Leadership

EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT

R. Scott Sloan is our President, Chief Executive Officer and Director. Scott was promoted to President & CEO in January of 2018. Scott joined Vanguard as a member of our Board of Directors in August of 2017 and also named Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in September of 2017. Mr. Sloan brings significant financial, strategic, and commercial industry experience to the Vanguard board. Most recently, Mr. Sloan oversaw strategic planning, new business development, and oil and gas marketing for Hess Corporation. Previously, Mr. Sloan held various senior leadership positions over his 25 year career at BP, including President of BP Russia, Director of M&A, and several regional Chief Financial Officer roles. Mr. Sloan also held board positions with TNK Holdings, Slavneft, Rusia Petroleum, In Salah Sales, and Medgaz. He received his BA in Economics from Colgate University and MBA in Corporate Finance from the University of Chicago.

Ryan Midgett is our Chief Financial Officer and has served in such capacity since January of 2018. Most recently, he served as Vice President, Finance and Treasurer with responsibility for strategic planning, budgeting and forecasting, economic analysis of the Company’s organic opportunities and M&A transactions, oversight and execution of numerous capital markets transactions and supervision of the Company’s insurance and risk management program, as well as other corporate treasury responsibilities. Prior to joining the Company in 2011, Mr. Midgett served in various financial analyst, investor relations and business development roles at Linn Energy from 2006 to 2011. He received his B.A. in Economics, Managerial Studies and Political Science from Rice University.

Jonathan C. Curth is our General Counsel, Corporate Secretary, Compliance Officer and Vice President of Land.  Prior to joining Vanguard in December 2017, Mr. Curth was Assistant General Counsel at Newfield Exploration Company (now Encana Corporation) where he managed upstream and midstream transactions and litigation and supported numerous departments, including Land, Land Administration, Marketing, Records and Information Management and Governmental Affairs.  Prior to Newfield, Mr. Curth concentrated on domestic and international oil and gas transactions and operational matters at Baker & McKenzie LLP in Houston, Texas.  Mr. Curth brings substantive legal experience to Vanguard, with an emphasis on oil and gas transactions, corporate governance and securities matters and formulating and implementing onshore land-related processes and procedures.  He received his B.A. from Baylor University and J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law at Austin.  Mr. Curth is licensed in the State of Texas and the State of Oklahoma.  He is also Board Certified in Oil, Gas and Mineral Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.  Mr. Curth has presented at several conferences and contributed to numerous articles and publications.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Randall Albert is the owner and CEO of Shale Advisory Group, a consulting firm focused on the emerging shale plays in the Appalachian Basin and around the world. Mr. Albert retired from CONSOL Energy in January 2014 after a 34 year career, serving the last several years as the Chief Operating Officer-Gas. Mr. Albert began at CONSOL as a mining engineer in 1979 and served in various roles on the coal side of the business until he was tapped to lead the Coalbed Methane Business in CONSOL Energy’s Southern Appalachia Region. In 1990 Mr. Albert led the formation of Pocahontas Gas Partnership, a joint venture with Conoco which ultimately drilled and stimulated over 4000 wells in southwestern Virginia and became one of the largest CBM plays in the world. In 2005, Mr. Albert took on operational leadership roles and successfully developed the CONSOL Energy Gas business in Northern Appalachia. In 2010, he was named the Chief Operating Officer-Gas and given operational responsibility for CONSOL Energy’s entire gas business. During his tenure, Mr. Albert led the rapid development of CONSOL Energy Marcellus Shale program as well as the emerging Utica Shale program.  Mr. Albert was also instrumental in leading the $3.5 billion acquisition of Dominion Resources E&P; business in 2010. Mr. Albert is a past Chairman of the Marcellus Shale Coalition and a Member of the Board of Eclipse Resources Corporation and Wellsite Rentals and Fishing Tools.  He serves on the Strategic Advisory Board of Black Bay Energy Capital, a New Orleans based Private Equity fund.  He holds a BS in Mining Engineering from Virginia Tech, where he is a Mining and Minerals Engineering Distinguished Alumnus and serves on the Mining Engineering Department’s Advisory Board.  In April of 2016 Mr. Albert was inducted into the Academy of Engineering Excellence at Virginia Tech, the highest honor bestowed upon the College of Engineering graduates, an honor bestowed upon only 141 of its 65000 graduates. Mr. Albert is a Registered Professional Engineer in WV and VA.

Patrick J. Bartels, Jr. is a senior investment professional with 20 years of experience and currently serves as the Managing Member of Redan Advisors LLC.  His professional experience includes investing in complex financial restructurings and process intensive situations in North America, Asia and Europe in a broad universe of industries.  Mr. Bartels has led creditors’ committees and served as a director on numerous public and private boards of directors with an extensive track-record of driving value added returns for all stakeholders through governance, incentive alignment, capital markets transactions and mergers and acquisitions.  Mr. Bartels currently serves on the board of directors of Arch Coal, Inc., Sunguard Availability Services, LifeCare Holdings and Tuscany International Drilling.  Mr. Bartels also served on the board of directors of WCI Communities, Inc. and TOUSA Liquidation Trust.  Mr. Bartels was previously a Managing Principal of Monarch Alternative Capital LP in New York, a private investment firm that focuses primarily on distressed companies.  Prior to joining Monarch Alternative Capital LP, Mr. Bartels was a high-yield investments analyst at Invesco Ltd.  He began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, where he was a Certified Public Accountant.  Mr. Bartels received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting with a concentration in Finance from Bucknell University.  He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

