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Argus Americas Crude Summit

Outlook Icon Add to your calendar - 9th Argus Americas Crude Summit | Houston, Texas | January 17-19, 2017

A whirlwind of changes face the oil industry throughout the geopolitical landscape. President-elect Donald Trump's administration promises massive changes in US energy and climate policy. Opec members agreed to cut production in 2017 for the first time since 2008. Mexico is reforming to liberalize its energy industry and the Canadian sector is reacting with hopes to capitalize on changes under the new US administration. 

Hear from industry leaders and top policy experts in January to get a clearer picture of changes you can expect in 2017 and how they can impact your business. The Argus Americas Crude Summit will bring together hundreds of industry participants to plan strategy and network. Do not wait. Time is short and your success depends on reliable insight. Book now and save your place. 

Hear perspectives from leading industry experts

Jim Teague
CJ Warner
Jacob Dweck
Ed Morse
Jim Teague
Director and CEO
Enterprise Products
Cynthia Warner
EVP Operations
Jacob Dweck
Sutherland Asbill
& Brennan LLP
Ed Morse
Head of Commodities
Citi Research

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Plus, special guest speakers

Leon Panetta_

Keynote Address 
Secretary Leon Panetta
U.S. Secretary of Defense (2011-2013)
Director, Central Intelligence Agency (2009-2011)
Chief of Staff to President Bill Clinton (1994-1997)
Director, U.S. Office of Management and Budget (1993-1994)
Co-founder, Panetta Institute for Public Policy

Michael McFaul

Gala Dinner Address
Michael McFaul
U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation (2012-2014)
Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Russia and Eurasian Affairs, National Security Council (2009-2011)
NBC News Analyst
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Our 2017 program will deliver insights on key questions facing market participants, including:

  • How will markets move toward balance in a world of unfettered exports by the US and Iran and possible surprise production policies by OPEC and non-OPEC producers?
  • What are the financial vital signs of US shale producers? Who will have access to capital? 
  • How will Mexican energy reform, government turmoil in Venezuela and a host of other political influences across the Americas affect production, trade and transport of crude oil? 
  • Do US refiners have a plan for shoring up margins and maintaining throughput amid soft demand growth for gasoline and diesel? 
  • What should we expect from US energy policy under a new Administration and Congress? Who is really calling the shots and what are their priorities?
    ...and much more!

Gain insight — Network — Plan your strategy 


2017 Agenda

Tuesday, January 17
13:00 Registration opens
14:00 - 17:00 Pre-conference Mexico’s Energy Reform
What you need to know about developing resources in Mexico
17:00 - 19:00 Welcome Reception
19:00 - 22:00
Gala Dinner
Guest speaker: Michael McFaul

Sponsored by ICE

Wednesday, January 18
07:30 Registration Opens
07:30 - 08:30 Delegate Breakfast

Sponsored by Intl FC Stone

08:30 - 08:45 Welcome and Opening Remarks
08:45 - 09:45 Opening Address: Global Politics and US Foreign Policy
Guest speaker: Secretary Leon Panetta
09:45 - 10:00 Break
10:00 - 11:15 Session 1: Politics and the Path to Re-balancing
  • A bull market in sight? How is this year different? Could the market over-correct? What have we learned from the last year of US crude exports and Iranian exports? How might US president-elect, Donald Trump, impact relations with the Middle East and China? What is the future of trade with Iran? How likely could the markets re-balance in 2017?
  • Navigating arbitrage opportunities: How are narrowing Brent/WTI spreads impacting global crude trading? What might the next year look like and how might that impact global trade flows? 
  • In balance or still re-balancing? What are the current inventories in Opec and non-Opec countries? Could we see supply disruptions? What countries are poised for greatest demand growth?

Dr. Edward L. Morse, Managing Director Global Head Commodities, Citi Research
Stephen Wolfe, Senior Oil Strategist, Trafigura Group
Amrita Sen, Chief Oil Analyst, Energy Aspects

11:15 - 11:45 Break

Sponsored by Oiltanking North America

11:45 - 12:45 Session 2: Impact of Trump and Republican Congress on Domestic Energy and Climate Policy
President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign promises and his cabinet appointees, together with a Republican-controlled Congress, portend a sharp break from years of Democratic policies. There is little question the incoming administration favors fossil fuels and is wary of President Barack Obama’s climate actions. In this session, we will examine the effect of this radically new direction on specific policies, programs and regulations, including:

  • Will transportation fuels be affected by changes in the renewable fuel standard (RFS) and the RINs markets? Will automobile efficiency standards (CAFE) be impacted? 
  • How will a Trump presidency affect permitting of pipelines such as Keystone XL and Dakota Access? How will it impact environmental review of energy infrastructure?
  • What would be the impact on the oil industry of the Republican proposal to impose a 20% border adjustment tax on imports and to exempt exports?
  • What would be the impact of reduced regulation of hydraulic fracturing?
  • What are the prospects for enhanced development of federal lands and waters?
  • Is the Clean Power Plan dead? Will the Paris climate agreement be scrapped?
Jacob Dweck, Partner, Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP
David Ivanovich
, Washington Bureau Chief, Argus

12:45 - 14:00 Lunch

Sponsored by Genesis Energy

14:00 - 15:00 Session 3: New Administration Impact on US Shale Survival
  • Cash flow for the upstream: Who will have access to capital and financing? What tax breaks and incentives might we see under the Trump administration? Who is renegotiating debt and what type of companies will survive?
  • Resiliency of US shale: How do US shale break-evens compare to international E&P break-evens? How are operators improving efficiency? What is the well completion, rig counts and cost containment measures that are making shale survive this year? How will a Republican Congress impact the balance sheets of US oil companies?
Mile Milisavljevic, Principal, US Deals Strategy Energy Sector Leader, PwC
Bernadette Johnson, Managing Director, Ponderosa Advisors
15:00 - 15:30 Fireside Chat: Financial Structure of the Midstream
  • What is the future of MLPs? Volumes are down and prices are not covering pipeline transportation costs. How are MLPs planning for growth moving forward? What impact might the Trump administration have on the MLP tax structure?
Brian Freed, Senior Vice President of Western US Commercial Operations, Crestwood Equity Partners LP
15:30 - 16:00 Break

Sponsored by Genscape

16:00 - 17:30 Session 4: Future of Heavy Crude-Canadian and Latin American Barrels
  • Future of Canadian oil sands: What is the supply outlook from Western Canada? What will future Canadian grades look like and how do they compare with other heavy grades in the US Gulf Coast? What could future pipeline access mean for Canadian crude?
  • Spotlight on Mexico: What are the drivers behind Mexico's energy reform? What are the challenges with the reform and what are the results that industry and government are hoping for? Who is investing in developing the Mexican upstream?
  • Venezuela and its post-Chavez energy relationships: What is the state of PdV’s production capacity? How are the nationalized heavy bitumen projects working? How quickly could the whole crude complex be revived by access to foreign capital and technology (possibly under a new government)? What are the implications of Venezuela’s falling production, government instability and supply commitments to China?
  • Brazil-Can faith be restored at Petrobras? What is the vision and mission going forward? Will Petrobras look to expand globally or nationally? 
Naomi Esfahani, Ph.D. Market Analysis & Research, Suncor Energy Marketing Inc.
Dr. Hector Moreira Rodriguez, Commisioner, Comision Nacional de Hidrocarburos
Francisco J. Monaldi, Ph.D., Fellow in Latin American Energy Policy & Lecturer in Energy Economics, Baker Institute for Public Policy, Rice University
Frank McGann, Lead Equities Analyst, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
17:30 - 19:00 Reception
Thursday, January 19
07:30 Registration Opens
07:30 - 08:30 Delegate Breakfast Specialty Session: Managing Risk

  • Managing oil market risk in an uncertain world
  • Using big data to explore operational and price risk
Brian Jenisch, Managing Director, Energy Risk Management, Cargill
Stan Brownell, Director, Sapient Global Markets
08:30 - 08:45 Opening Remarks
08:45 - 09:30 Keynote: The Globalization of U.S. Hydrocarbons
  • Speaker: Jim Teague, Chief Executive Officer, Enterprise Products Partners
09:30 - 09:45 Break
09:45 - 10:45

Session 5: Market Access-North America and Beyond
  • Pipeline projects-How does infrastructure work now? The Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) will bring Bakken crude to Patoka and Nederland. How much will be absorbed here and how much will be exported? How might that impact price at North Dakota? And what projects are evolving at St. James? Where are the bottlenecks? Could Capline reverse? How committed is a Trump administration to building out infrastructure? Will we see more infrastructure projects in the works? What is LOOP thinking about crude exports now? 
  • US exports and infrastructure: What ports are being built? What dredging is being done? What terminals are expanding up and down the Louisiana coast? What impact will Panama Canal expansion have on crude flows from the US Gulf coast to the US west coast? 
Andy Lipow, President, Lipow Oil Associates, LLC
Gary Morgan
, Director, Analyst Group, Clarksons Platou Shipping Services USA LLC
10:45 - 11:15 Break

Sponsored by CapSpire

11:15 - 12:45 Session 6: The Post-Boom US Refining Complex
  • Future of feedstock supply: How are refiners looking at traditional and alternate sources of feedstock supply? How are they re-configuring their plants for the future? What rules is the EPA considering to allow refiners to generate RINs? Could we see changes to the RFS and how will that impact refiners?
  • US refining-The new fight for margin: What is the competitive advantage of US refiners in the world today? Can margins be sustained? Are refiners looking to expand product exports into Mexico or could a potential end to the Nafta trade agreement stymie those plans?
  • Future automotive powertrains, driving habits and what they mean for US and global gasoline demand: This presentation will examine how regulations, changes in consumer behavior, vehicle costs and new technologies influence the demand for current and future fuels
Cynthia (CJ) Warner, Executive Vice President, Operations, Tesoro
Dan Gordon, Executive Vice President, Business Development and Strategy, Delek US Holdings
Robert R. Wimmer, Director Energy & Environmental Research, Product Regulatory Affairs, Toyota Motor North America

Moderator: Edward Arnold, Vice President Downstream, Argus Consulting Services

12:45 - 13:45 Lunch
13:45 - 14:15 Presentation: Gulf Coast Rising
The changing roles of global crude benchmarks

Speaker: Dan Massey, President, Argus 
14:15 - 15:00 Session 7: Signature Panel-Bracing for Change

Oil markets in the Americas face a wide range of new challenges in 2017 from transport to finance to a reshuffling of market power. The 2017 Argus Americas Crude Summit closes with a panel representing diverse disciplines within the market to discuss several pressing issues and what impact they might have on oil trading in 2017.

Amrita Sen, Chief Oil Analyst, Energy Aspects
Andy Lipow, President, Lipow Oil Associates, LLC
Bernadtte Johnson,
Managing Director, Ponderosa Advisors

Moderator: Dan Massey, President, Argus

15:00 Main Conference Concludes
17:00 - 19:00 Carl McCain Winter Cocktail Reception
Complimentary for all conference delegates

*Program subject to change

Registration Pricing: 

Standard Registration $2195
Onsite Registration (January 17-19) $2495

Additional Bookable Items:

Pre-conference seminar: Mexico's energy reform - Opportunities for developing resources in Mexico
January 17, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Gala Dinner
January 17, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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*Fees include participation in all sessions, conference luncheon/reception, coffee breaks, continental breakfast and one set of conference documentation per person. Travel and accommodation costs are not included.

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Terms and Conditions

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Antitrust compliance reminder

Argus takes compliance with antitrust law seriously. The purpose of the Argus Americas Crude Summit is to provide a high-level update on changes taking place in the crude markets including supply/demand fundamentals, North American infrastructure dynamics as well as understanding the complexities of global trade flows. The conference sessions will follow the agenda as circulated.

Argus reminds all participants of the need to be mindful of the requirement to comply with antitrust and competition laws. There should be no discussion of any matters relating to competition among participants, including discussion of individual prices, rates or market strategies and no exchange of information concerning any other competitive aspect of an individual company’s operation. Should any participant to this conference attempt to initiate a discussion with other participants on any of these matters, we recommend that other participants end the conversation immediately and at all times act in accordance with their own antitrust compliance policies and all applicable laws.

Hotel Accommodation and Visa Application

Delegates are responsible for their hotel, travel and visa arrangements. Event room rates are available on a first-come, first-served basis.


The organizers will not accept liability for non-approval of visas, individual transport de­lays and transport disruption. In such circumstances, our normal cancellation rules and penalties apply. Where matters beyond the reasonable control of the organizers impair or prevent the organizers from being able to perform any activities relating to this event, each delegate releases the organizers from any liability, relating to such events.

2017 Special Guest Speaker
Leon Panetta_

Leon Panetta

U.S. Secretary of Defense (2011-2013)
Director, Central Intelligence Agency (2009-2011)
Chief of Staff to President Bill Clinton (1994-1997)
Director, U.S. Office of Management and Budget (1993-1994)
Co-founder, Panetta Institute for Public Policy

Co-founder of the Panetta Institute for Public Policy, Leon Panetta returned to the Institute on February 27, 2013, after serving as the 23rd Secretary of Defense. 

A Monterey native and Santa Clara University School of Law graduate, Mr. Panetta began his long and distinguished public service career in 1964 as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army, and upon discharge went to work in Washington as a legislative assistant to U.S. Senate Minority Whip Tom Kuchel of California. In 1969, he was appointed director of the U.S. Office for Civil Rights, where he was responsible for enforcing equal education laws, and later he served as executive assistant to the mayor of New York City. He then returned to Monterey, where he practiced law until his election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1976.

Serving his Central Coast district in Congress for 16 years, Mr. Panetta was a key participant in agriculture, healthcare, marine and federal budget issues, and from 1989 to 1993, he chaired the House Budget Committee. He authored a wide range of legislation, including the Hunger Prevention Act of 1988, Medicare and Medicaid coverage for hospice care for the terminally ill, and numerous measures to protect the California coast, including creation of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

In 1993, Mr. Panetta left Congress to serve as director of the Office of Management and Budget for the incoming Clinton administration. There, he was instrumental in developing the policies that led to a balanced federal budget and eventual budget surpluses. In 1994, he accepted appointment as the President’s chief of staff, and immediately brought order and focus to White House operations and policy making. 

