Steve Weyel is currently Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of EnVen Energy Corporation a privately-held U.S. Gulf of Mexico exploration and production company. Additionally, Mr. Weyel is Founder and Chairman of Equigen LLC focused on equity investments in emerging market energy infrastructure and services. Previously, Mr. Weyel is a Founder and served as the President, Chief Operating Officer and Director of Energy XXI (Bermuda) Limited (Nasdaq:EXXI) from its inception in July 2005 until July 2010. Energy XXI was initially floated on London's AIM (Alternative Investment Market) in October of 2005. Prior, Mr. Weyel served as a Principal, President and Chief Operating Officer of EnerVen LLC, a developer and supporter of strategic ventures in the emerging energy industry, a company he co-founded in 2002. From 1999 to 2002, Mr. Weyel was President, Chief Operating Officer and Director of InterGen North America, a Shell-Bechtel joint venture that developed and operated over 5,000 megawatts of large-scale independent power projects and managed over 15,000 miles of gas pipelines, gas storage and associated energy commodity transactions in the merchant gas and power business. From 1994 to 1999, Mr. Weyel served in various executive leadership positions at Dynegy including Executive Vice President - Integrated Energy and Senior Vice President - Power Development responsible for the majority of Dynegy's U.S. $5Bn of strategic growth in the evolving U.S. power business.
Mr. Weyel currently serves as Director of Rooster Energy Ltd, D, TSXV.
Mr. Weyel received a Masters in Business Administration degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1989 and a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1976.
Mr. Weyel has thirty-plus years of entrepreneurial growth and operating experience across all continents and every major energy basin in the world including billions in successful energy related transactions and financings with unequaled commodity value capture and underlying asset protection.
Shandell Szabo is the newest independent Board member for EnVen joining in February of 2020. Shandell spent 19 of her 22 year career at Anadarko Petroleum Corporation. Shandell was named Vice President, U.S. Exploration at Anadarko Petroleum in May 2018 after serving as Vice President, U.S. Onshore Exploration since September 2016. She joined Anadarko in 2001 as an exploration geologist, working U.S. Gulf Coast Regional projects. Since then she has worked in positions of increasing responsibility throughout Anadarko’s U.S. onshore portfolio and deepwater Gulf of Mexico. Her positions included Regional Geoscience Manager, Gulf of Mexico, working the Lucius project; Exploration Manager, Central U.S., where she was responsible for the company’s exploration efforts in the Permian and Midcontinent basins and Director, Investor Relations. Ms. Szabo also serves as Chairman of the American Association of Petroleum Geologist Corporate Advisory Board and a member of the Corporate Regional Council for the United Way. Ms. Szabo holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Geology from the University of Michigan and a Master of Science in Environmental Geology from Texas Christian University. She is a registered professional geologist in the state of Texas.
Kenneth R. Olive, Jr. was the President, the CEO and a member of the Board of Directors of The Oil & Gas Asset Clearinghouse, an SEC registered Broker-Dealer, from his founding of the company in 1993 until April 2015. Under his guidance and oversight, The Clearinghouse established itself as an industry leading Acquisition and Divestiture Advisor of oil and natural gas assets; closing over 31,000 transactions totaling ~$11 Billion. The Clearinghouse was the only A&D Advisory firm in the industry that offered a full spectrum of marketing techniques including: (1) live and internet "hybrid" auction services, (2) online auction services, (3) Mid-Value Negotiated services and (4) customized Negotiated Transaction services. All marketing services were fully supported technically by a team of more than 50 engineers, geoscientists, land personnel and technicians. Ken is a member of numerous industry professional associations. He has served or currently serves on the board of Petroleum Place (an oil and natural gas upstream back office software provider), the Houston Association of Professional Landmen, or HAPL, the Independent Petroleum Association of America's South East Region board and the board of Support-a-Soldier which is a 501(c)3 charitable organization. Mr. Olive's career began in 1968 in the oil fields of North Texas and South Louisiana working as a roustabout and rig hand. Following graduation from college, he served in a variety of staff, managerial and executive land and administrative positions gaining extensive experience in the Gulf of Mexico, Gulf Coast onshore, Permian Basin and Rocky Mountain regions of the US, including some International exposure. He was selected in 1997 as the Entrepreneur of the Year in the category of Energy and Energy Services by the Ernst and Young's Entrepreneur program. He has also been named Outstanding Landman by HAPL and received the APEX award from the American Association of Professional Landmen for professional excellence and his entrepreneurial spirit. He received his BBA from Texas Tech University in 1974.
Richard Sherrill is the President, board member and one of the founding partners of Ceritas Energy. Ceritas is a midstream natural gas company backed by private equity firms Quantum Energy Partners and Energy Spectrum Partners. The company is focused on providing producers with midstream gathering and processing solutions in various onshore regions of the U.S. The company is currently investing from its third private equity raise of $300 million in Ceritas Energy II following the divestitures of Ceritas Energy and Ute Energy. The management team has been together for over ten years since the founding of the company in early 2003. Prior to forming Ceritas, Sherrill spent over ten years in the early deregulation of the natural gas and power industries, which created the merchant energy marketplace. At Duke Energy for over four years, Richard held various senior management roles which culminated in his position of Chief Operating Officer. In this role, he oversaw all of the North American commercial activities for the company in the deregulated natural gas and power space. Sherrill's team was instrumental in the formation of the Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. (ICE) and partnered with Goldman Sachs and other industry partners to launch the electronic platform that has become the preeminent online commercial exchange. Prior to Duke, Sherrill began at the private partnership Natural Gas Clearinghouse which ultimately became Dynegy, Inc. He spent over six years in all phases of the treasury, physical trading, financial trading and business development areas of the company. He focused on natural gas and power commodities while at the company. Richard began his career out of college with over four years at First Interstate Bank of Texas, now Wells Fargo. After a brief rotation through the analyst program working on various industries, he settled into a role with the Energy Lending Group. He worked with upstream, midstream and energy merchant clients. His largest relationship was Natural Gas Clearinghouse which later led to his transition to industry. His final title was a Vice President. Sherrill earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in finance from the University of Texas at Austin.
Andrew Hailey joined Bain Capital Credit in 2014 where he covers investments in the Energy space. Previously, Mr. Hailey was a Vice President at Cadent Energy Partners, an energy-focused private equity firm. Prior to that, he worked as an investment banking analyst at Simmons & Company. Mr. Hailey received degrees in Business Honors and Plan II Honors at the University of Texas.
Christopher Linneman has served as director of the EnVen Board since 2016. Mr. Linneman is a Managing Director and head of Bain Capital Credit’s New York office. He joined Bain Capital Credit in 2015. From 2009 through 2014, he was head of the JPMorgan Mezzanine investment business as part of the JPMorgan Global Special Opportunities Group, a multi-billion dollar private investment business. Between 1994 and 2000 he was a Managing Director in High Yield Capital Markets and in 2001 became Co-Head of Syndicated and Leveraged Finance at JPMorgan. Mr. Linneman received a JD/MBA from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Science and Engineering degree from Princeton University.
John Ezekowitz has served as director of the EnVen Board since 2016. Mr. Ezekowitz is a Vice President in Opportunistic Credit at Bain Capital. He joined Bain Capital in 2013, and prior to his current role, he was a member of the Industry Research team responsible for investments in the Oil and Gas sector. Mr. Ezekowitz worked as a basketball analytics consultant for the Phoenix Suns and received a Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, from Harvard College.