Connections & Conversations

Thursday, August 22, 2019

New at Summer NAPE, Connections & Conversations is an exclusive event designed to bring specific groups of people within the energy industry together to network, engage and form professional relationships. This year's event will feature Young Professionals, where professionals early in their careers are invited to mix and mingle over refreshments and gain insights and inspirations from top industry leaders. Be part of the inaugural event and RSVP to Connections & Conversations during your Summer NAPE registration.

PANEL DISCUSSION: "Mentorship - Its Importance to Professional Development"

Ken Olive (moderator)

Ken Olive (moderator)

President, KLN Legacy LP

Kenneth R. Olive, Jr. founded The Oil & Gas Asset Clearinghouse in 1993 and served as its President and CEO for twenty-three years until retiring in 2015.

Under his guidance and oversight, The Clearinghouse established itself as an industry leading Acquisition and Divestiture Advisor of oil and natural gas assets; closing over 31,000 transactions totaling ~$11 Billion. Mr. Olive's career began in 1968 in the oil fields of North Texas and South Louisiana working as a roustabout and rig hand. Following graduation from Texas Tech in 1974 with a BBA, he served in a variety of staff, managerial and executive land and administrative positions gaining extensive experience in the Gulf of Mexico, Gulf Coast onshore, Permian Basin and Rocky Mountain regions, and internationally. He was selected in 1997 as the Entrepreneur of the Year in the category of Energy and Energy Services by the Ernst and Young's Entrepreneur program. He has also been named Outstanding Landman by HAPL and received the APEX award from the AAPL for professional excellence and his entrepreneurial spirit. He has been a career long member of HAPL and AAPL, as well as numerous other national and regional level professional organizations.  He currently serves on several boards; including EnVen Energy Corporation, Support-a-Soldier which is a 501(c)3 charitable organization and the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers.

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Ben Eisterhold, CPL

Ben Eisterhold, CPL

Williston South Land Supervisor, ConocoPhillips Company

A native of Humble, TX, Ben began his career as a landman with ConocoPhillips Company in 2008. To date, he has worked in a variety of area, functional and supervisory land roles within various ConocoPhillips’ business units across the Lower 48.  Ben is currently a Land Supervisor, where he oversees surface and subsurface land activities and operations in the Williston Basin.

Ben holds a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics from Texas A&M University and a master’s degree in Energy and Earth Resources from the University of Texas. He is an HAPL member and past president. Ben holds a CPL certification and serves on the AAPL’s Forms Committee.

Ben currently serves on the board of directors for The Harris School and the SPIRIT Political Action Committee. Ben has served as a member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Transportation Committee, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, and Coastal Conservation Association. Ben and his wife, Katie, are active members of Houston Second Baptist Church. He is a resident of West Houston, and enjoys saltwater fishing, bird hunting, and watching college football and the Houston Astros in his spare time.

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Kenneth Knott

Kenneth Knott

Senior Vice President, Business Development & Land, SM Energy Company

Kenneth J. Knott was appointed Vice President of Business Development and Land and Assistant Secretary in August 2008 and Senior Vice President in 2014.

Mr. Knott joined St. Mary Land & Exploration Company in November 2000 as Senior Landman for the Gulf Coast Region in Lafayette, Louisiana, and later assumed the position of Gulf Coast Regional Land Manager when the office was moved to Houston in March 2004.   Throughout his career at SM Energy, he has led multi-functional teams in acquisitions and divestures that have help transform this company into a premier operator with top tier assets.

Between 1987 and 1993, Mr. Knott was responsible for land and business development activity at ARCO in several geographic areas such as Gulf Coast, Permian, Mid-Continent, Rockies, Michigan and California. Upon ARCO’s spin-off of Vastar Resources in 1993, he joined Vastar as a Senior Landman working the Gulf Coast and Gulf of Mexico regional assets until 1999, at which time he assumed the role of Director of Business Development for the Gulf Coast Region. He remained in that capacity until the merger of Vastar Resources and BP Amoco in 2000, whereby he assumed a Senior Landman position working the Gulf Coast Region.

Mr. Knott has over 32 years of experience in the energy industry holding various land and business development positions with ARCO, Vastar Resources, BP Amoco and SM Energy.  He is a two-time graduate from The University of Louisiana at Lafayette majoring in Petroleum Technology and Petroleum Land Management.

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