Houston Producers’ Forum is best known for its monthly luncheons. These gatherings are typically held at The Petroleum Club on the third Tuesday of each month. In recent years, we have secured an impressive array of speakers including CEOs of large and small E&P and service companies, industry analysts and leading members of the financial community. We feel that the dramatic growth in our membership is directly attributable to the quality of speakers that we have been able to attract.

3/19/2019 11:30:00 AM

2019 HPF March Luncheon - Panel Discussion

Panel Discussion - March 2019

Featuring (L to R): Loren Singletary, Chief Investor and Industry Relations Officer for National Oilwell Varco (NOV); Richard Spears, Vice President of Spears & Associates; and James Wicklund, Managing Director, Energy Banking, Stephens Inc.

For a variety of reasons, the oilfield services segment has undergone enormous shifts in recent years in terms of the players, equipment and technology which have altered the upstream landscape and approach to operations. While challenges and opportunities are always front-and-center, the current environment has yielded a new array of oilfield themes. We are fortunate to have a solid panel to assist in sorting through the ever-changing petroleum services and equipment landscape.
2/19/2019 11:21:00 AM

2019 HPF February Luncheon

Tim Duncan

Tim Duncan is the President and CEO and a founder of Talos Energy Inc., a public company converted from a private one formed in March 2012 and initially funded with up to $600 million of private equity commitments from Apollo Global Management, LLC and Riverstone Holdings LLC. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Talos is engaged in the acquisition, exploration, development and production of oil and natural gas properties with a focus on operations in the Gulf of Mexico, including the shallow waters of offshore Mexico. Talos is the third company built with private equity capital with his partners over the last seventeen years. Since inception in 2012, Talos has grown from five original employees to over 350 employees with over 150 MMBOE of Proved reserves and >50 MBOEPD of net production. Talos became a public company in May 2010 after completing a reverse merger with Stone Energy and now trades on the NYSE under the ticker symbol TALO. In 2013, Talos was named by the Houston Chronicle as the #1 Top Workplace in the Houston area for companies under 150 employees and has maintained a position on the list of Top Workplaces for the last six years. In June 2016, Mr. Duncan was named as the EY Entrepreneur of the Year for the Energy & Energy Services sector in the Gulf Coast area.

Mr. Duncan earned a BS in Petroleum Engineering from Mississippi State University, where he was honored in 2012 as a Distinguished Fellow of the College of Engineering. He subsequently earned an MBA from the Bauer Executive Program at the University of Houston. He is an active member of the SPE, IPAA, NOIA, and YPO. Mr. Duncan also serves on various academically focused boards including the College of Engineering Dean’s Advisory Council and the Foundation Board at Mississippi State University.
1/15/2019 11:30:00 AM

2019 January HPF Luncheon

Al Walker

Al Walker is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation. He joined Anadarko in 2005 as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, later serving as President and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining Anadarko, he worked in the oil and natural gas industry, investment and commercial banking and as an institutional investor.

Mr. Walker is a director of BOK Financial Corporation, serving as Chairman of the Risk Committee (NASDAQ: BOKF). He is Trustee for the Houston Museum of Natural Science, a member of the Business Council (Vice Chairman and Executive Committee), Business Roundtable, All-American Wildcatters (Chairman 2017 and 2018), and on the Board of Directors of the American Petroleum Institute (Executive Committee).
12/1/2018 12:00:00 AM


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11/28/2018 11:30:00 AM

2018 November HPF Luncheon

John Howie

John Howie has over three decades of experience managing and investing in upstream energy assets, deploying ~$2 Bn in equity and debt across 80 + companies and projects. He was most recently president of Impact Natural Resources, a private upstream company with production in the Gulf Coast and Permian Basin and evaluations in select North American basins. He was a Founder of Parallel Resource Partners and a member of Board of Managers and the Investment committee of the $700 million private equity fund. He led Goldman Sachs E&P Capital, a staff of technical and financial professionals, investing over $1 Billion in upstream opportunities. He served as a Managing Director at EnCap Investments and held engineering, finance and management positions with Range Resources, Apache, and Amoco. John has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from New Mexico State and is a Professional Engineer in the state of Texas, member of Society of Petroleum Engineers, The Society of Petroleum Evaluation Engineers and the Houston Producers Forum.
10/16/2018 11:30:00 AM

2018 October HPF Luncheon

Daniel Rice

Daniel Rice is a Founding Partner at Rice Investment Group and serves on the board of directors for EQT Corporation. Previously, Daniel was CEO for Rice Energy Inc. until its $8.2 billion merger with EQT Corporation in November 2017. During his 10 year tenure, Rice Energy became a top 10 US natural gas producer and was one of the industry’s top performing public companies since its 2014 IPO. Prior to Rice Energy, Daniel held finance and strategy roles at Tudor Pickering Holt & Co., Transocean Inc., and Tyco International.
9/18/2018 11:30:00 AM

SOLD OUT - - 2018 September HPF Luncheon

Sara N. Ortwein

Sara N. Ortwein became president of XTO Energy, a subsidiary of ExxonMobil, in November 2016. She is based in Houston, Texas.

