Anthony C. Schnur
President and Chief Executive Officer and Director
Anthony C. Schnur is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Camber Energy, Inc. (formerly Lucas Energy), a position which he has held since 2012. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Company. Mr. Schnur joined the Company as the Chief Financial Officer in November 1, 2012 before replacing the outgoing Chief Executive Officer in December 2012. In less than six months, he had restructured the Company by settling outstanding litigation issues, high-grading existing oil and gas properties, streamlining operations and building a new team. By mid-2013 the Company was positioned for growth and future profitability, and in mid-2016, it completed a transformational acquisition in the Hunton formation in central Oklahoma. In early 2017, under Mr. Schnur’s direction, Camber secured a significant leasehold position in the Central Basin Platform of the Permian Basin.
Prior to joining the Company in 2012, Mr. Schnur served as the Chief Financial Officer of Chroma Oil & Gas for nearly three years, a private equity-backed E&P with operations in Texas and Louisiana. For eight years prior to Chroma Oil & Gas, he was an independent executive where he held various non-traditional employee/consultant/CFO/Interim CEO and advisor roles.
Mr. Schnur is a results-oriented manager with a history of positioning companies for growth, preservation of value and return of capital. Mr. Schnur possesses an excellent track record of turning around distressed organizations and implementing strategic growth initiatives. Over twenty years within oil and gas and financial management positions has afforded him extensive experience in strategic planning, capital raises, financial management and development planning for both start-ups and special situations. On five separate occasions, Mr. Schnur was asked to lead work-out/turn-around initiatives in the E&P space. Previous positions include Director of Structured Transactions for Aquila Energy Capital Corporation, Natural Gas Marketer for Aquila Energy Marketing and tenures with Cargill, Inc., National City Bank and PNC Corp.
Mr. Schnur is a member of Houston ADAM (Acquisitions, Divestitures and Mergers) and the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA). Mr. Schnur received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Corporate Finance) degree from Gannon University and earned a Master of Business Administration degree at Case Western Reserve University.
Kenneth R. Sanders
Chief Operating Officer
Kenneth R. Sanders was appointed to Chief Operating Officer of the company in 2016 after having served as our Vice President of Asset Development since September 2013, and previously served as an engineering consultant with us from February 2013 to August 2013. Throughout his extensive career in the oil and gas industry, Mr. Sanders has overseen the technical review, evaluation, acquisition and development of oil & gas properties and reserves primarily in the Permian Basin, Mid-Continent, ArkLaTex, Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast regions, and offshore Gulf of Mexico.
Prior to joining our Company, Mr. Sanders had been the Chief Executive Officer of two private exploration and production companies, Research Exploration, LLC and KRS Resources, LLC, focused on development of exploration prospects, development drilling opportunities and producing property acquisitions, mainly in the Gulf Coast onshore in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Mississippi since 2003.
In 1999, Mr. Sanders served at Contour Energy Inc. as Senior Vice President E&P with responsibility for all of the company’ s exploration and production activities in the core onshore Gulf Coast, Louisiana and Texas and Gulf of Mexico shelf properties. He was elected to Contour’s Board of Directors and named President and Chief Executive Officer in 2001 where he led the restructuring and ultimate sale of the company in 2003. Prior to Contour, Mr. Sanders held various leadership roles at Seagull Energy E&P Inc., including Vice President, Exploitation, Acquisitions & Engineering, from 1991 to 1999. He previously served as an engineering consultant to Torch Energy Advisors Incorporated, as Executive Vice President of The Keplinger Companies (an International Petroleum Engineering Consultancy) and at Shell Oil Company as Production Operations Engineer.
Mr. Sanders is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) and is a Registered Professional Engineer (inactive) in Texas. Mr. Sanders received a Bachelor’s degree in Petroleum Engineering from Mississippi State University and earned a Master of Business Administration (Finance) degree from the University of Houston.
Paul A. Pinkston
Chief Accounting Officer
Paul A. Pinkston was appointed to Chief Accounting Officer in 2016, after having served as the Director of Financial Reporting for the Company since May 2013. Mr. Pinkston brings solid accounting and financial expertise to the Company and has been instrumental in handling compliance, audits and other regulatory functions.
From January 2006 to May 2013, Mr. Pinkston served as a Senior Consultant with Sirius Solutions LLLP, where he performed accounting, audit and finance consulting services. From January 2002 to November 2005, Mr. Pinkston served as a Corporate Auditor performing internal audits for Baker Hughes, Inc. From September 1998 to November 2001, Mr. Pinkston served as a Senior Auditor, conducting public and private audits, at Arthur Anderson LLP.
Mr. Pinkston received a Bachelor of Business Administration (Finance and Marketing) degree from the University of Texas and earned a Master of Business Administration (Accounting) degree from the University of Houston. Mr. Pinkston is a Certified Public Accountant registered in Texas.
Thomas E. Hardisty
Senior Vice President of Land & Business Development
Thomas E. Hardisty was named Senior Vice President of Land & Business Development in January 2017, after serving as an independent consultant for the Company since September of 2016. Mr. Hardisty has worked over three decades in the energy industry, primarily as a land professional but also with business development and executive management experience with private and public companies in both the E&P and OFS/technology space.
Prior to joining our Company, Mr. Hardisty was the VP, Land & Business Development of Davis Petroleum Corp. from 2009 until 2016 where he was responsible for the Land Department and all corporate development activities that ultimately led to a corporate merger that closed in October, 2016. From 2013 to mid-2014, he served as a non-executive Director and continues to serve as Board advisor for Eco-Stim Energy Solutions, an international oilfield service & technology company. Prior to the role at Davis, he was with Kerogen Resources as VP, Land & Business Development, where he was tasked with carrying out the company's decision to exit by negotiating/closing multiple property divestitures in 2009.
In 2003, Mr. Hardisty identified a business opportunity to acquire a patented drilling technology that led to the formation of Particle Drilling where he was co-founder, Director and served as SVP, Corporate Development and as Corporate Secretary until 2009. From 1994 until 2003, he worked in various land positions for independent energy companies, including Senior Landman for PetroCorp, Inc. Prior to that time, beginning in 1984 Mr. Hardisty was a Land Consultant where he worked on a broad range of assignments including title, lease acquisitions, management of land crews and due diligence for property acquisitions. His industry experience includes operations in TX, LA, MS, OK, CO and Deep Water GOM.
Mr. Hardisty is a member of the Houston Association of Professional Landmen (HAPL) where he twice served as Director and Chairman of several committees. He is also a member of the American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL), the Houston Producers Form (HPF) and Houston ADAM (Acquisitions, Divestitures & Mergers) forum. Mr. Hardisty received a Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree in Petroleum Land Management in 1984 from the University of Texas at Austin.
J. Mark Bunch, P.E.
Senior Vice President of Engineering & Operations
J. Mark Bunch was named Senior Vice President of Engineering & Operations in January 2017 after having served as an independent contractor for the Company since September of 2016. Mr. Bunch is a registered professional petroleum engineer with more than thirty-five years of operational and managerial experience in oil and gas exploration, development, acquisition and divestiture. He is noted for his leadership in transactions that have resulted in successful asset acquisitions and strategic mergers in addition to the management of transformational engineering and geoscience functions.
Prior to joining our Company, Mr. Bunch served as Asset Manager at Davis Petroleum from 2012 to 2016 where he managed engineering and geoscience operations that materially increased the value of the company leading to a successfully merger agreement with Yuma Exploration. Prior to that, he served as Chief Operating Officer for Mecom Oil where he managed all engineering, operations, geoscience and office functions from 2007 until 2012. From 1999 to 2007, he served as Vice President for Huddleston & Co., an independent engineering consulting firm. He was Engineering Manager at Petrocorp Inc. from 1993 to 1999 where he directed the Gulf Coast and Canadian engineering programs. He began his career in the oil and gas business in 1981 with Arco Oil and Gas Company where he held various positions on increasing responsibility in Reservoir and Production Engineering.
Mr. Bunch is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and the Independent Petroleum Earth Scientists. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Petroleum Engineering.