John B. Ludwig is Executive Vice President and Managing Director of the Energy and Marine Group of Alliant Insurance Services, the nation’s largest specialty insurance brokerage. Under John’s leadership, the Energy and Marine Group provides best-in-class risk management and insurance solutions to a growing portfolio of clients throughout the world.
John has 31 years of experience that spans the energy, marine, and insurance industries. His hands-on experience on both the brokerage and client sides of the business enables him to proactively identify the ever-changing risks impacting energy and marine companies and deliver customized insurance solutions to mitigate those risks.
Prior to leading the Energy and Marine Group, John served as CEO of EnRisk, a Fort Worth, Texas-based energy insurance brokerage that was acquired by Alliant in 2013. During his tenure with EnRisk, he tripled revenue and expanded the firm’s reach to key strategic markets in Denver and Houston.
John’s additional experience includes serving as Vice President within the energy practice of a large regional brokerage, producer with a multinational insurance firm, risk manager with a large exploration company, and operations analyst for a public utility. He has also spent significant time working at the field level for a health and safety consulting firm addressing workover, drilling, and gas processing exposures.
Executive Vice President and Head of U.S. Marine Aspen Insurance
Patrick Hickey is an Executive Vice President at Aspen Insurance and Head of Marine for the Americas.
Prior to joining Aspen in 2015, Patrick was Head of Marine for Zurich in North America and held several executive national marine roles with Zurich over seven years. Prior to joining Zurich he was the Western Zone Executive for AIG Global Marine. Patrick is a recognized industry leader and has dedicated d his 26 career to marine underwriting. While proficient in all marine lines, he is a lead underwriter and recognized specialist in logistics and global cargo programs. He has a proven track record for building teams and delivering profitable growth. Patrick is currently based in San Francisco and has previously worked in New York and Los Angeles marine markets.
Patrick is currently a Director, member of Cargo Committee and Management Committee for the American Institute of Marine Underwriters (AIMU) He is past President of the Board of Marine Underwriters of San Francisco and past Director of the Marine Underwriters of Southern California . He is a member of the National Cargo Bureau (NCB) and a member of the NCB insurance committee.
Patrick earned his Bachelor of Science in Management and Industrial Relations from The University of Bridgeport.
Bertil Olsson joined The OIL Group of Companies on October 1st, 2015 as President & Chief Executive Officer. As President & CEO he is responsible for leading the two operating companies, Oil Insurance Ltd. and Oil Casualty Insurance, Ltd. along with their respective Investment Company subsidiaries. Bertil is supported by a senior management team of ten along with approx. 40 support staff, all based in Bermuda.
Bertil joined the OIL Group from Marsh USA Inc., where he most recently held the position of Managing Director, Head of South Central Region in Houston, Texas. Bertil actually started his career with Marsh, then joined Willis for 16 years and returned to Marsh in 2008 where he was employed in various senior leadership roles for 7 years. Bertil has over 30 years of leadership experience in corporate risk finance, global risk management and insurance with an emphasis on the Oil & Gas industry.
Bertil holds a degree from the Faculty of Law at the Lund University, Sweden and is a graduate of the Royal Swedish Naval Academy, where he was a Commissioned Officer.
Hal Watson is a partner in Chaffe McCall’s Houston office and a member of the firm’s Admiralty section. He focuses his practice on areas of maritime law, with a special emphasis in marine and energy insurance law. His experience includes handling matters related to marine and energy insurance claims in numerous states across the U.S., as well as claims in Canada, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela, Colombia, Australia, New Zealand, Bangladesh, Egypt, Nigeria, and other countries. He is recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities on removal of wreck claims, and as well as other marine and energy insurance issues. He recently served as lead counsel in Seahawk Liquidating Trust v. Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s, 810 F.3d 986 (5th Cir. 2016).
Mr. Watson graduated third in his class from Louisiana State University Law School, where he served as an associate editor of the Louisiana Law Review, and authored articles that have been cited by the Supreme Court of the United States. He started his legal career as a law clerk to the Hon. Alvin B. Rubin of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. After postgraduate work at Yale Law School, where he studied with Professors Grant Gilmore and Charles Black, he joined the Admiralty section at an international law firm headquartered in downtown Houston. In 1984, he then founded the Admiralty and Insurance section of another international law firm. He joined Chaffe McCall LLP in 2012.
Mr. James G. Conway is the President of Global Intel Strategies a Houston-based firm that consults and advises government agencies, academia, and the media on terrorism and national security issues as well as private sector corporations on security, counter-terrorism measures and risk mitigation.
He has served our nation with distinction for over 35 years, twenty-five of those years as a Special Agent (SA) of the FBI.
