Leadership Opportunities Within the IECA
Energy credit professionals like yourself help fulfill the mission of the IECA by serving in volunteer positions on the Board of Directors. IECA board members have the unique opportunity to work alongside other industry leaders and expand their network all while having a positive impact on the industry. The IECA Advisory, Nomination and Elections Committee is responsible for making recommendations for board candidates but members may make nominations per the procedures outlined in the IECA bylaws.
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IECA Board of Directors
Board members listed below have volunteered time and effort to further the IECA's mission and help create the best possible association for its members.The Executive Committee is composed of the President and Vice Presidents who oversee the overall operations of the IECA. IECA Directors specialize in ensuring the effectiveness of specialized areas within IECA and work alongside the Executive Committee.
Jamie Swartz, President
Jamie has been a Credit and Risk Management professional for the past 23 years. Her first 5 years were spent in banking in a number of roles ranging from analyst to commercial loan officer. For the past 18 years Jamie has been in the Energy Industry managing Corporate Credit Risk portfolios for NiSource Inc., Columbia Pipeline Group, and TransCanada Corp. TransCanada is a leader in the responsible development and reliable operation of North American energy infrastructure including natural gas and liquids pipelines, power generation and gas storage facilities. Jamie graduated with honors in 1995 from Marshall University, with a Bachelor of Business Administration (double major in Finance and Accounting).
Jamie has been a member of the IECA since 2002 and served in various positions including chairperson of the Commercial Credit Group, Membership Committee, and Treasurer. She was honored in 2009 with Member of the Year for her work on the Commercial Credit Group and Membership Committee. Jamie, currently serves on the Board, as President. Jamie keeps busy out of the office with her husband Matt and two boys, Chandler and Caden.
Ivan Melamud, Past President
Trafigura Pte Limited
Ivan is Head of Credit for Energy at Trafigura, the world’s third largest independent trading company. His team is responsible for managing the counterparty credit risk associated with Trafigura’s energy trading portfolio around the world. Prior to joining Trafigura, Ivan spent five years as an Export Credit Underwriter for Euler Hermes, part of the Allianz insurance group. He holds a BSc (Hons) in Business Information Technology from Nottingham Trent University. Ivan has been a member of the IECA since 2004 and chaired the European Credit Education Group during 2010-2011.
Michael Dutka, First Vice President
Located in Calgary Alberta Canada, Michael graduated from the University of Alberta in 1986 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree and finance major. He began his credit career at the Royal Bank of Canada as lending and branch administration officer. In 1993 he transitioned to Equifax, a consumer and commercial credit reporting bureau where he managed a portfolio of energy accounts. Michael moved to EPCOR Utilities in 2001 as Senior Credit Analyst where he provided credit support for both the regulated & non-regulated gas & power trading portfolios. Michael transitioned to the oil and gas sector in 2007 and is with CNOOC International, a subsidiary of CNOOC Limited, one of the world’s largest oil and gas companies with operations in Asia, Africa, North and South America, Oceania and Europe. Michael manages commodity and non-commodity credit risk and marketing contracts for CNOOC and is a long-standing member of the IECA. He spends downtime with his wife Darlene and two daughters Mackenzie and Alexandra.
John Early, Treasurer
LG&E and KU Energy LLC
John joined LG&E and KU Energy LLC, a subsidiary of PPL Corp., in 1996 as a power and derivatives accountant for the U.S. and Canadian energy marketing divisions. In 1998, John transitioned to the Treasury group, where he embarked upon his credit risk management career for LG&E’s regulated and unregulated trading companies. Since 2007, John has served as the Manager, Credit and Contract Administration, where he manages the corporate credit department responsibilities for energy marketing, gas supply, fuel supply and transmission operations as well as managing the contract administration duties for energy marketing. Additionally, he manages the supplier credit risk for supply chain, project engineering and information technology. John has been an active member of the IECA since 1998 and has served on various committees including the gas, liquids and electricity (GLE), contracts and legal (CLEG), education and survey committees. John graduated from Georgetown College in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and completed his Master of Business Administration from the University of Louisville in 2003. In addition to serving on the IECA board of directors since 2012, John also served as the Treasurer for both the LG&E Co. Credit Union and the Shelby County A&M Association. Prior to LG&E and KU Energy, John worked as the Finance Officer at a local bank where he managed liquidity analysis, risk-based capital requirements, investment portfolio analysis and financial statement preparation. John resides in Shelbyville, Kentucky with his wife, Janell, his two sons, Evan and Grant, and his daughter, Lauren.
