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.
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.
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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