• Jeff Beach

    Jeff Beach

    Universal Pressure Pumping
    Vice President, Technology

    Jeff Beach is vice president of technology and technical services for Universal Pressure Pumping. He has more than 25 years of international oil and gas service sector experience in various functional and geographic assignments. Jeff started his career with Schlumberger in 1996 at their research and technology center in Princeton, NJ, followed by 17 years in various management and business development roles. More recently, he held senior management roles at NOV and Baker Hughes.  Jeff has a BS in electrical engineering from Drexel University and serves as a board member for the Oilfield Energy Center.

  • Babatunde Cole

    Babatunde Cole

    Occidental Petroleum Corp.
    President & General Manager, Delaware Basin Business Unit

    Babatunde Cole, President and General Manager of Delaware Basin Business Unit  

    Babatunde Cole is President and General Manager of Delaware Basin Business Unit, Occidental Oil and Gas Corporation, a subsidiary of Occidental Petroleum. In this role, he oversees the development and production of unconventional reservoirs in the Delaware Basin in both Texas and New Mexico, where he is responsible for improving operational excellence and accelerating the growth of those assets.  Mr. Cole has more than a decade of industry experience and understands the reservoir characterization and production operations of different resource plays including heavy oil, tight oil and gas and conventional reservoir rock types. 

    He previously served as Asset Director for Permian Resources in New Mexico, managing production operations, business processes and asset lifecycle integrity. Mr. Cole also has served as Portfolio and Planning Manager for Occidental’s Permian Resources, developing investment strategy for domestic assets, implementing portfolio optimization processes, and developing short and long-term business plans.  

    Before joining Occidental in 2012, he held various reservoir engineering roles of increasing responsibility with Imperial Oil and ExxonMobil in Canada, where he worked onshore and offshore oil and gas assets.  

    Mr. Cole holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science from Western University in Ontario, and a Master of Science in Finance from the University of Houston. 

  • Rob Cordray

    Rob Cordray

    Rystad Energy
    Senior Vice President, Consulting

    Rob Cordray is a Senior Vice President on the Americas Consulting team at Rystad Energy. On the consulting team, Rob specializes in strategy, market analysis, asset evaluation and capital markets with a particular focus on the upstream and midstream sectors. His nearly 30 years of experience spans the entire energy value chain and he has held previous roles with service companies, operators and financial institutions worldwide. Rob has a BSc in Geology and Physics from Morehead State University, an MSc in Geophysics from Colorado School of Mines and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.


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    Derek Detring

    Detring Energy Advisors

    Derek Detring's career has been fully devoted to energy advisory, where he has completed over $8 billion in capital raising and M&A advisory transactions. Derek spent the first four years of his career at Merrill Lynch, where he primarily focused on capital raising and M&A assignments for large, publicly-listed companies, followed by four years at Integral Advisors, a boutique A&D advisory firm he co-founded in 2009, and finally Wells Fargo where he spent one year in their A&D group. For the past three years Derek has lead his new company, Detring Energy Advisors, which focuses on the mid-cap A&D market.

    Derek graduated summa cum laude and first in his engineering class from Vanderbilt University and attended the Wharton Executive Education Program, where he passed with honors.

  • Don Dotson

    Don Dotson

    Vencer Energy LLC

    Don Dotson, Founder, President & Chief Executive Officer led the formation of Vencer Energy in July 2020. Mr. Dotson’s experience spans over thirty (30) years of executive management, business development, engineering, and strategic planning roles for domestic and international, private equity backed, major global publicly traded, and large independent corporations.

    Prior to joining Vencer, Dotson spent seventeen (17) years co-leading private equity portfolio investments for EnCap and Liberty Energy. He served as President & CEO of Sable Bay Energy. Previously, he held the position of President & COO for several successful rounds of start-up to fund monetization for Plantation Petroleum Company II, III, IV, and V. Don held various senior management roles with Samson Resources and Samson International. Dotson began his career performing engineering and strategic planning roles with Amoco Production Company.

    Dotson obtained a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from Texas Tech University as well as an MBA from Houston Baptist University. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in the state of Texas and a member of the distinguished Texas Tech University Academy of Petroleum Engineers. With the belief that investing in the future of oil and gas engineers is essential to the industry, Don established the ‘Dotson Family Legacy Scholarship in Engineering’ to provide financial aid to Texas Tech Engineering students in 2013.

