John Ale became Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary of Southwestern Energy Company in November 2013. Southwestern is an independent energy company whose wholly-owned subsidiaries are engaged in natural gas, natural gas liquids oil exploration, development, production and marketing. It is one of the largest natural gas producers in the Continental United States and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Additional information on the company can be found at http://www.swn.com. Prior to joining Southwestern Energy, John was Vice President and General Counsel of Occidental Petroleum Corporation. Before that he was a partner with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in the firm’s energy and infrastructure projects practice group and leader of the firm’s Houston office. From 1998 until 2002, he served as Executive Director and General Counsel of Azurix Corp., a global water company listed on the NYSE. Previously, he was a partner with Vinson & Elkins L.L.P., including time as head of the firm’s London office and its project finance and development practice. He also served as a law clerk to Chief Justice Warren E. Burger at the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Edward Allen Tamm of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. John graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law (Order of the Coif, Virginia Law Review) and College of Arts and Sciences (B.A. in economics with highest honors, Phi Beta Kappa). John is a former Chair of the 4,000+-member Business Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, for which he also chaired committees on partnership law and choice-of-law legislation. He is a frequent lecturer and author on topics in energy and partnership law and on professional ethics. John is a former adjunct professor of law at the University of Texas and the author of Partnership Law for Securities Practitioners (Thomson Reuters Securities Law Handbook Series). John has served on the Alexis de Tocqueville Committee of the United Way of Greater Houston and as a trustee of The Regis School. He and his wife live in Houston and have two grown sons and one granddaughter.
Mr. Browning is a Principal at Apollo Global Management having joined the firm in 2014, where he focuses on sourcing, execution and monitoring of investments across the energy sector. Prior to joining Apollo, Mr. Browning was an investment professional at Natural Gas Partners, and prior to that he worked in the Investment Banking Division at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in the Natural Resources group. Mr. Browning currently serves on the board of directors of certain companies, including Takkion Holdings, Belvedere Royalties, Momentum Minerals, Tidewater Logistics, Express Energy Services and EP Energy Corporation. Mr. Browning previously served on the board of directors of Phoenix Natural Resources and Pegasus Optimization Partners. Mr. Browning received a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering with Highest Honors from The University of Texas at Austin.
Mr. Chandra is a Managing Director covering the Exploration & Production sector since 2014. Prior to joining Guggenheim, Mr. Chandra was a Managing Director at Jefferies LLC, where he led a team covering Exploration & Production companies since 2007 and was responsible for the firm’s natural gas forecasts. Previously, he was at Morgan Keegan, in Houston, as a Managing Director for nine years. Mr. Chandra earned his B.A. in Economics from the University of Michigan and is a CFA® Charterholder. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and American Association of Petroleum Geologists.
Mr. Cook is the Chief Financial Officer for Raisa Energy where he led the industry’s first rated securitization of oil and gas wells. Prior to joining Raisa in 2016, Mr. Cook held various leadership roles at Triangle Petroleum Corporation covering E&P, oilfield services and fabrication. Before Triangle, Mr. Cook worked as a private equity professional at Soros Fund Management where he primarily focused on specialty finance platforms and metals and mining investments. Mr. Cook started his career as an investment banker in Merrill Lynch’s Financial Sponsors Group. He earned his B.A. in Public Policy from Duke University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and received his M.B.A. in Finance from the Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Crain is a Partner for EnCap Investments where he is responsible for identifying and partnering with best-in-class E&P management teams and working alongside EnCap’s portfolio companies to build growth-oriented E&P businesses. Prior to rejoining EnCap in 2012, Mr. Crain worked for Insight Equity, a turnaround and special situations private equity fund. While at Insight, Mr. Crain co-led turnarounds for companies in the energy, infrastructure and recreational vehicle industries. Prior to Insight, Mr. Crain was an Associate at EnCap from 2004 to 2007. Mr. Crain received his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar. He also received a BBA with Highest Honors from the Business Honors Program at The University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Crain serves on the board of directors of several EnCap portfolio companies.
