Board of Directors | Print |
|Director Class||First Elected Director||Current Term Expires|
|David C. Parke||2003||2020|
|Jeffrey C. Swoveland||1991||2020|
|Anthony J. Crisafio||2006||2018|
|Randy S. Nickerson||2017||2018|
|Larry F. Mazza||2007||2019|
|Barton R. Brookman||2015||2019|
|Mark E. Ellis||2017||2019|
Jeffrey C. Swoveland
Non-Executive Chairman of the Board
Mr. Swoveland, a National Association of Corporate Directors Board Leadershop Fellow, was first elected to the Board in 1991 and was elected Non-Executive Chairman of the Board in June 2011. From 2006 until January 2014, Mr. Swoveland was first Chief Operating Officer and later President and Chief Executive Officer of ReGear Life Sciences, Inc. (previously named Coventina Healthcare Enterprises), which develops and markets medical device products. From 2000 until 2007, Mr. Swoveland served as Chief Financial Officer of Body Media, Inc., a life-science company. Prior thereto, from 1994 to September 2000, Mr. Swoveland held various positions including Vice President of Finance, Treasurer and interim Chief Financial Officer with Equitable Resources, Inc., a diversified natural gas company. Mr. Swoveland also has worked as a geologist and exploratory geophysicist for both major and independent oil and gas companies. Mr. Swoveland served as a member of the Board of Directors of Linn Energy, LLC (NASDAQ: LINE), a public independent oil and natural gas company, from 2006 to 2017. The Board has concluded that Mr. Swoveland is qualified to serve as a Director because, among other things, he brings to the Board extensive corporate management, accounting and finance experience, and oil and gas industry expertise. Additionally, his prior service as a director of another public energy company allows him to provide leadership and knowledge of best practices that benefit the Company and his guidance and understanding of management processes of other oil and gas companies benefits the Company as it continues to grow.
Barton R. Brookman
President and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Brookman, the Company's President and Chief Executive Officer ("CEO"), was appointed to the Board on January 1, 2015, simultaneous with his appointment as the Company's CEO. Mr. Brookman originally joined the Company in July 2005 as Senior Vice President-Exploration and Production; he was appointed to the position of Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in June 2013 and then served as President and Chief Operating Officer from June 2014 through December 2014. Prior to joining PDC, Mr. Brookman worked for Patina Oil and Gas and its predecessor Snyder Oil from 1988 until 2005 in a series of operational and technical positions of increasing responsibility, ending his service at Patina as Vice President of Operations. The Board has concluded that in addition to his status of CEO of the Company, Mr. Brookman is qualified to serve as a Director due, among other things, to his many years of oil and gas industry executive management experience, his active involvement in industry groups and his knowledge of current developments and best practices in the industry. Mr. Brookman holds a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and a M.S. in Finance from the University of Colorado.
Anthony J. Crisafio
Mr. Crisafio, a Certified Public Accountant ("CPA") and a National Association of Corporate Directors Board Leadership Fellow, was first elected to the Board in 2006. Mr. Crisafio has served as an independent business consultant for more than 20 years, providing financial and operational advice to businesses in a variety of industries. He has served as the part-time contract Chief Financial Officer for a number of companies in the past five years including Empire Energy, LLC, MDS Associated Companies, and TruFoodMfg. Mr. Crisafio served as Chief Operating Officer, Treasurer and member of the Board of Directors of Cinema World, Inc. from 1989 until 1993. From 1975 until 1989, he was employed by Ernst & Young LLP, last serving as a partner from 1986 to 1989. He was responsible for several Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") registered client engagements and gained significant experience with oil and gas industry clients and mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Crisafio also serves as an Advisory Board member for a number of privately held companies. The Board has concluded that Mr. Crisafio is qualified to serve as a Director because, among other things, he is a CPA and brings to the Board more than 30 years of financial accounting and management expertise, with demonstrated business management and accounting experience.
Mark E. Ellis
Mr. Ellis was elected to the Board in 2017. He is President and Chief Executive Officer of LINN Energy, Inc. ("LINN"). Mr. Ellis has more than 35 years of experience in the oil and natural gas industry. He joined LINN in December 2006 as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, was promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer in December 2007, President and Chief Executive Officer in January 2010 and Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer in December 2011. Before joining LINN, Mr. Ellis served as President of the Lower 48 for ConocoPhillips. Prior to joining ConocoPhillips, he served as Senior Vice President of North American Production for Burlington Resources. He first joined Burlington Resources in 1985 and served in roles of increasing responsibility, including President of Burlington Resources Canada Ltd., Vice President and Chief Engineer, Vice President of the San Juan Division and Manager of Acquisitions. He began his career at The Superior Oil Company, where he served in several engineering positions in the onshore and offshore divisions. Mr. Ellis holds a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M University. He serves on the boards of the American Exploration & Production Council and the Independent Petroleum Association of America and is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers. Mr. Ellis is the winner of the 2013 Ernst & Young Gulf Coast Area Exploration & Production Entrepreneur of the Year award and also received Oil & Gas Investor magazine’s Excellence Award as Executive of the Year in 2012. Mr. Ellis is a past board member of the National Petroleum Council, New Mexico Oil & Gas Association and previously served on the Board of Governors of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.
