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Albert Conly

Albert Conly

Senior Managing Director, FTI

Mr. Conly is a Senior Managing Director in FTI’s Corporate Finance practice in Dallas, Texas. He has 35 years of extensive restructuring, corporate finance and asset management experience in a variety of industries including energy, financial services, telecommunications, retail, real estate, manufacturing, distribution, and broadcast. He has helped clients solve complex business problems related to restructures; mergers, acquisitions and dispositions; business integration; capital raises and capital structure, operational improvements, and investment decisions. 

Mr. Conly has been a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and a managing director in the Financial Institutions Group of Bank of America’s Corporate and Investment Bank. Mr. Conly’s experience prior to joining FTI includes eight years of corporate finance and restructuring experience with Bank of America and its predecessors, seven years of energy industry experience, five years of regulatory and compliance experience with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (“FDIC”).

Furthermore, Mr. Conly served on numerous panels speaking to a variety of corporate finance and restructuring topics including presentations to the Jay L. Westbrook Bankruptcy Conference, State Bar of Texas Bankruptcy Section, Rocky Mountain Minerals Conference, Turnaround Managers Association, FTI Economic Forum, Valcom Conference, Fifth Circuit Bench Bar Conference and the Comptroller of the Currency, Large Bank Examination Group.

Mr. Conly is professionally affiliated with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Texas State Society of Certified Public Accountants, the Turnaround Management Association, and the American Bankruptcy Institute. He also serves on the Executive Committee of the State Bar of Texas Bankruptcy Law Section and is a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy.

Mr. Conly received his B.B.A. in Accounting from The University of Texas at Austin.

Beth Lawrence

Managing Director, J.P. Morgan

Beth Lawrence has been with J.P. Morgan since 1980. As a Managing Director, she heads the Global Corporate Banking Natural Resources Team, which includes Oil & Gas, Chemicals and Metals and Mining clients. In addition to her leadership role, Beth manages the global relationships for J.P. Morgan’s top twenty-five Oil & Gas clients within the Global Investment Bank. Prior to moving to J.P. Morgan Houston in 1996, Beth was based in Puerto Rico with the firm managing the U.S. Multinational group in the Caribbean and Central America.

Ms. Lawrence is an International Relations graduate of Tulane University. She is Series 24, 7 & 63 licensed. Beth was Chairperson of J.P. Morgan’s Houston Women’s Leadership Alliance for 5 years, and is a senior sponsor of the “Investment Banking Women’s Network” and the “J.P. Morgan Women’s Interactive Network”. She is also a member of “Texas Women on Wall Street”well, as as a member of The University of Texas MBA recruiting team.

Ryan Moss

Ryan Moss

Partner, Perella Weinberg Partners

Ryan Moss is a Partner at Perella Weinberg Partners, a leading independent financial services firm. Established in 2006, the firm provides advisory and asset management services to a global client base, including corporations, institutions and governments. Mr. Moss works in the advisory division of Perella Weinberg focusing on the energy industry.

Prior to joining Perella Weinberg in 2013, Mr. Moss worked for Morgan Stanley’s Investment Banking Division in Houston. Mr. Moss joined Morgan Stanley in 2006 to co-found the midstream coverage effort.  Over time Mr. Moss’s responsibilities at Morgan Stanley expanded to also include coverage of the U.S. Super- majors and Large Cap Independents. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley in 2006, Mr. Moss worked in UBS Investment Bank's Energy Group.

Prior to business school Mr. Moss was a consultant with E&Y Kenneth Leventhal. As a consultant Mr. Moss focused on the Real Estate sector, primarily advising financial institutions in the U.S and Japan on the acquisition and disposition of distressed asset portfolios.

Beth Robison

Beth Robison

Managing Director, Hawkins Capital

Beth Robison is Managing Director at Hawkins Capital, which manages the Hawkins Investment Partnership, a private investment fund in Houston, Texas.  She has served in this role since January 2012.  Prior to joining Hawkins Capital, Beth worked at Fayez Sarofim & Co. from August 1997 until November 2011, where she was an equity analyst and portfolio manager.  She was a member of the firm’s nine-person investment committee from 2006 until her departure. Beth obtained her MBA from The University of Texas in 1997.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree summa cum laude from Vanderbilt University in 1993.  She is a CFA charter-holder and serves as an advisor to the MBA Investment Fund at The University of Texas at Austin.

Bill Montgomery

Bill Montgomery

Managing Director, Quantum Energy Partners

 

Bill is a member of Quantum’s Executive and Investment Committees. He is actively involved in the setting of the firm’s strategy and is responsible for originating and overseeing investments in the oil and gas upstream and oilfield service sectors.

