Tours / Special Events

Reception at The Summit

Date:  Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Walk to Address:  15 W 6th Street, in the Bank of America Center, 30th floor (about 3 blocks from the hotel) - Map

Dress Code: Business casual. Jeans are acceptable. Traditional business attire "coat and tie" is welcome in all areas of the club.  Unacceptable Attire for the Club include: Flip-flops, hats, shorts, t-shirts, and athletic attire. Any inappropriate attire that is in poor taste.

Founded by a group of Tulsa’s business and civic leaders in early 1967, The Summit’s fundamental principle of superior quality in food, service and ambiance has held true through the years. Since its opening, The Summit has been recognized by members as the preeminent place to conduct business, social and networking activities, and as a source of outstanding cuisine.

Spectacular views for miles in every direction await you from The Summit's perch on the 30th, 31st, and 32nd floors of the Bank of America Building.  Remarkable furnishings and appointments lend a unique feel to each and every room. Antique buffets and armoires hold many of the Club’s collected pieces. Elegant but never stuffy, the warmth of The Summit’s atmosphere is matched by that of the friendly and attentive staff.

Event Details
This reception begins at 6:30pm and is a short 10 minute walk from the Hyatt Regency. No bus transportation will be provided. Come mingle and network with conference delegates and enjoy the beautiful Tulsa skyline at the Summit! The reception ends at 8:30.

Walking Directions:

  • Head south towards 3rd Street
  • Turn right onto West 3rd Street
  • Turn left onto South Main Street - walk three blocks
  • Turn right onto West 6th Street
  • Continue a short distance on West 6th, The Summit at the Bank of America Building will be on your right


Cushing Tour: Enbridge Cushing Terminal, Petro Warrior, and University of Tulsa North Campus

Date & Time:  Thursday, October 27th, 7:30am – 5:00pm

Location:  Meet in front of hotel to board the coach at the hotel's 2nd Street entrance

Cost: $125.00 Conference registrants, $150.00 non-registrants.

Approx. # of participants: 40-50

Sponsored by: American Petroleum Institute

This tour will visit crude oil tank farm storage and pipeline handling facilities in Cushing, OK; the pricing point for the NYMEX crude oil futures contract. It will also visit an operating lease site, and University of Tulsa oil and gas production research facilities. These will give a first-hand overview of cutting edge research into production performance, an actual producing lease, and the handling and storage of crude oil.

Grand River Dam Authority Tour

Date & Time:  Sunday, October 23rd, 8:15am – 5:30pm

Location:  Meet in front of hotel to board the coach at the hotel's 2nd Street entrance

Cost: $75.00 Conference registrants, $100.00 non-registrants.

Approx. # of participants: 40-50

Sponsored by: Grand River Dam Authority

This tour will be an opportunity to meet with GRDA’s senior management team and learn more about the decisions which went into GRDA’s unique mix of generation consisting of natural gas, conventional hydro, pumped-storage hydro, wind purchase contracts, and coal.

For an overview of Grand River Dam Authority Facility, please click here.

For a detailed tour itinerary, please click here.


Tulsa History and Architecture Walking Tour

Date & Time:  Monday, October 24th, 2:30pm – 3:30pm

Location:  Meet in front of Hyatt reservations desk

Cost: $15.00

Approx. # of participants: 20


Tulsa is known for its Art Deco architecture in buildings all over the city including the downtown Deco District. Take a walking tour of historic downtown Tulsa. Walk over and under, (through the tunnels), the streets of downtown Tulsa through buildings built when Tulsa held the title of "Oil Capital of the World".

From the 1920's through the 1960's there were many people moving to Tulsa and much money was made in this great City. With the money came "bad guys" and their stories are fascinating to hear in retrospect. Learn about the everyday people, the famous and infamous, and the events that make up Tulsa's past. You will not want to miss this adventurous 1 hour tour full of many stories that "bring Tulsa to life".


USAEE Workshop
Global Energy Risk Management: Turning Risk into a Competitive Opportunity

Date & Time: Wednesday, October 26th, 1:45pm – 6:00pm

Location:  Promenade Ballroom B

Cost: $100.00 Conference registrants, $150.00 non-registrants. Includes coffee break & refreshments

Approx. # of participants: 40-50


Energy risk management requires focus on the complexities associated with asset transformation, storage, processing, treatment and transportation of energy commodities to develop sound risk management strategies. This session will communicate from lectures and case studies to gain an understanding of:

  • The basics of energy risk management.
  • Fostering a mindset of real option valuation to address risk and value added strategies.
  • Hedging strategies to add extrinsic value to a company’s asset structure.
  • Developing leadership skills of managing assets and value added strategies.

Composition of Audience

Energy economists and engineers in industry, government and academia, students completing PhD degrees in energy economics or engineering, banking professionals and other financial institutions trading energy derivatives, engineering & energy consulting firms, government regulatory or advisory agencies, or law firms.


Lunch 1:45 to 2:00

Welcome and Introductions 2:00 to 2:15

Glenn Labhart, Chairman of Energy Oversight Committee of the GARP ERP Program & Senior Partner Labhart Risk Advisors.

Energy Risk Fundamentals 2:15 to 3:45

A review of the risk fundamentals to ensure adequate understanding and the importance of managing risk to develop effective and profitable strategies.

  1. a. Establishing a risk culture.
  2. b. Energy Risk Leadership (Risk Organization, Risk Appetite, Risk Tolerance)
  3. c. Risk Definition (Market, Credit, Operational, Legal, Systems, Systemic, Sovereign, Other)
  4. d. Defining risk transfer and strategies
  5. e. The importance of risk aggregation.

BREAK 3:45 to 4:00

Energy Options and Real Option Value Enhancement 4:00 to 5:00

Energy Risk Management Limits 5:00 to 6:00

  1. a. Transactional Limits
  2. b. Risk Exposure Limits
  3. c. Risk Adjusted Limits and Capital Charges

Case Studies

Actual risk case studies to identify a leaders role, the inherent risks that leaders must manage, be held accountable to, and how to leverage a team to manage risk.

Additional Speakers

Dr. Joe Byers, Senior Director of Risk Management, Direct Energy
Mr. Bob Broxson, Managing Director, BDO Consulting

USAEE Workshop
The Cause and Consequence of Induced Seismicity

Date & Time: Wednesday, October 26th, 1:45pm – 5:00pm

Location:  Promenade Ballroom D

Cost: $50.00 Conference registrants, $75.00 non-registrants. Includes coffee break & refreshments

Approx. # of participants: 40-50

Coordinating Partner: Society of Petroleum Engineers

Sponsored By: Center for Energy Studies at Rice University's Baker Institute



Wide spread shale oil and gas development across the United States has triggered a number of environmental concerns related to the energy-water nexus. Water captured during production (so-called produced water or flowback) has created a very particular set of challenges. In general, waste water from production activities can be treated and recycled, treated and released, temporarily stored in retention pits, or disposed of in deep injection wells. In the case of disposal in deep injection wells there is growing concern that waste water injection can trigger earthquakes, or induce seismic activity. This workshop will explore the technical elements of deep injection disposal wells and induced seismicity, then raise the policy issues and technical solutions that accompany expanded waste water disposal activities.

Composition of Audience

Workshop participants represent the energy industry, government and academia. This includes professionals from the financial sector, engineering and energy consulting firms, law firms, electricity providers, oil and gas companies, government agencies, universities, and students completing PhD degrees in energy economics or engineering.


Welcome and Introductions

Ken Medlock, Director, Center for Energy Studies, Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy

The Energy-Water Nexus and Induced Seismicity

Linda Capuano, Fellow in Energy Technology, Center for Energy Studies, Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy

Jeremy Boak, Director, Oklahoma Geological Survey, University of Oklahoma

Kyle Murray, Hydrogeologist, Oklahoma Geological Survey, University of Oklahoma

Moderated Discussion