Sklar Explorations

Our Team
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Executive Team

Howard Sklar
Howard Sklar
Chief Executive Officer
B.S. in Engineering and M.S. in Physics from the University of Michigan

S.M. in Earth and Planetary Science with emphasis in Geophysics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Howard Sklar
Howard Sklar
Chief Executive Officer
Howard Sklar earned a B.S. in Engineering and an M.S. in Physics from the University of Michigan. He also has an S.M. in Earth and Planetary Science with an emphasis in Geophysics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mr. Sklar became active in the oil and gas industry when he joined his family’s Sklar & Phillips Oil Company in 1992. He founded Sklar Exploration Company in 1998 to lead the continued growth of his immediate family’s oil and gas assets and other investments. Early in his career he utilized his expertise in physics toward applications of AVO and later toward the use of NUMAR logging in non-conventional pay zone analysis. His early efforts in East Texas led to the addition of natural gas reserves and new pay zones at Oletha, North Oletha and Personville Fields in the Travis Peak and Cotton Valley sandstones. His expertise in geophysics, log analysis and hydraulic fracture stimulation greatly contributed to Sklar Exploration's discovery and development of natural gas reserves in Rodessa limestones and Cotton Vally sandstones at Steele Creek Field in East Texas, and the extension and development of natural gas reserves in Hosston sandstones at West Arcadia Field in North Louisiana. More recently, Mr. Sklar has led his company to drill more than 150 wells over the past 10 years targeting conventional oil reserves. These wells have produced in excess of 11 million barrels of oil to date from numerous fields, including Little Cedar Creek, Brooklyn, Kirkland and Fishpond Fields in Alabama, and Oak Hay Field in Mississippi. Mr. Sklar is an active philanthropist, and generously devotes both his time and financial resources to countless charitable organizations. He is also an active athlete, and spends much of his free time preparing for and competing in cycling and triathlon races.

David Barlow
David Barlow
President — Chief Operating Officer
B.A. from Centenary College of Louisiana

J.D. from Tulane University School of Law

David Barlow
David Barlow
Mr. Barlow has a B.A. degree from Centenary College in Shreveport, LA, where he now serves as a Trustee on Centenary's Board of Trustees and as a Member of that board's Executive Committee. He earned a J.D. (Cum Laude) from Tulane University School of Law in New Orleans, LA. After obtaining his undergraduate degree, he served as a research assistant for Prof. Michael Hurst, the Senior Fellow of St. Johns College, Oxford University in Oxford, England. During law school, he worked as a student law clerk for Judge Steven Plotkin, 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, New Orleans, Louisiana. Before joining Sklar in 2001, he practiced law at the law firms of Barlow and Hardtner L.C. and its successor, Lemle & Kelleher, L.L.P., where he specialized in oil and gas law, generally representing oil and gas independent producers in oil and gas transactions, environmental, tort and breach of contract litigation, regulatory matters and title work. He is a licensed attorney in the State of Louisiana and is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA), the Louisiana Oil & Gas Association (LOGA), the Colorado Oil & Gas Association (COGA), the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation and the Oil & Gas Section of the Louisiana State Bar. Mr. Barlow also serves as Charter Member of the Advisory Board of Bowman Systems LLC, a software company specializing in the human services industry; Charter Member of the Board of Directors of The Leonard Family Corporation, a family holding company with subsidiaries in the food processing and soil and composting industries; Director and Vice President of the Sisters of the Destitute; and Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Unconventional Oil and Gas Resources. He is a graduate of IPAA’s Executive Management Program for Oil & Gas Executives at Harvard Business School and has been a presenter at the 2007 Ark-La-Tex Association of Professional Landmen Educational Seminar and at the 54th Mineral Law Institute at LSU Law Center.

Cory Ezelle
Cory Ezelle
V.P. — Exploration Manager
B.S. in Geology from Millsaps College

Cory Ezelle
Cory Ezelle
V.P. — Exploration Manager
Mr. Ezelle has more than 20 years of exploration and production experience focusing primarily in the Ark-La-Tex and MAFLA regions. He was directly responsible for 15 field discoveries during that time with estimated total reserves of over 120 BCF and 20 MMBO. Mr. Ezelle joined Sklar & Phillips Oil Company in 1996, and Sklar at its inception in 1998. Prior to working with the Sklar family, Mr. Ezelle worked as an explorationist with other oil and gas firms, including Marlin Exploration, Robey H. Clark (consulting for Diamond Shamrock Corporation), Spirit Petroleum, Tideway Exploration, Texas Oil and Gas Corporation, and American Natural Resources. He earned a B.S. in geology from Millsaps College in Jackson, MS, and completed two years of graduate work at Northeast Louisiana University in Monroe, LA. He is an AAPG certified petroleum geologist, a licensed professional geoscientist in the State of Texas and a past board member and secretary of the Shreveport Geological Society.

Chris Farrell
Chris Farrell
V.P. — Chief Financial Officer
B.A. in Accounting and Business Administration from Centenary College of Louisiana

M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University

Chris Farrell
Chris Farrell
V.P. — Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Farrell is a graduate of Centenary College of Louisiana in Shreveport, LA with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and business administration. Mr. Farrell is also a certified public accountant and earned an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL. He is a member of the Council of PetroleumfAccountant Societies (COPAS). In addition to his responsibilities with Sklarco, LLC and Sklar Exploration Company, LLC, Mr. Farrell also manages the non-oil and gas investments of Mr. Sklar. He has worked for the Sklar family since 2001.

Greg Rembert
Greg Rembert
V.P. — Land Manager
B.S. in Geology from Centenary College of Louisiana

Greg Rembert
Greg Rembert
Land Manager
Mr. Rembert attended Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA and Centenary College of Louisiana in Shreveport. He earned a B.S. in geology from Centenary in 1976. Upon graduation, Greg worked independently as a geologist and landman prior to joining Amoco Production Company (New Orleans, Louisiana region) as Staff Landman. After leaving Amoco, he worked for The Hunter Company Inc., as Staff Landman; Projects, Inc., as President and Exploration Manager; and Polaris Pipeline Corporation as Operations Manager. Most recently, Mr. Rembert worked for Tensas Delta Exploration Company, LLC as a contract landman prior to joining Sklar as Senior Landman. He is a member of American Association of Professional Landmen (CPL), Ark-La-Tex Association of Professional Landmen and The Shreveport Geological Society.

Monty Shed
Monty Shed
V.P. — Operations Manager
82’ Bachelor of Science, Petroleum Engineering Technology
Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma

Monty Shed
Monty Shed
V.P. — Operations Manager
Mr Shed has over 30 years of experience in oil/gas exploration and operations. Mr Shed received a B.S. degree in Petroleum Engineering Technology from Oklahoma State University. He started his career with Moncrief Oil in the Wind River Basin, Wyoming, and there he operated and managed world class HPHT gas wells. His experience with Moncrief included O&G operations from the Rockies to on-shore Louisiana. After 22 years with Moncrief, Monty had the opportunity to work for Bill Barrett Corporation. With Barrett, Monty managed oil/gas assets for 11 years including, Powder River Basin/Wind River Basin (Wyoming), Uintah Basin (Utah) and Piceance Basin/Paradox Basin/DJ Basin (Colorado).

Key Personnel

Geology Department

Kim Anderson
Kim Anderson
Geoscientist Technician

Kim Anderson
Kim Anderson
Geoscientist Technician
Ms. Anderson has 20 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, having previously worked at the Shreveport Petroleum Log Library. She joined Sklar in 1999 as a geoscientist technician for Cory Ezelle and currently assists the exploration department. She was promoted to Regulatory Analyst in 2001 and has since received regulatory certifications with the Railroad Commission of Texas and the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources. She served on the Board of Directors for the Red River Desk & Derrick Club in 2008 and has been an active member of the club since 2007.

Don Eustes
Don Eustes
Geophysicist
B.S. in Geology from Louisiana Tech University

Don Eustes
Don Eustes
Geophysicist
Mr. Eustes has over 25 years of experience as a geophysicist with various oil and gas companies focusing in the southern U.S. with some offshore experience. He has played a key role in the development of numerous fields based on bright spots and AVO anomalies, along with conventional 2D seismic interpretation. He has used 3D data to prove up 2D prospect 'leads' and develop efficient exploitation plans. He joined Sklar & Phillips Oil Company in 1997, and Sklar in 1998. Prior to working with the Sklar family, Mr. Eustes worked for nine years as an independent geophysical consultant. During this time, he worked continually with Cory Ezelle and contributed to many of the field discoveries mentioned above. From 1980 - 1988, he worked with Cities Service and Placid Oil Company. He is a licensed geophysicist in the State of Texas and an active member of the AAPG and the SEG. He has served in many leadership capacities with the Cross Bayou Emmaus community and is currently an elder at Open Door Bible Church.

