lead of the Brooks North Sub-Business Unit. Prior to that, he held various leadership and technical positions with BP in Houston, Calgary, and Edmonton. He is recognized as a Professional Engineer by the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA). He has served on the boards of the Texas Oil & Gas Association, and Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc., and is a former Trustee of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation. Mr. Sander graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. In addition, he completed the Advanced Management Program at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Shepherd graduated from the University of Texas with a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering and M.A. in Energy and Mineral Resources in 1994. He began his career with an operator and traditional engineering roles, but his passion has always been business development.
Since mid-2015, Mr. Shepherd has served in his current role as Managing Director at RBC Richardson Barr. During this six years, he has overseen several billion in transactions from virtually every major basin in the L48, including the ArkLaTex region. He was appointed Co-Head of RBC Richardson Barr in late 2020.
Mr. Simon leads the business development effort and is a member of the executive committee at Rockcliff Energy. Prior to joining Rockcliff in 2015, Chris served as Managing Director and Head of the Acquisitions & Divestitures advisory practice within the Energy Investment Banking Group of Raymond James & Associates, Inc. where he founded the A&D practice in 2009. He earlier served as Managing Director, Acquisitions & Divestitures and was a member of the board of directors at the investment banking firm of Tristone Capital. Chris has held senior positions at Petroleum Place Energy Advisors, JMI Energy, Inc. and Destec Energy, Inc. He started his career as a petroleum engineer at ARCO Oil and Gas Company.
Chris is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory High School and serves as chairman of the Corporate Work Study Committee. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Houston Producers’ Forum, the Petroleum Club of Houston, and the Caroga Arts Collective. He is on the advisory board of ADAM- Houston and is a member of the Independent Petroleum Association of America and the Society of Petroleum Engineers.
Chris holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas, where he was a Sord Scholar, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University.
Jerry R. Simmons is currently the President and CEO of the Domestic Energy Producers Alliance (DEPA) headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Before joining DEPA he spent the previous twelve years as Executive Director of the National Association of Royalty Owners (NARO). Prior to that, Jerry was President of EnergyTech Group, Inc. in Bartlesville, Oklahoma providing technical support services to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Strategic Center for Natural Gas and Oil. Jerry was previously employed with TRW/BDM as Principal Environmental Engineer/Regulatory and Policy Analyst. He also served as Associate Executive Director of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission.
Mr. Simmons served as Chairman of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Health Safety and Environment Technical Committee in 1993 and on the SPE Reprint Series Committee from 2003-2006. He is author of two SPE technical papers and numerous studies on state oil and gas environmental regulatory programs.
Jerry holds a degree in Geology from the University of Oklahoma and has worked as an exploration and production geologist for Hamilton Brothers Oil Company, O.I.L. Energy, Texas Oil and Gas and BHP Americas. Jerry has served on the Board of Directors of the Council for a Secure America, as Executive Vice President to the Royalty Owners and Producers Educational Coalition, and is a veteran of the US Air Force. Jerry has been a frequent presenter and panelist for industry events since 2006. He was presented with the International Energy Advocates 2012 “Energy Advocate of the year” award.
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 Wright serves as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Liberty Oilfield Services. Additionally, Chris founded and serves as Executive Chairman of Liberty Resources, a Bakken-focused E&P company and Liberty Midstream Solutions. He has had a lifelong passion for energy and its role in human life. He has spoken on energy to the UK House of Lords, the States Attorneys General, Federal and State Judges, debated the merits of the shale revolution on TV and given over 100 talks.
Chris completed an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering at MIT and graduate work in Electrical Engineering at both UC Berkeley and MIT. Chris founded Pinnacle Technologies and from 1992 - 2006 years served as CEO. Pinnacle created the hydraulic fracture mapping industry. Pinnacle's innovations in fracturing practices helped launch commercial shale gas production in the late 1990s.
Chris was Chairman of Stroud Energy, an early shale gas producer, prior to its sale to Range Resources in 2006. Chris currently serves on the Board of Directors for Liberty Resources, Urban Solutions Group, US Ceramics and the Federal Reserve Bank, Denver Branch.
Chris has consulted and taught courses on all six inhabited continents and authored / co-authored over 60 technical papers and articles. He has received numerous industry awards and several U.S. patents. Chris also worked on fusion energy, solar energy, and geothermal energy. Chris grew up in Colorado and is a passionate skier, cyclist, climber, and outdoor enthusiast. He serves on the board of numerous nonprofits including PERC, ACE Colorado, ACE Montana, PRI, and the YCCF.