Josh Adler is the founding chief executive of Sourcewater, the technology leader in upstream energy and water intelligence. Sourcewater is pioneering energy intelligence with satellite imagery, mobile GPS data and artificial intelligence to show upstream energy activity earlier, more completely and more accurately than any other source. Josh is a graduate of Yale and MIT, where he was a Sloan Fellow for Innovation and Global Leadership in Energy Ventures. He holds 11 U.S. patents relating to image processing and geospatial data analytics. Josh previously served as an economic policy official for President George W. Bush and has founded medical device, internet, real estate and robotics companies.
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Tony Barrett is the Vice President of Exploration for Continental Resources. In his role, Mr. Barrett oversees exploration and development activities for the company. Mr. Barrett has more than 35 years of industry experience in both conventional and unconventional reservoirs. He joined Continental Resources in 2013 and was responsible for directing various exploration projects throughout North America. Before joining Continental, Mr. Barrett served as Regional Geologic Manager for Cimarex Energy in Tulsa. Prior to that, he served in various roles over a 23 year period for EOG Resources, most recently serving as Division Exploitation Manager for the Mid-Continent Region. Mr. Barrett holds a BS Degree in Geology from the University of Oklahoma.
Cameron Brown is the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Validus Energy. He is also currently a Managing Partner at Pontem Energy Capital, an alternative capital provider to public and private energy companies. Prior to Validus and Pontem, Cameron worked at Citadel, managing one of the oil & gas industry’s largest public equities portfolios. Cameron has spent his career in the energy industry, including as a member of the upstream private equity team at EnCap Investments and as an investment banker at Lazard. Cameron is a third-generation oil & gas professional and began his career at ExxonMobil in the Marine & Arctic Engineering Group. Cameron earned a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Sheldon Burleson currently serves as Vice President – Eagle Ford for Chesapeake Energy where he is responsible for development and operations activities in Texas. Since joining Chesapeake in 2014, he has had multiple leadership roles including VP - Southern Region where was responsible for the Eagle Ford and the Haynesville business units and led the acquisition of Vine Energy. He’s led assets in multiple basins including Marcellus, Utica, Powder River Basin, and the Brazos Valley assets acquired in the 2019 merger with Wildhorse Resources. Prior to joining Chesapeake, he was Business Development Manager at Samson Resources in Tulsa from 2012-2014. Sheldon was employed by ExxonMobil from 2000-2012 where he held various technical and leadership roles in the US, UK, Norway, Germany, and Angola.
Sheldon received a B.S. Petroleum Engineering from Texas Tech University in 1999 and an MBA from Tulane University in 2005. He was inducted into the Texas Tech University Petroleum Engineering Academy in 2019. Sheldon is the Chairman of the Texas Tech Petroleum Industry Advisory Board since 2019, serving on the board since 2012. He is a board member for Texas Oil & Gas Association, and a Director of The Cash Family Charitable Foundation.
Subash Chandra is an Equity Research Analyst covering the Energy sector with a focus on Energy Producers and Energy Transition companies. He has covered the Energy sector since 1997. Prior to joining Benchmark, Subash covered the industry for Northland Securities, and previously also for Guggenheim Partners, Jefferies, Morgan Keegan and AG Edwards. Subash holds a BA in Economics from the University of Michigan and is a CFA Charterholder.
Kevin DeLapp joined BBOG in January of 2019 as V.P. of Reservoir Engineering with 15 years of oil and gas experience. Mr. DeLapp’s diverse background includes public and private reserve reporting, strategic planning and partnerships, acquisitions and divestitures, reserves evaluation and estimation, as well as finance, accounting, midstream, downstream, and land. Kevin held the previous position of Strategic Development & Reserves Director at EXCO Resources, where he oversaw all aspects of the reservoir engineering department, including technical oversight and corporate reporting functions. He also served as Senior Business Development & Strategic Planning Representative for J-W Operating Company.