  • Seth Goldstein

    Steve Goldstein

    Baker Hughes Co.
    Onshore/Offshore Production

    Steve Goldstein is the Unconventional Growth and Strategy Leader for Baker Hughes Industrial Energy and Technology, based in Houston.    In this role, he focuses on expanding the use of turbines in the upstream space.  Steve has been with Baker Hughes/GE Oil&Gas for 11 years.   Prior to working for GE, he held roles at Honeywell and Advanced Micro Devices.     In his free time, he serves his community as a commissioned firefighter and emergency medical technician.

  • Joshua Gregg

    Joshua Gregg

    Double Eagle Energy IV LLC
    Chief Financial Officer

    Mr. Gregg is Chief Financial Officer of Double Eagle Energy Operating III LLC, an oil and gas company based in Fort Worth, Texas. Before joining Double Eagle, Mr. Gregg was a Principal at Apollo Global Management. At Apollo, he focused on direct investments in the oil and gas space. Previously, Mr. Gregg was a member of the mergers and acquisitions group at Nomura in Sydney, Australia. He began his career as a member of the leveraged finance group at Lehman Brothers in New York. Mr. Gregg graduated from Dartmouth College and received his MBA from Harvard Business School.

  • Hart Energy Conferences speaker Will Hickey

    Will Hickey

    Permian Resources

    Will Hickey has served as our Co-Chief Executive Officer and a Director since September 2022.  Prior to that, he co-founded Colgate Energy with Mr. Walter in 2015 and served as Colgate's President & Co-Chief Executive Officer and a member of Colgate's Board of Manager. Prior to the formation of Colgate, Mr. Hickey worked for the energy private equity firm EnCap Investments where he evaluated and monitored investments across the oil and gas space with a focus on the Permian Basin. Prior to that, Mr. worked for Pioneer Natural Resources where he rotated through numerous engineering position including Chief of Staff to the COO.  Mr. Hickey received his Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Hickey also holds a Masters of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University.

  • Seth Long

    Seth Long

    Shepherd Safety Systems
    President & CEO

    Seth Long currently serves as the President and CEO of Shepherd Safety Systems. He has served on Shepherd’s Board of Directors since 2019.  Mr. Long has extensive experience in the oilfield service industry working with executive management teams on Health, Safety, and Environmental Leadership and program development. Prior to joining Shepherd, Mr. Long served as an Operating Partner with Pelican Energy Partner’s, a Houston based PE firm, responsible for operational and HSE compliance for portfolio companies across North America.

    Mr. Long received a Master’s of Business Administration from Texas A&M Corpus Christi, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources Conservation & Ecology from Lubbock Christian University.

  • Samantha McPheter

    Samantha McPheter

    eLynx Technologies
    President and CEO

    Samantha joined eLynx in 2009 as a member of the customer support team.  After working directly with customers to provide support and training for seven years, Sam then became the Chief Product Officer where she led the vision and execution of the eLynx platform.  In early 2020 Sam was promoted to President and CEO.

    Before joining eLynx, Sam worked with both military and commercial SCADA systems to utilize data for bulk fuel storage and distribution.  Her experience in the SCADA industry has given her the opportunity to see it evolve and to understand how to leverage the technology in eLynx’s products.  Sam holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.


  • Hart Energy Conferences speaker 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.

  • Dan Pickering

    Dan Pickering

    Pickering Energy Partners
    Founder & Chief Investment Officer

    Dan Pickering is the Chief Investment Officer of Pickering Energy Partners (PEP). PEP is an energy financial services company spanning traditional energy and the energy transition via business units focused on Investments, Insights, Consulting and Advisory.  He has spent the past 28 years as an energy portfolio manager, researcher and analyst, first at Fidelity Investments, then Simmons & Company and as the founding partner of Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. 

    Dan currently serves as the Portfolio Manager of the PEP Energy Equity Opportunities Fund and on the Investment Committee of PEP’s energy private equity strategies. Dan is the Board Chair of MERGE Electric Fleet Solutions and sits on the Board of Trustees for Texas Children’s Hospital, the Texas Children’s Hospital Foundation and the Posse Foundation, as well as the Advisory Board of Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co., Capital Creek Partners, Midway Companies, the Houston CFA Society and Dynamo Energy Hub. 

    He holds a BS in Petroleum Engineering from the Missouri School of Science and Technology and an MBA from the University of Chicago. 

  • Jon Platt

    Jonathan B. Platt

    Baker Botts

    Jon Platt manages a broad transactional practice, representing public and private companies and private equity funds in mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, commercial transactions and general corporate matters. Jon has broad experience representing clients across many industries, but in particular, his practice is focused on the energy, infrastructure and technology sectors.


  • Gene Shepherd

    Gene Shepherd

    VTX Energy Partners
    Chief Executive Officer

    Gene Shepherd is a founder and Chief Executive Officer of VTX Energy Partners, LLC.  Prior to VTX, he was a founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Brigham Resources, LLC from 2013 until the sale of substantially all of its southern Delaware Basin assets to Diamondback Energy in February 2017 for $2.6 billion.

    Gene had 20 years of financial and operational experience in the energy industry before serving as Chief Financial Officer of Brigham Exploration Company from 2002 until its sale to Norway-based Statoil ASA in December 2011 for $4.4 billion.  Earlier in his career, he served as Integrated Energy Managing Director for the investment banking division of ABN AMRO Bank, where he executed merger and acquisition advisory services and capital markets transactions for energy companies.  He had a similar focus in his role at Prudential Securities Incorporated, Stephens Inc. and Merrill Lynch Capital Markets.  Prior to his stint in the financial services industry, he worked for more than four years as a petroleum engineer for Amoco Production Company and the Railroad Commission of Texas.

    At the University of Texas at Austin, Gene is a member of the Executive Council of Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law & Business and the Engineering Advisory Board of the Cockrell School of Engineering, where in 2017 he was awarded the school’s Distinguished Engineering Graduate.  He has also served on various nonprofit boards, including KIPP Austin Public Schools, the Capital Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America and Trinity Center.

    Gene earned his bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering in 1981 and his MBA in 1986, both from The University of Texas at Austin.

  • Hart Energy Conferences speaker Kaes Van't Hof

    Kaes Van't Hof

    Diamondback Energy
    President & Chief Financial Officer

    Mr. Van’t Hof has served as our President and Chief Financial Officer since February 2022. Prior to his current position with us, he served as our Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Business Development from February 2019 to February 2022, as Senior Vice President of Strategy and Corporate Development from January 2017 to February 2019 and as our Vice President of Strategy and Corporate Development since joining us in July 2016. Before joining Diamondback, Mr. Van't Hof served as Chief Executive Officer for Bison Drilling and Field Services from September 2012 to June 2016. From August 2011 to August 2012, Mr. Van't Hof was an analyst for Wexford Capital, LP responsible for developing operating models and business plans, including for our initial public offering, and before that worked for the Investment Banking - Financial Institutions Group of Citigroup Global Markets, Inc. from February 2010 to July 2011. Mr. Van't Hof was a professional tennis player from May 2008 to January 2010. Mr. Van't Hof received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Business Administration from the University of Southern California.

  • Rob Wilson

    Rob Wilson

    East Daley Analytics
    CFA, Vice President

    As East Daley Analytics’s Vice President of product, Rob manages a team of equity and commodity market analysts covering midstream energy companies to provide financial models at the asset level. 

    As a foundational team member at East Daley Analytics, Rob’s expertise in financial analysis, financial metrics, energy CapEx and M&A helps clients understand the energy market landscape by giving them timely data to make better decisions ahead of the market and gain a competitive advantage. He has over 17 years of financial market expertise and previously served as Lead Analyst on the Acquisitions and Dispositions team at DCP Midstream. He also worked in the commercial banking sector at Merrill Lynch and led risk management consulting projects for financial services firms while at Protiviti.

    Rob has spoken at several energy industry conferences including EnerCom, Marcellus-Utica Midstream Conference and Deutsche Bank Conference, and has been quoted for his market expertise in publications such as Oil & Gas Financial Journal and Midstream Business Magazine. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a bachelor’s degree in Finance and earned the CFA designation in 2016.

  • Hart Energy Conferences speaker Jay Young

    Jay Young

    King Operating Corporation
    President & CEO

    Bio coming soon!