Staff

Our primary asset is our people. Our employees are highly motivated and technically skilled and we continue to develop their talents through industry schools and professional conferences.

Management

Daniel A. Pedrotti

* Suemaur Exploration Partners

* Founding Partner

Pedrotti graduated from Texas A&M University with BS and MS degrees in Geology in 1953 and 1958 respectively. He was employed by Texaco from 1958 to 1965 as an Exploration Geologist. From 1965 to 1975 he was an Independent Exploration Geologist, forming a partnership with William B. Miller in 1969 as Miller and Pedrotti. In 1975, Miller and Pedrotti formed Suemaur Corporation and in 1990 along with partners William B. Miller and J.M. Smith purchased the exploration assets of Harkins & Company which developed into Suemaur Exploration & Production, LLC. He is a lifetime member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, a Honorary Life Member and past President of the Corpus Christi Geological Society, a member of the Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners Association and Founder and President of Suemaur Nouveau Energy, LLC.

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Robert W. Maxwell, Jr.

* Chairman of the Board

* Suemaur Exploration & Production, LLC

* Partner – Suemaur Exploration Partners

Maxwell earned both his BS and MS degrees from Florida State University in 1969 and 1971 respectively. Maxwell joined Suemaur Exploration & Production, LLC in January 1990 as Vice President-Exploration. In 2002, he became President and CEO and subsequently became Chairman of the Board in 2008. Maxwell served as Vice President-Exploration for Harkins & Company from 198l through 1989. From 1975 until 198l, Maxwell served as District Geologist for Harkins & Company in Corpus Christi. Maxwell had previously worked for Texas Oil & Gas Corporation for two years as an Area Exploration Geologist in Corpus Christi, and three years for Chevron as a Development Geologist in Lafayette, Louisiana. He is a member of the Leadership Council of Florida State University College of Arts and Sciences, and is currently a part time adjunct professor at FSU teaching petroleum geology, energy and the environment. Maxwell is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Art Museum of South Texas, the Texas State Aquarium, Coastal Bend Community Foundation, and serves on the Geology Advisory Board of Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi. In 2014 Maxwell was inducted into the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame. Maxwell is a past president of the Corpus Christi Geological Society, and is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Society of Independent Professional Earth Scientists, and the Society of the Sigma X. He received the Outstanding Paper Award at the 1971 Convention of the Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies and in 2010 was recognized as the Graduate of Distinction by the College of Arts and Sciences at Florida State University.

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Brent F. Hopkins

* President and CEO

* Suemaur Exploration & Production, LLC

* Partner – Suemaur Exploration Partners

Hopkins obtained his BS in Geology in 1981 from the State University of New York at Cortland. He has been involved with Suemaur Exploration & Production, LLC since its inception but formally joined January 1, 2008 as President and CEO. Hopkins was hired as Exploration Manager of Gedd, Inc. in 2002 and later became President. While at Gedd, he was responsible for overseeing various domestic assets along with international investments in Papua New Guinea, Columbia, South America and Belize. The most successful of these investments was in Columbia with Hupecol where over 150 wells were drilled and ultimately a number of concessions were divested to various international companies for over $1.2 billion. Prior to Gedd, Hopkins spent the first 20 years of his career with Genesis Producing Company in various capacities from Geo-tech to Exploration Manager. Hopkins has served as a Director of TIPRO representing Region 1, since 2012. Hopkins is former President of both the Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies and the Corpus Christi Geological Society, Chaired the GCAGS Conference in Corpus Christi in 2007 and has been Chairman of the Corpus Christi Oilmen’s Tennis Tournament for the past several years (raising money for the CCGS, API and SPE scholarship programs) and is a member of American Association of Petroleum Geologists, and Society of Exploration Geophysicists.