Dena Demboski currently serves as Vice President of Operations at UpCurve Energy. She is responsible for managing the execution of the drilling and completions programs for the company’s extended reach horizontal Wolfcamp wells that include multi-well zipper pad operations. She also oversees the installation of production equipment, frac water management, and provides technical support to onsite consultants, colleagues and financial backers. Prior to joining UpCurve Energy, Dena served in various other engineering roles at Linn Energy and ConocoPhillips/Burlington Resources. She has over 13 years of engineering design and management experience in drilling, completions, and production operations across 13 different basins within the domestic United States. She received a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering with a Business Management Certification from Texas A&M University in 2006.
Tony Fernandez is Global Head of Technical in Citi’s Natural Resources and Clean Energy Transition Group, where he leads the largest technical team on Wall Street, comprised of approximately 20 highly specialized engineers, geologists and GIS experts with unparalleled industry and transactional experience. Citi’s technical team has quickly become a trusted resource and advisor to the firm’s energy clients, having advised on over $20 billion of corporate and asset-level buysides, sellsides and capital markets transactions in just the first nine months since its reorganization.
Mr. Fernandez has over 16 years of experience in the upstream sector, including various engineering roles across Noble Energy’s assets prior to joining investment banking. Mr. Fernandez’s transition to energy investment banking in 2014 coincided with the emergence of US unconventional plays and began at Jefferies, where he was responsible for the company’s development of their Permian technical expertise. After Jefferies, Mr. Fernandez moved to JP Morgan to assist in the creation of the firm’s new technical team as lead engineer and played a primary role in the group’s recruitment, deal generation and creation of best practices.
Mr. Fernandez has achieved a reputation for uniquely combining technical, commercial and strategic advisory to benefit clients. His transaction experience is broad and spans virtually every Lower 48 basin and client type.
Mr. Fernandez earned an M.Eng. in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University and a B.Sc. in Economics from Duke University. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Texas and an active member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, including past leadership positions as a member of the SPE Distinguished Lecturer committee and as the editor-in-chief of the The Way Ahead editorial board.
Stephen W. (Steve) Green is president of Chevron North America Exploration and Production, a position he has held since March 2019. In this role, he oversees Chevron’s exploration and production activities throughout North America, including the company’s significant portfolio of assets in Canada, California, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Rocky Mountain and Mid-Continent regions of the United States.
Green previously served as president of Chevron Asia Pacific Exploration and Production, leading Chevron’s exploration and production activities in eight countries across the Asia-Pacific region. Prior to that role, Green served as vice president of Policy, Government and Public Affairs for Chevron Corporation, and president of Chevron Indonesia and managing director of the Chevron IndoAsia Business Unit.
Prior to joining Chevron in 2005, Green was chief executive officer of Unocal Thailand, Ltd., and vice president of International Energy Operations for Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam from 2004 until Chevron’s merger with Unocal in 2005. After the merger, Green served through 2007 as managing director of Chevron’s Asia South business unit, adding Bangladesh, Cambodia and China to his previous responsibilities.
Green earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Texas A&M University in 1980 and completed the Stanford Graduate School of Business Executive Program in 2003.
Green is chair of the American Petroleum Institute’s Upstream Committee, serves on the board of trustees of The First Tee and Houston Museum of Natural Science, the advisory board of the Kinder Institute, and the executive committee of the Greater Houston Partnership. He is also a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and Texas A&M Chancellor’s Century Council.
Tyler joined Moriah Group in 2015 and is currently the President for Moriah Energy Investments, an investment strategy focused on oil and gas opportunities. Following his graduation from the University of Oklahoma (BAC/BBA), Tyler practiced public accounting with KPMG and Ernst and Young. After receiving his MBA from Rice University’s Jones School of Management, Tyler worked for Lehman Brothers and ultimately Barclays Capital in the Natural Resources group, later joining Bank of America / Merrill Lynch. During his time in investment banking, he focused on mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, and other advisory services. In 2013, Tyler moved to West Texas as the CFO at FireWheel Energy, an independent exploration and production company focused in the Eastern Shelf of the Permian Basin.
