About The Clearinghouse

About The Clearinghouse
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The Oil & Gas Asset Clearinghouse is the only marketing services firm that offers a complete line of auction and negotiated transaction services; fully supported by Internet and digital data delivery systems. Our four primary transaction service lines are:

· Hybrid Live Auctions (simultaneous floor & Internet bidding) - The Clearinghouse has revolutionized the oil and gas auction divestiture business by combining the advantages of negotiated sales (quality evaluation data, data room support) with the advantages of an auction (maximum buyer exposure, competitive sale environment, immediate closing, no negotiation and quick settlement). Founded in 1993, The Clearinghouse continues to improve on its position as the industry leader by being the first and only marketing firm to host Hybrid Auctions which combine the ability to bid either over the Internet or in person at our live floor auctions. Internet bids are received on approximately 80% of the properties offered and are an important piece of our buyer base. All “Notable Properties” offered by The Clearinghouse are supported by comprehensive electronic and physical data rooms. Additionally, our Technical Services team will provide engineering, geology, commercial evaluation and packaging recommendations for all Notable Properties.

· Exclusively Online Auctions - The Clearinghouse also offers Exclusively Online auctions which are server based Internet sales. By combining The Clearinghouse’s considerable auction transaction experience with our technical development team, we have developed a powerful, state-of-the-art auction engine, run on our own servers, that has the scalability to handle high volumes of simultaneous bidding activity. Our Exclusively Online auction offers a fair, electronic process to all participants and gives every bidder a reasonable opportunity to be the successful buyer.

· Mid-Value Negotiated Transactions -The Mid-Value Negotiated sales process (“MVN”) provides a cost effective, hybrid marketing program for producing assets that fall between a typical auction property and a negotiated package. The ideal MVN property is geographically concentrated, has a market value of > $10 million, and significant value (>30%) in non-producing reserves. Distinguishing attributes of the MVN transaction process are: (1) both broad and targeted market exposure, (2) a flat retainer charge, (3) performance-based success fees, (4) short transaction cycle; and (5) the use of a confidentiality agreement (if warranted).

· Full Process Negotiated Transactions -The Clearinghouse has provided negotiated transaction services to the industry since June 1999 under both The Clearinghouse brand and Petroleum Place Energy Advisors. Our full negotiated transaction process is distinguished by unmatched technical review and understanding of the reserve and geological characteristics of the assets presented to the marketplace through credible and comprehensive data rooms. Our attention to detail and focus on continuous communication with both the Seller client and prospective bidders has distinguished this process for years. This full process is generally used for the more technically complex, geographically concentrated assets, or corporate transactions, and feature: (1) both, broad market exposure and targeted marketing, (2) a reimbursement of actual technical fees, (3) performance-based success fees, (4) 3-6 month transaction cycle; and (5) the use of a confidentiality agreement if desired.

· Electronic Data Rooms: - In addition to our physical data rooms, The Clearinghouse is an industry leader in supplementing our marketing services with the ability to illuminate properties by electronic means via our website (www.ogclearinghouse.com) in an Electronic Data Room (EDR). Our goal is to make the business of discovering buy opportunities, as well as evaluating, transacting and processing A&D projects, as efficient and seamless as possible. Multi-layered CD-ROM and Internet data rooms offer the ability to conveniently showcase numerous properties’ characteristics. These include land, geologic, geophysical, cultural data, engineering and financial aspects of the properties. EDR’s can be viewed 24/7 by multiple viewers simultaneously.

· Data Room Explorer: - Data Room Explorer™ delivers auction related scanned images of evaluation data on CD-ROM or through the Internet. Data Room Explorer™ has full sort, seek and print capabilities through an extremely simple desktop interface. Our goal is to reduce the discovery time required to perform due diligence.

· Buyer Database: - The Clearinghouse’s buyer database contains “acquisition profiles” detailing geographic preferences, acquisition size, and asset preferences for a broad range of companies throughout North America. This database contains thousands of historical transactions and is a critical tool enabling The Clearinghouse to market on both a broad exposure and targeted basis. Our Selective Offering ™ sale brochures are mailed to over 16,500 qualified and sophisticated potential buyers.

The Clearinghouse Staff
Houston, Texas

President and Chief Executive Officer

Ken Olive founded "The Clearinghouse" in 1993 and serves as President and Chief Executive Officer. The Clearinghouse has established itself as the only transaction advisor in the world offering complete transaction advisory services in every venue - live and Internet auctions, mid-value negotiated sales and fully engineered negotiated transactions. Ken is a member of IPAA, AAPL, TIPRO, OIPA and HAPL. In 1997 he was selected as the Entrepreneur of the Year in the category of Energy and Energy Services by the Ernst and Young sponsored Entrepreneur of the Year program. He has also been named Outstanding Landman by HAPL and received the APEX award from AAPL for professional excellence and his entrepreneurial spirit. He received his BBA from Texas Tech University in 1974.

