D. Stephen Slack

Independent Chairman

Mr. Slack is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of South Bay Resources, L.L.C., a privately held oil and gas exploration and production company, and of its subsidiary South Bay Resources Canada, Inc. Prior to founding South Bay in 2001, Mr. Slack served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Pogo Producing Company, Inc. (formerly NYSE: PPP), an independent oil and gas producer, from 1988 to 1998, and as a director from 1990 to 1998. From March 2003 to August 2010, Mr. Slack served as a director of The Cornell Companies, Inc. (formerly NYSE: CRN). During his tenure, Mr. Slack served as chair of the Audit Committee, the Committee’s designated financial expert and as a member of the Compensation Committee. Mr. Slack received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California and his Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) from Columbia University. The Board has concluded that Mr. Slack’s experience qualifies him for service as an independent director and as a member of the Audit, Compensation and Nominating Committees.

James W. Denny III

Independent Director

Mr. Denny possesses more than 45 years of industry related experience. Mr. Denny previously served as Executive Vice President of Operations for Lilis Energy during 2018 and 2019. Mr. Denny served as Vice President at Siltstone from 2016 to 2018 and as Magnum Hunter Resource Corporation’s Executive Vice President of Operations and as President of the Appalachian Division from 2007 to 2016. Mr. Denny also served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Gulf Energy Management Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Harken Energy Corporation from 2002 to 2007. In his capacity as President and Chief Executive Officer of Gulf Energy Management, Mr. Denny was responsible for all facets of Gulf Energy Management’s North American operations. He is a registered professional engineer in the state of Louisiana and is a certified earth scientist. He is also a member of various industry associations, including the American Petroleum Institute, the National Society of Professional Engineers, the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the Society of Petroleum Evaluation Engineers. He is a graduate of the University of Louisiana-Lafayette with a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering. The Board has concluded that Mr. Denny’s experience qualifies him for service as an independent director and as a member of the Audit, Compensation and Nominating Committees.

Patrick E. Duke


Mr. Duke is the managing partner of The Angelus Group, which he co-founded in 2014, and also is the founder, president, and managing director of Duke Capital, which has been operating for approximately 17 years, and was president of Lone Star Builders. Before that, as CEO of Ameracall and National Wireless, Mr. Duke revolutionized the marketing of wireless services for Southwestern Bell, Century, Cellunet, and Bell South. As their largest agent, he delivered more than 10,000 customers per month. He also has extensive experience in negotiating public-switched telephone (PSTN) agreements. As an investment banker for Sun Technologies, Mr. Duke was responsible for developing and managing market targeted acquisitions totaling more than $200 million in various technology sectors. Mr. Duke’s professional experience includes high levels of success in multiple industries: energy, real estate, investing, and technology. To date, Mr. Duke has been involved in predominantly onshore oil and gas transactions exceeding a total of $150 million. In addition, he co-founded an oil and gas exploration company that was eventually sold to Placid Oil Company, which is owned by the Hunt Family in Dallas, Texas. As president of Lone Star Building and Remodeling, Mr. Duke used his Certified Real Estate Appraiser background to value, purchase, refurbish, and sell over $300 million in value-added real estate properties in Texas, particularly in and around strategic locations in Austin, Houston, and Dallas. Mr. Duke is affiliated with APEG II through The Angelus Group and Duke Capital and may be deemed to beneficially own the shares of the Company owned by APEG II.

Randall D. Keys

Independent Director

Mr. Keys served as Chief Executive Officer of Evolution Petroleum Corporation, a NYSE-listed exploration and production company, prior to his retirement in 2018. He joined Evolution in 2014 as Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Keys has over 35 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, including positions as Chief Financial Officer of public energy companies. He earned a B.B.A. in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin and began his career with the accounting firm of KPMG. The Board has concluded that Mr. Keys’ broad experience in the energy industry qualifies him for service as an independent director. Further, his experience as a financial officer in public energy companies, experience with SEC reporting requirements and his education and prior certification as a CPA qualifies him to serve as an Audit Committee Financial Expert.

Javier F. Pico

Independent Director

Mr. Pico was appointed to the Board on May 8, 2017 and elected by the shareholders on July 17, 2017. Mr. Pico has practiced law for 27 years and has been the Managing Partner of Javier F. Pico, P.C. Law Offices in Boston, Massachusetts since 1992 where he practices business, real estate and immigration law. He received his Juris Doctor from the Boston University School of Law and is licensed to practice law in New York and Massachusetts. The Board has concluded that Mr. Pico’s experience qualifies him for service as an independent director and as a member of the Audit, Compensation and Nominating Committees.