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President Business Development
Sean Fitzgerald, PE
  • Mr. Fitzgerald has directed his skills in reservoir engineering, risk analysis, and economics to a strategic business development role. He has created and executed numerous business plans for both unconventional resource plays and conventional assets. He has a strong track record in divestitures, and has extensive experience in running acquisition projects, managing the engineering, land, and legal due diligence process.
  • At Rosetta Resources he directed the technical aspects of their $350 million divestiture program that generated the capital needed to fund their Eagle Ford investments. He was also responsible for the technical aspects of Rosetta’s acquisition efforts, including the acquisition of incremental Eagle Ford acreage.
  • While at Shell Exploration and Production Company, he handled diverse reservoir engineering assignments. He created a $300 million scalable business plan for optimizing the value of Shell’s South Texas Asset.
  • Mr. Fitzgerald holds a BS Petroleum Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a licensed professional engineer in the State of Texas.
President Operations
Kris Johnson, PE
  • Drawing upon his diverse, cross-functional operational experience, including completions, production, drilling, and facility management, Mr. Johnson has a proven record in large oil and gas properties management, capital projects implementation and acquisition opportunity development. Along with operating producing assets, his completion designs are currently being successfully applied in a number of unconventional plays throughout the United States.
  • Mr. Johnson has held various key operational positions with one of the largest privately-held independent oil and gas acquisition, development, and production companies in the U.S. His responsibilities ranged from designing and implementing completion programs, to well reactivation programs, management of waterflood units, and resolution of the full scope of production challenges.
  • As an Asset Engineer, Mr. Johnson successfully increased the PUD (Proved Undeveloped reserves) on existing assets and led the development of various multi-well exploration drilling programs.
  • Mr. Johnson holds a BS Petroleum Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Johnson is a licensed professional engineer in the State of Texas.
President Geosciences
Michael Rozenfeld, PE
  • Mr. Rozenfeld, a petroleum engineer and petrophysicist, has direct experience and expertise in the Eagle Ford, Bakken, Niobrara, and Mississippian unconventional resource plays.
  • While at Rosetta Resources, he developed a specialized reservoir shale model to identify high potential areas in the Eagle Ford resulting in Rosetta’s play map.
  • He subsequently led the leasing campaign, successfully planned and executed the discovery drilling efforts, including the drilling of the company’s first horizontal well, and developed full cycle unconventional reservoir logging, core, and pressure analysis programs. He led the development effort, putting together a full field program executing on a budget of $250 million in the second year of the program. His efforts over a two year period increased market cap by over $2 billion.
  • Mr. Rozenfeld began his career with Shell Exploration and Production Company as a petrophysicist leading the Slick Ranch prospect, he located bypassed reservoirs, developed a complete workover program for the field, and identified new well locations. The Slick Ranch Ranch team won a global Shell PaceSetter award for improved production and cost savings. 
  • Mr. Rozenfeld holds a B.S. Petroleum Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a licensed petroleum engineer in Texas.
Vice President Operations
Hakim Benhammou, PE
  • As a reservoir production specialist,  Mr. Benhammou has optimized & improved thousands of producing oil & gas wells in numerous major onshore basins throughout the United States. Recognizing the resource potential in the Permian Basin, he was instrumental in drilling and completing Bone Springs horizontals and recompletions years before the play was on the map. Being fluent in French, he has worked international assignments in Morocco and Spain, drilling his company’s first international wells in logistically challenging desert environments.
  • Mr. Benhammou holds a B.S. Petroleum Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.
Manager, Geosciences
Cindy Welch, PG
  • Ms. Welch is a geoscientist with over 10 years of experience in a wide variety of depositional environments and areas. Although having a broad experience background, she has extensive expertise in the areas of carbonate depositional systems, sequence stratigraphy, petrophysics, and waterflood analysis. Her range of experience includes various reservoirs in the Permian Basin and Oklahoma, Austin Chalk and Eagle Ford in South Texas, Cotton Valley and Smackover in Northern Louisiana, Niobrara in Wyoming, and Monterey in California.
  • Ms. Welch spent ten years at Chevron and another large independent during which time she drilled over 100 horizontal and vertical wells in multiple reservoirs in the Permian Basin and Oklahoma as well as in the Monterey Formation in California. During her career, she has gained extensive experience in reservoir characterization, project management, directional well planning, waterflood analysis, and recognition of bypassed pay. She has been instrumental in initiating new development and re-development in a number of different plays and was also involved in leading field trips on the topic of carbonate depositional systems and stratigraphy in both the Guadalupe Mountains and Central Texas.
  • Ms. Welch holds an MS in Geology and a BS in Geophysics from Texas Tech University
Manager, Drilling and Operations
Richard Wilde, PE
  • Mr. Wilde has drilled over 420 horizontal wells (4.4 Million FT) and has been involved in the management of 25 rig programs in his previous career at XTO. He has designed and drilled record 16 well pads while managing state environmental and regulatory concerns. He has reduced drill times in plays, such as the Barnett, from 25 days to 10 days while increasing laterals lengths by thousands of feet. Through his methodical and innovative use of drilling techniques, he reduced costs and increased efficiencies while being awarded responsibility over XTO's most complicated drilling environment in the Barnett Shale.