Texas Tech University

Nikki Kantelis

Assistant Professor of Practice
Energy Commerce

Email: nikki.kantelis@ttu.edu

Phone: 806.834.1184

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Room Number: NW 323

Education: MBA, University of Minnesota (1983); M.S., B.S., Colorado State University (1978 & 1980)

Area of Expertise:
Economics, Quantitative Analysis, Energy midstream and downstream, trading

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Nikki Kantelis

About Nikki

Nikki, who holds both a Bachelor and Masters of Science in Economics from Colorado State University and an MBA in Quantitative Analysis from the Carlson School at the University of Minnesota, began her career with British Petroleum as an Operations Planning Analyst in Crude Trading and Transportation, and then worked as Coordinator of Economics and Control in contract administration supporting crude oil supply and shipping.

In her next position, she became Manager of Crude Futures Trading where she was responsible for crude oil futures strategy and trading in support of BP's U.S. multi-billion dollar oil trading business.  Later, she was the manager of marketing development where she was responsible for acquisition, divestment, and expansion and consolidation programs for BP's retail marketing business. She was then transferred to London to work as an oil trader in BP's international crude oil trading organization.

Upon her return to the U.S.,  Nikki was promoted to Manager of Pipeline Accounting and Administration where she had responsibility for the preparation and analysis of all financial, regulatory and management reporting for the continental U.S. and Alaskan pipeline transportation business, including daily scheduling for the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System. Ultimately, Nikki was promoted to the position of Vice President, BP Oil Pipeline Company and Commercial Manager where she had total P&L responsibility for all U.S. continental joint venture pipelines, and she directed all commercial development activities in support of BP's pipeline transportation requirements.

After leaving BP, Nikki took on a number of different projects in the non-profit sector, where she was able to bring her business acumen in support of causes in education, social services and conservation. 

Energy Markets (ENCO 3365) and Applied Business Economics (BECO 4310) are both offered in the fall and spring semesters.  In Energy Markets, Nikki is able to bring her understanding of the midstream and downstream areas of the energy sector to students.  In Applied Business Economics, with her background in both economics and business and her considerable business experience, Nikki hopes to help students understand how businesses use economic analysis to make business decisions while effectively managing prices, costs, risks and the regulatory environment. To find out more about her work or about the classes, email nikki.kantelis@ttu.edu.


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