President and CEO, NuStar Energy LP
President and CEO Curt Anastasio joined the company in 1988 and has held various positions in supply, trading, transportation, marketing, development and legal. He is as a member of the board of directors and executive committee of the National Association of Publicly Traded Partnerships, where he previously served as chairman. Anastasio is also a director of the San Antonio Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and is a former vice chairman of the board of directors of the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce. He participates with and belongs to many civic and professional organizations and has lectured and written on legal and business topics. Anastasio received a Juris Doctorate degree from Harvard Law School and a B.A., magna cum laude, from Cornell University.
Chief Executive, Aurora Oil & Gas Ltd.
Doug Brooks is a senior oil and gas executive with a career in the industry spanning 30 years. His experience includes almost twenty-five years with Marathon Oil Co. serving lastly as director of upstream M&A and business development – Americas. Brooks left Marathon in 2006 and over the next six years founded two private equity-sponsored firms each focusing on unconventional resource projects in the western US. Most recently Brooks was senior vice president of business development at U.S.-listed Forest Oil Corp. Brooks is a board member of the Houston Producer's Forum and an advisor for Hart Energy’s A&D Watch, a global energy research publication. He holds a Bachelor of Science in business management from the University of Wyoming - Casper and an MBA, finance, from Our Lady of the Lake University in Texas. Brooks was appointed chief executive of Aurora in October 2012.
Executive Vice President, Operations, Penn Virginia
John Brooks has been Penn Virginia’s (PVA) executive vice president of operations since March 2013. Prior PVA roles include senior vice president, regional manager of the Gulf Coast division; vice president, regional manager of the Gulf Coast division; vice president, regional manager of the Mid-Continent division; Gulf Coast operations manager; and Gulf Coast drilling manager. Before joining PVA over 11 years ago, Brooks served in various operations and engineering management roles for private and public exploration and production companies throughout the Gulf Coast, Mid-Continent, Rockies and West Coast. He is a 1984 graduate of The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science in petroleum engineering.
Managing Director, Jefferies & Co.
Subash Chandra, CFA is a managing director and senior exploration and production analyst at Jefferies since 2007. Chandra and his group cover 31 companies in the E&P space and are responsible for the firm's natural gas analysis. A particular focus has been the U.S. shales. Twice a year the team updates industry activity, play economics and key catalysts in the "Resource Chronicles" publication. Prior to joining Jefferies, Chandra was a managing director for Morgan Keegan also following the E&P sector, with a particular focus on emerging companies. Prior to Morgan Keegan, he served in the same capacity for AG Edwards. He received a Bachelor of Arts from University of Michigan in 1992.
Vice President, New Ventures, Prism Midstream
Doug Coleman has 21 years of energy industry experience. Prior to joining Prism Midstream, he was manager of infrastructure at Midstates Petroleum (NYSE: MPO), and vice president at Marlin Midstream where he led the engineering, construction, and operation of four processing plants and associated gathering systems. Coleman has also held various engineering, business development, finance and operations positions with Sid Richardson Gasoline Co. and Union Pacific Resources. Coleman holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Rice and an MBA from Southern Methodist University.
Operations Manager, Eagle Ford, Anadarko Petroleum Corp.
Matt Cooley is the drilling operations manager for Anadarko Petroleum Corp.'s Eagle Ford drilling program. His 10-year career spans positions in drilling engineering and drilling operations in the Gulf of Mexico, SouthEast Asia, Pennsylvania, East Texas and South Texas. Cooley holds a B.S. in petroleum engineering from Louisiana State University.
Senior Vice President, Contract Services, Valerus
Tanmay Desai is senior vice president, contract services and oversees the management and growth of the core compression services business worldwide. He joined Valerus in January 2010 as vice president of asset management. Prior to joining Valerus, Desai was a senior advisor at TPG Capital. Prior to his employment with TPG, he held positions with HeelHorn Partners, Tata Sons Ltd, and Bain & Co. Desai holds an MBA degree from Harvard Business School, where he graduated with distinction, and a B.B.A. degree from The University of Texas at Austin.
