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.
Thomas H. Atkins - Senior Vice President, Exploration
Mr. Atkins joined the Company in April 2005 after serving as the General Manager - Gulf of Mexico for Newfield Exploration Company. Prior to his tenure at Newfield, Mr. Atkins served in various exploration capacities with EOG Resources and its predecessor companies, including prospect generator, development geologist and finally as Exploration Manager. Mr. Atkins also worked at the Superior Oil Company. He earned a BS in Geology from the University of Oklahoma.
E. Joseph Grady - Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Grady joined the Company in March 2005 and has more than 25 years of financial, operational and administrative experience. His previous positions included serving as Senior Vice President – Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Texas Petrochemicals Holdings, Inc., Vice President – Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Forcenergy Inc. and Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Pelto Oil Company. Mr. Grady is also a managing director of Vision Fund Advisors, Inc., a financial advisory firm he co-founded in 2001 that provides financial advisory and capital raising services to development-stage companies. Mr. Grady started his career with Touche Ross & Co., predecessor to Deloitte & Touche LLP. Mr. Grady received a bachelor of science degree in accounting from Louisiana State University and is a certified public accountant.
Jay S. Mengle - Senior Vice President, Engineering
Mr. Mengle has more than 25 years of oil and gas experience with previous senior management roles at Norcen Explorer and Westport Resources. Prior to joining the Company in April 2005, Mr. Mengle served as Shelf Asset Manager - Gulf of Mexico for Kerr McGee Corporation subsequent to its 2004 merger with Westport Resources and was responsible for implementing Westport's Gulf Coast/Gulf of Mexico drilling and production operations. He also served in various drilling, production and marketing management capacities at Norcen Energy Resources, Kirby Exploration and Mobil Oil Corp. Mr. Mengle received his BS in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Texas.
Jim Metcalf - Senior Vice President, Operations
Mr. Metcalf has more than 35 years of industry experience in oil and gas operations. His operations experience includes domestic onshore conventional and unconventional resource plays in most major basins, the shelf and deepwater GOM, and internationally. Mr. Metcalf joins us from Advance Energy Partners, LLC where he was Vice President of Operations and where he was charged with building and growing their operations team and capabilities. Prior to Advance Energy Partners, Mr. Metcalf served as Vice President of Drilling for Newfield Exploration, where he held technical and leadership roles with primary responsibilities for maintaining its safety culture, developing operating standards of performance, and building and managing their worldwide drilling teams. Prior to joining Newfield, Mr. Metcalf worked for Tenneco Oil E&P and two Gulf Coast Independents as Vice President of Operations. Mr. Metcalf serves as a Director for Big Brothers/Big Sisters and sits on the Marietta College Industry Advisory Committee. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, the International Association of Drilling Contractors, the American Association for Drilling Engineers, and the National Ocean Industries Association. Jim earned his Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering from Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio.
John A. Thomas - Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Mr. Thomas joined the Company in July 2011. Prior to joining Crimson, Mr. Thomas was Counsel with Vinson & Elkins LLP and previously served as Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Conquest Petroleum Inc. (formerly Maxim TEP, Inc.) and Corporate Counsel with Apache Corporation. Mr. Thomas began his legal career as an Associate with Vinson & Elkins LLP and also worked in corporate finance for two major international financial institutions before attending law school. Mr. Thomas received a JD degree from the Dedman school of law at Southern Methodist University, an MBA degree from the Bauer college of business at the University of Houston and a BS degree in business from Oklahoma State University.
Michael J. Autin - Vice President - Production
Mr. Autin joined Contango in May 2012 as Vice President of Production in August 2012. Mr. Autin has over 33 years of experience in the petroleum industry including the Gulf of Mexico and U.S onshore shale. He has held various positions including Production Manager, HSE Manager and Offshore Installation Manager. Prior to joining Contango, Mr. Autin was employed by BHP Billiton since October 2000, where most recently he was Gulf of Mexico Operations Manager, Field Manager and Operations Advisor. Mr. Autin attended Nicholls State University where he studied petroleum, safety and business. He received a BS degree in 1986.
Sergio Castro - Vice President and Treasurer
Mr. Castro joined Contango in March 2006 as Treasurer and was appointed Vice President and Treasurer in April 2006. Prior to joining Contango, Mr. Castro spent two years (April 2004 to March 2006) as a consultant for UHY Advisors TX, LP. From January 2001 to April 2004, Mr. Castro was a lead credit analyst for Dynegy Inc. From August 1997 to January 2001, Mr. Castro worked as an auditor for Arthur Andersen LLP, where he specialized in energy companies. Mr. Castro was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy in 1993 as an E-6, where he served onboard a nuclear powered submarine. Mr. Castro received a BBA in Accounting in 1997 from the University of Houston, graduating summa cum laude. Mr. Castro is a CPA and a Certified Fraud Examiner.
Jeff Sikora - Vice President, Land
Mr. Sikora has over 25 years of land experience in the oil & gas industry. Mr. Sikora joined Crimson Exploration, Inc. in May 2007 and has served as its Land Manager since 2008. Prior to joining Crimson Mr. Sikora served as Land Manager for Erskine Energy from 2005 to 2007 and as the Senior Landman for Edge Petroleum from 1995 – 2005. He began his career with Shell Western E&P in its New Orleans office in 1984. Mr. Sikora received his BA in Petroleum Land Management from the University of Texas.