Richard N. Azar II
Chairman of the Board
Richard N. Azar joined the Camber Energy board of directors as Chairman in August of 2016. Mr. Azar is an executive within the oil and gas industry with more than 30 years’ experience in the oil and gas exploration and production sector. Mr. Azar serves as President/Co-Founder of San Antonio-based Brittany Energy, LLC and Sezar Energy, LP, independent oil and gas exploration and production companies. In addition, he was a director with Petroflow Energy, Ltd./TexOakPetro Holdings, LLC., a private oil and gas company with operations in the Hunton dewatering resource play in Oklahoma. Since 1982 Mr. Azar’s companies have explored for, produced and operated over 1,000 wells in Central, South and West Texas and Central Oklahoma, including the development of the Hunton Dewatering Resource play in central Oklahoma.
Mr. Azar co-founded San Antonio Gas & Oil (SAGO), which in 1985 acquired Altex Resources, Inc., a leading oil and gas exploration company. Over the last 20 years, Mr. Azar has been instrumental in developing a Hunton Dewatering Resource play in central Oklahoma through his ownership/partnership in Altex Resources, Inc. Altex Resources was sold to a Canadian Energy Trust in March 2006. Mr. Azar remains active in the exploration of the Hunton Resource play. He currently serves as a Trustee for the San Antonio-based Texas Biomed Research Institute, has been on the Board of the Southwest Blood and Tissue Center and has actively participated in many philanthropic endeavors.
Mr. Azar received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas at Austin with distinguished military graduate honors.
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.
Alan W. Dreeben
Alan W. Dreeben joined the Camber Energy board of directors in August of 2016. Mr. Dreeben is an owner and director of Republic National Distributing Company, LLC, the second largest beverage alcohol distributor of premium wine and spirits in the United States. Mr. Dreeben currently serves on the regional board of directors for the Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) and on the development board of the University of Texas at Austin. Additionally, he serves on the advisory board for Cullen Frost Bank and San Antonio Capital and the advisory council of the State of Texas Comptroller’s office. He has also served as a director of The Alisam Group LLC, a private freight logistics management and sales organization, since 2014, and has served on numerous education, community, religious and industry boards over the years. Mr. Dreeben has received a number of awards from the Dallas Morning News, the New World Wine & food Organization, the National Conference of Christians & Jews, the Texas State University System, UTSA and the UT Silver Spurs.
Mr. Dreeben received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from University of Texas at Austin, an Executive Master’s in Business Administration degree from Harvard University, an honorary Doctor of Philosophy degree from University of the Incarnate Word, and an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Texas State University.
J. Fred Hofheinz
Mr. Hofheinz, the former Mayor of the City of Houston 1974-1978, began his business career with his late father, Roy Hofheinz, Sr., the founder of the Houston Astrodome and the initial owner of the Houston Astros baseball team. Mr. Hofheinz played a key role in the family real estate development projects surrounding the Astrodome, including an amusement park and four hotels. He was the senior officer of Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus, which was owned by the Hofheinz family. In 1971, Mr. Hofheinz co-founded a closed circuit television company, Top Rank, which is now the leading professional boxing promotion firm in the nation. He has served as President of the Texas Municipal League and served on the boards of numerous other state and national organizations for municipal government elected officials. In addition to his law practice, Mr. Hofheinz also owned several direct interests in oil and gas producing properties and co-founded and served as the Chief Executive Officer of several oil and gas companies. He has also dealt extensively with business interests, primarily oil and gas related, in the People's Republic of China and in the Ukraine.
For the past five years Mr. Hofheinz has been an investor and a practicing attorney with the firm of Williams, Birnberg & Andersen in Houston, Texas. While he has numerous investments in real estate, his principal investment interest is in oil and gas. He has been actively engaged in successful exploration and production ventures, both domestic and international. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Texas and takes an active interest in Houston's civic and charitable affairs. He was admitted to the Texas bar in 1964, having received his preparatory education at the University of Texas, (B.A., M.A., Ph.D., 1960-1964); and his Legal education at the University of Houston
Fred S. Zeidman
Mr. Zeidman has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Petroflow Energy Corporation since September 2011 and as Director of Petro River Oil Corporation since April 2013. Mr. Zeidman has also served as a director of Hyperdynamics Corporation since 2009 and as a director of Prosperity Bancshares, Inc. since 1986. He currently also serves as trustee for the AremmiSoft Liquidating Trust (a position he has held since 2004). In March 2013, Mr. Zeidman was appointed to the Board of Straight Path Communications, Inc. In March 2008, Mr. Zeidman was appointed the Interim President of Nova Biosource Fuels, Inc. ("Nova"), a publicly-traded biodiesel technology company, and served in that position until the company's acquisition in November 2009. Mr. Zeidman also served as a director of Nova from June 2007 to November 2009. From August 2009 through November 2009, Mr. Zeidman served as Chief Restructuring Officer for Transmeridian Exploration, Inc. and served in that position until its sale in November 2009. Mr. Zeidman has served on the board of Prosperity Bank for 26 years. He also served as CEO, President and Chairman of the Board of Seitel Inc., an oil field services company, from June 2002 until its sale in February 2007. Mr. Zeidman served as a Managing Director of the law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP from July 2003 to December 2008. Mr. Zeidman has served as CEO, Interim CEO and Chairman of the Board of a variety of companies, including several in the oil and gas sector.
Mr. Zeidman is the Chairman Emeritus of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council. He was appointed to that position by former President George W. Bush in March 2002 and served from 2002-2010. He is also Chairman Emeritus of the University of Texas Health Science System Houston and is on the Board of Trustees of the Texas Heart Institute (where he currently serves as Interim Chief Financial Officer) and the Institute for Rehabilitation and Research (TIRR). He currently serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the University of Saint Thomas and chairs its Development Committee and Houston Community College. Mr. Zeidman received his Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts from Washington University and a Masters of Business Administration from New York University.
Robert D. Tips
Robert D. Tips joined the Camber Energy board of directors in August of 2016. Mr. Tips is one of San Antonio’s most recognized business leaders. For the past four decades he has devoted himself to building one of the leading family owned funeral companies in the State of Texas, Mission Park Funeral Chapels and Cemeteries. He is the President, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MPII, Inc. d/b/a Mission Park Funeral Chapels and Cemeteries, whose operations include 21 funeral homes and cemeteries throughout the state, a casket and monument manufacturing group, an architectural and construction division, insurance companies and a trust company to protect the investments of Mission Park’s pre-need customers. Mr. Tips previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of two insurance companies, MTM Life Insurance Company and Transwestern Life Insurance Company, which were merged into North America Life Insurance Company in 2008, where Mr. Tips served as Vice President from until 2011.
Mr. Tips has been instrumental in starting a faith-based school for children of all ages, raising money for Bexar County’s volunteer fire departments, and providing support to the families of San Antonio police officers who died in the line of duty. He is a member of numerous civic clubs and advisory committees throughout Texas. He became a 32nd degree Mason at the age of 21 and is a member of the Albert Pike Masonic Lodge 1169 AF & AM, as well as the Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital. He is a member and past president of Texas Cemeteries Association, a past board member of BBVA Compass Bank and an active board member of BB&T Bank. Mr. Tips also served on the Rey Feo board during 2005, an organization that raises money for scholarships for San Antonio college students of tomorrow.
Mr. Tips attended the University of Texas in Austin.