About carbon Neutral coalition
Sarah Biller is an Entrepreneur, Investor, and Educator in the FinTech sector. She is the Executive Director of Vantage Ventures, a collaboration of West Virginia University (a Research 1 University), global Technology leaders, Fortune Class companies and Venture Capital firms, focused on providing entrepreneurs in the center of the country a systematic and efficient approach to build world-changing ideas into scalable, investable businesses and raise venture capital. Ms. Biller is also the co-Founder of the FinTech Sandbox, a Boston-based not for profit that accelerates the product development cycle of FinTech start-ups by providing them free access to high quality, diverse datasets. She is also the co-Founder of Capital Market Exchange (CMX), a predictive analytics platform for institutional bond investors. Prior to her time at Vantage Ventures, Ms. Biller was the Chief Operating Officer for Innovation at State Street Bank’s Global Exchange division and Head of Innovation Ventures. Before joining State Street, she was a principal in the launch of several successful venture-backed start-ups in the FinTech and Life Sciences sectors.
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James H. Clement, Jr.
James (Jamey) H. Clement, Jr. is a retired Chairman of twenty years for King Ranch, Inc. and the Management Council of the King Ranch Institute for Ranch. Management at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. He currently serves on the boards of Merit Energy Company, Houston Trust Company, and the advisory board of the Marine Corps Scholarship Fund. Previously, he served as a board member of the Episcopal School of Dallas, Madison Council of the Library of Congress, the Advisory Council of the Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law, and Business at the University of Texas at Austin and as chairman of the Tom Lea Institute (El Paso). Mr. Clement holds a BA in Economics from Tulane University and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.
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Elizabeth Ames Coleman
Elizabeth Ames Coleman served as a Texas State Representative from 2001-2012 from San Antonio. After election to her third term in House, Elizabeth was appointed by Governor Rick Perry to the Texas Railroad Commission, the regulatory agency with jurisdictional oversight that includes oil and gas drilling and production. In 2006, she was elected statewide to the Railroad Commission where she served until 2012. Elizabeth served on the three-member Coastal Land Advisory Board; an entity created by the Governor to award the Coastal Impact Assistance Program (CIAP) funds allocated to Gulf of Mexico states to mitigate effects of offshore drilling as established by the U.S. Energy Policy Act of 2005. She simultaneously served on the Texas Coastal Coordination Council. The Council’s mission was to coordinate Texas’ approach to environmental management of coastal resources and to manage the coastal management grant funds awarded by the federal government to local entities for coastal improvement projects. After leaving public service, Elizabeth joined international law firm, Squire Patton Boggs, as a Senior Policy Advisor. In 2015, she joined energy consulting firm, EnergyNorthAmerica, LLC as a partner with her husband, energy lawyer, Jack Coleman, to provide state and federal energy, maritime, and environmental policy advocacy, and corporate strategic planning to clients. They live in Mississippi and along with their energy consulting, they support ventures and projects dedicated to improving job and educational opportunities in the Mississippi Delta.
Cornelius Dupré II
Mr. Dupré is the Chairman of Dupré Interests, a private equity
family office, serving in that capacity since founding the company in 2004. Additionally,
Mr. Dupré is the Chairman of Dupré Energy Services, which encompasses several energy
industry service companies, including KSW Solids Controls, Pro-Tek Field Services and
Diversified Safety & Scaffolding. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of
Foundation Energy, Hoover Circular Solutions, Wellbore Fishing and Rental Tools, JVL
Global Energy, & Dynamic Chemical Solutions. Prior to these activities, Mr. Dupré
served as co-owner and Chairman of Venture Transport & Logistics; as Senior Vice
President/CSO National Oilwell, Inc.; as founder, Chairman and CEO of Dupré
Companies, which merged with National Oilwell, Inc. in July 1999; and founder and
Board member of EXXI. Mr. Dupré belongs to or is active in a number of energy industry
groups, as well as charitable and community organizations, including: SPE, API,
IPAA, IADC, LOGA, TIPRO, NACD, NOIA, HPF, Western Energy Alliance, The Caesar
Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute, Spindletop Charities, Sky High for Kids benefitting St.
Jude’s and the Dupré Family Foundation. Mr. Dupré has a Bachelor of Science degree, a
Master of Business Administration and a Juris Doctor.
Management of Enbridge’s Government Affairs strategy and policy issues across company assets and capital expansion projects in Texas,
Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, New Mexico and Mexico.
Experience: Since 2009, he has served various public relations, government relations and regulatory compliance roles in the energy industry with a focus on government affairs and public policy. He has lead public and government affairs campaigns on over $6B worth of capital expansion projects in Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Arkansas, Wyoming, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
He is a member of Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Roundtable for Young Professionals; Serves on TXN 20 Selection Committee for Texan by Nature; and serves on legislative committees for the Texas Oil and Gas Association (TXOGA) Texas Pipeline Association (TPA), the Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association (LMOGA), the Mississippi Petroleum Council, Alabama Manufacturers
Association, Florida Natural Gas Association, and the Oklahoma Petroleum Alliance.
