Andy is Director of Water Treatment for Select Energy Services. Mr. Adams is a 25+ year veteran of the Oil and Gas Industry working in the management sector. He maintains a broad band of experience in overall water management from infrastructure, treatment/reuse, logistics and disposal. He is the founder and past president of the Permian Basin Water Management Council an operator centric organization developing best practices for water management in the Permian Basin.
Joshua Adler is the founding CEO of Sourcewater, the water exchange for the energy ecosystem, which he conceived in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Energy Ventures program. Sourcewater’s mission is to use I.T., data and markets to reduce the primary cost and impact of upstream energy production: Water. Mr. Adler is a successful entrepreneur and angel investor who has founded energy, real estate, medical technology, and internet companies and was a U.S. Treasury official for President George W. Bush. He is a graduate of Yale University and MIT and resides in Houston, Texas.
Mr. Anderson is Chief Executive Officer of Layne Water Midstream (LWM), a company he founded in 2016. LWM is a leading water midstream company with significant source water, produced water, pipeline transportation and disposal infrastructure in the Permian Basin. Mr. Anderson has been in the water and energy business over the past 20 years, serving in a variety of executive management roles including Chief Financial Officer of Layne Christensen, a 135-year old water infrastructure and services company, Chief Financial Officer of Southcross Energy Partners, an MLP engaged in natural gas gathering and processing, Chief Financial Officer of Exterran Holdings and Exterran Partners, a global market leader in natural gas compression and services, and as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Executive Officer at Azurix Corp., a global owner and operator of water and wastewater assets. Mr. Anderson began his career with JPMorgan Chase as an investment banker specializing in mergers and acquisitions after earning his undergraduate degree in business from Texas Tech University and his M.B.A. from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
As Co-Founder and President of B3, Kelly leads the strategic management of the company, delivering data-driven water analytics to the energy and environment sectors. Prior to B3, Kelly started the global energy desk at BENTEK Energy. He built data and analytical tools for international markets and helped foreign IOCs, NOCs, utilities, and hedge funds integrate U.S. oil and gas market fundamentals in their strategy. Kelly participates in the environmental, economic and policy forums for water, energy, innovation and economic development. He was a member of the Aspen Institute Dialogue Series on Water Data and sits on the Advisory Board for the Internet of Water at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University. Kelly holds a B.S. in Diplomacy and World Affairs from Occidental College.
Rhett Bennett has served as CEO of Black Mountain since its inception. With a growing supply constraint in the Permian Basin, Rhett built the Black Mountain Sand business to satisfy a void in the market for a high quality, cost-effective regional frac sand.
Rhett began his career in oil and gas in December 2004, starting as the Acquisitions Manager of Cascade Energy LP in Dallas, Texas. In early 2007, he founded Black Mountain Royalty LP and Black Mountain Exploration LP. In 2011, Mr. Bennett founded Black Mountain Land Company LLC and Black Mountain SWD LP, to create value as an early mover in the real estate and service sectors of the oil and gas industry in emerging resource plays.
Rhett Bennett earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of Georgia in 2003, and completed the Energy Executive Management Program at the University of Oklahoma Michael F. Price College of Business in 2012.
Mr. Bennett is a member of many industry organizations, including the Independent Petroleum Association of America, the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers, the Texas Independent Producers & Royalty Owners Association, the National Association of Royalty Owners, the Fort Worth Petroleum Club, the American Association of Professional Landmen, Young Professionals in Energy, and the Fort Worth Wildcatters – Executive Committee.
Brian Best serves as Vaquero’s Executive Vice President of Business Development. He is responsible for the acquisition of new business and development of relationships for Vaquero’s strategic growth initiatives. Prior to joining Vaquero Midstream, Brian served as Vice President of Commercial for J-W Energy Company where he was responsible for all commercial activity for the company’s midstream assets. During his tenure at J-W, he led several aspects of the midstream functions, including third-party business development, pipeline commercial operations, acquisition and divestitures, new project expansions, capital planning, and banking and finance management. Brian brings a blend of engineering and finance with a focus on value to producers.
Prior to his time at J-W Energy Company, he spent nine years in the defense industry at Lockheed Martin in both technical and project management roles in the development of the F-16 Fighting Falcon and the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Brian has an MBA with a Finance Concentration from Southern Methodist University and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas Christian University.
