Bios Leadership

Jordi Ventura - Senior Counsel

Jordi Ventura serves as Senior Counsel at HBW Law and advises clients on natural resources, mining, land use, environment, and energy issues. Jordi’s clients benefit from his native Spanish and English capabilities and his consummate multi-cultural work that he has performed domestically and in Latin America for decades. Jordi specializes in conducting effective mining legal... More »

Kevin Doyle - Vice President, State Affairs

Kevin Doyle is the Vice President of State Affairs for HBW Resources. Kevin Doyle’s professional experience includes federal, state, local and international levels of government and politics having worked for U.S. Senators Mel Martinez and Connie Mack, the White House, U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao, the Florida House of Representatives and on political campaigns... More »

Michael Butler - Strategic Partner

Mike has spent the past 12 years working in politics and government. Mike is the founder and managing partner of Grant Forbes, LLC a government relations and business development firm. Concurrently, he has served as Mid-Atlantic Executive Director for the Consumer Energy Alliance since 2013. During a recent campaign cycle, Mike served as the Finance... More »

Kristi Parrott - Research & Policy Manager

Kristi joined HBW Resources in 2017 as the firms Research & Policy Manager. Kristi assists in several key energy campaigns to help promote the importance of energy production and development along with what continued research and expansion in various areas of the industry can do for the United States. Kristi is responsible for researching and... More »

Kaitlin Schmidtke - Director, Campaign Activities

Kaitlin Schmidtke serves as the Director of Campaign Activities for HBW. Through this role, Kaitlin is responsible for managing the organization’s campaign portfolio and day-to-day campaign operations. Prior to joining HBW, Kaitlin served as a Legislative Assistant in the Texas Senate working on various issues regarding Veteran Affairs and Natural Resources. Kaitlin has also worked... More »

Haldane Davies III - Senior Attorney

Haldane works with HBW LLP as Senior Attorney, representing clients before public and state utility commissions and legislatures. He is a regulatory attorney that represents clients on a number of issues that include generation, transmission infrastructure, energy and environmental permitting, and supply chain regulations. Haldane has experience executing on regulatory initiatives and has played an... More »

Bryson Hull - Vice President, Media and Strategic Communications

Bryson Hull brings two decades of journalism and communications experience to HBW Resources, having reported on politics, business and wars in nearly 20 countries across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and North America. As Vice President of Communications and Media based in Washington, DC, Bryson advises HBW’s clients on communications strategies to propel their business... More »

Kyriakos Galiotos - Manager of State Affairs and Policy

Kyriakos joined HBW Resources in 2019 as the Manager of State Affairs and Policy. He is responsible for managing government relations in Texas, coordinating strategic outreach campaigns on both a local and federal level, and assisting in policy proposal and management. Prior to joining HBW Resources, Kyriakos assisted digital marketing and government relations at a... More »

Kristin Marcell - Senior Director, Media and Communications

With two decades of experience in public affairs and communications, Kristin Marcell is an experienced public relations executive with a demonstrated history of delivering high-quality deliverables and results. Marcell provides communications counsel and service to HBW Resources’ clients, with a focus on media relations, issues management, research and messaging, and executive media training. Prior to... More »

John Northington, Jr. – Director, Federal Affairs

John Northington, Jr., has more than a decade of public and private sector energy policy and regulatory experience. John specializes in upstream, midstream, and renewable issues and is passionate about advancing the responsible development of energy as the world moves to a lower-carbon future. John has been involved in Democratic politics for more than 15... More »

David Holt - Managing Partner

David Holt is HBW Resources Managing Partner and spearheads strategic counsel services to companies on government and industry initiatives. His areas of expertise include energy security, exploration and production, resource development, coalition management, advanced technologies, air quality and refining. He began his consulting practice in 2005, after serving as Hart Energy vice president of Government Affairs, Senior Legal and Energy Counsel to Texas Railroad Commission Chairman James E. Nugent, U.S. Department of State’s Public Affairs Office and Counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee. Holt has a J.D. from Howard University and a B.A. in History from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a member of the Texas and Houston Bar Associations.

