Board of Directors
Chairman of the Board
Mr. Lovoi has been chairman of our board of directors since July 2013. Mr. Lovoi has been the managing partner of JVL Advisors, LLC, a private natural gas and oil investment advisor, since November 2002. He is a Director of Helix Energy Solutions Group, an operator of offshore natural gas and oil properties and production facilities, the Chairman of Dril-Quip, Inc., a provider of subsea, surface and offshore rig equipment. We believe that Mr. Lovoi is qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors as a result of his background in investment banking, equity research, and asset management, with an emphasis on the global natural gas and oil practice.
Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Stabell has worked in the energy industry since 1998 with a focus on upstream E&P. Most recently he served as President and CEO of Merlon International, LLC, a privately held company with assets in the Western Desert of Egypt and US Gulf Coast which was sold in 2019 to a publicly listed UK company where he served as an advisor until 2021. Previously, he served as CFO and ultimately President of privately held Merlon Petroleum Company, which had assets in the US Gulf Coast and Egypt and was sold in 2006. He began his career at Salomon Smith Barney as an analyst in the Planning and Analysis Group. Mr. Stabell has also been active as a private investor for the last several years. He has a BA in Economics from Williams College. He has served on numerous corporate Boards including ESI Energy Services Inc. and Layline Petroleum, LLC.
Independent Director, Chairman of the Compensation, Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee
Mr. Dougherty has been a director since July 2013 and serves as Chair of the Compensation, Nominating and Governing Committee. He is a Managing Director and Partner at Advisory Research, Inc., an investment management firm, where he oversees the firm’s investments in the energy sector. He has served as the Portfolio Manager of the Advisory Research Energy Fund, LP since 2005. We believe that Mr. Dougherty is qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors because of his background in the finance and the energy industry, including natural gas and oil producers.
Independent Director; Compensation Committee
Mr. Finlayson has been a director of the company since May 2019. He currently serves on the Compensation, Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, and Conflicts Committee. Mr. Finlayson is the founder and Chairman of Applied Manufacturing Technologies (AMT), an independent international consulting and project services company, supporting customers in the downstream refining and basic chemicals industries. Prior to founding AMT, Mr Finlayson headed Aspen Tech’s professional services organization focused on supporting global customers in the hydrocarbon industries. Aspen Tech, a public company, trades under the symbol AZPN on the NASDAQ. Under Mr. Finlayson, Aspen’s professional services organization delivered over 50% of company revenues. Mr. Finlayson graduated from Queens University in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering and has spent his career in the hydrocarbon industries in both public and private companies.
Mr. Roorda has been a director of the Company since March 2016. He has also been a member of our Audit Committee since March 2016, and the chair of our Conflicts Committee since February 2018. Mr. Roorda has been a director of PetroShale Inc., a Bakken focused oil and natural gas producer, since 2012 and currently serves on the Reserves Committee of PetroShale Inc. Mr. Roorda was the President and CEO of PetroShale Inc. until February 2022. He was the Chief Executive Officer of Todd Energy Canada Ltd. from January 2015 to November 2016. None of these positions are, or have ever been, with companies affiliated with the Company. He has been certified as a Professional Engineer by the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta since 1981. We believe that Mr. Roorda is qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors as a result of his experience in the natural gas and oil industry, including his natural gas and oil business development and engineering experience, and his financial industry experience.
Mr. Stephens has been a director since May 2018. He has also been a member of our Compensation, Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, and Conflicts Committee since February 2019. He is the founder of Westminster Advisors, a CEO advisory services company, and served as its Chief Executive Officer from January 2018. He was previously employed by Resources Global Professionals, a large business consulting company, from July 2001 to December 2016, and was the Chief Operating Officer the last three years. We believe that Mr. Stephens is qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors as a result of his extensive experience with public companies.
Independent Director, Audit Committee
Mr. Stankowski has been a director and member of the Audit Committee since January 2021. Mr. Stankowski is the founder and a partner and portfolio manager for Clayton Partners, LLC. He began his career at Prudential Securities in San Francisco and spent eight years in structured finance at CMA Capital Management, where he acted in a number of roles, including specializing in corporate retirement planning, structuring complex investment and financing structures for Fortune 1000 companies. He became designated as a Chartered Financial Analyst in 2003.
Independent Director, Chairman of the Audit Committee
Mr. Winn has been a director and member of the Audit Committee since January 2021. Mr. Winn recently retired from a 36 year career in public accounting that involved extensive board interaction. From 2003 until July 2020, Mr. Winn was an Audit Partner for Grant Thornton LLP, which is an independent audit, tax, and advisory firm and the U.S. member firm of Grant Thornton International Ltd. During his tenure, Mr. Winn served as audit department head, industry program leader, an engagement partner, quality control reviewer, and was a relationship partner to large clients. Mr. Winn has extensive Securities and Exchange Commission reporting experience with registration statements and annual and quarterly filings. Previously Mr. Winn served as a Director for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and previously as a Partner with Arthur Andersen LLP.