Keith D. Spickelmier, Chairman
Mr. Spickelmier is the Executive Chairman of Sintana Energy Inc. (SNN:TSX-V), a public company with oil and gas operations in South America, founded in 2011. In the past 12 months Sintana Energy has raised $34 Million in funding. He was the founder and Chairman of Westside Energy, a Texas barnett shale producer which he started in May 2003, raised approximately $35M in financing and sold for US$230 million in 2008. Prior to joining Westside Energy, he was a partner with the law firm Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, McPherson and Hand. From April 2001 through July 2003, Mr. Spickelmier was of counsel with the law firm Haynes and Boone, LLP. Mr. Spickelmier holds a B.A. from the University of Nebraska at Kearney and a J.D. from the University of Houston.
Keith J. McKenzie, CEO & Director
Mr. McKenzie has over 28 years of experience working with public companies in the industrial and resource sectors. Over the past 18 years in the Oil & Gas sector, Mr. McKenzie has been engaged in various executive, finance, start-up, and consulting capacities. He was previously the CEO of Star Oil Company a private start-up oil and gas exploration and production company he founded in September 2009 to acquire Eagle Ford assets in South Texas. In 2004, he was a founding principal and later served as the Chief Operating Officer of Paxton Energy, Inc., with responsibility for the company’s development and operations at the Cooke Ranch project located in La Salle County, Texas. Mr. McKenzie has consulted with numerous public and private oil & gas, mining and industrial companies with both domestic and international operations.
William E. Begley, CFO, COO, President & Director
Mr. Begley has more than 30 years of energy industry and finance experience, and began his career with British Petroleum (BP). He has also held senior positions in energy banking including Solomon, Inc. and was recently President of Stone & Webster Management Consulting, specializing in the design and development of major energy projects. As a leading energy advisor in Australia, Mr. Begley was instrumental in the development of the liberalized natural gas markets in Australia and Victoria specifically, with Gas & Fuel Victoria, and in the development of VENcorp, the natural gas trading and scheduling exchange in Australia. Mr. Begley also has a strong background in leading major capital energy projects including LNG, Methanol, and related petro-chemical and gas monetization projects, which will complement ongoing Company initiatives. In addition, he has also been involved in over $100 billion in energy related mergers and acquisitions, initially with Solomon, Inc. and more recently on an independent basis through WEB Gruppe GmbH. Mr. Begley recently served as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer for Magellan Petroleum Corporation, whose international operations included Australia.
Sean Austin, Secretary & Treasurer
Mr. Austin has over 35 years of both domestic and international industry experience focused on finance, accounting and administration. Working with Mr. Spickelmier, he is also currently the Vice President, Controller, Secretary & Treasurer for Sintana Energy Inc., a Colombia focused exploration and production company. Prior to joining Sintana, he worked as a Director, VP and Chief Financial Officer for Irvine Energy USA, a wholly owned subsidiary of a UK public company. At Westside Energy, working with Mr. Spickelmier, he was a VP and Chief Financial Officer, Corporate Secretary and Treasurer. For more than two decades, Mr. Austin was employedby HESS and held senior management positions in New York, London and Houston. From 1995 to 1999, he was Vice President and Corporate Controller and subsequently was Vice President – Worldwide Exploration & Production Finance and Administration. He holds a BBA in Accounting from the University of Notre Dame and a MBA from the Amos Tuck School, Dartmouth College.
Woody Leel, Chief Geologist
Mr. Leel is a Certified Petroleum Geologist with experience in domestic and international exploration and production. He has held senior positions (VP Exploration, senior geologist) at leading companies such as Amerada Hess and Triton Energy and with a large independent and two small independent companies. He is a proven manager with the capability of blending state-of-the-art exploration techniques with traditional methods of oil and gas exploration and development.