Power Matters II: Speakers

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Trammell S. Crow is the founder of EARTHx (formerly known as Earth Day Texas), the largest annual environmental exhibition and programming initiative in the world. What started as an event covering a few blocks in Dallas in 2011 has expanded to a year-round series of events, forums and more. In 2017, EARTHx welcomed more than 100,000 attendees as it continues to grow as the hub for education, innovation and relationship-building not just within the environmental community, but beyond, as we all have a stake in the future of our planet.

At a time when the world desperately needs it, Mr. Crow is focused on inspiring environmental leadership across sectors and party lines. He serves on the board of directors for ConservAmerica and is a co-founder of Texas Business for Clean Air and Texans for Clean Water. Mr. Crow is also a long-term supporter of the Texas Conservation Alliance, the Nature Conservancy of Texas, Texans for Lawsuit Reform, Log Cabin Republicans and the League of Conservation Voters. His philanthropy benefits various nonprofit organizations that are active in family planning, education, the environment, community initiatives and political causes.

Mr. Crow’s other great passion is art. He is the president of the Crow Family Foundation, which operates and manages The Trammell and Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art. His appreciation for the arts encompasses a broad range of forms — from Beatles records to graphic novels based on historical events.

Prior to his current endeavors, Mr. Crow had various other positions within the Crow family businesses. He began his career as a warehouse leasing agent in Denver before transferring to Houston to develop residential subdivisions and, subsequently, to lease retail space. Returning to Dallas to join the development team of the Anatole Hotel, he later worked at the Dallas Market Center when it expanded by more than two million square feet. By 1985, he had developed the Dallas Communications Complex, the Studios at Las Colinas, INFOMART and the Dallas/Fort Worth Teleport. From 1986 to 1993, Mr. Crow was the CEO of Trammell Crow International, overseeing the Brussels International Trade Mart (largest in Europe) and developing additional trade marts in Asia.

Theresa Einhorn is a former senior partner with the international business law firm Haynes and Boone, LLP. During her career as an attorney, Theresa handled complex financing transactions in a broad range of industries, with an emphasis on oil and gas, electric power and related industries. Theresa’s experience with oil and gas financings includes the upstream, midstream and downstream sectors, ranging from borrowing base credit facilities secured by oil and gas properties to large syndicated acquisition financings. She represented lenders, arrangers and agents, borrowers, investors, and other parties in transactions ranging in size from $200 million to more than $10 billion.

Theresa has served in a number of leadership roles, both in the legal profession and in the community. She served as Chair of Business Financing Committee of the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Business Law, as a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Association of Bank Counsel, and as Vice Chair of the Houston Commercial Finance Lawyers’ Forum. She has been recognized by clients and peers for her expertise on many occasions. She was elected as a Fellow of the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers, had the highest rating by the MartindaleHubbell® Law Directory, was recognized by the prestigious lawyer ranking guide Chambers USA, and was listed in Best Lawyers in America (Banking and Finance Law) and in Texas Super Lawyers.

At Haynes and Boone law firm, Theresa served as head of the Energy Finance Working Group. Before joining Haynes and Boone, Theresa was a partner with the Houstonbased law firm Butler & Binion, where she served in a number of roles, including as a member of the management committee and head of the finance section.

Theresa currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of Society for the Performing Arts (SPA) in Houston, Texas, and has been a member of the SPA Board and Executive Committee for many years. SPA is the largest organization of its kind in the Southwest, dedicated to enriching the cultural life of Houston by presenting the world’s best in  multidiscipline performing arts to Houston audiences and providing education and community engagement programs. Theresa is also a member of the Greater Houston Partnership’s Executive Women’s Partnership (formerly served on the Steering Group), and of the Women’s Initiative of the United Way of Greater Houston.

Theresa graduated from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., where she was an editor of the law review Law and Policy in International Business. She holds an M.A. from the University of WisconsinMadison, and a B.A. with high honors from the University of Delaware. She is a member of the Texas Bar and the New York Bar.

As the COO and Principal of Energy Renewal Partners, Ms. Elizondo has over fifteen years of experience in managing and permitting complex environmental compliance projects for the energy sector.  Ms. Elizondo has led teams on the evaluation and development of over 5 GW of renewable energy.  Her experience has extended across the United States and includes work with various federal, state, and local agencies. Project scopes have included biological assessments, site investigation and remediation, environmental due diligence, NEPA and SEPA assessments, avian surveys, take-permits, wetland delineations and permitting, and regulatory negotiations.  Ms. Elizondo has developed a keen ability to anticipate project constraints early in the planning process and produce effective solutions to keep projects moving forward and meet critical deadlines.  Notable projects that Ms. Elizondo has participated include the Los Vientos portfolio in south Texas totaling 910MW of wind energy, evaluation of over 2 GW of solar developments in the southeast, permitting of the Panoche Valley Solar Project in the central valley of California, energy storage evaluation in California and Texas, repowering of natural gas plants in Corpus Christi and Laredo, permitting and oversight of development and construction of over 750MW of wind energy in northern Oklahoma, and due diligence support of numerous portfolios of renewable assets equaling over 3 GWs of projects.

Energy Renewal Partners’ experienced team provides the entire spectrum of environmental and consulting services to energy sector clients. At ERP, we pledge to provide distinctive, quality and unparalleled customer service as we strive to gain the respect and trust of our clients, suppliers, and partners.  Our team understands the needs of each of our clients and continuously delivers results and value on every project. The market demands cost-effective business solutions, and ERP delivers technical excellence in a responsive, reliable, reasonable, and transparent partnership with our clients.

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Rebecca Motal is the President of Motal and Eby LLC.  Motal and Eby provides energy, water and environmental consulting services. Rebecca is also the President and Chairman of the Association of Women in Energy.  AWE provides opportunities for women to meet other energy industry professionals and to enhance their knowledge of energy issues.

Rebecca retired from the Lower Colorado River Authority as General Manager, after 27 years at the organization. She was General Manager during a challenging period for LCRA.  She led the organization through a severe drought and devastating wildfires.   She streamlined the organization, reduced costs by eliminating more than 20% of the work force (over 500 positions) to better position LCRA for the competitive electric market. She led the development of more than 100,000 acre-feet of new supplies of water for the lower Colorado River basin.   She also held positions that included the General Manager of LCRA, Chief Executive Officer of the LCRA Transmission Services Corporation and the GenTex Power Corporation. Previous professional experience at LCRA included executive responsibilities in finance, regulatory and external affairs.

Prior to LCRA, she held positions as a water and environmental attorney.  She holds three degrees from the University of Texas at Austin:  Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics; Doctor of Jurisprudence and a Masters of Business Administration from the University’s Executive MBA program.

Sue Ortenstone is Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer of CenterPoint Energy. Headquartered in Houston, CenterPoint Energy is a Fortune 500 Company that includes electric transmission and distribution, natural gas distribution, and energy services operations. Ortenstone is responsible for Human Resources, Communications, and Community Relations.

With more than 35 years of natural gas industry experience, Ortenstone joined CenterPoint Energy in 2014. Prior to her current position, she was senior vice president and chief administrative officer at Copano Energy, responsible for Human Resources and other corporate functions. In addition to her role as executive vice president and chief administrative officer at El Paso Corporation, she also served as chief executive officer of EPIC Energy in Australia, president of El Paso Gas Services, and other engineering, operations, strategy and business development positions.

She graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a bachelor’s degree in civil and environmental engineering.

Ortenstone serves on the Advisory Board for Civil and Environmental Engineering, as well as the Industrial Advisory Board in the College of Engineering at the University of Wisconsin. In 2013, the UW College of Engineering awarded her the Distinguished Alumni Award. She also serves on the Board of Trustees for Northwest Assistance Ministries of Houston.

Ryan Sitton is one of the world’s leading energy experts. In 2014, he was elected to the Texas Railroad Commission, the state agency that oversees oil and gas regulation in Texas and is the first engineer to serve on the Commission in 50 years. As Railroad Commissioner, Ryan is committed to fostering an environment where energy can be responsibly produced as efficiently and effectively as possible.

A native Texan who grew up in the Irving area, Ryan is a graduate of Texas A&M University where he earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering, and met his wife, Jennifer. In 2006, Ryan and Jennifer founded PinnacleART, an engineering and technology company focused on reliability and integrity programs for the oil, gas, and petrochemical, mining, pharmaceutical, and wastewater industries. What began as a garage project has today become a leading company, with over 700 employees across four continents.

With over 20 years of experience in the oil, gas, and petrochemical industries, Ryan is an active member of several industry groups and is the current Chairman of Texas A&M’s Mechanical Engineering Advisory Council. Ryan is seen as one of the foremost authorities on integrity programs and risk analysis, having been frequently called to provide expertise to some of the world’s most complex companies.

Ryan and his wife Jennifer have three children – Sarah, Luke, and Lance – and are active members of St. Andrews Episcopal Church. In addition to his political and technical areas of focus, Ryan is a passionate entrepreneur. In the past five years, he has spearheaded new businesses in everything from real estate to restaurants. Today, he is pursuing a new startup — a new generation of tricycles that adults and kids can both enjoy. He is deeply honored to serve as your Railroad Commissioner.

American Gas Association (AGA) Chief Operating Officer Lori Traweek is in her 28th year at AGA and is committed to leveraging and utilizing American’s abundant, domestic, affordable and clean natural gas to help meet the nation’s energy and environmental needs.  Lori is directly responsible for overseeing AGA operations. AGA was named one of the top 15 trade associations in the United States in the APCO Worldwide TradeMarks survey of over 300 leading policymakers and opinion leaders in Washington, D.C. In addition, AGA was recognized as a Top Workplace for the second consecutive year by the Washington Post.

Prior to her current responsibilities, Lori was integrally involved in AGA’s pipeline safety and environmental advocacy, including participating in the development of the EPA STAR program to encourage voluntary operations reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, serving on the executive steering team of the Department of Transportation’s distribution integrity management program, and participating in the launch of the Common Ground Alliance – a collaborative organization with the goal of reducing excavation damage of underground facilities.

Before joining AGA, Lori worked as an offshore and onshore engineer for Arco Oil and Gas Co. in Texas and Louisiana.  She holds a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University and a B.S. degree in communications from Ithaca College.

Lori currently serves on the National Energy Foundation and GTI Board and is AGA’s liaison for the Center for Energy Workforce Development.

In her distinguished career Lori has received the American Public Gas Association Personal Service Award; she is a Rader Energy’s Key Women in Energy-Americas Leadership honoree; she received Purdue University’s Outstanding Mechanical Engineering Achievement Award and the National Association of State Fire Marshals Norman Y. Mineta Excellence in Transportation Safety Award.  Lori has also received designation as an ASAE Certified Association Executive (CAE).

Lori and her husband Bill have two adult children, Scott and Julie, and live in Annapolis, Maryland.