Neal Dingmann has over 12 years of equity research experience. At SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, he covers companies in the E&P and oilfield services sectors. He held similar positions at Wunderlich Securities, Dahlman Rose, RBC Capital and Bank of America Securities. Dingmann was recognized last year by the Wall Street Journal as "Best on the Street" and has been recognized as a "Home Run Hitter" by Institutional Investor magazine. He received his Masters of Business Administration from the University of Minnesota and his Bachelor of Arts degree in business from the University of Arkansas.
Mr. Flannery, a Managing Director of Riverstone, joined in June 2014 and is responsible for sourcing and managing energy investments with a focus on credit and debt capital markets. He is based in New York.
Since joining Riverstone, Mr. Flannery has helped oversee over $3bn in debt investments in the energy sector made by both Riverstone’s dedicated credit fund and its traditional private equity funds. In addition, he is actively involved in an advisory capacity with all of Riverstone’s portfolio companies with respect to capital structure and access to the capital markets. Prior to joining Riverstone, Mr. Flannery worked at Nomura Securities International as a Vice President in the Leveraged Finance Group, and prior to that as an Associate at First Reserve from 2009 to 2011 and UBS from 2007 to 2009. Over his career, Mr. Flannery has worked predominantly on energy-focused principal investing and leveraged finance transactions.
Mr. Flannery graduated with an A.B. from Duke University.
Mr. Jankovsky is a Principal at Mountain Capital and is responsible for deal origination, transaction due diligence and execution, and ongoing portfolio management. Prior to joining Mountain Capital, Mr. Jankovsky was with the Blackstone Group as an Associate in Blackstone Energy Partners, the energy dedicated fund of Blackstone. While at Blackstone, Mr. Jankovsky primarily focused on the evaluation, diligence and execution of transactions focused in the upstream sector. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Jankovsky was an Associate in the energy investment banking group of Evercore Partners. Prior to that, Mr. Jankovsky was an Investment Banking Analyst at Scotia Waterous, the oil and gas arm of Scotiabank. Mr. Jankovsky received a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Rice University. Mr. Jankovsky is a Board Member of Bedrock Energy Partners, LLC.
Steve Kennedy is Executive Vice President & Head of Energy Banking at Amegy Bank. Mr. Kennedy has 33 years of energy banking experience, beginning with MBank/Bank One (Dallas) in 1986 and continuing in 1992 with Wells Fargo (Dallas). He joined Amegy Bank (Houston) in 1997 to form its Energy Group. Since its formation in 1997, Amegy’s Energy Group has made and currently maintains over $4.7 billion in energy loan commitments to over 300 E&P, Midstream and Oilfield Service companies. The twenty-four member Energy Group maintains offices in Houston, Dallas and Denver.
Prior to beginning his career in energy banking, Mr. Kennedy worked in the field operations of an independent oilfield service company and was Managing Partner of Kennedy & Bachelor Oil Company, a third-generation family-owned business. He graduated from Texas A&M University in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science in petroleum engineering and earned a Masters in Business Administration from Baylor University in 1986.
He is a member of the IPAA, SPE, TIPRO, Houston Producers Forum, Houston Energy Finance Group and is a two-time past Director of the Petroleum Club of Houston. He has authored several articles on energy matters, including one regarding energy derivatives published in the October 2005 edition of “Oil & Gas Financial Journal”.
Christina Kitchens is the Group Managing Director of Specialized Industries Finance at East West Bancorp (NASDAQ: EWBC). Ms. Kitchens leads the energy finance platform principally focused on $10MM-$250MM senior debt lending to upstream and midstream middle market companies along with other ancillary finance products. She additionally is responsible for Healthcare Finance, the buildout and leadership of other specialty finance units and serves in the leadership of East West Markets, the investment bank launched in 2019. Ms. Kitchens is a founder of the Texas Energy Leadership Series, Texas Energy Council’s Ambassador Series and co-founder of Women’s Energy Network in North Texas among other organizations. She is a proud graduate of the University of North Texas and serves on several UNT boards. Further, she has been recognized by Dallas Business Journal and Houston Business Journal as a "Who's Who in Energy Honoree"; by Oil & Gas Investor as "20 under 40 in Energy Finance"; and by D Magazine as one of "The Dallas 500 - The Most Powerful Business Leaders in Dallas-Fort Worth".