Larry F. Mazza
Mr. Mazza, a CPA, was first elected to the Board in 2007. Mr. Mazza is President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of MVB Financial Corp ("MVB"), a multi-state financial services company. He has more than 28 years of experience in both large banks and community banks and is one of seven members of the West Virginia Board of Banking and Financial Institutions, which oversees the operation of financial institutions throughout West Virginia and advises the state Commissioner of Banking. Mr. Mazza is also an entrepreneur and is co-owner of nationally-recognized sports media business Football Talk, LLC, a pro football website and content provider for NBC SportsTalk. He also serves on the board of directors of a private financial technology startup, Billgo, headquartered in Fort Collins, Colorado. Prior to joining MVB in 2005, Mr. Mazza was Senior Vice President & Retail Banking Manager for BB&T Bank's West Virginia North region. Mr. Mazza was employed by BB&T and its predecessors from 1986 to 2005. Prior thereto, Mr. Mazza was President of Empire National Bank, and later served as Regional President of One Valley Bank. Mr. Mazza also previously worked for KPMG (or its predecessors) as a CPA with a focus on auditing. The Board has concluded that Mr. Mazza is qualified to serve as a Director because, among other things, he is a CPA, a CEO, and has extensive leadership and banking experience. Mr. Mazza also provides an important link to community and employee stakeholders, demonstrating a continuing commitment to our workforce located in Bridgeport, West Virginia. Mr. Mazza graduated from West Virginia University with a degree in Business Administration.
Randy S. Nickerson
Mr. Nickerson was elected to the Board on March 4, 2017. Mr. Nickerson most recently served as the Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy of Marathon Petroleum Corporation ("MPC") and Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, MarkWest assets, of the general partner of MPLX LP ("MPLX"). Mr. Nickerson announced his retirement from these positions, effective April 1, 2017, and now serves MPC and MPLX in a consulting and advisory capacity. Mr. Nickerson joined MPC in 2015, at the time of MPC and MarkWest combination. From 1995 to 2015, Mr. Nickerson worked for MarkWest Energy Partners and its predecessors and affiliated entities ("MarkWest") in a series of operational and technical positions of increasing responsibility, culminating with the role of Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and Chief Commercial Officer. Prior to his time with MarkWest, Mr. Nickerson served as Senior Project Manager and Regional Engineering Manager for Western Gas Resources, Inc., from 1990 to 1995, and for Chevron USA and Meridian Oil Inc. in various process and project engineering positions from 1984 to 1990. Mr. Nickerson earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the Colorado State University. The Board has concluded that Mr. Nickerson is qualified to serve as a Director because, among other things, he has over 30 years of experience in oil and gas operations, with a focus on midstream asset development and management, a critical element of the Company's current strategy.
David C. Parke
Mr. Parke, who was first elected to the Board in 2003, has served as a Managing Director of EVOLUTION Life Science Partners since October 2014. From June 2011 until October 2014, he was a Managing Director in the investment banking group of Burrill Securities LLC, an investment banking firm. From 2006 until June 2011, he was Managing Director in the investment banking group of Boenning & Scattergood, Inc., a regional investment bank. Prior to joining Boenning & Scattergood, from October 2003 to November 2006, he was a Director with the investment banking firm Mufson Howe Hunter & Company LLC. From 1992 through 2003, Mr. Parke was Director of Corporate Finance of Investec, Inc. and its predecessor, Pennsylvania Merchant Group Ltd., both investment banking companies. Prior to joining Pennsylvania Merchant Group, Mr. Parke served in the corporate finance departments of Wheat First Butcher & Singer, now part of Wells Fargo, and Legg Mason, Inc., now part of Stifel Nicolaus. The Board has concluded that Mr. Parke is qualified to serve as a Director because, among other things, he has extensive investment banking and strategic advisory experience, including experience in the oil and gas area, allowing him to contribute broad financial and investment banking expertise to the Board and to provide guidance on capital markets and acquisition matters.