Trisha Curtis is the President and Co-Founder of PetroNerds, LLC. She co-founded the company in 2015 and began working full time at PetroNerds in January 2016. She was formerly the Director of Research, Upstream and Midstream, at the Energy Policy Research Foundation, Inc. (EPRINC) in Washington, DC. Since 2010, she has led extensive research efforts and major consulting projects, and authored several reports on the North American upstream and midstream markets.
At PetroNerds, Ms. Curtis leads research and consulting services. She is a macroeconomist with an expertise in US shale markets. She is globally recognized for her knowledge of US shale and has been asked to speak and present at several forums including OPEC in Vienna, Austria, in Bahrain, and in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Stanford University, Chatham House, Oxford University, Denver University, and Colorado School of Mines. She is also the host of The PetroNerds Podcast.
Trisha evaluates US upstream markets on a wells-up basis with critical analysis of individual operators, assets, reservoirs, and plays. She provides clients with in-depth analysis of the US shale industry and the global oil market and synthesizes this into relevant, actionable, and forecastable information integral to her clients and their respective businesses. She is currently working with several clients to navigate a lower oil price environment. She is also working on a forthcoming research report with the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, updating her work and analysis on shale productivity gains.
Richard (Dick) Findley is the President of Prospector Oil, Inc. and is a geologist engaged in exploration for oil and gas. His 45-year career began in February 1975 with Tenneco Oil Company, Denver, Colorado and continued with Patrick Petroleum, Billings, Montana in January 1978. Mr. Findley formed Prospector Oil, Inc. in September. Mr. Findley has been credited with the discovery of Elm Coulee Field which is the analogy for the Bakken Play in Montana, North Dakota, and Canada. His story has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, and the Canadian National Post, as well as other domestic and international papers. His story has been told in the book The American Shales by Nissa Darbonne. He has also been the subject in numerous oil and gas trade journals. Mr. Findley holds a BS (1973) and an MS (1975) from Texas A&M University. In December 2006, Texas A&M awarded him the Michel Halbouty Medal for distinguished achievement in geosciences and earth resources following the discovery of Elm Coulee. Mr. Findley has been a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists since 1974 and received its “Outstanding Explorer Award” in 2006 for his discovery of Elm Coulee Field.
Mr. Fitzgerald, a petroleum engineer, is the reservoir lead at Boomtown Oil LLC. Mr. Fitzgerald has directed his skills in reservoir engineering, risk analysis, accounting, finance and economics to become an expert in corporate development. He has created and executed numerous business plans for both unconventional resource plays and conventional assets. He has a strong track record in divestitures and has extensive experience in running acquisition projects, managing the engineering, land, accounting and legal due diligence process. He was co-founder of STXRA, running the company’s day to day operations and handling all accounting, finance and HR functions. He was President of Viola Oil & Gas, a private equity backed company with a $60 MM capital commitment. At Rosetta Resources, he directed the technical aspects of their $350 million divestiture program that generated the capital needed to fund their Eagle Ford investments. He was also responsible for the technical aspects of Rosetta’s acquisition efforts, including the acquisition of incremental Eagle Ford acreage. While at Shell Exploration and Production Company, he handled diverse reservoir engineering assignments. He created a $300 million scalable business plan for optimizing the value of Shell’s South Texas asset.
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 Truist Securities 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.
Partha Ganguly is the Area Manager for Rockies and Northeast for the Baker Hughes Completion and Well Intervention (CWI) business and is responsible for all CWI Operations & Service Delivery activities in this area. Partha has 16 years of experience in oilfield services and has worked on technology development and field applications in Completions and Pressure Pumping in Unconventional Reservoirs. He holds a BS degree from Indian Institute of Technology, a PhD from University of British Columbia and has performed post-doctoral research at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a member of SPE and serves in the TMS sub-committee for OTC.
Mr. Geiger has served as Chief Operating Officer since July 2018. Prior to joining the Company, he previously served as Senior Vice President of Corporate Development at Southwestern Energy. Prior to Southwestern Energy, Mr. Geiger held numerous engineering and leadership roles with Quantum Resources Management, Anadarko, Howell Petroleum and Meridian Oil/Burlington Resources. Mr. Geiger earned his bachelor’s degree in Petroleum Engineering and his MBA from the University of Texas.
David Gonzales is the President and COO of Bison Oil & Gas II LLC and Bison Oil & Gas LLC, where he is a founding member of the private equity backed companies based in Denver, CO. Parallel to Bison, Mr. Gonzales co-founded Stampede Midstream LLC. Prior to Bison, Mr. Gonzales co-founded Logos Resources, an oil and gas company based in NM and Drillnomics, an oil and gas decline curve analysis software. His additional business ventures include founding of Stomp Athletics LLC and Wiasom Energy LLC. Mr. Gonzales earned his B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology and currently serves on its Board of Regents.
