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2021 NAPE Summit brings dealmakers together in person and online with hybrid expo


This month, NAPE Summit returns in person to Houston and virtually on the NAPE Network, bringing new opportunities to network, connect and make deals happen.

Held annually in February, NAPE Summit was postponed to August due to pandemic restrictions. Well worth the wait, this year’s expo returns more innovative, resilient and robust than ever.

“There are so many things to be excited about at our 2021 NAPE Summit,” said Bryan E. Hennigan, CPL, chairman of the NAPE Operators Committee. “With our expansion into renewables, NAPE is now the marketplace for all energy deals. We also are eager to host our first Fireside Chat featuring keynote speakers from both NAPE and OTC. And with the addition of the NAPE Network, this year’s attendees have access to Global Business Conference sessions, exhibitors, prospects, networking and dealmaking opportunities online before, during and after the in-person expo. With in-person, virtual and hybrid options, NAPE is the perfect place learn, connect with energy decision-makers and make deals happen.”

The 2021 NAPE Summit is in person Aug. 18-20 at the George R. Brown Convention Center and online Aug. 9 through Sept. 3 on the NAPE Network. Creating a safe and friendly environment for exhibitors and attendees, the in-person expo will adhere to all Houston Clean protocols, including enhanced cleaning measures and exhibit positioning that allows for social distancing. New GRB safety measures include more touchless technologies, UV disinfection technology on escalator handrails, upgraded Merv13 filters, an electrostatic spray disinfection system for cleaning meetings rooms, three mobile coronavirus-killing air purifiers and more. Face masks will be available. Masks are optional but encouraged for those who are not fully vaccinated.  

“We can’t wait to see everyone at the 2021 NAPE Summit,” said Le’Ann Callihan, vice president of NAPE. “I can’t tell you what your next deal will be, but I can tell you where it will happen, and that’s at NAPE Summit. In person and online, there is no better marketplace for networking and making deals happen for energy players than NAPE.”

Here are some of the highlights of this must-attend event:

Global Business Conference

Kicking off NAPE Summit Week on Wednesday, Aug. 18, the Global Business Conference features presentations exploring the industry’s most pressing topics — offering attendees extra networking time and exclusive insights into the energy industry from respected experts and leaders. Each session will be livestreamed and available on demand on the NAPE Network.

Thomas E. Jorden, president and CEO of Cimarex Energy Co., will keynote the GBC luncheon and address the changing E&P business model. Other speakers and topics include:

  • “Private Equity 2021: Feast or Famine” panel discussion moderated by Bernard “Buddy” F. Clark Jr., co-chair Energy Group, Haynes and Boone LLP, with panelists Gregory M. Robbins, president, Grit Oil & Gas; Michael A. Freeman, partner, Haynes & Boone; and Chuck Yates, advisory board, Cottonwood Venture Partners.
  • “Wooing Investors with Effective ESG Performance” panel discussion moderated by Kaitlyn Allen, president and CEO, Global Affairs Associates LLC, with panelists Alejandra “Ale” Veltmann, CPA, founder and CEO, ESG Lynk; Craig Webster, managing director — ESG & Sustainability, Tudor, Pickering & Holt; Brooke Baum, sustainability advisor, Devon Energy; and Michael Rubio, general manager, ESG Engagement & Sustainability, Chevron Corp.
  • “Finding a New Synergy in Energy” panel discussion moderated by Becky Diffen, partner, Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP, with panelists Meg Murphy, vice president, EnCap Investments LP, and Glenn Wright, VP, Renewables and Energy Solutions, Americas, Shell Oil Co.
  • “Red. Blue. Green. The Spectrum of Political Influence on the Energy Industry” panel discussion moderated by Dan Naatz, executive vice president, IPAA, with panelists Robert “Bob” Moran, senior managing director, co-chair Government Affairs Practice, FTI Consulting; Rachel Jones, vice president, Energy & Resources Policy, National Association of Manufacturers; and Michael Zehr, vice president of Federal Affairs, HBW Resources.
  • “The Bat Impact” presented by Kenneth B. Medlock III, Ph.D., director/fellow, Center for Energy Studies, Baker Institute, Rice University.
  • “Blood in the Water: Survival of the Fittest” moderated by Omar Samji, partner, Shearman & Sterling, with panelists Luckey McDowell, partner, Shearman & Sterling; Bernadette Johnson, SVP, Power and Renewables, Enverus; and Chris Wagner, founder and managing partner, Rivington Holdings.

