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  • Christopher A. Abbate

    Christopher A. Abbate

    Riverstone Holdings LLC
    Managing Director

    Christopher is a Managing Director of Riverstone, focused on the Firm’s credit and capital markets activities. Since joining Riverstone, Christopher has overseen over $1.5bn in debt investments in the energy sector made by both Riverstone’s dedicated credit fund and its traditional private equity funds. Prior to joining Riverstone in 2014, Christopher was a managing director and head of energy leveraged finance at Citigroup and prior to that, head of US Leveraged Finance Origination at UBS Investment Bank. Over his time at Citi and UBS, Christopher worked on over 250 leveraged finance transactions as a bookrunner or lead arranger, including over 100 transactions as the lead bookrunner.  In addition, Christopher 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.

  • Wood Brookshire

    A. Wood Brookshire

    Vendera Resources LP
    Co-Founder, Chairman, and CEO

    Mr. Brookshire is the Co-Founder, Chairman, and CEO at Vendera Resources LP. He was most recently a vice president at the investment banking practice of Energy Spectrum Advisors Inc. His duties while at Energy Spectrum involved asset divestitures, private placements of debt and equity and fairness opinions. During his seven-year tenure at Energy Spectrum, Mr. Brookshire was directly responsible for closing over 24 transactions in excess of $1.1 billion with an average transaction size of $46 million.  Prior to joining Energy Spectrum Advisors Inc., Mr. Brookshire served as an Energy Analyst for Alpine Gas Company, LLC. Prior to Alpine Gas, Mr. Brookshire interned for Five States Energy Company in its corporate finance group where he focused on investment fund reporting. Mr. Brookshire earned his BBA and MBA in Finance from Southern Methodist University with additional focus on geological sciences.

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    Stewart Coleman

    Pearl Energy Investments
    Managing Director

    Stewart Coleman is a Managing Director of Pearl Energy Investments. Prior to joining Pearl, Stewart was a Vice President in the Opportunistic Investments Group at Crestline Investors, a Fort Worth, Texas-based alternative asset manager. Before joining Crestline, Stewart was an Associate at Kelso & Company in New York, where he focused on evaluating investments in the upstream and midstream sectors. Stewart began his career as an Analyst in the investment banking division at Citigroup. Stewart holds a B.B.A. in Finance from the Business Honors Program from The University of Texas at Austin.

  • Luke Essman

    Luke Essman

    Canyon Creek Energy
    President & CEO
    Luke Essman is the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Canyon Creek Energy-Arkoma, LLC (CCEA) a Tulsa based oil and gas company. CCEA is a joint venture between Vortus Investment Advisors a Fort Worth, TX private equity firm and private investors to develop assets located in Oklahoma’s Arkoma Basin. Prior to forming Canyon Creek Energy-Arkoma, in 2014 Essman partnered with ArcLight Capital Partners, a Boston, MA private equity firm, to form Canyon Creek Energy Partners and sold its assets to an unnamed public company in 2015. In 2012 Essman founded Canyon Creek Resources focusing on exploiting conventional assets in the Mid-Continent region until the company’s sale in 2014. Prior to founding his energy companies, Essman spent ten years in commercial banking with Bank of Oklahoma and Summit both operating in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Essman was named a Top 40 Under 40 professional in Oklahoma by Oklahoma Magazine in 2014 and a Top 30 Under 40 by Oil and Gas Investor Magazine in 2016. Mr. Essman is a graduate of Leadership Tulsa Class 49. Essman currently serves on the Board of the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association (OIPA) and he is currently the Board President of The Indian Healthcare Resource Center a non-profit serving the medical needs of Oklahoma’s Native American population. Essman is a graduate of Oklahoma State University with a B.S. in Finance.
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    Sean Fitzgerald

    Boomtown Oil

    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.

  • Joel Foote

    Joel Foote

    Guggenheim Partners
    Senior Managing Director

    Joel Foote is a Senior Managing Director of Guggenheim Securities. Mr. Foote has extensive experience and an impressive track record of advising midstream, upstream and downstream energy companies and structuring and facilitating creative capital solutions. In addition to the oil and gas industry, Mr. Foote has advised companies in the power & utilities and alternative energy sectors.