President, North America, Schlumberger
After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Alabama in 1983, Robert Drummond began his Schlumberger career as a Wireline field engineer in 1984. His Schlumberger career has included operations and marketing management positions throughout North America including: vice president/general manager for Atlantic Canada, vice president/general manager for U.S. Land, vice president of global sales, vice president/general manager for the Gulf of Mexico, and president of North America offshore and Alaska. In 2011 he began his current position as president of North America. Drummond serves on the board of directors of the National Offshore Industries Association (NOIA), the Petroleum Equipment Suppliers Association (PESA), and the Offshore Energy Center. He also serves on the API Upstream Committee.
Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Carrizo Oil & Gas
Brad Fisher has served as vice president and chief operating officer of Carrizo Oil and Gas since March 2005. Fisher began his career with Carrizo, in April 1998, as the general manager of operations then was vice president of operations from July 2000 until March 2005. Prior to joining Carrizo Fisher spent 14 years with Cody Energy and its' predecessor Ultramar Oil and Gas Ltd., where he held various managerial and technical positions, last serving as senior vice president of engineering and operations. Fisher holds a B.S. degree in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M University.
President, North and South Business Units, DCP Midstream LLC
Brian Frederick is president of the north and south business units for DCP Midstream LLC. The north unit has operations in the Rocky Mountains, Wyoming and Michigan. The south unit includes the Gulf Coast of Texas, Eagle Ford shale development, the Arklatex region and the company's offshore assets. He is responsible for leading the overall strategy and performance of the business units, which includes the earnings, operations, commercial, construction and business development activities. Frederick began his career with the company in 1999. He has more than 20 years of knowledge in the energy industry leading commercial, trading and business development teams. Previously, Frederick oversaw the south business unit for DCP Midstream and prior to that held the positions of vice president of corporate development and vice president of gas marketing.
Vice President, Production Enhancement, Baker Hughes
David G. Gallagher is vice president of production enhancement at Baker Hughes. He is responsible for leading the global stimulation strategy for the company's pressure pumping business. He has more than 30 years of experience in oilfield services. Gallagher, who started his career as a field fracturing engineer, has served in various senior management roles in the areas of strategy, marketing, operations, sales and stimulation technology development. He has extensive domestic and international business management experience and worked for more than 10 years in Latin America. He earned a bachelor of engineering degree from the University of New Mexico.
Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO, Drillinginfo
Allen Gilmer is the co-founder, chairman and CEO of Drillinginfo. Drillinginfo’s product suites are used throughout the U.S. oil patch and around the globe to accelerate workflows and business critical decision processes. Gilmer is a geophysicist, E&P executive and recognized thought leader in the oil and gas information/technology field. He holds a B.A. in geology from Rice University and a M.S. in geology from The University of Texas at El Paso. His past experiences include work and sponsorship of a research fellowship at The University of Texas at Austin and more than a decade as a geophysically-oriented E&P business entrepreneur.
Director of Research, Integrated Oil & Gas, Hart Energy
Greg Haas serves as director of research, integrated oil and gas, for Hart Energy's research team in Houston. 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 Master and Bachelor of Science degrees from University of Illinois.
Managing Director and Co-Head, Global Energy Research, RBC Capital Markets
As co-head of RBC Capital Markets Global Energy Research, Kurt Hallead is jointly responsible for a $250mn per annum business while leading a team of more than 40 investment professionals in North America, Europe and Australia. His team provides in-depth analysis of more than 300 energy companies that span nine energy sectors and that operate in all the major oil producing regions. Hallead is responsible for the product development and marketing of RBC's global energy franchise and supervises the team's creation of marketing plans and strategies. As senior spokesman for the Global Energy team coordinated view, Hallead advises and consults with over 200 investment fund managers around the world. He is a highly ranked analyst in various polls including the prestigious Institutional Investor Magazine.
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, Halcón Resources Corp.
