Deon Warner became President of Oil & Gas Asset Clearinghouse in April, 2017, which has successfully closed over 32,000 transactions involving more than one million properties and has generated more than $13.2 billion in sales since 1992.
Most recently, Deon was a partner in Warner & Associates PLLC, a mergers and acquisitions law firm with a focus on oil & gas assets, securities regulation, private placements and real property. His law career began in 1986 with Andrews & Kurth L.L.P. in Houston, Texas, where he participated in taking various oil & gas and other mineral companies from privately owned to publicly traded. Deon served as a partner at Andrews Kurth L.L.P. in the corporate and securities section from 1992-1997.
In 1991, Deon was appointed by the Governor of Texas to the Texas State Securities Board where he served on the board of directors from 1991 through 1997 and served as chairman of the board from 1995 to 1997.
Deon brings to Clearinghouse thirty years of experience at financing, buying and selling oil & gas assets for clients, using his unique ability to merge legal and business concepts toward reaching and exceeding client goals and objectives.
He is also a leader in the community, serving as current President and board member of Neighborhood Recovery CDC – an affordable housing and community improvement nonprofit; serving as a past board member of the Houston First Corporation as an appointee of the Mayor of the City of Houston; and donating time and services to various bar associations, civic groups, CDCs and churches. He is a member of the Colorado and Texas bar associations. Deon and his wife Sharonda live in Houston, Texas and attend Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church. In their spare time, they enjoy watching professional football and hiking and biking in the mountains of Colorado.
Bryan Rabon joined Clearinghouse in August, 2016, bringing with him thirty-eight (38) years of executive management, operations and regulatory experience in the oil & gas industry to his role as Chief Operating Officer.
Prior to joining the company, Mr. Rabon served as President of Custom Blast Services, a member of The Brock Group, a leading provider of specialty services to some of the largest refineries, chemical plants, utilities, and pulp and paper facilities in the United States.
Bryan believes “The key to success is offering a quality product and managing the down times,” and this thought directs his leadership style.
Bryan spends his leisure time with his 1-year old grandson or on his cattle ranch in Schulenburg, Texas. He also enjoys an occasional Harley ride through the rolling hills.
Mr. DaPra has more than 32 years of diverse energy industry experience mainly with small independent exploration and production companies. Prior to joining Clearinghouse in 2010, Mr. DaPra was the Manager of Business Development at ERG Resources, LLC. Prior to ERG, he was Managing Director at Moyes & Co., Inc. Mr. DaPra actively assisted clients with operating agreements, purchase and sale agreements, lease agreements and various contract interpretations. Mr. DaPra holds a BBA Degree in Finance from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (UWW) and is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and the Texas Independent Producers & Royalty Owners Association (TIPRO).
Prior to joining Clearinghouse Mr. Medlin’s professional experience included real estate, sales and marketing. He holds a BA in Business Leadership Administration from University of Oklahoma (OU) and has more than 12 years of business development experience. Mr. Medlin is a member of the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association (OIPA) and The Tulsa Association of Petroleum Landmen (TAPL).
Hobby has a decade of experience in the energy industry in private equity, investment banking, operations, consulting, and leadership functions. He has worked on behalf of or with public firms on public equity issuances of up to $250 MM. Before joining Clearinghouse, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Destino Energy. Prior to Destino Energy, Hobby served as Senior Consultant to Modelo Energy on acquisitions from Exxon Mobil and Kayne Anderson Energy. Hobby worked in investment banking under James Kipp at Wachovia Securities, now Wells Fargo Securities, in the Energy & Power Group. Before working in the oil & gas sector, Hobby served in the United States Navy as a Lieutenant Surface Warfare Officer onboard USS Bunker Hill. His National Service includes the initial Tomahawk missile strike commencing Operation Iraqi Freedom as well as service during Operation Enduring Freedom. Hobby has a bachelor of arts in humanities from the University of Texas at Austin, a master of finance degree from Tulane University and a master of business administration from Rice University.
Mr. Campbell graduated from Texas A&M with a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering in 1990 and has served in increasing capacities within the oil and gas industry since then. Most recently, Thomas was the president of Oak Energy and previously worked at Riverstone Energy, Chalker Energy Partners, AROC Inc., Texoil, Conoco and Chevron. He is a registered professional engineer and serves as Chairman on the U.S. Engineering Registration Subcommittee. With over 25 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, Thomas brings leadership experience and engineering expertise to the Clearinghouse technical team.
Amanda Knox Novak joined Clearinghouse in 2016. She has over ten (10) years of experience in the oil & gas industry and is responsible for project management, conference planning and logistics, and client relationships.
Prior to joining the company, Amanda served as trade control manager at Goldfinch Capital where she managed PnL report reconciliation, risk reporting for multiple traders and internal databases. She also served as the director of operations for Coastal Testing Laboratories managing financial resources and conducting resource planning, strategic planning and supervising overall business performance.
Mrs. Novak received her bachelor of arts in finance from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She received her Series 7 Securities license and her Property and Casualty Insurance License, in 2006. In her free time, Amanda is a professional Pilates instructor. She and her family live in Houston, Texas.
Timothy Travis is a reservoir engineer who joined Oil & Gas Asset Clearinghouse in mid-2016. He is responsible for asset evaluations, generating production and economic forecasts, and communicating technical information to clients.
Prior to joining the Clearinghouse, Tim worked as a petroleum engineer for Swan Energy, where he was responsible for managing and directing Swan’s exploration activities in Texas, Oklahoma, Wyoming, Kansas, Louisiana, and Colorado, with a primary focus on Swan’s non-operated DJ Basin and SCOOP assets.
Tim is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering. He and his family live in Houston, Texas.
Leonard Cichowski joined Clearinghouse in 2010 as a Senior Geologist/Geophysicist. He is responsible for geologic and geophysical evaluations of negotiated deals and evaluations of client properties with the purpose of divestiture to potential buying parties. Leonard’s expertise in the Gulf of Mexico and various onshore U.S. domestic basins includes shelf and deep water to 2500’, the Permian Basin, South Texas-Wilcox, Eagle Ford Shale, cretaceous carbonates, Appalachian Basin, Alberta Basin, Bighorn Basin, Denver Basin, Williston Basin, Mid-Continent and major Shale Plays.
With more than four decades in the oil & gas industry, Mr. Cichowski is experienced in prospect generation, evaluation of submittals, acquisitions and divestitures, drilling prospects and the development and the production of properties. Prior to joining Swan, Leonard served in both Senior and Chief Geologist roles at several companies.
Mr. Cichowski is a graduate of Auburn University with a bachelor’s degree in geology and a minor in civil engineering. He and his wife live in Sugar Land, Texas.
Linda Patterson began her career in 1979 with Walton & Son/Walton Transportation Co. in Houston, Texas. After serving 9 years with the Waltons, she worked for Baker Oil Tools in the Finance Department for 5 years. Linda joined Oil & Gas Asset Clearinghouse in November 1994. Her areas of responsibility have included production accounting, economic analysis support, database creation and maintenance, auction registration and cashiering, and administrative duties.
Russell is a Senior Software Architect that has designed and developed a wide-ranging portfolio of software platforms for an array of disparate industries. With nearly twenty years of experience, Russell is currently charged with extending the functionality of the Clearinghouse’s Asset Marketing Platform (AMP) which was launched in early 2017.
Prior to joining OGAC, Russell fed his entrepreneurial spirit by launching a SaaS event registration and ticketing solution in 2012 and revamping an ecommerce site he originally launched in 2003. His professional experience also includes software development positions at Enron, Compaq (now HP), Whole Foods and several privately held organizations.
Russell graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1998 with a BA in Zoology. He continues to live in Austin.
Karl Gehring joined Clearinghouse in August, 2016, and is responsible for directing the visual aspects of creative work for both the company, including audience promotions, marketing, informational documents and advertising. Karl also assists with marketing tracking and develops creative briefs and design concepts to meet the business objectives of the companies.
Prior to joining the Clearinghouse team, Karl served in several marketing and graphic design roles including: Director of Graphics, Marketing & Branding for PLS, Inc., Manager of HR Creative Services for Crestwood, Graphic Design Specialist for Energy XXI, Senior Graphic Artist at Schlumberger, Manager of Creative Services at Tamboran Resources and Graphic Artist at Southwestern Energy.
Mr. Gehring is originally from Lenexa, Kansas, and holds a bachelor of general studies degree in history with a minor emphasis in visual communication from the University of Kansas. Karl is Adobe Flash certified and is one of two International Charity Officers for the 11,000-member 501st Legion. Karl, his wife and their two sons live in Sugar Land, Texas.
Brian Franco began his professional career at Clearinghouse in 2003 as a drafting assistant, and has been with the company for nearly fourteen (14) years. He now works as a production artist, and is responsible for producing asset-specific marketing pieces.
Brian is a native Houstonian and has been married to his wife, Leah, for 15 years.
Prior to joining Clearinghouse in 1994, Mr. Townsend spent 10 years in the areas of production optimization and formation evaluation throughout the Gulf Coast, West Texas, Rockies and the West Coast. Mr. Townsend has over 30 years of experience in the oil & gas industry and holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas (UT). He is a SEC broker-dealer registered representative holding Series 63 and 22 licensing. Mr. Townsend is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and the Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners Association (TIPRO).