Energy Business Conference

Wednesday, February 1

The NAPE Energy Business Conference features presentations from senior-level executives and industry leaders brought on stage to discuss some of the industry's most pressing topics. Attendees also enjoy extra networking time along with exclusive insights from the experts the day before the expo floor opens.

2023 AGENDA

8-9 a.m.
Registration & Breakfast

9-9:55 a.m.
Session 1A — Business Track
Session 1B — Technical Track

10:15-11:10 a.m.
Session 2A — Business Track
Session 2B — Technical Track

11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Session 3 — Luncehon Keynote

1:05-2 p.m.
Session 4 

2:20-3:15 p.m.
Session 5

3:35-4:30 p.m.
Session 6

AAPL CEUs TBD
CLEs TBD

2023 Speakers & Sessions

Business Track Session 1: Market Intelligence & Supply Chain Issues

Synopsis: Coming Soon

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Doug Sheridan
Managing Director & Founder, EnergyPoint Research, Inc. 

Speaker Bio

Doug Sheridan is managing director and founder of EnergyPoint Research Inc. in Houston — an independent market research firm specializing in the measurement and monitoring of customer satisfaction in the oil and gas industry. Prior to founding EnergyPoint in 2003, Sheridan held commercial and corporate positions in the midstream division of El Paso Corporation. He has been active in several industry associations, including the National Petroleum Council, and has been published in multiple industry and financial publications. Sheridan holds a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University and an MBA from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. He lives in and is a native of Houston.

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David Blackmon
Principal, DB Energy Advisors

Speaker Bio

David Blackmon is principal at DB Energy Analytics and writes on energy issues at Forbes.com. He has enjoyed a 42-year career in and around the oil and gas industry, the last 25 years of which have been spent in the communications and public policy arena. He also maintains a practice as a consultant on public policy issues for several clients.

During his career, he led numerous industry-wide efforts to address a variety of issues at the local, state and federal level. He served as vice chairman of IPAA’s public lands committee from 1995 through 2003, as vice chairman and later chairman of the Interior Department’s Royalty Policy Committee from 1996 through 2000, chairman of the AXPC Government Affairs Committee from 2013 through 2014, and from April 2010 through June 2012, he served as the Texas State chairman for America’s Natural Gas Alliance.

In addition to his consulting and role at Forbes.com, he hosts three podcasts, maintains his energy-related newsletter at Substack (Blackmon.Substack.com), continues a robust social media presence and executes frequent public speaking engagements.

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Technical Track Session 1: Directions and Opportunities in the Mid-Continent

Synopsis: New technologies, surges in demand and the energy transition are opening new opportunities for multiple pay zones, brine mining, revisited conventionals, energy storage (geothermal, CCUS), orphan well cleanup, water management and more. However, in all of this, geology is more important than ever. Join us for a lively discussion of how knowledge in geology opens the door to all the new opportunities.

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Molly Turko, Ph.D.
Structural Geologist, Turko Tectonics & Structural Geology

Speaker Bio

Dr. Molly Turko has nearly 15 years of experience in the oil and gas industry and is a subject matter expert in structural geology. She has had the opportunity to work in multiple basins in the U.S., including the Anadarko, Ardmore, Delaware, Powder River, Appalachian, Onshore Gulf Coast and Rockies. She received both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in geology from the University of Tulsa followed by a Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma, where she studied under Dr. Shankar Mitra. Her work experience includes Chesapeake Energy, Devon Energy and several small operators in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She has taught courses for R.M.A.G., AAPG, Applied Stratigraphix and for the Ore Geology Conference. Turko is the vice president of AAPG’s Petroleum Structure and Geomechanics Division for 2021-2023. Her passion is mentoring and teaching, but her favorite role is leading structural geology field courses in Nevada and southern Oklahoma. She is currently a team member of Applied Stratigraphix as their Structural Geology Expert along with consulting for Turko Tectonics and Structural Geology.


