Speaker Biographies

​​2019 Speaker Biographies

  Dale Bradford | Vice President, Western Hemisphere Offshore
Murphy Oil Corporation

Dale W. Bradford is Vice President, Western Hemisphere Offshore for Murphy Exploration and Production Company. Dale is responsible for Production Operations, Facilities & Maintenance Engineering, and Reservoir Engineering for Murphy’s Gulf of Mexico and East Coast Canada producing assets.

Dale has 25 years’ experience in the international offshore and North America unconventional oil & gas industry. Since joining Murphy in 2007, Dale has overseen operations in Malaysia, Vietnam, Australia, Indonesia, Kurdistan, Congo, Cameroon, Canada, and the United States. His roles have included Senior Drilling & Completions Manager, General Manager of Southeast Asia Operations, General Manager, International Drilling & Completions, and Vice President of Worldwide Drilling & Services.

Prior to joining Murphy, Dale was with BHP Billiton Petroleum, BP Americas, and Amoco Production Company.

Dale holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and has completed the Executive Program at Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Dale is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the International Association of Drilling Contractors.

  Erik Sirgo | General Manager, Major Capital Projects – Gulf of Mexico Business Unit
Chevron U.S.A. Inc.

Eric currently serves as General Manager of Major Capital Projects within Chevron’s Gulf of Mexico Business Unit (GOMBU). Headquartered in Covington, Louisiana, GOMBU is focused on all aspects of resource development in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, including exploration, appraisal, drilling, major capital projects, reservoir management and production operations. GOMBU explores in water depths ranging from 1,500 to 10,000 feet and is a significant lease holder and active driller in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico.Eric has 32 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1987 and joined Chevron that same year as a facilities Engineer in Midland, Texas.
Eric has held a variety of upstream technical and managerial positions in his Chevron career, including multiple assignments in Texas, California, Louisiana and Scotland. He has held roles in Construction,Operations, Business Planning and Asset Development in both offshore and onshore environments. He served as an advisor to the Executive Vice President of Upstream at Chevron’s headquarters in San Ramon, California, as well as the North America Information Technology Manager in Houston. Prior to his current position, he was appointed General Manager of Operations for Chevron Europe in the UK North Sea and Director of Chevron’s non-operated business in Denmark.He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and a registered Professional Engineer. Eric is married with two children.
  William Turner | Senior Research Analyst – US Gulf of Mexico Upstream
Wood Mackenzie

William has a Bachelor’s degree in Ocean Engineering from Texas A&M University and spent over 10 years in deepwater construction, engineering and project management. In 2017 he completed a Master’s degree from the University of Texas, McCombs School of Business and transitioned to a Senior Research Analyst for commercial intelligence firm, Wood Mackenzie, covering the US Gulf of Mexico.
  James West | Senior Managing Director – Oil Services, Equipment & Drilling
Evercore ISI

James West is a Senior Managing Director responsible for the research coverage of the Oil Services, Equipment and Drilling industry consisting of detailed fundamental research on over 70 companies. Prior to joining Evercore ISI, Mr. West was a Managing Director and Senior Research Analyst at Barclays and Lehman Brothers for a combined 15 years.
Since assuming lead coverage in 2011, Mr. West has been top ranked in Institutional Investor, including number three in 2011, number two in 2012 and number one from 2013 to today. Prior to joining Lehman Brothers, Mr. West worked at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. Mr. West received his B.A. in Economics and a minor in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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