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Derek J. Anchondo, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig LLP
Derek J. Anchondo focuses his practice on domestic and international oil and gas and energy transactions. Derek’s oil and gas practice experience covers both domestic and international transactions, including upstream exploration and production activities, offshore drilling, the purchase or supply of crude oil or natural gas, joint operating agreements, the procurement of equipment or services, and engineering, procurement and construction. His energy law experience covers complex domestic and international transactions, including mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, financing transactions, joint ventures, construction, international law related to maritime/offshore and shipping matters in the energy industry. He advises clients on United States regulatory filings, anti-bribery compliance, environmental regulatory compliance, and corporate compliance. He has experience in shipbuilding contracts, vessel repair and modification agreements, and supply and towing contracts for maritime vessels. He has also supervised and participated in high-level tax litigation in foreign jurisdictions.
Cliff Atherton, Managing Director, GulfStar Group
Cliff is an investment banker with more than 25 years of experience in corporate finance and 34 years of experience teaching finance at the graduate level. He joined GulfStar in 1995 and has completed numerous corporate finance assignments for business owners, serving mostly entrepreneur- or family-owned businesses with enterprise values between $25 and $250 million. His transaction experience is split evenly between sales to strategic buyers and recapitalizations with private equity firms. His industry experience includes upstream, midstream and downstream energy service companies as well as manufacturers, distributors, and industrial services firms. Cliff served on the faculty of Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business (full-time – 1981 to 1987 and 1989 academic years) and on the faculty of the University of Houston’s Bauer College of Business (1993 to 1997). Prior to joining GulfStar, he was managing director of McKenna & Company from 1992 to 1995, president of Emprise Consulting Group, Inc. from 1990 to 1992 and an independent consultant from 1978 to 1990. Cliff earned a Bachelor of Arts from Rice University and Ph.D. and Master of Business Administration degrees from The University of Texas. He is also a CFA® charterholder.
Jeffrey Ball, Managing Director, Energy & Minerals Group
Mr. Jeffrey A. Ball, serves as a Managing Director of The Energy & Minerals Group (EMG). Mr. Ball is responsible for transaction origination, structuring and execution, portfolio company management and investment realization. He joined EMG in 2007. He served as Director of Investment Banking at Credit Suisse Securities (USA), LLC, where he covered the energy industry with a particular focus on MLPs and the midstream sector. Mr. Ball has an extensive ... experience with mergers and acquisitions and financings of a variety of MLPs and other midstream assets. He has been a Director of Tallgrass MLP GP, LLC since February 2013. He has been a Director of TEGP Management, LLC since February 2015. He has been a Director of Tallgrass Mlp Gp, Llc since February 2013. He serves as a Director of Tallgrass GP, LLC. Mr. Ball serves on the Boards of Ferus Inc., Ferus GP LLC, Ferus Natural Gas Fuels Inc., Ferus Natural Gas Fuels GP, LLC, Ferus Natural Gas Fuels (CNG), LLC, American Energy Appalachia Holdings, LLC, American Energy Permian Basin Holdings, LLC and also serves as a Board Observer of Markwest Utica Emg, LLC. He served as a Director of Tallgrass Development GP, LLC since August 2012. Mr. Ball received a B.S. in Economics with honors from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Jeffrey M. Bartlett, Managing Director, Apollo Global Management
Prior to joining Apollo, Jeff Bartlett worked for Guggenheim Partners for five years, serving on the investment committee of its Energy Opportunities Fund and focusing on origination and execution of energy investments. Prior to Guggenheim, Mr. Bartlett was a member of the Amaranth’s energy and global credit groups focused on debt and private equity investments within the energy sector. Mr. Bartlett has over 20 years of experience in the energy industry, where he has worked in oil & gas finance for Enron Corp., in investment banking for Merrill Lynch and as a Petroleum Engineer for ARCO. Mr. Bartlett earned a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Kansas in 1990 and earned a M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Texas in 1996.
Ross Bartley, Principal, OFS Energy Fund
Ross is a Principal of OFS where he assists in identifying, evaluating and executing new investments as well as supports various portfolio company initiatives. Prior to OFS, Ross was an Executive Vice President with Cadence Bank, N.A., a regional middle market bank focused on the southeastern U.S. Ross was a founding member of Cadence's management. While with Cadence, he founded the energy lending group and directed the Bank's alternative investment activities. Prior to joining Cadence Bank, Ross held a variety of roles over twelve years with Amegy Bank (formerly known as Southwest Bank of Texas), where he co-founded Amegy's energy services lending group. While with Amegy he executed several billion dollars of middle market financings including buyouts, recapitalizations, mergers, acquisitions, capital expansions, and project financings. Ross currently serves on the boards of Pro Oilfield Services, Bold Production Services, Allied Power Group, Crystal Mountain Sel Sahara (Texas), a private mining concern, the Advisory Board of Cadence Bank, and the non-profit boards of the Ronald McDonald House of Houston and Crime Stoppers of Houston. He earned a B.B.A. in Marketing and Finance from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock where he was a four year letterman in men's golf, and an MBA (finance emphasis) from Texas Tech University.
