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Ernie Davis, EXXON: A view to 2040:

Long-term View of Energy Supply & Demand

Dr. Shannon Ferrell: Estate/Asset Succession Planning


Representative Chris Paddie,

Chairman Texas House Energy Committee

Gary Gore, President, Gore Nitrogen & Pumping Service: Effective Hydraulic Fracturing: Getting the Desired Stimulation Treatment at the Desired Cost

Phyllis Y. Young, Attorney Akin Group, Houston, TX

Financial Trends in the Energy Industry

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Chris Paddie was born in Center, Texas and raised in Carthage. He graduated from Carthage High School and went on to graduate from Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Distribution. After graduation, Chris moved to Houston where he worked selling safety equipment and industrial products. Chris worked with numerous businesses, ranging from small businesses to national corporations, to provide efficient and affordable solutions for construction projects. While in Houston, Chris married Brooke Hanszen, his high school sweetheart. Chris and Brooke returned home to East Texas and settled in Marshall, where Chris became the general manager of the KMHT radio station. Chris was elected to the Marshall City Commission in 2008. Chris was selected by his colleagues to be Mayor of Marshall. On the Commission and as Mayor, Chris was known for his honesty, steadfast leadership and his strong conservative values, as well as his ability to work with all parties. Chris was first elected to the Texas House, District 9, in November 2012 and was reelected to a second  term   in  November  2014.  Chris  has

earned the support of a wide range of groups including Texas Alliance for Life, Texas Medical Association, Texas Association of Manufacturers, Association of Texas Professional Educators, Texas Association of Realtors, the Combined Law Enforcement Agencies of Texas, and Texas Parent PAC, amongst others. During the 86th Legislative Session, Chris was named as the Chairman of the House Energy Resources Committee. He also serves on the Licensing and Administrative Procedures and Redistricting Committees. Chris also serves as the Vice Chairman of the Sunset Committee. Last session, Chris was appointed  to  the  State Affairs;  Licensing  andAdministrative Procedures; and Calendars Committees; and the Select Committee on State and Federal Power and Regulation. In his second session, Chris has been appointed as the Vice Chairman of the House Energy Resources Committee as well as to the Transportation and House Administration Committees. He was also appointed to the Transportation Subcommittee on Long-term Infrastructure Planning and the Select Committee on Federal Environmental Regulation. In his freshman session, Chris was appointed to serve on the House Energy Resources Committee and the House Land and Resource Management Committee. He is also the House of Representatives appointee to the Texas Bioenergy Policy Counsel. Chris has previously beenappointed to the Joint Committee on Coastal Barrier Systems, the House Energy Subcommitteeon Seismic Activity, and the Select Committee on Health Care Education and Training.Chris is a member of the Texas Conservative Coalition, the Texas Energy Caucus, theYoung Texans Legislative Caucus, a member of the TEA Party Caucus, the Texas TourismCaucus and the Fine Arts Caucus.For his work in the 85th Legislature, Chris was named as one of the Top 10 Legislatorsby Texas Monthly and an Exemplary Conservative for Transportation and an overall EffectiveConservative by the Conservative Roundtable of Texas. He was also named a Champion forFree Enterprise by the Texas Association of Business.Chris has previously been honored as a Courageous Conservative by the TexasConservative Coalition and as a Lone Star Conservative Leader by the Texas ConservativeRoundtable. He has also been named a Champion of Free Enterprise by the Texas Associationof Business and one of the Best in the House by the Combined Law Enforcement Agencies ofTexas.Chris is a former Chairman of the Texas Association of Broadcasters. He has alsopreviously served as the Chairman of the Greater Marshall Chamber of Commerce and on theboard of directors for the Marshall Harrison County Literacy Council, the Boys & Girls Club ofthe Big Pines (past president), and Junior Achievement for East Texas.Chris and Brooke have two sons, Christopher, 18, and Noah, 15. Chris and his familyattend the Immanuel Baptist Church in Marshall.

President of Gore Nitrogen & Pumping Service

Gary Gore is the founder and President of Gore Nitrogen Pumping Service. Gary received his Mechanical Engineering degree from Oklahoma University in 1990. After college, he worked in the stimulation equipment design section of a major service company. In 1996, Gary became a field engineer serving as a district engineer, technical specialist, and technical advisor while stationed in Duncan, Oklahoma; Jacksboro, Texas; and Liberal, Kansas.

In 2001, Gary founded Gore Nitrogen Pumping Service, with the goal to supply nitrogen engineering and pumping services to the fracturing industry. In 2009, GN2 put together its first full fracturing spread with the purpose of bringing a higher level of engineering and professional frac service to the independent market.

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Oklahoma State University - Professor

Shannon Ferrell is currently an Associate Professor in the Oklahoma
State University Department of Agricultural Economics, where he
specializes in Agricultural Law. He grew up on a cattle and wheat
operation in Western Oklahoma, and obtained his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Agricultural Economics from OSU before obtaining his Juris Doctorate from the Oklahoma City University School of Law with endorsements in Estate Planning and Business and Financial Services Law. Shannon spent a number of years in private practice, focusing on agricultural, environmental, energy, and corporate law, before joining OSU in the summer of 2007.


As a member of the Department of Agricultural Economics, Shannon holds an extension and teaching appointment. Since joining Oklahoma State University, he has provided over 300 extension seminars and workshops throughout North America with a cumulative audience in excess of nearly 19,000 while authoring over fifty extension publications, including serving as lead author on the Farm Transition Workbook. His extension activities encompass all areas of agricultural law, and he also teaches the agricultural law courses at both Oklahoma State University and the University of Oklahoma College of Law.

ERNIE DAVIS, Exxon Mobil

Ernie is the Global Technology Business Analysis Manager for ExxonMobil Chemical Company. He received his BS degree in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University in 1992 and began his career with Mobil Chemical Company in Beaumont, TX that same year. Since that time, Ernie has held various technical and supervisory assignments for Mobil and ExxonMobil in the chemicals, refining, and technology organizations while working in Texas, New Jersey, and Saudi Arabia.

Ernie assumed his current position in September 2015. In this capacity, Ernie leads the Global Technology Business Analysis department in analyzing and managing the Global Technology operating expense and capital appropriations budgets for ExxonMobil Chemical Company. In addition to his organizational responsibilities, Ernie has been an active participate in Junior Achievement and serves on the Board of Directors for the Seabrook Economic Development Corporation.

PHYLLIS Y. YOUNG, Akin Gump Attorney at Law

Phyllis Young is a transactional lawyer with deep experience in finance, financial restructurings, mergers and acquisitions, and other corporate matters. She routinely handles secured lending transactions, debt restructurings and complex intercreditor arrangements.

Phyllis brings a keen awareness of market terms and a solution-oriented mindset to her work. She considers legal issues from a commercial perspective and is highly sensitive to the business demands and opportunities that her clients face. 

Phyllis’s clients include:

  • Public and private companies

  • Borrowers

  • Energy companies

  • Funds

  • Investors

  • Commercial banks.


  • Advised a hydraulic fracturing company in securing financing to support the construction of pressure pumping equipment. The financing was critical to the client in meeting growing business demands.

  • Counseled a designer and manufacturer in a debt refinancing involving the deleveraging of a debt facility. The matter involved multiple jurisdictions in the United States, Asia and Europe.

  • Established a new investment structured as a debt facility for a leading capital management firm to finance a natural resources company and structured the related equity kicker. The structure of the investment was bespoke, based on specific company considerations and market terms.

  • Represented an energy investment fund in connection with numerous reserve-based loan facilities to borrowers in the oil and gas exploration and production industry, as well as loan facilities to oilfield services companies.

  • Provided advice to a large commercial bank in numerous secured, asset-based lending transactions.


8:00-8:45 AM     Registration/Trade Show Open

8:45-9:00 AM     Welcome and Introduction: Ken King, State

 Representative District 88

9:00-10:10 AM     Ernie Davis, Exxon: A View to 2040: Long-Term

            View of Energy Supply and Demand

10:10-10:20 AM     Q & A

10:20-10:30 AM     Break/Trade Show Open

10:30-11:15 AM     Dr. Shannon Ferrell:

Estate/Asset Succession Planning

11:15-11:25 AM     Q & A

11:25-11:45 AM     Special Thanks

11:45-12:30 PM     Lunch/Trade Show Open

12:30-1:05 PM     Keynote: Representative Chris Paddie,

Chairman of Texas House Energy Committee


1:05-1:15     Q & A

1:15-1:30 PM     Break/Trade Show Open


1:30-2:15 PM     Gary Gore, Gore Nitrogen Pumping Service:

Effective Hydraulic Fracturing: Getting the Desired

Stimulation Treatment at the Desired Cost

2:15-2:25 PM     Q & A

2:25-2:35 PM     Break/Trade Show Open

2:35:3:20 PM     Phyllis Y. Young, Attorney Akin Group, Houston, TX

Financial Trends in the Energy Industry

3:20-3:30 PM      Q & A

3:30-5:00 PM     Closing Remarks & Social Hour

5:00 PM     Adjourn


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