Board of Directors
Jerry R. Schuyler is currently interim Chief Executive Officer and Board Chairman and was appointed member of the Board August 8, 2014 because of his substantial knowledge of the energy industry and his business, leadership and management expertise. Mr. Schuyler is currently an independent director for Penn Virginia Corporation, an exploration and production company, a position he has held since November 2016. Mr. Schuyler also served as an independent director for various exploration and production companies including privately-funded Yates Petroleum Corporation and Gulf Coast Energy Resources Company and publicly traded Rosetta Resources Inc. Mr. Schuyler previously served as a director for Laredo Petroleum, Inc. (“Laredo”) for six years. He joined Laredo in June 2007 as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. In July 2008, he was promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer. He served in that capacity and as a director of the Laredo board of directors until July of 2013 when he announced his retirement. Mr. Schuyler has a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from Montana College of Mineral Science and Technology.
Randolph C. Coley was appointed to the Board in January 2010. Mr. Coley is currently retired and has been since the end of 2008. From 1999 until his retirement at the end of 2008, Mr. Coley was a partner in the Houston, Texas office of the law firm of King & Spalding LLP, where his practice was concentrated in the areas of corporate and securities law. Previously, he served as Executive Managing Director and Head of Investment Banking for Morgan Keegan & Company, Inc. and was a partner in King & Spalding LLP’s Atlanta office. He is a director of Deltic Timber Corporation, a publicly-traded natural resources company engaged primarily in the growing and harvesting of timber and the manufacture and marketing of lumber, a position he has held since 2007. Additionally, he is a member of the audit and the nominating and corporate governance committees of that organization. He is also a director of Trade Street Residential, Inc. (“Trade Street”), a real estate investment trust that develops and owns residential apartments. Mr. Coley is a member of the audit committee and chairs the nominating and corporate governance committee of Trade Street. He has held no other directorship positions in publicly-traded companies during the last five years. Mr. Coley earned his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University and graduated with a law degree from Vanderbilt School of Law. Mr. Coley resides in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Mr. Coley was chosen as a director because of his extensive business and legal background and his keen understanding of various corporate governance matters that he has attained through his representation of and service on other public company boards.
Robert D. Penner became a member of the Board effective July 2007. Mr. Penner currently is and has been an independent consultant since 2004, when he retired from his position as a senior partner with KPMG, after a career of advising public and private clients on tax and accounting matters for almost 41 years. He currently serves on the board of directors for Equana Technologies Inc. (formerly Sustainable Energy Technologies Ltd.), a manufacturer and seller of electronic components for grid-connected solar power systems as well as Corridor Resources Ltd., and Terra Energy Corp., each involved in the exploration, development and production of natural gas and oil. On April 20, 2010, Mr. Penner resigned from the board of directors of Altima Resources Ltd. (the successor company to Unbridled Energy Corporation). Mr. Penner served as a director of Storm Cat Energy Corporation (“Storm Cat”), a position he held from January 2005 through September 2011. In November 2008, the U.S. subsidiaries of Storm Cat filed a voluntary petition for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, and Storm Cat was subsequently delisted from the Toronto Stock Exchange and the NYSE Amex LLC, which delisting remain in effect as of the date hereof. He additionally serves on the board of directors or as executor/trustee for several private companies and family trusts. Mr. Penner received his Chartered Accountant designation in 1971 in Manitoba and 1977 in Alberta. He has held no other directorship positions in publicly-traded companies during the last five years. Mr. Penner is currently the audit committee chairman for each of the public companies of which he is a director and serves on the compensation and governance committees of Terra Energy Corp. and Corridor Resources Inc. Mr. Penner resides in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Mr. Penner was chosen as a director because of his keen understanding of finance, accounting and various corporate governance matters that he has attained through his career with KPMG and service on other public company boards.
Dr. Stephen A. Holditch became a member of the Board effective August 8, 2014. Dr. Holditch is a Professor Emeritus in the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M University, having retired from the University on January 31, 2013. He was the Director of the Texas A&M University Energy Institute from 2011 to 2012. From January 2004 to January 2012, he was head of the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M University. In 1995, Dr. Holditch was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, the highest professional honor awarded to an engineer for his innovative work in developing low permeability gas reservoirs. From 1977 to 1997, Holditch was the President of S. A. Holditch & Associates, Inc., a company specializing in evaluations, completions and stimulation of tight gas reservoirs, to include sandstones, coal seams and shales. Schlumberger purchased his company in 1997 and Holditch worked for Schlumberger as a advisor to top level management until 2004. Dr. Holditch was previously on the board of directors at Matador Petroleum Corporation and is an original shareholder in Matador Resources Company. He was first elected to the board of directors of Matador Resources Company in January 2004 and served as chair of the Operations and Engineering Committee until rotating off the board in 2014. Additionally, from February 2006 to December 2011, Dr. Holditch was on the board of directors of Triangle Petroleum Corporation, an oil and natural gas exploration company. While there, he helped to formulate the strategy and oversee the company’s growth before resigning in 2011 to devote more time to Texas A&M University. Dr. Holditch received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1969, 1970 and 1976, respectively. Dr. Holditch was chosen as a director because of his extensive experience in the energy industry and substantial knowledge of petroleum engineering matters.
Ronald D. Scott was appointed to the Board on May 2, 2017. Mr. Scott has more than 30 years of oil and natural gas industry experience. In April 2017, Mr. Scott was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Development Capital Resources, an oil and gas company focused on providing development capital to North American exploration and production operators. Mr. Scott currently serves on the board of directors and the reserves committee of Halcón Resources, a position he has held since September 2016. From 2013 to 2016, Mr. Scott served as President and CEO of True Oil Company, a private equity backed oil and gas firm. Prior to that, from 1996 to 2012, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Midland, Texas-based Henry Petroleum and its successor companies, Henry Resources and HPC Energy. During this time, Mr. Scott successfully led the sale and re-start of multiple companies. Beginning his career with Exxon Corporation, from 1983 to 1995, Mr. Scott held various supervisory and managerial assignments in Engineering, Operations, Planning and Financial Accounting and Reporting. In addition to the Permian Basin, he had assignments covering operational areas in the Gulf Coast/Gulf of Mexico region, California and the Rocky Mountains. Mr. Scott was the Technical Manager for Exxon's multi-billion dollar onshore operations in the Western United States and prior to joining Henry Petroleum. Mr. Scott serves as a Director of Blackbrush Oil and Gas and Pardus Oil and Gas and as the Vice President of the Board of the Henry Foundation, a founding member of Educate Midland and on the Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Scott holds Master and Bachelor of Science degrees in Engineering from New Mexico State University and is a Registered Petroleum Engineer in the State of Texas. Mr. Scott was chosen as a director because of his qualifications which include his more than thirty years in the oil and gas industry, leadership experience and technical expertise as a petroleum engineer.
Nathan W. Walton was appointed to the Board on May 2, 2017. Mr. Walton is a Partner in the Ares Private Equity Group and a member of the management committee of Ares Management. He joined Ares Management in 2006. Mr. Walton serves on the Ares Private Equity Group’s ACOF Investment Committee. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Development Capital Resources, LP, Halcón Resources Corporation, Verdad Resources Holdings LLC and the parent company of BlackBrush Oil & Gas L.P. Mr. Walton holds a B.A. from Princeton University in Politics and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Mr. Walton has experience managing investments in, and serving on the boards of directors of, companies operating in various industries, including the oil and natural gas exploration and production industry. Mr. Walton's qualifications to serve on the board include his vast knowledge of the oil and natural gas exploration and production industry, his directorship experience and investment expertise in the energy industry.