Stephen L. Arata
CEO, Blue Racer Midstream LLC and Caiman Energy II, LLC
Stephen Arata became CEO of Caiman Energy II LLC and Blue Racer Midstream LLC in April 2015. He joined Caiman II's predecessor, Caiman Energy LLC, as chief financial officer in October 2010. Arata co-founded Caiman Energy II in mid-2012 and was a lead negotiator in the formation of Blue Racer Midstream in late 2012. Caiman Energy II is a 50 percent owner of Blue Racer, a joint venture with Dominion Resources. Arata is also a board member of both companies. Earlier in his career, he worked for UBS Investment Bank, covering the power and pipeline sectors. Prior to UBS, Arata was a consultant at Deloitte Consulting. He received a B.A. in English and a BBA in general business from Southern Methodist University. He also holds a master of management degree from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
Vice President, Marketing and Midstream Operations, Range Resources Corp.
Elie Atme, vice president of marketing and midstream operations for Range Resources Corp., joined Range from Spectra Energy, where he was director of business development. Prior to joining Spectra in 2008 in corporate development, Atme was the Hamilton, Ontario, district manager for its Union Gas unit. He began his career in Ontario with petchem refiner Bartek Ingredients and worked in Europe and Canada with Jungbunzlauer Canada and JNE Engineering LLC. He received his engineering degree from McMaster University and his MBA from Rice University.
President & CEO, Ponderosa Advisors LLC
Porter Bennett is principal and CEO of Ponderosa Advisors LLC, which he and his partners founded in 2012. Prior to starting Ponderosa, he founded BENTEK Energy LLC, and over its 25-year life, he developed that company into the leading natural gas and oil market analysis and information team, growing to more than 120 employees before it was sold to McGraw-Hill in 2010. Bennett is a member of the Board of Advisors of the Western Energy Alliance, an observer with the Potential Gas Committee and serves on the board of directors for Fairway Energy, an oil storage company. He holds an M.S. degree in mineral economics from the Colorado School of Mines, an M.A. in international affairs from Columbia University and a B.A. in history from Lewis & Clark College.
J. Keith Burdette
Secretary, West Virginia Department of Commerce
J. Keith Burdette was appointed cabinet secretary for the West Virginia Department of Commerce and executive director of the West Virginia Development Office in 2010. Burdette began his public service when he was elected to the first of two terms in the West Virginia House of Delegates at age 23. In 1982 he was elected to the West Virginia State Senate, and in 1989 Burdette was elected the 42nd president of the State Senate at age 34, the youngest Senate president in the state's history. He also formed the Burdette Group, a consulting firm focused on government relations and economic development. Burdette received an honorary doctorate from West Virginia University-Parkersburg and has received a Distinguished West Virginian Award from both Governor's Gaston Caperton and Bob Wise.
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.
Vice President, Strategic Planning & Development, Chesapeake Utilities Corp.
Mark Eisenhower is vice president of strategic planning and development for Chesapeake Utilities Corp. He has a leadership role in the development of the company's strategic plan, specifically working on converting growth goals into specific business opportunities. In collaboration with other leaders, Eisenhower facilitates business acquisitions and development projects through the various stages of a transaction including integration into the company. He also develops and manages the business development pipeline and collaborates with the company's business units on new and existing business opportunities. Eisenhower has more than 25 years of energy industry experience in the areas of marketing and trading, exploration and production, power generation, and mergers and acquisitions.
Scott J. Garner
Vice President, Corporate Development and JV Management, MarkWest
Scott J. Garner is vice president of corporate development and joint venture management of MarkWest Energy Partners. Prior to joining MarkWest in 2005, Garner held various director and manager-level midstream business development, asset management, project evaluation and strategic planning positions, most recently with El Paso Field Services Company. Prior to El Paso, Garner served with Great Divide Gas Services, LLC, Coastal Field Services Company, Colorado Interstate Gas Company and Conoco's Continental Pipeline Company subsidiary. Garner holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil/Structural Engineering from Texas A&M University and a Master of Science in Civil/Structural Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.
