Thursday, May 1, 2014 | Curtis Hotel | Denver
Director, Colorado Energy Office, Office of Governor John Hickenlooper, Colorado
Jeff Ackermann has had a long career in state government and in the energy sector. He became the Director of the Colorado Energy Office (CEO) in April 2013 where he oversees the CEO staff, and the organization’s many initiatives and programs. Mr. Ackermann’s extensive energy experience aids him as he works collaboratively with other state agencies and external stakeholders to design and implement an “all-of-the-above” statewide energy platform.
Mr. Ackermann served as a section chief with the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) from November 2009 through March 2013, overseeing the monitoring and investigation of “emerging issues” likely to affect the regulation of Colorado utilities in the near future. Working with the commissioners and PUC leadership, He developed a special projects group capable of supporting numerous dockets and research initiatives. Prior to his section chief role at the PUC, Mr. Ackermann served an advisor to the PUC Commissioners in the area of demand-side management (DSM).
Dean, CU Denver Business School
Since her appointment as Dean of the Business School in 2000, Sueann R. Ambron has integrated the school into the fabric of the region’s business community. Executives from across the Rocky Mountain West actively participate in advisory boards, mentor students and provide opportunities for student interns to gain work experience before they graduate. Under the Dean’s leadership, the Business School has worked with industry leaders to develop innovative programs for health, global energy, entrepreneurship, sports management and sustainability.
Before serving as Dean, Dr. Ambron gained international experience with Motorola as the general manager of the multimedia division. At Paramount and Viacom, she pioneered work in multimedia with such brands as Star Trek and MTV. Ambron founded the Apple Multimedia lab that developed the first motion-picture and music prototypes integrating digital media. As the person who coined the term “multimedia” at Apple Computer, Dr. Ambron was named “Mother of Multimedia” by Wired magazine. Before joining the software industry, Dean Ambron served on the faculty of Stanford University. She earned her Ed.D. at Teachers College, Columbia University.
Sean P. Conway
Commissioner At-Large, Weld County Colorado
Sean Conway is a third generation Coloradan who grew up on a ranch in the Rocky Mountains. Mr. Conway and his family have made Weld County their home for more than two decades. Following re-election in 2012, he is currently serving in his second term as Weld County Commissioner At Large. Prior to serving as County Commissioner, Mr. Conway worked as Colorado Senator Wayne Allard’s Chief of Staff.
Speaker, Author, and Veteran Television Journalist
Greg Dobbs is a speaker, author, and veteran television journalist. For more than 10 of his 23 years with ABC News, he was a foreign correspondent. He covered the Iranian revolution and occupation of the U.S. Embassy, Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, civil war in Lebanon and the ejection of the PLO from Beirut, Iran-Iraq war, political turmoil that led to the fall of the Iron Curtain, civil war and deaths of IRA hunger-strikers in Northern Ireland, assassination of Anwar Sadat in Egypt, and civil war in Zimbabwe. Nationally, his major stories included the Watergate scandal, Native American occupation of Wounded Knee, execution of Gary Gilmore, and Exxon Valdez oil spill.
In 1992, Mr. Dobbs resigned from ABC to begin a multi-faceted career as a radio talk show host, newspaper opinion columnist, and television moderator. For six years, he hosted an Emmy Award-winning discussion program on Rocky Mountain PBS.
In 2003, Mr. Dobbs became a correspondent for the all high-definition television network HDNet. With his sons now grown, he once again began traveling around the world as a correspondent of documentaries for "World Report." His segments covered Agent Orange in Vietnam, terrorism in Lebanon, politics in Russia, the post-Apartheid era in South Africa, wealth in Dubai, autocracy in Venezuela, assisted suicide in Switzerland, dirty water in Indonesia, post-war recovery in Liberia, cocaine in Bolivia, PTSD in the U.S. military, extensive coverage from Israel and the Palestinian territories, and live reports, along with Dan Rather, on primary and general election nights, as well as live coverage from Florida of every space shuttle launch for the last six years of the program.
