Josh Adler is the founding chief executive of Sourcewater, the technology leader in upstream energy and water intelligence. Sourcewater is pioneering energy intelligence with satellite imagery, mobile GPS data and artificial intelligence to show upstream energy activity earlier, more completely and more accurately than any other source. Josh is a graduate of Yale and MIT, where he was a Sloan Fellow for Innovation and Global Leadership in Energy Ventures. He holds 11 U.S. patents relating to image processing and geospatial data analytics. Josh previously served as an economic policy official for President George W. Bush and has founded medical device, internet, real estate and robotics companies.
Amanda Brock is the Chief Executive Officer of Aris Water Solutions and has spent her career focused in the global oil and gas, power and water sectors. Before joining Aris Water Solutions, Amanda was CEO of Water Standard, a water treatment company focused on desalination and produced water treatment and recycling in both the upstream and downstream energy industry. Previously, Amanda was President of the Americas for Azurix and was responsible for developing water infrastructure and services in the Americas. Prior to that, she was President of Enron Joint Venture Management, managing Enron’s global power assets and related partnerships.
Amanda serves on the boards of Cabot Oil & Gas, Macquarie Infrastructure Corporation, and is the incoming chair of the Texas Business Hall of Fame. She previously served on the Board of Trustees of LSU Law School, and the Texas Water Commission. She was named one of the 25 most influential Women in Energy by Hart Energy's Oil and Gas Investor Magazine in 2020. In 2016 she was recognized as one of the top 25 leaders in water globally and as a Texas Honoree for Women in Energy. She was also invited to the White House related to the Obama administration’s Moonshot for Water Initiative and facilitated a White House delegation to Abu Dhabi. In 2017, Amanda was inducted into the Greater Houston Women’s Business Hall of Fame.
Amanda was born in Swaziland and grew up in Zimbabwe. She completed her undergraduate degree in South Africa and earned her law degree at Louisiana State University, where she was a member of the Law Review and began her career as a lawyer at Vinson and Elkins.
Elizabeth DeStephens is a versatile senior executive in energy, with more than twenty years of global engineering, management, digital technology, and finance experience. She is co-founder and Chief Strategy & Sustainability Officer of Black Knight Energy, a Kayne Anderson portfolio company with a capital commitment in excess of $500mm. Elizabeth has diverse experience spanning upstream, midstream and nuclear energy, as well as in other industries. Elizabeth has served in a lead technical capacity in multiple types of transactions and financings, including joint ventures, mezzanine debt, acquisitions, divestitures, debt exchange, secured and unsecured debt.. She is a recognized expert and speaker on corporate innovation, as well as organizational, cultural and digital transformation.
Elizabeth is an active angel investor with the Golden Seeds Angel Network, which focuses on providing capital to women-led companies. She serves on the Board of 11 Defense, a start up defense company and the University of Florida Department of Materials Science Engineering Advisory Board. She also serves as an advisor to the MIT Corporate Innovation Program. She has a MBA from MIT, M.Eng. from University of Houston, and a B.S. in Materials Engineering from the University of Florida. She is a registered engineer in the state of Texas.
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Ole Engels has 25 years of experience in oil and gas, most of it with Baker Hughes. Ole’s background spans operations management, strategic planning, sales and M&A, as well as technical and management consulting with postings in Europe, the Middle East, and the US. He earned an MSc in Geophysics from the University of Cologne, Germany. Ole served as a technical society board member in Abu Dhabi and Kuwait, as a board member for a North American energy investment fund, and as an advisory board member of Rice University.
Clay Gaspar is the executive vice president and chief operating officer for Devon Energy following Devon’s January 2021 merger with WPX Energy. He is responsible for Devon’s geosciences, reservoir, production, drilling, completions, facilities, field operations, environmental, health and safety and ESG functions.
Gaspar recently served as president and chief operating officer of WPX Energy and served on the company’s board of directors. Prior roles at WPX included senior vice president and chief operating officer and senior vice president of operations and resource development.
Gaspar holds a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M University and a master’s degree in petroleum and geosciences engineering from the University of Texas.
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Ryan Keys is President at Triple Crown Resources, which he co-founded in 2017 with Nathan Pekar. Previously, Ryan was a senior vice president in Energy Investment Banking at Jefferies, where he was involved in over $25 billion in M&A transactions. He also served in roles at another E&P, a reserves consultancy, and Schlumberger. Ryan has a BS in mechanical engineering from UT Austin and an MS in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M.
Drew brings a broad base of expertise to Vencer covering field operations, reservoir engineering, economic planning and business development. Prior to joining Drew served as Director of Business Development at Scala Energy. Having begun his career at HighMount E&P Drew held various engineering and technical roles before joining EnerVest following the sale of HighMount E&P to EnerVest in 2014. Drew holds a BS degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Oklahoma.
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Stephen Perich is Head of Energy in the Americas, having joined UBS for the second time in 2018. Previously he spent eight years at Deutsche Bank, most recently as head of their energy office in Houston. Before his time at Deutsche Bank, he worked in the Natural Resources Group at UBS in Houston. He has 18 years of experience in oil and gas, having started his career at Enron Corp. working on the natural gas trading desk and within the structured transactions group. Stephen earned a Bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and also completed direct matriculation programs at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey.
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.
Steven H. Pruett is the President and CEO of Elevation Resources LLC, a Permian Basin E&P company which he co-founded in 2013. Mr. Pruett was previously SVP of Concho Resources, and was president and CFO of Legacy Reserves LP which he co-founded. Mr. Pruett has 35 years of oil and gas operating, financial and management experience. Prior to forming Legacy, Steve worked at Quantum Energy Partners and First Reserve Corp. He was CEO of First Permian and CEO of First Reserve Oil & Gas, both E&P companies with Permian operations. Mr. Pruett began his career as a petroleum engineer for ARCO and worked in planning for Amoco. Mr. Pruett received his B.S in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and graduated with an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
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.
Caleb is the President and Chief Financial Officer of Stronghold Energy II. Caleb began his career at McKinsey & Company. He also worked in private equity as part of the energy vertical at Bain Capital. Additionally, he also previously served as the Vice President of Weatherl Energy Investments, L.P., as well as Stronghold Energy Partners, L.P., a private equity-backed non-op working interest investment vehicle he co-founded with his father Steve. Immediately before joining Stronghold Energy II as its President and Chief Financial Officer, he was the Chief Financial Officer for Desert Royalty Company. In 2021, Caleb joined the Stronghold Energy II Board of Directors.
Caleb received an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar. He graduated cum laude with an AB in economics and a secondary field in government from Harvard College. Caleb and his wife Lindsey live in Midland and have one son and one daughter.
Mr. Westphal has thirteen years of experience in the energy industry both domestically and abroad. Past projects range from deepwater exploratory drilling to domestic asset evaluation and supply & demand modeling. Presently, he is the Vice President of Fundamentals at ARM Energy where he is focused on distilling external sources and internal knowledge into ARM’s cohesive view of the market. Previous roles include time at both Southwestern Energy and Schlumberger.