Contributors

Bio
Jason Ferguson Jason Ferguson is a fundamental energy analyst, trading strategist and developer of energy market models. He was previously Director - Natural Gas Analysis for Koch Energy Services, Senior Natural Gas Analyst with Shell, and NYMEX Analyst with Goldfinch Capital. He started his career as a chemical engineer with ExxonMobil. Jason holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and an MBA from Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management.
Jeff Richter 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.
Jim Simpson Jim Simpson is President and Founder of East Daley Capital Advisors, a company dedicated to using energy market fundamental analysis to value publicly traded companies in the North American Energy Sector. He has nineteen years of experience analyzing and managing energy information and commodity risk in both gas and power. Prior to starting East Daley, Jim was Vice-President and General Manager for the Platts Power Group. As a former owner at BENTEK Energy, LLC, Jim developed and managed the company's analytical team. Jim has modeled large structured transactions in both gas and power for Enron North America as well as traded natural gas. Jim is on the board of Navarik Corp., which provides software and data solutions to the petroleum shipping industry. Jim has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance from Texas A&M University.
John Auers John Auers is Executive Vice-President of Turner, Mason & Company, an international energy consulting firm located in Dallas, TX. He is the team leader of TM&C’s subscription products, including The Outlook, a biennial report that forecasts supply, demand, and pricing for crude oils and petroleum products worldwide, and both The World Crude Oil Outlook and The North American Crude Oil Outlook, detailed forecasts for crude oil supply and demand by region and by type. 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.
John Zanner John Zanner is a fundamental energy analyst for RBN, focusing primarily on U.S. crude oil production forecasting and takeaway infrastructure. Prior to joining RBN Energy, John worked in midstream operations and business development for Rocky Mountain Crude Oil. John began his career in energy with Twin Eagle as a scheduler and analyst, supporting the company’s crude oil marketing and midstream business development groups. John has worked for the Department of Defense as a Congressional liaison and Middle Eastern affairs analyst. John holds a B.A. in Economics and Communications from Denison University.
Kanan Mehra Kanan is an Oil Market Analyst at ClipperData. She specializes in global refined products markets, with a focus on fundamental analysis to produce our weekly deliverables. Kanan holds a master's degree in international affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, where she concentrated on international energy management and policy. She earned her B.A. from Bryn Mawr College, where she studied economics.
Katharine Fraser Katharine Fraser is a communications consultant focused on content marketing for specialized businesses and is based in Houston. She has also edited blogs for RBN after a 20-plus career in business news. She capped her journalism career as a senior editor at Platts, where she worked for 14 years in both Houston and Washington, D.C. Previously, she covered financial news in New York and general assignment business news in Baltimore. Katharine has a B.A. from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va., where she double-majored in history and journalism.
Kelly Van Hull 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.
Kyle Cooper Mr. Cooper currently serves as Managing Director of Research for Cypress Energy, LP, an energy trading commodity fund in Houston, TX. Beginning in March 2006 and continuing through today, Mr. Cooper also performs duties as Director of Research at IAF Advisors, an energy consulting services firm where he conducts fundamental supply/demand analysis of the natural gas and petroleum markets.
Laura Blewitt Laura Blewitt is an energy fundamentals analyst at RBN Energy. She previously covered refined products markets for Bloomberg Oil Trading Americas. Laura started writing about energy commodities in 2010 at Argus Media Ltd, where she covered ethanol, biodiesel and RINs trading and Latin American refined products. She also served as editor of Argus NGL Americas and managed daily market and news coverage. During her time as a biofuels reporter, she worked with CME Group to launch Argus-based financial derivatives for SME Biodiesel and RINs. In 2013 she scheduled crude-by-rail unit trains and managed transloading facilities for BioUrja Trading LLC. Laura graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2008 with a BS in multimedia journalism.
Mickey Kwong Mickey joined ClipperData as a director in 2015 and he is in charge of the firm’s LPG service. He has specialized in seaborne liquefied gas since he joined the energy industry in 1998. He was a consultant of LPG and LNG at Poten & Partners until 2006. Then he became a Senior Director of International Gas at PIRA Energy Group, where he specialized in LNG as well as international unconventional gas developments until 2015.
