Director, Macroeconomics, Geopolitics & Policy, Stratas Advisors
Mr. Kneiss is the director of Stratas Advisors' macro-level initiative for integrated assessment of government and regulatory policy, geopolitical risk, macro-economics and energy scenarios within the oil and natural gas industries. He launched and oversees the Executive Suite research practice, including the Executive Dialogue, Geopolitical Risk Outlook, Macroeconomic Outlook and Global Energy Scenarios services. Prior to joining Hart Energy, he served as the vice president of regulatory and technical affairs for the Oxygenated Fuels Association in Washington, D.C. As the former executive director of the Clean Transportation Advisory Council, he developed strategic partnerships and outreach to address regulatory and risk potential involving fuels issues. He has more than 35 years professional experience that includes industry trade groups, private sector manufacturing, and state environmental regulatory agencies. He received his bachelor's degree from Wilkes University (Pennsylvania) and graduate degree in environmental sciences and engineering from the Virginia Tech School of Civil Engineering.
Managing Director, Rothschild Inc.
Anthony Caluori has over 20 years of principal investing and restructuring investment banking experience, including complex transactions such as registered exchange offers, 3(a)(9) exchange offers, rescue financing, pre-packaged chapter 11, debtor-in-possession financing and distressed debt investing. Caluori is currently based in Rothschild's New York debt advisory restructuring group.
He joined Rothschild in 2010 from Chilton Investment Company, where he was co-head of credit investments. Mr. Caluori served as board member and member of the Restructuring Committee for Trident Resources. Prior to joining Chilton, Caluori was a director at Angelo, Gordon & Co., a privately held registered investment advisor dedicated to alternative investing, where he focused on investments in the leveraged loan, high yield and distressed debt markets. Caluori also managed distressed debt investments for Morgens, Waterfall, Vintiadis & Company, Inc. and Whippoorwill Associates. Prior to that, Mr. Caluori advised parties involved in corporate restructurings at the accounting firms of Ernst & Young LLP and Arthur Andersen LLP.
Managing Director, Petrie Partners LLC
Mr. Carmain is a Managing Director of Petrie Partners covering the upstream and midstream sectors.
Mr. Carmain has been advising oil and gas clients for over twenty years and has served lead roles in
more than $60 billion of merger, acquisition, and divestiture transactions and in numerous strategic
advisory and financing assignments. Prior to joining Petrie Partners in 2014, Mr. Carmain was a founder
of Catalyst Energy Advisors, an upstream focused M&A advisory firm, and served as President of a
private exploration and production company. Previously, Mr. Carmain was a Managing Director of Bank
of America Merrill Lynch in its Global Energy and Power Investment Banking Group and a Partner at
Petrie Parkman & Co. Mr. Carmain joined Bank of America Merrill Lynch as part of Merrill Lynch's
acquisition of Petrie Parkman in 2006, having started his banking career with Petrie Parkman in 1997.
Ken J Friedman
Managing Director, SFC Energy Partners
Ken Friedman is a managing director and responsible for origination, analysis and execution of investments for SFC Energy Partners. He was part of the founding team at SFC Energy Partners in 2005 and rejoined the firm in 2015. Prior to rejoining SFC, Friedman was a director for the oil and gas team at Denham Capital in Houston. Prior to Denham, he was a senior associate at Battery Ventures. Before Battery, Friedman co-founded and served as executive vice president for Innovance Networks, a telecom equipment startup, which he helped grow to more than 300 employees. Friedman started his career as an investment banker with Wasserstein Perella & Co. and Credit Suisse First Boston after graduating from Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.
Frank D. Bracken III
CEO and Managing Director, Lonestar Resources LLC
Frank D. Bracken, III is the Chief Executive Officer of Lonestar Resources, Inc. and a member of the Board of Directors. Frank's background brings a variety of skill sets to the Company, including corporate budgeting and finance, public and private equity and debt financing, mergers & acquisitions and oil & gas producing property divestitures.
Most recently, Frank's career has been focused on Investment Banking at Jefferies & Company, Inc. and Sunrise Securities. During that time, Frank led over $5 billion of oil and gas transactions, spanning from public and private equity and debt offerings to joint ventures in the Haynesville Shale to the first-ever purchase of a publicly-traded oil & gas company by Private Equity.
Frank's direct experience as an oil & gas executive comes from his tenure at Gerrity Oil & Gas Corp, an NYSE-listed exploration & production company focused in the DJ Basin. As Chief Financial Officer and a member of the Board of Directors, Frank was responsible for corporate budgeting and development, equity and debt financing in public and private offerings, and acquisitions and divestitures. During Frank's tenure Gerrity's market valuation grew four-fold, and was subsequently merged into Patina Energy.
Frank holds a Bachelors of Arts degree from Yale University.
Group Managing Director, East West Bank Energy Finance
Christina Kitchens is the Group Managing Director of Energy Finance at East West Bancorp (EWBC), a publicly traded bank with total assets of $32.4 billion and market capitalization of over $4.7 billion. Ms. Kitchens leads the EWBC's national energy finance platform principally focused on senior debt lending to upstream, midstream and downstream middle market companies and providing other ancillary finance products for oil and gas firms. Prior to EWBC, Ms. Kitchens served as EVP and group director at Origin Bank (formerly CTB Energy Finance) and as SVP and division manager of the Texas Oil and Gas Lending group at F&M Bank in Dallas. Ms. Kitchens is a founder of the Texas Energy Leadership Series and Women's Energy Network in North Texas; a University of North Texas graduate and serves on UNT boards; recognized by Dallas Business Journal and Houston Business Journal as a "Who's Who in Energy Honoree" from 2013-2015; by Oil & Gas Investor as "20 under 40 in Energy Finance" in 2014; and by D Magazine as one of "The Dallas 500 - The Most Powerful Business Leaders in Dallas-Fort Worth" in 2015.
Vice President, Investment Banking Division, Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Bill is a Vice President within Goldman Sachs' Energy Group focusing on the Exploration and Production space with an emphasis on Acquisitions and Divestitures.
Bill joined Goldman Sachs in 2013 as a Vice President in the Energy group in Houston. In his role, he has advised E&P clients on both M&A and financing situations. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Bill was a Vice President at Deutsche Bank in their Global Energy Group in Houston and a Wireline Field Engineer with Schlumberger in Southeast Asia.
Bill holds an MBA and a B.E. in Chemical Engineering from Vanderbilt University.
Longtime CBS commentator, former PGA Tour golfer, and bestselling author
"Life is full of ups and downs, good and bad, but it wouldn't be fun any other way." Living his life by this optimistic philosophy, Gary McCord persisted through years of mediocrity before finding great success in many aspects of the world of golf. An outstanding player, announcer, instructor, author, speaker, and even actor, Gary McCord has become a golf celebrity. Gary McCord is well known for enduring 23 years and 422 tournaments on the PGA Tour without nabbing a single victory.
A man of good humor, he boasted a "NO WINS" license plate for years to poke fun at his own less-than-glamorous career as a professional golfer. "Trapped in the headlights of bankruptcy," as he liked to describe it, McCord pursued other avenues of golf, and found himself launched into the world of broadcasting. He scored big when a CBS executive tossed him a headset and asked him to do commentary – giving him only 15 minutes to prepare. A friend of failure, McCord jumped in with no fear and impressed CBS with his performance.
Twenty seven years later, Gary is still providing color commentary for CBS. Fans and critics alike praise him for his knowledgeable perspective, refreshing humor, and sometimes irreverent wit towards a game that is known for taking itself too seriously.
In 1999, Gary McCord joined the Champions Tour and took it by storm. He won the first and last events of the year – the Toshiba Senior Classic and Ingersoll-Rand Senior Tour Championship. Over the past few years Gary has continued his excellent play, proving himself to be an extremely talented golfer. Gary has also established himself as a talented author. The fourth edition of his best-selling instructional manual Golf for Dummies was released in January 2011. McCord also worked with Wiley to convert the manual into an instructional DVD in 2004 and a popular app for smart phones in 2011. And Gary delighted fans with his autobiographical collection, Just a Range Ball in a Box of Titleists.
Non-golfers might recognize McCord for his appearance in the Kevin Costner movie, Tin Cup, in which Gary played himself and served as a technical director. In preparation for the movie, Gary gave Costner golf lessons along with Peter Kostis, a friend, fellow CBS announcer, and co-founder of the Kostis-McCord Learning Center. Gary enjoyed his taste of Hollywood so much that he is now helping write and produce an upcoming film based on the life of golfer/gambler "Titanic" Thompson and is also working on a pilot for an upcoming television sitcom.
William W. McMullen
Managing Partner, Bayou City Energy
Mr. McMullen founded Bayou City Energy in 2015 after successfully managing a smaller private equity vehicle, Bayou City Energy Partners, focused on investments in the oil and gas sector. Prior to BCEP, Mr. McMullen served as Vice President at White Deer Energy, responsible for origination, analysis, structuring and execution of upstream investments. Before White Deer Energy, Mr. McMullen served as an Associate in Denham Capital Management's upstream group. Prior to Denham Capital Management, Mr. McMullen served as an Analyst in UBS Investment Bank's Global Energy group. In addition to his professional work, Mr. McMullen served as the Houston Young Professionals Endeavor's inaugural Chairman in 2010. HYPE is a program of the Greater Houston Partnership with over 2,200 members that seeks to engage and identify the region's next generation of business leaders. Mr. McMullen previously served as a Board Member of Young Professionals in Energy. Mr. McMullen earned his Bachelor's degree in Economics, with Honors, from Harvard University.
Managing Director, Chambers Energy
Mr. Pace is a Managing Director and founding partner in Chambers Energy Capital, an energy focused credit opportunities fund.
Mr. Pace began his career in oil and natural gas Equity Research with Kidder, Peabody in 1986. He continued as an analyst covering the E&P sector primarily for Credit Suisse (CS) until 2005 (from 1995 to 1998 he was employed by Morgan Stanley). Mr. Pace first received national recognition for his research in the 1992 Institutional Investor (II) poll. He remained highly rated by II and the Greenwich poll throughout his research career.
In 2005 while still at CS, Mr. Pace moved to the Investment Banking department as Head of E&P banking. In 2006 he became Co-Head of Energy Investment Banking. Mr. Pace retired from CS as Vice Chairman of the Energy Group in 2008. During his career on Wall Street, Mr. Pace has had the privilege to be involved in raising over $10 billion in equity capital for the E&P sector in over 50 distinct transactions and he has also advised on over $50 billion of announced M&A. Mr. Pace is an honor graduate with a BBA in Finance from Texas A&M University. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and past Secretary and Chairman of the Finance and Facilities Committee of the John Cooper School Board of Trustees. Mr. Pace has served on the Advisory Board for the Mays Business School at Texas A&M and the Yellowstone Academy (a private school helping inner city children in Houston).
President and Chief Executive Officer, Ameredev
Parker Reese serves as President and Chief Executive Officer for Ameredev. He leads a team of technical and financial professionals responsible for $23 billion of mergers and acquisitions and $2.2 billion of exploration and development capital investment. Prior to his current position, he served as a reservoir engineer for Three Rivers Operating Company I and II where he had responsibilities in acquisitions and divestitures, exploration and development, and preparation of corporate reserves. Prior to that, he served as a reservoir engineer for Cimarex Energy Co. where he was responsible for exploration and development programs in the Delaware Basin, Anadarko Basin, and Texas Gulf Coast. He began his career as an engineer with ConocoPhillips.
Mr. Reese graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering. He is a registered professional engineer in the State of Texas, and is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.
Managing Director and Head of US Business, Scotiabank
Doug Reynolds is the Head of the Scotia Waterous U.S. Business, with responsibility for leading the firm's effort in M&A and A&D related to US clients and properties, and for developing and growing Scotiabank's US oil and gas equity issuance platform.
Mr. Reynolds has 30 years of investment banking experience in the energy sector. He has advised on M+A and capital markets transactions in over 20 countries across 6 continents, and led some of the most significant transactions in the industry. In 2014, he acted as advisor on over $10 bn in M+A transactions, advising Baytex in their C$2.8 bn acquisition of Aurora Oil and Gas, Encana regarding the US$3.1 bn acquisition of Freeport’s Eagleford operations, and Marathon regarding nearly $5 bn of sales in Angola and Norway, among other transactions. Mr. Reynolds formerly headed the oil and gas groups of leading global investment banks in Asia and Europe. He has been based in New York, London, Hong Kong and Houston during his career.
Mr. Reynolds holds a BA in Economics from Colgate University.
Managing Partner, EnCap Investments L.P.
Doug Swanson is a managing partner with EnCap Investments, LP, where he serves on the Investment Committee and Management Committee of the firm. During his 16-year tenure with EnCap, he has led deal teams in investing over $2.0 billion of equity in the North American exploration and production business. Prior to joining EnCap in 1999, Swanson spent three years as a corporate banker with Frost National Bank and Amegy Bank. Swanson graduated from the University of Texas in 1994 with a B.A. in economics and also received his MBA from UT in 1999. Swanson serves on the board of numerous independent exploration and production companies. In addition, he recently served on the board of the Houston Producers' Forum and is a member of the Independent Petroleum Association of America and the Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners Association.
Brian N. Thomas
Managing Director, Oil & Gas, Prudential Capital Group
Brian Thomas is the Managing Director of Prudential Capital Group's Energy Finance Group: Oil & Gas.
He oversees the private placement activity in the Energy Finance Group's oil & gas sectors consisting
of a $7.1 billion portfolio (as of 12/31/15) of senior debt, mezzanine debt and private equity
investments. Prior to this role, Brian served as Senior Vice President in Prudential Capital responsible
for energy and corporate finance investments in the Dallas office-based territories: Gulf Coast and
Louisiana. He joined Prudential in 1995.
Brian received a BBA and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin's McCombs School.
S. Wil VanLoh, Jr.
Chairman, Co-Founder, President and CEO, Quantum Energy Partners
S. Wil VanLoh, Jr. co-founded Quantum in 1998 and serves as President and CEO of Quantum Energy Partners and as Chairman of the firm's Executive and Investment Committees. In these capacities he leads the firm’s investment strategy and capital allocation process, working closely with the investment team to ensure its successful implementation and execution. Prior to co-founding Quantum, VanLoh co-founded Windrock Capital, Ltd., an energy investment banking firm specializing in raising private equity for and providing merger, acquisition and divestiture advice to private energy companies. Prior to Windrock, he worked in the energy investment banking groups of Kidder, Peabody & Co. and NationsBank. VanLoh has served as a board member and Treasurer of the Houston Producer's Forum and currently serves on the Finance Committee of the Independent Petroleum Association of America ("IPAA"). He holds a BBA in Finance from Texas Christian University.
Senior Economist, Bloomberg
Richard Yamarone is an economist who has roughly 30 years of experience on Wall Street and focuses on monetary and fiscal policy, economic indicators, fixed income, commodities and general macroeconomic conditions. He writes for Bloomberg Intelligence—Economics providing commentary and analysis for Bloomberg Real Time Economics and Bloomberg Brief: Economics. He is the creator of the Bloomberg Orange Book, a compilation of macroeconomic anecdotes. Earlier in his career, Yamarone was director of economic research at Argus Research and a member of the firm's investment policy committee. In addition, Yamarone has held senior positions for several international and domestic money center and investment banks. He has been featured as one of the top 10 economists in the U.S. by USA Today in 2007 and "Nostradamus of the Financial Industry" by Bank Advisor in 2008 for his prediction of the financial crises.