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Bryan Bottoms
Associate — Geology, Detring Energy Advisors

Speaker Bio

Bryan Bottoms joined Detring Energy Advisors in August 2019 as a Geology Analyst and is currently a Geology Associate. He has been with the firm for +3 years working on numerous deals in the middle market across every basin and play in the lower 48.

Prior to joining Detring Energy Advisors, Bryan worked as a geologist for Tapstone Energy and Chesapeake Energy where he evaluated both conventional and unconventional plays of the Midcontinent.

Bryan holds a B.S. (2012), B.A. (2012), and M.S. (2017), all from the University of Arkansas. Bryan is a registered Professional Geologist in the state of Texas.

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John Sinclair
Geology Manager — Rockies & Anadarko, Ovintiv

Speaker Bio

John Sinclair started his career in 1991 as a field geologist with Equitable Resources after graduating with a master’s degree from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. John spent 8 years with Equitable working assets in the Appalachian Basin and Offshore Gulf of Mexico. He joined a private firm, AMVEST Oil and Gas, in 1999 where he worked most US and Canadian Basins exploring for and developing coalbed methane resources as Exploration Manager and VP of Exploration. John joined Encana, now Ovintiv in 2007 and has held numerous positions as senior geologist or geology team manager. John has been actively involved in OVV exploration efforts as well as development roles in the Barnett and Tuscaloosa Marine Shale. His most recent role has been as geoscience manager for the Anadarko and Rockies Reservoir Characterization Team. It has been his pleasure to be a part of the Encana and Newfield merger and managing an exceptional group of geoscientists. Something new is learned everyday.


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Ronnie McGinnis (moderator)
Senior Geological Lead, EOG Resources

Business Track Session 2: Upstream & Midstream O&G Investments

Synopsis: Coming Soon

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Carolyn Hansard
Senior Investment Manager of Energy, Natural Resources & Infrastructure, Texas Teachers Retirement System

Speaker Bio

Carolyn Hansard is currently the Senior Director for the Energy, Natural Resources and Infrastructure portfolio at the Teacher Retirement System of Texas. She has primary responsibility for the $16 billion portfolio of fund and principal investments in both equity and credit mandates in the natural resources and infrastructure sectors. Prior to joining TRS, Ms. Hansard spent 17 years at Merrill Lynch in New York, London and Tokyo. While at Merrill Lynch, Carolyn held several senior management positions throughout the Capital Markets division and represented Merrill Lynch on several corporate boards. Ms. Hansard began her professional career with Arthur Anderson as a consultant.

Carolyn has an MBA and BS, both from the University of Texas. She has served on numerous non-profit boards in both New York and Austin and is currently on the Advisory Board for University of Texas MBA Investment Fund, as well as the Advisory Board for Women in Energy.


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Technical Track Session 2: Refracs, Worth It or Not? Devon and the DOE Demonstrate in the Eagle Ford

Synopsis: Refracs are a commonly accepted solution for recovering stranded hydrocarbons in understimulated wells and mitigating offset depletion. Devon Energy and the Department of Energy will present their pad refrac collaboration in the Eagle Ford and showcase the advanced monitoring technology and analysis used to evaluate their modern refrac techniques.

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Cameron Thompson
Geologist, Devon Energy

Speaker Bio

Cameron Thompson is a Senior Staff Geologist in the Mid-Continent & South Texas Business Unit at Devon Energy, currently focused on the Eagle Ford Shale asset. He has a vast experience with subsurface characterizations and full cycle project evaluation and execution in several major U.S. basins including the Anadarko Basin and Gulf Coast regions. Cameron is a graduate of Oklahoma State University with a B.S. and M.S. in Geology and has a combined 16 years industry experience. He is a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.


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Sarah Bacho
Reservoir Engineer, Devon Energy

Speaker Bio

Sarah (Bacho) White is a Senior Reservoir Engineer in the Mid-Continent & South Texas Business Unit at Devon Energy, currently focused on the Eagle Ford Shale asset. She has obtained vast experience with subsurface characterizations and full cycle project evaluations in several major U.S. shale basins including the Eagle Ford, Barnett Shale, and Midland Basin. Sarah is a graduate of Texas Tech University with a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering and obtained an MBA with an emphasis in Finance from The University of Oklahoma. She is a member of Society of Petroleum Engineers.


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Jackson Haffener
Geophysicist, Devon Energy

Speaker Bio

Jackson attended the University of Oklahoma, getting his bachelors in geophysics in 2015 and masters in 2017. Jackson joined Devon as a geophysical interpreter in the Anadarko basin, before moving to a role focusing on subsurface integration in 2019. Jackson specializes in multivariate analytics, microseismic, optical fiber, and co-visualization with an emphasis on integrating geophysics, geology, completions, and reservoir data.


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Jarret Borell
Petrophysicist, Devon Energy

Speaker Bio

Jarret Borell is a senior advising petrophysicist at Devon Energy specializing in borehole image log interpretation. His current responsibilities include structural and stratigraphic interpretations for integration with geological, geomechanical, and completion models across all of Devon’s US onshore basins. Jarret holds a B.S. and M.S. in geology from Kansas State University and has a combined 24 years of industry experience with previous employers including Halliburton, Fronterra Geosciences, and SandRidge Energy.


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Kourtney Brinkley
Senior Geologist, Devon Energy

Kourtney Brinkley is currently functioning as a Senior Geologist within the South Texas group at Devon Energy. Prior to serving in her Geology role, Kourtney has worked in operations as a Drilling and Completions Engineer along with subsurface responsibilities as a Reservoir Engineer. Within Devon, Kourtney has worked a variety of assets including the STACK, Eagle Ford, Powder River and Delaware Basin. Kourtney’s background includes a dual degree. She is a graduate of Oklahoma State University with a bachelor’s degree in Geology and a second bachelor’s degree in Petroleum Engineering from The University of Oklahoma. Kourtney also currently serves as a member of the Industry Advisory Board of the Mewbourne School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering and Energy at OU.

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Buddy Price
Geologist, Devon Energy

Josh O'Brien
Geologist, Devon Energy

Joe Comisky
Petrophysicist, Devon Energy

Chris Ketter
Completions Engineer, Devon Energy

Ken Pfau (moderator)
Vice President, Geosciences, Devon Energy

Speaker Bio

Thirty nine years of working in integrated teams doing exploration and development on both conventional and unconventional reservoirs worldwide. Grounded in generating, doing exploration / exploitation using rocks, fluids, logs as the fundamental foundation. This has led to developing various technology at the well site and in the lab to get more robust rock based answers for decisions. Have been generating unconventional plays since 1999 and had an early hand in the Barnett, New Albany, Pocohontas CBM, Mary Lee CBM, Haynesville, Marcellus, Utica, Bakken, Utica, Eagle Ford, Haynesville / Bossier, Kranehagen, Thebes (Egypt), and various crispy carbonates. Have trained and mentored staff for every play.


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Mark Edwards (moderator)
Senior Advising Geologist, Devon Energy

Luncheon Keynote

TBD

Chad Michael 
President, Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co.

Speaker Bio

Chad Michael serves as President of TPH&Co (TPH). He joined TPH at its inception and was previously a Vice President with J.P. Morgan Securities Inc. in its energy investment banking group. Throughout his career, Mr. Michael has played a key role in a numerous transactions across the energy value chain.

Michael holds a BA in Economics from Rice University.

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Panel: US Supplies to Global LNG Markets - Opportunities, Bottlenecks and Solutions

Synopsis: The war in Ukraine has identified issues with energy security, with 40% of some European country’s energy coming from Russian natural gas. And with natural gas considered a sustainable energy source in the UK, infrastructure is being built to provide an alternative to Russian gas in the form of LNG. Both Presidents Biden and Trudeau have assured European leaders of increases in LNG from both countries, further fueling the buildout of domestic liquefaction. About 12% of US natural gas production is exported at LNG with Asia originally being the growth engine for demand but that demand has gone truly global. The price disparity between US natural gas prices and those in the rest of the world assures a strong pricing market for the US, even as Qatar, Mexico, Mozambique and other countries are ramping up capacity as well. It is a dynamic market for the foreseeable future, offering a range of opportunities in the industry.

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Nick Dell'Osso
President & CEO, Chesapeake Energy

Speaker Bio

Domenic J. "Nick" Dell'Osso Jr. was appointed president and chief executive officer in October 2021. He previously served as executive vice president and chief financial officer since November 2010. Prior to that time, he served as vice president – finance and chief financial officer of Chesapeake's wholly owned midstream subsidiary Chesapeake Midstream Development, L.P. from August 2008 to November 2010.

Before joining Chesapeake, Dell'Osso was an energy investment banker with Jefferies & Co. from 2006 to 2008 and Banc of America Securities from 2004 to 2006.

He graduated from Boston College in 1998 and earned his MBA ​from the University of Texas at Austin in 2003.

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Paul Varello
Founder & Chairman, Commonwealth LNG

Speaker Bio

Paul Varello has been involved in the engineering and construction industry for more than 50 years. He is executive chairman of Commonwealth LNG, which he founded in 2014.

Prior to his role with Commonwealth, he was president and CEO of Sterling Construction Company, founder and executive chairman of Commonwealth Engineering & Construction, chairman and CEO of American Ref-Fuel Company and president of the process sector of Fluor Corporation.

He has served as monitor trustee for the United States Federal Trade Commission, where he was responsible for monitoring the LNG storage tank business of CB&I. He also has served on several public company boards including Sims Metal Management, The Ryland Group and Sterling Construction Company.

Varello is a Registered Professional Engineer in Louisiana, Texas and California. He earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Villanova University and is a graduate of Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Program.

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Jim Wicklund (moderator)
Principal, Wicklund & Associates

Speaker Bio

Mr. Wicklund is a veteran of the energy industry and is doing strategic planning, and shareholder and investment banking consulting, as well as writing a weekly commentary, primarily about the broad world of Energy.

Earlier this year, he resigned as Managing Director and Senior Banker in the Energy Group at Stephens Inc., following decades as a research analyst and investor, which followed a career in geophysics, engineering and operations in the global oil and gas industry.

He has lived and worked in Australia, Singapore, Milan, London several times as well as the US, with Western Geophysical, Sun Oil, and ECL before joining the financial services industry as a research analyst covering the Oilfield Services sector. He has won Best on the Street honors from the WSJ, 1st team in the II ranking a couple of times and won the Greenwich Industry Knowledge recognition.

He is a member and past symposium chair of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG), on the boards of the National Offshore Industry Association (NOIA), the Technology Workforce and Technology Council (formerly PESA), and the Maguire Institute Advisory Board, at SMU his alma mater

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Topic: Upstream M&A/A&D Transactions

Synopsis: How today compares to yesterday and what it may mean for tomorrow.

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Governors Panel

J. Kevin Stitt
Governor of Oklahoma

Speaker Bio

Governor Kevin Stitt is leading Oklahoma with a vision to become Top Ten in job growth, infrastructure, education and more.

He is an entrepreneur who founded Gateway in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 2000. Starting with only $1,000 and a computer, he grew Gateway into a nationwide mortgage company operating in more than 40 states and servicing more than $20 billion in residential mortgages. In 2018, he led Gateway through a merger and established Gateway First Bank, which today is one of Oklahoma’s 10 largest banks by assets with over $2 billion in assets, 160 mortgage centers across the U.S., and more than 1,700 employees.

Oklahomans spoke in record numbers that they wanted Stitt to use his business acumen to transform the state. In 2018, he received more votes than any gubernatorial candidate in state history in his first bid for elected office of any kind.

Governor Stitt has taken a groundbreaking approach to his administration by appointing the most female cabinet secretaries in state history and tapping expert advisors from the private sector, including the first chief operating officer in state history.

He is committed to delivering taxpayers more for their money, and his fiscally conservative leadership helped the state build its largest savings account in history, which proved to be prophetic in the face of an oil and gas downturn.

Stitt is a fourth-generation Oklahoman and a graduate of Oklahoma State University. He and his wife, Sarah, have been married for 23 years and they have six children.


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