Leslie Beyer, President, Petroleum Equipment & Services Association
As PESA President, Leslie Beyer leads strategic and operational development of PESA’S programs, expansion, and execution of its mission in support of oilfield service, supply and manufacturing organizations. Working with PESA’s Board of Directors, she serves as primary advocate for key priorities, promoting the sector’s technological innovation and economic contributions. Beyer began her career at the US State Department, and later in the US Senate as Legislative aide for US Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, managing legislation on immigration, finance and trade issues. Following her tenure on Capitol Hill, Beyer joined the Bush/Cheney 2000 Presidential campaign, eventually joining the White House Staff in 2000 in the Executive Office of the President. There, Beyer served as primary on-site liaison to local, national, and international media on all domestic and international Presidential travel. Following her service at the White House, Beyer accepted a Presidential Appointment at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), where she functioned as chief legislative liaison to the Senate and House Appropriations, Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, and House Financial Services Committees. After government service, Beyer successfully founded a private government affairs and strategic communications consulting firm, serving as communications advisor to multiple Fortune 500 clients. She relocated to Houston in 2010 and joined Burson-Marsteller Public Affairs, directing diverse teams in strategic communications and providing public relations counsel to clients in energy, education and technology sectors. Most recently, Beyer served as Director, Member and Board Relations with the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), collaborating with NAM member companies on targeted priority legislative issues and advocacy efforts, primarily in the energy industry. Beyer holds a BA in Latin American Studies and Spanish from the University of Texas at Austin. She serves on the IPAA/PESA Education Advisory Board, Offshore Energy Center Advisory Board, World Petroleum Congress 2020 Houston Bid Committee and the US International Trade Administration U.S.-Mexico Energy Business Council. Beyer has three young children, speaks fluent Spanish and is a long distance runner.
Roger Burks, Executive Managing Director/CEO, WG Consulting
Roger Burks co-founded and is CEO of WG Consulting (www.wgconsulting.com). Mr. Burks is a CPA with over 34 years of business experience, including over 20 years with Deloitte & Touche, including being the Partner in Charge of the Gulf Coast Energy Practice and 14 years of experience as a senior executive in the energy industry. Mr. Burks’ experience further stems from serving on Boards, funding new ventures, and starting two management consulting firms. Today Mr. Burks and his team serve as the advisors for a number of energy companies and provide all financial, operational, systems and transactional services to them. Additionally, Mr. Burks serves on the Board of STR Marketplace, The Houston Chapter of CPAs and TSCPA, and has previously served on the Board of a publicly traded SEC Registrant and various other private company and non-profit boards.
John Chapman, VP Investment Banking, Tudor Pickering Holt & Co.
John Chapman serves as a Vice President in Investment Banking. Chapman was previously an associate at Miller Buckfire in New York. Chapman holds a BA in Religion from Princeton University.
Adam Cohen, Founder, Covenant Review
Adam B. Cohen graduated from the University of Florida in 1993 and from Georgetown University Law School cum laude in 1997, having been elected to the Georgetown Law Journal. Prior to founding Covenant Review, he was a corporate finance attorney with Latham & Watkins and an investment banker with Lehman Brothers. At Latham, he represented both investment banks and sponsor-backed issuers on dozens of high yield debt and equity offerings for significant transactions that included Calpine, Magnachip Semiconductors, and XM Satellite Radio. Adam founded Covenant Review in 2005 as the world's first boutique research firm focused on corporate bond covenants in order to provide institutional investors with perspectives on their rights as bondholders as seen through the eyes of experienced practicing lawyers. He was one of seven contributors to the American Bar Association's Model Negotiated Covenants Project and is on the Credit Roundtable where he was instrumental in the development of the "White Paper" for model covenants for the investment grade universe. Adam has been quoted and/or published in publications such as Barron's, Bloomberg, Business Week, Financial Times, International Financial Law Review, and The Wall Street Journal. He also co-authored two chapters in Frank Fabozzi’s Handbook of Fixed Income Securities, Eighth Edition. He regularly lectures on covenant issues to investment professionals and other attorneys, and has been cited by the Delaware Chancery Court on indenture matters. He is widely considered to be the leading commentator on corporate bond covenants. He is also the Vice President of The Fixed Income Analysts Society.
Michael Collier, Managing Director, Transaction Advisory Services, Duff & Phelps
Michael Collier is a managing director in the Transaction Advisory Services practice, based in Houston, Texas. He has more than 30 years of experience in the energy, oilfield services and chemical sectors. Michael specializes in buy-side and sell-side financial due diligence as well as financial operations support for corporations and private equity-backed management teams in the oil and gas arena. He has worked with a variety of public and privately- owned companies, financial institutions, and private equity firms, including Goldman Sachs Investment Partners, Riverstone, First Reserve, SCF Partners, TPG, Morgan Stanley, ArcLight, Duetsche Bank, Shell, BP, Halliburton, Baker Hughes, Schlumberger, National Oilwell Varco, Cameron, FMC Technologies, Itochu, Mitsubishi, The Shaw Group, KBR, and Koch Industries. Prior to joining Duff & Phelps, Michael launched his own financial consulting practice, where he advised management teams in the oil and gas sector. Earlier in his career, he was recruited by Goldman Sachs Investment Partners to serve as the CFO of Layline Petroleum, which he helped monetize. Michael spent over 20 years at PwC, where he was a partner and head of the U.S. Energy Transaction Services practice and a leader in the firm’s Houston energy practice. He began his career as a Landman in Exxon’s Gulf Coast Division. Michael received his MBA and BBA from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in Texas and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Jonathan Duhon, President & COO, Jones Companies, Inc.
Jonathan Duhon is the President and COO of Jones Companies. In 2006, Jonathan joined Jones as the CFO where he oversaw all accounting and treasury management functions of the organization. After six years at Jones, Jonathan was promoted to President and COO where he currently leads and directs the operational activities of the organization and develops strategy and focus for the future. Jones Companies is a group of privately owned entities that operate across a number of different industries. They have a large focus that offers products and services in the midstream and power line construction sectors. Prior to joining Jones, Jonathan worked for KPMG in assurance services. Jonathan is a Certified Public Accountant and received a Bachelor of Accounting and a Master of Taxation from the University of Mississippi.
Bruce A. Ferguson, Managing Partner and Co-Founder, Apex Fundamental Partners
Mr. Ferguson is a Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Apex Fundamental Partners. Apex provides capital to companies experiencing difficulty obtaining financing through traditional capital sources, acquires distressed debt and equity from commercial lenders and investors seeking liquidity, and purchases companies where the owner or controlling party is motivated to exit the business. Mr. Ferguson has been a key driver in the success of numerous investments in difficult situations, in roles ranging from fulcrum investor, to lead negotiator for ad hoc creditors committees to board member. He has an established 32 year track record as an investment manager, investment banker and management consultant/crisis manager. He has 20 years of experience as a senior investment manager in event driven, distressed debt and private equity environments and 12 years of experience in investment banking and Big 6 management consulting. Mr. Ferguson was most recently employed as the senior distressed debt portfolio manager for Summit Investment Partners, a $6.0+ billion institutional asset manager, where he generated top tier investment performance on actively managed distressed and high yield investments. Previously, he managed distressed and high yield investments for Pacholder Associates, Inc. (now JP Morgan Asset Management). Mr. Ferguson began his principal investment career in the employ of a nationally recognized investor and focused on control investments, some of which were distressed at the time of acquisition. Prior to his principal investment experience, Mr. Ferguson worked for nine years, primarily in Big Six Consulting and Investment Banking environments. Mr. Ferguson holds a BA in Economics from Michigan State University.
Mark Ferraris, CEO, Citadel SPV LLC
For more than 25 years, Mark Ferraris has been assisting clients and their advisors in developing service strategies and products to support a wide variety of capital market structures including solutions for securitizations, project finance and distressed debt. His broad array of technical product experience, successful operational delivery techniques and senior management experience was developed at leading global financial services organizations. Mark’s experience has made him an attractive resource to the capital markets industry for technical training, expert witness and market practice advisory roles. Mark has served as a director on subsidiary boards of public companies as well as an independent director on the boards of special purpose vehicles.
Adam Flikerski, Managing Partner & Co-Founder, BlackGold Capital Management
Adam Flikerski co-founded BlackGold Capital Management LP in 2006 and is Managing Partner and Portfolio Manager, sharing in all investment decisions and the day-to-day management of BlackGold. Mr. Flikerski serves on the Investment, Risk Management and Valuation Committees. He has over 19 years of energy credit investment, research and trading experience. Mr. Flikerski was named to Oil & Gas Investor’s “20 under 40” in Energy Finance in 2014. Prior to BlackGold, Mr. Flikerski worked at Bear, Stearns & Co. in New York as a High Yield Energy Research Analyst. Promoted to Vice President at the age of 24, he was one of the youngest members of the firm to earn that title. Prior to Bear Stearns he was an Analyst in the Global Energy Investment Banking Group at Morgan Stanley & Co. Mr. Flikerski graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University (graduating with Great Distinction in Finance), and earned an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Greg Gordon, Partner, Jones Day
Greg Gordon has more than 30 years of experience in business restructurings, distress acquisitions and dispositions, and commercial litigation. He has represented debtors, lenders, creditors' committees, and buyers and sellers in out-of-court and in-court restructurings and has substantial experience with cross-border insolvencies. Greg's restructuring, distress M&A, and litigation experience involves a wide variety of industries, including energy, oil and gas, retail, chemicals, homebuilding, metals and mining, technology, timeshare, textiles, automotive, and health care. Out-of-court and chapter 11 debtor matters include Arctic Glacier, Blake Offshore, Bondex, Doskocil, Hereford Biofuels, Kaiser Aluminum, Loewen, Pillowtex, RadioShack, and Swift Energy. Creditor representations include the Qimonda creditors' committee and creditors in Empire Land, Kimball Hill, LandSource, Mirant, and Woodside. Cross-border engagements include Arctic Glacier and the Antiguan liquidators for Stanford International Bank. Acquisition and disposition representations include bidders in Crown Village, Flying J, Hussey Copper, NetVersant, Noble, Polaroid, Red Shield, Signature Styles, and Zohar Waterworks and sellers in Hereford Biofuels, Kaiser Aluminum, Loewen, and RadioShack. Litigation includes the defense of Southern in fraudulent transfer litigation in the Mirant chapter 11 case, the defense of Kaiser Aluminum with respect to environmental and tort claims, and the defense of W.R. Grace with respect to patent claims. Greg has lectured on numerous topics, including independent fiduciaries, mass tort cases, enterprise valuations, retention of professionals, 363 sales, arbitration, director and officer liability, and lender liability. He also has published articles on a multitude of topics, including claims discounting, retention of key employees, and complex restructurings.
Frank Guidone, Operating Partner, Renovo Capital, LLC
Frank Guidone brings over 25 years of operating and executive leadership to Renovo’s Executive in Residence program. Most recently, Frank served as President/CEO and Director of Measurement Specialties, Inc. (NASDAQ: MEAS), a designer/manufacturer of embedded sensors and sensor-based systems. At MEAS, Frank orchestrated a successful out-of-court restructuring earning TMAs turnaround-of-the-year in 2004. He subsequently remained at the helm of MEAS and led a decade long expansion program, growing revenue from $40.0 million to $600.0 million over 10 years. Frank completed 24 acquisitions and deployed $450 million of capital within the embedded sensor sector, compounding earnings over 20% annually during that period. Frank exited in October 2014 following the successful sale to TE Connectivity (NYSE: TEL) at $86 per share, creating approximately $1.7 billion of incremental equity value under his leadership. Prior to MEAS, Frank was a founding partner and managing director of CRP, a Dallas-based turnaround/restructuring firm, along with Four Corners Capital, a boutique investment/advisory firm, and spent 13 years in management consulting with Andersen Consulting and George Group, Inc. Frank received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin. Frank currently serves on the board of Summit Casing Equipment.
Jay Haber, Senior Energy Consultant, Getzler Henrich & Associates
Jay D. Haber, has over 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. He was the founder and President of Haber Resources Corp. (“HRC”), an independent oil and gas exploration and production company. Jay was responsible for the review of all drilling prospects for investment criteria suitable to the company and acted as liaison to industry groups participating with the company. During that period the company drilled and operated more than 150 wells, primarily in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi, including more than 25 new field discoveries. Most notably, HRC drilled the 1st discovery well in the deep Granite Wash area of the Deep Anadarko basin. This discovery is considered the largest new discovery onshore in the last 25 years in the US. Plains Exploration and Production (NYSE: PXP) exited the Anadarko basin selling all of its properties to LINN Energy (NASDAQ: LINE) for $600MM in 2011. The package sold by PXP included management team’s original 20 deep Granite Wash discovery sections. In 1994 Mr. Haber also started a seismic company, Geokinetics Inc., and built it into the second largest onshore seismic company in the world. The company is currently listed on AMEX under the GOK ticker. GOK had $596 million revenues in 2012. Prior to founding his oil and gas company Mr. Haber was a Vice President/Investment Banking and Associate General Counsel of duPont Glore Forgan, Inc. (second largest investment firm in the world at the time) and a partner in a New York law firm with a specialty in investment banking. Before that he served as an attorney for the New York Stock Exchange. Mr. Haber has a B.Sc. in Business Administration (Finance) from Boston University and a Juris Doctor degree from State University of New York at Buffalo.
Shari Heyen, Shareholder, Greenburg Traurig LLP
Shari L. Heyen has experience in complex bankruptcy, restructuring, insolvency and complex commercial litigation matters. She has represented numerous creditors' committees, debtors, bank groups, acquirers and other significant constituencies in national Chapter 11 cases and workout proceedings, including complex oil, gas and energy cases. Shari has broad experience in the prosecution and defense of fiduciary litigation, foreclosures, real estate, oil and gas, health care, receiverships, turnover and commercial litigation matters.
Brennan Higgins, Managing Director, Macquarie Bank, Ltd.
Brennan Higgins is a Managing Director in Macquarie Bank's Energy Markets Division and has almost 20 years of experience in North American energy markets. In his current role, he trades oil, natural gas, gas liquids & other energy products and develops hedging strategies for the firm’s E&P clients. Prior to coming to Macquarie in 2008 Mr Higgins worked at Bank of Montreal, Sumitomo, Sempra Energy & Caterpillar Inc.
Owen Hill, Managing Director, Ares Management
Owen D. Hill is a Managing Director at Ares Management in the Credit Group, where he focuses on direct lending in the energy industry. Ares Management is a publicly traded, leading global alternative asset manager with approximately $94 billion of assets under management, including approximately $60 billion in the Credit Group. Prior to joining Ares in early 2014, Mr. Hill was a Co-Founder and Managing Director of CLG Energy Finance, LLC, an affiliate of privately-held Beal Bank, where he was responsible for the origination of over $1 billion in alternative debt financings in the energy industry. Prior to CLG, Mr. Hill was a Portfolio Manager at alternative asset manager Highland Capital Management, where he focused on energy and other industries. Mr. Hill began his career as a corporate attorney at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. Mr. Hill holds a B.A. from Columbia University in History, a J.D. from Duke University School of Law and is a CFA® charterholder.
James Holloway, Senior Reporter, Reorg Research, Inc.
James Holloway is a Senior Reporter at Reorg Research, covering energy and metals and mining from Houston, Texas. A native Southerner, Holloway joined Reorg Research from Bloomberg, where he built and was managing editor for the First Word Fixed Income product. A graduate of Berea College, he spent four years in the Coast Guard as a boatswain’s mate at search-and-rescue stations in Alaska and Long Island.
Jeff Huddelston, Managing Director, Conway Mackenzie
Jeff Huddleston provides restructuring, strategic planning & forecasting and bankruptcy advisory services with a focus primarily on companies in the energy sector. His experience in this sector includes upstream oil & gas, refining and oilfield services. Outside of energy, he has been involved in a number of other sectors including restaurants, gaming, construction materials and metals & mining. Mr. Huddleston has extensive experience advising Chapter 11 debtors in connection with upstream energy-specific bankruptcy issues. These issues include lease retention analysis, farm-in/out analysis, joint operating agreements (JOAs), analysis of gas gathering agreements and translation of upstream operational matters into useful information for a variety of purposes including investment banking support functions, US Trustee reporting and legal support. Mr. Huddleston is a Certified Turnaround Professional and Certified Insolvency and Restructuring Advisor. He is also a FINRA Series 79 and 63 license holder. He is an active member of the Turnaround Management Association, Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors and the American Bankruptcy Institute.
Karr Ingham, Economist, Texas Alliance of Energy Producers
Karr Ingham is a professional economist who lives and works in Amarillo, Texas. He is the owner of Ingham Economic Reporting, an economic analysis and research firm that specializes in the indexing and tracking of regional and metro area economies. Mr. Ingham is a native of Stratford, Texas in the northern Texas Panhandle, and a 1979 graduate of Stratford High School. He attended Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas, and is a Magna Cum Laude BBA Economics graduate of West Texas A&M University in Canyon. He has graduate work in economics, primarily in the area of national macro-economic policy, and monetary theory and policy. He also taught undergraduate micro-economics at West Texas A&M for a short time (they were in a pinch!). Ingham has a career history in agriculture broadcasting, public affairs and politics. He served as District Director and Legislative Aide to then U.S. Congressman Beau Boulter, and was the Congressman’s principal liaison to the Panhandle and West Texas agriculture community. He also performed agriculture budget policy analysis for the Congressman, then a member of the House Budget Committee. The regional metro analysis concept has been expanded to include regional energy production economies with the establishment of the Texas Permian Basin Petroleum Index, the Texas PetroIndex, a statewide index-based analysis of the state’s energy production economy produced monthly for the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers, and the Oklahoma Energy Index produced monthly for the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association and the Oklahoma Energy Education Foundation. In addition, he also consults with both organizations on economic and analytical policy matters and conducts various industry-related economic impact studies in Texas and Oklahoma. Ingham is member of the US Association for Energy Economics (USAEE), and holds his affiliation with the Houston chapter of that organization. He also serves on the natural gas supply and demand panel for the Independent Petroleum Association of American (IPAA), and is a frequent commentator in various local and statewide media outlets with regard to oil & gas prices and markets.
Scott Johnson, Managing Director, Chiron Financial LLC
Scott W. Johnson is a co-owner of Chiron Financial, which he joined early in 2016. He is responsible for marketing and managing the firm’s corporate finance and restructuring engagements. He has over 30 years of experience in investment banking and energy, with a particular focus on the oil and gas industry. His areas of expertise include: private equity and debt placements, both investment banker and fund manager, M&A, and strategy development. He has advised and invested in onshore and offshore oil and gas companies with strategies ranging from PDP focus to exploration, and has arranged funding for start-ups and large public companies. Prior to joining Chiron, Mr. Johnson was the CFO of Schooner Oil and Gas LLC, which attracted large private equity backing targeting oil and gas properties in the Gulf of Mexico. Mr. Johnson began his career at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in New York, where he was a member of the Corporate Finance Department serving clients in multiple industries. He was also a member of the Energy Group, where he worked with oil and gas, pipeline, and other energy clients on large scale financing and merger and acquisition projects. In 1991 Mr. Johnson co-founded Weisser, Johnson & Co., an investment banking boutique in Houston focused primarily on providing start-up and growth capital to the oil and gas industry, as well as acquisition and divestiture advisory work. Weisser Johnson completed dozens of private debt and equity financings over a wide range of size and risk profile. He also co-founded GasRock Capital LLC, a mezzanine debt and equity investment firm. Scott is a Board member of the Harvard University Club of Houston; and a member of Houston Producers’ Forum (HPF); Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA); and Houston Energy Finance Group. He received his MBA from Stanford, and Bachelor of Arts (AB) Magna Cum Laude from Harvard College.
Aaron Kibbey, Managing Director, Loughlin Management Partners & Co.
Aaron is a C-suite executive with over 20 years of management experience primarily focused on finance and operations. He has deep experience restructuring and turning around distressed companies and has served in multiple leadership roles, including General Manager with direct profit and loss responsibility, Interim Chief Financial Officer, Head of Operations and Human Resources, Chief Restructuring Officer and Company Commander in the United States Army. He is well-versed at evaluating Executive Teams, working directly with Boards of Directors and advising, managing and negotiating with diverse Lender and Noteholder Groups in workout situations with companies ranging in size from $50million to $2 billion of annual revenue. His most recent work in the oil & gas industry includes working on the Energy XXI bankruptcy case where he is currently advising a group of ad hoc noteholders. He and his colleagues at Loughlin Management have provided expert reports regarding valuation of the operating entities as well as litigation support services. His industry experience includes oil and gas, defense and government contracting, print media, retail, telecommunications, television + radio broadcasting and textiles. Aaron has a Master’s in Business Administration, with honors, in Finance and Corporate Accounting from the University of Rochester’s Simon School. He also earned a Master’s of Science in Engineering Management from the University of Missouri at Rolla (Missouri School of Mines) and has a Bachelor of Science from the United States Military Academy at West Point. Aaron is a Certified Insolvency and Restructuring Advisor (CIRA) and has a Certification in Distressed Business Valuation (CDBV). He is a former US Army officer and airborne ranger with deployments to Somalia and Haiti.
