Business Conference

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

The NAPE Business Conference features presentations that explore the industry’s most pressing topics. Several "C-suite" presenters are brought to one stage before the Expo doors open, offering attendees extra networking time while receiving exclusive insights into the oil and gas industry.

2018 Speakers Included

Daniel Rice

Daniel Rice

"The Young & the Restless: The Rice Energy Story"

Partner
Rice Investment Group

Daniel Rice is currently a Partner with Rice Investment Group and serves on the board of directors for EQT Corporation. Most recently, Mr. Rice served as CEO and director for Rice Energy Inc. and Rice Midstream Partners LP until its $8.2 billion sale to EQT Corporation in November 2017. During his tenure as CEO, Rice Energy became a top 10 producer of US natural gas, employed nearly 600 full-time employees and was one of the top performing public E&P companies since its 2014 IPO. In 2017, Rice Energy was named the Pittsburgh region’s top workplace. Prior to Rice Energy, Mr. Rice held various finance and strategy roles at Tudor Pickering Holt & Co., Transocean Inc., and Tyco International. Mr. Rice resides in Pittsburgh with his wife and two children.

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Ben "Bud" M. Brigham

"The Brigham Story: Perspectives Gained from 25+ Years of Trials & Tribulations in Oil & Gas Exploration"

Founder & Chairman
Brigham Minerals/Brigham Exploration

Bud Brigham is an energy entrepreneur having founded several primarily upstream energy enterprises, two of which have been sold for combined proceeds of approximately $7 billion.  Currently active companies include Brigham Minerals, which pursues mineral acquisitions in top tier shale domestic shale resource plays, and Brigham Exploration, which is also active in top tier shale resource plays acquiring non-operated working interests.  Brigham also founded Atlas Permian Water and Atlas Permian Sand, which are pursuing water and sand infrastructure projects in the Permian Basin.  Brigham Development is a real estate enterprise acquiring and developing surface real estate in active US shale plays.

Bud founded Brigham Exploration Company in 1990 and served as its President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board until its sale to Statoil ASA in December 2011. As founder and CEO, Bud managed Brigham Exploration Company’s rapid growth as a private company from an initial investment of $25,000 in 1990 to its initial public offering in 1997, and its subsequent sale in 2011 for $4.5 billion. Bud Brigham subsequently founded Anthem Ventures as their family enterprise, and teamed with others to found Brigham Resources for oil and gas investments primarily targeting operated horizontal drilling and fraccing projects in domestic unconventional reservoirs.  Brigham Resources was sold in February 2017 to Diamondback Energy Inc. for $2.55 billion.

Prior to Brigham Exploration, Bud served for six years as an exploration geophysicist with Rosewood Resources, an independent oil and gas exploration and production company. Bud began his career in Houston as a seismic data processing geophysicist for Western Geophysical, a provider of 3-D seismic services, after earning his B.S. in Geophysics from the University of Texas. Bud served on the National Petroleum Council, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG), the Independent Producers Association of America (IPAA), the Society of Independent Professional Earth Scientists (SIPES), and The Bureau of Economic Geology Visiting Committee. He was inducted into the All American Wildcatters in April 2012, and in April, 2015 Bud accepted and joined the University of Texas Chancellor's Council Executive Committee.

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Harold D. Carter, CPL

Harold D. Carter, CPL

"The Brigham Story: Perspectives Gained from 25+ Years of Trials & Tribulations in Oil & Gas Exploration"

President
HDBC Investments Limited

Harold D. Carter has over 50 years of oil and gas industry experience and has been an independent consultant and oil and gas investor since 1990. Prior to 1990, Mr. Carter served as Executive Vice President of Pacific Enterprises Oil Company (USA). Before that, Mr. Carter was employed for 20 years by Sabine Corporation, ultimately serving as President and Chief Operating Officer from 1986 to 1989. Mr. Carter was a founding partner of Brigham Exploration Company (BEXP) and was a director from 1997 until 2011 when the company sold to Statoil. Mr. Carter was a director of Brigham Resources until it was sold to Diamondback in 2017. Also, he is former president of the American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL) - as well as the first land professional to earn the Certified Petroleum Professional (CPL) designation - and the Dallas Petroleum Club. Currently, he is a director of Brigham Minerals Company and Abraxas Petroleum Corporation (AXAS), as well as Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. He is a current member of AAPL, IPAA and TIPRO. Mr. Carter received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Petroleum Land Management from the University of Texas at Austin and completed the Program for Management Development at the Harvard University Business School.

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Carl Campbell, CPL

Carl Campbell, CPL

"The Brigham Story: Perspectives Gained from 25+ Years of Trials & Tribulations in Oil & Gas Exploration"

EVP & COO
Alamo Resources LLC

As the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Alamo Resources, LLC, Carl D. Campbell has extensive industry experience in the Gulf Coast, Mid-Continent and Rocky Mountain Regions of the United States and in Canada. 

A native of Oklahoma City and an alumnus of the University of Oklahoma, his professional career began in 1983 as a Landman. Over the course of his career, he has been directly involved in producing property acquisitions and divestitures totaling in excess of $550 Million. 

In 2011, he was honored as being recognized as the Houston Association of Professional Landmen (HAPL)’s Landman of the Year.  The following year, the Texas Independent Producers Organization (TIPRO) selected Mr. Campbell as one of the Top Producers in the Landman category of awards. Mr. Campbell was selected as a finalist for the top 100 most influential Houston business leaders in the energy industry in 2013. Most recently, he was named as a Who’s Who in Houston Energy for 2014 by the Houston Business Journal.

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David Holt

David Holt

"Future Policy Implications for the Energy Industry and the Importance of Advocacy"

Managing Partner
HBW Resources

David has more than 25 years of experience working for state and federal agencies and Congress, and directing outreach and advocacy efforts.  David founded what became HBW Resources in 2005 in order to provide counsel and guidance to companies regarding governmental and industry energy initiatives, including issues related to energy security, exploration and production, advanced technologies, air quality and refining.  HBW’s core expertise is implementing and managing expansive energy-specific advocacy campaigns to generate a full complement of stakeholder, media and grassroots support for thoughtful, positive energy development.

Previously, David served as Vice President of Government Affairs for Hart Energy Services; Senior Legal & Energy Counsel to Chairman James E. Nugent of the Texas Railroad Commission; Counsel to the House Judiciary Committee; and in the Public Affairs & Media Office of the U.S. Department of State under President George H.W. Bush.

David also currently serves as President of Consumer Energy Alliance, a trade association that focuses on expanding the dialogue between the energy sector and the rest of the economy. With more than 280 corporate members and 450,000-plus individual members representing every sector of the U.S. economy, Consumer Energy Alliance has become the “voice of the energy consumer.”

David regularly authors op-eds and appears in national media outlets. He is a frequent speaker at national energy forums, has testified before Congress and is regularly sought out by policymakers and business leaders for his energy policy insight.

David serves as a founding Board Member of the Consumer Energy Education Foundation and a member of the Board of Trusties of the St. Anne Catholic Foundation.

David and his wife, Maureen, have three children and reside in Houston, Texas.

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David Preng

David Preng

"Attracting, Developing and Retaining the Talent You Want to Invest in"

President & CEO
Preng & Associates

David E. Preng has been President and CEO of Preng & Associates since its inception in 1980. Previously, he spent six years in the executive search industry with two international and one national search firm. He has worked on over 2400 energy-related searches throughout the world ranging from board and senior executive to managerial and senior technical positions.

Mr. Preng’s industry experience includes financial, managerial, and executive positions with Shell Oil, Litton Industries, and Southwest Industries. He was Director of Remington Oil and Gas where he served as Chairman of the Compensation Committee and Lead Independent Director until its acquisition by Helix. After the spin-off of Cal Dive International from Helix in 2006, Mr. Preng was one of Cal Dive’s initial board members, served as Chair of the Compensation Committee, and was a member of the Audit and Nominating & Governance Committees.

Mr. Preng is a Board Member, past President and Chairman of the National Association of Corporate Directors-Texas Tri-Cities Chapter, an NACD Board Leadership Fellow, and a Member of Texas A&M University’s International Advisory Board.

Mr. Preng holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Marquette University and a Master of Business Administration from DePaul University.

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Ralph W. Stevens

Ralph W. Stevens

"Attracting, Developing and Retaining the Talent You Want to Invest in"

Partner
Preng & Associates

Ralph W. Stevens joined Preng & Associates in 1997 and has successfully completed numerous search projects in upstream, midstream, downstream, EPC and petrochemical segments, both domestic and international and across the spectrum of functions.

Prior to joining Preng & Associates, he was Senior Vice President of Human Resources for BHP Petroleum in Melbourne, Australia. Until its acquisition by BHPP, Mr. Stevens held the position of Vice President, Human Resources for Hamilton Oil Corporation. He began his career with GE where he held increasingly responsible human resource positions for several business units, the final assignment being Manager, Human Resources for GE's oil and gas subsidiary, Ladd Petroleum Corporation in Denver.

Mr. Stevens holds a Bachelor of Science degree from State University of New York.

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Steve A. Raben

Steve A. Raben

"Attracting, Developing and Retaining the Talent You Want to Invest in"

Senior Consultant
Preng & Associates

Prior to joining Preng & Associates in 2015, Steve A. Raben was Managing Director of Raben Consulting Associates, a focused executive search and management consulting firm serving clients in the oil and gas exploration, production, and oilfield service and equipment industries. From 2000 to 2011, he was Managing Director and member of the Industrial/Natural Resources Sector, Global Energy, and Board Services Practices at Russell Reynolds Associates.

Mr. Raben has over 40 years of retained executive search and management consulting experience with earlier associations with Ray & Berndtson, Barton Raben, and Korn/Ferry International. Prior to his career in executive recruiting, he was with the investment banking firm of Thomson McKinnon and New England Financial. 

Mr. Raben is a retired Military Intelligence Officer with decorated combat service in Vietnam leading a Phoenix Team, from SF A-351 and a Knight Commander, of the International Order of St. Hubertus.

Mr. Raben received his Bachelor of Business Administration (Economics and Business) from Southwestern University and completed courses toward a Master degree in Economics at The University of Texas.

 

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