Global Business Conference
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
The NAPE Global Business Conference features presentations that explore the industry’s most pressing topics. Several "C-suite" presenters are brought to one stage the day before the Expo doors open, offering attendees extra networking time while receiving exclusive insights into the oil and gas industry.
Offshore leases covering submerged federal lands present unique challenges and opportunities to their lessees. When more than one party owns a lease, an Offshore Operating Agreement should be executed by the parties and used to address these unique challenges and opportunities. Any time leases are covered entirely by water, traditional onshore provisions under standard form operating agreements will not always work. This especially is the case the deeper the water and farther from shore a lease is located. This panel discussion will give the audience a high-level overview of the common provisions found in an offshore operating agreement and highlight some of the challenges lessees face when buying, exploring and developing leases of submerged offshore lands.
J. Keith Couvillion is currently Chevron’s North America Exploration and Production Company’s Land Advisor for onshore and offshore activities in the United States and Canada. Mr. Couvillion originally joined Texaco after graduating from college and has worked either onshore or offshore for over 38 years in many capacities supporting Texaco's, and now Chevron’s, exploration and production operations onshore and offshore in the Gulf of Mexico region.
Mr. Couvillion is active in many industry trade and professional associations supporting Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) activities. He is a past Chairman of the OCS Advisory Board and API Offshore Issues Subcommittee. Mr. Couvillion is a frequent presenter in industry and academic forums both domestically and internationally addressing various offshore issues. He also has published numerous articles on topics of interest to the offshore industry.
Mr. Couvillion graduated from Lamar University in 1978 and 1979 where he obtained both a Bachelors and Master’s Degree in Business.
Marty received Bachelor of Science degrees in economics and psychology from Texas A&M University in 1989 and a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Texas Tech University School of Law in 1993. He became a member of the Texas State Bar in 1993. After law school he worked from 1993-1998 as an associate attorney at Stibbs & Burbach in the Woodlands, focused primarily on commercial and insurance defense litigation. Since 1998 he held various roles starting with Occidental Energy Marketing (1998 – 2001), Nexen Petroleum (2001 -2007), and most recently as a senior attorney at BP America (2007 – 2012). In August of 2012 he joined BHP Billiton Petroleum as Senior Manager for Upstream Agreements. During his time at Nexen and BP, Marty’s primary responsibility was as a legal advisor to exploration, midstream and production teams, with a focus on Gulf of Mexico matters. While at BP he served as the lawyer for the team responsible for implementing the technical and organizational changes called for by BP’s Deepwater Horizon Accident Investigation Report. Since joining BHP in 2012, he has served as Senior Manager of Negotiations and Upstream Agreements for the Gulf of Mexico and in September of 2017 became Head of Upstream Agreements for BHP’s conventional petroleum business. Marty has been a member of the OCS Advisory Board since joining BHP.
Mr. Young has more than 36 years of experience in the energy industry – more than half of which has been focused in the Deepwater Gulf of Mexico. Prior to joining Deep Gulf Energy in 2004, he worked with Mariner Energy and its predecessor companies from 1985 to 2002 ultimately serving as Mariner’s Vice President – Business Development and Land. Mr. Young is currently a member of the OCS Advisory Board serving as Immediate Past Chairman and a member of NOIA, IPAA, API, PLANO, AAPL and HAPL.
Mr. Young has a degree in Petroleum Land Management from the University of Oklahoma and studied Geology at the University of Arkansas. In addition to his industry experience, in 2003 he formed Texas TicKids – a non-profit organization providing event experiences to children-in-need.
William "Bill" Marko is a Managing Director of Jefferies LLC in the Energy Investment Banking Group. He has managed more than $70 billion of asset and corporate transactions. He specializes in applying detailed technical evalutions to M&A transactions. While his activities are focused in the U.S., Bill also works on worldwide projects with Jefferies' London based energy team and he heads Jefferies' Canadian upstream activities. Prior to joining Randall & Dewey, subsequently purchased by Jefferies, Mr. Marko worked more than 18 years in various engineering, operations and commercial roles at Mobil Oil.