Prior to joining Halcón Resources Corp., Steve Herod was a co-founder and executive vice president, corporate development and assistant secretary, of Petrohawk Energy Corp. until its sale in 2011. He also served as a vice president of corporate development. Before Petrohawk, Herod was employed by PHAWK, LLC from its formation in 2003 until 2004. He previously served 3TEC Energy Corp. as executive vice president, corporate development (1999-2003); assistant secretary (2001-2003); director (1997-2002); treasurer (1999-2001); and vice president of corporate development (1997-1999). Prior to that, Herod was a president, director and controller of Shore Oil Co. and was employed by Conquest Exploration Co. in various financial management positions. He began his career in 1981 as a financial analyst with Superior Oil Co.
CEO, Howard Energy Partners
Mike Howard is an accomplished executive with more than 15 years of experience leading and developing natural gas companies. He currently serves as chairman and CEO of Howard Energy Partners (HEP), a total solutions energy company primarily focused in the Eagle Ford shale play. Prior to forming HEP, Howard served as president of midstream for Energy Transfer Partners. At the time of his departure, Energy Transfer was one of the largest Master Limited Partnerships in the nation. Prior to joining Energy Transfer in June 2005 as COO-Midstream, he spent two years with Crosstex Energy, L.P. as Vice President of Engineering and Operations. From 1993 to 2003, Howard held positions with Union Pacific Resources and its successor DCP Midstream. He received his B.S. degree in chemical engineering from Texas A&M University – Kingsville.
Director, Marketing, Water Management, TETRA Technologies Inc.
Dennis Naeger has over 30 years' experience in business development, sales management and marketing in the process and water chemical treatment industry. He has worked for Betz Process Chemicals, BetzDearborn, GE Water & Process Technologies, Champion Technologies and most recently TETRA Technologies. His experience is across multiple oil and gas industries including refining, petrochemical, midstream and oil and gas production. Most recently, he has led several projects and strategic initiatives to develop and commercialize new growth opportunities in enhanced oil recovery, unconventional oil and gas production and water management. He is a 1979 graduate from the University of Missouri-Rolla with a B.S. degree in chemical engineering.
Robert J. O'Neill
Team Leader, Naval Special Warfare Development Group and Member, SEAL Team Six
Rob O'Neill is one of the most decorated combat veterans of our time. His decorations include two Silver Stars, four Bronze Stars with Valor, a Joint Service Commendation Medal with Valor, three Presidential Unit citations and a Navy Commendation Medal with Valor. O'Neill was a team leader with the Naval special warfare development group, has 12-plus times deployments, and has held combat leadership roles in more than 400 missions in four different theaters of war. A Navy SEAL, he led the military's elite and was involved in our nation's most important campaigns. He achieved the rank of senior chief petty officer in the U.S. Navy and served as a team leader at DEVGRU. O'Neill's certifications include instructor, physical trainer, master training specialist, special warfare sniper and breacher, and survival expert.
Mark D. Petrichuk
Vice President, Corporate Reserves & Technical Services, Rosetta Resources Inc.
Mark Petrichuk joined Rosetta Resources as planning manager in June 2008 and was named a vice president in March 2013. In this capacity, he oversees all activities related to corporate reserves, safety, procurement, and regulatory. Petrichuk has more than 36 years of industry experience in asset development, acquisitions, reserve reporting and strategic planning. Prior to joining Rosetta, Petrichuk worked for El Paso Exploration and Production, ConocoPhillips, Burlington Resources, Southland Royalty Co. and Exxon in various capacities and positions. Petrichuk has a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and is a licensed professional engineer in Texas.
Commissioner David Porter
Chair, Eagle Ford Task Force, Texas Railroad Commission
In 2010, David J. Porter was elected to serve a six-year term as a Texas railroad commissioner. Since taking office, Commissioner Porter has been appointed to the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission as an associate representative by Texas Governor Rick Perry. He recently created the Eagle Ford Shale Task Force, the first of its kind at the Texas Railroad Commission, to establish a forum that will bring the community together and foster a dialogue regarding drilling activities in the Eagle Ford shale. Before taking office, Porter built a successful small business around his CPA practice in Midland, Tex., providing accounting and tax services to oil and gas producers, royalty owners and oil field service companies. Porter graduated magna cum laude from Harding University with a bachelor's degree in accounting.
CEO, Sanchez Energy Corp.
Tony Sanchez, president and chief executive officer of publicly held Sanchez Energy Corp., formed 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 Corp. for the purpose of spinning out SEP’s unconventional assets. Sanchez has extensive experience with drilling a broad range of conventional and unconventional wells. Previously, he was with JP Morgan Investment Banking in its M&A group and with Zix Corp., a Dallas-based technology firm for which he continues to serve on its board. He received his BBA from Georgetown University, with dual majors in Accounting and Finance and a minor in Economics, and his MBA from Harvard University.
Executive Vice President, Exploration & Production, ZaZa Energy Corp.
An industry veteran of more than 32 years, Kevin Schepel brought his vast knowledge base of experience in drilling operations and formation evaluation to ZaZa Energy, when he joined the company in June 2010. Schepel began his career after graduation from Michigan State University with a 15-year stint at Exxon, working onshore and offshore exploration and then domestic and international research applications in Houston. Subsequently, he served as chief petrophysicist for BHP Petroleum and as vice president of worldwide exploitation for Pioneer Natural Resources from 1998 to 2008. Schepel is a member of AAPG, SPE, and SPWLA. He has served on the board of directors for the Louisiana Independent Oil & Gas Association and the Advisory Council for the Energy Forum Unconventional Resource Series. He is licensed by the Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists.
Chairman and CEO, Pioneer Natural Resources
Scott Sheffield, a distinguished graduate of The University of Texas with a BS in Petroleum Engineering, is Chairman and CEO of Pioneer Natural Resources. In 1979, Sheffield became the fifth employee of Parker & Parsley Petroleum in Midland, Texas, and sole staff engineer. By 1991 he was Chairman and CEO of Parker & Parsley and under his leadership, Parker & Parsley merged with MESA, Inc. in 1997 to form Pioneer. Today, Pioneer is a large independent E&P company with over 1 billion BOE proved reserves and an enterprise value of $18 billion. Sheffield serves on the boards of the National Petroleum Council, America's Natural Gas Alliance and the Maguire Energy Institute of the SMU Cox School of Business.
Southeast Area Vice President, Halliburton
Paul Sheppard graduated in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas Tech University. His career has spanned 33 years in the oil and gas service sector in multiple engineering, business development and operations roles primarily related to U.S. land operations. Sheppard’s current role is Southeast U.S. vice president for Halliburton with responsibilities including Eagle Ford Shale operations for all product lines.
Managing Director, Scotia Waterous
Prior to joining Scotia, Jeff Sieler worked 28 years for Shell in a variety of operations, technical and managerial roles including head of reservoir engineering and production technology in Shell's Deepwater Center of Excellence Houston, venture leader for North American non-operated assets, and as manager of technical subsurface technologies in Shell’s global R&D organization. Subsequent to Sieler's time at Shell, he served Kinder Morgan's as CO2 subsurface engineering manager and Marathon as reservoir engineering manager and champion of their Eagle Ford Integrated Project Team. His area of expertise include subsurface technology, production optimization, field development, and M&A&D. Sieler holds a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of North Dakota, a master's degree in Petroleum Engineering from Tulane University and is a registered petroleum engineer (Louisiana).
President, North America Shale Production, BHP Billiton Petroleum
Rod Skaufel is president, North America shale production division for BHP Billiton Petroleum. Skaufel joined the company in 2007 as vice president, engineering and has subsequently held positions as vice president, development planning; Fayetteville production unit manager and president, conventional production. Prior to joining BHP Billiton Petroleum, Skaufel spent 22 years at ExxonMobil in numerous engineering and operations leadership positions. He is a graduate of the Colorado School of Mines with a degree in petroleum engineering.
Managing Director, Energy Research Analyst, ITG Investment Research
Trevor Sloan has been analyzing the energy industry for over 13 years, signing on with ITG IR in July 2003 after working three years as an economist at the Canadian Energy Research Institute. He graduated from the University of Calgary in 2000, earning a bachelor of arts degree (with distinction) in applied energy economics. Sloan is responsible for asset characterization and financial modeling, primarily focusing on U.S. plays and companies. In addition to the Eagle Ford, focus areas include the Woodbine, Haynesville, Fayetteville and Pearsall, although he has also worked on assets in the Piceance, Powder River and San Juan basins, the Pinedale Anticline and Nevada.
Thomas Tunstall, Ph.D.
Research Director, Institute for Economic Development, University of Texas, San Antonio
Thomas Tunstall, Ph.D. is the research director for the Institute for Economic Development at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Dr. Tunstall has consulted to small and large businesses across a wide variety of industry lines in the U.S., as well as overseas assisting the developing economies of Afghanistan, Azerbaijan and Africa. His background includes work in economic research, statistical analysis, forecasting, strategy development and operational implementation. He holds a Ph.D. in economic policy, and an MBA from the University of Texas at Dallas, as well as a BBA from The University of Texas at Austin.
Col. Len Waterworth
Executive Director, Port of Houston
On April 24, 2012, the Port Commission appointed Leonard D. Waterworth the permanent executive director of the Port of Houston Authority. He had served as the interim executive director since January 30, 2012. He served as president/CEO of Dannenbaum Engineering Corp. from 2007 to 2011 and as district engineer/commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers District, Galveston, TX, from 2001 to 2004. He was deputy director for Civil Works, Central Region, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, from 2000 to 2001. Col. Waterworth began his military service in 1979 and has served on both the army staff and in the Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the Pentagon. Among his military awards are the Bronze Star and Meritorious Service Medal for service during Desert Storm.
Oilfield Business Development Manager, BWA Water Additives
Michael West is a graduate of the University of Nebraska with a B.A. in chemistry. He is currently the oilfield business development manager for BWA Water Additives and has 30 years of experience in production chemicals, pipeline treating, refining, core analysis, and sales management. He has held various service and management positions at NALCO, Baker Hughes and Intertek over his career relative to oil field operations and production.
President and CEO, Velocity Midstream
Richard (Rick) W. Wilkerson, president and CEO, Velocity Midstream Partners, has served in his current capacity since October 2008. Wilkerson is responsible for Velocity’s strategic direction and heads the company’s business development efforts. Prior to starting Velocity Midstream (May 2005 to October 2008), Wilkerson was a partner and vice president in two private equity backed midstream partnerships with assets and efforts focused in the Granite Wash and East Texas. From January 2001 to April 2005, Wilkerson was director of business development for eLynx, a subsidiary of American Central Gas Gathering. Wilkerson began his career in the oil and gas industry with Samson Resources in 1991. While at Samson, he held various positions primarily focused on gas transportation and processing agreements, oil and gas reserves, financial analysis, drilling economics, and acquisitions. Wilkerson holds an MBA from the University of Tulsa.
Co-Founder, Environmentally Friendly Drilling Project, Texas A&M and Houston Advanced Research Center
Thomas Williams has been in the energy business for over 30 years as an operator and later in his career in the management and commercialization of new energy technologies. He held senior executive positions at the U.S. Departments of Energy, Office of Fossil Energy and Department of Interior from 1989 to 1993. He has started and led a number of successful technology companies. As vice president of a leading drilling technology company in 2001, he was instrumental in selling it to Noble Drilling Corp., where he retired in 2007. In 2005 he co-founded the Environmentally Friendly Drilling Project with associates from Texas A&M and HARC, and continues to be an active part of management. Williams has authored energy publications, presentations and articles and has served on oil and gas organizations, associations, and energy boards, including Far East Energy Corp., RPSEA, Petris, DeepStar, Nautilus International, Drilling Engineering Association, IADC, IPAA, Consumer Energy Alliance, AADE and SPE.