W. Greg Dunlevy is one of the Founding Partners of Kosmos Energy Ltd. Kosmos Energy is an international oil and gas exploration and production company with a primary focus in the deep waters of West Africa, South America and Europe. In May 2011, Mr. Dunlevy led Kosmos’ initial public offering on the NYSE, valuing the company at $6 billion. Prior to going public, he was instrumental in securing $4 billion in combined debt and private equity commitments from a global consortium of banks and financial institutions that supported Kosmos’ exploration, appraisal and development program as a private company operating offshore West Africa.  Kosmos is best well known for its exploration success in Ghana where the company made one of the largest oil discoveries of the decade in 2007.  Mr. Dunlevy co-founded Kosmos in 2003 and was previously Senior Vice President and CFO of Triton Energy Ltd. (NYSE: OIL), where he worked closely with the CEO in setting strategic direction. Following the sale of Triton to Amerada Hess Corporation (now Hess Corporation), he led its transition from a publicly held company to a Hess business unit. Mr. Dunlevy began his career with ARCO, where he worked for ARCO Petroleum Products Company, the ARCO Oil and Gas Company, and Lyondell Petrochemical Company subsidiaries.  In 2011 he received Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award (Southwest Area North) in the energy category.  Mr. Dunlevy is a graduate of Harvard Business School and the College of William & Mary.

Joseph Hurliman, Jr. was most recently President and CEO of Discovery Natural Resources, LLC.  Previously, Mr. Hurliman lead a variety of roles within BP Exploration and its joint venture partnerships and affiliates, including more than thirty years in North America, South America, the UK and Russia.  He held a number of senior positions in reservoir and asset management on some of BP Exploration’s largest projects.  Mr. Hurliman was previously on the board of directors of FIML Natural Resources, LLC.  Mr. Hurliman holds a B.A. in Chemistry from Whitman College and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from The California Institute of Technology.

Andrew E. Schultz is a managing member of Woodbine Consulting, LLC and a member of Holding Capital Group, a private equity firm, with a varied career combining an operational, legal and financial background.  His past professional experience includes being a founder and CEO of Radiology Billing Associates, a third party medical billing and transcription business, an associate attorney at Cummings & Lockwood, concentrating in healthcare and general corporate matters, and a vice-president and general counsel of Greenwich Hospital.  Mr. Schultz has extensive experience serving on boards of directors and has served as board chairman or director on numerous public and private boards of directors with an extensive track-record of driving value added returns for all stakeholders through governance, incentive alignment, capital markets transactions and mergers and acquisitions.  Mr. Schultz currently serves on the board of directors of Algoma Steel, Inc., BBK Worldwide, LLC, Innovative Fixture Solutions, LLC (where he chairs the audit committee), Legacy Cabinets, Inc. (where he chairs the board of directors), Mori Lee, LLC, Physician’s Weekly, LLC (where he is the board executive chairman), School Specialty, Inc. (where he chairs the audit committee), and Sierra Hamilton, LLC (where he chairs the compensation committee).  Mr. Schultz previously served on the board of directors of Western Kentucky Coal Resources, LLC, TEN: The Enthusiast Network (formerly, Source Interlink Companies, Inc.), Bankruptcy Management Solutions, Inc., and PSI, LLC.  Mr. Schultz holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and in Geography from Clark University and a Juris Doctor from Fordham University School of Law.

R. Scott Sloan is our President, Chief Executive Officer and Director. Scott was promoted to President & CEO in January of 2018. Scott joined Vanguard as a member of our Board of Directors in August of 2017 and also named Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in September of 2017. Mr. Sloan brings significant financial, strategic, and commercial industry experience to the Vanguard board. Most recently, Mr. Sloan oversaw strategic planning, new business development, and oil and gas marketing for Hess Corporation. Previously, Mr. Sloan held various senior leadership positions over his 25 year career at BP, including President of BP Russia, Director of M&A, and several regional Chief Financial Officer roles. Mr. Sloan also held board positions with TNK Holdings, Slavneft, Rusia Petroleum, In Salah Sales, and Medgaz. He received his BA in Economics from Colgate University and MBA in Corporate Finance from the University of Chicago.

L. Spencer Wells is a Founding Partner of Drivetrain Advisors, LLC, a firm that provides fiduciary services, including board of director representation and creditor advisory and trustee services to the alternative investment industry.  Prior to founding Drivetrain Advisors, Mr. Wells was a Partner and Senior Advisor at TPG Special Situations Partners where he was a senior member of a team of investment professionals managing a multi-billion dollar portfolio of distressed credit investments across several industries, including oil and gas, real estate, gaming and industrials.  Mr. Wells has extensive experience servicing on the board of directors and currently serves on several boards, including Telford Offshore Holdings Ltd (fka Sea Trucks) (where he chairs the audit committee), NextDecade Corp. (where he chairs the audit committee), Samson Resouces II, LLC (including its compensation and audit committees), Vantage Drilling International (where he chairs the audit committee), Town Sports International Holdings, Inc. (where he chairs the nominating and governance committee and is a member of the audit committees), Jones Energy Inc. and Advanced Emissions Solutions, Inc. (where he chairs the board of directors and is a member of the finance committee).  Mr. Wells previously served on the board of directors of Preferred Proppants LLC (through January 2018), Roust Corporation (through December 2017), Lily Robotics. Inc. (through September 2017), Affinion Group, Inc. (through July 2017), Syncora Holdings Ltd. (through December 2016), Global Geophysical Services, LLC (through October 2016), Navig8 Crude, Ltd. (through May 2015) and CertusHoldings. Inc. and CertusBank, N.A. (through April 2016).  Mr. Wells is also a member of the board of trustees of Western Reserve Academy.  Mr. Wells holds a Master of Business Administration from the Columbia Business School and a Bachelor of Arts, Psychology from Wesleyan University.