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.
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 & 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.
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.
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.
Founding Partner, President & CEO, Tall Oak Midstream LLC
Prior to leading the formation of Tall Oak Midstream LLC, Ryan Lewellyn, president and CEO, was managing director of DCP Midstream’s Midcontinent business unit. His responsibilities included earnings, operations, commercial, construction and business-development activities in southern Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. Previously, Lewellyn held operations and asset-director positions with FirstEnergy for its Pennsylvania Electric, Metropolitan Edison and Cleveland Electric companies. He also held leadership roles at FirstEnergy in information technology, M&A and business development. He received an undergraduate degree in business from Virginia Tech University and an MBA from Penn State University.
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, a U.S. Lower 48 upstream analyst for Wood Mackenzie, joined the firm in 2013 from Alvarez & Marsal, where he was an analyst of oil and gas operators’ accounting and operational data, including for M&A transactions. Mikael received his BBA in Entrepreneurship and Venture Management from the University of Oklahoma and has studied in Chile at Vina del Mar.
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.
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, 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.