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Christi Craddick

Christi Craddick

Chairman, The Texas Railroad Commission

Christi Craddick is in the forefront of the newest wave of conservatives in leadership roles in Texas. Raised in a strong conservative household, retained as legal counsel by prominent Texas firms, and shaped by more than a decade as a trusted political adviser, Craddick has set a clear standard of integrity, self-reliance and innovation in her position as Commissioner at the Railroad Commission.

Since her tenure on the Commission began in November 2012, Craddick has pushed to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of an energy industry that is driving the state's unparalleled economic success. In the process, she has repeatedly proven that sensible regulations, careful listening and plain talk can foster innovation that has solidified Texas leadership in the energy sector.

Making it a top priority, Craddick has worked to educate the public about the oil and gas industry and its impact in Texas. She has fought against Washington’s one-size-fits-all environmental policies that would kill jobs and stifle energy production growth. Craddick has advocated for recycling in the oilfields, helping to drive the percentage of reclaimed water upwards, an essential achievement in a state enduring a multi-year drought.

As part of her efforts to modernize the agency, Craddick has championed an Information Technology overhaul at the Commission, seeking improvements that would upgrade the Geographic Information System, increase public access to the agency's data, and speed up inspections and permitting times.

A native of Midland, the heart of the Permian Basin, Craddick earned both her Bachelor's Degree as a Plan II graduate and her Doctorate of Jurisprudence from The University of Texas at Austin. During her career as an attorney, she specialized in oil and gas, water, tax issues, electric deregulation and environmental policy.

Following the example of her father and mother, Craddick has been drawn to public service and politics. As president of a grassroots advocacy firm, she took the lead on work in coalition building in the public policy arena and development and implementation of issue strategies. Craddick serves her community as an active member of organizations including the State Bar of Texas, University of Texas Liberal Arts Alumni Advisory Council, and Dell Children’s Medical Center Foundation. Christi resides in Austin with her daughter, Catherine, and is an active member of St. John Neumann Catholic Church.


Mark LaCour

Mark LaCour

Director, modalpoint

Mark has lived and worked in the Oil and Gas industry for over 25 years. Later he started his own market research company and has a well-earned reputation as an industry "insider" and independent 3rd party researcher. This led to him becoming a part of the new media, where he has the top Oil and Gas podcasts in the world. He is a sought after public speaker, author, sits on several oil & gas boards and has one of the top oil & gas presences in social media.



Rustom Mody

Rustom K. Mody P.E.

CEO of VinTech Nano Materials
Formerly: Vice President of Technology – Baker Hughes a GE Company


Master of Business Administration in Finance from University of Houston

Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering – University of Oklahoma

Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas, USA

Mody holds 22 patents and is the author of over 80 articles, technical presentations and publications. He has won numerous Meritorious Awards for Engineering Innovation. In all, he has more than 40 years of experience in drilling, completion and production of which 32 years with Baker Hughes a GE company in various executive positions in technology.

Mody currently is the CEO of VinTech Nano Materials. VinTech Nano Materials is a nanotechnology manufacturer of specialty lubricants, chemicals, protective coatings and cutting tools. Mody is an active member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), International Association of Drilling Engineers (IADC) and serves on various committees. He serves on the Board of Advisors on multiple Universities and Industry organizations.

In 2019 he was appointed:

  • Sr. Fellow of Council on Competitiveness Technology Leadership and Strategy Initiative - Washington DC
  • Visiting Professor for the School of Technical Management Masters Program at Texas A&M
  • Executive Board Member "Pumps & Pipes" an organization made up of professionals from Medicine, Aerospace and Energy Industry. 2007 - present

Mody was the recipient of:

  • 2018 Baker Hughes a GE company "Life Time Achievement Award in Technology"
  • 2017 World Oil "Life Time Achievement" Award
  • 2017 SPE "Distinguished Member" Award
  • 2012 Chad Deaton Diversity & Inclusion Award at Baker Hughes a GE Company


Sean Strawbridge

Sean Strawbridge

Chief Executive Officer, Port Corpus Christi

Sean has over 25 years of experience in the global transportation and energy sectors in both public administration and private sector disciplines, holding senior leadership roles in Business & Corporate Development, Large Infrastructure Development, Capital Structuring, Finance, and Public Private Partnerships.