Prior to joining Quantum, Bill was a Partner in the Investment Banking Division of Goldman, Sachs & Co. where, during his tenure, he headed the firm’s Natural Resources Group as well as its Houston office. He was also a member of Goldman’s Investment Banking Services Leadership Group. Bill’s career as a banker spanned 22 years and was focused on large cap energy companies primarily in the upstream and oil service sectors. He advised on several landmark mergers and acquisitions in those sectors in addition to leading efforts for his clients to raise an estimated $20 billion in equity capital. He currently serves on the board of Apache Corporation.  He has also been an active civic leader, chairing the boards of the Houston Museum of Natural Science and the St. Francis Episcopal Day School.  He is also a member of the board of trustees for the St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System, the MD Anderson Cancer Center and The Kinkaid School.  Bill earned his B.B.A. from The University of Texas at Austin and his M.B.A. from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Brad Glover

Brad Glover

Director, Deutsche Bank

Brad Glover is a Director in the Energy Investment Banking Group for Deutsche Bank in Houston.  He joined Deutsche Bank in 2008 and is primarily focused on the Oilfield Services sector.  He has significant experience in Mergers & Acquisitions and in raising capital through debt and equity transactions. 

Brad earned his B.B.A. in Finance from The University of Texas and his M.B.A from Rice University.

 

Brian Lemons

Brian Lemons

Senior Vice President, Prudential Capital Group

Brian is a Senior Vice President in the Dallas office of Prudential Capital Group and leads a team responsible for originating and managing debt, mezzanine and equity investments across the energy value-chain.  Brian’s territory includes energy investments in DFW and the Western and Southeastern US.  Prior to joining Prudential in 1998, Brian worked at a hedge fund in Dallas, Texas.

Brian received his BBA from Southern Methodist University and his MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.  He has obtained designation as a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Brian currently resides in Dallas with his wife Holly and son Luke (8). Outside of work Brian enjoys watching Longhorn football games, spending time with his family, playing golf and helping coach kids sports.

Chip Van Os

Chip Van Os

Managing Director, Raymond James

Mr. Van Os is a Managing Director in the Investment Banking division. He joined the Raymond James Energy Group in September 2010 and is focused on the E&P sector. Mr. Van Os has been an energy investment banker for over 14 years and has significant experience executing M&A, equity and debt transactions for E&P, energy service and equipment and midstream and transportation companies.

Prior to joining Raymond James & Associates, Mr. Van Os was an executive director in the Energy Group at UBS Investment Bank, where he worked for seven years. Prior to UBS, Mr. Van Os worked for the Energy Groups of Credit Suisse First Boston and Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette.

Mr. Van Os earned a BBA in accounting from Southern Methodist University and an MBA from The University of Texas at Austin.

Clas Olsson

Clas Olsson

CIO, International Growth Equity 

Clas Olsson is chief investment officer (CIO) of Invesco's International Growth Investment Management Unit and a senior portfolio manager with the Invesco International Growth team. Mr. Olsson is a lead portfolio manager on the Invesco International Growth strategy and the Invesco European Growth strategy.

 Mr. Olsson began his investment management career in 1994 as an investment officer and portfolio analyst specializing in international equities with Invesco. He was promoted to portfolio manager in 1997 and assumed his current role as a senior portfolio manager in 1999 and CIO in 2009. Prior to joining Invesco, Mr. Olsson was a communications officer in the Royal Swedish Navy.

A native of Vasteras, Sweden, Mr. Olsson became a commissioned naval officer at the Royal Swedish Naval Academy in 1988 and earned a BBA degree in 1994 from The University of Texas at Austin

George Ackert

Senior Managing Director, Evercore Partners

 

George Ackert is an internationally recognized investment banker and advisor to companies in the transportation and infrastructure space, as well as in leasing/rental and business services. Mr. Ackert is Global Head of Transportation and Infrastructure at Evercore Partners, which he joined in 2009.

At Evercore, Mr. Ackert's advisory assignments have included advising Burlington Northern Santa Fe on its $44 billion sale to Berkshire Hathaway; advising AMR on the strategic alternatives for American Eagle; the $500mm investment in PAL (Philippines Airlines); the $1.4bb sale of Coinmach/concurrent merger with Airserve; Carlyle’s acquisition of Landmark Aviation; the acquisition of LINC by Universal Truckload; the Sale of RMI by Carlyle to GE Transportation; the sale of 50% of Volaris to a consortium (including Indigo); the USPS on its restructuring, advised the creditors of YRC Worldwide creditors in connection with strategic alternatives and restructuring; The Carlyle Group on its $600 million venture with RPK; and advising AFL regarding its sale to FedEx Express. Previously, he was the Global Head of Transportation & Infrastructure at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. While at Merrill Lynch, Mr. Ackert also advised on a number of other significant transactions, including: the merger of Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines, the sale of the Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad Corporation to Canadian Pacific Railway; the sale of Pegasus Aviation Finance Company by Oaktree Capital Management to Terra Firma; the SkyWest Airlines acquisition of ASA from Delta Air Lines; the sale of Spirit Airlines; and on private equity transactions for Hertz and PODs. George was also instrumental in the merger/IPO/Chapter 11 re-emergence of America West Airlines and US Airways, as well as the full recapitalization of AMERCO (U-Haul).

Mr. Ackert began his career as an Associate Attorney in Mergers & Acquisitions and Structured Finance at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. He holds a J.D. with Honors from The University of Texas School of Law, an M.B.A. from Baylor University, as well as a B.B.A. with High Honors from The University of Texas at Austin.

George has been married to Pamela Ackert for 21 years, and they have two children: George and Victoria Ackert.  They live in Bernardsville, New Jersey, and George’s office is in New York City.

