2nd Annual KBH Center Symposium: “The Future of the Oil and Gas Industry,” with Energy Experts Congressman Joe Barton, Jack Gerard (API), and Barry Smitherman (Former Chairman, Texas Railroad Commission) and Industry Leaders Scott Sheffield (Pioneer), David Baldwin (SCF Partners), Tom Petrie (Petrie Partners), and Sir Simon Mayall (Greenhill)


The centerpiece of our programming this year will be the Second Annual KBH Center Symposium, which will take place on February 10, 2017. The title of the symposium is “The Future of the Oil and Gas Industry: Peak Oil or Peak Demand – What’s the Horizon?” and will feature some of the nation’s leaders in the oil and gas sector. Energy experts Congressman Joe Barton and API President and CEO Jack Gerard will give the keynote addresses, Barry Smitherman (Former Chairman of the Railroad Commission of Texas) will give a presentation on the implications for Texas of the New Trump Administration’s Energy Agenda, and industry leaders Scott Sheffield (Pioneer), David Baldwin (SCF Partners)Tom Petrie (Petrie Partners), and Sir Simon Mayall (Greenhill) will also speak. The oil and gas industry is grappling with external factors – lower commodity prices attributable to abundant new supplies of gas and oil, coupled with slowed economic growth in China and elsewhere – that are putting pressure on the industry’s traditional business model. In addition, the energy industry itself is changing as a result of improved drilling technologies, the viability of alternative energy sources, and global pressure to reduce carbon emissions. The industry experts at this conference will discuss these factors and others, as well as their perspectives on the likely impacts of the new President’s energy policy on the industry.

Continental breakfast and lunch will be served.

About UT Energy Week 2017 
The KBH Center Symposium is part of UT Energy Week (February 7-10, 2017). Attended by nearly 1,000 people in 2016, UT Energy Week is a week-long Energy Week of events sponsored by numerous academic departments and student organizations across campus. Learn about UT Energy Week 2017.

Registration is now closed. Add your name to the waitlist at http://energyweek.utexas.edu/registration-2017-kbh/.

The cost of attendance is $100. This includes continental breakfast, morning coffee break, lunch buffet, and self-parking at the Four Seasons. For meals, vegetarian and gluten-free options will be available.

Faculty, students, and staff from UT and other universities may attend free of charge. However, they are still required to register.

Registration and continental breakfast will start at 7:30 am.

Registration and continental breakfast will take place in the Ballroom Foyer on the Ground Level of the Four Seasons. The symposium will take place in the Ballroom on the Ground Level of the Four Seasons.

Congressman Joe Barton
Barry Smitherman, Former Chairman of the Railroad Commission of Texas
Mark Finley, General Manager, Global Energy Markets & US Economics, BP America Inc. 
Scott Sheffield, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Pioneer Natural Resources Company 
David Baldwin, Co-President, SCF Partners 
Tom Petrie, Chairman, Petrie Partners, LLC 
Jack Gerard, President and CEO, American Petroleum Institute 
Sir Simon Mayall, Senior Advisor, Greenhill & Co. International LLP 
Gabriel Alonso, Chief Executive Officer, EDP Renewables North America 
Jon Olson, Department Chair and Professor, Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin

Download a PDF of the final schedule for the symposium.

Dan O. Dinges and W. Matt Ralls
Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation


Bracewell LLP

Vinson & Elkins LLP


Joseph C. Dilg

Greenhill & Co., Inc.

Holland & Knight LLP

Sylvia and Matt Kerrigan

Duke R. Ligon

Sam L. Susser

Thompson & Knight LLP

Ashley and Rad Weaver

Underwriting Opportunities
If your company or firm would like to be a symposium sponsor, please review our Menu of Underwriting Opportunities.

For attendees who wish to drive themselves to the Four Seasons, we will cover their self-parking at the hotel. We are not able to cover not valet parking.

Self-Parking Instructions at the Four Seasons
Enter the parking garage through the main drive on Cesar Chavez St. and San Jacinto Blvd. Veer down the right side (west side) of the drive into the underground parking garage. Pull up to the attendant booth and let the attendant know you are attending the “KBH Energy Center Symposium.” The attendant will give each registrant a ticket to place on their dashboard. After parking, take the garage elevator up to the Lobby Level of the hotel. Once on the Lobby Level, take the grand staircase or elevator down to the Four Seasons Ballroom.

UT faculty, students, and staff who do not wish to drive themselves, may consider taking a Capital Metro bus from UT to the Four Seasons. The # 1 stops on Guadalupe St. The #7 stops at San Jacinto Boulevard. The # 20 stops on Robert Dedman Drive. Swipe your UT ID card and ride for free. 

We do not plan to reserve a room block, but the following hotels are located near the Four Seasons Hotel Austin. You may also reserve a guest room at the Four Seasons.

Four Seasons Hotel Austin
98 San Jacinto Blvd.
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 478-4500

Radisson Hotel & Suites Austin Downtown
111 East Cesar Chavez St.
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 478-9611

JW Marriott Austin
110 E. 2nd St.
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 474-4777

W Austin
200 Lavaca St.
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 542-3600

Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt
605 Davis St.
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 542-5300

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Mauricio Pajon

Please let us know if you require special accommodations no later than Friday, February 3, 2017.