Jay Hoellen is Director, Credit Risk at Tenaska, Inc. He has been in this role at Tenaska since 2001. Jay currently is active in managing the day to day credit functions of the natural gas trading at Tenaska Marketing Ventures. Jay has been active in the IECA since 1998 having served as Technology Committee chairperson, Gas, Liquids, and Electricity Committee chairperson, Assistant Treasurer and has been a member of the Conference Management Committee for a number of years. He was also honored as co-2012 Member of the Year for his work on the website redesign project and is a graduate of the IECA Leadership Program. Jay graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a bachelor’s degree in Finance. He is married to Jill and they have two children, Kate and Kyle.
Neal Brandemark, VP Membership
PETRONAS Energy Canada Ltd.
Neal is the Risk Manager at PETRONAS Energy Canada Ltd., a Canadian natural gas producer, Malaysia’s fully integrated multinational oil & gas corporation. At Progress, Neal is responsible for the credit risk, market risk, contract administration and marketing accounting functions, as well as the corporate insurance program. Prior to joining Progress in 2014, Neal held various roles in credit, risk and capital markets at Nexen, EPCOR, Duke and TransCanada. Neal holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Finance from the University of Calgary, is a Chartered Financial Analyst, and a Certified Treasury Professional.
A member of the IECA since 2001, Neal chaired the IECA Canadian Education Group in 2007 and was a Director of the IECA from 2008-2011. Locally, Neal volunteers with Momentum, a non-profit community economic development organization focused on poverty reduction, and has been on the Momentum Board of Directors since 2016.
Neal has called Calgary home for over 30 years, and can often be found skiing, cycling or golfing in the nearby Rocky Mountains, along with his wife Maureen and their two daughters.
Craig Enochs, VP Communications & Technology
Reed Smith, LLC
Craig Enochs is a partner in the Houston office of the law firm Reed Smith, LLP. He assists clients in a wide array of energy transactions that include physical and financial products and complex credit structuring. His clients run the gamut across the energy industry, including merchants, producers, generators, end users, municipalities, lenders and hedgers. Prior to entering private practice Craig worked in the legal department of TXU Energy Trading Company. He is a committed member of CLEG who has chaired two Gap Risk Working Groups for the IECA and who speaks regularly on issues relating to the energy industry, particularly as they relate to credit. Craig graduated from the University of Houston in 1994 (B.A. Psychology) and The University of California Hastings College of the Law in 1996 (J.D.). His wife Tammi attends as many IECA conferences as she can squeeze into her schedule and they have three children.
Rapid Ratings International
Julian Edgar leads the company’s energy, mining, and chemical segments sales, account management, and product development initiatives. He also oversees Rapid Ratings’ efforts in throughout EMEA.
Previously, Mr. Edgar worked for Deutsche Bank in London as a risk controller & business manager within Investment Grade Credit Trading role and he has also built and sold a successful sports event management business that was headquartered in London.
Mr. Edgar holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Relations and Politics, is a qualified accountant, and holds certifications from the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) and the International Energy Credit Association (IECA).
Balch & Bingham LLP
Mr. Hairston is a Partner in the law firm of Balch & Bingham LLP. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Hairston worked as an engineer for Southern Company Services and Bechtel Engineering. Mr. Hairston also serves as a Municipal Court Judge for the City of Birmingham and the City of Mountain Brook. Mr. Hairston's practice at Balch & Bingham LLP focuses on energy trading, power purchase/sale contracts, FERC compliance, NERC compliance, NRC compliance, energy legislation, governmental agency investigations, energy-related litigation, power plant siting, and transmission issues. Mr. Hairston is a member of the WSPP Contract Sub-Committee, the EEI Agreement Drafting Committee, and the IECA Contracts & Legal Education Group. K.C. Hairston is also counsel to the North American Energy Markets Association. He has a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Auburn University, and received his J.D. from the Cumberland School of Law. He is admitted to Alabama State Bar, and is a member of the American Bar Association and the Energy Bar Association.
