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  • Stephen Beck

    Stephen Beck

    Stratas Advisors
    Senior Director, Upstream

    Mr. Beck has over 20 years’ experience in energy and financial services including stints with Jefferies and Company and Moody’s Investor Service. Before joining Stratas Advisors, he held a leadership position with IHS Markit. Stephen’s responsibilities include leading the North American Shale Team in developing production forecasting and economic models. He is also involved in broader short-term and long-term forecasting efforts. Stephen received a bachelor of science in finance (minor in economics) from The Pennsylvania State University. He is a former member of the United States Marine Corps where he held the rank of Gunnery Sergeant.

  • Barry Biggs

    Barry Biggs

    Hess Corporation
    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.

  • 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). Since 2010 she has led extensive research efforts and authored several reports on the North American upstream and midstream markets. At PetroNerds Curtis is evaluating U.S. upstream assets on a wells-up basis, assessing the viability of midstream and downstream projects and studying global markets to assess the impact of shale production and lower oil prices on the international oil market. In November 2016 Curtis released a report with the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies (OIES) on U.S. well productivity gains over the course of the downturn. This follows an extensive report she completed in November 2015 on the state of U.S. shale oil in a low oil price environment. She spearheaded EPRINC's projects with the Department of Energy for the Quadrennial Energy Review, evaluating future North American crude oil production volumes and midstream transportation options through 2030. Her work for the Department of Defense has focused extensively on China and international economics. Curtis is a research associate at the OIES and a nonresident fellow at the EPRINC.

  • Tyler Crabtree

    Tyler Crabtree

    Bruin E&P Operating LLC
    Chief Financial Officer

    Mr. Crabtree is the Chief Financial Officer of Bruin E&P Operating company and a member of the board of directors of Bruin E&P Partners. Mr. Crabtree was previously CFO of Ursa Resources Group II. Prior to joining Ursa, Mr. Crabtree was a Director in the Oil and Gas group at Denham Capital Management, a $4.5 Billion private equity firm. At Denham Mr. Crabtree was responsible for origination, valuation, structuring and oversight of investments within the Oil and Gas group. During his tenure at Denham Mr. Crabtree served on the boards of MS Energy Services, Cadre Services Inc., Greene’s Energy Group and NGL Supply. Prior to joining Denham, Mr. Crabtree was an Investment Banking Associate in the Oil and Gas group at Randall & Dewey, a division of Jefferies & Co focused on exploration and production structured finance and mergers and acquisitions. Before Jefferies, Mr. Crabtree was an associate in the Merchant Energy Group at El Paso Corporation after serving as an Investment Banking Analyst at First Union Bank. Mr. Crabtree earned a Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University.

  • Paul Favret

    Paul Favret

    Resource Energy Partners LLC

    Paul Favret is the CEO, President, and founder of Resource Energy and an accomplished oil and gas executive with 30+ years of industry experience. Prior to Resource, Mr. Favret was CEO/president for several E&P companies including Source Energy Partners, Abundant, Aspect, and Ascend. These companies focused on Domestic and International exploration and production in resource and conventional plays, drilling over 600 wells and producing over 30,000 BOED. He was also team lead, geophysicist, at his 12 year tenure at Amoco Production. Favret holds a B.S. and M.S. in Geology/Geophysics and a MBA. He has authored 7 US patents for a variety of exploration techniques mostly involving seismic.

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    David Gadzhimirzaev

    Baker Hughes, a GE Company
    Senior Digital Solutions Manager

    Mr. Gadzhimirzaev is a Senior Digital Solutions Leader for BHGE-North America. David’s background is in Petroleum Engineering and Geoscience mainly focusing on Integrated Digital Solutions in Drilling and Completion domains. He has also been involved in Completion Optimization Solutions and Formation Evaluation, including development and Commercialization of Baker Hughes FracFit™ fracturing optimization services. David joined BHGE in 2011, and has held roles focused on Project Management, Business Development, Field Engineer in land/offshore exploration, Microseismic and Geoscience interpreter. Most recently, David was a Well Solutions Advisor for full field development projects in unconventional plays requiring industry leading technological solutions. He is also a member of SPE, SEG and AAPG.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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    Blu Hulsey

    Continental Resources Inc.
    Senior Vice President - Government & Regulatory Affairs

    Blu Hulsey is Senior Vice President of Government Relations and Regulatory Affairs at Continental Resources. Blu is responsible for leading corporate strategy regarding government, regulatory and environmental actions. He currently serves as the Chairman of the North Dakota Petroleum Council and is on the Executive Committee of the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association. Blu previously served as Counsel for the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee for Senator Jim Inhofe in Washington, DC. A native Oklahoman, Blu attended Oklahoma State University and the University of Tulsa College of Law.

  • 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.

  • Jay Knaebel

    Jay Knaebel

    Oasis Petroleum Inc.
    Vice President, Reservoir Engineering

    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.

  • Mark Pearson

    Mark Pearson

    Liberty Resources LLC
    President & CEO

    C. Mark Pearson is a co-founder, and the President and CEO of the Company. Dr. Pearson has over 35 years industry experience and has been President/CEO of three independent E&P companies and President/CEO of a NYSE-listed oilfield services company. Mark is a well-known industry expert in the field of well completion and stimulation and has authored or co-authored over 35 technical papers covering field development, drilling, completion and stimulation, and production aspects of oil and gas operations. He has focused his career on technology advancements within the industry and is on the pioneers of multi-stage hydraulic fracturing of horizontal wells. In 2005, Mark was named a Distinguished member of the International Society of Petroleum Engineers and in 2012/13 he was a Distinguished Lecturer presenting around the world on the topic of hydraulic fracturing of horizontal wells. Mark graduated with Bachelor of Science (First Class Honours) and PhD degrees from the Camborne School of Mines, UK and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program. He also served as a professor in the Petroleum Engineering Department of Colorado School of Mines from 1995-1997. 

  • 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.

  • Matthew Phillips

    Matthew Phillips

    Samson Resources II LLC
    Vice President, Engineering & Operations

    Matthew Phillips, Vice President of Operations for Samson Resources II, LLC, joined the company in 2012 as a Reservoir and Completions engineer working the East Texas Cotton Valley play. Through the years he has held various rolls inside the organization including Mid-Con Asset Manager and General Manager of Operations and Assets for all business units. Prior to Samson, Matthew worked for XTO Energy in East Texas, as well as Farmington New Mexico as an operations and completions engineer. Matthew received a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M.

  • Scott Reasoner

    Scott Reasoner

    PDC Energy Inc.
    Chief Operating Officer

    Mr. Reasoner was appointed Chief Operating Officer in January 2017. He was appointed Senior Vice President Operations in January 2015 after joining the Company in April 2008 as Vice President of Western Operations. Mr. Reasoner has over 30 years of technical and management experience in the energy industry. Before joining PDC, he served as a Business Unit Manager with Noble Energy Inc. where he was responsible for the Mid-Continent team. Prior to his work with Noble Energy, Mr. Reasoner worked for Patina Oil and Gas Company as Production Manager and later as Vice President Operations. His earlier experience includes positions with Snyder Oil Corporation and Vessels Oil and Gas Company. Mr. Reasoner is a graduate of the Colorado School of Mines with a degree in Petroleum Engineering, has earned an MBA from the University of Colorado, and is a Registered Professional Engineer.

  • Samuel Rogers

    Samuel Rogers

    Consulting Business Manager - North America

    Samuel Rogers is the Consulting Business Manager for North America, Schlumberger, where he leads petrotechnical experts in the execution of subsurface projects. Samuel joined Schlumberger in 2001, and his technical expertise includes applied data mining applications, stimulation evaluation for completion optimization processes, and the integration of multisource and multifrequency data for field development planning (FDP) workflows. He has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Dalhousie University.

  • Jack Vaughn

    Jack Vaughn

    Peak Exploration & Production LLC
    Chairman and CEO

    Jack Vaughn, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Peak Exploration & Production LLC, founded the company as a fourth iteration of his Peak series of E&Ps that has worked in the Powder River Basin, San Juan Basin, Granite Wash, Texas Panhandle, Barnett shale and Williston Basin. Vaughn is also the chairman of Bonanza Creek Energy Inc. Prior to forming Peak I, Vaughn was vice president, Rocky Mountain division, for EnerVest Management Partners, managing a San Juan Basin CBM and a conventional Green River Basin project. Previously, he was an executive project manager for Hillman Co.’s energy group. Vaughn holds a BS in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and began his career in 1968 with Amoco Oil Co.


  • Scot Woodall

    Scot Woodall

    HighPoint Resources Corp.
    CEO & President

    Mr. Woodall has served as Chief Executive Officer and President since January 2013 and as Chief Operating Officer since July 2010. Mr. Woodall previously served as Executive Vice President—Operations from February 2010 until July 2010 and as Senior Vice President - Operations from April 2007 until February 2010. Prior to joining HightPoint Resources, Mr. Woodall served as Senior Vice President - Western US for Forest Oil Corporation from 2004 to April 2007 and as Drilling and Production Manager for Forest Oil Corporation from 2000 until 2004. Mr. Woodall has over 28 years of industry experience. Mr. Woodall has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Louisiana State University.