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.

9/17/2019 8:05:00 AM

2019 HPF September Luncheon

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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.
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.