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The International Energy Policy Conference (IEPC) Energy Summit will be held on November 17th, 2014 in Washington D.C. with more details to come as they are made available.

2013 IEPC Energy Summit

The 2013 IEPC Energy Summit was a resounding success. Many great speakers and attendees for this event. The following are images from the event.

2013 Energy Summit



September 30, 2013 — OKC, OK — The International Energy Policy Conference, Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs and The Energy Advocates are hosting the 2013 IEPC Energy Summit on Thursday, October 17, 2013. The Summit will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Downtown Tulsa, OK.

“The date of the Energy Summit, October 17th, marks the 40th anniversary of OPEC’s launch of the economic challenging Oil Embargo…Today, our Nation stands at a crossroads. The Energy Summit will address how we can take action,” states Mark A. Stansberry, IEPC Conference chairman and founder. The first conference was established and held in 1992.

Speakers that have confirmed thus far include: Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner Patrice Douglas, Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett, US Congressman James Lankford, Kurt Abraham, Executive Editor of World Oil magazine, and Bob Tippee, Editor of the Oil & Gas Journal. There will be a Tax Panel and a Regulatory Panel.

There will be an awards luncheon during the Summit that will honor outstanding energy leaders and is featuring U.S. Congressman Mike Pompeo as the luncheon’s Keynote Speaker.

The following are the 2013 Energy Visionary Awardees:
Joe Craft – Leadership Award
Hans Helmerich – Lifetime Achievement
Love’s Travel Stops – Corporate Leadership Award
Hutchinson Oil Company – Corporate Development Award
Oklahoma Energy Resources – Education Award
Darlene Wallace – Industry Achievement Award
Commissioner Patrice Douglas – Policy Leadership Award
Exploring Energy radio show hosted by Shawn Wilson and Nathan Brewer – Outstanding Media Award

“This is an important time in our nation, and it is equally important that we get it right when it comes to energy policy.” Commented Brian Bush, Executive Vice President, Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs.

The Energy Summit will begin with registration at 9:30 a.m. and end at 3:00 p.m.
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Benjamin Bennett

IEPC 2013 Energy Summit (Updated 10/10)

Mark Your Calendars: The 21st Annual International Energy Policy Conference, which will be held October 17th, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Tulsa, OK.


9:30                  Continental Breakfast Reception

10:00                  Welcome

10:15                  Tax Panel: Moderated by Tulsa Mayor Dewey F. Bartlett, Jr.

Mayor Dewey F. Bartlett, Jr. was elected as the 39th mayor of Tulsa in 2009. Bartlett has served as president of Tulsa-based Keener Oil & Gas Company since 1994.His civic service includes serving as a former Tulsa City Councilor from 1990 to 1994. He also served as a former chairman of the American Red Cross, Tulsa Chapter, the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board, the Tulsa Airport Authority Board of Trustees, and Mayor Taylor’s Complete Our Streets committee to recommend a plan for fixing Tulsa’s streets. He was born in 1947 in Tulsa where he graduated from Bishop Kelley High School. Mayor Bartlett received a B.S. in accounting from Regis University and an M.B.A. from Southern Methodist University.


Chad Warmington— Mr. Warmington serves as President at The Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association. Warmington was previously the Chief Operating Officer at The State Chamber of Oklahoma, Chief of Staff at Oklahoma House of Representatives, and the Executive & Political Director at Republican State House Committee. Mr. Warmington attended Hope College and Western Michigan University.

Mike McDonald— Mr. McDonald is co-owner of Triad Energy, Inc., an oil and natural gas exploration and production company based in Oklahoma City. A native of Mississippi, Mike McDonald found his way to Oklahoma as a JAG officer, serving at Enid’s Vance Air Force Base. McDonald is a member and past chairman of Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association and the Wildcatters Club of Oklahoma.  He currently serves as president of the Domestic Energy Producers Alliance. McDonald received his bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Mississippi and holds a Master of Laws (Taxation) degree from New York University.

Bruce Heine— Mr. Heine was named director of government affairs for Magellan Midstream Partners in July 2003. He previously served as director of government affairs for Williams Energy Services after joining the company as senior manager of government affairs assigned to the Petroleum Services Exploration and Production and Midstream business units. Prior to Williams, Mr. Heine worked for Methanex Methanol Co. in government affairs and marketing services. He served as marketing manager and director for the New Energy Company of Indiana and held managerial positions in a family petroleum distributorship and was a sole proprietor of a retail gasoline outlet. . Heine graduated from the University of South Florida in 1980 with a bachelor’s degree in management. Heine is active in trade associations including the American Petroleum Institute, Association of Oil Pipelines and the National Association of Publicly Traded Partnerships.

11:15                  Legislative Update by Congressman James Lankford

Congressman James Lankford represents Oklahoma’s 5th District in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was elected to Congress in November 2010. He serves on the Budget, Transportation and Infrastructure, and Oversight and Government Reform committees. He attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where he received a master’s degree in Divinity. Congressman Lankford previously served as the program director of Falls Creek, the largest Christian camp in the U.S.

11:45                  Luncheon with keynote speaker Congressman Mike Pompeo and Energy Visionary Awards Presentations by Congressman Jim Bridenstine

Congressman Mike Pompeo is a second term congressman from Kansas’ 4th District. Congressman Pompeo serves on the Energy and Commerce committee and the House Intelligence Committee. As a teenager, he enrolled at the United States Military Academy at West Point where he graduated first in his class. Congressman Pompeo served as a cavalry officer patrolling the Iron Curtain before the fall of the Berlin Wall. After graduating from Harvard Law School where he was the editor of the Law Review, Pompeo founded Thayer Aerospace where he served as CEO for more than a decade providing components for commercial and military aircraft. He then became President of Sentry International, an oilfield equipment manufacturing, distribution, and service company.

Congressman Jim Bridenstine represents Oklahoma’s 1st District in the U.S. House of Representatives serving on the Committee on Armed Services and the Committee on Science, Space and Technology. He is a freshman congressman, elected in 2012. Congressman Bridenstine is a veteran combat pilot of Iraq and Afghanistan who has risen to the rank of LT. Commander. He is a Jenks High School graduate, a graduate of Rice University with three majors, and has an MBA from Cornell University. Congressman Bridenstine is a former executive director of the Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium.

1:00                  Legislative Update by Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner Patrice Douglas

Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner Patrice Douglas was appointed by Governor Mary Fallin in 2011. Patrice practiced law full-time for 13 years until she became the VP and General Counsel at ACP Sheet Metal. Mrs. Douglas was elected mayor of Edmond in April of 2009.  She also served as president of Spirit Bank and executive vice president of First Fidelity Bank before being appointed to the Corporation Commission. A life-long Oklahoman, Mrs. Douglas attended Oklahoma Christian and went on the University of Oklahoma where she obtained her law degree.


1:30                  Forecast and Update from Bob Tippee, Oil & Gas Journal

Bob Tippee is the Editor of Oil & Gas Journal and has written the weekly magazine’s editorials since 1981. Since 1996, he also has written a weekly online feature called “Editor’s Perspective,” which appears first on OGJ Online and later in the print magazine. A member of the OGJ staff since 1977, Tippee has been chief editor since January 1999. Mr. Tippee holds a degree in journalism from the University of Tulsa.

1:50                  Regulatory Panel moderated by Bob Tippee


Kurt Abraham— Mr. Abraham is the Executive Editor at Gulf Publishing Co. / World Oil magazine. He previously served as Vice President at Texas Alliance of Energy Producers and Foundation for Energy Education and as the International Editor at Gulf Publishing Company/ World Oil Magazine. Mr. Abraham attended Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.

William Yeatman— Mr. Yeatman is an energy policy analyst on the energy and global warming team at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. Prior to joining CEI, Mr. Yeatman was a Peace Corps volunteer in the Kyrgyz Republic, where he taught entrepreneurship and small business management to rural women. Before that, he ran a homeless shelter in Denver, Colorado. Mr. Yeatman holds a Master’s in International Administration from the Denver Graduate School of International Studies, and a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of Virginia.

Steve Higley— Mr. Higley serves as Outreach Director for American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) in Washington, D.C. Mr. Higley previously served as Communications Manager for AFPM, a Legislative Aid and Legislative Correspondent to the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. He is also a professional French-hornist and has performed with numerous professional and semi-professional orchestras throughout Europe and in the United States.

Joe Craft— Mr. Craft is an entrepreneur, attorney and energy industry leader. Mr. Craft is president, chief executive officer and a director of Alliance Resource Partners L.P. (ARLP), the coal industry’s first publicly traded master limited partnership, formed in 1999. ARLP, the ninth-largest coal producer in the United States, is headquartered in Tulsa with support offices in Kentucky. He has served in various industry leadership positions and is currently serving as a member of the Board of Trustees for The University of Tulsa, a director for Bank of Oklahoma, and Tulsa Community Foundation. He was inducted into the City of Tulsa Hall of Fame in 2007; and in June 2008, Ernst & Young recognized Craft as Entrepreneur of the Year for the Southwest Region in the Energy, Chemical and Mining category. On May 7, 2013, it was announced that Joe Craft had signed The Giving Pledge, promising to give away at least half his wealth to charity.


2:30                  Litigation Update from Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt was elected to the Office of Attorney General in November 2010. He currently serves as chairman of the Republican Attorneys General Association and vice-chairman of the Midwest Region of the National Association of Attorneys General. Pruitt has led the charge against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for their leadership’s activist agenda and refusal to follow the law. Prior to his election as Attorney General, Mr. Pruitt served eight years in the Oklahoma State Senate. He earned a bachelor’s degree in communications and political science from Georgetown College and a law degree from the University of Tulsa College of Law.

3:00                  Close


Hyatt Regency Hotel
100 E. 2nd Street
Tulsa, OK 74103

$100.00 per person for the day (Fee includes luncheon)
Checks should be made out to The Energy Advocates

Send payment to:
320 South Boston
Suite 1026
Tulsa, OK 74103-4700

Please include your business card and or Name, Title and Company work for each registrant, so we might have all registered for the event properly.


Oklahoma City, OK  – July 25, 2012 — The Energy Advocates and the Chickasaw Nation, host sponsors for the International Energy Policy Conference 2012, hosted a Kick-Off Committees Luncheon today. The luncheon was centered on the announcements of the events, speakers and also the Energy Advocate of the Year award winners for this year’s conference.

The three-day conference will be held in Oklahoma City and in Norman on the campus of the University of Oklahoma. The conference begins on October 25th in Oklahoma City and has events in Norman on the 26th with closing day back in Oklahoma City on the 27th.

The 2012 IEPC speakers, as of July 25th, are:

Kurt Abraham, World Oil

Bill Berl and John Arrell, ATK

Ed Blessing, Blessing Petroleum

Dr. Woodrow W Clark, Nobel Peace Prize Co-Recipient, and Clark Strategies

Jake Dollarhide, Longbow Asset Management

Randy Eminger (Panelist), ACCCE

Ed Ireland, Barnett Shale Education Council

James Lankford, U.S. Congressman

Jerry Simmons, National Association of Royalty Owners

Bob Tippee, Oil & Gas Journal

Commissioner Patrice Douglas, Oklahoma Corporation Commission

Kenneth Starcher, Alternative Energy Institute

Doug Cure, Biomass Energy Solutions


The 2012 Energy Advocate of the Year Award winners are:

INDIVIDUAL:  Jerry Simmons

CORPORATE:  Sandridge Energy Corp.

LIFETIME:  Hubert Gragg

JOURNALISM:  Houston Chronicle

CITIZEN:  The Chickasaw Nation

ASSOCIATION:  American Association of Professional Landmen

The awards will be presented at the Conference Awards Dinner on Friday, October 26th, 2012 according to Mark A. Stansberry, conference chairman.


 ABOUT IEPC: The availability of energy is paramount to the economic and business development both in the United States and in other countries around the world. It also greatly impacts many, many other aspects of human development globally. IEPC is a unique format that has been developed through the years. The conference is a forum where companies, corporations, legislators, citizens and organizations can provide vital input as well as receive valuable information from industry leaders and specialists throughout the energy industry.


