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Our Team

Management

James C. Manatt, Jr. James C. Manatt, Jr., Chairman / CEO
Jim Manatt is the founder and CEO of Thrust Energy, Inc. He was President / COO of Permian Exploration Corporation prior to Providence. He is co-inventor and owner of patent-pending 3D seismic beam US patent 8,077,547, Directed Beam Seismic©, an advanced geophysical focusing technology as a unique competitive advantage improving seismic data resolution, along with methods for direct porosity detection of bypassed oil in existing fields. His companies are recognized in industry for advanced technical contributions leading to the discovery of multiple TCF new natural gas reserves in the West Texas Overthrust and 200 million barrels of new oil reserves in Masila Block, Yemen. He served as Regent and Regent President (Board Chairman) of New Mexico State University with fiduciary responsibility for some 2,500 employees and a 450 million annual operating budget, 1999-2006. He is a Distinguished Military Graduate and holds a BA, NMSU. He is immediate past President, Roswell Geological Society with professional standing in the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, the Canadian, Permian Basin, Houston and Denver societies, and he is a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.
   

Geosciences

Dr. Lee Russell Lee Russell, PhD, Geology and Geophysics
Lee Russell is the industry leading, recognized, published expert (geology & geophysics) in the venture’s target basin. He has studied, analyzed, explored, drilled, discovered and evaluated the basin for some 30 years for major oil companies and independent operators. During Lee’s career he has led and contributed to exploration teams’ major discoveries world-wide as a consultant for Pemex in the Gulf of Mexico, and independent operators in Africa, Southeast Asia and South America. He was President, Clovis Exploration, LLC involving major Mozambique exploratory drilling programs and Vice President, Wilrusco, Inc., working in Africa, New Zealand and the U.S. Rockies. At ARCO, he is credited with world-class multi-TCF discoveries in Mozambique, also exploring in China, Alaska, the North Sea and Norway. He led and taught field seminars within the company on extensional tectonics in the Rio Grande Rift region of New Mexico. At Shell Oil he worked as Senior Geologist, U.S. Rockies and Basin & Range, beginning his career as a Research Geologist. While completing his PhD in Geology & Geophysics at Texas Tech, he taught undergraduate Geology. He earned his MS, Geology from Texas Tech and his BA, Geology from Ohio Wesleyan, and completed a summer internship with Sun Oil International.
   
Dale Mitiska Dale Mitiska, Lamplight Oil & Gas, LLC, Geologist
Dale Mitiska owns Lamplight Oil & Gas, LLC, a geoscience consulting firm in Denver, Colorado. During his 30+ year career in Industry, Dale has successfully prospected and developed oil and gas reserves throughout most major geologic basins across the U.S. and Canada. He received his BS degree in Geology from Ashland University, Ohio, and began his career with Halliburton, later working for Cities Services, Tenneco Oil, Fina Oil, Burlington Resources and Forest Oil. Manatt and Mitiska developed a professional relationship during the early 1990’s, Manatt’s companies providing advanced seismic data in the West Texas Overthrust Play for Fina Oil. Dale specializes in business planning and development, reservoir characterization, geologic, geophysical and reservoir engineering integration, and project field implementation. Prior to starting his consulting business in 2006, he served as VP of Geology with MAK-J Energy, Director of Exploration with Cody Energy and Manager of Business Development with Jmac Resources.
   
Richard G. Boyce Richard G. Boyce, dB Petroleum Advisors, LLC, Geophysicist
Dick Boyce owns dB Petroleum Advisors, LLC, an oil & gas geoscience consulting firm. He was Chief Geophysicist, Hunt Oil Company and served as Exploration Manager – Yemen during the highly successful exploration, exploitation, drilling and development of Hunt’s Marib Production Block, Yemen, where he was responsible for drilling and development of several hundred million barrels of oil. He was a senior geophysicist at Conquest Exploration and the Superior Oil Company, Midland and Houston, Texas, where he began his 30 year career. He holds a BSE, Geophysical Engineering, Colorado School of Mines. Manatt and Boyce developed a professional relationship during Boyce’s Hunt Oil tenure in the 1990’s, Manatt’s companies providing Hunt Oil extensive seismic data for successful drilling and development of numerous Permian Basin projects. They have been exploration partners for 15 years and are co-authors on several professional society papers on the West Texas Overthrust.
   

Drilling Operations, Engineering & Horizontal Completions

Robert A. Gardes
Robert A. Gardes, CEO, Gardes Energy Services, Directional Drilling & Completions
Bob Gardes is the founder, director and CEO of Gardes Energy Services Inc. (GESI) and president of CBM International, LLC, both being privately held directional drilling and project management companies. Mr. Gardes has more than thirty-five years of experience in directional drilling with extensive expertise in both inland and offshore wells. He has been a pioneer in the development and patenting of such concepts as underbalanced multi-lateral multi-seam Coalbed Methane (CBM) and Shale Gas drilling as well as friction-controlled drilling of high-pressure wells. GESI has engaged in some 3,500 directional wells worldwide and holds world records in multi-lateral drilling for the highest angle attained in a multi-lateral well and the largest number of wellbores to exit a single open hole horizontal well (10). Manatt and Gardes were members of CDX, LLC, a pioneering unconventional drilling / development venture focused on coalbed methane resources. Gardes brought Manatt’s company into a major coalbed methane development project in 2007 with Essar Oil & Gas, Ltd., India, for crosswell seismic imaging to map the bed for directional drilling / completions and MWD guidance.