Strand has consummated transactions with several large industry entities such as ChevronTexaco, BP, Marathon, Devon, EOG Resources, the Gas Research Institute and the United States Department of Energy. Strand actively seeks strategic industry alliances on projects where a prospective partner has ideas or assets that may benefit from Strand’s technical strengths.
STRAND PROFESSIONALS and LLC MANAGERS (DIRECTORS)
H. Kent Brock - LLC Manager and President
Kent Brock received a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1980. He has 28 years of diversified experience in most of the major producing areas of the United States as well as several international areas.
Mr. Brock started his career with Mesa Petroleum Company where he gained experience in operations, reservoir engineering, and development geology in the Rocky Mountains, mid-continent and offshore Gulf of Mexico. In 1983, Mr. Brock left Mesa for a position with Harvard Petroleum Company in Roswell, New Mexico. While at Harvard, he handled operations, reservoir engineering, and project evaluations with a focus on the Permian Basin. In May 1986, Mr. Brock joined IP Petroleum Company in Houston as Senior Petroleum Engineer. His primary responsibility was the evaluation of drilling prospects and acquisition opportunities for the company. Mr. Brock was named Exploration Manager in 1987 after developing the geological concept that led to a significant discovery in West Texas.
In 1988, Mr. Brock formed and became president of Strand Energy, Inc. Since this time, he has been active in prospect generation, operations and evaluation of acquisition opportunities for Strand as well as other industry companies.
He is a registered professional engineer in the state of Texas; and a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, the Houston Geological Society, and the Houston Producers’ Forum.
Scott M. Airey – LLC Manager and Vice President-Land
Scott Airey received a B.S. in Petroleum Land Management from the University of Houston in 1982. He has 26 years of professional experience in the Gulf Coast, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Michigan.
Scott began his career with Dernick Resources, Inc. where he gained experience in property acquisition. From Dernick, Scott joined Mark Producing, Inc. where he assisted in the acquisition of more than 100,000 acres on trend plays. In 1985, Scott accepted a position as Land Manager with Preston Oil Company in The Woodlands, Texas. While at Preston, he assembled and maintained in excess of 250,000 acres of leasehold and company owned minerals located primarily in Texas, Louisiana, and Michigan. In 1992, Scott joined Pecos Petroleum Company, a prospect generation shop that assembled and drilled numerous prospects in Texas and Louisiana. Strand hired Scott in mid 1996 to head up its land department.
Scott is a Certified Professional Landman, a member of the Houston Association of Petroleum Landmen, and a member of the American Association of Professional Landmen.
Christopher E. Betz – Exploration Manager
Christopher “Chip” Betz received a B.S. in Geology in 1980 and a M.S. in Geology in 1983 from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He has over 25 years of exploration experience in the Gulf of Mexico Basin.
Mr. Betz began his career in 1982 with Tenneco as an exploration geologist in the Gulf Coast Division. At Tenneco he was responsible for developing exploration plays in the Hackberry and Miocene trends of South Louisiana, as well as the Wilcox, Yegua and Cretaceous trends of south Texas. Following the purchase of Tenneco’s Gulf Coast Division by Fina Oil and Chemical, Mr. Betz continued his employment with Fina as a senior staff geologist concentrating on the Wilcox and Yegua trends in Texas. In 1992
Mr. Betz left Fina to join Westhall Associates Inc. as Exploration Manager and later became Vice President when Westhall was rolled into Seisgen Exploration Inc. At Westhall and Seisgen he generated exploration projects that have resulted in gross reserve additions in excess of 200 BCF with a drilling success rate of over 75% utilizing 3-D seismic technology.
Mr. Betz is an AAPG Certified Petroleum Geologist as well as a member of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists and the Houston Geological Society.
Robert Pennington – Engineering Manager
Robert Pennington received a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Tennessee in 1978. He has 30 years of diversified engineering experience in multiple domestic basins.