Jay B. Knaebel, Vice President, Williston Business Unit, for Oasis Petroleum Inc., has more than 27 years of industry experience. Prior to joining Oasis, Knaebel was a capital partner and Vice President, Engineering and Business Development, for Compass Resources I and II, which were private-equity-funded E&P operators with assets in Wyoming and Texas shale plays. Previously, Knaebel was with Meridian Oil/Burlington Resources and ConocoPhillips. Knaebel was an influential technical contributor to ConocoPhillips’ Eagle Ford entry, Burlington’s efforts in Canada Arctic exploration, Western Canada tight gas and CBM, China Sichuan Province tight gas, and San Juan Basin CBM. While with Burlington, Knaebel also held positions in Corporate Planning, Corporate Engineering and San Juan Basin division planning. He received his BS in Petroleum Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.
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Dougie McMichael leads Hess’ Bakken Well Factory team, which is accountable for reservoir development of Hess’ Bakken acreage. In 2019, Hess Bakken E&P Capex was approximately $1.3 B, with the Well Factory stewarding the majority of the investment to execute field appraisal, development planning, drilling and completion activity and managing the company’s non-operated drilling program.Dougie has 27 years of E&P industry experience in technical, planning and leadership roles. He has worked in the United Kingdom, Denmark, Malaysia and the United States. He began his professional career as a reservoir engineer with Chevron in the UK and following roles with Edinburgh Petroleum Services, and Exxon Mobil he joined Hess in 2006. Dougie holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and an associate member of the Institution of Chemical Engineers.
Joseph A. Mills is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Samson Resources II, LLC (“Samson”). Samson is a privately held E&P company with extensive holdings located in the Powder River Basin of Wyoming. Prior to Samson, Mr. Mills served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Eagle Rock Energy Partners, Chief Executive Officer of Montierra Minerals and Production, L.P. (an affiliate of Natural Gas Partners), SVP of Operations for Black Stone Minerals Company, SVP of El Paso Production Company and Vice President of Land and M&A at Sonat Exploration Company. In addition, during 2019, Mr. Mills served as Executive Chairman of Roan Resources in Oklahoma City, OK.
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.
His responsibilities include leading prospect evaluation for new entry programs and exploitation of shale and tight oil resources. He currently leads the Liberty Resources project in the first multi-well Rich Gas EOR Huff N Puff pilot in the Bakken / Three Forks intervals of the Williston Basin in North Dakota. This EOR application builds upon success in the Eagle Ford with the potential to unlock 30-70% more resource and value in the Bakken. Gordon has over 30 years experience in the oil industry in the Rockies, Alaska, Texas, and Alberta with Liberty Resources, BP, Atlantic Richfield, and Touche Ross & Co (now Deloitte LLP). His extensive exploration and production experience in engineering through senior leadership roles, spans from prospect evaluation and field development, to designing and executing well stimulation and enhanced oil recovery programs. He holds degrees including a Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and a BBA in Accounting from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio. He is a registered professional petroleum engineer and the author of a number of Society of Petroleum Engineering publications on fracture stimulation of oil wells, enhanced oil recovery, and oil field development and is a patent holder in enhanced oil recovery processes.
Dr. Muthukumarappan “Kumar” Ramurthy is the Director of Technology for Halliburton covering North America as part of Innovation and Technical Solutions Group. He joined Halliburton in 1998 as a field engineer; has about 20 years of conventional and unconventional reservoir and stimulation engineering experience with Halliburton. He has authored several SPE papers and is a co-author of “Coalbed Methane-Principles and Practices” a CBM book that was published in 2008. Also as co-author, he taught the course “Unconventional Reservoir Stimulation: CBM and Shales” to the oil and gas industry in the USA, Canada, India, Indonesia, Columbia and Australia.
Dr. Ramurthy has served in several SPE technical committees and also serves as a technical editor for the SPE Production & Operations and SPE Reservoir Engineering Journals. Dr. Ramurthy received his Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from India, M. S. in Petroleum Engineering from Mississippi State University and his doctorate in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Wyoming.
Since graduating from Rollins College in 1996, Kelly Robinson has worked in his family owned Oil and Gas business, which has successfully operated since the 1960s. Kelly first gained experience doing land and title work in Montana, Illinois and Michigan, eventually returning to his hometown of Traverse City, Michigan to work with his father, Bob Robinson, for both Kelly Oil & Gas, Inc. and Sleeping Giant, LLC. Kelly has experience as both a small independent (both conventional and unconventional) operator and non-operator, primarily in Michigan, New York, Illinois, North Dakota, and Montana. Currently, as Owner/Manager of both Kelly Oil & Gas, LLC and Spartan Minerals and Royalty, LLC, he focuses on mineral deals in the Williston Basin and non-operated conventional ventures in various Basins. Kelly and his wife Cherie have three boys who keep them busy with golf, basketball, track, and cross country.
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