Andrew Browning - Partner

Andrew Browning provides strategic counsel and consulting expertise to clients on unconventional shale energy development, Western lands oil shale, oil sands, arctic resources and offshore resources. With over 20 years of experience in both the private and government sectors, he was part of the founding of HBW Resources in 2008. Browning was previously Director of Government Relations at Methanex –the world’s largest methanol producer and distributor- and a White House appointee to the U.S. Department of Energy during the Clinton administration. He holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a B.A. in Government from the University of Texas at Austin.

Michael Whatley - Partner

Michael Whatley works with a wide range of companies and trade associations in the energy and transportation sectors helping them with policy making, communications and and strategic engagement with Congress, federal Departments and Agencies and State Governments. Whatley’s proven campaign and government expertise assist HBW’s clients to achieve their goals. Whatley previously served as Chief... More »

Brydon Ross - Vice President, State Affairs Policy Group

Brydon Ross leads HBW Resources state affairs policy group. Before joining HBW, he served as the director of energy and environmental policy for the Council of State Governments and as the Interim Executive Director of the Association of Air Pollution Control Agencies. Ross worked in the private sector as the director of government relations for... More »

Michael Zehr - Vice President, Federal Affairs

Michael Zehr joined HBW in 2011 as Vice President of Federal Affairs. Michael has over a decade of experience as a senior energy policy advisor in the U.S. Senate where he served on the staffs of four U.S. Senators, including U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. A procedural and legislative strategist, Michael has specialized in... More »

Beth Everage - Policy Director

Beth is Policy Director at HBW Resources where she provides support for the development of policy positions, stakeholder communications and marketing for the organization. Beth has eight years of experience as Manager, Energy & Environmental Policy at the Greater Houston Partnership where she led advocacy and education efforts aimed at communicating complex energy and environmental... More »

Billie Rae Gillas - Manager of Finance, Accounting & HR

Billie Rae Gillas fulfills the role of Finance, Human Resources and Operations for HBW Resources. A longtime Alaskan, Billie Rae worked in the offshore seafood processing industry as a Professional in Human Resources for a succession of start-up corporations; Oceantrawl, Supreme Alaska Seafoods, Cold Sea Intl., and Atlantic Frost Seafoods. Taking her turn for the... More »

Emily Haggstrom - Vice President, Communications and Creative Development

Emily Haggstrom drives HBW’s communications and creative practice, conceiving and leading the execution of public affairs campaigns that blend digital advertising, video, traditional and social media to deliver cost-effective, real-world results for our clients. Her other major responsibilities include managing communications, marketing, branding and media buying. Before joining HBW, Emily coordinated global media relations for... More »

Ryan Scott - Vice President, Policy and Offshore

Ryan Scott is Vice President for Policy and Offshore for HBW Resources. He works with his clients to better understand and achieve their goals by identifying risks to enterprise that exist outside of a company’s core operations. Scott has developed advocacy materials for his clients to engage with governments and conducts comprehensive assessments and analyses... More »

Chris Ventura - Senior Director, State Affairs

Chris Ventura, State Affairs Director for HBW is based in Columbus, Ohio and also serves as the Executive Director for Consumer Energy Alliance- Midwest. Prior to joining HBW Resources, Ventura served as Senior Project Manager for the Ohio House of Representatives under Speaker William Batchelder. Ventura also served as Legislative Aide and Clerk of the... More »

The Honorable James A. “Jimmy” Hayes - Strategic Partner

Former U.S. Congressman Jimmy Hayes is the President and CEO of Washington Matters which represents a variety of clients seeking assistance with Congressional authorizing legislation in the fields of transportation, tax, energy and financial services. In 1987 Jimmy Hayes, a conservative Democrat was elected to Congress from Louisiana where founded the influential “Blue Dog Democrat”... More »

Ben Nelson - Strategic Partner

Ben Nelson has served the State of Nebraska as both a Governor and U.S. Senator. Over twenty years in public service has earned him a reputation as a moderate statesmen adept at building consensus among Republicans and Democrats as well unifying rural and urban communities. Ben Nelson started his career in insurance law. He served... More »

Tim Becker - Strategic Partner

Tim Becker has more than 30 years experience in public policy and government, including Chief of Staff in the United States Senate for 12 years and Chief of Staff to the Governor of Nebraska for five of the eight years Ben Nelson served. Prior to his Congressional service, he served as Director of Government Relations... More »