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Executive and Commercial Team

Wade K. Jones

Chief Executive Officer, President

Began career as an Independent Petroleum Landman with J. Hafner & Assoc. in 1984. Previously Manager-Land and Legal with Spartan Petroleum Corp. Formerly Partner and Senior Vice President, Crude Oil with Texon L.P. Served as Vice President, Crude Oil with Sunoco Logistics. B.B.A. Management, Stephen F. Austin State University.

Ashton Jennings


Began career as a Special Projects Accountant for Seismic Exchange, Inc., a Seismic Data company, later becoming an Accounting Manager to oversee all Treasury and Banking functions within SEI. Graduated in 2014 from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Science in Finance.  

Blake Irvin

Manager of Operational Accounting

Began career as Crude Oil Volume and Settlements Accountant with Energy Transfer with job rotations through the following groups – Contract Administration, Pricing, Master Data Information and Crude Oil Measurement. Then joined Phillips 66 as a Consultant in the Crude Oil Accounting group. B.A. Political Science, Baylor University, MBA Finance, University of St. Thomas.

Rick Thomas

Director of Crude Oil and NGL Marketing

Began Career as an Analyst at Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. Managed crude oil pricing, trucking, operations, planning, and trading analysis. B.B.A Marketing, University of North Texas. M.B.A University of St. Thomas.

Max Bredthauer

Director of Business Development

Began career as a Financial Analyst in the Wells Fargo Energy Group assisting in all aspects of the credit underwriting process for a variety of E and P companies with operations throughout North America and the Gulf of Mexico. Later served as a Commercial Associate at Palmilla Energy, a Houston-based private equity backed midstream company supporting its business development department with financial modeling, investment identification, and research. B.B.A Corporate Finance, University of Texas at Austin.

Christian Tekell

Director of Crude Oil and NGLs

Began as a petroleum Landman for West 17th Resources, LLC leasing mineral interests in the Eagle Ford Shale. Later went on to manage a portfolio of Non-Operated wells in the Eagle Ford Shale and Permian Basin. Most recently Vice President, Operations at Bay Worx Laboratories, LLC, an industrial technology Company that specializes in robotics and automation to service the crude oil by rail industry. Attended Texas A&M University and the University of Houston.

Karsten Pontikes

Crude Oil Supply Manager

Began career as a Supply Chain Associate for LyondellBasell in their Advanced Polymers Solutions division, later becoming a Pricing Analyst for the Engineered Polymers group. B.B.A. Management, Texas Tech University.