Empresa Operating formed in order to leverage our team’s knowledge of the ArkLaTex basin and identify new and underdeveloped complimentary positions, where upside could be achieved using horizontal drilling and improved fracture stimulation practices. Empresa’s long standing relationships with operators and leaseholders in the ArkLaTex opens doors to opportunities and facilitates our building significant positions in a thoughtfully managed and cost efficient manner. Thru this attentive management of resources and technology, Empresa can align its positions to other known commercial development projects, further enhancing value.
Empresa Operations is an experienced team with 250+ years and a proven track record in cost-efficient operations and creating value in existing and emerging assets.
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.
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 opportun
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 fo
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
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,
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.
Ms. Simmons has more than 35 years of accounting and forecasting experience in the oil & gas industry, with both publicly-held and private-equity backed companies. She started her career with Union Texas Petroleum and worked for Apache Corporation, CMS Oil & Gas Company, Black Elk Energy along with time with smaller oil and gas companies. Ms. Simmons joined the Empresa team in 2018. She graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.
Lindsay Bowering is a Reservoir Engineer and Data Scientist here at Empresa Operating. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Utah, where she specialized in computer programming and numerical analysis. With several years of experience in the oil and gas industry, Lindsay has worked on various projects in the Uinta Basin in Utah, the Vermillion Basin in Colorado, and the Greater Green River basin in Wyoming. Currently, Lindsay works in the Cotton Val
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
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.
Sean Smith joined Empresa in 2016 with 5 years of experience in the field of Engineering Technology. Prior to joining Empresa Energy, he worked at Century Exploration as a production and reservoir engineering tech and Sabine Oil and Gas as a drilling and completion engineering tech/water coordinator. At Empresa, Sean continues to use his technical knowledge to help with their current operations.