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YPE Houston Leadership

Young Professionals in Energy (YPE) is a non-profit organization with more than 12,000 members in its Houston Chapter. By providing a forum for networking and career development through social, educational and civic service opportunities, YPE aims to facilitate the advancement of young professionals in the global energy industry.  


Matt Gelotti, Director

Matt is a Vice President in Aon's client development group in Houston. His responsibilities include new client development and daily servicing and account management activities. Prior to his employment with Aon, Matt worked for a regional Houston insurance agency in the same capacity. His experience incudes working with clients in upstream oil and gas, utilities/power, and renewable fuels industries.  

Matt is a graduate of Southwestern University at Georgetown, TX. Prior to his insurance career, Matt was a professional baseball player with the Milwaukee Brewers organization. Matt is a native Houstonian and joined the YPE leadership team in 2007.  

matt.gelotti@aon.com | (832) 476-6609


Stephen C. Morgan, Co-Director, Professional Development

Stephen leads the Business Development team at TransTex Hunter, LLC where he serves as Vice President, a capacity in which he oversees all internal and external business development efforts, along with contractual negotiations for the company.  

Stephen attended Sam Houston State University where he received a B.B.A. in General Business & Management and continues to be active as a Life Member of the Alumni Association and Alumni Chapter Advisor to the Delta Tau Delta Fraternity. 

Stephen is an active member of the Houston Gas Processors Assn., Houston Producers Forum, Pipeliners Assn. of Houston, IPAA Emerging Leaders, and the National Energy Services Assn. His community involvements include serving as the Chairman of the Young Professionals Board at The Houston Club and raising funds to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital along with multiple Men's Cancer Initiatives. Stephen joined the YPE Leadership Team in 2012.  

smorgan@transtexhunter.com | (713) 654 - 4440


Andrew Glisson, Events and Sponsorship

Andrew is a Vice President at Upstream Brokers, a boutique energy insurance firm with offices in Houston and New Orleans. His responsibilities include new business development, contractual negotiations, insurance program implementation, and design. Before joining Upstream in 2013, Andrew served as Assistant Vice President at Aon Risk Solutions.  

Andrew received a B.B.A. in Finance from the University of Memphis and has served on the YPE board since 2011.

He is director of the Houston Chapter of The University of Memphis Alumni Society and serves as board member for the Houston Risk and Insurance Management Society. He has previously served as a board member of the Memphis Depot Business Park and President of the Financial Management Association.



Janet Yang, Treasurer

Janet is currently the Director of Strategic Planning and Analysis at W&T Offshore. Previously, Janet worked as a Senior Research Analyst for BlackGold Capital Management, a long/short energy hedge fund. She has also worked as an Energy Investment Banking Analyst for Raymond James & Associates and as a Real Time Power Trader for Allegheny Energy.  

Janet earned a B.A. in Economics from Rice University and an M.B.A. in Finance, Entrepreneurship and Accounting from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Janet is a native Houstonian, and she joined the YPE leadership team in 2010.  


Ashley Sloan, Community Outreach

Ashley Sloan is a Vice President at Cadence Bank, where she specializes in lending to corporate E&P and energy service companies. Cadence Bank is a wholly owned subsidiary of Community Bancorp, LLC, a bank holding company established to acquire, stabilize and operate failed or distressed U.S. banks. Prior to Cadence, she worked at Amegy Bank where she managed a portfolio of $315 million in loan commitments. 

Ashley grew up in Dallas and received her B.B.A. in Finance from Southern Methodist University. Ashley's other involvements include, The Junior League of Houston, Candlelighter's and The Women's Finance Exchange. She joined the YPE leadership team in 2011. 



Robin Dupre, Public Relations

With more than a decade of writing experience, Robin Dupre currently serves as Senior Editor and Domestic Conference Director for Offshore magazine, a monthly publication owned by Pennwell. Prior to joining the company in July 2014, Robin served as a senior writer for Rigzone, a position she held since 2008.
Robin attended the University of Texas at Austin where she received a B.J. in Journalism. She is an active member of Women’s Energy Network, Texas Exes Houston Chapter, and joined the YPE leadership team in 2013.



John J. O'Brien, Board Member

John is an investment professional at Pelican Energy Partners.  Pelican is a private equity firm launched in 2013 with a focus on equity investments in the oilfield service and equipment sector.  Prior to Pelican, John spent the last ten years in investment banking between GulfStar and Morgan Keegan, with a primary focus on providing merger, acquisition, private placement and other general advisory services to clients throughout the energy industry. Prior to his career in investment banking, John was a Business Development Analyst with J.B. Poindexter & Co., focusing on supporting all corporate development activities including strategic planning, acquisitions, divestitures, capital structuring and financial management.

John earned a MBA from Texas A&M University, and a BBA in Finance from Northeastern University. 


Niki Roberts, Board Member

Niki is an Associate with Bracewell & Giuliani in Houston, Texas. Prior to joining Bracewell, Niki worked as a Legal Analyst with EnerVest, Ltd. 

Niki graduated from University of Houston Law Center in 2013. She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and Phillips Academy. She earned her certificate in Petroleum Land Management from the University of Houston-Downtown in June 2010. She joined the YPE leadership team in 2009.  


Florian P. Zaragoci, Board Member

Florian is a Strategic Business Analyst for Sodexo, the Worldwide Leader in Quality of Life Services (420,000 employees in 80 countries).

Florian contributes to the business development of Sodexo's Offshore and Marine Gulf of Mexico region by providing solutions that will improve the Quality of Life of offshore workers in platforms, vessels and rigs. Before moving to Houston, he was working from Paris, France on strategic projects in HR, Market Intelligence and Business Development for the Africa, Australia, India and Asia regions. 
Florian attended Montpellier Business School in France where he received in 2006 a Master in International Business and Marketing. In addition to this, he received a Bachelor in Administration at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia.
Florian is ambassador for InterNations Houston, the world's largest global minds and expatriates network with over 900 000 members. The Houston community is composed of 4,000 members from 110 different nationalities and meets several times a month. Florian joined the YPE Leadership team in 2013.
florian.zaragoci@sodexo.com (504) 275- 9358