Chris Akers is President and Chief Operating Officer of Eureka Midstream. He serves on the company’s board and is responsible for directing the overall business strategy and operations. Akers brings more than twenty-five years of professional pipeline experience to Eureka Midstream. Prior to joining Eureka Midstream, he served as Senior Vice President of Operations and Director of Gas Control and commercial groups at EQT Corporation. During his tenure there, Akers was a key member in the expansion of several hundred miles of pipeline, over thirty new compressor stations and two processing facilities. In addition, Akers was also a key contributor on the mergers and acquisitions, as he helped develop the strategic plans which led to reduced costs, increasing throughput volumes and advancements in risk/safety management. Prior to joining EQT Corporation, he served in various roles of increasing responsibility in engineering, operations and gas control at Dominion Transmission. Akers has served on the board of West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association and as chairman of the Midstream group of SGA. He earned a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from West Virginia Institute of Technology, and a Master of Business Administration from West Virginia Wesleyan.
Jeremiah “Jerry” Ashcroft was appointed Senior Vice President, EQT Corporation; and President, Midstream; and also Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the general partner of EQT Midstream Partners, LP in August 2017. He was also elected as a member of the board of directors of the general partner of EQT Midstream Partners.
Jerry has more than 15 years of experience in the oil, gas, and pipeline industries – and before joining EQT, he was Chief Executive Officer of Gulf Oil L.P. – a distributor of fuel products and lubricants, based in Boston, MA. Prior to that, he was Chief Operating Officer for JP Energy Partners where he led their initial public offering and had P&L responsibility for their NGL, crude, and refined products businesses. He also spent several years with Buckeye Partners, L.P. and held various roles of increasing responsibility, including vice president of field operations, senior vice president global operations, and president of three business units. Ashcroft began his energy career with Colonial Pipeline Company, L.P as director of operations, and later became chief compliance officer.
Jerry has a distinguished military career with the United States Marine Corps and received a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Naval Academy. He also earned a Master of Business Administration, with a concentration in finance, from Emory University Goizueta Business School.
Mr. Aydt is Vice President, Operations of MPLX GP LLC. He is also President of Marathon Pipe Line LLC. Mr. Aydt serves on the board of directors of the Association of Oil Pipe Lines (AOPL), is a member of the American Petroleum Institute’s (API) pipeline subcommittee steering group, serves on the API-AOPL pipeline safety excellence steering committee that works to improve the industry’s safety performance,
and is on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Technical Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Safety Standards Committee. He serves on the board of the Louisiana Offshore Oil Port (LOOP) and as an owner representative for Marathon Petroleum’s interest in Capline, both of which are significant entities in the nation’s crude oil infrastructure.
Mr. Aydt joined Marathon in 1985 as a pipeline engineer. He held a series of positions of increasing responsibility in Marketing and Transportation Engineering’s pipeline and retail divisions. In 1991, he helped develop a crude pipeline and trucking project in Tunisia, North Africa. He returned to pipeline operations in Wyoming in 1992, before being named pipeline engineering manager in 1995. In 1999, Mr. Aydt was named project director for the development and construction of the Cardinal Pipeline, which runs from Kenova, West Virginia, to Columbus, Ohio. He was named engineering department manager at the Robinson refinery in 2003, and refining project engineering manager in 2005. Mr. Aydt served as project director for the $2.2 billion Detroit Heavy Oil Upgrade Project from 2008, until its completion in 2012. He was named general manager of Terminal, Transport and Rail in 2013, and to his current position in 2017.
Mr. Aydt graduated from the University of Missouri-Rolla with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1985. He attended Wharton’s Advanced Management Program at the University of Pennsylvania in 2014.
Dana Bryant is Senior Vice President, Midstream & Marketing for Eclipse Resources. Mrs. Bryant has nearly 19 years of experience in the natural gas industry. Prior to joining Eclipse Resources in 2014, she served as Senior Commercial Development Representative for The Williams Companies, where she developed gathering and processing projects for Utica and Marcellus producers in West Virginia and Ohio. Prior to joining Williams, from 2001 to 2012, Mrs. Bryant served in various commercial roles for BP Energy Company. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University and a Masters of Business Administration degree from Tulane University.
