Robin Forte'

Robin Forte'

President and CEO, Air Force fighter pilot

Robin has a varied and solid background in the oil business: degree in geology from Oklahoma; geologist (for a few minutes), company landman (12 years); independent landman, broker, producer, operator (since 1980); speaker, educator, expert witness (since 1986); association and expo management (17 years). His extensive expertise, national exposure and practical, entertaining teaching style have led Robin to be widely sought after as an expert witness, instructor and speaker – even the governor of Texas enjoys his material).

An Air Force jet fighter pilot during Vietnam, Robin has passion for raising
money to support our severely wounded war veterans as they return home. Robin created the American Heroes Fund in 2006 which has since raised more than $3 million for soldiers and their families. Instead of flying jets, he is now a fully certified Texas peace officer (12 years) – gun, fast car and all – and a proud owner of a Harley Davidson Dyna Switchback.

Christy Payne

Christy Payne

Vice President

For the last thirteen years Christy has been helping organizations improve communication with their stakeholders and customers; planning their public and private events, both large and small; and improving their processes and procedures She cut her teeth in Republican politics and subsequently went to work in the oil and gas industry, where she ran the largest upstream oil and gas event in the world, the NAPE Expo. She has a degree in Communication from the University of Texas at Austin.

Chelsea Petty

Chelsea Petty

Director of Marketing

Prior to spending the last six years in the oil and gas industry on event production and marketing strategy for the NAPE Expo and now Forte’ Productions, Chelsea worked on the media side designing radio advertising plans for clients and then event planning for a non-profit. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Public Relations and Business.