People: Contango Oil & Gas Co (MCF)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Joseph Romano

62 2013 Chairman of the Board

Allan Keel

55 2013 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

E. Joseph Grady

62 2013 Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President

Thomas Atkins

56 2013 Senior Vice President - Exploration

Anthony Carl Isaac

51 2013 Senior Vice President - Operations

Jay Mengle

61 2013 Senior Vice President - Engineering

Denise DuBard

57 2015 Chief Accounting Officer, Controller

John Thomas

46 2013 Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary

Bill Berilgen

66 2007 Independent Director

B. James Ford

47 2013 Independent Director

Lon McCain

67 2013 Independent Director

Charles Reimer

70 2005 Independent Director

Steven Schoonover

69 2005 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Joseph Romano

Mr. Joseph J. Romano is Chairman of the Board of Contango Oil & Gas Company. Mr. Romano became a Director in November 2012, after the Company’s founder, Mr. Kenneth R. Peak, received a medical leave of absence. Upon Mr. Peak’s passing in April 2013, Mr. Romano was elected Chairman. Mr. Romano also served as the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer from November 2012 until October 1, 2013. Mr. Romano has worked in the energy industry since 1977, and assisted Mr. Peak in founding the Company in 1999. Mr. Romano served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Zilkha Energy Company until its sale in 1998 and served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Zilkha Renewable Company until its sale in 2005. He currently also serves in various capacities in Zilkha-affiliated companies. He has been President and Chief Executive Officer of Olympic Energy Partners since 2005 (which owns working interests in Contango’s Dutch and Mary Rose fields), President and Chief Executive Officer of ZZ Biotech since 2006, and Vice President and Director of Laetitia Vineyards and Winery since 2000. Mr. Romano also served as Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Controller of Texas International Company from 1986 through 1988 and its Treasurer and Controller from 1982 through 1985. Prior to 1982, Mr. Romano spent five years working in the Worldwide Energy Group of the First National Bank of Chicago. He earned his BA in Economics from the University of Wisconsin in Eau Claire and an MBA from the University of Northern Illinois. Mr. Romano brings to the Board his extensive historical knowledge about the Company, as well as his broad oil and gas management experience and corporate governance expertise.

Allan Keel

Mr. Allan D. Keel is President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of Contango Oil & Gas Company. Mr. Keel was appointed Chief Executive Officer and President and elected to the Board on October 1, 2013 following the Merger. Mr. Keel previously served as Chief Executive Officer and President, as well as a Director of Crimson from 2005 until the closing of the Merger. Prior to forming Crimson, Mr. Keel was Vice President/General Manager of Westport Resources and its predecessor in 2004 and from 1996 until mid 2000. Mr. Keel also served as President for Woodside Energy USA during 2003 and President/Chief Operating Officer for Mariner Energy from 2001-2002. Before joining Westport Oil and Gas in 1996, Mr. Keel was employed by Energen Resources from 1984-1996 where he held several positions, the last of which was Vice President of Exploration and Business Development. Mr. Keel holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Geology from the University of Alabama and an MBA from the Owen School of Management at Vanderbilt University. As our Chief Executive Officer and President, Mr. Keel gives our Board insight and in-depth knowledge of our industry and our specific operations and strategies. He also provides leadership skills, executive management experience and knowledge of our local community and business environment, which he has gained through his long career in the oil and gas industry.

E. Joseph Grady

Mr. E. Joseph Grady is Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President of Contango Oil & Gas Company. Mr. Grady had previously served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Crimson from February 2005 until the closing of the Merger. Mr. Grady has over 35 years of financial, operational and administrative experience, including over 25 years in the oil and gas industry. Prior to joining Crimson, Mr. Grady was managing director of Vision Fund Advisors, Inc., a financial advisory firm which he co-founded in 2001, until its dissolution in June 2008. He was formerly Senior Vice President-Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Texas Petrochemicals Holdings, Inc. from April 2003 to July 2004, Vice President-Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Forcenergy Inc. from 1995 to 2001, and he held various financial management positions with Pelto Oil Company from 1980 to 1990, including Vice President-Finance from 1988 to 1990. Mr. Grady is a CPA and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Louisiana State University.

Thomas Atkins

Mr. Thomas H. Atkins is Senior Vice President - Exploration of Contango Oil & Gas Company. Mr. Atkins had previously served as Vice President – Exploration of Crimson from April 2005 until the closing of the Merger. Mr. Atkins served as the General Manager – Gulf of Mexico for Newfield Exploration Company where he was employed from 1998 until joining Crimson. Prior to his tenure at Newfield, Mr. Atkins served in various exploration capacities with EOG Resources and its predecessor companies from 1984 to 1998, including prospect generator, development geologist and finally as Exploration Manager. Mr. Atkins also worked at the Superior Oil Company from 1981 through 1984. Mr. Atkins received a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from the University of Oklahoma.

