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Mr. Stoneburner has more than 35 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. He holds a B.S. in Geological Sciences from the University of Texas and a M.S. in Geological Sciences from Wichita State University.  Mr. Stoneburner began his career as a geologist in 1977, and held positions of responsibility and leadership with Texas Oil and Gas Corp., Weber Energy Corp., Hugoton Energy Corp. and 3TEC Energy Corp. He joined Petrohawk Energy in 2003, where he led Petrohawk’s exploration program from 2005 to 2007 prior to serving as the company’s President and COO from 2007 to 2011.  When BHP Billiton acquired Petrohawk in 2011, he was appointed President of the North America Shale Production Division where he managed operations in the Fayetteville Shale, the Haynesville Shale, the Eagle Ford Shale, and the Permian Basin divisions.  Mr. Stoneburner currently serves on the Board of Directors of Newfield Exploration and Cub Energy and serves as a Senior Advisor to the private equity firm Pine Brook Partners.  Prior to his appointment as Director, he was a Board Advisor to Yuma from July 2013.



Mr. Banks was the founder of Yuma Energy, Inc.  He has 37 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, the majority of which he has been leading Yuma.  He graduated from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana with a B.A. degree in 1972.  In 1976, he served as Republican Assistant Finance Chairman for the Re-election of President Gerald Ford, under former Secretary of State Robert Mosbacher.  From the end of 1976 to 1982, Mr. Banks was assistant to the President of Tomlinson Interests, a private, independent oil and gas company.  Mr. Banks founded Yuma in 1983.



Mr. Christmas has extensive experience in oil and gas company growth issues, with a focus on capital structure and business development strategies.  He began his career as a Certified Public Accountant in New York.  He was with Arthur Andersen & Co. from 1970 until 1978, before leaving to join National Utilities & Industries (“NUI”), a diversified energy company, as Vice President and Controller.  He remained with NUI until 1988, when NUI spun out its unregulated activities that ultimately became part of KCS Energy, Inc.  Mr. Christmas served as President and CEO of KCS from 1988 until 2003, and Chairman of the Board and CEO from 2003 until KCS’s merger into Petrohawk in 2006.  During his time as CEO, Mr. Christmas helped build KCS from a $10 million company to one of nearly $2.0 billion in value at the time of the merger with Petrohawk in 2006.  BHP Billiton acquired Petrohawk in August 2011, and at the request of BHP, Mr. Christmas has continued to serve as a director of Petrohawk and Chairman of its financial reporting committee.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Halcon Resources Corporation, and is a guest lecturer of a graduate class in entrepreneurship at St. John’s University in New York.  In addition, he serves on the advisory board for The Peter J. Tobin College of Business at St John’s, and underwrites an annual business plan competition to foster entrepreneurship.



Mr. Lodzinski has more than 40 years of oil and gas industry experience, including the successful completion of several reverse mergers. He holds a BSBA degree in Accounting and Finance from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, and from 1971 to 1984, Mr. Lodzinski was employed in public accounting and industry.   In 1984, he formed Energy Resource Associates, Inc., which acquired management and controlling interests in oil and gas limited partnerships, joint ventures and producing properties.  Certain partnerships were exchanged for common shares of Hampton Resources Corporation in 1992, which Mr. Lodzinski joined as a director and President.  Hampton was sold in 1995 to Bellwether Exploration Company.  In 1996, he acquired Cliffwood Oil & Gas Corp., and in 1997, Cliffwood shareholders acquired controlling interest in Texoil, Inc., where Mr. Lodzinski served as CEO, President and Director.   In 2001, Texoil, Inc. was sold to Ocean Energy, Inc., and Mr. Lodzinski was appointed CEO, President and Director of AROC, Inc. to direct the restructuring and ultimate liquidation of that company.  In 2003, AROC completed a monetization of oil and gas assets with an institutional investor and began a plan of liquidation in 2004.  In 2004, Mr. Lodzinski formed Southern Bay Energy, LLC, whose general partner Southern Bay acquired the residual assets of AROC, Inc.  In 2007, core investors and management invested additional cash and merged Southern Bay into GeoResources Inc., where Mr. Lodzinski served as CEO, President and Director until the company was sold to Halcon Resources for $1.0 billion in 2012.


Willem Mesdag – APPOINTED IN JUNE 2018

Mr. Mesdag currently serves as the Managing Partner of Red Mountain Capital Partners LLC, an investment advisory firm based in Los Angeles.  Prior to founding Red Mountain in 2005, he was a Partner and Managing Director of Goldman, Sachs & Co. in its Investment Banking Division in New York, London, Frankfurt and Los Angeles.  Prior to joining Goldman Sachs in 1981, he was a securities lawyer at Ballard, Spahr, Andrews & Ingersoll in Philadelphia.  He graduated from the Cornell Law School with a J.D. in 1978 and from Northwestern University with a B.A. in 1974.  Mr. Mesdag currently serves on the following public company boards: Destination XL Group, Inc.; Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc.; and Yuma Energy, Inc. He previously served on the following public company boards: 3i Group plc; Cost Plus, Inc.; Encore Capital Group, Inc.; Nature’s Sunshine Products, Inc.; and Skandia AB.