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2017 Speakers:
Bob McNally
Bob McNally
, Founder and President, The Rapidan Group, Former Energy Advisor, President George W. Bush

Robert McNally is the founder and President of The Rapidan Group, an independent energy consulting and market advisory firm based in the Washington DC area. Mr. McNally's clients include leading global energy market investors, producers, and traders. Mr. McNally’s 24-year professional career includes senior financial market and official posts spanning economic, security, and environmental aspects of energy market analysis, strategy, and policymaking.

Mr. McNally started his professional career in 1991 as an oil market analyst and consultant with Energy Security Analysis, Inc. In 1994, he joined Tudor Investment Corporation and for twelve subsequent years analyzed energy markets, macroeconomic policy, and geopolitics for Tudor portfolio managers, earning promotions to Vice President and Managing Director. From 2001 to 2003, Mr. McNally served as the top international and domestic energy adviser on the White House staff, holding the posts of Special Assistant to the President on the National Economic Council and, in 2003, Senior Director for International Energy on the National Security Council. Mr. McNally served in the Peace Corps in Senegal rom 1988-1990.

Mr. McNally earned his double major BA/BS in International Relations and Political Science from American University and his MA in International Economics and American Foreign Policy from Johns Hopkins Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He was co-chair for energy policy on the 2008 Romney Campaign, served on the Policy Advisory Committee for Senator Marco Rubio's 2010 campaign, and regularly advises congressional and administration officials on energy policy and markets. Mr. McNally is a Member of the National Petroleum Council and is a non-resident fellow at Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy.

Mr. McNally has testified to the House and Senate on energy markets and national security and speaks to professional conferences on energy markets, policy, and geopolitics. He has been published in Foreign Affairs (co-authored essay with Michael Levi, July/August 2011) and has been interviewed by CNN, The Economist, Fox Business, The Financial Times, The Washington Post, National Journal, Platts Energy Week TV, PBS' Great Decisions in Foreign Policy series, Bloomberg News, Aviation Daily and other programs and journals.

He is the author of the book Crude Volatility: The History and the Future of Boom-Bust Oil Prices, from Columbia University Press, 2017.

Mr. McNally is married and has three children.
Adrian Lajous
Adrián Lajous
, former CEO, Chairman of the Board, Pemex Group, non-resident Fellow, Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia University

Adrián Lajous is a non-resident Fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy. He has been Chairman of the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of El Colegio de México. In 2003-04 he was a Senior Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University. From 2001 to 2011 he was senior energy advisor to McKinsey & Company. In 1994 Lajous was appointed Director General of Pemex (CEO) and Chairman of the boards of the Pemex group of operating companies. He stepped down from this position in December 1999 after 29 years in public service. Lajous taught at El Colegio de México (1971-76), joined the Ministry of Energy in 1977, where he was appointed Director General for Energy. In 1983 he moved on to Pemex where he held a succession of key executive positions: Executive Coordinator for International Trade, Corporate Director of Planning, Corporate Director for Operations (COO) and Director for Refining and Marketing. He has also served on the Board of Repsol-YPF, Tenaris, the Comisión Federal de Electricidad and a number of Mexican industrial and financial corporations. Lajous holds degrees in Economics from the National University of Mexico and Cambridge University. He is Chairman of the Coloquio de Política Energética in Mexico City and chaired the Oxford Energy Policy Club from 2002 to 2012.
Joseph Isreal
Joseph Israel, President and CEO, 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.
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.
Bruce Mann, Director - Freight Mobility, Port of Houston
Bruce Mann,
Director, Freight Mobility, Port of Houston

Bruce Mann is the Director - Freight Mobility for the Port of Houston Authority. He is responsible for maritime related freight transportation activities (including but not limited to rail, roadway, and barge transportation) and identifying and supporting freight transportation projects that improve access to Port of Houston facilities (public and private) in order to enable growth in commerce, increase transportation options and reduce transportation costs.

Mr. Mann is an accomplished transportation manager with over 18 years of experience in freight transportation for some of the world’s largest chemicals manufactures and trading companies as well as a Class I railroad. Mr. Mann’s most recent position prior to the Port of Houston was managing Trafigura's crude, coal and metals (ferrous and non-ferrous) groups moving materials in gondolas, box cars, tank cars, open top hopper cars, which equated to 55,000 railcar loads in 2013. Trafigura is one of the world’s largest companies generating revenue of nearly $130 billion/year.

Mr. Mann has managed fleets of up to 7,200 railcars and can speak in depth about crude by rail, plastics, chemicals and other commodities. He is also accomplished in freight contract negotiation, transportation equipment leasing, site logistics contractors and 3rd party logistics providers in the rail space.

Mr. Mann currently serves on the Technical Advisory Committee for the Houston-Galveston Area Council, as Treasurer of the North American Rail Shippers Association, he is also on the Board of Directors for the Southwest Association of Rail Shippers. He is also a member of the Houston Transportation Club, a member of the Houston Transportation Professionals Association, a dynamic public speaker and a recognized industry expert in the crude oil and plastics transportation fields and a leader in freight mobility.

Mr. Mann is also a United States Navy veteran and has lived in the Houston area since 2001. He holds an undergraduate degree from Jacksonville University in Florida and an MBA. 
Eric Peterson
Eric Peterson, Director, Energy Market Strategist, ARB Midstream, LLC

Mr. Peterson is the Director of Market Research and Analytics at ARB Midstream, LLC, a midstream energy company based in Denver, CO. Mr. Peterson’s background includes over 10 years of professional experience in finance and market research, with an emphasis on the energy sector. Prior to joining ARB Midstream, he was the Manager of Strategic Planning and Market Research at NGL Energy Partners, one of the nation’s fastest growing energy MLP’s. Before transitioning into the energy sector, Mr. Peterson began his career as a Financial Analyst performing valuation analysis and researching equities and fixed income across multiple sectors. Mr. Peterson attended Utah Valley University where he received a B.S. in Finance. .
Gregory Broussard
Gregory Broussard, Senior Director - Energy Derivatives, Cargill Risk Management

Gregory Broussard recently joined Cargill Risk Management, a global leader in providing risk management solutions. He leads a team which provides financial risk management solutions to a wide range of producers and consumers of energy commodities in both North and South America. Having worked as both a trader and an originator over the last 15 years, Greg has developed extensive capital markets experience across multiple asset classes including foreign exchange, interest rates, emerging markets and commodities. Greg is a native Houstonian who received his undergraduate degree in business from Baylor University and his MBA in capital markets from Rice University. Mr. Broussard is based in Cargill's Houston office.
Andrew Holland
Andrew Holland
, Director of 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.

Keith Benes
Keith Benes
, Senior Advisor, Goldwyn Global Strategies, LLC

Keith J. Benes is Senior Adviser for Pipelines and Infrastructure Permitting at Goldwyn Global Strategies. LLC, an international energy consulting firm. Keith has over a decade of experience in managing, conducting, and litigating complex permitting processes at all levels of government. Mr. Benes served as a Senior Attorney at the U.S. Department of State (2005-2014) where he managed interagency consultations, congressional relations, and external stakeholder engagement on some of the highest profile and intensely scrutinized environmental reviews of the past decade, including the Keystone XL pipeline review. Mr. Benes writes on energy policy and climate change topics including investor attitudes on energy investments, treatment of energy goods and services in trade agreements, and development of U.S. climate change law and policy.

T Mason Hamilton
T. Mason Hamilton
, Petroleum Markets Analyst, Office of Energy Markets and Financial Analysis, U.S. Energy Information Administration

Mason Hamilton is a Petroleum Markets Analyst at the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). EIA collects, analyzes, and disseminates independent and impartial energy information to promote sound policymaking, efficient markets, and public understanding of energy and its interaction with the economy and the environment. Mason is a principal contributor to EIA’s This Week in Petroleum and Today in Energy publications, he also advises EIA’s Short-Term Energy Outlook. Mason’s work and analysis spans across the petroleum and liquid fuels markets spectrum, from crude to products and from pipelines to tankers. Mason has briefed the Secretary of Energy, DOE senior leadership, members of Congress, multiple state energy offices, and trade groups on EIA’s petroleum data and analysis.
Susanne Danforth
Suzanne Danforth
, Director, Downstream Product Development, Genscape

Suzanne Danforth is the Director of Downstream Product Development at Genscape in Houston, Texas. Suzanne holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and Managerial Studies from Rice University. She has worked in the energy information industry for 16 years, from market reporting at Argus Media to methodology and assessment development at S&P Global Platts. She has in-depth knowledge in terms of Americas crude oil and refined product markets, pricing, and logistics. In her current role, Suzanne is managing and developing products to expand Genscape’s fundamental data and insight offerings in the Americas refined products space, specifically, U.S. gasoline and distillate demand, refined products pipelines, rack pricing, and transatlantic arbitrage market opportunities. She has discussed areas of interest with the press around gasoline and diesel demand and impact on inventories and price in recent months, including the September/October 2016 Colonial Pipeline outages, recent weather events, and the decline in U.S. gasoline demand in the first quarter of this year.
Hillary Stevenson
Hillary Stevenson, Analyst, Oil Market and Business Development, Data Integrity, N.A, Genscape

Hillary Stevenson joined Genscape in 2009 where she helped develop and launch Genscape’s multiple crude inventory reports, including Cushing; pipeline flow reports; the refinery alerting service; ethylene cracker monitoring; and rail monitoring technologies, facilitating data expansion throughout. Recently, as an Oil Markets and Business Development Analyst, her focus includes analyzing market implications, effects of Genscape data and identifying fundamental data trends, concentrating on the North American crude oil supply chain. Her oil market commentary has been published in major news outlets and magazines. Hillary has a BS in Chemistry from the University of Louisville.
Nicolas Duque
Nicolas Vukelja Duque, MBA
, Former Vice President, The Panama Maritime Chamber, CCO & Owner, Terramar Oil & Services, CEO, Maritime Advisors Inc.

Nicolas Vukelja Duque, MBA, ‎is the former vice president of the Panama Maritime Chamber and currently CCO & Owner of Terramar Oil & Services; a family-owned barge service company with 15 years of experience in Panama. Terramar is a barge owner and operator company providing expertise as physical bunker supplier, ship to ship (lightering) agency, Marpol II, IV, V and other services. Nicolas started the Panama Bunkering Procedure Manual for local operations and the initial developer of Offshore Bunkering Manual.

Nicolas is an industrial engineer with a master’s degree in maritime administration and holds a post degree on bunkering operations as well as a cursing post degree on superior education.
John Auers
John Auers
, Executive Vice President, Turner Mason & Co.

John R. Auers is a senior vice-president with Turner, Mason & Company, an international downstream petroleum consulting group based in Dallas, TX. He manages TM&C’s subscription forecast publications and is the chief economist for the firm. These publications include The Crude and Refined Products Outlook, a biennial report that forecasts supply, demand, and pricing for crude oils and petroleum products worldwide and The World Crude Outlook, an annual assessment and forecast of worldwide crude oil reserves, production and demand. He also leads assignments in the area of refining economics and planning, LP modeling, downstream asset valuation, crude oil valuation and capital investment and strategic planning. Auers joined the firm in 1987 after 7 years with Exxon Corporation, with which he held various positions at its Baytown, Texas, refinery. He holds a BS (1980) in chemical engineering from the University of Nebraska and an MBA (1984) from the University of Houston-Clear Lake. Auers is a licensed professional engineer in Texas and Nebraska and is a member of TSPE and AIChE.
Mark Luitwieler
Mark Luitwieler
, VP Supply and Logistics, Flagship Resources, LLC

Prior to this position, he managed operations and project management at Peaker Energy, a midstream project development company focusing primarily on the development and operation of “Crude by Rail” assets in early 2013. He also is actively involved in the review and modification of API Standards as they relate to “Crude by Rail”. He was part of 2 task groups under the Crude Oil Work Group of the Rail Subcommittee on Standards.

Mark has worked for prominent corporations such as TOSCO Refining and Marketing, 7 Eleven Corporation and Musket Corp, among others. He has a broad wealth of experience across multiple commodities including refined products, crude oil, feed-stocks, and bio-fuels. Within his progressive energy career, he has held several leadership roles in supply, logistics, and asset optimization and operations. He has an extensive background in managing and operating energy infrastructure assets such as petroleum terminals, crude transloading terminals, rail and truck fleets, and large retail operations as well as originating and sourcing supply for these assets and contracts, alike.
John Barbarise
John Barbarise, Chief Operating Officer, Plaza Marine Group

John Barbarise joined The Plaza Marine Group January 2013, after a stellar and quite long career in the Petroleum Inspection and Laboratory side of the Oil and Gas Industry. Mr. Barbarise is an accomplished and results driven Leader with demonstrated experience in Operations and Business Management with expertise in leadership, strategic planning, analytical skills, fuel and marine fuel blending, motivation, marketing, operation and business development, and establishing working relationships. Visionary and results-oriented who synthesizes business facts, events and concepts to produce realistic and long-range plans for the development of the company. Strong interpersonal and communication skills coupled with vision, business insight, and astute problem solving abilities. Recognized for professionalism, creativity, positive mental attitude, commitment to excellence and demonstrated ability to work with co-workers at all levels.
Alex Vugman
Alex Vugman, 
Managing Partner, Ulysses Commodities

Alex Vugman is the founder and has been the managing partner of Ulysses Commodities LLC for the past 5 years. He has 15 years of experience as a commodities trader & broker on the floor of New York Board of Trade and New York Mercantile Exchange since 2002 in crude oil, natural gas, trading pits. He holds a BS in Business Admin from SUNY (State University of New York) at Albany and attended SUNY MARITIME for his Masters in Int’l Transportation Management.
Mara Roberts
Mara Roberts
, Senior O&G Analyst, BMI Research

Mara Roberts Duque is a Senior Oil & Gas Analyst at BMI Research, a Fitch Group company. Her role integrates analysis and strategy related to the upstream, midstream, and downstream segments of the sector, with a focus on North and Latin American markets.

Upon joining BMI in 2014, Ms Roberts Duque became the key analyst for markets in the Western hemisphere, with a particular focus on upstream development and project analysis. She has been featured in various industry and news publications, such as Bloomberg, Platts Gas Daily and Institutional Investor.

Ms Roberts Duque previously researched energy policy in Latin America at both the Inter-American Dialogue and the Council of the Americas in Washington, DC. She holds a Bachelor's degree from the Johns Hopkins University in International Studies and a Masters of Arts degree from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) with a focus in Latin American Political Economics and Energy Policy.
Carlos Yamamoto
Captain Carlos Yamamoto
, President, Yamamoto Consulting LLC

Former VP for North Latin America at Bureau Veritas Commodities managing strategic planning, P/L operation, and new growth projects in Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Venezuela y Curacao, with a focus in 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 terminals operations amongst others at PMI. He was chairman of the Committee of Petroleum Measurement Accountability at the American Petroleum Institute from 2004 to 2007 and active member.

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. 
Jeff Leto
Jeff Leto, Refining, Product Supply & Logistics, EAI

Jeff Leto has worked as a consultant at EAI, Inc. since 2009 where he focused on refined product supply and logistics. Prior to joining EAI, Jeff worked in the petroleum refining industry in Operations Planning where he was responsible for distillates product blending and refinery yields engineering.

Jeff's areas of expertise include refinery modeling, biofuels, product logistical models, product consumption models and forecasting, regional network balance forecast models among others.

Jeff received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 2008.

Mike Lopez
Mike Lopez
, Research Coordinator, EAI, Inc.

The Market Research Coordinator at EAI, Inc. since 2007, Mike Lopez leads a market retail research group that tracks retail gasoline trends across the United States. The group maintains databases housing the gasoline profiles of thousands of gas stations, convenience stores, and hypermarkets. EAI, Inc.’s retail database is instrumental in characterizing the gasoline outlook and projections in many of EAI, Inc.’s studies; from micro-market level to regional to national in focus. In addition to supporting client and EAI, Inc. industry studies, Mike and his team have been contributors to online and print publications such as Wall Street Journal, CSP (Convenience Store News and Petroleum), Supermarket News and Bloomberg.

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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.
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.

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Mark Babineck, Editor, Argus Petroleum Transportation North America, Argus

Mark Babineck is editor of Argus Petroleum Transportation North America, a weekly publication that launched in September 2012, and has been with Argus Media for five years. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, he has covered energy news and other matters for the Associated Press, Reuters and the Houston Chronicle.. 
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.

Nicholas Watt
Nicholas Watt, Americas Freight Editor, Argus

Nicholas Watt is the Americas Freight Editor in Argus Media’s New York bureau. He covers markets for ocean-going vessels, including international tankers, Jones Act tankers, chemical tankers, and dry bulkers. His coverage entails writing news and analysis articles on the transportation of energy commodities, and assessing the freight costs for routes originating in the Americas. He also helps develop Argus’ freight coverage of the US Gulf coast, the US west coast, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

Prior to joining Argus in 2015, Nicholas received his masters in energy politics at the European University at St. Petersburg. There, he co-founded and served as the editor of the ENERPO Journal, a web-based journal that focuses on current energy trends in the post-Soviet space, and reported on Russia’s oil and gas industry for the St. Petersburg Times.

Nicholas is from St. Louis, MO.
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