With more than 38 years of industry experience in worldwide acquisition, divestment and new business development, he has evaluated transactions in all major U.S. basins and more than 70 countries.
Bill is a registered Professional Engineer in Louisiana and is Chair of the Tulane University President's Council and a member of the Board of Advisors of the Tulane School of Science & Engineering.
Mr. Crain is a Partner with EnCap Investments where he is responsible for identifying and partnering with best-in-class E&P management teams and working alongside EnCap’s portfolio companies to build growth-oriented E&P businesses. Prior to rejoining EnCap in 2012, Mr. Crain worked for Insight Equity, a turnaround and special situations private equity fund. While at Insight, Mr. Crain co-led turnarounds for companies in the energy, infrastructure and recreational vehicle industries. Prior to Insight, Mr. Crain was an Associate at EnCap from 2004 to 2007. Mr. Crain received his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar. He also received a BBA with Highest Honors from the Business Honors Program at The University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Crain serves on the board of directors of several EnCap portfolio companies.
David Humphreys has over 25 years of Investment Banking experience focused on the energy sector and is currently co-head of Wells Fargo’s upstream investment banking group. David’s key focus is developing long-term relationships and advising management teams and their boards on strategic initiatives and capital markets transactions related to all components of the capital structure. David was a managing director at Wachovia Securities which was subsequently acquired by Wells Fargo in 2008, and prior to that, was a Vice President at First Union Securities in the Energy Corporate and Investment Banking Group.
David received a BA in Economics from The University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from the University of Houston. He lives in Houston with his wife and two children.
Mr. Pace is a Partner of Chambers Energy Management and also serves on the firm’s investment committee. In addition to these roles, Mr. Pace participates directly in deal sourcing, due diligence, negotiations and ongoing monitoring of investments. Mr. Pace has extensive experience in energy finance, including 19 years in oil and gas equity research. Mr. Pace joined Lehman Brothers in September 2008 after his retirement from Credit Suisse as Vice Chairman of the energy investment banking group. During his career on Wall Street, Mr. Pace was involved in over $50 billion in completed M&A transactions and over $10 billion in equity capital raised for the exploration and production sector in more than 50 distinct transactions.
Mr. Pace began his career in oil and natural gas equity research with Kidder, Peabody in 1986. He continued as an analyst covering the exploration and production sector primarily for Credit Suisse until 2005 (from 1995 to 1998 he was employed by Morgan Stanley). His primary responsibilities included coverage of U.S. companies, although he also was responsible for natural gas price forecasting and was involved in coverage of Canadian and emerging market companies. Mr. Pace first received national recognition for his research in the 1992 Institutional Investor magazine pool. He remained highly rated by the Institutional Investor and the Greenwich Associates’ Greenwich Share Leaders: U.S. Equity Analysts Research poll throughout his research career. While at Credit Suisse, Mr. Pace became Head of Exploration and Production Investment Banking in 2005 and Co-Head of Energy Investment Banking in 2006.
Mr. Pace holds a B.B.A. in Finance, with honors, from Texas A&M University and he has the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Donald Burdick is the CEO and Co-Founder of Olifant Energy, LLC, an EnCap portfolio company that started in June, 2017. He previously served as the VP of Geology/New Ventures at Panther Energy II, a Kayne Anderson portfolio company that began in September 2013 and sold for $863 MM in January 2017. Donald’s 35-year career has included a variety of technical and managerial experiences that began as a prospecting geologist for Marathon Oil in 1984. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the OIPA, a Trustee Associate of the AAPG Foundation and is the founder of ADAM-Tulsa and the Tulsa IrishFest. He has a BS in geology from Duke University, and a MS from the University of Oklahoma.
Michael K. Grimm is currently President of Rising Star Petroleum, LLC. He is the immediate Past Chairman of the Board for RSP Permian, Inc. Prior to being named Chairman, Mr. Grimm was a Co-Founder of RSP Permian in 2010, and served as a Co-Chief Executive Officer until 2014. From 2006 to 2017, Mr. Grimm has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Rising Star Energy Development Company, and from 1995 to 2006, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Rising Star Energy, LLC., which he co-founded in 1995. From 1990-1994, Mr. Grimm was Vice President of Land and Exploration for Placid Oil Company. Prior to that, Mr. Grimm was employed for 13 years in the Land and Exploration Departments for Amoco Production Company in Houston and New Orleans. Mr. Grimm has more than 41 years of experience in the oil and natural gas industry and currently serves as a Director of Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. (ETP/NYSE), since December 2005. He also serves as Chairman for the Audit and Compensation Committees for ETP.
Mr. Grimm is active in IPAA, Dallas Hard Hatters – Chief Hard Hatter 1997-98, Dallas Wildcat Committee – Chairman 2001-02, Dallas Petroleum Club – President 2001-02, Dallas Producers Club, Ft. Worth Wildcatters, and Inducted into the All American Wildcatters in 2016.
Mr. Grimm has also been an Active Member of AAPL since 1978 and received AAPL Special Award in 1990. He was also a member of IMC of AAPL, who with Jack Deeter invented and founded NAPE. He also served as NAPE Assistant Chairman for the first two NAPEs in 1993 and 1994, Chairman of NAPE in 1995 and 1998 and has been a member of HAPL, WHAPL, PBLA, PLANO and DAPL.
Mr. Grimm graduated with a BBA/PLM Degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1977 and is a member of the Silver Spurs Hall of Fame.
Matthew S. Ramsey is President and Chief Operating Officer of Energy Transfer Partners, L.P., and has served on the board of directors of ETP since November 2015. Matt was appointed as a director of Energy Transfer Equity in July 2012, and as a director of Sunoco LP, serving as chairman of Sunoco LP’s board since April 2015. Matt formerly served as chairman of the board of PennTex Midstream GP, LLC in November 2016.
Mr. Ramsey previously served as President of RPM Exploration, Ltd., a private oil and gas exploration partnership generating and drilling 3-D seismic prospects on the Gulf Coast of Texas. He is currently a director of RSP Permian, Inc., where is serves as chairman of the compensation committee and as a member of the audit committee.
Mr. Ramsey holds a B.B.A. in Marketing from the University of Texas at Austin and a J.D. from South Texas College of Law. Mr. Ramsey is a graduate of Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program.
In addition to his work in the energy business, Matt serves on the board of directors of the National Association of Manufacturers. He has been married to his wife, Judy, for 31 years and has three grown children.
Mark Gunnin is president of Hunt Oil Company. He was formerly chief operating officer of Hunt Oil Company, where he was responsible for the company's worldwide operations. Prior to that he was senior vice president, Middle East Region for Hunt Oil Company, where he led the Kurdistan development efforts, Hunt's investment in Yemen LNG and the overall Middle East Region strategic development. He joined Hunt in 2002.
Kristy Kramer leads Wood Mackenzie’s Americas Gas Research team, which covers short term and long term market analysis and outlooks for supply, demand, pricing, and flows in North America and as part of the global gas market.
She joined Wood Mackenzie as a Principal in consulting in 2016, focusing on delivering bespoke gas, power, and LNG engagements. Kristy has been involved in helping clients determine and evaluate investment opportunities, design portfolio strategy, and understand associated market responses.
Prior to Wood Mackenzie, Kristy worked eight years at ExxonMobil, on portfolio optimization, strategy analysis and design, and operational transactions. She has experience in the flowing gas, LNG, and exploration businesses and with key joint venture partners in the Americas, Middle East, and Africa.
Kristy holds an MBA from the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis and a degree in Mechanical Engineering (magna cum laude) from Washington University in St. Louis.
John leads Wood Mackenzie's North American Crude Markets Service where he is responsible for short and long term North American crude market outlooks, crude differential forecasts, and midstream logistics analysis.
Prior to joining Wood Mackenzie, John worked in sell side equity research where he supported equity coverage of independent US refiners and refining logistics midstream master limited partnerships. John also has experience in upstream financial planning and analysis and is a former officer of the United States Navy.
John holds dual B.S. degrees in economics and finance from Southern Methodist University, a M.S. in Accountancy from Texas A&M University, and a M.S. in Finance from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business. John is a Certified Public Accountant and is currently a CFA Level II Candidate.