Leadership at the Maguire Energy Institute

Leadership Team

Bruce Bullock, Director Bruce Bullock

Bruce Bullock, Director

Bruce Bullock serves as director of the Maguire Energy Institute, where he oversees the study of management, marketing and policy issues related to the energy industry. He frequently provides expertise on oil, gas and other energy industries. He and the Institute play a key role in the Texas-based Gulf Project initiative, and he has been quoted frequently on issues related to the Gulf oil spill.

Xavier Tison, Director of Energy Innovation

Xavier Tison is the Director of Energy Innovation at the Institute, joining in 2021 after a twenty-year career in the energy industry. Tison has an MBA from the Cox School of Business and both a Masters and a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from SMU Lyle School of Engineering. Xavier's global experience in the energy sector, as well as his entrepreneurial drive make him an ideal ambassador for Cox, the Institute, and students.

Kumar Venkataraman

Kumar Venkataraman, Academic Director

The James M. Collins Chair in Finance and Cary M. Maguire Chair of Oil and Gas Management, Dr. Venkataraman is the recipient of university-wide awards for excellence in both teaching and research. He has published internationally, with bylines in the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Business Week and beyond, and has worked on government consulting projects and served as expert witness in litigation involving trading strategies and price manipulation.

Advisory Board

The Maguire Energy Institute encourages the study of management, marketing, and policy issues related to the energy industry.

The Institute is guided by a multi-disciplinary Board of Advisors who provide input and support for the the Institute's programs, curricula and annual agenda.

Advisory Board Members

  • Bobby B. Lyle, Chairman, Board of Advisors, Chairman, President and CEO, Lyco Holdings Incorporated
  • Greg L. Armstrong, Chairman and CEO, Plains All American Pipeline, Inc.
  • Renato T. Bertani, President and CEO, Barra Energia
  • Rhys J. Best, CEO and Chairman, Lone Star Technologies, Retired
  • Pat S. Bolin, Executive Chairman, Eagle Oil & Gas Co.
  • W. Bruce Bullock, Director, Maguire Energy Institute, SMU Cox School of Business
  • Karl R. Butler, President and CEO, ICC Energy Corporation 
  • Josh Camp, President and CEO, Perpetual Production LLC
  • Victor G. Carrillo, Executive Director, Professional Responsibility & Government Relations at International Leadership of Texas
  • William A. Custard, President of Dallas Production Company Inc., Pitts Energy Group
  • Steve Estes, Partner at US Advisory Lead, KPMG
  • Gary C. Evans, Chairman and CEO, EnergyHunter Resources
  • Michael Friezo, CEO, Friezo Loughrey Oil Well Partners, LLC
  • Amb. Antonio Garza (Retired), Counsel, White & Case, Mexico City
  • James A. Gibbs, Chairman, Five States Energy Company, L.L.C.
  • Forrest E. Hoglund, President, Hoglund Interests 
  • Matt Hornbach, Professor of Geophysics, SMU Huffington Dept. of Earth Sciences
  • Albert Hrubetz, President, Hrubetz Oil Company
  • Will Hundley, Vice President, BOK Financial Securities
  • Ray L. Hunt, Chairman, President and CEO, Hunt Consolidated, Inc.
  • Bill Keffer, Professor of Practice and Director of Energy Law, Texas Tech University of Law
  • Michael LaMotte, Senior Management Director, Investment Banking, Guggenheim Partners
  • Kyle Miller, President and CEO, Silver Hill Energy Partners
  • Patrick M. Murray, CEO, Dresser Inc., Retired
  • Matthew Myers, Dean, SMU Cox School of Business
  • Erle A. Nye, Chairman Emeritus, TXU Corporation
  • Joseph Omoworare, Managing Director, Duff & Phelps, LLC
  • Timothy Perry, Managing Partner, Credit Suisse
  • Bryan Sheffield, Managing Partner, Formentera Partners
  • Scott D. Sheffield, Chairman and CEO, Pioneer Natural Resources Company
  • Jeff Shorter, VP of Corporate Development, Gridliance
  • Julio Tamacas, Treasurer, ExxonMobil Exploration Company
  • Xavier Tison, Associate Director, Maguire Energy Institute, SMU Cox School of Business
  • Kumar Venkataraman, James M. Collins Chair in Finance, SMU Cox School of Business
  • Bernard L. Weinstein, Associate Director, Maguire Energy Institute, SMU Cox School of Business
  • James K. Wicklund, Managing Director, Credit Suisse
  • George M. Yates, Chairman and CEO, Heyco Energy Group