• 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 & CEO

    Joe is currently President and CEO 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.


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    Dick Findley

    Sleeping Giant LLC

    Bio Coming Soon!

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    Sean Fitzgerald

    Boomtown Oil LLC/North Silo Resources LLC
    Vice President and Head of Reservoir Engineering

    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.

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    Welles Fitzpatrick

    SunTrust Robinson Humphrey
    Managing Director, E&P Research

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

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    Partha Ganguly

    Baker Hughes Co.
    Rockies and Northeast Operation, Manager

    Bio Coming Soon

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    Paul Geiger

    HighPoint Resources Corp.
    Chief Operating Officer

    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

    David Gonzales

    Bison Oil & Gas LLC
    President & Chief Operating Officer

    David Gonzales, Co-Founder, President and Chief Operating Officer of Bison Oil & Gas LLC, previously co-founded and was vice president of operations of Logos Resources LLC, which successfully developed the Mancos/Gallup shale vertically and horizontally. Prior, he was a senior asset engineer at Linn Energy LLC, working in the Permian Basin; lead operations engineer at Resolute Energy Corp., working in the Greater Aneth Field; and a production engineer at Burlington Resources Inc., focused on tight gas and coalbed methane in the San Juan Basin. He received his B.S. degree in Petroleum Engineering with high honors from The New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, where he currently serves on the Board of Regents.

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    Lydia Johnson

    XTO Energy Inc.
    Vice President, Americas Infrastructure

    Bio Coming Soon

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    Aaron Ketter

    Devon Energy Corp.
    Vice President, Rockies Business Unit
    Aaron Ketter, 39, is vice president of Devon Energy’s Rockies Business Unit. He joined Devon in 2003 and held engineering roles both domestically and abroad within Devon’s onshore and offshore operations before taking leadership positions involving midstream and marketing. Ketter most recently served as vice president of strategic planning. He has a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Oklahoma and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago. Ketter is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.
  • Jay Knaebel

    Jay Knaebel

    Oasis Petroleum Inc.
    Vice President, Williston Basin Unit

    Jay B. Knaebel, Vice President, Reservoir Engineering, 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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    Paul Lembcke

    Encana Corp.
    Senior Completions Engineer

    Bio coming soon.

  • Dougie McMichael

    Dougie McMichael

    Hess Corp.
    Director, Bakken Well Factory

    Bio coming soon.

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    Joe Mills

    Samson Resources II LLC
    President & CEO

    Mr. Mills has nearly 36 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, including public company management experience. Mr. Mills joined Samson on March 1, 2017 as the company emerged from bankruptcy. Previously, he served as Chairman of the Board and CEO of Eagle Rock Energy Partners, a publicly traded Master Limited Partnership (MLP) where he was responsible for creating and managing the strategic direction of the company and its growth. Prior to that role, he founded and served as CEO of Montierra Minerals & Production, L.P., a private equity backed mineral and upstream company. He has also served as Senior Vice President of Operations for Black Stone Minerals, L.P., Senior Vice President of El Paso Production Company and Sonat Exploration Company. Mr. Mills serves on the Board of Directors of Roan Resources Company (NYSE: ROAN) and is a member of the University of Houston Energy Advisory Board. Mr. Mills holds a BBA in Petroleum Land Management from the University of Texas, Austin and an M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Houston.

  • 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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    Gordon Pospisil

    Liberty Resources LLC
    Vice President, Business Development

    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, Atlantic Richfield, BP, and Touche Ross & Co (now Deloitte LLP). 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.

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    Kelly Robinson, on behalf of Bob Robinson

    Kelly Oil & Gas LLC

    Bio Coming Soon

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    John Schmidt

    Crestone Peak Resources LLC
    Vice President, Operations

    Mr. Schmidt has served as Vice President of Operations since August 2016. For the 40 years prior to joining Crestone, Mr. Schmidt held a variety of positions with increasing responsibilities at Encana Corporation, serving as Operations Superintendent, Operations Field Leader and Sr. Production Foreman from April 2004 to July 2016. Prior to Encana, Mr. Schmidt worked at Tom Brown, Inc. and Inexco Oil Company. He has extensive experience in drilling, completions and production in the DJ Basin, Green River Basin and Williston Basin. Mr. Schmidt is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.