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Argus Americas Crude Summit 2018

2018 Speakers
Dan Romasko
Dan Romasko, President and CEO, Motiva Enterprises LLC

Dan Romasko was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Motiva Enterprises LLC in February 2014. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Motiva is a leading refiner, distributor and marketer of transportation fuels and lubricant base oils in the Eastern, Southern, and Gulf Coast regions of the United States. Motiva is a wholly owned subsidiary of U.S. affiliates of Saudi Aramco.

Prior to his current role, Dan was the Executive Vice President of Operations for Tesoro Corporation with accountability for the refining, marketing, logistics and marine organizations. In addition, he served as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of Tesoro Logistics LP. Before joining Tesoro, Dan held the positions of Vice President, Operations Integrity and Vice President, Technical Operations and Competence at Suncor Energy.

Dan began his career with ConocoPhillips, serving the company through leadership positions in mid-stream, supply and trading, global specialty products, and refining during his 20-year tenure.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from Montana State University. 
Chen Bo
Chen Bo,
President, UNIPEC

Mr. Chen has been working in China Petrochemical Corporation. He has been Executive Director, President of UNIPEC since April 2014. Mr. Chen is also the Chairman of Sinopec Kantons Holdings Limited.

Since joining UNIPEC in 1993, he has successively held various positions, Business Manager of Crude Oil department of UNIPEC, Business Manager and Deputy Manager of UNIPEC Asia Company Limited, Deputy Manager and Manager of Crude Oil Department of UNIPEC, Assistant to General Manager of UNIPEC and Deputy General Manager of UNIPEC.

Mr. Chen has extensive working experience in international crude oil, natural gas trading and transportation as well as international storage logistics. Mr. Chen has maintained a good relationship with the world’s major oil producers, large oil companies and large trading companies.
J Rajaraman
J Rajaraman, Head of Oil Trading, Shipping and Logistics, Reliance Industries Ltd.

J Rajaraman (Raja) heads Physical Trading for Refining business of Reliance Industries Limited, India and is based out of Mumbai. In this role, he oversees crude purchases, product exports, ship chartering and cargo operations functions for Reliance’s Refining business.

Raja has over 3 decades of experience in the Oil trading and marketing area in India and has been with Reliance for over 2 decades. In his prior role in Reliance, he was overseeing crude oil trading and operations for Reliance.

He is a mechanical engineer by training.
Brent Secrest
Brent Secrest,
Senior Vice President, Liquid Hydrocarbons Marketing, Enterprise Products

Mr. Secrest has served as Senior Vice President of Liquid Hydrocarbons Marketing for Enterprise Products since May 2016. He has responsibility for Crude Oil Pipelines and Natural Gas Liquids, Crude Oil and Refined Products Marketing as well as the Enterprise Trucking and Marine divisions. Mr. Secrest previously served as Vice President, Crude Oil and Refined Products Marketing from October 2015 to May 2016 and as Vice President, Crude Oil Pipelines and Terminals from October 2012 to October 2015. He has also served in various other leadership positions, including in the areas of NGL marketing and supply, commercial development, distribution, and business analysis. Mr. Secrest has over 20 years of experience in the energy industry and began his career at Basis Petroleum Inc. prior to joining Enterprise in 1996.
Cindy Fisher, VP, US Gulf Coast Crude Trading, Occidental Energy Marketing, Inc.

Cindy Fisher is Vice President of U.S. Gulf Coast Marketing for Occidental Energy Marketing, Inc. (OEMI), a subsidiary of Occidental Petroleum Corporation (Occidental), an international oil and gas exploration and production company and one of the largest in the U.S., based on equity market capitalization. She is responsible for Permian Basin marketing efforts on the U.S. Gulf Coast both via pipeline and for export from Houston and Ingleside (Corpus Christi). In addition to marketing Occidental’s waterborne oil to Canada, Latin America and Europe, Ms. Fisher works closely with Occidental’s Singapore office to coordinate sales into Asia. Ms. Fisher also has held responsibility for leading OEMI’s fundamental analysis on behalf of OEMI. Prior to joining Occidental in 2013, she accumulated extensive experience in the energy industry through her tenure in the energy trading and marketing sector with Koch and Koch affiliates, where she started her career in 1987. Ms. Fisher received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Wichita State University. 
Maria Hooper, Vice President, Global Trading, Phillips 66

Maria A. Hooper is vice president, Global Trading, for Phillips 66. A petroleum engineer, Hooper has over 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. Prior to joining Phillips 66 and assuming her current role in May 2012, Hooper had worked in various commercial trading roles for ConocoPhillips, including lead, Global Crude Oil Trading, general manager, US Clean Products Supply and Trading and manager, Distillate Trading. Previous roles at various energy companies included reservoir engineering and natural gas trading. Hooper earned a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from The University of Texas at Austin in 1985.  
Nicole O'Brien, Director of Commercial Operations, Synergy's Crude Resources, LLC

Nicole O’Brien has over 13 years of experience working in the oil and gas industry. She is currently a Director of Commercial Operations at Synergy Crude Resources, LLC. In this capacity, she is responsible for managing and executing Synergy’s crude oil and condensate export cargo brokerage services to the global energy market. Synergy Crude Resources specializes in matching buyers and sellers across the global value chain and adds value to transactions by providing market liquidity, price transparency and quality and logistics experience.

In her previous role, she was a Manager of Crude Supply and Trading at Valero Energy Corporation. Nicole was responsible for managing, executing and purchasing Valero’s USGC light sweet crude oil supply and export program for Valero’s refineries in the USGC, Canada and Europe.

Nicole has expertise in developing and maintaining productive business relationships; negotiating complicated crude oil contracts, and has a deep understanding of logistics, quality and hedging of crude oil. She has experience in US, North Sea and West African crude oil transactions.

Nicole is passionate about promoting opportunities and advancement for youth, STEM education, minorities and women. She currently serves as Board Member of Girls Inc of San Antonio, Secretary/Chief of Staff of Women’s Energy Network of South Texas, President of Millennials Matter, and Team Leader for United Way of Bexar County Metro Campaign. She is a member of Women’s United and Emerging Leaders Council of United Way Bexar County, Alamo City Republican Women’s Club, the Plaza Club of San Antonio, and Oak Hills Church of San Antonio. She is actively participating in the political arena to enable positive and productive change for our local and national communities.

A native Texan, Nicole was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. She has a Master’s of Business Administration from St. Mary’s University, a BBA in Accounting from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and graduated from Business Careers High School in San Antonio.

She is blessed to be married with four young children, and has the strong support of her mother, family and close friends.
Robert Barnes
Robert Barnes,
SVP, Commercial-Crude, Magellan

Robert (Robb) L. Barnes currently serves as SVP, Commercial – Crude Oil and has served in such capacity since 2014. He previously served as VP, Commercial – Crude Oil and Marine Terminals for Magellan from 2011 through 2014. From 2007 through 2011, he served as VP, Terminals and, from 2003 through 2007, as Director, Marine Terminal Services. Prior to joining Magellan, he worked in various staff and management positions within marketing, business and commercial development, operations and environmental since joining The Williams Companies, Inc. (“Williams”) in 1987.
Corey Prologo
Corey Prologo,
Director of Oil Trading, North America, Head of Houston Branch, Trafigura Trading

Corey is the Head of Oil Trading for North America and Head of the Houston branch office at Trafigura Trading LLC. He joined Trafigura 2011, and moved to the Geneva office in 2012 as a trader on the Gasoline team. In May, 2013 Corey was named Co-Head of Gasoline trading in Geneva and was promoted to the sole Head later that year. He moved to Houston to take up his current role in August 2016.

