Chairman of the Board
Gareth Roberts has over 40 years of experience in the oil business working initially as a geologist for Texaco, Murphy Oil and Coho Resources. He founded Denbury Management, Inc. in 1990, which subsequently became Denbury Resources, Inc. (TSE, NYSE). Mr. Roberts was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Denbury from 1992 to 2009 and served as a Director until 2011. He has served on the board of Genesis Energy Inc. (NYSE) as Chairman and as a Director of Belden & Blake Corp. He founded Petro Harvester Oil and Gas in 2011 and is the current Chairman.
Mr. Roberts holds honors and master degrees in Geology from St. Edmund Hall, Oxford University, where he has been elected to an Honorary Fellowship. He has also been elected to the Oxford Chancellors Court of Benefactors.
President, Chief Executive Officer
Lewis Gillies serves as Petro Harvester’s President and Chief Executive Officer. Prior to Petro Harvester Mr. Gillies served as Chief Executive Officer at 2Co Energy, Ltd, UK. While at 2Co, he focused on 120 million Barrel North Sea opportunity as well as natural CO2, Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) in the United States. Prior to 2Co, he was the CEO for Hydrogen Energy International, Ltd. where he led initiatives that included generating low carbon power from fossil fuels, in conjunction with carbon capture and storage (CCS) with CO2 Enhanced Oil Recovery. His portfolio includes projects with a capital investment program in excess of $5bn in the Abu Dhabi and a direct staff of 100 people and indirect staff exceeding 200.
Senior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer
Joe Schimelpfening joined Petro Harvester in September 2014 as Senior Vice President and COO. Previously, Mr. Schimelpfening was the SVP - Upstream Business at Eagle Rock Energy Partners, L.P. where he managed Eagle Rock’s upstream business since 2007, which included assets in the Mid-Continent, South Alabama, East Texas and the Permian basin. He was a founding member and served as VP of Operations for Montierra Minerals and Production, L.P. before it contributed its minerals assets to Eagle Rock in 2007. Prior to Montierra, he held various management positions in operations, engineering and asset development with El Paso Production Company in its domestic onshore and Gulf of Mexico E&P operations. Mr. Schimelpfening began his career with Sonat Exploration Company, serving in various engineering positions, after receiving his Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1984. His is a licensed professional engineer in Texas.
Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Justus joined Petro Harvester in November 2010 as Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer. He has over 35 years of experience in the energy industry, having served most recently as Chief Financial Officer for Tecton Energy, LLC. Prior to Tecton, he held senior finance positions with Unocal Corp., BHP, and Monsanto. Mr. Justus earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia and is a member of the American Institute of CPA's and the Texas Society of CPA's.
Senior Vice President, EOR, Midstream & Commercial
Graeme Miller joined Petro Harvester as Senior Vice President of EOR, Midstream and Commercial Development. Prior to Petro Harvester, Mr. Miller served as the Development/Managing Director at 2Co Energy. While at 2Co he was accountable for leading the development of a 900MW power plant with carbon capture enabling a 120 million Barrel North Sea CO2 Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) opportunity. Prior to that he served as Vice President & Commercial Director at Hydrogen Energy International, Ltd. in Los Angeles. While there he led the commercial team for a 250MW power plant with carbon capture for CO2 EOR in California and developed a pipeline of anthropogenic CO2 EOR opportunities in the United States and Canada. Mr. Miller began his career with BP Engineering in 1988. He served in numerous international leadership roles with them until 2011. He is a chartered engineer and member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology having graduated with honors from Edinburgh University in 1987 and holds an MBA from the Open University.
Senior Vice President, General Counsel
Ms. LeBlanc joined Petro Harvester in August of 2016 as Senior Vice President and General Counsel. She has over twenty-five years of experience as an attorney, including over 20 years working as in-house counsel at multiple large corporations. Prior to Petro Harvester, Ms. LeBlanc held the position of Senior Counsel with Occidental Chemical Corporation. While there, she led major projects and negotiated both public and private mergers and acquisitions, and was the primary counsel for the company's International division. Prior to joining Occidental, Ms. LeBlanc was an Associate General Counsel at STMicroelectronics, and Senior Attorney at JCPenney. Ms. LeBlanc began her career at Haynes and Boone, LLP in Dallas after receiving her J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law.
