About James Masters
James Masters is the Senior Director of Finance & Marketing at HighPoint Resources Corporation. James began his career in New York with boutique investment banking firm, COSCO Capital Management LLC, later sold to Rodman & Renshaw, LLC, which focused on private oil and gas corporate and project financings. In 2010, he moved back home to Colorado and joined private E&P company, Bonanza Creek Energy. Subsequent to Bonanza Creek’s IPO in 2011, James was responsible for building the company’s Investor Relations platform and communicating the company’s investment story to the public from 2012 through 2015. During this time, Bonanza Creek enjoyed a nearly 400% increase in stock price and achieved an enterprise value of $2.9 billion. Upon leaving Bonanza Creek, James joined Fifth Creek Energy, a private equity-backed startup E&P company focused on the DJ basin, as its Vice President of Finance. Fifth Creek created significant value through its development of the Hereford field in northern Colorado, and ultimately merged with Bill Barrett Corporation in March 2018 to create HighPoint Resources.
2020 Panelist Profile | Q&A with James
Have you attended The Energy Summit before? As a guest or panelist?
I have attended the Summit always as a guest, so I’m excited to be a panelist at this year’s event. I have always appreciated The Energy Summit as a forum for thought provoking discussion and important networking with peers. I am looking forward to hearing what the leaders of our industry have to say about the interesting times we are living in.
What made you decide to join us at this 32nd Annual Energy Summit conference to participate on this panel, and how they are interpreted?
As an energy professional who has enjoyed a number of different roles in our industry, I’m eager to hear from two successful entrepreneurs and CEOs on this panel regarding the paths they have taken to lead their respective organizations and create value for their investors and employees.
Why do you think your panel topic is critical in the oil and natural gas industry at this time?
We are in a season of unprecedented upheaval in our industry and in the economy at large, so I think our panel is very timely as we all try to navigate these times as wisely and proactively as possible. In this time, there will be people who build the foundation for their future success, and others who won’t. I’m looking forward to hearing two perspectives on how individuals and companies can best prepare for success on the other side.
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