Donald A. Juckett has served as a director since May 2004 and as Chairman of the Board since August 5, 2009. Dr. Juckett serves on the Compensation Committee of the Board. Dr. Juckett has more than fifteen years of experience in bilateral activities with Chinese state companies and Chinese government officials. He has broad bilateral experience involving technology and energy policy agreements, representing the U.S. Department of Energy with many countries. In November 2005, after retiring from the U.S. Department of Energy, Dr. Juckett established the Washington, D.C. Office of Geoscience and Energy for the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, the largest geosciences professional association in the world. He continues serving as Founding Director for the AAPG, Washington office. Prior to that, Dr. Juckett was self-employed as an industry consultant. He served at the U.S. Department of Energy from 1988 until his retirement in 2003. At his retirement, Dr. Juckett was Director of the Office of Natural Gas Import and Export Activities in the Office of Fossil Energy. During his tenure with the Department, he served as a member of the Senior Executive Service and held positions as the Director of Natural Gas and Petroleum Technology, Director of the Office of Geoscience Research and Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Natural Gas and Petroleum Technology. Dr. Juckett managed a portfolio of international projects, including technology bilateral agreements with China, Russia, Venezuela, Ukraine, Bangladesh, Canada and Mexico. Beginning in 1998, Dr. Juckett played a leading role in establishing and managing the U.S./China Oil Gas Industry Forum. In his technology management positions at the Department, he was responsible for research, development and technology transfer for both conventional and non-conventional oil and gas resources (including coalbed methane). From 1974 to 1988, Dr. Juckett worked for Phillips Petroleum Company, now known as ConocoPhillips, Inc. in management positions, including responsibility for exploration technologies support of five worldwide divisions. Those technology responsibilities ranged from geochemistry to satellite imagery. Dr. Juckett earned a B.S. degree in chemistry from the State University of New York-Oswego and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the State University of New York-Albany.
The Board selected Dr. Juckett to serve as a director because of his extensive senior management experience in the international oil and gas industry and his experience in the U.S. Department of Energy involving international projects and agreements, as well as his fifteen years of experience in bilateral activities with Chinese state companies and Chinese government officials. He brings extensive energy industry, international operations and management experience to the Board.
William A. Anderson has served as a member of the Company’s Board since October 2007. Mr. Anderson is the chairman of the Audit Committee of the Board and has been designated as an "audit committee financial expert." He also serves on the Compensation Committee of the Board. Mr. Anderson served as a consultant for Eastman Dillon Oil and Gas Association from 2006 through 2010. From 1989 through 2005, he was a founder and partner of Weller, Anderson & Co. Ltd., a full-service stock brokerage firm. Prior to founding Weller in 1989, Mr. Anderson held several senior executive positions, including President of HARC Technologies, President of Rainbow Pipeline Company, President of Farmers Oil Company, Chief Financial Officer of ENSTAR Corporation, and General Partner and Senior Vice President of Blyth, Eastman, Dillon & Co. Mr. Anderson has extensive corporate board experience, having served as a director, committee chairman and/or committee member for a number of organizations, including Rancher Energy Corp., Tom Brown, Inc., Equisales Associates, Inc., Dyson Corporation, NationsBank Houston, Northern Trust Bank of Texas, American Income Life Insurance Company, Wing Corporation and Seven J-Stock Farm, Inc. He holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Arkansas.
The Board selected Mr. Anderson to serve as a director because of his extensive experience as a member of several corporate boards and as an executive. Mr. Anderson qualifies as an audit committee financial expert and brings strong financial expertise and experience to the Board.
C.P. Chiang has served on the Board since December 2006. He also serves on the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of the Board. From 2001 until his retirement in 2006, Mr. Chiang served as the China Project Manager/Country Manager of Burlington Resources, an energy company engaged in exploration, production, refining and marketing oil and gas, where he was responsible for managing the operations and activities of Burlington Resources in China and worked closely and negotiated with various Chinese governmental organizations. Throughout his 40 year career in the oil and gas industry, Mr. Chiang has held various engineering and management positions with oil and gas companies including British Gas E&P, Inc., Tenneco Oil Production and Exploration and Exxon Oil Company, now known as Exxon Mobil Corporation. Mr. Chiang earned a B.S. degree in mining engineering from National Cheng Kung University, in Taiwan; and, a M.S. degree in petroleum engineering from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology.
The Board selected Mr. Chiang to serve as a director because of his extensive experience in the oil and gas industry, specifically in China, a key region to the Company’s operations. Mr. Chiang has held various management and engineering positions with multiple oil and gas companies. Mr. Chiang will bring extensive operational and executive experience and expertise to the Board.
Michael R. McElwrath has served as the Company's President and Chief Executive Officer since October 2003. He became a director in October 2003 and served as Chairman of the Board from October 2003 until January 2005. Mr. McElwrath also served as Secretary and Treasurer from October 2003 until March 2005. Mr. McElwrath has worked in or with the energy industry for over 30 years. He was employed as Vice President of Hudson Highland (formerly known as TMP Worldwide, a parent company of Monster.com), an executive search firm, from 1999 until joining the Company in October 2003. He also served as Acting Assistant Secretary of Energy in the George H.W. Bush (41st President of the United States) Administration, Director of the National Institute for Petroleum and Energy Research, Director of British Petroleum’s outsourced exploration and production lab for the Americas and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy for the U.S. Department of Interior in the Reagan Administration. Prior to joining the Reagan Administration, Mr. McElwrath practiced oil and gas and corporate law for approximately ten years. Mr. McElwrath holds a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law, as well as a B.A. from the Plan II Honors Program at the University of Texas. He is also a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, the Independent Petroleum Association of America, and the Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners Association.
The Board selected Mr. McElwrath to serve as a director because his position as Chief Executive Officer provides strategic leadership for the Board. His extensive experience in the oil and gas industry as well as in public service gives the Board the benefit of his management and operational insight. With Mr. McElwrath's extensive executive experience, he brings strong financial and operational expertise to the Board.
John C. Mihm has served as a director since May 2004. He served as Chairman of the Board from January 2005 through June 2007. Mr. Mihm currently serves on the Audit Committee and the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of the Board. He serves on the board of eProjectManagement and HNNG, a company involved in removing nitrogen from natural gas, and also serves as HNNG’s Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Mihm is the owner and President of JCM Consulting, PLLC, which provides services in the engineering, construction, and project management field. From 1964 until his retirement in 2003, Mr. Mihm worked for Phillips Petroleum Company, now known as ConocoPhillips, Inc., in various management positions, finally serving as Senior Vice President of Technology and Project Development. Mr. Mihm’s career includes over 20 years of work experience in China on offshore development and onshore coalbed methane exploration, working closely with China National Petroleum Corporation, China National Offshore Oil Corporation and SINOPEC on several joint ventures and employee development programs. He is a past board member of The Society of Petroleum Engineers and the ASME Foundation. Mr. Mihm is a registered professional engineer in Texas and Oklahoma. Mr. Mihm earned a B.S. degree in chemical engineering from Texas Tech University and serves on or has served on advisory boards at Texas Tech University, Oklahoma State University, University of Tulsa, University of Texas, Colorado School of Mines, Georgia Tech and University of Trondheim.
The Board selected Mr. Mihm to serve as a director because it believes that he has extensive experience in the oil and gas industry, specifically in offshore development in China and onshore coalbed methane exploration in the United States. He also has worked closely with a number of key oil and gas companies in China. Mr. Mihm brings extensive financial, engineering, operational and management experience to the Board.
Lucian L. Morrison was appointed to the Board in January 2008. Mr. Morrison is the chairman of the Compensation Committee of the Board. He also serves as a member of the Audit Committee of the Board and has been designated as an "audit committee financial expert." Mr. Morrison currently serves as a director, audit committee member, compensation committee member and investment committee member of Erie Indemnity Company. Additionally, Mr. Morrison served as a director of Encore Trust Company from 2005 to 2007 and of Encompass Services, Inc. from 1997 to 2003. He founded Heritage Trust Company in 1979 and served as its CEO until 1990 when he sold it to Northern Trust Bank of Texas. He served as director and chairman of the Trust Committee of Northern Trust Bank of Texas from 1990 until 1992. He co-founded Sentinel Trust Company in 1997 and continues to serve as a consultant to the company and its other founders, and a director and a member of the company’s investment committee. From 1998 to 2002, he was chairman of Wing Corporation, a private exploration and production company. Mr. Morrison serves as an independent trustee and consultant in trust, estate, probate and qualified plan matters and also manages oil and gas properties in Texas. He is also a development board member of the University of Texas Houston Health Science Center. He holds a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law, a graduate degree from the Southern Methodist University Southwestern Graduate School of Banking, Trust Division and a B.B.A. in Accounting from the University of Texas School of Business Administration.
The Board selected Mr. Morrison to serve as a director because of his experience in the financial industry, as well as his experience managing oil and gas properties. Mr. Morrison qualifies as an audit committee financial expert and brings extensive financial expertise and experience to the Board, and also qualifies as an audit committee financial expert.
Thomas E. Williams has served as a director since February 2004. Mr. Williams is the chairman of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of the Board and serves on the Audit Committee of the Board. Mr. Williams served as Chairman of the Board from June 2007 through August 2009. He currently serves as Managing Director and President of Nautilus International LLC, an offshore drilling technology solutions provider, and is a consultant and advisor to Environmentally Friendly Drilling Project, a project Mr. Williams initiated in 2002. From 2000 until 2007, Mr. Williams served as Vice President, Research and Business Development of Noble Technology Services, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Noble Corporation, a provider of diversified drilling and other services to the oil and gas industry. Mr. Williams also served as President of Maurer Technology Inc., a leading drilling R&D and engineering technology company and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Noble Corporation. He held senior executive positions at the U.S. Departments of Energy and Interior during the George H.W. Bush Administration from 1989 to 1993. From 1993 to 2000, he was Business Development Director at Westport Technology Center in Houston, an upstream oil and gas research company. He was a co-founder and served on the Board of Cementing Solutions, Inc., an oil and gas cementing services and technology company based in Houston, Texas. He has been in the oil and gas industry for over 30 years, having owned and operated an oil and gas exploration, production and consulting company prior to joining the Department of Energy. Mr. Williams has authored more than 100 energy publications, presentations and articles and serves on a number of oil and gas organizations, associations and boards including the Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America (RPSEA), Independent Petroleum Association of America, the Society of Petroleum Engineers, American Association of Drilling Engineers, DeepStar Consortium Contributors Advisory Board, Nautilus International, Petris Technologies and the Environmentally Friendly Drilling Consortium. He has a B.S. degree in business from Campbellsville College.
The Board selected Mr. Williams to serve as a director because it believes that he has extensive experience in the oil and gas industry in both the public and private sector. Mr. Williams brings extensive management and operational experience to the Board.