Josh Adler, Founding CEO
Sourcewater, Inc.
Next-Gen Water Intelligence: How Data Science, AI, and Spy Satellites are
Transforming Oilfield Water Management, Creating New Threats and Opportunities for Operators, Investors and OF

Josh Adler is the Founding CEO of Sourcewater, Inc., the leading oilfield water intelligence company. Sourcewater gathers data from the water marketplace, proprietary satellite imagery analytics, government databases, outbound market research, and IoT sensors in the field to create the industry’s only current, holistic view of oilfield water sourcing, logistics and disposal markets, showing where every drop of oilfield water comes from and goes to in the Permian Basin and other key regions. Sourcewater was founded as a spinout from MIT’s Energy Ventures program in 2014. Today over 1,000 companies and over 1 billion barrels of water, recycling and disposal capacity are active on Sourcewater recently acquired the assets of Digital H2O from Genscape, bringing even more oilfield water data analytics and visualization to its platform.

Josh has founded energy, real estate, medical technology, and Internet companies, and served as an economic policy official for President George W. Bush. He is a graduate of Yale University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Josh lives in Houston, Texas.


Michael Anderson, Chief Executive Officer
Layne Water Midstream

Mr. Anderson is Chief Executive Officer of Layne Water Midstream (LWM), a company he founded in 2016. LWM is a leading water midstream company with significant source water, produced water, pipeline transportation and disposal infrastructure in the Permian Basin. LWM was purchased in 2019 by Post Oak Energy Capital and Genesis Park who provided a $200 million equity commitment to continue to fund LWM’s growth.

Mr. Anderson has been in the water and energy business over the past 20 years, serving in a variety of executive management roles including Chief Financial Officer of Layne Christensen, a 135-year old water infrastructure and services company, Chief Financial Officer of Southcross Energy Partners, an MLP engaged in natural gas gathering and processing, Chief Financial Officer of Exterran Holdings and Exterran Partners, a global market leader in natural gas compression and services, and as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Executive Officer at Azurix Corp., a global owner and operator of water and wastewater assets.

Mr. Anderson began his career with JPMorgan Chase as an investment banker specializing in mergers and acquisitions after earning his undergraduate degree in business from Texas Tech University and his M.B.A. from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.


David BatemanCo-CEO & Board Member

David is responsible for the day-to-day operations of SitePro, including management of the sales team, company P&L, and corporate development strategy. He also plays a critical role in the development of key relationships and recruiting talented team members for the company. David has extensive experience with private equity and asset management in the areas of energy, technology and real-estate. Prior to co-founding SitePro, David began his career as a Sales Engineer for ITT Fluid Technology. He received his BS in Industrial Engineering and an MBA from Texas Tech University. He lives in Lubbock with his family and enjoys hunting, fishing and spending time outdoors.


Kelly Bennett, Co-Founder & President

As co-founder and president of B3, Kelly Bennett leads the strategic management of the company, delivering data-driven water analytics to the energy and environment sectors. Prior to B3, he started the global energy desk at Bentek Energy. He built data and analytical tools for international markets and helped foreign IOCs, NOCs, utilities and hedge funds integrate U.S. oil and gas market fundamentals into their strategy.

Mr. Bennett participates in the environmental, economic and policy forums for water, energy, innovation and economic development. He was a member of the Aspen Institute Dialogue Series on Water Data and sits on the advisory board for the Internet of Water at Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions.

Mr. Bennett holds a B.S. in diplomacy and world affairs from Occidental College.


Brian Bohm, Environmental Sustainability Advisor
Apache Corporation

Mr. Brian Bohm is a licensed professional geologist currently working for Apache Corporation as Environmental Sustainability Advisor for the North American Unconventional Resources team.  Previously Brian was the Water Resources Manager for Alpine High, and Senior Hydrogeologist for Apache’s San Antonio Office. In this role he was responsible for development of Apache’s Alpine High’s water management plan that achieved 84% produced water recycling in 2018 and reduced fresh water usage to approximately 5% for Alpine High upstream operations by identifying brackish water sources across the play.  Brian has spent the last 20 years consulting and working for E&P operators on industry regulations, sustainable water management, and environmental issues related to unconventional oil and gas development.  He has previous experience working in the major North American shale plays as well as experience internationally in unconventional oil and gas development. Brian has a Bachelor’s Degree in Geology and Sociology, a Master’s Degree in Geology and is enrolled at the University of Oklahoma’s Price College of Business Executive MBA in Energy.


Laura Capper, President & CEO
CAP Resources | EnergyMakers AG
A Five Year Outlook of Water Management in the Permian

Laura Capper is President of energy consulting firms CAP Resources and the EnergyMakers Advisory Group. Laura and her partners specialize in emerging market issues and opportunities in upstream E&P, fluid and solid waste management and logistics, water treatment technologies, oilfield and midstream technologies, environmental practices, seismic risk assessment, regulatory filing strategies, Disposal Well risk management, due diligence and M&A support, and new technology adoption. The firms collectively have provided strategic guidance to over 600 client companies in the oil and gas industry for twenty-plus years.


Gabe Collins, Baker Botts Fellow in Energy & Environmental Regulatory Affairs
Baker Institute for Public Policy’s Center for Energy Studies
How Produced Water's Economic Value is Evolving in the Permian Basin

Gabriel Collins is the Baker Botts Fellow in Energy & Environmental Regulatory Affairs at the Baker Institute for Public Policy’s Center for Energy Studies. His research portfolio is global and focuses heavily on the food-water-energy nexus, water valuation, and oilfield water issues. He is a Permian Basin native who received his B.A. from Princeton University and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. He is a member of the Texas Water Journal’s editorial board and is licensed to practice law in Texas.


Michael Dunkel, Vice President- Water for Upstream and Midstream
Differences in Infrastructure, Reuse and Disposal  across the U.S. Basins

Michael Dunkel is the Vice President, Water for Upstream and Midstream at Worley.  He works with upstream and midstream water companies to solve their water sourcing, re-use and disposal challenges. His current professional objective is to help transform the oil and gas industry’s water management practices in order to lower costs and reduce impacts for stakeholders.

Mr. Dunkel was previously a Vice President at Jacobs and the lead investigator for Jacobs’ study with the Oklahoma Water Resources Board related to water recycling. He is also a leader of the Groundwater Protection Council on their produced water re-use report that covers the US shale plays and has the involvement of over a dozen producing companies.

Before his position at Jacobs, Mr. Dunkel was Director of Sustainable Development for Pioneer Natural Resources. His team championed efforts to reduce fresh water use, increase water recycling and plan water management. Mr. Dunkel was co-chair of the Energy Water Initiative, a group of 18 energy companies raising water management standards.

Michael held positions in engineering management and project management for 18 years at Pioneer, including global projects.

Prior to Pioneer, Mr. Dunkel held a variety of engineering roles at Marathon Oil.


John R. Durand, President

John Durand is the President of XRI Holdings, LLC, a leading full-cycle water management and water midstream company with integrated water-related infrastructure assets strategically located throughout the Permian Basin.  Previously, Mr. Durand was a partner with WaterBridge Resources, LLC where he served as President & Chief Operating Officer.  Prior to joining WaterBridge, John served on the management team of Pioneer Water Management LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Pioneer Natural Resources.  In that role, Mr. Durand oversaw the commercial, logistics and supply sourcing functions for one of the largest midstream water operations in North America.  Overall, during his career in the water midstream sector, Mr. Durand has negotiated landmark public/private partnership agreements in the water space with three Texas municipalities (Odessa, Midland and Fort Stockton). 

Mr. Durand earned an M.B.A. in Corporate Finance from the University of Dallas and a B.S. degree in Petroleum Land Management from the University of Louisiana. Mr. Durand is a member of the Board of Directors of XRI Holdings and sits on the Board of Directors of the Produced Water Society, serving on its Technical Committee.  In addition, Mr. Durand serves on the Board of Directors of the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers and is Chair of its Water Committee.


