Dr. Alex Kulpecz, Executive Chairman

Dr. Alex Kulpecz

Executive Chairman

Dr. Kulpecz earned a PhD from Imperial College of Science and Medicine, Univ. of London, an MBA (Henley Business School, UK), and BA- MSc degrees in Geology from Rutgers Univ. He has extensive commercial, operational and management experience in the upstream/midstream oil and gas and power sectors and private equity/venture capital investments. Over a 21 year period, he held a succession of senior executive positions at the Royal Dutch Shell group as an Executive Committee Member, primarily in the exploration and production area and later as Executive Director and EVP of Shell International Gas and Power for Eastern/Central Europe, Russia, Africa and Latin America. Following Shell, he was President of Azurix International and has acted as a senior energy advisor to several investment funds. Dr. Kulpecz is based in Houston, New York and London.

Ron Hietala, Founder and Executive Vice President

Ron Hietala

Senior Vice President

Mr. Hietala's oil and gas career began more than 35 years ago as Petrophysicist with Imperial Oil followed by a twenty year tenure with Canadian Hunter Exploration, where he served in various capacities including Petrophysicist, Manager, Director and Vice President. Mr. Hietala was a founder of Triangle Petroleum Corporation (Canada) and has founded and provided advisory services to a number of private companies since 1995. Most recently, Mr. Hietala established and led the Calgary based unconventional resources group for Mariner Energy's Canadian subsidiary, ME Canada Energy. Mr. Hietala is an honors graduate in Earth Sciences from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and is a member of SPE, AAPG, CSPG, CWLS and SPWLA.

William J. Dale, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

William J. Dale

Senior Vice President and
Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Dale has 19 years of energy experience with extensive knowledge in upstream and midstream accounting, finance, risk management, operations, and mergers and acquisitions. Experience includes high growth startup companies and large size integrated entities in the public and private sectors. Recently was Chief Financial Officer of a private Texas company and has served in different capacities in companies such as: El Paso Corporation, Rosetta Resources, JM Huber Energy, and Tejas Gas Corporation. Mr. Dale has a Masters of Business Administration, dual degrees in Accounting and Finance and is Certified Public Accountant in Texas.