J. Benjamin Johnson
Director, President, and CEO

Mr. Johnson is a petroleum engineer and business executive with over 35 years’ experience in profitable development and responsible leadership of large U.S. petroleum assets. He grew up in Kenai, Alaska and worked his way through college in various jobs on Cook Inlet offshore oil platforms and on the North Slope. Mr. Johnson held various senior-level management positions for Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO) including West Coast manager of reservoir engineering where he initiated the innovative Long Beach Unit re-development, adding an incremental 150 million barrels of reserves. He also managed ARCO’s major West Coast acquisition projects and reserve reporting. As ARCO’s Eastern U.S. Crude Oil Marketing Manager, he was assigned $600 million signature authority and co-managed the largest crude oil selling organization in the United States. As ARCO’s Area Engineer for the Gulf of Mexico, he managed the largest offshore enhanced oil recovery project in the world at that time. He was an engineer for ARCO Alaska where he created the first Kuparuk full-field development computer simulation and coordinated the first waterflood surveillance plans for Prudhoe Bay. Following his ARCO career, he co-founded Summit Resource Management, a consulting firm providing business/technical management for independent producers, led nationwide crude oil pricing reforms, and testified twice to the U.S. congress on oil pricing issues. His firm also assisted the State of Alaska Department of Revenue in management of its crude oil royalty valuations. Mr. Johnson holds a BS in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Kansas and an MS in Engineering Management from the University of Alaska, Anchorage. He is a Registered Professional Engineer.

Kenneth Sanders
Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Sanders is a seasoned accounting and financial executive with significant experience in the oil and gas, financial, and technical services industries over the past 30 years. He was CFO of three NASDAQ listed companies in the U.S., successfully completed two IPOs and raised over $1.9 billion in both equity and debt in the private and public markets, and worked closely with private equity and venture capital investors. He has extensive experience with start-up businesses, regulatory financial reporting and internal control compliance, strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, international operations, risk management, corporate governance, and treasury management. He was formerly a partner with KPMG, primarily serving independent oil and gas businesses and family interests, financial institutions, and private equity and hedge-fund firms. Mr. Sanders has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting. He is a Certified Public Accountant, and active member of the American Institute of CPAs and Texas Society of CPAs.

John "Jack" Eells
VP Geosciences

Mr. Eells has a proven track record with more than 35 years of managing multiple exploration projects exploration successes across the North American continent. Prior to his position at BlueCrest, Mr. Eells was the Co-Founder & Executive Vice President of Milagro Exploration, LLC, where he oversaw an $825 MM acquisition and conducted wide-scale proprietary 3D seismic along the Gulf Coast. Earlier, Mr. Eells served as the Vice President of Mission Resources Corp., where he managed the development and drilling of 47 prospects over three years with an 83% success rate. Additionally, Mr. Eells was the Vice President of Exploration for El Paso Corp. / Coastal Corp., where he added over 300 Bcf with El Paso and 200 Bcf with Coastal. Mr. Eells has also worked for the following oil and gas exploration and production companies: High Plains Exploration, Lariat Exploration, Houston Oil & Minerals, Diamond Shamrock, and Mobil. Mr. Eells holds both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Geology.

John Martineck
Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Martineck has over 32 years of oil and gas industry experience in business management and negotiations. Mr. Martineck served as Sr. Manager and as Crude Oil Marketing Manager at ARCO, where he had a $600 million signature authority. At the time, ARCO was the largest individual seller of crude oil in the United States. As a co-founder of Summit Resource Management, Mr. Martineck provided business and technical management for independent oil and gas producers as well as federal and state governments. While at Summit, Mr. Martineck spearheaded the reform of the U.S. crude oil marketing procedures nationwide and led the U.S. government in re-writing the federal oil royalty valuation regulations. He has testified twice to the U.S. congress on oil pricing issues and consulted with the Alaska Department of Revenue on management of its crude oil royalty valuations. Mr. Martineck holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Oklahoma.

Mike Bievenour
Geophysicist

Mr. Bievenour has 29 years of experience in seismic acquisition and processing. Mr. Bievenour recently served as Chief Geophysicist for Milagro Exploration LLC where he led their staff of geophysicists in all geophysical analysis, interpretation, seismic processing and data acquisition for the company. Mr. Bievenour served as an exploration geophysicist for Mission Resources, Inc. and then continued with Petrohawk, Inc. after its acquisition of Mission in 2006. While at Mission Resources, Inc., he was principally responsible for mapping and identifying the Lions Prospect in Goliad County, Texas which led to the discovery of Lions Field. Mr. Bievenour has also worked as a geophysicist with increasing levels of responsibility for Coastal Oil & Gas, Cities Service/Occidental, American Coastal Energy, and Hunt Oil Company. He has multiple credited discoveries in the Wilcox, Vicksburg, and North Louisiana Cretaceous Formations. Mr. Bievenour attended the United States Air Force Academy for two years and then transferred to Cornell University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology.