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Spring Conference

Meeting Global Energy Demand

Join us for our 3rd annual Spring Conference on Friday, March 31, 2023 from 8:00 am until 2:00 pm at the AT&T Conference Center. Sponsored by Tailwater Capital.


This year, the KBH Energy Center Spring Conference will be held on Friday, March 31st as part of UT Energy Week.


The Spring Conference will feature thoughts from industry executives and investors. The combination of recognized industry leaders, faculty, and students from across campus will facilitate a series of thought-provoking presentations and discussion.


Registeration is free and open to everyone!


Special Thanks to our Spring Conference Sponsor

Tailwater Capital

Special Guests

  • Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison

    Founding Member, The KBH Energy Center
  • Dean Lillian Mills

    McCombs School of Business, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Brian Korgel

    Director, Energy Institute, The University of Texas at Austin

Conference Agenda

We've got a full day of fantastic programming put together for you. Don't miss out on the Networking Reception on Thursday night!

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Jason Downie, Managing Partner, Tailwater Capital

Dean Lillian Mills, McCombs School of Business, The University of Texas at Austin

Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, Founding Member, The KBH Energy Center

Morning Keynote

Dr. Scott Tinker, Director, Bureau of Economic Geology

Panel 1

Transitional & Environmental Infrastructure Is the Future to Sustainable Energy


Mark Bouldin, CEO, Blue Tide Environmental

LNSP (Naggs) Nagghappan, CEO, Renovo Resources

Bree Sandlin, VP Lubricants Marketing - North America, Shell

Moderator: David Cecere, Partner, Tailwater Capital

Panel 2

America’s Energy Policy Is Needed to Accelerate Smarter, Cleaner, Faster Energy Infrastructure


Congressman Michael Burgess, TX 26th District

Christi Craddick, Chairman, Railroad Commission of Texas

Moderator: Raya Treiser, Partner, Kirkland & Ellis

Lunch With a Legend

Bud Brigham, Chairman, Brigham Exploration

Moderator: Gene Shepherd, CEO, VTX Energy Partners


Join us as Gene Shepherd, CEO of VTX Energy Partners, interviews Bud Brigham, Chairman of Brigham Exploration, on how he continues to create successful businesses through an entrepreneurial atmosphere.

Panel 3

Energy Infrastructure Is Necessary to Meet Demand


Jesse Arenivas, CEO, EnLink Midstream

Robin Fielder, EVP – Low Carbon Strategy & Chief Sustainability Officer, Talos Energy

Matt Flory, President & CEO, Producers Midstream

Moderator: Stephen Lipscomb, Partner, Tailwater Capital

Closing Remarks

John Butler, Academic Director, The KBH Energy Center, The University of Texas at Austin

Brian Korgel, Director, Energy Institute, The University of Texas at Austin


The KBH Center, in collaboration with Kirkland and Ellis, invites you to join us for a reception at the Four Seasons Hotel on Thursday, March 30th from 5:30 pm to 7 pm.


This will be an opportunity to network with energy industry professionals and students. We will provide beverages, passed appetizers, and live music. We hope to see you there!


Register Here


Thank you to our Spring Conference Networking Reception sponsor!


 Kirkland & Ellis

Speakers & Panelists