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.
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).
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.