Michael Hart serves as the CFO for Rio Grande E&P. Prior to Rio Grande, Michael was the Director of Corporate Finance for Laredo Energy, a South Texas-focused natural gas exploration and production company.
Prior to joining Laredo Energy, Mr. Hart was with Citigroup’s Global Energy Investment Banking Group in Houston, Texas where he focused on M&A advisory work and public capital raises within the energy industry.
Mr. Hart is a graduate of Rice University where he received a Masters of Business Administration. He also received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Texas A&M University.
Mr. Hart serves on the Alumni Board of the Jones School at Rice and currently serves as a Class Ambassador.
Ryan Keys is President at Triple Crown Resources, which he co-founded in 2017 with Nathan Pekar. Previously, Ryan was a senior vice president in Energy Investment Banking at Jefferies, where he was involved in over $25 billion in M&A transactions. He also served in roles at another E&P, a reserves consultancy, and Schlumberger. Ryan has a BS in mechanical engineering from UT Austin and an MS in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M.
Mark Lumpkin has over 20 years of experience including over 13 years of oil and gas finance experience. He has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Earthstone since August 2017. Immediately prior to joining Earthstone, he served as Managing Director at RBC Capital Markets in the Oil and Gas Corporate Banking group, beginning in 2011 with a focus on upstream and midstream debt financing. From 2006 until 2011, he was employed by The Royal Bank of Scotland in the Oil and Gas group within the Corporate and Investment Banking division, focusing primarily on the upstream subsector. Prior to RBS, he spent two years focused on capital markets and mergers and acquisitions primarily in the upstream sector at a boutique investment bank.
Mr. Lumpkin graduated with a B.A. degree in Economics from Louisiana State University and graduated with a Master of Business Administration degree with a Finance concentration from Tulane University.
Mike is a Corporate Business Development Manager whose primary focus is in the Oil & Gas industry for Aggreko, which is the world's largest engineered temporary power generation company. Mike’s primary responsibility is working with corporate customers to assist in developing Complex Power Management Solutions such as micro-grids for their production facilities. Mike has over thirty years of recognized operations, management and sales experience within the minerals and energy industries.
Seth Moore serves as EVP and COO, as well as co-founder of Catalyst Energy Services. Mr. Moore’s 34 years of industry expertise includes cementing, hydraulic fracturing, wireline, coiled tubing, tools and testing, expandable technologies, plug and abandonment, well control and blow out prevention, total fluids management, rig services, fishing & rental tools, tubular rentals, frac stack & flowback and plug & abandonment. He has experience in 9 countries and on 3 continents in various international and domestic leadership roles, across multiple departments. This experience includes operations, business development, technology, product line management, manufacturing, engineering and engineering management. He has authored multiple SPE technical papers and holds numerous US and International patents.
Mr. Moore holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Services from Nicholls State University and a Master of Business Administration from Texas A&M University.
Dean Murphy is a Sr. Customer Success & Operations Manager at ComboCurve. In his client-facing role at the energy software company, ComboCurve, Dean helps modernize asset development and asset evaluation workflows with cloud-based forecasting, reserves, and economics. He also leads the ComboCurve CollegeCourses initiative, where he has instructed hundreds of students in energy-related majors on using ComboCurve. Dean holds a BS in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University and is passionate about creating opportunities for young professionals, meeting new people in the energy space, and solving problems with technology. Outside of work, he enjoys assisting the Texas A&M SPE student chapter as the TAMU-SPE Ambassador and leading the OGGN Student Outreach Street Team Committee. In these roles, he educates the next generation about all things energy. On the weekends, Dean loves restoring his 1969 Mustang.
Mr. Oestmann has over 37 years of experience in all aspects of the oil and gas business, with a particular focus on company start-ups, exploration, asset management and development. Mr. Oestmann has experience in numerous geologic basins with primary focus in the Permian Basin and has a consistent record of increasing production in existing fields, exploration success and company development and sale. Mr. Oestmann began his career with Exxon Co. USA in 1982 after graduating from Rice University with a bachelor’s degree in geology with a geophysics option. He worked 15 years with Exxon, 7 years with Titan/Pure Resources/Unocal, 2 years with Celero/Whiting, and 1 year with Lothian Oil in various exploration, development and senior management positions. In 2007 he co-founded Piedra Resources with private equity partners. Piedra sold its assets in 2011 for over $120 million. Mr. Oestmann began Tall City Exploration in May of 2012 with a $200 Million equity commitment from Denham Capital. Tall City completed the sale of its assets in 2015 for a total of $1.2B. He is a 35 year member of the AAPG and SEG, member of the PBGS (having served as President) WTGS and SPE. He is a certified geologist with the Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists and the DPA of the AAPG, and serves as an elder at Westway Church of Christ. He and Cathy, his wife of 34 years, live in Midland, Texas.
Dr. Megan Pearl is a recognized industry expert in stimulation fluid additives and phase behavior. She has extensive experience leading laboratory research and technology teams. Megan is listed as inventor or co-inventor of 13 granted patents with an additional 10 patent applications and has published numerous peer-reviewed articles. She is currently the director of technology for Locus Bio-Energy Solutions, and previously served as the global analytical lab manager for Haliburton.
Brett Pennington founded Ensign Natural Resources in December 2017. Prior to Ensign, he served in technical and leadership roles for ExxonMobil throughout the lower 48 States and Alaska. At Murphy Oil Corporation, Mr. Pennington built the Eagle Ford Shale asset through acreage acquisition and leasing starting in 2009, and continuing through early exploration, delineation and development. With more than twenty-two years of industry experience, Mr. Pennington has worked almost every major basin in North America through various roles including Reservoir Engineering, Engineering Management, Corporate Planning, Operations and Enterprise Management. Mr. Pennington received a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Brigham Young University, completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard, and serves as a member of the TXOGA Executive Committee.
Joe Quoyeser recently completed a one year term as Interim CEO of University Lands (UL), responsible for maximizing the value of 2.1 million acres in West Texas for the benefit of the Permanent University Fund.
Joe and his team managed commercial and contractual relationships with operators of 325,000 boe/d of gross production, and more than 1 GW of wind and solar power generation. The Lands produce royalties for the endowment on a run rate of $1.7Bn per year.
During Joe’s tenure at UL, the operator base in the Permian Basin consolidated and restructured at a breathless pace. Approximately 12 of the 15 largest operators on UL have transacted in the past 15 months. Continental Resources has made a major strategic move to enter the Permian Basin, and a substantial portion of its position is on UL.
Previously, Joe spent 31 years in management consulting, including working with McKinsey & Company from 2012-2020. While at McKinsey, Joe helped to build and lead an onshore oil and gas practice. He also played a key role in building the Permian Strategic Partnership, a collaboration of 15 companies to address limits to growth in the Permian Basin.
Immediately prior to joining McKinsey, Joe served an expert witness in litigation related to the Deepwater Horizon. He previously had partner level consultant roles at Booz Allen Hamilton and Charles River Associates.
Joe began his career as a reservoir engineer with Exxon in Midland. Joe has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Rice and an MBA from Northwestern.
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Florida, 1981. Scott has been with NSAI since 1988 and was made Chairman and CEO in 2008. Prior to NSAI, Scott was a Supervising Reservoir Engineer with Exxon Company, U.S.A. He has been involved in hundreds of projects both domestically and around the world, including Latin America, Mexico, Australia, and West Africa. His areas of specific expertise include coalbed methane property evaluations, probabilistic analysis, and interpretation/application of industry reserves definitions and guidelines.
Scott D. Sheffield is an energy industry leader who played significant roles in the American shale revolution and in lifting the U.S. crude oil export ban. Sheffield currently serves as CEO of Pioneer Natural Resources, one of the largest crude producers in Texas.
After graduating from the University of Texas with a bachelor of science degree in petroleum engineering, Sheffield began his career as a reservoir engineer with Amoco Production Co. In 1979, Sheffield joined Parker & Parsley Petroleum Co. By 1985, he was the company’s CEO, and he became its chairman in 1991.
When Parker & Parsley merged with MESA, Inc. in 1997 to form Pioneer Natural Resources, Sheffield became its founding CEO, later becoming chairman of the board in 1999. Sheffield retired from Pioneer in 2016 but returned as President and CEO in 2019 and continues to serve on the board.
Sheffield’s board affiliations include The Williams Companies, Inc., the Center for Global Energy Policy at Columbia University and the Energy Council of CSL Capital Management, LLC.
The Permian Basin Petroleum Association honored Sheffield with its prestigious Top Hand award, and he is a 2013 inductee into the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum Hall of Fame, among numerous other awards recognizing his leadership and his philanthropic efforts.
Gene Shepherd is a founder and Chief Executive Officer of VTX Energy Partners, LLC. Prior to VTX, he was a founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Brigham Resources, LLC from 2013 until the sale of substantially all of its southern Delaware Basin assets to Diamondback Energy in February 2017 for $2.6 billion.
Gene had 20 years of financial and operational experience in the energy industry before serving as Chief Financial Officer of Brigham Exploration Company from 2002 until its sale to Norway-based Statoil ASA in December 2011 for $4.4 billion. Earlier in his career, he served as Integrated Energy Managing Director for the investment banking division of ABN AMRO Bank, where he executed merger and acquisition advisory services and capital markets transactions for energy companies. He had a similar focus in his role at Prudential Securities Incorporated, Stephens Inc. and Merrill Lynch Capital Markets. Prior to his stint in the financial services industry, he worked for more than four years as a petroleum engineer for Amoco Production Company and the Railroad Commission of Texas.
At the University of Texas at Austin, Gene is a member of the Executive Council of Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law & Business and the Engineering Advisory Board of the Cockrell School of Engineering, where in 2017 he was awarded the school’s Distinguished Engineering Graduate. He has also served on various nonprofit boards, including KIPP Austin Public Schools, the Capital Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America and Trinity Center.
Gene earned his bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering in 1981 and his MBA in 1986, both from The University of Texas at Austin.
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Steve Struna, President and CEO, has over 34 years of petroleum industry experience in engineering, operations, finance, planning, and general management. Prior to launching Bayswater E&P in 2004, Mr. Struna held a wide variety of positions with BP, Amoco, including Vice President and General Manager, Onshore Gulf Coast USA; North American Natural Gas Executive Leadership Team member with responsibility for the redesign of BP’s entire onshore US operations base; CEO and President, Central Alberta Midstream – Calgary; Vice President and General Manager, Amoco Canada Gas Gathering and Processing – Calgary; Senior Manager, Corporate Finance - Chicago; Resource Development Manager, Central North Sea – London; and Project Manager, Armada Platform and Development, Central North Sea U.K. Mr. Struna received his BSc Degree in Chemical Engineering from Columbia University in 1981, an MSc in Petroleum Engineering from Colorado School of Mines in 1985, and an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1990. Mr. Struna sits on the Boards of the Colorado Oil and Gas Association, Protect Colorado, and Coloradans for Responsible Energy Development. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, Colorado Concern, recently chaired the annual Gala for the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, and is a registered professional engineer.
Travis F. Thompson joined FireBird Energy at its inception in 2019 and currently serves as our CEO. Prior to joining FireBird, Travis co-founded Torch Operating, LLC in 2010 and led the growth of the company by focusing on the development of a strong leadership team devoted to the evaluation, acquisition, and divestiture of assets in North Texas and West Texas. After graduating from Texas Tech University in 2002 with a B.B.A. degree in Petroleum Land Management, Travis worked for Bank One, NA and Hallwood Petroleum before co-founding Norwood Land Services and Norwood Natural Resources. Travis is a past director of the Fort Worth Petroleum Club (2012-2015) and current President of the Lake Country Christian School Athletics Booster Club. He is a member of the AAPL and FWAPL as well as ADAM Permian.