Mr. Bledsoe is the President of Henry Resources. He has 33 years of oil and gas experience. He joined Henry in 2007 after spending 6 years at Oxy in the Business Development group. Prior to that, Mr. Bledsoe was the Division Engineering Manager at Bass Enterprises where he worked for 11 years. David worked for Amoco Production before moving to Bass. His most recent responsibilities have been in various management and business development roles. Previous experience includes reservoir, production and completion engineering in the Permian Basin. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from UT Austin and is a registered professional engineer in the State of Texas.
Mr. Brian Bohm is a licensed professional geologist currently working for Apache Corporation as Environmental Sustainability Advisor for the North American Unconventional Resources team. Previously Brian was the Water Resources Manager for Alpine High, and Senior Hydrogeologist for Apache’s San Antonio Office. In this role he was responsible for development of Apache’s Alpine High’s water management plan that achieved 84% produced water recycling in 2018 and reduced fresh water usage to approximately 5% for Alpine High upstream operations by identifying brackish water sources across the play. Brian has spent the last 20 years consulting and working for E&P operators on industry regulations, sustainable water management, and environmental issues related to unconventional oil and gas development. He has previous experience working in the major North American shale plays as well as experience internationally in unconventional oil and gas development. Brian has a Bachelor’s Degree in Geology and Sociology, a Master’s Degree in Geology and is enrolled at the University of Oklahoma’s Price College of Business Executive MBA in Energy.
BJ Brandenberger is a career oil and gas investment banker with over 14 years of experience providing upstream energy advisory services, concentrated on working interest and mineral divestitures. He has originated and/or executed over $5.0 billion in A&D transactions for publicly-traded, sponsor-owned, and privately-owned companies with assets spanning most of the major U.S. Basins. BJ is a founding partner of TenOaks Energy Advisors, LLC, an upstream focused investment banking firm providing independent A&D advisory services to the middle market. Prior to TenOaks, BJ served as Vice President of Energy Spectrum Advisors in their upstream A&D group. In 2014, BJ was recognized as one of the “Top 20 under 40 in A&D” by Oil & Gas Investor Magazine.
Laura Capper is President of CAP Resources, a 24-year-old Houston-based consulting firm. Capper and her partners specialize in emerging market issues and opportunities in upstream E&P, oilfield and midstream technologies, environmental practices, fluid and solid waste management and logistics, and UIC risk management. Company expertise includes risk mitigation, site planning and optimization, facility and pipeline planning, water management and logistics strategies, field data technologies, treatment technology vetting and selection, market studies, new technology commercialization and due diligence, financial modeling, M&A, and investor due diligence. CAP Resources has worked with 600+ clients and facilitated $4 billion in equity financing. Capper graduated from Rice University in 1983 summa cum laude with a BSEE and minors in Computer Science and Bioengineering.
Robert Crain is the Executive Vice President of Texas Pacific Water Resources (TPWR). Mr. Crain has been instrumental in the founding and continued development of TPWR since its inception in May 2017. Prior to the formation of TPWR, Mr. Crain led water resource development efforts for EOG Resources across multiple basins, including the Permian and Eagleford. During his career, he has successfully developed multiple large-scale sourcing, distribution and produced water treatment systems, and has helped develop various technical and analytical process/service packages that facilitate the effective treatment and implementation of brackish and produced water streams into sourcing programs. He possesses an extensive skill set focused on the regulatory and legal water landscape in Texas. Mr. Crain holds dual Bachelor of Science Degrees (Water Resources and Criminal Justice) from Texas State University as well as an M.B.A. from the University of Texas at Tyler.
Prior to joining LongPoint, Cullen served in various capacities for Shell beginning in 2007 as a Development Economist followed by a placement into Shell’s A&D group as Manager M&A and Commercial Finance. In 2015, Cullen was appointed as MLP Business Analysis Lead. Before his career with Shell, he owned and operated Highland Minerals & Royalties and was in Institutional Sales with Petrie Parkman. He joined the FourPoint Energy team in 2016, as the Vice President of Business Development and immediately helped the team launch LongPoint Minerals, closing over 145 successful transactions within the first year. Cullen holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Montana State University and an MBA and a MS in Finance from the University of Denver.
Prior to joining EnCap in August 2005, Mr. Devlin spent two years at Amegy Bank of Texas, where he ended as a Banking Officer for its commercial banking department.
Mr. Devlin received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Economics from Brown University.
Mr. Devlin serves on the board of directors of several EnCap portfolio companies and is a member of the Houston Producers’ Forum, the Independent Petroleum Association of America and Young Professionals in Energy.
Eric is the Midstream Project Manager for the Permian Asset at Marathon. Prior to joining Marathon a year ago, he served in various roles in finance and planning for Noble Energy. Eric earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Houston.
Michael Dunkel is the upstream and midstream water Global Technology Leader for Advisian. He works with clients on water management, including planning, strategy, and operations. Mr. Dunkel was the lead investigator for Jacob’s study with the Oklahoma Water Resources Board related to water recycling. He also recently completed a project as a leader of the Groundwater Protection Council report on produced water for US shale plays.
Mr. Dunkel is a board member for the Produced Water Society and an Advisor for Shale Play Water Management magazine
Previously, Mr. Dunkel was Director of Sustainable Development for Pioneer Natural Resources. Mr. Dunkel was co-chair of the Energy Water Initiative, a group of 18 energy companies raising water management standards.
Michael held positions in engineering management and project management for 18 years at Pioneer, including global projects.
Prior to Pioneer, Mr. Dunkel held a variety of engineering roles at Marathon Oil.
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.
Kevin is the President and CEO of PropX, a company dedicated to improving last mile proppant logistics. Prior to PropX, he was President of Liberty Oilfield Services, a Denver based Rocky Mountain provider of hydraulic fracturing services. Prior to joining Liberty, he was Executive VP of Business Development at Flotek Industries and was keenly involved in the development and introduction of green fluid chemistries to optimize the hydraulic fracturing process. Earlier, he was CEO of Pinnacle Technologies which was purchased by Halliburton in 2008. He began his career with Halliburton in 1979 and served for 14 years as logging engineer, field supervisor, log analyst, US sales manager, and global technical marketing manager. Fisher left Halliburton in 1993 to join ProTechnics which, along with Pinnacle spurred his desire to better understand and quantify hydraulic fracture growth.
Fisher holds 3 U.S. patents related to spectral gamma ray, gravel pack density logging, and tiltmeter instrumentation and has written more than four dozen technical papers and articles on well-logging, frac fluid chemistry and hydraulic fracture diagnostics. Kevin has a B.S. in Natural Science/Physics from Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma.
Lynn Frank has been a finance professional for nearly 15 years, primarily within in the energy industry. Most recently prior to joining Pegasus, he was the director of finance for Black Stone Minerals, L.P. (NYSE:BSM). During his more than five years at Black Stone, Mr. Frank played a leading role in the successful IPO of the largest mineral company in the U.S. Additionally, Mr. Frank led a finance team responsible for managing banking relationships, strategic planning and budgeting, commodity and interest rate hedging, and internal reporting. Prior to joining Black Stone, he was a Senior Manager with KPMG.
Mr. Friedrichs has over 20 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. He began his career in Houston headquarters of Coastal Oil & Gas. In 1997, he joined Lewis Energy Group as the Controller of their Exploration & Production subsidiary, Segundo Navarro. In 1998, he assumed the role of Corporate Controller for Lewis Energy and held that position until 2000. From 2000 until 2004, Mr. Friedrichs worked as a contract Controller for a variety of clients, including a production equipment manufacturer, a large interstate pipeline company and several exploration and production companies. During this time he assisted in the sale of a service company to a large publicly held entity and participated in taking a pipeline company public. In 2004, he helped form BlackBrush Oil and Gas and acted as its Corporate Controller until 2007 at which time he was promoted to Vice President of Business Development. In 2014, Mr. Friedrichs was named Chief Financial Officer of BlackBrush Oil & Gas. Mr. Friedrichs holds a BBA in Accounting from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a Masters from St. Mary’s University.
Ms. Laura C. Fulton has been the Chief Financial Officer of Hi-Crush GP LLC, a General Partner of Hi-Crush Partners LP since May 2012 and also serves as its Chief Accounting Officer. Ms. Fulton has served as the Chief Financial Officer of Hi-Crush Proppants LLC since April 2012. Ms. Fulton served as an Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of AEI Services, LLC (AEI) from March 2008 to October 2011. She served as an Executive Vice President of Accounting of AEI from March 2008 to October 2011. Ms. Fulton has experience as a financial executive in the energy industry. She has extensive financial, accounting and compliance process experience. Ms. Fulton served as Chief Accounting Officer of AEI. Ms. Fulton joined AEI in March 2008. Prior to AEI, she spent 12 years with Lyondell Chemical Company in various capacities, including as General Auditor responsible for Internal Audit and the Sarbanes-Oxley certification process and as the Assistant Controller. Prior to that, she spent 11 years with Deloitte & Touche in public accounting, with a focus on audit and assurance. She has been a Director of Targa Resources GP LLC, General partner of Targa Resources Partners LP since February 26, 2013. She has been an Independent Director of Targa Resources Corp. and TRI Resources Inc. since February 26, 2013. She serves as a Member of The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and serves on the Mays Business School Dean's Advisory Board. She serves on the Accounting Department Advisory Board at Texas A&M University. Ms. Fulton is a Certified Public Accountant and graduated cum laude from Texas A&M University with a BBA in Accounting.