Charlie Leykum, Founding Partner, CSL Capital Management LLC
Charlie Leykum founded CSL Capital in 2008 and chairs the Investment Committee. Prior to founding the firm, Mr. Leykum was a Portfolio Manager at Soros Fund Management LLC, where he managed an energy portfolio and sat on the board of several energy companies. Mr. Leykum co-founded and managed several oilfield services businesses and has sourced, evaluated, and invested in upstream, midstream, and downstream companies, creating significant value for investors. Prior to Soros, Mr. Leykum worked at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in the Principal Investment Area and the Investment Banking Division. Mr. Leykum holds an A.B. from Columbia University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
John Little, Principal, Deloitte Transactions and Business Analytics LLP
John Little is a Principal in Deloitte’s Dallas office. He has over 25 years of management and leadership experience and leads our company-focused financial restructuring services in the United States. He has performed such assignments for troubled companies, secured lenders, unsecured creditors, and equity investors. His broad industry experience includes oil and gas, airlines, financial institutions, insurance agencies, transportation, professional services, deathcare, wholesale supply, supermarkets, fuel distribution, vehicle parts distribution, and specialty retail and manufacturing industries. Mr. Little has testified in Federal Bankruptcy Court and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation, the Certified Turnaround Professional (CTP) designation, is a Certified Insolvency and Restructuring Advisor (CIRA), and holds a Certificate in Distressed Business Valuation (CDBV) from the AIRA. He has also served as a Chief Restructuring Officer (CRO) and Strategic Alternatives Officer. Prior to joining Deloitte & Touche LLP, Mr. Little served as an active duty officer in U.S. Army Engineer and Special Forces (Green Beret) units and retired from the Army Reserves as a Major.
Jim Manatt, CEO, Thrust Energy, Inc
James C. (Jim) Manatt, Jr. is CEO, Chairman and Founder of Thrust Energy, Inc. and Providence Technologies, Inc., Roswell, NM. Thrust Energy is the developer of the current 125,000 acre leasehold in the ABQ Basin Mancos Shale (Gallup) exploration program. Providence Technologies, founded in 1994, is New Mexico’s only 3D seismic exploration services company. He is the owner and co-inventor of Directed Beam Seismic©, U.S. Patent 8,077,547. Prior to Thrust and Providence, he was President / COO, Permian Exploration Corp. Since 1979, his companies have conducted thousands of kilometers advanced 2D swath and 3D seismic data acquisition, processing and analysis in Texas, New Mexico, Italy, Poland, India and Yemen. He is a member of the SEG, AAPG (Associate), Canadian, Houston, Permian Basin Geophysical Societies, the ABQ and Roswell Geological Societies, where he is Past President. He is a Distinguished Alumnus, a Distinguished Military Graduate, Bachelor of Arts, New Mexico State University and was honored to return service to his Alma Mater as Chairman and Member, Board of Regents. After college he served on active duty as a Vietnam era Military Intelligence Officer, U.S. Army.
William Marsh, VP & General Counsel, Baker Hughes
Will Marsh joined Baker Hughes in 1998 and currently holds the position of Vice President and General Counsel.
Will has previously held various positions with Baker Hughes, most recently Vice President-Legal, Western Hemisphere which included responsibility for all legal affairs of the Company throughout the Western Hemisphere as well as general corporate, M&A and treasury matters of the Company worlwide. Will has also held the positions of Director of Enterprise Risk Strategy, Deputy General Counsel – Corporate Services and Managing Region Legal Counsel – Latin America. In these positions, he implemented a Global Enterprise Risk Management program, managed several key acquisitions by the Company, managed various corporate legal functions and provided advice to operations on various compliance matters
Prior to joining Baker Hughes, Will was a partner at Ballard Spahr LLP, and also worked with Jones Day and Ernst & Young. Will is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the Texas State Bar, American Bar Association, the Advisory Board of the University of Houston Center for U.S. and Mexican Law, and the Executive Committee of the Tulane Latin American Law Institute.
Mile Milisavljevic, Principal, Deals Strategy, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)
Mile Milisavljevic is a principal in PwC’s deals practice with deep expertise within the energy and utilities industries. His focus is working with organizations undertaking transformative change: developing breakthrough strategy and developing organizational capability to execute. Mile supports PwC's Private Equity and strategic investor clients in answering strategic questions along the deal lifecycle, including: growth strategy, search and screen, commercial due diligence, vendor strategy assistance, and portfolio company value realization. With ten years of tier-one management consulting experience following six years as an engineer, Mile is known for his pragmatic approach for solving tough problems and driving through execution.
Scott Milliren, Chairman, Ranger Energy
Scott is CEO, President, and Founder of Ranger Energy Services. He entered the oil & gas business in 1991 following six years of active duty military service in the US Army as a Field Artillery officer. Scott’s background is a blend of leadership in both public and private sectors. His experience spans oilfield services, oilfield equipment manufacturing, and exploration & production companies. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy (BS, USMA ’85), and holds a MBA from Pepperdine University. Scott is also a member of the Board of Directors.
Sean W. Moran, Shareholder, Buchanan Ingersoll Rooney PC
Sean Moran is the chair of Buchanan’s Oil & Gas practice group. Sean focuses his practice on business transactions and commercial matters within the oil and gas industry and related sectors. In the last few years, he has represented clients in transactions with an aggregate value of in excess of $15 billion. For upstream companies, Sean has handled a range of transactions including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, acreage swaps and exchanges, farm-outs, mineral title diligence projects, debt and equity financings, syndicated investment programs and commercial transactions. On the midstream side, he has handled acquisitions and divestitures of pipelines, gathering lines, processing and storage facilities and represented clients in commercial agreements such as gas gathering, processing and fractionation agreements. He has also represented upstream and midstream management teams raising capital to fund start-up activities, acquire assets and commence operations. Sean serves on the advisory board for the Institute for Energy Law and on the editorial advisory board of Energy Law360.com. He was named to The Best Lawyers in America® list in the corporate law and energy law categories from 2013 -2017, and to the "Who’s Who in Energy in Pittsburgh" list by the Pittsburgh Business Times from 2011-2015. Sean’s work has also earned him an AV® Preeminent certification from Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings, the highest available mark for professional excellence.
Tim Murray, Managing Director & Head of Energy Origination, Benefit Street Partners
Tim Murray is a managing director and head of Energy Origination with Benefit Street Partners. He is based in our Houston office. Prior to joining BSP in 2015, Mr. Murray was a managing director and manager of the Houston energy office for GSO Capital Partners since November 2011. He was responsible for investing and raising capital for the energy team at GSO. Prior to joining GSO, Mr. Murray was a managing director of Guggenheim Partners and opened the Houston office in September 2005. Prior to joining Guggenheim, Mr. Murray was an executive vice president and manager of the Energy Group at Wells Fargo Bank and the president of Wells Fargo Energy Capital. Mr. Murray was responsible for commercial banking and alternative investments in the energy sector, managing offices in Dallas, Denver, and Houston. Prior to Wells Fargo, Mr. Murray was a senior reservoir engineer for ARCO Oil and Gas Company and an engineering assistant at Atlas Processing, a Pennzoil-owned refinery. Mr. Murray has served as chairman of the Capital Markets Committee and board member of the Finance Committee of the Independent Producer’s Association of America. He is the former president and former treasurer of the Houston Producers Forum. Mr. Murray has served for a number of years as an advisory board member of the Mays School of Business at Texas A&M University. He received a Master of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University.
Stephen T. Olson, Partner, Jones Day
Stephen Olson's practice focuses on M&A, private equity investments, capital markets, and corporate governance matters for U.S. and non-U.S. clients. He counsels clients in connection with public and private acquisition and divestiture transactions, complex corporate transactions such as joint ventures and major capital projects, registered offerings and private placements of debt and equity securities, as well as corporate governance and other general corporate matters. His representations range from private to mature public companies to private equity firms. Stephen has worked with global consulting, engineering, energy, and financial services firms in transactions with a combined value of more than US$9 billion in the past three years. He has guided clients through each step of complicated and multistage transactions as well as directed efforts of international local counsel. Stephen maintains an active pro bono practice and regularly serves as outside legal advisor to one of the largest NGOs in the world. He works with international financial institutions, such as The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), on projects related to oil and gas concessions, including bid and auction processes, financing related to natural resource assets, oil wealth safeguarding and stewardship, and foreign compliance issues for Western companies doing business in Africa. He regularly travels and meets with national ministries and other government officials in efforts to help facilitate use of hydrocarbon and mining wealth to build sustainable infrastructures and improve basic living conditions in various African nations. Stephen is a senior advisor to the Ghana Oil Club (Accra, Ghana) and a member of the Young Professionals in Energy (New York, Houston, and London chapters).
Wayne Penello, General Partner, Risked Revenue Energy Associates
Wayne Penello is the President and Founder of Risked Revenue Energy Associates (R^2 or “R-squared”). Since 2001, the firm has been developing financial solutions for corporations and private equity firms that wish to enter, optimize or exit the energy trading/marketing arena. R^2 currently assists clients with the management of more than $65 billion in assets. In 2010, Mr. Penello was awarded a patent for R^2’s methodology for quantifying risk (US Patent # 7,822,670 B2). He has 30 years of market-making, option trading and asset management experience in the energy industry. Mr. Penello began his career on the New York Mercantile Exchange, where he was a market maker and served as Ring Chairman of options trading.
Subsequently, he held positions managing globally distributed energy assets for Vitol S.A., Vitol U.S.A., Tenneco Gas Marketing and Torch Energy. Mr. Penello was formerly a research scientist. He holds a Masters degree in Marine Sciences from Stony Brook University and an undergraduate degree in Marine Biology from Southampton College.
Hugh Sawyer, Managing Director, Huron Consulting Group
Hugh Sawyer provides strategic services to clients facing corporate turnarounds and restructurings in complex environments. Hugh leads the Operational Improvement Service Line for our Financial Consulting Practice. He has more than 35 years of experience leading turnarounds, bankruptcies, operational improvement and mergers and acquisitions for both public and private companies across a diverse group of industries. He has served as the President or Chief Executive Officer of eight companies, as well as in numerous board roles both in and out of bankruptcy.
Anthony (Tony) Schnur, CEO & CFO, Lucas Energy
Mr. Schnur is currently the Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors of Lucas Energy Inc. following an initial appointment as the Chief Financial Officer on November 1, 2012. He also serves as Interim Chief Financial Officer, Interim Treasurer and Interim Secretary. Mr. Schnur is a results oriented manager with a history of positioning companies for growth, preserving value and return of capital. From March 2010 to October 2012, Mr. Schnur served as the CFO of Chroma Oil & Gas; and for eight years prior to that, Mr. Schnur was an independent executive where he held various non-traditional employee/consultant/CFO/advisor roles. On four previous occasions Mr. Schnur was asked to lead work-out/turn-around initiatives in the E&P space.
Mr. Schnur obtained a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Finance from Gannon University in 1987 and a Masters of Business Administration from Case Western Reserve University in 1992. Mr. Schnur is a member of the Independent Petroleum Association of America; Texas Independent Producers & Royalty Owners Association; and the ADAM-Houston, Acquisitions and Divestitures Group. On August 4, 2015 Mr. Schnur was appointed to the Board of Directors of Tombstone Exploration Corporation an precious metals mining exploration company.
Leo Slootsky, Co-Founder & CEO, OneEnergy Partners
Mr. Leo Slootsky serves as Chief Executive Officer of OneEnergy Partners. Prior to co-founding OneEnergy, Mr. Slootsky was a Principal at TPG Capital where he led the oil and gas investing effort for TPG Special Situations Partners, the dedicated credit and structured investing platform of TPG. Prior to joining TPG, Mr. Slootsky was a Vice President at Goldman Sachs where he co-managed the energy and power private investment portfolio for the GSIP family of funds. Mr. Slootsky holds a BS and an MEng in Industrial Engineering from Cornell University where he was a Philip Merrill Presidential Scholar. He earned an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where he was a George E. Doty Fellow.
Joe Stone, Managing Director, Blackhill Partners
As a Managing Director at Blackhill Partners, Joe C. Stone is focused on the energy and high-tech manufacturing sectors. His investment banking career includes experience executing a variety of M&A transactions including mergers, acquisitions, corporate carve-outs, leveraged buy-outs, minority squeeze-outs, hostile and cross-border transactions. Currently, Mr. Stone is a Director of Visionbank Texas, where he is Audit Committee Chairman and a member of the Loan, Executive, ALCO and Compensation Committees; a Director of MagneGas Corporation (Nasdaq: MNGA) where he is on the Compensation Committee; and a Director of Composite Piping Technology, LLC. His most current transactions include acting as Restructuring Advisor for RAAM Global Energy, and for TransCoastal Corporation, a pre-packaged bankruptcy that was confirmed in 36 days. Mr. Stone’s 20-year career spans bulge bracket investment banking, direct investing, public accounting and management. He has completed financing transactions spanning initial public offerings, follow-on equity offerings, public and private convertible debentures, private debt and equity placements and various bank products. In 2006, Mr. Stone founded Pace Petroleum, LLC, a private oil and natural gas firm in Dallas, Texas where he led a team that drilled over 100 wells across the southern United States. He has hands-on experience managing the oil and gas exploration, development and acquisition processes. After selling a significant portion of its assets, Pace continues to operate today holding primarily non-operated working interests in a variety of productive fields. Joe began his career in public accounting with Price Waterhouse (now PwC), where he ultimately became a Manager in Audit and Business Advisory Services with responsibilities overseeing large audits that required significant coordination of multiple domestic and international PW offices. He holds a Master of Business Administration from McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas, and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Baylor University, where he was a scholarship athlete on the football team.
Dr. Simon Todd, President, Capriole Energy Consultancy LLC
Simon Todd is a native of Ireland, has BSc. (1st class honours) and Doctoral (PhD) degrees in geological science from the University of Bristol. In the early part of his 24 year career with BP, Dr Todd worked as a geologist, firstly in frontier and international exploration, working on the former Soviet Union and the Far East, then on the Andrew field development in the North Sea. Dr Todd pursued a management career, leading BP E&P businesses in the North Sea, Lower 48 USA, Trinidad, and the Gulf of Mexico. The last three years of his BP career involved change at the corporate level in the post-Macondo BP world. Dr Todd retired from BP in 2014 and after a brief sabbatical, co-founded a startup effort, Cascade Production LLC, aimed at infrastructure investment in the deep water. Dr Todd is currently focused on advisory roles and consultancy assignments through his own firm, Capriole Energy Consultancy LLC.
Matthew Wiener, SVP, Aon Transaction Solutions
Matthew Wiener is the head of the Aon Risk Solutions’ Transaction Liability team for the Southwest region. In this role, Mr. Wiener is responsible for the development and implementation of transactional-based risk solutions, including the deployment of insurance capital for M&A transactions through representations and warranties, litigation, tax and other contingent liabilities insurance. Mr. Wiener is based in Houston and is further supported by a New York-based team of 20 professionals in North America and colleagues in London, Hong Kong, Sydney and Bermuda who focus exclusively on transactional risk transfer. Prior to joining the Aon Team, Matthew was an attorney at Vinson & Elkins LLP, where he specialized in corporate finance and securities law matters, including mergers and acquisitions, private equity, public and private securities offerings, divestitures, and general corporate representation.