Miles McDowell
Miles McDowell
Geologist
B.S. in Geology from Centenary College of Louisiana

M.S. in Geology from the University of New Orleans

Miles McDowell
Miles McDowell
Geologist
Mr. McDowell began working for Sklar & Phillips Oil Company in 1996 as a geo-tech while he was attending Centenary College in Shreveport, LA. He joined Sklar at its inception in 1998. In 1999, he graduated from Centenary College with a B.A. degree in geology. From there, he continued his studies at The University of New Orleans in Louisiana and in 2002 received an M.S. degree in geology. He began working full-time as a geologist for Sklar in 2002.

Nathan Snyder
Nathan Snyder
Geologist
B.S. Geology B.A. English, minor in Engineering M.S. Engineering Science, emphasis Geology from University of Mississippi

Nathan Snyder
Nathan Snyder
Geologist
Mr. Snyder joined the Sklar team in June 2011 upon completion of his master’s degree. During his tenure at the University of Mississippi, he taught a wide range of undergraduate geology courses. His research focused on modern carbonates in Exuma, Bahamas where he presented his work at the annual 2010 Geological Society of American conference. In addition, he is a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Geological Society of America and Shreveport Geological Society.

Valerie Walker
Valerie Walker
Senior Staff Geologist
B.S. Geology from Middlebury College

M.S. Geology from University of Colorado Boulder

Valerie Walker
Valerie Walker
Senior Staff Geologist
Mrs. Walker graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Middlebury College in Vermont with a bachelor’s degree in Geology. In 1987, she received her Masters of Geology from University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado. She began her oil and gas career with majors, working as a Petroleum Geologist first for Shell and then for Amoco. Between 1991 and 1999, she worked as a Senior Geologist for Questar Exploration and Production Company in Denver, Colorado. Mrs. Walker worked as Vice President of Exploration for Ellora Energy, Inc. in Boulder, Colorado from its inception in 2002 until 2009. She is an active member of American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists, Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists, Houston Geological Society and Geological Society of America, as well as a certified geologist in the State of Wyoming.

Land Department

Belinda Ayers
Belinda Ayers
Division Order Analyst

Belinda Ayers
Belinda Ayers
Division Order Analyst
Mrs. Ayers joined the Sklar Land Department in 2014. She provides assistance with various land-related services. Prior to joining Sklar, she worked for Koch Exploration Company, LLC as a Senior Land Specialist and Ulteig Engineers, Inc. as their Denver office manager. She is an active member of the Denver Association of Division Order Analysts and co-chair of their speaker committee.

Steven Hatcher
Steven Hatcher
Attorney
B.A. from Georgia State University, J.D. from Louisiana State University

Steven Hatcher
Steven Hatcher
Attorney
Mr. Hatcher is a graduate of Georgia State University (B.A., Summa Cum Laude) and Louisiana State University (J.D.). After law school, he practiced with the law firm Bradley, Murchison, Kelly & Shea, L.L.C. (formerly Lemle & Kelleher, L.L.P.), where he specialized in oil & gas law, particularly mineral and leasehold title examination, and business transactions. He is admitted to practice before all state and federal courts in Louisiana and is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association. He also holds Single Client Certification by the Colorado Bar Association. Mr. Hatcher is also a member of the American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL), Ark-La-Tex Association of Professional Landmen (ALTAPL) and the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation (RMMLF).

Camille Jenkins
Camille Jenkins
Lease Analyst
B.A. in International Affairs & Minor in French from University of Colorado Boulder

Camille Jenkins
Camille Jenkins
Lease Analyst
Originally from Baton Rouge, Ms. Jenkins moved to Boulder in 2011 to pursue her studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. She began working at Sklar as an intern in August of 2014. In 2015, Ms. Jenkins joined the land department as a lease analyst and received her Bachelor’s degree from CU Boulder. She is an avid yoga practitioner and teacher, and she can be found in the mountains in her free time.

Marshall Jones
Marshall Jones
Landman, CPL
B.S. from Southern Methodist University

Marshall Jones
Marshall Jones
Landman, CPL
Mr. Jones joined Sklar in 2005 after working for The Mitchell Company as a petroleum landman. He performs a number of land-related functions, including title abstracting work, title examination and lease take-offs, lease negotiation and acquisition, and lease curative work. He is a member of the American Association of Professional Landmen, Ark-La-Tex Petroleum Landman’s Association and Denver Association of Petroleum Landmen.

Sutton Lloyd
Sutton Lloyd
Landman
B.S. from Louisiana Tech University

Sutton Lloyd
Sutton Lloyd
Landman
Mr. Lloyd joined Sklar’s Boulder team as a Land Intern in September of 2013. He is a 2011 graduate of Louisiana Tech University and holds a B.S. in marketing. Though a Shreveport native, Mr. Lloyd enjoys all the outdoor sporting activities Colorado has to offer.

Katy Smith
Katy Smith
Division Order Analyst
B.A. in Commercial Art, minor in Business Administration from Centenary College

Katy Smith
Katy Smith
Division Order Analyst
Ms. Smith joined Sklar as a lease analyst shortly after graduation. Over the next two years, Ms. Smith’s position evolved into Sklar’s first Division Order Analyst. She provides various land-related services, including internal investor and royalty owner relations; she is also the departmental liaison to accounting.

Engineering Department

Clayton Campbell
Clayton Campbell
Operations Engineer
B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from Louisiana State University, B.B.A. in Finance from Georgia Southern University

Clayton Campbell
Clayton Campbell
Operations Engineer
Clayton joined Sklar in May 2015 as an operations engineer. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering from Louisiana State University, and also holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Georgia Southern University. Before moving to Colorado, Clayton worked as a project superintendent in commercial construction for R. David Constructors, managing projects ranging from new industrial facilities to historic structural renovations.

Monica Goncalves
Monica Goncalves
Engineering Technician
B.S. in Human Resources Management, Minor in Philosophy from University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Monica Goncalves
Monica Goncalves
Engineering Technician
Ms. Goncalves joined Sklar in August 2013 and provides administrative support to the Boulder team. She previously worked at Spherion Staffing in Dartmouth, Massachusetts as a payroll specialist and recruiter for administrative and light industrial positions in the southern region of the state. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth with a bachelor’s degree in human resources management and a minor in philosophy. She is a member of the Phi Sigma Tau Philosophy Honors Society.

Travis Smith
Travis Smith
Construction Superintendent

Travis Smith
Travis Smith
Construction Superintendent
Travis joined Sklar in March 2013 as Construction Superintendent. Prior to joining Sklar, Travis worked as a midstream operator and construction project manager for companies such as Eaglerock Energy, Laser Midstream, and Energy Transfer Company.

Amy Ryckman
Amy Ryckman
Marketing & Facilities Engineer
B.S. in Physics-Engineering from Washington and Lee University

Amy Ryckman
Amy Ryckman
Marketing & Facilities Engineer
Mrs. Ryckman joined Sklar in 2014 as Marketing and Facilities Engineer. She earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Physics-Engineering from Washington and Lee University before moving to Colorado and joining the oil and gas industry. During her career she has served in a variety of roles, first as an engineering analyst with Petro-Canada Resources (USA), Inc. Following an acquisition by Noble Energy, Inc., she transitioned into a position in oil and gas marketing. She most recently served as facilities engineer in their Major Projects and Infrastructure group before joining the Sklar team.

Leisa Tompkins
Leisa Tompkins
Petroleum Engineering Technician
A.S. from Louisiana Tech University in Petroleum Engineering Technology

Leisa Tompkins
Leisa Tompkins
Petroleum Engineering Technician
Ms. Tompkins joined Sklar in June 2011 as Petroleum Engineering Technician providing support to the V.P. - Operations Manager. She communicates drilling and production information to interest owners and Sklar personnel. Previously, she was employed at the Marathon Oil Company as a petroleum engineering technician in reservoir engineering.

Josh Young
Josh Young
Field Superintendent

Josh Young
Josh Young
Field Superintendent
Josh Young, Field Superintendent, joined Sklar in May of 2014. Prior to coming to work for Sklar Exploration, Josh was a Lead Operator in the South Marsh Island and Eugene Island areas of the GOM for Northstar, Mariner, Apache, Fieldwood Energy.

Accounting Department

Marie Gardner
Marie Gardner
Accountant & JIB Specialist
A.D. in Computer Science and Accounting from Southern Union State College

Marie Gardner
Marie Gardner
Accountant & JIB Specialist
Ms. Gardner has approximately 18 years experience in oil and gas accounting, specializing in joint interest billing, accounts payable, revenue disbursements, severance tax and related accounting functions. She was previously controller of Phoenix Oil & Gas, Ltd., L.L.P.; before that, she worked as an accountant for EnSight Resources, L.L.C., Brammer-Keystone Energy, LLC, Keystone Exploration, Inc. and Grace Drilling Company. Marie joined the Sklar team in 2002.

Bobbie Gore
Bobbie Gore
Accounts Payable

Bobbie Gore
Bobbie Gore
Accounts Payable
Ms. Gore joined the Sklar team in 2009. She majored in accounting at Columbus State Community College. Before joining Sklar, she worked for Rosbottom Production.

Cassandra Hicks
Cassandra Hicks
Controller
B.S. in Business Administration from University of Colorado Boulder, M.S. in Accounting from University of Colorado Denver

Cassandra Hicks
Cassandra Hicks
Controller
Cassie joined the Sklar team in June 2014 as a Senior Accountant. She graduated from University of Colorado Boulder with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration and received her Master’s of Science in Accounting from University of Colorado Denver. She was previously employed by Berry Petroleum. Cassie is an active member of Council of Petroleum Accountant Societies.

Laura Medlin
Laura Medlin
Human Resources Manager

Laura Medlin
Laura Medlin
Administrative Support
Ms. Medlin joined the Sklar team in 2012. She studied psychology and communications at Centenary College of Louisiana and Louisiana State University. She was previously employed as an insurance broker in the Greater Chicago Area.

Julia Smith
Julia Smith
Accounts Receivable

Julia Smith
Julia Smith
Accounts Receivable
Mrs. Smith joined the Sklar accounting department in 2011. Prior to joining Sklar, she worked for Crystal Gas Storage, formerly known as Crystal Oil Company, for 12 years assisting in the accounting department and as an executive assistant to Crystal’s president and vice-presidents.

Administrative Department

Nicole Athey
Nicole Athey
Executive Assistant to the CEO
B.S. in Tourism Management from Indiana University

nicoleAthey
Nicole Athey
Executive Assistant to the CEO
Ms. Athey became part of the Sklar team in 2013 as Executive Assistant to the CEO, Howard Sklar. She previously worked for Swagelok Denver as a customer service representative responsible for assisting customers with fluid system solutions in the oil and gas, power, alternative fuel and semi conductor industries. Prior to that, Ms. Athey was Public Relations Coordinator for Clabber Girl Corporation/Hulman & CO.

Chelsea Brown
Chelsea Brown
Administrative Support
BA in Communication Studies, minor Criminal Justice from Colorado State University

chelseaBrown
Chelsea Brown
Administrative Support
Ms. Brown joined Sklar in December of 2014 to provide administrative support to the Boulder team. She graduated from Colorado State University in May of 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies and a minor in Criminal Justice. Previously, she worked for AppleOne Employment Agency as an Operations Associate supporting the office with payroll and general HR administrative duties. She also worked for Anadarko Petroleum Corporation in a contract administrative support role in the Engineering Department assisting engineers, engineering techs and construction managers with various project needs.

Geoffrey Nenninger
Geoffrey Nenninger
Office Manager
B.A. in Communication from the University of Colorado at Boulder

Geoffrey Nenninger
Geoffrey Nenninger
Office Manager
Mr. Nenninger attended the University of Colorado at Boulder and graduated in 2003 with a degree in communication. Prior to joining the Sklar team in 2012, he managed one of the most successful multisport stores in the country, while at the same time competing as a professional triathlete. In addition to managing the Boulder office, he helps to maintain Mr. Sklar’s personal finances.