• Chief Executive Officer

    Ian has successfully led multi-disciplinary teams ranging from 1 person to 164 people focused on new play development, asset exploitation, and exploration.  Ian has 16 years experience with 10+ years of leadership experience within Reservoir Engineering, Operations, Exploration, and Business Development with Oxy, Dominion/HighMount, CLR, Warwick, and Sherman Energy.  Additionally Ian has experience throughout nearly all resource plays in the United States.  Ian earned his BS in Petroleum Engineering from Texas Tech University; MBA from University of Oklahoma.

  • Chief Financial Officer

    David has more than 15 years of corporate finance and transaction experience in the energy industry, including private equity and investment banking.  Prior to joining Black Swan, David was the Chief Financial Officer of Riley Permian, a private equity backed E&P company.  Earlier in his career, David was a Partner at Petro Capital, where he co-managed the E&P activities of the firm. Prior to this, David was an Associate of The Sterling Group, L.P., a private equity firm based in Houston, Texas.  David also worked for Bear, Stearns & Co.’s investment banking group. David has earned a MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a BBA in accounting and a MS in finance.

  • Executive Vice President Exploration

    Jason has 13 years of technical geologic evaluation and leadership experience across the majority of US Oil and Gas basins.  Prior to Black Swan, Jason worked at Chesapeake Energy where he served multiple technical and leadership roles, that most recently included; geologic manager of the Eagle Ford play, manager of the Mid-Continent team, Southern US Exploration manager, and risk capital strategy and exploration advisor.  He received a MS Degree in Geology from Utah State University, and a BS degree in Geology from Weber State University, both with an emphasis on structural geology. Jason owned and operated a successful construction company as he was working through his education.

  • Vice President Business Development
    Kathy has 35 years of Land and Land Administration experience, with special focus on Business Development and Acquisitions & Divestitures.  Prior to joining Black Swan, Kathy served as Director of Land for J. Cleo Thompson where she managed all A&D activity and assembled 70,000 acres in the Midland Basin.  Kathy held similar Land and Business Development roles at HighMount Exploration and Production, Dominion Exploration and Production, Louis Dreyfus Natural Gas, and Plains Resources Inc.  Kathy has experience in numerous areas, with particular expertise in Permian and Mid-Continent.
  • Vice President Land

    Jeff has spent over 17 years in house at Chesapeake Energy Corporation holding various responsibilities in the land department, most recently as Director of Land Exploration & Business Development.  Jeff has experience in numerous areas, including the Mid-Continent, Rockies and Gulf Coast. Jeff holds a BBA in Petroleum Land Management from the University of Oklahoma, is a member of numerous industry organizations, currently serving as the Vice President of the Oklahoma City Association of Professional Landmen.

  • Vice President Operations

    Sean has more than 20 years of experience in oil and gas exploration.  Prior to joining Black Swan, Sean served as Completion Manager for Chesapeake Energy's Marcellus and Utica assets.  His past leadership roles with Chesapeake Energy included Drilling Manager for Haynesville and Mid-Continent; and Production Manager for the Marcellus.  Sean began his career with Phillips Petroleum in 1998 and worked in a variety of engineering and business development positions supporting operations in North America and the North Sea.  Sean earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Oklahoma.

  • Operations Manager

    Shannon has more than 20 years of experience in oil and gas exploration and field development.  Prior to joining Black Swan, Shannon served as Vice President of Operations for MDC Texas Energy.  Past leadership roles with Devon Energy included Superintendent roles and Region Operations Manager for New Mexico Delaware and West Texas Permian.  Shannon began his career with Yates Petroleum in 1991 and worked in a variety of leadership roles with increasing levels of responsibility, ultimately with roles as Superintendent and Engineering.  Shannon has led numerous multi-disciplinary teams in the Permian and Delaware.  Shannon attended Texas Tech University.

  • Business Development Manager

    Steve has 36 years of Land experience throughout the United States working West Texas and SE New Mexico of the Permian Basin, East Texas, Rockies, Michigan, and Mid-Continent Regions.  For over half of his career Steve has worked Business Development activities specializing in acquisition and divestiture projects with Marathon Oil Company, HighMount Exploration and Legacy Reserves Inc.  Steve received an Associate Degree from Schreiner University and a Petroleum Land Management Degree from Texas Tech University.  Steve is a member of the AAPL, PBLA and is a past President of the Schreiner Former Students Association.  Steve enjoys watching all Red Raider sports, playing golf and participating in activities at Mid-Cities Community Church in Midland.  

  • Accounting Manager

    Nikki has approximately 10 years of corporate accounting experience, primarily in the energy industry for both public and private companies, and is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in Oklahoma.  Prior to joining Black Swan, she was the Financial and Operations Accounting Manager of Riley Permian, a private equity backed E&P company.  Earlier in her career, Nikki was the Lead General Ledger Accountant for the midstream subsidiary of Chesapeake Energy and was involved in the spin-off of Access Midstream.  Nikki began her career as a staff member of the public accounting firm, Cole & Reed.  She is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma with a BS in accounting and a MBA.

  • Senior Geologist

    Andrew has 9+ years experience delineating unconventional opportunities across numerous plays in the Mid-Continent region, Appalachian Basin, and South Texas.  Before joining Black Swan, Andrew worked on development and technical evaluations of the Fayetteville, Marcellus, and Eagle Ford Shales for CHK & Pennsylvania General Energy.  Most recently, Andrew spent the past 3+ years in Exploration at CHK working Rocky Mountains with an emphasis on the Powder River Basin. He received a BS in Geology from The University of Akron and a MS in Geology from Bowling Green State University.

  • Senior Reservoir Engineer

    Payton has 7+ years industry experience evaluating unconventional opportunities across numerous Mid-Continent and East/South Texas plays.  Prior to joining Black Swan, Payton worked in various Exploration, Development and Business Development roles at LINN Energy with focus on the Anadarko Basin, East Texas Basin, Los Angeles Basin, Arkoma Basin, and North Louisiana Salt Basin.  Most recently, Payton worked on the Exploration and Development team overseeing LINN's SCOOP/STACK/MERGE assets.  Payton earned his BS in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Oklahoma.

  • Staff Geologic Analyst

    Jenifer has 13 years industry experience at Devon, HighMount, and Chesapeake, with most recent experience as Geotechnical Supervisor at Chesapeake.  Jenifer has conducted extensive basin mapping; analyzed well performance through characterization studies; built and maintained geologic databases.  Jenifer lead data mining efforts around subsurface data at each company, focusing on accuracy and accessibility of valuable data.  Jenifer earned her BS in Graphic Design from Oral Roberts University; Certified Petroleum Data Analyst from PPDM.

  • Staff Data Engineer

    Zander has 15 years of data analytic and data management experience focusing on the Oil & Gas industry over the past 7 with IBM, HighMount and Warwick Energy.  Zander has successfully led multi-departmental teams focused on data cognizance, data discovery and user adoption of enterprise level data driven solutions.  Zander earned his BS in Computer Science with a minor in Business from Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO.


  • Staff Engineering Analyst

    Jennifer has over 16 years industry experience within Reservoir Engineering, Budgeting & Planning, and Non-Operated Budget Preparation and Well Tracking with Devon, Dominion/HighMount, and Gulfport Energy.  Jennifer has extensive experience preparing budgets including 3P modeling, running sensitivities, 5 year forecasting, current year tracking of capital and production with monthly variance analysis.  Jennifer earned her BS in Accounting from University of Central Oklahoma; MBA in Finance from Oklahoma City University.


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