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.
Partner, EnCap Investments, LLC
Prior to joining EnCap Investments LLC as a partner in 2006, Murphy Markham was managing director and group head of JPMorganChase’s oil and gas finance group. Prior to the merger of JPMorgan and Bank One, Markham ran Bank One’s oil and gas group. He started his banking career with Republic Bank in 1981 and remained with the bank and its ultimate successor, Bank of America, for 22 years, as a managing director in its energy-banking group. Markham has a BBA in Finance from Texas Tech University and an MBA in Accounting from the University of Houston. He serves on the boards of the IPAA, the Independent Petroleum Association of Mountain States and the Dallas Petroleum Club Wildcat Committee. He is an active member of the Dallas and Fort Worth Wildcatters and ADAM Energy Forum, and serves on the boards of several EnCap portfolio companies.
Managing Director, Jefferies LLC
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 evaluations to M&A transactions. While his activities are focused in the U.S., Marko 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, he worked more than 18 years in various engineering, operations and commercial roles at Mobil Oil. With more than 37 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. Marko 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.
Principal, Global Sector Head and U.S. National Sector Leader of Energy and Natural Resources, KPMG
Regina Mayor serves as KPMG's global sector head and the U.S. national sector leader of
energy and natural resources. In both capacities, she helps determine the firm's strategy to better
serve the industry as well as optimize the delivery of KPMG's services nationally and globally.
Mayor is a recognized thought leader on the disruptive trends facing the various segments of the
energy value chain from the impact of millennials and baby boomers on gasoline consumption to
the rapidly changing demands in the power generation segment.
She has more than 25 years of experience delivering large-scale business and technology
changes to major energy companies around the world and serves as the lead partner for several of
KPMG's key energy clients. Her expertise in providing advisory services spans across the entire
energy value chain. Mayor has published many papers on performance improvement
demonstrated through tangible, financial results.
In 2013 and 2014 she served as an adjunct professor at Rice University teaching energy strategy
to professional MBA candidates. She holds a bachelor's degree from Cornell University and a
master's degree in public policy from Harvard University. She also was an officer in the U.S.
James C. Row, CFA
Managing Director, Entoro Capital, LLC
James C. Row, CFA – Row is the founder of OFSCap, LLC a boutique energy investment bank in Houston that specializes in E&P, midstream, oil field services, power and renewables. Additionally, Row is one of the owners of Oil & Gas Asset Clearinghouse a leading acquisitions and divestitures (A&D) firm where he focuses on broker/dealer activities, investment banking and business origination. Row is an expert in various areas of energy finance, including: producer finance, project finance, drilling programs, M&A, restructurings, securities and risk management. Additionally, Row has been approved by the US Federal Bankruptcy Court (Southern District of Texas – Houston) to sell bankrupt oil and gas assets.
Since 2002, he has originated and arranged funding (debt – senior and mezzanine, and equity) on numerous projects in the E&P, oil field services, midstream, renewables, water, and power sectors. Previously Row was a Sr. VP responsible for business origination for El Paso Corp., VP at Enron Corp. in various structuring and business origination roles and worked at the IFC (International Finance Corporation), the investment?banking arm of The World Bank.
Row holds a B.S. in Finance from the University of Wyoming, a MBA in Finance from Arizona State University and a CAS from the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird). He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and maintains Series 7, 24, 28, 63, 79 and 99 FINRA securities licenses. Row is a member of the Houston Society of Financial Analysts, Houston World Affairs Council, Houston Producers Forum, Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA), and Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN).
Partner, Quantum Energy Partners
Garry Tanner is a member of Quantum's Executive and Investment Committees. He is actively involved in the setting of the firm's strategy and is responsible for originating and overseeing investments in the oil and gas upstream and midstream sectors. He also oversees all of Quantum's in-house technical efforts, utilizing his more than 25 years of commercial, technical and operating experience in the U.S. and Canada. Prior to joining Quantum, Tanner was executive vice president and chief operating officer at Enerplus Resources Fund, a $4 billion enterprise value Canadian public royalty trust where he was instrumental in growing the company from a small, financially driven enterprise to a large, technically driven company with top sector returns. In response to tax law changes impacting the Canadian royalty trust sector at the end of 2006, Tanner helped lead Enerplus' transition from a royalty trust to an early stage resource play-focused company with a meaningful presence in the Marcellus, Bakken and other resource plays. Prior to joining Enerplus, he served as a senior vice president of EnCap Investments where he initially worked in its Houston office and then opened and ran the firm's investment office in Calgary. From 1984 to 1997, Tanner worked for Exxon Company USA where he served in a variety of engineering, operational and management positions. He holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Kansas and an M.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin, both with honors, and is a professional engineer in the State of Texas.