Amy Dwyer, Business Development Manager
TETRA Technologies
Water Management Cost Savings Achieved Through Service Integration & Automation Technologies

Amy Dwyer of TETRA Technologies Inc is a Business Development Manager, based in The Woodlands, TX.  Amy has over 20 years of oil and gas land and deepwater experience in the U.S. and Nigeria.  Prior to joining TETRA, she has worked in strategic sales and commercial leadership roles for both Baker Hughes GE and Halliburton.  Amy has also worked in oil and gas engineering and procurement roles with Shell and Alta Mesa Resources.  Amy’s combined business and technical capabilities provide a unique perspective on Integrated Water Management Solutions in onshore unconventional resources. Amy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from Marietta College and an Executive Master’s degree in Business Administration from Texas A&M.


Michael Fontaine, Senior Director of Operational Systems and Reporting
Select Energy Services
End to End Automated Water Transfer Job with Zero Human Intervention: What will this mean for the industry?

Michael Fontaine began serving as Senior Director of Operational Systems and Reporting for Select Energy Services at the beginning of 2019 to advise and provide total end-to-end water management solutions to exploration and production companies. Prior to that he has worked in operations and business development.  Mr. Fontaine specializes in implementing new technologies to drive efficiency, safety, and process improvements.  He is an expert in multiple stages of the water management process for oil and gas with 8 years’ experience on the water side of the industry.  He has an undergraduate degree from LSU and a Master’s of Science of Energy Management from Oklahoma City University.


Vince HahnManaging Director
The Carlyle Group

Vince Hahn is a Managing Director focused on structured credit, structured equity, and other mezzanine level investment opportunities across the energy value chain, including oil & gas upstream, midstream, and downstream, as well as power generation, electric transmission, and mining. His geographic focus is primarily the Americas, and he is based in Boston.

Prior to joining Carlyle, Mr. Hahn was a Senior Vice President at SAIC (formerly R.W. Beck, Inc.), where he managed the Business Strategy and Transactions Division, focusing on due diligence, economic forecasting and owner advisory for project lenders, equity funds, hedge funds and sponsors, as well as utility consulting assignments.

Mr. Hahn received his MS from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and his BS from the Carnegie Mellon University.


Cory HallPresident & CEO
Aqua Terra Water Management, L.P.

Cory Hall has been president and CEO of Aqua Terra Water Management since 2006. From June 2013 to June 2014, he was executive vice president and general manager of Trinity Environmental SWD. Mr. Hall founded CJ Energy in 2004 and served as its chief executive officer/managing member until the sale to Trinity June 2013.

He developed and managed significant volumes of produced and flowback water flowing through 15 strategically located build-to-suit wells in the Permian Basin working with many different E&P companies. Mr. Hall started focusing on pipeline infrastructures in 2009 to help reduce the cost of building and operating internal pipeline facilities for Concho, Devon, Apache and SM Energy. He also focused on the safety and environmental aspects of the disposal business and was one of the first operators to use extensive automation and lined containment facilities throughout the Permian Basin.

From 2001 to 2005, he was a co-founder and partner of AmericaWest Energy Group.


Ty Hanna, Production and Stimulation Fluids Chemist
Apache Corporation
The Need for Standards for Lay Flat Hose Used for Water Transfers

Ty Hanna is a Production and Stimulation Fluids Chemist with Apache Oil and Gas. Over the past 7 years, he helped develop the Apache produced water recycle program from the ground up, resulting in one of the largest and most successful reuse programs in west Texas. He specializes in water treatment technologies and frac chemistry, with extensive experience in production chemistry as well, and has a patented water treatment process developed on high H2S produced water in northern Canada.

He received a B.S. in Chemistry at Rice University in 2012 and joined Apache a few months later.


Nick Hines, EVP Permian
Oilfield Water Logistics

Nick Hines is responsible for Oilfield Water Logistics’ (OWL) Permian assets.  In his current role he oversees all activities for OWL in the Midland and Delaware basins which includes large networks of pipelines for gathering produced water and subsequent injection into saltwater disposal wells. Prior to his role at OWL he was with Pioneer Natural Resources for 11 years with the last four years as Engineering and Construction Manager for Pioneer Water Management (PWM).  During this time managing Engineering and Construction for PWM he was responsible for the design and build out of a large water supply system that included produced water ponds and large diameter HDPE pipelines.  

14 years of combined industry experience in oil and gas upstream operations and water midstream operations has allowed him to bring an operators’ mindset to the water midstream business.  He is a graduate of Texas Tech University with a degree in Petroleum Engineering.


Aaron Horn, Senior VP
Fountain Quail Water Management - Subsidiary of XRI

Mr. Horn oversees Fountain Quail Water Management, a wholly owned subsidiary of XRI. Mr. Horn joined XRI in 2019 as part of XRI’s acquisition of Fountain Quail Water Management. Prior to joining XRI, Mr. Horn served as Vice President of Market Development at Gradiant Energy Services where he held a number of other roles of increasing responsibility including Director of Operations. Prior to Gradiant, Mr. Horn was President and COO of Hydrozonix LLC where he helped grow the business from its inception. Mr. Horn has more than 12 years of upstream and midstream experience in the oil and gas industry and has worked in a variety of technical, operations, project management, development and planning positions, beginning his career as an Operations Engineer in the Arkoma Basin with Newfield Exploration.

Mr. Horn holds a Master of Arts degree in Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management from Southern Methodist University and a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point. Prior to beginning his career in the oil and gas industry, Mr. Horn served in the United States Army for six years and is a combat veteran, earning the Bronze Star Medal for his service in Iraq.


Mark Houser, CEO
University Land

Mark Houser began serving as the chief executive officer of University Lands in 2015. A part of the University of Texas System, University Lands manages the surface and mineral rights to 2.1 million acres in the resource-rich Permian Basin of West Texas. Revenue from the development of these lands provides funding for more than 20 education and health institutions across the University of Texas System and the Texas A&M University System.

Mr. Houser started his career at Occidental Petroleum, spending his final years there as vice president of United States operations. Before working at University Lands, he was the executive vice president and chief operating officer of EnerVest, Ltd., an acquisition-focused upstream oil and gas company.

Mr. Houser earned his Bachelor of Science degree in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M University and his Master of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University.


Karr Ingham, Economist; Petroleum Economist; President
Texas Alliance of Energy Producers; InghamEcon, LLC

The Evolution and Current Status of Produced Water Policy and Regulation

Karr Ingham is an Amarillo, Texas economist, and is the owner and President of InghamEcon, LLC, an economic analysis and research firm specializing in statewide, regional, and metro area economics, and oil & gas/energy economics.  Since 2003 he has served as the Consulting Petroleum Economist for the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers, and was recently named Executive Vice-President of the Alliance. 

Mr. Ingham is a native of the Texas Panhandle, and is a magna cum laude BBA Economics graduate of West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas (and taught there for a short time as well). 

Ingham conducts ongoing economic analysis and forecasting in a number of regions and metro areas in Texas and elsewhere for banks, media corporations, chambers of commerce, economic development organizations, and other clients.  He also conducts ongoing oil & gas market analysis regionally in Texas and in other states, as well as oil & gas industry analysis at the statewide and national levels.

Ingham is a member of the National Association for Business Economics, and serves on various forecasting and survey panels for that organization. He is a member of the US Association for Energy Economics, holding his affiliation with the Houston chapter, and serves on the Supply and Demand Committee of the Independent Petroleum Association of America. He is a member of the Texas Comptroller’s Economic Roundtable, a group of statewide and national economists convened to offer economic insight to the Comptroller in terms of the general condition of the Texas economy and the ongoing revenue outlook.  He is the creator of the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers Texas Petro Index, a tool for tracking growth rates and industry cycles in the Texas oil and gas exploration & production sector, as well as the Alliance Texas Permian Basin Petroleum Index.   

