Speakers

  • Kris Agarwal

    Kris Agarwal

    Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
    Partner

    Suneet (Kris) Agarwal is a partner in the Corporate & Financial Services Department and the Private Equity Practice Group. He focuses on mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions and corporate finance, and has more than two decades of experience across the full spectrum of private equity advisory work, in both private practice and at top global private equity firms.

    Kris has significant experience advising on venture capital and growth/buyout fundraising initiatives, deal structuring, deal execution, and portfolio company oversight related to investments in an array of industries and sectors, including media, energy, technology, cybersecurity and cryptocurrency.

  • Jesse Arenivas

    Jesse Arenivas

    EnLink Midstream LLC
    CEO

    Jesse Arenivas is the Chief Executive Officer of EnLink Midstream and a director on the EnLink Board of Directors.

    Prior to joining EnLink, he spent almost 20 years with Kinder Morgan Inc. (KMI), where he helped the company grow to become the largest transporter of CO2 in North America. He served as President of the CO2 segment since 2014 and was appointed President of KMI’s Energy Transition Ventures team upon its formation in early 2021.

    Arenivas joined KMI in 2003 and previously served in various financial, accounting, and business development roles, including Vice President of Finance and Accounting for KMI’s CO2 business segment. Before joining KMI, Arenivas spent five years at ConocoPhillips Co. in financial and commercial roles.

    Arenivas holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance from the University of Texas Permian Basin and is a certified public accountant.

  • Rhett Bennett

    Rhett Bennett

    Black Mountain Energy
    Executive Chairman

    Rhett Bennett has served as CEO of Black Mountain since its inception. With a growing supply constraint in the Permian Basin, Rhett built the Black Mountain Sand business to satisfy a void in the market for a high quality, cost-effective regional frac sand.

    Rhett began his career in oil and gas in December 2004, starting as the Acquisitions Manager of Cascade Energy LP in Dallas, Texas. In early 2007, he founded Black Mountain Royalty LP and Black Mountain Exploration LP. In 2011, Mr. Bennett founded Black Mountain Land Company LLC and Black Mountain SWD LP, to create value as an early mover in the real estate and service sectors of the oil and gas industry in emerging resource plays.

    Rhett Bennett earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of Georgia in 2003, and completed the Energy Executive Management Program at the University of Oklahoma Michael F. Price College of Business in 2012.

    Mr. Bennett is a member of many industry organizations, including the Independent Petroleum Association of America, the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers, the Texas Independent Producers & Royalty Owners Association, the National Association of Royalty Owners, the Fort Worth Petroleum Club, the American Association of Professional Landmen, Young Professionals in Energy, and the Fort Worth Wildcatters – Executive Committee.

  • Robert Birdsey

    Robert Birdsey

    GreenFront Energy Partners
    Managing Partner and Founding Partner

    Robert is a Managing Director and one of our Founding Partners. Prior to starting GreenFront, Robert was Head of BB&T’s Energy Investment Banking group, with oversight for 100+ corporate clients that spanned the entire Energy industry value chain. Under his leadership, BB&T participated in over 300 capital markets and advisory transactions within the Energy space. Before BB&T, Robert was a member of J.P. Morgan’s Energy Investment Banking group in New York City. He also serves as a member of the Richmond City Council’s Green City Commission.

    Robert earned his MBA from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, and he holds a B.A. degree from Sewanee: The University of the South.

  • Matt Campbell

    Matt Campbell

    Terabase
    CEO

    Matt runs day-to-day operations at Terabase and drives the organization’s overall strategy. In 15 years at SunPower, Matt held roles in project development, product development, manufacturing, M&A, JV formation and operations. His experience spans more than 200 projects in 20 countries representing over $10B of project investment. Prior to SunPower, Matt worked in the VC, software and semi-conductor industries. He holds a BA degree from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA from UC Berkeley.

