|Richard H. Mills, Jr.||Manager, Chief Executive Officer|
|C. Michael Pumphrey||General Counsel|
|Tom Payton||Chief Operating Officer, Treetop Midstream Services, LLC|
|Thomas E. Wofford||Chief Financial Officer|
|James "Bobo" Clarke||Manager of Land/COO, Telpico, LLC|
|Christopher W. Jones||Exploitation Engineering Manager|
|Kevin Macumber||Engineering and Drilling Manager|
|Sam Rhodes||Production Manager|
|Brian Sims||Exploitation Geological Manager|
|George Rhodes||Human Resources Manager|
|Clarke Thomas||HSE Compliance Manager|
|John Keith Bowman||Enhanced Oil Recovery Geological Manager|
RICHARD H. MILLS, JR.
Manager, Chief Executive Officer
Richard Mills, CEO, is Manager of Tenrgys and each of its Affiliated Companies. Mr. Mills is also the President of Reveille and Manager of TOG.
Mr. Mills began his career as a petroleum engineer with Cities Service Oil and Gas Company in its Jackson, MS, Southeast Region office focusing primarily on reservoir engineering. Occidental Petroleum Corporation acquired Cities Service in 1984, and Mr. Mills became an employee of OXY USA. During his employment with OXY USA, Mr. Mills completed the requirements for an MBA degree from Millsaps College. OXY closed the Jackson Southeast Region office in 1989 and consolidated operations to Houston, Texas. Mr. Mills elected to remain in Mississippi working initially as an independent consulting engineer and energy investment advisor.
In 1991, Mr. Mills formed the predecessor company to Tenrgys and began acquiring select producing oil and gas fields in Louisiana and Oklahoma with private investors, using joint venture structures. In 1995, he formed TOG’s predecessor and expanded into Mississippi with a series of successful acquisitions using an LLC structure. Most of these early acquisitions are still producing and have paid back the initial investment multiple times.
Mr. Mills received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Petroleum Engineering from Mississippi State University in 1980. Mr. Mills is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Mississippi, serves as a Trustee to the Millsaps College Board of Directors, is a member of the U.S. Oil and Gas Association executive committee, and is a member of the Mississippi State University Foundation Board.
CHARLES MICHAEL “MIKE” PUMPHREY
Mr. Pumphrey joined TOG in 2003 after having practiced law privately for over 20 years. He has managed corporate and limited liability company matters for Tenrgys and certain affiliates since the company’s inception. Mr. Pumphrey's prior legal experience was concentrated in the business, finance and economic development areas. He has written extensively on the formation and operation of limited liability companies, choice of entity for businesses, and commercial real estate leasing.
Prior to attending law school, Mr. Pumphrey practiced accounting with Watkins, Ward, and Stafford, CPAs in West Point and Eupora, MS. While there, he obtained certification as a CPA. Mr. Pumphrey received his Bachelor of Science, Business Administration degree from Henderson State University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas, in 1977 where he majored in accounting. Mr. Pumphrey received his J.D., with honors, from the University of Mississippi Law School in 1982, where he served on the board of the Mississippi Law Journal.
Chief Operating Officer, Treetop Midstream Services, LLC
Treetop Midstream Services, LLC is a private company affiliated with Tellus Operating Group which provides midstream services to the oil and gas industry with emphasis on pipelines, compression and processing related to enhanced oil recovery using carbon dioxide.
Since graduating from Cornell University in 1980 with a degree in Chemical Engineering, Tom spent 34 years with Occidental Petroleum subsidiaries in a variety of engineering, operating and business management positions. From 1989 until his retirement in 2013, Tom was a leader in Occidental’s energy management group where he was responsible for electricity and/or natural gas in most parts of the country at one time or another. Tom was been intimately involved in evolving electric markets over the last two decades, especially in Texas, Louisiana, New York, the Southwest Power Pool and the Mid-Atlantic states.
Tom was been actively involved in ISO stakeholder processes since their inception and served for several years on the ERCOT Board of Directors. Tom also holds a patent for zero-carbon electric generation technology.
THOMAS E. WOFFORD
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Wofford joined TOG in September 2002. Prior to that, Mr. Wofford had varied public accounting experience, including over 10 years of experience at Arthur Andersen & Co, in which he focused on providing valuation, tax and advisory services to clients. He has assisted attorneys with family law tax issues and other litigation support services. He has also provided estate and gift tax planning services and worked extensively in merger/acquisition situations.
Mr. Wofford is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in Mississippi. He is also a Certified Valuation Analyst and has successfully passed the examination to be classified as Accredited in Business Valuation by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is a member of the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts (“NACVA”) and past Vice-President of the Mississippi Chapter of NACVA, the Mississippi Society of Certified Public Accountants having served on the Taxation and Business Valuation Committees and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (including the Tax Division).
JAMES “BOBO” CLARKE
Manager of Land
Chief Operating Officer of Telpico, LLC
Mr. Clarke began his oil and gas career as a Petroleum Landman for Placid Oil Company. His primary areas of responsibility while at Placid were Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. In 1989, Placid closed its district office in Jackson, MS and Mr. Clarke transferred to Dallas, TX to work for Petro-Hunt, LLC (“Petro-Hunt”). While at Petro-Hunt, Mr. Clarke became Vice President of Land. In that capacity, he managed Petro-Hunt’s U.S. and International land operations. He managed a staff of 30 company employees and as many as 60 contract land professionals. Mr. Clarke left Petro-Hunt in August 2006 to become TOG’s Manager of Land.
Mr. Clarke earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Mississippi in 1984. Mr. Clarke is a member of the Dallas Association of Petroleum Landmen (“DAPL”) where he served as President from 1995-1996. Mr. Clarke is also a member of the Mississippi Association of Petroleum Landmen (“MAPL”) where he served as President during 2008-2009, and of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (“AIPN”). He has also represented DAPL from 1997-1999 and MAPL from 2009-2011 as Regional Director to the American Association of Petroleum Landmen (“AAPL”). Mr. Clarke is also a member of several other industry related associations.
CHRISTOPHER W. JONES
Exploitation Engineering Manager
Mr. Jones joined TOG in 2004 and is responsible for acquisition and divestiture analysis, production and performance enhancement proposals for existing fields, and reserve and economic evaluations. He also serves as liaison with the company’s lenders.
Mr. Jones began his oil and gas career with ARCO Oil & Gas Company in Lafayette, Louisiana and Bakersfield, California. As an operations engineer and later, reservoir engineer, Mr. Jones’ responsibilities included development of proposals for well work, drilling new wells, oversight of service contractors, steam flood projects, analysis of an enriched gas miscible project, evaluation of Gulf of Mexico tracts, development of offshore leases, onshore property acquisitions, capital expenditure budgets and reserve reports.
Mr. Jones joined Deposit Guaranty National Bank (now Regions Bank) in Jackson, MS in 1981. Mr. Jones was the bank’s primary reservoir engineer responsible for independent evaluation of customer reserves. Among his many other responsibilities at the bank, he evaluated proposed purchases of assets by customers and audited consultants’ evaluations.
Mr. Jones received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Mississippi State University in 1977. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Mississippi and a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.
KEVIN M. MACUMBER
Engineering and Drilling Manager
Mr. Macumber began his professional career as a Production Engineer for Cities Service Oil & Gas Company in Houston, TX. He then served as a Drilling Engineer and Reservoir Engineer for Cities Service/Oxy USA in Jackson, MS. In 1992, Mr. Macumber was named Operations Manager for Oxy USA's East Texas Operations consisting of over 700 wells in the Longview and Carthage, TX area.
He later served in the same capacity at the Elk Hills Field in Bakersfield, CA where he supervised a 45 person operation with over 800 wells producing 25 MBOPD and 100 MMCFPD.
Mr. Macumber joined TOG in October 1998 as manager of production operations for the company's Mississippi properties. Since that time, he has been TOG’s Exploitation Manager and Drilling Manager. When Treetop acquired a source of CO2 and embarked on a program of enhanced oil recovery, Mr. Macumber was named EOR Manager, and then recently became Engineering Manager. He also has management responsibility over thirty-six hundred acres of pine forest in Baxterville Field and in the West Yellow Creek Field Unit.
Mr. Macumber received his AAS degree in Forestry from Paul Smiths College, Paul Smiths, NY in 1978, and his Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Oklahoma in 1981. Kevin is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas. He was elected Chairman of the Mississippi Chapter of the Society of Professional Engineers in January of 2004. He is also on the Executive Committee of the U.S. Oil and Gas Association.
SAM RHODES, JR.
Mr. Rhodes began his professional career in 1988 as an Operational Engineer for OXY USA in Jackson, MS. During this time, he worked on several completions and drilling projects as the supervisor on location. Between 1990 and 1992, he served as Reservoir Engineer for several offshore properties operated by OXY USA. Mr. Rhodes was then named Operation Engineer for OXY’s East Texas Operations consisting of over 700 wells. In 2000, he was named Operations Manager over the same properties. Mr. Rhodes later managed properties within the Elk Hills field in Bakersfield, CA for OXY USA, participating in the drilling, operations and reservoir management team.
Mr. Rhodes joined TOG in July 2002, as Operations Manager and later Production Manager for the company’s Mississippi and Louisiana properties. Since joining TOG, Mr. Rhodes has managed over 600 wells, approximately 45 employees and various facilities located in several fields around Mississippi and Louisiana.
