David A. Veltri (59) – Director, Chief Executive Officer, President and Chief Operating Officer. David has over 35 years of oil and natural gas industry experience with a major oil company and several independent companies, where he has managed projects and provided his engineering consulting services. These projects cover North Dakota, Wyoming, the Rocky Mountains, the Southern U.S., Mid-Continent, Louisiana, Texas and various international locations. David served as Chief Operating Officer of Emerald Oil Inc. from November 2012 until December 2014. David also served as an independent petroleum engineering consultant from October 2011 through November 2012. From August 2008 through September 2011, David served as Vice President/General Manager of Baytex Energy USA Ltd., where he managed business unit operations, capital drilling programs, lease maintenance and producing properties in the Williston Basin in North Dakota. From September 2006 to July 2008, David was Production Manager at El Paso Exploration and Production Company, where he managed producing oil and natural gas properties located in northern New Mexico. None of the entities with which David has been employed is a parent, subsidiary or affiliate of the Company. David received his Bachelors of Science in Mining and Engineering from West Virginia University.
J. Weldon Chitwood (52) – Independent Director. Mr. Chitwood was elected to the Board on May 8, 2017. Mr. Chitwood served as President, Director, and Regional Vice President of Shaw Industries Subsidiaries, Spectra Flooring and Carpets International in Seattle, San Francisco and London from 1988 to 2005. Since that time he has served in various executive and board of director roles for Brand Partners from 2003 to 2004, Beaulieu Group from 2005 to 2013, Mohawk Industries from 2014 to 2016, and is currently Vice President, Real Estate Operations for Angelus Private Equity Group. None of the entities with which Mr. Chitwood has been employed is a parent, subsidiary, or affiliate of the Company. The Board has concluded that Mr. Chitwood’s experience qualifies him for service as an independent director and as a member of the Compensation, Audit, Hedging and Nominating Committees.
John G. Hoffman (59) – Independent Director. Mr. Hoffman was elected to the Board on May 8, 2017. Mr. Hoffman has more than 36 years of experience in the domestic and international energy industry. Mr. Hoffman currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Painted Pegasus Petroleum (P3 Petro). Prior to Mr. Hoffman’s position at P3 Petro, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Black Elk Energy from 2007 to 2014. None of the entities with which Mr. Hoffman has been employed is a parent, subsidiary, or affiliate of the Company. Mr. Hoffman is a licensed and Registered Professional Engineer with over 36 years of domestic and international industry experience and has demonstrated expertise in field development and the identification and implementation of initiatives to improve operations. Mr. Hoffman holds a Bachelor of Science in mining engineering from the University of Missouri at Rolla. The Board has concluded that Mr. Hoffman’s experience qualifies him for service as an independent director and as a member of the Audit, Compensation, Nominating and Hedging Committees.
Javier F. Pico (58) – Independent Director and Director Nominee. Mr. Pico was elected to the Board on May 8, 2017. Mr. Pico has practiced law for 26 years and is the Managing Partner of Javier F. Pico, P.C. Law Offices in Boston, Massachusetts since 1992 practicing business, real estate and immigration law. Mr. Pico’s law practice is not a parent, subsidiary, or affiliate of the Company. He has received his Juris Doctor from the Boston School of Law and is licensed to practice law in New York and Massachusetts. The Board has concluded that Mr. Pico’s experience qualifies him for service as an independent director and as a member of the Audit, Compensation and Nominating Committees.