Prior to joining Trafigura, Corey worked at BP for 9 years in the gasoline team and moved to the Chicago, Los Angeles, London, and Singapore offices during this time. Corey has a degree in Finance from Bowling Green University, Ohio.
Michael Cohen, Head of Energy Commodities, Barclays

Michael Cohen is a Director and Head of Energy Markets Research at Barclays and is responsible for the firm’s oil and natural gas market forecasts. Based in New York, Mr. Cohen is also responsible for the firm’s research covering upstream, midstream, and downstream developments in North American energy markets. He is the lead author of Barclays’ flagship oil market monthly publication, The Blue Drum, and he also advises top management of Barclays’ broad reaching client base on global energy market developments. He is also a consultant to the National Intelligence Council and has been invited to speak to graduate students at Stanford, Columbia, and Georgetown University.

Prior to joining Barclays Capital in August 2013, Mr. Cohen spent two years as a senior member of the Oil Industries and Markets Division at the International Energy Agency (IEA), where he was a principal author of the industry benchmark Oil Market Report and Medium Term Oil Market Report. Mr. Cohen also worked for seven years with the US Department of Energy as an economist with the Energy Information Administration and with the Office of Policy and International Affairs. He also has experience in gas and power markets as a trading desk analyst for American Electric Power and as a consultant on electricity market design with LECG.

Mr. Cohen received an MA in International Economics from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies in Russian and Eurasian Affairs, and a BSBA in Economics and BA in Political Science from The Ohio State University. He is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Amrita Sen Energy Aspects
Amrita Sen,
Co-Founder & Chief Oil Analyst, Energy Aspects

Amrita Sen is the founding Partner and Chief Oil Analyst at Energy Aspects. Amrita leads Energy Aspects’ analysis and forecasting of crude and products markets. Her specialism is in energy commodities, particularly oil and oil products. Amrita’s deep understanding of the complex relationships within the global energy sector, her wealth of industry contacts and 10 years of experience, allow for a unique perspective on market outlook. She holds an MPhil in Economics from Cambridge University, a BSc in Economics from the University of Warwick, and is pursuing a PhD in Economics at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. She is a Non-resident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council, a Research Associate at the Oxford Institute of Energy Studies, and was formerly Chief Oil Analyst for Barclays Capital. She is frequently featured in leading media outlets, including the Financial Times, BBC News, Reuters, Bloomberg, CNBC, Wall Street Journal, and Sky News, and at leading industry events as a speaker, and is regarded as a leading authority on oil markets.
Bob McNally
Robert McNally,
Founder and President, Rapidan Energy Group

Robert McNally is the founder and President of Rapidan Energy Group, an independent energy consulting and market advisory firm based in the Washington DC area. Mr. McNally's clients include leading global energy market investors, producers, and traders. Mr. McNally’s 26-year professional career includes senior financial market and official posts spanning economic, security, and environmental aspects of energy market analysis, strategy, and policymaking.

Mr. McNally started his professional career in 1991 as an oil market analyst and consultant with Energy Security Analysis, Inc. In 1994, he joined Tudor Investment Corporation and for twelve subsequent years analyzed energy markets, macroeconomic policy, and geopolitics for Tudor portfolio managers, earning promotions to Vice President and Managing Director. From 2001 to 2003, Mr. McNally served as the top international and domestic energy adviser on the White House staff, holding the posts of Special Assistant to the President on the National Economic Council and, in 2003, Senior Director for International Energy on the National Security Council. Mr. McNally served in the Peace Corps in Senegal from 1988-1990.
Mr. McNally earned his double major BA/BS in International Relations and Political Science from American University and his MA in International Economics and American Foreign Policy from Johns Hopkins Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He was co-chair for energy policy on the 2008 Romney Campaign, served on the Policy Advisory Committee for Senator Marco Rubio's 2010 campaign, and regularly advises congressional and administration officials on energy policy and markets. Mr. McNally is a Member of the National Petroleum Council and is a non-resident fellow at Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy.