Manager of Media Relations, Encana Corp
Doug Hock is manager of media relations for Encana Corp. Previously he served as director of community and public relations in the company’s US Division. He has worked in public relations for over 25 years, the majority of it in natural resource industries. Prior to joining Encana he served as corporate media spokesman for Newmont Mining Corporation, a gold and copper mining company with operations throughout the world. He is a past president of the Colorado Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).
Mr. Hock serves on the board of Florence Crittenton Services, a Denver-based non-profit that helps teen parents raise healthy families, as well as the board of the American Lung Association in Colorado. He is a member of the Homeless Commission for the City and County of Denver, as well as the Denver Civic Ventures Board for the Downtown Denver Partnership. Mr. Hock holds a bachelor’s degree in news/editorial journalism from Drake University.
Political Economy Energy Advisor, PEMEX Board of Directors
Carlos Huerta brings to the forum more than 10 years of experience in energy issues, budget and financial matters. Notably, he has participated in several key negotiations with the Mexican Congress. In 2013 and 2008, he was a speaker at the energy forum debates with the Mexican Senate regarding PEMEX’s corporate government, state’s purchases, contracts and public works. As a consultant, he also participated in developing the legal framework of the energy reform.
Mr. Huerta has also co-authored several publications regarding energy reform. He earned his bachelor´s degree in economics and mathematical economics as well as his master’s degree in economics from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). His areas of specialization include: energy policy economics, macroeconomics, budget, finance and corporate, legislative process, social communication, negotiation policy and public relations.
Executive Director at Canada Natural Resources
Gregory Jack is Executive Director of the Task Force on Energy Security, Prosperity and Sustainability, a position he has held since August 2013. Prior to that, Mr. Jack served as Director of Operations with the Task Force, since October 2011. The Task Force acts as a focal point within the federal government for communications, outreach and policy coordination, with a particular emphasis on Canada’s oil sands. Previously, he was a member of the Beyond the Border Working Group, which was responsible for negotiating a Canada-U.S. Action Plan on Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness. Mr. Jack has also served as Director of Outreach for the Canadian International Development Agency and as Director of Ministerial Communications with Environment Canada. He began his career in the communications section of Privy Council Office, where he held in a variety of positions. Mr. Jack’s areas of expertise include public affairs and engagement, strategic communications, and public opinion research. Outside of work, he is an avid photographer. Mr. Jack holds a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and political studies, and a master’s degree in Public Administration, both from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.
Executive Director, Colorado Department of Natural Resources
Mike King has led the Department of Natural Resources since 2010, navigating the agency through significant reorganization, regulatory accomplishments and landscape-scale protection under the direction of Governor John Hickenlooper.
As Executive Director of DNR, Mr. King guided the creation of Colorado Parks and Wildlife, a merger of two previously stand-alone divisions that serve as an important example of Governor Hickenlooper’s efforts to shape a more efficient state government. He also shepherded the move of the Colorado Geological Survey from DNR to its new home at the Colorado School of Mines, where it can more cost-effectively serve Coloradans as a critical source of research and information.
Mr. King has also executed three major regulatory initiatives designed to strike the evolving balance between development of our oil and gas resources and protection of the environment and human communities. He guided a lengthy collaborative process with the U.S. Forest Service and the public to develop a Colorado Roadless Rule that dramatically increases safeguards and preservation of our spectacular forests.
Mike received his bachelor’s degree in journalism from CU-Boulder, law degree from the University of Denver and a Masters in Public Administration from CU-Denver’s Graduate School of Public Affairs.
Assistant Director, Strategy Research Unit, Institute of Energy Economics, Japan
Mr. Kutani has been engaged in energy policy analysis since joining IEEJ 6 years ago; his main field of research is analysis of global energy market and energy security issues with emphasis on Asia. Prior to his current role, he has held positions of Manager of International Strategy Analysis Group, Leader of Gas Group, and Visiting Researcher at IEEJ, where his research has addressed US, European, and Asian gas and LNG markets, Asian oil markets, worldwide coal markets and clean coal technology, ASEAN power grid connectivity, energy efficiency in the transport sector, and assessment of energy security policy. Mr. Kutani began his career at JFE Engineering Corp where he designed and managed gas pipeline projects. He holds a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Waseda University, Japan.
Executive Director, Global Energy Management (GEM) CU Denver Business School
Jim Marchiori is Executive Director of the Global Energy Management (GEM) Program at the University of Colorado Denver Business School. Jim’s career spans nearly 30 years developing talent in oil and gas, where he worked with companies such as International Human Resources Development Corporation (IHRDC), Scimitar Oils Limited, S.A. (Dubai Natural Gas Company), and DCP Midstream. He has consulted to clients all over the world, including all major US and European oil and gas companies, Petronas, Pertamina, Kuwait Oil Company, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, Qatar Petroleum, Egypt General Petroleum Company, Kazakhcaspikljytshelf/Kazakhoil, the Bangladesh Ministry of Oil, Gas, and Minerals, USAID, and the World Bank.
He has a B.A. in Political Science/International Relations from Michigan State University, and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Thomas A. Petrie
Chairman, Petri Partners, LLC
Prior to joining Petrie Partners as Chairman in 2012, Thomas A. Petrie was Vice Chairman of Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Previously, he co-founded Petrie Parkman & Co., a Denver and Houston based energy investment banking firm that merged with Merrill Lynch in December 2006. During his career, Mr. Petrie has been an active advisor on more than $200 billion of energy related mergers and acquisitions. Petrie Parkman advised the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on its natural gas initiative, the State of Alaska on gas pipeline options, and the U.S. Department of Energy on the sale of the Elk Hills oilfield.
Petrie has appeared on “The News Hour,” CNBC, Bloomberg, and Fox News. He has also recently authored the book, FOLLOWING OIL: Four Decades of Cycle-Testing Experiences and What They Foretell about U.S. Energy Independence.
He is a Trustee of the Denver Art Museum and the Colorado Conservation Trust, and serves on the Board of Directors of the C.M. Russell Museum, the Gilcrease Museum National Board, and the Colorado School of Mines Foundation Board of Governors.
Mr. Petrie has a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and received his Masters of Science in Business Administration from Boston University.
President of Pacific Pond LLC
Hidehiko Takiguchi is the President of Pacific Pond LLC; an energy advisory firm he established in New York in November, 2013. Pacific Pond’s objective is to link the Americas and Asia across the Pacific "Pond". Mr. Takiguchi believes that the Pacific Ocean is not an ocean any more but a small pond because the Americas and Asia are getting closer in terms of logistics and with the expansion of the Panama Canal scheduled for 2016.
Prior to Pacific Pond, he worked for Idemitsu, the second largest oil company in Japan for 33 years. At Idemitsu, he held a number of positions that include: crude oil trader (Overseas Operations), senior chief associate (Global Energy and New Business Developments at Corporate Strategy in Tokyo - engaged in LNG/LPG projects in Canada), manager of the Dhahran (Saudi Arabia) and Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) locations and general manager of Kuwait. He was also the President of Idemitsu Apollo Corporation in New York.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. Mr. Takiguchi was a researcher with lnstituto Nacional lndigenista through Mexico Japan Government Exchange program as well as a visiting scholar for Boston University's Department of International Relations.
Executive Director, Denver Office of Economic Development
Paul Washington is the Executive Director of the Denver Office of Economic Development. Prior to that, he was the president of LJS Holdings LLC, a leading finance advisory firm that specializes in international mergers, acquisitions and investment banking. LJS Holdings represents a select group of clients, including companies in Kuwait, India and Germany. Mr. Washington is also an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado in Boulder, where he teaches a graduate course in business planning.
Mr. Washington began his professional career as an attorney at the law firm of Hogan Lovells, specializing in large merger and acquisition transactions. He holds a Series 7, 24 and 28 securities license and is a member of the California and Colorado Bar Associations. He was appointed by Colorado Governor Bill Ritter to the State Securities Board in 2009 and by Governor John Hickenlooper to the University of Northern Colorado Board of Trustees in 2012.
In 1991 Mr. Washington earned his B.S. in business (finance) from the University of California at Berkeley and in 1996 received his JD from that institution’s Boalt Hall School of Law, where he was president of the graduate student body. He also earned his Master’s in Taxation from the University of Denver in 2012.