Greg Ethridge

Senior Partner, MatlinPatterson

Greg Ethridge is Senior Partner and investment professional of MatlinPatterson Global Advisers. Prior to joining MatlinPatterson in January 2009, Mr. Ethridge was a principal in the Recapitalization and Restructuring group at Broadpoint Capital, Inc. where he moved his team from Imperial Capital (2008-2009). Mr. Ethridge was a founding member of the corporate finance advisory practice for Imperial Capital LLC in New York (2006-2008). Prior to Imperial Capital, Mr. Ethridge was a principal investor at Parallel Investment Partners LP (formerly part of Saunders, Karp and Megrue) executing recapitalizations, buyouts and growth capital investments for middle market companies (2005-2006). Previously, Mr. Ethridge was an associate in the Recapitalization and Restructuring Group at Jefferies and Company, Inc. (2001-2005) where he executed corporate restructurings and leveraged finance transactions and a crisis manager at Conway, Del Genio, Gries & Co. in New York (2000-2001). Mr. Ethridge holds a BBA and a Master in Accounting from The University of Texas at Austin (2000).

Mr. Ethridge serves on the Boards of Directors of FXI Holding and Crescent Communities and is an observer on the board of Standard Pacific. Mr. Ethridge serves on the Investment Committee of MatlinPatterson Global Advisers.

Mark Huffstetler

Mark Huffstetler

Managing Director, SunTrust Robinson Humphrey

Mr. Huffstetler serves as Head of Capital Markets Origination at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey. The Capital Markets Origination team includes the debt, equity and financial risk management capital markets origination efforts supporting the needs of SunTrust clients. Mark’s team is comprised of Equity Origination, Syndicated & Leveraged Finance, Investment Grade Debt Capital Markets, Tax-Exempt Finance, Financial Risk Management and Ratings Advisory Services.

Mark’s teams are responsible for providing product-specific idea generation in coordination with SunTrust’s banking coverage teams and for working together to provide client-centric, industry-focused advice. The team has capital raising expertise in the equity and equity-linked markets, syndicated loan market, and public and private bond markets (high yield, investment grade and tax exempt). In addition to capital raising the teams provide capital structure advice through Ratings Advisory Services and Liability Management and provide risk management advice and execution on rates, currency and commodity-related risk management products. The Capital Markets Origination team supports the SunTrust client base including corporate and private equity clients across the credit spectrum and across all industry sectors.

Background and Experience

Mark joined SunTrust Robinson Humphrey in March 2006 from Bank of America, where he spent the majority of his 16 years there in Syndicated Finance structuring a variety of transactions across the credit spectrum and across industry sectors. Mark’s experience includes leveraged and non-leveraged transactions for large corporate, middle market, asset based, and project finance clients in all industries, with a specific focus on the Energy sector for a portion of his career.

Mark received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta. Mark and his wife, Rachel, have three children and reside in Atlanta, Georgia.

Hal Peterson

Hal Peterson

Chief Investment Officer & Managing Partner, Durbin Bennett Peterson

 

Hal is the Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer of Durbin Bennett Peterson Private Wealth Management, LLC with 27 years of investment management experience. Prior to co-founding DBP, he was the senior investment officer for the Bank of America Private Bank in Austin, Texas. In that role, he was responsible for the management of $1.3 billion in client assets. His career began with the Wall Street firm Kidder, Peabody & Co. where he spent several years in both Denver and Seattle. Hal moved to Texas in 1989 to manage the Trust Investment Group for First City Texas, where he managed assets for private clients, institutions, and tax-exempt organizations. In 1994 he joined NationsBank and became the senior investment officer for the Private Client Group in Austin.

Hal actively participates in the Austin community. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the Austin Community Foundation where he also serves as Chairman of the Investment Committee.  He is a Trustee of the Seton Fund and is a member of the Investment Committee.  Hal serves as the Chairman of the Investment Committee of the St. Andrew’s Episcopal School Endowment, and is a Director of the Tarrytown United Methodist Endowment. In the past, he has been on the boards of several other organizations including the Boys and Girls Club of Austin and the Austin Parks Foundation.

In addition, Hal serves on the advisory council for the Master of Science in Finance program at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas. He is also an adjunct instructor of investments in the University of Texas Professional Development Program. Hal s a member of the Investment Management Consultants Association (IMCA), The CFA Institute, and the Austin Society of Financial Analysts. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Colorado State University, and holds the designation Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA) from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Jay Carvell

Managing Director, H.I.G. WhiteHorse

Jay Carvell has over 16 years of experience in the high yield markets.  Currently, he is a Managing Director at H.I.G. WhiteHorse where he fills several roles in the credit investment arm of H.I.G. Capital.  Mr. Carvell serves as a co-portfolio manager on over $2 billion of capital invested in the par and distressed loan space across the broadly syndicated and small/mid-cap markets.  He is also the Chief Executive Officer of WhiteHorse Finance Inc., a publicly traded Business Development Company, which completed its original offering in December 2012.  Mr. Carvell’s responsibilities include day-to-day management of the firm’s broadly syndicated loan strategies; leading the underwriting, diligence and monitoring process; portfolio construction and management; and investor relations.  He also serves on multiple investment committees within the firm.

Prior to H.I.G., Mr. Carvell was a co-founding partner of WhiteHorse Capital Partners, L.P., where he and his partners managed over $1.7 billion in the high yield loan market.  WhiteHorse Capital was acquired by H.I.G. Capital in February 2011.  Before founding WhiteHorse, Mr. Carvell served in various roles at Highland Capital Management and PriceWaterhouse.

Mr. Carvell holds a Bachelor of Arts (1989) and a Master of Business Administration (1994) from The University of Texas at Austin. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Jeff Kennedy

Jeff Kennedy

Principal, Deloitte Financial Advisory Services 

Mr. Kennedy has more than nineteen years of professional experience during which he has provided financial consulting services to energy and resources clients. He serves as the Deputy Global Valuation Services Leader for the worldwide practice and the Global Valuation Services Leader for the Oil and Gas practice. Additionally, Mr. Kennedy serves as the leader of the Houston business valuation practice and the leader of the Mid-America Engineering Construction Consulting practice.  This practice encompasses tangible asset valuation and capital projects consulting. He has performed a variety of valuation engagements for mergers and acquisitions, restructuring and reorganization, financing, gift and estate tax planning, litigation support, and financial reporting and tax compliance. 

Mr. Kennedy has performed valuation studies and financial advisory engagements for clients in the following energy and resource sectors: exploration and production, natural gas transmission, distribution, storage, gathering, fractionation, processing, and liquefied natural gas (LNG); refining; crude and refined product transmission; chemical and petrochemical; retail fuel marketing; oilfield services; and mining (coal and other minerals). In connection with these studies, Mr. Kennedy has valued closely-held common stock (on a controlling and minority basis), preferred stock, derivative securities, debt instruments, partnership interests, inventories, tangible assets, proprietary technology, and a wide variety of other intangible assets. In addition to valuation experience, 

Mr. Kennedy has performed a variety of other financial consulting projects including buy-side and sell-side transaction advice and analyses of business plans for start-up companies. Mr. Kennedy has served as an expert witness regarding valuation matters related to oil and gas assets.  Mr. Kennedy has also presented on numerous occasions in front of the Internal Revenue Service, Australian Taxation Office, and other regulatory bodies regarding valuation matters related to oil and gas assets. 

Prior to joining Deloitte FAS, Mr. Kennedy worked for four years as an engineering consultant and during his final year of graduate studies, he worked as a financial consultant assisting small companies and entrepreneurs.  Mr. Kennedy received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and his M.B.A. from Purdue University.

Jeff Kramer

Jeff Kramer

Portfolio Manager, Ares Management LLC

 

Mr. Kramer is a Portfolio Manager within the Ares Capital Markets Group, and is primarily responsible for managing investments in the asset based and structured finance markets, broadly across the consumer and commercial finance sectors.  He also serves on the Investment Committee for all Structured Credit related investments across various funds.  Mr. Kramer joined Ares in June 2013 from the Special Situations Group at Goldman Sachs & Co., where he was a member of the Asset Investing team from 2009 through 2013, focusing on investing and lending across a wide range of consumer and commercial related assets. 

Prior to Mr. Kramer’s integration into the Special Situations Group at Goldman Sachs, he had founded ReMark Capital Group, LLC, in 2005, an investment management company focused on the acquisition and structured lending of pools of consumer loans.  ReMark Capital was a partnership between Mr. Kramer and Goldman Sachs, and the platform was acquired in full by Goldman Sachs in 2009.  From 2000 to 2005, Mr. Kramer was an Executive Director in Global Financial markets division and Co-Head of the Securitization and Structured Credit unit of WestLB AG, a European based global commercial and investment bank.  Prior to joining WestLB, Mr. Kramer worked in the Structured Finance and Capital Markets Group of both Rothschild, Inc. and Nomura Securities.  Mr. Kramer also spent 9 years at Financial Security Assurance Inc., as a Vice President in its Asset Finance unit.

Mr. Kramer earned his Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin.

 

Jill Lampert

Jill Lampert

Chief Financial and Administrative Officer, NGP

Ms. Lampert joined NGP in 2007 and serves as Chief Financial and Administrative Officer of NGP Energy Capital Management. She oversees the financial operations and compliance of the NGP family of funds and is also responsible for oversight of all administrative functions of NGP. She is a member of the firm's Executive Committee and Investment Committee. Ms. Lampert served as Chief Financial Officer and Founding Member of NGP Midstream and Resources from 2007 to 2010, where she was responsible for managing the complexities presented by global investments, including legal documentation, tax planning, investor communication, financial reporting and accounting oversight. Prior to NGP, Ms. Lampert held other financial, accounting and operational roles after beginning her career at Arthur Andersen. 

Ms. Lampert is a Certified Public Accountant and earned her B.B.A. in Accounting in 1988 from The University of Texas at Austin.

Jim Recer

Jim Recer

Senior Executive Vice President, BBVA Compass

Jim Recer serves as head of US Corporate Clients in Corporate & Investment Banking. He is a member of the Executive Management Team, CIB-USA Business Committee, CIB Quarterly Operational Risk Committee and Political Action Committee. He reports directly to Head of Global Clients & Investment Banking USA David Powell.

Recer joined the organization in 2003 as Houston city president, overseeing commercial, corporate, energy and real estate. He was appointed South Texas regional executive in 2009.

In 2010 he was appointed Director of Asset Recovery Management & Solutions, which worked to maximize the recovery and value of the company’s problem assets.

He began his career with Bank of America and held various positions in his 19-year term there, including California commercial strategies executive and managing director of Bank of America Securities.

Recer is a member of McCombs School of Business, The University of Texas at Austin, Masters of Finance Advisory Council.  He frequently is a guest lecturer in banking at the University of Houston.  He currently serves on the pastor search committee for Kingsland Baptist Church in Katy, Texas having previously served as personnel committee chairman.

Recer earned a bachelor’s in business administration at The University of Texas at Austin and has completed course work in the BBVA Corporate Leadership Program at the Center for Creative Leadership in Spain. He also completed the Wharton/RMA Advanced Risk Management Program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.

John W. Ward

Managing Director, Accenture

John is a Managing Director for Accenture (NYSE:ACN) in Dallas, Texas.  He has 25 years of commercial management experience in large and small organizations in telecommunications, venture capital, private equity, and travel/transportation.

John started his Accenture career in 2000 as portfolio manager for its venture capital fund and now serves as commercial director for the team serving one of Accenture’s largest clients.

Before joining Accenture, John’s experience includes:

  • CFO and Treasurer of a private equity investment firm
  • CFO of a computer-based training start-up
  • Principal in Corporate Development for American Airlines
  • Senior Auditor for Arthur Andersen & Co.

John’s most interesting previous employment was during several summers of his undergraduate years when he was a backpacking guide for Young Life in the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado.

John received an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and a BBA in Business Honors from The University of Texas at Austin.  John met his wife, Mary Jo (BJ ’87), at UT Austin and married into a family with deep Longhorn roots including her father who played football for Darrell Royal; her mother who lived at SRD; her uncle who played baseball for Bibb Falk; and her brother who received a BBA and JD from UT and remains active with the university today.

John resides in Dallas, Texas with his wife (Mary Jo), daughter (Catherine), son (Joseph) and two dogs (Henry and Mack, named for Coach Brown).  John enjoys cycling, triathlon and cheering for his son on the junior tennis circuit.  He is an Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 82 and is on the advisory board for several non-profit agencies.  John also delights in returning to campus to visit Catherine who carries on the Longhorn Legacy as a sophomore in the McCombs School of Business.

Kara Axley

Kara Axley

Vice President, Private Client Advocate

Ms. Axley joined Westwood in 2004 and is responsible for supporting the development, maintenance and growth of institutional relationships, including corporate pensions, foundations, and endowments,  as well as private wealth relationships.  Ms. Axley is currently serves on Westwood’s Charitable Events Committee and is actively involved with several non-profits in the Dallas area, including EQUEST, Children’s Medical Center, and the Ronald McDonald House. 

Ms. Axley began her professional career in 1996 at Merrill Lynch as a member of the global consumer products equity research team before moving to Charlotte, North Carolina, to work as an Investment and Corporate Banking Analyst in the Building and Forest Products group for First Union Securities.  Additionally, Ms. Axley spent time with William K. Woodruff & Co. as an investment banking associate. 

Ms. Axley earned both her BBA in Finance as well as her MBA from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin and earned the Claritas® Investment Certificate by CFA Institute in 2013.   She resides in Dallas with her husband and two children.

Keith Behrens

Keith Behrens

Managing Director, Stephens Inc.

Mr. Behrens joined Stephens in May 2009 as a Managing Director. Prior to joining Stephens, Mr. Behrens was a Co-Founder and a Managing Partner of Energy Capital Solutions. Mr. Behrens has over 22 years of investment banking experience with major investment banking firms including Bear Stearns and Wasserstein Perella. He has focused most of his career in covering primarily exploration and production companies as well as other energy-related companies. Mr. Behrens has generated and led the execution of various M&A, public & private equity and senior & mezzanine debt transactions representing approximately 143 transactions and in excess of $25 billion in transaction volume. In addition to his extensive transaction experience, Mr. Behrens is on the board of directors of Enservco Corporation (NYSE MKT: ENSV), recently served as Chairman of the IPAA’s 2013 Private Capital Conference and is active in several energy industry organizations. He was formerly on the Advisory Council for the Energy Management and Innovation Center at the University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business. Mr. Behrens received his BBA and MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.

Ken M. Sample

Senior Vice President, JPMorganChase Bank - Commercial Banking Group

Mr. Sample joined Texas Commerce Bank in 1984. Since that time, he has provided banking and investment banking products and services to a wide variety of commercial, correspondent banking, and corporate clients.  From 1996 to 1998, Ken managed Chase Austin’s Regional Group that developed and serviced middle market relationships within a 150 mile radius of Austin.  This group also handled the needs of large corporate companies headquartered outside of Austin that had Austin operations.  Ken joined the commercial group in 1998. In May 1999, he was named Team Leader, Austin Middle Market. Subsequent to the JPMorganChase merger with Bank One, Ken was named Division Manager for the newly combined Austin Commercial Banking Group.

In October 2007, Ken joined the San Antonio Commercial Banking Group as Division Manager.  The San Antonio Commercial Group provides a variety of banking and investment banking products and services to companies with top line revenue of $20 to $500 million.

In March 2009, he was asked join the Commercial Bank credit team as Senior Underwriter for Austin (Waco/Temple and Midland/Odessa), San Antonio (Corpus Christi) and the Rio Grande Valley, working with 9 underwriters on credit quality and approval covering approximately 475 clients and $3 billion in committed loan facilities.  In October 2011, he was promoted to Regional Credit Executive for the same territory with the addition of the El Paso and New Mexico markets.

Ken is a member of the Chase San Antonio Leadership Council and the Chase San Antonio Contributions Committee.  He serves on the board of three not-for-profit entities: the Association for Corporate Growth, ACCION Texas-La, and the World Affairs Council.  Additionally, Ken is a member of the Auction Committee of the San Antonio Livestock Expo, the Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas Council and The University of Texas Chancellor’s Council.

Ken is a native Texan from Smiley, Texas, and is still actively involved in his family’s poultry and ranching business.  He is a 1984 graduate of The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance.  Ken and his wife Mary have one son, Reilly, age 18.

Kirk Wiginton

Kirk Wiginton

President & CEO, Amegy Bank

Kirk Wiginton is the President and Chief Executive Officer at Amegy Bank in the Dallas Region. His responsibilities include management and growth of Commercial, Corporate, and Speciality Lending, Treasury Management, Private Bank / Wealth Services, Retail & Business Banking and Credit Administration. He also manages and organizes the Board of Directors job functions. Kirk worked with the Southwest Bank of Texas/Amegy Bank in Houston for 18 years. He also served as the President and CEO at Allied Bank in San Antonio for 15 years. He attained his Bachelors of Business Administration from the University of Texas in 1978. 

Mark Whatley

Managing Director, Evercore

Mark Whatley is a Managing Director of the firm's corporate advisory business focusing on the transportation sector on a global basis.

Mr. Whatley has significant experience representing corporate clients and special committees on mergers and acquisitions, capital raising alternatives, and restructuring transactions. In addition, Mr. Whatley has extensive capital markets experience representing clients on over 45 equity, equity-linked and high yield transactions.

Prior to joining Evercore, he was a Vice President in the Transportation and Infrastructure group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and its predecessor Merrill Lynch. During his time at Merrill Lynch, Mr. Whatley advised on a number of significant transactions for clients including Allegiant Travel, American Airlines, America West Airlines, Continental Airlines, LAN Airlines, BNSF, Navios Maritime, Norfolk Southern, Overseas Shipholding Group (OSG), Seaspan, Ship Finance, Teekay Corp and U-Haul.

While with Evercore, Mr. Whatley has advised on a number of restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, capital raising and strategic advisory assignments for clients including American Airlines, Capital Product Partners, Danaos Corp., DryShips, Global Ship Lease, Golar LNG, Safe Bulkers, Scorpio Tankers, Star Bulk Carriers, Clipper Group, ZIM, Spirit Airlines, OSG, TORM and Volaris Airlines.

Mr. Whatley received his B.A. in Economics from Trinity University and his M.B.A. from the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin.

Mark Zyla

Managing Director, Acuitas

Mark L. Zyla is a Managing Director of Acuitas, Inc., an Atlanta-based valuation and litigation consultancy firm.  Mark has provided valuation consulting for various types of entities for the purposes of mergers and acquisitions, financial reporting, tax planning, corporate recapitalizations. He has also valued various types of intellectual property and other intangible assets for many purposes.  Prior to joining Acuitas, he was formerly a practice leader for PricewaterhouseCoopers’s Corporate Finance Consulting Group for the Southeastern U.S.

Mark received a BBA degree in Finance from The University of Texas at Austin and an MBA degree with a concentration in Finance from Georgia State University.  Mark also completed the Mergers and Acquisitions Program at the Aresty Institute of The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and the Valuation Program at the Graduate School of Business at Harvard University.  He is a Certified Public Accountant, Accredited in Business Valuation (“CPA/ABV”), Certified in Financial Forensics (“CFF”) by the AICPA, a Chartered Financial Analyst (“CFA”), and an Accredited Senior Appraiser with the American Society of Appraisers certified in Business Valuation (“ASA”).

Mark is a member of the American Society of Appraisers (“ASA”), the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (“AICPA”), CFA Institute, and the CFA Society of Atlanta.  Mark is a former member of the Business Valuations Committee of the AICPA, and a former Chairman of the ABV Examination Committee of the AICPA.  He is also a member of the Business Valuation Standards Subcommittee of the ASA.  He served as the Vice Chairman of The Appraisal Foundation’s Business Valuation Best Practices Working Group on Contributory Asset Charges and is a member of AICPA’s Fair Value Resource Panel.  He serves as the chairman of the AICPA’s Fair Value Measurement Conference Committee. He is also a member of the Southern Venture Forum, a professional organization of the venture capital community.  He is one of the authors of the International Glossary of Business Valuation Terms, which has been adopted by the major valuation organizations. He is also a member of the Liabilities Working Group of the International Valuation Standards Council (“IVSC”).

Mark is a frequent presenter and author on valuation issues.  He has presented to such corporations as McKesson and Coca-Cola.  He has taught valuation courses at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia and to the PCAOB in Washington D.C.  He is on the faculty of the Federal Judicial Center and the National Judicial College teaching business valuation concepts to judges.  Mark is author of Fair Value Measurement: Practical Guidance and Implementation 2nd ed. published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (2013).  Mark is also the co-author of the course, “Fair Value Accounting: A Critical New Skill for All CPAs” published by the AICPA. Mark is also co-author of Fair Value Measurements: Valuation Principles and Auditing Techniques published 2011 by Tax Management, Inc., a division of the Bureau of National Affairs. 

Michael Dellinger

Michael Dellinger

Managing Director, UBS Private Wealth Management

Michael began investing more than 14 years ago while earning both his Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA) designation and an M.B.A. Today, as a member of one of the largest teams in Private Wealth Management at UBS, he is able to apply his passion for investing and his expertise in asset allocation and equity manager evaluation to his work on behalf of clients. Michael joined UBS in 2009, having gained a range of experience at Morgan Stanley dating back to 2002.

A 1995 graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, Michael earned his B.A. in economics with a minor in business and an M.B.A with honors. After college, he spent six years at a privately held vascular access device company, where he managed a sales force of 14 covering seven states with approximately $40 million in revenues. Michael currently sits on the Alumni Board at the McCombs School of Business and The University of Texas Chancellors Council Executive Committee. His success has earned him a distinguished place on On Wall Street’s Top 40 Advisors under 40 list.

Pete Chilian

Managing Director, J.P. Morgan

Pete Chilian, Managing Director, is the Market Manager for the J.P. Morgan Private Bank in the Dallas region.  In this role, Pete manages a team of 50 bankers, investment specialists, credit executives, trust and estate attorneys and client service specialists who provide broad-based wealth management services to clients in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area, West Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Northern Louisiana.  Prior to his current role, Pete managed the investments business for the Dallas region of the Private Bank, overseeing a team or professionals specializing in providing tactical investment advice and managing portfolios for private clients and foundations.  Pete joined the firm in New York as a Fixed Income Specialist where he traded bonds and advised clients on the positioning of their portfolios for two years before moving back to Texas in 2004.  Prior to joining J.P. Morgan, Pete worked for Guaranty Bank (now BBVA Compass) in Dallas in the Capital Markets Group where he structured and managed the closing of large commercial loan syndications.

Pete holds an MBA in Finance from the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin and a BA in General Business from the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University.  He is a member of the Board of Directors for the SMU Mustang Club supporting SMU athletics, and is an active supporter of The Children’s Trust at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas.  Additionally, Pete is a member of the Campaign Committee for the Methodist Dallas Medical Center Capital Campaign.  Within J.P. Morgan, Pete has twice served as Co-Chair of the Good Works Employee Giving Campaign for the Dallas market.

He resides in Dallas with his wife of eleven years, Brandi, and their two boys, Cook and Wyatt.

Randall Walker

Regional CEO - Houston, Bank of Texas

Randall L. Walker is the Houston Region Chief Executive Officer for Bank of Texas, where he has served since 2004. Previously, Walker served as Senior Vice President of Commercial and Corporate Banking for Amegy Bank in Houston and Senior Vice President and Regional Market Manager for Bank of America in Austin.

A native Houstonian, Walker began his banking career in 1984 at Allied Bank of Texas in Houston which later became First Interstate Bank and Wells Fargo Bank.

Actively involved in the community, Walker currently serves on the Board of Directors and chairs the Finance Committee for Covenant House Texas, serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for the Houston Technology Center, and is a Campaign Vice-Chair for the United Way of Greater Houston. He also served as the 2012-2013 Men in Red Chair for the American Heart Association and is a member of the Board of Directors for the American Heart Association.

Walker earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from The University of Texas at Austin.

Rebecca Szlec

Rebecca Szlec

Director, Berkeley Research Group

Rebecca Szelc has extensive experience as a consulting and testifying expert on economic damages issues associated with a variety of complex commercial disputes, including tortious interference, theft of trade secrets, patent and copyright infringement, false advertising, loss of use, and breach of contract. She has provided expert testimony in commercial lawsuits, mediations, and arbitrations.


In addition to her litigation-related work, Ms. Szelc has extensive experience determining lost profits associated with many insured peril types, including product recalls, fidelity losses, windstorms, floods, earthquakes, explosions, and fires, as well as with degrees of interruption of operations.

Before joining BRG, over the last 18 years Ms. Szelc served as a senior member of several consulting firms, during which time she led a Business Insurance Consulting practice.

Rebecca completed her MBA in Finance at The McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin and holds a BS in Management from Louisiana State University
Richard Sieling

Richard Sieling

Financial Advisor, US Capital Advisors, LLC

For more than two decades, Richard Sieling has worked with individual and institutional investors with the aim of helping them achieve their financial goals. He began his career with Morgan Stanley in 1988 which included roles based in New York, Luxembourg, and London. A major accomplishment while at Morgan Stanley was to help create a bank in Luxembourg to serve investors. In that role, he rose to become the Co-Managing Director.

In 1999, Sieling was recruited by Lord, Abbett & Co. to create their European presence based in London, which included the establishment of their overseas mutual funds. He became the partner in charge of International Services in 2002 and oversaw the European, Latin American, and Japanese business for Lord Abbett.