Mr. Ingham lives in Amarillo with his wife Elizabeth, and is blessed with two daughters and one granddaughter. He is a past-president of the Amarillo Habitat for Humanity Board and continues to serve as a board member.


Roger Johnson, Chief Commercial Officer
Oilfield Water Logistics, LLC
Founding Partner of OWL

Mr. Johnson is Chief Commercial Officer at Oilfield Water Logistics, LLC and a founding Partner of OWL Investments. Previously, Mr. Johnson was a co-founder and the first investor in Oilfield Water Lines and was active in the company's formation and financial structuring. Mr. Johnson has an extensive network of relationships in the industry and actively sourced deals for OWL. He has several decades of experience in investing in minerals, overrides and working interests in various oil and gas assets. Mr. Johnson earned his BS in Finance from Louisiana State University and his MBA from Tulane University.


Rob Kordas, Managing Director – Head of Oilfield Service & Equipment in the U.S. Energy Group
RBC Capital Markets

Rob Kordas is a Managing Director – Head of Oilfield Service & Equipment in the U.S. Energy Group of RBC Capital Markets. Mr. Kordas and his team lead the coverage of the water management and the water midstream sector and have worked on a number of mandates on the water services, treatment as well as infrastructure side. Mr. Kordas has over 13 years of investment banking experience of which 11 years have been with RBC Capital Markets helping energy clients raise billions in both debt and equity capital. Prior to RBC, Mr. Kordas was a member of the Corporate Advisory & Restructuring team at Huron Consulting Group where he was focused on the energy and airlines industries. He started his career in the Assurance and Transaction Advisory Groups with KPMG, LLP. Mr. Kordas holds an Accounting Degree from DePaul University in Chicago and is a registered Certified Public Accountant.


Brian KuhSr. Foreman, Water Management
WPX Energy

Brian manages all aspects of water management for WPX Energy, a $9 billion energy producer, in the booming Permian Basin, including water recycling projects, logistics and infrastructure construction.

Brian joined the company in late 2017 and has developed a plan to increase WPX’s local water recycling from 5% of total volume to over 50% reuse for future well completions.

He began his career in water management at Devon Energy where he played an integral role in their startup of recycling produced water.  He coordinated the construction of the first treated-water impoundments that were approved in NM following the approval of Rule 34.

Before taking on his role with WPX, Kuh worked as a water management consultant with clients including Matador Resources and other private equity startups.

He is the Vice President of the Permian Basin Water Management Council and has a personal interest in nature, wildlife, conservation, land management and ranching.


Michael LaMotte, Senior Managing Director of Energy Investment Banking Group
Guggenheim Securities, LLC

Michael LaMotte is a Senior Managing Director in the Energy Investment Banking group of Guggenheim Securities, LLC. He joined the firm in February, 2010 as a founding partner of the Equities business, where he was Head of Energy Research and a member of the Research Oversight Committee until his move to banking in February of 2019. Michael has over 25 years of institutional equities experience, and has been responsible for all sub-sectors of the oil and gas industry over the course of his career. He is most known for his work in the Oil Services & Equipment sector, where he wasrecognized repeatedly as a top analyst by Institutional Investor magazine and the Greenwich Survey. Prior to joining Guggenheim, Mr. LaMotte served as Head of Americas Energy Research, and Senior Oil Services & Equipment / Integrated Oils & Refining Analyst at JPMorgan Securities, Inc. He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University.


Justin Love, CEO
Blackbuck Resources

Justin Love is the CEO for Blackbuck Resources LLC, a midstream water solutions firm. Formerly, he was CEO of Xedia Process Solutions, a water-treatment technologies firm, and president and founder of Love Energy Advisors (LEA), a global advisory and origination energy and water group. As president of LEA, Mr. Love provided consulting and marketing implementation services for dozens of technology companies in the energy-water space, as well as assisting them with sales, fundraising and market implementation.

Mr. Love is a seasoned executive with more than 11 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. His career began at Schlumberger and later Pentair as market-development manager where he evaluated nearly 100 M&A targets.

Mr. Love graduated from Virginia Tech in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in industrial and systems engineering.


Henry May, Vice President
Post Oak Energy Capital

Prior to joining Post Oak, Mr. May was an Executive Director at Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. (“TPH”), an integrated investment and merchant bank focused on the energy industry. While at TPH, Mr. May advised oil and gas companies and their stakeholders on acquisitions, divestitures, mergers, public and private capital raises and other strategic initiatives. Mr. May’s advisory engagements were focused on E&P companies with assets in the major North American conventional and unconventional plays with additional exposure to international E&P, midstream and oilfield services. Prior to joining TPH in 2011, Mr. May worked in a similar capacity at Barclays Capital and its advisory group’s predecessor, Lehman Brothers.

Prior to attending graduate school and joining Barclays Capital, Mr. May worked as a Solutions Engineer at Grant Prideco which was acquired by National Oilwell Varco in 2007. As a Solutions Engineer, Mr. May focused on the development and application of downhole tools for the global oil and gas marketplace. Mr. May was an integral part of the development of oilfield drill bits tailored for directional drilling applications and has co-authored papers for the Society of Petroleum Engineers and American Association of Drilling Engineers on the subject.

Mr. May received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas at Austin where he was a Sord Scholar and Deans Award recipient.


Rick McCurdy, Former Sr. Engineering Officer
Chesapeake Energy Corporation

Rick currently serves as a subject matter expert in the fields of chemistry, corrosion, produced water treatment and use, and the use of alternative water sources for hydraulic fracturing. He is a former principal of Chesapeake’s initiative championing the beneficial use of produced water – AquaRenew® and Chesapeake’s Industry-leading GreenFrac® program that focuses on environmentally friendly hydraulic fracturing additives.  Rick is an active member of SPE, NACE International and Mensa International. He served as a technical expert during the US EPA workshops on hydraulic fracturing and has presented to the National Academy of Sciences, the Government Accountability Office and the Department of Energy regarding water use in the Energy Sector.  Rick has an AAS degree in Petroleum Technology.


Bob Morrison, Vice President
Hammerhead Industrial Hose
The Need for Standards for Lay Flat Hose Used for Water Transfers

Bob Morrison is a VP with Hammerhead Industrial Hose. He has also been an executive of technology solutions and services at companies like BF Goodrich, HP, Mentor Graphics and NanoPrint Technologies.

Mr. Morrison has a background in chemical engineering and has leveraged that technical knowledge along with years of engineering, product-development and business-development experience into developing and implementing solutions in several markets from software to industrial equipment. He has a passion and ability to understand complex technical and business needs, and then identify and develop creative solutions.

Mr. Morrison is also serving on the initiative to develop standards for lay-flat hose.


Neil C. NowakProject Director
SCS Engineers
Produced / Frac Flowback Water Storage and Evaporation Ponds

Neil C. Nowak has more than 31 years of experience in the consulting engineering industry, including civil, solid waste, produced-water impoundments, stormwater engineering and construction projects. He has expertise in project management, building client relationships, managing budgets and schedules, building and guiding successful teams, and effectively utilizing project resources.

His experience includes several front-range and mountainous landfills and produced-water facilities in Colorado, Texas, Wyoming, Utah and other states.

Mr. Nowak has a B.S. in civil/forest engineering from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry in conjunction with Syracuse University. He is a professional engineer in 10 states—Colorado, Texas, Utah, Wyoming, New Mexico, Nevada, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Oklahoma.