  • Matt Chuchla

    Matt Chuchla

    Quantum Energy Partners
    Partner

    Matt is a Partner at Quantum and co-founded Quantum’s credit & structured capital complex, QL Capital Partners. Prior to joining Quantum, Matt spent 12 years with the energy investment banking group of Jefferies, most recently as a Senior Vice President in the corporate finance group. His experience included strategic and M&A advisory, debt and equity capital markets and specifically structured capital transactions. During his tenure, Matt was involved in a total of over 75 upstream and midstream transactions for a broad set of clients ranging from prominent private companies to the largest public independents. Matt holds an A.B. in Economics and a certificate in Finance from Princeton University.

  • Hart Energy Conferences speaker Emily Easley

    Emily Easley

    NOVUS Energy Advisors
    CEO

    Building on her Texas oil & gas roots and an almost two-decade long career in the renewable energy and power businesses, Emily founded NOVUS Energy Advisors, an independent consulting firm offering strategic services across the energy and cleantech industries, to offer a bridge between the traditional and alternative energy markets. The company’s unique combination of deep industry knowledge and extensive network across the renewable energy, oil, gas, and utility industries enables clients to seize opportunities for growth and profitability, capitalizing on the transition to a lower carbon future. Previously, Emily worked with midstream and exploration & production companies at ERE Strategies, a renewable energy consulting practice. Her clients consisted of oil & gas fund managers and midstream service companies, where she spearheaded their efforts to identify growth strategies in the renewable energy space, including project acquisition, deal-flow, fundraising, and strategic counsel on new markets and partnership. Emily was then recruited as CEO by client, Foundation Energy Management, to launch NOVUS Clean Energy from the ground up to build out a clean energy investment vehicle for their Limited Partners. Prior to ERE Strategies, Emily spent a decade working with Washington, D.C.-based national clean energy associations, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and the Smart Electric Power Association (SEPA) where she was charged with successfully driving, developing and generating membership revenue on behalf of the organizations. She has provided strategic counsel and investor services across the energy industry, leveraging her unique experience across the renewable, energy storage, oil & gas, distributed generations, and regulated and un-regulated power markets. Emily graduated magna cum luade from Vanderbilt University with a focus on business and organizational leadership, and currently resides in Virginia with her family.

  • Hossam Elbadawy

    Hossam Elbadawy

    SCF Partners
    Managing Director

    Hossam is a Managing Director and Technology Partner at SCF and has been with the firm since 2018. He leads the firm’s SCF Venture portfolio, including deal evaluation and execution of new investment opportunities. In addition, he works with the rest of the SCF portfolio companies on energy technology deals and technology strategy.

    Before joining SCF, Hossam founded O&G Technologies; a Houston-based technology incubator focused on the oil and gas industry. He has over 29 years of experience in the energy sector, technology development, and commercialization. Hossam has served as Senior Operating Partner at Lime Rock Partners and as CEO of Tercel Oilfield Products, which was successfully sold in May 2016. Before these roles, Hossam spent nearly 17 years at Schlumberger, where he served as Vice President of Manufacturing and managed the company’s leading-edge Rosharon Technology Center and the Houston Product Center.

    Hossam received an MBA and Masters in Engineering from Northwestern University and a Bachelor’s degree from Ain Shams University, Egypt.

  • Holt Foster

    Holt Foster

    Sidley Austin LLP
    Partner & Co-Leader - Global Energy Practice Group

    HOLT FOSTER is a co-leader of Sidley’s global Energy practice team. Holt’s practice focuses on private equity, venture capital, and creative financing; mergers and acquisitions; formation of and investments in private equity funds; and a variety of international transactions. He primarily represents private equity funds and their portfolio companies with buying and selling energy assets. In addition to energy transactions, Holt has experience in a broad range of industries including media and entertainment, technology, and software. Holt also has practical business and entrepreneurial experience through his founding of an international entertainment software publishing company, which subsequently was sold to a publicly traded company.

    Holt has also been listed in Best Lawyers in America (Corporate Law 2013–2021). In addition, he has been named by D Magazine as one of the “Best Lawyers in Dallas” (Corporate Law: Mergers & Acquisitions 2014–2021) and by the Dallas Business Journal to the “Who’s Who in Energy” in 2014. He was recognized as a “Texas Super Lawyer” (Securities & Corporate Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions 2004, 2009–2020) by Thomson Reuters, in The Legal 500 US (Energy Transactions – Oil & Gas 2020), and in Who’s Who Legal: M&A and Governance 2021.

    Prior to joining Sidley, Holt was a partner and served in numerous leadership roles at another global law firm. In addition, Holt serves on a number of civic and charitable boards in the community.

  • Garrett Fowler

    Garrett Fowler

    ResFrac
    Chief Operating Officer

    Garrett Fowler is responsible for client engagement and professional services at ResFrac, leveraging his work experience at both operators and service companies.

    Garrett previously served as Vice President of Operations at ResFrac. Prior to joining ResFrac, Garrett was Principal Reservoir Engineer at Tachyus Corporation, where he worked with national oil companies, supermajors, and independents across the world on deploying innovative data science solutions. Prior to Tachyus, Garrett worked as Reservoir Engineer for Occidental Petroleum specializing in waterflood surveillance, piloting, and optimization.

    Garrett attended Stanford University, where he received a Master of Science degree in petroleum engineering and a Bachelor of Science with distinction in energy resources engineering. He is an Eagle Scout and multiple-time Ironman finisher.

     

  • Doug Getten

    Doug Getten

    Baker Botts
    Partner

    Doug Getten is a partner based in the firm's Houston office. His emphasis is on corporate finance and securities law matters, including public and private securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, and other investment activities primarily related to publicly traded master limited partnerships (MLPs) and royalty trusts. He has also represented his clients in mergers and acquisitions, including public company mergers. He has extensive knowledge and experience with exploration and production companies, midstream businesses as well as the oil field services sector. Mr. Getten's capital markets experience includes the representation of public and private companies, MLPs and investment banking firms in capital markets offerings. He has also advised private equity investors including sovereign wealth funds. He regularly advises his public company clients with corporate governance issues and securities law disclosure and compliance issues, including Section 16 reporting obligations.

  • John Goodgame

    John Goodgame

    Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
    Partner

    Key Experience

    Advises clients in strategic and capital-raising transactions.

    Works with public companies and their boards of directors regarding strategic transactions and corporate governance.

    Practice

    John Goodgame helps clients navigate strategic transactions, primarily in the energy business. He advises public and private companies and private equity funds in initial public offerings (IPOs) and other public and private equity and debt offerings, as well as complex joint ventures and mergers and acquisitions. Additionally, John counsels public companies, their boards of directors and board committees in strategic and governance matters, including mergers, sales of control and conflict situations, as well as Securities and Exchange Commission compliance. John was the partner in charge of the Houston office and the co-head of Akin Gump’s global corporate practice until 2022.

  • Mike Grenier

    Michael Grenier

    BluOx Ventures
    Managing Partner

    Michael Grenier is a founding partner of BluOx Ventures, a special situation investment firm seeking opportunities to accelerate the world's transition to a clean and sustainable economy. Mr. Grenier is a serial entrepreneur with a 20-year career that spans software, venture capital, renewable energy, and finance. Prior to BluOx, Mr. Grenier was co-founder of Smart Energy Capital, a leading distributed generation company, now part of NextEra.

  • Greg Highberger

    Greg Highberger

    Lime Rock Partners
    Managing Director

    Greg Highberger first joined the Lime Rock Partners team in July 2006 in the firm’s Westport office and is now a Managing Director in the firm’s Houston office. Prior to joining Lime Rock, Greg was an investment banking analyst in the Global Energy Group of Credit Suisse. He is a graduate of Boston College (B.S.) and Harvard Business School (M.B.A.).

    Since joining the Lime Rock Partners team, Greg has played a critical role in investigating and executing oilfield service and E&P investment opportunities in North America and internationally. He currently serves on the board of directors of Axis Energy Services, Basin Properties, Rod and Tubing Services, and Silvertip Completion Services. He previously served on the board of directors of Capstone Natural Resources, Capstone Natural Resources II, GEODynamics, SDI Gas, Shelf Drilling, TAW Energy Services, and VEDCO Holdings. He also has been particularly involved in Lime Rock Partners’ investments in CrownRock Minerals, Iracore International, and Laricina Energy.

  • Cyril Jones

    Cyril Jones

    Kirkland and Ellis LLP
    Partner - Mergers & Acquisitions Private Equity

    Cy’s practice focuses on complex transactions including mergers and acquisitions, divestitures and private equity, with a particular focus on the energy and infrastructure sectors. He has counseled private equity investors, their portfolio companies, and other public and private companies in connection with mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, complex joint ventures and offerings of equity and debt securities.

  • Justin Kwan

    Justin Kwan

    The Carlyle Group
    Vice President

    Justin Kwan is a Vice President in the Infrastructure Group. He is based in New York. 

    Prior to joining Carlyle, Mr. Kwan was an investment banking analyst at Barclays in the Global Power & Utilities group. 

    Mr. Kwan received his B.S. in Business Administration from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University.

  • Matt Lohstroh

    Matt Lohstroh

    Giga Energy
    Co-Founder
  • Mark Lumpkin

    Mark Lumpkin Jr.

    Earthstone Energy Inc.
    Chief Financial Officer

    Mr. Lumpkin serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Earthstone Energy, Inc., a position he has held since August 2017.  Mr. Lumpkin has over 22 years of experience including over 15 years of oil and gas finance experience.  Prior to joining Earthstone, he held various roles from 2006 until 2017 at The Royal Bank of Scotland and at RBC Capital Markets, most recently as a Managing Director at RBC.  Mr. Lumpkin graduated with a B.A. degree in Economics from Louisiana State University and graduated with a Master of Business Administration degree with a Finance concentration from Tulane University.

  • Michael Mayon

    Michael Mayon

    Energy Spectrum Capital
    Partner

    Mr. Mayon joined Energy Spectrum in 2011. His primary responsibilities include sourcing new investment opportunities, conducting financial and strategic due diligence and monitoring portfolio company performance. Prior to joining Energy Spectrum, Mr. Mayon was an Associate at Key Principal Partners, a private equity fund that provides mezzanine and equity capital to middle market companies. Mr. Mayon began his career as an investment banker with Banc of America Securities and Growth Capital Partners. Mr. Mayon received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences degrees from Southern Methodist University, and his Master of Business Administration degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Hart Energy Conferences speaker Patti Melcher

    Patti Melcher

    EIV Capital
    Managing Partner & Co-Founder

    Patti Melcher is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of EIV Capital, LLC, a private equity firm that provides growth capital across the energy value chain with ~$2 billion AUM.  Ms. Melcher has over 30 years of experience in the energy industry. She began her career as an investment banker with Simmons & Company in 1986 and then joined SCF Partners, an oilfield service focused private equity fund, upon its formation in 1989.  In 1997, she formed Allegro Capital Management to provide investment management and consulting services in the energy industry and in that same year co-founded The Joy School, a non-profit school to serve children with learning differences, where she served as president and board chair until 2005.  In 2009, she co-founded EIV Capital to provide equity growth capital to entrepreneurs in the energy industry, and over the past decade has funded traditional midstream infrastructure projects as well as investments in renewable fuels and emissions reduction focused companies. Ms. Melcher is responsible for managing the firm and its investment program and serves on the boards of EIV Capital portfolio companies.  Ms. Melcher continues to be active in the non-profit community in Houston and currently serves as a Pro Tempore Advisor of the University of Virginia School of Engineering.  She received an MBA from Harvard University and a BS in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia.