Vice President, Northern Business
Mr. Watson joined Petro Harvester in April 2012. He has over 34 years experience in both domestic and international operations. Mr. Watson began his career with Texaco in 1979 as a Reservoir Engineer ultimately progressing to District Operations Engineer. He served in various positions at Santa Fe Minerals, Inc., including Manager of Project Development, until their assets were sold in 1995. At that time, he began in the international arena as the General Manager of Vintage Oil Argentina and then Latin America, after which he was promoted to Vice President of the Canadian Operations, and Vice President – International prior to the sale to Occidental in 2006. Most recently, Mr. Watson was the Director of Oil & Gas Operations for Millbrae Energy. He holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.
Vice President, Southern Business
Mr. Ashley joined Petro Harvester in November of 2015 as Vice President - Southern Business. Previously, Mr. Ashley formed Longshadow Consulting, LLC where he and a team of engineers and consultants provide engineering, operations and wellsite consulting within the oil and gas industry. Before he started consulting, he was partner and Sr. Vice President of Operations with Legado Resources. He was responsible for the planning, development and implementation of operations activities for all of Legado’s assets. Prior to Legado, Lonnie was with Denbury Resources. He was with Denbury during its infancy stage as their first engineer and operations manager for Mississippi. For the 13 years, he helped grow the company from a small independent oil company, focused on redeveloping mature fields in Mississippi and Louisiana, into the largest CO2-flooding operator east of the Mississippi. He held various engineering positions with Conoco in West Texas and Houston after receiving his Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering from Mississippi State University in 1983.
Vice President, Reserves and Planning
Mr. Mundy joined Petro Harvester in August 2013 as Vice President - Reserves and Planning. Most recently, Mr. Mundy was the Vice President - Chief Reservoir Engineer with Quicksilver Resources Inc. where he had served in various capacities since 2008 including Manager, Engineering. He began his career in 1996 with PanCanadian Petroleum Ltd. as a production engineer for the Weyburn Unit. Additionally, he has also held positions in Canada at Ross Smith Energy Group, Quicksilver Resources and Twin Butte Energy. Mr. Mundy holds a B.A. Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Waterloo. He is a registered professional engineer with Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA).
Vice President, Exploration and Development
Mr. King joined Petro Harvester in October 2012 as Vice President - Exploration and Development. Prior to joining Petro Harvester, Mr. King co-founded Matador Resources Company and served as the Company's Vice President - Exploration and later as Vice President of Geophysics and New Ventures. He was previously with Matador Petroleum Corporation, joining the company in 1996 as Chief Geophysicist. Prior to joining Matador Petroleum, Mr. King worked for Enserch Corporation as Team Leader for the Oklahoma Asset Group. Mr. King began his career in 1983 with Sohio Petroleum. Mr. King received a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology with a Minor in Mathematics from Alfred University, Alfred, New York and a Master of Science degree in Geophysics from Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio.
Vice President, Land and Marketing
Mr. Cashon joined Petro Harvester in December 2012 as Vice President - Land and Marketing. He has over 30 years experience in both the Exploration & Production and Mid-Stream energy sectors. He began his career with Texas Oil & Gas Corp. where he held various land and gas marketing positions. He served as Director and General Manager of LG&E Facilities Inc., a Permian Basin focused natural gas pipeline Mid-Stream company. After his post of Vice President Land & Marketing for Tempest Energy Resources LLC, a conventional Texas gulf coast E&P company, he most recently worked as a senior land consultant for Talisman Energy USA in the unconventional shale plays. Mr. Cashon graduated with a B.B.A. from the University of Oklahoma.
Vice President, Human Resources & Administration
Ms. Willenborg joined Petro Harvester in April of 2012 as Director of Human Resources. She has more than 20 years of experience serving as the business partner responsible for all people issues including talent management, total rewards, employee engagement, employee development and performance management. Prior to Petro Harvester, she held the position of Director of Human Resources at NCH Corporation and several management positions at Crosstex Energy. She is a past member of Hart Publishing's Energy Recruiting & Retention Conference Advisory Board and was a speaker at the 2008 Conference. Ms. Willenborg began her career in 1990 after she received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Baylor University. She later received her Master's degree in Organizational Management and is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources.