BOARD OF DIRECTORS & SENIOR MANAGEMENT

 

The experience of the eCORP management team bridges the energy delivery industry from the reservoir to the burner tip or electric meter. The company’s principals are seasoned professionals representing a long and successful history of business experience with a diversity of skills, backgrounds and significant global relationships. They are characterized by their unimpeachable reputations for integrity and fair dealing, as well as for their distinct perspective as both entrepreneurs and investors. The core leadership group’s combined expertise represents hundreds of years of energy sector joint ventures, operations, acquisitions, debt and private equity financing totaling many billions of dollars with preeminent companies. A select list of these companies includes EnCap Investments, LLC, Pacific Corporate Group Capital Partners, Chief Exploration & Production, LLC, Chesapeake Energy, Louis Dreyfus Energy Services, LLC, El Paso, Natural Gas Pipeline of America, Western Gas Processors, InterNorth, BNP Paribas, Banc One, Chase, UBS, and Entergy among others.

JOHN F. THRASH, CHAIRMAN & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, MEMBER OF BOARD OF DIRECTORS – Dr. Thrash, co-founder of eCORP and its affiliates, has been responsible for project generation, design and supervision, key contract negotiation, and major corporate finance aspects for the company and its affiliates since 1982. He has served as Chief Executive Officer of eCORP, predecessor companies and affiliates since 1985 with similar responsibilities concerning the development, acquisition and disposition of the Company’s E & P (primary and enhanced oil recovery and natural gas production), gas storage and power projects, as well as related assets and financing initiatives, including joint ventures, debt, private equity, and highly structured project finance – such as sophisticated credit enhancements and cost-effective risk transfer solutions.

Dr. Thrash is also responsible for developing the Company’s current global business plan, an outgrowth of the company’s following platform which he has built over the last 30 years. Owning, operating and integrating three classes of assets (upstream natural gas and oil; midstream natural gas; and downstream electric power) which in the aggregate, have constituted many billions of USD investment to date and allowed the company to uniquely manage E & P risk by coupling it with natural gas storage development in select geologic settings. Positioning the company as a “green” developer for which it has become quite experienced and well noted through projects exhibiting profound environmental care and concern in their construction and operation, including global “best practices” relative to all environmental impacts such as view shed protection, sound and light abatement, emissions and materials handling.

The eCORP principals and professional staff, who Dr. Thrash has secured to execute eCORP’s vision as well as to reflect the corporate ethos that has been cultivated, are characterized by their unimpeachable reputations for integrity and fair dealing, as well as for their distinct perspective as both entrepreneurs and investors. eCORP’s management bridges the energy delivery industry from the reservoir to the burner tip or electric meter. The eCORP team has been involved in the development, operation, sale and acquisition of more than 20% of all new storage capacity additions in U.S. since interstate pipeline deregulation which occurred circa 1985 and has managed literally tens of thousands (10,000s) of conventional, unconventional (coalbed methane, tight sands and shale) and storage wells across every continent, excluding Antarctica.

Dr. Thrash has served in numerous advisory roles and presented to a broad range of US and international regulatory agencies (such as the U.S Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Comisión Reguladora de Energía of Mexico, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, and Alliance Nationale de Coordination de la Recherche pour l’Énergie) as well as to public forums on scientific and energy related topics. He also has had a distinguished academic and research career. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. Dr. Thrash obtained a M.D. and trained at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas. Dr. Thrash is the founding funding partner and Managing Director of the Center for Molecular Research in Infectious Disease. Prior to becoming involved full-time in his family’s energy business concerns, Dr. Thrash was in private medical practice in Houston.

VINCENT R. VOLPE, JR., VICE CHAIRMAN, MEMBER OF BOARD OF DIRECTORS Prior to joining eCORP, Mr. Volpe served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Dresser-Rand Group, Inc. for the past 15 years, until leading its $7.6 billion dollar sale to Siemens during the summer of 2015. He became a member of the company’s Board of Directors at the time it was acquired by First Reserve Corporation in October 2004. In August 2005 the Company was taken public and during his 10 year tenure as CEO the Company generated total shareholder returns in excess of 350%.

