• David Ballard

    David Ballard

    Ballard Petroleum Holdings LLC

    David Ballard is President and a co-founder of Ballard Petroleum Holdings, LLC.   The Company has been active in the Powder River Basin since 1993 is currently the 5th largest oil producer.  Ballard Petroleum has frequently been an early mover in developing resource plays including the Turner (2003), Parkman (2007), and Frontier (2008) tight oil plays in the Powder River Basin.  The Company drilled the basin’s first horizontal Turner well in 2003.  The well was re-entered and fraced in 2010 and kicked off development of K-Bar Field in southern Campbell County, Wyoming.

    David received a B.S. Degree in Geology and an M.S. Degree in Geophysics from the University of Oklahoma in 1978 and 1980, respectively. 

  • Barry Biggs

    Barry Biggs

    Hess Corp.
    Vice President, Onshore

    Barry Biggs is Vice President, Global Production - Onshore, for Hess Corporation, a leading global independent energy company engaged in the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas. Biggs has more than 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, and is a pioneer in the application of lean manufacturing principles to onshore oil and gas operations. He leads the company’s global land-based production and development assets which includes unconventional, conventional and Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR). Biggs holds a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the University of Illinois and an M.B.A. from the University of California at Los Angeles. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

  • Tony Buchanon

    Tony Buchanon

    Crestone Peak Resources
    President & CEO

    Mr. Buchanon has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of since August 2016. Mr. Buchanon has more than 37 years of experience in the oil and gas industry in reservoir, completions, production and unconventional oil and gas exploration. Prior to taking the helm at Crestone, Mr. Buchanon was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Bonanza Creek Energy from August 2012-August 2016. Prior to Bonanza Creek, he contributed to the growth of numerous oil and gas companies including Noble Energy, Rosetta Resources Inc., Trend Exploration Company, Burlington Resources Inc. (now ConocoPhillips), and Mobil Exploration and Production (now ExxonMobil Corporation).  Mr. Buchanon holds a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering from Marietta College. He currently sits on the Colorado Oil and Gas Association (COGA) Executive Board.


  • The Honorable John Cooke

    The Honorable John Cooke

    Colorado State Senator, District 13
  • Trisha Curtis

    Trisha Curtis

    PetroNerds LLC
    President and Co-Founder

    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. 

  • Joe DeDominic

    Joe DeDominic

    Anschutz Exploration Corp.
    President & COO

    Joe is currently President and COO of Anschutz Exploration Corporation and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Anschutz Oil Company. Over the past 5 years, he has led the company, focusing on the Powder River Basin, where Anschutz is currently positioned as the largest private leaseholder in the Basin with over 430,000 net acres, two active drilling rigs and current net production of approximately 8,000 BOEPD.

    Prior to joining Anschutz, Joe was Vice President and COO of Sanchez Energy, which focused on the Eagle Ford resources of South Texas. He joined the company shortly after their IPO and was responsible for transitioning the company operationally from the long term, private ownership entity to a publically traded company.

    Joe started his career with Occidental Petroleum.  In his 20 plus years at Oxy he held a wide variety of positions including Exploration and Development Geologist, Chief Geologist Colombia, Exploration Manager Libya as well as Director Business Development for the Western Hemisphere. In his last role at Oxy he was President and General Manager for the Williston Basin, where he managed the team which secured Oxy’s entry into the Basin and built an operating group which oversaw 12 drilling rigs at the peak.


    Joe has a BA in Geology from the University of Montana and an MS in Geology from Texas A&M.


  • Brad Holly

    Brad Holly

    Whiting Petroleum Corp.
    President & CEO

    Bradley J. Holly has been a director of Whiting Petroleum Corporation since his appointment on November 1, 2017 as director and election as our President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Holly has more than 20 years of experience in the oil and natural gas industry. Mr. Holly previously served as Executive Vice President, U.S. Onshore Exploration and Production for Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, an independent exploration and production company. Prior to his promotion to Executive Vice President in May 2017, he served as Senior Vice President, U.S. Onshore Exploration and Production at Anadarko from September 2016. He was previously Senior Vice President, Operations for Anadarko’s Rocky Mountain Region from May 2013 to September 2016, and Vice President, Operations for the Southern and Appalachia Region from July 2012 to May 2013. Mr. Holly also previously served as General Manager of Anadarko’s Greater Natural Buttes area in eastern Utah and the Maverick Basin, which included the Eagleford Shale development in southern Texas, and Reserves and Planning Manager for the Southern and Appalachia Region. He joined Anadarko in 1997 as a reservoir engineer and development supervisor on Anadarko’s Marco Polo and K2 developments in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico. Mr. Holly began his career in 1994 with Amoco. Mr. Holly holds a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering from Texas Tech University, and he is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program.

  • Eric Jacobsen

    Eric Jacobsen

    Extraction Oil & Gas Inc.
    Senior Vice President, Operations

    Eric Jacobsen, Senior Vice President, Operations, for Extraction Oil & Gas Inc., was previously with Noble Energy Inc. where he held senior operations positions, lastly as the director of planning and development for Noble’s D-J Basin business unit. While at Noble, he was part of the team that began large-scale horizontal development of the Codell and Niobrara. Prior, Jacobsen worked in international operations for BP Plc offshore Azerbaijan and onshore Algeria and held various offshore-operations positions for Vastar Resources. He received his BS in Environmental Engineering and an MS in Petroleum Engineering from Montana Tech, where he serves on the Montana Tech Foundation Board of Directors.

  • Chris Johnson

    Chris Johnson

    Baker Hughes, a GE Company
    Product Line Director, Unconventional Completion Technologies

    Chris Johnson is the global Product Line Director for Unconventional Completions. Most recently, Chris was the Operations Director for North America Land’s Completions and Well Interventions business. Prior to this he held operational roles for the Permian and MidCon businesses of Baker Hughes. He started his career as a design engineer and holds a number of patents for technologies used in the unconventional completions portfolio. Chris has worked in Engineering, Sales, and Operations for Completions and Well Interventions. He earned a Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering from Lamar University and an MBA from the University of Houston.

  • Mike Kelly

    Mike Kelly

    Seaport Global Securities LLC
    Managing Director & Senior Analyst

    Mike Kelly, Managing Director and Senior Analyst for Seaport Global Securities LLC, covers more than 30 E&Ps, ranging from the international operator Apache Corp. and Permian-focused Parsley Energy Inc., to gas powerhouse Southwestern Energy Co. Kelly joined SGS in 2015 in its merger with Global Hunter Securities LLC, which he joined in 2011 after some six years on the buy side as an Energy Analyst for Kennedy Capital in St. Louis. He received his MBA from Washington University. His undergraduate degree is from Trinity University in San Antonio, where he majored in Business Administration and minored in Political Science.

  • Jay Krishnamurthy

    Jay Krishnamurthy

    West Technology Domain Manager

    Mr. Krishnamurthy is the Region Technology Domain Manager at Schlumberger. He has 10 years of experience in Completion Optimization and Field Development Planning projects in Unconventional Resources across USA and abroad. Jayanth’s current interests are new and future production technology development, Asset Evaluations & Appraisals of emerging basins and Unconventional Enhanced Oil Recovery. He has authored and coauthored more than 10 technical papers and has one US patent. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronics and Instrumentation from Hindustan College, India and a Master’s Degree in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University, USA. 

  • David Lillo

    David Lillo

    PDC Energy Inc.
    Senior Vice President, Operations

    Mr. Lillo joined PDC Energy in September 2015 as Vice President, Operation.  In March of 2019 he was promoted to Senior Vice President of Operations. Mr. Lillo has over 31 years of experience in exploration, production, and operations engineering management. Prior to joining PDC, Mr. Lillo was with Bonanza Creek Energy (“Bonanza”) from 2013-2015 serving as Senior Vice President of Production & Operations, after being promoted from VP, Rocky Mountain Asset Management over the Rocky Mountain and Mid-Continent assets. From 2005-2013, Mr. Lillo held numerous positions with Noble Energy, Inc. including Development and Operations Manager, Manager of Major Projects and Infrastructure, and District Manager for the DJ Basin.  Prior to 2005 Mr. Lillo held several operation and technical positions for various companies with operations in Kansas, North Dakota, and California. Mr. Lillo holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.

  • Jerry McHugh Jr.

    Jerry McHugh Jr.

    San Juan Resources Inc.
    Founder and President

    Jerry McHugh, Jr. serves as CEO and President of San Juan Resources, Inc.  Mr. McHugh has been involved in nearly every aspect of oil and gas across his forty-plus years in the industry.  Mr. McHugh began his career in the San Juan Basin working for independents Dugan Production and Nassau Resources.  He worked in land, government liaison, exploration, gas marketing, and production during his tenure and was instrumental in the development in Gavilan Mancos  and Carracas Canyon Coalbed Methane in the Carson Forest.  In 1990 Mr. McHugh formed San Juan Resources, Inc. and has built the company to what it is today---a forward moving independent natural gas and oil producer.  SJR operates 40 wells in the San Juan Basin. Since inception, the company has had steady growth and increased reserve base every year until 2012 when under Mr. McHugh’s direction, the company pivoted and began developing unconventional drilling projects.   He has worked with his technical and finance team to create ground floor exploration and drilling projects, acquiring profitable tough-to-get leases in the San Juan.  Mr. McHugh holds a BA in Economics from Colorado College. 

  • Tom Petrie

    Tom Petrie

    Petrie Partners

    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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    Jack Rosenthal

    DJR Energy LLC
    VP, Geoscience

    Jack has more than 10 years of experience in upstream oil and gas operations. He successfully developed the geological foundation for major acquisitions in the Denver-Julesburg basin as a leading member of the DJ Resources team. Mr. Rosenthal now serves as Geoscience Supervisor directing and participating in acquisition programs throughout the Rockies and mid-continent. These in depth evaluation projects have both delineated numerous development targets and driven recent acquisitions in the San Juan Basin. Jack received a BA in geology from Franklin and Marshall College.

  • Jason Swaren

    Jason Swaren

    Oasis Petroleum Inc.
    Vice President of Operations

    Jason Swaren has served as Vice President Operations at Oasis Petroleum since January 2015.  He has overseen various operations including the capital program, production, midstream and well services business.  Previously, Mr. Swaren served as General Manager of Operations since April 2012.  Prior to joining Oasis, Mr. Swaren held various positions at Schlumberger for approximately 20 years.  Some of the positions included North America Well Services Supply Chain Manager, North America Coiled Tubing Manager, Country Manager Qatar and Field Service Manager in Alice, Texas where the highest pressure coiled tubing job in the world was performed.  Mr. Swaren holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Calgary.

  • Christian Walters

    Christian Walters

    Boomtown Oil LLC
    Vice President, Land & Business Development

    Mr. Walters currently serves as Vice President of Land and Business Development for Houston based, Boomtown Oil, LLC. Boomtown manages several private equity backed companies, including DJ Basin focused Longs Peak Resources and North Silo Resources. Mr. Walters has spent over 13 years in the industry working as a landman across multiple basins with both private and public companies. He oversees the company’s acquisitions of oil and gas properties which currently holds over 220,000 net acres under management and is poised for development later this year. Mr. Walters has a strong track record in acquisitions and divestitures and creating value for its strategic partners.