Tara Dziedzic oversees business development for NYSE Listings. Prior to her current role, she was a Managing Director in Global Corporate Client Group, where she was responsible for managing relationships with the NYSE’s premier listed companies and qualified prospects. Tara was a Client Service Account Manager and then Director before being promoted to Managing Director in 2008.
Before joining the Global Corporate Client Group, Tara was a Senior Testing Specialist in NYSE Member Firm Regulation. She served as a content expert on a Series 7 Item Writing Committee and joined NYSE Regulation to develop content for NYSE qualification exams. She was responsible for developing material for all NYSE examinations, as well as exams co-owned with other Self-Regulatory Organizations.
Previously, Tara was an Operations Manager at Fahnestock & Co and a Policy Assurance Manager at Cantor Fitzgerald International in London. Tara graduated with Magna Cum Laude honors from Auburn University, holds a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School and is admitted to the New York State Bar. Tara was the Associate Managing Editor of the Brooklyn Journal of Corporate, Financial and Commercial Law.
Welles Fitzpatrick has over 10 years of E&P equity research experience, having covered both small and large cap companies. Welles is a Managing Director at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey covering Exploration and Production stocks. He was previously an E&P analyst and partner at Johnson Rice. Prior to Johnson Rice he worked for Xenel Industries in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to help commercialize the country’s first free trade zone. Welles received his BA in Economics and History from Vanderbilt University.
Greg Haas serves as Director of Integrated Energy for Stratas Advisors. Haas leverages 20 years of integrated global energy experience garnered in operating and fundamental research roles at Exxon, at EPRI (the Electric Power Research Institute) and pipeline and power consultancies, and at institutional sell-side investment brokerage firms including Raymond James Financial. Haas holds an MBA from Rice University and mechanical Engineering Masters and Bachelors of Science degrees from the University of Illinois.
Maria Seidel Halmo is the Director of Research at Alerian, which equips investors to make informed decisions about Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs) and energy infrastructure. Ms. Halmo leads the firm’s research efforts, which include examining MLP regulatory filings, monitoring legislative activity, and investigating industry developments. She also oversees Alerian’s public communications strategy through investor outreach. Ms. Halmo is a former Associate at SteelPath, a Dallas-based MLP investment manager, where she conducted valuation analyses of petroleum transportation partnerships and researched macro-level energy issues. Ms. Halmo graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Astrophysics from Barnard College. She is also a contributing author to Midstream Business, a monthly publication addressing the need for business market intelligence on North American energy infrastructure.
Beth Hickey is Senior Vice President of Interstates for Energy Transfer Partners (NYSE:ETP). An industry professional, Ms. Hickey has over 20 years’ experience in the natural gas industry working at various LDC and storage and transmission companies. She joined the company in 2007 as Director of Commercial Optimization for Panhandle Eastern Pipe Line Company and Trunkline Gas Company, and was promoted to Senior Director in 2012, Vice President of Marketing and Optimization in 2014 and to her current position in April, 2015. She is a 1992 graduate from the University of McMaster in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, where she received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. She’s is a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario. Ms. Hickey currently resides in Sugar Land, Texas with her husband and two children.
Matthew Hite is GPA Midstream' s vice president of government affairs and leads the association's federal advocacy activities in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining GPA Midstream in January 2015, Hite served as policy counsel and committee executive to the Environment, Technology & Regulatory Affairs Division at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. In that role, he handled a variety of environmental issues and also managed the Chamber's Environment and Agriculture Committee, the policymaking body for environmental and agricultural issues and initiatives. Before joining the Chamber, he spent close to a decade working on Capitol Hill. He was senior counsel to Ranking Member Jim Inhofe (R-OK) on the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works where he handled a number of environmental, agency oversight and regulatory issues. Prior to that, he worked on energy and environmental issues for congressional members from Alaska, Idaho and Ohio. Hite holds a Juris Doctor from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Rochester.
Macgill James is Vice President, Supply Strategy at UGI Corp. Macgill has nearly twenty-years of experience in LPG and NGL Supply, Trading, Business Development, Strategy, and Project Management. Before joining UGI in June of 2017 he was Manager, NGL & LPG Origination at Phillips 66, a company that was formed when it was spun off from ConocoPhillips in 2012, where he was Manager, Waterborne LPG Trading & Business Development. Prior to joining ConocoPhillips in 2008, Macgill was an LPG broker for ten years.
Macgill is a graduate of Hobart College and holds a JD from the University of Maryland School of Law. He completed a judicial clerkship after law school and, before transitioning to LPG, Macgill held positions in banking at First National Bank of Maryland, Merrill Lynch, and Mercantile Bank & Trust.
Bernadette Johnson serves as Vice President, Market Intelligence for DrillingInfo and is responsible for helping to grow and expand DI’s analytics offerings. She joined Drilling Info through the acquisition of products and services from Ponderosa Advisors. With over 10 years’ experience in the energy industry, Bernadette has earned the reputation of industry expert with extensive experience providing crude, natural gas, and NGL fundamentals analysis and advisory services to various players in the North American and Global energy markets. A regular commentator for and speaker to the energy industry, her specific market expertise spans: financial trading, production forecasts, demand forecasts by sector, infrastructure analysis, midstream analysis, storage value analysis, and price forecasts. Prior to joining Ponderosa, and now DI, Bernadette was Senior Research Analyst for Sasco Energy Partners in Westport, CT where she provided analytics and research support for a team of financial traders active in natural gas, power and oil futures markets. Bernadette began her career with BENTEK Energy, LLC as a Senior Energy Analyst, Natural Gas Market Fundamentals and consulting project team lead. In addition to her current role at Drilling Info, Bernadette remains a partner and shareholder in Ponderosa Advisors' remaining businesses. Bernadette holds a MS Degree in International Political Economy of Resources and a BS Degree in Economics, from the Colorado School of Mines.
Kristina Kazarian is a Managing Director at Credit Suisse and Head of the US Refining & Midstream Energy Equity Research Teams. She recently joined Credit Suisse from Deutsche Bank, where she was also a Managing Director. She ranked “Runner-Up” in the MLP sector her first two years on the sell-side in the Institutional Investor All American Research Team survey and also received #1 “Rising Star” in both the Natural Gas and MLP sectors in 2016. Prior to joining Deutsche Bank, Ms. Kazarian began her career in 2005 as an analyst at Fidelity Management and Research Company where she covered several energy verticals including Utilities & Power, Refining, and Midstream. Ms. Kazarian earned her M.B.A. in Finance at Wharton Business School and her B.A. in Economics and Political Science at Wellesley College
Kyle Mork is President and Chief Executive Officer of Greylock Energy. He began his career with Halliburton Energy Services before moving to Energy Corporation of America where he served in a variety of operations and management-focused roles, ultimately culminating in the role of CEO. In fall 2017 he launched Greylock Energy, a new oil and natural gas, exploration, production, and midstream company formed with ArcLight Capital Partners.
Mork holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University, an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and has taken masters courses at the University of Southern California in Petroleum Engineering. He is Past-Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences and also serves on the Cornell Engineering College Council. He is active in the Young Presidents’ Organization and Chair of the Mountain State Chapter. He and his wife Kirsten live in Charleston, West Virginia with their three children.
Meghan L. O’Sullivan is the Jeane Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs and the Director of the Geopolitics of Energy Project at Harvard University’s Kennedy School. Her expertise includes the geopolitics of energy, American foreign policy, decision making in foreign policy, nation-building, and the Middle East. Her third book, Windfall: How the New Energy Abundance Upends Global Politics and Strengthens America’s Power, will be published by Simon & Schuster in September 2017.
At Harvard, Professor O’Sullivan runs the Geopolitics of Energy Project at the Belfer Center at Harvard University’s Kennedy School. The project brings together experts from the realms of academia, industry, and government to explore the complex interactions between energy markets and international affairs.
Dr. O’Sullivan also has extensive experience in policy formulation and in negotiation. Between 2004 and 2007, she was special assistant to President George W. Bush and Deputy National Security Advisor for Iraq and Afghanistan during the last two years of her tenure. There, she helped run two strategic policy reviews: one on Afghanistan in the summer of 2006 and one on Iraq in late 2006 and early 2007, which led to the “surge” strategy. In her job at the National Security Council, Dr. O’Sullivan was responsible for building consensus around new policy directions in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as overseeing their execution. Dr. O’Sullivan spent two years from 2003-2008 in Iraq, most recently in the fall of 2008 to help negotiate and conclude the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) and strategic framework agreement between the United States and Iraq. During an earlier posting in Baghdad, O’Sullivan also helped negotiate the Transitional Administrative Law, which was the interim constitution of Iraq from 2004-2006.
