Mr. Griffin served as Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of Mesa Energy, Inc. from its founding in April of 2003 until the closing of the business combination with Armada Oil, Inc. in March of 2013, at which time he became Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of Armada. Mr. Griffin’s responsibilities include oversight of the business and administrative activities of the company, direction of the ongoing effort to identify potential acquisitions and evaluation of potential financing strategies.
From March 2001 until March 2003, Mr. Griffin was associated with a Dallas-based group of companies engaged in the development of a horizontal natural gas drilling project in Shelby County, Texas. His responsibilities included pipeline development, land management and lease acquisition. During that period, he was responsible for the negotiation and closing of the sale of that company’s natural gas production and undeveloped property in Shelby County, a divestiture valued at just under $30,000,000. In addition, he negotiated the acquisition of an acreage position in Hopkins County, Texas, and coordinated pipeline development and the drilling of a discovery well in that field.
Mr. Griffin brings 38 years of broad business development and management experience to the Company. Prior to his involvement in the oil and gas industry, he was directly responsible for the development, financing and construction of more than $35,000,000 worth of multi-family and senior housing projects.
Mr. Griffin graduated from East Texas State University in May of 1975 with a degree in Finance and Business Management.
Mr. Cerna served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Armada Oil, Inc. until the closing of the Armada business combination with Mesa Energy, Inc. in March of 2013, at which time he became President of Armada Oil, Inc. From May 2006 to May 2009, Mr. Cerna served as Chairman of the Board of Lucas Energy, Inc. (NYSE Amex: LEI), and was also CEO and President thereof from May 2006 until September 2008. From 2004 to 2006, Mr. Cerna was President of the privately held Lucas Energy Resources.
Prior to joining Lucas Energy, Mr. Cerna was the Chief Oil and Gas Analyst and CFO of Petroleum Partners LLC from 2001 to 2004. He was the founder and CEO of NetCurrents, Inc., (NASDAQ: NTCS), an organization that focuses on Internet information monitoring and analysis. Prior to NetCurrents, Mr. Cerna was the manager of the GT Global/AIM Funds performance analysis group in San Francisco. Mr. Cerna has received five certificates of achievement from the Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts. He is honored by Strathmore’s Who’s Who for leadership and achievement in the Finance Industry. Mr. Cerna is the Public Affairs Officer and Pilot with the Civil Air Patrol, U.S. Air Force Auxiliary, Squadron 192.
Mr. Cerna received a BS in Finance from the California State University, Chico, in 1990.
Mr. Freeman served as Executive Vice President – Oil and Gas Operations for Mesa Energy, Inc. from January 1, 2008 until the closing of the Armada transaction in March of 2013, at which time he became Chief Operating Officer of Armada. Mr. Freeman has over thirty years experience in oil and gas operations, business development, and property transactions. In 1976, he began his career with Shell Oil Company as a Preventative Maintenance Technician. His responsibilities included the repair and maintenance of production equipment on an offshore platform. In 1980, Mr. Freeman went to work for Gulf Oil/Chevron where he supervised up to 100 personnel involved in drilling and workover operations as well as facility and production equipment maintenance and management.
From 2003 until July 2005, Mr. Freeman worked as an acquisition consultant to Celebrex Energy, LLC. From August 2005 until July 2006, Mr. Freeman generally spent his time involved in cleanup activities related to Hurricane Katrina. He subsequently worked as Manager and a partner in Poydras Energy Partners, LLC until January 2008 when he joined the Mesa Energy management team. Early in his career, Mr. Freeman received extensive training in Electronics Technology and Business Management at Delgado Junior College, Port Sulphur Vo-Tech School, and Our Lady of Holy Cross College, as well as 500 hours of professional training in petroleum production operations at the Petroleum Institute of Technology.
Ms. Dillard joined Mesa Energy Holdings, Inc. as Chief Financial Officer in September of 2011 and became Chief Financial Officer of Armada upon the closing of the business combination in March of 2013.
Ms.Dillard began her career in oil and gas in 1996 with CDX Gas, LLC. In an association that concluded at the end of 2006, she served CDX both as a consultant to the CEO and CFO and as an employee in matters of financial analysis, natural gas marketing and balancing, investor relations and payout analysis. During that period, Ms. Dillard also served as an accountant and consultant for Rising Star Energy, LLC, Republic Energy, Inc., and Longview Production Company.
From February to May 2007, she consulted with TransAtlantic Petroleum Corporation as Interim Controller in preparation for its divestiture of its US properties. As such, she prepared the sale price allocation of divested properties, prepared the oil & gas property section of 2006 form 10-K and Q1 2007 10-Q under full-cost accounting method, consulted with engineers in their preparation of 2006 reserve reports under both constant costs and pricing (SEC case) and escalated costs and pricing (NYMEX case) and handled inquiries from auditors.