A native of Houston, Sara earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin before joining Exxon Company, U.S.A. in 1980 as a drilling engineer.

In 1997, she was named reservoir evaluation and planning manager for Exxon Ventures, CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States), focusing on new venture pursuit and capture in Russia, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan.

In 2001, she became a corporate upstream advisor to senior management at ExxonMobil headquarters in Irving, Texas. Three years later, she was named production manager for ExxonMobil’s operated U.S. production operations.

Sara was named vice president of engineering for ExxonMobil Development Company in 2006. She served as a development company executive until becoming president of ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company in September 2010.

Sara has been a champion for math, science and engineering, with a particular focus on mentoring future leaders in these fields. In 2009, she was honored by The University of Texas as a Distinguished Engineering Graduate from the Cockrell School of Engineering. Sara has been recognized by the Women’s Energy Network of Houston as an individual who exemplifies commitment to excellence and a role model for women engineers. In 2012, she was honored by Bio Houston with the Women in Science Excellence award. In 2013, she was recognized by the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce as a breakthrough leader in the field of energy. In 2014, she was recognized as one of Houston’s Top Ten Women in Energy by the Houston Business Journal. And in 2017, she was recognized by the Society of Petroleum Engineers with the Distinguished Membership award.

Sara is an executive member of The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas (TAMEST), and has served as chair of the organization’s Industry and Community Affiliates committee. She serves on the American Exploration and Production Council Executive Committee and the National Cowgirl Museum Board of Directors. She is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, and is an active alumnus of the University of Texas. She is the immediate past chair of the University of Texas Engineering Advisory Board.

Sara and her husband, Randy, have two children, Adam and Megan. Together, they enjoy golf, tennis and travel.
8/21/2018 11:30:00 AM

2018 August HPF Luncheon

Hal Chappelle


Hal Chappelle joined Alta Mesa as President and CEO in November 2004. Mr. Chappelle has led Alta Mesa through substantial growth and transformation from a private E&P company into a public company and a leading mid-continent producer. He has over 30 years in field operations, engineering, management, marketing and trading, acquisitions and divestitures and field re-development. Prior to Alta Mesa, Mr. Chappelle worked for Louisiana Land & Exploration, Burlington Resources, Southern Company and Mirant.

Mr. Chappelle has a Bachelor Degree in Chemical Engineering from Auburn University and a Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin. He is a member of the National Petroleum Council, and retired as a Commander from the U.S. Navy Reserves.
7/11/2018 11:30:00 AM


Dan Dinges

Dan Dinges joined Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation in September, 2001 as its President and Chief Operating Officer, and a member of its Board of Directors. In May, 2002 he assumed his current position as Chairman, President and CEO. Prior to joining Cabot, Mr. Dinges held various management positions over 20 years with Noble Energy. May 2015, Mr. Dinges was appointed chairman of the American Exploration & Production Council, a national trade association representing 31 of America’s premier independent natural gas and oil exploration and production companies. Mr. Dinges serves on the board of directors of United States Steel Corporation, American Petroleum Institute, American Exploration & Production Council, Houston Methodist Hospital Research Institute, Spitzer Industries, Boy Scouts of America, and Palmer Drug Abuse Program. He also serves on the executive committee of the Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law and Business at The University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Dinges is a member of the All-American Wildcatters. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Petroleum Land Management from The University of Texas.
6/19/2018 11:30:00 AM

2018 June HPF Luncheon - "Insight Into U.S. Unconventionals"

R. T. Dukes

R. T. Dukes is widely recognized as a global leader in U.S. unconventional oil and gas. Mr. Dukes advises companies at the executive and board level, as well as being a regular speaker at international industry conferences.

He is a media favorite that you'll find quoted in various print and broadcast media outlets.

Mr. Dukes began his career covering the Barnett Shale as horizontal drilling took off and later managed Wood Mackenzie's Rockies research as Bakken Shale development exploded. His roots in East Texas mean the Haynesville Shale is close to home. By design or maybe happenstance, he has been at the forefront of almost every shale story. He authored research highlighting the potential of tight oil years before U.S. production surged.

He has spent most of his career in the weeds of unconventionals and is leaned on for evaluating the impact to local and global markets. He is a recognized thought leader and a contributor to many U.S. and macro-market publications at Wood Mackenzie. At the firm, he has worked in various research and consulting roles and contributed to valuation and due-diligence work that accounts for billions in transactions.

Mr. Dukes is a native Texan and calls Houston home. More importantly, he is a proud husband and father. He spends most evenings and weekends as a youth sports coach. He graduated Cum Laude from Texas A&M University with a bachelor's degree in accounting and a master's degree in finance. He serves on the Former Student Advisory Board for the Professional Program in Accounting.
5/15/2018 11:30:00 AM

2018 May HPF Luncheon

Tony Weber


Tony Weber joined NGP in 2004 and serves as Managing Partner and Chairman of the Firm’s executive committee. He oversees NGP’s investment portfolios and the Firm’s ongoing investment and execution efforts. Mr. Weber has deep industry relationships and experiences that are vital resources for the Firm. In addition to managing the day-to-day activities of the Firm, Mr. Weber also plays a key role in sourcing and managing NGP’s relationship with its investors.

Prior to NGP, Mr. Weber was the Chief Financial Officer for Merit Energy Company where he raised equity commitments from investors and oversaw all of Merit’s financial, accounting, and investment functions.

Before Merit, NGP enjoyed a strong relationship with Mr. Weber from his position as Senior Vice President and Manager of Union Bank of California’s Energy Division in Dallas. During his 14 years as a commercial banker, he was involved in the financing of more than $14 billion in energy transactions, including senior debt facilities, mezzanine debt structures, project financing and direct equity investments.

Mr. Weber received a B.B.A. in Finance in 1984 from Texas A&M University, where he is a member of the Dean’s Council, a founding member of the Mays Business Fellows Program, and was recognized as an outstanding alumnus in 2013.
4/17/2018 11:30:00 AM

2018 April HPF Luncheon

Doug Suttles


Doug Suttles joined Encana as President & CEO in June 2013. With over 30 years of experience
in the oil and gas industry in various engineering and leadership roles, he is responsible for the
overall success of Encana and for creating, planning, implementing and integrating the strategic
direction of the organization.

Before joining Encana, Doug held a number of senior leadership posts at BP, including Chief
Operating Officer, BP Exploration & Production, and President, BP Alaska. He was a member
of the board of BP America as well as the BP America Operations Advisory Board. Previously,
Doug served as President of BP Sakhalin Inc., where he was responsible for BP's activities in
Sakhalin, Russia, and its joint venture with Rosneft, a major Russian oil company.

He held other senior leadership roles in BP, including Vice President for North Sea operations
and President of BP's Trinidadian oil business. Prior to joining BP, Doug completed various
production engineering assignments with Exxon from 1983 to 1988.

Over the course of his career, Doug has volunteered his time and talents to community
organizations across North America. Doug is a member of the National Petroleum Council
and sits on the Board of Directors of the American Petroleum Institute, the American
Exploration & Production Council, the Independent Petroleum Association of America and
the National Association of Manufacturers.

Doug has served on the University of Texas Engineering Advisory Board since 2007 and was
honored with the school’s Mechanical Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award in 2008.

Doug graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1983 with a bachelor’s degree
in mechanical engineering.
3/20/2018 11:30:00 AM

2018 March HPF Luncheon

Karl Brensike


Karl Brensike is the co-founder and CEO of Haymaker Minerals & Royalties, LLC. Haymaker has employed sophisticated practices from the software, finance, and upstream E&P industries to acquire mineral and royalty interests in over 35,000 producing wells across 24 states and over 500 counties. Haymaker is dual financed by Kayne Anderson Energy Capital and Kohlberg, Kravis and Roberts.

Mr. Brensike also serves on the board of the IPAA as Chairman of the Membership and Business Development Committee. Mr. Brensike started in the mineral and royalty business in 2004 as a founding member and Senior Managing Director of Cornerstone Acquisition & Management Company, LLC.

Mr. Brensike previously served as a hedge fund analyst and marketer for Cornerstone’s parent company, the Argent Funds Group, where he held FINRA licenses 7, 24, 55, and 63. Prior to working at Argent, Mr. Brensike was the co-founder and CEO of a venture-backed software company, netHESIVE, specializing in artificial intelligence-based search applications. netHESIVE merged with Channel Intelligence, Inc. in 2001 which was later acquired by Google.

Mr. Brensike is a graduate of the University of Southern California, with a B.S. in Business Administration.