Scott Tinker

Scott Tinker, Chairman

Scott Tinker is the State Geologist of Texas and Director of the Bureau of Economic Geology.

Scott's passion—bringing academe, government, industry and NGOs together to address major societal issues in energy, environment and the economy—has led him to more than 50 countries where he has presented over 650 keynote and invited lectures. Scott holds the Allday Endowed Chair in the Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas at Austin and has been president of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, the Association of American State Geologists, the American Geosciences Institute and the Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies. Scott is an AAPG Halbouty Leadership Medalist, GCAGS Boyd Medalist, Fellow of the Geologic Society of America and has received numerous awards for successfully engaging the public in science. He serves on many private, public, academic, and government boards and councils. Scott earned a PhD from the University of Colorado, M.S. from the University of Michigan and B.S. from Trinity University.

Dick Stoneburner, Director

Mr. Richard "Dick" Stoneburner is the Managing Director of the Energy Investment Team at Pine Brook Road Partners, LLC.

Dick has more than 38 years of experience as a geologist, holding senior management roles in major oil and gas corporations and independents. He held positions at Texas Oil and Gas Corporation, Weber Energy Corp., Hugoton Energy Corp. and 3TEC Energy Corp. He served as President of the North America Shale Production Division for BHP Billiton Petroleum, and as Vice President, Executive Vice President, President and Chief Operating Officer of Petrohawk Energy Corporation. He is on the board of advisors of Yuma Exploration, Tamboran Resources and Ayata. He also serves on the advisory council of The Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas at Austin, on the visiting committee of the Bureau of Economic Geology and is a board member for Memorial Assistance Ministries. Dick earned an M.S. in Geological Sciences from Wichita State University and a B.S. in Geological Sciences from the University of Texas.

David Rainey, Director

David Rainey is an Independent Director on the board of Stone Energy Corporation (NYSE).

Dave is an accomplished global professional, with a 36-year career in the natural resource industry. He served as President Petroleum Exploration and Chief Geoscientist for BHP Billiton Petroleum and as Vice President Science, Technology, Environment and Regulatory Affairs for BP. Dave is an active member of The National Association of Corporate Directors and has been recognized as an NACD Governance Fellow. He is a member of the “Houston on Board” Advisory Council to the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce, a long-time fund-raiser for the American Cancer Society and an inaugural member of the Gulf Coast Chapter’s ‘CEO’s Against Cancer’ initiative. He serves on the Jackson School of Geosciences (University of Texas at Austin) advisory council and has been recognized as a Michael T Halbouty Lecturer by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. Dave has completed executive education programs at MIT Sloan School of Business, Stanford University Graduate School of Business and Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management. He earned both his Ph.D. and his Batchelor’s degree, with Honors, in Geology from The University of Edinburgh.

Jim Farnsworth, Director

Jim Farnsworth co-founded Cobalt in 2005 and also served as its Chief Exploration Officer and President.

Jim Farnsworth who brings more than 30 years of industry experience. During this time Cobalt was responsible for discovering over 4.5 Bnboe with industry leading success rates and finding costs. Jim retired from Cobalt in 2016. Prior to forming Cobalt, Jim was BP’s Senior Vice President responsible for Domestic and Global Exploration, Appraisal and Technology. Employed by BP from 1983 to 2005, he advanced through various management and leadership positions including Exploration/Developments Manager-Alaska, Exploration Manager-North Sea, Production Manager Deepwater Gulf of Mexico, Vice President Deepwater Exploration and Vice President of North America. In addition, he served in various Corporate and executive support roles in London. Jim is currently working with Blackstone Group’s Beacon Offshore Co., as an Advisor and Board Member. In addition, he is a Director and Operating Partner with Azimuth Capital working on Canadian Energy opportunities, and as a Director at X-Microwave, an Austin, Texas based technology company. Jim holds B.S and M.S degrees in Geoscience from Indiana University and Western Michigan University. Jim has been recognized as a Distinguished Alumni of both Universities. Active in the community and industry, Jim serves on and is the former Chairman of the University of Texas Jackson School of Geosciences Advisory Council and Foundation as well as on the Board of the Texas Bureau of Economic Geology. He also serves on the Indiana University Advisory Council.

Dan Domeracki, Strategic Advisor

Dan Domeracki is the Vice President of Government and Industry Relations for Schlumberger Limited.

Dan is well known as a leader in global energy. Previously, he served as Vice President for Global Accounts and Industry Affairs (NA) for Schlumberger, and as Global Account Director for ConocoPhillips. He has served on several task groups within Schlumberger to look at technology development and corporate organizational evolution. He served on the gender diversity board and was an executive sponsor in the Reservoir Engineering Community SIG in Schlumberger’s Eureka organization. He is a member of the Petroleum Technology Association of Canada and is Past Governor of the Canadian Oilmen’s Association. Dan earned both M.S. and B.S. degrees in Geology from The University of South Carolina. He also holds an associate degree in Business Administration from The University of South Carolina.


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