2016 – Details Coming Soon!
The Energy Summit features the leading voices in the region’s energy industry. A dynamic community — including independent operators, small and large service professionals, and policymakers — will provide technological insights and the latest intelligence from the field and the Capitol. This exciting, one-day event convenes experts representing Colorado and Wyoming fossil, gas and renewable resources in panel discussions and presentations on successful strategies for management, customer relations, production and operations.
Join the Northern Colorado Energy community for this cutting edge symposium designed to:
- Share the big picture of how the industry is impacting the economy locally and worldwide.
- Explore strategies and tactics for large and small companies to sustain and grow in a downturn.
- Examine the impact of the current oil and gas political situation.
- Explore new technology trends to improve operational effectiveness.
C. Mark Pearson
C. Mark Pearson is a distinguished and accomplished engineer with 35 years of experience in the upstream oil and gas industry covering both the E&P and well service industries. He is President of Liberty Resources II LLC, a Denver-based operator in the Bakken Shale of North Dakota and the Powder River Basin in Wyoming. He brings a unique perspective to the industry having been President/CEO of three independent E&P companies, and President & CEO of a NYSE-listed oilfield services company.
Dr. Pearson is a well-known industry expert in the field of well completion and stimulation and has authored or co-authored over 35 technical papers covering field development, drilling, completion and stimulation, and production aspects of oil and gas operations. He has focused his career on technology advancements within the industry and is one of the pioneers of multi-stage hydraulic fracturing of horizontal wells. He graduated with BS and PhD degrees from the Camborne School of Mines, UK and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program. He also served as a professor in the Petroleum Engineering Department of the Colorado School of Mines from 1995-1997.×
Mark’s practice concentrates on environmental and energy law, as well as complex litigation.
With notable experience on environmental and litigation issues in the mining, water and oil and gas industries, Mark represents private and public clients throughout the West, including energy companies, mining companies, utilities and counties. He has successfully represented clients in litigation concerning oil and gas leases and royalty issues; hazardous waste contamination; water rights and water quality; enforcement of oil and gas regulations; zoning and development disputes; and federal and state preemption issues. His work also includes assisting companies through every aspect of the NEPA process.
Mark’s diverse practice encompasses negotiating agreements on behalf of his clients concerning the sale of energy and natural gas, power purchase agreements, remediation of contaminated property, and obtaining federal and state funding. Mark has also successfully represented a number of companies in complex litigation involving land use and contract disputes, fraud claims, state and local regulations and class actions defenses.
In addition, Mark frequently represents his clients in administrative proceedings before the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission and the Colorado Public Utilities Commission. Mark has successfully negotiated many favorable settlements for corporations and private landowners throughout the West.
Prior to joining the firm, Mark was a senior trial attorney in the Environmental Enforcement Section of the U.S. Department of Justice and clerked for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.×
Geoff drafts legislation, provides research and advice, and represents the League before the General Assembly, various state agencies and officials, and the appellate courts on various matters affecting municipalities. He also provides information to municipal officials on legal matters through inquiry service. His areas of particular emphasis include sales and use taxation, TABOR, telecommunications, elections, open meetings and open records, land use, oil and gas regulation, utilities, and environmental matters. Additionally, Geoff provides legal services to the League on internal matters. He has been with the League since 1987.×
Christopher Guith is senior vice president for policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for 21st Century Energy. He is responsible for developing the Institute’s policies and initiatives as they apply to the legislative, executive, and regulatory branches of the federal and state governments. Previously, Guith served as the deputy assistant secretary for nuclear energy at the U.S. Department of Energy, where he developed the administration’s nuclear energy policies and coordinated the Department’s interactions with Congress, stakeholders, and the media. Guith is a graduate of Syracuse University-College of Law and the University of California-Santa Barbara.×
As co-founder of Realtec-Greeley, Mark is a top producer in the Greeley/ Weld county market, with extensive experience in management, marketing and sales.
Mark’s professional career, spent largely in Northern Colorado, has included experience as an executive recruiter, the sales and marketing manager at National Technological University, and the Regional Director of the American Management Association. He has also served pivotal roles in two successful start-ups: The Northern Colorado Business Report and Field Trip Videos, Inc.
At Realtec, Mark utilizes his unique and diverse business background to complete transactions involving the lease and sale of investment, office, industrial, retail, and development properties.×
Gen. Irv Halter
Irv Halter is a veteran of over 32 years in the United States Air Force where he was a combat veteran fighter pilot and rose to the rank of Major General. He and his wife of 37 years, Judy, are natives of southern New Jersey, growing up on family farms. Irv graduated from the Air Force Academy (and Judy from the University of Denver) in 1977. Irv’s career took them around the globe with over 14 years of overseas assignments, culminating in senior positions at the Academy, the National Reconnaissance Office, and Joint Staff in Washington, DC. During his Air Force career, Irv commanded five different operational units including a fighter squadron, operations group, two fighter wings, and a numbered air force. In his final command, 19th Air Force, Irv was responsible for all basic and advanced Air Force flying training, directing 30,000 professionals at 18 bases across the United States while executing 500,000 flying hours a year. After retiring from the Air Force in 2009, the Halters returned to Colorado Springs. Irv joined Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) as the Vice President and General Manager for Air Force, NASA and Missile Defense Agency programs, providing IT and professional services valued at over three quarters of a billion dollars annually. This included 30 diverse contracts executed by over 4,000 people at 20 different locations around the United States and two overseas locations. In July 2013, Irv left CSC to run for the 114th Congress in Colorado’s 5th Congressional District, which covers several central Colorado counties, and includes Colorado Springs, Canon City, and Salida. While he did not prevail, as a first time candidate Irv raised over $830,000 (a record for any Democrat in the District) and received over 105,000 votes in a race that garnered positive state- Irv is a member and former Vice Chairman of the Military Affairs Committee of the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance. He and Judy are also very active members of Trinity Lutheran Church in Monument. Irv holds a B.S. in history from the Academy, and an M.S. in International Relations from Troy State University. He is also a licensed commercial pilot, with over 3300 hours of jet time. They have one son, David, who is lives and works in Philadelphia, having recently received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Drexel University.×
Debbie Brown, Outreach Director for Coloradans for Responsible Energy Development, builds coalitions of community leaders, nonprofits, businesses and citizens who stand together for responsible energy development in Colorado, including fracking. CRED helps educate Coloradans about the energy, economic and environmental benefits of safe and responsible oil and natural gas development.×
Dan Kearney is a Sr Business Development Analyst with Noble Energy. He is located in the Denver office in the US Onshore division. Dan received his Juris Doctorate and Masters of Studies in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School in 2007 and is currently licensed to practice in the state of Colorado. Over the course of his career, he has participated in transactions exceeding $6 billion in value. Notably, he was a leading member of the transaction team tasked with negotiating the 2013 strategic acreage exchange with Anadarko Petroleum, which transformed the footprint of both companies in the DJ basin. The exchange streamlined operations for both companies and will reduce impacts on local communities as development moves forward. He currently serves on Noble’s US Onshore Leadership Team, providing strategic acquisition and divestiture guidance on domestic business opportunities. When he isn’t engaged in an active transaction for Noble, you can find him on the ski slopes in the western US and Canada in the winter or enjoying Colorado’s ample biking opportunities in the warmer months. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.×
Sarp is an oil & gas market analyst providing to the modeling and research efforts of the Ponderosa Energy team. He has research and modeling experience in the upstream and downstream markets and has presented his work at various academic conferences around the world, including presentations for the SPE and the IAEE. He has also been published in the SPE Economics & Management Journal, featuring his work on the long-term economic viability of production from unconventional liquids-rich reservoirs. His recent work involves crude quality related dynamics and refinery modeling. While having a focus on data-driven modeling, his ability to incorporate the effects of technological and market advances into analysis provides clients a thorough picture of the present and the future in their area of interest within the oil & gas industry.
Sarp holds an MS Degree in Mineral & Energy Economics from the Colorado School of Mines, MS Degree in Petroleum Economics & Management from the Institut Francais du Petrole (IFP School), and a BA Degree in Economics from The University of Chicago.×
Colin McKay Miller
Colin McKay Miller is the Vice President of Marketing for Vortex Tools. He oversees customer service, international distribution relationships, promotional materials, authorship of technical articles, and oversight of vortextools.com. Colin maintains a blog on handling green issues with a sense of humor. This blog—covering issues such as water, oil and gas, and nonthermal drying—can be found at http://spirofloblog.wordpress.com.×
Rob is Innosphere’s Clean Technology program leader and works directly with Colorado startups that are commercializing technologies and business models to address energy, environmental, and resource constraints. Formerly, Rob was a commercialization program manager at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. While at NREL he ran the NREL Industry Growth Forum, a national platform for connecting cleantech startups to risk capital. He also launched the NREL Commercialization Assistance Program that provides technology assistance to clean energy small businesses. Prior to NREL, Rob worked at Intrado, Inc., where he led the commercialization of public safety solutions serving over 250 million phone subscribers. This included critical roles in the product development and deployment of the first wireless and VoIP 9-1-1 systems, the Amber Alert system, and reverse 9-1-1 and notification systems. Rob earned a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from the University of Vermont, and a Master of Business Administration from the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver.×
Eric Hick –Mr. Hick is President, CEO, and an owner of CGRS, Inc., with offices in Colorado and California and operations across the United States. His specializations include corporate management, business development, commercial construction management, and new venture deployment. Mr. Hick founded CGRS in 1987 as a compliance services company which he advanced to a firm of 70 professional engineers, geologists, and technicians. CGRS has a proven track record of quality services and consistent profitability through Mr. Hick’s leadership of a tight team of skilled managers.
Mr. Hick’s accomplishments include offering services to aid oil and gas operators to develop their assets while maintaining compliance with challenging regulatory requirements. These services include streamlined fugitive emissions inspections utilizing a customized database with operator interfaces, to track all required repair and documentation. Additionally, CGRS offers standard cost effective spill plans, waste management plans, permitting, and site design, development and construction services.
Mr. Hick attended Colorado State University, majoring in Industrial Construction Management. His experience includes local, state and federal petroleum regulations. CGRS and Mr. Hick’s professional affiliations include the Petroleum Equipment Institute, the Colorado Oil and Gas Association, the Air and Waste Management Association, and the Independent Petroleum Association of America.×
A serial entrepreneur with a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry and a strong desire to make a difference, John Pope founded The Blue Sky Group in 1999 as an umbrella for his various ventures. The company continues to start, purchase, turnaround, govern and/or manage businesses from its headquarters in Laramie.×
Alan is a geoscientist with more than 29 years of experience in the petroleum industry. He hasdeveloped resource plays on three continents using key metrics & scoring methods for identifying coreshale play acreage. He has applied the method to the Eagle Ford, Marcellus, Utica, and Barnett shalesystems, greatly simplifying acreage evaluation. Prior to focusing on resource plays, Alan explored forconventional resources for Shell E&P from California to the Deepwater Gulf of Mexico.Alan started his career with Shell Oil Company, and served both in interpretation and IT roles. AsWorkstation & Training Coordinator for Shell Offshore, Inc., he managed the group responsible formeeting the hardware, software, data, and workstation training needs of 350 people and administereda $3.5M hardware budget. Alan was also responsible for coordination of software developmentbetween the interpeters for Shell Offshore Inc. and developers at the Bellaire Research Center. Alanreceived a B.S. in Geophysical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines×
Rep. B.J. Nikkel
Rep. B.J. Nikkel served as a state representative in the Colorado House of Representatives from 2009 to 2013. She served in House leadership as Majority Whip from 2011-2013. In 2013, the Denver Post named Rep. Nikkel to their annual list of “Colorado Women of Influence.”
Prior to serving in the legislature, B.J. worked as Senior Development Director for the Colorado National Guard Association from 2007-2009 and before that worked as District Director for Congresswoman Marilyn Musgrave from 2001-2006.
Rep. Nikkel considers one of her biggest legislative challenges and successes in the legislature, the bipartisan passage of House Bill 09-1288 – The Colorado Taxpayer Transparency Act which made state government more transparent by putting the state’s expenditures and revenues online.
After leaving the legislature, B.J. became the Campaign Director for the Loveland Energy Action Project where she and her team defeated the proposed ban on energy development and production in Loveland. She also served as an advisor and spokesperson for the other “Energy Plan” Campaigns in Broomfield, Lafayette, Boulder and Fort Collins which also faced bans on hydraulic fracturing. She now serves as Director for Larimer Energy Action Project.
B.J. lives in rural Larimer County with her husband Phil, who is a physicist for Avago Technologies in Fort Collins.×
Chris Coleman, Senior Director, State Affairs
Chris Coleman is the Senior Director of State Affairs at America’s Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA). In this role, Chris leads ANGA’s state legislative and regulatory outreach to governors, state legislators, attorneys general and county officials on the tremendous benefits that clean, abundant and American natural gas can offer our communities.
As the organization’s lead advocate for state initiatives, Chris travels the country communicating ANGA’s policy positions and developing relationships with key allies and third party organizations. Chris helps manage ANGA’s extensive state network and craft targeted state legislative strategies to protect the continued responsible development of natural gas and to promote its growing use in the power generation and transportation sectors.
Prior to joining ANGA, Chris was Director of Government Affairs at the National Confectioners Association, where he managed coalitions, grassroots outreach and advocacy at both the federal and state levels on issues including food safety, commodity pricing and taxes.
