About reliable energy alliance
Corbin Robertson Jr. founded the Reliable Energy Alliance to keep Texas at the forefront of the energy sector and ensure an affordable and dependable energy future. The organization will collaborate with key stakeholders in policy, power generation, manufacturing and the fossil fuels industry
With its abundance of natural resources, Texas must establish the legal, regulatory and economic framework to support profitable investment opportunities for all Texans to benefit from carbon storage, hydrogen generation and an offsets credits trading market.
The Texas economy relies heavily on oil and gas production, refining, and petrochemicals. The Reliable Energy Alliance is dedicated to ensuring that Texans have access to affordable energy, products, and services, while maintaining a high standard of living..
MEET THE TEAM
Corbin Robertson Jr.
Corbin J. Robertson Jr. has over 40 years of global investment and operations experience in the natural resources sector. His professional career commenced in 1969 by joining Quintana Petroleum Corporation as a director and as an executive of its mining division, Quintana Minerals Corporation (QMC), which he became President of in 1978. As such, he led QMC’s precious and base metals and industrial minerals exploration and production projects throughout the Americas. In the mid 1980’s Mr. Robertson purchased QMC from the group and today it serves as the management company for his family’s group of companies.
Mr. Robertson is currently a Managing Partner of Quintana Capital Group, an energy focused private equity firm he co-founded with ~$1 billion AUM at its peak. He is also the Chairman and CEO of the general partner of Natural Resource Partners L.P. (NYSE: NRP) and Chairman of Quintana Energy Services, Inc. (NYSE:QES). He was the Chairman of Quintana Maritime Limited prior to the sale of its 37 vessels to Excel Maritime Carriers Ltd. in 2008 and Chairman and CEO of Quintana Shipping, a 2nd dry bulk shipping venture with 14 vessels sold to Golden Ocean in 2017. Mr. Robertson has served as the CEO and Chairman of the general partner of Western Pocahontas Properties since 1986, of Great Northern Properties since 1992 and as Chairman of the Board of Directors of New Gauley Coal since 1986.
In addition to being a current member of their boards, he serves or has served as Chairman of the Board of the All-American Wildcatters Association, the Baylor College of Medicine, the Cullen Trust for Higher Education and the World Health and Golf Association. He is also on the boards of the American Petroleum Institute, the National Petroleum Council and the Texas Medical Center, and a member of the Texas Business Hall of Fame. He attended The University of Texas at Austin, where he earned a B.B.A. from the Business Honors Program.
Director of the Board of Advisors
Susan Combs (Chairperson) is a successful, experienced executive at both the state and federal level. She has 16 years of statewide leadership in Texas, providing strategic and innovative management, as well as nearly three years at the U.S. Department of the Interior in executive management. At Interior, Combs was the Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget, and Chief Financial Officer.
Most recently Combs served as the Chair of the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission, which was created by Congress, to celebrate the19th Amendment centennial nationally in August 2020. Combs is presently a Fellow at the University of Texas Center for Identity where she is working to assist on matters relating to personal data privacy.
In Texas Combs served in elected positions between 1993 and 2015. Combs served as the state’s Comptroller from 2007 to 2015. Combs was the first woman Agriculture commissioner and served from 1998 to 2007. Combs was a state legislator from 1993 to 1996 with a proven record of writing and passing landmark legislation. As head of two state agencies, she streamlined operations, ensuring more efficient and cost-effective programs, and received national recognition. Her articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, The Hill, the Austin American-Statesman, the San Antonio Express-News, the Houston Chronicle among others. Combs also launched a woman’s empowerment organization in 2015 and has long had an interest in promoting women to leadership roles.
Combs is the manager and owner of a more than 130-year-old family ranching and hunting and grazing management operation in West Texas for more than 40 years
Ryan Gravatt is a digital strategist who specializes in using Websites, social media, advertising, email and search engines to bolster public affairs and public relations campaigns. Ryan is recognized as an expert in developing digital strategies for crisis communications and grassroots mobilization planning.
