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.