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.
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Penn Virginia Corp.
John A. Brooks, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Penn Virginia Corp., joined the company in 2002 as a drilling manager. Subsequent roles have included operations manager, regional manager, senior vice president and executive vice president of operations. Prior to joining Penn Virginia, beginning in 1985, Brooks held engineering and operations roles with Andex Resources, Benz Energy Ltd., AA Production, Hadson Gas Systems, Ampol Exploration (USA) Inc. and Ranger Oil Co. He received his BS in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Texas.
Senior Vice President, Eagle Ford Asset Manager, Stonegate Production Company LLC
Mr. Butler has 35 years of oil and gas industry experience and has responsibility at Stonegate for directing daily operations and the development of the company's primary asset. This includes drilling, completion, production, infrastructure and reserve engineering to maximize value. Butler has held a variety of senior positions with P&L responsibility in finance, management, engineering, operations, project development and evaluation with TXO, Blocker Energy, Triad Energy, Echo Production, DevX Energy and CDX Gas. Butler served as CFO of CDX, LLC and engineered the sale of the company for $835 million in 2006. Butler holds a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M, an M.B.A. from The University of Texas.
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).
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.
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.
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.