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This event ran December 1-2, 2015 and has now finished.

If you are an industry expert, with years of experience working in oil and gas supply chain and procurement and would like to share your expertise, we would like to speak with you.

Please contact:

Anna Jeffcoat | Conference Producer
Energy Conference Network
+1 (855) 869-4260
Anna.Jeffcoat@energyconferencenetwork.com


Roger Bhalla
Manager, Supply Chain Strategy & Technology, ConocoPhillips

Roger Bhalla is currently the Manager of Supply Chain Strategy and Technology for ConocoPhillips. In this role, Bhalla is responsible for re-architecting key processes and IT systems used to execute a supply chain that is responsible for >$20B in spend annually. Prior to joining ConocoPhillips in 2012, Bhalla was the Vice President of Supply Chain Enablement at Hewlett-Packard. In this capacity, he drove a significant expansion of supply chain capability for >$250M in annual profit improvement, while standardizing business processes and consolidating IT systems. In his 15 years at HP, he held a number of leadership positions in Supply Chain, Marketing and Business Planning. Earlier in his career, Bhalla was with the Ford Motor Company in Procurement, as well as with General Dynamics and Santa Clara Plastics in Engineering positions. Bhalla holds an MBA in Marketing/Management and Bachelors of Science in Aerospace Engineering, both from the University of Texas (Austin). He is a Certified Supply Chain Professional (CPSC) from APICS.

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.

Pablo A Zarra
Global Process Advisor – Contracting, Chevron

Pablo Zarra is the Global Process Advisor for Contracting at Chevron Corporation based in Houston. He is responsible for leading the contracting function at the enterprise level for Chevron.

Beginning his 24-year career with Chevron in Argentina, Pablo has dedicated his professional career to delivering results in a wide range of Contracting and Supply Chain Management positions of increasing responsibility in Argentina and Venezuela (overseeing Latin American operations) and in the United States in California and Texas. His business travels have taken him to operations in Indonesia, Thailand, Australia, Kazakhstan, China, Angola, Nigeria, and other key locations. These diverse assignments have provided him in-depth experience in strategic and operational aspects of Contracting and SCM.

Pablo has a deep understanding of the challenges and complexity of contracting in a global environment and of the increasing demands this complexity places on contracting professionals. He is passionate about improving contracting organizational capability and increasing the value delivered to the business by the Contracting discipline.

A Board Member of the International Association for Contract and Commercial Management, Pablo received his Bachelor’s degree in Law and postgraduate degree in Oil Law from the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina and has a certificate in Supply Chain Management from Arizona State University.

Paul Hines
Supply Chain ERP Project Systems Lead, Marathon Oil Company

Paul is an innovative supply chain systems professional with proven ability to develop and implement creative solutions to complex issues. Fifteen years of hands-on SAP experience in the oil and gas and chemicals industries, serving in project management, business analyst, consulting, and functional expert roles. Leader of diverse cross functional teams on high profile software projects, with responsibility for delivering both new functionality and systems enhancements on time, in scope, and within budget. Highly effective communication skills with extensive experience interacting with C-level executives and presenting complex ideas to large audiences in a clear, concise manner.

Sarah Jane Sherman
Supply Chain Manager, PetroSaudi Oil Services

Sarah Jane Sherman is the Supply Chain Manager at PetroSaudi Oil Services and is handling all supply chain for offshore rig operations in Latin American and North Africa. Sarah is a bilingual Spanish-English Senior Executive with regional and international corporations in Air Cargo, Sea Cargo and Supply Chain Management. Her previous roles include: Purchasing & Contract at ONGC Videsh Ltd – Petrocarbobo Proyect – Orinoco Belt, Warehouse and Logistics Manager, CEDIM and Country Supply Chain Manager Venezuela and Trinidad and Tobago at Weatherford. Sarah has a track record of consistently exceeding goals and adding value at international corporations and with more than 15 years of related background.