In June 2007, she joined Westside Energy Corporation as its Corporate Controller, serving Westside through its merger in June 2008 with Crusader Energy Group, Inc. At Westside, she directed financial reporting; prepared consolidated financial statements and reports on Forms 10-K and 10Q using the successful efforts method of accounting for oil & gas properties and spearheaded Westside’s Sarbanes-Oxley compliance project.
Following Westside’s merger with Crusader, Ms. Dillard consulted with Crusader on various transition matters. In 2009, Ms. Dillard joined the Division of Resolutions and Receiverships of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation as a contractor. In March 2010 she was engaged by the FDIC as Financial Institution Accountant and, in January 2011, as Accounting Technical Monitor, under the FDIC Contract Management and Oversight function, of a national servicer of a loan portfolio exceeding $1 billion.
Ms. Dillard earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with an Emphasis in Accounting, cum laude, from The University of Texas at Dallas. She is licensed by the State of Texas as a Certified Public Accountant and is a member of the Council of Petroleum Accountants Societies (COPAS), Texas Society of CPA’s, and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Mr. Unruh serves as Executive Vice President of Land and Administration for Armada Oil, Inc. He is responsible for the oversight of all land activities as well as a number of day to day administrative functions.
In May of 2003, Mr. Unruh joined Mesa Energy, LLC, where he served as Vice President until May of 2007. During that time, Mr. Unruh was responsible for various administrative functions as well as the negotiation and acquisition of right-of-way for a midstream natural gas pipeline in Sequoyah County, Oklahoma.
In May of 2007, Mr. Unruh left Mesa Energy, LLC, to form Shiloh Homes, LLC, a residential and commercial construction company that he owned and operated until December of 2010. Wanting to return to the oil and gas industry, in January of 2011 Mr. Unruh left Shiloh Homes, LLC, and joined Percheron Acquisitions, LLC, where he served as a Right-of-way Agent and Area Manager overseeing the acquisition and construction of 5 midstream gathering systems for Pioneer Natural Resources Company. In February of 2012, Mr. Unruh returned to Mesa Energy, Inc., to serve as Vice President.
Mr. Unruh graduated from Mays Business School at Texas A&M University in May of 2001 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance. He is a Registered Landman with and an active member of the American Association of Professional Landmen and a member of the Independent Petroleum Association of America.
Ms. Frey served as Senior Operations Coordinator for Mesa Gulf Coast, LLC from September 2011 until the closing of the Armada transaction in March of 2013, at which time she became Vice President of Armada Oil, Inc. Prior to joining Mesa, she worked as a legal assistant for over 10 years with Couhig Partners, LLC in New Orleans, Louisiana and also did consulting work for over 8 years with various oil and gas companies.
As Vice President of Armada, she is primarily responsible for the management and oversight of regulatory affairs associated with drilling and producing oil and gas wells in Louisiana. These duties are mostly related to the activities of Mesa Gulf Coast, LLC and include the organization and coordination of state and federal governmental filings, the review of Master Service Agreements and Certificates of Insurance to ensure adequate coverage and the preparation of work permits and supplemental paperwork associated with those permits. In addition, she works with staff to prepare AFEs and project reviews for upcoming projects. She approves invoices for payment, works with management on reserve reports, assists in managing consultants/contractors, coordinates with agencies to ensure compliance with regulatory approval conditions, reviews lease files as needed and maintains all government required manuals. She also manages, prepares and transmits payroll files for Mesa Gulf Coast, LLC.
Ms. Frey graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University with a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing and a minor in Management in 1997.
Mr. Unruh is one of the founders of Mesa Energy, Inc. and served as its President until the closing of the Armada transaction in March of 2013, at which time he became the Corporate Secretary of Armada.
From March 1999 until March 2003, Mr. Unruh served as the Vice-President of Santa Fe Petroleum, LLC, and the President of its operating affiliate, TexTron Southwest, LLC. During that period, he performed a variety of administrative and executive functions for both companies in connection with the oil and gas development and exploration activities undertaken by those companies in Shelby County, Texas. During Mr. Unruh’s tenure, TexTron drilled 21 horizontal James Lime wells in Shelby County, Texas, and TexTron became the largest gas producer in the county. Of the 2l wells drilled by TexTron in that field, 18 were commercially successful. As of January 2006, those wells had produced nearly 25 billion cubic feet (BCF) of gas and over 60,000 barrels of oil. In September 2002, TexTron drilled a Smackover oil well in Hopkins County, Texas, which was classified as a new field discovery well and produced, through April 2007, over 459,000 barrels of oil. Mr. Unruh left Santa Fe Petroleum, LLC, and TexTron Southwest, LLC, in March 2003 with Mr. Griffin to form and operate Mesa Energy, LLC.
Mr. Unruh owned and operated Red River Energy Supply Company, an oil field equipment company, in the early 1980′s. Between 1990 and 1998, he performed management and financial consulting services for Texas Northern Oil Company and for Phoenix Resources, LLC.
Mr. Unruh attended Oklahoma State University, where he majored in Business Administration and Finance.