Before joining the private sector, Chris spent five years with the National Council of State Legislators (NCSL) as a policy specialist. There, Chris drove priorities pertaining to taxation, communications, financial services and interstate commerce. He also served as NCSL’s liaison to Republican legislative organizations.
Chris began his career on Capitol Hill in the office of Senator Lincoln Chafee, working to advance key legislative priorities for his home state of Rhode Island.
Chris received a master's degree in public administration from George Washington University and holds a bachelor's degree in policy studies from Dickinson College.×
Geoff Houlton is currently the Director of Market Fundamentals at Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, where he leads a team that analyzes global commodity markets to assist the company in strategic and commercial business decisions. Prior to joining Anadarko in 2013, he was a Managing Director at IHS Energy where he led the company’s global crude oil market research and analysis services. Geoff began his career at ExxonMobil’s Baytown, Texas petroleum refining complex where he held various engineering and management positions, including crude oil supply and logistics planning. He has more than 23 years of experience in the international crude oil and petroleum refining markets and has been based in Houston, Los Angeles, London and Singapore during that period. Geoff holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and Petroleum Refining from the Colorado School of Mines.×
Shane C. Schulz is the Director of Government Affairs for QEP Resources, Inc. (NYSE: QEP). QEP Resources, Inc. is headquartered in Denver, CO and is an S&P 500 leading independent natural gas and oil exploration company. Shane oversees the day-to-day management of all federal, state and local legislative and regulatory efforts. This includes serving as QEP’s trade association liaison for America’s Natural Gas Alliance, Independent Petroleum Association of America, American Exploration and Production Council, U.S. Oil and Gas Association, Western Energy Alliance, US Chamber, along with a number of other federal, state and local trade associations. Additional responsibilities include: Treasurer of QEP Resources, Inc. Political Action Committee, numerous speaking engagements to stakeholder groups, and working with QEP’s communications team on corporate and crisis management efforts.
Shane has served as the Director of Government Affairs since August 2006 (QEP Resources, Inc. was created in July 2010 from a spin-off of Questar Corporation). Prior to joining QEP, he worked for Congressman John Salazar as a Legislative Assistant being responsible for energy, public lands/natural resources, agriculture, and telecom policy issues in his Washington, DC office. Before working for Congressman Salazar, he practiced law in Wyoming.
Shane serves on the board of Western Energy Alliance, Louisiana Oil and Gas Association, Wyoming Taxpayers Association, Wyoming Business Alliance, University of Wyoming College of Agriculture Advisory Board, Wyoming Rural Development Council, and the Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust Advisory Board. Shane is also the former Chairman of the ANGA State Affairs Committee, and the former Chairman of the Western Energy Alliance Legislative, Legal and Regulatory Committee.×
Mike is a Partner with PwC’s Advisory services, and leads the Midstream and Operations segment. He leads projects related to operations, capital projects, cost reduction, risk management, and regulatory compliance. He manages large transformation projects from cradle-to-grave assisting clients in defining problems, developing work plans, leading teams of subject matter specialists, and designing tools to sustain the changes, measure impact and foster continuous improvement. Prior to joining PwC, Mike served as a Civil Engineer Officer in the US Air Force . He recently retired from the US Air Force Reserve with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.×
Tisha Schuller serves as a Strategic Director for Stanford University’s recently formed Natural Gas Initiative. In this role, she works with companies and stakeholders to interface with Stanford’s diverse faculty conducting research in the areas of sustainable development, technology innovation, climate policy, and geopolitics.
Tisha also serves as the chair for the Rocky Mountain Energy Summit conference. She most recently worked as President & Chief Executive Officer of the Colorado Oil & Gas Association (COGA) in one of the most dramatic and contentious times for energy development in Colorado’s history. Through this work, she has become a passionate advocate for deescalating the fracking wars, solving climate change by expanding the dialogue tent, and engaging communities in conversations about energy development. The programs built at COGA during her tenure will likely have the longest lasting impact. Several of these have piqued interest around the country and around the world, including the Industry Ambassador’s educational series and the community outreach program. Tisha has had the honor of speaking about her work internationally, debating Congressmen, and engaging regularly with civic and environmental leaders.
Prior to COGA, Ms. Schuller served as a Principal and Vice President with Tetra Tech, a national environmental consulting and engineering firm. In addition to running business operations, Ms. Schuller spent 15 years conducting environmental permitting for oil and natural gas projects across the country. She has a B.S. in Earth Systems with an emphasis in Geology from Stanford University. Tisha is a proud Executive Board Member of the Colorado-Wyoming Chapter of the American Red Cross.×