Craig W. Adams
President and CEO, Newark E&P Operating, LLC
Craig Adams has 31 years of experience in the oil and gas industry with a focus on generating and developing unconventional resource plays. Adams began his career as a geologist with Amoco Production Company where he worked a wide variety of domestic and international projects over 13 years. An independent producer of oil and gas for past 18 years, Adams has been involved in the discovery of numerous producing properties in Texas and the Mid-Continent. Adams co-founded ADEXCO Production Company in 2000 where he served as President. He was responsible for ADEXCO being an early entrant in the Barnett and Fayetteville Shale plays. After ADEXCO sold its shale gas assets, Adams co-found Newark E&P Operating, LLC with private equity backing from CCMP Capital and Quantum Energy Partners. Newark E&P Operating has grown from a five man startup in 2011 to a mid-sized independent with forty-two employees, 90,000 acres, and 200 producing wells in the Marble Falls play. Adams has a BS in geology from Texas Christian University, M.S. in Geology from UT Arlington, and an Executive MBA from Rice University. He serves on the board of the TCU Energy Institute and UTA College of Science Advisory Board.
Vice President, Mid Continent North Business Unit, Chesapeake Energy Corp.
John Adcock, vice president of Chesapeake Energy Corp.’s Midcontinent-North business unit, is responsible for the company’s Mississippian Lime operations. He began his career with BJ Services Co. and has 21 years of experience in management and engineering, including in well cementing, completions, work-over, stimulation, artificial lift, water control and remedial treatments in conventional, unconventional and EOR projects. He is currently chairman of the API RP 90-2 RP Committee and was chairman of the LOGA Technical Committee. He is the co-author of the Marcellus Shale Coalition’s best practices in well-completion and work-over operations, and he has been integral in the development of internal standards and best practices for BJ Services and Chesapeake. Adcock received his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas Tech University.
Managing Director & Group Head, Oil & Gas, KeyBanc Capital Markets
Sylvia Barnes, managing director and group head, oil and gas, for KeyBanc Capital Markets Inc., was a managing director and head of energy investment banking for Madison Williams and Co. and a managing director of BofA Merrill Lynch, Merrill Lynch Petrie, and Petrie Parkman & Co. Previously, she was with Enron Energy Services, Nesbitt Burns Securities and Bank of Montreal. Barnes began her career as a reservoir engineer for Exxon Corp. Barnes received her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering (Dean’s List) from the University of Manitoba and an MBA from York University.
President & CEO, Sheridan Production Co. LLC
Jim Bass, president and chief executive officer of Sheridan Production Co. LLC, is a co-founder of the private-equity-backed E&P, focused on exploiting properties in mature basins in the onshore U.S. Prior to co-founding the company with Lisa Stewart, executive chairman and chief investment officer, in 2006, Bass was senior vice president, Texas Gulf Coast, for El Paso Corp. and managing director of Apache Corp.’s Australian operations. Bass began his career as a geologist in the Midcontinent region for Apache. He holds a B.Sc. in Geology from Missouri State University.
President & Principal Energy Markets Consultant, RBN Energy LLC
Rusty Braziel, president and principal energy-markets consultant for RBN Energy LLC, has worked in an executive-level capacity with Texaco Inc., Williams Cos., Bentek Energy and others in energy-marketing, -trading and -data services during the past 20 years. A consultant and author, Braziel has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Thomson Reuters, Oil and Gas Investor and numerous other publications. He received his BBA in Finance and his MBA in Finance and Quantitative Management Techniques from Stephen F. Austin State University.
Senior Production Stimulation Engineer, Midcontinent, Schlumberger
Barry Dean is a senior production stimulation engineer at Schlumberger PetroTechnical Services. Based in Oklahoma City, Dean works closely with many Schlumberger segments and clients to deliver accurate reservoir evaluation, well performance predictions, and stimulation design and evaluation. Dean has worked in the oil & gas industry for 26 years, 23 with Schlumberger in multiple U.S. locations with unconventional resource experience in 10 basins. The Oklahoma City team is organized by reservoirs. Dean’s recent assignments include the Woodford, Granite Wash, Cleveland, Cottage Grove, Marmaton and Tonkawa. Barry holds B.S. degrees in Geology (West Virginia University) and Petroleum Engineering (University of Oklahoma).
Vice President, Energy Marketing and Trading, Florida Power & Light Company
Sam Forrest is vice president, energy marketing and trading (EMT), at Florida Power & Light Company (FPL), one of the largest investor-owned electric utilities in the nation. He is responsible for all EMT activities for FPL, and also serves as president of FPL Energy Services (FPLES), an organization that provides sustainability and energy efficiency services to government and commercial facilities, as well as originates and manages retail gas positions throughout Florida. He was appointed to his current position in June 2007.
Before joining FPL, Forrest served at Constellation Energy as vice president of origination for that company’s commodities group. In addition, he has held a variety of energy marketing and trading management positions with Duke Energy, Entergy Koch and Entergy. Certified as a Six Sigma Black Belt, Forrest also led engineering teams while at AlliedSignal Aerospace. Forrest received a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University and a master of business administration from the University of Houston-Clear Lake.
Director, Integrated Oil & Gas Research, Stratas Advisors
Greg Haas oversees integrated oil and gas research and serves clients under the Bloomberg Tradebook independent research provider (IRP) relationship. As part of the Midstream research practice, he leads the North American NGL, North American Oil and North American Natural Gas services. He also regularly writes and contributes research for other Stratas Advisors services, including Global Heavy Crude Oil and North American Shale. Haas leverages more than 25 years of integrated global energy experience garnered in operating and fundamental research, engineering and environmental technology licensing roles at Exxon, at the Electric Power Research Institute, and at pipeline and power consultancies serving operating energy companies with operations in multiple segments and nations around the global energy industry. Haas holds an MBA degree from Rice University and engineering degrees at the master and bachelor levels from the University of Illinois.
Chief Operating Officer, Devon Energy Corp.
Dave Hager, chief operating officer for Devon Energy Corp., has been named president and CEO, succeeding John Richels, who will become vice chairman, effective Aug. 1, 2015. Hager joined Devon’s board of directors in 2007 from Kerr-McGee Corp., where he led the company’s E&P operations and was its COO until its merger with Anadarko Petroleum Corp. in 2006. Hager began his career in oil and gas as a geophysicist with Mobil Corp. and, in 1981, joined Sun Oil, which was renamed Oryx Energy and merged in 1999 with Kerr-McGee. For Oryx, he managed deepwater projects and worked on the team that pioneered the world’s first production spar—a floating production facility that paved the way for deepwater development. Hager received his bachelor’s degree in Geophysics from Purdue University and an MBA from Southern Methodist University.
Dr. Geir Hareland
Continental Resources Chair of Petroleum Engineering, Oklahoma State University
Geir Hareland, Ph.D., P.Eng., is the Continental Resources chair of petroleum engineering for Oklahoma State University, where he is also a professor of chemical engineering and mechanical and aerospace engineering. Dr. Hareland is also an adjunct professor in the Schulich School of Engineering, University of Calgary, where he is the NSERC/Talisman Energy senior industrial chair in drilling engineering. His current research involves drilling optimization and drillbit modeling, rock mechanics in drilling and completion operations, drilling fluids and hydraulics, drilling-system parameter integration and optimization, well completions and stimulation optimization, and cementing. He received his B.Sc. from Minnesota University, M.Sc. from the University of Tulsa and Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University.
Dr. Austin A. Holland
State Seismologist, Oklahoma Geological Survey, University of Oklahoma, Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy
Dr. Austin A. Holland, Oklahoma’s state seismologist, joined the Oklahoma Geological Survey in 2010. His research has primarily focused on triggered and induced seismicity, including from oil- and gas-field activities. Holland's research at the OGS also includes earthquake hazards, characterization of the Earth’s crust and earthquake process. Previously, Holland was a geophysicist for the Idaho National Laboratory. He received his B.S. in Geology from the University of Idaho, M.S. in Geophysics from the University of Texas at El Paso and Ph.D. in Geosciences from the University of Arizona.
Regional Vice President, Midcontinent Assets, Marathon Oil Corp.
Wade Hutchings, regional vice president of the Midcontinent asset team for Marathon Oil Corp., oversees Marathon’s operations, production, development and exploration activity in the unconventional Anadarko-Woodford and Haynesville shale plays as well as conventional assets in Oklahoma, East Texas, North Louisiana and western Colorado. Previously, Hutchings was the president of Marathon Alaska Production in Kenai, Alaska. He was also manager of Technical Excellence-Upstream for Marathon in Houston and held supervisory and technical positions in exploration, planning, onshore-U.S. production and deepwater exploration in Angola and the Gulf of Mexico. He holds a B.S. in Geology from Brigham Young University and an M.S. in Geology from The University of Texas at Austin.
Manager, NGL Market Origination, Phillips 66
Macgill James is manager, NGL Market Origination at Phillips 66 and holds responsibility for term product contracting across the value chain from Y-Grade acquisition through fractionation and purity sales to delivered cargoes of LPG globally. He has more than 17 years of experience in LPG trade with various positions throughout the industry. Before joining Phillips 66 in May 2012, Macgill served as manager, Waterborne LPG Trading at ConocoPhillips since 2008. Previously, James led a global trade desk based in Houston for shipbroker Clarksons. From 2002 to 2006, James independently brokered LPG with experience from when he helped start Nordico Energy, a global LPG brokerage, in 1998. James began his career in commercial lending at Allied Irish Bank and then as a Financial Consultant at Merrill Lynch. James later completed a judicial clerkship before joining the Trust Department at the Mercantile Bank in Baltimore, MD. He is a graduate of Hobart College in Geneva, NY where he studied Political Science and Art History. He also holds a degree from the University of Maryland School of Law with a concentration in Securities Regulation.
Vice President, Business Development, FourPoint Energy LLC
Brad Marvin is FourPoint Energy's vice president of business development, responsible for origination, analysis, execution and integration of acquisitions as well as execution of divestitures. Prior to joining FourPoint Energy, Marvin was a partner with Petrie Partners and a vice president with Bank of America Merrill Lynch's Energy Investment Banking Group. Before his investment banking career, he was a field artillery captain in the U.S. Army's 25th Infantry Division. Marvin earned a Bachelor of Science from the United States Military Academy at West Point, an MBA from Georgetown University and is a CFA charterholder.
General Manager, Mid-Continent, Newfield Exploration Co.
Pat McCelvey, general manager, Mid-Continent, for Newfield Exploration Co., joined the company in 2012 as general manager of production for the Rocky Mountain unit. Previously, he was president of the leasing division for Wison Offshore & Marine Inc. and worked at Devon Energy Corp. in a number of positions, including vice president, production and exploitation, for the international division. He also worked with BP Exploration and began his career at Gulf Oil as a reservoir engineer. McCelvey is a past chairman of the Western Energy Alliance-Utah Committee. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas-Austin.
U.S. Lower 48 Upstream Analyst, Wood Mackenzie
Brandon Mikael is a US Lower 48 upstream analyst at Wood Mackenzie. He is responsible for valuing oil & gas assets, assessing corporate strategies, and developing activity-based production and expenditure forecasts. His recent work within the Mid-Continent includes analyzing and benchmarking economics, well performance, and costs at a sub-play level across the region as well as using analogues to determine the commercial viability of emerging unconventional plays. Prior to his current role, he worked in the strategy consulting practice at Wood Mackenzie as well as the oil & gas performance improvement consulting practice at Alvarez & Marsal. Mikael is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma.
Principal, A.T. Kearney
Kevin Phillippi is a principal 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.
Technical Advisor, PE & Cement, Halliburton
Hap Pinkerton is a Technical Services Advisor based in Tulsa, OK specializing in Design and Optimization of Hydraulic Fracture treatments. Pinkerton has 14 years’ experience in the oil and natural gas industries designing and executing stimulation treatments in producing basins all over North America. Pinkerton received his Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma and is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the American Association of Drilling Engineers.
Senior Vice President, Drilling & Completions, Jones Energy Inc.
Stephen P. Roberts, senior vice president, drilling and completions, for Jones Energy Inc., was most recently senior vice president, Arkoma Basin, for Jones and previously was senior vice president, Anadarko Basin. He joined Jones Energy in 1998. Prior, Roberts was a district engineer with Samson Resources and an operations, production and reservoir engineer for Marathon Oil Co. He is on Texas Tech University's Rawls School of Business advisory board and holds a BS in Petroleum Engineering and an MBA from Texas Tech.
Executive Vice President, Plains All American Pipeline LP
John Rutherford, executive vice president, Plains All American Pipeline LP, joined the major crude-oil transportation, storage, trading and logistics company in 2010 from investment-banking firm Lazard, Freres & Co. where he was managing director and head of North American energy. Previously, he was a managing director and partner in Simmons & Co. International Inc. He is also executive vice president of PAA GP Holdings LLC, which is the general partner of Plains GP Holdings LP.
Director of Business Development, Tall Oak Midstream LLC
Rhett Stall oversees the business development efforts for Tall Oak’s STACK area project in the Midcontinent. Before joining Tall Oak, Stall worked business development for TEAK Midstream. Stall also led business development efforts for Access Midstream Partners’ TX and LA regions. While at ACMP, Stall advised Senior Management in over $2 billion worth of A&D transactions. During this time, ACMP grew to become the largest Master Limited Partnership as measured by invested capital. Prior to joining Access Midstream, Stall worked for Hawk Field Services managing commercial gas supply efforts in the Haynesville Shale. In addition to his commercial gas supply role, Stall played a key part in the Hawk Field Services sale to Kinder Morgan. Stall started his career at Crosstex Energy Services where he eventually led all commercial responsibilities for their East Texas system. Stall is a graduate of Southern Methodist University where he studied Economics and Finance.
Managing Director, Pine Brook Partners LP
Dick Stoneburner, a managing director of private-equity firm Pine Brook Partners LP, is the retired president, North America shale-production division, of BHP Billiton Petroleum Ltd. Previously, he was president and chief operating officer of Petrohawk Energy Corp. until its acquisition by BHP in 2011. Stoneburner was a key leader in Petrohawk’s early entry to the Haynesville play and in its horizontal Eagle Ford discovery in 2008. Prior to co-founding Petrohawk, 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 Hugoton Energy Corp. Stoneburner received his B.S. in Geological Sciences from the University of Texas and his M.S. in Geological Sciences 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.”
President and CEO, Velocity Midstream
Richard (Rick) W. Wilkerson, president and CEO, Velocity Midstream Partners, has served in his current capacity since October 2008. Wilkerson is responsible for Velocity’s strategic direction and heads the company’s business development efforts. Prior to starting Velocity Midstream (May 2005 to October 2008), Wilkerson was a partner and vice president in two private equity backed midstream partnerships with assets and efforts focused in the Granite Wash and East Texas. From January 2001 to April 2005, Wilkerson was director of business development for eLynx, a subsidiary of American Central Gas Gathering. Wilkerson began his career in the oil and gas industry with Samson Resources in 1991. While at Samson, he held various positions primarily focused on gas transportation and processing agreements, oil and gas reserves, financial analysis, drilling economics, and acquisitions. Wilkerson holds an MBA from the University of Tulsa.
President, Cheniere Pipeline and Midstream
Chad Zamarin serves as president of Cheniere Energy’s Pipeline and Midstream companies. In this role, he oversees the pipeline and midstream businesses, supporting Cheniere’s development of up to nine liquefaction trains with aggregate export capacity of 40.5 mtpa of liquefied natural gas. He also leads the development and delivery of infrastructure projects to support Cheniere’s broader growth strategy. Prior to joining Cheniere, Zamarin was Chief Operating Officer of NiSource Midstream, and prior to that was Vice President of Engineering for NiSource’s Columbia Pipeline Group. Prior to joining NiSource, Mr. Zamarin held leadership positions at Panhandle Eastern, General Electric and Colonial Pipeline. Mr. Zamarin has a bachelor’s degree in Metallurgical Engineering from Purdue University and a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Houston.