  • Tim Murray

    Tim Murray

    Bayou City Capital Advisors
    Managing Partner

    Tim Murray has over 43 years of energy industry experience as a petroleum engineer, banker, and private capital provider.  He is the Managing Partner for Bayou City Capital Advisors, an advisory firm providing capital formation and financial advisory services primarily to the energy industry.  His prior roles included originating and managing financial relationships: Managing Director and Head of Energy Origination at Benefit Street Partners; Managing Director and Houston Office Manager for GSO Capital Partners; Managing Director and Energy Group Head at Guggenheim Partners; Executive Vice President/Energy Group Manager and President of Wells Fargo Energy Capital.  Prior to his finance career, he was a Senior Reservoir Engineer with ARCO Oil and Gas Co.  Mr. Murray is the former President of the Houston Producers Forum and former Capital Market Chairman of the IPAA.  He is an Advisory Board Member of the Texas A&M Mays School of Business and the Petroleum Ventures Program and served on the finance committee of the 12th Man Foundation at Texas A&M University.  He earned a BS degree in Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M and an MBA in Finance at SMU.

     

  • Ashley Nguyen

    Ashley Nguyen

    Latham & Watkins LLP
    Associate

    Ashley J. Nguyen is an associate in Latham & Watkins’ Houston office and a member of the firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions Practice. Ms. Nguyen advises clients on strategic transactions across the energy and infrastructure sector.

    Ms. Nguyen has broad experience in domestic and cross-border transactions in the energy and infrastructure industry. She regularly advises companies, private equity firms, and venture capital investors on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and development projects for oil and gas, carbon capture and sequestration, and renewables assets (including renewable natural gas, renewable fuel, and solar).

    Ms. Nguyen’s experience prior to joining Latham includes serving as in-house counsel for BHP in its Houston, Singapore, and Mexico City offices. During her time at BHP, she supported the company’s entry into Mexico in the first-ever joint venture with Mexico’s national oil company.

  • Tim Perry

    Tim Perry

    Credit Suisse
    Chairman & Global Co-Head of Energy & Transition

    Tim Perry is a Managing Director of Credit Suisse in the Capital Markets & Advisory division. He is the Co – Chairman of Global Energy , based in Houston.

    Mr. Perry joined Credit Suisse First Boston in June 1999 from JPMorgan, where he was a Vice President in the Oil and Gas Group.

    Mr. Perry holds a BSBA degree from the University of Arkansas (Fayetteville) and an MBA degree from Vanderbilt University.

  • Jeannie Powers

    Jeannie Powers

    EIG Partners
    Managing Director

    Ms. Powers is a Managing Director and Co-Head of Domestic Upstream based in EIG’s Houston office. She is responsible for new business opportunities as well as existing portfolio management related to North American Upstream. Before joining EIG in 2017, Jeannie worked as a Sr. Technical Advisor at Wells Fargo Securities A&D, and prior to that, Jeannie spent several years at Chevron, with increasing responsibility, working both asset development and operations across the lower 48. While in her last assignment as Operations Team Lead in Midland, TX, she completed her MBA from Texas Tech. Jeannie also holds a degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Texas.

  • Cole Robertson

    Cole Robertson

    Saxum Capital Partners
    Managing Partner

    Cole Robertson co-founded and serves as Managing Partner of Saxum Capital Partners LLC. He is a member of the investment committee and oversees the Fund’s portfolio management, transaction execution and investment sourcing. Mr. Robertson has fourteen (14) years of private equity experience in the energy sector, including investments in upstream oil and gas, midstream, downstream, logistics, power, renewables and industrial companies.

    In 2014, Mr. Robertson helped launch and served as a managing director at BP Energy Partners, an energy private equity fund where he was responsible for transaction sourcing, due diligence, deal structuring, execution and portfolio company oversight. Prior to BP Energy Partners, Mr. Robertson spent six years at BP Capital, a large energy focused family office where he was a member of the investment committee. He began his career in 2004 at Ernst & Young in the Assurance and Advisory practice. He has a M.S. in Finance and a B.B.A. in Accounting from Texas A&M University and is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Texas.

  • Omar Samji

    Omar Samji

    Shearman & Sterling LLP
    Partner and Global Co-Leader, Energy Innovation

    Omar Samji is a partner and Global Co-Head of Energy Innovation. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, strategic investments, joint ventures, corporate governance and commercial arrangements for clients in the energy industry, with a particular emphasis on low carbon energy projects. 

    Clients describe Omar as a "very measured" lawyer who delivers "fantastic results” (Chambers USA).  Omar was recognized as a “Most Effective Dealmaker” in 2020 (Texas Lawyer). 

    Recent work highlights in the energy innovation space include advising:

    StratosFuel in connection with developing and financing a green and blue hydrogen production and distribution project.

    The owner of an ethanol production facility in the full suite of agreements relating to the development of carbon capture and sequestration facilities on site at the facility.

    A publicly traded integrated midstream operator in current negotiations to provide carbon capture and sequestration to natural gas producers

    SJ Industries in the formation of a joint venture to develop, own and operate fuel cell projects.

    A publicly traded owner of renewable power projects in the formation of a joint venture for the purpose of developing, owning, and operating modular data centers located on or near renewable power sources.

    Omar received his Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University and his J.D. from Colombia Law School.

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    Mohit Singh

    Chesapeake Energy Corp.
    Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

    Mohit Singh was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in December 2021. For the last six years, Mr. Singh has served on the executive leadership team at BPX Energy, the United States onshore subsidiary of BP. He most recently led the M&A, corporate land and reserves functions, having previously served as Head of Business Development and Exploration and as Senior Vice President – North Business Unit. Prior to joining BPX, Mr. Singh worked as an investment banker focused on oil and gas transactions for RBC Capital Markets and Goldman Sachs. 

    A chemical engineer by training, he began his career at Shell Exploration & Production Company where he held business planning, reservoir engineering and research engineering roles of increasing importance. 

    Mr. Singh earned a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Houston, an MBA from the University of Texas and a BTech in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology.

     

  • Evan Smith

    Evan Smith

    Stephens Inc.
    Senior Vice President

    Mr. Smith joined Stephens in 2012 and currently serves as Senior Vice President in the firm’s Energy Investment Banking Group, with a focus on upstream oil and gas. During his time at Stephens, Mr. Smith has worked on or led the execution of various corporate M&A, A&D, capital raising and restructuring assignments representing approximately 120 closed transactions and $42 billion in transaction volume. Mr. Smith earned his B.B.A. in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin.

  • Rusty Stehr

    Rusty Stehr

    WaFD
    Senior Vice President - Oil and Gas Lending
  • Wicklund

    Jim Wicklund

    Wicklund & Associates
    Principal

    Jim Wicklund is a veteran of the energy industry and is doing strategic planning and shareholder and investment banking consulting, as well as writing a weekly commentary, primarily about the broad world of energy.

    Earlier this year, he resigned as managing director and senior banker in the energy group at Stephens Inc., following decades as a research analyst and investor, which followed a career in geophysics, engineering and operations in the global oil and gas industry.

    He has lived and worked in Australia, Singapore, Milan, London several times as well in the U.S., with Western Geophysical, Sun Oil and ECL before joining the financial services industry as a research analyst covering the Oilfield Services sector. He has won Best on the Street honors from the Wall Street Journal, 1st team in the II ranking a couple of times and won the Greenwich Industry Knowledge recognition. 

    He is a member and past symposium chair of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, on the board of the National Offshore Industry Association, the Technology Workforce and Technology Council (formerly PESA) and the Maguire Institute Advisory Board at SMU, his alma mater.