Executive Advisors

Our Executive Advisors comprise a team of ten accomplished energy executives with nearly 350 years combined professional experience in oilfield services and the upstream oil and gas business. The breadth and depth of our Executive Advisors’ expertise allow us to offer world-class energy consulting services, across the full range of the sector, to our clients.  Members of the team include former and current chief executive, chief financial, chief legal, chief operating, and chief procurement officers, as well as senior executives in drilling, completion, operations, procurement, production, risk management, and well servicing.

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Joe Freeman

Mr. Freeman has over 40 years of experience in the well service sector having most recently served as Senior Vice President of Well Servicing for Pioneer Energy Services (OTC: PESX). Mr. Freeman joined Pioneer in 2008 and served at the company until 2019. From 2005 to 2008, Mr. Freeman ran the well service operations at WEDGE Oil and Gas Services. He also served as Gulf Coast Division Manager for Key Energy Services, Inc. (NYSE: KEG) from 1998 to 2004. In 1987, Mr. Freeman founded JPF Well Service, which he owned and operated through 1998, when he sold the business to Key Energy Services. Mr. Freeman recently served as the President of the Association of Energy Service Companies, the industry trade group which represents the U.S. well service sector. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Texas in Austin.

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Don Gawick

Don is a 41-year veteran of the oilfield services industry and one of the world’s foremost authorities on wireline businesses. From starting his career, in 1979, as a wireline field engineer at Schlumberger (NYSE: SLB), he has held numerous senior management positions, including over 35 years directly managing or overseeing operations of wireline businesses. His expertise includes operations, sales and marketing, business and new technology development, service quality support and health, safety and environmental compliance. Most recently, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of C&J Energy Services, Inc. from 2016 to 2019, and as Chief Operating Officer from 2012 to 2016. During his tenure as CEO, he led C&J through a chapter 11 restructuring from which it emerged with no debt. Mr. Gawick stepped down from C&J following its October 2019 merger with Keane Energy Group (now NexTier Oilfield Solutions (NYSE: NEX)). Prior to joining C&J, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of CasedHole Solutions, Inc., where he directed its rapid organic growth into a premier wireline services company that was acquired by C&J in 2012 for $272.5 million. Don graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering.

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Mark Hood

Mr. Hood is an accomplished Supply Chain Executive with 42 years of experience in both industry and consulting with the Oil and Gas sector. Mr. Hood presently is the owner of MGH Consulting, and oilfield and exploration and production advisory firm. Previously, Mr. Hood served various roles at Apache Corporation from 2008 to 2017, serving most recently as Supply Chain Director. Prior to his tenure at Apache, Mr. Hood as worked in the upstream, downstream and oilfield service sectors at Marathon, PwC / IBM Consulting Services, Mobil Oil and Aminoil USA. Mr. Hood is a recognized leader in supply chain transformation, supply chain systems and strategic and global sourcing. He has detailed knowledge of operational buying, total cost of ownership and supplier alliances. Case studies of his work have been used at the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and in Timothy M. Laseter’s book Balanced Sourcing: Cooperation and Competition in Supplier Relationships (Jossey-Bass Publishers, 1998). Mr. Hood graduated from the University of Louisiana Lafayette and has multiple business certifications.

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Larry Kerr

Mr. Kerr brings 34 years of energy experience having served most recently as Vice President and General Manager of Petroleum Pumps for Gardner Denver, Inc. During his ten-year tenure at Gardner Denver, Mr. Kerr delivered substantial revenue and profitability growth, helping to make Gardner Denver one of the leading suppliers of pump technology to the pressure pumping and land drilling industries. In his role, he oversaw fifteen global facilities and was key to new product development. Prior to joining Gardner Denver, Mr. Kerr served as Director of Process Improvement for Sirius Solutions and Director of Supply Chain and Aftermarket Services Manager at Cameron International. Mr. Kerr earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas, and he holds an undergraduate degree from Southeastern Louisiana University. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for World Hope Ministries International, and he previously served on the Board of Directors for the Petroleum Equipment Services Association.

Chris Menefee

Mr. Menefee most recently served as Senior Vice President, Business Development at Independence Contract Drilling (NYSE: ICD) where he served for more than 7 years. During his time at ICD the company grew from one rig to a fleet of 15 high-spec onshore drilling rigs operating in Texas and the contiguous states. Chris was instrumental to the success of ICD from the beginning, working in a variety of roles, including assisting with its initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange in 2014. In 2018, ICD completed a strategic combination with Sidewinder Drilling, growing the fleet to 32 rigs. A native of Midland, Texas, Chris is a third generation oil and gas professional with over 20 years of dedicated experience as a drilling contractor. Chris began his oilfield career in 1997 at Rowan Companies, Inc. (NYSE: RDC). While at RDC, he held many operational and HSE management roles on both land and offshore drilling rigs. He later moved to Rowan’s corporate headquarters as the Director of Marketing in 2006. In this capacity he was responsible for the marketing, sales and contracting of Rowan’s domestic and international rig fleet. Chris graduated from The University of Mississippi in Oxford with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. He holds a graduate certificate in corporate finance from the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University. He is currently a Director of the International Association of Drilling Contractors and the past Chairman of the IADC’s Houston Chapter.

