Drilling Engineering Manager, Stonegate Production Co. LLC
Chapman Amend, drilling engineering manager for Stonegate Production Co. LLC, previously worked in drilling and completions for El Paso Corp., initially in conventional formations in South Texas while based in Corpus Christi, and, then, in the Haynesville shale. Upon fracing horizontal wells there, Amend returned to South Texas for El Paso to work its new play in the Eagle Ford and, then, worked for the company on its Wolfcamp play in the Permian Basin. Joining Stonegate in 2013, the company has more than 30 Eagle Ford wells and expects to bring online more than 50 this year. Amend received his B.S. in engineering from Texas Tech.
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Swift Energy Co.
Robert J. (Bob) Banks, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Swift Energy Co., previously was Swift's vice president for international operations and strategic ventures. He joined the E&P in 2004 as vice president of international operations of the company's Swift Energy International Inc. Banks has nearly 40 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, both domestically and internationally, including senior-level positions at Santa Fe International Corp., Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Co., Mosbacher Energy Co. and Vanco Energy Co. Assignments have involved work in 12 countries. He received his B.S. degree in 1976 from Pennsylvania State University.
Robert L. (Robb) Barnes
Senior Vice President, Commercial-Crude Oil, Magellan Midstream Partners LP
Robert L. (Robb) Barnes is senior vice president, commercial-crude oil, for Magellan Midstream Partners LP. Previously, he was vice president, commercial-crude oil and marine terminals, beginning in 2011. From 2007 through 2011, he was vice president, terminals, and, from 2003 through 2007, director, marine terminal services. Prior to joining Magellan, he worked in various staff and management positions within marketing, business and commercial development, operations and environmental for Williams Cos. Inc., beginning in 1987.
Atanu Basu has 18 years of experience in software and high-tech industries. His entire career has been focused on conceptualizing, developing, selling and implementing new technologies to Fortune Global 500 corporations. He holds a M.S. and B.S. in engineering. Ayata (which is a Sanskrit word for "future") invented and refined the technology for Prescriptive Analytics over a period of 10 years. Basu founded Ayata in 2003 as an R&D outfit to combine different scientific and computational disciplines for developing Prescriptive Analytics software. Ayata incorporated as a business in 2009 to commercialize its technology inventions, and today Ayata's customers include Apache Corp., Cisco Systems, Microsoft and Dell. Oil and gas is Ayata's primary target vertical, with a strong focus on unconventional (shale) plays.
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.
President, Midstream, Energy Transfer Partners LP
Richard (Rick) Cargile, president, midstream, for Energy Transfer Partners LP, joined the energy-transportation conglomerate in 2012. His responsibilities include executive management of ETP's midstream assets including gathering and processing, intrastate pipelines, gas storage and corporate engineering services. In addition, he oversees SEC (compression packaging) and PEI (electric generation). Cargile joined ETP with more than 30 years of midstream experience, most recently serving as president of DCP Midstream LLC’s Southern business unit.
Director, Downstream Operations, HEYCO Energy Group Inc.
Chris Coleman, director, downstream operations, for HEYCO Energy Group Inc., has worked for lenders, directors and private-equity clients to help lead companies through strategic change, from process reengineering to operational and financial turnarounds. Prior to joining HEYCO, he was a director at AlixPartners in its financial-advisory-services practice and was with Highland Capital Management and its affiliates in both advisory and interim-management roles. He began his career at Price Waterhouse LLP as a tax manager in its energy practice. He holds both bachelor's and master's degrees in accounting from the University of Texas at Austin and earned his CPA in 1994.
Dr. James W. Crafton
President and Founder, Performance Sciences Inc.
Dr. James W. Crafton, president and founder of Performance Sciences Inc., was previously chief reservoir engineer for Panhandle Eastern Pipeline Co. and, while on the faculty at the Colorado School of Mines, taught pressure-transient theory and integrated exploration methods for more than 10 years. He developed the Reciprocal Productivity Index, the practical method used worldwide for the evaluation of producing oil, gas and shale wells. Crafton was an SPE Distinguished Lecturer for the 2003-04 season and chairman of the Distinguished Lecturer Committee, 2010-11. In 2006, he was the SPE Rocky Mountain Region recipient of the Distinguished Contribution to Production Engineering Award and received the Henry B. Matson Technical Achievement Award in 1991. He received his bachelor's in mining engineering, petroleum option, from the University of Missouri-Rolla, master's in petroleum engineering from the University of Oklahoma and doctorate from the University of Tulsa. From the University of Missouri in 2002, he received an Honorary Degree of Professional Petroleum Engineer.
Chief Operating Officer, Halcón Resources Corp.
Charles Cusack, chief operating officer of Halcón Resources Corp., was vice president, exploration, for Petrohawk Energy Corp. during its 2008 horizontal Eagle Ford discovery well that launched the play. Upon Petrohawk's sale to BHP Billiton Ltd. in 2011, Cusack continued in his role and rejoined the Petrohawk team in 2012 at Halcon. Cusack previously worked with the team at 3Tec Energy Corp. and held various technical and management positions at Cockrell Oil, Amerada Hess, Chevron and Tenneco Oil. He began his career as a geologist with Gulf Oil Corp. in 1983 and holds a B.S. in engineering geology from Texas A&M University.
Timothy L. Dove
President, Chief Operating Officer and Director, Pioneer Natural Resources Co.
Tim Dove, president and chief operating officer of Pioneer Natural Resources Co., previously was executive vice president and chief financial officer and, prior, its executive vice president, business development. Dove joined the company via a Pioneer predecessor, Parker & Parsley, in 1994, where he was senior vice president, business development. Before joining Parker & Parsley, Dove worked in international E&P, marketing, refining, planning and development for Diamond Shamrock Corp and its successor, Maxus Energy Corp. He received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and MBA from the University of Chicago.
Vice President and General Manager, Mid-South Area, Aggreko
Brian Fahnestock, vice president and general manager, Mid-South Area, for Aggreko Plc, previously was vice president, operational excellence for Ingersoll Rand, where he began his career as an application engineer. There, Fahnestock's roles and responsibilities included director, air solutions, Americas, and vice president, marketing, industrial technologies, Americas. He received his B.S. in industrial systems engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and his MBA in global business management from Indiana University's Kelley School of Business.
Senior Analyst, Johnson Rice & Co.
Welles Fitzpatrick is a senior analyst and partner at Johnson Rice and Company. Johnson Rice is an energy boutique investment bank which has lead the most small to mid-cap onshore E&P and service equity deals each year since 2009. Mr. Fitzpatrick covers small to mid-cap E&P companies, including Niobrara focused PDCE and SYRG. He has been with the firm since 2006 when he started as a research associate in large-cap coverage. Since 2009, Mr. Fitzpatrick has built his own coverage which now includes thirteen companies representing $21b of market value. Prior to Johnson Rice, Mr. Fitzpatrick worked in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia commercializing the country's first free trade zone for Xenel Industries. He received his BA from Vanderbilt University.
Associate Analyst, Raymond James & Associates Inc.
Cory Garcia, an associate securities analyst for Raymond James & Associates Inc., covers the crude oil and refined-product markets for the firm, including product logistics. Garcia joined the firm in 2006 and received his undergraduate degree from Trinity University. He has been interviewed on oil markets by Bloomberg, BusinessWeek, Fox News and other media.
Salvatore "Sal" Giunta
Medal of Honor Recipient, U.S. Army (ret'd)
Medal of Honor recipient Salvatore "Sal" Augustine Giunta, at age 17, joined the U.S. Army in 2003. He was assigned to the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Vicenza, Italy, in May 2004. Promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant in 2009, Giunta completed two combat tours to Afghanistan totaling 27 months. On Oct. 25, 2007, while a team leader, Giunta and his squad were navigating the treacherous terrain of Afghanistan's Korengal Valley when ambushed by an insurgent force. During the gunfight, in which several on his team were wounded, Giunta, advancing before his squad, observed two insurgents carrying away an American soldier. He immediately engaged the enemy, killing one and wounding the other. For his extraordinary gallantry, unrivaled courage and selfless leadership on that day, Giunta was awarded the Medal of Honor in a White House ceremony on Nov. 16, 2010. Staff Sgt. Giunta was the first living recipient of the Medal of Honor for service in Iraq or Afghanistan and the first living service member to be awarded the medal since the Vietnam War. Other military decorations include the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. He retired from the Army in 2011 and is the author of Living with Honor (2012). View the ABC News exclusive interview to learn more about Giunta and read his full bio.
Senior Vice President, Institute for 21st Century Energy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Christopher Guith, senior vice president for policy for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Institute for 21st Century Energy, was previously deputy assistant secretary for nuclear energy at the U.S. Department of Energy. He was also the deputy assistant secretary for congressional affairs at DOE. While there, Guith was a chief representative of the administration during the drafting and debate of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. Guith is a graduate of Syracuse University's College of Law and of the University of California-Santa Barbara.
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.
Christopher D. Heinson
Chief Operating Officer, Sanchez Energy Corp.