Nick Cacchione Mr. Cacchione is the founder of Oil & Gas Financial Analytics, LLC. He specializes in the benchmarking and valuation of upstream oil and gas operations. His benchmarking expertise primarily relates to the areas of upstream capital spending, reserve replacement and finding and development costs, and upstream profitability. Nick has over 25 years’ experience in the analysis of the oil and gas company and industry trends including nearly 20 years with John S. Herold Inc. and IHS, Inc. Nick was the primary author of the Global Upstream Performance Review, an industry leading publication. He also has expertise in the analysis of Master Limited Partnerships. Nick has a BBA in accounting and a MBA in finance both from Iona College and has also earned the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. Mr. Cacchione can be reached by email at nick@oilandgasfinancialanalytics.com
Nilofar Saidi Nilo is a crude oil market analyst at ClipperData in New York. Prior to joining the energy information firm, she worked as a journalist. Nilo earned an MPA from Columbia University in New York and Sciences Po in Paris. She also holds a master's degree in journalism from Stockholm University.
Ong Han Wee Ong Han Wee is a consultant for FGE in Singapore. In this role, Han Wee is responsible for participating in LPG research and analyzing the LPG East of Suez markets, including supply, demand, trade, infrastructure and new projects. Prior to joining FGE, he worked as an Asia Market Editor for OPIS, also in Singapore. During his tenure, Han Wee was responsible for assessing daily LPG prices in Asian markets and also was in charge of writing a daily LPG market overview. Han Wee has a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.
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Peter Howard Peter Howard is president emeritus of the Canadian Energy Research Institute (CERI); he was CERI's president and CEO from 2010 to 2015. Pete has over 40 years of experience specializing in engineering and technical applications in the oil and gas industry. Prior to joining CERI, he held several positions, including senior associate with J.R. Lacey International, president of Arundel Information Systems, partner with LOGIS Data Systems Ltd., and vice president with Computer Research Associates Ltd. Pete holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta in Edmonton and is a registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Alberta.
Porter Bennett Porter Bennett is CEO and Founder, Ponderosa Advisors and Ponderosa Energy, based in Denver, Colorado. Prior to Ponderosa, Mr. Bennett was the CEO of BENTEK Energy, which he founded in 1985 and sold to Platts/McGraw-Hill in 2011. Mr. Bennett is a Vice President of Western Energy Alliance and Chairman of its Natural Gas Committee, an Observer with the Potential Gas Committee, participated on the Coordinating Subcommittee of the recent National Petroleum Council natural gas study and is a member of the International Gas Union Strategy Committee. He holds a MS Degree in Mineral Economics from the Colorado School of Mines, a MA Degree in International Affairs from Columbia University and a BA Degree in History from Lewis & Clark College.
Rick Smead Rick Smead is Managing Director, Advisory Services, for RBN Energy LLC. He specializes primarily in the natural gas sector, offering expert policy analysis and advice, litigation support, and strategic advice with respect to gas pipelines, potential supplies, and market initiatives. His background includes over nine years as a Director with Navigant Consulting, Inc., and over three decades in the natural gas industry. That experience included over 20 years as the chief regulatory officer for major interstate pipeline systems, with multiple experiences advising non-U.S. governments in the creation of a regulatory structure. His consulting practice has spanned the LNG industry, both for project developers and for a large national oil company, and the U.S. shale gas boom and its interaction with LNG, the pipeline industry, power generation, and other gas markets. At Navigant, he managed and co-authored the first major quantification of the U.S. shale potential in 2008, the pivotal North American Natural Gas Supply Assessment. Most recently, he has been deeply involved in the opportunities for the use of the nation’s natural gas abundance, including power generation, LNG exports, and gas-to-liquids technology. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland and a law degree from George Washington University.
Ron Gist Most recently, Ron was a Director with IHS (formerly Purvin & Gertz) where he served as the Project Manager of the monthly analysis and forecast of market factors that affect supply, demand and pricing of international NGLs for nearly 20 years. He also participated in long-term forecasts of North America and international NGLs, as well as many studies regarding a wide range of issues involving the NGL industry. Additionally, Ron is a well-known speaker at many industry seminars. He is a long-time member of both the national Gas Processors Association (GPA) and the Houston Regional GPA chapter. Ron graduated from the Colorado School of Mines with both Bachelors and Masters degrees in chemical engineering.
Ryan Couture Ryan joined Turner Mason & Company in September 2013 and has since become a contributor to multi-client publications and forecasts, including Outlook and Turning Point publications. Ryan joined the firm after over 5 years of experience with ExxonMobil, where he held a variety of positions in the downstream in Fairfax, VA, Baytown, TX and Billings, MT. He is experienced in process engineering, wastewater treating, catalyst selection and project/turnaround support. He graduated from the University of Connecticut with a BS in Chemical Engineering (2008).

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