Nov. 13 Speaker Series Focuses On Careers in Trading Natural Gas

Published on October 25, 2012


“A Day in the Life of a Natural Gas Trader” Will Close Out
Fall Installment of Bauer College, AGL Resources Distinguished Leaders Series

The nationwide boom in natural gas production is projected to fuel nearly a million jobs by 2015, analysts predict. Many of these jobs will be on the business end of the spectrum, with natural gas traders in high demand.

The C. T. Bauer College of Business will host a panel discussion on “A Day in the Life of a Natural Gas Trader” on Nov. 13 for the second, and last, Distinguished Leaders Series event of the semester. The six panelists will give their perspectives on what it’s like to work in natural gas and give an overview of what they do on a day-to-day basis.

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.

On Nov. 13, a reception will be held in the lobby of Cemo Hall at 5 p.m. before the 6 p.m. panel discussion, where featured speakers will give an inside look on a typical day of a natural gas trader. The panel will feature accomplished leaders from the energy industry, including:

Greg Schockling

Vice President, Trading and Financial Marketing

Greg Schockling Schockling is currently vice president of Trading and Financial Marketing. He is responsible for managing all the financial positions around Sequent Energy Management’s storage activity and asset management business.

Schockling joined the Sequent team in 2002 as director of Marketing and Transportation, handling financial trading. He was promoted to vice president, Financial Trading, in 2006.

Prior to joining Sequent, Schockling was senior director of trading for the Gulf Coast region at Columbia Energy Services. When Bridgeline Gas Marketing purchased Columbia, Schockling was promoted to vice president of trading.

Schockling began his career in natural gas when he moved to Houston in the early 1980s to take a position with Tenneco Oil Company. From 1983-1989, he was with Tenngasco, a Tenneco company that was one of the first marketing companies to trade in deregulated natural gas.

Schockling also worked at Superior Natural Gas as director of marketing before moving onto Western Gas Resources as director of marketing in the early 1990s.

A native of Pennsylvania, he graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelors of Science in accounting.

He and his family live in Sugar Land, and he enjoys golf and traveling in his spare time. He is also on the Board of Directors of St. Agnes Academy in Houston, and Grand Knight of the St. Laurence chapter of the Knights of Columbus in Sugar Land.

Rhonda Pantoja

Vice President, Trading (West)

Pantoja Pantoja was named vice president, trading (West) for Sequent Energy Management LLC, a subsidiary of AGL Resources (NYSE:GAS), in December 2011. She is responsible for all trading activities for Sequent in Canada as well the midcontinent and Western regions of the United States.

Pantoja brings more than 23 years of natural gas industry experience to her role. Previously, she managed Sequent’s trading activities in Canada and the U.S. midcontinent region. She joined Sequent in 2003 in the origination group, focusing first on the Midwest region and later expanding her role to include the West region.

Prior to joining Sequent, Pantoja held various business development, product development, corporate finance, structuring and origination roles with Cinergy Marketing & Trading, Kinder Morgan, KN Energy and MidCon Corp.

Pantoja received her bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Arizona and earned her master’s degree in marketing from DePaul University.

Pantoja, her husband and two children reside in Tomball, Texas.

Tim O’Neill

Director, Financial Trading

O’Neill has been with Sequent Energy Management since July 1, 2009. He is responsible for managing the basis risk associated with Sequent’s transportation and storage assets as well as proprietary trading for the West, Mid-Continent, and Canada trading regions.

Prior to joining Sequent, O’Neill worked for Citigroup in Houston as a vice president of West and Mid-Continent trading. Prior to moving to Houston, he worked for Citigroup in New York on the high yield and credit default swap trading desk and in Chicago on the mortgage sales desk. O’Neill graduated cum laude from the University of Notre Dame with a major in finance and a minor in Theology.

Matt Lorenz

Director, Transportation and Storage

Lorenz is responsible for the acquisition, optimization and disposition of transportation and storage assets in the east region. Lorenz graduated from Rice University with a degree in economics and earned his JD at the University of Houston Law Center. He joined Sequent Energy Management in 2005.

Rafael Martinez

Director, Southwest Trading & West Region T&E Lead

Martinez began his career in the energy industry as a scheduling intern at Sequent Energy Management nearly seven years ago while completing his undergrad in finance at the University of Houston. He graduated with his undergrad in May 2007 and proceeded to complete the MS in Finance in May 2010 at UH as well.

He has held roles in natural gas scheduling and trading. Currently, Martinez is a trading director leading the southwest trading desk and West Region T&E group which is responsible for negotiating and acquiring transport and storage assets in the region.

Victoria Guerrero

Analyst, Scheduling

Guerrero graduated from the University of Houston with a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Marketing. After graduating, she began working with Sequent Energy Management as an intern in the scheduling department. She is currently a scheduling analyst for the Gulf/East region. Guerrero specializes in efficiently delivering physical natural gas.

For more information or to RSVP for the event, click here.

By Amanda Sebesta