Vice President of Government Affairs, Gas Processors Association
Matthew Hite is GPA's vice president of government affairs and leads the association's federal advocacy activities in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining GPA in January 2015, Hite served as policy counsel and committee executive to the Environment, Technology &ammp; Regulatory Affairs Division at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. In that role, he handled a variety of environmental issues and also managed the Chamber's Environment and Agriculture Committee, the policymaking body for environment and agriculture issues and initiatives. Before joining the Chamber, he spent close to a decade working on Capitol Hill. He was senior counsel to Ranking Member Jim Inhofe (R-OK) on the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works where he handled a number of environmental, agency oversight and regulatory issues. Prior to that, he worked on energy and environmental issues for congressional members from Alaska, Idaho and Ohio. Hite holds a Juris Doctor from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Rochester.
Director, Energy Research, RS Energy Group
Ryan Horvat is a Director at RS Energy Group, a market leading oil and gas research and advisory firm that works with several hundred institutional investors, E&P companies and private equity shops. He joined the company in 2011 after graduating (with distinction) from the University of Calgary in 2009 with a B.S., obtaining a double major in actuarial science and pure mathematics. He previously worked as an actuarial analyst at a pension consulting firm. Horvat is responsible for financial modeling and evaluates public and private producers and assets across North America with a primary focus on the Appalachian Basin.
Vice President, Corporate Strategy, NOVA Chemicals Corporation
John Hotz is the vice president of corporate strategy. He joined NOVA Chemicals in 2000 as vice president for the polyethylene business and was appointed to his current role in 2011. Prior to joining NOVA Chemicals, Hotz worked at LyondellBasell for 24 years where he held roles of increasing commercial responsibility with primary focus in sales and marketing management, as well as senior level roles responsible for asset and business profitability. Hotz earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Creighton University and graduated from Northwestern University's Executive Development Program.
Director of Global Operations, Alerian
Emily Hsieh is the director of global operations at Alerian, which equips investors to make informed decisions about Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs) and energy infrastructure. Hsieh manages the firm's relationships with MLPs and licensees and develops business strategies for the Alerian Index Series. Hsieh was previously with Raymond James & Associates Inc as a senior associate in the firm's Equity Research Division, covering the midstream energy MLP space. She developed differentiated investment calls and worked closely with the firm's financial advisors and institutional investors. Hsieh graduated with a Masters in Professional Accounting and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin, and is a certified public accountant.
Vice President, Commercial and Business Development, EnLink Midstream
Kevin Hyatt is vice president, Commercial and Business Development, for EnLink Midstream's Ohio River Valley assets. His responsibilities include marketing the midstream transportation services offered to producers in the Ohio River Valley and managing the new business and asset development opportunities in the region. Hyatt joined EnLink in 2013. He brings 30 years of energy industry experience in energy financial analysis, natural gas supply and marketing, liquid and gas pipeline asset development, gas processing, electric power marketing, gas liquids marketing, and strategic mergers and acquisitions. Previously, Hyatt held various management positions at Enron, Transwestern Pipeline, Energy Transfer Partners, and Gavilon, LLC. Hyatt has a Master of Business Administration in international finance from the University of Houston and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska.
President and CEO, Northeast Gas Association
Tom Kiley is president and CEO of the Northeast Gas Association (NGA), which is a regional trade association that represents the natural gas industry within nine Northeast U.S. states. Kiley became president of NGA in 2003, when the organization was formed as a result of the merger of The New England Gas Association and the New York Gas Group. In this capacity, he is responsible for the organization's interaction with a host of regulatory, legislative and business organizations. Kiley previously served as president of The New England Gas Association from 1985 to January 2003, and as acting executive director of the New York Gas Group from April 2001 to January 2003. He is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and has done graduate work in Northeastern University's MBA program.
Principal, Steptoe & Johnson
Kurt Krieger, a member of Steptoe & Johnson PLLC, focuses his practice in the areas of utility regulation and energy law. He represents and counsels regulated gas and electric utility companies, regulated and unregulated natural gas pipelines and midstream companies, natural gas producing companies, and power generation developers with respect to both state and commonwealth public service (or utility) commission and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) matters. Krieger received his J.D. from West Virginia University College of Law, where he was the executive editor of the West Virginia Law Review. He has a degree in accounting from Wheeling Jesuit University. He is a member of numerous energy-related associations, including the Energy Bar Association, American Gas Association, Energy & Mineral Law Foundation, Independent Petroleum Association of America, and the Institute for Energy Law.
Senior Vice President, Crestwood Midstream Partners
Mark Mitchell joined Crestwood Midstream Partners in 2013 and currently serves as senior vice
president in Crestwood's Pipeline Services Group. In his role, Mitchell is responsible for commercial operations and business development of Crestwood's midstream assets in the Eastern United States, including Stagecoach Pipeline and Storage Company, Arlington Storage Company, Tres Palacios Gas Storage and Crestwood's Marcellus gathering system in West Virginia. Prior to joining Crestwood, Mitchell held responsibility over natural gas origination and business development for North America at Constellation Energy Commodities Group and then Macquarie Energy, following Macquarie's purchase of Constellation's natural gas trading business. Prior to 2005, he served in various natural gas marketing and trading roles at Epoch Energy, El Paso Energy, Natural Gas Clearinghouse, and Coastal Corporation. Mitchell graduated from Rice University with a BA in English Literature.
Senior Analyst, Energy Insights, McKinsey & Co.
Rick Notarianni is a senior analyst with McKinsey & Company's Energy Insights, based in Houston. He develops market outlooks and strategic guidance on assets for investors and operators in the North American as well as international LNG market. Notarianni was previously an analyst and manager at Bentek Energy. He holds an M.A. in International Economics from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver and a B.A. from Washington & Jefferson College.
President, Marathon Pipe Line LLC
Craig O. Pierson joined Marathon Pipe Line Co. in June 1978 as a pipeline engineer in Martinsville, Ill. He moved to Findlay, Ohio, as an internal control auditor for Marathon and then back to a number of pipeline engineering and pipeline operations positions in Wyoming, Alaska, West Texas and Houston. In 1989, he rejoined Marathon to help develop a gas pipeline project in Syria. In 1991, Pierson was named manager of Engineering and Construction Services. He then held operations manager positions for Marathon Pipe Line in Wyoming and Illinois. In 2005, he was named vice president of operations for Marathon Pipe Line LLC. In May 2011, Pierson became president of Marathon Pipe Line and was named to his current role with MPLX LP in 2012. Pierson graduated from Ohio Northern University with a B.S. in mechanical engineering in 1978.
Donald R. Raikes
Senior Vice President, Dominion Transmission Inc.
Donald R. Raikes is senior vice president-Customer Service & Business Development for Dominion Energy. He is responsible for leading all major customer service functions for Dominion Transmission, Cove Point and the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. He also will have primary responsibility for identifying strategic business alliances and new markets that are consistent with Dominion's long-range goals. Since joining the company in 1985, he has held various positions in the interstate gas pipeline business unit. Raikes was part of the commercial team that implemented the wholesale restructuring and also led the commercial team that reactivated the Cove Point LNG terminal. He was also responsible for the commercial transactions relating to the Cove Point Export Project, as well as the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) project. He previously was vice president-Transmission Marketing & Business Development and assumed his current post in November 2014. Raikes earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from Fairmont State University.
Group Director, Midstream and Industry Operations, American Petroleum Institute
Robin Rorick is the group director of Midstream and Industry Operations at the American Petroleum Institute. Rorick joined API in 1996 and for the last five years has worked as API’s director of marine and security. In his 20 years at API, Rorick has worked in various capacities in communications, regulatory and scientific affairs and policy analysis. Additionally, he has been involved with each segment of the industry -- upstream, midstream and downstream – working on a myriad of issues, including climate change, Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act and the Toxic Substances Control Act, to name a few. Rorick is responsible for all energy infrastructure issues for API and regularly represents it to the media, at conferences and at other speaking venues. He is a graduate of the College of William and Mary and then later Johns Hopkins University.
Director & Senior MLP/Energy Infrastructure Analyst, Global Hunter Securities, LLC
Sunil Sibal is the director and senior analyst covering the energy infrastructure/MLPs sector at Seaport Global Securities in New York. He joined Seaport in 2014 from Citi Global Markets where he spent more than four years covering the midstream energy sector. He has a total of more than 20 years of progressive international experience in the energy space with roles including investment analysis in the E&P and natural resources at BofA and Natixis as well as project development and engineering at CBI Lummus (Chevron JV) and Fluor Corp. Sibal holds an MBA with High Distinction from Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and a Bachelors in Chemical Engineering from Panjab University in India.
Chief, Oil and Gas Resources Management, Ohio Department of Natural Resources
As Chief of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources'; Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management, Rick Simmers is responsible for enforcing Ohio's laws related to oil and gas drilling, production, plugging, orphan wells, solution mining, enhanced recovery, gas storage and underground injection control operations. An ODNR career employee, Simmers began working for the Oil and Gas Program in 1985. Over the years he has served as a staff geologist, ground water investigator, acting chief and statewide field enforcement administrator. Simmers earned both a Master of Science degree and Bachelor's degree in geology from the University of Akron. He also holds a Bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Akron. He is currently serving as Ohio's representative to the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission and has also served on the Ground Water Protection Council.
Director, Energy & Natural Resources, FTI Consulting
Jackie Stewart is an Ohio-based Director in the Strategic Communications segment at FTI Consulting, as part of the segment's Public Affairs practice and Energy & Natural Resources industry practice. Stewart has over a decade of experience in government and community relations, public policy and event management. Prior to FTI, Stewart held senior positions with U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson (R-Ohio) and U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.), and logged some time with the PGA Tour. In 2014, Stewart was named the Southeastern Ohio Oil and Gas Association's "Workhorse of the Year" award. She's also been awarded honorary membership in the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local Union 396 and was named to the Columbus Business First Top 20 "People to Know" in energy for 2015.
Executive-In-Residence, Energy Policy Center, Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University
Andrew Thomas is an executive-in-residence in the Levin College of Urban Affairs of Cleveland State University, where he leads research for the Energy Policy Center. He is adjunct to the Cleveland Marshall School of Law, where he teaches courses in energy law and policy. Thomas has been teaching intensive short courses in oil and gas contracts since 1997 at various venues around the world. He also writes a regular column in Crain's Ohio Shale & Energy Report. Prior to coming to CSU in 2008, Thomas was an oil and gas lawyer in private practice in New Orleans, Louisiana, and a geophysicist with Shell Oil Company. He received his J.D. from Loyola University, where he was editor of the law review. Thomas is of counsel to the Cleveland, Ohio-based law firm of Meyers, Roman, Friedberg and Lewis.
Senior Vice President, Midstream & Marketing, Rice Energy; Chief Operating Officer, Rice Midstream Partners
Robert R. Wingo was appointed as senior vice president, chief operating officer and a member of the Board of Directors of our general partner in August 2014. Wingo has served as Rice Energy’s vice president of Midstream and Marketing since June 2013. Prior to joining Rice Energy, he served as director, Corporate Development for Copano Energy, LLC, a Houston-based midstream energy company, from January 2010 until May 2013, where he helped lead the company’s pursuit of mergers, acquisitions and greenfield projects. From March 2008 to January 2010, he served as Director, Business Development and Field Services in Copano’s Denver office and was responsible for acquisitions, business development and field services in the Rocky Mountain region. From 2006 to 2008, Wingo served as manager, Corporate Development for Copano, focusing on mergers and acquisitions. Wingo began his career in 2002 as a project engineer and operations manager for Copano and managed all engineering, construction and operations activities for over 1,400 miles of natural gas and NGL pipelines. Wingo holds a BS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas.