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.

1/21/2020 11:30:00 AM

2020 HPF January Luncheon

Bill Zartler

Bill Zartler is the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Solaris Midstream Holdings, LLC. Bill also serves as the Chairman and CEO of Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure, Inc. (NYSE: SOI), a company he founded in 2014.
Bill brings 28 years of experience to Solaris Midstream, with an extensive background in both energy investing and managing growth businesses. Prior to founding Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure, Bill was a Founder and Managing Partner of Denham Capital Management, a $7+ billion global energy and commodities private equity firm. He led Denham’s global investing activity in the midstream and oilfield services sectors and served on the investment and executive committees. While at Denham, Bill served on the boards of numerous portfolio companies, including NGL Energy Partners (NYSE:NGL), Gulf Atlantic Operations, Kitimat LNG, Freebird Gas Storage, Cadre Proppants, MS Energy Services and Greene’s Energy Group. Previously, Bill held the role of Senior Vice President and General Manager at Dynegy Inc., building and managing the natural gas liquids business. Prior to that he held the roles of Feedstock Trading Manager and Business Analyst at Dow Hydrocarbons and Resources.
He received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Business Administration from Texas A&M University. He completed the Stanford Business School Executive Program and serves on the advisory board of the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin.

12/2/2019 9:32:00 AM

December 2019 - No luncheon scheduled

There is currently no description for this event.
11/19/2019 11:30:00 AM

2019 HPF November Luncheon

Jeff Wood, Black Stone Minerals

Jeff Wood has served as President and Chief Financial Officer of Black Stone Minerals since June 2018. He joined the Partnership as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in November 2016. Mr. Wood previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Siluria Technologies, Inc., a leading innovator of process technologies for the energy and petrochemical industries. Prior to Siluria, Mr. Wood was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Eagle Rock Energy Partners. Before Eagle Rock, Mr. Wood spent 11 years at Lehman Brothers Holdings, Inc. in a number of investment banking and investment management positions focused primarily on the upstream and midstream sectors. Mr. Wood received an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business and a B.A. from Baylor University.
10/15/2019 11:30:00 AM

2019 HPF October Luncheon

Bill Lambert, Goldman Sachs

Bill is a member of Goldman Sachs' Global Natural Resources Group, focused on mergers and acquisitions and capital raising for clients in the exploration and production sector. He joined Goldman Sachs as a vice president in 2013 and was named managing director in 2017. Prior to joining the firm, Bill worked at Deutsche Bank, covering the natural resources sector with a focus on oil and gas exploration and production clients, and at Schlumberger as a wireline engineer.

Bill earned a bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from Vanderbilt University in 2003 and an MBA with a concentration in Finance from Vanderbilt University in 2008.
9/17/2019 11:30:00 AM

2019 HPF September Luncheon

Discussion: Next-Gen Panel Event

Three distinguished “next gen” entrepreneurs in the upstream, service, and mineral space will discuss their personal entrepreneurial journey and offer up insights on the current state of the industry.

* Chris Transier serves as Chief Executive Officer of Fortis Minerals, which he co-founded in 2016. Prior to Fortis, Chris served as Executive Vice President and CFO of Escondido Resources, a South Texas oil and gas company. Prior to Escondido, Chris was a Vice President at First Reserve, the largest private equity firm focused exclusively on energy. Chris received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia where he was a Rodman Scholar;

* Luke Essman is the President and CEO of Canyon Creek Energy-Arkoma headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Canyon Creek is a joint venture with Vortus Investment Advisors, a Fort Worth, TX private equity firm, to develop assets located in Oklahoma’s Arkoma Basin. Mr. Essman has been named a "Top 40 Under 40 Professional in Oklahoma" by "Oklahoma Magazine" and a "Top 30 Under 40" by "Oil and Gas Investor Magazine", and is a graduate of Leadership Tulsa. Luke currently serves on the Boards of the Petroleum Alliance of Oklahoma, Grand Bank and Indian Healthcare Resource Center of Tulsa. He graduated from Oklahoma State University with a B.S. in Finance;

* Rachel Racz of Houston is an investor and entrepreneur. Before starting her own company, she was most recently head of strategy at Vista Proppants and Logistics. Previously, she was head of the Energy Business for the Nasdaq Stock Market. She is the founder of the "100 Women" in Houston, an advisory board member of With Honor, and a committee member of a local Big Brothers and Big Sisters chapter. Her volunteer activities include the Navy Seal Foundation and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Rachel received a Bachelor of Science in political science at the University of Houston.
8/20/2019 11:30:00 AM

2019 HPF August Luncheon

Eileen Perillo, Shell USA

Eileen Perillo has worked for Shell for 15 years in a variety of roles across the Group. She joined Shell in the Lubricants business as Cluster Finance Manager, Business to Consumer North America. After ~ three years in Lubricants, she spent three years in Upstream, first in The Hague with Upstream Commercial Finance (now M&A - FTM) and then as the Upstream Americas Strategic Cost Leadership manager. She joined Trading in late 2010 with financial responsibility for the Americas Crude and Refined Products business. She returned to The Hague area in 2014, joining FPT Projects with oversight and accountability for the Conventional Oil & Gas capital projects portfolio. In early 2017, She temporarily assumed the VP Finance, Projects role before taking her current assignment as VP Finance, Unconventionals in December 2017. Prior to joining Shell, she spent 10 years working for PPG Industries, Inc. in a variety of Finance roles including Manufacturing Finance, Internal Audit and leading the Finance function in their global Optical Products business unit.

