JOHN ROBERT DELLER - President, Secretary & Director
Having served with Blackstone since 2013, Mr. Deller, 61, has over 30 years Wall Street financial experience in managing investment portfolios for high net worth individuals, city municipalities and trusts. His career began in 1983 as Senior Vice President and partner for the investment advisory firm of Noroian and Associates. Mr. Deller assumed direct investment management responsibilities for over $30 Million in ERISA mandated funds. He has been employed with Dean Witter Reynolds, Bateman Eichler, Hill Richards, Kemper Securities and Prudential Securities as an account executive before establishing his own Registered Investment Advisory firm and Insurance Agency, Desert Capital Management Group, Inc. in 1997. Mr. Deller sold Desert Capital in 2012 and joined Blackstone. He is a past Director and Secretary of South Coast Oil Corporation and holds a BS degree in Speech and Political Science from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon.
PETER LAEHY - Director & Consultant
Mr. Laehy, 66, is a Senior Executive with considerable expertise in business operations and development, with emphasis in the oil & gas sector. He has served as a Blackstone Director since 2012. Since 2003, Mr. Laehy has been principal and CEO of Pacific Energy Solutions, Inc., where he has designed, built and operated renewable fuel energy plants and infrastructure systems for production of natural gas and oil operations, and has led and managed other complex projects involving natural resource extraction and processing. His experience includes senior positions in management, sales, marketing and consulting. Mr. Laehy holds 7 patents and studied Business Administration at Belknap College in New Hampshire.
KARN MYERS - Director & Treasurer
Karn Myers, 59, serves as Treasurer for Blackstone after joining the Board of Directors in October 2016. Ms. Myers previously served as Executive Associate for her late husband Mark Dodge, former Chairman and CFO of Blackstone from 2008 to 2016. Previously, Karn was an Entertainment Executive working for a special effects company that included a project for the movie Titanic. At this time, she discovered the feral cat problem that exists in Los Angeles, inspiring Karn to co-found FixNation in July of 2007 with Mark Dodge, which has become the largest organization of it kind in greater Los Angeles.
Ms. Myers serves as Executive Director and CFO of the nonprofit and has served on its Board of Directors since 2009. Additionally, Ms. Myers has experience having served as an Executive Assistant to Chief Executives of various industries, both domestic and international. Other experience includes officer training at First Interstate Bank, serving as a Real Estate agent, and supervising office management technology skills.
MARK PAULINO - Director & Consultant
Mr. Paulino, 50, began his career in the retail securities industry over 28 years ago and successfully managed millions in over 100 accounts. In 1999, Mr. Paulino founded Hennessey Financial and serves as the President and CEO, overseeing operations and clients. From 2005 – 2017, Mark was President and member of the board of directors of Global Vest Corporation. Mr. Paulino has extensive experience in consulting duties representing Hennessey and GlobalVest for Blackstone and in 2017, joined Blackstone as a board member. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Communications from Arizona State University.
STEVEN J. SOGARD - Consultant
Steven J. Sogard, 59, through business consulting company, GlobalVest Corporation, has been an advisor to Company since its inception. Mr. Sogard has over thirtyfive years of experience in business and financial consulting services, including experience with oil and gas and real estate companies. Mr. Sogard and GlobalVest have assisted the Board in negotiations, acquisitions and shareholder relations. Mr. Sogard has served on the board directors of several different enterprises. From 2006 through present, Mr. Sogard has been lead consultant through GlobalVest Corporation for Blackstone Oil & Gas, Hammerhead Managing Partners and Silver Oak Managing Partners. From 2005- 2007, he was a registered principal, branch manager and financial consultant for Brookstreet Securities. From 2002-2006, Mr. Sogard was a lead consultant, in preparing South Coast Oil Corporation for a future strategic transaction such as a rollup financing, IPO, merger or acquisition. He worked extensively in several different legal and financial areas of the project, including recruiting a board of directors and conforming corporate governance practices. In addition, Mr. Sogard advised on the acquisition of a multi-million dollar oil and gas production facility. From 2000 to 2003, Mr. Sogard was a senior vice-president at Fox & Company Investments, a NASD member. From 1993 to 1995, he was president and CEO of Performance Financial Center LLC, a real estate development and leasing company in Phoenix, Arizona, and from 1989 to 1991, Mr. Sogard was president of Cenpac Securities Corporation, an Arizona-based NASD Broker-Dealer. Since 1997, Mr. Sogard has been a member of the Board of Directors of GlobalVest Corporation, a consulting and management services company. He is the founder of Glacier Realty Corporation, a Colorado-based real estate business that sold property and luxury condominiums located in resort properties in Telluride, Colorado. Mr. Sogard serves on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Boys and Girls Club since 2004 and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Tufts University in 1981.