After graduation Rob started his career at Texaco in Liberal, Kansas handling production and workover responsibilities on assets ranging from shallow gas wells to large waterfloods. In 1980 he accepted an Operations Engineer position with Grace Petroleum Corp. in Houston where he handled operations and reservoir duties for assets in several regions of Texas. Rob joined Norse Petroleum (U.S.) Inc. in 1985 as a Petroleum Engineer. At Norse he was responsible for all engineering duties on 170 onshore wells and 80 wells in the offshore Gulf of Mexico. From 1992 to 1997 Rob provided engineering consulting services to a number of clients in Houston prior to joining Antara Resources, Inc. At Antara he was responsible for all in-house reserves, evaluation of acquisitions and managed operations on 50 properties. In October of 2000 Rob accepted a senior engineering position with Sabco Oil and Gas Corporation. At Sabco he was responsible for the management of production, design of workovers and completions, evaluation of acquisitions and divestitures, as well as initiating several successful exploitation projects. Rob is an active member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.
Rick Hemmen – Operations Manager
Rick Hemmen received a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1984. He has 24 years of field operations and engineering experience in several Texas basins and Oklahoma.
Rick began his career with Cross Operating Company in 1984 as a petroleum engineer where he planned and supervised drilling and completion operations in Oklahoma. In 1985 Rick joined Conoco, Inc. where he operated and maintained wells and field equipment in the Rincon Field in South Texas. Rick joined Vernon E. Faulconer, Inc. in 1989, as Assistant Manager of Operations for East Texas and North Louisiana and within one year became District Manager. His responsibilities included supervising 6 employees and overseeing all field operations. From 1992 to 1998, Rick managed all field operations for an East Texas operator, R. Byron Roach, Trustee. This included the drilling and completion of over 50 Cotton Valley sand wells.
Rick joined Strand Energy, L.C. in July 1998. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.
Howard W. Kiatta - LLC Manager
Howard Kiatta received a B.S. in Geology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1958 and his M.S. in Geology in 1960 from Texas Tech University in Lubbock.
Mr. Kiatta began his career at Texaco, Inc. as a Geologist, from 1960 through 1967 in exploration and development throughout southern Louisiana. He joined Mitchell Energy Corporation in 1967 where he became the Vice President and Exploration Manager for the Southern Division, which included the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast, Gulf of Mexico and west Texas.
In 1977, Mr. Kiatta became an Independent Petroleum Geologist, originating, leasing and selling oil and gas prospects in the Texas Gulf Coast Area, and managing joint exploration ventures with industry partners and investors.
Mr. Kiatta is an AAPG Certified Petroleum Geologist and an Honorary Life Member of the Houston Geological Society. He is also the former Director and Officer of the Petroleum Club of Houston, along with numerous other associations.
Stuart W. Stedman - LLC Manager
Stuart Stedman attended the University of Texas at Austin where he graduated in 1979 with a B.A. in Plan II with high honors. He also earned an M.B.A. and a J.D. from the University of Texas in 1985 and was licensed to practice law in the state of Texas in November, 1985.
Mr. Stedman is the president of Stedman West Interests, Inc., a family investment office that manages the assets of the Stedman West family. Mr. Stedman is an Advisory Board Member of the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute, a member of the UT at Austin Development Board, and a trustee of the Stedman West Foundation.
He is a former trustee of Texas Children’s Hospital, a former trustee of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and past chairman of the Texas Parks and Wildlife’s Operation Game Thief Committee. Mr. Stedman is a former director of Carriage Services (CSV).
Thomas S. Glanville - LLC Manager
Tom Glanville graduated from the University of Virginia in 1980 with a B.A. in Economics. He did his graduate work at the Colorado School of Mines where he received an M.S. in Economics in 1986.
Mr. Glanville has 28 years of experience in the energy and energy finance sectors including officer positions at Reliant Energy, Inc., Enron Corp., and Bankers Trust Company. He started in the energy business in 1980 at Mesa Petroleum Co.
Currently Mr. Glanville is the Managing Partner of Eschelon Partners, a Houston based small capitalization private equity firm focusing on the energy sector in North America. He also serves on the board of Chroma Exploration and Production, Inc. and Itron, Inc.