In his role as CEO of the Port of Corpus Christi, Sean leads the third largest U.S. port in total revenue tonnage.

A veteran of world-class organizations such as the Port of Long Beach, Ports America Group, Oxbow Energy, and Sea-Land Service, Sean has written extensively on the evolving marine terminal and vessel shipping paradigms and has been globally recognized for his industry knowledge and large network of professional relationships.

Sean is an active member of the South Texas Military Task Force, as well as the USCG Area Maritime Security Committee. He is committed to his community and serves on the Buccaneer Commission, United Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, USS Lexington Board of Directors, and the Art Museum of South Texas Board of Directors.

Sean holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Arizona State University. He has lived abroad and has conducted business in over 40 countries.


Yanni Charalambous

Yanni Charalambous

Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Occidental Petroleum

Yanni Charalambous is Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Occidental Petroleum. He is responsible for the Information Technology (IT) organization and the strategy and deployment of IT across Occidental's worldwide oil and gas, low carbon ventures, midstream, chemicals and corporate operations.

Mr. Charalambous was appointed Vice President, Information Technology in 2013 and Vice President and Chief Information Officer in 2014. In this role, he led all aspects of the company's global IT operations, including oilfield and plant automation, exploration and production systems, information management, business systems and process change. He joined Occidental in 2002.

Prior to joining Occidental, Mr. Charalambous served as a member of the management team at a startup. Mr. Charalambous began his career at Royal Dutch Shell where he advanced through positions of increasing responsibility working both in the U.S. and Europe.

Mr. Charalambous holds a bachelor of science in Computer Science from the University of Louisiana, Lafayette, and a Master of Computer Science from the University of Houston, Clear Lake. He represents Occidental on the American Petroleum Institute's Information Management and Technology Committee and the American Chemistry Council's Chemical Information Technology Center (ChemITC®) committee. He is a member of the board of ESCAPE Family Resource Center, a non-profit organization serving the Houston area. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers where he Chaired the Digital Energy Technical Section for several years and served as a member of the Advisory Board for the College of Science and Computer Engineering at the University of Houston-Clear Lake.

About Occidental Petroleum
Occidental Petroleum is an international oil and gas exploration and production company with operations in the United States, Middle East and Latin America. Headquartered in Houston, Occidental is one of the largest U.S. oil and gas companies, based on equity market capitalization. Occidental’s midstream and marketing segment gathers, processes, transports, stores, purchases and markets hydrocarbons and other commodities. The company's wholly owned subsidiary OxyChem manufactures and markets basic chemicals and vinyls. More information about the company is available at


Mark Rossano

Mark Rossano

Founder and CEO
C6 Capital Holdings LLC

Mark Rossano is a financial industry veteran and renowned expert on global financial markets and supply-chain analysis. As Founder and CEO of C6 Capital Holdings LLC, he provides investment and consulting services to clients across multiple sectors with a pronounced focus on global product flows.

Mark's deep-dive supply chain expertise is in high demand—he serves as a consulting executive to several international businesses, is an equity partner in several others, and is now a frequent contributor to Bloomberg TV after serving as a Bloomberg Energy Industry Analyst.

That expertise has been crafted over many years in a variety of roles, including Senior Energy Analyst and Macro-Economist positions at Elevation, Candlewood Investment Group, and South Ferry Capital Management, as well as his formative experiences as a Portfolio Manager at FNY Capital and Morgan Stanley Investment Management, where he managed an eight-person team focused on developing a global trade platform to invest in rates, foreign exchange, commodities, and equities.

Mark received his bachelor's degree in economics from Loyola College in Maryland and his MBA in Finance from Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management. During that time, he was a founding member of Syracuse's Net Impact organization—an international nonprofit that focuses on building businesses with socially and environmentally sustainable processes.


Ahmed Ghoneim

Ahmed Ghoneim

Vice President, Oil & Gas
Energy Recovery

Ahmed Ghoneim is the Vice President of Oil & Gas at Energy Recovery, where he is responsible for development and commercial strategy for the Company's oil & gas technologies. He is an accomplished oilfield leader with over two decades of global upstream oil & gas experience with a focus on well services and pressure pumping, technology and operations, and quality, health, safety & environment (QHSE) program implementation.

Mr. Ghoneim previously worked as Global Production Enhancement Director with Baker Hughes, Regional Director for Pressure Control with GE Oil & Gas in multiple markets, in addition to several leadership roles over 15 years with Schlumberger. He began his career in oil & gas as a field engineer, working for multiple major operators including Repsol, Shell, BP and Hess.

Mr. Ghoneim graduated with a B.Sc. in Mechanical Power Engineering from Ain Shams University, in Cairo, Egypt.


Representative Jon Rosenthal

Representative Jon Rosenthal

County Affairs and Energy Resources Committee

Representative Jon Rosenthal has been in Texas since 1979 after being born in the prestigious Stanford University Hospital in 1963. His father Haskell was the John T. Stuart III Centennial Professor of Mathematics at the University of Texas at Austin for over 25 years and his mother Maryon is a retired Cosmetics Sales Director.

A graduate of The University of Texas at Austin in 1991, Jon earned his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He has since worked for over 25 years as a Project Manager, Engineering Manager, and Subsea Systems Engineer in and around the oil & gas industry. In 2016, Jon earned a Graduate Certificate in Subsea Engineering from the University of Houston.

Representative Rosenthal has been a strong fighter, advocate and champion for better public schools, healthcare and ensuring we have comprehensive criminal justice reform across the State of Texas. Grateful and fortunate enough to be elected by the great constituents of House District 135 (Northwest Houston - Cypress and Jersey Village), Jon continues his fight in the state legislature to advocate for these issues amongst other needs. He will bring a unique background to the chamber as being only one of two practicing engineers in the Texas State House of Representatives and the only mechanical engineer serving in the body.

As a new member to the 86th Legislative session, Representative Rosenthal served on the County Affairs and Energy Resources Committees. He was honored to receive the Freshman of the Year award from the non-partisan Legislative Study Group, the second largest caucus in the Texas State House dedicated to developing mainstream solutions and advancing sound public policy benefitting all Texans.

Jon is happily married to his wife Aminta, and they share 2 adult children; Janet and Bryan. The Rosenthal family has lived in Northwest Houston since 2007.


Janna Simonsen

Janna Simonsen

National Program Lead, Surface Environmental Oil and Gas program;
Bureau of Land Management Headquarters

Janna Simonsen has been a National Program Lead overseeing the Surface Environmental Oil and Gas program as the Senior Natural Resource Specialist for the Bureau of Land Management Headquarters for 6 years. Prior to that she oversaw oil and gas permitting, inspections, and reclamation for 5 years in Utah and Wyoming. Her career spans the past 22 years with a wide range of natural resource work, which includes many mines and renewable energy projects as a consultant; working for several government agencies and universities.



Demetra Collia

Demetra Collia

Office Director, Office of Safety Data and Analysis,
Bureau of Transportation Statistics in the US Department of Transportation

Demetra Collia is office director in the Office of Safety Data and Analysis, Bureau of Transportation Statistics in the US Department of Transportation. She has 38 years of experience in the areas of occupational health and safety, public health, and transportation safety. She spent 10 years developing health standards for the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration addressing occupational risk to chronic and infectious disease such as cancer, tuberculosis, and hepatitis B. For the past 17 years, she has developed and managed three near-miss reporting safety programs, including the SafeOCS program. She holds a BA in chemistry and mathematics from Hope College, an MA in statistics from Western Michigan University, and an MHS in biostatistics and epidemiology from Johns Hopkins.


Amanda Eagle

Amanda Eagle

Petroleum Engineer Measurement Specialist,
Production Measurement Team, Bureau of Land Management Headquarters

Amanda Eagle is a Petroleum Engineer Measurement Specialist on the Production Measurement Team (PMT) with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Headquarters Office. She has 6.5-years' experience working onshore oil and gas operations with BLM. The PMT focuses on oil and gas measurement and is responsible for providing guidance to operators and field offices on oil and gas measurement questions or issues. Prior to working for BLM headquarters Amanda worked for the BLM Alaska State Office as an operations petroleum engineer. Amanda has bachelor’s degrees from the University of Idaho in chemical engineering, chemistry, and mathematics: applied scientific modeling.