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Vol. 12, No. 3 Week of January 21, 2007
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MEET ALASKA 2007: Meet Alaska 2007 speakers

Richard F. Guerrant

Richard F. Guerrant, vice president-Americas for ExxonMobil Gas & Power Marketing Co., is located in Houston, Texas, and is responsible for the marketing of ExxonMobil’s natural gas, natural gas liquids and associated products in the United States, Canada and South America.

Prior to this assignment, Mr. Guerrant had worldwide strategic planning responsibilities, including natural gas investment plans, marketing strategies, pricing, and economic and market analysis. Previously, he was manager of Global LNG Market Development, responsible for market development and liquefied natural gas infrastructure development for the Asia Pacific markets of Japan, Korea, Taiwan, India and China, and the Atlantic markets of the European countries and the United States.

Mr. Guerrant joined Mobil Corp. and held various executive positions, including manager of business and competitive strategy in the exploration and production division. There he was responsible for developing Mobil’s upstream growth strategy and the investment programs and profit plans to support it. He was also president of Mobil LNG and Power Inc. located in Singapore and responsible for developing markets in Asia for Mobil’s Qatar and Australia LNG supplies.

With the merger of Exxon and Mobil, he continued to be based in Singapore with responsibility for ExxonMobil’s Asia Pacific LNG marketing and LNG infrastructure development which, in addition to the above Asia Pacific markets, also included Indonesia LNG supply responsibilities.

Early in his career Mr. Guerrant held various positions in both the exploration and production departments. With U.S. gas deregulation progressing in the mid-1980s, he participated in the team developing Mobil’s natural gas strategy. Thereafter, he served as vice president of Mobil Natural Gas Inc., with responsibility for all of Mobil’s natural gas sales, purchasing, transportation, risk management and volume management in the United States and Canada. Mr. Guerrant also held the position of vice president of marketing in Calgary for Mobil Oil Canada where he was responsible for crude, natural gas liquids, sulphur and natural gas marketing.

Mr. Guerrant is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.

William M. Cromer

William M. Cromer, president of The Cromer Group, is a nationally known political advisor, pollster, business and media consultant. He has nearly 30 years of experience advising campaigns, corporations, associations and universities on critical marketing decisions and matters of public policy.

In 1978, Mr. Cromer devised and formulated the geographic “T” strategy, well known in Pennsylvania politics, which is still utilized in statewide campaigns today. His reputation for accuracy and precision has been cited in publications such as the New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Anchorage Daily News, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, and Adweek.

He has designed strategies and worked with corporate and association clients including Mellon Bank, Hershey Foods, USX, IBM, Bell Atlantic, Pennsylvania State University, the Pennsylvania Cable Television Association, AFSCME-Council 13, the National Education Association, the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, The Nature Conservancy, the Washington State United Food & Commercial Workers, The American Farmland Trust, the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, Northern Colorado Medical Center, Providence Hospitals in Hawaii, Washington State and California and The Newspaper Association of America.

During the 2006 election cycle he conducted the focus group and survey research and created the strategy to defeat Alaska’s Gas Reserve Tax. Messages based on the research findings persuaded voters from 58-21 percent for the initiative in the initial survey to the 66-34 percent against result on Election Day. The Cromer Group also conducted independent tracking polls in Florida’s gubernatorial race, which accurately produced the exact results of Charlie Crist’s victory.

The Cromer Group began working in Alaska during the 1982 governor’s race. Since then, it has conducted research for a variety of candidates, campaigns and business groups including AT&T, the Alaska Oil and Gas Association, the Board of Trustees of the Alaska Permanent Fund, Northwest Cruiseship Association, Providence Alaska Medical Center, and the University of Alaska, as well as NANA, Koniag and the Alaska Federation of Natives itself. It has also done major public policy initiative research for the Sheffield, Cowper, Knowles and Murkowski administrations in the state of Alaska. In addition, The Cromer Group conducted the research and devised the winning strategies against the 1994 ballot initiative to move the state capitol and against the 2002 initiative to move the legislature out of Juneau.