With more than 33 years of experience in the oilfield service industry, Greg brings a deep knowledge of all facets of pressure pumping services, including cementing, hydraulic fracturing pressure, coiled tubing, and completions to Solaris. Prior to joining Solaris, Greg served as Executive Vice President of Business Development for Loadcraft Industries, where he led the market introduction and sales of two new product lines: Mobile Proppant Storage and Handling Systems and Portable Transloading Systems.
Greg spent more than 31 years with the Western Company of North America and its successors, BJ Services and, ultimately, Baker Hughes International, where he held positions of increasing responsibilities. His assignments included Regional Sales and Operations Manager in Mexico for seven years and Director of Strategic Integration for the Southeast Area of the U.S. Land Division, where he oversaw all BHI drilling, completion, and production product lines.
Greg serves on the Board of Directors of the Petroleum Club in Fort Worth and is a member of SPE, AADE and Dallas Petroleum Club.
Prior to co-founding Drillinginfo in 1999, Allen was an independent oilman for seven years, co-founding three profitable exploration & production companies. He began his oil patch career with Marathon Oil Corporation, as a geophysicist working in research, seismic acquisitions, and South American exploration. Allen is active in all aspects of Drillinginfo’s new product development and is widely recognized for his leadership and vision. He holds several patents in the field of component seismology. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geology from Rice University and a Master of Science in Geology from University of Texas at El Paso.
Jonathan covers the OFS industry for RSEG, primarily pressure pumping and consumption of fracturing materials. Joining the company in January 2017, he brought over five years of completions engineering experience ranging from designing and executing hydraulic fracture treatments in the field to data-intensive completion optimization studies in the office. He holds a bachelor of science in petroleum engineering from Missouri University of Science & Technology.
Brent Halldorson is the acting Chairman of the Texas Water Recycling Association, a non-profit focused on helping find solutions to Texas’ most challenging water issues across all industries. Halldorson is Chief Technology Officer for Fountain Quail Water Management. He also is a professional engineer that has been with the company since 1999. In that time, Fountain Quail has recycled over a billion gallons of shale gas wastewater back into freshwater for reuse in Texas using its patented NOMAD evaporators and has expanded operations into multiple shale plays. Halldorson lives in Fort Worth, Texas, with his wife and three children. He believes firmly that America can achieve energy independence while simultaneously managing water responsibly. One of his chief ambitions is to help bridge the divide between pro-energy and anti-energy interest groups by highlighting cases of responsible and sustainable energy development.
Mr. Hallen, co-founded Pronghorn Logistics along with Stephen White. Mr. Hallen joins Pronghorn from RockPile Energy Services, a leading oilfield services provider acquired by the Keane Group (NYSE:FRAC). At RockPile, Mr. Hallen served as Director of Corporate Development, focused on mergers & acquisitions, corporate strategy, capital structuring, and firm growth initiatives. Prior to RockPile, Mr. Hallen worked as a management consultant for Booz & Company, a premier global management consultancy acquired by PWC in 2014. As a key member of the firm’s global oil and gas team, Mr. Hallen’s advised clients across the oil and gas value chain on a wide range of topics including strategy development, performance transformation, portfolio management, and M&A strategy and execution. Mr. Hallen holds an MBA from the University of Texas and a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts from California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo. He has also completed the Petroleum Super School Certificate Program at the Colorado School of Mines.
Dr. Peter Hennings is a Research Scientist at The University of Texas Bureau of Economic Geology where he is Principal Investigator in the Center for Integrated Seismicity Research and a Lecturer in the Department of Geological Sciences. Peter retired after 25 years in the petroleum industry where he worked as a research scientist (Mobil Oil and Phillips Petroleum) and technical manager (ConocoPhillips). Peter received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Texas A&M University and his Ph.D. from The University of Texas. Peter’s technical specialties include structural geology, seismic structural analysis, reservoir geomechanics, induced seismicity, and geology of Texas and the Rocky Mountains. Peter is an AAPG Distinguished Lecturer, GSA Fellow, and a founder of the AAPG Petroleum Structure and Geomechanics Division.
