State of Energy - Houston

By SHALE Magazine (other events)

Thursday, July 18 2019 10:30 AM 3:30 PM CDT

Join SHALE Magazine and In The Oil Patch Radio Show, in partnership with local and regional partners and organizations, to get an update on the state of the energy industry.

The event is being held on July 18th, 2019 from 10:30am to 3:30pm at the Omni Houston Hotel Westside located at 13210 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX 77079.



10:30-11:00am - Registration
Live Recording - In The Oil Patch Radio Show

11:00-12:30pm - Luncheon
- Featured Speaker
- Keynote Speaker
- Panel Discussion: The Executive Perspective Across The Industry

  • Sean Strawbridge, CEO, Port CC

  • Quay McKnight, Chairman and President, M&M International

  • Allen Gilmer, Founder, Drilling Info

12:30-12:45pm - Networking

1:00-2:00pm - Panel Discussion
Global Energy Market VS. U.S. Energy Market:
The Price Collapse And Future Projections

  • John England, Partner, Oil, Gas & Chemicals, Deloitte

  • Fred Charlton, Managing Director, Chairman and Head of Energy Investment Banking, Simmons Energy

  • John Wilson, VP - North America Sales, Global Project Pursuit and Strategic Accounts, Final Control, Emerson Automation Solutions

2:15-3:15pm - Panel Discussion
Technologies And Innovations:
Efficiency And Safety

  • Ron Beck, Director, Marketing Strategy, Aspen Tech

  • David Dickert, Head of Field Operations - North America, Aggreko

  • Marco Caccavale, Vice President, Americas Turbomachinery & Process Solutions, Baker Hughes, a GE Company


Keynote Speaker: Ryan Zinke, Former U.S. Secretary of the Interior


After service as Montana’s sole Representative in the United States House and a distinguished military career of more than two decades as a U.S. Navy SEAL, Ryan Zinke served his nation as Secretary of the Interior under President Donald Trump. In every role he’s taken on, Ryan’s focus has been giving back to his community, state and country.

In Congress, he pressed for an improvement in services at the VA, reforms in the management of federal lands, or preservation of the future of family farming and ranching.  

Ryan also used his strong Montana values to make government work during his congressional and state Senate service and to deliver results for the people of the state that elected him.  

In 2016, Congressman Ryan Zinke was nominated by President Donald J. Trump and later confirmed by the US Senate to serve as the 52nd US Secretary of the Interior.

As Secretary of the Interior, Ryan was a champion of restoring the voice of state and local communities in land and wildlife management decisions.  

At Interior, Ryan established and protected wildlife corridors, budgeted for the largest investment in our nation's history for national parks, increased public access for recreation and traditional use, and he was the principal architect of the American Energy "Dominance" policy.   After a total of 31 years of public service, President Trump accepted his resignation in 2019.

As a member of the President’s cabinet, as a congressman, as a state senator, and as a Navy SEAL commander, Ryan swore to defend the constitution of the United States, and he takes that commitment seriously to this day.

A fifth-generation Montanan

Ryan is a fifth-generation Montanan with deep family roots in Bozeman, Glasgow, Glendive, Whitefish, and Richey.  

As a child, Ryan was very close to his grandmother, a one-room-schoolhouse teacher from Richey, and at a young age learned from her the importance of hard work, faith, family, honesty and personal responsibility.

Growing up at the gateway to Glacier National Park, Ryan's love and appreciation for Montana's outdoor heritage began early and continues strong to this day.  

Ryan spent as much time as he could outside as a kid growing up in the heart of northwest Montana.  Ryan was a multiple-sport, all-state standout, a Whitefish High School Football Hall of Fame inductee, and 1979 Montana Boys State participant.  

After graduating high school, Ryan attended the University of Oregon on an athletic scholarship, played four years for the Oregon Ducks football team, and graduated with a bachelor of science degree in geology.  

As a four-year Oregon letterman, he received numerous awards including All-Pacific TEN honors and the prestigious Emerald Cup for academic, athletic and leadership excellence.  Ryan also holds a master’s degree in business finance and a master’s degree in business finance, both from the University of San Diego.

Ryan met and married the love of his life, the former Lolita Hand, when he was an officer in the Navy SEALs and Lola was working as the local bi-lingual public defender.  

Lola is the co-founder of the Great Northern Veterans Peace Park Foundation which created an 18-acre sledding park for children in Whitefish, Montana.  Lola, born and raised in Santa Barbara, California, is Hispanic and her mother, Consuelo Castro Hand, was U.S. Consul to Peru and a naturalized U.S. citizen.  

Lola remains deeply interested in Latin America and also founded the non-profit Amazon Kids organization to provide computers and educational services to children she has visited in the most remote and isolated regions of the Amazon basin.   

Ryan and Lola have raised three children: two boys, Wolfgang and Konrad, and a daughter Jennifer. They are also the proud grandparents to two wonderful granddaughters.  

Jennifer, who is Ryan’s stepdaughter, graduated first in her class from the U.S. Navy’s Diving School and married an active-duty U.S. Navy SEAL. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, Ryan, Jennifer and Jennifer’s husband were simultaneously deployed overseas to the Middle East.

American commander

Ryan joined the U.S. Navy in 1985, driven by a strong passion for service to his country and graduate the following year from Officer Candidate School and attended SEAL training (BUDS class 136).  

He was first assigned to SEAL Team ONE in Coronado, CA, then was later selected for SEAL Team SIX where he was a Team Leader, Ground Force Commander, Task Force Commander and Current Operations Officer in support of National Command Authority missions.  

After over a decade of exemplary service, Ryan was assigned as Deputy and Acting Commander of Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Arabian Peninsula for Operation IRAQI FREEDOM where he led a force of over 3,500 Special Operations personnel in Iraq.  In 2006 he was awarded two Bronze Stars for combat. He is credited with conducting 360 combat missions and the capture or kill of 72 terrorists.

Ryan served as the Special Operations Officer in Europe and as the SEAL Commander of Joint Task Force TWO in support of Special Operations missions in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia and Kosovo.  

Ryan's final Naval assignment was establishing the Naval Special Warfare Advanced Training Command where he served as "Dean" of the Naval Special Warfare graduate school.  

Ryan is the author of the book, American Commander, which he wrote with New York Times Bestselling Author of American Sniper, Scott McEwen.  The book reports on Ryan’s two decades in the Navy and takes readers behind the scenes and into the heart of America’s most-feared fighting force.   

In the book, Zinke shares what it takes to train and motivate the most celebrated group of warriors on earth and then send them into harm’s way.  Through it, he shares his proven problem-solving approach: Situation, Mission, Execution, Command and Control, and Logistics.

Zinke trained and commanded many of the men who would one day run the covert operations to hunt down Osama bin Laden and save Captain Phillips (Maersk Alabama).  He also served as mentor and friend to now famous SEALs Marcus Luttrell (Lone Survivor) and Chris Kyle (American Sniper).

Ryan retired from active military duty in 2008 after serving 23 years as a US Navy SEAL.

Congressional service

Ryan decided to bring his public service to the next level and run for Congress in 2014.  He was motivated by the idea of improving U.S. military policy abroad, strengthening the livelihoods of all Montanans, and passing down a brighter future to the next generation.  

Ryan was elected by a 15-point margin, winning the support of Montanans from all walks of life, united by the common goal of Less Politics, More Leadership.  

Ryan was sworn into the House of Representatives on January 6, 2015 and became the first Navy SEAL ever to serve in the House.  He was selected to sit on the Natural Resources Committee and Armed Services Committee.

As the only veteran in Montana's Congressional Delegation, Ryan was a steadfast advocate for Montana veterans and military personnel and families.  In just a few short months, Ryan had also made his mark on Congress as a staunch defender of Montana public lands and as a strong advocate for American energy independence.  

Before being elected to Congress, Ryan served in the Montana State Senate.  

Ryan's legislative colleagues selected him to chair the Senate Education Committee where he made important advancements in advancing technology in the classrooms of Montana, improving rural access to education and enhancing local control over local schools.  He also served on the Montana State Senate’s Finance and Claims Committee.

Believing in growth, strength, conservative values

Growing the economy: Ryan believes America is exceptional and our economy is strong when Washington stops meddling with our livelihoods and lets us innovate and create jobs.  Whether it’s historic forest reforms to revitalize timber communities; to rein in regulations on our natural resources, like coal, oil and natural gas; or to simply cut taxes and red tape for farmers, ranchers and small businesses, Ryan is committed to growing local economies and moving America forward.

Peace through strength: Ryan is a decorated veteran, having spent 23 years as a U.S. Navy SEAL. He believes in peace through strength and that America has a responsibility to assist our allies in times of need and carry out humanitarian aid missions.

Montana values: Ryan is a fifth-generation Montanan who grew up right outside Glacier National Park.  Whether it’s defending our right to bear arms or ensuring mixed use of our beautiful public lands, Ryan knows that it is Montana core values that make that state the Last Best Place.

Vision of our forefathers: Ryan Zinke is a Constitutional conservative who believes in the vision the forefathers laid out which separates powers between the three branches and ensures the sovereignty of our states.  As a Navy SEAL, State Senator and later a member of Congress and Secretary of the Interior, Ryan swore an oath to defend the Constitution. His decisions are based on upholding the Constitution and doing what is right for his community and for America.



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