Anthony Carl Isaac

Mr. Anthony Carl Isaac is Senior Vice President - Operations of Contango Oil & Gas Company. Mr. Isaac had previously served as Senior Vice President of Operations of Crimson from May 2010 until the closing of the Merger. Mr. Isaac has more than 20 years of international and domestic experience in the oil and gas industry with previous senior management roles in engineering, operations and risk management. Prior to joining Crimson, from 2007 to 2010, he was Executive Vice President of Beryl Resources, an oil and gas exploration and production company with operations in the Gulf of Mexico. Prior to joining Beryl Resources, Mr. Isaac served as the operating manager of oil and gas exploration and production for Equitable Production from August 1998 to April 2000, and he has previously served in operations management roles at Westport Resources, Kerr McGee and Enduring Resources. Mr. Isaac received a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1987 and has served on its Industry Advisory Board since 2005.

Jay Mengle

Mr. Jay S. Mengle is Senior Vice President - Engineering of Contango Oil & Gas Company. Mr. Mengle had previously served as Senior Vice President – Operations and Engineering of Crimson from April 2005 until May 2010 and Senior Vice President – Engineering from May 2010 until the closing of the Merger. Mr. Mengle joined Crimson after serving as the Shelf Asset Manager – Gulf of Mexico for Kerr-McGee Corporation subsequent to its 2004 merger with Westport Resources Corporation (“Westport”). Mr. Mengle was with Westport Resources from 1998 to 2004, where he started Westport’s Gulf Coast/Gulf of Mexico drilling and production operations. Prior to joining Westport, Mr. Mengle also served in various drilling, production and marketing management capacities at Norcen Energy Resources, Kirby Exploration and Mobil Oil Corp. Mr. Mengle received his Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Texas.

Denise DuBard

Ms. Denise DuBard is Chief Accounting Officer, Controller of the Company. Ms. DuBard was a consultant with Axia Partners, a CPA advisory firm, providing accounting and finance related consulting services to the energy industry from December 2014 until joining Contango. Prior to joining Axia Partners she served as Chief Financial Officer of PetroPoint Energy Partners, LLC , a private oil and gas exploration and production company, from 2012 to August 2014, when the company was sold. Ms. DuBard worked with Axia Partners as a consultant in the same capacity as mentioned above from 2009 to 2012. From 2005 to 2009 Ms. DuBard served as Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer for Rosetta Resources Inc., a public oil and gas company. All of these companies are located in Houston, Texas. Ms. DuBard graduated with honors from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance and brings over 30 years of energy experience in accounting, finance and management.

John Thomas

Mr. John A. Thomas is a Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary of Contango Oil & Gas Company., Mr. Thomas had previously served as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Crimson from July 2011 until the closing of the Merger. From 2008 until 2011, Mr. Thomas was Counsel with Vinson & Elkins LLP. He was Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Conquest Petroleum Inc. during 2008 and was Corporate Counsel for Apache Corporation from 2006 to 2008. Mr. Thomas began his legal career with Vinson & Elkins LLP from 1999 to 2006. Mr. Thomas received a Juris Doctor degree from Southern Methodist University, a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Houston and a Bachelor of Science degree in business from Oklahoma State University.

Bill Berilgen

Mr. Bill A. Berilgen is an Independent Director of Contango Oil & Gas Co., Mr. Berilgen was appointed a director of Contango in July 2007. Mr. Berilgen has served in a variety of senior positions during his 40 year career. Most recently, he was Managing Director, Head of Upstream Business, at Castleton Commodities International, LLC from February 2013 to February 2015. Prior to that he served as Chief Executive Officer of Patara Oil & Gas LLC from April 2008 to February 2013. Prior to that he was Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Rosetta Resources Inc., a company he founded in June 2005, until his resignation in July 2007, and then served as an independent consultant to various oil and gas companies from July 2007 through April 2008. Mr. Berilgen was also previously the Executive Vice President of Calpine Corp. and President of Calpine Natural Gas L.P. from October 1999 through June 2005. In June 1997, Mr. Berilgen joined Sheridan Energy, a public oil and gas company, as its President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Berilgen attended the University of Oklahoma, receiving a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering in 1970 and a M.S. in Industrial Engineering / Management Science in 1972. Mr. Berilgen’s skills in business and financial matters, as well as his breadth of oil and gas technical expertise and experience, make him a valuable addition to the Board.

B. James Ford

Mr. B. James Ford is an Independent Director of Contango Oil & Gas Company. Mr. Ford was elected to the Board on October 1, 2013 following the closing of the Merger. Mr. Ford was previously a member of Crimson’s Board of Directors from February 2005 until the closing of the Merger. Mr. Ford is a Managing Director and Portfolio Manager within Oaktree Capital Management’s Global Principal Group. He is responsible for overseeing all activities of the Global Principal Group, including investment commitments and approvals, client relations and administrative and personnel-related matters. Since joining Oaktree in 1996, he has been involved in sourcing and executing a number of the firm’s most significant investments and led the group’s efforts in the media and energy sectors prior to being named a portfolio manager in 2006. Mr. Ford has worked extensively with a variety of Oaktree portfolio companies, including serving on the Boards of Directors of Exco Resources and Townsquare Media, as well as numerous private companies. Mr. Ford earned a B.A. in Economics from the University of California at Los Angeles and an M.B.A. from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. He serves as an active member of the Board of the Children’s Bureau and the Advisory Council of the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Through his role at Oaktree Capital Management and his service as a director of multiple public and private companies, Mr. Ford brings to our Board investment and financial experience, experience analyzing risks and strategy of energy investments, and guidance regarding corporate governance matters.

