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Ed Ireland and Paul Cones to Speak at Women’s Energy Network – North Texas Chapter November 2016 Luncheon Meetings in Fort Worth and Dallas and Announcement of New Board of Directors for 2017

Ed Ireland, Associate Professor of Professional Practice in Energy, Economics and Finance in the M. J. Neeley School of Business at Texas Christian University, will be the guest speaker at the luncheon meeting of WEN – North Texas on Thursday, November 10, 2016, at the Fort Worth Petroleum Club, 777 Main Street #4000. Paul Cones, founder of Courthouse Specialists, will be the guest speaker at the luncheon meeting of the Women’s Energy Network (WEN) – North Texas Chapter on Tuesday, November 29, 2016, at the Dallas Petroleum Club, 2200 Ross Avenue. Registration for both events will begin at 11:30 a.m. followed by the luncheon from noon-1:00 p.m.

Dr. Ireland will present a presentation entitled, “The Outlook for Oil and Gas Prices.” A question-and-answer session will follow his informative presentation.

Dr. Ireland’s 40-year oil and gas career included being president of a natural gas pipeline and marketing company and an oil and gas exploration company. He became the founding Executive Director of the Barnett Shale Energy Education Council in 2007, an organization that provides energy education in the Barnett Shale region of North Texas. As an industry expert, he acts as spokesperson for the Barnett Shale, as well as being a community and media representative. Dr. Ireland also serves on the Board of Directors of the TCU Energy Institute, was a co-founder of the Metroplex Natural Gas Vehicle Consortium and is President of Ed Ireland & Associates, an energy economics consulting firm.

“WEN North Texas is honored to welcome Dr. lreland at the November 2016 Fort Worth luncheon,” said Angela Walton, 2016 WEN North Texas Chapter President. “Our members will be sure to benefit from Dr. Ireland’s expertise and in-depth knowledge of the industry.”

Mr. Cones will present a talk titled, “Land Title Evaluation – Changing an Industry with Technology,” at the January Fort Worth luncheon. A question-and-answer session will follow his presentation.

Mr. Cones founded Courthouse Specialists (predecessor to in 1982. Previously, he worked as a Petroleum Landman negotiating and acquiring oil and gas leases in central and south Texas. Mr. Cones implements technology solutions for the abstracting and title industry by creating databases and document delivery systems now used by most surveyors, engineers, attorneys, appraisers and other real estate professionals in Texas. was the first company to provide a County Grantor/Grantee index on the Internet in 1997. Mr. Cones is also the founder of several other real estate related companies including Able Permits, Integrity Title Company, LLC and Integrity Title Records, Ltd., LLP. Integrity Title Records used technology to provide affordable title plants for new entrants into the market, ending an industry monopoly which existed in Texas for over forty years. Integrity Title Records is now the largest title plant provider in Texas.

Mr. Cones has taught many courses and seminars on how to use public records effectively and was awarded the President’s Award by the Texas Society of Professional Surveyors for his contributions to the surveying industry. His courses have been certified eligible for continuing education credits by the Texas Board of Professional Land Surveying.

“WEN North Texas is pleased to announce Mr. Paul Cones as the featured speaker for the November luncheon in Dallas,” said Walton. “We look forward to learning how technology is changing the land title landscape in Texas.”

The cost for WEN North Texas members to attend is $35. For prospective members, the price is $50. Please register online at Payment can be made by credit card through the online registration portal or the day of the event by cash or check payable to Women’s Energy Network North Texas.

Mark your calendars to join WEN North Texas at Times Ten Cellers in Fort Worth for our November Social Event. It will take place on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. This will be a great opportunity to network with the ladies of WEN North Texas. We encourage you to bring guests! The event is free for members that pre-register and $15 for guests and member walk-ins at the door. Hope to see you there.

WEN North Texas is pleased to announce is 2017 Board of Directors as follows:

President:       Kati Smith
Vice President: Carly Hewett
Secretary: Monica Messick
Treasurer: Natalie Conner
Programs: Sucheta Gokhale & Kimberly DeWoody
Membership: Lindsey Grider & Jennifer Evans
Special Events: Katya V Evseev & Brooke Granger
Sponsorship: Brianne Boulter & Sarah Steward
Communications: Jessica Staley & Tara Flume
Leadership Conference: Haylee Edwards & Afton Kolbe
Public Relations: Jamie Lavergne Bryan

For more information about the above events, contact Jamie Lavergne Bryan, Winstead PC, at [email protected].

For more information about the Women’s Energy Network – North Texas Chapter, visit and click on WEN North Texas. Interested parties can join the North Texas Chapter by clicking on Join Today! on the North Texas Chapter’s home page.

About WEN

The Women’s Energy Network is a nonprofit association of women professionals in the energy industry that provides networking and community outreach opportunities and fosters career and leadership development. Founded in 1994, the organization has more than 2,000 members nationwide. For more information, please visit the WEN North Texas Chapter website at

Thank you to our generous 2016 WEN North Texas Sponsors:

National Sponsor
Sidley Austin LLP

Gold Level Sponsor
Pioneer Natural Resources Company
Denbury Resources Inc.

Silver Level Sponsor
Jackson Walker L.L.P.

Bronze Level Sponsor
Locke Lord LLP

for Women’s Energy Network
Jamie Bryan, 817-420-8209
[email protected]

Source: Business Wire (November 7, 2016 - 7:17 PM EST)

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