Mr. Volpe joined Dresser in 1981 and over the past 34 years held positions of increasing responsibility in Engineering, Marketing, and Operations in the USA, Venezuela, Japan, France and the UK. In 1999 he was named Chief Operating Officer, responsible for worldwide manufacturing, technology and supply chain management, serving in that position until September 2000 at which time he became President and Chief Executive Officer of Dresser-Rand Company.

Mr. Volpe is proficient in five languages and earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a BA in German Literature from Lehigh University. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the FMC Company as a member of the Audit Committee and Chairman of the Nominating and Governance Committee.

D. RONALD HARRELL, P.E., MEMBER OF BOARD OF DIRECTORS – Mr. Harrell joined Ryder Scott Co. as a reservoir engineer in 1968, became its President in 1998 and served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer from 2000-2005, remaining as its Board Chairman until May 2006. Founded in 1937, Ryder Scott is one of the largest, oldest and most respected reservoir-evaluation consulting firms in the industry and is, by far, the most widely used consulting firm for preparing annual petroleum reserves certifications for filers with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The company also serves clients listed on the London, Ontario, Toronto, Hong Kong, Australian and other stock exchanges.

Projects Mr. Harrell personally oversaw at Ryder Scott included reserves certifications, property evaluations for sale, purchase or financing, reservoir management, gas supply analysis in support of pipeline construction, gas storage studies, contract compliance and litigation support. He is a well-published, noted authority who is highly regarded both domestically and internationally, having represented clients that include oil and gas producers, pipeline companies, utilities, banks, insurance companies, universities, municipalities, governmental agencies, law firms, investors, estates and royalty owners. His past Chairmanship of the Oil and Gas Reserves Committee of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, on which he remains as an observer, illustrates his worldwide standing.

Mr. Harrell is a Director of Union Drilling, Inc., Chairman of the University of Houston’s Petroleum Engineering Advisory Board and immediate past President of Louisiana Tech University’s Engineering and Science Foundation Board. Mr. Harrell received a B.S. degree in petroleum engineering, magna cum laude, from Louisiana Tech University.

ROBERT K. HATCHER, MEMBER OF BOARD OF DIRECTORS – Mr. Hatcher serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Cockrell Interests, Inc., Texas Production Company and Pinto Investment Partners. Cockrell Interests is a private, diversified wealth management company located in Houston, Texas, considered among the most fully developed, sophisticated and global reaching family offices in the country. The firm’s interests include public and private equity, venture capital, real estate, energy, and agriculture. The operating companies that are managed by Cockrell Interests include: Pinto Investment Partners, L.P.; Pinto America Growth Fund, L.P.; Pinto Technology Ventures; Pinto Realty Partners; and Pinto Energy Partners.

Mr. Hatcher also serves as Chairman of the Finance Advisory Committee for each of the Pinto Companies and on the Board of Directors of certain Pinto Group portfolio companies.

Prior to joining Cockrell Interests in 2001, Mr. Hatcher founded and served as Managing Director of Citywest Ventures, a Houston-based private equity and financial advisory firm. During 1999 and 2000, Mr. Hatcher served as Managing Director of Corporate Strategy and Development of Metamor Worldwide, Inc., a multi-national information technology professional services firm. Mr. Hatcher also served on the Executive Committee of Metamor and as President of its venture capital group. Prior to joining Metamor, Mr. Hatcher was a corporate finance and securities partner in Vinson & Elkins L.L.P.

Mr. Hatcher received a B.B.A. from Southern Methodist University and a M.B.A. and J.D. from Tulane University. Mr. Hatcher serves on the Board of Directors of University of Texas Marine Science Institute, the CIBER Institute at the University of Texas and on other civic and academic boards; and is an Adjunct Professor at Rice University.

