Hershal Ferguson has over 40 years of experience in various technical and executive positions in the oil and gas industry.
Mr. Ferguson is a petroleum geologist and geophysicist with degrees in Geological Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and a MSc from Louisiana State University. He has served in various technical capacities involving marine oil and gas exploration and production for Chevron and Cabot Corporation. He became an independent oil and gas operator in 1973 and later founded a public company, First Matagorda Corporation, serving as President and CEO. Following the sale of First Matagorda to Sunshine Mining Company, he served as VP Exploration for Sunshine before returning to independent oil and gas operations in 1990.
Paul Ching has over 43 years in the E&P Oil & Gas sector including 34 years with Royal Dutch Shell plc.
Mr. Ching has expertise in the Exploration and Production business at the board and executive level in public and private companies with responsibilities in technical, operational, R&D, and financial functions and a track record delivering promised bottom-line results and a leadership style that builds strong, motivated teams. He has had two years Chairman and a year and a half as Chief Executive Officer of a small US-based Independent E&P, two years as Chief Operations Officer for another domestic Independent E&P entity, three to five years in Board positions in technology start-up companies & a public oil sands company and an Advisory Board member of a private equity group focusing on technology. He has a BA in Mathematics, Northern State College (South Dakota) and a MSC in Geological Engineering, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology. Paul has received the Distinguished Alumnae honor from both institutions.