Team

We are a team focused on providing better data,
better insight and better outcomes for our customers.

We are built on experience, innovation and determination, to solve the most complex water data challenges. You will not find a team more devoted to the pursuit of extraordinary outcomes for the industry. We focus on providing better data, better insight and better outcomes for our customers.

Porter Bennett

Co-Founder & CEO

For over three decades, Porter Bennett has pioneered innovative analytical approaches to understanding the natural gas, crude oil and, most recently, water markets. As Co-Founder of B3, a subsidiary of Ponderosa Advisors, LLC, he leads all strategic company initiatives, delivering data-driven water analytics to the energy and environment sectors. Prior to B3, Mr. Bennett founded BENTEK Energy in 1985, served as CEO, and led the company’s development until 2011 when he sold it to Platts, a division of McGraw Hill Financial.

He holds an MS degree in mineral economics from the Colorado School of Mines, an MA degree in international affairs from Columbia University, and a BA degree in history from Lewis & Clark College.


Kelly Bennett

Co-Founder & President

As Co-Founder and President of B3, Kelly leads the strategic management of the company, delivering data-driven water analytics to the energy and environment sectors. Prior to B3, Kelly started the global energy desk at BENTEK Energy. He built data and analytical tools for international markets and helped foreign IOCs, NOCs, utilities, and hedge funds integrate U.S. oil and gas market fundamentals in their strategy.

Kelly participates in the environmental, economic and policy forums for water, energy, innovation and economic development. He was a member of the Aspen Institute Dialogue Series on Water Data and sits on the Advisory Board for the Internet of Water at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University. Kelly holds a B.S. in Diplomacy and World Affairs from Occidental College.


Eric Aspeitia

Customer Success Manager

As a Customer Success Manager, Eric is responsible for contributing to the growth of B3 Insight by building authentic relationships with customers and driving future development and innovation focused on customer success. He plays a critical role in engaging with customers to ensure a seamless onboarding experience, provide ongoing customer support, and drive customer engagement with B3’s products and services. Eric is the voice of our customers and helps them to become the internal heroes and champions of their companies. Prior to B3, Eric was a Customer Success Manager at Ambyint, a well optimization and automation company serving E&Ps.

Eric served in the US Air Force, 564th Missile Squadron in Great Falls, Montana where he was an Electronic Maintenance Team Chief for Nuclear Mishap Prevention. He has a passion for golf, tennis and travel and…. can solve a Rubik’s cube!


Rob Bruant

Director of Product

As Director of Product, Rob Bruant is responsible for B3’s overall product vision, strategy, and roadmap for the suite of data, information products and solutions. Rob has worked in the energy industry for the past 15 years, beginning at BP, followed by Pioneer Natural Resources. During this time, Rob served in a variety of roles including Strategy Manager, Subsurface Manager, Reservoir Engineer, and Petroleum Systems Analyst. Previously, Rob held positions of Instructor and Research Associate in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Princeton University, focusing on carbon sequestration and groundwater remediation.

Rob received a B.A. in Geosciences from Franklin and Marshall College and a Ph.D. in Hydrology from The University of Arizona. He is currently pursuing a M.B.A. at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. Rob serves on the Board of Directors for the Produced Water Society and the Dallas Section of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE). He is also Membership Chairperson for SPE’s Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Sequestration (CCUS) Technical Section. He is the recipient of SPE's Outstanding Technical Editor, Regional Service, Regional HSSE, Section Service, and Section Engineer of the Year awards. Rob is licensed as a Professional Geoscientist, Professional Hydrologist, and Certified Petroleum Engineer.


Parker Burgess

Software Developer

Parker has a computer science degree and has been developing code for over a decade. What he enjoys most about his position is creating new and innovative projects with the latest technology.