From July 2013 to December 2013, Professor O’Sullivan was the Vice Chair of the All Party Talks in Northern Ireland. These negotiations sought to resolve issues that have been persistent obstacles to achieving a more durable peace in Northern Ireland since the 1998 Good Friday Agreement. Other positions held by Dr. O’Sullivan include senior director for strategic planning and Southwest Asia in the NSC in 2004; political advisor to the Coalition Provisional Authority administrator and deputy director for governance in Baghdad; chief advisor to the presidential envoy to the Northern Ireland peace process; and a fellow at the Brookings Institution.
Dr. O’Sullivan is an adjunct senior fellow at the Council of Foreign Relations, a columnist for Bloomberg View, and a consultant to Hess Corporation, and a member of the International Advisory Group for the British law firm, Linklaters. She is a trustee of both the German Marshall Fund and the Friends of Inter Mediate, a UK-based non-profit focused on the most complex and dangerous world conflicts. She is on the Executive Committee of The Trilateral Commission and a member of the board of The Mission Continues, a non-profit organization to help veterans. She is also a member of the Aspen Strategy Group and on the advisory committee for the Women’s Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute. She was a Henry Crown Fellow from 2015-2017 and a Henry Luce Fellow from 1991-1992.
Professor O’Sullivan has been awarded the Defense Department's highest honor for civilians, the Distinguished Public Service Medal, and three times been awarded the State Department's Superior Honor Award. In 2008, Esquire Magazine named her one of the most influential people of the century. O’Sullivan earned a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University, a masters of science in economics and doctorate in politics from Oxford University.
Erin Petkovich is Director, Business Development, for Enbridge. She leads the Northeast team responsible for the development of new natural gas transmission ventures, services, and related energy projects from eastern Pennsylvania to Atlantic Canada. Petkovich has been focused on business development activities in the U.S. Northeast and Midwest Regions since 2009, and she was named to her current position in March 2017.
Since joining the company in 2007 as a Commercial Associate, Petkovich has held several positions of increasing responsibility, including supply chain, regulatory, internal audit, and business development. Additionally, she serves on the Board of Managers for the PennEast Pipeline.
Petkovich earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Distribution from Texas A&M University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas. She and her family - her husband, two children, and two dogs –relocated to Enbridge’s Waltham, Massachusetts office this summer.
Robert G. Phillips was appointed Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Crestwood Gas Services GP LLC in October 2010 and of Crestwood Equity GP LLC (formerly Inergy GP, LLC) and Crestwood Midstream GP LLC (formerly NRGM GP, LLC) in June 2013, which merged in 2015 to become Crestwood Equity Partners LP. Mr. Phillips was previously the President and Chief Executive Officer of Enterprise Products Partners L.P. He has served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GulfTerra Energy Partners, L.P., and he was the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Eastex Energy, Inc. Mr. Phillips has previously served as a director and a member of the audit committee of Pride International, Inc. and as a director of Enterprise Products Partners L.P. and Enterprise GP Holdings L.P. He is currently serving on the board of directors of Bonavista Energy Corporation (TSX:BNP).
Commissioner Robert F. Powelson was nominated to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission by President Donald J. Trump in May 2017, and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on August 4, 2017. Commissioner Powelson came to FERC from the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, where he served since June 2008, and led as Chairman from February 24, 2011-May 7, 2015.
Under Commissioner Powelson's leadership, Pennsylvania ratepayers have had an active voice on issues such as nuclear power production, renewable investment, broadband deployment, infrastructure development, unaccounted-for water and cyber security. In 2011, Commissioner Powelson served on Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission, which reviewed the Commonwealth’s existing statutes, regulations, and policies and provided recommendations to develop a comprehensive strategic proposal for the responsible and environmentally sound development of Marcellus Shale.
Powelson is past president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, where he also was a member of the Board of Directors. He served as chairman of the NARUC Committee on Water and represented the Water Committee on NARUC’s Task Force on Climate Policy. He was active in NARUC activities involving critical infrastructure and nuclear waste disposal. Commissioner Powelson worked very closely with NARUC leadership on aggressive pipeline safety standards with the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.
