Mon. April 3rd to Wed. April 5th

Margaritaville Hotel Nashville
Nashville, Tennessee


SÖKKVABEKKR 2023 marks our third installment of SAGA Wisdom’s annual technical conference. This year we are excited to welcome our community to Music City USA – Nashville, Tennessee. Our technical program features a wide variety of industry experts weighing in on some of the most trending subjects in the energy industry today.

Why Attend

SÖKKVABEKKR is SAGA Wisdom’s most prestigious annual event, where we get together with like-minded folks to discuss the latest developments emerging in fields that matter most to operators. While the content of our previous events has focused primarily on themes catering to petrotechnicals working unconventionals, our program has now expanded its scope to include other topics of importance, including finance, law and fugitive emissions.

Workshop topics include:

  • Rate Transient Analysis
  • Emissions – Implications to Reserves, Development Planning and CCS
  • Methane Monitoring: The Shift from Leak Detection to Carbon Accounting
  • Modern Refrac Designs, Well Performance Results and Opportunities
  • Observing The Energy Transition Through the Lens of Corporate Venture Capital
  • Physics-Based and Data-Driven Field Development Optimization Workflows
  • Data Analytics and Machine Learning for Production Operations
  • Non-Op Investing & Transacting in Business Development – Deal Flow
  • Balancing the Interests of Operators & Auditors for Reserves Evaluation

Platinum Sponsor

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Iron Sponsor

East Peak Resources

Sponsor Packages

This is an excellent opportunity to showcase your organization and services; please review the following documents to apply as a sponsor for this magnificent event.

Pre-Conference CVC Half-Day Workshop (Optional)

(April 3rd, 8AM-12PM) - LIMITED SEATING

'Corporate Venture Capital in the Energy Sector – A Growth Engine', hosted by Kevin Ye, Managing Partner, Mach49, Venture Investing, Silicon Valley

As markets continually mature through new technologies and increased competition, many operators and service companies are challenged to understand the future of their businesses and how to evolve for their customers. Whether this results in the development of new business models that change the definition of what activities are included in the "core," or whether it helps them meet modern benchmarks and social expectations around decarbonization, many of the Energy sector's leading players have turned to corporate venturing to help unlock additional growth.

Corporate Venture Capital (CVC) is one approach to support sustainable growth by accessing outside technologies and evaluating them in a holistic commercial sense. This workshop will provide attendees with an introduction into corporate venturing, how to determine whether corporate venturing is right for your organization, how to frame it within the context of other growth and innovation initiatives within your organization, along with best practices and an understanding of how to build a successful CVC unit. Participants will exit with an understanding of the benefits of CVC, a framework to evaluate whether CVC (or another inorganic lever) is appropriate for their goals, and narratives to begin positioning a new initiative within their organization.

Kevin Ye

Kevin is an industry expert in helping enterprises as they look to effectively engage with a rapidly evolving global innovation ecosystem. As the Managing Partner for Mach49’s Venture Investing practice, he has been a trusted advisor for dozens of corporations looking to expand their external venturing activities, closely guiding them through partnerships, venture investing, and acquisitions. His team has been responsible for having set up over $1 billion in corporate venture capital funds across sectors and geographies, and Kevin continues to serve as a Partner-in-Residence for a number of CVC funds, including TDK Ventures, Goodyear Ventures, Xerox Ventures, Vale Ventures, and more. He currently sits on the selection committee for the Halliburton Labs deeptech energy accelerator, and he is an active angel investor and LP in various startups and funds. Notable groups he has supported in his career as lead venture advisor include the Arizona Commerce Authority, Barrick Gold, ExxonMobil, Southwest Airlines, Shell, and UPS Ventures.

Program Outline

Our technical program runs from Monday April 3rd to Wednesday April 5th and consists of sessions which span a wide array of relevant hot topics presented by thought leaders of the operator, service and academic communities.

We expect 120 people to be in attendance.

Please be advised that our program is currently undergoing refinements to ensure its quality. As a result, there may be changes, but we will keep you informed throughout the process. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we strive to create the best possible program for our participants. A copy of the latest version of the program can be downloaded here and is displayed below.

Session Chairs and Presenters

Jorge Acuna

Principal Engineer (J Acuna Consulting, LLC)

Richard Baker

President (BRE Subsurface)

Bob Barba

Founder (Triple R Energy Partners)

Lucas Bazan

President (Bazan Consulting, Inc.)

Tom Blasingame

Professor (Texas A&M University)

Todd Brooker

President (Cawley, Gillespie & Associates, Inc.)

Aaron Burton

Account Manager (Core Laboratories)

Felipe Cardoso

Methane emission researcher (ExxonMobil)

Bresee Carlson

Partner (Kuiper Law Firm, PLLC)

Tyler Conner

Reservoir Engineering Advisor (OXY)

James Ewert

Advanced Reservoir Engineer (Marathon Oil Corporation)

Alan Farquharson

Senior Vice President - Reservoir Engineering and Economics (Range Resources)

Jennifer Fitzgerald

VP Corporate Reserves (Occidental Petroleum Company)

Mark Fleming

President (Triple R Energy Partners)

Garrett Fowler

Chief Operating Officer (ResFrac Corporation)

Thomas Fox

President (Highwood Emissions Management)

Taylor Frick

Reservoir Engineer I (Pioneer Natural Resources)

David Fulford

Senior Vice President of Engineering (EIV Resources)

Marta Guerrero

Principal Engineer (GTI Energy)

Alireza Haghighat

Senior Technical Advisor (S&P Global)

Matt Harriman

Builder (Pod2)

Chad Holowatuk

Senior Technical Advisor (ComboCurve)

Dilhan Ilk

Reservoir Engineer (DeGolyer and MacNaughton)

David Jones

Sr Resource Manager (Chesapeake Energy)

George King

Principal (GEK Engineering. PLLC)

Alejandro Lerza

Unconventional Planning and Optimization Advisor (Chevron)

Bryan McDowell

Managing Partner (Sabata Energy Consultants)

Douglas McMaster

Vice President of Product (ComboCurve, Inc.)

Claudia Molina

Reservoir Engineering Advisor- Chief Engineering (Ovintiv)

Landon Poffenroth

Montney Asset Manager (Birchcliff Energy)

Yogashri Pradhan

Reservoir Engineer (Coterra Energy Inc.)

Jon Pratt

Production Engineer (Devon Energy)

Austin Qualls

Advising Reservoir Engineer (Devon Energy)

Scott Quinell

Manager Engineering (GLJ Ltd.)

Brock Robertson

Senior Reservoir Engineer (Marathon Oil)

David Robinson

Data Scientist (Devon Energy)

John Thompson

President (Saga Wisdom)

Olivia Woodruff

Director (Kimmeridge)

Kathy Woody

Energy & Environmental Technology (Principal Advisor)

Kevin Ye

Managing Partner (Mach49)

Featured Social Activities

Come join us for our networking activities at SÖKKVABEKKR 2023. These are invaluable opportunities to get to know some members of our community more closely. You can find a detailed description of the social activities here.

Monday, April 3rd

Special Event 1: The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Tour (1PM – 6PM)

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum exists to preserve, celebrate, and share the important cultural asset that is country music. It is in downtown Nashville and just a block away from the SAGA Wisdom conference venue. It has been called the “Smithsonian of country music,” celebrated for its broad cultural impact, educational mission, and unrivaled collection of historically important artifacts related to country music.

There will be two scheduled tours – one at 1:20pm and another at 3:40pm.

Special Event 2: The Pontoon Saloon – Riverboat Cruise (1PM – 6PM)

This is the premier party pontoon located at lower Broadway in downtown Nashville. Expect to be mingling and dancing to a great mix of tunes while cruising down the Cumberland River. It’s the best honky tonk cruise on the water! Enjoy some southern BBQ while enjoying the sights of Music City from the water.

There are two scheduled boat launches – one at 1:20pm and another at 3:40pm. Space is limited, so book early. Note: The boat launch at 3:40pm is fully booked.

Special Event 3: Welcome Reception – Margaritaville Hotel Nashville (8PM – 10PM)

Come join us for a relaxed get together at our conference hotel the night before our technical program kicks off. Sit back and relax after the day’s activities and network with friends and other attendees while enjoying finger food and cocktails. For those wanting just a little more fun to wrap up the day, we’ll have a tabletop hockey tournament ready to go for bragging rights.

Tuesday, April 4th

Main Event: The Nashville Predators vs. The Vegas Golden Knights (6PM – 10PM)

Located in the heart of the action, the Bridgestone Arena plays home to the Nashville Predators. After Day 1 of the technical program, most of our delegates will take a 6-minute (0.3 mile) walk down Broadway to attend a battle between two of the top teams of the NHL, sitting in the prestigious Yuengling Flight Deck. This event is fully catered with food and drink, so no need to make dinner plans beforehand. This is the 2nd to last week of the regular season so the arena should be rocking, and this game could be very important for the playoffs. There will be no charge to attend, but only the first 75 registrants will get a ticket, so you must register early before they’re all gone!

Wednesday, April 5th

Closing Cocktail Reception – Margaritaville Hotel Nashville (5PM – 7PM)

After the Keynote Speaker closes the technical program, we will be hosting a final happy hour featuring live acoustic music. Here, folks can unwind after a long day of learning and socialize with each other before preparing for the journey home. This is a great opportunity to finish conversations with your contacts and schedule follow up meetings.



We've secured an excellent group rate of USD $259/night available from Sun. Apr. 2nd to Thu. Apr. 6th 2023 at our stunning venue, the Margaritaville Hotel Nashville. Be sure to book now to secure your room, as they will sell out. The last day to book is Wed. March 15th, 2023.


Margaritaville Hotel Nashville is located in the vibrant downtown neighbourhood of SoBro, nestled near popular restaurants, attractions, and just steps from the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum.