Conference Speakers

Please find below the confirmed speakers, moderators, and panelists for the Kallanish North American Oil & gas 2017 conference program. The conference takes place over 2 days, starting on at noon on May 23rd 2017, and ending at 4:30PM on May 24th 2017. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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Cheniere Energy
Session 2: LNG: Industry savior or much ado about nothing?

Michael Manteris Senior Director, Business Development at Cheniere Energy, Inc.. Full biography coming soon.

Eclipse Resources
Session 1: The North American outlook for oil and gas

Benjamin W. Hulburt co-founded Eclipse Resources in January 2011 and has served as our Chief Executive Officer, President and member of our board since our inception. He has also served as the Chairman of the board of directors of Eclipse Resources since its inception. Prior to co-founding Eclipse Resources, Mr. Hulburt served as the Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors of Rex Energy, an independent oil and gas exploration and production company with operations in the Appalachian and Illinois Basins within the United States, from March 2007 to October 2010. He also served as President of Rex Energy through its initial public offering in 2007. Prior to Rex Energy’s initial public offering, Mr. Hulburt served as the Chief Executive Officer of Rex Energy Operating Corp. from October 2006 until October 2010, and as the President of Rex Energy Operating Corp. from March 2004 until October 2006. Mr. Hulburt also served as the Chief Financial Officer of Douglas Oil & Gas Limited Partnership, an affiliate of Rex Energy, from January 2001 to February 2004. Prior to November 2000, Mr. Hulburt served on active duty as a commissioned officer in the United States Army for four years, leaving the service holding the rank of Captain. Mr. Hulburt received his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from The Pennsylvania State University.

Cabot Oil & Gas
Keynote Session Day 1: The North American outlook for oil and gas

George Stark is the Director of External Affairs for Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation. In this role, George directs external and internal outreach including government affairs, advertising, media relations, corporate social responsibility, and communications campaigns. He also oversees efforts in building community relationships and furthering workforce development and natural gas utilization within the industry.
In addition to his roles on several oil and natural gas industry organizations, George currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Pittsburgh Airport Area Chamber of Commerce, The Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, and the Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Dickinson College and is a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh. Prior to Cabot, George worked at Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania/Maryland for 15 years and most recently held the position of Director of External Affairs during his tenure. He lives in Peters Township, Pennsylvania with his wife and three daughters.

Session 5: Update/Status Report on Natural Gas Demand

As president of the Pennsylvania Chemical Industry Council (PCIC), Jeff serves as the public policy advocate for Pennsylvania’s chemical and petrochemical industries. Representing $24 billion in revenue and over 41,000 direct jobs, the PA Chemical Industry Council engages to improve the Pennsylvania’s business opportunities through public policy advocacy, communication, and education.

After a successful private sector career including business start-ups and fortune 500 companies, Jeff received Governor appointments to Commonwealth leadership positions, most recently as the Executive Deputy Secretary to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection under former Gov. Tom Corbett.

Jeff is known for his ability to navigate the nexus between economic development and environmental protection and for his intimate understanding of energy policy, regulatory and community issues and how these issues impact the government.


Jeremy is the Manager of Commercial Development in the Northeast Gathering & Processing operating area for Williams. He is currently responsible for commercial and business development opportunities in Northeastern Pennsylvania. During his 19 year career in the energy industry, he has performed in various engineering, commercial operations, and pure commercial roles covering NGL’s, communications, refined products, crude and natural gas gathering and processing. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma and an MBA from Oklahoma State University. Jeremy is an active volunteer and most recently has been helping with the United Way and various education based initiatives in the Pittsburgh area.

Morgan Stanley
Session 1: The North American outlook for oil and gas

Edward Dudlik III is an advisor with Morgan Stanley’s Private Wealth Management division in Washington, D.C.  Prior to joining Morgan Stanley in 2015, Edward founded and ran a software company focused on e-commerce analytics.  From 2008 through 2011, Edward successfully led a commercial real estate business through the Global Financial Crisis.  Edward earned a joint JD-MBA from Georgetown University, having previously graduated magna cum laude from the Fox School of Business at Temple University.
Edward’s team manages more than $900 million of client assets, providing discretionary separate account management services for families and trusts. They have been regularly listed among top financial advisors in the United States based upon annual rankings published by Barron’s.

Dominion Energy
Session 2: LNG: Industry savior or much ado about nothing?

Donald R. Raikes is senior vice president-Customer Service & Business Development, Dominion Energy. He is responsible for leading all major customer service functions for Dominion Transmission, Cove Point and the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. He also will have primary responsibility for identifying strategic business alliances and new markets that are consistent with Dominion’s long-range goals.

Since joining the company in 1985, he has held various positions in the interstate gas pipeline business unit. Raikes was part of the commercial team that implemented the wholesale restructuring and also led the commercial team that reactivated the Cove Point LNG terminal. He was also responsible for the commercial transactions relating to the Cove Point Export project, as well as the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) project. He previously was vice president-Transmission Marketing & Business Development and assumed his current post in November 2014.

Raikes earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Fairmont State University.

Marcellus Shale Coalition
Session 1: The North American outlook for oil and gas

David J. Spigelmyer is president of the Pittsburgh, Pa.-based Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC), the region’s largest shale development trade association.

On behalf of the MSC’s approximately 200 member companies, he works closely with elected leaders, regulators and the civic community to advance responsible shale development and the overall enhancement of the region’s economy and environment.

Mr. Spigelmyer was instrumental in the MSC’s 2008 founding, and has served as the organization’s chairman, vice-chairman and as lead of its legislative committee.

Most recently, Mr. Spigelmyer served as Vice President of Chesapeake Energy Corporation’s Appalachia division, where he was responsible for government relations, regulatory policy, stakeholder engagement and communications efforts.

Prior to Chesapeake, he served in similar roles at EQT Corporation and Dominion Resources and held other energy industry-related positions in New York State as well as in Washington, DC.

Mr. Spigelmyer, a Penn State University graduate and an active outdoorsman, was born and raised in Clearfield County, Pa. He lives in southwestern Pennsylvania with his wife, Francie. They have two children.

Genscape Inc.
Session 4: Pipeline construction continues – Or not

Colette Breshears is a Natural Gas Analyst at Genscape, Inc.. Colette is speaking in Session 4: Pipeline construction continues – Or not.

Colette Breshears is a Natural Gas Analyst at Genscape, Inc. who leads the research team behind Genscape’s Infrastructure Intelligence product, which focuses on providing up-to-date Natural Gas and NGL pipeline project tracking as well as analysis of downstream impacts. Using monitoring technology, Genscape has been able to closely track completion of several projects, and is currently conducting a series of flights over the highly anticipated Energy Transfer Rover pipeline to provide the most up-to-date insight into construction and tree clearing efforts.

Before moving to Houston from the Pacific Northwest, Colette worked for the US Forest Service conducting climate change research through analysis of stream temperature data. She holds a Masters of Earth Science from Boise State University..

K&L Gates
Session 4: Pipeline construction continues – Or not

Ms. Safro is a partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. She focuses her practice on regulatory, policy, and transactional issues related primarily to natural gas, liquefied natural gas (LNG), crude oil, and natural gas liquids (NGLs). Ms. Safro regularly advises clients on matters related to commodity and pipeline transportation issues, including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) policies related to capacity release and in the negotiation of precedent agreements, negotiated rate agreements, asset management arrangements, transportation service agreements, and the terms and conditions of service included in pipeline tariffs. Ms. Safro also advises clients on, issues related to the import and export of LNG, including commercial agreements related to terminal capacity, developments on Capitol Hill, and proceedings before FERC and the Department of Energy (DOE). She represents clients in natural gas and oil pipeline rate proceedings before the FERC and state agencies and advises clients on pipeline safety issues before the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA).

BTU Analytics
Session 1: The North American outlook for oil and gas

Kathryn Downey Miller is Co-Founder and Managing Partner at BTU Analytics, LLC. Kathryn is speaking Session 1: The North American outlook for oil and gas.

Kathryn Downey Miller is an energy finance professional specializing in oil and gas industry market dynamics. She has in-depth knowledge of macro fundamentals affecting oil, natural gas, and NGL markets, as well as an understanding of company-level incentives and decision making. Kathryn is able to translate complex changes in market fundamentals into actionable ideas for investment and risk mitigation.

Silent Majority Strategies LLC
Session 6: ‘Draining the Swamp’ and its impact on Oil & Gas

Michael Krancer is both co-founder and principal of Silent Majority Strategies (SMS) LLC and Senior Counsel at Blank, Rome LLP. SMS is an energy focused messaging, permitting strategy and regulatory strategy firm. The critical point is that SMS is about changing the agenda and proactively advancing our clients’ issues, permitting, regulatory and public policy solutions. We seek to take advantage of windows of political opportunity that open for our clients, particularly within the disruptive and unsettled arenas of permitting and regulatory politics. SMS and Blank Rome are unrelated.
I have experience as former Cabinet Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection under Governor Tom Corbett from 2011 to 2013 and Chief Judge of the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board for ten years which gives me both a superior perspective on energy and environmental policy and legal matters and has afforded me the opportunity to interact closely with members of the Pennsylvania legislature and executive offices. I also worked at the Exelon Corporation, one of the nation’s leading energy generation, competitive energy sales, transmission and utility companies, in energy policy, government relations and legal capacities. While SMS is not a law firm, my legal experience and insights give me an advantage in finding solutions to our clients’ permitting and regulatory problems.

I am contributor to Forbes, The Hill, Roll Call and many other publications and I am a recognized expert in energy, environmental and utility law and policy.

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
Session 6: ‘Draining the Swamp’ and its impact on Oil & Gas

Gary Slagel has been a Government Relations Coordinator for Steptoe & Johnson PLLC since 2013, and is resident in the Southpointe, PA (Canonsburg) office of the firm. He retired as the Senior Advisor of Environmental Affairs for CONSOL Energy. He is an engineering graduate from the University of Dayton and has spent 35 years with CONSOL and CNX Gas in several capacities including Director of Environmental Regulatory Affairs and Director of Government Affairs, working on coal and natural gas issues.

Mr. Slagel has extensive legislative and regulatory experience including the four-year mediation effort that resulted in 1994 amendments to the original Pennsylvania Subsidence Act; the two-year mediation effort that amended the Pennsylvania Coal Refuse Disposal Act, and more recently, the 2012 amendments to the Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Act. He currently serves as Chairman and is on the Executive Committee of the Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association and represents the Independent Petroleum Association of America on the Board of STRONGER (State Review of Oil and Natural Gas Environmental Regulations).

Eagle Manufacturing
Session 3: Appalachian Basin and Ethane Crackers: Back to the Future

Joe Eddy is President/CEO of Eagle Manufacturing Company in Wellsburg, WV. He is past Chairman of the West Virginia Manufacturers Association and is Chairman of the WVMA Educational Fund Board, and sits on the boards at West Virginia Northern Community College Foundation, McDonough Center for Leadership and Business at Marietta College, Regional Economic Development Partnership, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond Charleston Industry Roundtable, National Association of Manufacturers, West Virginia Economic Development Authority, WVU B&E Global Supply Chain Management Council, National Institute of Standards and Technology-MEP Program, and founded the Joseph and Debra Eddy Foundation, and the Joseph Eddy Technology Fund at West Virginia Northern Community College.

Joe has a BS in petroleum engineering from Marietta College and has completed advanced studies at the University of Wyoming and University of Chicago. Prior to joining Eagle in 1996, he held positions at Amoco Production Company in Andrews, TX, Gulf Oil Corp in Bakersfield, CA, Spectrum Resources in Marietta, OH, Tazwell Corp in Jackson Hole, WY and manages his own energy ventures, Enhanced Technologies LLC and Pinnacle Holdings LLC.

Pira Energy Group
Session 1: The North American outlook for oil and gas

Teri Viswanath joined PIRA in 2016 from BNP Paribas, where she was the Director of Natural Gas Research within the firm’s global commodity strategy team. In her current role, she serves as a public analyst with responsibility for developing the PIRA’s view on natural gas prices. She has authored several publications on the expanding use of natural gas within the US utility and industrial sectors and is frequently interviewed by various trade periodicals. Teri’s professional career spans more than two decades and includes senior positions with Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Citadel and Dynegy, a wholesale power generating company. Teri graduated from Fordham University and the University of Texas with a Juris Doctorate law degree and completed her undergraduate studies in finance. Most recently Teri was named in Breaking Energy’s rundown of the Top Ten New York Women in Energy.

LNG Allies, Inc.
Session 2: LNG: Industry savior or much ado about nothing?

Fred H. Hutchison is president of LNG Allies a nonprofit organization working to expedite and maximize U.S. LNG exports to create jobs and economic growth in the United States, enhance the energy security of America’s allies, and improve human and environmental conditions worldwide. An advocate, communicator, and entrepreneur, he has been a government and public relations generalist for more than four decades and is a trusted advisor to private and public sector leaders worldwide. He was formerly a legislative assistant for energy and natural resources for U.S. Sen. Frank Church and earned a B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Shale Directories
Session 4: Pipeline construction continues – Or not

Joseph Barone is a seasoned marketing/advertising executive who worked with a number of Fortune 500 companies.

Barone became intrigued with the Marcellus in 2009 and attend Penn State’s webinar series on the Marcellus Shale. In November 2009, Barone launched PAGasDirectory focusing on Pennsylvania. The goal of the directory was to connect local businesses with the oil and gas companies.

Two years later, the directory expanded into Ohio and West Virginia and became Shale Directories. Based on the directories success in the Marcellus and Utica, Shale Directories, in 2014, it expanded into the other major shales plays – Permian, Eagle Ford, Bakken, and Niobrara. Shale Directories has become the leading online directory servicing the major shale plays.

Barone has expanded Shale Directories focus of connecting local businesses with oil and gas companies by conducting over 25 seminars throughout Pennsylvania and Ohio.

At the these seminars, Barone would feature speakers from E&P companies like Chesapeake, Chevron, Cabot, Anadarko, and Seneca as well as midstream companies like Sunoco Logistics, Energy Transfer, Spectra Energy, Blue Race, Marathon, MarkWest, and Williams. Businesses found these seminars to be extremely informative and ideal networking opportunities.

NAI Spring Commercial Realty
Session 3: Appalachian Basin and Ethane Crackers: Back to the Future

Bryce has experience in all aspects of commercial real estate including acquisition, disposition and development of office, retail and industrial projects. As an active real estate investor for over 20 years, Bryce understands the challenges facing both buyers and sellers in sale and lease transactions. Utilizing his experience from prior businesses, he works to discover critical success factors to develop solutions that meet the needs of both parties. Bryce’s current focus is serving the needs of the Oil & Gas and related Energy Services companies capitalizing on the drilling and exploration of the Utica / Marcellus Shale in Eastern Ohio.

Bryce A Custer Enterprises, Inc. Founded in 1994, BAC Enterprises, Inc. is a commercial investment and management firm. Over the past 20 years BAC Enterprises, Inc. has developed, purchased, leased and sold numerous properties. BAC Enterprises, Inc. currently manages warehouse, retail and office complexes in Ohio.

PetroChem Wire
Session 3: Appalachian Basin and Ethane Crackers: Back to the Future

Samantha Hartke is product manager at PetroChem Wire, which she joined in January 2015. Her responsibilities include developing essential price benchmarks, products and analyses for commodities all along the energy value chain, from natural gas liquids to olefins and aromatics. Prior to that, she was Director of the Market Daily Service group at IHS Chemical, where she launched a global suite of daily reports covering petrochemical products in Europe, Asia and the US. Previously, she spent nine years heading up Platts’ North American natural gas and power group. She has appeared on TV programs and been quoted in US and international media outlets, such as CNN, Bloomberg, Financial Times, The Times of India and China Economic Review.

Poten & Partners
Session 3: Appalachian Basin and Ethane Crackers: Back to the Future

Kristen Holmquist is the Managing Editor of Poten’s LPG in World Market publication and is an expert on international LPG supply/demand/trading. Prior to working at Poten, Ms. Holmquist worked for Ponderosa Advisors as the Director of NGL Analytics. In this role, she focused on US NGL production, processing, transportation and fractionation. Ms. Holmquist also worked for Bentek Energy as a Manager of NGL Analytics. She started her career at Chemical Market Associates (now part of IHS chemical) where she was the director of US steam cracker economics and feedstocks. Ms. Holmquist has an MBA from the University of Notre Dame and a BS in chemical engineering from Virginia Tech.

Poten & Partners
Session 2: LNG: Industry savior or much ado about nothing?

Prior to joining Poten in 2014, Jason served as COO Americas for Argus Media based in Houston starting 2011, and from 2003 through 2011 as the head of Argus’ Asia Pacific business, where he was responsible for managing Argus’ business East of the Suez Canal. In this role, he oversaw the development of new products focused on petroleum, LNG, LPG, coal, base oils, biofuels and other products.

With more than 25 years’ experience in global energy markets, Jason has worked in Asia, Latin America, Europe and the US. His specialties include markets, project development and the politics of oil.

He is a frequent commentator on oil affairs and has appeared on CNBC, the BBC and other television and radio outlets.

Topline Analytics
Session 3: Appalachian Basin and Ethane Crackers: Back to the Future

Tom Gellrich is Founder of Topline Analytics.

Tom Gellrich is an international business executive with 25 years of industrial experience. He has a successful track record in driving revenue and profitability gains 15+ years of direct P&L responsibility managing global businesses, in sizes ranging from start-up to $200M. His background merges the disciplined approach from 15 years in Fortune 50 companies with 10 years in entrepreneurial creation of start-up ventures. Tom bridges the practical – theory gap with hands on operations roles and consulting positions. His creative use of information technologies has yielded transformational change in many businesses. Working a variety of international settings including running the Elemica European office in Frankfurt Germany confirms Tom’s ability to manage complex cultural issues central to international business success.

Session 6: ‘Draining the Swamp’ and its impact on Oil & Gas

Dan Hilliard is from Pittsburgh, PA – the birthplace of the US steel industry – and he got his start in the industry in 2009 with the publication Steel Business Briefing after covering police and military affairs in Beaufort, SC. He heads up Kallanish’s North American metals division, with a focus on flat-rolled, tubular products and political affairs.

The speaker list was last updated on the May 10th, 2017.