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Nov 2017


Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center 900 East Market Street San Antonio , Texas 78205
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DUG Eagle Ford Conference & Exhibition 2017







Event Overview:

The Extraordinary, Expansive Eagle Ford

The Eagle Ford is a play like no other: vast, prolific and extremely economic. And yet it is full of complexities and contradictions as well. Location matters, operating practices matter. The rush to secure solid Eagle Ford positions has drawn players from across the world at the same time home-grown firms have gambled their futures on gaining size and scale and the operating expertise necessary to make the Eagle Ford work.

Attendee Information:

Why Attend?

Every DUG conference offers...

...A rich experience, one that is equal parts intelligence, education and inspiration.

For landmen and oil and gas producers, the DUG program agenda offers ideas and feedback from peers about what's working and what lies ahead for gas, tight oil and NGLs from unconventional reservoirs. 

For finance professionals and investors, the DUG experience combines data-rich presentations from key executives and informative encounters with technology providers on the exhibit floor. 

For upstream service companies, DUG venues offer market intelligence and numerous opportunities for face-to-face access to executives and operations managers, alliance partners and regional suppliers. 

For pipeline operators and midstream service providers, DUG presentations offer a comprehensive view at business opportunities, with insight to where gathering, treatment and storage capacity is needed.

For regulators, policy-makers, attorneys and other professionals, a DUG environment, from exhibits to the audience, provides unparalleled means to ask questions and 'take the pulse' of industry experts.

If tight-oil, natural gas and NGLs from shales matter to you and your business, then you cannot afford to miss the actionable intelligence available at DUG. Come see for yourself why DUG™ series conferences are the largest unconventional resources events in the world.

Exhibitor Information:

Why Exhibit?

DUG Eagle Ford Conference & Exhibition is the premier conference for reaching individuals and companies at the forefront in shale gas exploration. The conference sessions are topical, current and have relevance in the industry. Companies that exhibit at DUG Eagle Ford will get:

Unique access to a select group of industry executives
New sales leads and the chance to solidify customer relationships
Increased brand awareness
The ability to showcase new products/services to a targeted audience

About Hart Energy

Hart Energy provides specialized data/information products and member-only services to targeted audiences worldwide and ranks among the leading providers of news, data and analysis for the global energy industry. Hart Energy clients derive from the energy industry, the financial and investment community, engineering and automotive industries, utilities, leading NGOs and the world's major governments.


Nov 15   
5:00 PM 

Opening Reception

Get a jump start on your DUG Eagle Ford experience! Pick your badge up early to avoid the lines. Then join us at the FIESTA-THEMED Opening Reception for networking and a complimentary fully-catered buffet with drinks. Plus, get a head start on completing your BINGO card for a chance to become a finalist for the 2017 DUG Boat Giveaway and to win exciting prizes!


7:30 PM - 11:00 PM

Late Night Networking Mixer

Join us for the official DUG Eagle Ford Networking Mixer at Pat O'Briens following the Opening Reception. Come network with fellow attendees and enjoy complimentary drinks. Must bring attendee badge for entry.




Nov 16   
7:30 AM

Registration, Breakfast, and Networking

 8:30 AM

Welcome & Opening Remarks

  • Leslie Haines, Executive Editor-at-Large, Hart Energy
8:35 AM

Opening Keynote: Doubling Down On The Eagle Ford

This operator boosted its already significant position in the Eagle Ford with a major acquisition earlier this year. If oil continues to hover near $50/bbl, how will it make its locations economic and how many wells will it complete by year end?

Moderator: Leslie Haines, Executive Editor-at-Large, Hart Energy

  • Chris Heinson, Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Sanchez Energy Corp.
9:00 AM

Economics Spotlight: What Is An Acre Worth?

This expert discusses how the economics of the Eagle Ford stack up against other plays. Have operators reduced their break-even costs enough?

Moderator: Steve Toon, Editor-in-Chief, Oil and Gas Investor

  • Neal Dingmann, Managing Director - E&P Research, SunTrust Robinson Humphrey
9:20 AM

Spotlight: Eagle Ford & Austin Chalk Insights

These analysts share what they've learned about the Eagle Ford and Austin Chalk after representing some recent buyers and sellers. They have studied the formations and conducted an in-depth technical study of such success factors as well spacing and lateral length.

Moderator: Richard Mason, Chief Technical Director, Hart Energy

  • Geoff Roberts, Managing Director & Head of U.S. A&D, BMO Capital Markets
  • Jennifer Jacobs, Evaluations Engineer & Eagle Ford Specialist, BMO Capital Markets
9:40 AM

Operator Spotlight: Comparing The Austin Chalk & Eagle Ford 

With years of experience in the Austin Chalk, this operator describes why it likes the Austin Chalk and Eagle Ford, continues to make acquisitions in the play, and where it goes from here.

Moderator: Paul Hart, Editor-in-Chief, Midstream Business


  • Steve Millican, Vice President & General Manager, Austin Chalk/Eagle Ford, EnerVest Ltd.
10:00 AM

Networking Break

Take time to mingle with our outstanding exhibitors and fellow attendees. You never know what sort of opportunities or business intel will spring up! 


10:40 AM

A&D Roundtable: Eagle Ford Buyers’ Club

Companies still need to consolidate portfolios or expand acreage within the region, especially as well laterals grow longer. These recent buyers and leading analyst share why they like the Eagle Ford.

 Moderator: Steve Toon, Editor-in-Chief, Oil and Gas Investor

  • Chip Simmons, CEO, Titanium Exploration Partners, LLC
  • Martin L. Thalken, Chairman & CEO, Protégé Energy III LLC
  • Rusty Shepherd, Managing Director, RBC Richardson Barr
11:20 AM

Fireside Chat: Spreading Its Wings

One of the top operators in the Eagle Ford shares why the area's resource plays are still intriguing and worth capital outlays. 