CHRISTOPHER H. WILLIAMS, MEMBER OF BOARD OF DIRECTORS – Mr. Williams is a partner of BDT & Company, LLC, a merchant bank that provides advisory services and capital to significant family-owned businesses. Prior to joining BDT he was a managing director of Harris Williams & Co., a firm he co-founded in 1991 as a national investment banking firm focusing on mergers and acquisitions. Since the firm’s founding, Mr. Williams has led Harris Williams & Co. to become one of the largest and most influential middle market mergers and acquisitions boutiques in the U.S. with over 200 bankers and eight offices, including European ones in London and Frankfurt, as well as affiliate offices in Hong Kong, China, India and Australia. Harris Williams & Co. is now part of The PNC Financial Services Group. PNC is a global diversified financial services firm and Fortune 200 company.

With nearly 25 years of transactional experience, Mr. Williams has completed over 200 assignments involving either mergers and acquisitions or capital raising activities. Prior to co-founding Harris Williams & Co., Mr. Williams was with Bowles Hollowell Conner & Co. Mr. Williams earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.S. in Business Administration, magna cum laude, from Washington & Lee University.

ROBERT R. VOORHEES, JR., CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER & MANAGING DIRECTOR, MEMBER OF BOARD OF DIRECTORS – Mr. Voorhees has been with eCORP and affiliated companies for over 20 years serving as Chief Financial Officer and Managing Director for most of that time. During that period, he was responsible for the financial accounting, tax accounting, budgeting, financing activities and administration associated with the development, design, construction, operation and ultimate sale of two of the premier gas storage facilities in the United States: the Stuart Gas Storage Facility in Oklahoma and the Stagecoach Gas Storage Facility in New York.

Before joining eCORP in 1988, Mr. Voorhees practiced as a consultant and CPA, and acted as Chief Financial Officer/Vice President of Finance for two small publicly-held companies.

From 1983 to 1986, he was Vice President for a private real estate investment and development firm in Houston, Texas. He also worked with Ernst & Whinney and Texas Eastern Corporation. Mr. Voorhees holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Louisiana State University, and has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1981. Mr. Voorhees is actively involved in the leadership of several charitable organizations.

JEROME T. (JERRY) WALKER, PRESIDENT, MEMBER OF BOARD OF DIRECTORS Mr. Walker most recently served as Executive Vice President of Global Solutions for Dresser-Rand Group as part of its senior management team, which led its outstanding performance and ultimate sale to Siemens. While at Dresser-Rand, Mr. Walker led all aspects of the Company’s growth activities including mergers and acquisitions, marketing, research and development, large project execution and operations in the growth regions of Brazil, the Middle East and Asia. Previously, Mr. Walker served as Vice President of Americas and Asia Pacific for Dresser-Rand Group Inc.

Prior to joining Dresser-Rand, Mr. Walker spent more than 15 years with Honeywell including serving as Vice President of Global Operations at Process Solutions from 2005 to 2008, where he led all aspects of manufacturing, supply chain and project operations. He held various other senior leadership roles at Honeywell International from 1993 to 2008 including; Vice President and General Manager of Europe, Middle East, and Africa, Vice President of Sales, Vice President of Business Development and Director of Marketing.

Mr. Walker has more than 25 years of experience in the Energy industries, including refinery operations with BP (formerly Amoco) and marketing with Emerson Electric. He has also been a Director of MFRI, Inc. since April 15, 2014 and chairs the Compensation Committee. Mr. Walker holds a BS Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

G.S. (STEVE) CLIFTON, DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT & MANAGING DIRECTOR, MEMBER OF BOARD OF DIRECTORS – Prior to joining eCORP in 1996, Mr. Clifton served in a variety of positions with Houston Lighting and Power (HL&P) and HL&P’s parent, Houston Industries (HI), including directing HL&P’s fuels purchasing practices, storage utilization and, most recently, has served as Director of State Affairs for HL&P/HI.

Mr. Clifton’s tenures with HL&P/HI as well as with the electric generation industry’s various agencies, commissions and institutes have been long, successful and quite distinguished. Mr. Clifton is recognized throughout the industry as a leader and innovator in the areas of electric generation fuels supply, business management, organization and regulation.

Mr. Clifton was primarily responsible for overseeing the design, development and construction of the Stagecoach Gas Storage Facility in New York and was instrumental in the acquisition and development of eCORP’s latest project, the Junction Natural Gas Storage Facility in Pennsylvania. Mr. Clifton holds a Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering Technology from Oklahoma State University.

