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Bobby Davis
President, ISM Houston, Senior Procurement Manager, Shell Oil

Bobby Davis is an energetic leader whose purpose is transforming organizations by creating a culture where people can do the best work of their lives. His current role is CP Manager – Performance and Innovation for Shell Deepwater where he has worked for the past nine years. He also serves as the President for ISM Houston, the premier resource for Houston area supply chain professionals. He has a B.S. degree in Management from Louisiana State University and an M.B.A. from The University of Texas at Austin.

German Torres
Program Manager Leadership and Supply Chain - Global, FMC Technologies

German is the Program Manager for Leadership and Supply Chain at FMC Technologies, where he has the responsibility for the training and development of all Supply Chain personnel and the overall Leadership development program for FMC Technologies. With +20 years’ experience in Supply Chain Management he has enjoyed assignments in Latin America, Europe, Middle East and The US performing multiple leadership roles in Supply Chain Management including Manufacturing environments, Technology Development, Field Operations, Personnel Development and Systems Integration. He’s actively involved in ISM and ISM-Houston and currently holds the elected position of Marketing Director.

Mohan Sharma
CEO & Managing Director, Prima Strategic Group

Mohan Sharma is the CEO and Managing Director of Prima Strategic Group, which provides Business Consulting, Supplier Evaluations, Third Party Inspection, and Quality Auditing services across industries. Mohan has over 26 years’ experience in senior management positions including Global Quality Assurance Team Manager and Regional Quality Manager for Major Capital Projects at Chevron USA.

Within these roles, Mohan developed and effectively implemented Quality Management systems globally on several Major Capital Projects (>US$1Billion) in Africa, Latin America and Asia Pacific Regions during various development phases, and received recognition for delivering large cost-savings. Also during this tenure, he performed numerous Evaluation, Assessments, Audits and Reviews (>100) on multiple complex issues related to quality, safety, environment, organizational capabilities, vendor evaluations and materials and provided differentiated strategies and processes to improve vendor performances.

Prior to this, Mohan worked with various multinational organizations including KBR as Global Quality Director, Jindal Group as General Manager-Operations, in addition to senior positions at Lloyds Register and ABS Consulting where he developed and implemented differentiated strategies to improve the business execution efficiencies.

Mohan holds Executive MBA degree from University of Houston, TX, USA, a Master of Technology (M Tech.) in Energy Studies from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India and Bachelor of Engineering (BE) in Mechanical from National Institute of Technology, India.

He was elected and served as Monogram Board Member of American Petroleum Institute (API) from 2011-2014 and currently he is serving on several API and NACE committees such viz., Voting Member – SC18/V18, Member- SC16/TG07, SC18, SC20/V20H and SC21.

Ingrid M. Robinson
President, Houston Minority Supplier Development Council (HMSDC)

Ingrid M. Robinson is the President of the Houston Minority Supplier Development Council (HMSDC). HMSDC is a business development organization designed to actively involve its members, both minority business enterprises and major corporations in efforts to increase and expand business opportunities and business growth for Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) while driving excellence in supplier diversity and supplier development.  Currently, HMSDC’s membership is comprised of more than 170 major corporations and more than 600 minority businesses.  HMSDC MBEs have a total economic impact of $22.8 billion dollars on the economy with over $17.1 billion dollars in annual revenue that results in the creation and/or preservation of more than 67,000 jobs.

Robinson is the former President of MIR Advisory Group, a consulting firm providing strategy development, process improvement and implementation, performance audits, organizational design, marketing, and community outreach.

Mark Hood
Supply Chain Director, Apache Corporation

Mark is the Supply Chain Director at Apache Corporation, a role he has held since 2008. At Apache, Mark is responsible for leading the supply chain activities of one of the largest US Independent Upstream Oil & Gas companies. Prior to joining Apache, he held Senior Supply Chain positions at Marathon Oil, PwC, IBM Consulting, Mobil Corporation, Aminoil, W-K-M Industries and Petroleum Helicopters.

Mark has over 39 years of industry and consulting experience working with upstream and downstream Oil & Gas operators and service companies. Case examples of work he has led have been used at the Amos Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College and in Timothy M. Laseter’s book “Balanced Sourcing” (Josey-Bass Publishers).

Articles that he has authored or co-authored include:

  1. Offshore Technology Conference, Paper 7936, “Load and Resistance Factor Design for Oil Country Tubular Goods”, DB Lewis, PR Brand, WS Whitney, MG Hood
  2. Inside Supply Management, March 2002, “Sourcing Strategically: It’s your move”, Julie S Roberts, Additional information provided by Manish Misra, Mark Hood, C.P.M.
  3. IBM White Paper, September 2009, “Category Management with Councils, Transforming to Value Delivery”, Mark G. Hood, Mark M. Rohner, Avinash Singh

Tracie Slone
Director Global Supply Chain, Marathon Oil Company

Tracie Slone holds the position of Director Global Supply Chain at Marathon Oil. In this role, she leads a Global Supply Chain Organization supporting contracting, materials procurement, inventory management, SAP systems, supply chain processes, model contract development and administration, and shore base management efforts across US and International locations. Tracie started with Marathon in 1998. She began her career in Findlay, OH within the downstream Supply Chain Organization. Since then, she has held over 20 roles within Supply Chain, Logistics, and Marketing; in the Corporate, Upstream, and Downstream Organizations, as well as both domestically in the US and in supporting International Operations.

Gene Till
Manager, Strategic Sourcing & Category Management, ConocoPhillips

Gene Till is the manager for strategic sourcing and category management at ConocoPhillips. He is responsible for globally managed categories in drilling and completions, production, and equipment and materials, as well as the enterprise strategic sourcing activities.

Gene’s oil and gas career began in Anchorage, Alaska, in 1990. During his 16 years at Alyeska Pipeline Service Company, he worked in several positions in Finance, Operations and Supply Chain in Valdez and Anchorage. He joined ConocoPhillips in 2006 and has held Supply Chain positions in Anchorage, Alaska, Bartlesville, Oklahoma, Brisbane, Australia, and is now based in Houston, Texas.

Till holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Alaska, Anchorage and is a Certified Managerial Accountant.

Marc Battistello
Chairperson of Standards & Guidelines Committee, PIDX

Marc Battistello is the IT Commercial & Quality leader for the GE Oil & Gas Surface division. Marc has 17 years experience leading technical projects in across a variety of industries including Aerospace, Energy, and Oil & Gas. He has held a diverse set of roles including Design Engineer, AP/AR Shared Services ERP leader, and Simplification Leader. In his current role he leads IT projects focused on enabling commercial and operational excellence.

Ted McDermott
Senior Manager – Procurement, Commodity & Sourcing Strategy, Procurement/Supply Chain Management, BP

Ted McDermott is influential & inspirational leader with the ability to infuse new ways of thinking into an organization while building credible relationships with stakeholders and business partners. In his current role is Senior Manager – Procurement, Commodity & Sourcing Strategy at BP he has led global commodity / sourcing strategy creation, procurement transformation, strategic relationship creation, and commodity teams. Ted joined BP 10 years ago as Market Sector & Sourcing Strategy Advisor within BP’s Procurement / Supply Chain Center of Excellence.

Prior to BP, Ted was North American Sourcing Lead Consultant within IBM’s Business Transformation group focused on procurement optimization and redesign. As Senior Manager – Operations, Technology & Procurement at Abbott Labs, he led operations, procurement, finance, and technology implementation for a group within Abbott’s Pharma Division. Previously, Ted has held Director level supply chain and business management roles in technology provider and capital-intensive manufacturing companies.

Colleagues characterized Ted as a strategic thinker with leadership, business acumen & procurement expertise to create sustainable cost savings and forge strategic relationships. He also has extensive Global / Asia supply chain & sourcing expertise and is a proven negotiator of large complex contracts with the ability to translate strategy into action.

Buster Swanton
Senior Advisor - Supply Chain Management, Noble Energy

Buster is currently a Senior Advisor for Supply Chain at Noble Energy.  At Noble Energy, Buster has led and managed a variety of functions, including business unit supply chain organizations, category management, inventory and logistics, and contracting and procurement.  Prior to Noble Energy, Buster was a Contracting and Procurement Manager in Shell Oil Products, a Lead Financial Analyst in Shell Lubricants, and a Naval Flight Officer in the United States Navy.  He is a highly skilled and experienced supply chain leader and manager, with a passion for delivery, results, and process improvement across all aspects of supply chain in support of the broader organizations.

