Speakers

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    Chris Atherton

    EnergyNet LLC
    CEO

    Chris Atherton is the CEO of EnergyNet, Inc. EnergyNet is an oil and gas asset acquisition and divestiture firm specializing in auction sales, sealed bid transactions and government lease sales. Chris has been part of the EnergyNet team since 2002. He has been actively involved as the firm has completed over $6B in transactions including sell-side mandates from thousands of Exploration and Production clients. Chris leads a multi-disciplinary team of 50 professionals specializing in engineering, land, technical, business development, marketing, IT and administration. Chris has 18 years of experience in the energy industry. Chris graduated from Texas State in San Marcos with a business management and marketing degree. Prior to EnergyNet, Chris worked at the Enron Corporation in Houston, Texas Chris recently served as the Chairman of the Wildcatter’s Host Committee for the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers. Chris served as the Chairman for the SPE-Gulf Coast Section Business Development Study Group for three years. He is also an active member of the IPAA, Texas Energy Alliance, ADAM Houston, ADAM Permian and Houston Producer's Forum. Chris holds series 39, 22 and 63 SEC licenses.

  • Stephen Beck

    Stephen Beck

    Stratas Advisors
    Senior Director, Upstream

    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.

  • John Edwards

    The Honorable John Bel Edwards

    Governor of Louisiana
    Governor Edwards graduated in 1988 from the United States Military Academy at West Point. The governor served eight years as an Airborne Ranger on active duty with the United States Army and commanded a rifle company in the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He went on to graduate Order of the Coif from Louisiana State University Law Center and set up a civil law practice in his home town of Amite. In 2008, he was elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives from District 72, where he served for eight years until the voters of Louisiana elected him governor in November 2015. Governor Edwards and his wife, First Lady Donna Edwards, have three children: Samantha Bel, Sarah Ellen, and John Miller.
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    John Mark Cavitt

    Covenant Testing Technologies
    Founder & CEO

    John is the founder of Houston-based Covenant Testing Technologies, the largest private pure play well flow management company in the U.S. With operations in the Permian Basin, Niobrara-DJ Basin, Powder River Basin, Bakken, Eagle Ford and Haynesville, Covenant provides best-in-class pressure control, flowback and production services with a focus on horizontal and pad drilling for the upstream oil and gas services industry. Under John’s leadership, Covenant’s people-centered culture, along with industry leading innovation and expertise, have led to rapid growth. Covenant is an affiliate of Catapult Energy Services Group, an NGP portfolio company.

  • Welles Fitzpatrick

    Welles Fitzpatrick

    SunTrust Robinson Humphrey
    Managing Director, E&P Research

    Welles Fitzpatrick has over 10 years of E&P equity research experience, having covered both small and large cap companies. Welles is a Managing Director at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey covering Exploration and Production stocks. He was previously an E&P analyst and partner at Johnson Rice. Prior to Johnson Rice he worked for Xenel Industries in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to help commercialize the country’s first free trade zone. Welles received his BA in Economics and History from Vanderbilt University.

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    Greg Haas

    Stratas Advisors
    Director, Integrated Oil & Gas

    Greg Haas serves as Director of Integrated Energy for Stratas Advisors. Haas leverages 20 years of integrated global energy experience garnered in operating and fundamental research roles at Exxon, at EPRI (the Electric Power Research Institute) and pipeline and power consultancies, and at institutional sell-side investment brokerage firms including Raymond James Financial. Haas holds an MBA from Rice University and mechanical Engineering Masters and Bachelors of Science degrees from the University of Illinois.

  • Charles Goodson

    Charles Goodson

    PetroQuest Energy Inc.
    President & CEO

    Charles T. Goodson began his career in the oil and gas industry in 1977 with Mobil Oil Corporation in New Orleans, Louisiana as a Landman. In 1980, he joined Callon Petroleum Company in Natchez, Mississippi and was promoted to Regional Land Manager in 1983 and Land Manager in 1984. 

    In 1985, Mr. Goodson became a co-founder, owner and President of American Explorer, Inc., an exploration and production company located in Lafayette, Louisiana. In 1995, he co-founded and became a partner of American Explorer, LLC. The main focus of the company was exploration in the Gulf Coast Region of the Southern United States and the Central and Western Gulf of Mexico. In 1998, American Explorer, LLC merged with PetroQuest Energy, Inc., and Mr. Goodson became its President and Chief Executive Officer. Currently, he serves as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President. 

    Mr. Goodson is a member of the Lafayette Association of Petroleum Landmen, the American Association of Petroleum Landmen and a past member of the Board of Directors of Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center. He is a member of IberiaBank's Lafayette Advisory Board, the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Energy Advisory Council and a past member of the Governor’s Energy Policy Advisory Commission and the Young President’s Organization (YPO). His civic organization memberships include the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce and the United Way of Acadiana. Mr. Goodson is past Regional Governor - Louisiana (Southwest) for the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) and past Chairman of the Louisiana Independent Oil and Gas Association (LIOGA). 

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    Bryan Hanks

    Beta Land Services LLC
    President

    Bryan was born and raised in Lafayette, Louisiana and graduated from the University of Southwestern Louisiana (USL), now the University of Louisiana – Lafayette (ULL) in 1981. He is a Certified Professional Landman who has over 34 years of experience in all phases of landwork including title research, lease acquisition, due diligence, seismic acquisition, pipeline right-of-way project management – including route and site selection, landowner negotiations, contract preparation and ROW easement amendments and modifications. These tasks have taken place in over 38 states, as well as Alberta, Canada. He and his companies have been involved in assisting several companies as they became publicly traded, with at least four that have a current market value in excess of several billion dollars. His current company, BETA Land Services, has hundreds of landmen and is currently or has been involved in over 75 company acquisitions totaling over $25.6 billion dollars since 2010 with properties located in over 38 states. Since 2010, this work has encompassed more than 2,498,435 acres, as well as oil and gas lease purchases of more than 547,000 acres, and has involved more than 13,300 wells. He is involved in several state and national professional organizations such as the American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL), International Right of Way Association (IRWA), Southern Gas Association (SGA), Lafayette Association of Professional Landmen (LAPL), Houston Association of Professional Landmen (HAPL), West Houston Association of Professional Landmen (WHAPL), Denver Association of Petroleum Landmen (DAPL), Professional Landmen’s Association of New Orleans (PLANO), and was President and Landman of the Year of the Lafayette Association. Mr. Hanks has served on the Executive Committee of the Board of the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association (LOGA) since 1997, has been Chairman of LOGA's Gulf Coast Prospect Exposition (GCPE) three of its 14 years of existence, and has served as Chairman of LOGA since 2012. He has also served on the Executive Committee of the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, as well as two terms on the Board of Directors at the Lafayette Petroleum Club. He is a current member and immediate past president of the Lourdes Hospital Foundation Board, a member of the Board of Trustees of the ULL Foundation, and a current member of the Executive Committee of the Ragin’ Cajuns Athletic Foundation (RCAF).

  • John Howie

    John Howie

    Tellurian Inc.
    Senior Vice President, Upstream

    John Howie has over three decades of experience managing and investing in upstream energy assets, deploying ~$2 Bn in equity and debt across 80 + companies and projects. He was most recently president of Impact Natural Resources, a private upstream company with production in the Gulf Coast and Permian Basin and evaluations in select North American basins. He was a Founder of Parallel Resource Partners and a member of Board of Managers and the Investment committee of the $700 million private equity fund. He led Goldman Sachs E&P Capital, a staff of technical and financial professionals, investing over $1 Billion in upstream opportunities. He served as a Managing Director at EnCap Investments and held engineering, finance and management positions with Range Resources, Apache, and Amoco. John has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from New Mexico State and is a Professional Engineer in the state of Texas, member of Society of Petroleum Engineers, The Society of Petroleum Evaluation Engineers and the Houston Producers Forum.

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    Craig Jarchow

    Castleton Resources LLC
    President & CEO

    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.

  • Bernadette Johnson

    Bernadette Johnson

    Enverus
    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. 

     

  • Todd Nelson

    Todd Nelson

    Enable Midstream Partners LP
    Director, Marketing & Business Development

    Todd Nelson has over 20 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. He is currently Director, Commercial Transportation & Storage at Enable Midstream Partners where his area of responsibility includes the Northern Louisiana and Gulf Coast regions. Todd joined CenterPoint Energy Gas Transmission, a predecessor company to Enable Midstream Partners, in 2010 after spending the first 13 years of his career in the Energy Services consulting field. In his consulting career, Todd helped Exploration & Production companies tackle issues around technology investment, operational excellence and major capital investment decision support. Todd earned a B.S. in Organizational Development, Leadership & Management Studies from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN.

  • Edward O'Brien

    Edward L. O'Brien III

    Louisiana Department of Natural Resources
    Senior Economist

    Mr. O’Brien is the Senior Economist for the Department of Natural Resources, in charge of all oil and gas revenue and production projections for the State. He has over 15 years of experience in petroleum economics with industry and the State. He holds a Bachelor in International Economics from the University of Richmond, a Master in Economics from Trinity College, and an MBA from Louisiana State University.

  • Tom Petrie

    Tom Petrie

    Petrie Partners
    Chairman

    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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    Geoff Roberts

    BMO Capital Markets
    Managing Director & Head of U.S. A&D
    Geoff has almost 40 years in the upstream oil and gas engineering, finance and A&D industries. He began his career as a petroleum engineer with Amoco in 1979 and then moved into energy banking before starting Roberts & Associates, Inc. in 1985 to provide reserve evaluations and A&D services. Since then he has worked exclusively in upstream A&D with firms that he started or helped build or rebuild, including Randall & Dewey, Madison Energy Advisors, Inc., Centurion Exploration Company, The Oil & Gas Asset Clearinghouse, and Roberts Energy Advisors. In 2015 Geoff joined BMO Capital Group as an MD and Head of A&D for the United States. Over the last 3+ years he has rebuilt the group from three people to its current level of 22. The group closes $5-10 Billion in transactions each year for companies including EOG, Pioneer, QEP, Encana, and many others. Geoff has degrees in Physics and Electrical Engineering from the State University of New York. He’s a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, served as Chairman of the SPE’s Business Development Group, and currently serves on the board of the Houston Producers Forum. He holds FINRA Series 7 and 63 licenses and is a Registered Professional Engineer in Texas.
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    Rocky Seale

    Baker Hughes, a GE Company
    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.

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    Mohit Singh

    BPX Energy
    Senior Vice President, Business Development & Exploration

    Mohit (“Mo”) holds a BTech in Chemical Engineering from IIT Kanpur, PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Houston, and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.

    Mo joined BP Lower-48 in Feb 2015 as the head of Wamsutter development team and head of business development for BP Lower-48. Prior to that he was a Director for RBC Capital Markets, where he led all aspects of business development and execution of merger, acquisition and divestiture processes for private equity and US onshore and offshore oil and gas E&P clients.  Key transactions that he led at RBC include merger of Legend (Riverstone)/Premier (KKR) in Barnett Shale (confidential), HighMount/Enervest ($0.8B), SandRidge GoM Shelf/Fieldwood ($0.8B), Primary Nat. Res. (Quantum)/Peregrine ($0.3B) etc. Prior to his role at RBC, Mo was a Vice President at Goldman Sachs Global Natural Resources Investment Banking Division. In this capacity, he led the E&P team analysing corporate and asset valuations and directed M&A and capital markets transactions in E&P sector with total value exceeding $45 billion. Key transactions at Goldman include Petrohawk/BHP ($15B), Statoil/Brigham ($4.7B), Chevron/Atlas ($4.3B), Chesapeake Permian Sale ($3.3B), Cobalt Convert Follow-On ($1.4B) etc. Prior to his role at Goldman Sachs, Mo worked as business planner and senior reservoir engineer for Shell Exploration and Production Company.

  • Alan Smith

    Alan Smith

    Rockcliff Energy LLC
    President & CEO

    Alan, president and chief executive officer of Rockcliff Energy LLC, began his career in the East Texas Field in 1986 and, after multiple stops at large E&P companies, he founded privately held Chalker Energy Partners in 2003. During the past 14 years, he has founded or led six companies to successful outcomes for investors. He founded Rockcliff in January of 2015 with $700 million in private-equity commitments led by Quantum Energy Partners with a focus on the Ark-La-Tex and Delaware Basin areas. Prior to Chalker, Smith held positions of increasing responsibility at Ocean Energy, Xplor Energy, Ryder Scott Co., Burlington Resources and Arco. He holds a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from Texas Tech University.

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    Frank Tsuru

    President & CEO, Indigo Natural Resources LLC and Momentum Midstream LLC

    Frank Tsuru currently serves as President & CEO of Indigo Natural Resources and co-founder & CEO of Momentum Midstream. Indigo is an E&P company focused in North Louisiana where it is currently running eight drilling rigs, and two frac crews. Momentum is a midstream company actively developing alongside Indigo in North Louisiana that has completed its initial 1 bcf/d gathering system and is in construction on an additional 1 bcf/d per day expansion. As a graduate from University of Kansas with a degree in Petroleum Engineering, he started his career with TXO Production Corp. before being tapped to run Red Cedar Gathering and Aka Energy. Tsuru is actively involved with philanthropic organizations including Yellowstone Academy, the Star of Hope Mission, Boy Scouts of America and Family Legacy Missions International.

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    Rob Turnham

    Goodrich Petroleum Corp.
    President & COO

    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.

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    Ryan Wolters

    EnLink Midstream Partners LP
    Regional Vice President, Commercial Development

    Ryan Wolters is Regional Vice President - Commercial for EnLink Midstream with responsibility over several of EnLink’s natural gas pipeline and processing assets in Louisiana. He joined the company in 2011 and has played a key leadership role in several transformative transactions, including the merger with Devon Energy Corp.’s midstream assets, and the acquisition of Chevron Corp.’s gas assets in Louisiana. Prior to joining EnLink, he was a Senior Associate for McKinsey & Co., focusing on the global energy and materials industries. Wolters earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Stanford University and a Master of Business Administration from The University of Texas at Austin.