Manager, Upstream, Stratas, Advisors
Ms. 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 research, analytics, subscriptions and coverage of major shale basins around the globe, with a current focus on North America. Garrison joined the Stratas team in 2013, bringing 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.
Denna K. Arias
Vice President – Business Development, The Oil & Gas Asset Clearinghouse LLC
Denna Arias joined The Oil & Gas Asset Clearinghouse in 2000 as a client relations representative and has been involved in the evaluation of acquisitions and divestitures and the development of sales opportunities. She received her B.A. in business administration, and her professional experience includes project coordinating and property evaluation with Swift Energy Co. and DDD Energy, Inc. Arias is a member of the American Association of Professional Landmen, Houston Producers Forum, North Houston Association of Professional Landmen and the Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners Association.
President, EnergyNet.com Inc.
Chris Atherton is the President of EnergyNet, Inc. EnergyNet is an oil and gas asset acquisition and divestiture firm specializing in auction sales, sealed bid transactions and government lease sales. Chris leads a multi-disciplinary team of 30 professionals specializing in land, technical, business development, marketing, IT and administration.
Chris has 16 years of experience in the energy industry. Chris has been part of the EnergyNet team since 2002. He has been actively involved as the firm has completed over $2B in transactions including sell-side mandates from thousands of Exploration and Production clients. Chris graduated from Texas State in San Marcos with a business management and marketing degree. Prior to EnergyNet, Chris worked at the Enron Corporation for a number of years until they politely asked him to pack up his belongings and vacate the building.
Chris served as the chairman for the SPE-Gulf Coast Section Business Development Study Group for three years. He is also an active member of the IPAA, Texas Energy Alliance, ADAM Houston, ADAM Permian and Houston Producer's Forum. Chris holds series 39, 22 and 63 SEC licenses.
President, Oil & Gas Asset Clearinghouse
Mr. Barnes joined The Clearinghouse in 1998 and has over 40 years of experience in the industry. His responsibilities at the Clearinghouse have expanded from his initial focus on business development to currently managing of all aspects the business. Along with Mr. Ken Olive, Mr. Barnes remains the face of the Clearinghouse and is a readily recognizable A&D professional with a far-reaching network of industry contacts. Prior to joining The Clearinghouse, he spent twenty years with various Tenneco Oil and Tenneco Energy entities, in various management positions, including land, contract negotiations, natural gas marketing, trading and transportation. Mr. Barnes is an SEC broker dealer registered representative holding Series 63 and 22 licensing. Mr. Barnes is currently serving on the Advisory Board for OU's Energy Management Program and is a 1976 graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a BBA in Petroleum Land Management.
Chief Executive Officer, Haymaker Minerals & Royalties, LLC
Karl Brensike is the co-founder and CEO of Haymaker Minerals & Royalties, LLC. Haymaker was founded in 2013 and has since closed over 350 mineral and royalty acquisitions across the country. Haymaker currently owns mineral and royalty interests in over 13,000 producing wells spread across 20 states and 430 counties. Prior to forming Haymaker, Brensike was the senior managing director of Cornerstone Acquisition & Management Co. Before joining the energy industry, Brensike was a wall street fund marketer and convertible bond analyst holding FINRA Series 7, 24, 55, and 63 licenses. Brensike is a graduate of the University of Southern California.
U.S. Head of A&D Advisory, Macquarie Capital
Grant Butkus joined Macquarie Capital in 2014 and is currently head of A&D advisory in the U.S. Prior to joining Macquarie, he was a director at CIBC Griffis & Small, where he advised clients on the evaluation and execution of A&D throughout the Lower 48. He began his career at ConocoPhillips as a reservoir engineer and led the team responsible for the appraisal and development of emerging horizontal plays in the Delaware Basin. He also held multiple technical positions in ConocoPhillips' Permian Basin group. Butkus received his BBA in Finance from Baylor University, B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Oklahoma, and MBA from Rice University.
Managing Director, Petrie Partners LLC
Mark Carmain is a managing director of Petrie Partners covering the upstream and midstream sectors. He has been advising oil and gas clients for over twenty years and has served lead roles in more than $60 billion of merger, acquisition, and divestiture transactions and in numerous strategic advisory and financing assignments. Prior to joining Petrie Partners in 2014, Carmain was a founder of Catalyst Energy Advisors, an upstream focused M&A advisory firm, and served as president of a private exploration and production company. Previously, Carmain was a managing director of Bank of America Merrill Lynch in its Global Energy and Power Investment Banking Group and a partner at Petrie Parkman & Co. He joined Bank of America Merrill Lynch as part of Merrill Lynch's acquisition of Petrie Parkman in 2006, having started his banking career with Petrie Parkman in 1997.
President and CEO, Carrier Energy Partners
Mark Clemans is the president and CEO and an original founder of Carrier Energy Partners. Clemans founded Carrier Petroleum in 2009, a company that built a non?operated portfolio of oil and gas assets for a Fortune 200 company. Prior to forming Carrier, he was a vice president with the E&P Capital team of Goldman, Sachs & Co. for five years. He also worked for Netherland, Sewell & Associates and Sproule Associates as a senior consulting engineer, as well as Exxon-Mobil, where he started his professional career. Clemans received a B.S. with honors in petroleum and natural gas engineering from Pennsylvania State University and has an MBA from the University of New Orleans. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, the Society of Petroleum Evaluation Engineers, Houston Producers' Forum, Houston Energy Finance Group and ADAM-Houston.
Founding Partner, Vermilion Cliffs Partners
Toby Darden has been an oil and gas producer since 1975, actively involved shale development in North America. Darden has led technology development in the Antrim Shale in Michigan, Coalbed Methane in Alberta, multi-laterals in the Barnett Shale, and Horn River Basin of British Columbia. As CEO, he led Quicksilver Gas Services (NYSE:KGS) from its IPO in August, 2007 through its sale in October, 2010 to Crestwood Midstream Services for $1 billion in cash and assumption of debt. With Jeff Cook, his operating partner of 34 years, Darden formed Vermilion Cliffs Partners in 2014. To date VCP has acquired over 80,000 net acres and has current production of over 1,000 BOED.
CEO/Owner, Oil & Gas Asset Clearinghouse
In 2008, Mr. Davis started what is now Swan Energy Inc., which manages over 50 partnerships that participate in over 200 wells in 5 states. Mr. Davis spent his life in the oil and gas industry making his way from the fields to the boardroom. He became a partner in his first oil company at the age of 27 and sole owner of his first company two years later at age 29. The success of Swan Energy is in part due to Mr. Davis' insistence on greater transparency and high quality oil and gas projects that mutually benefit all involved parties, while maintaining the interests of joint venture partners. Mr. Davis now applies his unique hands-on approach to the management of the Clearinghouse..
Director, Exploration & Production, KeyBanc Capital Markets Inc.
David Deckelbaum is a director, E&P, with KeyBanc Capital Markets Inc. He joined KBCM in summer 2011, and his research coverage is focused on the oil and gas exploration and production sector. Deckelbaum's previous equity research experience includes positions as a research analyst at UBS Investment Bank and as a research associate at Banc of America Securities. Additionally, he served as a buy-side analyst at Millennium Partners. In all three positions, he covered the oil and gas exploration and production and oilfield services sectors. Deckelbaum spent several years in senior corporate valuation consulting roles at HSBC Group, Huron Consulting Group and PricewaterhouseCoopers. He earned a B.S. in Business Administration from The George Washington University. He is also a CFA Level 3 Candidate and holds the Series 7, 63, 86 and 87 industry licenses.
President, Detring & Associates LLC
Derek's career has been fully devoted to energy advisory, where he has completed over $7.5 billion in capital raising and M&A advisory transactions. Derek spent the first four years of his career at Merrill Lynch, where he primarily focused on capital raising and M&A assignments for large, publicly-listed companies, followed by four years at Integral Advisors, a boutique A&D advisory firm he co-founded in 2009. Most recently, Derek served within Wells Fargo's A&D group, where he helped package, market and close several transactions.
