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Dale Bowering – Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Bowering, a co-founder of Empresa Energy, is a 31 year veteran of the oil industry. He worked for 17 years with Exxon in various domestic and international exploration roles before leaving in 1998 to become President of Veritas Exploration Services. In 2001 He joined Ocean Energy as Vice President of Geoscience, and upon the purchase of Ocean Energy by Devon in 2003 he left to form an independent exploration venture. In 2004 he joined forces with Jeff Elkin to form Empresa. He is a member of SEG, AAPL and IPAA.



  Jeff Elkin – President and Chief Operating Officer

Elkin, a co-founder of Empresa Energy in 2004, was previously Vice President of Reservoir Engineering at Greystone Petroleum, an Ark-La-Tex focused company that sold its properties to Chesapeake in 2004. Prior to that he held various Reservoir Engineering and Business Development roles at Ocean Energy, Seagull Energy, and Amoco, building extensive experience in identifying opportunity in tight gas plays. Elkin brings to Empresa critical expertise in evaluating acquisition and divestment opportunities, oil and gas reserves analysis, production maintenance and field operations, and property exploitation planning. He is a member of SPE and a 1980 graduate of Texas A&M in Petroleum Engineering.  Elkin currently serves on the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M Industry Advisory Board.


  Don J. Owen, Jr., Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Donald Owen has over 20 years of private equity and consulting experience, with  an extensive track record structuring, analyzing and negotiating private equity and capital transactions in oil and gas exploration and other industries.  He founded Equity Advisors LLC in 2002 and since then has negotiated a number of multi-million dollar transactions in the oil and gas industry. He has also served as a senior manager at both Legier & Materne and Rebowe & Co. in their financial valuation and litigation services groups.  Donald is a Certified Public Accountant, Accredited in Business Valuation and has earned a Master of Business Administration from Tulane University.


  Lesli Bowering – Vice President and Counsel 

Ms. Bowering has been practicing law for over 18 years and has played a key role with Empresa since its inception. She manages all legal aspects of Empresa’s operations, including oversight of all outside counsel, negotiating acquisitions and divestitures, operating and farmout agreements, gas purchase and gathering agreements, master service agreements,  drilling contracts, oil and gas leases and all oil and gas related litigation. Bowering enjoyed a successful career in business development for Fortune 500 companies Proctor and Gamble and Monsanto.  Subsequent to that she joined the commercial litigation team of Verner Lipfert, a DC based law firm employing top business and government leaders such as Senators George Mitchell, Bob Dole and Lloyd Bentsen, and Governor Ann Richards. Bowering also has in-depth experience in  real estate law and was involved in a number of related ventures before joining Empresa. She has a Bachelor of Science, cum laude, in Business Administration and a Juris Doctorate, cum laude.


  John Dean – Vice President & Chief Geologist

John has over 34 years of E&P experience, including 26 continuous years of service with Devon Energy and, through mergers and acquisitions, its predecessor companies, Mesa Petroleum, Seagull Energy and Ocean Energy. Over the past 20 years, John has worked at various senior staff and geological management positions in those companies, accumulating broad experience in the Arklatex, Mid-Continent and Permian Basin regions. John spent significant time supporting acquisitions and business development opportunities impacting the growth of each organization.




Ricky Harris – Vice President Operations

Ricky has over 34 years industry experience in oil and gas drilling and production operations. He has held various senior level and management positions throughout his career and has extensive experience in both conventional and unconventional resources. Prior to joining the Empresa team Ricky worked for Coastal Management Corporation, Torch Operating Company, Ocean Energy, and most recently Devon Energy, where he was responsible for their East Texas and Northern Louisiana production operations. He graduated from the University of Alabama with a B.S. degree in Petroleum Engineering.


  Leslie Hester – Vice President & Geo-Technology Support

Leslie brings 30 years of oil and gas experience to the company.  Prior to joining Empresa Energy in October, 2005 she spent 7 years as a Senior Geophysical Technician for Veritas DGC, providing critical mapping and data management support for its vast, multi-terabyte data library. She spent 16 years working in many different capacities for ExxonMobil, as well as Kerr McGee Oil & Gas, Southwest Bank of Texas and Phillips Environmental.  Leslie provides critical Technical Support to our team of Geophysicists, Geologists, Engineers, and Landmen managing the data that is essential to Empresa’s exploration effort.  Aside from her extensive background in Geographical Information Systems and the Geophysical and Geological disciplines of the Oil & Gas Industry, she brings expertise both in UNIX and PC platforms and a wide variety of software packages that are used in exploration analysis, including Geoframe, OpenWorks, Petra, SmartSection, and ESRI ArcView.

Deidra Dierks - Vice President - Land

Ms. Dierks joined Empresa Energy in 2007 and manages its Land Department, as well as providing support on legal matters associated with the acquisition, disposition and management of Empresa’s assets.  Prior to joining Empresa, Ms. Dierks was with The Finger Companies for 2 years and McCord Development, Inc for 8 years, and acted as Vice President for those commercial real estate firms.  In that role, she managed assets valued at over one billion dollars, and directed the purchase, disposition, and refinance of over $750,000,000 in commercial real estate transactions. Ms. Dierks also practiced law for six years with a focus in insurance coverage and defense litigation, bankruptcy, and commercial litigation.  Ms. Dierks received a B.A. in History and Literature from Northwestern University in 1984 and a J.D. from the University of Houston Law School in 1991.


Pamela Mitchem Gimble - Lease Administration Manager

Pam joined Empresa in 2011 and brings 30 years of land/lease records experience to the company.  Prior to joining Empresa, she spent 4 years at EOG Resources, Inc., 7 years at Anadarko Petroleum Corporation and 6 years at Hess Corporation along with time at several smaller oil and gas companies over the years.  At Empresa, Pam administers oil and gas leases and related contracts including all aspects of maintaining a lease from inception to expiration.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and she earned her CPLTA certification in 2002.

  Stacia Folloder - Office Manager

Stacia Folloder is a 2009 graduate of Louisiana State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Business and Economics.  She has been with Empresa for six years.  Stacia provides support for the Accounting and Land Departments as well as handles all the Administrative and Office Management responsibilities.  Through her work experience at Empresa, Stacia has gained a broad understanding of many aspects of the energy industry.

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