Vice President, Midcontinent Business Unit, Chesapeake Energy Corp.
Jason Ashmun is the vice president of the Midcontinent business unit for Chesapeake Energy Corp., including operations in Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas and the Texas Panhandle, and has held this position since October of 2015. Since joining the company in 2010, Ashmun has been the vice president for the Haynesville business unit and the Appalachia North business unit, and he was the reservoir-engineering manager for the South Texas Eagle Ford asset. Before joining Chesapeake, he held technical and leadership roles at Crimson Exploration, The Houston Exploration Co. and Anadarko Petroleum Corp. from 1994-2010. Ashmun received a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program.
Senior Vice President, Exploration, Continental Resources Inc.
Glen Brown, senior vice president of exploration for Continental Resources Inc., joined the operator in 2012 and manages exploration and development geologic efforts of the Williston Basin/Bakken, South-Central Oklahoma oil province (Scoop) and new ventures. Prior to joining Continental, Brown was in private practice as president of NELLC, exploration manager for EOG Resources Inc.'s Midcontinent division and held various positions with TXO Production Corp. He holds a B.S. in Geology from the State University of New York in Plattsburgh and an M.S. in Geology from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces.
President & CEO, Alta Mesa Holdings LP
Hal H. Chappelle, president and chief executive officer of privately held Alta Mesa Holdings LP, has some 30 years of experience in field operations, engineering, management, marketing and trading, acquisitions and divestitures, and field redevelopment in collaboration with majors including Exxon and Chevron. He has worked for Louisiana Land & Exploration Co., Burlington Resources, Southern Co. and Mirant. Chappelle retired as a Commander from the U.S. Navy Reserve. He has a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from Auburn University and a Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.
Vice President, Industrial Water, CH2M
Michael Dunkel is vice president of Industrial Water for CH2M. He works with oil
and gas clients on water management. Ongoing projects span the US. Dunkel
is the project leader for CH2M's ongoing study with the Oklahoma Water
Resources Board related to water recycling.
Previously, he was director of Sustainable Development for Pioneer
Natural Resources. His team championed efforts to reduce fresh water use,
increase water recycling and plan water management. Dunkel was co-chair of
the Energy Water Initiative, a group of 18 energy companies raising water
He held positions in engineering management and project management
over 18 years at Pioneer. His experience includes projects and developments
across the globe.
Prior to Pioneer, Dunkel held a variety of engineering and business
development roles for 15 years at Marathon Oil.
Vice President, Operations, FourPoint Energy LLC
Scott Goodwin, vice president of operations for FourPoint Energy LLC, was previously the operations manager for Questar E&'s Rockies Division's legacy properties in the San Juan, Paradox, Greater Green River, Washita, Powder River and Williston basins. His work included developing the operations strategy for entry into the Williston and executing the industry's first completions in the Baxter shale. He began his career with Marathon Oil Co., where he held multiple engineering and field supervisory roles for projects in the Midcontinent, Gulf of Mexico and offshore West Africa. Goodwin received his B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.
Senior Vice President, Production and Resource Development, Continental Resources Inc.
Gary Gould, senior vice president of production and resource development for Continental Resources Inc., joined the company in 2013 and has more than 25 years of upstream oil and gas experience. Previously, he worked for Chesapeake Energy Corp. as vice president/director of reservoir technology, district manager for the Marcellus South district, resource-development manager for the Eastern division (Utica, Marcellus North, Marcellus South and Devonian districts) and engineering manager-reservoir for the Fayetteville and the Arkoma-Ardmore districts. Prior, Gould held operations and engineering-management roles at Kinder Morgan Inc., ConocoPhillips Co. and Burlington Resources Inc. and technical roles at Exxon Corp. He received his B.S. and M.S. in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Kansas.
Regional Vice President, Midcontinent Assets, Marathon Oil Corp.
Wade D. Hutchings is the regional vice president of the Mid-Continent Asset Team for Marathon Oil Corporation. He oversees Marathon Oil's operations, production, development and exploration activity in Oklahoma, including unconventional development of the SCOOP and STACK plays. Prior to his current role, Hutchings was the president of Marathon Alaska Production in Kenai, Alaska. He was also manager of Upstream Technical Excellence for Marathon Oil in Houston, Texas, and held supervisory and technical positions in exploration, planning, onshore U.S. production and deepwater exploration in Angola and the Gulf of Mexico. Hutchings is a native of Utah and holds a bachelor of science degree in Geology from Brigham Young University and a master of science degree in Geology from The University of Texas at Austin.
Senior Vice President, Finance and Corporate Development, EnLink Midstream Partners LP/EnLink Midstream LLC
Ben Lamb, senior vice president of finance and corporate development for EnLink Midstream Partners LP and for EnLink Midstream LLC, previously held this position with Crosstex Energy GP LLC. Prior to joining Crosstex, Lamb was the Dallas principal of Greenhill & Co. Inc., worked in the M&A department and global power group of UBS Investment Bank and worked in the global energy and power group at Merrill Lynch. Lamb received his BBA in finance, economics and international business from Baylor University.
President, Jones Energy
Mike McConnell, president of Jones Energy Inc., was previously the chief executive officer of the generation and production group for Enron Corp.; CEO of Enron Global Markets LLC; vice chairman and chief operating officer for Enron NetWorks and CEO of global technology; and president of Houston Pipe Line and Louisiana Resources Co. He was the chairman of the Price Business School Board of Advisors for the University of Oklahoma from 2010 until 2012. McConnell received his BBA from the University of Oklahoma in Petroleum Land Management with an emphasis on Law.
Managing Director and Global Head, Commodities Research, Citigroup Global Markets Inc.
Dr. Edward L. (Ed) Morse, managing director and global head of commodities research at Citigroup Global Markets Inc., is the author of the new report “Energy 2020: North America as the New Middle East.” Morse taught international relations at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University (1969-75), was a senior research fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations (1975-78), was with the U.S. State Department as deputy assistant secretary of state for international energy policy (1978-81), and was the U.S. representative at the International Energy Agency (IEA) for Presidents Carter and Reagan. He then became director of international affairs for Phillips Petroleum Co., co-founder and managing director of PFC Energy, president of Petroleum Intelligence Weekly, a senior executive for Hess Energy Trading Co., chief energy economist for Lehman Brothers, and head of commodities research for Credit Suisse. He received his B.A. and M.A. from Johns Hopkins University and his Ph.D. from Princeton University.
Manager, Upstream, Stratas Advisors
Jessica Pair 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. Pair 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.
Thomas A. Petrie
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.
J. Russell Porter
President, Chief Executive Officer and Director, Gastar Exploration Inc.
J. Russell Porter currently serves as president, chief executive officer and director of Gastar Exploration Inc., an oil and gas exploration and production company with
operations and assets focused in the STACK play of north central Oklahoma. Over a 30-
year career, Porter has obtained a unique background with substantial exposure to the
domestic and international natural resources industry and capital markets.
He serves as Compensation Committee Chair for ASX-listed Petrel Energy, Ltd.
and has previously served has an independent director for Caza Oil & Gas Inc. and
Stallion Oilfield Holdings. He is a member of the Dean's Advisory Council for the E.J.
Ourso School of Business at Louisiana State University. Porter earned a B.S. in Petroleum Land Management from Louisiana State
University and a MBA from the Kenan-Flagler School of Business at the University of
North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Founder & Senior Managing Director, IOG Capital LP
Marc Rowland, founder and senior managing director of IOG Capital LP, was chief financial officer of Chesapeake Energy Corp., which he joined at the time of its IPO in 1993. Rowland left Chesapeake in 2010 to lead the company's pressure-pumping business, Frac Tech Services LLC, turning the unit into FTS International Inc. before retiring as its chief executive officer in 2012. Prior to joining Chesapeake, he was the chief operating officer of Anglo-Suisse LP, where he was assigned to the White Nights Russian Enterprise joint venture of Anglo-Suisse and Phibro Energy Corp. He is a graduate of Wichita State University.
Managing Director, Co Head A&D, Citi
Jeff Sieler is a co-head of A&D in the Global Energy Group of Citigroup Investment Bank headquartered in Houston, Texas. Sieler joined the group as a founding member. Sieler's industry experience and technical depth prior to banking spans over 30 years with companies such as Shell Oil Co., Marathon Oil Co., and Kinder Morgan CO2. He was the leader of Marathon's Reservoir Performance team and Champion of its Eagle Ford Integrated Project Team prior to joining Citi. Sieler's 28 years with Shell culminated at the vice president level as manager of the subsurface and well technologies team with a staff of 275, and as a member of the Research and Development council. He graduated from Tulane University with an M.S. degree in petroleum engineering and a B.S. degree in chemical engineering from the University of North Dakota.
Billy Ray Smith
North America Technology Director, Halliburton Co.
Billy Ray Smith, North America technology director for Halliburton Co., was previously senior director, North America operations, and senior business development manager, Australia. Smith started his career in Hobbs, N.M., as a wellsite engineer. While in Hobbs, he was actively involved in all aspects of well construction and completion. In 2000, he transferred to Midland as a technical advisor and has held various engineering, management and sales positions since. He holds a B.S. degree in Petroleum Engineering from Texas Tech University and has authored and co-authored numerous technical publications.
President and Chief Operating Officer, Continental Resources Inc.
Jack Stark, president and COO of Continental Resources Inc., joined the company in 1992 and was its senior vice president of exploration from 1998 to 2014. Prior to joining Continental as its vice president of exploration in 1992, he was the exploration manager for the western Midcontinent region for Pacific Enterprises. From 1978 to 1988, he held various staff and middle-management positions with Cities Service Co. and TXO Production Corp. Stark holds a master's degree in Geology from Colorado State University.
Chief Operating Officer, Devon Energy
Tony Vaughn, 59, holds the position of chief operating officer. Before joining Devon in
1999, Vaughn spent 12 years with Kerr-McGee Corporation, most recently as manager
of the Rocky Mountain District. Before joining Kerr-McGee, Vaughn worked as an
operations engineer for Amoco Production Company. He holds a Bachelor of Science
degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Tulsa and a Bachelor of
Science degree in Business Management from Oral Roberts University. He is a member
of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and serves on the board of directors of EnLink
Midstream Partners, LP and EnLink Midstream, LLC.