Oil & Gas Industry Veteran, Writer
Robert L. (Bob) Cavnar is a 30-plus year veteran of the oil and gas industry with deep experience in business start-ups, turn-arounds, and management of oil and gas companies, following a personal commitment to corporate responsibility, environmental leadership, and safe operations. He is also Founder and Editor of The Daily Hurricane, a blog devoted to discussions of issues around energy, environment, health, science, education, current affairs, and politics. He is a regular commentator on national networks and cable television as well as in newspapers, bringing his unique perspective and experience to discussions on energy, environment, and politics. Mr. Cavnar is also a featured blogger on Huffington Post. He has written extensively on global and national energy policy, environment and climate change, our faltering healthcare system, and party politics, and was named by Newsweek as “Trending Up” in its Who Can You Trust, Oil Spill Edition series in June 2010. Mr. Cavnar is author of Disaster on the Horizon: High Stakes, High Risks, and the Story Behind the Deepwater Well Blowout, a behind-the-scenes investigative look at the worst oil well accident in US history, taking readers inside the disaster, exposing the decisions leading up to the blowout and the immediate aftermath. Disaster on the Horizon was recognized with the Silver Award from ForeWord Reviews for Book of the Year 2010 in the Environment category.
Mr. Cavnar’s business career has included senior leadership positions in both public and private companies. He is currently Chief Executive Officer of Luca Technologies Inc., a clean energy company that uses biotechnology to create and sustainably produce natural gas, based in Golden, Colorado. Prior to joining Luca, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Milagro Exploration, a large, privately held oil and gas exploration firm based in Houston, Texas with operations along the Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi Gulf Coast as well as the offshore Gulf of Mexico. Under Mr. Cavnar, Milagro grew to 250 Bcfe of proved oil and gas reserves and over 800 active wells. Prior to Milagro, he served as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mission Resources until August of 2005, when it was successfully merged with a larger energy company. During his tenure at Mission, Mr. Cavnar led the recovery of the company’s financial strength and prominence within the independent oil and gas industry. Prior to Mission, Mr. Cavnar held management positions in both large and small companies, and spent his early career in the oil field gaining operations experience on drilling rigs, pipelines and in gas processing plants.
Mr. Cavnar holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Southern Methodist University, a Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Michigan University, and completed the Program for Management Development at the Harvard Business School.
He is currently on the Board of Trustees for KIPP Houston, a national charter school program, as well as a member of the Board of Directors for the Center for National Policy in Washington, D.C. Mr. Cavnar is Senior Chairman of the Board of the Houston Grand Opera and co-founder of Recipe for Success Foundation, dedicated to fighting childhood obesity.
Founder, President & CEO-Recipe for Success Foundation
A 1998 story about vending machines in schools changed Gracie’s life forever. Her curiosity peeked; she spent years peeling back the marketing veneer and plowing through scientific research to discover the breathtaking affect that industrial food has had on our nation’s health and well being. She created the Recipe for Success Foundation (RFS) in 2005 to combat childhood obesity by changing the way children understand, appreciate and eat their food. Gracie donates her time as the CEO of Recipe for Success Foundation and continues to write.
In just five years RFS has worked with 16,000+ children; is the largest initiative of its kind in the country; and has attracted attention from many activists, the White House and national press. Her Seed-to-Plate Nutrition Education™ program is in high demand and RFS is preparing a new e-learning site to train and certify S2P instructors as the platform to take these proven tactics to scale nationally.
Gracie’s work with Recipe for Success has been recognized with numerous regional and national awards, including: Dr. Mehmet Oz and HealthCorps Foundation: “Significant Contribution to the Health and Wellbeing of American Youth;” The Houston Junior Forum 2008 “Shining Star Award,” Macy’s and the Houston Chronicle 36th annual “SAVVY Award,” Mayor’s “Volunteer Houston” award, “President’s Volunteer Service Gold Award” 2008, L’Oreal Paris 2008 “Woman of Worth,” Houston 2009 “Woman of Distinction,” Harlequin Publishing 2010 “More Than Words Award,” The 2010 Glynwood Harvest “Good Food for Health Award,” Houston’s 50 Most Influential Women, Texas Medical Association Foundation 2011 “Houston Health Leader,” Self Magazine 2011 “Women Doing Good,” Longines/Town&Country Magazine 2011 “Women Who Make a Difference.”
Her first children’s book, “Eat It! Food Adventures with Marco Polo” will be available in late 2011. A combination adventure story and cookbook for 8-12 year olds, it celebrates the cultures and food traditions along the old Silk Road.