JD Bhusri
Director of Global Sourcing - Supply Chain, Baker Hughes

JD Bhusri is the Director of Global Sourcing Supply Chain at Baker Hughes. His specialties include: global sourcing, operations, Six Sigma, quality, new product introduction, vendor development, supplier upgradation, joint ventures and purchasing. His previous role was the Director of Global Sourcing at GE Energy-Dresser. He has experience in  organizational transformation, contract negotiations, program management, continuous process improvement, commodity hedging, low cost sourcing, raw materials and indirect purchasing. JD holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland College Park, US. 

Frank Schroder
Senior Logistics and Trade Compliance Manager - Americas Region, McDermott International

Frank Schroder is a Senior Logistics and Trade Compliance Manager Americas Region at McDermott International. He is a logistics professional with 28 years of experience in operations, leadership and management in the international freight forwarding and global supply chain management business.

Frank has utilized the past six years to improve the supply chain of a leading oil and gas EPCI company in the Atlantic and Middle Eastern regions, through application of the knowledge gained during 22 years in the freight forwarding industry. He registered supply chain savings for Middle East region exceeded US$20 million in 2012. He was a central contributor to achieving Export, Import, FCPA and UK Bribery Act compliance for the company, minimizing risk exposure, while streamlining operations to maximize profits.

In addition, Frank introduced innovative application of software to produce faster, error-free transport documents, reduced global shipment delays, optimized inventory cycle time, while contributing to on-time fabrication and meeting customer schedules. He is in the process of completing APICS Supply Chain Management Professional and Six Sigma Green Belt certifications and is a Licensed U.S. Customs Broker, Dangerous Goods certified for almost 20 years, certified IATA Freight Agent and published Author of Letters of Credit textbook.

John F. Wadephul
Material Planning Global Functional Lead, Fluor

John Wadephul has over 30 years of experience with Fluor Corporation, a FORTUNE 500 global engineering and construction firm. Wadephul is an industry expert in managing and planning materials for mega downstream projects and upstream projects including the Hebron Topsides project and Chayvo OPF Expansion project. He has experience planning materials through all phases of a project, including coordinating with engineering teams to identify required materials and then following those materials through fabrication, modularization, mechanical completion and turnover. Wadephul began his career during the 1980s industry downturn working at an oil field services company managing the production and inventory of oil well perforating charges. Early career experiences, combined with the cyclical nature of the oil and gas industry and its effect on owners, service providers and suppliers, has given Wadephul the knowledge necessary to strategically plan and coordinate project materials amidst various economic conditions.

Evelyn MacLean-Quick
Vice President Strategic Sourcing Global Supply Chain, Hess Corporation

Bio coming soon…

Rick Faircloth
Principal Engineer, Cameron

Rick has more than 48 years’ experience in the field of steel melting, castings, forgings, heat treatment, material selection, nondestructive examination, quality, welding along with API & ASME technical standards development. In his career, Rick has held numerous positions in manufacturing, quality management, project management, standards management and engineering and has spent 36 years in API Upstream and 22 years in ISO Pipeline transportation systems standards development. Rick is currently involved in numerous API and ASME technical committees for standards development and serves as Chairman of API SC6 TG1 on pipeline & subsea pipeline valves, API 20A –Steel castings and Vice Chairman of API SC20 Supply Chain Management as well as a member of ASME B16 Subcommittee N ( B16.10 & B16.34).

Anders Dahl
Sourcing Director, FMC Technologies

Anders is Global Sourcing Director at FMC Technologies and has been with the company for 5.5 years. During Anders’ time with FMC he and his team have implemented Category structures for Direct Material Spend, Indirect Material, Machinery & Equipment and Logistics. Every Supplier has been evaluated and a strategy is put in place. Processes and Systems have been developed and introduced globally to all sites and BU’s. Through the structured and disciplined way of working the number of Suppliers has been reduced with over 50 percent. The Quality performance from external Supply Chain has been improved by 80 percent at same time as On Time Delivery was improved. Before joining FMC Anders spent 15 years in Automotive Industry where he held executive positions in Operations, Sourcing & Procurement and Quality.

Ross Harvison
President, ISM Houston

Ross Harvison is the President of the Intuitivum Group and Managing Partner of the firm’s Supply Chain and Operations Practice. He works with executives in small to mid-capital companies to assist their efforts to prioritize business needs, build strategies, and execute transformation programs. He has more than 30 years’ experience in commercial, engineering and manufacturing environments in the energy, refining and petrochemicals industries. He specializes in Supply Chain and Operations Transformation, Multi-National Organization Change Management, and Human Capital Development.

Mr. Harvison has delivered significant variable and fixed cost reductions in global supply chain and manufacturing organizations using highly effective change methodologies integrated with Lean and Six Sigma process improvement techniques.  He has also enabled broad manufacturing capability improvement by driving the development of operations management systems standards and successfully supporting their implementation.  His organization design and human capital development efforts have delivered substantial fixed cost reductions while enhancing overall capability.

Ross is also the President of the Houston affiliate of the Institute for Supply Management® and the chair of the organization’s Business Survey Committee. He received his B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Arizona and is a Villanova trained Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.

Nelson Balido
Chairman & CEO, Energy Council of the Americas

Nelson Balido drives results in diverse government, politics, private industry, and non-profit arenas. As one of the leading authorities on the U.S. border for trade, travel, energy and security issues, he leads Balido and Associates, a strategic management consultancy, and is founder of the Border Commerce and Security Council and the Energy Council of the Americas. Prior to assuming his current role he was the President of the Border Trade Alliance; a presidential pick to lead the private sector division of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and also served on the Homeland Security Advisory Council appointed by the Secretary of Homeland Security, where he was awarded the department’s highest civilian award – the Outstanding Public Service Medal.He has extensive experience in the public and private sectors at the local, state and federal levels.  For years, Nelson has worked closely with the governments of U.S., Canada, and Mexico at every level by advocating on behalf of policy initiatives designed to improve cross-border affairs, trade and security relations, energy reform and cultural understanding.  In 2014, Nelson was re-appointed to the U.S. Department of Commerce, Industry Trade Advisory Council by United States Trade Representative and the Secretary of Commerce.

Robert J Schneider
Senior Consultant, Supply Chain Management

Bob Schneider has worked in the oil and gas industry for 40 years, including 36 years in supply chain management. Bob retired from BP-Amoco in 2008, and from Occidental Oil and Gas Corporation in 2015. He has over 20 years of category management experience in environmental consulting, engineering services, and oil field services sectors. His most recent role with Oxy was Supply Chain Manager – Drilling Rigs, responsible for strategy, planning, contracting and supply chain project execution for approximately 84 drilling rigs in the Western Hemisphere, representing approximately $900 million in annual spend. Bob is currently an independent consultant, specializing in supply chain management and professional development.

Bob graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. He holds professional certifications from the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) and the Chartered Institute for Procurement and Supply (CIPS).

Darrel Froelich
Independent Supply Chain Consultant,

Darrel Froelich is a proven and innovative Supply Chain Management Professional with extensive expertise supporting US and international petroleum exploration, drilling and production operations He has over 30 years experience in oil and gas and has held numerous roles including: Contracts Team Lead at Murphy Exploration and Production Company, Advanced Procurement Contracts Specialist at Marathon Oil Company, Senior PSCM Sector Specialist at BP America Production Company. His specialties include: contract management and negotiation, supplier performance management, procurement strategies, purchasing and sourcing, recruitment and supply chain.

Peter Dill
Corporate Sourcing Manager, Indirect, Logistics & Subsea Processing, FMC Technologies

Peter Dill leads the development and implementation of strategic direct, indirect and logistics focused global sourcing and procurement strategy and metrics based on over 15 years negotiating multimillion dollar oil and gas, subsea, automotive, and ocean logistics procurement supply chain contracts. Effectively leads senior level cross functional teams. Significant success generating savings or incentives, mitigating risk and focus on Total Cost of Ownership is based on living over 16 years overseas in Asia, South America, Europe and North America.

His specialties include: subsea procurement and processing systems, indirect procurement and sourcing, global ocean container strategy, logistics procurement and sourcing, global implementations, product procurement, supply chain strategy, multi-country and multicultural team leadership.