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Royce Mitchell

Mr. Mitchell has over 44 years of accounting and finance experience in the energy industry. For most of the past 15 years, he has been an executive consultant, focusing on advising management teams and board of directors, including audit committees, of exploration and production companies. During 2008, he served for several months as Chief Financial Officer of Frac Tech Services, Ltd. He is presently a member of the Board of Directors and the Audit Committee for Pioneer Natural Resources (NYSE: PXD) and is actively providing consulting services to a leading Permian private exploration and production enterprise. Before founding his consulting practice, Mr. Mitchell served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Accounting Officer of Key Energy Services, Inc. (NYSE: KEG) from January 2002 to January 2005. In addition, he was a partner with KPMG LLP from April 1986 through December 2001 specializing in the oil and gas industry. Mr. Mitchell is a certified public accountant and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Texas Tech University.

Brian R. Smith

Mr. Smith most recently served as Chief Procurement Officer of Repsol SA and as Vice President, Global Supply Chain Management for Talisman Energy (NYSE: TLM). While at Repsol SA, Mr. Smith served as the Synergy Capture Lead for the integration of Repsol and Talisman Energy which created over $180M in synergy savings. Prior to Talisman Energy, Mr. Smith served as a Supply Chain Manager for Chevron Brazil as well as a Transformation Specialist responsible for implementing Category Management at Chevron. In addition, Mr. Smith also served as a senior consultant at PriceWaterhouse Coopers and worked as a chemist at Corning, Inc. He has more than 20 years of experience in oil and gas and international procurement roles, and he has spent time living and working abroad in Brazil, Canada and Spain. Mr. Smith holds a Master of Business Administration from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Cedarville University.

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Garrett Smith

Garrett has over 20 years of experience in complex commercial, corporate and oil and gas legal matters, including work as general counsel and corporate secretary for publicly-traded and privately-held upstream oil and gas companies. After graduating from law school in 1998, he worked, until 2006, as a transactional and corporate lawyer at two national law firms, Kutak Rock LLP, in Omaha, Nebraska, and Bracewell LLP, in Houston, Texas. From 2006 to 2008, Mr. Smith worked as Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Leor Energy, L.P., a privately-held oil and gas company. From 2009 to 2018, he served in a series of capacities, including Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary for Ultra Petroleum Corp., an exploration and development company whose shares were traded on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq during his tenure. Mr. Smith holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Northern Iowa (1994) and Juris Doctor from the University of Colorado School of Law (1998). Mr. Smith currently serves as an Ambassador and a member of the Circle of Friends of Including Kids, Inc. (www.includingkids.org).

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William Stanger

Mr. Stanger has over 30 years of experience in the hydraulic fracturing market, most recently serving as President of Performance Technologies, L.L.C., the hydraulic fracturing subsidiary of Seventy Seven Energy, Inc. (NYSE: SSE) from January 2011 through April 2017, when it was acquired by Patterson-UTI Energy (NYSE: PTEN). Post merger, Mr. Stanger served as Senior Vice President, Operations Support during the transition and integration of the pressure pumping entities. Mr. Stanger joined Seventy Seven Energy in 2010 as President of Great Plains Oilfield Rentals, L.L.C. From 1987 to 2010, Mr. Stanger served in various domestic and international management capacities with Schlumberger Limited (NYSE: SLB), including Vice President of North America Well Services and Vice President of Well Services Global Sales. Mr. Stanger holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology from the University of Tulsa.

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Denzil West

Mr. West has over 39 years of experience in the upstream and midstream energy sector. He currently serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer for Admiral Permian Resources in Midland, Texas and is a member of the Company’s Board of Directors. The majority of his experience has been on upstream oil and gas operations and company building, however, Mr. West also has extensive midstream experience. Prior to his founding Admiral, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer for Reliance Energy in Midland, where he was instrumental in leading and developing the Reliance group of companies. These companies included the oil and gas company and two midstream companies in the Midland Basin, both of which he served on the board of directors from founding to divestiture. These three companies began organically and were successfully monetized for over $2.5 billion. Mr. West began his career at ARCO Oil and Gas, where he worked as a reservoir and production engineer for several years. Mr. West earned a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1981.

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