Contributors

Bio
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).
Sandy Fielden Morningstar Research, RBN Energy Contributor, Energy market pricing and fundamental data, Data Integration with ETRM, writer on Energy Markets, Consultant, Conference Speaker
Sheetal Nasta Sheetal Nasta is a fundamental energy analyst, writer and consultant with over 10 years of experience observing and analyzing natural gas markets. She was previously Manager of Energy Analysis for North American Natural Gas at Bentek Energy for five years, where she developed and shepherded new market analysis and content for more than a half-dozen white papers, Bentek's Market Call forecast reports, the Regional Observer suite of products and other reports. Prior to Bentek, she was Senior Editor at Platts on the natural gas desk, where she produced the daily Platts/ICE Forward Curve and specialized in telling data-driven investigative and analytical stories explaining the impacts of infrastructure expansions, supply and demand fundamentals and other factors in the natural gas spot and forward markets.
Spencer Dale Spencer Dale joined BP as group chief economist in October 2014. Prior to that, he was executive director for financial stability at the Bank of England and a member of the Financial Policy Committee. Between 2008 and 2014, Spencer was chief economist of the Bank of England and a member of the Monetary Policy Committee. Spencer joined the Bank of England in 1989 and served in numerous roles, including private secretary to Mervyn King and head of economic forecasting. Spencer served as a senior advisor at the US Federal Reserve Board of Governors between 2006 and 2008.
Taylor Robinson Taylor Robinson is the President of PLG Consulting, a team of over 40 industrial logistics and supply chain experts with experts in all modes of transportation, deep energy and chemical market experience, and logistics infrastructure design capabilities. Since 2001 PLG has partnered with clients to design or improve their logistics strategy and operations with significant client engagements in the oil & gas, petrochemical and private equity markets. PLG has advised in numerous areas of the shale energy supply chain with extensive experience in the frac sand industry over the past seven years. Taylor joined PLG in May 2012 after spending over 25 years leading global supply chain organizations in a broad range of industries including automotive, aerospace and food industries. Mr. Robinson served in executive roles at Honda, Honeywell and HJ Heinz. He is a graduate of Bowling Green State University and is a Six Sigma Black Belt. trobinson@plgconsulting.com.
Tim Belden Tim was drawn to the energy industry because it presented interesting environmental policy challenges. In the early 1990’s he worked at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory where he authored numerous papers analyzing state and federal electricity policies. His energy education continued at UC Berkeley where he earned a Master’s degree in Public Policy while studying Microeconomics, Statistics, Futures and Options Markets, and Analytic Methods for Energy and Resources. An early pioneer in electricity trading, he held positions at The Williams Companies, Portland General Electric, Enron, and UBS. Tim served in several capacities – trading his own profitable book, building and managing successful trading teams, designing and implementing risk management systems, and innovating in renewable and retail electricity markets. Tim also has experience as an energy developer -- as a member of a small, alternative fuels development team he wore many hats. These included transaction structuring, interfacing with private equity and investment banks, negotiating supply and off-take agreements, and other aspects of the development process. Originally from Upstate New York, Tim and his family have enjoyed sunny Portland, Oregon since 1996.
Tom Biracree Tom Biracree is currently a director at Oil and Gas Financial Analytics, LLC. He was Senior Principle Editor at John S. Herold, Inc., then IHS Inc., for fifteen years. He led the senior editorial team for IHS Energy Insight research and was responsible for structuring and content editing valuation and transaction research. Tom wrote the Herold Oil Headliner, a daily newsletter aimed at senior industry and financial executives. He was co-author of the Global Upstream M&A Review and contributed to the Global Upstream Performance Review. He is also the author of more than 100 published books. He can be reached at tom@oilandgasfinancialanalytics.com.
Troy Vincent Troy is an oil market analyst at ClipperData. He has been in the energy research and consulting industry for 4 years, working as a commodity analyst in oil and natural gas for both Schneider Electric and Ingersoll Rand. In his prior roles he has specialized in crude oil and products, natural gas and LNG, and global carbon markets, serving as executive editor and publisher of research reports. Troy has a unique background in economic policy research, working and studying at both the Charles Koch Institute and Ludwig von Mises Institute, and prides himself on an in depth understanding of economics and monetary policy which helps guide his analysis deeper than basic supply and demand fundamentals. Troy holds a BS from Indiana University in Business, Economics and Public Policy.

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