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2019 TEXAS ENERGY UPDATE SPEAKERS
Steven Pruett
CEO & President, Elevation Resources LLC

Steve Pruett co-founded Elevation Resources LLC, a Permian Basin focused exploration and production company in 2013. He has 35 years of oil and gas operating, financial and management experience, most of which has been in the Permian Basin. Steve previously served as Senior Vice President of Corporate Development for Concho Resources. He co-founded and served as President and CFO of Legacy Reserves LP, a public MLP. Prior to forming Legacy Reserves, he was a Venture Partner with Quantum Energy Partners, served as President of Petroleum Place and P2 Energy Solutions, and served as a Vice President at Enron managing oil and gas direct investments. He previously served as President and CEO of First Permian, founded and served as President and CEO of First Reserve Oil & Gas Co, and served as Vice President for First Reserve Corporation originating upstream equity investments. He was an energy investment banker with CS First Boston. Steve worked in planning and business development for Amoco Production Company following graduate business school. He began his career as a petroleum engineer for ARCO Oil & Gas where he earned his registered professional engineer certificate. He received his B.S. in Petroleum Engineering, High Honors, from the University of Texas at Austin and graduated with an MBA from the Harvard Business School where he was a Baker Scholar. Steve is a past chairman of the Permian Basin Petroleum Association. He serves on the advisory board of the College of Business at The University of Texas Permian Basin. He is a Director of Key Energy Services, the largest well service company in the U.S..

Chris Atherton
CEO & President, EnergyNet, Inc.

Chris Atherton has 20 years of experience in the energy industry. He has been part of the EnergyNet team since 2002. EnergyNet is an oil and gas asset acquisition and divestiture firm specializing in auction sales, sealed bid transactions and government lease sales. Chris has been actively involved in the firm's completion of over $7B in transactions, including sell-side mandates from thousands of Exploration and Production clients. He leads a multi-disciplinary team of 50 professionals specializing in engineering, geology, land, technical, business development, marketing, IT and administration. Prior to EnergyNet, Chris worked at the Enron Corporation in Houston, Texas. He graduated from Texas State in San Marcos with a business management and marketing degree. Recently, Chris served as the Chairman of the Wildcatter's Host Committee for the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers. He also has served as the Chairman for the SPE-Gulf Coast Section Business Development Study Group for three years. Chris is an active member of the IPAA, Texas Energy Alliance, ADAM Houston, ADAM Permian and Houston Producer's Forum. He holds series 39, 22 and 63 SEC licenses.

Dan Mooney
Managing Director, Head of Private Capital & Advisory Services, East West Markets LLC

Dan Mooney is Managing Director, Head of Private Capital and Advisory Services, for East West Markets, LLC (FINRA/SIPC), an investment banking affiliate of East West Bancorp (NASDAQ: EWBC). He leads the firm's private investment banking initiatives with a primary focus on the energy industry. Previously, Dan founded and served as Managing Director of Enstream Capital Markets, LLC, a boutique energy investment bank, until its sale to East West Bancorp. In the past, he was employed by Energy Spectrum as a member within its midstream private equity and upstream investment banking groups. He also has served as a financial analyst and manager for Crow Holdings, a family investment firm. Dan received a B.A. in Economics/Accounting from Hendrix College and an M.L.A. from Southern Methodist University. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and holder of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.  

Stephen Thornhill
Financial Advisor with Schweizer-Thornhill Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors

Stephen Thornhill has been a financial advisor with Wells Fargo Advisors in Sherman, Texas since September 2005. His background in the oil and gas sector helps his clients make educated financial and investment decisions as they transition through different life stages. Stephen started his financial advisory career with Dean Witter (now Morgan Stanley) in 1995 where he worked as a retirement planning specialist helping customize investment solutions for individual and corporate clients. In addition to starting a financial advisory career, he formed Thornhill Oil and Gas, Inc. in 1994 where he generated, reviewed and assisted drilling oil and gas prospects throughout the SE Texas Frio Trend and S. Central Mississippi Salt Basin. From 1982-1994, Stephen was an exploration geologist with Bass Enterprises Production Company where he concentrated his exploration efforts across the SE Texas Frio Trend, Mississippi Salt Basin, Fractured carbonates of S. Central Texas, and S. Louisiana Parishes. He is an active member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and Petroleum Engineers Club of Dallas. Over the past 6 years, he has served on the nine-member board of directors for the Red River Authority of Texas. Stephen received his BS and MS in Geology from Baylor University and holds the Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC®) professional designation. Wells Fargo Advisors is a trade name used by Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC, Member SIPC.

Matthew Todd
Program Director, The Environmental Partnership

Matthew Todd has spent 18 years working on air quality regulations and emission studies for the oil and natural gas industry. This work prepared him to take on his latest role as Program Director for The Environmental Partnership, a voluntary program whose mission is the continuous improvement of the industry's environmental performance by taking action, learning about best practices and technologies and fostering collaboration in order to responsibly develop our nation's natural gas and oil resources. Since its launch in 2017, the program has more than doubled in size to include 66 oil and natural gas companies operating all across the United States and in every major oil and gas basin. Prior to his current role, Matthew served as a Senior Policy Advisor for the American Petroleum Institute (API). He received his Engineer's Degree in Environmental from Purdue University. Matthew lives in Washington, D.C.

James Wicklund
Managing Director & Senior Banker in Energy Group, Stephens Inc.

James Wicklund is a Managing Director and Senior Banker in the Energy Group at Stephens Inc.  This follows a career in geophysics, engineering and operations in the global oil and gas industry, four years managing a broad energy investment portfolio and decades of following the industry as a senior research analyst. Before joining the financial services industry as a research analyst covering the Oilfield Services sector, James spent 15 years in the oil and gas industry, working in geophysics and engineering, living in Australia, Singapore, Milan, London as well as the U.S., with Western Geophysical, Sun Oil, and ECL. Previously, he has been head of the energy research group at Rauscher Pierce (now Royal Bank of Canada), managing director and head of energy research at Banc of America Securities Inc., a portfolio manager at Carlson Capital which is an $8 billion hedge fund responsible for all of energy investments, and the senior Oilfield Services analyst at Credit Suisse. He has been recognized by various awards and recognition including #1 rankings in Institutional Investor, Greenwich Surveys and the Wall Street Journal’s “Best on the Street” and was a frequent contributor to CNBC, CNN and other media outlets. James is a member and past symposium chair of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG), on the boards of the National Offshore Industry Association (NOIA), the Petroleum Equipment Suppliers Association (PESA), and the Maguire Institute Advisory Board, at Southern Methodist University. He received his BBA in Finance and Physics from Southern Methodist University.

Grant Swartzwelder
Managing Director, PetroGrowth Advisors

Grant Swartzwelder has over 35 years experience in the energy industry, serving as an investment banker, owner/investor, operator and engineer. He is the founder and Managing Director of PetroGrowth Advisors. In this role, Grant has extensive capital raising and M&A experience with exploration, production and oilfield services companies. Grant also is a majority owner in multiple oilfield services companies. Currently, he serves as President of OTA Compression, an environmental services and vapor recovery unit manufacturer and Kimark Systems, Inc., a combustion, burner management and automation service provider to the oilfield. Prior to forming PetroGrowth Advisors, Grant served as an energy investment banker for The Principal (1995-1997), worked for ENSCO in charge of acquisitions (1990-1993) and worked as an Operation/Analytical Engineer for ARCO Oil & Gas. Grant is a current Board Member for Texas A&M Engineering Station which is focused on the commercialization of university research. He received his B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University and his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

DeLaine Fletcher
EHS Director, Hunt Oil Company

DeLaine Fletcher is Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Director for Hunt Oil Company in Dallas. In this role, DeLaine provides EHS oversight and planning for the Hunt companies worldwide. Her responsibilities include corporate oversight of EHS practices for current operations and project activities, regulatory analysis and interpretation, coordination and management of strategic best practices, and communication with regulatory authorities, corporate managers, and stakeholders. DeLaine has been with Hunt since 2012. She was previously senior EHS compliance manager for RSR Corporation and HSE manager for Halliburton. DeLaine is a Certified Safety Professional, Certified Hazardous Materials Manager, and Professional Geologist and is a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers, and the Alliance of Hazardous Materials Professionals. She earned a Bachelor of Science, Geology, from Southern Illinois University and a Master of Science in Water Resources, also at Southern Illinois University.

Collin M. Baker
Partner, Jackson Walker, LLP

Collin Baker’s practice focuses on the representation of foreign and domestic institutional investors with respect to their alternative assets investments including in the review and negotiation of limited partnership agreements and subscription agreements and drafting side letters. Such alternative assets investments include private equity funds, venture capital funds, real estate funds, energy funds and separate managed accounts. Collin enjoys energy fund investments due to his experience representing private and public companies in the acquisition and divestiture of oil and gas properties, as well as their general oil and gas contracts, including oil and gas leases, joint operating agreements, unit operating agreements and processing agreements. He also represents a diverse group of private companies and wealthy individuals in a broad array of general corporate matters including entity structuring and formation, offerings of debt and equity securities, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures and executive compensation. Further, Collin often serves as the outside general counsel for operating companies by providing advice on employment agreements, non-disclosure agreements, consulting and service agreements as well as other commercial agreements. He received his B.B.A., cum laude, from Texas A&M University and his J.D., with honors, from University of Texas School of Law.




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