Managing Director & Group Head, Oil & Gas
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.
Dr. Geir Hareland
Continental Resources Chair of Petroleum Engineering
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.
General Manager, Mid-Continent
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.
Executive Vice President
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.
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.”
General Manager, Midstream
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.