Co-Founder | President & Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Mirman has an extensive 20-year background in the securities industry. He has extensive experience in financial and securities matters and obtaining financing for and providing financial advisory services to micro-cap and small-cap public companies, including oil and gas and other energy companies. Most recently, Mr. Mirman served as Chief Executive Officer of Lilis Energy, Inc. (NYSE: LLEX) from April 2014 to August 2017, after serving as the Company’s President beginning in September 2013. Under his leadership, Lilis (fka Recovery Energy) restructured from a near-bankrupt DJ Basin producer trading on the bulletin board to a Permian Delaware Basin producer traded on the NYSE and valued at over $550 million at his exit. During his tenure, Lilis successfully closed $256 million in a combination of equity, debt, and debt restructuring. Mr. Mirman graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo with a B.S. in Political Science.
Co-Founder | EVP & Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Short is a petroleum engineer with over 20 years of proven expertise in domestic oil/gas exploration and production operations, field supervision, management and petroleum engineering consulting experience. Most recently, Mr. Short served as the Chief Operating Officer for Lilis Energy, Inc. (NYSE: LLEX) from December 2016 to March 2018. Prior to joining Lilis Energy, Mr. Short held the position of President at MMZ Consulting Inc. from May 2012 to December 2016, where he provided full cycle drilling & completions engineering and operational support to multiple clients. Prior to forming MMZ Consulting Inc., Mr. Short held the position of Drilling Engineering Specialist at EOG Resources, Inc. from March 2010 to May 2012, where he was a drilling engineer in the infancy of the Eagleford Shale Play in South Texas. He also worked for SM Energy, Conoco, FINA and Burlington Resources in various production operations and field positions. Mr. Short earned his Bachelor’s degree in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University.
Co-Founder | EVP - Land & Business Development
Mr. Blackwell is a Certified Professional Landman with extensive knowledge and experience in all facets of land management. Most recently, Mr. Blackwell served as the Executive Vice President of Land & Business Development for Lilis Energy, Inc. (NYSE: LLEX) from December 2016 to April 2018 where he successfully grew their core position to 20,000 contiguous net acres and added over $300MM in asset value. Prior to joining Lilis Energy, Mr. Blackwell held the position of Vice President of Land for XOG Resources from September 2012 to November 2016, a private equity venture that focused on the acquisition and exploitation of conventional reservoirs in the Gulf Coast and East Texas. Prior to that, he gained exposure to multiple oil and gas basins throughout the U.S. while working for Occidental Petroleum. Mr. Blackwell holds a B.S. in Business Management from Fort Hays State University and a M.S. in Energy Business from The University of Tulsa. He is an active member of the American Association of Professional Landman and Director of the North Houston Association of Professional Landman.
Co-Founder | EVP, General Counsel and Secretary
Ms. Fuchs is an experienced corporate and transactional attorney with a focus on corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and securities regulation. From March 2015 to February 2018, Ms. Fuchs acted as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Lilis Energy, Inc. (NYSE: LLEX), where Ms. Fuchs oversaw over $200 million in debt, equity and complex M&A transactions, as well as all legal activities and policies, including compensation and employee benefits, board relations, commercial contracts, ethics, compliance, and regulatory affairs. Prior to that, Ms. Fuchs was an associate with Baker Botts L.L.P. from April 2013 to February 2015, specializing in securities transactions and corporate governance. Before joining Baker Botts L.L.P., she served as an associate at White & Case LLP and Dewey and LeBoeuf LLP from January 2010 to March 2013 in their mergers and acquisitions groups. Ms. Fuchs received a J.D. from New York Law School and a B.A. in Political Science from Tufts University.
Co-Founder | EVP - Geology
Mrs. Hughes is an experienced petroleum geologist focused on exploration of unconventional plays and specializes in project optimizations. Most recently, Mrs. Hughes joined Lilis Energy, Inc. (NYSE: LLEX) in January 2017 as Senior Geologist and ultimately became VP of Geology in March 2018. During her time at Lilis, she proved up development potential on several unidentified targets on the Eastern flank of the Delaware Basin. Mrs. Hughes’ previous roles have included Apache Corporation from October 2014 to June 2016 as lead Operations Geologist in Delaware Basin (Loving Co. TX) and then new ventures exploration of the Alpine High area. Prior to that, she worked for Activa Resources from January 2011 to October 2014 as a Geologist focusing on shallow south Texas tight-sand plays and exploration of conventional plays in north and east Texas and in the Ark-La-Tex region. Mrs. Hughes earned a B.S. in Geology from Sam Houston State University and a M.S. in Geology from University of Texas at San Antonio. Mrs. Hughes has recently served as Secretary for the South Texas Geological Society and is an active member of American Association of Petroleum Geologists.
EVP - Engineering
Mr. Cantrell is a registered professional petroleum engineer in the State of Texas with over 20 years of experience in reservoir and production engineering roles. Mr. Cantrell served as Vice President of Reservoir Engineering for Lilis Energy, Inc. (NYSE: LLEX) from December 2016 to July 2019. His experience in many different basins and producing formations ranges from offshore and Permian Basin experience as an open-hole logging engineer to management and engineering roles with both large and small independent operators in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and other states. He holds a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University.