Speakers

  • Josh Adler

    Josh Adler

    Sourcewater Inc.
    CEO

    Joshua Adler is the founding CEO of Sourcewater, the water exchange for the energy ecosystem, which he conceived in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Energy Ventures program. Sourcewater’s mission is to use I.T., data and markets to reduce the primary cost and impact of upstream energy production: Water. Mr. Adler is a successful entrepreneur and angel investor who has founded energy, real estate, medical technology, and internet companies and was a U.S. Treasury official for President George W. Bush. He is a graduate of Yale University and MIT and resides in Houston, Texas.

  • Kelly Bennett

    Kelly Bennett

    B3 Insight
    Co-Founder & President

    As Co-Founder and President of B3, Kelly leads the strategic management of the company, delivering data-driven water analytics to the energy and environment sectors. Prior to B3, Kelly started the global energy desk at BENTEK Energy. He built data and analytical tools for international markets and helped foreign IOCs, NOCs, utilities, and hedge funds integrate U.S. oil and gas market fundamentals in their strategy. Kelly participates in the environmental, economic and policy forums for water, energy, innovation and economic development. He was a member of the Aspen Institute Dialogue Series on Water Data and sits on the Advisory Board for the Internet of Water at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University. Kelly holds a B.S. in Diplomacy and World Affairs from Occidental College.

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    Tracee Bentley

    Permian Strategic Partnership
    CEO

    Bio coming soon!

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    David Bledsoe

    Henry Resources LLC
    President

    Mr. Bledsoe is the President of Henry Resources. He has 33 years of oil and gas experience. He joined Henry in 2007 after spending 6 years at Oxy in the Business Development group. Prior to that, Mr. Bledsoe was the Division Engineering Manager at Bass Enterprises where he worked for 11 years. David worked for Amoco Production before moving to Bass. His most recent responsibilities have been in various management and business development roles. Previous experience includes reservoir, production and completion engineering in the Permian Basin. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from UT Austin and is a registered professional engineer in the State of Texas.

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    Bud Brigham

    Atlas Sand Company LLC
    Chairman

    Bud Brigham is an energy entrepreneur having founded several primarily upstream energy enterprises, two of which have been sold for combined proceeds of approximately $7 billion. Currently active enterprises include Brigham Minerals, which pursues mineral acquisitions in top tier shale domestic shale resource plays, and Brigham Exploration, which is also active in top tier shale resource plays pursuing non-operated working interests. Brigham also founded Atlas Permian Water and Atlas Sand, which are pursuing water and sand infrastructure projects in the Permian Basin. Brigham Development is a real estate enterprise acquiring and developing surface real estate in active US shale plays. Bud founded Brigham Exploration Company in 1990 and served as its President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board until its sale to Statoil ASA in December 2011. As founder and CEO, Bud managed Brigham Exploration Company’s rapid growth as a private company from an initial investment of $25,000 in 1990 to its initial public offering in 1997, and its subsequent sale in 2011 for $4.5 billion. Bud subsequently founded Anthem Ventures as a family enterprise, and teamed with others to found Brigham Resources for oil and gas investments primarily targeting operated horizontal drilling and fraccing projects in domestic unconventional reservoirs. Brigham Resources was sold in February 2017 to Diamondback Energy Inc. for $2.55 billion. Prior to Brigham Exploration, Bud served for six years as an exploration geophysicist with Rosewood Resources, an independent oil and gas exploration and production company. Bud began his career in Houston as a seismic data processing geophysicist for Western Geophysical, a provider of 3-D seismic services, after earning his B.S. in Geophysics from the University of Texas. Bud has served on the National Petroleum Council, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG), the Independent Producers Association of America (IPAA), the Society of Independent Professional Earth Scientists (SIPES), and The Bureau of Economic Geology Visiting Committee. He was inducted into the All American Wildcatters in April 2012, and in April, 2015 Bud accepted and joined the University of Texas Chancellor’s Council Executive Committee.

