Board of Directors
Jeff Hastings, age 58, became our Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors upon consummation of our restructuring in mid-2016. Prior to the restructuring, Mr. Hastings was our Executive Chairman of the Board and a member of our Board of Directors since the consummation of our merger with Trio Merger Corp. in 2013. He was the majority stockholder of SAE from 2008 until the merger. In March 2011, he became the Executive Chairman of SAE. Previously, he was the President and an owner of Fairweather Geophysical, which primarily performed seismic operations in Alaska, and which was acquired by Veritas DGC Inc. in 2000. From 2000 until becoming the majority stockholder of SAE in 2008, Mr. Hastings was with Veritas in multiple positions, including Operations Manager for Alaska. Mr. Hastings has over 35 years of experience in the geophysical industry. We believe that Mr. Hastings is qualified to serve on our Board based on his extensive knowledge of SAE and his experience in the geophysical industry.
Brian Beatty, age 53, became our Chief Operating Officer upon consummation of our restructuring in mid-2016. Prior to the restructuring, Mr. Beatty was our President, Chief Executive Officer and a member of our Board of Directors since the consummation of our merger with Trio Merger Corp. in 2013. He founded SAE in 2006 and served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of SAE from its inception. Prior to founding SAE, Mr. Beatty held many positions with Veritas DGC Inc., beginning as a seismic field manager and eventually managing all of Veritas’ South American operations and establishing Veritas’ business in Peru, Chile, Argentina, Brazil and Bolivia. Mr. Beatty has over 30 years of experience in the geophysical industry working in numerous different geographies. We believe that Mr. Beatty is qualified to serve on our Board based on his extensive knowledge of SAE and his experience in the geophysical industry.
Gary Dalton, age 61, became a member of our Board of Directors upon consummation of our merger with Trio Merger Corp. in 2013. He has been the President of Latash Investments LLC, an investment advisory firm based in Alaska, since 2001. He previously served as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President at National Bank of Alaska for more than 20 years. Prior to joining National Bank of Alaska, he worked for the Comptroller of the Currency as a Bank Examiner. Mr. Dalton is a Trustee of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation and a Board member of the Alaska Museum Foundation. He graduated from the University of Puget Sound. We believe that Mr. Dalton is qualified to serve on our Board based on his investment and financial expertise.
Jacob Mercer, age 41, became a member of our Board of Directors upon consummation of our restructuring in mid-2016. Mr. Mercer is a Senior Portfolio Manager at Whitebox Advisors LLC ("Whitebox"). Prior to joining Whitebox, Mr. Mercer worked for Xcel Energy as Assistant Treasurer and Managing Director. Before joining Xcel Energy, he was a Senior Credit Analyst and Principal at Piper Jaffray and a Research Analyst at Voyageur Asset Management. Mr. Mercer also served as a logistics officer in the United States Army. Mr. Mercer has served on a number of boards of directors including Par Pacific (NYSE: PARR), Piceance Energy, Platinum Energy Solutions, and Ceres Global Ag (TSX: CRP). Mr. Mercer holds a BA with a double major in economics and business management from St. John’s University. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. We believe that Mr. Mercer is qualified to serve on our Board based on his investment and financial expertise.
Michael Kass, age 43, became a member of our Board of Directors upon consummation of our restructuring in mid-2016. He is a Senior Research Analyst at BlueMountain Capital Management, LLC ("BlueMountain") concentrating on stressed and distressed credit across multiple industry sectors. Previously, Mr. Kass was a co-founder and Head of Research at 3-Sigma Value Management. Prior to 3-Sigma, Mr. Kass served for several years as a Vice President in Lehman’s Global Restructuring Group, where he advised debtors, financial sponsors and GSEs in bankruptcy proceedings in sectors including aviation, media and natural resources. Prior to Lehman, Mr. Kass was an Associate at Miller Buckfire and Co., focusing on restructurings in telecom, industrials, and restaurants. He began his career at McKinsey and Co., which he joined after receiving his JD magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, his BSE in International Finance from Wharton, and his BA summa cum laude from University of Pennsylvania. We believe that Mr. Kass is qualified to serve on our Board based on his investment and financial expertise.
L. Melvin Cooper, age 63, became a member of our Board of Directors upon consummation of our restructuring in mid-2016. He currently serves as the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Forbes Energy Services Ltd. (Nasdaq: FES), a public company in the energy services industry. Prior to joining Forbes in 2007, Mr. Cooper served in financial or operating roles of various companies involved in oilfield site preparation, serving new home builders, providing supply chain management, and other industries. Since October 2010, Mr. Cooper has served on the Board of Directors of Flotek Industries, Inc. (NYSE: FTK), where he is a member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance, Audit, and Compensation Committees. Since August 2012, Mr. Cooper has served on the Board of Directors of Par Pacific Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: PARR), where he is a member of the Audit and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committees. Mr. Cooper received the Board Leadership Fellow certification from the National Association of Corporate Directors (“NACD”) where he is also a member of the Board of Directors of the NACD Houston/Austin/San Antonio Chapter. Mr. Cooper earned a degree in accounting from Texas A&M University-Kingsville (formerly Texas A&I) in 1975 and is a Certified Public Accountant. We believe that Mr. Cooper is qualified to serve on our Board based on his public company experience, operational experience and financial expertise.
Michael Faust, age 56, became a member of our Board of Directors in January 2017. Mr. Faust has 34 years of industry, financial and leadership experience within the oil and gas sector, including diverse geological, geophysical and technical reservoir experience spanning many different basins and formations throughout the world. Prior to joining SAE’s board, Mr. Faust was the Vice President of Exploration and Land at ConocoPhillips Alaska, Inc., where he oversaw and managed the company’s exploration organization and strategy in Alaska. After joining Arco Alaska, Inc. in 1997, Mr. Faust held multiple senior positions up to and following Phillips Petroleum Co.’s acquisition of Arco Alaska, Inc. in 2000 and the subsequent merger between Phillips and Conoco Inc., which created ConocoPhillips Alaska, Inc. in 2002. These positions of increasing responsibility included Chief Geophysicist, Development Geoscience Manager, Technology and Operations Manager, and Offshore Exploration Manager, among others. In 2008, Mr. Faust was appointed Vice President of Exploration and Land at ConocoPhillips Canada Ltd. Prior to Arco Alaska, Inc., Mr. Faust also held various positions with Exxon Exploration Company and Esso Norge A.S. after beginning his career with Exxon Co. USA in 1983. Mr. Faust earned his Master of Arts degree in Geophysics from the University of Texas at Austin in 1984, after receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from the University of Washington in 1981. Mr. Faust is a Certified Petroleum Geologist and a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, and served as the President of the Geophysical Society of Alaska from 2001 to 2002.We believe that Mr. Faust is qualified to serve on our Board based on his extensive industry and technical expertise, in addition to his leadership and financial experience.