OPENING PLENARY SESSION IS OPEN TO ALL REGISTERED ATTENDEES!
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Welcome & Introduction
Mark Peters, PennWell
Mark F. Peters is a Vice President of PennWell Publishing and Group Publisher of Offshore and Oil & Gas Financial Journal. He has over 30 years of industry-related experience having been a publisher of a refining, petrochemical, gas processing publication and a pipeline and gas industry publication. He is a frequent speaker addressing oil, gas, refining and offshore issues and trends at seminars, conferences and users groups. His extensive travel schedule includes attendance at major upstream and downstream meetings around the world. He holds a BA degree in psychology from Brown University.
Chairman’s Opening Remarks
Z. George Gu, PhD, PMP, Ocean Engineer Fellow, Manager, Marine Engineering, Global Marine, ConocoPhillips
George Gu obtained a PhD in Ocean Engineering from University of Florida in 1990. He worked for Mobile Oil and ExxonMobil for 10 years and then for ConocoPhillips for 10 years. George worked on a number of large projects, including leading roles during the Magnolia TLP (the world’s deepest tension leg platform) project. Currently, he is responsible for ConocoPhillips’ Marine Engineering issues worldwide.
G. D. (Glenn) Schaaf, Vice President, Wells and Marine, ConocoPhillips
Schaaf joined ConocoPhillips in 1981 as an engineer in Casper, Wyo. Over the next two decades, he progressed through a series of engineering, operations and managerial positions in both the United States and the UK. He returned to the U.S. in 1995 where he assumed the role of Gulf of Mexico drilling manager which included the contracting, design, and construction of two deepwater drillships. He became the development manager for the Magnolia Project in 2000 before being named drilling and completion manager for the Lower 48 in 2003. Schaaf then served as manager, Operations Services, Lower 48 after the acquisition of Burlington Resources in 2006. In 2010, he was named manager, Global Wells, and also filled the role of acting vice president, Drilling and Production until the repositioning.
He is a member of the API Executive Committee for Drilling and Production Operations. Glenn is active in numerous philanthropic activities including Special Olympics of Texas, and Hope for the Warriors. He serves on the board for the Offshore Energy Center.
A native of Pittsburgh, Pa., Schaaf earned a bachelor of science degree in petroleum engineering from Penn State University in 1981.
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