Forum at CMU focuses on responsible energy development

Colorado Mesa University’s Unconventional Energy Center has joined forces with Consumer Energy Alliance for a discussion about the importance of responsible energy development. The Energy Management Forum is also sponsored by West Slope Colorado Oil and Gas Association and Chevron.

The public is invited to join CMU students, faculty and staff at the panel discussion on Friday, Feb. 24, from 9-11am in room 213 of the Colorado Mesa University Center. There is no charge for admission.

The panelists are from companies that are key players in the manufacturing sector including Nucor Corporation, G2X Energy and Jordon Cove LNG, organizers said.

Investments by these companies provide a market for natural gas production in western Colorado, supporting partnerships between the natural gas industry and industrial consumers. Discussion will include the impact of energy development on jobs, the economy and the revitalization of the domestic manufacturing sector.

Panelists include Joe Stratman, executive vice president of Nucor Corporation; Danny Wilson, executive vice president of Upstream at G2X Energy; and Bob Braddock, senior project advisor for Jordan Cove LNG. The moderator will be John Harpole, the founder and president of Mercator Energy LLC.

Stratman, an alumnus of Notre Dame, spent his early career as a public accountant at several firms. He serves as controller of the Nucor Building Systems, controller of Nucor-Yamato Steel company, general manager of the Nucor-Steel Nebraska mill and vice president and general manager of Nucor-Yamato Steel before being appointed to his current position in 2007.

Prior to joining G2X Energy, Wilson, a petroleum engineer with more than 36 years of industry experience, was a senior vice president of acquisitions and engineering at Maverick American Natural Gas and executive vice president at Saxon Petroleum. He is pursuing a master’s degree in business administration and is a member of Houston Producers Forum, Independent Petroleum Association of America, Society of Petroleum Engineers and the Society of Petroleum Evaluation Engineers.

Braddock is senior project advisor for the Jordan Cove exportation terminal proposed for construction in Coos Bay, Ore. He started his career at The Oil Shale Corporation (TOSCO) as a laboratory technician and has worked as a process engineer, engineering economist, manager of enhanced oil recovery operations and manager of research. 

Harpole has experience in providing strategic advice and counseling to many producers in the energy sector. He is also a board member of the Western Energy Alliance, the Colorado Oil and Gas Association, the Leadership Program of the Rockies, University of Colorado’s Global Energy Management Program and Energy Outreach Colorado.

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