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Mr. Lemanski is a Managing Director and the Head of the High Yield group at KeyBanc Capital Markets. He joined KeyBanc Capital Markets in 2011 to start the High Yield Sales and Trading effort. Mr. Lemanski has over 35 years of experience in the analysis, trading, sales and structuring of corporate bonds and the transactions in which they are used. He began his Wall Street career at EF Hutton as a High Yield Securities analyst in 1982. Subsequently, Mr. Lemanski joined Prudential Securities as Director of High Yield Research and eventually Co-Head of its High Yield Securities and Capital Markets Group. Prior to joining KeyBanc, Mr. Lemanski worked at BB&T Capital Markets as the Senior Fixed Income Credit Analyst, Director of Corporate Bond Credit Research and Co-Head of the Credit Group within Debt Capital Markets. He has covered a wide array of corporate credits as a practicing analyst as well as holding managerial responsibilities for the High Yield team.
Mr. Lemanski received both BA and MBA degrees from the University of Denver. In addition he holds a Masters Degree in Christian Ethics/Moral Theology from Seton Hall University.
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Justin joined Munich RE in 2016 and is a Managing Director in the oil and gas lending group, where he is responsible for all aspects of the deal process, including transaction sourcing, structuring, negotiation and execution, while also serving as an integral part of the firm’s business development efforts. Prior to Munich RE, he held various positions with GulfStar Group, a Houston-based middle market investment bank, providing M&A advisory and financing services primarily to private energy companies. He previously worked as a CPA in Ernst & Young’s assurance and business advisory practice. Justin received his Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Public Accounting from The University of Texas at Austin.
Sean actively participates in Quantum’s investment activities, including investment sourcing, due diligence, transaction structuring and execution, portfolio company monitoring and transaction exits. He also works closely with Quantum’s portfolio companies on such activities as raising and structuring senior debt, mezzanine capital or additional equity, providing merger, acquisition, divestiture and general strategic advice and executing commodity hedges.
Prior to joining Quantum Energy Partners, Sean served as President and Chief Financial Officer of Quantum Utility Generation, a portfolio company of QEP V that he co-founded and managed. Prior to joining Quantum, Sean was a Managing Director in the Global Natural Resources investment banking group at J. P. Morgan. His responsibilities involved advising public/private corporations, financial sponsors, hedge funds and creditors in a wide range of strategic initiatives and capital markets activities across the energy value chain globally. Prior to his career with J.P. Morgan he was an officer in the U.S. Navy’s Civil Engineering Corps where he coordinated contract negotiation and construction management for critical military infrastructure assets in the U.S. and Europe.
Sean holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from The Catholic University of America and an M.B.A. in Finance from The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania.
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Mr. Sankey joined Mizuho in May 2018 as a senior analyst based in New York, covering the oil and gas sector. Prior to Mizuho, Mr. Sankey was senior oil and gas analyst at Wolfe Research and Deutsche Bank.
Mr. Sankey has placed in the Institutional Investor All-America Research Team Survey every year since 2006, including three first-place finishes. Over the same period, his team ranked first in Bloomberg Markets’ Greenwich Associates Survey of America's Best Stock Analysts four times. He is a graduate of the University of Manchester and Ampleforth College.
Drew is Managing Partner of Millennial Energy Partners. Under his leadership, the firm has invested more than $400 million in operated, non-operated and structured oil and gas projects. Prior to Millennial, Drew led BG Group’s commercial and operations teams on upstream and LNG initiatives in the United States, Canada, Chile, Equatorial Guinea and Trinidad and Tobago. Prior to joining BG, Drew was Strategic Planning Manager and Community and Public Relations Manager with Marathon Oil. Drew began his career in Bechtel Corporation’s oil and gas division as Project Controls Engineer residing in Equatorial Guinea, West Africa. Drew serves as a member of the York Tactical Energy Fund Investment Committee and the Board of Directors of Ultra Petroleum Corp. Drew previously served as a member of the Board of Directors of Amplify Energy Corp until its merger with Midstates Petroleum Company, Inc. in August 2019. Drew received his B.S. in economics and history from Vanderbilt University and his M.S. degree with a focus on business, finance and development from Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service.
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