Robert l. read, jr
distinguished lecturer series


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Keynote Speaker

CEA is the latest venture of Mark Mathis who has spent most of his career challenging widely accepted ideas that are simply untrue. Mark has written, produced and directed two documentary films on energy. In Fractured, Mark explained how language is used to dangerously deceive us about the most essential component to the function of the modern world—energy. In spOILed, he examined the public’s ignorance of the central role oil plays in our lives. spOILed was shown theatrically in dozens of cities across the United States. Mark conducted Q&A sessions with audiences at the conclusion of more than 180 shows. Before becoming a documentary filmmaker Mark was a TV news anchor/reporter, media consultant/trainer and talk radio host. Mark founded the energy education non-profit Citizens Alliance for Responsible Energy and testified before Congress on the dangers of anti-energy extremist groups that same year. Over the past 20 years Mark has been a keynote speaker for many dozens of organizations from the National Football League to the Independent Petroleum Association of America to the Saudi Research and Marketing’s International Speakers Program. Mark is the author of Feeding the Media Beast (Purdue University Press), published in the U.S., India, China, Russia and Korea.

Mark Mathis is not your typical conference speaker. He brings the same kind of contrarian thinking and incisive analysis that you see in his films to every live event. His unconventional, entertaining, yet highly-informative presentations have made him a favorite, especially in the energy sector. Mark has been a keynote speaker for dozens of organizations over the past 20 years, including the National Football League, Saudi Arabia’s International Speaker Program, the Independent Petroleum Association of America, American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers, as well as state oil & gas organizations (CIPA, COGA, COPAS, IPANM, KIOGA, LAGCOE, MPA, NADOA, NMOGA, OOGA, PBLA, Shale Insight, UAPL, WEA, WSPA) and others. Many of the organizations that have invited Mark to speak at their conferences have invited him back in succeeding years.