Ryan draws upon his experience with mass communications in public affairs and as a newspaper reporter to integrate the client’s online presence into their broader communication plan. He develops and maintains digital strategies for corporations, political campaigns, issue-advocacy organizations and membership associations.
Ryan graduated from the University of Florida in 1999 with a B.A. in History and a B.S. in Journalism. In 2020, the University of Florida recognized Ryan as one of the university’s top 100 entrepreneurs.
Sarah Biller is an Entrepreneur, Investor, and Educator in the FinTech sector. She is the Executive Director of Vantage Ventures, a collaboration of West Virginia University (a Research 1 University), global Technology leaders, Fortune Class companies and Venture Capital firms, focused on providing entrepreneurs in the center of the country a systematic and efficient approach to build world-changing ideas into scalable, investable businesses and raise venture capital. Ms. Biller is also the co-Founder of the FinTech Sandbox, a Boston-based not for profit that accelerates the product development cycle of FinTech start-ups by providing them free access to high quality, diverse datasets. She is also the co-Founder of Capital Market Exchange (CMX), a predictive analytics platform for institutional bond investors. Prior to her time at Vantage Ventures, Ms. Biller was the Chief Operating Officer for Innovation at State Street Bank’s Global Exchange division and Head of Innovation Ventures. Before joining State Street, she was a principal in the launch of several successful venture-backed start-ups in the FinTech and Life Sciences sectors.
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James H. Clement, Jr.
James (Jamey) H. Clement, Jr. is a retired Chairman of twenty years for King Ranch, Inc. and the Management Council of the King Ranch Institute for Ranch. Management at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. He currently serves on the boards of Merit Energy Company, Houston Trust Company, and the advisory board of the Marine Corps Scholarship Fund. Previously, he served as a board member of the Episcopal School of Dallas, Madison Council of the Library of Congress, the Advisory Council of the Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law, and Business at the University of Texas at Austin and as chairman of the Tom Lea Institute (El Paso). Mr. Clement holds a BA in Economics from Tulane University and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.
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Elizabeth Ames Coleman
Elizabeth Ames Coleman served as a Texas State Representative from 2001-2012 from San Antonio. After election to her third term in House, Elizabeth was appointed by Governor Rick Perry to the Texas Railroad Commission, the regulatory agency with jurisdictional oversight that includes oil and gas drilling and production. In 2006, she was elected statewide to the Railroad Commission where she served until 2012. Elizabeth served on the three-member Coastal Land Advisory Board; an entity created by the Governor to award the Coastal Impact Assistance Program (CIAP) funds allocated to Gulf of Mexico states to mitigate effects of offshore drilling as established by the U.S. Energy Policy Act of 2005. She simultaneously served on the Texas Coastal Coordination Council. The Council’s mission was to coordinate Texas’ approach to environmental management of coastal resources and to manage the coastal management grant funds awarded by the federal government to local entities for coastal improvement projects. After leaving public service, Elizabeth joined international law firm, Squire Patton Boggs, as a Senior Policy Advisor. In 2015, she joined energy consulting firm, EnergyNorthAmerica, LLC as a partner with her husband, energy lawyer, Jack Coleman, to provide state and federal energy, maritime, and environmental policy advocacy, and corporate strategic planning to clients. They live in Mississippi and along with their energy consulting, they support ventures and projects dedicated to improving job and educational opportunities in the Mississippi Delta.
Cornelius Dupré II
Mr. Dupré is the Chairman of Dupré Interests, a private equity
family office, serving in that capacity since founding the company in 2004. Additionally,
Mr. Dupré is the Chairman of Dupré Energy Services, which encompasses several energy
industry service companies, including KSW Solids Controls, Pro-Tek Field Services and
Diversified Safety & Scaffolding. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of
Foundation Energy, Hoover Circular Solutions, Wellbore Fishing and Rental Tools, JVL
Global Energy, & Dynamic Chemical Solutions. Prior to these activities, Mr. Dupré
served as co-owner and Chairman of Venture Transport & Logistics; as Senior Vice
President/CSO National Oilwell, Inc.; as founder, Chairman and CEO of Dupré
Companies, which merged with National Oilwell, Inc. in July 1999; and founder and
Board member of EXXI. Mr. Dupré belongs to or is active in a number of energy industry
groups, as well as charitable and community organizations, including: SPE, API,
IPAA, IADC, LOGA, TIPRO, NACD, NOIA, HPF, Western Energy Alliance, The Caesar
Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute, Spindletop Charities, Sky High for Kids benefitting St.
Jude’s and the Dupré Family Foundation. Mr. Dupré has a Bachelor of Science degree, a
Master of Business Administration and a Juris Doctor.
Robin Fielder is the Executive Vice President, Low Carbon Strategy and Chief Sustainability Officer, serving as the lead executive for Talos Energy’s Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS) business and overseeing the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) initiatives. Prior to Talos, Ms. Fielder served as President, CEO and a member of the Noble Midstream Partners (NBLX) board of directors where she guided the Partnership within Chevron and led integration efforts for the take-private transaction of NBLX in 2021 following the 2020 acquisition of its parent company, Noble Energy (NBL) by Chevron.
Before joining Noble Energy and Chevron, Ms. Fielder served as CEO, President, and Director for Western Midstream Partners (formerly Western Gas, WES), where she led the WES and the Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (APC) marketing organizations through the Occidental (OXY) acquisition of Anadarko in 2019.
With nearly 20 years of steadily increasing responsibility at Anadarko, Ms. Fielder built executive skills serving as Vice President of Investor Relations, among other roles within the company’s E&P business units.
Ms. Fielder serves as a director and member of the Executive Committee of the Greater Houston March of Dimes board and as a current and past Chair for local March for Babies events. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University, is registered with the Texas Board of Professional Engineers (PE), and a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and Women Corporate Directors.
Management of Enbridge’s Government Affairs strategy and policy issues across company assets and capital expansion projects in Texas,
Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, New Mexico and Mexico.
Experience: Since 2009, he has served various public relations, government relations and regulatory compliance roles in the energy industry with a focus on government affairs and public policy. He has lead public and government affairs campaigns on over $6B worth of capital expansion projects in Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Arkansas, Wyoming, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
He is a member of Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Roundtable for Young Professionals; Serves on TXN 20 Selection Committee for Texan by Nature; and serves on legislative committees for the Texas Oil and Gas Association (TXOGA) Texas Pipeline Association (TPA), the Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association (LMOGA), the Mississippi Petroleum Council, Alabama Manufacturers
Association, Florida Natural Gas Association, and the Oklahoma Petroleum Alliance.
Devin is a graduate of Texas State University with a BA in Mass Communications and earned a Masters of Public Administration and Policy from American University.
Dave Marchese has nearly 25 years of experience in the successful development, construction and operation of energy assets, including underground hydrocarbon storage, utility-scale power plants, and petrochemical facilities. Over the past five years, Dave and his team have grown Caliche—what started as just a vision shared with equity sponsor Energy Spectrum—into a top-tier service provider to Fortune 50 companies, with three active cavern projects supported by 27 employees.
Prior to founding Caliche, Dave was a Director at Haddington Ventures where he assisted with deal sourcing, transactional work, and portfolio company management. He participated in the debt and equity financing, management and sale of Bobcat Gas Storage and Norton Energy Storage, while also serving on the Board of Managers for Fairway Development (oil storage), Apex Compressed Air Energy Storage, and Endicott Biofuels.
Dave spent his early energy years at Eschelon Energy Partners, a Houston-based private equity fund, and Reliant Energy. He worked with the team at Reliant’s $125 million private equity arm as well as the Market Based Structuring Group. Before business school, he gained operational experience in the engineering and construction of petrochemical facilities as a Chief Field Engineer with Jacobs Engineering.
Dave graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and Environmental) degree from Vanderbilt University, where he later received his M.B.A. with a dual concentration in finance and operations. He has participated as a judge at Rice University’s Business Plan Competition since 2002 and is a co-founder of the off-road cycling group, Houston Gravel Grinders. He also serves on the Carbon Neutral Coalition’s Advisory Board, which is tasked with putting Texas on a path to carbon neutrality by 2050.
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Philip Riley serves as the Chief Financial Officer and EVP of Strategy for Riley Exploration Permian. Riley Permian is a public E&P company focused on producing low-cost and low-carbon intensive energy. Prior to joining Riley Permian, he served as Managing Director of private capital funds at Bluescape Energy Partners, where he formulated investment strategies, sourced investment opportunities, and managed existing investment operations, including as an officer or director of 16 companies. Prior to Bluescape, he served as an investment banker at Imperial Capital, Lazard Ltd. and Petrie Parkman. Mr. Riley earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin, with majors in the Business Honors Program and Finance.
Beth Robertson is Managing Partner of Bald Cypress LLC (investments) and Chair of the Board of LSF LCC, a furniture company. Ms. Robertson served as a founding Director of the Board of Amegy Bank of Texas, at its inception in 1982 to 2005 and continues to serve on its Advisory Board. A Houston native and graduate of the University of Texas, Ms. Robertson has served on many not-for-profit organizations and foundations. Currently, she chairs The Cullen Foundation. Ms. Robertson is a former Chair of the University of Houston System, of The Cullen Trust for Health Care, of the Welch Foundation, of the Greater Houston Community Foundation and of Bat Conservation International as well as the former President of Westview Development Inc, developer of the Davenport Ranch, a mixed used real estate development in Austin, Texas.
Suzanne Scott joined the Nature Conservancy in Texas in November 2020 after a 20-year career with the San Antonio River Authority serving as its General Manager for 13 years. As State Director for The Nature Conservancy in Texas (TNC), Suzanne Scott establishes conservation strategy and public policy leadership to protect the state’s cherished landscapes and support ecology, economy, public health, and equity. Working closely with a talented staff of dedicated conservationists and experts, she oversees the execution of landscape-scale conservation efforts, freshwater protection initiatives and critical marine protection measures in the Gulf of Mexico, as well as the development of sound science and policy solutions to address climate change.
Scott’s focus at TNC is promoting resilience through nature-based solutions in cities and along coasts while supporting the protection and restoration of connected and diverse landscapes throughout Texas. Texas has wide-open spaces, thriving cities, a strong farming and ranching culture, and a rapidly growing population. Scott believes the conservation work we do in Texas can inform strategies around the country and globe. Scott has dedicated a significant portion of her life to protecting and restoring the environment, connecting communities with the natural resources around them and spearheading on-the-ground projects that support social, environmental, and economic values. At the River Authority, she steadfastly elevated the agency’s crucial role and impact and implemented more than $600 million in highly visible projects, including work on the Museum Reach and Mission Reach of the San Antonio River Improvements Project and San Pedro Creek Culture Park. She also guided the development of successful programs to improve flood protection, water quality, habitat restoration, and increase access and use of the river and its tributaries for recreation and public enjoyment. In addition, she served as a regional leader on water.
Scott chaired the South-Central Texas Regional Water Planning Group and the Guadalupe and San Antonio Rivers Bay and Basin Area Stakeholder Group. She also led the first Interregional Planning Council, created by the Texas Water Development Board. Currently, she serves on the State Flood Planning Group for the San Antonio River Basin. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Texas Tech University and a Master of Science in Urban Administration from Trinity University. A true San Antonian at heart, Scott was raised near the San Antonio River and, today is enjoying travelling throughout the state exploring TNC’s many preserves and natural areas.
Sean has over 30 years of experience in the global transportation and energy sectors in both public administration and the private sector, holding senior leadership roles in business & corporate development, large infrastructure development, capital structuring, operations, and public/private partnerships.
In his role as the Chief Executive Officer of the Port of Corpus Christi, Sean leads the third largest port in the United States total waterway tonnage, and the largest gateway for U.S. produced energy exports. With over $1 billion in assets under management, Sean has assembled a high-performance executive team to manage the meteoric growth Port Corpus Christi has experienced with a doubling in tonnage and revenues over his tenure as CEO, positioning
the Port of Corpus Christi on the world stage as a leading infrastructure development organization.
A veteran of world-class organizations such as the Port of Long Beach, Ports America Group,
Oxbow Energy, and Sea-Land Service, Inc., Sean has written extensively on the evolving marine
terminal and trade flow paradigms and has been globally recognized for his industry knowledge
and large network of professional relationships.
Sean is an active member of the South Texas Coastal Bend community and sits on a number of
Boards including the United Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Corpus Christi Regional Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors, South Texas Military Task Force Board, the Art Museum of South Texas, the American Heart Association of the Coastal Bend, as well as the Buccaneer Commission and the USS Lexington Board of Directors. Sean was recently appointed to chair the Education Task Force for the Texas Railroad Commission.
Sean holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Arizona State University. He has
lived abroad and has conducted business in over 40 countries.
Bobby Tudor is a Retired Founder and CEO of Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co., and is currently the CEO of Artemis Energy Partners. TPH is a leading Energy Investment Bank formed in 2007 with over 180 employees in five offices in the US, Canada and UK. It is widely recognized for its industry leading position in Energy securities research and Energy investment banking advisory transactions.
Prior to forming TPH, Mr. Tudor was a Partner at Goldman Sachs and a leader of its worldwide Energy practice. Over his 30-plus year career in Investment Banking, he has worked on many of the defining transactions of the period, across most energy subsectors and geographies.
Mr. Tudor is currently the Chairman of the Houston Energy Transition Initiative, which is a consortium of Houston’s leading energy companies working to shape the region’s Energy Transition Strategy.
Mr. Tudor is the Past Chair of the Greater Houston Partnership and of the Rice University Board of Trustees. He serves on the Board of Advisors for Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, the Jones School of Business at Rice, the Carbon Neutral Coalition, and the National Advisory Board for the Tulane Center for Energy Law. Mr. Tudor also serves on the Board of Directors of the National Petroleum Council, the Houston Symphony, Good Reason Houston, and the MD Anderson Board of Visitors.
Mr. Tudor holds a BA in English and Legal Studies from Rice University, and a JD from Tulane.
Ted Wurfel is currently serving at Rockcliff Energy as the VP of ESG where he is focused on a variety of internal projects to reduce Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions, developing the first Sustainability report, and serving on the ESG and IT Steering Committees. Before Rockcliff, he served as the VP of HSE and Sustainability at Indigo Minerals. While at Indigo Minerals he helped take the company to Carbon Neutrality for Scope 1 and 2 emissions in 2021 by reducing internal Green House Gas emissions and offsetting the remainder. He also worked on an emissions Quantification, Monitoring, Recordkeeping, and Verification of Methane Emissions project with Cheniere Energy to held show that clean natural gas produced in America competes favorably on the world stage. Before Indigo, Mr. Wurfel had senior HSE roles at Talisman and Chief, both in the Eagleford and the Marcellus shales. Mr. Wurfel has also worked for KN Energy, El Paso Energy, and Tenneco Energy. Mr. Wurfel is a Professional Engineer, has his MBA from the Quantic School of Business and Technology, is a graduate of the Colorado School of Mines, and has started, grown and sold his own Air Consulting firm (Corporate Compliance, Inc.) In unrelated fields Mr. Wurfel has also been a fireman, led a Squad of Infantrymen during Operation Desert Storm, and has been a member of The Old Guard, the Army’s Official Ceremonial Unit and Escort to the President.