    Mr. Foote joins Guggenheim from Citigroup, where he served as Managing Director and Head of the Energy Equity Capital Markets Group. Prior to Citi, he served as a Managing Director at UBS, where he was responsible for the Energy, Utility and Alternative Energy sectors. He began his career at Salomon Brothers in 1994, and has spent the last two decades financing the Energy and Power space.

    Mr. Foote received his BA in history from Princeton University.

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    Ryan Keys

    Triple Crown Resources LLC

    Ryan Keys co-founded Triple Crown Resources in April of 2017 with backing from Yorktown, and recently acquired assets in the Midland Basin. He was previously at Jefferies' Energy Investment Banking business unit for 5 years where he was last Senior Vice President. His earlier stops include a service company, a reserves consultancy, and another private equity-backed E&P company. Ryan has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M.

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    Robert Kimmel

    JPMorgan Chase & Co.
    Managing Director

    Robert Kimmel is Head of J.P. Morgan’s Oil and Gas Midstream Investment Banking Group based in Houston.  He joined J.P. Morgan in 2014 after seven years at Goldman, Sachs & Co. He previously practiced as a corporate and securities attorney at Vinson & Elkins. 

    Robert is responsible for coverage of oil and gas investment banking clients, with a particular focus on advisory, merger and acquisition and financing assignments for midstream and MLP clients. Robert received a BA in Plan II Honors from The University of Texas at Austin and a JD, with honors, from The University of Texas School of Law.

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    Craig Lande

    RBC Richardson Barr
    Managing Director

    Craig Lande, a managing director of RBC Richardson Barr, has more than 20 years of experience in the U.S. A&D market, involving company research, corporate and asset valuation, and business development. Prior to joining RBC Richardson Barr in 2005, Lande was with asset marketer Waterous & Co. as a vice president and was creator and editor of Quarterly Market Review, a newsletter focusing on upstream A&D valuations and trends. Previously, he was a senior analyst with energy investment-banking firm Cornerstone Ventures LP. He holds a B.S. in Business Management and Marketing from Tulane University.

  • Murphy Markham

    Murphy Markham

    EnCap Investments L.P.
    Managing Partner

    Prior to joining EnCap in July 2006, he was the Managing Director and Group Head of JPMorganChase’s Oil & Gas Finance Group. Prior to the merger between JPMorgan and Bank One, Mr. Markham ran Bank One’s Oil & Gas Group. Mr. Markham started his banking career with Republic Bank in 1981 and remained with the bank and its ultimate successor, Bank of America, for 22 years, serving as a Managing Director in its Energy Banking Group.

    Mr. Markham has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Texas Tech University and a Master of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Houston. He serves on the board of directors of the Independent Petroleum Association of America, the Independent Petroleum Association of Mountain States and the Dallas Petroleum Club Wildcat Committee. Mr. Markham is an active member of the Dallas and Fort Worth Wildcatters and ADAM Energy Forum, and serves on the board of directors of several EnCap portfolio companies.

  • George McCormick

    George McCormick

    Outfitter Energy Capital
    Managing Partner

    Bio coming soon!

  • Sean O'Donnell

    Sean O'Donnell

    Quantum Energy Partners
    Managing Director

    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.

  • Tim Perry

    Tim Perry

    Credit Suisse
    Global Co-Head of Oil and Gas Investment Banking

    Tim Perry is a Managing Director of Credit Suisse in the Investment Banking and Capital Markets division. He is the Co-Head of Global Oil & Gas, 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. He holds a BSBA degree from the University of Arkansas (Fayetteville) and an MBA degree from Vanderbilt University.

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    Preston Powell

    Carnelian Energy Capital

    Mr. Powell is a Principal of Carnelian Energy Capital Management, L.P. Prior to joining Carnelian, Mr. Powell was a Vice President in the Oil and Gas Group at Denham Capital Partners, where he focused on sourcing investments, transaction analysis and execution, and monitoring active portfolio companies. Prior to joining Denham, Mr. Powell was an Associate in the Energy Group of KKR & Co. and an Analyst in the Mergers and Acquisitions Group of Greenhill & Co. Mr. Powell grew up in Dallas, Texas, and received a B.B.A. in Finance with honors from the Business Honors Program from The University of Texas at Austin.

