People: Zion Oil and Gas Inc (ZN.O)
12 Mar 2014
Mr. Justin W. Furnace has been appointed as Independent Director of Zion Oil and Gas, Inc., effective April 19, 2012. Mr. Furnace is the Corporate Manager of External Affairs for Hilcorp Energy Company, in Houston, Texas. Previously, from May of 2010 to September 2012, he was President of the Texas Independent Producers & Royalty Owners Association (TIPRO), a trade association representing the interests of more than 2,300 independent oil and natural gas producers and royalty owners throughout Texas. As TIPRO President, Mr. Furnace was responsible for overseeing the association’s governmental affairs in Texas and Washington D.C. and representing the interests of the association membership before various regulatory bodies, among other things. Prior thereto, from June 2007 to May 2010, Mr. Furnace served as chief of staff and legal counsel to then Chairman Victor Carrillo of the Texas Railroad Commission. He was the Chairman’s top policy advisor, in charge of evaluating, assessing and implementing all legal, technical and legislative strategies. Prior to his tenure at the Railroad Commission, from September 2004 to December 2006, he practiced law at the Beaumont office of Mehaffy Webber as an associate in the firm’s business and litigation departments. While at the firm, he focused on both transactions and litigation relating to oil and gas, real estate and corporate matters. A graduate of Hardin-Simmons University, Mr. Furnace currently serves on their Board of Development. He later received his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from Texas Tech University School of Law. Mr. Furnace’s background in commercial oil and gas law and his regulatory experience makes him a objective resource for company on these matters.
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