Jeff Balmer, PhD
Vice President and General Manager, Western Operating Area, Encana Services Company Ltd.
Jeff Balmer, PhD is currently the Vice President and General Manager, Western Operations for Encana. In this role, he manages drilling, completion, production and development activities for assets in the Eagle Ford Shale. He has been with Encana for over seven years in various leadership roles. Prior to Encana, Dr. Balmer held various management positions with a number of companies including ConocoPhillips where he was in charge of the Algerian and Egyptian assets. Dr. Balmer has worked virtually every type of oil and gas play in both domestic and international settings. In addition to his oil and gas experience, Dr. Balmer has worked in the environmental arena and taught at the University level. He holds degrees in petroleum and environmental engineering and a doctoral degree in petroleum engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology.
Author and Senior Fellow, The Manhattan Institute
Robert Bryce is the author of five books on energy and innovation, in which he has covered everything from Enron’s bankruptcy and the corn ethanol scam to the digitization of drilling rigs and the future of batteries. A senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, he has published articles in dozens of publications including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and National Review. He has also appeared on dozens of TV and radio programs ranging from Bloomberg TV and PBS to Fox News and Al Jazeera. He lives in Austin, Texas.
Toby Deen, P.E.
Operations Engineer, Eagle Ford Business Unit, Devon Energy
Toby Deen has worked for Devon Energy in various production, completion and reservoir engineering roles across multiple assets since 2009. He is currently an operations engineer in the Eagle Ford Business Unit and works on special project teams that focus on various topics such as choke management, frac hit mitigation, completion designs and modeling, horizontal refracs and field development strategies. Deen has a BS in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Oklahoma and is a registered professional engineer in the state of Oklahoma. He is currently serving as a Director of the OKC SPE Section and recently received the 2014 SPE Mid-Continent Regional Outstanding Young Member Award.
Manager, Upstream, Stratas Advisors
Jessica Garrison is an Upstream Manager at Stratas Advisors. She leads a team of analysts on two key subscriptions, the North American Shale Service and Global Shale. She is responsible for the research, analytics, subscriptions, and coverage of major shale basins around the globe with a current focus on North America Shale. Garrison joined the Stratas team in 2013 where she brought key experiences in geology and exploration into the design of the analytics structure and forecasting methodologies of the Upstream services. She holds a double degree in Biological Sciences and Geological Sciences.
Chairman, President and CEO, Laredo Energy IV LP
Glenn Hart, chairman, president and CEO of Laredo Energy IV LP, co-founded the company after three successful build-and-sell versions of Laredo, all focused on the stacked pay of South Texas and exiting to Chesapeake Energy Corp. and El Paso Corp. Before launching the E&P in 2001, Hart was president and chief executive of Michael Petroleum Corp., beginning in 1983, until the company's sale in 2001 to Calpine Natural Gas Corp. He began his career as an engineer in the 1970s for Tenneco Oil Co. in its Gulf Coast division and, before joining Michael, was an engineering manager for Sanchez-O'Brien Oil & Gas Co. Hart received his B.S. in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M University.
Vice President Operations, South Texas Asset Team, Pioneer Natural Resources
Vance Hazzard is the vice president of operations for the South Texas Asset Team at Pioneer Natural Resources. His career has spanned over 20 years of both domestic and international experience in drilling, completions, and operations. After a 10 year career with ARCO, he has been with Pioneer since 2001 working on projects in Texas, Alaska, and the Barnett Shale. Hazzard is a Petroleum Engineering graduate of the Colorado School of Mines and a registered petroleum engineer (Texas).
President, Halcon Resources Corp.
Steve W. Herod is a co-founder and president of Halcon Resources Corporation, a NYSE traded exploration and production company. He was a co-founder and executive vice president, corporate development of Petrohawk Energy Corporation from 2003 until Petrohawk's sale to BHP Billiton in 2011. Herod served as executive vice president, corporate development for 3TEC Energy Corporation from 1999 to 2003. Herod served as president of Shore Oil Company from 1992 until the merger of Shore with 3TEC in 1997. From 1984 to 1991, he was with Conquest Exploration Company in various financial management positions. Herod began his career in 1981 as a financial analyst with Superior Oil Company. He is a 1981 graduate of Oklahoma State University with a B.S. degree in finance and management. Herod is active in various industry organizations. He and his wife Lorie are the parents of two daughters, Meredith and Morgan.
Tony Sanchez III
President and CEO, Sanchez Energy Corp.
Mr. Sanchez, President of Sanchez Oil & Gas Corporation (SOG), founded Sanchez Energy Partners I, LP (SEP) in 2006, and has been directly involved in the energy business for more than 12 years. In 2011, he formed Sanchez Energy Corporation for the purpose of spinning out SEP's unconventional asset base. Mr. Sanchez is integral in identifying prospective areas and implementing leasing and drilling programs in the Eagle Ford shale and other oil producing plays. He has extensive experience drilling a broad range of conventional and unconventional wells. His experience prior to SOG includes JP Morgan Investment Banking (Mergers & Acquisitions); and Zix Corporation, a Dallas TX — based public technology firm where he continues to serve on the Board of Directors. His education credentials include MBA, Harvard University; BBA, Georgetown University (dual major in Accounting and Finance, minor in Economics).
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Wife of the late "American Sniper" and Navy SEAL, Chris Kyle; Co-Founder, Chris Kyle Frog Foundation
Since her husband's tragic death in February 2013, Taya Kyle — the wife of American Sniper Chris Kyle, Navy SEAL, New York Times best-selling author and perhaps the deadliest man to ever peer through the scope of a military rifle -- has focused on keeping the spirit of his service alive. Even with all she's been through, Taya is incredibly grateful. She and Chris were blessed with two beautiful children and a network of family and friends who have seen them through their trials. Taya’s faith has also allowed her to see the best in humanity in the worst of times. "I believe in paying it forward – the ripple effect is a powerful thing. One small act of kindness can mean the world to someone. We've lived it. My family has benefitted from it, and we try to do the same for others." A native of Oregon, Taya currently lives in Texas. She contributed a foreword and an afterword to the book American Gun: A History of the U.S. in Ten Firearms, authored by her late husband with William Doyle. She was also part of the film adaptation of American Sniper, directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Bradley Cooper. Her latest project, American Wife, was published in May 2015. This book chronicles the couple's private journey through love, family, service and sacrifice. View complete bio.
Gregory P. Leveille
Unconventional Reservoirs Technology Program General Manager, ConocoPhillips
Greg Leveille is ConocoPhillips' Unconventional Reservoirs Technology Program General Manager. Prior to moving to ConocoPhillips' Technology organziation in May 2011, he was president of ConocoPhillips' global liquefied natural gas commercial organiztion, and from 2006 to 2009, was general manager of exploration, business development and land for the U.S. Lower 48 states. While in this role, ConocoPhillips significantly increased its position in unconventional reservoir plays, including both the Eagle Ford and the Bakken. Leveille is a geologist by university training and has over 30 years of experience with ConocoPhillips in exploration, development, operations, technology, planning, and commercial roles.
CEO and President, Earthstone Energy
Frank A. Lodzinski, CEO and president of Earthstone Energy, Inc., has over 40 years of oil and gas industry experience. In 1984, he started acquiring controlling interests in oil and gas limited partnerships and properties. From 1991 to 2005, Lodzinski was responsible for organizing, capitalizing and leading several public and private companies, which were sold or monetized at significant profits for investors. In 2006 he capitalized Southern Bay Energy and in 2007 merged it into GeoResources Inc., which was sold to Halcón Resources in 2012. In 2012, Lodzinski capitalized Oak Valley Resources LLC and completed a reverse merger with Earthstone in 2014. Lodzinski graduated with a B.S./B.A. degree in accounting and finance from Wayne State University.
Vice President, South Texas, Chesapeake Energy Corp.
Bill Martinez, Vice President of Chesapeake Energy Corporation's South Texas Business Unit, has more than 25 years of oil and gas experience. In his current role he guides the strategy and daily management of Chesapeake's Eagle Ford operations. Previously Martinez worked for Anadarko Petroleum Corporation and Burlington Resources holding a number of drilling operations and asset management positions. He also spent more than 14 years at ExxonMobil in commercial roles and gaining offshore experience. He is passionate about talent and organizational development and continuous improvement initiatives. Martinez received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas – El Paso in 1989, and his Executive Master of Business Administration degree from Rice University in 2011.
Brian A. Matusek
Vice President of Latin America and Integrated Solutions, Cameron
Brian A. Matusek is vice president of Latin America and integrated solutions at Cameron. Previously, he served as vice president of business development for Cameron’s CAMSHALE™ Services and as vice president of strategic planning for the Compression Systems division. Prior to joining Cameron, Matusek was senior vice president – Western Hemisphere of Hanover (predecessor to Exterran). Before working for Hanover, Matusek served in various senior managerial roles with Schlumberger, including leadership roles with the company's compression systems and artificial lift product lines. He also served as vice president, international business of Camco International, Inc., before the company was purchased by Schlumberger. Prior to Camco's purchase of Production Operators, Inc. (POI), he was employed by the company for more than 16 years in various management positions. Matusek also serves as an officer and director of other Hanover majority-owned subsidiaries.
Vice President of Production, Stonegate Production Company LLC
Robby McDaniel is the Vice President of Production for Stonegate Production Company. He began his career at BP as a production and completion engineer working in various onshore US assets. After leaving BP, he worked at Midstates Petroleum as the completion and workover superintendent for the Gulf Coast region before moving to the Mississippi Lime group as the Production Manager. In 2013, he began at Stonegate managing production, completions, and facilities. He attended Rice University where he earned degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Economics.
Southeast Area Business Development Technology Manager, Halliburton
Neil Modeland is the Southeast Area Business Development Technology Manager for Halliburton Energy Services. In this role, he manages a basin-focused team of engineers and geoscientist. Previously held roles include Technical Sales Advisor for production enhancement in the East Texas/North Louisiana basin, and other roles with field engineering operations. He has authored or co-authored multiple technical publications, and has also been involved with several intellectual property filings on various aspects of completion techniques and perforating methodology. He holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from Iowa State University.
Senior Vice President, Ayata
With more than 15 years of experience conceptualizing, selling, and delivering creative, technology-driven solutions to mission-critical business challenges for some of the world's largest companies, Daniel Mohan has led Ayata's sales and marketing efforts since the beginning of 2014. Prior to joining the Ayata team, Mohan held leadership positions in direct sales, channel sales, and business development functions at a number of public and private software companies, including Callidus Software (NASD: CALD), and Trilogy Software in Austin, Texas. A former US Air Force officer, Mohan holds an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, with dual concentrations in Finance and Strategic Management, as well as a BS in Accounting from the Pennsylvania State University.
Chairman, Petrie Partners
Tom Petrie, chairman of Petrie Partners, has led more than $200 billion of energy M&A transactions over several decades. Most recently, Petrie served as vice chairman of Bank of America and was previously vice chairman of Merrill Lynch, which acquired the boutique energy investment-banking firm Petrie Parkman & Co., which Petrie co-founded in 1986. Prior to co-founding Petrie Parkman, he was a managing director and senior oil analyst for First Boston Corp. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy, an MBA from Boston University and an honorary doctorate from the Colorado School of Mines.
Vice President, Energy Insight, McKinsey & Co.
Ed Schneider is vice president with Energy Insight, a McKinsey Solution. He leads both the Americas operations and the service line supporting energy due diligence. Schneider is also a leader in McKinsey's unconventional service line, where heads the development and maintenance of McKinsey's proprietary market view on North America oil and gas. He served for seven years as an engineer and manager for chemical production lines originally for Solvay and eventually for BP, where his units set production and safety records. Schneider holds a B.E. in chemical engineering from Vanderbilt University, an MBA from the Kellogg of Management and a Masters in Engineering Management from the McCormick School of Engineering of Northwestern University.
Executive Vice President — South Texas Operations, Pioneer Natural Resources
In September 2014, Ken Sheffield was appointed executive vice president, South Texas operations. Sheffield is also a member of Pioneer's Management Committee. Prior to his current role, Sheffield served as senior vice president, operations and engineering, to lead the Rockies, Mid-Continent and Barnett Shale asset teams, as well as Pioneer's corporate engineering and sustainable development efforts. He has also served as vice president, corporate engineering. Sheffield has served Pioneer in leadership positions since the company's founding in 1997. Earlier in his career with Mesa, a predecessor company to Pioneer, he served as vice president, acquisitions and development during 1997 and manager, acquisitions and engineering in 1996. Sheffield holds a B.S. degree in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M University and is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers. Sheffield currently serves on the Texas A&M Petroleum Engineering Industry Board.
CEO, Titanium Exploration Partners
Chip Simmons is the CEO of Titanium Exploration Partners, LLC, a Dallas, TX-based oil and gas investment firm. Simmons co-founded Titanium in May 2014 with private equity sponsorship from Castlelake Funds. Titanium is focused on upstream investments in non-operated working interests alongside quality operators, primarily in the Eagle Ford Shale and the Permian Basin. Simmons has successfully managed energy investments in and for oil and gas companies which participated in U.S. shale plays, including the Marcellus, Eagle Ford and Permian Basin, resulting in combined sales of $440 million over the past 10 years. Previously, Simmons was CEO of private equity-backed Titan River Energy and managing director of Clear Creek Capital, a Dallas, TX-based oil and gas investment firm which managed energy investments for Reservoir Capital. Simmons graduated summa cum laude from Yale University in 1984.
Regional Vice President, Marathon Oil
Kirk Spilman is Regional Vice President for Marathon Oil's South Texas/Eagle Ford business, a position he has held since February 2013. In this role, he is directly responsible for managing the subsurface, drilling, completion, construction and operational aspects of the Company's assets in the Eagle Ford Shale. Spilman joined Marathon Oil in 1997 and has held various engineering and management positions in the Company's domestic and international business. He was the Asset Manager for the Marcellus Shale business in the Appalachian Basin, and previously based in London with responsibility for business development activities in the Middle East and Africa. Prior to that, he was Asset Manager for the Central Africa Business Unit. Spilman graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in petroleum engineering and is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.