Roughneck Camp (RNC) is a one-day annual conference for SPE young professionals. In its 20-year anniversary, RNC 2021 goes virtual, and will discuss different aspects around the theme "Managing a Successful Oil and Gas Business in Today’s World". A wide range of topics are covered, from how to manage an oil company maintaining excellent operating and financial health, how to run an Acquisitions and Divestitures (A&D) business, oil and gas macroeconomics and trading, to lessons learned from the field, innovations and digital transformations, talent seeking (and job searching) secrets, and strategies towards the future energy market.
In-Person Social Mixer
After the virtual conference, join us for an in-person networking social (with a raffle draw) from 5 PM to 7:30 PM CST at Karbach Brewery, 2032 Karbach Street, Houston, Texas. All registered attendees will receive complimentary passes to attend the event!
Sign up to hear great insights from industry leaders and network to seek advice on diverse experiences and career paths!
What to Expect in Each Talk
8:15 AM to 9:00 AM - Keynote speech by Liz Sturman:
Join us to hear Liz’s reflection on her oil and gas career and her insight in leading Shell towards excellence in multiple frontiers for the past, present, and future! We cannot find a better keynote speaker than Liz! She has a reservoir engineering background and extensive experience in asset management and leadership in multiple countries. She is the perfect choice for our theme "Managing a Successful Oil and Gas Business in Today's World".
9:00 AM to 9:45 AM - Linhua Guan:
Is it possible to grow a small E&P company from having only a few employees in 2015 to now the 14th largest producer in Texas, while being recognized by Houston Business Journal for the 2020 Best Places to Work and the Middle Market 50 awards? Join us to hear Linhua Guan, CEO of Surge Energy, talk about how Surge Energy survives and thrives in the pandemic world, maintaining excellent financial and operational health, while making great technological breakthroughs.
10:00 AM to 10:45 AM - David Pantoja:
From being a reservoir engineer to now the founder and managing partner of Polaris Energy Partners, David Pantoja demonstrated what unlimited potential is in shaping a career in the oil and gas industry. Join us to hear David share how he built and manages an Acquisitions and Divestitures business! How are deals done? What are the secrets and challenges? Most of us start with a petroleum engineer role and don't get exposed to the "business" side of the equation. That's why David's talk is so valuable.
10:45 AM to 11:30 AM - Daniel Klein and Russell Cotton:
Understanding the macroeconomics of the oil and gas market is a key to any business in this industry. As petroleum engineers, we know Darcy's Law, PVT, and Decline Curve Analysis, but we don't necessarily know how the oil and gas market works on a macro scale. Come and hear KPMG experts Russell and Daniel dissect the market, supply and demand, and trading, and learn how to leverage this knowledge to gain strategic advantage!
12:30 PM to 1:15 PM - Massiel Diez, Olga Prieto, and Annie Shen:
Join us in this all-female panel discussion about lessons learned from the field! What is it like working in the field as a female? What made the panelists decide to get into oil and gas? What are the business and life challenges they faced? How did they handle the challenges? How does the recent business environment affect their jobs? Come and hear the different perspectives from our panelists and ask questions during Q&A!
1:15 PM to 2:00 PM - Liz Dennett and Dan Kahn:
Why is digital transformation important to the oil and gas industry? How can oil and gas businesses win by leveraging the explosion of digital technologies? How can someone with an oil and gas background participate and succeed in digital transformation? How can we leverage digital transformation to advance our own career? Liz and Dan will show you how digital transformation and innovation can reinvent the energy business, generating superior results in a tough market.
2:15 PM to 3:00 PM - Hudson Chen and Akash Sharma:
Join to hear recruiting expert Hudson review the current job market in the oil and gas industry, analyze what skillsets and traits are sought in the job market for now and the future, and share the perspectives of hiring managers: why they hire, when they hire, and what they are looking for. Wonder how you can use this knowledge to increase your chance of finding a job? Akash will share how he found his dream job during the middle of a downturn, fresh out of the M.S. program from University of Houston.
3:00 PM - 3:45 PM - Closing speech by Arthur Lee:
From being an EPA regulator to now the senior strategy advisor of energy transition in Chevron, Arthur is surely one of the most qualified speakers to talk about how oil and gas businesses can prepare themselves for the future energy market. He participated every UN Climate Change Conference from COP5 to COP25, contributed to the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 as an IPCC scholar, and received a signed recognition letter from President Obama for his service in the National Climate Assessment Development and Advisory Committee. Do not miss this talk!