Christopher D. (Chris) Heinson, chief operating officer of Sanchez Energy Corp., joined the E&P in 2013 as senior manager of reservoir engineering. Prior to joining the company, Heinson was a senior planning engineer for Occidental Petroleum Corp.'s Williston Basin division and a staff reservoir engineer for its Permian Basin division. He received his BS in Petroleum Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin.
Managing Partner, Anderson King Energy Consultant LLC
Randy King is a managing partner and co-founder of Anderson King Energy Consultants LLC, which co-advised GeoSouthern Energy Corp. and Blackstone Capital Partners V in their $6-billion sale of Eagle Ford-focused GeoSouthern to Devon Energy Corp. in 2013. Beginning in 1989 with Petrie Parkman & Co., King was involved in closing more than $65 billion of energy transactions. Prior to co-founding Anderson King, he was a managing director for Bank of America Merrill Lynch. A former vice president of Netherland, Sewell & Associates Inc., he began his career with Exxon Co. USA. King received his B.S. (honors) in petroleum engineering from the University of Alabama.
Director, Fracturing Center of Excellence, Pinnacle
Mike Mayerhofer is the director of the Fracturing Center of Excellence at Pinnacle in Houston. He leads a team of engineers providing advanced fracture engineering solutions with special emphasis on unconventional shale and tight gas plays. His responsibilities include the application of tiltmeter and microseismic hydraulic fracture mapping results for optimizing fracture completion, well placement and infill drilling strategies, the design and evaluation of hydraulic fracturing treatments, reservoir engineering, and integrated field studies. His nineteen-year involvement with hydraulic fracturing and reservoir engineering includes fundamental research and real field applications in various global producing areas and has resulted in over 50 technical papers and journal articles. Prior to joining Pinnacle in 1997, he worked for Union Pacific Resources in Ft. Worth. He has a Doctorate in Petroleum Engineering from Mining University Leoben in Austria. He was a member of the SPE Well Completions Committee from 1998 to 2001 and he currently serves on the JPT Editorial Committee. He was the recipient of the 2009 Completions Optimization and Technology Award for the SPE Gulf Coast North America Region.
Vice President, Southern U.S. Geomarket, Baker Hughes Inc.
Tammi Morytko, vice president, Southern U.S. geomarket, for Baker Hughes Inc., was previously vice president, global supply chain, for the international oilfield-service company. Prior to joining Baker Hughes in 2010, Morytko was an executive director and general manager for United Technologies Corp., running the largest aircraft-engine-overhaul center in the world, in Connecticut. Prior to joining UTC, she was the senior auditor for Arthur Andersen in the New York City office. She received a B.S. in accounting and an MBA from Purdue University, and has served on the Board of Advisors for the School of Business at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts.
Managing Director, GSO Capital Partners
Tim Murray is a managing director of The Blackstone Group LP's credit group, GSO Capital Partners, in its Houston office, joining the firm from Guggenheim Partners, where he was a managing director. With GSO, Murray has led and co-led investments in several E&Ps and midstream operators, including Aubrey McClendon's American Energy Partners LP and Chuck Watson's Twin Eagle Resource Management LLC. Prior to joining Guggenheim, Murray was president of Wells Fargo Energy Capital. Before entering energy finance, he was a senior reservoir engineer for Arco Oil & Gas and an engineering assistant in Pennzoil's refining business. He received his BS in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University and his MBA from Southern Methodist University. He is an advisory-board member of the Texas A&M Business School.
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, Corporate Development, Memorial Production Partners LP
Greg Robbins, vice president, corporate development, for Memorial Production Partners LP, was previously treasurer of the E&P MLP’s general partner and director of corporate development. Memorial recently purchased $173 million of Eagle Ford-producing properties in Karnes County, primarily operated by Murphy Oil Corp., from Alta Mesa Holdings LP. Prior to joining Memorial, Robbins was vice president and controller for Quality Electric Steel Castings LP, a vice president with Guggenheim Partners LLC and a commercial banker for Wells Fargo Energy Capital LLC and Comerica Bank Inc.
Managing Director, Energy Research Analyst, ITG Investment Research
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.
Principal Engineer, Unconventional Resources, Schlumberger
Dave Sobernheim is principal engineer with the Schlumberger Global Unconventional Resources team and serves as the marketing communications manager for supporting an integrated messaging and cross-disciplinary approach for our unconventional resource business worldwide. Sobernheim has over 24 years of industry experience with Schlumberger primarily in the reservoir engineering domain. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Colorado School of Mines and a Master of Science degree from the University of Texas at Austin, both in Petroleum Engineering.