Upon leaving the Clinton administration in 1997, Mr. Panetta joined with his wife Sylvia to establish and co-direct the Panetta Institute for Public Policy, based at California State University, Monterey Bay. Reflecting Mr. Panetta’s own ideals and personal example, the nonpartisan, not-for-profit study center seeks to attract thoughtful men and women to lives of public service and prepare them for the policy challenges of the future. In addition, Mr. Panetta developed programs for the Institute, such as its Leon Panetta Lecture Series, Congressional Internship Program and Leadership Seminar, that help to inform Americans about the critical issues facing our communities, states and nation in the 21st Century. Institute programs also aim to inspire a deeper engagement in the democratic process while simultaneously setting a public
example of service and commitment.

Returning to public service in the Obama Administration as director of the CIA, he ran the operation that brought Osama bin Laden to justice, and, as Secretary of Defense, led the effort to develop a new defense strategy, helping bring two wars to an end, and opened up opportunities for everyone to serve in the military. Mr. Panetta chronicles his life in public service in his memoir Worthy Fights, which was published by Penguin Press in the fall of 2014.

Over the years Mr. Panetta has served on numerous boards and commissions. He co-chaired California Forward, the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative and Governor Schwarzenegger’s Council on Base Support and Retention. In 2006, he served on the Iraq Study Group, a bipartisan national commission seeking a new course for the war in Iraq. In 2016, Mr. Panetta launched the CSIS Commission on Countering Violent Extremism, which he co-chairs with former Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Mr. Panetta is the recipient of many awards and honors. His most recent awards include: the California Teachers Association’s “Friends of EducationAward”; the Judicial Council of California’s “Stanley Mosk Defender of Justice Award”; “The Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award”; the Sons of Italy Foundation’s “National Education & Leadership Award”; the “Peter Benchley Ocean Awardfor Excellence in Policy”; and the Intelligence and National Security Alliance’s “William Oliver Baker Award”. Connecting You with the World's Greatest Minds

2017 Speakers
Jim Teague
A.J. "Jim" Teague, Director and Chief Executive Officer, Enterprise Products Partners

Effective January 1, 2016 Mr. Teague was elected Chief Executive Officer of Enterprise GP and has been on the Board of Directors of EPGP since July 2008. He was elected Chief Operating Officer and a Director of Enterprise GP in November 2010 and served as Executive Vice President of EPGP from November 1999 to November 2010. Mr. Teague joined Enterprise in connection with its purchase of certain midstream energy assets from affiliates of Shell Oil Company in 1999. From 1998 to 1999, he served as President of Tejas Natural Gas Liquids, LLC, then an affiliate of Shell. From 1997 to 1998, he was President of Marketing and Trading for MAPCO, Inc. Prior to 1997 he spent 22 years with Dow Chemical in various roles including Vice President, Hydrocarbon Feedstocks. Mr. Teague was a Naval Officer and served in an attack helicopter squadron in Vietnam.
Ed Morse
Dr. Edward L. Morse, Managing Director Global Head - Commodities, Citi Research

Ed Morse built the Commodities Research Strategy team at Citi as Global Head of Commodities Research since 2011, having previously built similar groups both at Lehman Brothers and Credit Suisse, covering the full panoply of financially traded commodities. He brings to his analysis a unique breadth of experience extending from academia and think tanks to government, business, consulting and publishing. He has taught at Princeton, Columbia and Johns Hopkins universities, worked as a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Policy, and in management at Phillips Petroleum Co. A co-founder of PFC Energy, a former publisher of "Petroleum Intelligence Weekly" and President of Energy Intelligence Group, he also worked at Hess Energy Trading Company. Among his consulting experiences has been designing Yemen's oil pricing policy and assisting in the negotiations of its initial export contracts as well as helping the UN Security Council design the Oil-for-Food Program for Iraq and assisting in its negotiations with Baghdad to achieve its agreement. Morse has frequently written Op-Ed and guest editorials for The Financial Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post and often appears as a commentator for Bloomberg TV, CNBC, PBS and other media outlets. The author or co-author of numerous books and articles on energy, commodities and international affairs, he is Chair of the New York Energy Forum and a member of the Advisory Board for the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University.
CJ Warner
Cynthia (CJ) Warner
, Executive Vice President, Operations, Tesoro

Cynthia (CJ) Warner is Executive Vice President, Operations for Tesoro Corporation. She oversees Tesoro’s Refining; Logistics; and Environment, Health Safety Security groups, providing leadership that promotes safe, compliant, reliable execution and drives operating efficiency and effectiveness. Prior to her current role, Ms. Warner served as Tesoro’s Executive Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, where she led the Company’s strategic growth initiatives. She joined the Company in 2014, bringing more than 30 years of experience in energy, oil refining and marketing, and related technology development.

Prior to Tesoro, Ms. Warner held executive leadership roles at several global energy companies. Most recently, she was Chairman and CEO of Sapphire Energy from 2012 to 2014, after joining as President in 2009, where she led the emerging biofuels company’s ongoing technology development and transition to commercial-scale algae bio mass and renewable crude oil production.

Prior to Sapphire Energy, Ms. Warner served as Group Vice President of Global Refining and Group Vice President of Health, Safety, Security, Environmental and Technology for British Petroleum (BP). During her 10-year tenure, she oversaw refining operations in five continents and led a ground-breaking cooperative effort with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to shape an industry-wide framework for clean air improvements.

Ms. Warner began her career as a chemical engineer at UOP, followed by several years in operational leadership roles at Amoco. She is a featured leader in the 2008 book Becoming a Resonant Leader: Develop Your Emotional Intelligence (Harvard Business Press) and was named one of Fast Company’s 100 most creative people in business in 2010.

In addition to Tesoro, Ms. Warner serves as Chairman of the Board for Sapphire Energy, a position she has held since 2010, and as a member of the Board of Directors for IDEX Corporation. She is also a member of the National Petroleum Council and President Obama’s National Clean Energy Policy advisory body.

Ms. Warner earned a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Chemical Engineering from Vanderbilt University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Illinois Institute of Technology.
Stephen Wolfe
Stephen Wolfe, Lead Researcher and Strategist, Trafigura Group

Stephen Wolfe is a lead researcher and strategist with Trafigura Group, one of the world’s leading independent commodity trading houses, where he has helped build out the company’s research division over the last six years. Mr. Wolfe helps construct the firm’s views on petroleum commodities and related arbitrage, and assists Management in the company’s investment strategy. He is frequently quoted in The Wall Street Journal and The Financial Times, and provides research to many of the firm’s stakeholders and affiliates. Prior to his role with Trafigura, Mr. Wolfe served eight years with Conocophillips Company, mostly as a crude oil trader, and had key roles with Halliburton KBR, Anadarko Petroleum and Enron Corp. Stephen holds an MBA from the University of Houston and a BBA from Lamar University. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Global Management Accountant registered in Texas. Mr. Wolfe lives with his wife and two daughters in Kingwood, Texas.
Jacob Dweck
Jacob Dweck, Partner, Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

Jacob (Jake) Dweck is a leading US energy lawyer and thought leader. For over 40 years, Jake has counseled the who’s who in the industry at the intersection of business and regulation, including major engagements in policy issues, regulatory proceedings, infrastructure and commercial transactions, dispute resolution and bankruptcy. His practice extends to oil and gas, LNG, electric power, and renewable energy Jake’s recent successes include obtaining from the U.S. Department of Commerce the groundbreaking Enterprise classification—the first time the U.S. Government allowed the export of light crude oil—and the criteria for the re-export of Canadian crude oil. (Congress lifted the crude oil exports ban effective 2016.)

Jake founded Sutherland’s LNG practice and the widely-read LNG Law Blog,, as well as the firm’s robust energy practices in creditors rights (post Enron Bankruptcy), international trade and customs, and oil spill risk management and incident response. Jake also has led Sutherland’s Energy Government Enforcement practice. Throughout his career he has counseled clients before federal agencies, including the CFTC, FERC, EPA, FTC, CBP (U.S. Customs), and DOE. His experience encompasses U.S. trade sanctions and Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) matters, anti-boycott regulations, anti-bribery laws (FCPA), and other laws and regulations affecting international transactions. Jake advises energy companies on their implementation of Dodd-Frank Act requirements, including customizing trading compliance programs. He also has directed a significant number of internal investigations on behalf of boards, audit committees and management.
Jake has worked on major energy projects and transactions, ranging from the acquisition and development of the regasification capacity at the Cove Point MD LNG terminal to his current representation of a groundbreaking solar plus storage enterprise. Jake’s litigation experience includes representation of the farmer cooperatives community in the multibillion-dollar Stripper Well Refund Proceedings, and serving as lead counsel in NYMEX v. New Jersey DEP, the Exchange’s successful challenge to New Jersey’s decision to abandon the oxygenated fuels program. Jake now represents clients in federal multi-district litigation involving alleged methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) contamination in various states.

Jake is the recipient of various awards and recognitions, including in 2016 as an “Energy and Environmental Trailblazer” by the National Law Journal in for his achievements over the past 20 years in different areas of energy law; the Burton Award for Legal Achievement; and "Groundbreaking Lawyer" by Public Utilities Fortnightly. Jake has contributed to studies by Brookings, the Columbia Center on Global Energy Policy and others; presented at numerous conferences, including CERAWeek, EIA events, UT Gas & Power Institute, Texas Bar, Platts and Argus conferences; and is quoted frequently in the WSJ, Financial Times, Houston Chronicle, Bloomberg, Reuters, and other publications. Jake served on the Board of the Canadian American Business Council (2008-14).
Jake is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center (JD 1975), where he served as an editor of the international law review, and the City University of New York (BA 1972, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa).
Daniel Gordon, EVP Business Development & Strategy, Delek US Holdings
Dan Gordon, Executive Vice President, Business Development & Strategy, Delek US Holdings

Dan Gordon is Executive Vice President Business Development & Strategy at Delek US Holdings. Delek operates two refineries in the United States with a combined refining capacity of 140,000 bbls/day, along with a variety of midstream and downstream assets. He has been focused in recent years on expanding Delek’s crude operations and capabilities, in particular by developing its crude by rail initiative, which includes the establishment of DK Canada. Prior to this role, Dan has held several senior level roles within Delek including, Vice President of Crude Supply & Trading and Vice President of Fuel Supply and Transportation for Mapco, a 370+ convenience store chain which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Delek, overseeing its refined product supply, pricing and distribution.

Dan has earned an MBA from Georgia Tech and BS from the University of Florida.
Brian Jenisch
Brian Jenisch,
Managing Director, Energy Risk Management, Cargill

Brian Jenisch is managing director, energy risk management with Cargill, focusing on North America markets. He leads a team which provides financial risk management solutions to a wide range of producers and consumers of energy commodities, including crude oil, fuel oil, diesel, gas oil, gasoline, natural gas and resins. Prior to joining Cargill in 2008, Mr. Jenisch was a director, energy origination with Shell Oil Company. A Kansas native, he is a graduate of Fort Hays State University. Mr. Jenisch is based in Cargill's Houston office.
Francisco Salazar
Francisco Salazar, Chair of the Mexican National Committee, World Energy Council

Francisco Salazar is the Chair of the Mexican National Committee of the World Energy Council since 2015. In March 2016 he was appointed as the Coordinator of the International Confederation of Regulators (ICER).

He is an Executive Fellow at the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary and the first “Institute of the Americas Regional Energy Integration Non-Resident Fellow”.

From 2005 to 2015 he served as Chairman of the Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) time during which he was an active promoter of the energy reform in Mexico. From 2011 to 2015 he was the Chair of the Ibero-American Energy Regulators Association (ARIAE).

Prior to being a regulator, he served as a Chairman of the Energy Committee at the Chamber of Deputies and was involved in the Chemical Sector for several years.

Mr. Salazar holds an MSc in Public Financial Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science, a BSc in Chemical Engineering from the Autonomous University of San Luis Potosi, and Diploma studies in Law and Economics from Universities in Mexico and the United Kingdom. He has taught courses on Public Finance and Monetary Economics, and written on energy and environmental policy and regulation.
Brian Freed
Brian Freed
, Senior Vice President of Western US Commercial Operations, Crestwood Equity Partners LP

Brian Freed is the Senior Vice President of Western US Commercial Operations for Crestwood Equity Partners LP. Mr. Freed has been with the Crestwood organization since December 2012 where he previously served as the Vice President of Crude Logistics responsible for the company's commercial, strategic growth and profit & loss-related activities for all of the company’s crude oil business. In his current role, Mr. Freed has business development and commercial responsibilities for all Crestwood’s crude, natural gas, and water assets in the Western US Region as well as all of the company’s crude oil marketing activities. Mr. Freed boasts 23 years of experience which includes senior leadership positions across multiple energy organizations.

Prior to joining Crestwood, Brian served as Vice President of Business Development for Rangeland Energy, the developers of the crude oil loading terminal known as the COLT Hub in Epping, ND. Before joining Rangeland, Brian was CEO of Energy Solutions International (ESI) until September 2010 when ESI was sold to GFI Energy Group and Brian remained as a Director and member of the Audit Committee. While at ESI, Brian lead the merger and recapitalization of ESI with Entessa and took the helm as the CEO of the combined company, completing the integration of the company’s multi-national operations and facilitating a successful exit at a material premium for shareholders. Brian had been co-founder, president and CEO of Entessa since its inception in 2002. Prior to founding Entessa, Brian worked in various management and individual contributor roles for Perot Systems (now Dell) and C-Bridge Internet Solutions.

Before launching his civilian business career, Brian proudly served as a 4 year ROTC scholarship Cadet and was commissioned as a field artillery officer in 1993 after graduating Magna Cum Laude from West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance. He held many key positions in various fires sections of the 25th Infantry Division. He is a graduate of Field Artillery Officer Basic Course, Airborne School, Air Assault School, and Pathfinder School. CPT Brian Freed was honorably discharged in June 1998 and was one of only 326 individuals inducted into the US Army ROTC Hall of Fame in June of 2016. He and his family live in Houston, Texas.
Mile Milisavljecvic
Mile Milisavljevic
, Principal, US Deals Strategy Energy Sector Leader, US Oil and Gas Sector Deals, PwC

Mile Milisavljevic serves as a Principal at PricewaterhouseCoopers where he leads Energy sector for Deals Strategy practice. In this role he helps financial and strategic investors identify energy-related market sectors to invest in, diligence investments, and optimize business portfolios. Previously, he was with Bain & Company and Booz Allen Hamilton.
Gary Morgan
Gary Morgan, Director, Analyst Group, Clarksons Platou Shipping Services USA LLC

Gary Morgan has an educational background in Economics (University of Newcastle upon Tyne), adding to this a Masters degree in Marine Technology and the Environment – covering areas including maritime transport economics, shipyard production and modelling.

In 2005 he joined Lloyds Register as an analyst working in the business development department, going on to become a market intelligence manager. In this position, Gary played a central role in ship owner/shipyard new business development. A key responsibility included providing detailed strategic analysis which influenced the direction of Lloyds Register’s marine division.

In November 2008 Gary joined Clarksons’ newly established market analysis team as a senior analyst, working closely with the various commercial interests of the Group. In 2010 Gary was appointed director of the analyst team. At the beginning of 2012 Gary moved to Clarksons Houston office to establish an analytical resource for the broking division in the US.
Andy Lipow
Andy Lipow, President, Lipow Oil Associates, LLC

Andrew Lipow is President of Lipow Oil Associates, LLC. He has over thirty years of experience in the petroleum refining, trading and consulting industry. For seven years, Mr. Lipow traded crude oil, gasoline, jet fuel and distillate at Vitol, a privately held trading company. Prior to that, Mr. Lipow traded oil based commodities at Basis Petroleum and J. Aron. His 16 year tenure at Amoco Oil Company and Amoco Corporation provides extensive supply and refining experience including operations on several process units. Mr. Lipow has a Master of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He has been a contributor to Fox Business News, CNBC, Bloomberg TV and other local media outlets and his quotes can frequently be found in articles carried by Bloomberg, AFP, Associated Press and Newsday.
Amrita Sen Energy Aspects
mrita Sen, Chief Oil Analyst, Energy Aspects

Amrita Sen is the founding Partner and Chief Oil Analyst at Energy Aspects. Amrita leads Energy Aspects’ analysis and forecasting of crude and products markets. Her specialism is in energy commodities, particularly oil and oil products. Amrita’s deep understanding of the complex relationships within the global energy sector, her wealth of industry contacts and 10 years of experience, allow for a unique perspective on market outlook. She holds an MPhil in Economics from Cambridge University, a BSc in Economics from the University of Warwick, and is pursuing a PhD in Economics at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. She is a Non-resident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council, a Research Associate at the Oxford Institute of Energy Studies, and was formerly Chief Oil Analyst for Barclays Capital. She is frequently featured in leading media outlets, including the Financial Times, BBC News, Reuters, Bloomberg, CNBC, Wall Street Journal, and Sky News, and at leading industry events as a speaker, and is regarded as a leading authority on oil markets.
Francisco Monaldi
Francisco J. Monaldi, Ph.D., Fellow in Latin American Energy Policy & Lecturer in Energy Economics, Baker Institute for Public Policy, Rice University

Francisco J. Monaldi, Ph.D., is the fellow in Latin American energy policy at the Center for Energy Studies, the Mexico Center and the Latin America Initiative at the Baker Institute and an adjunct professor of political economy of oil at Rice University. He is an associate in the geopolitics of energy at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a faculty associate in energy policy at the School of Government at the Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico, where he directs the Program on Oil and Gas Management and Policy.

Monaldi is also the founding director and a professor at the Center for Energy and the Environment at IESA in Venezuela. From 2013 to 2015, he was a visiting professor of energy policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and the Roy Family Fellow at the Environment and Natural Resources Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. From 2012 to 2013, he was the Robert F. Kennedy Visiting Professor in Latin American Studies at Harvard University. Between 2013 and 2014, he was an adjunct professor of international energy policy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. From 2008 to 2009, he was a visiting professor of the political economy of oil at Stanford University and a national fellow at the Hoover Institution. He has been visiting lecturer at the Graduate Institute in Geneva; the Universidad de los Andes in Bogota; and at the Universidad ESAN in Lima.

Between 2002 and 2012 Monaldi was an associate professor of political economy at Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in Caracas. He is a leading scholar on the politics and economics of the oil industry and oil wealth management in Latin America and developing countries. He has consulted with numerous international institutions, governments and companies, including The World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Inter-American Development Bank, CAF Development Bank of Latin America, PDVSA, Shell, Total, Statoil, IHS, Wood Mackenzie, Ministry of Petroleum of Saudi Arabia, the governments of Kazakhstan and Albania, Natural Resource Governance Institute, Stanford Program on Energy and Sustainable Development, Eurasia Group and Medley Global Advisors.

Monaldi is on the board of directors of Mercantil, Venezuela’s leading financial group, and other Venezuelan companies and institutions. He has authored numerous academic publications, recently including "Institutional Collapse," in Venezuela before Chavez: Anatomy of an Economic Collapse, R. Hausmann and F. Rodriguez, eds. (Penn State University Press, 2014); "Oil Fueled Centralism," in Oil and Gas in Federal Systems, G. Anderson, ed. (Oxford University Press, 2012); and "The Political Economy of Oil Contract Renegotiation in Venezuela," in The Natural Resources Trap: Private Investment without Public Commitment, W. Hogan and F. Struzenegger, eds. (MIT Press, 2010). He holds a Ph.D. in political science (political economy) from Stanford University, a Master in International and Development Economics from Yale University, and a B.A. in economics from Universidad Católica Andres Bello (UCAB).
Salvador Ugalde
Salvador Ugalde Mancilla
, Director General, Secretaria de Hacienda y Crédito Público

Mr. Salvador Ugalde Mancilla has successfully contributed in the development and implementation of several projects and public policies of strategic importance, having over 12 years of experience in the Energy Sector.

Salvador Ugalde currently serves as Head of the Hydrocarbon Income Unit in Mexico´s Ministry of Finance and Public Credit, a position to which he was appointed on December 2014. From the Unit’s helm Mr. Ugalde collaborates in the development of the legislative and institutional framework needed for the implementation of Mexico´s Energy Reform, including the design of the economic conditions relative to the contract’s fiscal terms for the exploration and production of hydrocarbon and the tax regime applicable to the assignments held by state enterprises. Previously, he served as General Director at the Non-Tax Policy Unit.

In Mexico’s public sector Mr. Ugalde has served in the Ministry of Energy as Director of New Projects, where he contributed in the design, development and implementation of the model used in the E&P contracts derived from Mexico’s 2008 Energy Reform. He collaborated in the design and negotiation of the bilateral agreement to regulate the exploration of trans-boundary reservoirs with the United States and followed up several committees at Pemex. In the private sector he developed skills related to analysis, development and management of energy projects for over six years.

Mr. Ugalde holds an undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) and a Master’s in Finance from Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), both in Mexico City.
Frank McGann
Frank McGann, Lead Equities Analyst, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Frank leads Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s equity coverage of Latin American Oil and Gas and Energy/Petrochemicals and Canadian Oil and Gas stocks. His team currently covers 18 stocks across the region. Frank and his team have been ranked in the Latin America Institutional Investor survey since 1995 and were #1 in the 2016 Latin America Institutional Investor survey.

Based in Buenos Aires, McGann has covered the energy sector since 1994. Before joining Merrill Lynch in 1992, he worked on the buy side in the US. Frank is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management and is a Certified Public Accountant and a CFA charter holder.
Naomi Esfahani, Market Analysis & Research, Suncor Energy Marketing Inc.
Naomi Esfahani, Ph.D., Market Analysis & Research, Suncor Energy Marketing Inc.

Naomi Esfahani works at Market Analysis and Research group of Suncor Energy Supply Trading and Optimization, and contributes to the corporation’s outlook on short and long term fundamentals of crude oil markets. She is also a regional director of Professional Risk Managers International Association (PRMIA).

Naomi started her career as an engineer at Schlumberger Technology Center based in Tokyo and was involved in technology development projects for oilfields application, particularly in wireline, drilling and measurement services. Prior to joining Suncor, she was a risk analyst at BP Integrated Supply and Trading, and her duties included market risk oversight and credit risk projects. Naomi has also worked as a SAS Institute as a consultant with primary focus of developing advanced analytics for trading and risk management applications.

Naomi holds a B.Sc. and a M.Sc. in Robotics and Automation Engineering from Tohoku University (Japan), a Master of Mathematical Finance and a PhD in Operations Research from the University of Southern California (USA).
Oscar Lopez Velarde Perez
Oscar López Velarde, Partner, Ritch Mueller

Oscar López Velarde is a partner of the Mexican law firm Ritch Mueller. Mr. López Velarde is a Mexican licensed attorney that received his law degree from the Iberoamericana University and an LLM in Taxation from Georgetown University. He has structured all sort of upstream, midstream and downstream deals in Mexico, and it is also very active in the private equity and capital markets space. More recently he has been an active participant in the development of the Mexican Energy Reform, advising most of the companies that participated in Round 1; new midstream and downstream projects and in the development of the new asset class called Fibra E. Prior to joining Ritch Mueller, Mr. López Velarde was the Mexico Leader for the Oil and Gas Industry of one of the big accounting firms.
Bernadette Johnson Managing Partner Ponderosa Advisors
Bernadette Johnson
, Vice President, Market Intelligence, Drilling Info

Bernadette Johnson joined Drilling Info through the acquisition of products and services from Ponderosa Energy. She serves as Vice President, Market Intelligence for Drilling Info and is responsible for helping to grow and expand DI’s analytics offerings, building on the work she did at Ponderosa Energy leading consulting engagements and research efforts. With nearly 10 years experience in the energy industry, Bernadette has earned the reputation of industry expert with extensive experience providing crude, natural gas, and NGL fundamentals analysis and advisory services to various players in the North American and Global energy markets. A regular commentator for and speaker to the energy industry, her specific market involvement spans: financial trading, production forecasts, infrastructure analysis, midstream analysis, storage value analysis, and price forecasts.

Prior to joining Ponderosa, and now DI, Bernadette was Senior Research Analyst for Sasco Energy Partners in Westport, CT where she provided analytics and research support for a team of financial traders active in natural gas, power and oil futures markets. Bernadette began her career with BENTEK Energy, LLC as a Senior Energy Analyst, Natural Gas Market Fundamentals and consulting project team lead.

Bernadette holds a MS Degree in International Political Economy of Resources and a BS Degree in Economics, from the Colorado School of Mines.

Carlos Yamamoto
Carlos J. Yamamoto, Consultant, Yamamoto Consulting LLC

Former Vice President for North Latin America at Bureau Veritas Commodities managing strategic planning, P/L operation, new business development, new growth projects and team building in six countries: Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Venezuela y Curacao, with a focus in the commodities sector, in particular oil and gas, coal, metals and minerals, agriculture and environmental services.

Prior to his tenure at Bureau Veritas Carlos collaborated for 29 years in the Pemex Group, earning an extensive experience in Mexico’s O&G industry, in several management positions including: tankers management, offshore crude oil operations, petroleum products terminal operations and in charge of the claims and loss control department in PMI. He was chairman of the Committee of Petroleum Measurement Accountability at the American Petroleum Institute from 2004 to 2007 and active member , contributing to the development of standards for the oil industry.

Carlos has a chief officer and engineer degrees from Escuela Nautica Mercante de Veracruz; a maritime law diploma from University of Southampton; and an executive MBA diploma from Kellogg School of Management, Evanston, IL.

Robert Wimmer
Robert R. Wimmer,
 Director Energy & Environmental Research, Product Regulatory Affairs, Toyota Motor North America

Mr. Wimmer directs Toyota Motor North America’s (TMNA) Energy and Environmental Research Group. He has been with Toyota since 2003 and currently leads a team of research engineers and scientists assessing how changes in energy and environmental technology, policy and regulation will affect the automotive industry. Research areas include petroleum and alternative fuels, advanced vehicle technologies, consumer choice and power generation.

Mr. Wimmer is also responsible hybrid, plug-in electric and fuel cell vehicle external affairs and technical activities within Product Regulatory Affairs. He coordinates these with other Toyota divisions in the US and abroad. Additionally, he manages energy collaborations with other corporations, the company’s interaction with the US Department of Energy and a portion of TMNA’s university research activities.

Prior to joining Toyota, Mr. Wimmer was Technical Director of Fuel Cell Bus Programs at Georgetown University for twelve years where he provided technical and program management oversight during the design, fabrication and testing of five fuel cell / battery hybrid transit buses.

A native of California, Mr. Wimmer has an MS degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California and a Mechanical Engineering degree from California State Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo, CA.
Jeff Kralowetz Vice President Business Development Argus
Jeff Kralowetz, Vice President Business Development, Argus Media

Jeff leads Argus business development in crude oil and NGL markets in North America. He opened Argus’ office in Calgary in 2010, and oversaw the expansion of crude oil and NGL price indices in Canada through the beginning of 2013. Previously, Jeff served as Argus’ news editor for the Americas.

A graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point, Jeff served 5 years as an aviation officer. He holds a master of arts degree from Baylor University.

David Ivanovich
David Ivanovich, Washington Bureau Chief, Argus Media

David Ivanovich is Argus’ bureau chief in Washington, where he has covered and edited US energy policy news for nearly 20 years. Ivanovich joined Argus in January 2009, following stints at the Houston Chronicle and the Cincinnati Post. He holds a BS in journalism and a BA in English from Ohio University.

Ed Arnold, Senior Consultant, Argus

Edward Arnold, Vice President Downstream, Argus Consulting Services

Senior Consultant, covering petrochemicals, refining, upstream and biotechnology for Argus Consulting Services. He has 39 years’ experience conducting market risk analysis, feasibility studies and project valuations working for Jacobs Consultancy and UOP. He has provided advisory services for some of the world’s most successful petroleum refining, energy production, chemicals, petrochemicals, logistics and biotechnology organizations, as well as for banks, sovereign wealth funds, government agencies and entrepreneurial firms.
Jaime Brito
Jaime Brito, Vice President, Pricing and Market Strategies, Argus

Jaime joined Argus in January 2013 after spending almost 10 years with PFC Energy. Prior to that Jaime worked at Aspentech and PMI Comercio Internacional. Jaime has plenty of experience on the oil sector, especially on market fundamentals, refining economics, forecasting and refining modeling as well commercial strategies for crude or product trade. Jaime has completed projects around the world that vary from feasibility of new refineries to sales of crude pipelines to trading strategies for NOCs and IOCs. He has a BS in Chemical Engineering and a MBA. Fluent in Spanish and English.

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Gala Dinner

Tuesday, January 17, 7:00 - 10:00 PM

Hilton Americas, Ballroom of the Americas, 2nd level, Ballroom BC
Tickets: $175 to attend

To reserve a table, contact Hunter Jones to learn more
Business attire is requested, black-tie is optional. Seating is limited, Book early 

Gala dinner speaker

Hear Michael McFaul, former U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation and Senior Director for Russian and Eurasian Affairs at the national Security Council, give the audience a historical and forward-thinking perspective into the successes, obstacles and challenges facing the U.S., its allies and its adversaries around the world.
Michael McFaul

Michael McFaul

U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation (2012-2014); Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Russia and Eurasian Affairs, National Security Council (2009-2011); and NBC News Analyst. 

Michael A. McFaul served as Ambassador of the United States of America to the Russian Federation from January, 2012, to February, 2014. Prior to becoming Ambassador, he served for three years as the special assistant to the President and senior director for Russia and Eurasian Affairs at the National Security Council.

McFaul is a professor of Political Science at Stanford University. He is also director and senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) and the Peter and Helen Bing Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution.

He is the author and editor of several monographs including, Advancing Democracy Abroad: Why We Should and How We Can (2009); with Valerie Bunce and Katheryn Stoner-Weiss, eds., Democracy and Authoritarianism in the Postcommunist World (2009); with Anders Aslund, eds., Revolution in Orange: The Origins of Ukraine's Democratic Breakthrough (2006); with Nikolai Petrov and Andrei Ryabov, Between Dictatorship and Democracy: Russian Postcommunist Political Reform (2004); with James Goldgeier, Power and Purpose: American Policy toward Russia after the Cold War (2003); and Russia’s Unfinished Revolution: Political Change from Gorbachev to Putin (2001).

McFaul was born and raised in Montana. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations and Slavic Languages and his Master of Arts degree in Soviet and East European Studies from Stanford University in 1986. He was awarded a Rhodes scholarship to Oxford where he completed his Doctor of Philosophy degree in International Relations in 1991.

Pre-conference seminar: Mexico’s Energy Reform

Tuesday, January 17

14:00 - 14:20 Mexico’s Energy Reform - What You Need to Know
  • What are the drivers behind Mexico’s energy reform? 
  • What are the challenges with the reform and what are the results that industry and government are hoping for? 
  • Why is this a good opportunity for investment? What are the considerations market participants should factor in when doing business with Mexico? 
  • What is the current progress of the reform’s implementation with crude, LPG and refined products into Mexico?
Speaker: Francisco Salazar, Chair of the Mexican National Committee, World Energy Council

14:20 - 14:50 Lessons Learned from Bidding Round 1 and Investment Opportunities for Bidding Round 2
  • What has been the international response to Bidding Round 1?
  • What are the differences between the first stage to the fourth stage of Round 1? What have we learned?
  • What are the opportunities for Bidding Round 2? What is going to be available in 2017?
Speaker: Dr. Hector Moreira Rodriguez, Commisioner, Comision Nacional de Hidrocarburos
14:50 - 15:20 Economic, Fiscal and Legal Aspects of the Mexican Rounds - Round 1 and Round 2
  • Evolution from the first bidding round to the deepwater bid that is taking place on December 5. How will that impact the bids that will take place in 2017? 
  • What are the risks that most E&P companies are still evaluating when bidding in the Mexican rounds?
  • What are the main assets offered by Mexico for private crude production? 
  • What are the advantages that Mexico offers to attract investors - Contract variables, investment commitments and royalties versus other alternatives in the continent
  • What additional phases might we see during the rest of 2017 and 2018?
Speaker: Oscar López Velarde, Partner, Ritch Mueller
15:20 - 15:45 Break
15:45 - 16:15 Mexico's Taxes and Regulations
  • What will royalty taxes look like for foreign investors? 
  • What are the differences of Phase 1 and Phase 2 taxation at each of the different stages?
Speaker: Salvador Ugalde Mancilla, Director General, Secretaria de Hacienda y Crédito Público
16:15 - 16:45 Crude Oil Infrastructure for Export - What are the Challenges for New Crude Oil Operators?
  • Mexico’s energy reform has opened up new opportunities for private companies. What is the need for building out infrastructure to bring crude to market? 
  • Will tank farm, pipeline and maritime bottlenecks attract investment to the midstream? 
  • What are the main considerations for operating vessels and trading crude in Mexico’s current logistics structure? 
  • Get an inside look at the facilities and learn tips on how the custody transfer points work and the impact on the quality and quantity of the oil
Speaker: Carlos Yamamoto,Consultant,Yamamoto Consulting LLC
16:45 - 17:00 Q&A Discussion
Moderator: Jaime Brito, Vice President Marketing and Pricing Strategies, Argus
*This pre-conference seminar will provide an in-depth analysis for market participants to understand the business opportunities in Mexico. Seminar fee for conference delegates is $295. Register now

Risk Management Breakfast

Thursday, January 19
7:30 - 8:30 AM

Managing risk in an uncertain world In the petroleum market, we have come to expect extreme price volatility due to the macroeconomic pressures, geopolitical issues, capital flows and currency fluctuations causing dramatic swings in underlying values. But how do you effectively manage your risk in a $50/barrel market, whether you are a consumer or producer? Cargill’s Brian Jenisch will discuss the challenges and opportunities to utilize financial risk management strategies to create a boost to your bottom line in an otherwise challenging market environment. 

Learn strategies to:

  • Improve margins and budgets 
  • Best practices to navigate volatility 
  • Prepare your balance sheet to withstand fluctuations in the market

Brian Jenisch
Brian Jenisch, Managing Director, Energy Risk Management, Cargill

Brian Jenisch is managing director, energy risk management with Cargill, focusing on North America markets. He leads a team which provides financial risk management solutions to a wide range of producers and consumers of energy commodities, including crude oil, fuel oil, diesel, gas oil, gasoline, natural gas and resins. Prior to joining Cargill in 2008, Mr. Jenisch was a director, energy origination with Shell Oil Company. A Kansas native, he is a graduate of Fort Hays State University. Mr. Jenisch is based in Cargill's Houston office.

Plus, hear from Stan Brownell, Director of Sapient Global Markets as he demonstrates real world case studies and approaches to using data to manage operational and price risk. 