Eileen has a BA in Political Science from the University of New Hampshire and an International MBA from the University of South Carolina. While at Shell, she has also attended executive leadership courses at INSEAD and IMD.
7/10/2019 11:30:00 AM

2019 HPF/IPAA July Luncheon

Joseph C. Gatto, Jr., Callon Petroleum

Joseph C. Gatto, Jr. joined Callon Petroleum (the Company) in April 2012 as Senior Vice President, Corporate Finance, with responsibility for capital markets and strategic planning functions, in addition to investor relations activities. Effective March 31, 2014, Mr. Gatto was appointed Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of the Company and in August 2016 was promoted to President, while retaining the roles of Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer. In May 2017 he was promoted to Chief Executive Officer, while retaining the role of President. Mr. Gatto was appointed as a member of the Board of Directors in May 2018.

Prior to joining Callon, Mr. Gatto was a Managing Director in the energy investment banking groups of Merrill Lynch & Co. and Barclays Capital from July 1997 until February 2009, with involvement in all phases of M&A and capital raising transactions for his clients. In February 2009, he founded MarchWire Capital, LLC, a financial advisory and strategic consulting firm, and subsequently served as Head of Structuring and Execution with Merrill Lynch Commodities, Inc. from January 2010 until November 2011.

Mr. Gatto graduated from Cornell University with a BS degree in 1992 and The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with an MBA in 1997.
6/18/2019 11:30:00 AM

2019 HPF June Luncheon

E. Russell (Rusty) Braziel

E. Russell (Rusty) Braziel is president and CEO of RBN Energy, a leading energy market consultancy and analytics company based in Houston, Texas, and is the author of "The Domino Effect", a bestseller book about energy markets. He was appointed to the National Petroleum Council by Secretary Perry in 2018.

Braziel spent 20 years with Texaco (Chevron), serving as VP of Natural Gas Marketing and Trading and NGL Supply. Subsequently, he was VP of Business Development for The Williams Companies and later was a co-owner at Bentek Energy.

Mr. Braziel holds BBA and MBA degrees from Stephen F. Austin University.
5/21/2019 11:30:00 AM

2019 HPF May Luncheon

Frank D. Tsuru

Frank Tsuru co-founded Momentum Midstream with Bill Pritchard in 2004 and currently serves as its CEO. In addition to his executive role at Momentum, he is the CEO at Indigo Natural Resources, an E&P company operating primarily in North Louisiana.

Tsuru graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Petroleum Engineering in 1982. His first assignment was as a drilling and production engineer for TXO Production Corp. in Denver, CO and was selected to be part of the corporate Engineering and Evaluation team that handled all of the company’s reserves and M & A work. In 1991, Tsuru founded Southwestern Production, a company focused on the Coal Bed Methane development in the San Juan Basin of SW Colorado. That company was sold in 1995 and Tsuru was tapped to run the Southern Ute Indian Tribe’s midstream company, Red Cedar Gathering. In 2002, Tsuru started Aka Energy, another successful midstream company for the Tribe before starting Momentum.

Frank is very involved with community, national and international philanthropic organizations. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Yellowstone Academy, a faith-based school, serving elementary age students living in extreme poverty. Additionally, Tsuru is Vice-Chairman of the Star of Hope Mission, an organization started in 1907 to serve the homeless in Houston. Frank is an Eagle Scout, NESA Outstanding Eagle Scout and Distinguished Eagle Scout and is active with local scout council. He is the past Chairman of the Sam Houston Area Council, currently serves as the President of the National Eagle Scout Association and is on the Executive Committee of the National Board of BSA. The Tsuru family has spent the past six summers in Lusaka, Zambia serving AIDS orphans through a USA, Christian-based organization, called Family Legacy Missions International (FLMI).
4/16/2019 11:30:00 AM

2019 HPF April Luncheon

T. Porter Trimble

T. Porter Trimble
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Fleur de Lis Energy, LLC

Porter Trimble has spent 33 years working in every engineering role in the upstream oil & gas business. After receiving a BS in Petroleum Geology from Louisiana State University, and an ME in Petroleum Engineering from Tulane University, he entered the oil and gas business during one of its worst downturns in 1986. Trimble began his career as a drilling engineer for Amoco in the Gulf of Mexico. He then joined Graham Resources working in reservoir engineering and acquisitions.

Trimble joined Merit Energy in 1992 and led its A & D efforts for 23 years. He purchased over $6B of properties during his years at Merit and was named Vice Chairman in 2009. During his tenure, Merit became one of the largest and most profitable privately held oil and gas companies in the country. In 2014, he founded Fleur de Lis Energy, LLC (FDL) to purchase oil & gas properties in the lower 48 states. In its brief history, FDL has built a diverse portfolio of world‐class assets in 3 major basins, deploying over $2.1B of capital across six transactions.

Trimble is active in many oil and gas industry groups. He is a former President and Board Member of the Dallas Wildcat Committee. He is also a member of the Dallas and Fort Worth Petroleum Clubs, is active in the LSU Alumni Association and is a significant donor to the LSU athletic and science programs. Trimble has also created the Trimble Family Foundation to help families of deceased special forces veterans and other charities.
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.