Mr. McNally has testified to the House and Senate on energy markets and national security and speaks to professional conferences on energy markets, policy, and geopolitics. He has been published in Foreign Affairs (co-authored essay with Michael Levi, July/August 2011) and has been interviewed by CNN, The Economist, Fox Business, The Financial Times, The Washington Post, National Journal, Platts Energy Week TV, PBS' Great Decisions in Foreign Policy series, Bloomberg News, Aviation Daily and other programs and journals.

He is the author of the book Crude Volatility: The History and the Future of Boom-Bust Oil Prices, from Columbia University Press, 2017.

Mr. McNally is married and has three children.
Joseph Isreal
Joseph Israel, CEO, Par Petroleum

Joseph Israel serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Par Petroleum, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Par Pacific Holdings, focused on refining, marketing, and logistics. Mr. Israel’s 20 plus years of experience in the oil and gas industry includes a successful track record of structuring and leading petroleum refining, marketing and asphalt operations, as well as driving profitable corporate development initiatives. Prior to joining Par in January 2015, Mr. Israel served as Senior Vice President at Hunt Refining Company, where he led operations planning, crude oil supply, marketing and business strategy. Previously, between the years of 2000 and 2008, Mr. Israel served as VP of M&A and Business Development for Alon USA, a US refiner and marketer, and as Chief Operating Officer for the company between 2008 and 2011. Mr. Israel holds his Master of Business Administration and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Adam Bedard
Adam Bedard, CEO, ARB Midstream

Adam Bedard is a co-founder, member of the Board of Directors of Denver-based ARB Midstream, LLC, and the company’s Chief Executive Officer. ARB Midstream, founded in 2014 and based in Denver, CO, is a private equity backed, midstream and logistics company focused on crude oil, gas liquids and refined markets in the inland corridor of North America. ARB has successfully completed over $150MM in acquisitions and new build projects. Most recently, ARB acquired the Platte River Gathering System, and 157,000 b/d gathering system located in the heart of the DJ Basin, one of the most prolific shale plays in North America. Mr. Bedard’s background includes over 20 years of experience with a focus on strategic analysis of the North American energy markets. Immediately prior to forming ARB Midstream, he was the Vice President of Strategic Planning and Market Analysis for NGL Energy Partners. Mr. Bedard as a B.S. in Civil Engineering from CU Colorado, is a certified Professional Engineer, and has an MBA in Finance from Wharton.
Schreiner Parker, Vice President Latin America, Rystad Energy

Schreiner began working for Rystad Energy in January of 2016 with a focus in Latin America. After graduating with honors from the University of Texas with a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish and Portuguese, Schreiner spent a number of years working for a top U.K. based oil and gas research and consulting firm in their Rio de Janeiro office. Responsibilities included developing dynamic relationships with national oil companies, governments and independent E&P’s on the continent, helping them make empirically based strategic decisions through various consulting and data driven engagements. In 2014 Schreiner left that firm to pursue a Master’s Degree in International Oil and Gas Management from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland.
Philip Verleger
Dr. Phil Verleger,
Owner and President, PKVerleger LLC and Visiting Fellow, Colorado School of Mines

Dr. Philip K. Verleger, Jr., has studied and written about energy markets since 1971. His earliest research, published in 1973, addressed the determinants of gasoline demand. It is still cited today. Since 1971, he has published two books and numerous articles and papers on the evolution of energy markets. Many of these have influenced the thinking about and development of these markets, especially his papers on how energy went from being a monopolized good to a real commodity and the transformation’s consequences.

Dr. Verleger played a critical role in creating the oil futures markets. His most recent research has shown that the crude oil price collapse that began in 2014 shares many characteristics with the subprime housing debacle that precipitated Lehman Brothers’ failure and the Great Recession of 2009. This new research suggests the oil price decline will have very long-lasting and negative implications for much of the energy sector, even if prices rebound periodically.

Dr. Verleger earned his Ph.D. in Economics from MIT in 1971. He began his work on energy as a consultant to the Ford Foundation Energy Policy Project in 1972. He then served as a Senior Staff Economist on President Ford’s Council of Economic Advisers and Director of the Office of Energy Policy at the US Treasury in President Carter’s administration

Dr. Verleger has been a Senior Research Scholar and Lecturer at the School of Organization and Management at Yale University and a Vice President in the Commodities Division at Drexel Burnham Lambert. He is now Owner and President of PKVerleger LLC. From 2008 to 2010, Dr. Verleger served as the David E. Mitchell/EnCana Professor of Management at the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business. From 1985 to 2012, he was affiliated with the Peterson Institute for International Economics, most recently as a Senior Fellow.
Vivek Srivastava
Vivek Srivastava,
Director of Tanker Research, SSY Consultancy & Research

Vivek is Director of Tanker Research at Simpson Spence Young (SSY) Shipbrokers in London, where he leads a global team of analysts producing consultancy and research for oil and tanker markets. He regularly presents on industry economics and fundamentals to SSY's oil and gas, trading and shipowning clients. He is responsible for SSY's forecasts, heads up consultancy and edits all reports and publications on tankers. As well as its regular research, he is also spearheading SSY's initiative to reimagine analytics in shipping for the era of big data.

Prior to joining SSY in September 2017, Vivek was at Tufton Oceanic in London for 9 years, conducting shipping industry research for hedge fund and private equity investment strategies, and at Maritime Strategies International for 5 years, modelling and writing economics reports. He holds an MSc. in Shipping, Trade and Finance from Cass Business School, City University and a B.A. Hons. in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Keble College, Oxford University.
Gregory Broussard
Gregory Broussard, Senior Director, Energy Derivatives, Cargill Risk Management

Gregory Broussard recently joined Cargill Risk Management, a global leader in providing risk management solutions. He leads a team which provides financial risk management solutions to a wide range of producers and consumers of energy commodities in both North and South America. Having worked as both a trader and an originator over the last 15 years, Greg has developed extensive capital markets experience across multiple asset classes including foreign exchange, interest rates, emerging markets and commodities. Greg is a native Houstonian who received his undergraduate degree in business from Baylor University and his MBA in capital markets from Rice University. Mr. Broussard is based in Cargill's Houston office.
Jarl Pedersen
Jarl Pedersen,
Chief Commercial Officer, Port of Corpus Christi

Jarl Pedersen is the Chief Commercial Officer for the Port of Corpus Christi Authority, where he is charting and directing one of the largest energy ports towards the future. He is devising strategies relating to development and marketing the port, while cultivating long lasting relationships with major customers.

Most recently, Mr. Pedersen served as Vice President of Marketing and Sales for NEST of Norway where he was responsible for global market strategy and commercialization of an innovative thermal energy storage technology. Prior to that he served as Vice President of International Business Development for Xtreme Power in Austin, where he generated a pipeline of business development opportunities for battery energy storage systems for renewable energy integration.

Prior to that Mr. Pedersen was Director of Business Development with Shell Energy North America in Houston, where he was responsible for structured transactions, business development and asset marketing of Shell’s natural gas fired power portfolio in North America.

Mr. Pedersen serves as an advisory member to the City of Corpus Christi Transportation Advisory Commission. He also serves on the Advisory Council for the City of Corpus Christi Downtown Management District, and the College and Career Advisory Council for the Calallen Independent School District.

Mr. Pedersen earned his Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Energy Systems from the Technical University of Denmark, a Bachelor of Commerce degree in International Business and Trade from the Copenhagen Business School and completed the Executive Program in Management from the Anderson Graduate School of Management at the University of California Los Angeles.
Santiago Zapatero
Santiago Llano Zapatero, Partner, Ritch Mueller

Santiago joined Ritch Mueller as a partner in 2017. Previously, Santiago was based out of the Houston office of Ernst & Young LLP in the international tax practice (Latin American Business Center) for almost three years. Santiago was also member of the team that lead the efforts of Ernst & Young LLP towards investment projects in Mexico derived from the recent Energy Reform.