Steve Senterfit
Managing Partner, Northshore Consulting

Stephen Senterfit, CEO and Managing Partner with Northshore Consulting Group, where he leads the firms’ business.  He has more than 25 years of experience helping national and international energy companies transform their operational performance through strategic planning, improved processes, risk management, operational excellence, innovation and technology enablement.  He provides his clients the expertise and experience to invent the future while navigating complexity, and uncertainty to realize success.

Alvaro Zapata
Consultant, Warehouse & Inventory Coordinator

Alvaro Zapata has a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and is an Industrial Engineer with over 15 years professional experience in mining metallurgical industry and mass consumption companies. His previous roles have related to enhancing operational efficiencies, developing innovative solutions and providing organizational leaderships. He is a forward-thinking manager with diverse experience in: systems projects management, design and control of organizational value chain, continuous improvement, HSE Management and strategic planning.

Alvaro specializes in aligning IT projects in business to create implementation solutions that drive organizational change and management and implementation of standard transactional systems ERP (1SAP/R3 – AS400). He is a Senior Purchaser with more than 8 years in sourcing strategy, negotiation and purchasing goods, services in maintenance mining operation and major projects: size higher to USD$10 million/year. Finally, Alvaro has a very strong ability in warehouse management, handling and inventory optimization, distribution and logistics, traffic, export and import of goods with strong knowledge and application in HSE standards.

Stephen Liverman
Director, Business Technology, Exterran

Bio coming soon…

Jeff Michael
Management Consultant and Head, Supply Improvement Practice - North America, Partners in Performance

Jeff Michael is an experienced and solution-oriented management consultant with 30 years of professional experience, predominantly in the resource-extraction industries. He has service expertise in virtually all areas of operations improvement, with an emphasis on procurement and supply chain.  Jeff leads the North American supply improvement practice for Partners in Performance, developing leading-edge solutions for our global client base – with an emphasis on delivering rapid, sustainable results.  His experience consulting within the industry (Oil and Gas) as well as to suppliers (EPCs, transportation, manufacturers, etc.) gives him a rich perspective on strategies and approaches to drive supply excellence in both capital and operating procurement.

Peter Benda
Senior Procurement Consultant, Partners in Performance

Peter Benda is a senior procurement consultant at Partners in Performance with nearly 25 years of experience consulting to a range of industries including Mining, Oil & Gas, Utilities, Automotive Manufacturing and Financial Services.  His areas of specialization include strategic sourcing, rapid sourcing, negotiation training, and procurement organization effectiveness.  He has consulted with mining and oil and gas clients in Australia, Africa, and North America.  He is an engineer by training and holds patents related to logistics optimization.

Rick Carr
Principal, Deloitte Consulting

Rick is a Principal and leads our Mining practice for Consulting. He has 20 years of experience in various roles both in industry and consulting.  This experience includes many years of leading and delivering operational improvements, business process reengineering, transformation, and cost reduction programs for Energy and Mining companies in areas related to capital projects, drilling and operations, procurement and logistics.

Rick is also the leader in our Energy & Resources Supply Chain and Operations practice that focuses on process improvements and cost management across Supply Chain, Operations and Capital Projects. Rick has led various transformations, M&A and divesture initiatives, Operating Model, and process improvement projects for Energy & Resource companies which included procurement processes, sourcing, materials and logistics, category management, contracting and risk, organizational design, performance management and metrics, and systems implementations.

Prior to working with Deloitte, Rick served as the leader for Global Supply Chain Center of Excellence Lead for a global mining, metals and industrial products company.

Joni Young
Director, Deloitte Consulting

Joni is a Director in Deloitte’s Sourcing & Procurement practice based in the Chicago, IL office. She is a Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM) having more than 20 years of experience in sourcing, negotiations and process improvements with an emphasis on technology, telecom, and services.

Joni specializes in vendor management and cost reduction strategies and leads contract review services to support mergers, acquisitions and divestitures.

Most recently, Joni has led global contract separation activities to support Day 1 business-as-usual for the separation of an American multinational e-commerce company resulting in $50M risk mitigation and negotiated savings / cost avoidance and $23M in elimination of stranded costs.