More Than 400 Industry Professionals Set to Gather in Bismarck, North Dakota

BISMARCK, ND – (July 11, 2017) – The 3rd Annual Bakken Conference & Expo will begin Monday, July 17th at the Bismarck Events Center in Bismarck, North Dakota. Produced by BBI International and North American Shale magazine, the event is expected to draw 400+ shale oil industry professionals, including representatives from major operating producers, completion companies and active drillers. The event will include nearly 70 exhibitors, making this the largest Bakken-focused conference in North America this year.

The conference agenda includes more than 60 speakers, focusing on operator updates, investor perspectives and technology trend explanations. “The diversity of speakers we’ve assembled will provide attendees with a full overview of what is currently happening in the Bakken,” says John Nelson, director of marketing and sales at BBI International. “In the past two years, the Bakken play has experienced some exciting changes despite low crude prices. This event will highlight what’s new in the Bakken and how to navigate the play in the future.”

The 2017 program will provide in-depth analysis and timely presentations from speakers focused on the following:

  • exploration and production trends
  • new completion strategies for improved production
  • infrastructure and construction updates
  • logistical challenges
  • investor perspective
  • new product and technology offerings

“As Bakken-focused businesses continue to navigate this new era of shale energy development, three themes continue to emerge: how to find efficiencies, how to reduce operating costs, and how to thrive in an ever-changing oil and gas market. We’ve worked with industry leaders to find the stories and presentations that show what efficiency and cost-reduction efforts look like,” says Luke Geiver, program director of The Bakken Conference & Expo and editor of North American Shale magazine. Featured throughout the agenda are multiple case studies and perspectives offering proven results by operators, service providers and new technology firms. “Because the event mimics the content of our print publication, attendees will receive valuable insight on multiple elements of the Bakken play.”

New this year is a pre-conference seminar titled, The Bakken Vs. The World. The one-day event includes perspectives from multiple entities that are currently working in and out of the Bakken. The agenda is designed to give attendees perspective on what investors, businesses, jobseekers, regulators and others think about when they think of the Bakken, Permian or other shale plays. Presentations from investor analysts, regulators, multi-play service and operations firms, job service personnel and community leaders will highlight what’s better, what’s different and what needs to change in the Bakken.

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Bakken Investor Conference Features Speakers Dale Brown, Retired Hall of Fame Basketball Coach, and American Petroleum Institute’s Chief Economist Dr. John Felmy

Minot, ND, March 19, 2013 – The 3nd Annual Bakken Investor Conference connects investors with oil and gas companies and real estate developers to explore investment and development opportunities in the Bakken Shale play.

2013 Bakken Investor Conference
April 24-26, 2013
Sleep Inn & Suites
Minot, North Dakota

Dale Brown – Author, Motivational Speaker, Retired Hall of Fame LSU Basketball Coach and Minot, North Dakota Native
The conference kicks off with a keynote address from Dale Brown, legendary coach, author, motivational speaker and Minot native. He began his career as a high school coach, teacher and principal in North Dakota. Brown is a member of the North Dakota Sports Hall of Fame and the North Dakota Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame.

As a basketball coach at Louisiana State University, he appeared in 15 straight national tournaments and is the second most winning coach in SEC history, leading teams to 17 consecutive non-losing seasons. Now retired, Coach Brown is a professional speaker working with organizations that want to achieve success and inspire a winning attitude towards work and life.

Oil and Gas, and Real Estate Industries
The oil and gas industry is driving the economy in the Williston Basin. The real estate developers and investors build out the housing, industrial, commercial and other infrastructure needed to sustain energy and economic development in the Bakken. Bringing together these two key industries and their investors will help each to better understand the other and expand development for their mutual continued success.

John Felmy, Ph.D, Chief Economist, American Petroleum Institute
Dr. Felmy is responsible for overseeing economic, statistical and policy analysis of the Institute. He has more than 25years of experience in energy, economic and environmental analysis. He will present a survey of current conditions and an outlook for oil & gas.

Emerging Issues and Market Conditions in the Energy Sector
Investors need to understand the opportunities, challenges, and risks of the market. The speakers and panel presenters will provide the latest information on emerging issues in the Williston Basin including: “Market Access and Development Initiatives” – Eric Schaeffer, Business Services Manager, Enbridge, Inc.

Real Estate Investment Information
Investors want to understand the current market conditions, the future outlook and concrete data to analyze their investment options. The real estate topics will allow investors to make better investment decisions.

Dr. Nancy Hodur, Research Scientist, and Dean Bangsund, North Dakota State University
Population and household projections are core metrics used in determining demand for products, services, and real estate development. Dr. Hodur and her colleagues have conducted several studies recently including the population analysis and projections and the recently released economic impact of the petroleum industry in North Dakota.

Increasing Debt Financing in the Bakken
Debt financing has been elusive for developers in the Bakken. The Bank of North Dakota has developed a sub-participation program to help address the problem. The panel will include representatives from the Bank of North Dakota, local and regional lenders, and developers discussing case studies.

Jon Nelson, Hegg Development Group
“Raising Wall Street Money for Bakken Real Estate Projects”
Jon Nelson will share his experience and insights into the current environment for raising money from investors for Bakken real estate opportunities.

About the Bakken Investor Conference
The Bakken Investor Conference is produced by Dawa Solutions Group and Minot Lodging Expo. The conference is sponsored by:

Hegg Companies –
Evercorp –
Cirrus Aircraft –
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Bakken Investor Conference
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