Political clients have included former Ohio Senator John Glenn, former Pennsylvania Senator John Heinz, former Congressional Chairmen Peter Rodino (NJ) and Walter Jones, Sr. (NC); Rep. Jim Florio (N.J.); Rep. Marcy Kaptur (OH); Rep. Bart Stupak (MI); Alaska Governors Bill Sheffield, Steve Cowper, Tony Knowles and Frank Murkowski; the National Democratic Senate Campaign Committee, the National Democratic Governor’s Association, the Pennsylvania and Colorado House Democratic Campaign Committees, and the Michigan Senate Democratic Campaign Committee as well as The Nevada Minority House Caucus.

Mr. Cromer has also conducted polling in British Columbia during its parliamentary election campaigns and served as a consultant to Mexico’s Sindicato Nacional Trabajadores Educacion.

The Cromer Group also has extensive experience working on public policy issues such as health care reform, state and local tax reform, economic development and a variety of consumer issues.

Mr. Cromer is a native of Pennsylvania and has served as an adjunct professor at Pennsylvania State University, his alma mater. In the fall of 1999, Mr. Cromer was a guest lecturer at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He currently lives in Washington, D.C.

Steven P. Guidry

Steven P. Guidry is regional vice president for Marathon Oil Co.’s U.S. production operations, and as such has responsibility for all of Marathon’s exploration and production activities onshore United States, together with offshore production operations in the Gulf of Mexico.

Currently, Marathon has onshore operations in Alaska, Wyoming, North Dakota, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana. Mr. Guidry’s appointment to U.S. operations in 2006 is coincident with Marathon’s renewed focus and substantial commitment to building a more strategic and competitive domestic business.

Prior to his current position, Mr. Guidry spent five years leading Marathon’s Central Africa business unit overseeing operations in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon. He led his organization through a $1.3 billion expansion project in Equatorial Guinea, which at that time represented the single largest investment in Marathon’s worldwide production portfolio. The project increased liquids production five fold to over 90,000 BLPD.

Mr. Guidry is a recognized advocate for responsible corporate engagement and has led a number of important initiatives, including a five-year program to eradicate malaria on Bioko Island, Equatorial Guinea. He is a strong proponent for good governance, anti-corruption and government-to-government engagement to promote positive change in the oil producing sub-Saharan Africa. In that capacity, he testified before the U.S. Senate, and participated in numerous conferences and media events promoting more comprehensive engagement with Africa.

Throughout his career, Mr. Guidry has held beneficial and challenging technical and managerial positions in the company’s domestic and international production organizations. His assignments have included Marathon’s operations in the Gulf Coast Region, Mid-Continent Region and the Rocky Mountains.

He graduated from the University of Southwestern Louisiana in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science in petroleum engineering, is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and serves on the board of directors for the Corporate Council on Africa.

Randy L. Limbacher

Randy L. Limbacher is executive vice president, exploration and production-Americas of ConocoPhillips.

Prior to joining Burlington Resources in 1985, Mr. Limbacher held various engineering positions with Mobil and Superior Oil. He served as senior vice president of production and exploitation since 2000, and in other assignments including president of Burlington Resources North America and vice president, regional operations in the San Juan and Gulf Coast divisions. He was elected to the board in 2004, and assumed responsibility for all oil and gas exploration, development and production operations, as well as for day-to-day operations of the company, in 2002.

Prior to his current position, Limbacher was executive vice president and chief operating officer of Burlington Resources, and served as a member of the board of directors and the office of as chairman.

Mr. Limbacher serves on the board of directors of Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas. His professional affiliations include the Society of Petroleum Engineers, the Independent Petroleum Associates of America, the American Petroleum Institute and the Louisiana State University Engineering Industry Advisory Board.

Mr. Limbacher received a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from Louisiana State University in 1980.

Scott Streiner

Scott Streiner began as vice president, program delivery with the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency in June 2005.

In this role, he is responsible for the agency’s work in the areas of comprehensive studies, review panels, class screenings, training, guidance and participant funding. He also oversees the agency’s six regional offices.

A key priority for Mr. Streiner since joining the agency has been to strengthen its leadership role within the federal

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