The annual IHS CERA Week conference in Houston attracts executives from the world’s top energy companies (from oil to wind), government leaders, OPEC oil ministers, and entrepreneurs. I managed CNBC’s presence at this conference from 2009 to 2011, which included several live and taped interviews with major newsmakers over the course of two or three days. I was also responsible for setting up crews, coordinating logistics with our conference hosts, and correlating schedules between show producers and our interview subjects.

Reporter Sharon Epperson’s interview with Algeria’s Minister of Energy & Mines H.E. Youcef Yousfi was one of our most challenging but well-timed gets in 2011.