Nov. 6 Distinguished Leaders Series Sparks Discussion on Electric Power Generation

Published on October 28, 2013

Final DLS of Fall 2013 to Feature Electric Power Industry Experts

November 2013 DLS

The Nov. 6 Distinguished Leaders Series features three energy industry experts speaking about “The Future of Electric Power Generation.”

The day begins and ends with electricity and it fills every moment in between, but the many ways electricity is generated are constantly evolving.

The C. T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston will host the final Distinguished Leaders Series (DLS) of the Fall semester on Nov. 6, with a panel discussion on “The Future of Electric Power Generation.”

Presented by AGL Resources and their Houston-based companies, the DLS serves as an opportunity for exploring topical issues in business, with an emphasis on the energy industry.

A reception in Cemo Hall at 5 p.m. precedes the 6 p.m. discussion, where featured speakers will discuss what the future holds for electricity. The panel will feature accomplished leaders from academia and the energy industry, including:

Chris Ross
Executive Professor, Finance
Bauer College

Ross opened the Houston office of Arthur D. Little in 1982. From then until 2010 he led the Houston energy consulting practice which was acquired by Charles River Associates in 2002.

As a consultant, Ross works with senior oil and gas executives to develop and implement value-creating strategies. His work has covered all stages in the oil and gas value chain. In the 1980s and 1990s, he worked extensively with PDVSA on high level strategic issues including internationalization to achieve “security of demand” for extra-heavy oil production, creation of the CIED training center, making the business case for contracts of association, which allowed opening of the Orinoco bitumen resource, and consolidation of the three affiliates into a single operating company. For YPF Argentina during 1990-95, he led a team that transformed a huge bureaucracy into a competitive, privatized global oil and gas company. In the 2000s, he has refocused on the North American oil and gas industry including portfolio strategy for several independents and for companies with midstream and upstream assets, and strategic review of the value potential of the downstream for major oil companies.

Ross currently serves as an executive professor of Finance at Bauer College, where he has distilled the insights from his long consulting career into classes on value creation strategies in oil and gas. He also leads research classes investigating how different energy industry segments are creating value for shareholders. Ross has authored numerous articles on the oil and gas industry and is co-author of Terra Incognita: A Navigation Aid for Energy Leaders.

Berney Aucoin
Vice President, Structure and Strategy
Sequent Energy Management

Berney Aucoin is vice president, Structure and Strategy, for Sequent Energy Management. In this role, he provides analytical valuation support, which enables the company to offer asset management and structured energy services to utilities, power plants, municipalities, industrials, storage operators and other natural gas clients across the country. Sequent is a top-10 marketer of natural gas in the country and a subsidiary of AGL Resources (NYSE:GAS).

Aucoin joined Sequent Energy Management in 2004, leading structuring efforts. In 2008, he was named vice president, Structuring. In 2010, he was given additional responsibilities for the company’s strategic direction and, in 2013 he took on the oversight of Sequent’s financial NYMEX trading.

Aucoin began his natural gas career at Enron, where he held various positions in structuring and marketing and business development for both the natural gas and power sectors. He then worked in the Houston office of American Electric Power, where he led AEP’s structuring activities for the Texas and Louisiana intrastate gas assets.

Active in his community, Aucoin is involved in various church, school and charity organizations. He recently was named Sequent’s representative on the University of Houston’s GEMI Board.

He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama. A native of Louisiana, Aucoin has been a resident of Houston for more than two decades. He and his wife of 22 years are the parents of four children.

J.D. Burrows
Vice President, Marketing
GDF SUEZ Energy Resources NA

As vice president of Marketing at GDF SUEZ Energy Resources NA, Burrows is responsible for lead generation, brand positioning, market analytics and pricing strategies.

Burrows focuses primarily on driving growth initiatives that strengthen and reinforce the company’s reputation as a transparent knowledge leader and one of the most respected retail electricity providers serving large commercial and industrial customers in the United States.

Burrows returned to the role of vice president of Marketing at GDF SUEZ Energy Resources after serving in a range of other leadership positions within GDF SUEZ. Most recently, he worked as the vice president of Origination & Procurement for GDF SUEZ Energy Marketing NA, Inc. where he was responsible for wholesale origination of structured energy products; mid-marketing of energy, capacity, RECs; and procurement of natural gas, fuel oil, coal, transportation and rail capacity.

Burrows earned a Bachelor of Science in economics from the University of Texas and a Master of Science in economics from Texas A&M University.

By Ann Lynd

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