CHARLES W. STERN, CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER & EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF CORPORATE FINANCE – Mr. Stern has extensive global relationships in the financial and industry sectors. He has been able to accelerate growth and extend market access for a variety of businesses and organizations for the past 25 years.

From 1993-1996, Mr. Stern was Manager of the International Business Department at the World Trade Center New Orleans. Over the course of his seven years at that organization, he orchestrated 17 foreign trade missions and 90 international trade programs. From 1996-2002, he directed Strategic Initiatives for Longue Vue Foundation, the private endowment of Longue Vue House and Gardens, an internationally acclaimed National Landmark property, where he achieved a significant financial turnaround. Mr. Stern co-founded and was a partner of Milling & Stern, LLC, an advisory firm which, on behalf of its clients, acquired fine art through worldwide contacts, which included leading dealers, collectors and art institutions. He is a Director of Mermentau Mineral & Land Co.

Mr. Stern has served on the boards of numerous civic and charitable organizations in his native New Orleans. Mr. Stern holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Washington & Lee University.

FLORENCE MAISEL, DIRECTOR OF EXTERNAL RELATIONS, EMEA  Ms. Maisel is the founder and Managing Partner of INTEREL FRANCE and a Member of the Executive Committee of INTEREL GROUP. She founded INTEREL in Paris in 1989, which was one of the first public affairs / lobbying consultancies in France. Today, INTEREL FRANCE is the French subsidiary of INTEREL GROUP, with headquarters in Brussels, and wholly owned offices in Bejing, Berlin, Brussels, Delhi, London, Paris and Washington DC. Florence is an active member of the Interel Global Practice, which manages a network of 45 public affairs affiliates across the world, gathering 1000 best in class consultants.

In terms of sectors, Ms. Maisel has a strong expertise in energy and environment, but also in health, agriculture, food or information technology. Her client base (past and present) of international companies and organizations includes Adobe, BlackBerry, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Coca-Cola, Danone, Dell, eCORP International, Expedia, General Mills, Genworth Financial, Intel, Johnson & Johnson, Kellogg’s, Kraft Foods, Microsoft, Monsanto, Nokia, NutraSweet, Pfizer, Qualcomm, Red Bull, Rio Tinto Minerals, Solyndra, Tate & Lyle, Tripadvisor, Weight Watchers, 3M.

Before founding INTEREL in Paris, Ms. Maisel was a political consultant at “Michel Bongrand SA” (founder of the international association of political consultants – IAPC) and was in charge of several political campaigns as well as of corporate communication campaigns for the government. She started her career with Arthur Young in the public sector department and is the co-founder (in 1991) and member of the board of the French Association of Lobbying and Public Affairs Consultants (AFCL).

Recognizing Ms. Maisel’s extensive experience in energy, environmental affairs and political consultancy, eCORP has engaged her to serve as the Director of External Affairs for EMEA. In addition to her native French, Ms. Maisel speaks fluent English and Spanish. She is a graduate of the “Sciences Po Paris”, holds a master’s degree in marketing and is a graduated mediator.

JOHNNY A. KOPECKY, CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, INTERNATIONAL – Prior to joining eCORP in December, 2010, Mr. Kopecky carried out business development and drilling projects for various clients over the last 11 years in Azerbaijan, Georgia, Ecuador, Iraq, Colombia and the United States. Before retiring from Enron Oil & Gas in 1999, he was instrumental in capturing, and then managing major projects (capital expenditures up to $1 Billion) in India, Trinidad and China. Each project started with evaluation of discovered reserves and exploration potential, and progressed with formulating the business trade, negotiating governing agreements and establishing an operating team in-country. He continued with drilling and completing initial wells, installing platforms and facilities and start-up of production. His earlier oil and gas engineering and operations experience was gained at Union Texas Petroleum, Mobil, Superior Oil and Exxon.

Companies operating onshore in the United Kingdom recently formed an industry representation group under the mantle of United Kingdom Onshore Operators Group (“UKOOG”) whose initial focus is formulation, in cooperation with the Department of Energy and Climate Change (“DECC”), of consensus guidelines which recognize unique challenges associated with exploring for, and developing UK’s shale resources. eCORP, a founding member of UKOOG, is now represented on UKOOG’s Council (Board of Directors) by Mr. Kopecky.

Mr. Kopecky is a registered Professional Engineer in Texas and Louisiana; he earned his BS, MS and PhD engineering degrees at The University of Texas at Austin and his executive MBA at Rice University.

PATRICK J. PELDNER, CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, USA – Mr. Peldner most recently served as an officer with Enstor, Inc., one of the largest natural gas storage companies in North America. Prior to his tenure at Enstor, Inc., Mr. Peldner amassed significant experience in the natural gas storage, processing, and pipeline businesses with several energy companies. He has been involved in the development and acquisition of numerous natural gas storage facilities in North America. His storage development experience includes depleted reservoirs, bedded salt and domal salt structures.

Mr. Peldner is a past President of the Natural Gas Association of Oklahoma, and a board member and Vice Chairman of NESA, the National Energy Services Association based in Houston. Mr. Peldner is a graduate of the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia and a Civil Engineering graduate from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

ROBERT S. LESTZ, CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER – Mr. Lestz is a degreed petroleum engineer with 28 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, most recently as the Chief Technology Officer for GasFrac Energy Services. Previously, he spent 22½ years at Chevron working in the areas of well stimulation, artificial lift, coiled tubing, completions, and remedial well work operations. Robert last led a multidiscipline R&D organization at Chevron’s technology company specifically focused on Unconventional Resources. Part of this effort involved building and managing external partnerships at Universities and National Laboratories.

Mr. Lestz holds 5 patents (including those associated with the GasFrac technology) and has additional patent applications pending. He previously served on the board of directors of the Petroleum Technology Transfer Council and on the United States Department of Energy Oil Shale Ad Hoc Group and is currently on the advisory board of the University of Utah Institute for Clean and Secure Energy. He has also published numerous articles in trade journals and peer reviewed technical journals.

Mr. Lestz has a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

JOHN N. (JACK) BELLINGER, GENERAL COUNSEL & EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT – Mr. Bellinger has over 25 years of legal and management experience and is responsible for eCORP’s legal functions. Prior to joining eCORP, he served as Vice President, Managing Counsel and Assistant Secretary of Calpine Corporation where he was employed from 2000 to 2007. From 1994 to 2000, he served as Senior Counsel and later Managing Counsel and Assistant Secretary for Hadson Corporation and its successor, LG&E Energy, Inc.

Mr. Bellinger also worked in the Energy Section of the Blanchard Walker, O’Quinn & Roberts law firm in Shreveport, Louisiana from 1990 – 1993, Texas Oil and Gas Corp. in its Shreveport office from 1985 to 1990, Hargrove Guyton Ramey and Barlow Law Firm in Shreveport from 1983 to 1985, and for Phelps Dunbar Law Firm in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1982. Mr. Bellinger holds a Doctorate of Jurisprudence and Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Louisiana State University and a Masters of Law in Environmental Law from the University of Houston. He is a member of the Texas, Louisiana, Kentucky State Bar Associations, the Houston Bar Association and the Association of Corporate Counsel. Mr. Bellinger is engaged in civic and charitable work in the community.

MARK V. STAUSS, DIRECTOR OF COMMERCIAL OPERATIONS – Mr. Stauss has over 30 years of Oil and Gas experience. He has served eCORP in many capacities including Director of Commercial Operations for their storage facilities as well as their shale development assets, and Chief Financial Officer for eCORP Energy Marketing. Mr. Stauss managed the $45 million credit facilities provided by BNP Paribas and Del Mar Capital to facilitate growth of gas trading and storage activities. He led the effort to successfully qualify the Chestnut Ridge Storage Project for sales and use tax exemption saving $2.5 million. Mr. Stauss has managed the commercial activities for high voltage electric power interconnects, power supply arrangements, pipeline interconnects, gas storage customers, tariff compliance and regulatory reporting.

