Michael Starzer, President, Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Starzer has served as founder, director, and President and Chief Executive Officer of each of our predecessor Bonanza Creek companies. Mr. Starzer has 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry and has served in numerous positions evaluating and developing oil, gas, electricity and geothermal resources. From 1983 to 1991, Mr. Starzer was employed by Unocal in various engineering and supervisory positions. From 1991 until 1993, Mr. Starzer served with the California State Lands Commission as Statewide Petroleum Reservoir Engineer and worked as a private consultant to the energy industry supervising operations and appraisals of oil, gas and geothermal resources on properties throughout the United States. In 1993, Mr. Starzer returned to Unocal assisting with the sale and management of certain assets. Starting in 1995, Mr. Starzer served as an Officer, Manager and Vice President of Berry Petroleum until beginning his tenure with Bonanza Creek’s first predecessor company in 1999.
Mr. Starzer serves on the board of Newalta Corporation (TSX: NAL), a leading provider of innovative, engineered environmental solutions providing services to oil, natural gas, petrochemical, and other industries through a network of 85 locations in North America and more than 2,000 employees. Mr. Starzer also serves on the Energy, Clean Air and Natural Resources Committee of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and serves with other industry and philanthropic organizations. Mr. Starzer holds a degree in Petroleum Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management from the University of Alaska and is a registered professional engineer in petroleum engineering. In 2013, Mr. Starzer was awarded the Colorado School of Mines “Mines Medal” for exemplary service.
Gary Grove, Executive Vice President, Engineering & Planning
Mr. Grove joined Bonanza Creek in 2003 and has served as a director and Executive Vice President of each of our predecessor companies. Mr. Grove has over 29 years of experience in the oil and gas industry serving in reservoir engineering and management positions with UNOCAL and Nuevo Energy prior to joining us. Mr. Grove graduated from Marietta College in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering. Mr. Grove is an active member with the Society of Petroleum Engineers and has served in various capacities for student and local chapters since 1979.
Patrick Graham, Executive Vice President, Corporate Development
Mr. Graham joined Bonanza Creek in 2001 and has served as both Senior and Executive Vice President of our predecessor companies. From 1995 to 2001, Mr. Graham was employed by Berry Petroleum Company where he evaluated acquisition opportunities in California, the Rocky Mountain region and Canada. Mr. Graham gained experience working with major and independent oil companies while employed with Dowell Schlumberger from 1986 to 1995. Mr. Graham received his Bachelors of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University and has held various technical positions in Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, California and Alaska.
Tony Buchanon, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Buchanon was named Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer on August 12, 2013. He joined Bonanza Creek in August 2012 as Vice President - Rocky Mountain Engineering and has been instrumental in providing leadership and experience to Bonanza Creek`s expanding horizontal drilling program in the Wattenberg Field in Colorado. He has more than 30 years of experience in exploration and production operations, including reservoir, completion and production engineering and unconventional oil and gas exploitation. Immediately prior to joining Bonanza Creek, he served as Production Operations Manager for Noble Energy, Inc. and was part of the Wattenberg Business Unit leadership team that was responsible for developing Noble`s Wattenberg assets. Before that, he served in a variety of management level engineering and operations roles for companies such as Rosetta Resources Inc., Trend Exploration Company, Burlington Resources Inc. (now ConocoPhillips) and Mobil Exploration and Production (now ExxonMobil Corporation). He holds a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering from Marietta College.
Bill Cassidy, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Cassidy joined Bonanza Creek in 2013 to serve as our Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Most recently, Mr. Cassidy served as the Global Head of Corporate Finance and Treasury for Puma Energy, a midstream and downstream oil company with operations spanning 37 countries and a subsidiary of the commodity trading multinational Trafigura Beheer BV. From 2009-2013, Mr. Cassidy was a Principal at RPA Capital, LLC, an asset management fund focused on commodity producers. He has served as a director of Oasis Petroleum since 2010 and as a director of GasValpo, SA, a Chilean gas distribution company, from 2008 until 2012. From 2008 to 2009, Mr. Cassidy worked as Chief Financial Officer of USDCM, LLC, a Greenwich, Connecticut based drilling fund. From 1995 until 2008, Mr. Cassidy served in a variety of investment banking roles, including Head of Exploration and Production Investment Banking at Barclays Capital, Principal of the Energy and Power Investment Banking division at Banc of America Securities and Vice President at JPMorgan Chase. He worked as a Geophysicist for Conoco (now ConocoPhillips) from 1989 to 1993. Mr. Cassidy holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology and Math from the National University of Ireland, Cork, a Masters of Science in Petroleum Geophysics from the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College, London and an MBA (Finance) from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.