Energy Executive to discuss offshore drilling, green energy

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Entrepreneur T. Paul Bulmahn, founder, chairman and chief executive officer of ATP Oil & Gas Corporation, will discuss the challenges of launching new businesses in offshore oil and gas development, green energy and thoroughbred racing during an Oct. 27 lecture at Valparaiso University.
Bulmahn, a Valparaiso University alumnus who successfully started seven international and domestic businesses, will present “Rise to the Challenge” at 6 p.m. in the Harre Union Ballroom. From the moratorium on deepwater drilling imposed by the Obama Administration, to his efforts to start a biomass company that will produce electricity from horse manure, Bulmahn will present his personal formula for using ingenuity and innovation to overcome challenges.

The talk, presented as part of the Valparaiso University College of Business Arnold H. Moeller Lecture Series, will be followed by a question-and-answer session with the audience and a reception. The event, which is set to conclude at 8 p.m., is free and open to the public.

“Mr. Bulmahn is respected as a thoughtful leader who has made significant contributions in both the energy and thoroughbred training industries,” Tom Boyt, dean of the university’s College of Business, said. “His creativity, deep knowledge and global perspective are hallmarks of Valpo graduates who are leading change in the world.”

Bulmahn has established himself as an international leader in the oil and gas industry during a career that has spanned more than 30 years. He founded ATP in 1991 and is widely recognized for his innovative work in developing offshore properties for commercial production in the Gulf of Mexico and North Sea. ATP has earned numerous awards under his leadership, including the Best Field Rejuvenation Award, Offshore Energy Achievement Award for Innovation and Technology and the Best Field Improvement Project.

Prior to forming ATP, Bulmahn was president and chairman of Harbert Oil & Gas Corporation, represented Tenneco in Washington, D.C., and was an administrative law judge for the Railroad Commission of Texas.

A member of Valparaiso University’s Board of Directors, Bulmahn’s philanthropic contributions also are notable and include serving as chair of the highly successful Braes Interfaith Ministries fund drive for food banks in Houston. Raised in rural Indiana, he graduated from Valparaiso University with his bachelor’s degree in 1965.

The Arnold H. Moeller Lecture Series honors the former director and executive vice president of B.C. Ziegler and Company, the nation’s largest underwriter of institutional bonds for churches, schools, hospitals and retirement homes. Moeller also was a prominent leader in Wisconsin, where he lived until his death in 1982. His daughter, Marilyn Holmquist, who attended Valparaiso University in the 1950s, established the endowment fund in honor of her father.

Previous speakers in the university’s Moeller Lecture Series have included sustainability expert Ray C. Anderson in 2009, television personality and author Suze Orman in 2005 and President and CEO of Lutheran Social Services Kurt Senske in 2003.

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