Two Speakers You Won't Want to Miss

Between them, the keynote speakers at Users Group 2016 have over 40 years of experience in the energy industry, a NACE Founders Award and a finalist nomination for the Pulitzer Prize.

Russell Gold

  • Senior energy reporter at The Wall Street Journal
  • Pulitzer Prize finalist 
  • Author of The Boom: How Fracking Ignited the American Energy Revolution and Changed the World

Russell Gold is an award-winning investigative journalist at The Wall Street Journal. His book, The Boom: How Fracking Ignited the American Energy Revolution and Changed the World, was published in April 2014.

He started his journalism career at the Philadelphia Inquirer and the San Antonio Express-News. In 2000, he joined The Wall Street Journal and covered Texas and economics, before switching to energy in 2002. His reporting has taken him to five continents and above the Arctic Circle two times.

In 2010, he was part of the Wall Street Journal team that covered the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill. The Journal’s work was awarded the Gerald Loeb Award for best business story of the year and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in National Reporting.

He earned a B.A. in history from Columbia University in 1993. He lives in Austin with his wife and two children.

Elaine Bowman

  • NACE Founders Award recipient
  • Past president, NACE International
  • Project manager for the 2016 NACE International Measures of Prevention, Application and Economics of Corrosion Technology (IMPACT) study

Elaine Bowman received the NACE Founders Award in 2011, served as NACE past president, and was the manager for the NACE-sponsored IMPACT Study released in March 2016.

She has over 30 years of experience in the specialty chemical industry related to oil and gas production. Her corrosion experience is in internal corrosion for pipeline systems and she is a NACE-certified corrosion technician. She also holds a Master’s degree in business from Houston Baptist Houston, as well as Bachelor’s degree in marketing from St. Edward’s University.