Executive Director, Tulane Energy Institute, and Professor of Practice
Pierre Conner is the Executive Director of the Tulane Energy Institute, which oversees energy-related academic programs for careers in the energy industry and related banking, consulting, financial, technology and trading firms.
Conner brings nearly 40 years of experience in energy operations and finance to the Freeman School. Prior to joining Freeman, he was the President of Capital One Securities, an energy equity boutique investment banking subsidiary of Capital One Financial Corporation. Early in his career, he joined Southcoast Capital as an energy analyst and rose through the organization to Head of Equity Sales Research and Trading, researching and analyzing hundreds of energy companies along the way and guiding the organization through multiple acquisitions and expanding capital markets services.
Prior to his move to capital markets, Conner was engineering manager for Exxon’s Domestic Drilling Organization. He was engaged in operations from the Gulf of Mexico to offshore California to the North Slope of Alaska, and he worked on the Exxon Mobil merger.
Conner is also a Professor of Practice in Management Science. He teaches Energy Markets, Economics and Policy to undergraduates and Energy Projects to graduate students in the Master of Management in Energy program.
Associate Director, Tulane Energy Institute, and Professor of Practice
As Associate Director of the Tulane Energy Institute, Eric Smith draws on 36 years of experience in the petrochemical industry and in the international offshore drilling and construction sectors.
A respected authority on energy-related issues, he responds to local and national media on energy-related questions, providing market analysis and economic research on a variety of issues affecting the energy sector, and he presents his research nationally and internationally. In addition, he teaches in the Master of Management in Energy program and in the energy specialization for undergraduate students.
He is the Energy Committee chairman for the World Trade Center of New Orleans and has served as a consultant to Louisiana’s Department of Economic Development and to Greater New Orleans, Inc. In addition, he has served on the city’s energy advisory board to assist with improving the efficiency of electric power generation and distribution.
The Tulane Energy Institute Advisory Board is an outstanding group of individuals that assists the institute in fulfilling its mission and achieving its goals.
Vice President, CRA International
Porfolio Manager, Citadel, LLC
Partner, Stinson Leonard Street LLP
President and CEO, Questar Pipeline and
Executive Vice President, Questar Corporation (retired)
General Auditor, ExxonMobil Corporation (retired)
Vice President, Anadarko
COO, Vistra Energy
Co-founder and Director of Research, Heikkinen Energy Advisors
Martin de Laureal
Director and Head of Institutional Equities, Member of the Scotiabank US Operating Committee and Global Equity Management Committee
President/CEO, Avantech Testing Services
Chairman of the Board, Array Coating Technologies
Managing Partner, Ironman Energy Capital
Managing Director, Citigroup
Region Vice President, Keane Group
Lead Investigator, BP Safety
Michael A. (Casey) Herman
US Power & Utilities Industry Leader, Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP
Global Senior Executive/ Advisor / Consultant/ Large Scale Business Performance and Organizational Improvement Architect
President and CEO, Newpark Resources, Inc.
Vice President, Supply Strategy at UGI Corp
Allison Piper Kimball
President, Manhattan Resources
OFS Energy Fund
President, 127 Energy
Sierentz Global Merchants LLC
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, GenOn
Vice Chairman and Manager of Brokerage, Trust and Wealth Management, IberiaBank
Managing Partner and CEO, The Energy & Minerals Group
Entergy Chair of Clean Energy Engineering, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Tulane University
CFO and Senior Vice President, Whitewater Midstream