Mark D. Casaday
President and Chief Operating Officer, PVR Partners LP
Mark D. Casaday currently serves as president and chief operating officer — midstream of PVR's general partner. He served as senior vice president, eastern region, of the Partnership's midstream subsidiary since 2012 and, prior to that, as vice president, eastern region, since 2010. From 2008 to 2010, Casaday served as a consultant to the Partnership. He graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 1983 with a degree in petroleum and natural gas engineering, and from Washington & Jefferson College with a degree in accounting.
Director, Commercial Development, NiSource Midstream Group
Jim Avioli is the director, commercial development of NiSource Midstream & Minerals Group, LLC (NMMG), a non-regulated business unit of NiSource Gas Transmission & Storage. NMMG is responsible for the exploitation of NiSource's 600,000 acre minerals position located in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and New York, as well as the development of investment opportunities in the midstream sector with an initial focus on the Marcellus and Utica shale regions. With more than 30 years of midstream industry experience, Avioli joined NiSource in 2011. He has worked in both the upstream and midstream sectors of the oil and gas industry. Prior to NiSource, he held various midstream management and senior commercial positions with Chevron and Unocal. Avioli holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University and MBA with a finance concentration from the University of Houston.
General Manager, Ohio Valley Midstream, Williams Partners
Darrell Bull leads Williams’ Ohio Valley Midstream franchise as vice president and general manager. He played a significant role in the acquisition of assets that formed this new franchise and has been very involved in all of the company’s Marcellus Shale growth. Bull has served as director, business development and new basin entry since 2008, growing and leading a multi-disciplined team that has identified and executed on numerous growth opportunities. As a staff business development representative, he was instrumental in negotiations related to Willow Creek Gas Plant in the Piceance Basin, the Overland Pass NGL Pipeline, and the Laurel Mountain Midstream joint venture in the Marcellus. Bull’s past experience includes both technical and commercial roles and prior to joining Williams he worked for MAPCO and Mobil. Bull holds a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from the University of Oklahoma where he remains an active alumnus.
President, Midstream, Energy Transfer Partners LP
Richard (Rick) Cargile, president, midstream, for Energy Transfer Partners LP (ETP), joined the energy-transportation conglomerate in 2012. His responsibilities include executive management of ETP's midstream assets including gathering and processing, intrastate pipelines, gas storage and corporate engineering services. In addition, he oversees SEC (compression packaging) and PEI (electric generation). Cargile joined ETP with more than 30 years of midstream experience, most recently serving as president of DCP Midstream LLC's Southern business unit.
Managing Director and Head, Carlyle U.S. Equity Opportunity
Rodney S. Cohen is managing director and head of Carlyle U.S. Equity Opportunity. He previously was with Pegasus Capital Advisors as a co-managing partner. In his two decades of private-equity investing, operational restructuring and legal advisory work, he has invested in sectors ranging from natural resources to consumer and financial services. Cohen received his J.D. from Columbia Law School where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and his B.A. from Franklin and Marshall College.
President, The Center for Liquefied Natural Gas
Bill Cooper is president of the Center for Liquefied Natural Gas, a Washington-based trade association of LNG producers, shippers, terminal operators and developers, and energy trade associations. He has two decades of experience in various aspects of the energy industry, having served in both the public and private sectors. Prior to his current position, he was a partner in the law office of Hunton & Williams LLP, and counsel to the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee. Earlier in his career, Copper served as general counsel for a natural gas utility company.
Governor, The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Gov. Tom Corbett, who was inaugurated in 2011, previously was an assistant U.S. attorney under President Reagan, a U.S. attorney under President George H.W. Bush, and Pennsylvania's attorney general. In his first year and a half as governor, Corbett passed on-time budgets, closed a $4.2-billion deficit by controlling state spending, and did not raise taxes on businesses or working families. He continues to make state government smaller, smarter and more efficient and has encouraged private-sector job growth by lowering government barriers to job creation and reducing taxes. Corbett has enacted historic tort reform that safeguards small businesses, signed property-tax reform that puts spending control back in the hands of taxpayers, and signed a plan into law that develops Pennsylvania's natural gas resources in an environmentally safe and economically efficient manner.
James S. Cutler
CEO, Appalachian Resins
Jim Cutler is internationally recognized as a petrochemical and midstream business development expert. Over a 40-year career, he has been responsible for overseeing the development of ethylene, ammonia, methanol and resin production businesses, as well as various midstream projects. Cutler currently is CEO of Appalachian Resins, a start-up company that is developing an integrated ethylene/polyethylene production facility. The proposed facility will use ethane extracted from Marcellus Shale gas as the ethylene feedstock. Appalachian Resins reflects a business model that recognizes both the need to improve petrochemical supply chain resiliency and the sea change associated with the recent development of shale gas. Cutler holds a Bachelor of Science in industrial engineering from Northeastern University and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.
Partner, Energy Spectrum Capital
Ben Davis, a partner with Energy Spectrum Capital, focuses on business development and deal execution for the firm's midstream private-equity business. Previously, he worked in the firm's investment-banking group, where his responsibilities included management of transaction-execution teams. Prior to joining Energy Spectrum, Davis was an analyst with energy investment-banking firm R. Reid Investments Inc., working with three of the founding partners of Energy Spectrum, and was a consultant in the field of organizational management. He received his B.A. from the University of Richmond.
Senior E&P Analyst, KeyBanc Capital Markets
David Deckelbaum, senior E&P analyst for KeyBanc Capital Markets, co-covers some 35 E&P company stocks with roughly $140 billion in market capitalization, ranging from $200 million to $13 billion. As NGL production continues to grow, end-user demand has yet to catch up, although petrochem build-out is under way and on the books, including at least four ethylene crackers. Deckelbaum describes NGL-rich plays, including in Appalachia, that are exposed to NGL price risk. Prior to joining KeyBanc Capital Markets, Deckelbaum was an analyst with UBS Investment Bank, a research analyst for Banc of America Securities, a buyside analyst for Millenium Partners and in senior consulting valuation roles at HSBC Group, Huron Consulting Group and PricewaterhouseCoopers. He received his B.S. in business administration, finance and information systems from George Washington University.
Vice President, Gas Sales, Chesapeake Energy Marketing Inc.
Since 2003, Mark Edge has served as vice president, gas sales, for Chesapeake Energy Marketing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Chesapeake Energy, where he leads the commercial team for gas and liquids sales, gathering, processing, transportation and contract negotiations for all Chesapeake basins. He served as manager of gas sales and contract administration for the Company from 1999 to 2003. Prior to joining Chesapeake, he has held various gas marketing and land positions with Texas Oil and Gas, Delhi Gas Pipeline Corp., Finley Energy Corp. and JMA Energy Corp. He is a member of the Natural Gas and Energy Association of Oklahoma, National Energy Services Association and Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association. Edge graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in petroleum land management.
Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Valerus
Kerry Galvin, senior vice president and general counsel for Valerus, is responsible for coordinating and providing legal, compliance, environmental and facilities-management services across all of Valerus' businesses. Previously, she was senior vice president and general counsel of Lyondell Chemical Co. and began her career in private practice with the law firm of Mayor, Day, Caldwell and Keaton. She is a director of the American Corporate Counsel Association and a member of the University of Michigan Alumni Association board of directors. Galvin graduated cum laude from Georgetown University with a B.S. in foreign service and received her J.D. cum laude from the University of Michigan.
Partner, Calvert Street Capital Partners
Since early 2005, Brian Guerin has assisted in managing Calvert Street’s private equity funds. Prior to joining Calvert Street, Guerin was an associate with Ernst & Young Corp. Finance and later with the Due Diligence Group, specializing in M&A transactions between private equity firms and lower middle market companies. Previously, Guerin worked for four years in Arthur Andersen’s Audit practice. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and holds a B.S. degree in accounting from Regis University and an MBA in Finance from the University of Maryland.
Manager of Research, Hart Energy
Greg Haas serves as manager of research, integrated oil and gas, for Hart Energy's research team in Houston. Haas leverages 20 years of integrated global energy experience garnered in operating and fundamental research roles at Exxon, at EPRI (the Electric Power Research Institute) and pipeline and power consultancies, and at institutional sell-side investment brokerage firms including Raymond James Financial. Haas holds an MBA from Rice University and mechanical engineering Master and Bachelor of Science degrees from University of Illinois.
Director, NGL Analytics, Ponderosa Advisors
Kristen Holmquist, director, NGL analytics, for Porter Bennett's new Ponderosa Advisors LLC, previously was manager of Bentek Energy's NGL team, leading the development of long-term supply/demand modeling, price-forecasting tools and ground-breaking report services. Prior to joining Bennett's Bentek, she was director, feedstocks and cracker economics, for CMAI (now IHS Chemical) modeling ethylene-production economics. She is also well versed in on-purpose propylene and butadiene economics. Holmquist received her MBA from the University of Notre Dame and a B.S. in chemical engineering from Virginia Tech.
Mark A. Houser
President and CEO, EV Energy Partners LP; Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, EnerVest Ltd.
Mark Houser is president and CEO of EV Energy Partners LP and executive vice president and chief operating officer of general partner EnerVest Ltd., the largest oil producer in Ohio. Prior to joining EnerVest in 1999, Houser was vice president, U.S. E&P, for Occidental Petroleum Corp., and previously held positions of vice president of corporate planning and investor relations for Canadian Occidental Petroleum Ltd. (now Nexen Inc.) in Calgary and vice president of exploration for CXY Energy, the U.S. subsidiary of Canadian Oxy. He began his career as an engineer with Kerr-McGee Corp. Houser received his petroleum engineering degree from Texas A&M University and an MBA from Southern Methodist University. He is the chairman of the industry board of the Texas A&M University Department of Petroleum Engineering.
President, Harvest Pipeline
Steve Jacobs joined Hilcorp Energy Co. in 2006 as president of Harvest Pipeline, focused on growing the midstream business segment. Since that time, Harvest has experienced significant growth in assets and earnings. Prior to joining Harvest, Jacobs spent 25 years in the energy business with Colonial Pipeline and Conoco in various pipeline and commercial assignments, both domestic and international. He holds an MBA and a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan State University.
Vice President and General Manager, Canopy Prospecting Inc.; Eddystone Rail Co.
Erik Johnson joined Canopy Prospecting in 2005 and is currently vice president and general manager. Prior to joining the company, Johnson was a supply chain management consultant with Tenzing Consulting, working with clients in Chapter 11, pre-M&A and private equity situations. He previously worked for FreeMarkets, Inc. in Greater China and India in a number of positions dealing with the company’s energy, process, and heavy industry clients and potential clients. Johnson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Vanderbilt University and a Master of Arts in East Asian studies from Yale University.
Director of Business Development, Kinder Morgan Products Pipelines
Karen Kabin's responsibilities include developing new business opportunities on the Cochin pipeline system, including the Marcellus lateral pipeline, as well as working with the Kinder Morgan natural gas pipelines group to develop Eagle Ford crude, condensate and NGL opportunities. Kabin has more than 10 years of experience in the energy industry and joined the Kinder Morgan products pipelines business development group in 2005. Prior to her current role, she led the commercial implementation of automated ethanol blending across the Kinder Morgan southeast terminals network and worked on the Cochin acquisition team and the North System divestiture team. Kabin received a Ph.D. in chemical engineering and an MBA from the University of Houston.
Vice President & General Manager, NGL & Olefins Marketing, Williams Midstream
Kelly G. Knopp, vice president of marketing for Williams' midstream and petrochemical businesses, is responsible for marketing NGL and olefins products from Williams' operating areas in the U.S. and Canada. Before his current role, he was general manager for NGL and olefins marketing for Williams Midstream and marketing manager for Williams' olefins business. In more than three decades since beginning his career in 1981, Knopp has held leadership roles that include sales and marketing, plant engineering and operations, and business development. He worked at Phillips Petroleum Co. and Koch Industries prior to joining Williams in 2000. Knopp holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Kansas and an MBA from the University of Houston-Clear Lake.
Partner-in-Charge, Pittsburgh-Southpointe, Fulbright & Jaworski LLP
Kenneth S. (Ken) Komoroski is partner-in-charge in the greater Pittsburgh area (Washington County) office of Fulbright & Jaworski LLP, and has represented oil and gas producers and pipeline companies in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, New York and Maryland for more than 20 years. Previously, in industry, he worked with a major chemical company, where he supervised waste programs. He is currently chairman of the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission and, by appointment by President George W. Bush, has chaired the Pollution Control Standards committee. Komoroski received his B.S. in environmental engineering with a specialization in water and wastewater treatment from PSU and his J.D. degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.
President & Chief Operating Officer, Caiman Energy II
A co-founder of Caiman Energy, Rick Moncrief serves as president and chief operating officer. Moncrief has 30 years of energy industry experience and has held numerous operational and commercial leadership positions. In his prior role as executive vice president of business development, Moncrief led Caiman's commercial efforts in West Virginia and Pennsylvania. These efforts led to the successful deployment of over $700 million in capital for the development of gas and condensate gathering systems, gas processing plants, as well as NGL pipelines and fractionation facilities. Before joining Caiman, he served as executive vice president and chief operating officer for Regency Energy Partners. Moncrief began his career in as an engineer with Getty Oil after receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M University.
Managing Director, Head of Energy Research, ITG Investment Research
Manuj Nikhani is managing director and co-leads the energy practice at ITG Investment Research (Formally Ross Smith Energy Group), a technically oriented research firm focused on the upstream energy space. Nikhani specializes in the research and analysis of unconventional resources and the companies involved in those plays. Over the last decade, he has completed several hundred evaluations of public and private companies for institutional investors. He is regularly quoted in the press, including the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Bloomberg and various oil and gas trade publications. Nikhani obtained his bachelor of commerce degree with distinction and has earned the FRM and CFA charters.
