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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Brian Maxson

Account Executive
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Nancy Zalutsky

Water Rights Specialist and
Certified Paralegal
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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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Lindsey Sherry

Office Manager
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Kylie Wright

Technical Content Writer
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Patrick Patton

Commercial Product Manager
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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"

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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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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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.
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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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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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Patrick Patton

Commercial Product Manager

Pat has over 10 years with experience in engineering, water management, geoscience, and operations and environmental disciplines. His previous work involved analyzing investment value, risk and upside with an emphasis on M&A evaluations, SWD permitting, strategic planning, business intelligence and seismic risk analysis. Prior to joining B3, Pat was the business analyst and geologist at Pilot Water Solutions. His experience includes time at Sable Bay Energy and Anadarko Petroleum, working multiple onshore US basins including Appalachia, San Juan, Piceance, Paradox, Uinta, Greater Green River, Powder River, DJ and the Permian.

Pat holds an MS in Environmental and Water Engineering from Colorado School of Mines and a BA in Geology from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

“Sting, the music he has created over the years, I don’t really listen to it, but the fact that he’s making it, I respect that.”
-Hansel

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