2018 Oil & Gas Conference (OGC18)
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11/29/2018 to 11/30/2018
When: November 29-30, 2018
8:30 AM until 11:40 AM
Where: Doubletree by Hilton Lafayette
1521 W. Pinhook Road
Lafayette, Louisiana 
United States
Presenter: Various


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It looks like we’re finally on the other side of the recent dip in the oil and gas industry. Prices are moving in a positive direction and associated companies are starting to breathe the slightest sigh of relief. And while there will continue to be ups and downs, it’s time to plan for bigger and better things.

The Oil & Gas Conference will help you get your bearings in just about any climate. You’ll get some big-picture perspective from some of the state’s leading authorities so you’ll start to see trends that might impact your business. Plus, we’ll drill down on some technical topics and changes to standards to help you stay compliant. The possibilities are endless – don’t miss it!

Sponsorships are still available. Contact Misean Reed at 504.904.1133 or mreed@lcpa.org.

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Thursday, November 29

8:00 – 8:25 am Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:25 – 8:30 am

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Tom Elliott, CPA • Arsement, Redd & Morella, LLC • Lafayette, LA
8:30 – 9:20 am

Oil & Gas Industry Update

Gifford Briggs • President – Louisiana Oil and Gas Association • Baton Rouge, LA

Gifford Briggs, President of the Louisiana Oil & Gas Association, will give a presentation on what we have seen so far in 2018 and what is still yet to come for Louisiana's oil and gas industry. He will also touch on the political landscape of Louisiana as it pertains to the oil and gas sector and how we can participate in the political process to build a better Louisiana.

9:20 – 10:10 am

2017 Federal Tax Reform: Key Takeaways for 2018 and Beyond

David Edmond, CPA • Postlethwaite & Netterville • Lafayette, LA

The Tax Cut & Jobs Act, passed in December 2017, made numerous sweeping changes to the US income tax law at the corporate, “small business,” and individual level. This presentation covers the highlights of the key provisions likely to affect most taxpayers at both the individual and business level.

10:10 – 10:30 am Break/Visit Exhibitors
10:30 – 11:20 am

US GAAP Oil and Gas E&P Basics: Full Cost vs. Successful Efforts

Walker Saik, CPA • Ernst & Young LLP • New Orleans, LA

A brief overview of the accounting concepts for oil and gas E&P companies, including a comparison of the successful efforts and full cost methods of accounting.

11:20 am – 12:10 pm

How a Well Is Drilled

Greg Stutes • Completion Specialists, Inc. • Lafayette, LA

This session will provide an overview on the basic steps and process of how a well is drilled. From site selection for the surface well location all the way to TD (total depth) to get the well cased off and ready for completion operations in order for it to be able to produce.

12:10 – 1:10 pm Lunch
1:10 – 2:00 pm

Energy and Economic Update for Louisiana and the Gulf Coast Region

Gregory Upton Jr., PhD • LSU Center for Energy Studies • Baton Rouge, LA

The energy economy has been fundamentally transformed due to the advent of shale oil and gas production over the past decade. This has had significant implications for Louisiana's energy industry and has had different effects across the industry. We’ll discuss both the history of Louisiana's energy economy and an outlook of challenges and opportunities in coming years.

2:00 – 2:50 pm

Louisiana State and Local Sales and Use Tax in the Oil Field

Robert S. Angelico, CPA, JD • Liskow & Lewis, APLC • New Orleans, LA

This presentation will cover the state and parish/local sales and use tax issues that can arise in oil and gas field operations in Louisiana. Basic sales and use tax transactional law will be explained, and specific situations and scenarios prevalent to the oil and gas industry will be discussed. Recent case decisions involving the oil and gas industry will also be covered.

2:50 – 3:10 pm Break
3:10 – 4:00 pm

Horizontal Drilling in the Haynesville Shale

David Elfert • Geological Division Director - Office of Conservation • Baton Rouge, LA
Jackie DeVall • Shreveport District Manager - Office of Conservation • Shreveport, LA

Coming soon!

4:00 – 4:50 pm

The Case for Service

Joseph B. Zanco, CPA CIA • Home Bank • Lafayette, LA

Coming soon!

Friday, November 30

7:30 – 7:55 am Check-in & Continental Breakfast
7:55 – 8:00 am Welcome & Opening Remarks
8:00 – 8:50 am

Current and Emerging Chargeability Issues Between Operators and Non-Operators

Michael Cougevan • Vice President – Martindale Consultants, Inc. • Denver, CO

The 2015 downturn, technological advancements, governmental regulations, creative operations, and reduced staffs have resulted in both new and ever-evolving cost allocation and chargeability issues between operators and non-operators. We can’t solve these problem areas in 50 minutes, but we can sure raise and discuss these sometimes complicated and always contentious issues.

8:50 – 9:40 am

Lease Accounting for Oil & Gas

Nabeel Siddiqi, CPA • Senior Manager, Americas Financial Accounting Advisory Services – Ernst & Young • Houston, TX

Coming soon!

9:40 – 10:00 am Break/Visit Exhibitors
10:00 – 10:50 am

State and Local Tax Law Update

Matthew A. Mantle, JD, LLM • Jones Walker LLP • New Orleans, LA

Coming soon!

10:50 – 11:40 am

The Future of Natural Gas as an Industrial Feedstock

Mark Zappi, PhD, PE • Dean of Engineering – University of Louisiana Lafayette • Lafayette, LA

This session will introduce the current state of global energy with a focus on US impacts. It will detail future trends and potential scenarios that may deviate that trending. It will cover both petroleum and alternative energy sources.

Robert S. Angelico, CPA, JD

Mr. Angelico is the president and managing partner at Liskow & Lewis in New Orleans. He heads the firm’s federal, state and local tax practice group where he focuses on assisting multinational, national and local clients on Louisiana state and local tax matters.

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He has substantial experience in state and local tax audits and administrative appeals, and he works extensively with the Louisiana Department of Revenue and local taxing authorities around the state. He represents clients involved in state tax litigation and parish and local tax litigation, at both the trial and appellate court levels.

He draws on his extensive experience in Louisiana state and local taxes to advise clients in planning formations, restructurings, acquisitions, and dispositions. In the area of energy litigation, he has experience with severance and ad valorem tax disputes and other state and local tax litigation matters.

He is an active member and leader in national and local professional tax and accounting organizations. Mr. Angelico served as President of the Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants (LCPA) in 2010-2011. He is a past chairman of the Tax Section of the Louisiana State Bar Association, and is currently on the Board of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI).

Gifford Briggs, Vice President – Louisiana Oil & Gas Association

Gifford Briggs joined LOGA in 2007 working closely with the Louisiana Legislature. After nearly a decade serving as LOGA’s Vice-President, Gifford was named President in 2018.

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Briggs first joined LOGA (formerly LIOGA) in 1994 while attending college at LSU. He served as the Membership Coordinator and helped organize many firsts for LOGA, including the first annual meeting, Gulf Coast Prospect & Shale Expo, and board meetings. He later moved to Atlanta to pursue a career in restaurant management. He returned to LOGA in 2007.

He is married to Jackie Wright, and the couple currently resides in Lafayette with their sons, Gifford Ashley Briggs, Jr and Maxwell Wright Briggs. and their daughter, Chloe Lane Briggs.

Mike Cougevan • Vice President – Martindale Consultants, Inc. • Denver, CO

A 1981 graduate of the University of New Orleans, Mike worked for Conoco Inc. for 13 years in various positions of responsibility, including financial analysis, internal reviews, joint interest accounting, negotiation of agreements, and settlements of joint interest and revenue disputes. Mike joined Martindale Consultants, Inc. in 1994 and is currently a Vice President, focusing on complex reviews, agreement negotiations, litigation support, and expert witness testimony.

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Mike is considered a prominent authority for Gulf of Mexico operations and has performed international reviews in Australia, Barbados, and Brazil.

An active COPAS member for 32 years, Mike served as Chair of the COPAS Audit Committee and Chair of the COPAS Emerging Issues Subcommittee as well as six years on the COPAS Board of Directors, serving as Secretary (2009), Treasurer (2010), Vice President (2011), and President (2012).

Mike was a member of the team that drafted the COPAS 2005 Accounting Procedure and was a member of other teams that wrote approximately 17 other COPAS publications. In 2009, Mike created the ongoing “Knowing Your COPAS Documents” lecture series explaining the content and intent of various COPAS publications and has created 14 sessions of that series. Mike received the 2004 COPAS Eagle Award for outstanding service to COPAS.

Nabeel Siddiqi, CPA • Senior Manager – Americas Financial Accounting Advisory Services – Ernst & Young • Houston, TX

Bio coming soon!

Jackie DeVall • Shreveport District Manager, Office of Conservation – DNR • Shreveport, LA

Jackie graduated from Port Allen High School on the west bank of the Mississippi River across from Baton Rouge in May 1954. He attended LSU in Baton Rouge from September 1954 until June 1960 and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Petroleum Engineering.

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He went on to work with Texaco Inc. in June 1960 in the bays and marsh areas along the Louisiana Coast south of New Orleans until November 1961. Jackie was then employed by the state of Louisiana Office of Conservation on December 1, 1961, as an engineer on the Commissioner of Conservation’s main office staff in Baton Rouge.

After nineteen years on the Baton Rouge staff, he transferred to Shreveport as the District Manager. He continued in that position until May 1996, at which time he retired. Jackie was reemployed by the Office of Conservation three times on a six month temporary basis and then placed back fulltime on July 1, 2001 in Shreveport. During the past fourteen years, he served as both a District Engineer and District Manager in both the Monroe and Shreveport district offices. He currently serves as the Shreveport District Manager with 53 years of service as an employee of the Office of Conservation.

David Edmond, CPA • Postlethwaite & Netterville • Lafayette, LA

David Edmond, CPA is a Director in the Postlethwaite & Netterville Tax Services Group. He joined the firm in 2010, and has over 20 years of accounting experience.

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David has worked with a variety of clients including individuals, small businesses and large corporations, in industries including oil and gas and related services, transportation, agriculture and others. He also has extensive experience and knowledge in corporate taxation and compliance.

David Elfert • Geological Division Director, Office of Conservation – DNR • Baton Rouge, LA

David Elfert was born in Galliano, Louisiana. He received his B.S. Degree in Geology from Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana in May, 1980.

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Following his graduation, David attended the Memphis State University Geology Field Camp in South Dakota and Wyoming. He then immediately started work on his Master of Science Degree in Geology at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. David’s graduate work consisted of identifying, mapping and categorizing subsurface volcanic strata and structures in the Mississippi Embayment. While at USM David was employed as a Graduate Research Assistant and was employed at various times as a geologist by three independent oil companies in Hattiesburg until receiving his degree in 1983.

In January 1984 David returned to Louisiana and was employed by Placid Oil Company in New Orleans, as an Exploration Geologist focusing on Gulf of Mexico deep water prospects. With the closing of Placid’s New Orleans office in 1987, David worked as an independent consulting geologist until 1988, when he moved to Houston and was employed as an MWD Field Engineer with N.L. Industries MWD Division.

In December 1988 he moved back to Louisiana to accept a Unitization Geologist position with the Louisiana Office of Conservation. His primary work involved regulatory geological work related to unitization of petroleum reservoirs and the modernization of the Division’s mapping section by incorporating GIS applications. This work ultimately led to LDNR’s web based public access GIS, with David being a key player in its development. In conjunction with his oil and gas unitization and computer applications work, David furthered his education at Louisiana State University by taking civil engineering surveying courses, attending several LSU Law Center Mineral Law Institutes and obtaining his private pilot license from the FAA. David continues to further his knowledge through yearly continuing education courses as well.

In 2013, David was named as and is currently the Director of the Geological Oil and Gas Division. In this capacity, David oversees the Commissioner of Conservation’s geological oil and gas advisory group and on occasion serves as the Hearing Officer for the Conservation Oil and Gas hearings.

David is a Louisiana Licensed Professional Geoscientist and has assisted the Commissioner of Conservation and the Department of Natural Resources with many issues including review of proposed legislation and oil and gas unitization/regulatory policy.

Matthew A. Mantle, JD, LLM • Jones Walker LLP • New Orleans, LA

Matt Mantle is a partner in the Tax & Estates Practice Group of the multistate law firm Jones Walker LLP, and he practices with the firm’s State & Local Tax Team out of the firm's New Orleans office.

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Matt concentrates primarily on state and local tax matters in Louisiana, Alabama, and on a multistate basis, representing firm clients nationwide in all areas of state and local tax throughout the Gulf South. His practice includes tax and business planning, audits, administrative appeals, judicial appeals, identification and utilization of tax incentives, governmental relations, and tax legislation. He also represents firm clients on various unclaimed property matters. Matt has also been recognized in "Chambers USA–America's Leading Lawyers for Business" in the area of Corporate/M&A: Tax.

Matt is a former Graduate Fellow in State and Local Taxation for the Council on State Taxation (COST), where he worked on matters involving state and local tax litigation at the U.S. Supreme Court, state supreme court, and state appellate court levels. He has presented and written on a variety of state and local tax topics, including aspects of taxability, tax procedure, tax legislation, and tax research, for groups such as COST, the Institute for Professionals in Taxation (IPT), the Tax Executives Institute (TEI), the Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants (LCPA), Tax Analysts / State Tax Notes, Law360, and Bloomberg BNA. He is also a founder and editor of Cooking with SALT, which is Jones Walker’s legal blog committed to providing timely insights on state and local tax developments affecting clients in taxing jurisdictions throughout the Gulf South. Matt was awarded the 2012 Institute for Professionals in Taxation (IPT) national Sales Tax Article of the Year Award for an article he co-authored entitled A Sale Alone is Not Enough: Cynthia Bridges, Secretary, Department of Revenue, State of Louisiana v. Production Operators, Inc., 2010-0905 (La. App. 4 Cir. 12/8/10).

Matt received his LL.M. in Taxation from the Georgetown University Law Center, his M.B.A. from the University of Alabama Graduate School of Business, his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law, and his B.A. in Psychology and Fine Arts from Vanderbilt University. He has also obtained Bar admissions in Louisiana, Alabama, and Georgia, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court.

Walker Saik, CPA • Ernst & Young LLP • New Orleans, LA

Bio coming soon!

Greg Stutes • Completion Specialists, Inc. • Lafayette, LA

Greg Stutes attended LSU for three years studying Mechanical Engineering and finished at USL in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology. Upon graduation, he joined Conoco Inc. in 1988 as a Production Operator working out of Cameron, Louisiana on a 7&7 schedule from 1988 to 1992 taking care of GOM offshore platforms. He then transferred into the Lafayette office holding various positions with Conoco from 1993 to 2002.

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He provided engineering support for the production, drilling, facilities, and reservoir engineering staff and assisted with various GOM well operations projects. He became part of the Completion/Workover Team and implemented several rig completions, recompletions, and workover projects in the GOM involving natural completions, sand control, well abandonments, slot recoveries, and ESP installations. After 12 years of service with Conoco, he joined Drilling Services of America in March 2000 as Operations Manager. At DSA, he provided operations and engineering support, prepared customer job quotes/procedures, and provided recommendations for proper job execution utilizing specialized thru-tubing fishing tools and services for fishing, milling, cutting, and under-reaming jobs on coiled tubing.

In December of 2000, he joined Halliburton Integrated Solutions as a Senior Completion Engineer. He worked in-house for Conoco in Lafayette on the implementation of their Green Canyon 184A TLWP rig program until February 2002. He was then assigned to the Halliburton IS / ChevronTexaco WC 17 and SMI 9 Assets to implement various thru-tubing zoneshifts and vent screen gravel packs from March 2002 through August 2002. He then provided cased hole and thru-tubing Completion Consulting for several different operators. In January of 2005, he joined Completion Specialists and continued to provide in-house Completion Consulting for Marlin Energy in the GOM and inland waters. In May of 2005, he joined Chevron in Lafayette as a Completion Engineer in the GOM West area.

After 9 months with Chevron, he rejoined Completion Specialists and resumed providing in-house Completion Consulting for Marlin Energy in the GOM and inland waters as well as supported other GOM, inland, and land projects for several other operators. In 2013, he supported PXP with front end completion panning for their GC 645A Holstein Spar prior to the startup of planned rig operations in early 2014.

As of December 2013, he has been providing completion planning and execution for Shoreline Energy and Pennington here in Lafayette. He is a member of SPE, AADE, SPWLA, API, IADC, ICoTA, and LGS. He was the 2004-2005 Chairman for the SPE Evangeline Section and is a standing committee member for the SPE International Symposium and Exhibition on Formation Damage Control since 2000. His still supports SPE Evangeline Section and has helped the Registration Committee for LAGCOE for two shows and the Technical Session Committee for three shows and past Technical Session Chairman. He has been a LAGCOE Board Member since 2009 and was elected at the Treasurer for LAGCOE 2015 and is the current Chairman-Elect for LAGCOE 2017. Greg has been residing in Lafayette, LA since 1976 and has been married to Patrice Parro for 29 years.

Professional work history includes 13 years of experience with two Major Integrated Oil and Gas Companies working for their offshore Gulf of Mexico operations in production, well servicing, workover, and completion departments providing technical skills and 17 years in the Oilfield Service Sector providing well servicing, workover, and completion engineering support and consulting. Completion areas of expertise include wellbore displacements, TCP perforating, sand control, and completion design for offshore GOM areas in both normal pressure and high pressure environments.

Gregory Upton Jr., PhD • LSU Center for Energy Studies Baton Rouge, LA

Bio coming soon!

Mark Zappi, PhD, PE • Dean of Engineering - University of Louisiana Lafayette • Lafayette, LA

Dr. Mark Zappi currently serves as the Dean of Engineering at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (UL). He also holds the Chevron Professorship in Chemical Engineering and is the Executive Director of the UL Energy Institute of Louisiana.

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Prior to coming to UL, Dr. Zappi was the holder of the Dave Swalm Professorship in Chemical Engineering within the Mississippi State University (MSU) Department of Chemical Engineering. At MSU, he was the Founder and first Director of the US Department of Energy’s Mississippi University Research Consortium for the Utilization of Biomass.

Prior to his tenure at Mississippi State University, he served as the Leader of the Bioremediation and Chemical Oxidation Research Team at the US Army Corps of Engineers’ Engineering Research and Development Center in Vicksburg, MS. Dr. Zappi holds a BS degree in Civil Engineering from UL and a MS and PhD in Chemical Engineering from Mississippi State University.

His areas of expertise are the production of energy (both fossil fuel-based and alternative), chemical products derived from novel chemical processes, and treatment of contaminated media including petroleum contamination. Dr. Zappi has over 250 technical publications and three patents. He has generated over $40M of R&D funding over this career.

Joseph B. Zanco, CPA CIA • Home Bank • Lafayette, LA

Joseph Zanco is the Chief Financial Officer for Home Bank, and its parent company, Home Bancorp, Inc. He is the founder of Lead the Change Now, a movement focused on personal responsibility and serving others.

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Joe served as Chairman of the One Acadiana (regional chamber of commerce) Board of Directors in 2015 and remains an active Board member. He serves on the Board of Trustees of Lafayette General Health and the Board of Directors of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI).

Joe is past president of the Acadiana Chapter of the LCPA (Society of Louisiana CPAs) and has served on the LCPA’s Board of Directors. In 2016, the LCPA presented him with its Distinguished Public Service Award for his commitment to serving those in need. He is a member of the AICPA and Institute for Internal Auditors. In 2017, the AICPA awarded him its National Public Service Award for the diversity of his public service and the selflessness he has shown in supporting his community and the CPA profession.

Joe graduated from Louisiana State University in 1992 with an Accounting degree. He is a graduate of Leadership Lafayette XXI.

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800.222.8733

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