2020 Panelist Profile | Q&A with Austin
Have you attended The Energy Summit before? As a guest or panelist?
I have attended as a guest.
What brings you back? – AND/OR - What are you looking forward to at this year’s Energy Summit (aside from your session)?
I am interested to know just how many companies are really positioned to survive and thrive, and what differentiates them from their peers- how can my company differentiate itself to ensure it survives in the new age of energy.
What made you decide to join us at this 32nd Annual Energy Summit conference to participate on this panel, and how they are interpreted?
Discussing employment at this time, when so many have lost their jobs, and don’t necessarily have an ability to get back into the industry in a way they are familiar with, is extremely important. This is not just “another downturn” and as a result, I think people need to reassess how they look at their careers and what their goals are.
Why do you think your panel topic is critical in the oil and natural gas industry at this time?
We have just gone through a revolution of the energy business, one almost as important as the shale revolution (just not nearly as much fun). Companies are moving from 20 years of growth, boom, and bust, to a new period with a focus on profitability and stability.
How would you recommend that someone stays current on these issues if they are interested or want to know more?
People need to focus on the markets, and focus on how companies are or are not executing. Invest, read, ask questions, understand that not every company is going to make it, and understand why that is.
About Austin Akers
Austin Akers is the Chief Executive Officer of Bison Oil & Gas Partners I, II, and III, LLC (“Bison"). Prior to co-founding Bison, Austin co-founded and served as the Vice President of Land at LOGOS Resources, LLC ("LOGOS"). Prior to LOGOS, Mr. Akers was lead landman for the Delaware Basin at LINN Energy. Prior to LINN, Mr. Akers began his career at age 15 working as a field landman throughout the Rockies.
Austin graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Industrial and Labor Relations; where he met his wife, Katie. Austin and Katie recently welcomed their first child Jack into the world and make their home in Denver.
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