Meet the Pointlogic Team

Randy Rischard – President

Randy started his career in energy more than 25 years ago working first for Williams and then ONEOK. He was previously Vice President of Data and Analysis for Energy Central, where he built a line of interactive, integrated energy data and analysis products for North American power generation and transmission. Prior to that he was Director of SNL Energy, a division of SNL Financial (now S&P Global) created with SNL’s acquisition of Io Energy – an energy information company Randy founded and ran as President and CEO. Prior to Io Energy, Randy was Global Publisher of Financial Times Energy, a global energy information company acquired by S&P Global Platts in 2001, where he founded several of today’s leading market intelligence products.

Luke Larsen – Vice President, Midstream

Luke has been in the energy industry for more than 20 years. He began his career with an Omaha-based company called PSI Gas Marketing which would soon become Aquila Gas Marketing. Luke held various responsibilities throughout his tenured career with Aquila Gas as a Gas Pipeline Accountant, NGL Production Accountant, Eastern Operations Manager, Gulf Coast Marketer and eventually becoming Vice President of Eastern Region managing 100% of the physical and financial risk of the third largest marketing company in the country. After several successful years in the private sector, Luke joined PointLogic, formerly LCI Energy Insight, in 2001.

Charles Nevle – Vice President, Supply

Charles’s energy experience spans 20 years with a special emphasis on risk management, financial modeling, and fundamental market analysis. He’s held roles managing analytics with NiSource and Boardwalk Pipeline and with Bentek Energy’s consulting group. Charles leads the PointLogic natural gas and oil production team. Charles spent several years as a CPA with Ernst & Young in their advisory and litigation consulting groups and is a former Marine.

Brian Stephenson – Vice President, Sales

Brian has 25 years of successful energy industry experience, primarily focused on the natural gas, power, NGL and crude oil commodity markets. Previously, Brian held the positions of Vice President, Sales for Wood Mackenzie Inc. and Director of Sales for Bentek Energy. He holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Houston.

Jack Weixel – Vice President, Demand

Prior to joining PointLogic, Jack was a director for Bentek Energy, managing its North American Natural Gas, European Gas, and GIS business units in addition to serving on the company’s Senior Leadership Team.  He previously led Bentek’s Client Services division along with the company’s Midcontinent and Canadian natural gas desks. Jack is also the architect and creator of Bentek’s original Energy Analytic reports including the Supply Demand, Power Burn and Industrial End Users daily report series. Before joining Bentek in 2006, Jack spent seven years as a senior energy regulatory consultant for the EOP Group, Inc. in Washington, DC. He holds a Master in Business Administration from George Washington University.

Tina Hoang – Director, Client Services

Prior to joining PointLogic, Tina was a successful Client Relationship Manager for Globalview Software and handled many large accounts, such as Citgo, Anadarko, and Chevron. Previously, as a Market Analyst with Thompson Reuters on the weather/natural gas team, Tina put to use her wide understanding of the commodity industry, even developing an ag weather dashboard that is still in use. Tina received her Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut.

Warren Waite – Associate Director, Energy Research and Analysis

Warren joins PointLogic with 16 years of energy experience focused on the physical natural gas markets throughout North America. At PointLogic, he manages their Northeast content and analysis, pipeline flow data in addition to assisting on market outlooks and product development. Previously, Warren was Manager of North America Gas & Power Content for Bentek Energy and Platts. Warren has also held various front office positions in Houston and Chicago with a handful of natural gas trading companies. Those roles focused on gas operations, trading, portfolio management and the valuation of transport, storage and asset management arrangements. Warren graduated from Texas Tech University and holds an Energy Risk Professional designation from the Global Association of Risk Professionals.

Robert Applegate, PhD – Associate Director, Natural Gas and NGL Analysis

Robert comes to PointLogic from Bentek Energy, where he developed and implemented mathematical models to guide market decisions around natural gas and natural gas liquids in North America. In addition, he performed market analysis and forecasting for fundamental natural gas liquids markets. Prior to his work in the energy space, Robert served on the Board of Directors, scientific advisory boards, as principal investigator and directed research efforts for more than 10 start-up biotechnology companies. Robert completed a postdoctoral position at Los Alamos National Laboratory and holds a PhD in Applied Physics from the Colorado School of Mines.

Rishi Iyegnar – Senior Analyst, Natural Gas Supply

Prior to joining PointLogic, Rishi worked on data analytics consulting engagements with utilities and ISO’s. Previously, he was a research analyst with the North American gas market forecasting team at ICF International. Rishi holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Callie Kolbe – Associate Director, Energy Research and Analysis

Callie joins OPIS PointLogic from Bentek Energy, where she provided in depth analysis to clients in the natural gas industry in North America. In her current role at OPIS PointLogic, Callie develops and manages economic models to guide market decisions around natural gas. In addition, she focuses on forecasting storage inventory levels and provides market analysis on regional dynamics. Prior to her work in the economic modelling space, Callie served as an international policy analyst for General Electric in Washington, DC and focused her research on export credit agencies. Callie holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs from Tufts University and a Master of Science in Mineral and Energy Economics from the Colorado School of Mines.

Alan Lammey – Senior Markets Analyst

Alan is a well-known U.S. energy markets analyst with more than 16 years of experience. Alan developed a keen interest for the energy commodity markets in the mid-1990’s, where he honed his analytical skills on the fundamental and technical aspects of the oil and natural gas markets (both physical and financial), as well as mastered various forms of risk management. He also has an extensive background in energy-focused weather forecasting. Alan has written thousands of natural gas market analysis reports and white papers that have been published in many renowned energy industry publications in the United States and around the world.

Kevin Adler – Editorial Director

Kevin joined PointLogic Energy after leading the biofuels editorial team at OPIS, the parent company of PointLogic Energy. He began covering the energy industry in 1986, has launched publications and workshops, and won a national award for his analysis of passenger car fuel efficiency trends. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and English from Oberlin College and a Master of Business Administration from Columbia University.

Annalisa Kraft – Senior Oil and Gas Reporter

Annalisa has been working for PointLogic Energy since May 2014 and has written more than 1,500 articles since then. She has also been a featured contributor to AOL DailyFinance, contributor to the Motley Fool and editor/contributor for among other publications. Before starting her career as a writer, she was a staff photojournalist at The Washington Post and the Cincinnati Enquirer and photographed for many Fortune 500 corporations and freelanced for Agence France-Presse on the White House rotation.

Blanka Lieskovsky – Senior Energy Analyst

Blanka has over seven years’ experience in analyzing natural gas industry and energy markets. Prior to joining PointLogic Energy, she worked as an energy analyst for Bentek Energy in the Southeast and Northeast regional market groups. Blanka’s principal responsibilities are tracking and reporting on North American natural gas infrastructure. She holds a Master of Science from Komensky University in Bratislava, Slovakia.

Pete Staaf – Senior Project Manager

Pete has more than 15 years’ experience in energy market fundamentals, sales and account management and is responsible for coordinating product development for PointLogic Energy. He has held positions at Pace Global Energy Services in Fairfax, Virginia and SNL Energy in Charlottesville, Virginia focused on power market data analysis, business development and account management with an emphasis on the power, coal and natural gas industry. Pete received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics in 2000 from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.