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Rusty Braziel Rusty Braziel is one of the most respected authorities in the field of energy information and markets, with an extensive background in energy marketing, trading and data services. Over the past 20 years he has worked in an executive level capacity with a major producer (Texaco), a major pipeline (Williams), a leading software company (Altra Energy), and a leading energy analytics and information company (BENTEK Energy). A consultant, author and speaker, Rusty has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The New York Times, The Houston Chronicle, Thompson Reuters, Oil and Gas Journal, The Denver Post, Platts Gas Daily, Natural Gas Intelligence, and numerous other industry publications. Rusty is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and company events and is known for his market insights and dynamic style. He provides audiences compelling, customized and dynamic content that makes sense out of the onslaught of information about energy markets. Rusty focuses on hydrocarbon markets, primarily natural gas, natural gas liquids and crude oil. His expertise is primarily in the production, transportation, storage and demand for physical energy commodities, and the impact of physical market developments on price.
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Al Troner is President of Asia Pacific Energy Consulting (APEC). Since 1984, Al has worked in Asia’s energy sector, establishing Dow Jones/ Telerate's regional energy services that year. He returned to Singapore in 1989 to found and then direct Petroleum Intelligence Weekly’s Asia-Pacific bureau. He won the International Association of Energy Economics award for Energy Journalism in 1994, retiring from journalism the following year to co-found APEC. From 1987-1989, he was as a research assistant for the energy group of the East West Center. Al has published studies on China, Vietnam, Singapore, Asia-Pacific Product Quality, Asia-Pacific and Global LNG, Pipeline Gas Development, East of Suez Condensate, World Crude Survey and on Global Acidic Crude Trade and Markets. He has worked in the energy industry in the U.S., Europe, North Africa and Mideast, as well as in Asia Pacific. Asia Pacific Energy Consulting (APEC) specializes in tactical consulting, focusing on research and analysis that help oil and gas companies assess and profit from emerging commercial situations. APEC projects center on problem-solving for companies targeting short- and medium-term business concerns, generally in a timeframe of one to five years. As a small independent shop, the company aims to provide tailored, company-specific services, either for regular core clients or on limited projects, targeting emerging business opportunities. APEC was established in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 1995, moved offices to the US in 2000 and is now headquartered in Houston, Texas
Amol A Wayangankar Mr. Wayangankar has 11 years of experience in the energy industry advising clients on market, commercial and regulatory aspects of natural gas, LNG, NGLs, and petroleum products markets. Mr. Wayangankar has directed numerous energy infrastructure transactions; both domestic and international including asset valuations, commercial due diligence, and fundamental market assessments to support project developers, energy companies, utilities, financial/strategic investors, and lenders in their project development, financing, acquisition/divestiture and planning efforts. Mr. Wayangankar’s primary focus has been on development support of midstream assets- natural gas storage, gathering system, gas processing, natural gas pipelines, and LNG receiving/liquefaction terminals as well as serving investor-owned utilities, IPPs, and Coops. Amol Wayangankar is an independent energy consultant advising clients on rapidly growing energy markets, such as liquefied natural gas (LNG), distributed LNG applications, gas midstream, natural gas monetization, gas/coal/petcoke conversion to syngas-derived fuels and power.
Ann Davis Vaughan Ann Davis Vaughan is the founder and president of Reservoir Research Partners, an independent research firm in Houston that provides highly customized, in-depth intelligence to institutional investors on public and private companies and markets. Reservoir Research Partners is not an investment adviser, nor is it affiliated with any investment adviser. Prior to founding Reservoir in 2010, she spent two decades as an award-winning investigative and financial journalist, including nearly 14 years at The Wall Street Journal under the longtime byline "Ann Davis." She covered commodity markets and the energy industry from 2006 to 2010. Customized Research and Intelligence
Bob Bookstaber
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Bob Bookstaber is President of Bookstaber & Associates, and provides consulting services in the natural gas and pipeline sectors of the energy business. Bob has a diverse background having worked with Exxon, Exxon Chemical, Hill Petroleum and El Paso Corporation in a variety of Business Development, Strategy, Supply, and Marketing roles. At El Paso, he oversaw cross-functional project teams responsible for development and implementation of pipeline projects. He personally negotiated long-term transportation contracts in the northeast market for Tennessee Gas Pipeline with LDCs, power generators, and marketing companies that generated hundreds of millions of dollars in revenues to support the projects. Bob also has experience in M&A activities and has sold natural gas. He holds a BS in Chemical Engineering and an MBA in Marketing Management. Natural Gas Pipelines
Brandon Bello Brandon Bello is currently Vice President of Commercial Development at Texon L.P. in Houston Texas. Over the last fifteen years through various roles in Engineering, Asset Optimization, Business Development and Liquids Marketing, Brandon’s career has covered the ground of petrochemicals, butadiene, vcm, petrochemical feedstocks, fuels blending, logistics, NGL Marketing, and midstream business development. Brandon’s past experience for Bridgestone, Dow, Enterprise, and Crosstex has led to a depth of knowledge both in the upstream and downstream values of production and new market development. At Enterprise Brandon developed a next generation fractionation technology and authored a patent for the Hobbs fractionation process, which has since been duplicated in all Enterprise new fractionation build-outs at Mont Belvieu since 2007. His presentation to GPA on fractionation efficiency was named the most outstanding paper at the 2008 annual meeting. Brandon has served on the board of directors of the Petrochemical Feedstocks Association of the Americas, and as President of the organization 2010-2012. Brandon holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Louisiana State University. Natural Gas Liquids, Midstream, Fuels Blending
Callie Mitchell
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Callie’s 30 year career in the energy industry focused primarily on marketing, trading, distribution, business development, acquisitions and divestitures, and corporate restructuring of business around natural gas and natural gas liquids. She also managed supply chain management, branding, product development, customer service, e-business and lead the development and operations of the internet based live energy network, Energy News Live. Callie retired from Williams as Vice President of Enterprise Services and Real Estate and President of The Williams Foundation in 2008. Natural Gas Liquids, LPG’s, Natural Gas, Petrochemicals, Transportation, Telecommunications, NonProfit/Foundation
Charles Nevle
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Charles Nevle is a natural gas fundamentals analyst with several years of experience analyzing and communicating the data and drivers behind the supply and demand for natural gas in the United States with an emphasis on transportation and storage. Natural Gas, NGL’s, Storage, Transportation
David Braziel
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David Braziel joined RBN Energy in June 2013 as the Director of Financial and Fundamental Analysis. Prior to RBN, David spent two years at Direct Energy as a volume analyst and accountant, specializing in data quality. David began his career in the energy industry in 2006; first with BENTEK Energy before moving to Apache Corporation where he spent five years serving in various departments including revenue, valuation, and gas marketing accounting. David received his BBA in Finance from Baylor University in 2006. He earned his MBA from the University of Houston in 2013 with certificates in Energy Investment Analysis, Economics of Energy Value Chain, Energy Accounting and Finance, and Energy Risk Management. Natural Gas, Natural Gas Liquids, Crude Oil
Edna Tovar
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Edna Tovar is Vice President of Data Services at Morningstar Commodity Data. Founded in 1988, and now a subsidiary of the investment research powerhouse, Morningstar, Morningstar Commodity Data. (formerly LIM) is the global leader in providing software to perform sophisticated historical commodity, energy, equity and bond research. She has spent over 10 years working on the collection and aggregation of data from energy and commodities sources. She has an MBA from University of Texas at Dallas and a BA in Communications from Stanford University. She is a graduate of the RBN School of Energy (Class of 2013).
Eric Penner
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Eric Penner is an Intern with RBN and a Ph.D Student in Economics at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is primarily interested in the statistical analysis of markets, and modeling firm behavior. Oil and Gas
Graham Brisben
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Graham is the CEO and founder of PLG Consulting, forming the business in 2001 following a career in the railroad and trucking industries, where his various operations and business development roles helped to identify the market need for objective, expert consulting services for shippers, transportation companies, financial firms, government entities, and other stakeholders in the world of logistics. Graham began his transportation career at Burlington Northern Railroad, performing operational and financial analysis in the areas of asset deployment and utilization, network optimization, and yield management. He later served as a Trainmaster at the Chicago, St. Louis, and Ft. Worth terminals, where he developed and implemented new management methods for railroad terminal operations. Graham went on to serve as District General Manager for America’s largest bulk truck carrier, Quality Carriers, where he started and developed the multi-state Chicago District. In addition to full sales, marketing, operations, P&L, and safety responsibilities, he also started and managed new rail transfer and warehousing operations in Minneapolis and Chicago. Graham also opened and managed Canadian National Railway’s Chicago CargoFlo bulk transfer facility, and he helped CN implement new transload facilities in Detroit and Hamilton, Ontario. LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/pub/graham-brisben/3/47/24b
Housley Carr Housley Carr is a long-time energy journalist who has written extensively for Platts’ Megawatt Daily and other publications about utilities and independent power companies, federal and state energy and environmental regulation, and the transformational role of shale gas in U.S. power markets. He also writes about energy infrastructure and related issues for Engineering News-Record, the world’s oldest and most respected engineering and construction publication.
Jane Michalek
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Jane Michalek is a Vice President for Concentric Energy Advisors and has over 30 years of experience in the North American and international natural gas and LNG industries. Prior to joining Concentric in 2011, Ms. Michalek held executive positions in portfolio management, commercial operations, commodity and currency risk management, shipping, supply, and trading for GDF SUEZ Corporation, a major international energy utility. Prior to working for GDF SUEZ, Ms. Michalek was responsible for gas supply planning, acquisition, and control for Boston Gas Company. She has an MBA from Northeastern University and a BBA in Finance from the University of Notre Dame.
Jesus Davis Jesus Davis is vice president of research for the Oil & Gas industry at IIR Energy, a global supply-side market intelligence firm for the energy industry. An 11-year veteran of IIR Energy, Mr. Davis manages a team of researchers who cover the North American upstream and midstream oil and gas markets. Members of his team also conduct research in Perth, Australia; Cordoba, Argentina; New Delhi, India; Manila Philippines; and Kofu, Japan. His team's expertise includes onshore extraction of oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids as well as the processing, transportation and storage of those products. A unit of Industrial Info Resources, IIR Energy provides time-sensitive, critical market information that enables energy asset owners, developers, regulators, as well as financial & physical participants to enhance their trading strategies and minimize market risk. IIR Energy and Industrial Info Resources are based in Sugar Land, Texas. Oil & Gas Industry Market Intelligence
Jim Jordan
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Jim Jordan is president and founder of Jim Jordan & Associates, LP. Jim is an internationally recognized authority in the methanol and transportation fuels industries, and has performed a wide range of consulting assignments over the years, including strategic planning, competitive analysis, and market and commercial analyses for a diverse global client base. Mr. Jordan has over 35 years of experience within the petrochemical industry - working in various roles of responsibility within Celanese Corporation and serving as Sr. Vice President, Energy & Fuels for DeWitt & Company, before founding JJ&A.
jrichter Energy GPS LLC was formed in 2009 by Tim Belden and me with the goal of providing analysis and advice to clients in the energy industry. We bring a unique combination of analytical skills coupled with sound judgment that comes from over 15 years of hands-on industry experience. There are two parts of our business; they are the Power and Gas Market Fundamentals Subscription Product and Energy Consulting. The former focuses on the Western US markets with an emphasis on the PNW,DSW and California. The latter focuses on the renewable energy space and other technologies associated with integrating intermittent power on the grid. Please contact us at info@energygps.com or go to our website at www.energygps.com if you would like to know more about our products and/or services. Power and Natural Gas Commodity Markets, Renewable Energy Markets, Environmental Policy
Keith Bailey
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Keith Bailey retired as the Chairman of the Board of the Williams Companies in May of 2002. He currently serves on the boards of Aegis Insurance Services Ltd., Apco International Oil and Gas, Cloud Peak Energy, and MarkWest Energy Partners.
Kelly Van Hull
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Prior to joining RBN Energy, Kelly worked for BENTEK Energy where she built supply/demand models covering all U.S. NGLs. Kelly was also the developer, lead analyst, and writer for BENTEK’s North American NGLs Market Call report specializing in supply and demand fundamentals for natural gas liquids markets, and the lead analyst and writer for BENTEK's NGL Supply Report. Prior to joining BENTEK, Kelly was an analyst for a midstream company developing greenfield projects in the Williston Basin. Kelly is a fundamentals analyst and presenter at industry conferences. She holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Michigan. Natural Gas Liquids
Ken Snyder Ken Snyder is an energy professional focused in the oil and gas midstream space, matching producers and capital to overcome business barriers. He delivers solutions by first determining what is missing or in the way of success, then adds creativity, experience and relationships. Ken has developed major pipelines for investors in oil and gas shale plays, founded private companies, led M&A teams, presided over large corporate entities, and consulted for midstream companies for the past 40 years.

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