24 January - 25 January 2022
In-person: Houston, Texas, US & Online Access

Argus Americas Crude Summit

Special guest speaker:

Mike Pompeo
Former Secretary of State (2018-2021), Former Director of the CIA (2017-2018)
Mike Pompeo is the first American to have served as both Secretary of State and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). During his time in office, the world witnessed the emergence of the US as a massive energy exporter, and a realignment of US foreign policy to put America first. He also oversaw a shift in Washington’s relations with China, including the implem...
Mike Pompeo is the first American to have served as both Secretary of State and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). During his time in office, the world witnessed the emergence of the US as a massive energy exporter, and a realignment of US foreign policy to put America first. He also oversaw a shift in Washington’s relations with China, including the implementation of a wide-ranging trade deal. As Director of the CIA, Mike delivered intelligence to inform the decision making of America's senior leaders. Four times, Kansas elected Mike to represent their 4th Congressional District as a member of the US House of Representatives. In Congress, he served on the Energy and Commerce Committee, the House Intelligence Committee, and the Special Committee that investigated the death of four Americans during the attack on two US government facilities in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012. As a teenager, Mike enrolled at the West Point Military Academy. He graduated first in his class in 1986 and then served as a cavalry officer patrolling the Iron Curtain. He also served with the 2nd Squadron, 7th Cavalry in the Fourth Infantry Division. After leaving active duty, Mike graduated from Harvard Law School, where he edited the Harvard Law Review. Mike later returned to his mother's family roots in Kansas and founded Thayer Aerospace, which manufactures components for commercial and military aircraft, serving as Chief Executive for over half a decade. He then became President of Sentry International, an oil field equipment and service company.

Industry keynote speakers:

Vicki Hollub
President and Chief Executive Officer, Occidental
Vicki Hollub is President and Chief Executive Officer of Occidental. She has been a member of Occidental’s Board of Directors since 2015. During her 35-year career with Occidental, Ms. Hollub has held a variety of management and technical positions with responsibilities on three continents, including roles in the United States, Russia, Venezuela and Ecuador. Most recent...
Vicki Hollub is President and Chief Executive Officer of Occidental. She has been a member of Occidental’s Board of Directors since 2015. During her 35-year career with Occidental, Ms. Hollub has held a variety of management and technical positions with responsibilities on three continents, including roles in the United States, Russia, Venezuela and Ecuador. Most recently, she served as Occidental’s President and Chief Operating Officer, overseeing the company’s oil and gas, chemical and midstream operations. Ms. Hollub previously was Senior Executive Vice President, Occidental, and President, Oxy Oil and Gas, where she was responsible for operations in the U.S., the Middle East region and Latin America. Prior to that, she held a variety of leadership positions, including Executive Vice President, Occidental, and President, Oxy Oil and Gas, Americas; Vice President, Occidental, and Executive Vice President, U.S. Operations, Oxy Oil and Gas; Executive Vice President, California Operations; and President and General Manager of the company’s Permian Basin operations. Ms. Hollub started her career at Cities Service, which was acquired by Occidental. Ms. Hollub serves on the boards of the American Petroleum Institute and Lockheed Martin. She is the chair of the U.S. Secretary of Energy Advisory Board and the U.S. chair for the U.S.-Colombia Business Council. Ms. Hollub is also a member of the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative and the World Economic Forum, where she serves on the stewardship board for the Platform for Shaping the Future of Energy and Materials. A graduate of the University of Alabama, Ms. Hollub holds a Bachelor of Science in Mineral Engineering. She was inducted into the University of Alabama College of Engineering 2016 class of Distinguished Engineering Fellows.
Ryan Lance
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, ConocoPhillips
Ryan M. Lance has served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ConocoPhillips, the world’s largest independent exploration and production company, since 2012. Ryan is a petroleum engineer with 36 years of oil and natural gas industry experience in senior management and technical positions with ConocoPhillips, predecessor Phillips Petroleum and various divisions of ...
Ryan M. Lance has served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ConocoPhillips, the world’s largest independent exploration and production company, since 2012. Ryan is a petroleum engineer with 36 years of oil and natural gas industry experience in senior management and technical positions with ConocoPhillips, predecessor Phillips Petroleum and various divisions of ARCO. His past ConocoPhillips executive assignment included responsibility for international exploration and production, regional responsibility at various times for Asia, Africa, the Middle East and North America, and responsibility for technology, major projects, downstream strategy and specialty functions. Externally, Ryan is a board member of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and trustee of both the George H.W. Bush Library Foundation and PGA Reach. He is also an advocate for charities benefiting youth through his service on the board of Spindletop International and the Montana Tech Foundation, and on the advisory council of the University of Texas Energy Institute. He is a former chairman of the American Petroleum Institute currently serving on its Executive Committee, and currently chairs the National Petroleum Council’s Agenda Committee. Ryan is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in petroleum engineering from Montana Tech in Butte in 1984.

Expert speakers include:

Jason Delorenzo
Managing Partner, EnCap
Before joining EnCap in 1999, Jason spent four years at ING Barings in New York working in corporate finance and specialising in the energy industry. He was an also an associate in the Energy Group at Wells Fargo Bank based in Houston from 1993 to 1995. Jason received a Bachelor of business administration from The University of Texas in Austin. He serves on the board of di...
Before joining EnCap in 1999, Jason spent four years at ING Barings in New York working in corporate finance and specialising in the energy industry. He was an also an associate in the Energy Group at Wells Fargo Bank based in Houston from 1993 to 1995. Jason received a Bachelor of business administration from The University of Texas in Austin. He serves on the board of directors of several EnCap portfolio companies and is a member of the Independent Petroleum Association of America and the Houston Producers’ Forum.
Steve Ledbetter
Chief Executive Officer and President, Shell Midstream Partners
Steve is a 22-year Royal Dutch Shell executive with deep financial, commercial and operational leadership experience. He is also the Chairman of the API Midstream committee, representing Shell in the industry association. Prior to his current role, he served as Vice-President, Commercial, for Shell Midstream, where he was responsible for business development, joint venture...
Steve is a 22-year Royal Dutch Shell executive with deep financial, commercial and operational leadership experience. He is also the Chairman of the API Midstream committee, representing Shell in the industry association. Prior to his current role, he served as Vice-President, Commercial, for Shell Midstream, where he was responsible for business development, joint ventures, oil movements and portfolio activity. Previously, he served as the President of Jiffy Lube International, a wholly owned subsidiary of Shell, and before this as Director of Key Accounts for Shell’s consumer lubricants business in North America from 2010 to 2013. From 2009 to 2010, he worked as Deal Manager, setting strategy and negotiating large platform deals for the route to market for the Lubricants business in North America. In 2007, he was North American Consumer Finance Manager for the lubricants business. In 2004, he became a member of the leadership team for Shell’s Puget Sound Refinery in Anacortes, Washington. From 1999 to 2004, he held various roles in Shell Pipeline, including working in a financial support role for the business, serving as treasurer of several joint ventures and business planning and accounting. Prior to joining Shell, he was a facility cost analyst with United States Gypsum Company based in Texas. Steve holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Texas A&M University.
Micheal Dunn
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Williams
Micheal started his current role in February 2017. He has direct oversight of the operational aspects of the business, focusing on achieving regulatory compliance and optimising operations to enhance Williams’ competitive advantage and advance the execution of Williams’ long-term strategy. Prior to his current role, Micheal served as President of Questar Pipeline and Execu...
Micheal started his current role in February 2017. He has direct oversight of the operational aspects of the business, focusing on achieving regulatory compliance and optimising operations to enhance Williams’ competitive advantage and advance the execution of Williams’ long-term strategy. Prior to his current role, Micheal served as President of Questar Pipeline and Executive Vice President of Questar Corporation. From 2010 to 2015, he served as president and Chief Executive of PacifiCorp Energy, a multi-state regulated electric power generating company and a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Energy. In 2007-10, Micheal was president of Kern River Gas Transmission Company, also a Berkshire Hathaway Energy subsidiary. In this role, he provided overall leadership for this major interstate natural gas pipeline company. Micheal began his career with Williams and spent 14 years with the company in its gas pipeline business, first as an Operations Engineer in Hutchinson, Kansas, then as a Construction Engineer and Chief Inspector in Utah during the construction of the Kern River Gas Transmission System. He was a field operations supervisor in Wyoming for two years and spent another three years as Manager of Project Management. Dunn graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1988 with a Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. He is a registered professional engineer in the state of Oklahoma.
Helima Croft
Managing Director, Global Head of Commodity Strategy, RBC Capital Markets
Helima is a Managing Director and the Global Head of Commodity Strategy at RBC Capital Markets. She specializes in geopolitics and energy, leading a team of commodity strategists that cover energy, metals and cross‐commodity investor activity. Helima is a member of the National Petroleum Council, a select group of individuals who advise, inform and make recommendations to ...