Moderator: Leslie Haines, Executive Editor-at-Large, Hart Energy

  • Jay Graham, Chief Executive Officer, WildHorse Resource Development
11:40 AM

Operator Spotlight: Increasing In Size And Scale

Penn Virginia is going all in, with its recent $200-million bolt-on to expand its Eagle Ford acreage and plans to complete its 8-well “super-pad." Here are the details on its plans and projections for extended reach wells.

Moderator: Peggy Williams, Editorial Director, Hart Energy

  • John A. Brooks, President, Chief Executive Officer & Director, Penn Virginia Corporation
12:00 PM

Networking Luncheon


1:30 PM

Afternoon Keynote: Harnessing The Power Of The Digital Oil Field

To support its focus on operational excellence and execution, this operator is leveraging data and automation to reduce costs, make operations safer and deliver significant performance improvements in the Eagle Ford.

Moderator: Peggy Williams, Editorial Director, Hart Energy

  • Speaker TBAMarathon Oil
1:50 PM

Technical Roundtable: Cutting Costs, Boosting EURs

Here's a spirited conversation about the state of drilling and completions in the Eagle Ford. Operators and service companies are much more efficient these days—but how much more are they trying to achieve?  

Moderator: Richard Mason, Chief Technical Director, Hart Energy

  • Beth McDonald, Vice President - South Texas Asset Team, Pioneer Natural Resources
  • Greg Givens, Vice President - Eagle Ford Division, EP Energy
  • Tim Willems, Chief Operating Officer, NCS Multistage, LLC
  • Ron Gusek, President, Liberty Oilfield Services 
2:45 PM

Networking Break

The more visible you are, the more successful you can be! Stretch your legs and visit the exhibit hall for a chance to mingle with fellow delegates.



3:15 PM

Private Operator Spotlight: Pursuing The Best 

This company works quietly but effectively in the Eagle Ford, in a new JV. 

Moderator: Steve Toon, Editor-in-Chief, Oil and Gas Investor

  • Sean Fitzgerald, Partner, Boomtown Oil


3:40 PM

Operator Spotlight: Pivoting To The Eagle Ford

Publicly held independent Titan Energy has been on a divestment tear, shedding its Appalachia and Rangely assets to fund its Eagle Ford program. The company has assets in Atascosa County, in the heart of the oil window of the play, and it has implemented a completions strategy that is delivering strong results. 

Moderator: Leslie Haines, Executive Editor-at-Large, Hart Energy

  • Mark D. Schumacher, President & Chief Operating Officer, Titan Energy LLC



4:00 PM 

Closing Keynote: Five Myths About The Eagle Ford 

This noted expert discusses the current state of the Eagle Ford region and how companies will continue to improve results as the play matures.  

Moderator: Paul Hart, Editor-in-Chief, Midstream Business

  • Allen Gilmer, Co-Founder & Executive Chairman, Drillinginfo



4:30 PM

Networking Reception

8:00 PM - Midnight

Late Night Networking Mixer

Join us for the official DUG Eagle Ford after party at Howl at the Moon following the Networking Reception. Come network with fellow attendees and enjoy complimentary drinks. Must bring attendee badge for entry.


Nov 17   

7:30 - 8:45 AM

Networking Breakfast

Enjoy a hot breakfast buffet while networking.  Open to everyone!

9:00 AM

Welcome & Opening Remarks

  • Leslie Haines, Executive Editor-at-Large, Hart Energy

9:05 AM

Opening Keynote: Replicating The South Texas Eagle Ford In East Texas

Hawkwood Energy has built a large consolidated position to capitalize on strong and rapidly improving Eagle Ford economics primarily in Brazos and Burleson counties.

Moderator: Leslie Haines, Executive Editor-at-Large, Hart Energy

  • Patrick R. Oenbring, CEO, Hawkwood Energy

9:30 AM

Midstream Roundtable: Exporting Eagle Ford Production

This roundtable of midstream experts talks markets and connections, and delves into how and why oil and gas will make their way to the Gulf Coast and beyond.

Moderator: Paul Hart, Editor-in-Chief, Midstream Business

  • Jarl Pedersen, Chief Commercial Officer, Port of Corpus Christi Authority 
  • Nicholas Fulford, Global Head of Gas & LNG, Gaffney, Cline & Associates
  • Rod Pullen, Vice President of Business Development & Asset Optimization, Howard Energy Partners
  • Jesse Lamb, Director, Solutions Consulting, Allegro Development

10:20 AM

Making Data Analytics Work For You

Machine learning and real-time data analytics have taken operators in the Eagle Ford to new levels of understanding as they optimize their drilling. Here the pros, cons and challenges are explained through some case studies.

Moderator: Richard Mason, Chief Technical Director, Hart Energy

  • Barry Zhang, Founder & CEO, Quantico Energy Solutions

10:40 AM

Closing Keynote: Shifting Sands—From Corpus Christi To Riyadh 

The Eagle Ford is one of the powerhouse North American plays that is upsetting traditional crude oil markets. This leading analyst dissects the global supply and demand picture, and offers his expert opinion on where prices are headed. 

Moderator: Steve Toon, Editor-in-Chief, Oil and Gas Investor

  • Jeff Quigley, Director - Energy Markets, Stratas Advisors

11:00 AM

Conference Adjourns

Keynote Speakers

Leslie Haines

Executive Editor-at-Large, Hart Energy

Paul Hart

Editor-in-Chief, Midstream Business

Peggy Williams

Editorial Director, Hart Energy

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