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2018 Speakers:
Brent Secrest
Brent Secrest,
Senior Vice President, Liquid Hydrocarbons Marketing, Enterprise Products

Mr. Secrest has served as Senior Vice President of Liquid Hydrocarbons Marketing for Enterprise Products since May 2016. He has responsibility for Crude Oil Pipelines and Natural Gas Liquids, Crude Oil and Refined Products Marketing as well as the Enterprise Trucking and Marine divisions. Mr. Secrest previously served as Vice President, Crude Oil and Refined Products Marketing from October 2015 to May 2016 and as Vice President, Crude Oil Pipelines and Terminals from October 2012 to October 2015. He has also served in various other leadership positions, including in the areas of NGL marketing and supply, commercial development, distribution, and business analysis. Mr. Secrest has over 20 years of experience in the energy industry and began his career at Basis Petroleum Inc. prior to joining Enterprise in 1996.
Joseph Isreal
Joseph Israel
, President and Chief Executive Officer, Par Petroleum

Joseph Israel serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Par Petroleum, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Par Pacific Holdings, focused on refining, marketing, and logistics. Mr. Israel’s 20 plus years of experience in the oil and gas industry includes a successful track record of structuring and leading petroleum refining, marketing and asphalt operations, as well as driving profitable corporate development initiatives. Prior to joining Par in January 2015, Mr. Israel served as Senior Vice President at Hunt Refining Company, where he led operations planning, crude oil supply, marketing and business strategy. Previously, between the years of 2000 and 2008, Mr. Israel served as VP of M&A and Business Development for Alon USA, a US refiner and marketer, and as Chief Operating Officer for the company between 2008 and 2011. Mr. Israel holds his Master of Business Administration and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Ben Nolan
Ben Nolan
, Director, Shipping Research, Stifel

Mr. Ben Nolan joined Stifel in May 2013 covering the shipping and energy infrastructure sectors. Prior to Stifel Mr. Nolan was part of Knight Capital covering both equity and debt of companies in the maritime sector and had previously spent six years at Jefferies as an equity research analyst covering the shipping sector. In addition to equity research, Mr. Nolan spent several years as a corporate financial analyst for EOG Resources in the oil and gas business, was a commercial credit analysts for Sterling Bank, and earned his way through college as a machinist manufacturing oil field equipment.

Mr. Nolan graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.B.A. in Finance and received his M.B.A. from the University of Houston. Mr. Nolan is also a CFA charterholder.
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.
Johannes Benigni, Group Chairman, JBC Energy

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Michael Moss
Michael Moss
, Vice President, Business Development, Rangeland Energy

Michael L. Moss serves as Vice President Business Development for Rangeland Energy, a private equity backed midstream development company. Mr. Moss’ primary focus is commerical development of Rangeland’s South Texas Energy Products System (STEPS), a terminal project located in Corpus Christi, TX that will take advantage of the ongoing energy reform in Mexico and upcoming energy infrastructure development in Corpus Christi. Prior to joining Rangeland Energy, Mr. Moss served in exective or managerial roles with Occidental Petroleum Corporation, ExxonMobil, Energy Maintenance Services and URS Corporation. Mr. Moss has over 25 years experience developing domestric and international energy infrastructure projects. Michael received JD and MBA degrees from the University of Missouri, Kansas City, and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Missouri, Rolla.
Sandra Dunphy
Sandra Dunphy
, Director, Energy Compliance, Weaver and Tidwell, LLP

Sandra Dunphy has more than 30 years of experience working with energy companies in North and South America, Europe and Asia and is nationally recognized as a Renewable Identification Number (RIN) expert within the United States renewable fuels industry. With a practice specialization in Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) compliance and fuels consulting, Sandra brings extensive technical experience and knowledge to each of her clients. In addition, Sandra developed a premiere EPA fuel credit trading business in the United States, coordinating hundreds of transactions per year. She is experienced in industrial energy conservation strategies and energy distribution networks and has extensive contract negotiation experience in electricity, natural gas, and liquid fuels.

Sandra is a member of the fuels committee for the National Petrochemical and Refiners Association and is also a member of the Advanced Biofuels Association and the Renewable Natural Gas Coalition. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Delaware. She joined Weaver in 2011 when Weaver acquired LT Hawthorne & Associates, an EPA fuels consulting company.

Currently, Sandra acts as the primary Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) consultant for many renewable fuel producers, importers, petroleum refiners and a multitude of other RFS market participants. She has assisted many producers in navigating the RFS2 registration process, including new types of fuels made from new feedstocks and production processes. In addition, she has provided expert witness testimony before the U.S. International Trade Commission on the RFS regulations.

Sandra has been an invited speaker at the Oil Price Information Service (OPIS) RFS conference each year for the past 9 years to explain in detail the RFS program.
Peter Tataris
Peter Tataris
, Sr. International Trade Specialist, U.S. Commercial Service, U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration

Peter Tataris joined the Houston Export Assistance Center in September 2015 after serving for over four years with U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service at the U.S. Embassy in Athens, Greece.

In his new position, Peter focuses on Energy and healthcare. Peter combines all necessary government resources assisting Houston-Area companies in optimizing their business plans for entering foreign markets. Peter has over twenty years experience developing, planning and implementing export strategies for multinational companies. As Commercial Specialist in Athens, Greece he successfully implemented customized export programs assisting U.S. companies in achieving their goals in the energy, aerospace defense, safety and security industries.

Peter works with the Advocacy Center, successfully advocating on behalf of U.S. companies to eliminate barriers and help level the playing field in international markets. He has been a contributor to the Greek Country Commercial Guide, which helps U.S. Small and Medium Enterprises understand the business environment and opportunities. Peter has over fifteen years of managerial experience in positions of increased responsibility in the pharmaceutical industry. He launched the first HIV immunoassay screening test in Greece’s blood banks reducing the risk of contracting AIDS during transfusion by nearly 100%. In addition, he organized a three day diabetes event, where five thousand people were screened for high blood glucose levels.

Peter earned his MBA with concentration in Marketing from Henley Business School in the United Kingdom and his B.S. undergraduate degree in Information Decision Sciences from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is bilingual in Greek and English.

Lifetime awards include the Individual Meritorious Honor Award and Group Mission Honor Award from the U.S. Embassy in Greece.
Andrew Holland
Andrew Holland
, Director or Studies and Senior Fellow for Energy and Climate, American Security Project

Andrew Holland is the American Security Project’s Director of Studies and Senior Fellow for Energy and Climate. As an expert on energy, climate change, and infrastructure policy, he has worked at the center of debates about how to achieve sustainable energy security and how to effectively address climate change for the last decade.

He served as Legislative Assistant on Energy, Environment, and Infrastructure for United States Senator Chuck Hagel of Nebraska for three years from 2006 through 2008. He worked in the US House of Representatives for the House Ways and Means Committee and the Office of Congresswoman Roukema.

He holds a Master’s Degree in International Strategy and Economics from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and a Bachelor’s Degree in History and Economics from Wake Forest University in North Carolina.

He is originally from New York City, grew up in New Jersey, and currently resides in Alexandria, VA.
Kevin Sterling
Kevin Sterling, CFA
, Managing Director and Senior Equity Research Analyst, Equity Research | Airfreight and Logistics & Maritime, Seaport Global Securities LLC

Managing Director Kevin W. Sterling, CFA, who joined Seaport Global Securities in October 2016, follows the Airfreight & Logistics and Maritime sectors. He has been quoted in numerous financial publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, Bloomberg, Forbes, and Investor’s Business Daily, as well as a guest on CNBC and Bloomberg television and radio. Sterling has been a frequent speaker at various industry conferences including The Traffic Club of Chicago, Armstrong & Associates 3PL Summit, National Tank Truck Carriers Association, Argus North American Crude Transportation Summit, Platts Bunker and Residual Fuel Conference, Infonex, Infocast, and Cargo Network Service. The 2015 StarMine Analyst Awards ranked him #3 for his stock picking in the marine sector. Prior to joining the firm, he followed airfreight & logistics companies and maritime companies for BB&T Capital Markets and Stephens Inc. for 12 years.

Kevin Sterling received a bachelor’s degree from Randolph-Macon College and earned his MBA with a concentration in management science from Virginia Tech. He is also a member of the CFA Institute and the Richmond Society of Financial Analysts.
Oscar Lopez Velarde Perez
Oscar López Velarde
Pérez, ‎Tax 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 Muller, Mr. López Velarde was the Mexico Leader for the Oil and Gas Industry of one of the big accounting firms.
Duane Layton
Duane Layton
, Partner, Mayer Brown LLP

Duane Layton is the Global Head of Mayer Brown’s Government Affairs and International Trade Group. His practice concentrates on international dispute settlement, including World Trade Organization disputes. Mr. Layton also has extensive experience representing governments and industries in import relief proceedings (i.e., anti-dumping, countervailing duty and safeguard), both in the United States and in other jurisdictions such as Brazil, China, and the European Union.

Duane is recognized in the Guide to the World’s Leading International Lawyers, Legal 500, Super Lawyers, and The International Who’s Who of Trade & Customs Lawyers. His published works on international trade law and international dispute settlement appear in numerous books and journals, including the Stanford Journal of International Law, the Journal of World Trade, and Business Law International.
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Brendan Hoffman
, Chief Executive Officer, Haugen Consulting

Brendan Hoffman is chief executive officer of Haugen Consulting (HC). Previously with Systems and Computer Technology (SCT), he joined HC in 2002. Brendan’s time at HC has seen him operate as in-house demurrage consultant to BP Shipping in Chicago and STUSCO in Houston, operate as account manager for numerous cornerstone clients, develop and present HC’s training courses worldwide, and start and manage HC’s Houston office. In 2012, Brendan moved to Shell to help manage Shell’s Demurrage Americas department, spending time in the Houston, Barbados, London, and Rotterdam offices before ultimately returning to HC in 2015. Brendan was educated at Haverford College in Pennsylvania.

Established in 1995, HC is a family owned and operated business which provides voyage performance tracking, post fixture claims analyses, and demurrage resolution services for shipowners, charterers, and commercial trading partners. In addition, we present tanker operations and demurrage training courses worldwide.
Jeff Kralowetz Vice President Business Development Argus
Jeff Kralowetz
, Vice President, Business Development, Argus

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.
Ed Arnold, Senior Consultant, Argus
Edward Arnold
, Senior Consultant, Argus

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.
Peter Gardett
Peter Gardett
, Bureau Chief, Argus

Peter Gardett is currently Bureau Chief for Argus Media in New York City. Argus is a leading provider of price assessments, business intelligence and market data for the global energy and commodities markets.

He previously served as an Adjunct Fellow at the Center for a New American Security. As Founding Editor of Breaking Energy, formerly AOL Energy, he established a leading online resource for news, community building, strategic communications, and events serving practitioners in energy politics, finance, regulation, science, and operations. Peter also served as Entrepreneur in Residence for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, where he advised startups affiliated with NYSERDA on strategic issues.

Peter has spent over 17 years leading teams originating market data, analysis, and news products for the energy sector, including 14 years at Argus Media. He has led teams developing products for traders, companies and regulators in the global coal, power, natural gas, oil, and renewable energy sectors and has convened strategic private sector dialogues engaging the New York Mercantile Exchange and CME Group, the Commodities Futures Trading Commission, and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. During his first stint at Argus, he opened the company’s New York City office and spent substantial time building a Latin American presence on behalf of the firm.

Peter attended St Andrews University in Scotland, where he earned a combined bachelors and masters in modern history with a focus on economics and economic history. He lives in New York City.

Tom Reed, Editor, Argus China Petroleum, Argus

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