Beth Gutweiler
Supply Chain Ambassador Director, Halliburton

Beth Gutweiler is currently the Supply Chain Ambassador Director for Halliburton, one of the world’s largest providers of products and services to the energy industry. Previously she served as the Eastern Hemisphere Supply Chain director accountable for all procurement, materials, and logistics functions across 80 active countries. Beth joined Halliburton in 1995 as part of their Rotational Supply Chain Management Program.  She has since held progressively larger roles in manufacturing, production planning, customer service, procurement, materials, SAP, strategic sourcing, category management and country, region and hemisphere supply chain.  Currently based in Houston, she has previously been posted in Dallas, Oklahoma, the Gulf of Mexico, Holland, Scotland, Malaysia, England, and Dubai.  Beth has a BSc. in Industrial Engineering from Louisiana State University and is just finishing her Masters Degree in Supply Chain Management from the University of Bolton in the UK. She is hugely supportive of the development of young talent mentoring several rising stars and serving on the LSU College of Engineering’s Advisory Board for Industrial Engineering.

John Moseley
Senior Director, Trade Development, Port of Houston Authority

John Moseley joined the Port of Houston Authority as General Manager of the Trade Development Department in 2010, earning the title of Senior Director in 2014. From 1987 to 2010, Moseley served in multiple capacities in the U.S. and abroad for companies such as Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, International Development and Energy Associates, Kolbe GmbH, Eurostar (L.A. Gear), COSCO and CMA CGM. His most recent position prior to joining the port authority was with CMA CGM as Director of Sales, U.S. Gulf Coast Region.

Moseley earned a bachelor’s degree in international business administration from California State University at Los Angeles and an MBA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Isenberg School of Management.

He began his maritime career ashore with Mitsui O.S.K. Lines in 1988 as a pricing analyst after working for Carmichael International, a Los Angeles based customs house brokerage firm. In his position at the Port Authority, he is globally responsible for guiding the Trade Development team to generate revenue, cargo volume, vessel calls and overall commerce through Houston via Port of Houston Authority facilities, with team members deployed worldwide.

Moseley is a past board member of the International Trade Club of Southern California, Netherlands-American Chamber of Commerce and the International Transportation Management Association of Houston. He served on the Greater Houston Partnership’s Industrial Real Estate Committee andwas Co-Chair of the GHP’s International Trade Committee. Today, he actively serves on the Supply Chain Steering Committee of RILA (Retail Industry Leaders Association), he is a board member of the American Institute of International Steel (AIIS), serving as Chairman of AIIS’s Port Committee and serves on the transportation committee of the National Green Coffee Association, New York. He is a member of NAIOP, the National Industrial Real Estate Development Association and SIOR, the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors.


Yvette Camel-Smith
Procurement Services Director, Port of Houston Authority

Yvette Camel-Smith has been working for the Port of Houston Authority since 2013 as the Procurement Services Director. Under the guidance of the Port Commission and executive leadership, it is the role of the Procurement Services Department to create value through strategic sourcing, efficient processes, and promotion of ethical, transparent, and sustainable procurement principles. Yvette’s role is to oversee the strategic direction of all procurement and contract management activities for the Port of Houston Authority as part of the overall vision to drive best value and growth through diversified strategic sourcing.

Prior to this she was a Consultant for Project & Vendor Management Advisors, Director of Housing Operations and Consultant – Real Estate Development for Galveston Housing Authority, Consultant – Procurement Operations at Houston Community College System and Deputy Executive Director or General Counsel for Memphis Housing Authority.

Yvette is an accomplished attorney with more than twenty-six years of experience in contracts and procurement, regulatory compliance, housing and development and Business Development and has a successful career characterized by front-line positions in public and private organizations. She is licensed to practice in Texas and Tennessee.

José Domingo Berzunza Espinola
Secretary of the Economic Development, State of Campeche, Mexico

José Domingo Espinola Berzunza has been the Secretary of Economic Development of the State of Campeche since September 2015. From 2014 to 2015 served as Director of Public Policy of the Executive Secretariat of the National Security System public, agency of the Ministry of the Interior (SEGOB). In 2014 he began studying for a Masters in Business Innovation (MBI) at the Center for Design Studies of Monterrey (CEDIM).
During 2011 and 2012 he was Director of the National Chamber of Commerce, Services and Tourism Delegation Campeche. In 2011 he was selected by the Mexican Institute of Youth (IMJUVE) to form part of the project 32 Mexican superheroes for his career and drive to entrepreneurs in a region of the country that has been characterized for their low participation in this world. Between 2010 and 2011, Jose was the founding Chairman of the Campeche Office of the National Industry Chamber of Electronics, Telecommunications and Information Technology in the State of Campeche.
Prior to this, he was part of the Federal Office in Campeche, the National Support Fund for Solidarity Enterprises – where he was Deputy Director and Director from 2004 until 2010 – an agency of the Ministry of Economy.
Jose studied economics at the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM) and Administration at the Universidad del Valle de Mexico (UVM). In 2000 he received the prestigious international award The American Express Chairman’s Award For Quality innovation of an optimization model of economies of scale for Call Centers.