Prior to joining eCORP in 2001, Mr. Stauss managed business development activities for Pipeline Power Partners, the compression development company that designed and constructed the Stagecoach compressor station and surface facilities. He also spent 15 years with the Coastal Corporation and Coastal affiliates including Coastal Gas Marketing, Coastal Multi-Fuels, and ANR Pipeline Company. Mr. Stauss holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Clarkson University as well as a Masters in Business Administration from Houston Baptist University.

ROBERT (BOB) A. HAY, MANAGING DIRECTOR OF MARKETING & RISK MANAGEMENT – Mr. Hay has been involved in all aspects of marketing natural gas including pipeline, gathering, storage, business development, trading and marketing. Mr. Hay has worked with eCORP affiliates in varying capacities since 2002 when he managed eCORP Energy Marketing in connection with the Stagecoach Gas Storage Facility. Mr. Hay was responsible for securing a $30MM senior credit facility with BNP Paribas and a $15MM subordinated debt facility with Del Mar Capital Management to facilitate marketing and trading operations. Mr. Hay was responsible for selling the assets of eCEM to Louis Dreyfus Highbridge Energy in 2009.

Mr. Hay co-founded Bishop Pipeline Corporation in 1983, an early entrant into the nascent deregulation and transition of the natural gas industry. Prior to the sale of Bishop to Metallgesellschaft, AG, Frankfurt, Germany in 1992 the company marketed in excess of 1 bcf per day ($400MM) to over 400 producer and end-user customers across 20 interstate pipeline systems. In 1981 Mr. Hay started his career with Mobil Oil Corporation as a project engineer and worked on a variety of projects for crude, refined product and natural gas pipelines that supported Mobil’s Torrance refinery. Mr. Hay also worked as a student engineer for Bechtel Engineering in San Francisco while attending UC Davis. Mr. Hay graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Davis in 1981 and holds a FINRA Series 3 commodity trading license.

JOAQUÍN FERNÁNDEZ DE CÓRDOVA HOHENLOHE, CO-DIRECTOR OF INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT – Mr. Fernández de Córdova has extensive business experience in many different industries working as an advisor for international businesses in the Middle East, South America, Europe, Africa and Asia. His career includes eight years in South America reorganizing and managing companies in the fields of resorts, hotels, food, farming and real estate for GLS & Co. Swarovski Group (Austria). Mr. Fernández de Córdova is an entrepreneur with a proven history of success. He speaks English, Spanish and several other languages.

MARTIN STJERNFELT, CO-DIRECTOR OF INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT – Mr. Stjernfelt has extensive experience in corporate finance and international business development. In 2002 he co-founded and managed the Spanish subsidiary of the Danish company E3light, specialized in the manufacture and distribution of energy saving light bulbs. From 2003 ­ 2005 he was employed at ARJIL & Associés Banque, the investment banking arm of Lagardère Group, a European media (HDS) and high technology (EADS) conglomerate, where he acted as financial analyst for mergers and acquisitions. In 2005, Mr. Stjernfelt joined GBS Finanzas, one of Spain’s leading independent investment banks. At GBS Finanzas he worked on multiple cross-border merger and acquisition transactions with Corporate and Private Equity clients, managing the transaction process from origination to execution. He gained industry-specific expertise in the energy, food, healthcare, and industrial sectors. He left GBS Finanzas as Vice President of the firm. Martin Stjernfelt holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Business Administration and a Master of Science in Finance and International Business from the Aarhus School of Business, Denmark. He is fluent in Danish, English, and Spanish.

EXPLORATION & PRODUCTION TEAM

The team brings together a combined 170 years of Operational and Management experience with career paths rooted in major companies including Exxon, Chevron and Shell. Notable achievements of individuals and sub-groups of the team, prior to joining eCORP, include early identification of shale prospectivity in several US basins and starting up companies to develop the resources; start-up of overseas US$1+Billion capital investment in conventional oil and gas developments. The drilling team is proven for the safe delivery of wells [Exploration, Appraisal, Production, Extended Reach Drilling (ERD), Geothermal, Coal bed Methane (CBM), 3D Complex well designs, Slot Recovery Remedial Intervention] without injury or environmental incidents, and for developing multi cultural teams in many parts of the world, including North America, Europe, North and Sub Saharan Africa, the Middle and Far East, Asia, Australia and South America.