Devin is a graduate of Texas State University with a BA in Mass Communications and earned a Masters of Public Administration and Policy from American University.
Dave Marchese has nearly 25 years of experience in the successful development, construction and operation of energy assets, including underground hydrocarbon storage, utility-scale power plants, and petrochemical facilities. Over the past five years, Dave and his team have grown Caliche—what started as just a vision shared with equity sponsor Energy Spectrum—into a top-tier service provider to Fortune 50 companies, with three active cavern projects supported by 27 employees.
Prior to founding Caliche, Dave was a Director at Haddington Ventures where he assisted with deal sourcing, transactional work, and portfolio company management. He participated in the debt and equity financing, management and sale of Bobcat Gas Storage and Norton Energy Storage, while also serving on the Board of Managers for Fairway Development (oil storage), Apex Compressed Air Energy Storage, and Endicott Biofuels.
Dave spent his early energy years at Eschelon Energy Partners, a Houston-based private equity fund, and Reliant Energy. He worked with the team at Reliant’s $125 million private equity arm as well as the Market Based Structuring Group. Before business school, he gained operational experience in the engineering and construction of petrochemical facilities as a Chief Field Engineer with Jacobs Engineering.
Dave graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and Environmental) degree from Vanderbilt University, where he later received his M.B.A. with a dual concentration in finance and operations. He has participated as a judge at Rice University’s Business Plan Competition since 2002 and is a co-founder of the off-road cycling group, Houston Gravel Grinders. He also serves on the Carbon Neutral Coalition’s Advisory Board, which is tasked with putting Texas on a path to carbon neutrality by 2050.
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Beth Robertson is Managing Partner of Bald Cypress LLC (investments) and Chair of the Board of LSF LCC, a furniture company. Ms. Robertson served as a founding Director of the Board of Amegy Bank of Texas, at its inception in 1982 to 2005 and continues to serve on its Advisory Board. A Houston native and graduate of the University of Texas, Ms. Robertson has served on many not-for-profit organizations and foundations. Currently, she chairs The Cullen Foundation. Ms. Robertson is a former Chair of the University of Houston System, of The Cullen Trust for Health Care, of the Welch Foundation, of the Greater Houston Community Foundation and of Bat Conservation International as well as the former President of Westview Development Inc, developer of the Davenport Ranch, a mixed used real estate development in Austin, Texas.
Sean has over 30 years of experience in the global transportation and energy sectors in both public administration and the private sector, holding senior leadership roles in business & corporate development, large infrastructure development, capital structuring, operations, and public/private partnerships.
In his role as the Chief Executive Officer of the Port of Corpus Christi, Sean leads the third largest port in the United States total waterway tonnage, and the largest gateway for U.S. produced energy exports. With over $1 billion in assets under management, Sean has assembled a high-performance executive team to manage the meteoric growth Port Corpus Christi has experienced with a doubling in tonnage and revenues over his tenure as CEO, positioning
the Port of Corpus Christi on the world stage as a leading infrastructure development organization.
A veteran of world-class organizations such as the Port of Long Beach, Ports America Group,
Oxbow Energy, and Sea-Land Service, Inc., Sean has written extensively on the evolving marine
terminal and trade flow paradigms and has been globally recognized for his industry knowledge
and large network of professional relationships.
Sean is an active member of the South Texas Coastal Bend community and sits on a number of
Boards including the United Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Corpus Christi Regional Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors, South Texas Military Task Force Board, the Art Museum of South Texas, the American Heart Association of the Coastal Bend, as well as the Buccaneer Commission and the USS Lexington Board of Directors. Sean was recently appointed to chair the Education Task Force for the Texas Railroad Commission.
Sean holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Arizona State University. He has
lived abroad and has conducted business in over 40 countries.
Bobby Tudor is a Partner at Perella Weinberg Partners. He also serves as the Chairman of Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. which combined with Perella Weinberg Partners in November 2016. TPH is a leading Energy Investment Bank formed in 2007 with over 180 employees in five offices in the US, Canada and UK. It is widely recognized for its industry leading position in Energy securities research and Energy investment banking advisory transactions.
Prior to forming TPH, Mr. Tudor was a Partner at Goldman Sachs and a leader of its worldwide Energy practice. Over his 30-plus year career in Investment Banking, he has worked on many of the defining transactions of the period, across most energy subsectors and geographies.
Mr. Tudor is the Immediate Past Chair of the Greater Houston Partnership and of the Rice University Board of Trustees. He serves on the Board of Advisors for Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, and Collaborative for Children. Mr. Tudor also serves on the National Advisory Board for the Tulane Center for Energy Law, the Board of Directors of the National Petroleum Council, the Houston Symphony, and the MD Anderson Board of Visitors.
Mr. Tudor holds a BA in English and Legal Studies from Rice University, and a JD from Tulane.