Mr. Conway, a native of New England, holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut and a Masters Degree in Communication and Issues Management. He also holds a Graduate Certificate in International Affairs from Middlebury College.
Throughout his highly decorated career, he managed a number of successful and complex global investigations in the areas of Organized Crime, Violent Crime, and Counter-terrorism. SA Conway also served as a member of the FBI’s elite tactical SWAT team for ten years and as a Police Instructor throughout his career.
SA Conway also spent four years managing the FBI’s, Houston Division, Community and Public Affairs office where he was responsible for community, congressional and media relations as well as the recruitment of FBI, Special Agents and professional support staff.
Later in his career, SA Conway supervised the FBI, Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) and managed a variety of international counter-terrorism investigations both in the U.S and overseas working closely with police, intelligence and judicial counterparts in the Middle-East, Europe and throughout Latin-America.
Prior to his retirement from the FBI, SA Conway was assigned to the Office of the Legal Attaché at the U.S. Embassy, Mexico City where he held a diplomatic posting as the FBI, Program Manager of Counterterrorism and Counter-intelligence.
Throughout his career, SA Conway was the recipient of numerous awards of recognition from the Director of the FBI, the Central Intelligence Agency, the United States Attorney General as well as NATO, the United Nations and numerous police and intelligence agencies around the world.
Steve Hale serves as Chairman and CEO of Gulf Copper Manufacturing Corporation, an employee-owned company founded in 1948. The Gulf Copper group of companies include shipyards in Corpus Christi, Galveston and Port Arthur Texas, together with a marine consulting and surveying company, Sabine Surveyors, Ltd., operating offices throughout the U.S. Gulf Coast. The shipyards specialize in marine repair, conversion and fabrication, servicing the offshore energy and deep draft marine sectors in addition to the U.S. Navy.
Mr. Hale began his career sailing aboard U.S. Flag oil tankers in 1968 and became a shipyard apprentice shortly thereafter. He commenced training as a marine surveyor in 1976 and was elected President of the National Association of Marine Surveyors (NAMSGlobal) in 2000. His civic affiliations have included Chair of the Greater Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce, Board Director of Spindletop MHMR, and President of Three Rivers Council – Boy Scouts of America.
A graduate of Lamar University, Mr. Hale also completed the Executive Education Program at McCombs School of Business – University of Texas. He and his wife Elizabeth reside in Horseshoe Bay, Texas.
Art earned his Ph.d in Agricultural Economics from Texas A&M University in 1978. His entry into the energy markets was as Manager of New Products at the Chicago Board of Trade during the Iranian Revolution. Post CBOT Art traded petroleum futures as a member of NYMEX for ten years and served on NYMEX’s Board of Governors for five years. While on the Board Art chaired the Globalization Committee and was Vice-Chairman of the Natural Gas Committee during the development of the Henry Hub Contract. In 2001 Art joined the Finance Department faculty at Texas A&M as an Executive Professor. At A&M he created the Reliant Trading Center’s curriculum for undergraduate and graduate students in Energy Trading and Analysis. In 2006, Art joined the Global Energy Management Institute in the Finance Department at the University of Houston where he continues to teach Energy Trading and Energy Analysis. For 5 years starting in September 2009, Art consulted with CIMA ENERGY LTD, acting as their Chief Economist; first developing a barter contract trading natural gas for ethanol and from late 2010 developed and managed CIMA’s crude-by-rail throughput capacity in Galveston. Art also serves as an economist at Agrimar Inc.
Art’s specialty is commodity market analysis with a business development view and providing risk management solutions. His trading, development and risk assessment experiences include agricultural markets, crude oil and petroleum products, biofuels, natural gas, power and high frequency trading.
Tim Oster joined The American Equity Underwriters, Inc. in 2007 as a Claims Specialist. He transferred to the Underwriting Department in 2013 and is the Eastern division USL&H Underwriter as well as MEL Underwriter nationwide. Tim earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and a Minor in Management from the University of New Orleans.
Kenneth Wayne Bullock II
Shareholder in the Energy and the Admiralty & Maritime Practice Groups Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr
Ken is a Shareholder in the Energy and the Admiralty & Maritime practice groups of the Houston office of Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr. With a strong background in energy and maritime matters, Ken has wide-ranging experience representing corporate clients in litigation and arbitrations throughout the Gulf Coast region.
In the Energy Sector, Ken has represented a host of various upstream and midstream entities in all manner of commercial and personal injury litigation, both defending and prosecuting claims for breach of contract, tort liability, product liability claims and employment-related litigation. Throughout his career, Ken has represented a variety of oil field service providers, drilling and exploration companies, operators, pipeline operators and heavy construction companies.
In the Maritime Sector, Ken has extensive experience clients in connection with claims brought under the Jones Act, Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA), the Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act (LHWCA), Death on the High Seas Act (DOHSA) and the General Maritime Law. Ken’s clients have included dredging contractors, diving contractors, offshore supply vessel owners and operators, seismic and geophysical operators and drilling contractors.
Ken also regularly represents both onshore and offshore service companies and other energy clients in connection with internal investigations, OSHA inspections and in defending against citations and penalties before the Occupational Safety Health Review Commission (OSHRC).
George O’Leary serves as a Vice President in Oil Service Research. He has been with Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. since 2009 and has supported the company’s energy focused equity research group in many roles including Oil Service, Engineering & Construction, Liquefied Natural Gas, Coal/Power, and Midstream. Prior to joining Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co., O’Leary served as an Associate in the business and intangible asset valuation group with Deloitte Financial Advisory Services. Before that, O’Leary was a summer analyst at Morgan Stanley. He holds a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and a BA in Latin American and Iberian Studies from the University of Richmond.
Kate Belmont concentrates her practice in the areas of admiralty and maritime law, commercial litigation, and arbitration. Ms. Belmont represents clients in a wide variety of both domestic and international maritime and commercial matters, including:
maritime casualties, including ship collisions, sinkings, groundings, explosions, and fires
charterparty disputes, including laytime/demurrage, liability for cargo damage claims and arbitrations under SMA rules
maritime limitation of liability actions and vessel arrests
COGSA and multi-modal cargo damage claims
marine insurance coverage disputes
general international and domestic commercial litigation
Ms. Belmont is a member of the Maritime Law Association Cybersecurity Committee. While in law school, Ms. Belmont was the editor-in-chief of the Fordham Environmental Law Review. Ms. Belmont was also the recipient of The Emmet J. McCormack Foundation Prize for excellence in Admiralty Law, The Robert Schuman Prize for excellence in European Union Law, and the Archibald R. Murray Public Service Award, magna cum laude. While an undergraduate at Columbia University, Ms. Belmont was the recipient of the Carolyn E. Agger Scholarship for Women Interested in Law.
Ms. Belmont has been recognized as a 2015 “Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Trailblazer” by The National Law Journal.
Underwriter Norwegian Hull Club – Bergen, Norway
Offshore Energy & Special Risks (OE&SR)
Bin Wang is an underwriter in the department of Offshore Energy & Special Risks of Norwegian Hull Club, a mutual marine insurance company which ranks amongst the largest pure marine insurers in the world. Having supported our traditional members and clients since the early 1970’s as many began to transition their operations to service the North Sea oil boom, NHC’s OS&ER department was officially formed in 2005 to underwrite predominantly MOUs, including their operations, construction, loss of hire exposures, and war exposures. Since then the OE&SR Department has expanded its underwriting authority to include offshore E&P (both operations and construction), marine builder’s risk, as well as various “special risks,” which acts to service new and existing clients and members in this challenging environment today, as well as act as the core of NHC’s new product development projects.
Bin holds a B.S. from the department of Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering at the University of Michigan (2001), an M.S. from the Norwegian University of Science & Technology (2003) where he attended as a Fulbright Scholar, and a J.D. from the College of William & Mary School of Law (2008). Bin is also a graduate of the Department of the Navy’s Acquisition Intern Program (2005), as well as having worked at an associate with the New York office of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, and the New York office of Clyde & Co. US LLP, prior to joining Norwegian Hull Club in Bergen, Norway in 2011.
Jerry Patterson was born in Houston Texas in 1946. He graduated from Texas A&M, class of 1969 and was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps, served in Vietnam, and retired from the Marine Corps Reserve in 1993 as a Lt Colonel. He was elected to the Texas Senate in 1992 and represented parts of Harris, Galveston and Brazoria counties. He was the author of Texas’ concealed handgun law. Patterson was elected Texas Land Commissioner in 2002, and served in that office until 2015.
Jerry is currently the president of the Texas Navy Association, a 501c3 dedicated promoting and preserving the history of the little known Texas Navy.
Fabien is a dual qualified lawyer in France and England & Wales. He started his career at the Paris Bar specialising in insurance law before joining the Standard P&I club, one of the leading P&I clubs which specialises in the offshore sector, in 2007. Fabien currently heads the Offshore division claims team which has been involved in some complex and high profile incidents. Fabien was one of the members of the BIMCO sub-committee which developed the Windtime Charterparty form in 2013 which was specifically designed for the offshore wind farm sector and has been a regular speaker for various training courses organised by the same organisation. He has also recently contributed to Offshore Contracts and Liabilities (Informa, 2015).
R. Sean McCleskey is the Director of Organizational Education and Measurement at the Center for Identity, The University of Texas at Austin. He is also a faculty member in the Master of Science, Identity Management and Security Program.
Prior to this position, Sean served as a Special Agent with the United States Secret Service, San Antonio Field Office, from 1998 until his retirement in 2015. During his tenure, he conducted a variety of investigations to include, but not limited to, the following: counterfeit currency, bank fraud, identity theft, credit card abuse, child pornography, narcotics trafficking, domestic terrorism and threats to protectees of the United States Secret Service. He was also assigned to the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force for approximately 3 years where he exclusively conducted investigations regarding potential terrorist activities in the United States.
During his tenure with the agency, Sean created and then served as the Group Leader of the South Texas Regional Task Force, a multi-agency unit, which was comprised of the United States Secret Service, San Antonio Police Department, United States Postal Inspection Service, Homeland Security Investigations, Texas Department of Public Safety, IRS-Criminal Investigative Division, Bexar County District Attorney’s Office, and the United States Attorney’s Office, Western District of Texas. The principal mission of the task force was to investigative organized groups who are involved with identity theft, financial and cyber crimes.
Most recently, Sean served as a special prosecutor with the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office, Public Integrity Unit.
He earned two Bachelor of Science Degrees in Political Science and Criminal Justice from Texas Christian University and his Juris Doctor from St. Mary’s University School of Law. He was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 1998.
Eric Peters Senior Vice President Sales and Operations BG Staffing
With over 20 years of experience, Eric has worked in many staffing verticals including permanent placement, temporary staffing and project consulting. Eric spent 11 years at Robert Half International where he held various roles including Branch Manager, Regional Vice President of Management Resources and Vice President Salaries Professional Services. Along with launching various staffing verticals for RHI, Eric was instrumental in integrating Protiviti, the former Arthur Anderson Risk Consulting Practice which Robert Half International acquired. Moving into the healthcare field, Eric joined Weatherby Healthcare (a CHG company) where he held the position of Director and took responsibility for the growth and profitability of Weatherby’s physician placement in the locums tenens space. For the last three years, Eric oversaw North and South America for Faststream Recruitment Inc., the world’s largest Maritime and Marine staffing firm focused on contract and temporary placement. In March of 2016, Eric joined BG Staffing, a publicly traded staffing firm, and is coordinating that firm’s expansion into various regions and verticals as Senior Vice President of Sales and Operations.
Eric is a native of New Orleans, where he attended Tulane University and Louisiana State University. He currently resides in Houston, where among other hobbies, he and his wife of ten years, Tracy, own competitive bucking bulls in the PBR. “Superstition”, their 4 year old pride and joy, is currently out on the PBR circuit as a highly ranked bull!
Jon has been a journalist for 30 years and spend ten years working on a variety of UK national newspapers where his role included covering the release of Nelson Mandela, the 1990 FIFA World Cup and the first free elections in East Germany following the fall of the Berlin Wall.
During his time in re/insurance trade media, Jon has edited Post Magazine, Insurance Age and Insurance Day. He was also Editorial Director of Informa plc’s Insurance Division, where he was a key part of the team that managed the acquisition of 37 titles from EMAP and Financial Times Newspapers to create the biggest insurance and risk publisher in the world. He has written for a range of marine and energy titles such as Lloyd’s List, Fairplay and Safety at Sea.
Jon’s reputation as one of the most knowledgeable and respected journalists in the sector sees him regularly asked to appear on the BBC and CNN to comment on insurance and risk topics. He has won a number of individual honors at the annual UK Financial Services Media Awards organized by the Association of British Insurers.
As Vice President at Swiss Reinsurance Europe in the United Kingdom, Nick is a broadly based insurance and reinsurance executive specializing in Oil and Gas and related industries. His experience in insurance cuts across all roles; as an insurance purchaser, an insurance intermediary and an insurance underwriter. His specialties include: Risk Assessment, Underwriting Portfolio Management, Risk Management, Underwriting, Contractual Risk Allocation and Oil & Gas Insurance.
Some of Nick’s positions prior to joining Swiss Re in 2006 include Portfolio Risk Manager at GE Insurance Solutions, Ltd in London, Operations Director at AAA Seguros de Corretores Lda in Angola, over ten years as Senior Risk and Insurance Advisor at Royal Dutch Shell and nearly five years as a broker with Marsh. At the outset of his career, Nick worked as a field geologist in the Danish and Dutch sectors of the North Sea as well as onshore in Tunisia and Syria. Nick graduated from Cardiff University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree (honors) in Mining Geology. He is also an Associate in the Chartered Institute of Insurance.