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    Brett Creeser

    Guidon Energy
    Chief Operating Officer

    Brett started his career in 1981 with Mobil Oil working in Production and Drilling in Texas, Gulf of Mexico (GOM) and Norway before moving to London and trading crude and propane. In 2000, with the ExxonMobil merger, Brett started working as an independent contractor for Pioneer Natural Resources with various assignments in the GOM and South Africa before returning to work the Barnett Shale gas play. Following a short two year assignment to Ghana, West Africa as Drilling Manager for Kosmos Energy, Brett returned to Pioneer to manage field operations in the Barnett liquid play in North Texas. In 2013, Brett joined Laredo Petroleum as the Director of Laredo’s Midstream Services and was instrumental in developing a cradle to grave water management program. Brett earned a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University.

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    Dena Demboski

    UpCurve Energy LLC
    Vice President, Drilling & Completions

    Bio coming soon!

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    John Durand

    XRI Holdings, LLC
    President
    John is the President of XRI Holdings, LLC, a leading full-cycle water management and water midstream company with integrated water-related infrastructure assets strategically located throughout the Permian Basin. Previously, Mr. Durand was a partner with WaterBridge Resources, LLC where he served as President & Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining WaterBridge, John served on the management team of Pioneer Water Management LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Pioneer Natural Resources. In that role, Mr. Durand oversaw the commercial, logistics and supply sourcing functions for one of the largest midstream water operations in North America. Overall, during his career in the water midstream sector, Mr. Durand has negotiated landmark public/private partnership agreements in the water space with three Texas municipalities (Odessa, Midland and Fort Stockton). Mr. Durand earned an M.B.A. in Corporate Finance from the University of Dallas and a B.S. degree in Petroleum Land Management from the University of Louisiana. Mr. Durand is a member of the Board of Directors of XRI Holdings and sits on the Board of Directors of the Produced Water Society, serving on its Technical Committee. In addition, Mr. Durand serves on the Board of Directors of the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers and is Chair of its Water Committee.
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    Mike Ford

    Caza Oil & Gas LLC
    CEO

    Bio coming soon!

  • Staale Gjervik

    Staale Gjervik

    XTO Energy
    President

    Bio coming soon!

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    Jay Graham

    Spur Energy Partners LLC
    CEO

    Bio coming soon!

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    Matt Hinson

    WPX Energy Inc.
    Vice President of Permian Assets

    Matt is the Vice President of the Permian Basin Assets for WPX Energy.  Mr. Hinson received a BS in Mining Engineering from the Missouri School of Science and Technology (formally UMR) in 2001.  

    After graduating in 2001, he began his career working for ExxonMobil and spent five years rotating as a Drilling Engineer in Equatorial Guinea, West Africa.  In 2008, Matt joined Newfield Exploration where he worked as a Drilling Engineer, Reservoir Engineer, Asset Team Lead and eventually led the STACK development as their STACK Asset Manager.  In 2015, Matt joint WPX energy as their Vice President of Permian Assets.  

    Matt currently lives in Oologah, Oklahoma where he and his wife, Sarah, raise their three sons.

  • Karr Ingram

    Karr Ingham

    Texas Alliance of Energy Producers
    Executive Vice President, Petroleum Economist

    Bio coming soon. 

  • Wendy King

    Wendy King

    ConocoPhillips
    Vice President, Great Plains Business Unit, Lower 48

    Wendy King is vice president, Great Plains Business Unit for ConocoPhillips, responsible for ConocoPhillips operations in the Permian, Bakken and Niobrara as well as our interests in Wyoming, Utah, and the Anadarko Basin in Oklahoma. 

    She assumed this role in 2019 after serving as president of the Australia East business unit. King has held a variety of other leadership roles within ConocoPhillips, including serving Australia Pacific LNG as vice president, Commercial, and the Alaska business unit as vice president, External Affairs, and manager, Alaska North Slope Gas Development. 

    King began her career as a petroleum engineer with Conoco Inc. and has held various technical and leadership positions in exploration and production functions in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and Africa. 

    Externally, King has served as a board member for the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia (AmCham), the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association, the University of Alaska, the Resource Development Council of Alaska and the United Way of Anchorage board. 

    She received a bachelor of science degree in petroleum engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. 

  • Brian Kuh

    Brian Kuh

    WPX Energy Inc.
    Sr. Foreman, Water Management Permian Basin

    Brian manages all aspects of water management for WPX Energy, a $9 billion energy producer, in the booming Permian Basin, including water recycling projects, logistics and infrastructure construction.

    Brian joined the company in late 2017 and has developed a plan to increase WPX’s local water recycling from 5% of total volume to over 50% reuse for future well completions.

    He began his career in water management at Devon Energy where he played an integral role in their startup of recycling produced water.  He coordinated the construction of the first treated-water impoundments that were approved in NM following the approval of Rule 34.

    Before taking on his role with WPX, Kuh worked as a water management consultant with clients including Matador Resources and other private equity startups.

    He is the Vice President of the Permian Basin Water Management Council and has a personal interest in nature, wildlife, conservation, land management and ranching.

    Education

    B.S. in Business Administration, Colorado Technical University

  • K. Lafferty

    Kevin Lafferty

    Lagoon Water Solutions
    President & CEO

    Kevin Lafferty joined Lagoon Water Solutions in March of 2019 as President and Chief Executive Officer. Previously, Mr. Lafferty served 9 years with Devon Energy Corporation, most recently as Senior Vice President, Exploration and Production, where he directed major operating divisions and corporate groups, and managed large projects throughout the organization. Mr. Lafferty also served on the Board of Directors for EnLink Midstream LLC (NYSE: ENLC) and EnLink Midstream Partners, LP (ENLK) while controlled by Devon. Prior to Devon, Mr. Lafferty was employed at Enbridge in their midstream commercial team focused on acquiring new contracts and business, and Phillips 66 in their petrochemicals business. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Kansas. He serves as the Chairman of the University of Kansas Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Advisory Board. Most recently, Mr. Lafferty has been elected President-elect of the Oklahoma City Ballet Board of Trustees.

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    Raoul LeBlanc

    IHS Markit
    Vice President, Financial Services & North American Onshore

    Raoul LeBlanc is a vice president on the IHS Markit financials team evaluating the dynamic North American onshore arena. A former partner at PFC Energy, LeBlanc has 20 years of experience in strategic and industry analysis. Familiar with a wide range of corporate and market issues, he has extensive experience on issues related to North American independents, upstream assets and natural gas markets. From 1997-2006, he worked at Anadarko Petroleum Corp. where he directed the strategic-planning effort, including strategy formulation, portfolio optimization, scenario planning and competitor analysis. He also worked on the company's M&A team, evaluating and modeling financial results, operational performance and E&P corporate valuation. Prior to Anadarko, LeBlanc was a senior oil analyst at Energy Security Analysis, a market analysis consulting company where he held responsibility for Asian markets and worldwide distillate fuels. He holds an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and an M.A. in Energy and International Relations from the School of Advanced International Studies, The Johns Hopkins University.

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    Rob MacAskie

    Zarvona Energy LLC
    CFO & Vice President-Acquisitions

    Rob is the Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Acquisitions at Zarvona Energy LLC, and a Member the Investment Committee. Mr. MacAskie received a BS in Engineering from Princeton University, a MS in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, and a MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining Zarvona, Rob was employed by ExxonMobil from 2007 to 2012 where he held a variety of positions in development planning and reservoir engineering, focusing on economic analysis, field surveillance, project planning, and opportunity generation. Mr. MacAskie held leadership positions in both ExxonMobil Development & Production companies while on assignments in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East. Since joining Zarvona in 2012, Rob has held the positions of Engineering Manager and Chief Compliance Officer in addition to his current role. During that time, he has overseen more than $400 million in acquisitions and divestitures across Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana, and is currently responsible for leading the firm’s Acquisitions, Finance, and Compliance departments.

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    Chad Michael

    TPH & Co.
    Head of Upstream, Investment Banking

    Chad Michael serves as Managing Director and Head of Upstream Investment Banking. Michael was previously a vice president with J.P. Morgan Securities Inc. in its energy investment banking group. Michael played a key role in a number of transactions across a range of sub-sectors including upstream, midstream and oilfield services. Michael holds a BA in Economics from Rice University.

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    Scott Mitchell

    Waterfield Midstream
    CEO

    Bio coming soon!

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    Jim Newman

    Agua Libre Midstream
    Senior Vice President of Operations

    Bio coming soon!

  • Tom Petrie

    Tom Petrie

    Petrie Partners
    Chairman

    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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    Kendrick Rhea

    East Daley Capital Advisors, Inc.
    Research Equity Analyst

    Kendrick Rhea leads East Daley’s Advisory Services team, in which East Daley supports companies in assessing prospective projects, acquisitions/dispositions and strategic positioning of assets in the midstream industry. Rhea has written multiple papers on the developing crude dynamics in North America for East Daley and has spoken at conferences for BAML, Wells Fargo and Stifel on these topics. Rhea graduated from the Colorado School of Mines with a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering.

  • Wayne Richards

    Wayne Richards

    GR Energy Services
    President & CEO

    With 36 years of experience throughout the oilfield services sector, Mr. Richards currently serves as President and CEO of GR Energy Services. Previously, he was President and CEO of Global Oilfield Services, a Pine Brook portfolio company that was sold to Halliburton in November 2011. Prior to that he was Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing with Vetco International Ltd., a private equity–backed company that was sold to General Electric in 2006. Earlier in his career, Mr. Richards spent 25 years in a number of senior operational and sales and marketing positions at Schlumberger, including Vice President of Well Completions, Testing and Lift Systems for North and South America; Global Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Well Completions and Productivity; Vice President and General Manager of U.S. land operations; and Director of Personnel for North America wireline and testing operations. Mr. Richards currently serves as Chairman of the Board of DNOW, the NOV spin-out of the distribution business, along with being a member of the West Virginia University Engineering Advisory Board and a director of the West Virginia University Foundation Board. He is a director of the Petroleum Equipment Suppliers Association and a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, and has held executive leadership roles with Spindletop International. Mr. Richards holds a B.S. in Mining Engineering from West Virginia University.

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    Mohit Singh

    BPX Energy
    SVP, Business Development & Exploration

    Mohit (“Mo”) holds a BTech in Chemical Engineering from IIT Kanpur, PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Houston, and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.

    Mo joined BP Lower-48 in Feb 2015 as the head of Wamsutter development team and head of business development for BP Lower-48. Prior to that he was a Director for RBC Capital Markets, where he led all aspects of business development and execution of merger, acquisition and divestiture processes for private equity and US onshore and offshore oil and gas E&P clients.  Key transactions that he led at RBC include merger of Legend (Riverstone)/Premier (KKR) in Barnett Shale (confidential), HighMount/Enervest ($0.8B), SandRidge GoM Shelf/Fieldwood ($0.8B), Primary Nat. Res. (Quantum)/Peregrine ($0.3B) etc. Prior to his role at RBC, Mo was a Vice President at Goldman Sachs Global Natural Resources Investment Banking Division. In this capacity, he led the E&P team analysing corporate and asset valuations and directed M&A and capital markets transactions in E&P sector with total value exceeding $45 billion. Key transactions at Goldman include Petrohawk/BHP ($15B), Statoil/Brigham ($4.7B), Chevron/Atlas ($4.3B), Chesapeake Permian Sale ($3.3B), Cobalt Convert Follow-On ($1.4B) etc. Prior to his role at Goldman Sachs, Mo worked as business planner and senior reservoir engineer for Shell Exploration and Production Company.

  • Erik Waters

    Erik Waters

    SitePro
    Vice President of Operations

    Bio coming soon.