Senior Advisor, Pine Brook Partners and (ret.) President, North American Shale Production Division, BHP Billiton Ltd.
Richard K. (Dick) Stoneburner, senior advisor to Pine Brook Partners LP and retired president, North America shale-production division, for BHP Billiton Petroleum Ltd., previously was president and chief operating officer of Petrohawk Energy Corp. until its $15-billion acquisition by BHP in 2011. Stoneburner was a key leader in Petrohawk's early entry to the Haynesville play and in its discovery of the Eagle Ford play in 2008. Prior to co-founding Petrohawk with Floyd Wilson, Stoneburner was vice president, exploration, for 3Tec Energy Corp. until its acquisition by Plains Exploration & Production Co. in 2003 and worked as a geologist for several E&P companies, including Wilson's Hugoton Energy Corp., which was sold to Chesapeake Energy Corp. in 1998. Stoneburner has a bachelor's in geology from the University of Texas and a master's in geology from Wichita State University. He was a 2013 AAPG Distinguished Lecturer on "The Exploration, Appraisal and Development of Unconventional Reservoirs: A New Approach to Petroleum Geology."
Executive Vice President, Midstream Operations, Twin Eagle Resource Management LLC
Jimmy Thomas, executive vice president, midstream operations, for Twin Eagle Resource Management LLC, joined Twin Eagle in 2010 with nearly 30 years of experience in all facets of energy services. Previously, Thomas was senior vice president and chief commercial officer for NiSource Gas Transmission & Storage, where he was responsible for all commercial activities of the pipeline, and a partner of midstream operator Ceritas Energy, which he co-founded in 2003. Prior, he held key leadership positions in the marketing business at Dynegy and key positions in commercial marketing for Cabot Energy Marketing, Tenngasco and Tennessee Gas Pipeline. He received his B.S. in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M University in 1984.
Lee M. Tillman
President and CEO, Marathon Oil Corp.
Lee M. Tillman, president and CEO of Marathon Oil Corp., joined the company in 2013 from ExxonMobil Corp., where he was vice president of engineering for ExxonMobil Development Co. There, Tillman led the company's global engineering staff in major-project-concept selection, and in front-end engineering and design. He began his career at Exxon Corp. in 1989 as a research engineer and has had extensive operations management and leadership experience, including assignments in Indonesia, Scotland, Norway, Equatorial Guinea. Tillman received his B.S. in chemical engineering with honors from Texas A&M University and his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Auburn University. He is the recipient of the 2014 Auburn University Chemical Engineering Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Thomas Tunstall, Ph.D.
Research Director, Institute for Economic Development, University of Texas, San Antonio
Dr. Thomas Tunstall, research director for the Institute for Economic Development at the University of Texas at San Antonio, has consulted to businesses across a variety of industries in the U.S. as well as in Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan and Africa, including while with ACS, KPMG, Everest Group and Sabre Group. Tunstall has also been a visiting professor in government and business at the University of Texas at Dallas. His work has involved economic research, statistical analysis, forecasting, strategy development and operational implementation. He received his BBA from the University of Texas at Austin and his MBA and Ph.D. in Economic Policy from the University of Texas at Dallas.
Senior Vice President, Commercial & Business Development, Howard Energy Partners LP
Josh Weber, senior vice president, commercial and business development, for Howard Energy Partners LP, previously held midstream and upstream positions with Southwestern Energy Co. His roles there included planning and commercial operations for Southwestern’s midstream company, where he negotiated agreements that resulted in two new pipelines with a total capacity of 3.3 Bcf/d. He was also general manager of the ArkLaTex division, where he was responsible for more than 1,100 operated wells and 500 Bcf of reserves. Prior, Weber held various planning and analysis positions at Burlington Resources and Transocean Offshore and was a consultant in the energy practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers. He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and his MBA from Rice University.
General Manager, Midstream, Phillips 66
James T. (Jim) Webster, general manager, midstream, for Phillips 66, previously was commodity lead, natural-gas liquids, and president, Asia supply and trading, in Singapore for ConocoPhillips. Prior to the merger of Conoco Inc. and Phillips Petroleum Co., he was the manager of global crude-oil marketing and supply for Phillips and president of Phillips Pipe Line Co. in marketing and transportation, which included being director of both the Colonial and Explorer Pipeline companies. Webster joined Phillips in 1980 as a marketing analyst in chemicals and held various positions in the company in its rubber chemicals, petrochemicals and plastics divisions, and as team leader of the Seagas conversion effort to oil service in 1995.