Helima is a Managing Director and the Global Head of Commodity Strategy at RBC Capital Markets. She specializes in geopolitics and energy, leading a team of commodity strategists that cover energy, metals and cross‐commodity investor activity. Helima is a member of the National Petroleum Council, a select group of individuals who advise, inform and make recommendations to the Secretary of Energy with respect to any matter relating to oil and natural gas. She also is a CNBC contributor, a member of the channel’s exclusive family of experts, is on the Board of Directors for the Atlantic Council, and is a Life Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Helima joined RBC Capital Markets from Barclays, where she was a Managing Director and Head of North American Commodities Research. Prior to that, she worked in Lehman’s Business Intelligence group, the Council on Foreign Relations and the Central Intelligence Agency, where she focused on geopolitics and commodities. Helima has received many industry accolades throughout her career and received her PhD in economic history from Princeton in 2001.
Bevin Wirzba
Executive Vice President of Strategy and Corporate Development, and President of Liquids Pipelines, TC Energy
In his current role, Bevin is responsible for TC Energy’s Liquids transportation business. Prior to this appointment, Bevin was Senior Vice-President of Liquids Pipelines, accountable for the profitability and commercial management of TC Energy’s liquids pipelines. Before joining TC Energy in 2019, Bevin was a senior executive leading the commercial functions of an interme...
In his current role, Bevin is responsible for TC Energy’s Liquids transportation business. Prior to this appointment, Bevin was Senior Vice-President of Liquids Pipelines, accountable for the profitability and commercial management of TC Energy’s liquids pipelines. Before joining TC Energy in 2019, Bevin was a senior executive leading the commercial functions of an intermediate upstream producer. He previously held the role of Managing Director in energy advisory for a global investment bank and began his career with a major integrated energy corporation with multi-disciplinary roles across North America and internationally. Bevin holds a BSc in civil engineering from the University of Alberta, a Master’s in business administration from the Edinburgh Business School and is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta.
David Fyfe
Chief Economist, Argus
David has more than 30 years’ experience of working in energy markets. Prior to joining Argus, David was most recently chief economist at commodity trading company Gunvor. Before this, he managed the oil industry and markets division of the International Energy Agency and edited its influential monthly Oil Market Report. David has a master’s degree in energy policy and ec...
David has more than 30 years’ experience of working in energy markets. Prior to joining Argus, David was most recently chief economist at commodity trading company Gunvor. Before this, he managed the oil industry and markets division of the International Energy Agency and edited its influential monthly Oil Market Report. David has a master’s degree in energy policy and economics from Imperial College London.
Vanessa Viola
Senior Vice-President, Argus, Latin America
Vanessa Viola is the Senior Vice-President of Latin America at Argus. She rejoined Argus in 2011 as our Brazil Country Manager and is now working to expand the company’s business across Latin America. Vanessa initially joined Argus in 2001, working as Deputy Editor of the Argus European Products report and Editor of the Argus International LPG report before leaving in 2005...
Vanessa Viola is the Senior Vice-President of Latin America at Argus. She rejoined Argus in 2011 as our Brazil Country Manager and is now working to expand the company’s business across Latin America. Vanessa initially joined Argus in 2001, working as Deputy Editor of the Argus European Products report and Editor of the Argus International LPG report before leaving in 2005 to work as an LPG broker with Gibson in London. Prior to her assignments in the UK, Vanessa worked as a political and financial correspondent for Reuters (Brasilia, Sao Paulo), as a financial reporter for Brazil’s leading news agency Agencia Estado and as a press relations officer with energy engineering company Asea Brown Boveri, also based in Sao Paulo. A graduate from Brazil’s Casper Libero University with a BA in social communications, Vanessa has a master’s degree in international journalism from London’s City University. In addition to Portuguese and English, she is fluent in Spanish.
Alex Younevitch
Head of Freight, Argus
Alex Younevitch is the Global Head of Freight at Argus, responsible for the strategy, editorial coverage, market engagement and adoption of Freight & Transportation services at Argus Media. Prior to joining Argus in February 2020, Alex was head of EMEA shipping at S&P Global Platts, overseeing over 100 of daily freight assessments and three daily publications. He drove the...
Alex Younevitch is the Global Head of Freight at Argus, responsible for the strategy, editorial coverage, market engagement and adoption of Freight & Transportation services at Argus Media. Prior to joining Argus in February 2020, Alex was head of EMEA shipping at S&P Global Platts, overseeing over 100 of daily freight assessments and three daily publications. He drove the rapid expansion of the Platts freight portfolio in the tankers, dry bulk and container markets. Alex previously worked as a tanker broker at Gibson Shipbrokers. Alex has a 1st class BA Honours degree in International Supply Chain and Shipping Management from the University of Plymouth.

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