Western Energy Roundtable & Field Tour

Thursday, March 28, 2019 – Saturday, March 30, 2019
Location: Houston, TX


Special Guests

Susan Combs, Acting Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget, DOI

Susan Combs is Senior Advisor to the Secretary. She is leading the Department of the Interior’s modernization and reorganization efforts and exercising the authority of Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and budget. In that role, she oversees budget, policy development, human resources, information technology, acquisition, emergency response and a variety of other mission essential functions. She works closely with the Office of Management and Budget, General Services Administration, and Office of Personnel Management.

A fourth-generation Texan, Susan has a long history in public service. She has served as an Assistant District Attorney for Dallas County and two terms in the Texas House of Representatives. She served in statewide elected office for sixteen years. She was the first woman elected Agriculture Commissioner for the state of Texas. She was subsequently elected and served as the Texas State Comptroller and Treasurer from 2007 to 2015.

Dominic Macklon, President Lower 48, ConocoPhillips

Dominic Macklon is president, Lower 48 at ConocoPhillips. In this capacity, he oversees the company’s Lower 48 operations, including the Gulf Coast Business Unit, Great Plains Business Unit, land and commercial gas activities, HSE, finance and human resources. Macklon has more than 25 years of oil and natural gas experience. He previously served as vice president, Corporate Planning and Development, and in other leadership roles with the company, including as president, ConocoPhillips U.K. and senior vice, Oil Sands. He began his career with Conoco in 1991 and worked in a variety of engineering and business development positions in the U.K. supporting oil and gas operations in the North Sea. He then held several operations and business development roles in the United States, Australia, Norway and Canada. Macklon received a bachelor of engineering in mechanical engineering from the University of Edinburgh in 1991.

The Honorable Wayne Christian, Commissioner, Texas Railroad Commission

Wayne Christian is the Commissioner of the Texas Railroad Commission. He is also a former President of the Texas Conservative Coalition. During his tenure in the legislature, Christian was heavily involved in energy and oil and gas issues, serving on the Energy Resources Committee and as Vice Chairman of the Regulated Industries Committee. He also served as Vice Chairman of the Criminal Jurisprudence committee and on the Ways and Means Committee.  Throughout his years as a member of the Texas House, Christian received numerous awards for his conservative voting record. During the 82nd Legislature, Christian was awarded “Legislator of the Year” by Texas Conservative Digest, and scored a 100 percent conservative rating on the Texas Eagle Forum scorecard, as well as an A+ rating from Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, an interest group founded by Michael Quinn Sullivan. Christian is an agent of Woodbury Financial Services. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, where he minored in marketing.

Dwyane Bolton, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs, DOE

Dwayne S. Bolton serves as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary at the Department of Energy’s Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs. In that role he supports the Assistant Secretary for the Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs in supporting the Secretary of Energy, the Department, and the Administration’s policies, legislative initiatives and budget requests, before Congress, while managing and overseeing the Intergovernmental and External Affairs engagement activities.  Mr. Bolton also served as DOE’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for House Affairs, where he represented the Department’s legislative and budgetary priorities before the U.S. House of Representatives. Prior to joining DOE, he was the Principal Advisor for Government and Regulatory Affairs at Edison International, a utility based in Southern California. Mr. Bolton provided political and policy insight to Edison International’s executives and business units. In that role he advised on a number of energy legislative and regulatory matters.

Prior to joining Edison International, Mr. Bolton worked at global manufacturer Caterpillar Inc. He was the Manager of Global Government and Corporate Affairs and worked on transportation and infrastructure issues. In that role, he worked on a number of domestic and global issues pertaining to market access and trade agreements. Before joining to Caterpillar, Mr. Bolton worked for the Association of American Railroads (AAR), as Manager of Congressional Affairs. While at AAR, he worked on an array of issues, including agriculture, deregulation, tax, and cyber security. He worked with numerous stakeholder groups to advance transportation policy.  Prior to working in the private sector, Mr. Bolton worked as a Senior Legislative Advisor in the Office of U.S. Congressman Mike Rogers (R-AL). In that role, he managed the Congressman’s House Agriculture Committee portfolio and a number of other legislative issues.

Mr. Bolton resides in Washington, D.C.

Chris Chandler, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Plains All American Pipeline, L.P.

Chris Chandler, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Plains All American Pipeline, L.P., is responsible for the US and Canadian operations and engineering organizations. Mr. Chandler joined Plains in May 2018 as Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning and Acquisitions. He came from Phillips 66 where he worked for 24 years, most recently as General Manager, Corporate Strategy. Previous roles at Phillips 66 and predecessor companies include General Manager, Midstream Commercial and Business Development, and General Manager, NGL. Mr. Chandler has served on the boards of the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA) and the Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association (LMOGA). He has twice been a speaker at International Petroleum Week in London and has presented at other industry conferences. He currently serves as the chairman of the board for the Memorial Assistance Ministries in Houston, Texas. Mr. Chandler holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles

Tim Stewart, Vice President, U.S. Oil and Gas Association

Tim Stewart has spent 20 years in the legislative and regulatory environment in Washington D.C. specializing in natural resource and energy issues.

Since 2004 Tim has established three different government relations and consulting firms. In 2004, he established the American Capitol Group, a full service government relations firm. In 2009, he helped found Energy North America, an energy-consulting firm, and in 2011, he reunited with his former employer Senator Robert F. Bennett (R-UT) to establish the Bennett Consulting Group. Collectively, the three firms now provide services to over 50 clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to major universities, state agencies and small businesses. As a consultant, he has successfully helped launched a number of start-up companies in the energy, technology, defense and agriculture industries.

Over the past 20 years in Washington, Tim has focused his attention and interest on issues that impact western states particularly in the energy and natural resource environment. He has developed specific policy expertise in oil and gas development on public lands, the federal appropriations process, federal and state land management, Native American issues, and water and natural resources policy. He represents several western clients, including oil and gas interests, universities, tribes, trade associations, municipalities, state and country governments, and small businesses.

2001 to 2003 Tim was the Legislative Director and Chief of Staff for the House Committee on Natural Resources, where he managed a staff of 50 professionals and worked closely with the 50 members of the Committee. Prior to his time spent working in the House of Representatives, Tim served for seven years as a top aide to former Senator Robert Bennett (R-UT), a senior member of the Senate leadership and a policy leader in finance, energy and natural resource arena.

Tim and his wife Marcia currently live in Falls Church VA, with their five children. He holds a B.S. in Political Science from Utah State University because he is not very good with math. He maintains his rural roots by puttering around the family farm and cattle ranch with his brothers in Idaho.

Wendy Hutchinson, Senior Director of Strategy and Policy, Lighthouse Resources, Inc.

Wendy Hutchinson has been engaged with Millennium Bulk Terminals, an operating bulk materials port on the Columbia River in Washington.   Ms. Hutchinson has over 30 years of experience in industrial site development, environmental management, and external affairs.  Prior to joining Lighthouse, she was the Regulatory Affairs Manager for Thunder Basin Coal Company, which operated the largest coal mine in North America.  She currently is President of the Rocky Mountain Coal Mining Institute.  Wendy also served for 10 years as a governor’s appointee to the Wyoming Environmental Quality Council.  She received her BS and MS degrees in civil engineering from The Ohio State University.