Louise Waterhouse is Managing Director, Enterprise Risk for TMX Group, responsible for the management, development and implementation of the enterprise-wide risk management program.
Prior to joining TMX, Louise was the Vice President, Clearing & Chief Risk Officer, for ICE NGX Canada Inc. where she led the clearing and risk management operations. She was accountable for managing business and enterprise risks in accordance with board approved risk policies, overseeing the application and compliance of global regulatory standards for qualified central counterparties, and managing the development and execution of policies for the risk, settlement and clearing operations. She also held the role of credit and treasury analyst at EPCOR Utilities and business analyst at RiskAdvisory, a division of SAS focused on risk management products and valuations.
As a member of the International Energy Credit Association since 2006, Louise served most recently as Chair of the Canadian Regional Education Committee.
Louise holds a Bachelor of Commerce, Finance from the University of Calgary, in addition to certificates in Strategic Management and Organizational Change Management from Mount Royal University.
BP Oil International Limited
Marion joined BP Oil International’s commodity trading business, Integrated Supply and Trading (IST), in 2005 after gaining extensive trading house experience at Marc Rich & Glencore during the previous 18 years.
Marion is the Global Letter of Credit expert within IST and heads up the team in London which is responsible for managing collateral instruments in support of the Global Oil Europe and the International Gas business and more recently has taken over managing the BP International Treasury Letters of Credit business. Marion is also accountable for managing IST’s banking strategy and banking relationships.
Outside of this role, Marion is an active advocate of BP’s Diversity and Inclusion agenda. She is also one of BP’s Family Liaison officers. This role involves being called on to assist people who have been through a loss of life situation.
Marion has been a member of the IECA since 2006 and has been a Committee member since 2013 before being elected as European Committee Chairperson.
Mike is a Senior Analyst in Exelon’s Risk Analytics group. He moved to his current role from the Credit team where he work in various disciplines for over 7 years. During his time in Credit, he was the lead analyst for Retail Power, Wholesale and Retail Gas and was on multiple integration teams. Mike worked across all the power ISO’s and managed a portfolio of over 500+ counterparties. In his current role, he focuses on performing quantification analysis on non-standard transactions; identifying minimum margin requirements and maximum risk tolerances.
Mike has been a member of the IECA since 2010. Mike helped found the Developing Energy Professionals Group (DEPG) in 2015 and held the chair position until late 2017. He is currently the Chair of Credit Analytics Education Group (CAEG).
Mike is a graduate of Towson University with a BA in Accounting and Loyola University of Maryland with a Masters of Business Administration and a Masters of Science in Finance. Out of the office, Mile likes to compete in various obstacle course and triathlon races and enjoy the outdoors with his wife and two young sons.
Franco is the Manager, Credit & Contracts at ATCO Group, a company that engages in structures and logistics, electricity, and pipelines and liquids businesses worldwide. ATCO was founded in 1947 and is headquartered in Calgary, Canada. Franco leads a team of credit professionals who manage all areas of credit risk across the company, including complex business development projects and trading of various commodity portfolios. He joined ATCO in 2013 and has 10 plus years of experience as a credit risk professional. Prior to joining ATCO, Franco was a Senior Credit Analyst at TransAlta Corporation and held various positions at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce prior to joining TransAlta. Franco holds a B.Comm. Finance from the University of Calgary. He has been a member of the IECA since 2006 and served as the Chair of the Canadian Regional Education Committee in 2017.
Kevin Page is an Associate General Counsel for Tenaska’s energy management and natural gas marketing companies. In over a decade of legal practice, he has gained significant experience by assisting clients with physical and financial energy transactions, credit arrangements, bankruptcy matters and regulatory issues. Prior to joining Tenaska, Kevin practiced law in the Houston offices of Reed Smith, LLP and Jackson Walker L.L.P. He has been a member of the IECA since 2011 and has served in various positions, including co-chair of the Contracts and Legal Education Group (CLEG) for two years. Kevin graduated from Baylor University in 2003 (B.B.A. Marketing and Economics) and from Baylor University School of Law in 2006 (J.D.). He and his wife Nicole live in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area with their two sons, Collin and Declan, and their two daughters, Savannah Grace and Lucy.
Dianne is the Manager of the Client Credit and Contract Services team for Kinect Energy, a leading global energy management company. Kinect Energy serves private and public sector organizations with targeted energy management solutions. Based in offices throughout North America and Europe, advisors offer a deep understanding of the global economy balanced with on-the-ground knowledge of local market dynamics.
Having joined the company in February of 2006, Dianne developed the Client Credit & Contract Services department to manage the vast array of client needs related to energy contracting and establishing credit with third-party suppliers. The team provides assistance to clients and in-house account management by developing diverse credit and contract strategies and portfolios to meet client business objectives. Her team also handles other mid-office activities including verification of trade confirmations, electronic contract database management, and master data management actions.
Prior to joining Kinect, Dianne spent 28+ years in Corporate Travel Agency Management where her role as General Manager included all aspects of Operations, Marketing and Account Management.
Dianne joined IECA in 2006 and has participated and volunteered on various committees. She was one of the early graduates of the CRM Certification program as well as a recent graduate of the IECA Leadership Program. Currently serving as the sub-committee chair of the MCC External Communications Dianne looks forward to continuing to serve and support the IECA.
Outside of the office, Dianne enjoys traveling, dabbling in photography, fishing and spending time with her husband, Joe.
Twin Eagle Resource Management, LLC
Christy is the Vice President of Contracts at Twin Eagle Resource Management, LLC, a provider of wholesale energy and midstream services focused on creating value for customers throughout North America, with its corporate office in Houston. In her current role, Christy manages all aspects of contract negotiation and administration, as well as the transaction confirmation process, for natural gas, power, crude oil and NGLs. Prior to joining Twin Eagle in 2011, Christy spent 20+ years in various accounting and contract administration roles at RRI Energy/Reliant, Dynegy and Enron. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.
A member of the IECA since 2011, Christy chaired the Contracts and Legal Education Group (CLEG) in 2018 and is currently a co-chair of the US Regional Education Committee.
When Christy isn’t working, she enjoys time spent with her husband, three kids and two adorable granddaughters.
Haynes and Boone, LLP
Phil Lookadoo is a partner in the D.C. office of Haynes and Boone, LLP and is the current chair of the Dodd-Frank Working Group of the IECA. Phil has been practicing law in the energy sector for more than 30 years and has represented developers of fossil fuel-fired and renewable power generation facilities, obtaining FERC approvals under the Federal Power Act and PURPA, negotiating project contracts, project financing agreements, and related M&A agreements. Phil has an active commodity trading practice, including physical supply and financial derivatives transactions involving oil, natural gas, various petroleum products, electricity, RECs, ethanol, biodiesel, RINs, and other commodities. Phil has been recognized by Chambers USA as one of America’s leading energy lawyers. Phil holds a B.S. in Physics from West Virginia University, a M.S. in Nuclear Physics from University of Virginia and a J.D. from Emory University School of Law.
BMO Capital Markets
Paul Heikkila is a Director within Corporate Banking – Trading Products, providing portfolio management coverage in support of the Commodity Products Group as well as BMO Insurance. In addition, he manages the trading products portfolios of the US Government and its related entities.
Paul joined BMO in 2011. Prior to joining BMO Capital Markets, Paul was a Vice President at Bank of America responsible for portfolio and relationship management within the commercial banking segment. He began his career as a credit analyst at Merrill Lynch Business Financial Services in Chicago.
Paul earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He is also a CFA Charterholder.
Devon Solutions LLC
Eric Twombly is the principal of Devon Solutions LLC, established in 2014 to provide project management, fractional services and subject matter expertise on Treasury, Credit, FX, Interest Rate, Liquidity, Operating Risk and Contract management. Eric is a 25+ year commodity trading and IECA veteran, having started as a credit analyst with Phibro in 1994 after starting his career in banking at Chase Manhattan Bank. He managed credit, treasury and contract negotiation for Louis Dreyfus Highbridge Energy and served as Treasurer for Noble Americas Corp (Noble Group Ltd) and Sierentz Global Merchants. He established the counterparty credit risk function for Citadel Investments supporting their new natural gas trading business and was a senior credit officer at Sempra Energy Trading. He served as the Head of Finance, Treasury and Credit Risk for Six One Commodities and now under long term engagement as head of finance in the US for Maersk Oil Trading Inc.
Eric successfully completed a BA in Economics and Computer Science from Trinity College, an MBA in Finance and International Business from New York University’s Stern School and a Graduate Certificate in Accounting from University of Phoenix. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFAI), Certified Treasury Professional (AFP), Financial Risk Manager (GARP), and a Project Management Professional (PMI).
Eric serves as the Vice Chairman of the Credit Analytics Education Group since 2017 and recently the Mentoring Program. He is a contributor on the KYC Working Group and the joint venture with the Committee of Chief Risk Officers (CCRO) on energy credit risk best practices. He moderates the Current Expected Credit Loss (CECL) Working Group. He was a US conference speaker in 2017 (How to Get More Credit), 2018 (The Future of the Credit Manager) and 2019 (In’s and Out’s of the ISDA CSA). Eric also serves on the boards and audit committees of Berkshire Farm Center and Services for Youth, Canaan NY and the CT Yankee Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Milford CT.
DNB Bank ASA
Sven currently serves as Vice President of Trade and Export Solutions at DNB Bank ASA, London branch. Previous to joining DNB, he spent 12 years at Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ) as Director for Oil & Gas for European transaction banking. Sven is a career transactional trade finance banker with over 25 years of experience in commodities trade finance. He maintains strong relationships with large multi-national corporates and trading houses in Europe, US and Australasia.
Castleton Commodities LLC
Joshua currently serves as Managing Director, Global Head of Credit at Castleton Commodities International LLC, a global commodity merchant headquartered in Stamford, CT. Prior to joining Castleton in 2016, his prior commodity trading experience includes roles as Head of Energy Credit at Noble Group Limited, Director of Credit at Constellation Energy and Strategic Credit Manager at BP Energy. Joshua’s career began as an energy banker, spending a combined 8 years at JPMorgan Chase and Société Générale.
He holds a BBA from Texas Tech University, an MBA from Texas Christian University and is an MS Finance Candidate at Johns Hopkins University
Joshua has been an active member of the IECA since 2006, participating in events in North America Europe and Asia. His past involvement with the IECA includes serving as a panel speaker in the 2012 and 2019 Spring Education Conferences and the 2017 Spring Education and Networking Event in NYC. Josh currently serves as the Chairman of the Professionals for Diversity & Inclusion Group through the 2018-19 term.
The Energy Authority
Justin is an experienced credit professional with The Energy Authority and the former Chair for the Developing Energy Professionals Group and Chair of the Executive Committee for the North American Power Credit Organization. Justin is a graduate of the Moody’s Analytics Credit Risk Management Certificate Program and currently serves as a Member of both the University of North Florida’s Economics Advisory Council and the International Society of Organizational Development and Change.
Justin received his Master of Business Administration from the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida, his Master of Intercultural Communication and International Management from the Cologne University of Applied Sciences in Cologne, Germany, in cooperation with the University of Warsaw in Warsaw, Poland, and a Certificate of Participation from Dongbei University of Finance & Economics in Dalian, China. Justin also holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Economics from the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida. Justin is currently completing his dissertation for his Doctor of Business Administration at the AACSB Accredited Jacksonville University.
Nithya Venkatesan has over 15 years of risk management experience spanning credit risk, market risk and enterprise risk. She currently serves as Manager, Risk Controls for Hess Corporation (Hess) globally. Hess is a leading global independent energy company engaged in the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas. The company has an industry-leading position in two key U.S. shale plays — the Bakken in North Dakota and the Utica in Ohio. Hess is also one of the largest producers in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico and a key natural gas producer and supplier to Peninsular Malaysia and Thailand. The company is engaged in exploration and appraisal activities offshore Guyana, participating in one of the industry’s largest oil discoveries in the past decade with the first phase of a planned multiphase development of the Liza Field in Guyana underway. Her responsibilities include managing the day to day credit and market risk functions, oversight and reporting of the regulatory requirements associated with commodity risk, supplier credit risk and financial reporting related to commodity risk hedge accounting. She has been a member of the IECA since 1998 and currently serves on a few committees. Raised in Houston, Nithya now lives with her family in Sugarland, TX.