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With a 45-year career in the energy industry, Marcia Reeves Simpson has been a trailblazer in the upstream petroleum industry. From reservoir engineering and operations to asset acquisitions and sales, her insights illuminated the path of success for numerous ventures. Marcia’s extensive achievements include orchestrating intricate planning, budgeting, and performance management processes that underpinned her visionary approach to business success.
Marcia’s most recent endeavor launched Sabre Energy Partners, an enterprising exploration and production company strategically focused on developing assets in the Appalachian Basin. Sabre Energy Partners was built around a partnership with Trace Capital, an influential financial institution with managed funds exceeding $1.4 billion in invested and committed capital.
Marcia’s trajectory to success was further solidified during her tenure as the Senior Vice President of Engineering and Operations at Chief Oil and Gas, LLC. Her stewardship was instrumental in transforming the company into one of the United States’ largest privately-owned gas producers and sold to Chesapeake Energy Corporation for $2.6B. Marcia’s leadership journey also included seven years as the Vice President of Engineering at EXCO Resources in Dallas, Texas where she developed Haynesville, Eagleford, and Marcellus shale assets and distinguished senior executive roles with Mobil, Chevron, Gulf, and J-W Operating Company, each a testament to her commitment to excellence.
Marcia’s impact extends far beyond the boardroom. Marcia is an Advisory Board member role with Carbon GeoCapture, a carbon sequestration start-up, and SWAN Impact Network which is focused on social and environmentally focused startups. She recently joined the Executive Committee of WEN North Texas. She devoted six years to the Board of Directors for the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas, championing their growth and empowerment. She is a Centennial Fellow at the Pennsylvania State University College of Earth and Mineral Sciences where she graduated from with a degree in Petroleum Engineering. Marcia is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and a certified Professional Engineer.
Dylan Esquivel is a distinguished reservoir engineer and operational manager with extensive operational experience across a range of sectors and geographies. He has led projects in carbon sequestration, conventional oil and gas, coalbed methane, and geothermal energy.
Principal, Vogel Group
Served as Senior Director for Federal Affairs at ExxonMobil, overseeing engagement with the White House, all federal agencies, and the U.S. Senate
Served on President Obama’s Energy and Environment Transition Team as both a Senior Advisor to Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Water and Science in the Department of the Interior
Extensive background in water policy, natural resources, energy policy and more
Nick Visser has 27 years of experience in software engineering and software product management. Nick manages the information strategy for CGC, assuring that necessary and valid data is collected, retained, and used to prove sequestration. Multiple data sources quantify CGC’s process and corroborate each other. Drawing from his experience in software solutions for materials information and environmental compliance, Nick works with CGC software vendors to create a platform to make this data accessible and provide the data that proves the veracity of related carbon assets. Prior to his role with CGC, Nick served as a Senior Software Engineer at IDES Inc., as a Product Manager at Underwriters Laboratories, and Software Program Manager at Trihydro Corporation.
Jason Shogren currently serves as the Stroock Chair of Natural Resource Conservation and Management in the Department of Economics at his alma mater, the University of Wyoming. He studies the behavioral foundations of economic and environmental policy, including the economics of climate change, biodiversity, and non-market institutions to provide private and public goods and services. In 2001, Shogren was a lead author with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which was honored with the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. He has previously served as a member of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, and professor to King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden as a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.
George Sorenson founded FE Clean Energy Group Inc. in 2001 and serves as the Chairman. FE Clean Energy Group, put together some of the first funds in the clean energy market that brought together strategic and financial investors to maximize investment success. George was an early investor in clean energy, and has a wide range of experience in originating, structuring, negotiating, and executing direct equity investments in electric, gas, water, and telecommunications utilities in Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America. Prior to FE Clean, George co-founded FondElec Group in 1992, and served as Chairman of this private equity firm specializing in Latin American utility investments.
Mark Northam is a Mobil and ExxonMobil veteran, with twenty years of carbon capture and sequestration projects. He is the founding director of University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources. He also oversaw carbon management operations at Saudi Aramco.
Patric Galvin’s career in the environmental and energy sectors spans over 40 years and 15 companies worldwide. Currently, Galvin serves as Founder of i3 Capital Partners, LLC, whose mission lies in helping companies grow and build top and bottom lines. Galvin’s business experience has tackled everything from small projects, developing billion-dollar opportunities, launching startup-teams, managing large companies, and providing ongoing advice and direction to numerous companies at the Board level. Galvin’s energy-related projects include coal bed methane development; oil and gas development; fracking sand discovery, development, and sourcing; flowback and process water cleanup; and freshwater acquisition and transportation.
Chris Walker has pioneered business partnerships and market initiatives to address climate change for over two decades. Previously, Walker served as Director, North America at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) in New York City, where he managed WBCSD’s relationship with 47 Fortune 500 companies headquartered in North America. Prior to WBCSD, Walker was as a member of Ernst & Young’s Climate Change and Sustainability Services, as well as Executive Officer of Carbon Trust, LLC, and Executive Director for North America for The Climate Group, where he conceptualized and implemented “Climate Week” as an annual event in New York City.
Chris Varrone has been a consultant and banker to more than 50 cleantech companies over the past 10 years. He is the former Chief Strategist/Technology R&D at Vestas Wind Systems and a former management consultant with McKinsey & Co. Chris was a Fulbright Scholar in Norway and holds an M.A. in Economics (First Class) from Cambridge University.
Art Toews has over 45 years of experience in oil and gas operations and high-performance instrumentation. He is highly experienced in coal bed methane (CBM) engineering, field operations, and operational management. Art has worked in most major basins in the United States and in international settings including Australia, China, Mozambique, and Indonesia.
Tony Calandro has more than 25 years of experience conducting strategic communications initiatives on behalf of Fortune 500 companies’ efforts to address and mitigate climate change. In this capacity, he has developed campaigns to shape public opinion on climate change, including managing corporate communication and engagement efforts at United Nations Climate Change Conferences, as well as cultivating corporate partnerships with climate NGOs to identify innovative approaches to bring renewable energy to the Southeast and Midwest regions of the United States and “green” the U.S. electrical grid. Tony has also partnered with the Vatican’s Council on Inclusive Capitalism on communication efforts to highlight the need for a fair and equitable transition to a global economy much less reliant on fossil fuels.
Sam Yntema is a Director at the Vogel Group, taking an active role in representing Vogel Group’s clients on Capitol Hill and in the administration. His work at the nexus of business and federal policy focuses on climate solutions, trade, energy, financial services, tax, and appropriations issues. Sam has a keen understanding of both big picture politics and how the nuances of intersecting forces and interests can drive policy decisions. Sam is actively involved in advising across the aisle regarding amendment of the Section 45Q tax credit code and related climate change policy.
Bob Van Heuvelen is a Principal at the Vogel Group. Bob joined the Vogel Group after serving as CEO of VH Strategies which he founded in 2007, following a distinguished 32-year career in the federal government. He has achieved positive client outcomes on a wide array of issues, including obtaining federal funding, tax incentives and tax relief, regulatory victories, and targeted legislation to meet clients’ policy objectives. Bob has been consistently recognized as a “Top Lobbyist” by The Hill, and represents clients in the energy and environment, trade, healthcare, and financial services sectors.
Mike Haddenham has a demonstrated history of working in the oil and energy industries. He is an experienced consultant with over 40 years of experience in oil and gas operations in New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Wyoming. Mike has also served as a project and operations manager of coal bed methane wells in the Powder River Basin, with a focus on safety and environmentally sound practices.
Wade A. Bard has extensive development and operations experience in the energy industry. Bard’s background lies in reservoir engineering and numerical simulation, and he has a strong understanding of geology and its impact on reservoir development and economics across a variety of geographic areas. His expertise encompasses a strong depth and breadth in both technical strategies and business strategies. Bard works to create financially viable solutions and strategies to both address complex problems and ensure positive business outcomes, and is a trusted advisor to peers, business executives, and boards.
John M. Pope, Ph.D., currently serves as President & Chief Executive Officer of Carbon GeoCapture, a company he founded in 2016. A serial entrepreneur with a strong desire to make a difference, in 1998, he founded Blue Sky Group as an umbrella for his various ventures, including: Blue Sky Batteries, a company focused on developing nanostructured battery materials; NDC Power, a company that developed a direct ethanol fuel cell; Centennial Woods, a company focused on reclaiming and repurposing Wyoming’s snowfence wood while preserving snowfence inventory; and WellDog, a technical services company that uses innovation to drive sustainability in the carbon, oil, gas, and mining industries to improve economic quality of life without reducing environmental quality of life.