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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Brett Jennings

Brett Jennings

Land Lead - East Business Unit, BPX Energy Inc.

Brett Jennings, CPL, is currently an East Business Unit Land Lead for BPX Energy Inc. working BPX’s East Texas and Louisiana Haynesville assets.

She joined BPX, formerly known as BP America Production Company, in May 2010 after graduating from the University of Oklahoma where she earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Energy Management and Finance. As an active member of the American Association of Professional Landmen since 2008, Brett has continued her education, obtaining her RPL designation in 2011 and CPL designation in 2017. Brett has served on the committee and co-chaired the HAPL Awards Dinner from 2014-2017, been a member of the Board of Directors of HAPL for the 2017-2019 term and has been elected to serve as Secretary of HAPL for the 2019-2020 term.

Brett was raised in Edmond, Oklahoma and currently lives in the Heights with her husband Tyler, their daughter and son, Hunter (5) and Bodi (2) and their English Bulldog, Pippa. In her free time, Brett enjoys traveling, cheering for the OKC Thunder and OU Sooners, and spending time with family and friends.

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Jason Reimbold

Jason Reimbold

Managing Director, Senior Vice President, BOK Financial

Mr. Reimbold has worked in energy finance since 2005 and currently serves as Managing Director, Senior Vice President at BOK Financial.

At BOKF, Mr. Reimbold is responsible for leading the investment banking group while originating and executing client mandates including acquisitions, divestments, raising capital, facilitating joint ventures, & performing asset valuation assessments. Mr. Reimbold also served as Senior Vice President at E-Spectrum Advisors, prior to BOKF's acquisition of the firm. Throughout his career, Mr. Reimbold has executed transactions in nearly every major U.S. basin. In 2007, Mr. Reimbold co-authored the book The Braking Point: America's Energy Dreams and Global Economic Realities, and he has written articles that have been published in various industry publications.

Mr. Reimbold earned a BSBA in Finance from the University of Tulsa where he also studied geopolitics & international energy markets under former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Energy R. Dobie Langenkamp. Prior to attending the University of Tulsa, Mr. Reimbold served in the United States Army and U.S. Army Cavalry from 1999 to 2003.

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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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Tim Custer

Tim Custer

Senior Vice President of Land, Business Development and Real Estate, Apache Corporation

Tim currently serves as the Senior Vice President of Land, Business Development and Real Estate for Apache Corporation in Apache’s corporate office located in Houston, TX. In this role he oversees all land activities for the company in North America as well as all A&D activity worldwide.

Tim formally served as Senior Vice President of Land, Government Affairs and Real Estate. Prior to relocating back to Houston he served as Region Land and Business Development Manager for the Permian Basin Region located in Apache’s Midland, Texas region office. In that role his responsibilities included managing the 3.6 MM acres of Apache leasehold and minerals located across the Permian Basin. In addition, he was responsible for identifying and negotiating both producing property acquisitions and undeveloped leasehold for the region. Prior to this role, he served as Director of Business Development for Apache Corporation in its corporate office in Houston, Texas where he was responsible for the identification, evaluation, negotiation, closing and transition of all acquisitions across the globe for the corporation. Prior to joining Apache’s Business Development group in 2000 he worked as a Senior Staff Landman for Apache’s Southern Region which included the Permian Basin and South Texas Regions. Prior to joining Apache in 1996, Tim worked at Amoco Production Company in its Acquisitions and Divestitures group, Natural Gas Liquids Business Unit and West Texas Operating Region. He begin his career with Amoco Production Company in 1985 as a Landman working the Bravo Dome C02 Gas Unit in Northeastern New Mexico. Tim holds a Bachelors degree in Business with a specialization in Petroleum Land Management from the University of Texas at Austin.

Tim has been married to Laura for 33 years and they have two children: Amanda (28) and Dillon (24). Laura retired from a 25 year career with Air Liquide America as Director of Corporate Communications. Amanda graduated from Texas Tech University with highest honors from the College of Education in May of 2012 and is currently employed with the Conroe Independent School District teaching second grade. Dillon graduated from Texas Tech University with a degree in Petroleum Engineering and is currently employed with Apache Corporation in their Permian Region located in Midland, Texas. Tim enjoys golfing, hunting and fishing with his friends and family.  He and his wife enjoy travelling.

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