Senior Management & Independent Directors
Michael Y. McGovern
Chairman of the Board
Michael Y. McGovern has over 30 years of experience in the oil and gas business and currently serves as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sherwood Energy, LLC and Executive Advisor to Cadent Energy Partners. Mr. McGovern served as the Chief Executive Officer of Pioneer Companies from 2002 to 2007, two years of which he also served as the Chairman. Mr. McGovern served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Coho Energy, Inc. from 2000 to 2002. Mr. McGovern served as the Managing Director of Pembrook Capital Corporation from 1998 to 2000. Mr. McGovern served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Edisto Resources Corporation from 1993 to 1997 and also of Convest Energy Corporation from the date of the acquisition of a controlling interest in Convest by Edisto in 1994 to 1997. Mr. McGovern served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Ironstone Group, Inc. and OXOCO Inc., its predecessor, from 1986 to 1993 and also of American National Petroleum Company, which was acquired by OXOCO, from 1986 to 1993. Mr. McGovern served as the General Partner of Loomis & McGovern Associates from 1984 to 1986. Mr. McGovern served as the Vice President of McMoRan Oil and Gas Company from 1981 to 1984. Mr. McGovern held various management positions with Louisiana Land and Exploration Company from 1975 to 1980. Mr. McGovern served as a staff auditor with Arthur Andersen, LLP from 1974 to 1975. Mr. McGovern currently serves on the boards of directors of Vermillion Bay Exploration, Inc., Tronox, Inc., WestFire, Inc. and Columbia Chemical Company. Mr. McGovern holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Centenary College.
William C. Rankin
President and Chief Executive Officer
William C. Rankin was named President in April 2012, after serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of GeoMet, Inc. since 2000. Mr. Rankin has 40 years experience as an accountant and financial manager, including 34 years as a financial officer with publicly and privately owned energy companies. He began his career as an auditor with Deloitte & Touche from 1971-1975. He served as Director of Internal Audit of Kerr-McGee Corporation from 1975-1977, Controller of Cotton Petroleum Corporation from 1977-1980 and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Cayman Resources Corporation from 1980-1985. Mr. Rankin joined Hadson Corporation in 1985 as Vice President and Controller, became Vice President and Treasurer in 1988 and last served as Sr. Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Hadson Energy Resources Corporation from 1989-1993. In 1994 he became Sr. Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Contour Energy Company (and its predecessors) where he served until 1997. In 1997, he became Sr. Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Bellwether Exploration Company. Mr. Rankin is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Bachelors degree in Accounting from the University of Arkansas.
Senior Vice President—Chief Financial Officer
Tony Oviedo was named Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in April 2012. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Oviedo had served as the financial reporting manager for GeoMet from March 2006 through October 2007 and the Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer and Controller from October 2007 to April 2012. Mr. Oviedo has over 27 years of energy experience with both private and public companies. Prior to joining GeoMet, he was Compliance Director at Resolution Performance Products, LLC and held positions as Chief Accounting Officer, Controller, and Director of Financial Reporting with various companies in the oil and gas industry. Mr. Oviedo is a certified public accountant and holds a Bachelors degree in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting and tax from the University of Houston.
Brett S. Camp
Senior Vice President—Operations
Brett S. Camp, founder of GeoMet, has been our Vice President- Operations since 2000. Mr. Camp has 30 years experience as a professional geologist; four years at USX Corporation and 26 years at GeoMet. Mr. Camp holds a Bachelors degree in Geology from Eastern Illinois University. Mr Camp has over 17 years managing CBM development properties.
James C. Crain
James C. Crain has been involved in the energy industry for over 35 years, both as an attorney and as an executive officer. Since 1984, Mr. Crain has held officer positions with Marsh Operating Company, an investment management firm focusing on energy investments, including his current position, President, which he has held since 1989. In addition, since 1997, Mr. Crain has acted as a general partner of Valmora Partners, L.P., which invests in various oil and gas businesses, among other things. Prior to joining Marsh in 1984, Mr. Crain was a Partner in the law firm of Jenkens & Gilchrist. Mr. Crain currently serves on the boards of directors of Crosstex Energy, Inc. and Approach Resources, Inc. Mr. Crain holds a Bachelors degree in Accounting, a Masters of Professional Accounting in Taxation degree and a Juris Doctorate degree, all from the University of Texas at Austin.
Stanley L. Graves
Stanley L. Graves has over 37 years of experience in the oil and gas business and currently serves as President of Graco Resources, Inc., a coal and energy consulting firm. He served as Chairman of the Board of Graves Service Company, Inc. from 1990 until it was sold in 2006. From 1997 to 2002, Mr. Graves was the President of U.S. Clay, L.P., which mined and processed bentonite. Prior to his time at U.S. Clay, L.P., Mr. Graves served as Vice President—Business Development for Ultimate Abrasive Systems, Inc., as President of Eldridge Gathering System Inc., and as Vice President of Energen Corp., the largest coalbed methane producer in Alabama. Mr. Graves holds a Bachelors degree in Engineering from Auburn University.
W. Howard Keenan, Jr.
W. Howard Keenan, Jr. has over 35 years of experience in the financial and energy businesses. Since 1997, he has been a Member of Yorktown Partners LLC, a private equity investment manager focused on the energy industry. From 1975 to 1997, he was in the Corporate Finance Department of Dillon, Read & Co. Inc. and active in the private equity and energy areas including the founding of the first Yorktown Fund in 1991. He is or has served as a director of multiple Yorktown portfolio companies, including Concho Resources, Inc. Mr. Keenan holds a Bachelors degree from Harvard College and a Masters of Business Administration from Harvard University.
Gary S. Weber
Gary S. Weber has over 35 years of experience in the oil and gas business. Mr. Weber served as the Vice President
- Engineering and Acquisitions of SG Interests from 1994 until his retirement in 2005. Mr. Weber served as the
Exploration Manager of IP Petroleum from 1987 to 1994. Mr. Weber served as the Vice President – Exploration of
Henry Petroleum from 1984 to 1986. Mr. Weber served as the Exploration Manager and Partner of Pinion
Exploration in 1984. Mr. Weber served as the Vice President – Exploration of High Plains Exploration from 1981
to 1983. Mr. Weber began his career as a Geologist, Exploration Manager, and Assistant to the President of
Houston Oil & Minerals from 1974 to 1981. Mr. Weber holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from the
University of Texas.