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Kevin Carpenter | Founder & President

As the Founder and Chairman of K Carpenter Associates (KCA), Kevin established a consultancy that has quickly grown into a team of expert professionals serving our Energy, Technology, and Legal clients.

Prior to KCA, Kevin worked for 18 years at Conoco in various Downstream and Commercial positions, designing new devices, methods, and processes to improve activities from laboratory analysis to product blending, to Crude and Light Oil contract and scheduling enhancements. These enhancements have generated hundreds of millions of dollars over the years with some solutions remaining in place 13 years later. (He is the lead on a Conoco patent for “transaction processing systems to facilitate the commercial support activities associated with the buying and selling of commodity products”.) Mr. Carpenter was also the Technology lead and Chief Operating Officer at Decision Strategies (DSI) supporting Energy, Technology, and Pharmaceutical clients.

During his 14 years as a professional consultant, Kevin has provided expert consultation to Executive and Business Unit leaders, leading strategic projects for major integrated oil companies and many mid-sized and service companies in the development of their business strategies, investment and operating plans, emerging energy and carbon compliance strategies, capital development plans, new product development, portfolio optimization and market entry programs, governance strategies, and technology development programs. His guidance has generated billions of dollars for his clients in new opportunities and improved approaches to their challenges.

Kevin’s creative approach to addressing analytical challenges has led to multiple inventions of complex analysis techniques which have been shared with hundreds of portfolio and modeling professionals. He has taught thousands of students in the principles of stochastic project development and mentored dozens of professionals in developing their expertise.

David Skinner | Chief Executive Officer

David is the Chief Executive Officer of K Carpenter Associates, a market-leading consulting firm specializing in Energy and Technology. Prior to this position Mr. Skinner was the Co-Founder and Chairman of Energy Water Solutions (EWS), an oilfield services company focused on providing economical produced water treatment solutions to the oil and gas industry.

Mr. Skinner was also the Founder and CEO at Decision Strategies (DSI), a high-end strategy consulting firm specializing in the Energy, Technology, and Pharmaceutical industries. At DSI, Mr. Skinner worked with Global 1000 boards and executive teams to create game changing strategies, identify new market entries, and evaluate options for significant growth resulting in over $400 billion worth of projects and transactions.

David is an internationally known and invited lecturer and author of the best selling book “Introduction to Decision Analysis” now in its third edition. On the faculty of Rice University since 2004, Mr. Skinner teaches strategy and decision-making at the Jones School in the Executive MBA program. Through this teaching position Mr. Skinner has helped over 15 student-led companies get started, acquired or merged.



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