Samantha Fox

Senior Product and Data Analyst

As a Senior Product Analyst, Samantha develops databases and provides in-depth analysis on oilfield water intelligence. With over 15 years of experience building databases in the energy sector, Samantha combines primary analysis of water-related data with research into their legal and regulatory administration. Prior to B3, Samantha was a natural gas and power analyst at BENTEK Energy where she played an integral role in developing a multidimensional data and analysis solution for various energy sectors including commodities prices, international gas markets and steel. Samantha holds a B.S. in Engineering Physics from the Colorado School of Mines.


Michael Gates

Director of Technology

As Director of Technology, Mike provides leadership for the continued development of B3’s innovative, robust, and secure information technology environment. He leads the software development team and is responsible for the architect of the company’s IT systems, in addition to a wide variety of strategic technology issues. Mike has worked in the world of software development and data analysis for almost two decades. Prior to B3, Mike was the Lead Software Developer at BENTEK Energy where he lead the development of the company’s BUD multidimensional analytics system as well as being the lead developer of the company’s Oil and Gas reporting products suite. Mike received a B.S. in Computer Science from UC Santa Barbara. He enjoys time with his family, hiking and skiing.


Richard Kinsman

Chief Operating Officer

Richard is an experienced entrepreneur and executive with an impressive history of leading ambitious initiatives in technology-based companies. As B3’s Chief Operating Officer, Richard’s role is to execute the company’s vision and roadmap, and to oversee financial operations and organizational development.

Prior to B3, Richard was the Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer and President of CO2Nexus, Inc (dba TERSUS Solutions), a start-up focused on replacing water across the global $800B+ textile processing industry with a novel liquefied gas solution. Over eight years he grew the team 4x and managed the growth of the company from pre-seed through commercial deployment across key target market segments with major corporations in U.S., EU, and Asia, prior to a 2017 exit.

Richard serves as an Advisor to start-ups and venture firms in the dynamic Colorado economy, both directly and also through the Rockies Venture Club. Richard holds an M.A. in Public Policy and a B.A. in Economics from the College of William & Mary. He is an avid outdoorsman and spends his free time fishing, snowboarding, reading, and spending time with his family.


Courtney Krull

Sales Development Representative

As a Sales Development Representative, Courtney is responsible for contributing to business growth through lead generation to support sales and marketing initiatives. She plays an essential role in prospecting and qualifying new sales leads through extensive research and industry knowledge.

Prior to B3, Courtney was a Sales and Marketing Specialist for HealthTek Global where she was responsible for sourcing key industry decision makers, creating marketing content, and maintaining social media presence.

Courtney received a Bachelor of Science in Fashion Merchandising at Missouri State University. She enjoys everything Colorado has to offer, getting lost in books and music, and spending time with friends and family.


Abigail Michel

Product Analyst

As a Product Analyst, Abigail plays an integral role driving the business forward through the utilization of measurement tools, market intelligence, and analysis of critical product initiatives. She is responsible for collecting and analyzing data and performing data quality audits that validate and maintain data integrity. Prior to B3, Abigail was a Geophysicist at U.S. Geological Survey Landslide Hazard Team and worked on scientific apparatus design, fabrication, and modification as well as data collection, preparation and analysis of landslide data in the U.S.

Abigail received her Professional Masters in Petroleum Reservoir Systems at Colorado School of Mines and a Bachelor of Science in Geophysical Engineering at Colorado School of Mines. Outside of work, Abigail enjoys swimming, spending time with her dog, and exploring Denver.


Ryan Ocken

Account Executive

As Account Executive, Ryan is responsible for business development for B3’s oilfield water intelligence solutions. His role includes engaging with key decision makers, understanding their needs and providing better solutions to help customers improve their workflow and become more profitable through the use of B3’s technology and data. Prior to joining B3, Ryan was an Energy Credit Analyst at US Bank where he analyzed and communication E&P and midstream company’s financial performance and trends.

Ryan received a B.S. in Finance from the University of Nebraska. Outside of work, Ryan is an avid golfer, water skier, and snowboarder. He also loves a good book, particularly the most influential book he’s read called Think & Grow Rich by Napolean Hill.


Ross Mower

Product Analyst

As a Product Analyst, Ross plays an integral role driving our product suite forward through the utilization of measurement tools, market intelligence, and analysis of critical product initiatives. Ross advances the development of our products for the oilfield water industry, specifically focusing on subsurface characterization and reservoir/hydrologic modeling services. He is also responsible for collecting and analyzing data and performing data quality audits that validate and maintain B3’s data integrity. Prior to B3, Ross was an Engineering Intern with the City of Denver Public Works Wastewater Division.

Ross received an M.S. in Hydrologic Science and Engineering at Colorado School of Mines and a B.A. in Geology at Colgate University. Outside of work, Ross enjoys hiking, biking, ski touring, fly fishing, and anything that gets him outside.


Patience Peterson

Director of Marketing

As Director of Marketing, Patience leads the execution of marketing, communications strategies and outreach programs to build B3’s presence and reputation in target markets. Patience directs and oversees the implementation of the B3’s brand, defining an integrated mix of marketing tactics and ensuring key messages are consistently presented. Prior to B3, Patience was the Director of Marketing and Communications for Crestone Capital, a global multi-family office, delivering wealth management services to entrepreneurs, CEOs, founders and their families. Patience earned her bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Denver. She is an ultra-runner, avid backcountry skier and enjoys spending time in the great outdoors of Colorado.


Logan Reed

Junior Software Developer

As a Junior Software Developer, Logan is responsible for full stack software development. He specifically focuses on B3’s data collections technologies, maintaining the company’s automated collection system and data warehouse, and troubleshooting system issues. Logan has a high degree of technical knowledge and passion to work collaboratively to deliver innovative solutions for our customers.

Prior to B3, Logan was a Software Developer Intern at DigitalGlobe where he was responsible for automating imagery validation software.

Logan earned his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Colorado State University. Outside of playing video games when he’s not at work, Logan has climbed four Colorado fourteeners with his Dad after having major back surgery and he plans to conquer more of them in the future.


Lindsey Sherry

Office Manager

As Office Manager, Lindsey assists with the company’s administrative duties, accounting and human resources support. She helps keep the office running and supports the team on a variety of projects. Before joining B3, Lindsey worked in elementary education. Lindsey loves exploring the beauty of Colorado and cheering for the Michigan State Spartans with her husband and two children.


Jamie Stone

Senior Software Developer & Data Collections Specialist

As a Senior Software Developer and Data Collections Specialist, Jamie is responsible for full stack software development. He built B3’s collection system from the ground up and leads the company’s efforts in maintaining B3’s automated collection system and data warehouse. Jamie is continually venturing into uncharted territory with innovative solutions for our customers.

Prior to B3, Jamie was a Software Engineer at BENTEK Energy where he was responsible for maintaining the company’s automated collection system and data warehouse.

Jamie has an Associate of Applied Science in Software Development degree from Lake Area Technical Institute. In addition to developing his own applications and researching technology, Jamie enjoys spending time with his wife and dogs.


Nancy Zalutsky

Water Rights Specialist and Certified Paralegal

Nancy has over 20 years of experience in Montana water rights. She is an expert at advising clients to help them understand, use and protect their water rights.Nancy spends time outdoors and is an avid downhill skier, hiker and kayaker.


Mark Ziman

Product Manager

As a Product Manager, Mark plays an integral role managing and executing B3’s product roadmap. He is responsible for synthesizing external research and leveraging internal analytics to develop the product and execution of B3’s data roadmap, while having an extensive knowledge of the underlying data. Prior to B3, Mark was a Research Analyst at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. Mark received his Masters in Environmental Management from Duke University and Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from the University of California Santa Barbara. He is also holds certifications in Geographic Information Systems and Innovation & Entrepreneurship.

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