Team

PORTER BENNETT - PRESIDENT & CEO

Porter Bennett is President and CEO of Denver-based Ponderosa Advisors LLC, an advisory and information firm for the energy and water sectors through its subsidiaries Ponderosa Energy and Water Sage. He has spent more than 30 years in the energy industry analyzing the natural gas and crude oil markets. He 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. When not running Ponderosa Advisors, Porter can be found on his ranch in Montana.

KELLY BENNETT – MANAGING PARTNER

Kelly co-founded Ponderosa Advisors in 2012 after building data and analytical products in the energy commodity space. Kelly operates with a strong commitment to community, conservation, and property rights. He sits on the Board of Directors for Colorado Uplift, one of Denver’s oldest organizations focused on supporting at-risk youth, and the Western Landowners Alliance, a non-profit advocating private conservation and land stewardship. When not playing with water data, Kelly is mostly likely found on a horse’s back or a pair of skis.

NANCY ZALUTSKY - WATER RIGHTS SPECIALIST AND CERTIFIED PARALEGAL

Nancy has over 20 years’ experience in Montana water rights.She feels lucky to work with great clients to help them understand, use and protect their water rights and visit beautiful properties as part of her job. Nancy spends time outdoors and is an avid downhill skier, hiker and kayaker.

CHRIS CARPARELLI - WATER RIGHTS SPECIALIST

Chris is based in Helena and works closely with Nancy to provide water rights consulting services in Montana. Through previous roles with the Montana DNRC and the Beaverhead Conservation District, Chris has developed many great relationships with producers, landowners, conservationists and agency folks throughout the state. He holds an M.S. in Natural Resources Science from the University of Nebraska and a B.S. in Atmospheric Sciences from Creighton University. Outside of work, he enjoys exploring the mountains with his wife and his dog, fishing and snowboarding in out-of-the-way places, rooting for Denver and Nebraska sports teams, and spending time on his family’s farm in North Dakota.

JESSI FANELLI - WATER RIGHTS RESEARCH ASSISTANT

Jessi is a Water Rights Research Assistant, Bookkeeper/Controller for Porter Bennett’s Montana ranches and Office Manager in our Ennis office. She spent almost a decade as the Entitlement and Design Review Board Manager for Moonlight Basin, which included subdivision procurement and amendments, overall development planning and implementation, owner/membership services, accounts receivable, homeowner association and real estate management. Prior to working for Moonlight Basin, Jessi worked as a legal assistant in the litigation and commercial areas.