Carlsbad Mayor’s Energy Summit Speaker Bios

Meet Our Speakers

Garrey Carruthers is the former 27th Governor of New Mexico and former Chancellor of New Mexico State University.  He also previously served as special assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture from, director of the New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute at NMSU, state chair of the Republican Party of New Mexico, and United States Deputy Secretary of the Interior for Land and Resources from 1981 to 1984

Billy Munn is the Private Equity Investments Manager for Mack Energy Corporation, having first joined the company in 2004. Prior to joining Mack, he was president of the Retex Gas Marketing division at Tom Brown, Inc. At Holly Corp., Mr. Munn was manager of gas supplies for its refineries. Munn attended the University of Texas on a golf scholarship in 1960.

Rick Cannon began his career with ExxonMobil as a reservoir surveillance engineer for assets in the Gulf of Mexico. He has held engineering, operations, and management positions in locations including New Orleans, Houston, Alaska, Australia, and Norway. Rick joined XTO in 2013 as an operations manager overseeing the company’s Haynesville shale assets. In late 2016, he relocated to Calgary, Alberta, to lead the Western Canada division where he oversaw the development of the corporation’s assets in the Duvernay and Montney. His team also supported Imperial Oil’s drilling operations in Western Canada.

In his current role as the production manager for the Delaware Basin, Rick is responsible for the safe and responsible operation of XTO Energy’s assets in the basin.  His move to Carlsbad highlights the importance of the Delaware Basin to XTO Energy’s growth and demonstrates a long-term commitment and investment in Eddy County. Number of years with ExxonMobil: 24

Rick and his wife Becka have three boys, Jake (10), Grant, (12), and Trace (14).

Rick Cannon was born in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Alabama.

Vicki Hollub has been the president and CEO of Occidental Petroleum since April 2016, when she became the first woman heading a major American oil company. She attended the University of Alabama, where in 1981 she earned a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in mineral engineering with a concentration in fuels and mineral resources. Hollub was also in the 2016 class of Distinguished Engineering Fellows from the University of Alabama College of Engineering.

Babatunde Cole is President and General Manager of New Mexico Business Unit, Permian Resources, Occidental Oil and Gas Corporation, a subsidiary of Occidental. In this role, he oversees the development and production of unconventional reservoirs in the Delaware Basin in New Mexico, where he is responsible for improving operational excellence and accelerating the growth of those assets.

Mr. Cole has more than a decade of industry experience. He previously served as Asset Director for Permian Resources in New Mexico, managing business processes and asset lifecycle integrity. Mr. Cole also has served as Planning Manager for Occidental’s Permian Resources, developing short- and long-term business and growth plans. Before joining Occidental in 2012, he held various reservoir engineering roles of increasing responsibility with Imperial Oil and ExxonMobil in Canada, where he worked onshore and offshore oil and gas assets.

Mr. Cole holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science from Western University in Ontario, and a Master of Science in Finance from the University of Houston.

Timothy L. Parker, M.S., P.E., is the District Two Engineer for the New Mexico Department of Transportation.Tim brings 26 years’ of diverse experience to SENM. Prior to his move back to SENM, he was appointed as the District 3 ABQ Metro District Engineer by then Cabinet Secretary Tom Church in April 2015.  There he served nearly half the state’s population and 58% of the state’s elected officials.

 Tim’s current District is the largest of the 6 NMDOT Districts. He is responsible for 336 full time employees and his District serves 133 communities while maintaining 7,750 lane miles (nearly ¼ of the state’s road network).  District 2 has the most four lane miles in New Mexico and has no interstate highways (unlike the other 5 Districts within the state).

 Tim has notable projects under his belt including the Denver Airport project, ExxonMobil corporate hangar, Love Field Dallas, the Pantex Nuclear Weapons Plant outside of Amarillo.  Most recently he was District Engineer for the $94M Paseo del Norte design-build interchange project in Albuquerque, which received numerous industry awards, as well as the current top project in the state, the $145M US 285 project south of Loving.  He will also lead the $300M State funded roadway investment in Eddy and Lea Counties with the upcoming NM 31/NM 128 design-build project.

 He is a graduate of Roswell High and Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and Masters in Environmental Engineering.  He is a licensed professional Civil Engineer in Texas and New Mexico as well as a licensed general contractor in New Mexico.

Allen Davis has been serving as the Eddy County Manager since September 1, 2019.  Prior to taking this role, Allen had retired from the oil and gas industry after 37 years where he worked in various roles and responsibilities in New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, California and Australia.  During his time in the oil and gas industry he had the opportunity to travel around the world to multiple locations reviewing operational effectiveness and performance.  Allen and his family moved to Carlsbad four years ago.  As part of his role before retiring, Allen had the opportunity to be involved with several community leaders and organizations which have proven beneficial as he works to direct County efforts in his role as County Manager.