Dickie D. Hunter, Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Dickie D. Hunter serves as HighMark Energy’s Chief Executive Officer.
Mr. Hunter began his professional career with Diamond Shamrock Corporation in 1980 where he spent seven years primarily as an analyst working in all segments of the multinational corporation including oil and gas, refining, chemical, coal and agriculture. In 1987 Mr. Hunter joined a private equity firm specializing in the acquisition and development of oil and gas properties. After achieving a three-fold growth in less than two years, the firm was sold to Australian-based Bridge Oil Ltd., which retained Mr. Hunter as its US corporate controller.
In 1995, following the acquisition of Bridge Oil by Parker & Parsley, Mr. Hunter again joined a start-up private equity venture, Wynn-Crosby Energy ("Wynn-Crosby"), as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. During his thirteen year tenure, Wynn-Crosby accumulated interests in over 6,000 wells in nineteen states and twenty-four offshore blocks which it ultimately sold to Petrohawk Energy Corporation. The Wynn-Crosby/Petrohawk transaction was named the “2004 M&A Deal of the Year” by The Oil and Gas Investor. Mr. Hunter elected to leave Wynn-Crosby in January 2009 to join Brian James Jennings in the founding of Rise Energy.
Rise Energy, as a Natural Gas Partners (“NGP”) sponsored company, was formed to pursue the acquisition, and ultimately the management of, financially distressed upstream oil and gas assets vis-à-vis the purchase of senior debt, DIP lending and bankruptcy restructurings. Through its efforts Rise acquired assets in Kansas and offshore California in 2009 which it subsequently sold in December 2012.
Following the commercial success of Rise Energy, Mr. Hunter formed HighMark Energy in the fall of 2013 with NGP’s financial backing.
Mr. Hunter received his Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from West Texas A&M University in 1978 and his Masters of Business Administration from the same university in 1980. Following graduate school Mr. Hunter expanded his formal education to the field of accounting obtaining his CPA license.
Ali Ahmed, President
Mr. Ali Ahmed serves as President for HighMark Energy.
Prior to joining HighMark Energy in 2014, Mr. Ahmed was the CEO of Woodbine Acquisition LLC from May 2011 through February 2014. Woodbine was a major participant and developer in the Woodbine Trend of South East Texas. Mr. Ahmed sold Woodbine to a foreign investment group in the fall of 2013.
Between 2006 and November 2010, Mr. Ahmed served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of O’Brien Resources, and was instrumental in the sale of O’Brien’s assets and its affiliates to Berry Petroleum.
From 1998 to 2006, Mr. Ahmed was a Vice President at Union Bank of California, N.A. in its oil and gas lending division.
Mr. Ahmed earned his Doctorate of Jurisprudence and his Bachelors of Business Administration, cum laude, from the University of Houston. Mr. Ahmed has been a member of the Texas Bar Association since 1997 and is also a member of the Independent Petroleum Association of America.
Stephen C. Pugh, Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Stephen C. Pugh serves as HighMark Energy’s Chief Operating Officer.
With over 35 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, Mr. Pugh has a wide range of skills and experiences. Prior to joining HighMark, Mr. Pugh served as Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President at Midstates Petroleum Company from September 2011 to October 2013. Mr. Pugh served as Senior Vice President and Regional Manager of the ArkLaTex region for SM Energy Company from July 2007 until August 2011. Prior to joining SM Energy, Mr. Pugh was a Managing Director for Scotia Waterous in Houston from July 2006 to July 2007. Mr. Pugh held positions of increasing responsibility in engineering, operations, and business development for over 17 years at Burlington Resources, as well as its successor owner, ConocoPhillips. He held various positions including General Manager-Gulf Coast, and Vice President of Acquisitions and Divestitures for Burlington Resources Canada.
Mr. Pugh began his career in 1981 with Superior Oil, where he worked in production, drilling and reservoir engineering. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in Petroleum Engineering.
D. Clayton Flurry, Vice President of Land and Business Development
Joining HighMark Energy in 2014, Mr. D. Clayton Flurry serves as Vice President of Land and Business Development.
In 2007, Mr. Flurry joined SM Energy Company (formerly St. Mary Land & Exploration Company) where he served on several different Asset, Exploration and A&D Business Development teams in Shreveport, Louisiana and Tulsa, Oklahoma.
In 2005, Mr. Flurry entered the oil patch as a Field Landman working for The Mitchell Company, a land brokerage firm based out of Shreveport, Louisiana.