Tanmoy Kumar
Senior Director, Supply Chain Services, Calpine

Tanmoy Kumar is a Senior Director at Calpine Corporation, one of nation’s largest power generation companies, and leads its Supply Chain Services group. Prior to joining Calpine, Tanmoy worked at Booz & company as a management consultant focusing on Operations practice.  He has also spent 10+ years in the automotive sector working in product management and  operational excellence roles. Tanmoy has an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.

William Knittle
Director of Supply Chain Management, Cheniere Energy

William Knittle is the Director of Supply Chain Management at Cheniere Energy, Inc and has over 25  years experience in various supply chain, strategic procurement and planning, materials management, logistics and supply chain risk mitigation roles. His current role is a senior leadership position for the Supply Chain Management team to support all production, pipeline and related procurement, materials management, and category management strategy and operation needs. This includes the development of strategic plans, daily operations and multiple years supply chain requirements in a rapidly expanding LNG business. His previous senior roles at BP included: Global Procurement Supply Chain Director, Head of PSCM Shared Services – Western Hemisphere and Global Procurement Director — Strategic Capabilities.

The majority of his experience has been supporting process manufacturing, logistics or distribution, oil and gas, and retail operations. William has led restructuring and transformation capabilities teams driving performance and step change improvements for supply chain, procurement, process manufacturing, and facilities management. Led and participated on two corporate restructuring teams that successfully implemented a new Shared Services Sector. Led or participated on over 8 merger/acquisition teams working on the integration and optimization of the supply chain, procurement, and business services operations.

Dr Sanjay Jagdale
VP, SLM Solutions,, PTC

Dr. Sanjay Jagdale is VP of Industry Solutions in the SLM Segment at PTC since 2003. He has over 20 years of experience in Supply Chain Management & especially in the Services Supply Chain field. He has designed solutions for service organizations in asset-intensive industry verticals such as Aerospace & Defence, Medical Devices, and Semiconductor manufacturing – all of which have the critical business need to ensure high uptime of their deployed equipment, and where even a short duration of downtime can be very expensive.

Dr. Jagdale holds a Ph.D. in Operations Research from Cornell University, and prior to his 20 years in the supply chain management arena, he used to be a professor of Systems & Industrial Engineering at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

Phillip Brown
Global Chartering Manager, Fluor

Phillip Brown is the global chartering manager at Fluor. In this role, he manages material movements from international and domestic vendors and suppliers to project locations. He is responsible for contracting ocean carriers, barge operators and inland heavy haul and heavy lift providers to deliver materials in a safe and timely manner, while meeting the project schedules and logistics budgets.

Mr. Brown started his career in the maritime industry in 2008 with BBC Chartering and began working for Fluor in 2012 as the product director for logistics. He has overseen ocean transportation and material movements for projects around the globe, including extensive work in Asia, the Middle East and Europe.

Mr. Brown holds a bachelor’s degree in Maritime Administration from Texas A&M University at Galveston and is an Association of Ship Brokers and Agents (ASBA)-Certified Shipbroker and Chartered Vessel Operator.

Constantyn Chalitsios
Chief Operations Officer , GeoMax Global™

More than 25 years in Oilfield Services with Schlumberger, Baker Hughes, and Weatherford in roles of operations, engineering, procurement, and supply-chain.

Peter Bolstorff
Executive Vice President, Corporate Development, APICS l APICS Supply Chain Council

Peter oversees the APICS for Business value proposition that includes supply chain talent development and corporate supply chain performance.  Bolstorff, the respected author of Supply Chain Excellence: A Handbook for Dramatic Improvement Using the SCOR Model, brings over 25 years of experience in supply chain and operations management to the position. He joined APICS as the Executive Director for the then newly merged APICS Supply Chain Council.  Prior to joining APICS, Bolstorff was the founding principal of SCE Limited, a consulting firm focused on providing supply chain program management and SCOR-based education to supply chain executives and their global teams. He also held supply chain and operations management leadership roles at Pragmatek Consulting Group, Imation, 3M, and has been a lifelong volunteer within the SCOR community. He received his master’s degree in industrial education from the University of Minnesota and his bachelor’s degree in mathematics, education, and psychology from St. Olaf College. He is a SCOR-certified instructor and is certified in six sigma.

Dave Hutchison
Global Strategic Sourcing Manager, Repsol

Dave is the Manager of Strategic Sourcing and Special Projects for Repsol’s Global Supply Chain organization, where he is responsible for facilitating major programs across the centralized E&P Procurement organization and coordinating with local supply chain teams around the world.  His recent efforts have involved various integration initiatives stemming from Repsol’s acquisition of Talisman Energy in 2015, as well as launching company-wide programs to respond to the low commodity price environment.  Dave also facilitates the company’s ongoing enhancement and implementation of Supplier Relationship Management and Supplier Performance Management programs.

 Dave’s career in procurement began in 1997 and has included experiences in both retail buying and healthcare.  Dave joined the Oil & Gas industry in 2007 where he has been involved in building organizational capabilities around Strategic Sourcing and Category Management and executing the methodology to drive value for operational stakeholders.  He has a B.A. in Marketing from Texas A&M University.

Madan Naidu
Director, Quality Valves & Measurement, Cameron, A Schlumberger Company

Madan Naidu has over 20 years’ experience with  Quality, in both corporate and academic fields.  He is currently the Director of Quality for Valves & Measurement at Cameron, a Schlumberger company. He had similar roles in two other global organizations.

He has graduate degrees in Physics and Business Administration and is also a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.  In academics, he was a Director, Management Department, and  taught at various universities.


Tyson Moeller
Director of Gulf Ports, Union Pacific Railroad

Tyson Moeller, Director of Gulf Ports – Union Pacific Railroad is based out of Spring, TX. He graduated from the University of Nebraska- Lincoln with a Business degree in Marketing and Management. His 21 year career at UP has been spent in their Marketing & Sales Department and has worked in multiple locations of UP’s network. 

John Coyle
Supply Chain Manager, Marathon Oil Corporation

John is currently the Eagle Ford Supply Chain Manager for Marathon Oil with responsibility for leading and developing their procurement and contracting activities. He has over 12 years of Supply Chain expertise in the oil and gas sector specializing in logistics and inventory management. John began his career in the North Sea and joined Marathon in 2011, prior to relocating to the United States he managed their UK Shore Base and all associated functions including material procurement, inventory management and 3PL and logistic contract management. He has a B.A. in Business Management from Robert Gordons University, Aberdeen and is an accredited member of CIPS.

Robert Ledesma
Contracting & Procurement Regional Integration Lead - Americas, Shell Projects and Technology

Robert is currently Upstream Regional Integration Manager based in Houston, Texas, USA.   He is viewed as a highly engaging and energetic professional with over 27 years of experience in both Downstream and Upstream businesses.

Robert joined Shell as an intern at Shell’s Deer Park Texas Refinery in 1989 and has held various positions in Contracting and Procurement during his 27 years with Shell.  His experiences have included roles such as Upstream North America Materials Management Operations Manager, Category Manager Maintenance Services,   Contract Management Manager, Supplier Diversity Manager for Downstream Manufacturing and assignments in Altamira, Mexico and Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Robert earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics from The University of Texas at Austin and his MBA from The University of Houston C.T. Bauer College of Business.   Robert enjoys spending his time with family, traveling, jogging, golfing and playing racquetball.   Robert has two children Nathan 29, and Aaron 24.


Joshua Adler
Founding CEO, Sourcewater

Joshua Adler is the Founding CEO of Sourcewater, the water exchange for the energy ecosystem, which he envisioned as a Sloan Fellow in Energy Ventures at MIT. Sourcewater’s online marketplace enables energy companies to save time and money on their primary operating cost, water management, ensure a reliable mission-critical supply chain, and reduce the environmental and community impacts of energy production through market-based incentives.

Mr. Adler is a successful entrepreneur who has founded energy, real estate, medical technology, and Internet companies, and served as the Chief Speechwriter to the United States Treasury Department. He is a graduate of Yale and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology whose writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The Economist.

In December 2015 Adler argued for the successful repeal of the U.S. energy export ban in the New York Times, concluding: “For as long as the world uses hydrocarbons, it is plainly in the United States’ economic, geopolitical and environmental interest to produce that energy here, with American workers and oversight.”

