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WATSON BARKER
Principal
ESS Energy Group

 

Mr. Barker has been dedicated to the design, marketing, implementation and service of energy risk management and insurance programs since 2005.  

Oil & gas experience includes conventional and unconventional E&P and field service operations in the Marcellus, Utica, Bakken, Eagle Ford, and Barnett domestically and various onshore and offshore UK and AU fields abroad.  Mr. Barker spent the better part of his early career developing and managing domestic and international insurance programs for Marathon Oil with his last project being the acquisition of Hilcorp Resources Eagle Ford assets valued at $3.5B. 

Power and distribution experience includes construction and operational program development for pipelines, gas storage facilities and power plants. 

Mining experience includes large underground and surface mining bonding, casualty, property, pollution and workers compensation programs for operators and contractors in PA, OH, WV, VA, and KY.

Mr. Barker has been asked to speak on topics of risk management and insurance by industry groups such as the Pennsylvania Oil & Gas Association and The Association of Desk & Derrick Clubs as well industry conferences including the 2016 Shale Insights Conference in Pittsburgh, PA. 

Mr. Barker has served as ESS Energy Group Principal since January 2012.  Prior to ESS, Mr. Barker held the role of Producer at Charter Energy (2005-2011) and Vice President at SunTrust Bank (1999-2005).

Mr. Barker received his BA from the University of Virginia and an Executive Masters of Business Administration from the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia.  Mr. Barker received the API Well Certification Certificate from Wild Well Control in 2014.

Mr. Barker is active in the community as Chairman of the Finance Committee at his church in Oakland and Board member and Treasurer of Pittsburgh Urban Christian School.