Stephen has over 25 years of Governmental Affairs, Public Relations and Energy Consulting experience representing the countries of Pakistan, Azerbaijan and the UAE as well as corporate household names such as JP Morgan, SAP Software, Continental Airlines, and Major League Baseball. In the energy sector, Payne has represented Russian companies like Yukos and Tatneft Oil along with many others. In the Natural gas industry, Mr. Payne worked with Itera Gas (Russia's largest independent gas company) in it's development of various international projects (including LNG exports). He also represented the Government of Turkmenistan in re-assembling a consortium of nations and international firms to build a natural gas pipeline from Turkmenistan to Pakistan. Mr. Payne coordinated the project and organized a trilateral summit between the Presidents of Turkmenistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan that produced a memorandum of understanding regarding the Turkmen/Afghan gas pipeline, restoring the project's viability after years of dormancy. Payne served as a Senior Presidential Advance Representative of The White House traveling with President Bush to Jordan for the Red Sea Summit in June 2003, with Vice President Cheney to the Middle East in 2002 & 2005, Kazakhstan in 2006, and Afghanistan for the historic inauguration of Afghan President Karzai. Payne served as a Board Member of the National Defense University Foundation; was Deputy Director and Congressional Liaison of the 2001 Presidential Inaugural Committee; and was appointed to the Department of Homeland Security Advisory Committee. In 2006 at the NATO Summit in Riga, Latvia, Payne led the think tank conference panel discussion on energy security and chaired a NATO Future Leaders Forum comprised of leaders from thirty-five NATO member and partner countries.
Stephen Payne, President
Vice President & General Counsel
Attorney, Brian S. Ettinger’s law practice emphasizes on business representation for international and domestic multi-industry businesses, oil, gas, LNG production and exploration, rig equipment and oil services, businesses, contracts, negotiations, collections and business development. Currently, serve as General Counsel for Drilling Structures Services, Inc. Previously, served as general counsel for Farouk Systems, Inc. in the beauty supply industry. Currently, serves as Chairman of the Board of Scrips America, a publicly traded company in the generic pharmaceutical business. Previously served on the Board of Directors of two private companies that became publicly traded companies. Registered lobbyist for foreign governments, sovereign owned energy companies, and international businesses. Qualified mediator and arbitrator for domestic and international legal matters. Served as an assistant to Mayor for the City of Philadelphia and Congressional Staff Assistant to Congress House Leadership and Senator Biden Jr.