Learn strategies to:

  • Forecasting oil price movements
  • RTOs and generation assets dispatch

Stan Brownell
Stan Brownell, Director, Sapient Global Markets

Stan’s background encompasses over 20 years of senior management and business development experience for various energy trading companies, private equity firms, power generators and large integrated oil & gas companies. Experience includes operational risk assessment and the evaluation/implementation of contracting practices, trading control procedures, and risk management systems for commodity trading and infrastructure investments. He received an undergraduate degree in mathematics from Michigan Technological University and an MBA in Finance from the University of Houston.

*This specialty breakfast is complimentary for all delegates of the Argus Americas Crude Summit. Register now

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IIRIIR Energy's provides key supply demand information & insight, for the Petroleum crude oil and oil products marketplace
Get an accurate w global supply picture by understanding the refinery activity. A comprehensive dataset from the installed capacity and turnaround activity, to closures and new capacity details that move price.  With coverage of 95% of the world's oil refineries, users are provided real-time operational status updates for all major global downstream refinery units, including: Crude Distillation Units (CDUs), Fluid Catalytic Cracking Units (FCCUs), Alkylation Units, Reformers, Cokers, Hydrotreaters and all other primary and secondary units within the refining process, including complete coverage of the ethylene and NGLs market.

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As the world’s leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, CME Group is where the world comes to manage risk, offering the widest range of global benchmark products across all major asset classes including our NYMEX energy portfolio. We bring buyers and sellers together through our CME Globex® electronic trading platform and our trading facilities in New York and Chicago. CME Clearing, an industry-leading central counterparty clearing provider, offers clearing and settlement services for exchange-traded and over-the-counter derivatives.

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CargillCargill has a longstanding reputation of managing risk across commodities, industries and geographies. For more than 20 years, Cargill's risk management business has been a provider of customized commodity price risk solutions for its customers around the world, including petroleum and petrochemical producers, mid-to-large size corporations, commercial lenders, asset managers and investors. Today, through its 17 offices in 13 countries, Cargill provides price risk management products in over 70 global commodity markets and 24 currencies. In the energy markets, Cargill provides tailored hedging solutions in petroleum, petrochemicals, resins, power and natural gas.

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Sapient Global MarketsSapient Global Markets, a part of the Publicis.Sapient digital transformation platform, is a leading provider of services to today’s evolving financial and commodity markets. With end-to-end solutions that encompass technology, advisory, program management, analytics, and operations, our full range of services can help improve operational transparency, data management and analytics, risk management capabilities, with front-to-back scalability.

We combine extensive domain knowledge of the energy and commodity trading markets with deep technical experience to offer effective and comprehensive solutions for physical and financial commodity trading organizations.

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Genesis 170Genesis Energy, L.P. is a diversified midstream energy master limited partnership headquartered in Houston, Texas. Genesis’ operations include onshore and offshore pipeline transportation, refinery services, marine transportation and supply and logistics. We have a diverse portfolio of assets, including pipelines, offshore hub and junction platforms, refinery-related plants, storage tanks and terminals, railcars, rail loading and unloading facilities, barges and trucks. Genesis’ operations are primarily located in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Wyoming and the Gulf of Mexico.

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Open LinkFounded in 1992, OpenLink is the global leader in ETRM solutions for the energy, commodity and financial services industries. OpenLink’s products address portfolio management, trading, risk management and operations processing for both financial and physical assets.
Owned by leading private equity investment firm Hellman & Friedman, OpenLink is a global software and services business that serves over 600 clients, including 12 of the world’s largest commodity and energy companies, nine of the largest financial institutions and 13 of the largest central banks. OpenLink has 1,200 employees in 14 global offices on five continents with headquarters outside of New York City.
OpenLink has received numerous industry awards and recognition, including citations as the industry leader in commodity/energy trading and risk management systems and first-in-class ranking by Energy Risk magazine.

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Lubrizol Specialty Products, Inc.Lubrizol Specialty Products, Inc. is the global leader in the science of drag reduction. For over 35 years, LSPI has specialized in maximizing the flow potential of pipelines, while increasing operational flexibility, throughput capacity, and bottom line profit potentials. LSPI offers a total package solution which includes LiquidPower™, ExtremePower® and RefinedPower® Flow Improver products and injection equipment to meet the needs of companies that demand high performance and maximum flexibility, while ensuring outstanding time and cost savings. LSPI’s sales, technical and research teams work with customers to analyze pipeline needs and company objectives. Depending on the pipeline, liquid hydrocarbon conditions, flow dynamics, terrain, climate and logistics, LSPI will find a solution to improve your daily operations. LSPI is proud of their pioneering heritage and continues to improve upon outstanding polymer technology. The global team strives to produce better and higher performing products, while maintaining superior service.

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Using a combination of infrared diagnostics, electromagnetic frequency monitors, high resolution aerial photography, and near-earth satellite imagery, Genscape has set the standard for accuracy and timeliness in the market for advance notice of changes in oil market fundamentals.

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Magellan MidstreamMagellan Midstream Partners, L.P. is a publicly traded partnership formed to own, operate and expand a diversified portfolio of energy assets. We currently have over 1,700 employees working in 24 states. Our assets include 2,100 miles of crude oil pipelines and 23 million barrels of total crude oil storage. Magellan also owns and operates the nation’s longest refined products pipeline system. More than half of our potential expansion projects are related to crude oil.

We are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol MMP and currently have over 160,000 investors.

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SutherlandFounded in 1924, Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP provides legal services throughout the United States and worldwide to diverse clients in seven major practice areas: corporate, energy and environmental, financial services, intellectual property, litigation, real estate, and tax. Our clients range from small and medium-sized start-up businesses to a significant number of Fortune 100 companies.

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Chemex ModularChemex Modular is a leading supplier of new and refurbished modular equipment. Chemex Modular possesses the complete range of engineering and fabrication expertise to provide fully modularized equipment and related engineering support. Whether providing modular process equipment, measurement modules, logistics, identifying a process issue or implementing a planned change, Chemex Modular delivers a customer-specific solution. Our services include, but are not limited to, the following: modular oil refineries and gas processing plants, allocation measurement and LACT systems, and the full range of engineering consulting services, from feasibility studies to detailed engineering design.

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OiltankingOiltanking, a subsidiary of Marquard & Bahls, has been active in tank storage logistics since 1972, and is the second-largest independent operator of tank terminals for oils, chemicals and gases worldwide. The company owns and operates 81 terminals in 23 countries with a total storage capacity of 21 million cbm, on five continents – in Europe, North America, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, India, and the Asia-Pacific region. At the tank terminals, Oiltanking stores and handles nearly 1,000 different products including crude oil, petroleum products, biofuels, chemicals and gases. The total throughput of all terminals in 2015 was around 128 million tons.

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Cap SpirecapSpire is a global solutions and advisory company that provides the unique combination of industry knowledge and business expertise required to deliver impactful solutions in the energy market. With capSpire’s Lease Crude Optimization product, crude marketers and transportation organizations are able to achieve increased margins by optimizing tactical and strategic decisions. Trusted by Fortune 500 companies, capSpire’s team of industry experts empower clients to take their supply chain and trading operations to the next level by delivering world class solutions that streamline business processes.

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