Our Leadership

Jonny Jones

Founder and Chairman

Jonny Jones has served as Chairman of our board of directors since 2009 and as the principal executive officer of the company from 1988 to 2018. Prior to founding the company in 1988, Mr. Jones worked for subsidiaries and affiliates of BP plc as a geologist. Mr. Jones is a third generation explorationist with over 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry focusing on the U.S. mid-continent. Mr. Jones is currently Chairman of the Texas Oil and Gas Association and serves on the executive committee of the US Oil & Gas Association. He received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2012 Award for Central Texas. He has previously served on the Advisory Council of the University of Oklahoma School of Geology and Geophysics and has been actively involved in fund raising efforts at the school. Mr. Jones is a member of the Independent Petroleum Association of America, where he previously served on the Board of Directors. He is also a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. Mr. Jones holds a B.S. in Geology from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Geology from the University of Texas at Austin. Because of his extensive knowledge of the oil and gas industry and our operations developed through his role as our founder, as well as his substantial business, leadership and management experience, we believe that Mr. Jones is a valuable member of our board of directors.