Dr. Peter Hill has been a director since November 2009 and Chairman of the Board since April 2012. From April 2012 to February 2013, Dr. Hill served as Executive Chairman, having served previously as Chief Executive Officer of the Company since November 2009 and President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company from November 2009 until May 2011. Dr. Hill has over 40 years of experience in the international oil and natural gas industry. He commenced his career in 1972 and spent 22 years in senior positions at British Petroleum including Chief Geologist, Chief of Staff for BP Exploration, President of BP Venezuela and Regional Director for Central and South America. Dr. Hill then worked as Vice President of Exploration at Ranger Oil Ltd. in England (1994-1995), Managing Director Exploration and Production at Deminex GMBH Oil in Germany (1995-1997), Technical Director/Chief Operating Officer at Hardy Oil & Gas plc (1998-2000), President and Chief Executive Officer at Harvest Natural Resources, Inc. (2000-2005), Director/Chairman at Austral Pacific Energy Ltd. (2006-2008), independent advisor to Palo Alto Investors (January 2008 to December 2009), Non-Executive Chairman at Toreador Resources Corporation (January 2009 to April 2011), Director of Midstates Petroleum Company, Inc. (April 2013 to March 2015), and interim President and Chief Executive Officer of Midstates Petroleum Company, Inc. (March 2014 to March 2015). Dr. Hill has a B.Sc. (Honors) in Geology and a Ph.D.
Roy Aneed has been a director since July 2012. Mr. Aneed has served as a Partner and Co-Founder of Edge Natural Resources LLC, a private equity firm formed to make small-cap investments in the North American energy industry, since the firm’s launch in February 2015. From June 2007 through January 2015, Mr. Aneed was employed by an affiliate of Natural Gas Partners, most recently as Managing Director, where he was involved in deal sourcing and execution as well as the monitoring of various portfolio companies. From 2003 to 2007, Mr. Aneed worked as a Senior Associate at Graham Partners, Inc., a middle market buyout fund focused on U.S. manufacturing companies. Prior to 2003, Mr. Aneed was an analyst with the Investment Banking division of Citigroup in New York. In 2001, Mr. Aneed received a Bachelor's of Science in Economics from the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania with concentrations in Finance and Management as well as a minor in History.
Gus Halas has been a director since October 2011. Mr. Halas was Chief Executive Officer and President of Central Garden & Pet Company from April 2011 to May 2013. Mr. Halas was Chief Executive Officer and President of T-3 Energy Services, Inc. from May 2003 to March 2009 and also served as Chairman of the board of directors from March 2004 to March 2009. From August 2001 to April 2003, Mr. Halas served as Chief Executive Officer and President at Clore Automotive, Inc. From January 2001 to May 2001, Mr. Halas served as Chief Executive Officer and President at Marley Cooling Tower of United Dominion Industries Limited. From January 1999 to August 2000, Mr. Halas served as President at Ingersoll Dresser's Pump Services Group. Mr. Halas has also held leadership positions at Sulzer Industries, Inc. from 1986 to 1999 and was a director of Aquilex Corporation from June 2007 to July 2011. Mr. Halas has been a member of the advisory board of White Deer Energy since August 2009, a director of Hooper Holmes, Inc. since April 2013, a director of OptimizeRx since August 2014, a director of Madalena Energy Inc. since January 2015, and a director of School Specialty, Inc. since July 2015. Mr. Halas received his BS in Physics and Economics from Virginia Tech University.
Randal Matkaluk has been a director since August 2007. Since July 2014, Mr. Matkaluk has been the Chief Financial Officer of Capio Energy Inc., a private oil company. From February 2010 until June 2014, Mr. Matkaluk was the Chief Financial Officer of Capio Exploration Ltd., a private oil and natural gas exploration and development company that was acquired by Kelt Exploration Ltd in July 2014. From November 2008 to November 2009, Mr. Matkaluk was the Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary of Vigilant Exploration Inc., a private oil and natural gas exploration company that was acquired by Tourmaline Oil Corp. in November 2009. From March 2006 to October 2008, Mr. Matkaluk was an independent businessman. Mr. Matkaluk has been a director of Euromax Resources Ltd. since September 2010. Between January 2003 and February 2006, Mr. Matkaluk was the co-founder and Chief Financial Officer of Relentless Energy Corporation, a private oil and natural gas exploration company. Between June 2001 and December 2002, Mr. Matkaluk was the Chief Financial Officer of Antrim Energy Inc., a public international oil and natural gas exploration company listed on the TSX Exchange. Mr. Matkaluk has also worked for Gopher Oil and Gas Company from May 1997 to October 1998 and Cube Energy Corp. from January 1984 to April 1997. Mr. Matkaluk has been a Chartered Accountant since 1983. Mr. Matkaluk received his Bachelor's Degree in Commerce in 1980 from the University of Calgary.
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.
James Shein has been a director since June 2016. Professor Shein is Clinical Professor of Strategy at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, where he has taught since 2002. Mr. Shein has also owned and operated the consulting firm of J.S. Associates since 1994, which provides corporate renewal and governance consulting services for turnarounds of public and private manufacturing, service, software and newspaper/media companies. Previously, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Northbrook Corporation (1980-1990), President and Chief Executive Officer of R.C. Manufacturing, Inc. (1990-1994), and counsel at McDermott, Will & Emery LLP with practice in corporate governance and restructuring (1997-2009). Mr. Shein currently serves on multiple private company boards, and his recent public company directorships include serving as an independent director of Real Mex Restaurants (2011-2012) and as an independent director of U.S. Enrichment Corporation (2013-present), a subsidiary of Centrus Energy Corp. He also served from 2009 to 2013 as an independent director and Chairman of the Audit and Governance Committees of Flying J, Inc., a multi-billion dollar energy, hospitality and food service company with downstream refining operations. Mr. Shein has a BS in Engineering, MBA, PhD, and JD, and has testified as an expert witness on governance in state and federal courts.