2018 Pipeline + Energy Expo Advisory Board

Eric Farqué, Owner and Vice President, Sales, CDI

Eric Farqué is VP of Sales and Owner of Control Devices Inc. (CDI) in Broken Arrow, OK. CDI is a family owned and operated pipeline pig tracking and communications equipment business established in 1982. He directs a sales team and global distributors in the sale and rental of pigging equipment appropriate for any area of the world whether it be onshore, offshore or subsea. He serves as Director of the Pigging Products and Services Association (PPSA). In 2015 CDI was awarded Excellence in Exporting by Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin. He attended the University of Oklahoma.

Jason Farqué, Owner and Vice President, R&D, CDI

Jason A. Farque is VP of Research & Development and Owner of Control Devices Inc. (CDI) in Broken Arrow, OK. CDI is a family owned and operated pipeline pig tracking and communications equipment business established in 1982. He conceptualizes, designs and develops new pipeline pig location, tracking and passage detection products. In 2015 he presented a paper at the Pigging Products and Services Association (PPSA) Seminar in Aberdeen, Scotland: Digital Offshore Acoustic Pig Tracking with Multipath Robustness. In 2015 CDI was awarded Excellence in Exporting by Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin. He attended the University of Arkansas.

Dr. Mike Kirkwood - Market Segment Director, Transmission, T.D. Williamson Inc.

Dr. Kirkwood is a Chartered Engineer and has 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, currently serving as the Market Segment Director at T.D. Williamson Inc. He is a Subject Matter Expert (SME) in all forms of Structural Integrity including applications in drilling equipment, pressure vessels, offshore structures and with a speciality in pipelines. He is the author of many international papers on structural integrity, risk and pipeline inspection, repair and rehabilitation. Dr. Kirkwood holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Pipeline Integrity, a Master of Business Administration (MBA), a Batchelor in Engineering (BEng) and is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Daniella Landers, Partner, ReedSmith LLP

Landers, a partner with ReedSmith LLP, she focuses her practice on a broad range of environmental compliance, transactional and litigation matters. She counsels energy companies, manufacturers, industrial facilities, financial institutions, real estate interests and other businesses on complex environmental and related land use issues, including environmental risk assessment, environmental permitting and compliance, environmental due diligence in acquisitions and transactions, management of environmental issues affecting the upstream, midstream, downstream, and renewables/alternative energy sectors, natural resources damages claims, climate change initiatives, and pollution exposure disputes. Landers frequently counsels clients on corrective actions, brownfields redevelopment, environmental closures and groundwater remediation as well as assists in the review and audit of operations to address air, water and waste compliance issues for manufacturing, industrial or waste disposal facilities. She has been seconded by clients as in-house counsel on several occasions to handle environmental issues. Landers helps clients navigate environmental crises and develop legal response strategies tailored to each specific situation. She handles governmental investigations of environmental matters, environmental enforcement defense, responses to citizen protest actions, cost recovery claims and Superfund litigation. Additionally, she is a prolific speaker and writer on environmental and regulatory litigation issues. Landers has been featured in Law360 articles and on National Public Radio (KUHF). She serves as an adjunct professor at South Texas College of Law and the University of Houston Law Center.

Mike Mears, CEO, Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P.

Michael N. Mears earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical and petroleum refining engineering at the Colorado School of Mines before joining the Williams Pipeline Company (now known as Magellan Pipeline Company, L.P.) in 1985. Mr. Mears served in increasingly responsible operations and commercial management positions including Vice President of Williams Pipeline Company. Mears joined Magellan when the company was formed in 2002 and has held several positions with the company during that time, including Vice President of Transportation, Senior Vice President of Terminals and Transportation and Chief Operating Officer. In February 2011, Mears became the Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer for Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P. Mears is a member of the executive committee and former chairman of the Association of Oil Pipelines. He serves on the Tulsa Area United Way Board of Directors and the Tulsa Regional Chamber Board of Directors.

Nicole Nascenzi, Digital Strategist, Williams

Nascenzi APR, is a senior communications specialist senior at Williams, a Fortune 400 Tulsa-based energy infrastructure company. Williams is focused on connecting North America’s significant hydrocarbon resource plays to growing markets for natural gas and natural gas liquids (NGLs). Williams’ operations span from the deepwater Gulf of Mexico. Williams owns and operates midstream gathering and processing assets, and interstate natural gas pipelines. Nicole is passionate about strategic communications and today she manages all digital communications for Williams. Her experience comes from a diverse background in journalism and public relations.

Paul Westervelt, VP and Group Publishing Director, Petroleum, PennWell

Originally from Tulsa, Westervelt is now based in Houston, and has nearly 30 years of experience in publishing and leadership. Since 2008, he has held the position of VP and Group Publishing Director for Oil & Gas Journal - PennWell Publishing's flagship publication. Prior to 2008, Westervelt was VP and Chief Operating Officer for PennEnergy Equipment. In his 21-year career, Westervelt has been a strong leader in PennWell's digital media business. He graduated with a BA in Broadcast Journalism from Oklahoma State University and a Master's degree from Dallas Theological Seminary. He has a proven publishing, leadership, and strategic marketing and planning background.

Jeff Wiese, Vice President for Pipeline Integrity Services, TRC Solutions

Wiese serves as the VP and National Practice Lead for TRC Solutions. Wiese’s teams are located across the country but are centered in Kansas City, Mo. His teams are daily providing critical field and programmatic support to energy pipelines across America. Until June 2016 when he left government service, Wiese led the Office of Pipeline Safety as its Associate Administrator for Pipeline Safety for the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) in the U.S. Department of Transportation, for nearly 10 years. In this capacity, Wiese led PHMSA’s overall efforts to improve the regulatory and inspection/enforcement programs OPS, as well as its engineering, research, public engagement, and emergency response programs covering the Nation’s energy pipeline network. Previously, Wiese served as PHMSA’s Director of Program Development for pipeline safety, and before PHMSA he served as Chief of Offshore Operations Staff for the U.S. Minerals Management Service – now the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement.