Montana Energy 2016 will feature keynote speakers BNSF Railway Executive Chairman Matthew Rose & 21st Century Energy CEO Karen Harbert
Senator Steve Daines today announced BNSF Railway Executive Chairman Matthew Rose, and President and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for 21st Century Energy Karen Harbert, will be featured as keynote speakers at Montana Energy 2016.
“I’m excited to announce that Matt Rose and Karen Harbert will be joining us as keynote speakers at Montana Energy 2016 to share their expertise on the energy industry in Montana and moving energy development forward in a positive way for Montana,” Daines stated. “With Karen’s national and international expertise and Matt’s focus on regional energy transportation, Karen and Matt are vital to our conversation about moving Montana’s all-of-the-above energy potential to the next level.”
Montana Energy 2016 will be held in Billings on March 30-31 and will serve as the largest avenue to discuss Montana’s energy potential. It is back for a third round this spring with a fresh new look and perspective. Led by Daines, the two-day comprehensive conference will continue the discussion around state and national energy opportunities and provide an all-encompassing look at Montana’s energy potential.
Matt Rose is the Executive Chairman of BNSF Railway Company, one of North America’s leading freight transportation companies. Matt served thirteen years as CEO and eleven years as chairman – during which time BNSF became a Berkshire Hathaway-owned company in 2010. After two years of serving as BNSF’s Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO), in June 1999, Matt was made President and COO. Matt joined Burlington Northern Railroad (BN) in 1993 and held several positions in the Merchandise Business Unit. Prior to working for BN, Matt held several positions in the trucking industry. Matt serves as a member of several Board of Directors including, the Association of American Railroads, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Fluor Corporation and AT&T Inc. Matt holds a Bachelor of Science in marketing with a minor in logistics from the University of Missouri.
Karen Harbert is President and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for 21st Century Energy. Karen leads the Institute’s efforts to build support for meaningful energy action nationally and internationally through policy development, education and advocacy. Karen is the former Assistant Secretary for Policy and International Affairs at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and was the primary policy advisor to the Secretary of Energy and to the department on domestic and international energy issues. She also served as vice chairman of the International Energy Agency, which advises its 28 member nations on energy policy issues and orchestrates international responses to energy supply disruptions. Prior to joining DOE, Karen was Deputy Assistant Administrator for Latin America and the Caribbean at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). She oversaw programs in 11 countries, totaling more than $800 million and 1,000 employees. In the private sector, Karen worked for a developer of international infrastructure and power projects valued at more than $9 billion in countries in the Middle East, Asia, and Latin America. Karen gained experience on issues associated with economic reform and privatization through earlier positions at USAID, the Organization of American States and the International Republican Institute. She received a degree in international policy studies and political science from Rice University in Houston, Texas. Karen currently resides in Washington, D.C., with her husband and two children.
Sponsors of the conference include Daines, BNSF Railway, MDU Resources, NorthWestern Energy, the Montana Contractors Association, the Montana Coal Council, the Montana Petroleum Association, the Montana Chamber Foundation and KLJ.
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