Douglas A. Park, Senior VP, Corporate Development

Graduated in 1980 from Texas A&M with a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering. Worked for Enserch Exploration, Inc. from 1980-1997 as a Petroleum Engineer in Texas and Louisiana (onshore and offshore), as a Senior Petroleum Engineer Offshore Gulf of Mexico and as Manager of Reservoir and Production Engineering Offshore and International overseeing the GOM (operated deepwater projects) and various locations throughout the world. Worked for Maxus-YPF-Repsol-CNOOC from 1997-2004 in Jakarta, Indonesia as the Manager of Technology and Exploitation Services. Joined Cimarex Energy Co. in 2004 as the Engineering Manager - Drilling Department, was named the Manager Drilling/Completion Operations in March of 2005 and Manager D&C Technology in May of 2012.

Focused the past 6 years on oilfield fluids management optimization from an E&P perspective, including: 1. Drilling operations fluids: fresh water, brine, OBM, WBM, zero discharge systems with drying pad rather than an earthen pit, cuttings disposal, mud reuse incorporating mud farms, 2. Completions operations fresh water: purchase, transfer, impoundment, and evaporation mitigation, 3. Completion operations recycled water: fresh water output (MVR distillation), clean brine output (flocculation/clarifier), dirty brine output (ClO2/ filtering - Reuse), storage, transfer, scale treatment, bacteria treatment, real time water quality monitoring, 4. Regulatory work on water recycling (Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma): bills passed, new regulations developed, incentive programs for recycling (passed and proposed), 5. Environmental baseline sampling, 6. Produced water recycling and disposal projects.

Retired from Cimarex in 2016 and started working with University lands to evaluate future water needs and water management practices on UL acreage. 

A member of the SPE, AADE, IPAA and a Registered Professional Engineer in the state of Texas. Current president of the Permian Basin Water Management Council (~160 members)


Mark PattonPresident
Produced Water Recycling in the Permian Basin - A Low Cost Alternative

Mark Patton is President of Hydrozonix. Mark has over 25 years’ experience in the development, design, implementation and operation of treatment technologies. Mark’s oil and gas experience includes treatment systems for waters, wastewaters, drilling muds, tank bottoms and process residuals. Mark holds three produced water patents with one additional patent pending.

Mark earned his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Southern California in 1985.


Paola Perez PenaPrincipal Research Analyst
IHS Markit
North America Water Management Market Overview and Key Development Trends

Paola Perez Pena is a Principal Research Analyst in the Upstream Cost & Technology group focusing on North American upstream operations with focus on water management analytics, and insights.  

Prior to joining IHS Markit, Paola was a management consultant with Arthur D. Little in the Americas consulting unit, focusing on

asset evaluation (technical and economic analysis), water management strategies for unconventional operations and exploration strategy for E&P companies and governments in Mexico, Argentina, Colombia and the United States. Prior to Arthur D. Little, Ms. Perez Pena worked in the research and development team for Landmark, Halliburton. Ms. Perez Pena has also published and presented several SPE papers. 

Paola holds a M.S. in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Universidad de los Andes - Colombia.


Gerardo Rivera, Chief Operating Officer
H2O Midstream

Gerardo has 34 years of domestic and international experience in the energy sector, including 23 years with ConocoPhillips where he began his career.  At ConocoPhillilps, Gerardo had management assignments in the Upstream and Midstream sectors with exposure to multiple commodities – natural gas, NGLs, LNG, crude oil and heavy oil. His leadership positions focused on operations, engineering, project execution and business and commercial development.  

Prior to joining H2O Midstream, Gerardo served in officer and management roles at Southcross Energy and Vermillion Energy.  At Southcross, he was Vice President of NGL Marketing with P&L, operational, and business development responsibilities for the NGL business unit.  At Vermillion Energy, a Canadian-based International E&P company, Gerardo served in various leadership roles over corporate and strategic planning; global marketing for crude, natural gas and NGLs; and mergers and acquisitions.

Gerardo holds a Chemical Engineering degree from Texas A&M University. 


Fady Rizk, Solutions Development Manager
Exterran Energy Solutions
De-oiling During Secondary Produced Water Treatment Phase

Fady Rizk is currently a Solutions Development Manager with over 15 years of Engineering and Project Management experience. He has spent the last 8 years at Exterran managing multi-million dollar projects and developing products for the produced water markets in Europe, Latin America, North America, and the Middle East. He has been involved in HAZOP’s and design reviews for many global projects. Currently, Fady is focusing his efforts on developing solutions for the US shale play market. His knowledge and experience in produced water treatment allows him to work with producers to understand their water needs. He is passionate about working with clients to explore new ways to solve water problems.


John SullivanPermian Basin Regional Manager
SCS Engineers
Navigating Regulatory Hurdles for Induced Seismicity

John Sullivan is the Permian Basin regional manager for SCS Engineers and a professional geologist from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. He started his career as a geologist at the High Plains Underground Water Conservation District in Lubbock, working closely with the conservation and mapping of the Ogallala Aquifer.

For 25 years, he has worked in all manner of environmental consulting, including groundwater remediation, modeling and permitting of water systems. He was the national saltwater disposal asset manager for a leading energy service company, which entailed the management of SWDs in New Mexico, Oklahoma, Louisiana, North Dakota, and West, East and South Texas. He has permitted public water systems, pipelines, bulk fuel storage facilities, saltwater disposals and chemical manufacturing plants.


Tommy Thompson, VP Engineering
Goodnight Midstream

Tommy currently serves as the VP of Engineering at Goodnight Midstream where he overseas all engineering and capital projects for Goodnight's infrastructure.  Prior to joining Goodnight Midstream, Tommy worked as Senior Facility Engineer for Oasis Petroleum where he constructed over 330 miles of production and freshwater pipelines, started 11 SWDs, and constructed and began Oasis' first DOT-regulated gas gathering line.  Prior to Oasis, Tommy worked for ConocoPhillips and ExxonMobil Development Company. Tommy has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Mississippi State University with minors in Business, Economics, Entrepreneurship, and Math.


Jared WeingartnerEngineer
Blue Mountain Midstream
Midstreaming the Merge: Developing Greenfield Gathering Systems for Multi-Formation Production

Jared Weingartner is an engineer at Blue Mountain Midstream, a full-service midstream company focused in the Merge, SCOOP and STACK plays. He is responsible for the design and execution of a more than 100-mile gathering system with 70,000-plus bbl/d of disposal capacity.

Prior to joining Blue Mountain, Mr. Weingartner worked as the supervisor–facilities/construction engineering at Devon Energy, where he was responsible for the design and construction of all operated surface facilities in the Delaware Basin, including gas and water gathering lines, central tank batteries and SWDs. He also worked for Chesapeake Energy and Access Midstream, where he built gathering systems and facilities across the country.

Mr. Weingartner has a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Oklahoma.


Mark Wolf, Director of Onshore Facilities for Well Stream Processing Business Group
National Oilwell Varco

Detecting and Recovering Oil from Flowback and Produced Water

Mark Wolf is the Director of Onshore Facilities for National Oilwell Varco’s Well Stream Processing business group. He has a BS degree in Petroleum Engineering from Texas Tech University and has worked in the Oil & Gas Production Industry for 33 years. Mr. Wolf has spent most of his career working on process facilities, with a focus on produced water treatment and solids handling, and he is the inventor of NOV’s WaterWolf and Horizontal Gun Barrel technologies. He is a former board member for the Produced Water Society and currently serves the Society of Petroleum Engineers on the Projects, Facilities, and Construction Technical Steering Committee and the Distinguished Lecturer Committee.


Ben Yee, President
Integrated Pipeline Automation for Water Management

As the president of Bentek Systems for more than 36 years, Ben Yee has been on the front lines of countless wireless SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) communications, electronic-flow measurement, automation and SCADA projects in the oil and gas industry. He is an expert in wireless technologies, including licensed and unlicensed radio, cellular and satellite communications.

His current focus is on growing the company’s SCADALink systems, PumpMate pump automation systems and its SatSCADA satellite-based remote-monitoring platform.

Mr. Yee is an electrical engineering graduate at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada in 1983. After working in the oil-sands industry and for an artificial vision research and development company as an electrical engineer, he established Bentek Systems in 1987.