Meeting/Event Information

Dinner Meeting - Academic Honors Day - February 18, 2020

February 18, 2020
4:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Houston Country Club
1 Potomac Drive
Houston, TX 77057

***Please note Houston Country Club requires jacket & tie after 4 pm***

Dinner Session

Topic: ExxonMobil’s Outlook for Energy
Speaker: Linda DuCharme, President, ExxonMobil Upstream Integrated Solutions Company

Meeting the world’s growing demand for energy while reducing environmental impacts, including the risks of climate change, is one of society’s most significant challenges. Linda DuCharme will discuss this dual energy challenge and ExxonMobil’s Outlook for Energy, which provides a projection of energy demand through 2040, and the outlook on the pursuit of a 2 degree C pathway. Linda will also discuss what ExxonMobil is doing to play its part in addressing the dual challenge.


Ms. DuCharme joined Exxon Company U.S.A. in 1986 after graduating from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering.  She spent her early career gaining experience in engineering and project management for production operations in the Gulf of Mexico and subsequently had assignments in the U.S. and Europe to gain experience in business development and marketing. In 2011, Ms. DuCharme transferred to London, England as Director of ExxonMobil International Limited for Europe, Russia and Caspian.  She then assumed the role of Vice President of Americas, Africa and Asia Pacific New Markets in 2015.  In August 2016, Ms. DuCharme was appointed President of ExxonMobil Global Services Company. Effective April 2019, Ms. DuCharme was appointed President of ExxonMobil Upstream Integrated Solutions Company and a Vice President of Exxon Mobil Corporation. Active in Houston area philanthropy, Ms. DuCharme serves on the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Board and the Executive Advisory Board for Houston Minority Supplier Development Council. Ms. DuCharme is married and has two sons.

Professional Development Session: Where There’s Smoke: Managing the Fires of Today’s Distressed Energy Environment

Topic: Where There’s Smoke: Managing the Fires of Today’s Distressed Energy Environment


  • Today’s distressed environment and what it means for you
  • Identifying the warning signs of problems ahead and taking action to ready your organization
  • Managing key stakeholders and board members to drive alignment and improved performance


  • Wade StubblefieldManaging Director (Corporate Performance Improvement), Alvarez & Marsal
  • Seth Bullock, Managing Director (North American Commercial Restructuring), Alvarez & Marsal
  • Duston McFaul, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP

Moderator: Deb Cash, Managing Director (Corporate Performance Improvement), Alvarez & Marsal

Wade Stubblefield

Wade Stubblefield is a Managing Director with Alvarez & Marsal Corporate Performance Improvement in Houston. He specializes in addressing corporate finance and accounting related issues, primarily in the energy industry. 
With 30 years of experience, Mr. Stubblefield’s primary areas of focus include addressing technical accounting matters, providing expert-level SEC reporting assistance, acquisition due diligence, financial modeling, business plan development, budgeting, forecasting, cash management, accounting process improvement and financial restructuring assistance. He brings interim management experience, having served at various times as the Chief Financial Officer, Chief Accounting Officer and Chief Restructuring Officer. His experience includes time spent in public accounting, in industry roles and as a consultant, providing a unique viewpoint to address client needs. Mr. Stubblefield earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Texas A&M University. He is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Texas.

Seth Bullock


Seth Bullock is a Managing Director with Alvarez & Marsal in Houston, specializing in advising distressed companies, lenders and creditors on both in-court and out-of-court restructurings and turnarounds.  His primary areas of concentration are restructuring, interim management, cost reduction, business plan and strategy development, liquidity management, capital raising and distressed mergers and acquisitions. With more than 20 years of restructuring and distressed investment experience, Mr. Bullock has extensive experience across the energy spectrum, including E&P, oilfield service, biofuel / renewables, power, midstream, refining and marketing. Mr. Bullock earned a BBA in Finance from Loyola University, New Orleans, and is a CFA Charterholder.

Duston McFaul


As a local practice leader in Texas of Sidley’s global restructuring group, Duston’s practice involves representing debtors, lenders/creditors, sponsors, boards and buyers in all aspects of Chapter 11 cases, out-of-court restructurings and transaction strategies. In addition, he has prosecuted and defended a full array of matters based upon alleged business torts, claim priority, valuation, fraudulent transfer, lifting of stay, rejection/assumption, conversion, cramdown, fiduciary duties and challenges to commercial transactions.  Noting his “reputation as a thoughtful and creative problem solver,” Duston is included in Chambers USA for his Bankruptcy/Restructuring Law practice (2013–2019). Chambers USA also highlights “his well-earned reputation as a strong presence in bankruptcy litigation,” and notes that Duston is “valued by clients for his work ethic and excellent grasp of the financial aspects of situations…and praised by clients for his great guidance and insights in negotiations.” Duston also is recognized by The Legal 500 US in the area of Corporate Restructuring (2013–2019) and by The Best Lawyers in America in the categories of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights (2010–2020) and Litigation — Bankruptcy (2011–2020), and was selected as a Texas Super Lawyer (2013, 2017–2019), and “Top Lawyers” by Houstonia (2018–2020).  

He was a Keeton Fellow and has recently been active in public matters such as Legacy Reserves, M&G Chemicals, EMAS Subsea, Preferred Sands, O’Benco, Rex Energy, Bristow Group, Shoreline Energy, Southcross Holdings, Vanguard Resources, Key Energy Services, C&J Energy, Mossi & Ghisolfi, Ultra Petroleum, Miller Energy Resources, Linn/Berry Petroleum, Trinity River Resources, Exploration Partners, CHC, Black Elk Resources, Buccaneer Resources, New Gulf, and Hanjin Shipping, as well as leading dozens of private restructurings in the energy sector. Duston also serves as the Houston Chair of a firm-wide administrative committee.

Duston and his family live in Houston, and he enjoys trying to keep up with the active sports schedules of his three children.

Debra Cash


Debra Cash, a Managing Director with Alvarez & Marsal, specializes in corporate finance, financial reporting, accounting remediation and accounting-related business process improvements primarily in the Energy Industry. With more than 30 years of experience, Ms. Cash’s primary area of focus includes financial and management reporting, planning and budgeting, accounting remediation, finance back office process improvement and internal controls. She brings interim management experience, having served as a CFO for a number of companies. Ms. Cash earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Northern Illinois University. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the state of Texas. She is also a member of the Financial Executives International and the Texas Society of CPAs.

More information to come 

4:00 PM – Beat the Traffic Social
4:30 PM - Professional Development Session Speaker 
5:30 PM - Social Hour
6:30 PM - Dinner & Presentation

We would like to thank our Platinum Strategic Partner for the Professional Development Session: 

Thank you to our Gold Strategic Partner:

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Prospective Members must be submitted via the form link. All forms must be submitted for approval by the membership committee by 5:00 pm on the Wednesday before the meeting. Once approved, FEI will register prospects and inform the member or sponsor contact that the prospect has been approved to attend. This is applicable to anyone bringing a prospective member.

CPE Credit is offered for the PD Session and the Dinner Presentation.  One (1) hour of CPE is offered for each program.  There is not pre-requisite preparation or experience required.

If you have not already done so, please register by 5:00 p.m. Friday, February 14, 2019
Please note that no shows will be invoiced $50.