NAPE-OTC Fireside Chat

With back-to-back events Aug. 16-20, NAPE and the Offshore Technology Conference are teaming up to bring new synergy in energy to Houston. At the Thursday afternoon Fireside Chat, sponsored by BPX Energy Inc., keynote speakers from both NAPE and OTC will share about changing corporate strategies during the energy transition. Kimberly Krieger, COO of production at BPX Energy, and Chris Golden, senior vice president of U.S. Upstream and U.S. country manager at Equinor, will discuss new end-customers and stakeholders, how policy and regulatory changes have affected business, changes to the workforce, revenue expectations and how they repurposed assets.

The ever-popular NAPE Icebreaker event will follow. Attendees can purchase a combo pass to both NAPE and OTC at NAPEexpo.com/summit/attend/registration-information.

Renewable Energy Pavilion

Transitioning into an all-encompassing world leader in energy commercialization, NAPE Summit is launching a new avenue to connect, reconnect and make deals happen in renewables. Sponsored by AES, the REP will provide dedicated space on the expo floor for sponsors, exhibitors and attendees who work in renewables or are interested in learning more about sustainable energy opportunities.

On Thursday, Aug. 19, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner will welcome attendees to the inaugural REP education sessions, which will also be available on demand via the NAPE Network.

This year’s REP presentation lineup includes:

  • “Renewable Energy, A Banker’s Perspective” presented by Alok Garg, head and managing director, Renewables & Asset Finance, Wells Fargo Bank.
  • “Renewable Energy Market Outlook: Abundant Opportunity” presented by Mike Sloan, chief strategy officer, Synergetic.
  • “Technology Innovation in Renewable Energy” presented by Yoann Hispa, director, CEO and co-founder, LandGate.

NAPE Network

In-person and online attendees alike will have additional opportunities to network, learn and make deals happen virtually via the NAPE Network. True to the NAPE mantra of networking and dealmaking, the NAPE Network offers a convenient way for dealmakers, decision-makers and information seekers to strategically interact and make connections — online. The NAPE Network will enable virtual attendees to livestream speaker events, browse the exhibit booths and prospects available at NAPE, as well as chat online with other attendees. NAPE Summit presentations are also available on demand throughout the NAPE Network’s extended run Aug. 9 through Sept. 3.

Prospect Previews

Prospect Preview presentation are back — live at NAPE Summit and on demand on the NAPE Network. On Thursday of the in-person Summit expo, exhibiting companies will give 8-minute show-and-tell-like presentations of domestic and international prospects currently available on the expo floor. Prospect Previews also can be viewed on demand on the NAPE Network.

Connections & Conversations

Focusing on women in energy, the Thursday afternoon event invites women and men from all aspects and levels of the energy industry to network and gain insights and inspiration from industry leaders as they discuss “Relevance & Resilience — American Fossil Fuels.” Led by moderator Stephanie Reed, vice president, marketing, Pioneer Natural Resources, the discussion will include panelists Megan Hays, vice president, investor relations, Cimarex Energy Co.; Beth McDonald, senior vice president, strategic planning, field development and marketing, Pioneer Natural Resources; and Stephanie Ahmed, reservoir engineering manager, Double Eagle.

Government Affairs Session

On Friday, Texas Railroad Commission Jim Wright will share new legislative mandates passed in the 2021 legislative session along with his goals for the commission regarding market sustainability, education and environmental regulations.

NAPE Charities Keynote

Since 2009, over $4.75 million has been donated through the annual NAPE Charities event to help nonprofits that support U.S. veterans. Available on the NAPE Network, the virtual 2021 NAPE Charities Keynote will feature former Secretary of Defense and retired Gen. James N. Mattis. A patriot who always put country above self, the general steeped himself in the history and tradition of the military and dedicated himself to the Marine Corps. Thoughtful, compassionate and strategic, Mattis offers NAPE attendees insightful lessons in leadership, with a deep focus on the art of empowering individuals.

For 2021, NAPE Charities is providing donations to three nonprofits: 10 CAN Inc., American Military Family and Operation Finally Home. More information about their vital work supporting veterans is available on the NAPE Network.

About NAPE

NAPE — the marketplace for buying, selling and trading prospects and producing properties — is the place where energy professionals meet, network, connect and do business. In person in Houston and online via the NAPE Network, NAPE Summit brings together prospects and all the key players needed to evaluate, facilitate and execute deals. The internationally recognized NAPE was established in 1993 by the American Association of Professional Landmen and also includes IPAA, SEG and AAPG as partners. For more information on NAPE, please visit NAPEexpo.com and follow NAPE on Twitter at @NAPE_EXPO.