Prior to joining the Pennsylvania PUC, Powelson served as president of the Chester County Chamber of Business & Industry. In 2005, he was selected by the Eisenhower Presidential Fellows to be a U.S. fellow in Singapore and Australia. His previous employment includes service as the director of Government Relations for the Delaware County Chamber and staff assistant to former Congressman Curt Weldon.
A native of Pennsylvania, Powelson is a graduate of St. Joseph’s University and received a Master of Governmental Administration degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
Donald R. Raikes is Senior Vice President – Dominion Midstream Operations, Gas Infrastructure Group. He oversees the company’s portfolio of natural gas terminaling, processing, storage, transportation and related assets. Since joining the company in 1985, he has held various positions in the interstate gas pipeline business unit. Raikes was part of the commercial team that implemented the wholesale restructuring and also led the commercial team that reactivated the Cove Point LNG terminal. He was also responsible for the commercial transactions relating to the Cove Point Export project, as well as the ACP project. He previously was vice president-Transmission Marketing & Business Development and was named Vice President - Pipeline Customer Service & Business Development in November 2014. He assumed his current post in August 2017. Raikes earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Fairmont State University.
Jim Scheel is Senior Vice President of Northeast Gathering & Processing. He previously served as Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategic Development and as Vice President of Business Development for Williams’ midstream business. Scheel oversees operations in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio and New York.
Since joining Williams in 1988, Scheel has served in leadership roles that include operations, engineering and operational excellence; the company’s natural gas liquids business; business and strategic development with more than $6 billion in transactions and business integrations; and management of international and joint-venture operations including operational aspects of modernizing a refinery and completing an oil export terminal.
Bob Smerbeck is a Senior Meteorologist at AccuWeather and the Coordinator of Continuous Improvement Education for the forecasting staff. He received a B.S. degree in Meteorology from Penn State in 1983 and has been operationally forecasting the weather, short and long range, since 1984. Bob’s daily duties include forecasting for domestic and international clients, tropical forecasting, and long-range forecasting. As part of the long-range team, Bob works with enterprises in energy, finance, healthcare, retail, and logistics. Bob has been quoted by USA Today, Bloomberg, NPR, Fox News, Washington Post, Boston Globe, and other leading national and global media outlets. Bob is married to his wife Pam and has 4 grown children. Fishing, gardening, and research keep him busy when he is not forecasting.
Amol Wayangankar has 15 years of market and commercial advisory experience with clients in natural gas, LNG and NGL markets. He has advised numerous energy infrastructure transactions; both domestic and international including asset valuations, commercial due diligence, structuring, contract negotiations, asset/market feasibility to support project developers, lenders, energy companies, and investors, in their project development, financing, A&D and planning efforts. Mr. Wayangankar has expertise in asset due diligence, and market studies in the natural gas upstream and midstream space with experience in upstream target valuations, midstream valuations of gas storage, pipeline, terminals, processing plants, gathering systems and fractionation facilities. In the NGL space, Mr. Wayangankar has led commercial structuring and negotiations on terminal and pipeline agreements with multiple LPG/Ethane export terminals in the US. He has experience in originating, structuring and negotiating long-term ethane/LPG Sale and Purchase Agreement with domestic and international buyers. Prior to founding Enkon Energy Advisors, Mr. Wayangankar held senior positions with other energy consulting firms where he advised the C-suite on market entry/growth strategy, evaluated investment opportunities and developed business plans for emerging opportunities. Mr. Wayangankar holds a dual Master degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from Penn State.
Steven M. Woodward is the Senior Vice President of Business Development at Antero Resources and has been with Antero since its inception in August 2002. Prior to Antero, from 1993 to 2002, Woodward served in various business development roles in the US and Canada for Dynegy Inc. and its predecessor companies, Natural Gas Clearinghouse and NGC Corp. From 1990 to 1992, he served as Manager of Business Development for Reliance Pipeline, a division of Nicor Inc. From 1988 to 1990, Woodward served as a Project Development Representative for Western Gas Resources. From 1981 to 1988, he served in various engineering roles with ARCO Oil & Gas Company, a division of Atlantic Richfield. Woodward holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder.