Meet Our Team

You will not find a team more devoted to the pursuit of extraordinary outcomes with a focus on providing better data, better insight, and better outcomes for our customers.  We are built on experience, innovation, and determination to solve the most complex natural resource and water data challenges.

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Porter Bennett

Co-Founder & Chairman
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Kelly Bennett

Co-Founder & CEO
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David Hicks

President
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Dr. Rob Bruant

Director of Product
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Samantha Fox

Product Manager - Data and Consulting
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Rob Chrisman

Director of Business Development
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Lynelle Bautista

Director of Sales
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Brian Maxson

Account Executive
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Abigail Michel

Product Manager - Intelligence
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Nancy Zalutsky

Water Rights Specialist and
Certified Paralegal
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Michael Gates

Director of Technology
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Parker Burgess

Senior Software Developer
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Logan Reed

Software Developer & Data Collections Specialist
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Lori Medina

Lead Data Specialist
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Jamie Stone

Senior Software Engineer
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Courtney Richardson

Proprietary Data Analyst
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Jordan Bevers

Data Quality Analyst
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Michael Carrell

Data Engineer
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Lindsey Sherry

Office Manager
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Sarah Willard

Director of Marketing
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Kylie Wright

Technical Content Writer
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Aimee Miller

Technical Specialist & Sales
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Porter Bennett

Co-Founder & Chairman

For over three decades Porter Bennett has pioneered innovative analytical approaches to understanding the natural gas, crude oil and water markets. As Co-Founder of B3 Insight, a subsidiary of Ponderosa Advisors, LLC, he leads all strategic company initiatives, delivering data-driven water analytics to the energy and environment sectors. Prior to B3, Porter founded BENTEK Energy in 1985, served as CEO, and led the company’s development until 2011 when it was acquired by Platts, a division of McGraw Hill Financial.

Porter holds an M.S. degree in Mineral Economics from the Colorado School of Mines, an M.A. in International Affairs from Columbia University, and a B.A. in History from Lewis & Clark College.

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Kelly Bennett

Co-Founder & CEO

Kelly Bennett has spent his career making obscure natural resource and commodity data usable for high-value decision making. Prior to B3 Insight, he built the global energy desk at BENTEK Energy (Platts) and co-founded Ponderosa Energy, an oil and gas market analytics company acquired by Enverus in 2016. Kelly is a board member of the Western Landowners Alliance, a nonprofit that advances policies and practices that sustain working lands, connected landscapes, and native species and is an active volunteer with Colorado Uplift, one of Denver’s largest and oldest nonprofit programs to engage in long-term, life-changing relationships with urban youth. Additionally, he is a member of the Advisory Board for the Internet of Water at Duke University's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and a key contributor to the Aspen Institute Dialogue Series on Water Data.

Kelly holds a B.S. in Diplomacy and World Affairs from Occidental College.

"I hope someday my reason to be out of the office will be competing in a skijoring championship."
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David Hicks

President

David's rich career in energy spans operations, business, and technology development with specific experience within upstream exploration; he has been intensely involved in key topics within the energy transition field. He is an accomplished leader with over 25 years of progressive global experience in accelerated growth strategies, successful business development, strategic alliance management, and pioneering complex technical design development. Prior to joining B3, he held numerous seniors management positions within the oil and gas industry including Senior Vice President and Partner of IHS Markit Ltd. where he led the global upstream business; President of EMGS Western Hemisphere Inc.; Senior Vice President and CTO of TGS Inc.; and Senior Vice President of Halliburton/Landmark.

David began his career as an exploration geologist with ExxonMobil and holds degrees in Geological Sciences from the University of Southern California (M.S.) and the Colorado College (B.A).

“I was definitely a soldier in the Roman Cavalry back in the day.”
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Rob Bruant

Director of Product

Rob Bruant has a rich career in a variety of roles for BP and Pioneer Natural Resources including Strategy Manager, Subsurface Manager, Reservoir Engineer, and Petroleum Systems Analyst. Prior to B3 Insight, he also held positions of Instructor and Research Associate at Princeton University. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Produced Water Society, the Dallas Section of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), and contributes as the Membership Chairperson for SPE’s Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Sequestration Technical Section. Rob is a licensed Professional Geoscientist, Professional Hydrologist, and Certified Petroleum Engineer.

Rob holds a Ph.D. in Hydrology from the University of Arizona, an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, and a B.A. in Geosciences from Franklin and Marshall College.

My personal motto is "Be Kind. Be Present. Be Clear." (Andrew Blum)
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Samantha Fox

Senior Product and Data Analyst

With over 15 years of experience building databases in the energy sector, Samantha combines primary analysis of water-related data with research into their legal and regulatory administration. Prior to B3 Insight, Samantha was a natural gas and power analyst at BENTEK Energy where she played an integral role in developing a multidimensional data and analysis solution for various energy sectors including commodities prices, international gas markets, and steel.

Samantha holds a B.S. in Engineering Physics from the Colorado School of Mines.

My personal mantra is "Can't never could do nothin'!" (my grandpa's favorite saying!).
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Rob Chrisman

Director of Business Development

Based in Houston, TX, Rob Chrisman built an impressive career and broad knowledge base in the oil and gas industry, in both the E&P and service sectors, developing deep technical skills and broad practical field experience. His experience includes engineering for Halliburton, Fidelity Exploration, Whiting Petroleum, and engineering and business development focused on produced water gathering projects for Gravity Oilfield Services.

Rob holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Colorado State University.

"In another life I’m pretty sure I was a Redfish"
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Lynelle Bautista

Director of Sales

Lynelle has over 20 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, as both a sales executive and petroleum engineer, beginning as a production engineer with Chevron in California. She has been a key contributor to several successful oil and gas technology companies, including Decisioneering (now Oracle), Merak Projects (acquired by Schlumberger), Schlumberger Information Solutions, and Cartasite (acquired by Geoforce), helping clients transform their business processes through innovative technology.

Lynelle holds a B.S. and M.S. in Engineering from Stanford University.

My personal motto: "The light in me sees and honors the light in you."

BRIAN MAXSON

Account Executive
With nearly a decade in the Oil and Gas industry, Brian has ranged in his exciting career from laying seismic dynamite in Texas with PGS, to leading and managing some of the industry’s top Upstream Data and Software companies’ sales teams with TGS and CGG. He then had the opportunity to round out his Oil and Gas experience in the world of Midstream, Downstream and Chemicals at IHS. With the experience in each sector, it was time to explore the new energy challenge of Smart Water Management.

Brian holds a B.S. in Business Management from The University of Houston.

"Roads? Where we're going we don't need roads."
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Abigail Michel

Product Analyst
As a Product Analyst, Abigail plays an integral role in driving the business forward through the utilization of measurement tools, data integrity, market intelligence, and analysis of critical product initiatives. Prior to B3 Insight, Abigail was a geophysicist at the U.S. Geological Survey Landslide Hazard Team and worked on scientific apparatus design, fabrication, and modification as well as data collection, preparation, and analysis. Abigail holds a P.M. in Petroleum Reservoir Systems and a B.S. in Geophysical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.
"On my ideal vacation, you’ll catch me soaking up the sun on a beach somewhere!"
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Nancy Zalutsky

Water Rights Specialist and Certified Paralegal

With over 20 years of experience in water rights, Nancy focuses on land and water research and analysis for issues important to B3 Insight users. Previously, she worked in legal and consulting firms specializing in land and water matters and rights. She is a member of the Women's Leadership Network, an organization focused on investing, inspiring, and supporting lifelong learning sector’s current and future women leaders, advancing their effectiveness and status.

Nancy holds a B.S. in Paralegal Studies and has been a NALA Certified Paralegal since 1995.

"My personal motto is carpe diem. Ski, practice yoga and dance whenever possible."
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Michael Gates

Director of Technology

With two decades of software development and data analysis experience, Mike leads the continued development of B3 Insight’s innovative, robust, and secure information technology environment. He is responsible for the architecture and operations of the company’s IT systems, in addition to a wide variety of strategic technology issues. Previously, Mike was the Lead Software Developer at BENTEK Energy where he led the development of BUD, the company’s multidimensional analytics system as well as being the lead developer of the company’s oil and gas reporting products suite.

Mike holds a B.S. in Computer Science from University of California Santa Barbara.

My hero is Nicola Tesla.
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Parker Burgess

Senior Software Developer

Parker is a full stack developer with emphasis in data engineering and ETL. He has experience in several technologies and development styles alongside over a decade of managerial experience and project management. Prior to B3 Insight, Parker was a Software Engineer at Adeptive Software.

Parker holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Regis University.

If I could invent a holiday it would be "National Chili Cook-Off Day"
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Logan Reed

Software Developer & Data Collections Specialist

Logan is responsible for maintaining the company's automated collection system and data warehouse, troubleshooting system issues, and maintaining the data processes behind B3 Insight's UIC Permit Application Monitor Report. Logan has a high degree of technical knowledge and passion to work collaboratively to deliver innovative solutions for our customers. Prior to B3 Insight, Logan was a Software Developer Intern at Maxar Technologies (formerly DigitalGlobe) focusing on automating imagery validation software.

Logan holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Colorado State University with a concentration in Human-Centered Computing.

"My favorite reason to be OOO is climbing Colorado 14ers with my dad and brother."
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Lori Medina

Lead Data Specialist

Lori is the Lead Data Specialist focused on analyzing, editing and producing clean data. She has extensive experience in Social and Human Services including time with Colorado's Jefferson County Human Services as a Program Specialist and Case Manager working with families and children.

Lori holds a B.S. in Applied Science and Human Services with a concentration in Mental Health and Counseling from Metropolitan State University. She is also certified in Computer Information Systems.

My motto these days seems to be "No pain, No gain".
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Jamie Stone

Senior Software Engineer

As a Senior Software Engineer, Jamie is responsible for full stack software web development. He built B3 Insight’s collection system from the ground up and led the company’s efforts in maintaining the automated collection system and data warehouse. Jamie is continually venturing into uncharted territory with innovative solutions for our customers. Prior to B3, Jamie was a Software Data Engineer at BENTEK Energy and S&P Global.

Jamie holds an A.A.S. in Software Development from Lake Area Technical Institute.

Hands down, my favorite reason to be OOO is to run the yard with my herd of dogs.

Courtney Richardson

Proprietary Data Analyst

Courtney is a data analyst known for her thoughtfulness, attention to detail, organization, and sense of ownership. Her experience in data analytics, Python and SQL programming, production technologies and applications, and modeling empowers her to analyze data and represent the on-the-ground truth.

Courtney holds a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering and Masters in Hydrologic Science and Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.

"In another life I'm pretty sure I was an orca!"

Jordan Bevers

Data Quality Analyst

Jordan is responsible for designing and implementing the data quality program at B3 along with other data science projects. In addition to data and programming experience Jordan also has previous experience in the oil and gas industry as a geophysicist and geologist.

Jordan holds a B.S. in Geology from the University of Texas at Austin and a MS. in Geology from the University of Texas at Arlington

If I could invent a holiday it would be "Monday After the Super Bowl".
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Michael Carrell

Data Engineer
Michael is a data engineer specialist with a background in retail, healthcare and consulting and brings strong experience in data analytics to the B3 team. Prior to joining B3, Michael served as a Data Platform Engineer with Spreetrail, focused on managing complex data bases and creating easy-to-use, intuitive warehouses, and as a Data Architect with Blue Margin, focused on improving business outcomes with data-driven intelligence.
Michael holds a B.S. in Economics from Eastern Washington University and a Masters of Data Analytics focused in Data Modeling/Warehousing and Database Administration from Maryville University of Saint Louis.
Hands down my favorite activity to be OOO is rock climbing!
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Lindsey Sherry

Office Manager

Lindsey manages the company’s office operations and procedures, including accounting and human resources support. She keeps the office running smoothly and supports the team on a variety of projects. Before joining B3 Insight, Lindsey worked in early childhood education.

Lindsey holds a BA in Elementary Education from University of Northern Colorado.

"Hands down, my favorite reason to be OOO is for an escape to the mountains or beach with my family!"
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Sarah Willard

Marketing Specialist

Responsible for driving B3 Insight’s marketing strategy, Sarah brings over a decade of experience in entrepreneurship, non-profit, and global business. With a client-centric focus, she thrives on process improvements that lead to positive business outcomes. Sarah’s history includes founding an award-winning events management company acquired in 2018, Vice President of the Nashville Junior Chamber, and product launch marketing at Schneider Electric.

Sarah holds a MicroMasters in Marketing Analytics from the University of California Berkeley and a B.S. in International Organization Leadership from Middle TN State University. She is pursuing a M.S. in Political Science from George Washington University.

The song title that best describes my personality is "Surprise Yourself (Gryffin & Manila Killa Remix)"
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Kylie Wright

Technical Content Writer
With a passion for enhancing technical understanding within and across industries, Kylie brings years of experience in technical writing and presentation to her role. Prior to B3 Insight, Kylie worked in the regulatory field of the upstream and midstream energy industry, with a particular focus on environmental permitting and due diligence. Her experience also includes work with interest groups representing the energy industry and as an exploration geologist in the mining industry. She holds degrees in Geology from the University of Texas at Austin (M.S.) and Vanderbilt University (B.A.).
"I'm convinced that The Mummy (1999) is the most underrated movie ever. It's an absolute classic!"
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Aimee Miller

Technical Specialist & Sales
With twenty years of experience at Anadarko from field operations to midstream gathering, well maintenance and optimization, production to pipelines, and software implementation, Aimee thoroughly understands water in the Permian. She applies advanced analytical and technical skillsets, project-management expertise, and field experience to benefit B3’s customers. Aimee’s deep knowledge in regulatory compliance, control rooms, drilling and completions, and data analysis empowers clients in achieving their operational goals.
My motto is “Drive fast, take chances”

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