Speakers

  • Kelly Bennett

    Kelly Bennett

    B3 Insight
    Co-Founder & CEO

    Kelly Bennett is the co-founder and CEO at B3 Insight, the leading provider of water data and analytics for diverse industries to empower profitable and responsible water-related decisions. Kelly has spent his career making obscure natural resource and commodity data usable for high-value decision making. Prior to B3, Kelly built the global energy desk at BENTEK Energy and co-founded Ponderosa Energy, an oil and gas market analytics company acquired by Enverus in 2016. He is a member of the Advisory Board for the Internet of Water at Duke University's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. Kelly holds a B.S. in Diplomacy and World Affairs from Occidental College.

  • John Blevins III

    John Blevins III

    Hibernia Resources III LLC
    Chief Operating Officer

    John Blevins III P.E. has a Bachelor of Science degree, in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University.  He started his career with Dowell Schlumberger as a Field Engineer and advanced through the engineering ranks.  After 5 years with Schlumberger he worked for Sierra Engineering as a Sr. Well Completion Engineer.   In 1998, he left Sierra Engineering to join Trey Resources, BOPCO LP and Berry Petroleum as a Production Engineer.  Here he worked the beginning of the horizontal BoneSpring, Avalon and Lower Brushy Canyon horizontals with BOPCO, LP as well as the vertical Wolfberry completions with Berry Petroleum.  John joined LAS as the VP of Engineering in June 2012.  At LAS, John engineered and designed as well as executed many vertical and horizontal completions over the Lower 48 as well as overseas.  In July 2017, John joined Hibernia Resources III as the COO.  He is a member of SPE, TSPE, and SPE ATCE Well Stimulation Technical Paper Review Team.

  • Shane Cassell

    Shane Cassell

    Cold Bore Technology Inc.
    Vice President

    Shane started his career in the early 2000s on workover rigs and moving into wellhead isolation/frac tree rentals where he spent 10 years from field implementation to middle management to regional sales at Oil States International. Finishing the surface aspect, he moved into downhole tools at Tartan Completions for 2 years and then moved into a contract sales position in Calgary Alberta.

    Shane joined Cold Bore in April of 2018 as a Sales Representative to gain perspective on a new industry product and opportunity. As VP of Cold Bore, Shane develops business strategies in operations, software development, and client relations in the organization, as well as monitors team goals and adjusts policies to meet them.

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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.
  • Michael Hale

    Michael Hale

    Novo Oil & Gas LLC
    Vice President, Exploration

    Michael Hale is a petroleum geologist and executive with over 13 years of experience in the Oil and Gas industry.  He began his professional career at Fronterra Geosciences before moving on to Oklahoma City based operators SandRidge Energy and Ascent Resources where he worked the Permian and Appalachian Basins, respectively.  Currently, Michael serves as Vice President of Exploration for Novo Oil and Gas, LLC where he oversees the Subsurface Characterization Team for their Delaware Basin assets and exploration duties for onshore United States

     

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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

    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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    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.

  • Anton Rushakov

    Anton Rushakov

    Global Affairs Associates
    Senior Consultant

    Anton Rushakov is a seasoned public affairs and ESG practitioner bringing 20-plus years’ experience in the international oil and gas industry and the non-profit sector. He specializes in corporate sustainability and stakeholder relations with a focus on climate change and energy transition communications and engagement. An energy industry educator skilled at communicating technical information to non-technical audiences, Anton is a trusted advisor to leaders, teams, and organizations on how business strategies, technologies, and policies can contribute to a lower-carbon future.

    With past assignments in Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and Far East Russia, Anton has a demonstrated record of developing and implementing stakeholder engagement and policy advocacy strategies to support world-scale energy developments and resolve complex business challenges. His project work in Kazakhstan, to enhance energy innovation policy and develop local capacity through knowledge and technology transfer was recognized by inclusion in the OECD’s compendium of global best practices on shared value creation and local development. Anton holds Masters of Political Science and African Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Master of International Public Policy from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.

  • Ben Shattuck

    Ben Shattuck

    Wood Mackenzie
    Research Director, Americas Upstream Oil & Gas

    Benjamin is a Director on Wood Mackenzie’s Lower 48 team. During his time at Woodmac he’s worked across all the major shale basins in the US. After joining WoodMac, Benjamin built out coverage of the Permian Basin as it was coming to prominence.

    Benjamin spent four years leading the Key Play Service which provides critical intelligence on the Lower 48’s most important shale basins. During this time he was responsible for working to tie together analysis from the sub-surface through to corporate valuation.

    Benjamin then spent four years in New York working closely with institutional investors. He has recently relocated to Houston where he focuses primarily on dissecting the major disruptors in the sector. Ben writes a weekly Drill Down newsletter and is the host of the Crude for Thought podcast.

     

  • 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.
  • Deanna Zhang

    Deanna Zhang

    Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co.
    Director, Energy Technology

    Deanna Zhang is a Director at Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. She helps lead the Energy Technology Banking division, covering clients in areas such as oil and gas software, industrial technology, new environmental infrastructure, and alternative energy. She is responsible for deal origination and execution, performing industry and company research, and providing thought leadership in the energy technology space. She has written over a hundred articles on the topics of energy transition and technology. Prior to joining the Energy Technology Banking team, she was the Energy Tech lead for TPH Research. Deanna holds a BA in Statistics from Yale University.

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