Rusty Braziel is one of the most respected authorities in the field of energy information and markets, with an extensive background in energy marketing, trading and data services. Over the past 20 years he has worked in an executive level capacity with a major producer (Texaco), a major pipeline (Williams), a leading software company (Altra Energy), and a leading energy analytics and information company (BENTEK Energy).
A consultant, author and speaker, Rusty has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The New York Times, The Houston Chronicle, Thompson Reuters, Oil and Gas Journal, The Denver Post, Platts Gas Daily, Natural Gas Intelligence, and numerous other industry publications.
Rusty is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and company events and is known for his market insights and dynamic style. He provides audiences compelling, customized and dynamic content that makes sense out of the onslaught of information about energy markets.
Braziel is President & Principal Energy Markets Consultant for RBN Energy. RBN provides energy market advisory services specializing in strategy, acquisitions and divestures. The company works with companies engaged in trading, marketing or purchasing of energy commodities, purchase and sale of energy related assets and E&P for oil and gas.
Rusty focuses on hydrocarbon markets, primarily natural gas, natural gas liquids and crude oil. His expertise is primarily in the production, transportation, storage and demand for physical energy commodities, and the impact of physical market developments on price.
Rusty Braziel served on the senior executive team at BENTEK Energy from 2005 through 2012. For years BENTEK has been recognized as the industry leader in natural gas market fundamental analysis. Braziel built BENTEK’s Sales and Marketing organization, establishing BENTEK as a key provider of information to the energy industry. He also was responsible for building BENTEK’s highly respected and recognized Information Technology department from 2005 until 2010, which collects and organizes industry data, then produces data and reports used by BENTEK’s clients. During his tenure at BENTEK, Braziel was a key contributor to many of the company’s most significant industry reports, and spoke frequently on the company’s behalf at industry and company events.
Prior to BENTEK, Braziel’s experience included:
Vice President, Link Energy, LLC 2002-04, Houston, TX
Managed two organizational units within Link Energy: (a) the Business Development Group, responsible for asset acquisitions/dispositions and crude oil supply/transportation strategies, and (b) Link Energy’s Natural Gas Liquids (NGL) and Petrochemicals business unit.
CEO and Chairman, Altra Energy Technologies, Inc. 1996-2001, Houston, TX
Founded Altra Energy Technologies in 1996 creating what ultimately became Houston’s second largest independent software company and the first successful online trading system in the energy industry. Managed the development, marketing and sales of internet-based energy transaction systems.
Vice President, Business Development, The Williams Companies. 1995-96, Tulsa, OK
• Led the marketing and trading strategy integration team
• Developed and implemented Williams’ retail marketing strategies
• Led Williams’ trading systems business unit which provided the foundation for Altra’s business model.
Sr. Vp – Marketing and Trading, Texaco Natural Gas, Inc. 1990-95, Houston, TX
Senior executive responsible for Texaco’s ($2.0 billion annual revenue) natural gas marketing organization, which included marketing, sales, administration, business development, risk management, and operations.
Manager, NGL Supply / Industrial Sales, Texaco Inc 1984 to 1990, Tulsa, OK
Responsible for Texaco’s natural gas plant production, processing agreements, trading, transportation, and marketing.
M.B.A. Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas
Emphasis: Finance, Quantitative Management Techniques
B.B.A. Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas
Major: Finance/General Business