Board of Directors
James H. Brandi
Chairman of the Board
Mr. Brandi is Chairman of the Board of Directors and has been a Director since 2012. Mr. Brandi was formerly a Managing Director of BNP Paribas Securities Corp., where he served from 2010 until 2011. From 2005 to 2010, Mr. Brandi was a partner of Hill Street Capital, LLC, a financial advisory and private investment firm purchased by BNP Paribas in 2010. From 2001 to 2005, Mr. Brandi was a Managing Director at UBS Securities, LLC, where he was the Deputy Global Head of the Energy and Power Groups. Prior to 2001, Mr. Brandi was a Managing Director at Dillon, Read & Co. Inc. and later its successor firm, UBS Warburg, concentrating on transactions in the energy and consumer goods areas. Mr. Brandi served as a director of OGE Energy Corp (NYSE: OGE) from 2010-2021.
John A. Bailey
Mr. Bailey has been a Director since December 2019. Since May 2019, Mr. Bailey is a member of Yorktown Partners LLC, a manager of private equity partnerships which invest in the energy industry. Mr. Bailey was previously employed at Voya Investment Management since June 2011 with roles in investment research and portfolio management. Mr. Bailey was a founder and Managing Partner of 1859 Partners LLC, an energy investment partnership, from March 2009 until June 2011. From December 2006 until August 2008, Mr. Bailey was a Portfolio Manager at Carlyle-Blue Wave Partners Management, LP, an investment partnership. Mr. Bailey served as a Director of LR Energy from November 2011 until its merger with Vanguard Natural Resources in October 2015. Mr. Bailey also served as a Director of Encore Acquisition Company, a NYSE-listed oil and gas exploration and production company, from May 2006 until its merger with Denbury Resources Inc. in March 2010.
Peter A. Leidel
Mr. Leidel has been a Director since 2005. Since 1997, Mr. Leidel is a founder and member of Yorktown Partners LLC, a manager of private equity partnerships which invest in the energy industry. Mr. Leidel had previously been employed at Dillon, Read & Co. since 1983, serving as Senior Vice President until the merger of Dillon Read with SBC Warburg in 1997. He was previously employed in corporate treasury positions at Mobil Corporation and worked for KPMG Peat Marwick and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Mr. Leidel is a director of Ramaco Resources, Inc. (Nasdaq: METC) and certain non-public companies in which Yorktown partnerships hold equity interests. Mr. Leidel served as a director of predecessor companies, Carbon Energy Corporation and Interenergy Corporation.
Patrick R. McDonald
Chief Executive Officer and Director
Mr. McDonald is Chief Executive Officer and Director of the Company since 2004. Mr. McDonald served as Chief Executive Officer of Forest Oil Corporation (NYSE:FST) from June 2012 – 2014. From 1998-2003, Mr. McDonald was Chief Executive Officer and Director of Carbon Energy Corporation (AMEX:CRB), an oil and gas exploration and production company which pre-dated the present company. From 1987 to 1997 Mr. McDonald was Chief Executive Officer and Director of Interenergy Corporation, a natural gas gathering, processing and marketing company. Prior to that he worked as an exploration geologist with Texaco International Exploration Company where he was responsible for oil and gas exploration efforts in the Middle East and Far East. Mr. McDonald is Chairman of the Board of Prairie Provident Resources (TSX:PPR), an exploration and production company based in Calgary, Alberta. Mr. McDonald received a Bachelor’s degree in both Geology and Economics from Ohio Wesleyan University and a Masters degree in Business Administration (Finance) from New York University. Mr. McDonald is a Certified Petroleum Geologist and is a member of the American Association of the Petroleum Geologists and of the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists.
Edwin H. Morgens
Mr. Morgens has been a Director since May 2012. Since 1967, Mr. Morgens is Chairman and Co-founder of Morgens, Waterfall, Vintiadis & Company, Inc., a New York investment firm. Mr. Morgens is a trustee of the American Museum of Natural History, a Fellow of the Weill Cornell Medical College and emeritus trustee of Cornell University.