Derek graduated summa cum laude and first in his engineering class from Vanderbilt University and attended the Wharton Executive Education Program, where he passed with honors.
Michael N. Foster, Jr.
President and Co-Founder, BASA Resources, Inc.
Mr. Foster is the President and CEO of BASA Resources, Inc., which he co-founded in 1989, and co-owns with his partner Lary D. Knowlton. BASA is a privately held E&P company with its headquarters in Addison, Texas, and it currently ranks within the top 40 largest oil producers in the State of Texas.
As President & CEO, Mr. Foster has grown the assets under the company's management to over $1.5 Billion, mostly thru acquisitions. Mr. Foster is responsible for the creation and management of all of BASA's financial, acquisition, and operational strategies. Mr. Foster also manages and reviews the engineering of all field operations for approximately 3,600 wells spread across the more than 100 fields operated by BASA.
Mr. Foster is a 1986 graduate of Austin College in Sherman, Texas with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. He currently serves on multiple boards of directors.
President, Halcón Resources Corp.
Steve W. Herod is a co-founder and president of Halcón Resources Corp., a NYSE-traded exploration and production company. He was a co-founder and executive vice president, corporate development of Petrohawk Energy Corp. from 2003 until Petrohawk's sale to BHP Billiton in 2011. Herod served as executive vice president, corporate development for 3TEC Energy Corp. from 1999 to 2003. Herod served as president of Shore Oil Co. from 1992 until the merger of Shore with 3TEC in 1997. From 1984 to 1991, he was with Conquest Exploration Co. in various financial management positions. Herod began his career in 1981 as a financial analyst with Superior Oil Co. He is a 1981 graduate of Oklahoma State University with a B.S. degree in finance and management. Herod is active in various industry organizations. He and his wife, Lorie, are the parents of two daughters, Meredith and Morgan.
Independent, former Chief Operating Officer, Argent Energy (U.S.) Holdings Inc.
R. Steven Hicks is serving as COO of Argent Energy Trust through August 30, 2016. He recently directed the sale of all of the company assets and is in the process winding down the company. In his 35 years in the industry, he has held various leadership positions with duties covering a wide spectrum of the industry. The last 20 years of his career have been focused on acquisitions and divestures. Achievements include working acquisitions for Coastal Oil and Gas during its growth period prior to merger with El Paso, and as director of Acquisitions for Hilcorp Energy from 2001-2010. Hicks began his career in 1979 at Enserch Exploration followed by Davis Oil Co. and other independents. A registered Professional Engineer in the state of Texas, he graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1979 with a B.S. in petroleum engineering. He is a member of numerous industry organizations including SPE, IPAA, ADAM Houston, Texas Alliance of Energy Producers and Houston Producers' Forum.
Chief Executive Officer, PCORE Exploration and Production II LLC
Mark Hiduke, chief executive officer of PCORE Exploration and Production II LLC, co-founded the firm earlier this year with a $200-million private-equity commitment from Natural Gas Partners upon the sale of PCORE I's assets in the Midland Basin to Parsley Energy for $150-million. Hiduke co-founded PCORE I in 2014, also with NGP backing. Previously, he was a supervisor in the A&D unit for Pioneer Natural Resources and an Investment Banker with TD Securities. He received his BBA in Finance, BS in Economics and MBA from Southern Methodist University.
Co-Founder, Covey Park Energy
Mr. Jacobi began his full time employment in the energy business in 1981 working for Woolf & Magee, Inc., a Drilling and E&P company where he was involved in acquisitions for the E&P company and contract negotiations for the drilling company. In 1991 he co-founded Jacobi-Johnson Energy, Inc., an independent oil and natural gas producer, and served as its President focusing on acquisitions in the Arkla Tex and Gulf Coast Basins, including South Louisiana. Jacobi-Johnson was sold to EXCO Resources in 1998 where he became VP of Business Development and Marketing. At Exco he led the acquisition efforts on over 100 transactions valued at ~ $8 Billion.
He also served as a Board Member for three Exco joint ventures with BG: 1) TGGT, an intrastate pipeline company serving the East Texas & North Louisiana area, 2) EXCO Resources PA and 3) Appalachia Midstream Co.
Dr. Philip K. Verleger Jr.
President, PKVerleger LLC
Dr. Philip K. Verleger Jr., president of energy-research and –advisory firm PKVerleger LLC, has studied and written about energy markets since 1971. His earliest research addressed the determinants of gasoline demand. It is still cited today. Since 1971, he has published two books and numerous articles and papers on the evolution of energy markets. Verleger earned his Ph.D. in Economics from MIT.
His early work was as a consultant to the Ford Foundation Energy Policy Project in 1972 and served as a senior staff economist on President Ford's Council of Economic Advisers and as director of the Office of Energy Policy at the U.S. Treasury in President Carter's administration. Verleger has been a senior research scholar and lecturer at the School of Organization and Management at Yale University. During 2008-2010, he was the David E. Mitchell/EnCana Professor of Management at the University of Calgary's Haskayne School of Business. From 1985 to 2012, he was affiliated with the Peterson Institute for International Economics, most recently as a senior fellow.
Executive Vice President, Wapiti Energy
As the executive vice president of Wapiti Energy, LLC, Kirkland is responsible for all administrative functions of the company, including transactions, land and legal and accounting and finance. Kirkland joined the team at Wapiti in 2002. Prior to joining Wapiti, Kirkland worked as vice president of finance and chief financial officer of Antara Resources, where he started as land manager. Before his time served at Antara Resources, he served as a financial analyst at a Transco Energy Co. subsidiary and worked as a consulting field land man for a variety of clients. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in business administration from the University of St. Thomas. He is a member of the American Association of Professional Landmen, including the Houston, Denver and Wyoming associations, as well as a member of the Independent Producers Association of America and the Houston Producers' Forum. Kirkland also currently serves as the chairman of the Neuhaus Education Center.
COO, Silverback Exploration, Inc.
Silverback Exploration Chief Operating Officer Stephen Lipari has more than 34 years of experience managing the drilling, completions and production programs of large-scale resource developments across the country. Prior to Silverback, Lipari served Newfield Exploration as Director of New Ventures and Strategic Planning at the corporate level and GM of Gulf Coast business unit, where he was instrumental initiating operations in the company’s Maverick Basin assets.
Additionally, Lipari served as CEO of Aspect Abundant Shale where he was responsible for two successful property sales resulting in over $450 million gross proceeds and a 3-to-1 ROI. Prior to Aspect, Lipari spent 22 years with EOG Resources in various capacities, including as a founding member and Operations Manager of the company's Barnett Shale Division.
Mr. Lipari is a longtime and active member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, both locally and nationally. He has served as Chairman of the Corpus Christi and Fort Worth chapters. On a national scale, Mr. Lipari has served on various technical subcommittees, most recently as a member of the National Stimulation and Completions subcommittees. He hold a Petroleum Engineering degree from Louisiana State University.
Managing Director, Jefferies LLC
William (Bill) Marko is a managing director of Jefferies LLC in the Energy Investment Banking Group. He has managed more than $60 billion of asset and corporate transactions, and his client base consists of many of the world's 50 largest oil and gas companies. Marko worked more than 18 years in various engineering, operations and commercial roles at Mobil Oil, followed by COO of Madison Energy Advisors. With more than 35 years of industry experience, he has evaluated transactions in all major U.S. basins and more than 70 countries. Marko is a registered Professional Engineer in Louisiana and is an active member of IPAA, currently serving on its SE Region Board, SPE, having previously served on the Gulf Coast Section (Houston) Board, and is on the Board of Tulane University School of Science & Engineering.
Executive Vice President, Business Development and Exploration, Scala Energy LLC
Allen May, executive vice president, business development and exploration, for Scala Energy LLC, is a veteran of the upstream industry, with 38 years of experience in exploration, operations management and business development. Most recently, May was vice president of business development for HighMount E&P, Denali Oil & Gas and Samson Investments and has been focused on domestic unconventional plays since 2009. He received his B.S. in Geophysical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.
Steven H Pruett
President & CEO, Elevation Resources, LLC
Steve Pruett is one of Elevation Resources' founders and serves as its President and CEO. Mr. Pruett has over 25 years of oil and gas operating, financial and management experience, most of which has been in the Permian Basin. Prior to founding Elevation, he was the Senior Vice President of Corporate Development of Concho Resources (CXO). Before his time at Concho, he co-founded and served as President and CFO of Legacy Reserves LP (LGCY) from 2005-2012. Steve was a venture partner with Quantum Energy Partners in 2005, and was President of Petroleum Place and P2 Energy Solutions from 2002-2004. He served as President and CEO of First Permian from 2001 until its sale in 2002.
Mr. Pruett holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin graduating with High Honors and also earned a Masters of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School where he was a Baker Scholar.
Regional Sales Director, DataSite, Merrill Corporation
Nicholas is a Director at Merrill Corporation; he is responsible for business development and direct sales of DataSite, Merrill's Virtual Data Room (VDR) solution. With a primary focus on delivering DataSite to corporate deal professionals, Nicholas provides sales and support to leading investment banks, private equity, law firms and corporate officers.
Prior to joining Merrill Corporation in 2008, Nicholas spent 2 years at Accenture as part of their Alliance Services organization, where he leveraged Accenture relationships and contacts within client base to drive 3rd party technology sales and facilitate Accenture services opportunities within the Resources – North America operating group. Prior to Accenture and business school, Nicholas was Director of Engineering Systems at Z-tel / Trinsic Communications, managing large-scale infrastructure projects.
Nicholas earned his MBA in finance, accounting & marketing from the Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business, and BS in electrical engineering from the Northwestern University McCormick School of Engineering.
Managing Director and Head of US Business, Scotiabank
Doug Reynolds is the Head of the Scotia Waterous U.S. Business, with responsibility for leading the firm's effort in M&A and A&D related to US clients and properties, and for developing and growing Scotiabank's US oil and gas equity issuance platform.
Mr. Reynolds has 30 years of investment banking experience in the energy sector. He has advised on M+A and capital markets transactions in over 20 countries across 6 continents, and led some of the most significant transactions in the industry. In 2014, he acted as advisor on over $10 bn in M+A transactions, advising Baytex in their C$2.8 bn acquisition of Aurora Oil and Gas, Encana regarding the US$3.1 bn acquisition of Freeport’s Eagleford operations, and Marathon regarding nearly $5 bn of sales in Angola and Norway, among other transactions. Mr. Reynolds formerly headed the oil and gas groups of leading global investment banks in Asia and Europe. He has been based in New York, London, Hong Kong and Houston during his career.
Mr. Reynolds holds a BA in Economics from Colgate University.
Co-founder and Managing Director, The Oil and Gas Asset Clearinghouse
James C. Row, CFA – Mr. Row is the Founder of OFSCap, LLC a boutique energy investment bank in Houston that specializes in E&P, midstream, oil field services, power and renewables. Additionally, Jim is one of the owners of Oil & Gas Asset Clearinghouse a leading acquisitions and divestitures (A&D) firm where he focuses on broker/dealer activities, investment banking and business origination. Mr. Row is an expert in various areas of energy finance, including: producer finance, project finance, drilling programs, M&A, restructurings, securities and risk management. Additionally, Jim has been approved by the US Federal Bankruptcy Court (Southern District of Texas – Houston) to sell bankrupt oil and gas assets.
Since 2002, he has originated and arranged funding (debt – senior and mezzanine, and equity) on numerous projects in the E&P, oil field services, midstream, renewables, water, and power sectors. Previously Jim was a Sr. VP responsible for business origination for El Paso Corp., VP at Enron Corp. in various structuring and business origination roles and worked at the IFC (International Finance Corporation), the investment?banking arm of The World Bank.
Mr. Row holds a B.S. in Finance from the University of Wyoming, a MBA in Finance from Arizona State University and a CAS from the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird). He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and maintains Series 7, 24, 28, 63, 79 and 99 FINRA securities licenses. Mr. Row is a member of the Houston Society of Financial Analysts, Houston World Affairs Council, Houston Producers Forum, Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA), and Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN).
CEO, Titanium Exploration Partners
Chip Simmons is the CEO of Titanium Exploration Partners, LLC, a Dallas, TX-based oil and gas investment firm. Simmons co-founded Titanium in May 2014 with private equity sponsorship from Castlelake Funds. Titanium is focused on upstream investments in non-operated working interests alongside quality operators, primarily in the Eagle Ford Shale and the Permian Basin. Simmons has successfully managed energy investments in and for oil and gas companies that participated in U.S. shale plays, including the Marcellus, Eagle Ford and Permian Basin, resulting in combined sales of $440 million over the past 10 years. Previously, Simmons was CEO of private equity-backed Titan River Energy and managing director of Clear Creek Capital, a Dallas, TX-based oil and gas investment firm that managed energy investments for Reservoir Capital. Simmons graduated summa cum laude from Yale University in 1984.
Manager of Business Development, Merit Energy Company
John Stroud is a graduate of Texas Christian University with a degree in geology. Prior to joining Merit Energy Company in 1998 he worked for Union Pacific Resources. During his 18 years at Merit, Stroud has worked in various capacities including geology, manager of Exploitation, operations manager and has been in business development for the last 4 years.
President, Townsend Energy Advisors
Kevin Townsend formed Townsend Energy Advisors in early 2016.
Our clients primarily consist of select private equity backed portfolio oil and gas companies with operational focus in various geographical areas where Townsend Energy Advisors has the strongest experience. Townsend Energy Advisors clients also includes oil and gas companies targeting mineral, royalty and overriding royalty interests as well as a non-operated working interest asset focused team.
Prior to forming Townsend Energy Advisors in 2016, Mr. Townsend spent the previous 21 years as the Vice President of Business Development with The Oil & Gas Asset Clearinghouse.
Vice Chairman & Global Head of Energy, Investment Banking, Citigroup
With some 25 years in the energy investment-banking business, Stephen M. (Steve) Trauber currently serves as vice chairman and global head of energy investment banking for Citigroup Inc. Prior to joining Citi, he led more than $160 billion of transactions in his seven years with UBS AG and began his career with The First Boston Corp. and Morgan Stanley. In his career, Trauber has seen numerous clients grow, such as Devon Energy Corp., for which he arranged financing in its earliest days, from less than $100 million in market capitalization to more than $40 billion today. He received his B.A. in economics and managerial studies from Rice University. Trauber was an Austin Scholar and earned his MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
John B. Walker
CEO, EnerVest Ltd. and Chairman and CEO, EV Energy Partners L.P
John B. Walker is the Chief Executive Officer of EnerVest, Ltd., and Executive Chairman of EV Energy Partners, L.P., a NASDAQ-listed master limited partnership. He holds a BBA (with honors) from Texas Tech University and a MBA (with distinction) from New York University. Walker served the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) as Chairman from 2003-2005. In November 2007, he received the oil and gas industry's highest award, the Chief Roughneck Award. He is a member of the National Petroleum Council and All-American Wildcatters. In 2004, he was named Distinguished Alumni at Texas Tech University. In 2007, he received the Distinguished Eagle from the Boy Scouts of America. In January 2012, he was appointed by Governor Rick Perry to the Board of Regents of the Texas Tech University System. In April 2014, he received the Jesse H. and Mary Gibbs Jones International Citizen Award from the World Affairs Council of Houston.
Managing Director, EnCap Investments LP
Mark Welsh is a managing director with EnCap Investments LP and has been with the firm since 2006. During his time at EnCap he has been involved with upstream investments in most of the major producing basins in the United States and Canada. Prior to EnCap, Welsh spent four years as a vice president of Adam Corporation, a privately owned investment firm. He started his career with The Blackstone Group LP as a financial analyst. Welsh holds a BBA in Finance from Texas A&M University where he received the Brown-Rudder outstanding graduate award. He currently serves on the board of directors of several EnCap portfolio companies as well as Halcón Resources Corporation (NYSE: HK).