JOHNNY A. KOPECKY, CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER – Prior to joining eCORP in December, 2010, Mr. Kopecky carried out business development and drilling projects for various clients over the last 11 years in Azerbaijan, Georgia, Ecuador, Iraq, Colombia and the United States. Before retiring from Enron Oil & Gas in 1999, he was instrumental in capturing, and then managing major projects (capital expenditures up to $1 Billion) in India, Trinidad and China. Each project started with evaluation of discovered reserves and exploration potential, and progressed with formulating the business trade, negotiating governing agreements and establishing an operating team in-country. He continued with drilling and completing initial wells, installing platforms and facilities and start-up of production. His earlier oil and gas engineering and operations experience was gained at Union Texas Petroleum, Mobil, Superior Oil and Exxon.

Companies operating onshore in the United Kingdom recently formed an industry representation group under the mantle of United Kingdom Onshore Operators Group (“UKOOG”) whose initial focus is formulation, in cooperation with the Department of Energy and Climate Change (“DECC”), of consensus guidelines which recognize unique challenges associated with exploring for, and developing UK’s shale resources. eCORP, a founding member of UKOOG, is now represented on UKOOG’s Council (Board of Directors) by Mr. Kopecky.

Mr. Kopecky is a registered Professional Engineer in Texas and Louisiana; he earned his BS, MS and PhD engineering degrees at The University of Texas at Austin and his executive MBA at Rice University.

ROBERT S. LESTZ, CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER – Mr. Lestz is a degreed petroleum engineer with 28 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, most recently as the Chief Technology Officer for GasFrac Energy Services. Previously, he spent 22½ years at Chevron working in the areas of well stimulation, artificial lift, coiled tubing, completions, and remedial well work operations. Robert last led a multidiscipline R&D organization at Chevron’s technology company specifically focused on Unconventional Resources. Part of this effort involved building and managing external partnerships at Universities and National Laboratories.

Mr. Lestz holds 5 patents (including those associated with the GasFrac technology) and has additional patent applications pending. He previously served on the board of directors of the Petroleum Technology Transfer Council and on the United States Department of Energy Oil Shale Ad Hoc Group and is currently on the advisory board of the University of Utah Institute for Clean and Secure Energy. He has also published numerous articles in trade journals and peer reviewed technical journals.

Mr. Lestz has a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

LEONARD DIONISIO, CHIEF GEOLOGIST Mr. Dionisio has 38 years of experience in the oil and gas industry.  Most recently he was the Director of Geology for Inergy Services, LLC.  Over the last 22 years he has focused his efforts converting natural gas reservoirs in Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and New York to storage using horizontal drilling technology to enhance the performance of these reservoirs.

Mr. Dionisio is an honorary member and Past-President of the Oklahoma City Geological Society.  He has served the American Association of Petroleum Geologists as Councilor and Delegate to the House of Delegates representing the Mid-Continent Section.  He has also serves on the Board of Directors of Equitable Royalty Corporation and has served on the Board of Directions of the Firehouse Art Center.

Mr. Dionisio received his Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from Colorado State University, and his Master of Science in Geology from the University of Oklahoma.

MARK MANNION, CHIEF GEOPHYSICIST – Prior to joining the Company in 2011, Mr. Mannion had a long and productive career with Shell, working primarily in the field of geophysics. He enjoyed repeated successes in interpretation, seismic processing, and acquisition including developing methodology to overcome weakness in automated 2d gridding (& surface generation) software. He was also responsible for developing specialized technology for Shell’s Deep Water business including quantitative geophysical interpretation, geomechanics, and geochemistry. His geophysics services included attribute/AVO interpretation, 4D modeling, inversion and modeling support for reserves estimation. Major projects included 3D interpretation of Bullwinkle (GC 64/65/109) and Grover (ST 295). Mr. Mannion developed amplitude interpretation technology allowing net pay prediction and net/gross estimation. He also applied his interpretation skills in a US independent oil and gas company before joining the Company.

Mr. Mannion earned a B.Sc. Physics at Illinois Institute of Technology and an MBA at Tulane University.