Gary C. Evans presently serves as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Magnum Hunter Resources Corporation (NYSE: “MHR”), a Houston based oil and gas exploration and production company specializing in unconventional resource plays in North America where he has held that position since taking over the Company in May 2009. Mr. Evans previously founded and served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Magnum Hunter Resources Inc. (MHRI), a NYSE listed company, for twenty years before selling MHRI to Cimarex Energy for approximately $2.2 billion in June 2005. In 2005, Mr. Evans founded Wind Hunter Energy, LLC, a renewable energy company which was subsequently acquired in December 2006 by GreenHunter Resources, Inc. (NYSE MKT: “GRH”), an emerging water resource company focusing on oil field water management and clean water technologies active in the unconventional resource plays. Mr. Evans has served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GreenHunter Resources, Inc. since December 2006 and is currently serving as Chairman. Mr. Evans is an Individual Trustee of TEL Offshore Trust, a publicly listed oil and gas trust, and is a Director of Novavax Inc., a NASDAQ listed clinical-stage vaccine biotechnology company. Mr. Evans was recognized by Ernst and Young as the Southwest Area 2004 Entrepreneur of the Year for the Energy Sector and was subsequently inducted into the World Hall of Fame for Ernst & Young Entrepreneurs. Mr. Evans was also recognized as the Energy Industry Leader of the year in 2013 and chosen by Finance Monthly in 2013 as one of the most respected CEO’s. Mr. Evans was recently chosen as the Best CEO in the “Large Company” category by Texas Top Producers in 2013. He additionally won the Deal Maker of the Year Award in 2013 by Finance Monthly. Mr. Evans serves on the Board of the Maguire Energy Institute at Southern Methodist University and speaks regularly at energy industry conferences around the world on the current affairs of the oil and gas industry.
Joseph C. Daches serves as Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President of Magnum Hunter Resources Corporation effective July 22, 2013. Mr. Daches brings more than 20 years of regulatory compliance, financial reporting, technical accounting, management and oil and gas accounting experience, primarily within the energy industry. Prior to joining Magnum Hunter, Mr. Daches served as Executive Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer of Energy & Exploration Partners, Inc. since September 2012 and became a Director of that company in April 2013. He previously served as Partner and Managing Director of the Willis Consulting Group, LLC, from January 2012 to September 2012 and from October 2003 to December 2011, Mr. Daches served as the Director of E&P Advisory Services at Sirius Solutions, LLC, where he was primarily responsible for financial reporting, technical, and oil and gas accounting and the overall management of the E&P advisory services practice. Mr. Daches earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Wilkes University in Pennsylvania, and he is a CPA with the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy.
James W. Denny III serves as Executive Vice President of Operations. Mr. Denny brings more than 43 years of industry-related experience to the company. Prior to joining Magnum Hunter Resources Corporation, Mr. Denny served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Gulf Energy Management Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Harken Energy Corporation. He is a registered Professional Engineer (Louisiana) and is a Certified Earth Scientist. He is also a member of various industry associations, including the American Petroleum Institute, National Society of Professional Engineers, Society of Petroleum Engineers, and the Society of Petroleum Evaluation Engineers. He is a graduate of the University of Louisiana-Lafayette with a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering.
R. Glenn Dawson serves as President of Magnum Hunter Resources’ Williston Basin Division. Mr. Dawson was formerly the President and CEO of NuLoch Resources, Inc. He has over 30 years of experience in oil and gas exploration in North America. His principal responsibilities have involved the generation and evaluation of drilling prospects and production acquisition opportunities. In the early stages of his career, Mr. Dawson was employed as an exploration geologist by Sundance Oil and Gas, Inc., a public company located in Denver, Colorado, concentrating on their Canadian operations. From 1985 to 1998, Mr. Dawson held a variety of managerial and technical positions with Summit Resources, including Vice President of Exploration, Exploration Manager and Chief Geologist. He held the position of Vice President of Exploration with PanAtlas from 1999 until its acquisition by Velvet. Mr. Dawson was a co-founder and Vice President of Exploration of TriLoch Resources from 2001 to 2005, until it was acquired by Enerplus. As a result of the sale of TriLoch Resources to Enerplus, Mr. Dawson founded NuLoch Resources, Inc. in 2005. Mr. Dawson graduated in 1980 from Weber State University of Utah with a Bachelor's degree in Geology and attended the University of Calgary from 1980 to 1982 in the Masters Program for Geology.
H.C. “Kip” Ferguson III serves as Executive Vice President of Exploration. Mr. Ferguson was formerly the President of Sharon Resources, Inc. He brings more than 24 years of exploration and development experience in several major U.S. basins to Magnum Hunter Resources Corporation. Mr. Ferguson is a third-generation geologist, and earned his degree in Geology from the University of Texas at Austin.
Don L. Kirkendall serves as Senior Vice President of the Company’s midstream subsidiary, Eureka Hunter Pipeline, LLC. Mr. Kirkendall brings more than 32 years of diversified energy experience to Magnum Hunter Resources Corporation. His background includes seven years with Texas Eastern Gas Transmission (TETCO), an interstate natural gas pipeline, in addition to extensive natural gas marketing and exploration experience. He co-founded and managed a successful natural gas marketing company in the1980s, as well as an independent exploration company that specialized in drilling Texas Gulf Coast and south Texas oil and gas prospects. Mr. Kirkendall received his BBA from Southwest Texas State University.
Paul M. Johnston serves as Senior Vice President and General Counsel. Mr. Johnston has 32 years of increasing responsibility and management experience in all facets of general corporate, finance, securities and regulatory-related legal matters. He is a former partner with the Dallas-based law firm, Thompson & Knight, LLP, representing both private and publicly held companies during a twenty-year career with the firm. Mr. Johnston also has seven years of in-house counsel experience, including as Vice President and Corporate Counsel for a NYSE listed Fortune 250 company, and most recently served for three years as General Counsel for an SEC registered investment advisor involved in the management of onshore and offshore hedge funds. Mr. Johnston graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History (with Honors) in 1977, and received his Juris Doctorate degree (with highest honors) from Texas Tech University in 1980. While attending law school, Mr. Johnston was a member of the Order of the Coif, and served as Managing Editor of the Law Review. Texas Monthly magazine listed Mr. Johnston as a Texas Super Lawyer in 2004 and 2005.
Chris Akers serves as Chief Operating Officer of the Company's midstream subsidiary, Eureka Hunter Pipeline, LLC. Mr. Akers brings more than 25 years of pipeline experience, including operations, engineering, project management and construction, primarily within the midstream industry located in Appalachia. Prior to joining Magnum Hunter, Mr. Akers served as Vice President of Team Environmental LLC since 2013. He previously served as Vice President Operations and Director of Gas Control and Commercial groups at EQT Corporation, from 2001 to 2013. During his tenure at EQT Corporation, Mr. Akers was a key member in the expansion of several hundred miles of pipeline, over 30 new compressor stations and two processing facilities. He was a key contributor on mergers and acquisitions and helped develop the strategic plans which focused on cost reduction, increasing throughput and risk/safety management. Prior to joining EQT Corporation, Mr. Akers served in various engineering, operations and gas control roles at Dominion Transmission from 1991 to 2001 and Union Carbide from 1989 to 1991. He has served on the board of West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association and chairman of the Midstream group of SGA. Mr. Akers earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from West Virginia Institute of Technology, and a Master of Business Administration from West Virginia Wesleyan.
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