Larry Carpenter - Consultant & Advisor
Larry Carpenter has been an oil and gas consultant/advisor to the Company since 2013. Mr Carpenter has over 40 years experience in management and as a Technical Engineer in the oil and gas industry ranging from to midsize firms to large publicly traded Companies. Mr. Carpenter, a 69 year old native of Springfield, Missouri, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Missouri at Rolla in 1970 and has since been awarded an Honorary Professional Engineering Degree from that institution in recognition of his achievement in the oil and gas industry. His career began in West Texas with Amoco Production Company and moved through the production, reservoir engineering, unitization and engineering management ranks to a position in Amoco’s Corporate Planning, Economics and Government Affairs group in the late 1970’s. From there he begun a 13 year career in the upstream and midstream divisions of Texas Oil and Gas, Corp., a $3+ billion public company, rising to the position of Executive Vice President of the parent company and President of the midstream subsidiary, one of the largest independent natural gas gathering and processing companies in the United States. Subsequently, as Chairman, CEO and President, he executed a successful financing and turnaround of a small cap public exploration and production company. From there, he went on to serve as President of a small group of companies engaged in development, manufacturing , sales and marketing of various consumers products which were sold to mass merchants such as Wal-Mart, Costco and Sam’s Clubs. He returned to the energy business, initially in upstream operations and engineering and became President or the midstream division of J-W Energy in 2009. Over his career, Mr. Carpenter has served as a Local Section Chairman for The Society of Petroleum Engineers, Director of the Louisiana Association of Independent Producers and Royalty Owners, Chairman of the Texas Intrastate Pipeline Association, served on the Texas Emergency Gas Allocation Committee, was a member of the Southern Gas Association, Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association, and was a member of the Independent Producers Association of America. He was one of the initial formative members of the Marcellus Shale Coalition. He has served on the Boards of several companies, both public and private, and is a member of the National Association of Corporation Directors. During college he received several scholarships, was named as a Distinguished Military Student, Distinguished Military Graduate and subsequently served as a commissioned officer in the United States Army.
Andrew Magness - Consultant & Advisor
Andrew Magness, age 50, is President, owner and operator of Harbor Resources LLC, an Oklahoma based oil and gas operating company. The Company owns and operates 30 wells in Oklahoma and Texas. Additionally Mr. Magness owns Sierra Energy Investment LLC, an Oklahoma based oil and gas company. The Company owns majority interest in 25 oil and gas properties in Oklahoma and Texas. Mr. Magness also owns Magness Energy LLC, an Oklahoma based Investment Company, which owns oil and gas properties, leases and mineral interests; and Prosser Group Investment LLC, an Oklahoma based Investment Company that owns oil and gas properties, leases and mineral interests. Prior to his present holdings, Mr. Magness co-founded Harbor Resources, Inc. in 2006; and sold the business to Basic Well Service in 2015. He managed the books, safety program, client relations and all office activities. Harbor provided contract well services to Southern California oil and gas companies. Mr. Magness built the business to over 20 full time employees, and operated 5 rigs, 5 triplex mud pumps and 2 power swivels. All equipment was 2007 or newer. He founded Harbor Energy Services, Inc. in 1999 with one production rig and sold all business assets in 2005 after managing all aspects of the business. Assets included numerous royalty interests, two production rigs, three complete tool packages, a crane truck with 40-foot flatbed trailer, vacuum truck, a trailer mounted circulation pump, two tool trucks and four light duty pickup trucks. Mr. Magness co-founded Magness Petroleum Company in 1994 and sold MPC’s business assets in 2005. He managed all office activities including revenue distribution, accounts payable, owner relations, joint interest billings, environmental compliance and payroll. MPC owned and operated many oil and gas producing properties in Central and Southern California. Properties included the Russell Ranch Unit in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties, several properties in the Taft and Bakersfield area and the Wilmington Townlot Unit near Long Beach.