Contributor Bio
Den Syahril Mohamed Den Syahril is a Consultant at FGE for both oil and NGLs. He advises clients on Southeast Asian markets for oil and shipping for LPG. Prior to FGE, he was an analyst covering the shipping and CPP/petrochemicals market. Den holds a Bachelors in Chemical Engineering and a minor in Economics from the National University of Singapore.
Jim Mullin Jim Mullin is Head of Energy Procurement/Co2 for JBS and Pilgrim’s Pride. He has been with the largest protein company in the world for over 11 years and responsible for the procurement and risk management of natural gas, electricity, and Co2. As Head of Energy procurement his group’s goal is to deliver the cheapest and most reliable commodities to the plant and is now incorporating sustainability objectives in procuring those commodities. He said it’s an interesting time to be part of an industry where Co2 is imperative to operations while at the same time working on multiple strategies to reduce that very same Co2! In his free time Jim is a professional chauffeur for his daughters (Masyn 14, Avery 12) who play competitive hockey across the US. When he isn’t driving he loves to fish with his girls.
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Morgan Overman Morgan Overman is an undergraduate student at Penn State University pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in African Studies. He currently serves as the Lead Analyst for the Energy Sector in the Nittany Lion Fund -- a student managed investment fund with over $15 MM in private investor capital. Morgan joined the RBN Energy team in the fall of 2023 as an intern.
Dora Polgar Dora Polgar joined FGE in 2016 as the FSU (Former Soviet Union) analyst working on Short Term Oil Service. She has an M.Sc. in Political Economy from the London School of Economics and in addition to speaking English also speaks Russian, Italian and Hungarian. After graduation, Dora worked at Schneider Electric, where she was responsible for awarding gas and electricity supply contracts in the Central-Eastern European region. Later, Dora worked for Visiongain Energy in their upstream oil and LNG teams.
Randy Rabenhorst Randy Rabenhorst is a Managing Consultant in Nexant’s Energy and Chemicals Advisory practice in White Plains, NY. He has been a consultant to the chemicals, plastics, and specialty chemicals industries for over 25 years, with notable experience in olefins, polyolefins, rubber, polyols, aromatics, propylene oxide, foamed polymers, and organo-metallics. Randy is an expert in strategy, polymer competitiveness and market dynamics, and has managed several feasibility and due diligence assignments in olefins, polyolefins, CTO/MTO, MEG, C4s and rubber. Areas of interest include development of: strategies for growth and profitability, competitive assessments, value-chain assessments, product and market positioning, and acquisition valuations. Prior to his role as a management consultant, Mr. Rabenhorst held various management positions in marketing, finance, and sales for Chemical Waste Management and BF Goodrich. He holds an M.B.A. from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, as well as an M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Maryland.
Richard Redoglia For the past 3 years I have been the CEO of Matrix Global Holdings. The developer of the first traded derivative on crude oil storage capacity. - more info on website on Matrix An expert in understanding the relationship between derivative risk products and their application to the physical market, Mr. Redoglia brings more than +35 years of financial product and new technologies development to Matrix Global. Beginning his energy career in 1980 as an analyst in the Refining and Marketing Group at Tosco Corporation, Mr. Redoglia progressed to an energy specialist with the London-based broker-dealer Agra, Gill & Duffus. In 1985, he started his 17-year tenure as a senior vice president with Merrill Lynch, the industry leader as measured by cleared contracts on NYMEX futures and options. Merrill Lynch operations sold to ABN AMRO in July 2000 and Mr. Redoglia worked as co-managing director in charge of reorganizing London operations. This career track placed him at the inception of every major energy contract developed, going back to NYMEX WTI, IPE Brent and the abandoned LLS CBOT contract. This experience enabled him to participate in how the industry dealt with these new risk products and discuss their utilization as a means to manage risk. For the past 11 years, Mr. Redoglia has served as a director with Global Energy Horizons to assist energy and natural resource companies with commercializing new technologies. Mr. Redoglia holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
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 or go to our website at if you would like to know more about our products and/or services.
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.
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.
Donovan Schafer Donovan Schafer is the founder of Deep Drilling Insights (DDI), ( which helps investors identify the best investments in oil and natural gas production areas. Prior to establishing DDI in mid-2014, Donovan worked as a reservoir engineer for a natural gas exploration and production company. He earned a bachelor of science degree from the University of South California and attended law school at the University of California/Berkeley.
Chris Shearon After 20 plus years in the energy space Chris founded his business with a focus on domestic crude oil logistics and the Mexico refined products supply chain. Prior to founding SHEARON ENERGY LLC, he held positions at Chevron, Shell, Motiva, and a trading firm. Deep dive fundamental analysis, market based decision making, and relentless pursuit of asymmetric risk/reward opportunities combined with an unbreakable entrepreneurial spirit are the driving force behind his ability to create value for stakeholders. Beyond his passion for hydrocarbons Chris enjoys spending time with his family, golf, snow skiing, summertime in Colorado, Texas A&M football, and philanthropy.
Lisa Shidler Lisa Shidler has been a content creator for over twenty years and has analyzed the financial services industry for the past 17 years. She first began writing about energy for consumers in the early 2000s. She is based in the Midwest, where she reads, writes, edits content, and produces a podcast about books.
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.
Jen Snyder Jen Snyder has more than 20 years of experience leading teams analyzing North American and global gas markets in a broad energy context. She’s graduate of MIT with a bachelors in Economics, and prior to working with RBN, she previously served as a Managing Director at Enverus and as a Senior Vice President of North American Energy, at Wood Mackenzie.
David St Amand Dave St. Amand is the President and founder of Navigistics Consulting a management consultancy dedicated to the maritime industry. He produces the Wilson Gillette Report covering the Jones Act product tanker and large ATB market. Dave holds an MBA from The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and a BS - NA/ME, Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering from Webb Institute
Bob Tippee Bob Tippee is an energy writer and oil and gas industry analyst who has won many awards for his commentary, articles, and speeches. He was a member of the Oil & Gas Journal editorial staff for 42 years and the magazine’s editor-in-chief for 20 years. During his career with OGJ, Tippee wrote every weekly editorial beginning in 1981 and a weekly column, The Editor’s Perspective, starting in 1996. A Journalism graduate of the University of Tulsa, he served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force. He is an alumnus and occasional lecturer of the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies, a Department of Defense Regional Center.
Sheela Tobben Sheela Tobben contributes to RBN’s daily blog. She has been a reporter of the U.S. oil markets since 2000. She started at S&P Platts where she did news reporting and assessed prices for various North American crude oils, including key benchmarks, and the Northeast gasoline and diesel markets. She also spent three years at OPIS where she did similar news and price reporting for the natural gas liquids markets in America. In her most recent role, she spent nearly a decade breaking news and writing analysis on regional oil fundamentals, weather-related disruptions in the market and infrastructure developments across the U.S. and Canada. She has a bachelor’s degree in science from the National University of Singapore.
Edna Tovar 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).
Sean Trotter Sean Trotter, P.E. serves as the Vice President of EPC – Engineering/Major Projects for Saulsbury. He is responsible for overall project performance and execution, project estimating and proposal development, and budgeting and staffing for the engineering and project management operations for Saulsbury’s EPC projects. Sean joined Saulsbury as a process engineer in 2010 after graduating summa cum laude from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering. Sean previously held several roles within the process engineering group including Process Engineering Manager and Director of Process Engineering before assuming his current position in January 2018. Sean has been involved in over 35 of Saulsbury’s major EPC projects in the midstream gas processing, compression, and CO2 industries in varying capacities since joining the company. Sean is a licensed professional engineer in six states and was awarded the Young Engineer of the Year for the Permian Basin Chapter of TSPE in 2017. Outside of the workplace, Sean’s additional leadership roles include serving on the Board of Directors for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), the Odessa College Business Leadership Advisory Board, the UTPB Engineering Advisory Board, and an advisory board and founding member of The Bridge Methodist Church in Odessa. Sean is also a member of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE).