A new law governing Colorado's oil and gas producers has created a new level of uncertainty for the industry and its stakeholders. Senate Bill 19-181, which was signed into law in April, will be discussed by our panel of experts, including two oil company CEOs, a commissioner from Weld County, and the executive director of the Colorado Petroleum Council. The panel will explore these sweeping new regulations and the uncertainty created for the industry and its stakeholders, including directors.
It can’t help but be a lively evening as we discuss topics such as:
The director’s role in advance of significant regulatory change;
The impact for stakeholders, including employees, shareholders, environmentalists, and the communities in which companies conduct their business; and
The implications of transferring regulatory decision making from the state to cities and counties.
Come join your fellow Colorado directors for this important discussion at the new BP's Lower 48 Denver Headquarters in LoHi..
Mr. Brookman, PDC Energy's President and Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”), was appointed to the Board on January 1, 2015, simultaneous with his appointment as the Company’s CEO. Mr. Brookman originally joined the Company in July 2005 as Senior Vice President-Exploration and Production; he was appointed to the position of Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in June 2013 and then served as President and Chief Operating Officer from June 2014 through December 2014. Prior to joining PDC, Mr. Brookman worked for Patina Oil and Gas and its predecessor Snyder Oil from 1988 until 2005 in a series of operational and technical positions of increasing responsibility, ending his service at Patina as Vice President of Operations. The Board has concluded that in addition to his status of CEO of the Company, Mr. Brookman is qualified to serve as a Director due, among other things, to his many years of oil and gas industry executive management experience, his active involvement in industry groups and his knowledge of current developments and best practices in the industry. Mr. Brookman holds a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and a M.S. in Finance from the University of Colorado.
Prior to co-founding Caerus Oil and Gas, David Keyte spent 22 years with Forest Oil Corporation, the last 14 years as its Chief Financial Officer. He resigned from that position to co-found Caerus Oil and Gas. In his tenure with Forest, Mr. Keyte was principal in 25 significant merger and acquisition transactions totaling $7.7 billion.
Two of those transactions were awarded Oil and Gas Investor’s Financial Deal of the Year for their creative structure and significant value creation. In addition, Mr. Keyte was principal in 47 capital market transactions totaling $8.5 billion in that time period. Mr. Keyte is a Director of Antero Midstream. Mr. Keyte holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Barbara Kirkmeyer has been a leader for decades, serving for 19 years as a Weld County Commissioner in the number one energy and agriculture producing county in Colorado. Kirkmeyer’s top priorities as a county commissioner include leading the opposition to SB 181; providing a stable environment for responsible energy development; ensuring the county is debt free; and fighting for common sense government. In 2015 she was recognized as one of the “40 Top Women in Energy” by the Denver Business Journal. Barbara Kirkmeyer has and continues to be a strong, reasoned voice in the area of oil and gas development and air quality.
Barbara is the only Colorado county commissioner to be recognized by her peers as the “1993 Freshman Commissioner of the Year”; the “1995 Commissioner of the Year” and the “1997 Distinguished Commissioner of the Year”.
Barbara Kirkmeyer is a 4th generation Coloradoan who has lived in southern Weld County for over 35 years. Prior to serving as a county commissioner, she co-owned and operated a dairy farm, was a small business owner for 15 years, and served in Governor Owens’ cabinet as the acting executive director of the Department of Local Affairs. Kirkmeyer graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in physical education. Both her daughters graduated from Weld County schools and live with their families in southern Weld County. When not involved in county-related business, Kirkmeyer enjoys volunteering and spending time with her family including her six grandsons.
Lynn Granger is the former chief operating officer of Colorado Concern, a business advocacy group for the Mountain West, after serving as communications director for the Colorado Department of Revenue in the Hickenlooper administration. Ms. Granger is an Army veteran and her military service included working as a strategic communications advisor to the commander of U.S. Army forces in Europe based in Wiesbaden, Germany.
Mike Freeman works in the Earthjustice Rocky Mountain regional office in Denver, Colorado. His practice focuses on protecting public lands and communities in the Rocky Mountain West from the harmful impacts of oil and gas development, and on promoting clean energy alternatives.
Prior to joining Earthjustice in 2008, Mike was a partner with the Denver office of a large Midwestern law firm and also practiced with a large firm in Chicago. Between stints in private practice, Mike also worked as an associate attorney in Earthjustice's Denver office from 1998–2000.
Mike graduated from the University of Chicago Law School in 1994 and received his undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1990. Outside of the office, he enjoys hiking, cross-country skiing, and camping with his family.