Industry Panel

"The state of the industry"

Join us for the closing session of our technical program as we speak with a collection of executives and leaders fro​m regional operators and key oil and gas entities on the topic "The State of the Industry." Attendees will have the opportunity to listen to our panel discuss critical issues facing our industry, both in the basin and beyond, and how they anticipate the future of oil and gas taking shape in coming years, including the increasing role of natural gas, changing market dynamics, government regulation and the changing landscape of the social license to operate.


The panel will close with a Q&A session featuring questions submitted by meeting participants during the conference and live questions from those in attendance.

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Mark Rothenberg
CEO, Apex Energy


Mark Rothenberg is founder and CEO of Apex Energy, LLC.  Prior to starting Apex, Mark was both an executive in the EXCO-BG Appalachia Joint Venture and a part of the team at Vantage Energy, LLC. His career spans over 25 years of operations and reservoir engineering as well as business development and executive management in some of the most prolific oil and gas basins throughout the United States.  Mark started his career with Amoco and progressed into leadership positions at both mid-sized public entities and small private companies.  He has specialized in unconventional resources and has successfully applied cutting-edge technological advances in drilling and completion techniques to a variety of projects.  His experience includes exploration and exploitation of shale plays, coalbed methane reservoirs and tight gas sands.


Mark emphasizes a combination of strong subsurface understandings with industry leading practices to successfully develop unconventional assets.  Mark has a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Colorado and is a long time member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

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Bryce Yeager
Drilling and Completion Manager, Chief Oil and Gas


Bryce Yeager currently serves as the Drilling and Completion Manager for Chief Oil and Gas.  In this position, he oversees all of Chief’s drilling, completion, workover, and water operations in the Marcellus shale.  He is also accountable for ensuring Chief’s operations are carried out in a safe, environmentally responsible, and regulatory compliant manner while continuously striving to improve operational efficiencies.  Through previous positions within Chief, Chevron, Energy Corporation of America, and Halliburton, Bryce has been directly involved in a variety of responsibilities in oil and gas operations including production, EH&S, and asset development and has experience both locally in the Appalachian basin as well as regionally in the Michigan and DJ basins.


Bryce graduated from the Pennsylvania State University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering.

Joel Polleschultz

Director of Business Development, Nabors Drilling Technologies USA

Joel Polleschultz began his drilling career in marketing and operations in Oklahoma, Texas and Wyoming. After earning his undergraduate degree in Business, Management from Baylor University, he went on to earn his MBA from Texas A&M University. Over his 26-year career, Joel has held several sales leadership roles, ultimately leading him to his current role at Nabors Industries. Joel is a member of the IADC, SPE, and AADE.  He currently resides in Houston, Texas with his wife Kathy and their three children.

Steven Ko

VP Completions, EQT Corporation

Steven Ko is currently Vice-President of Completions at EQT Corporation.  Steven has experience on both the producer and service company sides of the industry, starting his career with Schlumberger Oilfield Services and later working at Talisman Energy, Rice Energy, EdgeMarc Energy and now EQT.  He has also had the opportunity to work internationally both onshore and offshore in Saudi Arabia and at various locations across the United States.  Steven is focused on Completions today but has had experience leadings groups across the lifecycle of oilfield including Permitting, Construction, Drilling and Completions.


Tom Blasingame (Moderator)

2021 SPE President

Professor, Texas A&M University

Tom Blasingame is a holder of the Robert L. Whiting Professorship in the Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M University, with teaching and research focuses in petrophysics, reservoir engineering, well performance, and unconventional reservoirs. He also holds a joint appointment in the Department of Geology and Geophysics at Texas A&M and served as Assistant Department Head (Graduate Programs) for the Department of Petroleum Engineering from 1997 to 2003, receiving several teaching and service awards from the university during his tenure.

Blasingame is a Distinguished Member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the recipient of the SPE Distinguished Service Award, the SPE Distinguished Achievement Award for Petroleum Engineering Faculty, and SPE Honorary Membership among other prestigious SPE honors. He has served as an SPE Distinguished Lecturer, as the SPE Technical Director for Reservoir Description and Dynamics, and recently completed service as the 2021 SPE President..

He holds B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M.