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Trevor D. Rees-Jones, Founder, President and CEO
After practicing oil and gas reorganization law, Mr. Rees-Jones entered the oil and gas business in 1984 as an independent involved in exploration and production. In 1994 he founded Chief Oil & Gas, which was an early operator in the development of the Barnett Shale field in North Texas and the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Chief continues as a leading private independent oil and gas company, with a substantial acreage position in the Marcellus, as well as holdings and activity in many other oil and gas basins in the U.S. Mr. Rees-Jones is past president of both the Dallas Petroleum Club and the Dallas Hardhatters Committee (now the Dallas Wildcatters Committee). He is a member of the Board of Trustees at Dartmouth College and Texas Christian University. He received the Folsom Award for civic and community service in 2011; and in 2013 was awarded the Circle Ten Council Distinguished Eagle Scout Award. Mr. Rees-Jones received his BA from Dartmouth College and his JD from SMU School of Law.

John E Hinton, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Hinton joined Chief in 2012. Prior to joining Chief, he served as VP of Finance and Investor Relations at Quicksilver Resources where he was responsible for planning, marketing, risk management and investor relations. Mr. Hinton also held various commercial and finance positions at Peoples Energy Production and Burlington Resources. He received his BBA in accounting and MBA in finance from SMU.

Steven C. Haworth, Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Mr. Haworth began consulting with Chief in 2005 and has over 40 years oil and gas legal experience. Mr. Haworth joined Chief in his present position in 2012. Prior to joining Chief, he held legal positions at Sun Oil Company and Texas Oil & Gas Corp., and was VP - Acquisitions and then EVP - General Counsel at NRM / Edisto Resources Corporation, followed by 19 years in private oil and gas law practice. He holds BA and JD degrees from Baylor University and is Board Certified in Oil, Gas and Mineral Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

James A. Scott, Senior Vice President - Midstream
Mr. Scott joined Chief in 2008 and brings over 30 years of midstream pipeline sector experience. Most recently Mr. Scott served as SVP of Gas Supply and Business Development with Regency Energy Partners and VP Corporate Development with Crosstex Energy Services. He received his BS in Chemical Engineering from Oklahoma State University.

Kenneth D. Pfau, Senior Vice President - Exploration
Mr. Pfau joined Chief in January 2013 and has over 32 years of experience in generating and exploiting various plays around the globe. He has been immersed in the development and application of rock based technology to help unravel the latent potential of unconventional plays. Prior to Chief, Mr. Pfau served as Chief Geologist for Forest Oil generating unconventional plays and exploiting the Haynesville, Eagle Ford, Granite Wash, and Wolfcamp. He also worked for Apache in Egypt and at the same time helped establish Apache in shale gas plays in Northeast British Columbia. Prior to this, he worked for EOG Resources as Chief Geologist and was one of the original team members who helped place EOG in unconventional plays plus the technology to unlock them. He has a BS in Professional Geology from LSU in Baton Rouge.

Russell Parker, Senior Vice President - Engineering and Acquisitions
Mr. Parker joined Chief in November of 2012. Prior to that, Mr. Parker worked for Hilcorp Energy for the previous twelve years. He served a variety of roles with Hilcorp including Reservoir Engineer, Reserves Engineer, A&D Evaluations Engineer, and as the Asset Team Leader for South Texas, the Eagleford, and most recently the Northeastern US. He has a BS in Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

Andrew (Andy) E. Levine , Senior Vice President - Marketing
Mr. Levine joined Chief in 2014. Prior to joining Chief, he served as VP of Transportation at Chesapeake Energy Marketing, Inc. managing negotiation of transportation capacity, market origination, customer relations and regulatory activities. Prior to joining Chesapeake in 2009, Mr. Levine was Director of Supply Development for Tennessee Gas Pipeline. He worked for Tennessee for 20 years and held commercial positions in Marketing, Supply and Business Development as well as in accounting. He graduated from Texas State University in 1988 with a BBA in Accounting and received a CPA certification in the state of Texas.

Kirk Kuykendall, Vice President - Land
Mr. Kuykendall joined Chief in June of 2014. Before joining Chief, Mr. Kuykendall was a Region Land Manager for Apache Corporation’s Permian Region based in Midland Texas. During his 8 year tenure with Apache, Mr. Kuykendall also served Apache in Perth Australia, as a Senior Commercial and Business Development Advisor for Australia and SE Asia, and in Houston, as a Senior Land Advisor to Apache’s Gulf of Mexico Region. Combined with this and his previous roles at EOG Resources, Inc., El Paso Production Company and Zilkha Energy, Mr. Kuykendall brings over 25 years of Land and Business Development experience to Chief. He holds a BA in Finance from the University of Houston and is a Certified Professional Landman with the AAPL.


Sam Fragale, Senior Vice President - Operations
Mr. Fragale joined Chief in 2012 from Phillips Production where he served as senior vice president until their sale to Exxon Mobil. He managed all company operations related to land, exploration and drilling. Mr. Fragale began his career in 1983 as a reservoir engineer with Shell Offshore. He has a BS in petroleum engineering from West Virginia University.

Owen Stone, Vice President - Operations
Mr. Stone joined Chief in April of 2013, and brings an extensive operational experience to Chief. As a Petroleum Engineer, and in other high level management capacities, his work in Colorado, Texas, and Wyoming uniquely aligns him with the future of Chief's Marcellus operations and beyond. He holds a BS in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Wyoming.

Terry Ward, Vice President - Geology, Appalachia Region
Mr. Ward joined Chief in August of 2012 with greater than 30 years' experience as a Petroleum Geologist in the Appalachian Basin. His primary experience has been pursuit of deeper drilling prospects in the Devonian Oriskany Sandstone of PA and WV and has been focused on Marcellus Shale prospecting and drilling since 2006. Prior to Chief, Mr. Ward was Senior Geological Advisor for XTO Energy in Pittsburgh following the merger by ExxonMobil with Phillips Exploration Inc. where he served as Exploration Manager and subsequently VP of Exploration for Phillips from 2000 through 2011. He has a BS in Petroleum Geology from West Virginia University.


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