Joseph J. Romano - Chairman
Mr. Romano assisted Mr. Peak in founding the Company in 1999. Mr. Romano has worked in the energy industry since 1977. Mr. Romano served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Zilkha Energy Company until its sale in 1998 and served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Zilkha Renewable Company until its sale in 2005. He presently serves in various capacities in Zilkha-affiliated companies. He is President and Chief Executive Officer of Olympic Energy Partners which owns working interests in Contango's Dutch and Mary Rose fields, is President and Chief Executive Officer of ZZ Biotech, is Vice President and Director of Laetitia Vineyards and Winery and is Vice President of Zilkha Biomass Company. Mr. Romano served as Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Controller of Texas International Company from 1986 through 1988 and its Treasurer and Controller from 1982 through 1985. Prior to 1982, Mr. Romano spent five years working in the Worldwide Energy Group of the First National Bank of Chicago. He earned his BA in Economics from the University of Wisconsin in Eau Claire and an MBA from the University of Northern Illinois.
Allan D. Keel - President and CEO
Mr. Keel has more than 20 years of experience in the oil and gas industry.Prior to joining Crimson as part of its recapitalizationin 2005, he served as Vice President/General Manager of Westport Resources' Houston office, from 1996 - 2000 and from 2004 until its ultimate sale to Kerr McGee. After his first term with Westport, Mr. Keel served a brief time as Vice President of Enron Energy Finance before becoming President and Chief Operating Officer of Mariner Energy Company. Prior to returning to Westport, Mr. Keel served as interim President to Woodside Energy Inc. (USA), an affiliate of Woodside Petroleum Ltd. He began his career at Energen Resources where he directed the company's exploration, joint venture and acquisition activities. He received BS and MS degrees in geology from the University of Alabama and an MBA from the Owen School of Management at Vanderbilt University.
Mr. Berilgen was appointed a director of Contango in July 2007. Mr. Berilgen has served in a variety of senior positions during his 40 year career. Most recently, he became Chief Executive Officer of Patara Oil & Gas LLC in April 2008. Prior to that he was Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Rosetta Resources Inc., a company he founded in June 2005, until his resignation in July 2007, and then he was an independent consultant from July 2007 through April 2008. Mr. Berilgen was also previously the Executive Vice President of Calpine Corp. and President of Calpine Natural Gas L.P. from October 1999 through June 2005. In June 1997, Mr. Berilgen joined Sheridan Energy, a public oil and gas company, as its President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Berilgen attended the University of Oklahoma, receiving a BS in Petroleum Engineering in 1970 and a MS in Industrial Engineering / Management Science.
B. James Ford
Mr. Ford is a Managing Director of Oaktree Capital Management, LLC. Before joining Oaktree, Mr. Ford was a consultant with McKinsey & Co., and a financial analyst in the Investment Banking Department of PaineWebber Incorporated. Mr. Ford earned a BA in Economics from the University of California at Los Angeles and an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. He currently serves as a director of Cebridge Connections, LLC and National Mobile Television.
Mr. McCain became a member of the Company’s board of directors on June 1, 2005. Mr. McCain was Vice President, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer of Westport Resources Corporation, a large, publicly traded exploration and production company, from 2001 until the sale of that company to Kerr McGee Corporation in 2004. From 1992 until joining Westport, Mr. McCain was Senior Vice President and Principal of Petrie Parkman & Co., an investment banking firm specializing in the oil and gas industry. From 1978 until joining Petrie Parkman, Mr. McCain held senior financial management positions with Presidio Oil Company and Petro-Lewis Corporation and Ceres Capital. Mr. McCain received a B.S. of Business Administration and a Masters of Business Administration/Finance from the University of Denver. Mr. McCain served as an Adjunct Professor of Finance at the University of Denver from 1982 to 2005.
Charles M. Reimer
Mr. Reimer was elected a director of Contango in November 2005. Mr. Reimer is President of Freeport LNG Development, L.P., and has experience in exploration, production, liquefied natural gas ("LNG") and business development ventures, both domestically and abroad. From 1986 until 1998, Mr. Reimer served as the senior executive responsible for the VICO joint venture that operated in Indonesia, and provided LNG technical support to P. T. Badak. Additionally, during these years he served, along with Pertamina executives, on the board of directors of the P.T. Badak LNG plant in Bontang, Indonesia. Mr. Reimer began his career with Exxon Company USA in 1967 and held various professional and management positions in Texas and Louisiana. Mr. Reimer was named President of Phoenix Resources Company in 1985 and relocated to Cairo, Egypt, to begin eight years of international assignments in both Egypt and Indonesia. Prior to joining Freeport LNG Development, L.P. in December 2002, Mr. Reimer was President and Chief Executive Officer of Cheniere Energy, Inc.