ABOUT THE ENERGY ADVOCATES: Since 1974, The Energy Advocates, a national organization, has provided energy education nationally.  Its’ Primary mission is to inform the general public about our vital energy industry and energy policy issues. To learn more about energy issues, and The Energy Advocates, visit

20TH Annual IEPC – 2012

Mark Your Calendars:The 20th Annual International Energy Policy Conference will be held October 25-27, 2012 at the University of Oklahoma, Norman and Waterford Marriott Hotel, Oklahoma City, OK.

October 25, 2012 – Waterford Marriott Hotel, OKC
October 26, 2012 – University of Oklahoma, Norman
October 27, 2012 – Waterford Marriott Hotel, OKC

Schedule is subject to change:

The current schedule of events for the 20th Annual IEPC 2012 are:

Thursday, October 25, 2012
Oklahoma City

9:00 a.m. – Registration
9:30 a.m. – Opening Remarks
10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – Speakers/Panel Discussions
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Speaker/Luncheon
1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. – Speakers/Panel Discussions Afternoon – Tours and Activities
5:30 p.m. – Reception
7:00 p.m. – Host Dinners

Friday, October 26, 2012
University of Oklahoma

9:00 a.m. – Registration
9:30 a.m. – Opening Remarks
10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – Speakers/Panel Discussions
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Speaker/Luncheon
1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. – Speakers/Panel Discussions
5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. – Reception @Museum
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. – Awards Dinner/Speaker

Saturday, October 27, 2012
Oklahoma City

8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Breakfast and 20th Anniversary Conference wrap-up
10:00 a.m. Energy Advocates Annual Membership Meeting
10:30 a.m. Energy Advocates Board Meeting

To make hotel reservations: Contact the Waterford Marriott Hotel at 405-848-4782 and ask for the “International Energy Policy Conference” rate that will be available for October 24-26, 2012 with a per night rate of $129. Book now as availability is limited.

Call (877) 715-1917 or email your RSVP to

IEPC 2011 – HTX Roundtable & Awards Luncheon

On November 10, 2011, the Energy Advocates were the host sponsor for the Houston TX Roundtable event that preceded the annual Energy Advocate of the Year Awards Luncheon. Both events were held at the Houston Technology Center located in the heart of Houston.

The Roundtable event played host to speakers Carol Freedenthal, Principle of Jofree Energy Consulting, Dan Steffens, President of Energy Prospectus Group and Brandy Obvinstev, President of Energy People Connect.

The Awards luncheon honored the Energy Advocate of the Year Award winners for 2011. The luncheon keynote speaker was Bob Tippee, Editor of the Oil & Gas Journal.

The 2011 Award Winners were:
U.S. Congressman Dan Boren (Individual)
Ward Petroleum (Corporate)
Texas Alliance of Energy Producers (Association)
Oil & Gas Journal (Journalism)
Nancy Huff (Citizen)

IEPC 2011 – WDC

The IEPC Roundtable event that was held in Washington D.C. on September 22, 2011 was a great success. The dialogue centered around Natural Gas and the perception both within the general public and the energy industry. Debate broke out that brought about several poignant topics that were discussed in detail, contributing to a very well rounded conversation. More details will be forthcoming from this event.

IEPC 2011 – WDC – 09/22/2011

The 2011 IEPC (International Energy Policy Conference) series of roundtable events are in full swing and Washington D.C. is the location of the next roundtable event to be held on September 22, 2011.

The events are focused on providing a forum for open discussion on the topic of energy and natural gas. The forums are designed to provide unfettered dialogue from attendees, both industry and non-industry, that provide diverse viewpoints, ideas and suggestions on how to better the perception of the energy industry and natural gas as a energy source.

IEPC 2011 – HTX – 11/10/2011

The 2011 IEPC (International Energy Policy Conference) series of roundtable events are in full swing and Houston, TX is the location of the next roundtable event to be held on November 10, 2011.

The events are focused on providing a forum for open discussion on the topic of energy and natural gas. The forums are designed to provide unfettered dialogue from attendees, both industry and non-industry, that provide diverse viewpoints, ideas and suggestions on how to better the perception of the energy industry and natural gas as a energy source.

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