Before joining Ernst & Young LLP, Santiago worked in two well-known tax and legal advisory firms in Mexico City as senior associate in the tax consulting and transfer pricing practice areas.

Santiago has provided tax advice to local and multinational companies engaged in different sectors, such as energy, real estate, financial services, manufacturing, among others.

Santiago obtained a BS in Accounting from the Universidad Panamericana in Mexico City as well as a Master´s in Tax Law from the same university.
Euan Craik, Chief Executive Officer Americas, Argus
Euan Craik, CEO, Americas, Argus

Euan Craik is chief executive of Argus Media Inc. Based in Houston, Euan has led Argus in the Americas since 2006, expanding its geographic reach and the breadth of its services. Euan joined Argus in 1996, initially as a specialist on the Russian oil and gas industries. From 2000, Euan served as Argus’ Executive Editor, based in London.

In the early nineties, Euan worked in business journalism in Moscow, initially at the first post-Soviet business newspaper, Kommersant, then at the English-language Moscow Times. He was later awarded a fellowship at the Centre for Economic Performance of the London School of Economics.
Stephen Jones, SVP, Petroleum, Argus

Stephen Jones joined Argus in October 2017 as Senior Vice President, leading the business development team for the petroleum sector. Stephen is responsible for Argus solutions that meet the needs of crude oil, refined products and natural gas liquids market participants. Stephen has expertise in all aspects of the energy business, having served clients for over 30 years in the industry.

Prior to Argus, Stephen was with Purvin & Gertz and IHS Market for 17 years where he was Vice President of the Refining & Marketing team. His led a large international group that provided research and consulting services to clients in the upstream, crude oil markets, natural gas liquids, chemicals, automotive, maritime, and midstream businesses. Also while at IHS, Stephen led the Energy Product Management team to integrate the legacy PFC Energy, Purvin & Gertz, and CERA market services. Stephen began his career with Exxon at the Baton Rouge Refinery where he held a variety of technical support, business planning, engineering supervision, and operations management positions. He then moved to Exxon’s Refining Headquarters and Supply & Trading team in Houston where he gained expertise in crude oil trading and refinery economics.

Stephen holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Tulane University.
Jeff Kralowetz Vice President Business Development Argus
Jeff Kralowetz, Vice President, Business Development, Argus

Jeff leads Argus business development in crude oil and NGL markets in North America. He opened Argus’ office in Calgary in 2010, and oversaw the expansion of crude oil and NGL price indices in Canada through the beginning of 2013. Previously, Jeff served as Argus’ news editor for the Americas.

A graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point, Jeff served 5 years as an aviation officer. He holds a master of arts degree from Baylor University.
Ed Arnold, Senior Consultant, Argus
Edward Arnold, Senior Consultant, Argus

Senior Consultant, covering upstream, refining, petrochemicals, US transportation trends, and biotechnology for Argus Consulting Services. He has 39 years’ experience conducting market analysis, feasibility studies, risk analysis, and project valuations working for Argus, Jacobs Consultancy and UOP. He has provided advisory services for some of the world’s most successful petroleum refining, energy production, chemicals, petrochemicals, logistics and biotechnology organizations, as well as for banks, sovereign wealth funds, government agencies and entrepreneurial firms.
Alejandro Barbajosa, VP, Crude & LPG - Middle East & Asia-Pacific, Argus

Alejandro Barbajosa joined the Argus London headquarters in April 2007 where he specialised in OPEC, IEA and Atlantic basin crude markets before taking his current business development responsibilities in Singapore in 2011 with a focus on Asian crude. Alejandro completed a masters in Politics of the World Economy at the London School of Economics, before returning to his native Mexico to join PMI, the international trading unit of state oil company Pemex.


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