2018 NAPE Summit Global Business Conference

Wednesday, February 7 | NAPE Global Business Conference

Attend the NAPE Global Business Conference for presentations that explore the industry’s most pressing topics

The 2017 Global Business Conference lineup included...

Bryan Sheffield

<p>​Bryan Sheffield</p>

Topic: “Changing Landscape in the Permian Basin”

Bryan Sheffield founded Parsley Energy in 2008 and has led the company’s growth from a two-person contract operator to a publicly-traded company with close to 300 employees and more than 800 operated wells. During this time he has built a premier acreage position in the heart of the Midland and Southern Delaware Basins, established corporate headquarters in Austin, Texas, and managed the company’s transition to horizontal drilling. In May 2014, Mr. Sheffield directed Parsley’s initial public offering—the second largest E&P IPO ever—after which the company has grown production at a 16% compound quarterly growth rate and established a reputation for first-class execution and strategic transactions. Today, Sheffield serves as Parsley Energy’s Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer.

A third generation oil executive, Mr. Sheffield began his oil and gas career at Pioneer Natural Resources, where he accumulated operational expertise and deep knowledge of the Midland Basin resource base and operator landscape. His understanding of financial markets was honed by previous experience trading options and interest rates. Mr. Sheffield graduated from Southern Methodist University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance.

Jacki Pick

<p>​Jacki Pick</p>

Panel Discussion: “Turning the Tide: How to Win the Public Debate on American Energy”

Jacki Pick is the Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President at the National Center for Policy Analysis, a free market think tank with a presence in Dallas and Washington D.C. specializing in energy, healthcare reform and tax reform.

In addition to her work at NCPA, Ms. Pick is the Host of The Jacki Daily Show on Glenn Beck’s TheBlaze Radio Network, airing on the dial in Texas and podcasting from iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher and Google Play Music. The Jacki Daily Show focuses exclusively on the advancement of sound energy and environmental policy, pushing back against the misinformation from anti-development activists. The show also shines a spotlight on energy-related geopolitics.

Prior to launching the show, she served as General Counsel to a defense contractor specializing in energy. Previously, Jacki served as legal counsel on Capitol Hill to the Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Constitution and the former Ranking Member of the Commercial and Administrative Law Subcommittee, advising on the oversight of federal agencies.

Before her career in Washington, Jacki worked as a corporate litigator, and as an Assistant Vice President for a major national bank. She is a graduate of the Vanderbilt University Law School and a member of Marshall University’s Society of Yeager Scholars.

Brigham McCown

<p>​Brigham McCown</p>

Panel Discussion: “Turning the Tide: How to Win the Public Debate on American Energy”

Brigham A. McCown has more than 28 years of executive management, legal, and operational experience at all levels of government. Mr. McCown served as a member of the United States Senior Executive Service during both terms of the George W. Bush presidency as the first acting administrator and interim CEO of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. Brigham previously served as the general counsel of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, also at the USDOT where he served as the country’s top attorney over the trucking, motor coach, and moving company industries. While in this position, he also served as the administration’s lead for implementation of the surface provisions of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Following retirement from public service, Brigham founded, and continues to lead several successful companies. Frequently quoted by the international and national media on areas pertaining to national security and infrastructure safety, Brigham now dedicates the majority of his time to a U.S. based nonprofit, the Alliance for Innovation and Infrastructure.

In addition to his federal civilian service, Brigham also served 29 years of active and reserve service as a commissioned naval officer and naval aviator. He was awarded an honorary commission of Rear Admiral (LH) in the United States Maritime Administration for his service and dedication to the national maritime effort.

Kirk Edwards

<p>​Kirk Edwards</p>

Panel Discussion: “Turning the Tide: How to Win the Public Debate on American Energy”

Kirk Edwards is the President and CEO of Latigo Petroleum, LLC.

Edwards, a lifelong Odessan and former city councilman, began his career as an oilman in 1982 as a petroleum engineer for Texaco. In 1986, he founded his first oil company, Odessa Exploration. He sold the company in the early 1990s to Key Energy and joined as a board member and executive vice president.

After Key, he established MacLondon Royalty Company. Edwards and a group of partners formed a conglomerate in 2009 called Las Colinas Energy Partners where Edwards served as CEO. The group sold the company and Edwards focused as CEO of Latigo Petroleum.

In January 2015, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick appointed Edwards to an energy advisory committee. He also received the 2015 Entrepreneur of the Year award in Odessa. Edwards is the past Chairman of the Permian Basin Petroleum Association in Midland, Texas.

Rick Burleson

<p>​Rick Burleson</p>

Panel Discussion Moderator: “Turning the Tide: How to Win the Public Debate on American Energy”

Rick Burleson is head of the Oil and Gas practice at Paul Hastings and is based in the firm’s Houston office. Mr. Burleson has been practicing law in the oil and gas industry for over 30 years. His practice is focused in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, and energy. His clients include independent oil and gas companies, private equity groups, senior and mezzanine lenders, and other public and privately held businesses in the oil and gas industry.

Mr. Burleson’s experience centers on structuring acquisitions and divestitures and other merger and acquisition transactions, including negotiation and documentation of purchase and sale agreements, equity contribution, subordinated debt, and partnership and shareholder agreements, as well as senior secured loan and security agreements.

Prior to joining Paul Hastings, Mr. Burleson founded Burleson LLP, the largest law firm in the U.S. devoted primarily to the oil and gas industry.

Todd W. Onderdonk

<p>​Todd W. Onderdonk</p>

Topic: “2017 Outlook for Energy: A View to 2040”

Todd Onderdonk is the Senior Energy Advisor in ExxonMobil’s Corporate Strategic Planning Department.

Todd is a mainstay in developing ExxonMobil’s long-term energy outlook, which serves as the foundation for the Corporation’s strategic plans and investments. He is responsible for advising the Corporation on the nature of energy and technology solutions likely to be adopted around the world, along with assessing potential implications for energy markets and the Corporation.

Todd provides editorial oversight and is a principal author of the Outlook for Energy report, ExxonMobil’s annual publication concerning the energy future. He is also active in communicating ExxonMobil’s view on energy issues and the energy future to policymakers, investors, business groups, and civic organizations.

Todd has been with ExxonMobil for over 35 years, serving in a wide variety of executive management and senior advisory positions. He holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Iowa State University and a M.B.A. in Finance from Indiana University.

He and his wife have three boys and reside in Texas.

Joe Navarro, M.A.

<p>​Joe Navarro</p>

Topic: “The Power of Nonverbal Communications”

For 25 years, Joe Navarro served as an FBI special agent in the area of counterintelligence and behavioral assessment. Today he is one of the world’s leading experts on nonverbal communications and body language.

Joe has authored 11 books, including the international bestsellers: Louder Than Words, which The Wall Street Journal acclaimed as “One of the six best business books to read for your career” and the #1 selling body-language book in the world, What Every BODY is Saying.

Robert G. Clarke

<p>​Robert G. Clark</p>

Panel Topic: “Discussion on U.S. Lower 48 Upstream Activity, Investment, Price Outlooks and Play/Operator Benchmarking”

Robert G. Clarke has been with Wood Mackenzie since 2005, originally as a member of the company’s initial US Lower 48 Upstream Research group. He has covered both the Rocky Mountains and Gulf Coast regions specifically, and led much of Wood Mackenzie’s early shale research. He product managed the Global Unconventional Play Service from 2009 to 2014, and also managed an internal upstream Knowledge Network. Now, he works closely with E&Ps, investors and service companies in the North Texas market.

Robert’s specializations include geologic play description, decline curve analysis, production forecasting, analogue play modeling, and economic benchmarking. He has widespread experience analyzing exploratory global unconventional assets and has worked on upstream consulting projects, ranging from asset opportunity screenings for E&Ps, to due diligence work for private equity M&A. Robert regularly contributes to written media and is a frequent speaker and panel moderator at industry conferences.

Prior to joining Wood Mackenzie, he worked as a Field Geologist for HMI, a private engineering and consulting firm in Houston, Texas. Robert graduated Cum Laude from Texas A&M University in 2001 with a BA in Geology, and received a MBA in 2005 from the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona.

Governor Francisco Cabeza de Vaca

<p>Governor Francisco Cabeza de Vaca</p>

Topic: “Cross-Border Partnerships in Energy”

Francisco Cabeza de Vaca is the Governor of Tamaulipas. Formally, he was the senior Senator of the state and served as chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee and member of the Senate Energy Committee.

In 1999, he began his political career when he joined the National Action Party (PAN) and in 2000, he ran for congress becoming the first opposition party member elected to represent District 2 hailing from Reynosa, Tamaulipas.

In 2004 after a successful term in Congress, he was elected Mayor of his native Reynosa. During his time as Mayor, he managed to position the city nationally as one of the top 10 in the country to live and invest, creating greater job opportunities and raising the standard of living for all citizens. During the three years of his administration, dozens of new domestic and foreign companies were established and Reynosa positioned itself as the city with most employment opportunities in the state.

After his term as Mayor, he served his hometown as Reynosa City Councilman from 2008 to 2010 until appointed by former President Felipe Calderon as Director of the Commission for the Regularization of Land Tenure (CORETT) in Mexico City, Mexico.

In 2012, he was elected to the Senate. In the Senate, he presided over the Armed Services Committee (Army) and the Committee on Agrarian Reform; he was Vice-Chairman of the Committee for the Navy and a member of the Committees on Energy and Communications and Transportation.

On January 29, 2016, then Senator Cabeza de Vaca petitioned the Senate for a license to run for Governor of his home state of Tamaulipas as the PAN candidate.

Francisco was the only Gubernatorial candidate that understands both sides of the border and knows what it takes to bring more jobs, enhanced economic opportunities and insight in addressing the security issues in his home state by partnering with Texas and the United States to form a climate of understanding and better cooperation.

On June 5, 2016, in another historic election, Francisco Garcia Cabeza de Vaca won his election ending an 86-year rule by the PRI party and winning by more than 15 percentage points and the only Gubernatorial candidate during the federal cycle to win more than 50% of the votes.

The Governor has been recognized at the local, state and federal level in both Mexico and theUnited States for his numerous accomplishments and willingness to build bridges of cooperation that have led to regional prosperity.

Governor Cabeza de Vaca is a graduate of Memorial High School in McAllen, Texas and studied Business Administration and Marketing at Houston Baptist University in Houston, TX, is married and blessed with three daughters of the same age.

James English

<p>​James English</p>

AIPN Panel Presentation: “Deal-Making in a Changing Market”

James English has been working in the oil & gas industry for 14 years with a primary emphasis in upstream oil & gas transactions, acquisitions & divestitures (corporate & asset), deep water exploration & development, unconventional exploration & development, international arbitration, and selected experience with midstream agreements and planning especially as it pertains to monetization of natural gas. He currently advises the Africa & Asia business unit at Anadarko Petroleum Corporation. In the past he has also worked in the Rockies, the Mid Continent, Canada and Europe.

Steven Otillar

<p>​Steven Otillar</p>

AIPN Panel Presentation: “Deal-Making in a Changing Market”

Steven P. Otillar has been representing clients in the development, finance, acquisition and divestiture of domestic and international energy projects for over 19 years, with a particular emphasis on upstream projects in emerging markets.

He counsels clients on obtaining rights to develop oil and gas projects around the world, as well as gas and liquid pipelines, wind, solar and natural gas power projects. He regularly negotiates and structures a variety of investment vehicles – including joint ventures, joint operating agreements, participation agreements, farm-in/farm-out agreements, shareholder agreements, alliance agreements, teaming agreements and joint bidding agreements – relating to the development of major energy and infrastructure projects. Mr. Otillar also represents clients with the underlying tender, construction, engineering and procurement documentation for on-shore and offshore energy projects.

He is a former chair of the HBA International Section and member of the executive committee of the Texas Bar International Section. He is the former Director of the US Region of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators, and currently serves on the Executive Committee, as President Elect. Mr. Otillar serves on the Executive Committee of the Institute of Energy Law, serving on the Strategic Planning Committee and as Co-Chair of the Membership Committee. He is also an editor of the Oil, Gas & Energy Law Journal.

Mr. Otillar received his B.A. cum laude, with honors, from Southwestern University in 1992 and his J.D. cum laude and Order of the Coif from University of Houston Law Center in 1995. Prior to joining Akin Gump, he was a partner at a leading international law firm.

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