2018 CEO Roundtable Discussion Featuring Industry Leaders

Tuesday, April 3, 2018
5:15 pm - 6:30 pm

Discover what’s on the minds of four of the top CEOs in the pipeline industry. Learn from real-life experiences and listen as they share insights into the current business climate, and the hot topics affecting the pipeline and energy sectors as a whole. The discussion will be interactive and the audience can ask questions throughout the talk. Join together and network with colleagues while hobnobbing with the CEOs at a fun networking session before the Roundtable begins. Have a drink and a snack and get ready for an enlightening conversation.

Moderator: Bob Tippee, Chief Editor, PennWell Corp.

Carlin Connor

Carlin Conner

CEO, SemGroup

Carlin G. Conner became president and chief executive officer of SemGroup in April 2014 and began driving a strategy toward focused growth and long-term value creation. Prior to joining SemGroup, Mr. Conner was managing director of Oiltanking GmbH, an independent worldwide storage provider of crude oil, refined petroleum products, liquid chemicals and gases. During his nearly 14 years with the German company, Mr. Conner focused on international business development while serving in various leadership roles at Oiltanking subsidiaries and ventures, including chairman of Oiltanking Partners, L.P. (NYSE: OILT) following its initial public offering.

As an executive board member of Marquard & Bahls, Mr. Conner was instrumental in defining a new strategy for the energy supply, trading and logistics business across Europe, the Americas, Asia and Africa. Mr. Conner began his career at GATX Terminals Corporation serving in various roles including operations and commercial management. He holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental science from McNeese State University, where he was also named 2016 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year. In addition, he completed INSEAD and MCE executive management training in France and Belgium, respectively.

Tom Jensen

Tom Jensen

CEO, Explorer Pipeline

Since joining Explorer Pipeline in 1977, Tom Jensen has worked in all areas of pipeline operations, served as an area manager and been responsible for shipper relations. He was named vice president of operations in 2005 and then President & Chief Executive Officer in 2015.

Tom earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Langston University and a master’s degree in business administration from Oklahoma City University. He’s also completed Northwestern University’s Pipeline Economics and Management Executive Program and the Advanced Management Program offered at Duke University.


Robert McGrew

CEO, T.D. Williamson

Robert D. McGrew, President & Chief Executive Officer.  Bob is a CPA and received his BS degree in Accounting from Oklahoma State University in 1985.  Robert joined T.D. Williamson, Inc., on June 1, 1999, as Vice President, Treasurer, and Chief Financial Officer, and on April 1, 2015, was appointed to President & CEO.  Prior to his time at TDW, Bob has held various financial management roles at Grower Services (a division of Koch Industries), Anchor Resolution Corporation, and Purolator Products Company.  He also worked for KPMG Peat Marwick as Tax Manager.

mike mears

Mike Mears

CEO, Magellan Midstream Partners

Michael N. Mears currently serves as Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer and has served in such capacities since 2011. From 2008 through 2011, he served as Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Mears was a SVP, Commercial from 2003 through 2008. Prior to joining Magellan, he served as a VP of subsidiaries of Williams from 1996 to 2002. Mr. Mears also worked in various management positions with Williams Pipe Line Company (now known as Magellan Pipeline Company, L.P.) since joining Williams in 1985.


Bob Tippee

Chief Editor, Oil & Gas Journal.

Bob Tippee is Editor of Oil & Gas Journal, a weekly trade magazine, and its website, Oil & Gas Journal Online. Since joining the Journal staff in 1977, he has written on all technical, economic, and political aspects of the international petroleum industry. He writes the Journal’s weekly editorials and a weekly column, The Editor’s Perspective. His work has won awards from American Business Media, New York Society of Business Press Editors, Association of Petroleum Writers, International Association for Energy Economics, International Association of Energy Advocates, and Houston Society for Technical Communications. He has won the Cicero Speechwriting Award twice and is the 2010 recipient of American Business Media’s G.D. Crain, Jr. Award honoring contributions to the development of editorial excellence in business media.

Tippee became the Journal’s chief editor in January 1999. He also was Editor-in-Chief of the 1997 through 2001 editions of the Journal’s annual affiliate, International Petroleum Encyclopedia.

Tippee has directed many PennWell Petroleum Group conferences and written or cowritten three books on oil and gas subjects.

A native of St. Louis, Missouri, he holds a degree in Journalism from the University of Tulsa and served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force for four years.