Featured Speakers

Jonathan Weisgall • Featured Speaker
Berkshire Hathaway Energy

Jonathan is is Vice President for Government Relations for Berkshire Hathaway Energy Company, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway. He joined CalEnergy (Berkshire Hathaway Energy’s predecessor company) in 1993 as Vice President for Legislative and Regulatory Affairs.

Weisgall also serves as Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Directors of the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies and vice president of the Geothermal Energy Association. He is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center, where he has taught a seminar on energy issues since 1990 and recently received the Charles Fahy Distinguished Adjunct Professor Award as outstanding adjunct professor of the year. He has also guest lectured on energy issues at Stanford Law School, Haverford, and the Johns Hopkins Environmental Science and Policy Program. He has been named one of the top Washington, DC corporate lobbyists by The Hill since 2004.

Weisgall graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Columbia College and from Stanford Law School. He previously practiced law in Washington, D.C. at Covington & Burling, has written several law review articles and has published articles in Legal Times, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Foreign Policy, SAIS Review, and The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

Landon Stropko • Featured Speaker

Landon Stropko chairs the energy and environment practice group at Invariant, a government relations firm based in Washington, DC.  Prior to joining Invariant, Landon served as legislative director for Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY).  Before that, he served as the Washington, DC chief of staff and legislative director for Representative Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) while also running the 50-member Congressional Western Caucus in the House of Representatives.  Earlier in his career, Landon served as legislative assistant for Representative Barbara Cubin (R-WY).  Landon holds a juris doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Wyoming.

Richard Horner • Featured Speaker
University of Wyoming

Richard joined UW in March 2014, as Engineering Tier-1 Program Coordinator, responsible for liaising with internal UW and external stakeholders – including the Wyoming Governor’s Energy, Engineering, STEM Integration Task Force. Working with the Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science, Richard’s activities involved strategy crafting and the delivery of plans to elevate the College of Engineering & Applied Science at UW into a world class premier center of learning in select areas of education and research that impacts the State of Wyoming.

In July 2015, Richard moved to the School of Energy resources to occupy the position of Deputy Director of Emerging Projects and Technology. One of the key initiatives that he is leading is the scoping and development of a distinguished carbon engineering and applied science research and technology development program. The focus of this endeavor is to investigate the conversion of coal into engineered products that command price premiums beyond the BTU value.

Before joining UW, Richard was Technology Management consultant for Saudi Aramco – the National oil company of Saudi Arabia. As an advisor to Corporate Executives, General Managers and business leaders, he participated regularly in high level dialogues that focused upon research, technology and the future of energy. Before this, he was the first appointed Downstream and Strategic Research Director for Saudi Aramco.