We are delighted
that once again Matt Simmons has agreed to introduce our annual
program with his highly detailed and insightful review and summation
of the state of the industry. It is always an honor to have Matt
talk to the Section and this is one presentation you should not
Simmons is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Simmons &
Company International, a specialized energy investment banking firm.
The firm has guided its broad client base to complete over 500 investment
banking projects at a combined dollar value of approximately $58
Simmons was raised in Kaysville, Utah. He graduated cum laude from
the University of Utah and received an MBA with Distinction from
Harvard Business School. He served on the faculty of Harvard Business
School as a Research Associate for two years and was a doctoral
Simmons founded Simmons & Company International in 1974. Over
the past 28 years, the firm has played a leading role in assisting
its energy client companies in executing a wide range of financial
transactions from mergers and acquisitions to private and public
the firm has approximately 130 employees and enjoys a leading role
as one of the largest energy investment banking groups in the world.
Its offices are in Houston, Texas, London, England, Boston, Massachusetts
and Aberdeen, Scotland.
Simmons is a Trustee of The Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine.
He serves on the Board of Directors of Kerr-McGee Corporation (Oklahoma
City), Brown-Forman Corporation, The Atlantic Council of the United
States (Washington D.C.), The Initiative for a Competitive Inner
City (Boston), Houston Technology Center (Houston) and the Center
for Houston’s Future (Houston). He is also on The University
of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Foundation Board of Visitors
(Houston), is a Charter Member of the University of Houston National
Advisory Council (Houston) and a Trustee of the Bermuda Biological
Station for Research. In addition, he is past Chairman of the National
Ocean Industry Association. He serves on the Board of Directors
of the Associates of Harvard Business School and is a past President
of the Harvard Business School Alumni Association and a former member
of the Visiting Committee of Harvard Business School. He is a member
of The Council on Foreign Relations and The Advisory Council of
the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Simmons’ papers and presentations are regularly published
in a variety of journals and publications including World Oil, Oil
and Gas Journal, Petroleum Engineers, Offshore and Oil & Gas
Investors. He is married and has five daughters. His hobbies include
watercolors, cooking, travel and reading.