  • J.W. Sikora

    J.W. Sikora

    Cibolo Energy Partners
    Managing Partner and Co-Founder


    Mr. Sikora is the Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Cibolo Energy Partners. He most recently served as a Principal with The Carlyle Group in the Energy Mezzanine Opportunities Group from 2013 through 2016. Based in Houston, Mr. Sikora’s responsibilities consisted of business development and origination of debt and equity investment opportunities in the upstream and midstream sectors, investment structuring, valuation, execution of legal documentation, due diligence, and ongoing portfolio management. Prior to joining Carlyle, Mr. Sikora spent five and a half years as an Assistant Vice President with TCW/EIG Global Energy Partners in their Houston office. As a member of the EIG investment team, Mr. Sikora focused on mezzanine debt and equity investments made across the energy value chain in the upstream, midstream, mining, and power sectors. During his tenure at TCW/EIG, Mr. Sikora was involved in 17 financings totaling over $4.5 billion. His responsibilities included valuation, investment structuring, due diligence, and portfolio management. Prior to TCW/EIG, he was a Senior Analyst for NGPC Capital Resources and worked as a member of their investment team focused on mezzanine facilities provided to the energy industry. Mr. Sikora holds a B.A. in economics from the University of Texas at Austin.

  • Trevor Sloan

    Trevor Sloan

    RS Energy Group
    Co-Head of Research & Advisory

    Trevor has been analyzing the energy industry for 17 years. He signed on with RSEG in July 2003 after working three years as an economist at the Canadian Energy Research Institute. He graduated from the University of Calgary in 2000, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree (with distinction) in applied energy economics. Trevor is responsible for asset characterization and financial modeling, primarily focusing on U.S. plays and companies. A frequent presenter at industry conferences, he also regularly manages advisory projects involving corporate and asset level valuation.

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    Jamie Webster

    Boston Consulting Group
    Senior Director, Center for Energy Insight

    Jamie is a Senior Director based in BCG's Center for Energy Insight Washington DC office. An expert in energy markets and geopolitics, he is a well-known energy commentator who focuses on how changing oil market structure affects oil prices and volatility, the impacts of changing US oil export policy on domestic pricing for oil, and changes in trade flows.

    Prior to joining BCG, Jamie led the oil markets capability at IHS as a vice president.  Before IHS, Jamie was a senior director at PFC Energy, where he managed its oil market analysis and long-term energy scenarios.  A frequent public speaker on energy issues who is regularly quoted in the press, he has testified multiple times to both houses of the U.S. Congress.

  • Chuck Yates

    Chuck Yates

    Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors L.P.
    Managing Partner

    Chuck Yates is a managing partner for the Kayne Anderson Capital Advisor’s energy private equity activities. He is responsible for the origination and execution of private equity transactions in the energy industry.

    Prior to joining Kayne Anderson in 2001, Mr. Yates was a senior vice president at Stephens Inc., an integrated merchant and investment bank.

    Mr. Yates earned a B.A. in Political Science in 1991 and an M.B.A. in Finance in 1994 from Rice University.

  • Barry Zhang

    Barry Zhang

    Quantico Energy Solutions
    Founder & CEO

    Barry Zhang is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Quantico Energy Solutions, a data analytics company focused on drilling and geoscience solutions for the oil and gas industry. Previously, Barry served as Chief Executive Officer of NSI Technologies, a leading provider of hydraulic fracturing design software to major oil companies around the world. Prior to NSI, Barry was an Investment Director for HitecVision, an oil and gas private equity group headquartered in Norway. Simultaneously, he was Director of Corporate Development for Axon Energy Products AS, where he led mergers and acquisitions on behalf of the oilfield equipment manufacturer. Prior to HitecVision and Axon, Barry was a Vice President at Kenda Capital, an independent venture fund manager of an oil and gas technology portfolio divested by Royal Dutch Shell.

    Barry has served as a past president of the Yale Club of Houston. He is a member of the Society of Kauffman Fellows and an Alumni Fellow of the Robert Toigo Foundation, a non-profit focused on the advancement of minority professionals in the financial services industry.

    Barry graduated magna cum laude from Yale University with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. In pursuing his undergraduate degree, he also studied European monetary policy at the University of Oxford. He received his MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.