Brian Hinchcliffe
Director, Executive Career Transition Services, CAREER PARTNERS INTERNATIONAL

Brian Hinchcliffe leads the Executive Career Transition practice, preparing executives for their next career opportunity. In addition to career transition, he has a background in talent acquisition and change management consulting, as the means for aligning human and business success. He is recognized for his large global network of contacts and his ability to build relationships in culturally diverse settings.

Previously, Mr. Hinchcliffe was VP Sr. Consultant with an international consulting firm in Dallas, Texas and Sydney, Australia, where he provided career and executive coaching to executives and professionals from a wide range of functional areas and industries, and developed and facilitated classes on topics including entrepreneurship and social media.
Mr. Hinchcliffe has sold HR technology systems across the US, Australia, and Asia. This included a compensation management methodology and software, as well as a unified talent management solution, which provides applicant tracking, performance management, career development, succession planning, and learning management.

Prior to his consulting career, Mr. Hinchcliffe was an organizational change consultant to airlines. As deputy project director, he led the HR and customer service streams of a complete business turnaround of Pakistan International Airlines. He was a key contributor to projects in Hong Kong, restructuring crew resource management processes and organization for Cathay Pacific, and in Saudi Arabia, beginning the conversion of the maintenance and engineering cost center.

Mr. Hinchcliffe led his own management consulting firm, which he founded soon after relocating to the US from Australia in 1999. Mr. Hinchcliffe has extensive experience in client development and candidate development, having recruited engineering, project management and skilled trades for the energy sector (oil & gas, mining, infrastructure, and construction) globally. In addition, he has headed in-house recruitment for Qantas Airways.

Mr. Hinchcliffe holds an MBA and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and has presented sessions on work, organization and change at international, national, regional, and local conferences and workshops. He is actively involved in InterNations, as well as the Australian American Chamber of Commerce Houston, through which he continues to build a network in the oil & gas industry.

Steve Sfamenos
Director - Talent Management, Career Partners International

As a Human Resources Consultant, Steve provides subject matter expertise, leadership guidance and professional services to business owners, executive leadership, and managers in various industries including financial services, energy, information systems, and engineering. He possesses expertise in Strategy Development and Alignment, Talent Acquisition, Coaching, Performance Management and Leadership Development. In these capacities, Steve has become a trusted advisor to company leaders and developed results-driven training programs and cultural enhancement initiatives for clients.

Steve has gained more than 25 years of relevant business experience with a focus on HR Management. His background spans all HR disciplines and includes strategies to groom the next generation of leaders, policy development, legal compliance, and risk management. Steve’s experience encompasses organizational development, start-ups, and acquisitions & divestiture projects in multiple business sectors. Steve holds a Master’s Degree in Labor Relations and a Bachelor’s in Psychology from West Virginia University. He earned an Executive Coaching certification from the University of Houston and is a licensed benefits broker.

Mitul Patel
the Supply Chain Specialist - Drilling & Completions , Oasis Petroleum

Mitul Patel has 10 years of Supply Chain & Procurement experience in the Oil & Gas Industry with a primary focus in onshore shale.  Mitul is currently the Supply Chain Specialist for Drilling & Completions at Oasis Petroleum in a category management role to promote and implement sourcing strategies to improve supplier efficiencies and reduce service costs for the Bakken shale portfolio. Mitul analyzes oilfield market trends to develop and support operational strategies to ensure optimal results while hedging market risks. Prior to his role at Oasis Petroleum, Mitul worked at BHP Billiton (3 years.)  in a similar capacity in their North America onshore portfolio and at Bechtel Oil & Gas (3 yrs.) on the TransCanada Keystone Pipeline. He has a B.B.A. in Finance from the University of Houston.

Zachary Kaplan
Director, DAI Energy and Resources Group

Zachary Kaplan leads DAI Energy and Resources Group, a specialized business unit serving clients in the extractives industry. Zach’s expertise lies in developing business and financial sectors and in unlocking new markets for private actors. He works closely with corporate and government clients on public-private partnerships (PPPs) in both core and social infrastructure, facilitating partnerships to deliver key goods and services. Zach has deep experience in the extractives industry, advising companies on local content strategy, supply chain strengthening, and enterprise development. He has also advised governments on issues around leveraging investment in natural resource production for local economic development. His in-country experience includes work in Brazil, Ghana, Honduras, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, Mozambique, the Philippines, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, and Vietnam. Zach has published on developing long-term infrastructure finance in Sub-Saharan Africa, overcoming constraints to the legal and regulatory challenges for PPPs, strengthening private sector investment in fragile states, and applying innovative financing mechanisms for PPP transactions in emerging sectors.

John Sullivan
Procurement & Supply Chain Management (PSCM), Consultant

John Sullivan is a Procurement & Business Transformation and Global Supply Management expert and has additional skills in Program Management and Engineering. During 16 years in procurement, he has built teams that met business objectives by delivering over $1B in benefits. John has led many global teams of 100+ people, which have managed more than $6B per year in spend. He has been on the leadership team for four procurement and business transformations, two as leader, and has received numerous recognition awards, including twice Shell Chemical’s most prestigious employee award “Champions of Quality”.

In 2010, John was recruited to build a category management and strategic sourcing function at Spectra Energy midstream. Initially focused on sourcing and managing $2B in direct and indirect spend for Canada and the U.S., within 24 months John’s team saved more than $100 million. Within five years, John’s team had saved more than $500 million, by combining the power of market intelligence with cost modeling to effectively influence stakeholders and execute excellent contractual outcomes.

Previously, John joined a domestic power company, Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA). He was responsible for over $1B per year in category spend and a construction program that represented unprecedented growth for LCRA.

John received an MBA from Tulane University and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of South Florida. John spent the first eight years of his career working as a project engineer in downstream oil, gas, chemicals and resins.

James Wagstaff
Vice President - Oil & Gas, PowerAdvocate

James Wagstaff is a Vice President in PowerAdvocate’s Oil & Gas business unit. In his role, James is responsible for helping customers in the PowerAdvocate network improve their profitability. He has been with PowerAdvocate for 7 years; previously he managed energy brokerage operations for World Energy (now EnerNOC). James graduated summa cum laude from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and received an MBA from Wharton.

Jayme Mendal
Senior Director - Oil & Gas, PowerAdvocate

Jayme Mendal is a Senior Director in PowerAdvocate’s Oil & Gas business unit. In this role, he helps existing and prospective customers apply market and internal data analytics to drive significant cost reduction. Prior to his current role, Jayme served as a strategy consulting engagement manager for Monitor Deloitte with a focus on industrials and life sciences. Jayme graduated summa cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis and received an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Juan Carlos Villalba
Director - Commercial Strategies, Fluor

Juan Carlos Villalba is Director of Supply Chain Commercial Strategies for Fluor Corporation. He is responsible for developing, implementing and executing commercial strategies for global projects across all business lines at Fluor. Juan Carlos has more than 20 years of experience in project management, engineering and procurement for domestic and international projects. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering from the Javeriana University in Bogota, Colombia, a Master’s of Civil Engineering, from University of Kentucky and a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Florida.

Since graduating from college, Villalba has held a variety of roles at both construction sites and execution centers. These positions have included project management, procurement, project controls, strategic sourcing and engineering. Prior to his current role, Villalba was a Project Manager for large roadway infrastructure projects in South Florida. He holds PE (Professional Engineer) licenses in Florida, Maryland, Kentucky and Colombia.

Andy Tidey
Senior Vice President & Global Head of Performance Improvement, Wood Mackenzie

Andy is a Senior Vice President in Wood Mackenzie and the Global Head of Performance Improvement. He has over 20 years’ experience as an advisor working across performance improvement, restructuring, strategy and M&A. Andy is a former KPMG partner and graduate of Imperial College, London.

James Thompson
Business Processes Work Group Chair, PIDX

James is currently the R2P/SAP Specialist with ConocoPhillips, and he’s been closely involved in early discussions of PIDX Field Ticketstandardization. James has 25 years of experience within the oil/ gas industry. His career started in Corporate Tax and migrated to an SAP Oil and Gas Functional Consultant in the modules of Material Management, Project Systems, Plant Maintenance, Finance, Controlling, and Business Intelligence. He has the keen ability to explain in simple terms the complexity of ERP processes, and he has developed solutions utilizing participative management style. His specific expertise is in:
Supply Chain Procure to Pay
B2B eBusiness Cloud Solutions
Business Intelligence Dashboards
ERP Innovated Solutions
Process Improvements
Solution Design, and Build
Enterprise Asset Management
Materials Management

Andrew Mao
Director of Advance Transportation Planning, Houston District, Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT)