Karl W. Miller, NEAH Chairman
– Mr. Miller is a globally recognized and experienced senior energy executive and institutional investor with a balance of both financial and energy sector expertise. He has built, restructured, and managed energy businesses for major public energy companies on several continents, including PG&E Corporation, Électricité de France, El Paso Energy, Enron Corporation, and JPMorgan Chase. Mr. Miller began his career on Wall Street during the 1980s and has an extensive background in banking, commodities trading, and asset risk management. Mr. Miller holds an MBA in Finance from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Mr. Miller also holds a B.A. in Accounting from Catholic University located in Washington, DC. Mr. Miller completed the JPMorgan Chase (formerly Chase Manhattan Bank) formal credit training program. Mr. Miller has held various securities training and licenses including the Series 3, 7, and 63 during his career.
Michael O'Flynn, NEAH Senior Advisor
– Mr. O'Flynn is a Managing Director
and Global Head of Business Development for UFG Asset Management, responsible for fundraising and partnerships across all asset classes (private equity, real estate, agriculture, and debt and equity marketable alternatives). An expert in Russian and Japanese financial markets, Mr. O’Flynn has worked for United Financial Group in several capacities throughout his career and spent several years with Deutsche Bank following its 2005 purchase of UFG's investment banking operations. Mr. O’Flynn was a partner at UFG’s investment bank, where he successfully built the firm’s consistently top-rated sales and trading franchise, first in Moscow and later in New York. Prior to that, he worked for Deutsche Bank in Tokyo for four years after he was redeployed from the bank’s Moscow office following the 1998 Russian financial crisis. Mr. O'Flynn holds the unique distinction of being ranked the #1 institutional investment advisor in back-to-back years on two continents in two completely different markets (AsiaMoney magazine 2001, 2002 for his efforts in Japan, and by Thompson Financial/EuroMoney in 2004 and 2005 in Russia). Mr. O’Flynn began his career as a corporate and mortgage-backed bond trader for Lehman Brothers after graduating from Dartmouth College in 1991. He received an MBA from the University of North Carolina's Kenan-Flagler Business School in 1998. A former All-Ivy linebacker, Mr. O’Flynn serves on the Dartmouth Football Alumni Advisory Board. He is also a Member of the Board of the U.S.-Russia Chamber of Commerce of New England.
Richard Harper, NEAH Senior Advisor
– Mr. Harper has over 21 years’ experience in the energy sector. He has lived through the major changes that have transformed the energy markets in the UK and Europe. Mr. Harper has negotiated and managed major gas and power purchases, created and managed joint ventures, resolved major disputes and experienced the stress of major litigation culminating in the House of Lords. Mr. Harper has been a director of a number of energy companies in the UK, Ireland and Romania and is a director of Teesside Gas Transportation Limited (an orphan Enron company) which he rescued. He has managed teams of people and carried out origination, strategy, analytical and softer marketing roles with direct responsibility for P&L. Mr. Harper has held senior commercial positions at BG plc, Enron, Innogy and RWE Trading and is also a consultant advising on commercial and regulatory issues in the energy sector. His experience rescuing an Enron subsidiary has led to a number of other turnaround directorships and he is on the boards of a number of solvent Lehman Brothers' subsidiaries in the UK and Europe. Mr. Harper holds a BSc Geology degree from Durham University, MSc Mining Geology and Mineral Exploration from Leicester University, and received his MBA from Henley Management College.
Jim Lister, NEAH Senior Advisor
– Mr. Lister has over 30 years domestic and international experience in the Petroleum Energy business, as a Senior Geologist, as a Manager in major corporations and as President of an independent energy service company. Mr. Lister’s extensive expertise is in exploration, development of producing properties, horizontal drilling, business development, acquisitions and divestitures. Mr. Lister is currently working the New Ventures Unit in Encana Oil & Gas (USA), where he is evaluating new business opportunities in horizontal oil and gas shale plays across the US. Mr. Lister has worked for such corporations as Texaco, Union Pacific, Anschutz Exploration and Encana Oil & Gas (USA), Inc. His clients while President of Stonebrooke Resources, Inc. included Amoco (BP), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Colorado Oil and Gas Commission, various County Governments and the Jicarilla Apache Indian Tribe. Mr. Lister also has extensive environmental expertise having worked SECOR International, providing geological expertise in Underground Storage Tanks, hydrocarbon mitigation and groundwater mapping and monitoring. Mr. Lister holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Policy and Management and also holds a Master’s Degree in Geology. Mr. Lister is a multi-state registered Professional Geologist, a Certified Petroleum Geologist and is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.
Jolly Hayden, NEAH Senior Advisor – Mr. Hayden is vice president of electric business development for Hunt Consolidated, Inc. Mr. Hayden was formerly vice president of transmission development for NextEra Energy Resources, a competitive energy supplier with a presence in 25 states and Canada. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Hayden was president and founder of Lone Star Transmission, LLC, a NextEra subsidiary. He also has previously worked at Calpine, where his responsibilities included transmission origination, system analysis and market integration. Before his association with Calpine, Mr. Hayden was the vice president of Power Delivery for Dynegy Marketing and Trade. Hayden earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Kentucky and a master’s degree in industrial technology from Eastern Kentucky University. He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc., the National Society of Professional Engineers, and a registered professional engineer in the state of Kentucky.
Pat Markey, NEAH Senior Advisor – Since 2004, Mr. Markey has served as the Chief Operating Office for Global Coal Limited (globalCOAL), a London based company promoting the commoditization of thermal coal through the use of standardized contracts, electronic trading, and the development of risk management products. Mr. Markey began his career at Global Coal Limited in London and established the companies’ presence in Asia (Singapore) in 2003. He was involved with the establishment globalCOAL’s Asian coal index as the benchmark for Asian thermal coal as well as the development of the first Asian coal futures contract, which is listed in the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE). Prior to globalCOAL, Mr. Markey worked in commodity trading group for Enron Capital & Trade Resources both in the United States and Singapore as well as achieving the first electronic trading of refined products on Enron’s electronic trading platform (EnronOnline). Mr. Markey began his career with Conoco, Inc. and worked in a wide variety of roles including refinery engineering, strategic planning, internal consulting, and supply and trading. During his career, he has managed international teams in multiple continents in the commodity industry. Mr. Markey received a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from Oklahoma State University and an MBA from the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School in 1999.
Robert Samuels, NEAH Senior Advisor – Mr. Samuels is a proven entrepreneur and investor. He is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of the Provident Group, a private conglomerate with diversified investments in jewelry stores, art and antique shows across the U.S., commercial cleaning businesses, and commercial real estate. Mr. Samuels has held multiple board positions relating to downtown master planning and revitalization. He is currently Vice Chair of The West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority and has served on the board for five years. Mr. Samuels earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of Florida.
Kevin Stringer, Chief Financial Officer – Mr. Stringer is a seasoned financial professional, progressively building expertise over a career focused on providing advisory and transactional services to clients in both the public and private sectors. His areas of specialization include international corporate finance, financial process analysis and improvement, and emerging market economic analysis. Mr. Stringer provides guidance on a broad array of corporate finance, business strategy, and governance issues to institutional investors and private equity clients engaged in emerging and frontier markets. His experience in foreign markets includes valuation and due diligence of closely held companies for clients contemplating acquisition; structuring terms of divestiture or asset disposal in distressed business situations; and guiding portfolio company management teams on modifying strategy to accommodate political and commercial risks experienced in developing markets. As an economist, Mr. Stringer has assessed developments in global financial markets with an emphasis on analyzing financial crises in emerging market countries and their impact on transnational economic security. Mr. Stringer is a graduate of Baylor University, earning a BBA degree in economics and management, and received his MBA in finance from Texas Tech University. His additional postgraduate studies include completing Georgetown University's executive education certificate program in international finance and global markets. He is a 20-year member of the National Association for Business Economics.
Mark Johnson, General Counsel – Mr. Johnson is an attorney with his own practice in Jupiter, Florida, where he specializes in complex business litigation. He began his legal career with the Kansas City, Missouri law firm of Gage & Tucker, where he worked in the firm’s Corporate and Securities department. From 1982 to 1990, he was the Chief Prosecutor for the Florida Office of Statewide Prosecution where he prosecuted organized crime cases and was responsible for the extradition, prosecution and conviction of Colombian drug kingpin Jose Antonio “Pepe” Cabrera. In 1990 he joined the Federal Miami Organized Crime Strike Force and was an Assistant United States Attorney who prosecuted money laundering and stock fraud cases until retiring and beginning his own practice in 2005. He is a graduate of the Duke Law School and a member of the Florida Bar, and the bars for the federal Southern District of Florida, Middle District of Florida, Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals and Third Circuit Court of Appeals.