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Legendary Notre Dame Coach Lou Holtz Named As Keynote Speaker For 2016 Williston Basin Petroleum Conference


Bismarck, N.D. – Legendary Notre Dame coach Lou Holtz will address attendees of the 2016 Williston Basin Petroleum Conference on May 26, 2016 at the Bismarck Civic Center in Bismarck, ND.

Deemed the "master of the turnaround," Holtz built his career by inspiring his players and enhancing their performance to take them from the bottom to being winners. Today, Holtz motivates others by sharing his leadership experience and lessons learned to help others become the leaders needed to guide their employees and companies to success, even in difficult times.

The 24th Annual Williston Basin Petroleum Conference is set for May 24-26 and will bring together leaders in the petroleum industry to review the latest in innovative technologies for unconventional recovery, learn from technical and regulatory experts, and receive updates on state and federal regulations. Registration for the conference opened at 9:30 a.m. CST on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at

More than two dozen industry leaders are confirmed to speak at the event, including several Bakken CEOs, presidents and vice presidents who will discuss Bakken markets and activity, U.S. oil exports, efficiencies in production and operations, and the outlook for global oil supply and demand. Featured speakers include:

• Harold Hamm, President and CEO, Continental Resources

• Don Hrap, President of Lower 48, ConocoPhillips

• Jim Volker, Chairman, President and CEO, Whiting Petroleum Corp.

• Rick Muncrief, President and CEO, WPX Energy

• Gerbert Schoonman, Vice President of Onshore Bakken, Hess Corp.

In addition to technical talks and presentations, the WBPC features more than 500 indoor and outdoor booths, making it the largest Bakken expo in the nation. When the conference was held in Bismarck in 2012 and 2014, booths sold out within minutes of registering. More than 4,250 people from 49 U.S. states, seven Canadian provinces and nine countries registered for the event in 2014.

The conference alternates between North Dakota and Saskatchewan, Canada every other year and is sponsored by the North Dakota Petroleum Council, North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources and Government of Saskatchewan Ministry of the Economy. For more information and to register, visit


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