Speakers

  • 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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    Will Cauley

    Baker Hughes Co.
    Region Service Delivery Technical Manager
    Will Cauley currently serves as the North America Land Region Service Delivery Technical Manager for Completions and Well Bore Intervention (CWI). He is responsible for the service delivery and technical support for all CWI operations in the region. Will joined the Baker Hughes Field Engineering program in 2003, and has held a variety of roles within CWI including Technical Sales, Operations Management, Supply Chain, and Global Product Line. Will holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Louisiana State University.
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    Christi Craddick

    Railroad Commission of Texas
    Chairman
    Christi Craddick is a proven conservative leader in Texas. Raised in a strong conservative household, retained as legal counsel by prominent Texas firms, and shaped by more than a decade as a trusted political adviser, Craddick has set a clear standard of integrity, self-reliance and innovation in her position as Chairman of the Railroad Commission. Since her tenure on the Commission began in November 2012, Craddick has pushed to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of an energy industry that is driving the state’s unparalleled economic success. In the process, she has repeatedly proven that sensible regulations, careful listening and plain talk can foster innovation that has solidified Texas leadership in the energy sector. Making it a top priority, Craddick has worked to educate the public about the oil and gas industry and its impact in Texas. She has fought against Washington’s one-size-fits-all environmental policies that would kill jobs and stifle energy production growth. Craddick has advocated for recycling in the oilfields, helping to drive the percentage of reclaimed water upward, an essential achievement in a state enduring a multi-year drought. As part of her efforts to modernize the agency, Craddick has championed an Information Technology overhaul at the Commission, seeking improvements that would upgrade the Geographic Information System, increase public access to the agency’s data, and speed up inspections and permitting times. An advocate for a secure energy industry, Craddick pioneered the Oilfield Relief Initiative, providing administrative and regulatory relief to companies during times of economic uncertainty. With a clear understanding that a strong energy industry leads to a strong Texas economy, Craddick has worked to provide regulatory certainty and clarity to businesses. A native of Midland, the heart of the Permian Basin, Craddick earned both her Bachelor’s Degree as a Plan II graduate and her Doctorate of Jurisprudence from The University of Texas at Austin. During her career as an attorney, she specialized in oil and gas, water, tax issues, electric deregulation and environmental policy. Following the example of her father and mother, Craddick has been drawn to public service and politics. As president of a grassroots advocacy firm, she took the lead on work in coalition building in the public policy arena and development and implementation of issue strategies. Craddick serves as an active member of organizations including the National Petroleum Council, Southern States Energy Board, the University of Texas Liberal Arts Alumni Advisory Council, and University of Texas System Chancellor’s Council. Chairman Craddick resides in Austin with her daughter, Catherine, and is an active member of St. John Neumann Catholic Church.
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    Michael Hale

    Novo Oil & Gas LLC
    Vice President, Exploration

    Bio coming soon!

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    Randy King

    Managing Director, Anderson King Energy Consultants LLC

    Randall E. King is a founding member and Managing Partner of Anderson King Energy Consultants, LLC ("AK"). Prior to forming AK in 2012, Mr. King was a Managing Director for Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s oil and gas divestiture business and supervised a team of professionals based in Houston. Mr. King joined Petrie Parkman at its founding in 1989 and was extensively involved in closing over $65B of transactions at the firm. His experience includes advising clients on over 130 divestitures with Petrie Parkman, as well as numerous acquisition, merger, fairness opinion, and restructuring assignments for public and private companies of all sizes. He has a long history of working with the public and private upstream independent sector in providing liquidity options and strategic transaction services.

  • 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.

  • Wayne Richards

    Wayne Richards

    GR Energy Services
    President & CEO

    Bio coming soon!

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    Daniel Rohling

    Battalion Oil Corporation
    Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

    Daniel P. Rohling serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Rohling joined Battalion Oil in July 2019. He has approximately 15 years of oil and gas operations experience. Prior to joining Battalion Oil, he served as the Asset Vice President at Ajax Resources, LLC (“Ajax”), until it sold substantially all of its assets to Diamondback Energy, Inc. in October 2018 for $1.2 billion. Mr. Rohling began his career at EP Energy Corporation (El Paso Corporation) as an engineer and held various roles in operations, reservoir engineering, business development and management. Mr. Rohling holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University and is an active member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

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    Ben Shattuck

    Wood Mackenzie
    Research Director, Americas Upstream Oil & Gas

    Bio coming soon!

  • Leen Weijers

    Leen Weijers

    Liberty Oilfield Services
    Vice President, Engineering

    Dr. Leen Weijers serves as the Vice President of Engineering at Liberty Oilfield Services. He has worked at Liberty since its founding in 2011, originally serving as its Business Manager. Leen’s role at Liberty focuses on two main aspects. One, delivering improved well economics to customers through optimized frac designs, and two, on customer and internal data sharing and reporting to improve business efficiencies.

    Leen worked at Pinnacle Technologies from 1995 to 2011, where he oversaw development of the industry’s most widely used fracture growth simulator, FracproPT. He was Pinnacle’s Rocky Mountain Regional Manager from 2007 - 2011, where he helped rebuild its Rocky Mountain operations.

    Leen has authored dozens of industry courses and publications. He also played a key role in the calibration of fracture growth models with various fracture diagnostics such as tiltmeter and micro-seismic fracture mapping technologies. Leen Weijers completed his doctoral research at the Faculty of Mining and Petroleum Engineering at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands by conducting fracture growth model experiments to investigate the interaction of hydraulic fracture systems with horizontal and deviated wells. Before that, Leen completed a Master’s degree in Geophysics, also from Delft University of Technology.

    Leen and his wife Margreet have four kids. Leen loves to spend his leisure time with his family in Colorado’s beautiful outdoors on skis, skates or cycling tires or on the dance floor.

  • Chris Wright

    Chris Wright

    Liberty Oilfield Services
    CEO

    Chris Wright serves as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Liberty Oilfield Services.  Additionally, Chris founded and serves as Executive Chairman of Liberty Resources, a Bakken-focused E&P company and Liberty Midstream Solutions. He has had a lifelong passion for energy and its role in human life. He has spoken on energy to the UK House of Lords, the States Attorneys General, Federal and State Judges, debated the merits of the shale revolution on TV and given over 100 talks.

    Chris completed an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering at MIT and graduate work in Electrical Engineering at both UC Berkeley and MIT. Chris founded Pinnacle Technologies and from 1992 - 2006 years served as CEO.  Pinnacle created the hydraulic fracture mapping industry.  Pinnacle's innovations in fracturing practices helped launch commercial shale gas production in the late 1990s.

    Chris was Chairman of Stroud Energy, an early shale gas producer, prior to its sale to Range Resources in 2006. Chris currently serves on the Board of Directors for Liberty Resources, Urban Solutions Group, US Ceramics and the Federal Reserve Bank, Denver Branch.

    Chris has consulted and taught courses on all six inhabited continents and authored / co-authored over 60 technical papers and articles. He has received numerous industry awards and several U.S. patents. Chris also worked on fusion energy, solar energy, and geothermal energy. Chris grew up in Colorado and is a passionate skier, cyclist, climber, and outdoor enthusiast. He serves on the board of numerous nonprofits including PERC, ACE Colorado, ACE Montana, PRI, and the YCCF.

  • Chuck Yates

    Chuck Yates

    Galactic Viceroy, Energy Analysis
    Chuck Yates serves on the Advisory Board of Cottonwood Venture Partners, an investment firm parting with technology companies that provide digital solutions for the energy industry. Previously, he was managing partner for Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors’ energy private equity activities. 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.