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.
Robert J. Anderson
Executive Vice President, Engineering and Acquisitions, Oak Valley Resources LLC
Robert Anderson, executive vice president, engineering and acquisitions, for Oak Valley Resources LLC, was previously executive vice president and chief operating officer of Halcón Resources Corp., joining the company from Halcon’s acquisition of GeoResources Inc. where Anderson was chief operating officer, northern region, and executive vice president, engineering and acquisitions. Prior, Anderson was involved in the formation of Southern Bay Energy LLC as vice president, A&D, until its merger into GeoResources in 2007. Anderson previously held that role at Aroc Inc., the predecessor to Southern Bay, and was a petroleum engineer for Anadarko Petroleum Corp. He has more than 26 years of petroleum engineering experience in the U.S. and abroad. He received his B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Wyoming and an MBA from the University of Denver.
Executive Director of Upstream Research, Hart Energy
Laura Atkins is the primary author of Hart Energy's Heavy Crude Oil Study. She joined the company as director of petroleum research upon her return to Houston in 2010. She has more than 20 years of experience in upstream oil and gas as a petroleum engineer for Amoco and management positions with ARCO Alaska and ARCO Intl. Prior to joining Hart Energy, she worked for OPEC as a senior research analyst for energy technology. Atkins holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from Tulane University and a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University.
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.
Eagle Ford General Manager, BHP Billiton
David Banks is the general manager, Eagle Ford asset for BHP Billiton. He manages the development and operation of BHP Billiton's Blackhawk and Hawkville fields in Eagle Ford. Prior to his current role, Banks was the integration manager for BHP Billiton's acquisition of Petrohawk, and the transition manager for the acquisition of the Fayetteville shale assets. Banks has held a variety of roles for BHP Billiton, including vice president of health, safety and environment for the petroleum business; vice president shale drilling & completions; asset manager Bass Strait; and numerous managerial, operational, and technical roles in a number of countries, including Australia, Bolivia, Singapore, Trinidad & Tobago, and the United States. Prior to joining BHP Billiton, Banks worked in the oilfield services industry with Schlumberger and in the construction industry with Stephenson-EMF Consultants.
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.
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 E. Cusack III serves as chief operating officer. Cusack served as vice president - exploration at Petrohawk Energy Corporation from 2005 until its sale to BHP Billiton in 2011, where he continued his role until joining Halcón in 2012. Prior to joining Petrohawk, Cusack was employed by PHAWK, LLC from its formation in 2003 until 2004. Cusack held various technical and management positions at 3TEC Energy Corporation, Cockrell Oil, Amerada Hess, Chevron and Tenneco Oil. Cusack began his career as a geologist with Gulf Oil in 1983 and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Geology from Texas A&M University.
Regional Director, Oil & Gas Sales, Aggreko North America
David Dickert, regional director, oil and gas sales, for Aggreko North America, has been with the company for more than 25 years, beginning in technical and operational management roles in North and South America in commercial and industrial projects within energy, manufacturing, mining, disaster and emergency, construction and events sectors. Dickert has also worked on large, power-management projects, including for the U.S. Olympics in Atlanta, multiple Super Bowls, Hurricanes Hugo and Katrina, and copper mining in Chile. During the past five years, he has focused solely on Aggreko’s upstream and midstream oil and gas business.
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.
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.
Mark A. Houser
President and CEO, EV Energy Partners LP and Executive Vice President and COO, EnerVest Ltd.
Mark Houser is president and chief executive officer of EV Energy Partners LP and executive vice president and chief operating officer of general partner EnerVest Ltd. Prior to joining EnerVest in 1999, Houser was vice president, U.S. E&P, for Occidental Petroleum Corp. and previously held positions of vice president of corporate planning and investor relations for Canadian Occidental Petroleum Ltd. (now Nexen Inc.) in Calgary and vice president of exploration for CXY Energy, the U.S. subsidiary of Canadian Oxy. He began his career as an engineer with Kerr-McGee Corp. Houser received his petroleum engineering degree from Texas A&M University and an MBA from Southern Methodist University. He is the chairman of the industry board of the Texas A&M University Department of Petroleum Engineering.
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, Equity Research, Energy, Cowen & Co.
Sam Margolin, director, equity research, energy, for Cowen & Co. joined the firm in 2013 from Cowen's acquisition of Dahlman Rose & Co. Margolin is Cowen's lead analyst for the refining and marketing and marine-transportation teams. His coverage includes refiners Valero Energy Corp., Tesoro Corp. and Marathon Petroleum Corp. Joining Dahlman Rose in 2006, the marine-transport team was known as one of the top research groups in the sector and was picked for several awards by The Wall Street Journal and Financial Times. Within this coverage, Margolin gained valuable experience with examining all levels of the oil-supply chain, with special emphasis on downstream assets. Margolin received his bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 2004.
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 of Marketing and Business Development, HEYCO LNG
Jim Meyn has almost 20 years of experience in the energy sector, covering a wide range of businesses including utilities, energy commodities, corporate restructuring, independent power generation and now the natural gas conversion sector. Meyn has spent the last two years researching and marketing solutions for diesel to natural gas conversions with an emphasis on the Eagle Ford basin. Meyn's entry into the gas conversion space was as consultant to an LNG distribution company and then as co-founder of a bulk CNG fuel supply and distribution company serving the south Texas E&P sector. Meyn was formerly vice president of financial planning and analysis at Calpine Corp. Prior to Calpine, he held senior leadership positions at Huron Consulting Group, Duke Energy and Enron North America. Meyn holds bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and economics from the University of Massachusetts.
Philip M. Mezey
Executive Vice President, Southcross Energy Partners, L.P.
Philip M. Mezey was appointed executive vice president of Southcross’ General Partner in August 2014. Prior to joining Southcross, Mezey was co-founder and chief executive officer of TexStar Midstream Services, as well as co-founder and advisor of Blackbrush Oil and Gas LP. He continues as director at Blackbrush. He has more than 34 years of engineering and technical experience in the oil and gas industry. Mezey served as petroleum engineer for Texaco and manager of engineering for Delhi Gas Pipeline Corp. Mezey was also director of engineering at Lewis Energy Group. Mezey’s area of expertise spans the midstream energy industry and includes operations, commercial and development. He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Syracuse University and a Master of Business Administration degree from St. Mary's University. Mezey is a registered professional engineer in the states of Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma.
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.
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.
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.
Consultant, A.T. Kearney Inc.
Kevin Phillippi is a consultant with A.T. Kearney Inc. in the firm's oil, gas and chemicals practice and has worked with several of the leading companies in the sector on CEO-level agenda items related to strategy and operations. Recently, he led teams helping international refining and petrochemical clients develop North American investment strategies to benefit from feedstock advantages in gas, light oil and condensate. Phillippi also led A.T. Kearney's development of a global refinery ROCE model and is leading the development of a global oil model to understand the impact of changes in the oil-value chain. Phillippi holds an MBA from the University of Chicago.
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
Trevor Sloan has been analyzing the energy industry for 14 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.
Engineering Advisor, Schlumberger
Dave Sobernheim is engineering advisor with Schlumberger and serves as the North American stimulation domain manager for supporting an integrated engineering and cross-disciplinary approach for our stimulation business throughout the U.S. and Canada. Sobernheim has over 26 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.