Mark Erickson, Chairman & CEO
Mr. Erickson is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Extraction Oil & Gas, which he co-founded in 2012. From 2010 to 2014, he served as Chairman and CEO of Denver-based PRE Resources, where he remains Chairman of the Board. From 2001 to 2010, Mr. Erickson served as CEO, President and Director of Gasco Energy, a Uinta Basin-focused oil & gas company that he co-founded. Mr. Erickson served as President of Pannonian Energy Inc. from 1999 until it merged with Gasco Energy in February 2001. In late 1997, Mr. Erickson co-founded Pennaco Energy, Inc., an oil and gas company with properties in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin. He served as an officer and director of Pennaco from its inception until 1999. Mr. Erickson began his career at North American Resources, which was the exploration and production subsidiary of Montana Power. Mr. Erickson has over 30 years of experience in business development, finance, strategic planning, marketing, project management and petroleum engineering. He holds an MS in Mineral Economics from the Colorado School of Mines and a BS in Petroleum Engineering from the Montana Tech.
In June 2016, Mark was named Ernst & Young’s Mountain Desert Region’s Entrepreneur of the Year.
Matt Owens, President
Mr. Owens is Co-Founder and President of Extraction Oil & Gas. From 2008 to 2010, he served as Operations Engineer for Gasco Energy, working with deep, high-pressured gas wells in the Uinta Basin. While at Gasco, he drilled and completed over 50 wells in the Mancos, Blackhawk and Mesaverde formations. In 2010, Mr. Owens moved to PDC Energy as an Operations Engineer, leading the horizontal completion and production activities in the Wattenberg Field. He completed over 45 horizontal Codell and Niobrara wells and was responsible for optimizing production for the program. Mr. Owens holds a BS degree in Petroleum Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.
Mr. Owens was selected as one of Oil & Gas Investor’s Thirty Under 40 for 2015. Honorees to the list are selected based on professional excellence, leadership initiative, community involvement, creative problem solving, desire to find new challenges and entrepreneurial spirit.
In January of 2016, Mr. Owens was chosen as a member of Forbes 30 Under 30 within the energy sector. Members of the 2016 energy class were chosen based on their innovative, future-focused approaches to the industry that lead to new sources of energy.
In June 2016, Matt was named Ernst & Young’s Mountain Desert Region’s Entrepreneur of the Year.
Rusty Kelley, Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Kelley is Chief Financial Officer of Extraction Oil & Gas. Prior to joining Extraction, he ran the Oil & Gas practice of Moelis & Company, covering upstream and integrated oil & gas companies. Previously, he was Senior Vice President at Goldman Sachs. Mr. Kelley has executed over $70 billion of M&A/advisory assignments and has led capital market transactions raising over $15 billion for clients. He has been in the energy and financial sector since 1998 in commodities trading, corporate development and investment banking roles. He holds an MBA from The Wharton School where he graduated as a Palmer Scholar and holds a BA from Vanderbilt University.
Tom Brock, Chief Accounting Officer
Mr. Brock joined Extraction from American Midstream LLC where he served as Vice President and Corporate Controller. In this role, Mr. Brock oversaw the SEC reporting functions of the organization, ensured compliance with SOX requirements and managed the technical, operational and general ledger departments and accounting functions of the organization.
Prior to his time at American Midstream, Mr. Brock held the position of Director of Trading and Finance with BG Group in Houston, Texas where he controlled accounting and other functions for its marketing and trading companies beginning in July 2010. Mr. Brock began his career with KPMG LLP, where he spent 13 years holding various positions serving clients in the energy industry. Mr. Brock holds a Bachelor of Accountancy from New Mexico State University and is a CPA, licensed in Texas.
Mr. Brock holds a Bachelor of Accountancy from New Mexico State University and is a certified CPA, licenses in Texas. He also serves as board member on the Montessori Educational Foundation of Douglas County which exists to provide supplementary funding to the DCS Montessori School for facilities and special projects.
Eric Jacobsen, SVP of Operations
Mr. Jacobsen joined Extraction from Noble Energy Inc. where he served in various senior operations leadership positons, most recently as director of planning and development for Noble’s DJ Basin Business Unit. While at Noble from 2011- 2016, he was part of the original team that began large-scale horizontal development drilling in the prolific Codell and Niobrara plays. He brings 23 years of oil and gas experience and significant DJ Basin technical and operations expertise and relationships to Extraction’s operations management team.
Prior to his time at Noble, Mr. Jacobsen had a successful 8-year international operations career at BP in offshore Baku, Azerbaijan and onshore Algeria where he oversaw multi-billion dollar capital expenditure budgets and large oil field development programs. Prior to BP, he held various offshore operations positons for Houston-based Vastar Resources, later acquired by BP, in Vastar’s Louisiana Gulf of Mexico offshore operations unit from 1997 to 2002.
Mr. Jacobsen holds a Bachelor of Science in environmental engineering and a Master of Science in petroleum engineering, both from Montana Tech in Butte, Montana. He also serves on the Montana Tech Foundation Board of Directors which manages funds on behalf of its donors and encourages philanthropy among its constituents.
Eric Christ, Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Mr. Christ joins Extraction having previously served as Vice President, Corporate Secretary and General Counsel at Vaalco Energy Inc. from January 2015 to November 2016. Prior to joining VAALCO, Mr. Christ served as Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Midstates Petroleum Company, Inc. from November 2013 to January 2015 and as its Assistant Corporate Counsel from September 2012 to November 2013. Mr. Christ began his legal career at Porter Hedges LLP in 2005 and continued on to practice corporate and securities law at Vinson & Elkins LLP from 2006 until 2010, where he represented a variety of energy companies.
Mr. Christ holds a Bachelor of Arts, with honors, from Amherst College and a J.D., with honors, from the University of Texas School of Law.