At both firms, Sieling was extensively involved in and responsible for starting up and managing their businesses overseas. Another experience he offers his clients is having once been retired for two years in 2010-2011, and understand the transition to retirement.

Sieling is originally from Texas and he and his wife are both UT graduates. Sieling serves on the Advisory Board for the Master of Science in Finance at UT and also holds an MBA from the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird) in Phoenix, AZ.

Away from the office, Sieling spends his free time with his wife, Jackie, and their three children. He is very involved in the golf community in Austin. He is on the Steering Committee for the Hannon Cup Assoc. and has passed the USGA Rules Official exam. Other interests include the Wine & Food Federation of Texas, activities with the British ex-pat community, and all things Austin.

Scott Farrimond

Partner, Farrimond Castillo & Bresnahan, P.C.

Mr. Farrimond concentrates his practice primarily in the area of banking and finance, commercial real estate, and corporate and general business law. He has represented numerous banking and financial institutions in the areas of construction and mortgage lending, commercial loans, asset-based lending transactions, residential loans, workouts, restructures and foreclosures. Mr. Farrimond also devotes much time to real estate development, as well as the negotiation and drafting of commercial leases. He has been active in the organization of numerous partnerships and joint ventures for the acquisition and development of various real estate projects, and has handled transactions involving the purchase and sale of real estate, both improved and unimproved, throughout Texas.

In the commercial law area, Mr. Farrimond’s experience includes initial incorporations, shareholders’ agreements, partnership and joint venture agreements, mergers and acquisitions, contracts, corporate planning and formation, and compliance with Uniform Commercial Code requirements. He is experienced in the negotiation of business related disputes including the enforcement of mechanics’ and material mens’ liens, landlord/tenant matters, creditors’ rights and a variety of contractual and real estate disputes.

Mr. Farrimond grew up in San Antonio, Texas and has lived in the San Antonio area most of his life.

T.J. Winczewski

Director, Plains All American Pipeline

Mr. Winczewski is the Director of Gas Processing Accounting at Plains All American Pipeline, which is engaged in the processing, transportation, storage, terminalling and marketing of energy-related products.  In this role, he is responsible for the accounting, financial and administrative operations of its wholly-owned subsidiary Plains Gas Solutions, Inc.  Prior to joining Plains All American Pipeline, he worked for Deloitte & Touche for ten years in the Audit and Enterprise Risk Services unit, primarily serving public companies in the midstream and energy sectors. There he managed the financial and internal control audits of several clients as well as business combinations and financing activities.   Previously, Mr. Winczewski worked for the accounting firm Arthur Andersen.  Mr. Winczewski is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Texas. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Mr. Winczewski received a Bachelor of Arts in Plan II Honors, a Bachelor of Business Administration with Honors and a Master in Professional Accounting all from The University of Texas at Austin in 1999.

Vince Kickirillo

Vince Kickirillo

Vincent M. Kickirillo, Partner at VMG Health LLC

Vincent M. Kickirillo is a Partner with VMG Health LLC, and is based in Dallas, Texas. His clients include hospital systems, ambulatory surgery centers, imaging centers, radiation therapy centers, other outpatient operations, physician practices, management companies, third-party insurers, biotechnology companies and other healthcare entities.

In addition, Mr. Kickirillo has provided other consulting and advisory services to firms in various industries including financial and valuation analyses and testimony relating to valuation of business, securities, assets and contracts.

Mr. Kickirillo has provided these advisory services for management planning, tax planning, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, litigation, and bankruptcy purposes. In addition, Mr. Kickirillo has provided testimony regarding valuation and other financial issues. He has extensive experience in valuation of businesses; financial securities, such as common stock and derivatives; intellectual property such as patents, trademarks and trade-names, and other specific assets.

Mr. Kickirillo received a Bachelor of Business Administration from The University of Texas at Austin, and a Master of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University.  He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), a Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA), and a member of the following organizations:

  • CFA Institute
  • National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts (NACVA)
  • Dallas Society of Financial Analysts (DSFA)
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • American Bar Association

Employment Experience

VMG Health LLC, (Partner), March 2005 to present

FTI Consulting, Inc., (Director), November 2003 to February 2005

KPMG LLP, (Manager, Director), January 1995 to October 2003

Ernst & Young LLP, (Senior Consultant), September 1991 to January 1995


Yvette Klevan

Yvette Klevan

Managing Director, Lazard Asset Management

Yvette Klevan is a Managing Director and lead Portfolio Manager on the Global Fixed Income team at Lazard Asset Management. She began working in the investment field in 1982. Prior to joining Lazard in 2002, Yvette was a Senior Portfolio Manager with Offitbank, focusing on international bond and currency investments, as well as overseeing select client relationships. 

Previously she worked at Bank of America (Foreign exchange and rates advisory / sales / trading); Chase Manhattan Bank (Foreign exchange advisory / sales / trading and oil trading project); and Aramco Services Company (Financial analyst in Treasury department). 

Yvette has an MBA in Finance and Management Information Systems from the University of Houston, and a BBA in Mechanical Engineering Route to Business from the University of Texas. Yvette is married with two children and her hobbies include extensive travel (over seventy countries), skiing, cycling, and cooking.