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.
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.
President, Halcon Resources Corp.
Prior to joining Halcon 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.
Robert J. O'Neill
Team Leader, Naval Special Warfare Development Group and Member, elite SEAL Team 6
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.