A. Michael Schaal
Director, Office of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels Analysis, Office of Energy Analysis, U.S. Energy Information Administration
A. Michael Schaal is the director of the U.S. Energy Information Administration's (EIA) office of petroleum, natural gas and biofuels analysis. His portfolio includes all aspects of analysis and forecasting for those subject areas in support of a number of EIA's products. His primary focus is on producing the oil and natural gas and biofuels projections for EIA's Annual Energy Outlook. His prior experience includes working as a professional engineer with Bechtel Corp. of San Francisco where he was involved in economic analysis, engineering, construction and operations of first-of-a-kind facilities, and as a consultant with Energy Ventures Analysis Inc., advising clients on gas- and power-sector issues. Schaal received his B.S. in electrical engineering from California State University and his Masters in mineral economics from Pennsylvania State University.
Robert A. Riess Sr.
President and CEO, Sheehan Pipe Line Construction Co.
Robert (Rob) A. Riess Sr., president and CEO of Sheehan Pipe Line Construction Co., previously was vice president of ARB Inc., responsible for the company's underground division which consisted primarily of pipeline construction east of the Rockies. He also managed the company's horizontal directional drilling division and its international operations, with HDD projects in Alaska, India, Uzbekistan, Taiwan, Argentina, Peru, Colombia and Guam and pipeline projects in Chile, Mexico, Ecuador and the Philippines. He began his career with Texas Eastern Transmission Corp., where he was general manager of environmental services. Riess graduated from the University of Missouri-Rolla with a B.S. in civil engineering.
Executive Vice President, Ohio Oil and Gas Association
As Executive Vice President of the Ohio Oil and Gas Association (OOGA), Tom Stewart serves as industry spokesman to media outlets; treasurer of the political action committee; and as the public policy advocate in Columbus and Washington D.C. He is the Ohio associate representative to the Interstate Oil and Natural Gas Compact Commission, having been appointed to that position by Gov. Voinovich in 1997. Stewart is also an active member with the Independent Petroleum Association of America and serves on many of its committees. From 2002-2005, he served as the secretary treasurer of the Liaison Committee of Cooperating Oil and Gas Associations. Prior to joining OOGA, Stewart had 15 years of formal experience in the oil and gas industry as an oil and gas producer and provider of contract drilling services.
Senior Vice President, Kayne Anderson Energy Funds
Mark Teshoian is a senior vice president for the Kayne Anderson's energy private-equity activities, Kayne Anderson Energy Funds. He focuses on identifying investment opportunities as part of the firm's emphasis on energy transactions. Previously, Teshoian was a vice president in the energy investment-banking group of Goldman Sachs. He began his career in energy investment banking with Credit Suisse. Teshoian received his BBA in accounting and an M.S. in finance from Texas A&M University.
President and CEO, Momentum/M3 Midstream LLC
Frank Tsuru, president and CEO, founded Momentum Energy Group LLC in September 2004 that operates the new Appalachia gathering system for production from southwestern Pennsylvania and northern West Virginia. Previously, Tsuru founded Aka Energy Group LLC, which is Southern Ute Growth Fund's midstream gas company, in July 2002, and he was president of Red Cedar Gathering, the Southern Ute Indian Tribe's natural gas gathering and treating joint venture with Kinder Morgan. Tsuru received his B.S. in petroleum engineering from the University of Kansas.
Partner, Americas, A.T. Kearney Inc.
Andrew (Andy) Walberer is partner, Americas, in A.T. Kearney's energy- and process-industries practice, focusing on complexity management as well as portfolio strategy, supply, supply chain and risk management with an emphasis on the chemicals and consumer-goods industries. Assignments have included development of near- and long-term supply-chain strategy for one of world's largest chemicals/plastics companies. He holds a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Illinois and a B.S.E. from the University of Michigan.
Paul A. Weissgarber
Senior Vice President, Ohio River Valley, Crosstex Energy Services LP
Paul A. Weissgarber played a key role in the 2012 acquisition of Crosstex’s Ohio River Valley business. Previously, as a Crosstex consultant, Weissgarber led the development of its oilfield water and gas-to-liquids businesses. Prior, he was a principal at Ernst & Young and held senior executive positions, including global and Americas advisory oil-and gas-sector leader; a partner at global management-consulting firm, A.T. Kearney, where he managed numerous major energy-company accounts including Crosstex; a principal at Gemini Consulting, where he specialized in working with oil and gas clients; and manager, new-project development, at Texas Oil & Gas Corp. He received his MBA from Southern Methodist University and B.S. in petroleum engineering from The University of Texas.