Senior Vice President, NGL Marketing and Logistics, DCP Midstream Partners
Don Baldridge is senior vice president of the marketing and logistics business for DCP Midstream LLC, which leads the midstream segment as the second-largest natural gas gatherer and processor, the largest natural gas liquids producer and one of the largest marketers. Baldridge is responsible for the natural gas and natural gas liquids pipeline and storage assets and the marketing and trading activities for DCP Midstream. He began his career with the company in 2005 as director of corporate development. He has more than 20 years of experience in energy industry, including commercial, trading and business development activities. Baldridge earned a B.A. in economics from the University of Virginia and an MBA from the University of Denver.
Vice President, Nitrogen Projects, Dyno Nobel
Bill Barnett is vice president of nitrogen projects for Dyno Nobel, a position he has held for two years. He is currently responsible for the commercial activities of Project IBIS, which is a feasibility study to build a new world scale ammonia plant in Louisiana. These activities include procurement of natural gas for the new plant and the sales of ammonia from the new plant. Barnett has held various positions in the nitrogen industry for both ICI (1984 to 1998) and Dyno Nobel since 1999.
President and CEO, Ponderosa Advisors
Porter Bennett, president and CEO of Ponderosa Advisors, founded BENTEK Energy in 1985 and sold it to Platts/McGraw-Hill in 2011. During his tenure at BENTEK, he led the evolution of the company from an energy-industry consulting firm specializing in supply and demand analysis to today's leading provider of market information and analysis for the natural gas, NGL and oil industries. Bennett holds an M.S. 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.
Senior Director, Gas Gathering and Processing, Enterprise Products
William J. (Bill) Bradley is the senior director, gas gathering and processing, for Enterprise Products. Bradley is responsible for overseeing Enterprise’s gas gathering and processing assets in the Green River Basin in southwest Wyoming and the Piceance Basin in western Colorado. He has 16 years of experience in the midstream industry, and prior to joining Enterprise in 2005, he held various positions with Duke Energy Field Services. Bradley received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Colorado State University.
Director of Gas Supply, Xcel Energy
Tim Carter is the director of gas supply for Xcel Energy, a position he has held since 2004. He is currently responsible for overseeing the natural gas purchasing activity for the company’s gas fired generation and gas distribution systems, which amounts to in excess of 400 Bcf annually. Since 1992, Carter has held various positions in both the regulated and non-regulated gas supply areas within Xcel Energy and its predecessor Northern States Power Co.
Chairman and CEO, Bear Tracker Energy
Robert J. (Bob) Clark has 40-plus years of experience in the energy sector and was the former president and CEO of two midstream startup companies, Bear Paw Energy, LLC and Bear Cub Energy, LLC. While at the helm of both companies, Clark created tremendous shareholder value by generating a 317 percent and 27 percent internal rate of return respectively. Both companies' success demonstrated his ability to identify and complete projects while creating remarkable value. Prior to Bear Paw and Bear Cub, Clark was a senior officer with Synder Oil Corp., Ladd Petroleum Corp. and Nicor Inc. He currently serves on the board of trustees at both the Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation and Bradley University. Clark has a B.S. in accounting from Bradley University and an MBA from Northern Illinois University.
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.
Managing Director, Freepoint Commodities
Bryan Hassler has 30 years of oil & gas experience. Prior to joining Freepoint, where he also serves on the North American asset team, Hassler held the position of managing director at Societe Generale Energy (and its predecessor RBS Sempra Commodities) where he led the organizations’ North American physical natural gas origination efforts in addition to responsibilities for developing upstream acquisitions. He has been a primary strategist with Barrett Resources, Pennaco Energy and Antero Resources and has also served in various leadership roles at Enterprise Products, BP and Questar Corp. with responsibilities including production and drilling operations, pipeline ratemaking, acquisition and divestiture strategies, and marketing and trading. He received B.S. and M.S. degrees in petroleum engineering from the University of Wyoming and an MBA from Westminster College (Salt Lake City).
Governor of Colorado
John Hickenlooper calls himself a recovering geologist who once owned a brewpub and was goaded into running for mayor of Denver in 2003. He spent nearly eight years at City Hall before he became governor of Colorado in 2011. Hickenlooper and his team at the state Capitol are working hard to promote an all-the-above energy policy that balances pursuit of Colorado’s abundance of natural resources with preserving the natural beauty that attracts so many people to the state.
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, and Holmquist 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.
Vice President, Rockies Region, Anadarko Petroleum Corp.
James J. (Jim) Kleckner has 30-plus years of global technical and leadership experience. His career began in the oil and natural gas industry with Sun Oil Co. and he has had responsibility in management roles in the North Sea, South America, China, U.S. onshore and Gulf of Mexico. Kleckner holds a B.S. degree in petroleum engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers. He has served on the Industry Advisory Board for the Colorado School of Mines Petroleum Engineering department and as a board member at the University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources and the executive board for the Colorado Oil and Gas Association, as well as the executive board for Western Energy Alliance and the Global Energy Management Board.
Economist, Editorial Board Member, Wall Street Journal
Stephen Moore focuses on economic issues, including budget, tax and monetary policy. He is the founder and former president of Club for Growth, which raises money for political candidates who favor free-market economic policies. He also was president of Free Enterprise Fund. Moore has served as a senior economist on the Congressional Joint Economic Committee, as a budget expert for the Heritage Foundation and as a senior economics fellow at the Cato Institute, where he published dozens of studies on federal and state tax and budget policy. He was a consultant to the National Economic Commission in l987, and research director for President Reagan's Commission on Privatization. Moore, who has authored five books, graduated from the University of Illinois and holds a master's degree in economics from George Mason University.
Vice President, Midstream Research, Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. Securities
Brad Olsen is a vice president in the equity-research department of Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. Securities Inc. covering midstream companies and master limited partnerships (MLPs), and is the author of the firm's monthly "The NGL Report." Previously, Olsen served as an MLP research analyst at Eagle Global Advisors, a Houston-based hedge fund. Prior to joining Eagle, he was an analyst covering MLPs and the broader energy space for Strome Investment Management. Olsen began his career in the global energy group at UBS Investment Bank. He received a Bachelor of Arts in political science, Slavic studies and philosophy, cum laude, from Rice University.
Director, Business Development, NW Natural Gas
Barbara Summers is responsible for regulated and nonregulated business development. Prior to joining Northwest Natural Gas Co., she held similar positions with PacifiCorp and Scottish Power as vice president, business development; and as vice president, PacifiCorp power marketing (now PPM). Summers has been active in the energy and telecommunications industries for more than 30 years concentrating on developing new business opportunities, strategic business relationships and joint ventures, and short- and long-term strategies. She was responsible for Northwest Natural’s recent joint venture with Encana — to invest in natural gas reserves on behalf of its retail customers. Summers holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Portland State University.
Vice President, Bridger Pipeline LLC
Tad True is the vice president of Belle Fourche and Bridger Pipelines and has been with the pipeline group of True Companies since 2004. He began his career with Arthur Andersen and later became the director of finance for Jones Brothers Trucking. True graduated from the University of Notre Dame receiving a Bachelor of Business Administration degree focusing on finance and computer applications. He is on the board of directors for Jones Brothers Trucking and Butte Pipe Line and also serves as the chairman of the transportation committee for the Petroleum Association of Wyoming. True was appointed by Wyoming Governor David Freudenthal to the International Oil and Gas Compact Commission to investigate pipeline constraints and price differentials.
James J. Volker
Chairman and CEO, Whiting Petroleum Corp.
James Volker has 38-plus years of experience in the oil and natural gas industry. He joined Whiting Oil and Gas as vice president of corporate development in 1983. In 1993, he became a contract consultant where he served until 2000, at which time he became executive vice president and chief operating officer. Volker was appointed president and CEO of Whiting Oil and Gas in 2002, and is currently a director of both Whiting and Whiting Oil and Gas Corp. He previously worked for Energy Management Corp. (1971-1982), where he was co-founder, vice president and later president. Volker holds a finance degree from the University of Denver, an MBA from the University of Colorado and has completed H.K. VanPoolen and Associates course of study in reservoir engineering.
Vice President and Regional Manager, Rockies, Summit Midstream
Jesse Wood is responsible for Summit Midstream’s asset growth initiatives in the Rocky Mountain region. Wood has 33 years of experience in Rockies natural gas midstream development, including 20 years with UPRC and 4 years with DEFS where he served in various engineering, project management and leadership roles. He worked nine years as team leader for Encana executing midstream projects in the Rockies where he developed Encana’s Piceance basin midstream infrastructure to support over 1 BCF/day of gas production. Throughout his career, his teams have completed over $1.5 billion of new midstream projects including compressor stations, gas and liquid treating systems, gas processing and helium plants, NGL fractionation plants, wellhead gathering systems and gas transmission pipelines. Wood earned his B.S. degree in chemical engineering from New Mexico State University.