Management Team

Bob Gardner, President & CEO

  • Corporate experience includes Amoco, Williams, Crescent Point Energy
  • Founder and partner of several successful upstream startups – Aspect Energy, Ute Energy, Tekton Energy & Cub Creek Energy, Elk Mesa Energy
  • 26 years experience in petroleum engineering operations & reserve engineering – extensive Rocky Mountain Region experience
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering – Colorado State University; M.S. Mechanical Engineering – University of Colorado; M.B.A. University of Denver Daniels College of Business

Nick Manuel, Chief Commercial Officer

  • Corporate experience includes Chevron, Citi Commodities, Cargill
  • Extensive startup experience in midstream, trading and energy technology, most recently Saddle Butte Pipeline and Elk Mesa Energy
  • 21 years of market experience in crude oil, natural gas, power, LNG, shipping and specialty chemicals
  • Functional expertise in asset development, structured transactions, trading/risk management and physical operations
  • B.S. Chemical Engineering – Louisiana Tech University; M.B.A. – Tulane University

David Ninke, Vice President of Exploration

  • Company history includes BP, Aspect Energy, Samson Oil & Gas Ltd.
  • 23 years of geological and geophysical exploration experience in the Gulf Coast, Permian Basin, all basins of the Rockies and the North Slope of Alaska
  • Generated and drilled over 100 successful oil and gas wells, including several significant exploration discoveries
  • Expertise in 3-D seismic interpretation, petrophysics and prospect development
  • B.A. Geology – Wittenberg University; M.S. Geology – Bowling Green State University