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James T. Devlin

* Executive Vice President

* Suemaur Exploration & Production, LLC

* Partner – Suemaur Exploration Partners

Devlin graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Business Administration, majoring in Petroleum Land Management. While at The University, Devlin was President of the Student Landman’s Association and was named Outstanding Senior in the Petroleum Land Management Program. Devlin also received the prestigious University of Texas Cactus Goodfellow Award. Devlin currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Energy Management Program in the University Of Texas McCombs School Of Business. Devlin began work as a Landman with Harkins & Company and is now Vice President – Land, Director and Secretary of Suemaur Exploration & Production, LLC and its affiliated entities. Devlin is a Certified Professional Landman. Devlin is past Secretary and current Director of the Governing Board of the American Association of Professional Landmen. He is incoming Vice Chairman of the NAPE Operators Committee and past Chairman of the AAPL Ethics, Forms and Education Committees and served on numerous additional committees within the AAPL, including the Nominations Committee, Long Range Planning Committee, Publications Committee and the Issues Management Committee. Devlin served as President of the Corpus Christi Association of Professional Landmen. Devlin serves on the Executive Committee of the Governing Board of the Driscoll Children’s Hospital, including the Compliance, Joint Conference and Bylaws committees. Devlin also served as President of Driscoll Hospital’s Development Foundation Board for two terms. Devlin is a former Director of the John G. and Marie Stella Kenedy Memorial Foundation including the Audit and Investment Committees. Devlin served on the Executive Committee of the Board of Governors of the Art Museum of South Texas. Devlin is a former Director and member of the Executive Committee of the Incarnate Word Academy School Board.

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David J. Webster

* Vice President

* Suemaur Exploration & Production, LLC

* Partner – Suemaur Exploration Partners

Webster received his BS in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1983 and is a Registered Professional Engineer in Texas. Prior to joining Suemaur Exploration & Production, LLC as Engineering Manager in May 1993, Webster served as a Petroleum Engineer for Magnum Engineering Company from 1990 through May 1993, responsible for drilling, production, and reservoir engineering functions as well as property evaluation. From 1983 to 1990, Webster held various positions of increasing responsibility with Royal Oil & Gas Corporation, ultimately serving as District Engineer for the South Texas area. For the past 24 years, Webster has been responsible for the oversight of all engineering functions for Suemaur. He has performed reserve evaluations and data room presentations for several producing property divestitures over the past 27 years with a combined sale value of approximately $325 million.

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Engineering

George G. Clark

* Operations Manager

Clark received his BS in Petroleum Engineering from Marietta College in 1982 and his MBA from Texas A&M University in 1989. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Texas. Prior to joining Suemaur Exploration & Production, LLC in August of 1999, he was employed with BNP Petroleum Corporation as Engineering Manager. Prior drilling and production positions, for mainly South Texas properties, were held with Pioneer Natural Resources, Coastal Oil & Gas Corporation, Acock Engineering, Mueller Engineering and Pennzoil Producing Company.

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Andrew Grubb

* Vice President – Engineering

Grubb received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1978 and is a registered professional Engineer in Texas. He earned an MBA from Texas Christian University in 1998. Prior to joining Suemaur Exploration & Production, LLC in September 2006, Grubb was employed with Burnett Oil Co., Inc. in Fort Worth, Texas. His responsibilities there included drilling, production and reservoir engineering for the company properties in the Anadarko Basin of Oklahoma, the Permian Basin and Fort Worth Basins in Texas. Prior employers included Exxon Company, USA, Harkins & Company, Snyder Oil and Union Pacific Resources. Specifically, Grubb has provided both hands-on engineering and management of drilling and production operations in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Kansas and Pennsylvania. He has performed engineering and economic evaluations for numerous acquisitions and divestitures. Two significant acquisitions (both for Snyder Oil Corporation) include the acquisition of Cotton Plant Field in Louisiana and 330,000 acres of fee minerals in North Louisiana, Texas and Arkansas. Grubb is a member of the SPE and AADE.

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Land

Charles A. James

* Senior Landman

James received his BBA in Petroleum Land Management from University of Oklahoma. He was employed by Sun Oil Co. /Oryx from 1981-1989 and Columbia Gas Development from 1989-1991. He also held the position of Land Manager for KP Exploration from 1991-93 and Tenneco Ventures/Domain Energy/Range Resources from 1993 until joining Suemaur in March of 1999. James is a Certified Professional Landman.

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Geoscience

Richard E. Paige

* Chief Project Geologist

Paige received his BS in Geology in 1983 from Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, Connecticut and his M.A. in Geology in 1988 from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to joining Suemaur Exploration & Production, LLC in February of 1996, he was employed with Enron Oil & Gas Company in Corpus Christi from 1990-1995 working both exploration and development in the Lobo, Frio, Reklaw and Olmos trends. Prior to that, Paige worked for Shell Western E&P as an exploration geologist in the Gulf Coast Division in Houston.

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Leighton Devine

* Exploration Geologist

Devine received his BS in Geology in 2001 from the University of Texas, Austin. Prior to joining Suemaur Exploration & Production, LLC, he worked as an independent geologist exploring multiple trends along the Texas Gulf Coast. Devine joined Suemaur in October 2009.

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Brittney Tamborello

* Junior Geologist

Tamborello received her BS in Geology in 2016 from Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi. She joined Suemaur Exploration & Production, LLC in December 2014 as a Geotech intern and was promoted to Junior Geologist after graduation. She has explored trends in the Texas Gulf Coast and NW Kansas.

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Frank Cornish

* Exploration Geologist

Cornish received his BS in Geology in 1973 from Louisiana State University and his M.A. in Geology in 1975 from the University of Texas at Austin. He began his career with the USGS in Colorado in 1973. After UT he worked the Permian and Anadarko Basins for Getty Oil in Midland and Oklahoma City. In 1978 Cornish started with Texas Oil and Gas in Oklahoma City and was transferred to Corpus Christi as a District Geologist. After TXO was sold in 1990, he worked for Suemaur Exploration, Inc. and Yuma Exploration. Since 2003 Cornish has generated prospects for various industry partners under his company name of Imagine Resources, LLC. He is the author of popular articles published in Texas Highways and Texas Parks and Wildlife, as well as numerous technical articles in geological journals. Cornish is a Distinguished Member of the Corpus Christi Geological Society. He received the GCAGS Distinguished Service award in 2007 and is a member of AAPG, SEG, SIPES, CCGS, CBGS, HGS, and San Antonio Geological Society.

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William VanDeVoorde

* Consulting Senior Geophysicist

VanDeVoorde received his BS in Geology in 1979 from Western Illinois University. Prior to joining Suemaur Exploration & Production, LLC in July 2015, he was employed with Stone Energy in Houston, Texas from 2012-2015. He was also employed by Nexen Energy from 1994-2012 and Oryx Energy/Sun from 1989-1994, both in Dallas, Texas and Getty Oil in Houston, Texas, working exploration and production in the Gulf of Mexico, Shelf and Deepwater, Gulf coast Texas and Louisiana.

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Accounting

Lucie M. Harris, CPA

* Controller

Harris joined Suemaur Exploration & Production, LLC in July 2011. Prior to joining Suemaur, she was employed in the oil and gas industry in South Texas for over twenty years in various capacities. Her experience includes serving as Controller for Hawthorn Energy, Brayton Operating Corp. and Manti Production. Harris received her BBA from Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi in 1993 and CPA certificate in 1994.

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A.J. Molnar

* Bookkeeper/Production Analyst

Molnar joined Suemaur Exploration & Production, LLC in June 2002. Prior to joining Suemaur, he held the position of Chief Accountant with B.D. Production Company/Durst Oil Company from 1997 to 2002 and Qaulitest, Inc. from 1997 to 2002. Molnar holds a BBA in Accounting from Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi and an AA in Business from Del Mar College.

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Support

Laura A. Hunter

* CAD Manager & Systems Administrator

Hunter joined Suemaur Exploration & Production, LLC in January 1990 as a Geotech. Prior to joining Suemaur Exploration & Production, LLC Hunter was Executive Secretary to Robert W. Maxwell, Jr. in the Exploration Department of Harkins & Company from July 1987 through December 1989. Hunter also worked in the Land Department at Harkins & Company for two years.

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Amy L. Cheatham

* Senior CAD Analyst

Cheatham joined Suemaur Exploration & Production, LLC in October 1995 as Land Secretary and was promoted to Geotech in May 1999. She was previously employed by Houston Pipe Line Company from 1990 through 1995 where she served as a Plant Clerk for three years and a Financial Operations Clerk for two years. Prior to employment with Houston Pipeline Company, Cheatham was employed by the Texas DPS.

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Pamela F. Russell

* Lease Records Supervisor

Russell joined Suemaur Exploration & Production, LLC in December 1991. Russell was with TXO Production Corp. from 1974 through October 1990, where she served as Engineering Secretary for five years, Land Secretary for one year, and Lease Administrator for ten years.

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Michelle Brown

* Land Assistant/Division Order Analyst

Brown joined Suemaur Exploration & Production, LLC in May 1999. Prior to joining Suemaur, she was employed as a Land Secretary at Pioneer Natural Resources. She also worked for Camp Executive Secretarial Services from 1990 – 1997, as an Executive Secretary before being promoted to Office Manager.

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Angela Waggoner

* Lease Records Clerk

Waggoner joined Suemaur Exploration & Production, LLC in December 2001. Prior to joining Suemaur, Waggoner worked for ZSL, Inc. in Zapata, Texas for eight years as Accounts Receivable Manager. After relocating to Corpus Christi in August 2001 she worked for Moffitt & Associates.

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