Lon McCain

Mr. Lon McCain is an Independent Director of Contango Oil & Gas Company. Mr. McCain was elected to the Board on October 1, 2013 following the closing of the Merger. Mr. McCain was previously a member of Crimson’s Board of Directors from June 2005 until the closing of the Merger. Between July 2009 and August 2010, Mr. McCain served as the Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Ellora Energy, Inc., an independent oil and gas exploration and production company. Before joining Ellora Energy Inc. in 2009, he previously served as Vice President, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer of Westport, a large, publicly traded exploration and production company, from 2001 until the sale of that company to Kerr-McGee Corporation in 2004. From 1992 until joining Westport, Mr. McCain was Senior Vice President and Principal of Petrie Parkman & Co., an investment banking firm specializing in the oil and gas industry. From 1978 until joining Petrie Parkman, Mr. McCain held senior financial management positions with Presidio Oil Company, Petro-Lewis Corporation and Ceres Capital. He currently serves as a director of the publicly held Cheniere Energy Partners L.P. and Continental Resources Inc. Mr. McCain was an Adjunct Professor of Finance at the Daniels College of Business of the University of Denver from 1982 to 2004. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and a Masters of Business Administration/Finance from the University of Denver. Mr. McCain provides our Board with extensive investment and financial experience in the oil and gas industry as well as accounting and audit experience. He also provides leadership skills, corporate governance expertise and knowledge of the Company’s business environment, which he has gained through his long career in the oil and gas industry. Mr. McCain brings years of public company management and board experience, including serving on audit committees of various energy and energy-related companies.

Charles Reimer

Mr. Charles M. Reimer is an Independent Director of Contango Oil & Gas Co., Mr. Reimer was elected a director of Contango in November 2005. Mr. Reimer retired in April, 2014 from Freeport LNG Development, L.P. where he served as its President and Chief Operating Officer from its founding in early 2003. He currently serves as an Executive Advisor to the CEO of Freeport LNG Development, L.P. and is a member of its Board of Directors. Mr. Reimer has over 45 years of experience in exploration, production, liquefied natural gas (“LNG”) and business development ventures, both domestically and abroad. From 1986 until 1998, Mr. Reimer served as the Virginia Indonesia Company senior executive responsible for the joint venture that operated oil and gas production in Indonesia, and provided LNG technical support to the P.T. Badak LNG plant in Bontang, Indonesia. Additionally, during these years he served, along with Indonesia’s Pertamina executives, on the board of directors of P.T. Badak. Mr. Reimer began his career with Exxon Company USA in 1967 and held various professional and management positions in Texas and Louisiana. After leaving Exxon, Mr. Reimer was named President of Phoenix Resources Company in 1985 and relocated to Cairo, Egypt, to begin eight years of international assignments in both Egypt and Indonesia. Prior to joining Freeport LNG Development, L.P., Mr. Reimer was President and Chief Executive Officer of Cheniere Energy, Inc. Mr. Reimer brings to the Board extensive expertise in the exploration and production of oil and gas and significant executive management experience

Steven Schoonover

Mr. Steven L. Schoonover is an Independent Director of Contango Oil & Gas Co., Mr. Schoonover was elected a director of Contango in November 2005. Mr. Schoonover was most recently Chief Executive Officer of Cellxion, L.L.C., a company he founded in September 1996 and sold in September 2007, which specialized in construction and installation of telecommunication buildings and towers, as well as the installation of high-tech telecommunication equipment. Since the sale in September 2007, Mr. Schoonover continued to serve as a consultant to the current management team of Cellxion, L.L.C. From 1990 until its sale in November 1997 to Telephone Data Systems, Inc., Mr. Schoonover served as President of Blue Ridge Cellular, Inc., a full-service cellular telephone company he co-founded. From 1983 to 1996, he served in various positions, including President and Chief Executive Officer, with Fibrebond Corporation, a construction firm involved in cellular telecommunications buildings, site development and tower construction. Mr. Schoonover has been awarded, on two occasions with two different companies, Entrepreneur of the Year, sponsored by Ernst & Young, Inc. Magazine and USA Today. Mr. Schoonover graduated from Ohio University in 1967 with a BFA in Communications for Organizations and received his Juris Doctor from Creighton University in 1972. He is currently a member of the Texas Bar. Mr. Schoonover’s provides our Board with his leadership skills including his business, legal and financial experience and his corporate governance expertise.

Basic Compensation

Name Fiscal Year Total

Joseph Romano

629,740

Allan Keel

1,077,290

E. Joseph Grady

713,739

Thomas Atkins

544,134

Anthony Carl Isaac

552,252

Jay Mengle

512,247

Denise DuBard

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John Thomas

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Bill Berilgen

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B. James Ford

--

Lon McCain

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Charles Reimer

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Steven Schoonover

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As Of  30 Dec 2014
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