While working for The Mitchell Company, Mr. Flurry held several roles from Staff Landman and Abstractor to District Field Land Manager mainly focused on the acquisition of leasehold rights in the Upper Gulf Coast Basin.
Mr. Flurry is a past board member and current member of the Ark-La-Tex Landman Association, Tulsa Association of Professional Landmen, and he is a Certified Professional Landman and active Member of the American Association of Professional Landmen.
After serving honorably in the U.S. Army for 5 years, Mr. Flurry received his Bachelor of Science, Business Management and Entrepreneurship from Louisiana Tech University.
Melissa Andreani, Vice President Reservoir Engineering
Ms. Melissa Andreani serves as Vice President of Reservoir Engineering for HighMark Energy with expertise lying in reserve estimates, asset evaluation, and economic modeling.
Prior to joining the company, Ms. Andreani was a petroleum engineering consultant at Netherland, Sewell & Associates primarily working unconventional shale and tight gas reservoirs across the Lower 48.
From 2008 to 2013, Ms. Andreani worked with SM Energy (formerly St. Mary Land & Exploration Company) as Senior Reservoir Engineer over the East Texas and North Louisiana assets, handling the reserves, A&D evaluations, and development planning for the company’s ArkLaTex region.
Prior to that, Ms. Andreani was with Burlington Resources and their successor, ConocoPhillips where she worked as Completion Engineer, responsible for the design and operations of highly prolific wells in the tight gas Bossier Sand. She also held various other engineering roles, gaining experience in production and drilling operations in Southeast Louisiana and South Texas.
Ms. Andreani earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering, magna cum laude, from Texas A&M University.
Kimberly Stevens, Vice President Geology
Ms. Kimberly Stevens serves as Vice President of Geology for HighMark Energy.
With 21 years of oil and gas experience, Ms. Stevens held various positions with ExxonMobil, Encana Oil & Gas, and Hunt Oil Company prior to joining HighMark.
Ms. Stevens work experience has ranged from field work in multiple western basins of the United States to deep water exploration in the Gulf of Mexico and West Africa and reservoir characterization research focusing on “storage and flow” in unconventional shale gas and liquids plays. In 2009, Ms. Stevens was the recipient of the AAPG A.I. Levorsen Memorial Award as co-author of the “Integrated Analysis of the Upper Jurassic Bossier Deltaic Complex, East Texas: A Revisit of Deposition seaward of the Delta-front” publication. In addition to her field work while at Encana and ExxonMobil, Ms. Stevens taught in-house courses on depositional environments and sequence stratigraphy.
Ms. Stevens received her B.A. in Geology from Southern Methodist University and her M.S. in Geology from the Colorado School of Mines.
Brandon Junker, Vice President Operations
Mr. Brandon Junker serves as HighMark Energy’s Vice President of Operations.
Prior to joining HighMark Energy, Mr. Junker served as Engineering Advisor to Midstates Petroleum, where he was charged with evaluating strategic alternatives to enhance enterprise value. Along with his Advisory role, Mr. Junker managed the South Louisiana Wilcox asset during the divestiture process. Before joining the Corporate and Business Development teams, initially as Sr. Staff Reservoir Engineer, Mr. Junker was Completion and Workover Superintendent from June 2012 to February 2014, directing field operations and designing completions for Midstates’ three rig horizontal and vertical Wilcox drilling program.
From 2007 to 2012, Mr. Junker worked with SM Energy as its Sr. Operations Engineer responsible for the completions design of SM’s horizontal Haynesville, Cotton Valley and James Lime drilling program in East Texas and North Louisiana.
Mr. Junker began his career with Burlington Resources and its successor, ConocoPhillips where he worked in various engineering roles in the Gulf Coast Division gaining experience in well design, completions, workover, and production operations.
Mr. Junker received his B.S. degree in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University in 2004.
Benjamin C. Goodyear, Corporate Controller
Mr. Benjamin Goodyear serves as Corporate Controller for HighMark Energy.
Prior to serving as the Corporate Controller for HighMark, Mr. Goodyear joined Dickie Hunter and Brian James Jennings at Rise Energy in 2010 and served as Controller. Following the sale of the Rise Energy assets in December 2012, Mr. Goodyear joined Dickie Hunter in the formation of HighMark Energy in the fall of 2013.
Mr. Goodyear began his career in 2005 joining KPMG, LLP as an auditor focused on the energy sector.
Mr. Goodyear received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from Texas A&M University and his Masters of Science in Finance from the same university in 2005. Mr. Goodyear is a Certified Public Accountant.