Mr. Rhodes received his Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Oklahoma in 1988. Mr. Rhodes is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas and a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.
Exploitation Geological Manager
Mr. Sims joined TOG in 2005 and is responsible for geological evaluations that facilitate production increases and reserve growth for existing fields.
Mr. Sims’ initial career began with Clayton W. Williams, Jr., currently Clayton Williams Energy, Inc., from 1982 until 1990 in their Jackson, MS and Houston, TX offices. As a geologist Mr. Sims’ responsibilities included exploration and development work where he worked various geologic trends in Alabama, Mississippi, North and South Louisiana, East Texas and Texas Gulf Coast, and southeastern Oklahoma.
From 1991 through August 2005, Mr. Sims worked as a consulting geologist based in Madison, MS. During this time, he focused on geological and geophysical interpretations primarily in Mississippi and Alabama.
Mr. Sims is a Registered Professional Geologist in Mississippi. He is a member and two times past President of the Mississippi Geological Society. He served as a Regional Chairman and as Vice Chairman and National Chairman for the Petroleum Technology Transfer Council (PTTC). Mr. Sims received a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from Millsaps College in 1982.
GEORGE W. RHODES
Human Resources Manager
Mr. Rhodes has over twenty years of supervisory and management experience encompassing accounting, contracts, purchasing and financial management. His previous experience in the oil and gas industry was with Cities Service Oil and Gas Company, later called OXY USA. Immediately before coming to TOG, Mr. Rhodes worked with a manufacturing concern as their General Manager and Chief Financial Officer. While there, he secured optimum financing of existing debt obligations and helped the company to realize significant efficiencies through realignment of the company’s accounting, procurement and transportation functions.
Mr. Rhodes joined TOG in 2000. Mr. Rhodes’ responsibilities have included human resource management, payroll and benefit administration, and business manager for several Tenrgys Affiliated Companies. He has also served as office manager, computer network administrator and gas marketing manager for TOG. He coordinates the company’s Authority for Expenditure process, monitors all inventory and material transactions, oversees contract management and facilitates the company’s insurance and risk management programs.
Mr. Rhodes graduated from Belhaven College in 1981 where he received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. He subsequently earned his MBA degree at Mississippi College. He is a long-standing member of the Council of Petroleum Accountants Society and has affiliations with the National Association of Purchasing Management and the Petroleum Buyer’s Group.
Health, Safety & Environmental Compliance Manager
Prior to joining Tellus in 2011, Mr. Thomas was a Senior Geologist / Principal with Earth Consulting Group, Inc. In this role, Mr. Thomas was primarily responsible for the overall management of the firm’s technical and field activities, quality assurance/quality control of deliverables, business development, loss control and client/regulatory interface.
Mr. Thomas has more than 23 years of experience in the Environmental Assessment, Compliance, Due Diligence, Health and Safety, Industrial Hygiene and Remediation Sectors primarily for Exploration & Production and Midstream companies. Mr. Thomas is a Registered Professional Geologist in the State of Mississippi and the State of Tennessee. Mr. Thomas graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1984 with a B.S. in Geology.
JOHN KEITH BOWMAN
Enhanced Oil Recovery Geologic Manager
Mr. Bowman began his career with Sun Oil Company as a geologist in Lafayette, Louisiana and Dallas, Texas in 1987. His responsibilities included hydrocarbon exploitation of Sun Company operated fields in South Louisiana and Southeast Texas.
In 1991, Mr. Bowman joined Petro Hunt, LLC located in Dallas, Texas as senior geologist. Responsibilities included acquisition evaluation and development of acquired assets in North Dakota, Montana, and Texas.
In 1997, he joined Denbury Resources in Plano, Texas. He was instrumental in developing Denbury’s natural occurring CO2 source in Mississippi along with tertiary design in Denbury’s southwest Mississippi fields. In 2008, Mr. Bowman was transferred to the acquisitions and new ventures division for corporate planning. Responsibilities included evaluation and recommendation of tertiary candidates in southeast Texas and Wyoming in conjunction with CO2 source identification.
In 2009, he founded Liberty Southern Partners, LLC, an entity focused on purchasing and developing of underperforming assets in the gulf coast region.
Mr. Bowman joined TOG in May of 2012. He is responsible for Tertiary development and monitoring of TOG’s producing CO2 fields, along with identification of CO2 source opportunities and additional fields with tertiary application.
Mr. Bowman received a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from Georgia Southwestern University in 1982 and a Master of Science degree in Geology from University of Southern Mississippi in 1986. He is a registered member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologist and certified as a Petroleum Geologist in Texas.