The management team at Tanos II have over 120 years of combined experience exploring and exploiting natural resources in the East Texas and North Louisiana Basins. A brief synopsis of their experience is detailed in the biographies below.
Mark A. Brandon has served as President and Chief Executive Officer since the formation of Tanos Exploration II, LLC in 2013. Mr. Brandon was President and co-founder of Tanos Exploration, LLC, a private equity backed oil and natural gas exploration company specializing in horizontal drilling with operations in the Ark-La-Tex area with Nick Pollard and John Holley in 2007.
Tanos Exploration, LLC was sold in 2013 to Memorial Resource Development, LLC. Prior to forming Tanos, Mark was founder and President of Gas-Chill, Inc. Gas-Chill specialized in the manufacturing and leasing of natural gas refrigeration systems utilizing patented technology (U.S. Patent No. 7,716,947). Gas-Chill was founded in 2004 and sold to Kinder-Morgan Treating, LP in 2010. Mark was the co-founder and President of Brandon-Kidd Drilling Corporation from 2004 to 2009 and that company was sold in 2009.
From 2000 until the formation of Tanos in 2007, he was owner and President of Brandon Energy, Inc., an independent oil and gas exploration and production company with operations primarily in East Texas. Mark was employed by Sonat Exploration Company for 6 years as a geological engineer and was promoted to Exploitation Manager for the Tyler Division in 1998 and served in that capacity until the division closure in 2000.
Prior to Sonat Mark was employed by numerous independent oil and gas operators including Burk Royalty Company, Sikes Operating Company and James E. Smith and Associates.
Mark holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from Stephen F. Austin University and Master of Science degree in Geology from Centenary College of Louisiana and has more than 30 years of experience in the oil and natural gas industry.
Nick Pollard has been employed as geologist in the oil and gas industry since 1985 and worked on his first horizontal project in 1988 at Durham Geological Services. Multiple horizontal drilling prospects were developed with the existing vertical wells at Giddings Field. In 1990 he accepted a position with Lake Ronel Oil Company, where he was a geologist for three years, primarily working the downdip Woodbine and Tuscaloosa trends of Texas and Louisiana.
Sonat Exploration extended an offer in 1993 to work in the resurging horizontal Austin chalk play at Brookeland field and eastward where Sonat owned thousands of acres of minerals. Geosteering was utilized for optimal lateral placement and provided a firm foundation and understanding that continues to be utilized today. Four field discoveries in the Louisiana chalk trend and three years of chasing as many as four rigs at a time necessitated a change of scenery. A transfer to the Western Shelf Pinnacle reef team in 1996 provided just that. Geosteering was replaced with sequence stratigraphy and wellsite geology. The SMEL (Sonat Mobile Evaluation Lab) unit was utilized on all pinnace reef wells, grinding thin sections on location from cuttings to identify the top and base of each reef.
In 1998 Nick had an opportunity to join CW Resources as the chief geologist. Over the course of 9 years, salt dome and Cotton Valley sand wells provided opportunities to gain additional geological experience in the Ark-La-Tex basins. CW drilled the first horizontal Cotton Valley sand well at Overton Field, and this provided a glimpse into the future development of tight sand gas reservoirs.
In 2007, Nick became a co-founder of Tanos Exploration, LLC (Tanos I) with a $40 MM commitment from Natural Gas Partners. The business model was to exploit tight gas reservoirs utilizing horizontal drilling technology combined with multi-stage fracture stimulations. Over the five year history of Tanos I, a total of $130 MM of equity was deployed, as well as over $30 MM of debt capital. Tanos Exploration II was formed in 2013 with a $200 MM commitment from Quantum Energy to again build value utilizing horizontal drilling across the Ark-La-Tex region.
Nick graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1984 with a B.S. degree in geology and received his M.S. degree in Geology from the University of Houston in 1990. He has served in all officer positions for the East Texas Geological Society (ETGS) and currently serves on the ETGS scholarship committee. He has chaired the annual ETGS golf tournament for over 20 years, and is currently president of the Petroleum Data Log Library in Tyler.
Brian Durman has been employed in the oil and gas industry since 1987 where he began his career with Shell Western Exploration & Production Company in Houston, Texas. During his tenure at Shell, he worked numerous geographical areas in North America, including the Rocky Mountains where he was involved in the early assembly of leasehold in the North Dakota Bakken shale play.
He was later assigned to work areas in Shell’s active South Louisiana exploration program. Subsequent to Shell, Brian was employed with Citation Oil & Gas Corp. in Houston. While there, he was the land representative for all of Citation’s acquisition and exploitation land related activities in South and West Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma. In 1997, he accepted a position with EOG Resources, Inc. in its Tyler, Texas, division. During his 16 years with EOG, he was designated as the Gulf Coast Team Leader and Division Land Advisor for EOG’s exploration activities in Arkansas, East Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. He was instrumental in negotiating and consummating numerous multi-million dollar joint ventures in the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale in North Louisiana and Eaglebine and Eagleford in East Texas, among others. Brian joined the Tanos team in August of 2013.
A graduate of the University of Louisiana-Lafayette with a bachelors in Petroleum Land Management and minor in Geology, Brian has been an active member with the American Association of Petroleum Landmen, Houston Association of Petroleum Landmen (HAPL), West HAPL, Professional Landmen's Association of New Orleans, Mississippi Association of Petroleum Landmen, Lafayette Association of Petroleum Landmen and East Texas Association of Petroleum Landmen where he has chaired numerous committees and held the office of Vice President.
Lisa Norwood is a seasoned, entrepreneurial energy professional with a 25-year career in energy and a background that includes marketing of natural gas, crude oil and natural gas liquids. She brings strong marketing leadership to the Tanos team, which she joined in January 2016, soon after the formation of Tanos III.
Mrs. Norwood’s experience includes working in the upstream, midstream and electric power sectors of the energy business. She has been responsible for gathering, processing, commodity marketing & logistics, hedging, contract negotiations, asset management, and business development. Her energy career began at Transcontinental Gas Pipeline, where she performed market analysis, then at Sonat Marketing Company she engaged in market Origination before joining Calpine Corporation as Director of Fuel Management, handling gas supply and logistics for power plants. She was then successful in starting and managing her own energy marketing consulting business, Norwood Ventures, Inc. which provided marketing services to small midstream and producing companies.
Lisa is a graduate of the University of Houston and has both a Bachelor and Master of Business Administration degree. She is an active volunteer for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, which is a charitable organization, raising millions of dollar per year in educational commitments to the youth of Texas. She is active in the Natural Gas Society of East Texas, past president of the Natural Gas & Energy Association of Oklahoma & International Association for Energy Economics Houston Chapter, a member of the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers and is a participant in the Houston Producer Forum.
Geoff Doke has over 24 years of financial management experience, 16 of which have been in the oil and gas industry. Prior to joining Tanos in December of 2010, he was the CFO for Red Dot Corporation, a manufacturer of pre-engineered metal buildings.
From 2003-2006, Geoff was the Vice President of Finance and Administration for ASC Industries, Inc, the international manufacturer of aftermarket and OEM automotive water pumps. He was responsible for all finance and human resource functions for the company’s domestic, as well as China-based facilities. ASC was capitalized through a combination of an equity investment from American Capital and senior debt from Golub Capital. Prior to leaving ASC, Geoff and the Company’s management team consummated the successful sale of the company to The Carlyle Group. From 1991-2003, Geoff served in the capacities of Treasurer and Chief Accounting Officer for Range Resources Corporation, an independent oil and gas company involved in the operation, development and exploration of properties primarily in the Appalachian, Permian, Midcontinent and Gulf Coast regions.
While at Range he worked with the officer group to grow the company from $28 million in assets to over $750 million. This growth was funded through numerous equity and debt offerings in the public markets. Prior to joining Range, he was employed in the Financial Reporting department of Edisto Resources Corporation, which owned non-operated interests in offshore wells in the Gulf of Mexico.
Geoff is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a BBA in Finance and International Business from Baylor University and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University
Paul Teske recently joined Tanos as Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Teske has spent his career in the energy industry acquiring and developing oil and gas assets. Mr. Teske has held several senior management positions in the oil and gas industry. Prior to joining Tanos, Mr. Teske was COO and founder Newark E&P, LLC, a private equity backed oil and gas company based in Fort Worth. Prior to Newark, Mr. Teske worked with DTE Gas Resources where he served as President. Mr. Teske has a well-established track record of acquiring, developing and monetizing large scale oil and gas projects. He has extensive transactional experience including over $2 billion in acquisitions and divestitures spanning many of the active domestic basins. Mr. Teske has a BS in Engineering from Michigan State University.