Will Hickey is currently the Co-CEO of Colgate Energy which he co-founded in 2015. Mr. Hickey earned his BS from the University of Texas at Austin where he majored in Petroleum Engineering and his MBA from Southern Methodist University. Prior to starting Colgate, Will worked for Pioneer Natural Resources where he rotated through numerous engineering positions and worked as the Sr. Business Analyst for former CEO, Tim Dove.
Nicole Hoffman joined SUN Specialty Products in 2017 as Executive Sales and Marketing specializing in Production Enhancement. She started in oil and gas in 2011 with CARBO where she held various positions in marketing, logistics and sales. Prior to 2011, Nicole spent 15 years in aviation working for Pratt & Whitney, a United Technologies Company. Nicole holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from Vanderbilt University. She also holds a Master of Business Administration specializing in Finance and International Business from the University of Connecticut.
Mark Houser began serving as the Chief Executive Officer of University Lands in March 2015. A part of the University of Texas System, University Lands manages both the surface and mineral rights to 2.1 million acres in the oil-rich Permian Basin of West Texas. Revenue from the development of these lands provides funding for more than twenty education and health institutions across both The University of Texas System and The Texas A&M University System.
Prior to working at University Lands, Mark was the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of EnerVest, Ltd., an acquisition focused upstream oil and gas company that operates in 16 states. He was also the President and Chief Executive Officer of EV Energy Partners (EVEP), an upstream master limited partnership of which EnerVest is the general partner. Mark was with EnerVest for nearly 16 years and still serves on the Board of Directors of EVEP.
Mark earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University and his Master of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University. He serves on several boards, including Chapelwood United Methodist Church, the Houston Methodist Hospital System, the Houston Methodist Research Institute, and the Texas A&M Department of Petroleum Engineering Advisory Board.
A native of Dallas, Mark and his wife, Lou, have four daughters and four granddaughters. They enjoy hunting and fishing at their ranch.
Ryan Keys co-founded Triple Crown Resources in April of 2017 with backing from Yorktown, and recently acquired assets in the Midland Basin. He was previously at Jefferies' Energy Investment Banking business unit for 5 years where he was last Senior Vice President. His earlier stops include a service company, a reserves consultancy, and another private equity-backed E&P company. Ryan has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M.
Rob is the Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Acquisitions at Zarvona Energy LLC, and a Member the Investment Committee. Mr. MacAskie received a BS in Engineering from Princeton University, a MS in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, and a MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining Zarvona, Rob was employed by ExxonMobil from 2007 to 2012 where he held a variety of positions in development planning and reservoir engineering, focusing on economic analysis, field surveillance, project planning, and opportunity generation. Mr. MacAskie held leadership positions in both ExxonMobil Development & Production companies while on assignments in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East. Since joining Zarvona in 2012, Rob has held the positions of Engineering Manager and Chief Compliance Officer in addition to his current role. During that time, he has overseen more than $400 million in acquisitions and divestitures across Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana, and is currently responsible for leading the firm’s Acquisitions, Finance, and Compliance departments.
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).
Allen May, executive vice president, business development and exploration, for Scala Energy LLC, is a veteran of the upstream industry, with 38 years of experience in exploration, operations management and business development. Most recently, May was vice president of business development for HighMount E&P, Denali Oil & Gas and Samson Investments and has been focused on domestic unconventional plays since 2009. He received his B.S. in Geophysical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.
Peter McDonald is the Production Manager for the Permian Basin assets for Devon Energy. He has been with Devon Energy for 12 years and has served in numerous engineering and leadership roles in completions, production, and water management. He has served these roles in our North Texas, Oklahoma, Wyoming, West Texas and New Mexico assets. Peter earned his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Mississippi State University.
Prior to joining Solaris, Greg was a Founder of Upslope Energy Partners, LLC, which merged with Solaris in 2016. Upslope was one of the original pure-play commercial water midstream companies, focusing solely on the development of pipeline projects to connect multi producer central batteries to existing salt water disposal wells. Before founding Upslope, he held the position of Director of Corporate Development at Bosque Systems, an industry leading water treatment and SWD provider, where he was responsible for evaluating acquisition targets, negotiating financing with debt and equity sponsors, financially modeling the economic viability of water recycling and infrastructure projects across multiple basins and managing a team. Prior to this time, Greg worked in the Investment Banking Division of Jefferies and Company. Greg received a Bachelor of Science in Commerce (Finance and Accounting) from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia, where he graduated with honors.
Randy Nickerson is Chief Operating Officer of Caza Petroleum, LLC and has served in this capacity since December 2015. Randy started working for Caza as Vice President of Exploration in October of 2011. Prior thereto, Mr. Nickerson served as Vice President of Exploration, and Chief Geophysicist for Sanchez Oil & Gas Corporation from November 2004 to October 2011. Mr. Nickerson also served as Chief Geophysicist for Dominion Exploration & Production Corporation, and has worked for North Central Exploration, Coastal Oil & Gas, Amerada Hess and Gulf Oil Corporation during his career. Mr. Nickerson is a graduate of Colorado School of Mines (Bachelor of Science – Geophysical Engineering)..
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Erik is the Vice President of Marketing at Covia Holdings Corporation. Prior to Covia, Erik served seven years in the US Army as an intelligence officer, having served overseas tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as supporting numerous stateside missions. After his time in the Army, Erik worked in customer service and strategic pipeline planning.
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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Jason Pigott was appointed Executive Vice President – Operations and Technical Services in August 2016, before that serving as Executive Vice President – Operations, Southern Division since January 2015 and Senior Vice President – Operations, Southern Division from the time he joined the company in August 2013. Before joining Chesapeake, Mr. Pigott worked at Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, where he served as General Manager for its Eagle Ford team from June to August 2013 and the General Manager for the East Texas and North Louisiana team from October 2010 to June 2013. Prior to these roles, Mr. Pigott was the Planning Manager for Anadarko’s Southern and Appalachia Region and held a wide variety of positions focused on all aspects of developing unconventional resources.
Mr. Pigott graduated from Texas A&M in 1997 and the University of North Carolina in 2018.
Justin Porter is Asset Manager for Devon Energy’s Todd and Cotton Draw fields located in Lea and Eddy Counties, NM. Since joining Devon in 2006, Justin has held leadership roles of increasing responsibility in the company’s legal, land, regulatory, midstream, and upstream functions. Justin previously served as an Armor/Cavalry officer in the United States Army including graduation from its Airborne and Ranger schools and duty overseas in Germany and Iraq. Justin holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College, a master’s degree from the London School of Economics, a law degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Law, and a master of business administration degree from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Thomas Pyle is president of the Institute for Energy Research (IER) and its advocacy arm, the American Energy Alliance. Pyle manages IER's Washington, DC-based operations and develops the organization’s policy positions. He served as Energy Department team lead on the Trump presidential transition. Prior to joining IER, Thomas was the president and founder of Pyle Consulting, a public affairs and lobbying firm. Additionally, he was director of federal affairs for Koch Industries where he focused on energy, environment, transportation, and regulatory matters. Before entering the private sector, Thomas held legislative positions on Capitol Hill including policy analyst for the House Majority Whip and staff director of the Congressional Western Caucus.
Robert Ravnaas is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of our general partner, Kimbell Royalty GP, LLC. Previously, Mr. Ravnaas served as President of Cawley, Gillespie & Associates, Inc., a petroleum engineering firm, since 2011. Prior to joining Cawley, Gillespie in 1983, he worked as a Production Engineer for Amoco Production Company from 1981 to 1983. Mr. Ravnaas received a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a MS degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a registered professional engineer in Texas and a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, the Society of Petroleum Evaluation Engineers and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.
Mr. Ray joined NGP in 2014 and serves as a Vice President. He concentrates on NGP’s efforts in sourcing investments, transaction analysis, and execution as well as the monitoring of active portfolios. Prior to joining NGP, Mr. Ray was an investment banking Analyst with Deutsche Bank’s Natural Resources Group in Houston, where he focused on financing and merger and acquisition transactions in the oil and gas industry. Mr. Ray received a B.B.A. in Finance in 2011 from The University of Texas at Austin.
Mr. Reese is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Ameredev.
Prior to forming Ameredev, he served in engineering roles at Three Rivers Operating Co., and Cimarex Energy Co. He began his career as an engineer with ConocoPhillips.
Mr. Reese graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering. He currently serves on the industry board of the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M University. He is a registered professional engineer in the state of Texas and a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.
Justin Renfro is President of OmniTRAX Energy Solutions (OES), and is responsible for the OES business, leading sales and marketing efforts and executing the strategy for the next phase of growth. He previously served as OES Senior Vice President of Business Development, and has built strong relationships with senior management in the energy and frac sand industries to bolster the company’s day-to-day business. Prior to joining OmniTRAX, Renfro was a founding management member of Superior Silica Sands, an EMES Portfolio Company, and has more than 20 years of sales and marketing experience in the energy space. Renfro holds a B.S. from Texas A&M University.
Taylor Robinson is the president of PLG Consulting, a team of bulk industrial logistics experts that has worked in the unconventional energy supply chain for nearly a decade. The firm helps E&Ps, oilfield services companies, and private equity investors optimize the full spectrum of the frac sand supply chain throughout North America, with special emphasis on the Permian Basin.
A Six Sigma Black Belt, Taylor joined PLG in 2012 after spending over 25 years leading global supply chain organizations across a broad range of industries. He has applied that experience in multiple frac sand sourcing and transportation projects on behalf of PLG clients.
Kevin received both his undergraduate and law degrees at the University of Texas at Austin, where he helped found the Texas Journal of Oil, Gas and Energy law. Since then, he has worked in the private sector—both in oil and gas by managing over 40,000 interests in 40 states for a large private family partnership, and in private equity working in energy acquisitions for an international concern. He has also served in the public sector—as Deputy General Counsel and Senior Energy and Business Policy Advisor to the Texas Speaker of the House of Representatives. As an entrepreneur, Kevin also designed and founded the mineral management software, InGauge. For over ten years, Kevin served as Navy Intelligence and Operations Officer with Naval Special Warfare and the US Special Operations Command where he deployed to multiple combat zones (including Afghanistan and Africa). Kevin holds the highest-level security clearance.
Mr. Rohling is currently the Chief Operating Officer with Ajax Resources. Following Ajax's sale of its 25,000 acres to Diamondback for $1.24B in October 2018, Daniel and the team are currently working deals to stand-up Ajax II. Prior to Ajax, Mr. Rohling began his career with EP Energy and worked multiple operations and team lead roles, ultimately leading the Permian team as across a 13 year career. Daniel is active in SPE and has served on the Boards of SPE Young Professionals, YP in Energy and multiple charities following his graduation from Texas A&M.
Robert Rubey is co-founder and Chief Commercial Development Officer of Goodnight Midstream. Previously, he co-founded RKM Energy Partners, an investment group focused on non-operated energy holdings. Prior to that, he provided financing to oil and gas companies as a member of Silver Point Capital. Robert holds a BA from the University of Texas and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School.
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.
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. After graduation, he began his career with Anadarko Petroleum (NYSE: APC). During his seven years with Anadarko, Mr. Shepherd’s assignments included drilling, completions, facilities, and reservoir engineering roles. During his tenure, Mr. Shepherd co-authored the feasibility study that led Anadarko to make their first deepwater Gulf of Mexico investment and served multiple leadership roles in the APC-Union Pacific Resources merger and assimilation team.
Mr. Shepherd left Anadarko Petroleum to join The Houston Exploration Company (NYSE: THX), where he helped transform the company from a Gulf of Mexico exploration company to a U.S. Onshore resource company. In his role of Business Development Manager, Mr. Shepherd sourced, evaluated, and closed over $1 billion in transactions during a five-year period until the company was ultimately purchased by Forest Oil in 2007.
From 2007 to 2015, Mr. Shepherd worked for and managed private equity portfolio companies. He teamed with Kayne Anderson in 2011 to form Momentum Oil & Gas, which he sold in early 2015. He was able to successfully sell the company’s assets just before the crash took its full effect on the industry.
Since mid-2015, Mr. Shepherd has served in his current role of Managing Director at RBC Richardson Barr. During this two years, he has overseen over $1 billion in transactions from virtually every major basin in the U.S.
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.
JJ Smith is Vice President of Commercial - Permian for EnLink Midstream. He joined EnLink Midstream in 2015 and is responsible for the gas supply and commercial development of EnLink’s assets in the Permian Basin. Smith has 13 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. Prior to joining EnLink, he worked with Coronado Midstream Holdings where he served as Director of Commercial. Smith holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Midwestern State University and is a member of the Natural Gas Society Permian Basin and the Permian Basin Gas Processors Association.
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Steve Turk is CEO of Discovery Natural Resources, a company that is focused on the acquisition, development and exploration of oil and gas properties in the Permian Basin. Mr. Turk joined Discovery in 2017 and is responsible for leading the organization's day-to-day operations and setting the strategic direction of the company. Prior to joining Discovery, Mr. Turk served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Sandridge Energy where he was responsible for planning and directing the operations and technical activity for the company. Before joining Sandridge Energy, Steve held the position of Chief Operating Officer at HighMount Exploration & Production where he was responsible for the company’s drilling, completions, reservoir, geoscience, operations, financial planning and land departments. With over 35 years of energy industry experience, Steve has held a variety of engineering and leadership roles in multiple areas covering the Gulf Coast, Mid-Continent and Appalachia. His experience also encompasses energy pipelines and consulting.
Mr. Turk received his BS in Geology from Edinboro State University, his BS in Petroleum Engineering from Penn State University and his Master of Business Administration from Oklahoma City University. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and served on the SPE Forum Committee for Unconventional Completions.
Mr. Van’t Hof has served as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Business Development since February 2019. Prior to his current position with us, he served as our Senior Vice President of Strategy and Corporate Development from January 2017 to February 2019 and as our Vice President of Strategy and Corporate Development since joining us in July 2016. Before joining Diamondback, Mr. Van't Hof served as Chief Executive Officer for Bison Drilling and Field Services from September 2012 to June 2016. From August 2011 to August 2012, Mr. Van't Hof was an analyst for Wexford Capital, LP responsible for developing operating models and business plans, including for our initial public offering, and before that worked for the Investment Banking - Financial Institutions Group of Citigroup Global Markets, Inc. from February 2010 to July 2011. Mr. Van't Hof was a professional tennis player from May 2008 to January 2010. Mr. Van't Hof received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Business Administration from the University of Southern California.
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Prior to joining Atlas Sand, Hunter was a member of the newly formed ATX Energy Partners (formerly Brigham Resources Team) as their VP of Operations. Hunter had been a part of the successful Brigham Resources Company as the Drilling and Completions Manager, where he was in charge of planning and executing all 58 grassroots wells of the company in the very Southern edge of the Delaware Basin; these efforts culminated in a successful sale of the assets to Diamondback Energy in 2017 for $2.55 billion. Prior to that Hunter served as a Senior Drilling Engineer for Pioneer Natural Resources on South Texas Eagle Ford Team, and before that was a Drilling Engineer for XTO Energy in East Texas working mostly the Bossier, Cotton Valley, and Haynesville pay zones. Hunter received a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M.
Denzil West serves as the Chief Executive Officer for Admiral Permian Resources LLC and is a member of the Company's Board of Directors. He has over 35 years of oil and gas industry experience, most of which has been in the Permian Basin. His focus has been on upstream activities, however, West also has extensive midstream experience. Most recently, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer for Reliance Energy in Midland, Texas, where he was instrumental in the strategy, leadership, development and successful monetization of the Reliance group of companies. West joined Reliance in 2006 and was responsible for all operational and engineering activities of the company's upstream, midstream and service entities. He started his career at ARCO Oil and Gas, where he worked as a reservoir and production engineer for several years. He was also instrumental and led the effort to grow and successfully monetize four other private companies, two of which were in the oil and gas business. West earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1981.
Mike Wichterich, President and Co-Founder of Permian-focused Three Rivers Operating Co. III LLC, co-founded a first, Riverstone-backed, Permian-focused Three Rivers that was sold in 2012 for $1 billion to Concho Resources Inc. The divestment was within two years of its first Permian acquisition, which was from Chesapeake Energy Corp. That and a second acquisition—from Samson Resources Co.–gave it 700 operated and 800 non-operated Permian wells. His Riverstone-backed Three Rivers II was sold in 2014 and, with a new round of Riverstone funding, Three Rivers III is amassing another Permian portfolio. Previously, Wichterich was chief financial officer for Texas American Resources Co. and for Mariner Energy Inc. and worked for nine years for PricewaterhouseCoopers in its energy-auditing practice. He received his bachelor's from the University of Texas.
Mr. Wicklund brings to Stephens more than 40 years of expertise in oilfield services. Most recently, he was a Managing Director at Credit Suisse where, as a Senior Oilfield Services Analyst, he managed a team covering 41 companies. His extensive background includes operational and consultative experience working with major global and domestic oil companies as well as portfolio management for energy funds, equity research, and institutional sales and trading.