Jonathan Samuels has been a director since December 2009. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Company in April 2012, having served previously as Chief Financial Officer since December 2009, and continues to also serve as President of the Company, a position to which he was appointed in May 2011. Prior to joining us, Mr. Samuels was an investment professional responsible for research and investment sourcing in the energy sector at Palo Alto Investors, an investment management firm founded in 1989, for five years. Mr. Samuels received his B.A. from the University of California and his M.B.A. from the Wharton School. He also holds a Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Ryan McGee was appointed as General Counsel of the company in August 2014, having previously served as Interim General Counsel and Associate Counsel. Prior to joining the company in August 2012, Mr. McGee worked at the law firm of Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP in Denver, Colorado focusing on SEC compliance matters, securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance. Mr. McGee received his law degree from the University of Colorado Law School and his B.S. degree in business administration from Washington and Lee University.