Executive Vice President - Operations & Business Development

Mr. Barnes joined The Clearinghouse in 1998 and is responsible for managing the company’s ongoing operations and business development/marketing efforts for all of The Clearinghouse’s business, including Negotiated Sales and Auctions. Prior to joining The Clearinghouse he spent twenty years with various Tenneco Oil and Tenneco Energy entities in various management positions, including land, contract negotiations, natural gas marketing, trading and transportation. Mr. Barnes is an SEC broker dealer registered representative holding Series 63 and 22 licensing. He is an active member of numerous industry organizations including the Independent Petroleum Association of America, various A&D groups, the American Association of Professional Landmen and other organizations involving land professionals. Mr. Barnes is currently serving on the Advisory Board for OU’s Energy Management Program and is a 1976 graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a BBA in Petroleum Land Management.

Vice President-Land

Mr. Gibbs began his career in 1974 working as a legal clerk/title examiner in South Texas. He received his BBA in Finance in 1978 from the University of Texas at Austin. He has over 30 years of land and managerial experience with a number of independent oil and gas companies. Mr. Gibbs is a Certified Professional Landman, a member of the American Association of Professional Landmen, and the Houston Association of Professional Landmen.

Office Manager

Ms. Radford has held varying positions of administrative responsibility since 1981 and was instrumental in the formation and development of THE CLEARINGHOUSE. Debbie is presently responsible for seller coordination, sale brochure production, data package production and distribution, administration, sale site coordination and settlements.

Vice President - Evaluations & Exploitation

John has more than thirty eight years of industry experience and special expertise in acquisitions and divestments. He joined The Clearinghouse in 2003 and has worked as both Reservoir Engineer and Project Manager. Prior to that, John served as Senior Engineering Manager with Madison Energy Advisors, where he was responsible for project reservoir engineering including oil and gas reserve estimation, economic evaluation and organization of support data. Areas of expertise and evaluation have included Texas, offshore Gulf of Mexico, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico, the Rockies, California and the Appalachian Basin. From 1992 to 1998, John served as Senior Petroleum Consultant for Wright & Company, Inc. where his responsibilities included oil and gas reserve determinations, economic analyses, prospect reviews, sensitivity studies, and acquisition studies. Previous employers included Transco Exploration Company as Senior Reservoir Engineer, Getty Oil Company as Reservoir Engineer, and Texaco Inc. as Engineer. John holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering and an MS in Mechanical Engineering, both from the Tennessee Technological University. He served in the U.S. Army from 1970 to 1972, receiving an honorable discharge in 1972.

Vice President - Evaluations & Exploitation

Mark Janik joined The Clearinghouse in October 2011 as a Senior Petroleum Engineer and was named Manager Evaluations and Exploitation in November 2012. Mark has thirty years of broad petroleum engineering experience in leadership and extensive technical expertise performing and leading technical teams in asset evaluations of exploration projects, acquisitions, drilling exploitation programs, risk profile management, reservoir and operational enhancement, SEC reserve reporting, strategic operational and business planning, budgeting and benchmarking. He has held staff level to officer level positions and has worked for an engineering consulting company, small private equity backed and large private oil and gas companies and public independents throughout his career. Geographic areas of conventional and unconventional experience include onshore and offshore Gulf Coast, Permian basin, Delaware basin, New Mexico, East Texas, North and South Louisiana, Mid-Continent, Anadarko basin, Texas panhandle, Green River basin, Niobrara, San Juan basin, Uinta basin, DJ basin, Arkoma basin (Fayetteville and Woodford), Michigan basin. Mark is a 1985 graduate from Texas A&M with a BS in Petroleum Engineering and is an active member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE).

Vice President - Negotiated Transactions

Mr. Talash joined The Oil & Gas Asset Clearinghouse in January 2006 via the merger with Tristone Capital. Since joining The Clearinghouse, he engineered and/or managed over 70 negotiated transactions exceeding $3 billion in sales. Mr. Talash has 14 years of diverse reservoir and production engineering experience, and 11 years of A&D experience resulting in a unique combination of advanced evaluation and commercial skill sets. Mr. Talash began his career with Mobil in 1991 and worked the Gulf Coast where he identified development opportunities and executed successful drilling and workover programs. He served as a Staff Reservoir Engineer and Team Leader for the South Texas and South Louisiana Business Units. Upon the merger of Mobil with Exxon in 1999, Mr. Talash became a Planning Engineer reporting to senior management and played a key role in strategic planning, resource allocation, and business analysis. In 2003, Mr. Talash worked as a New Business Development Engineer in the area of joint venture characterization and formulation for ExxonMobil’s domestic organization. In 2004, Mr. Talash then joined Tristone Capital as Vice President, Engineering A&D where he managed the technical development and various marketing aspects of divestiture offerings. Mr. Talash is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, IPAA and he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering, a Master of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering, and a MBA, all from Texas A&M University.

Vice President - Negotiated Transactions

Mr. DaPra joined The Oil & Gas Asset Clearinghouse in October 2010. He has more than thirty one years of diverse energy industry experience mainly with small independent exploration and production companies. Prior to joining The Oil & Gas Asset Clearinghouse, Patrick was the Manager of Business Development at ERG Resources, L.LC. Prior to joining ERG, Patrick was a Managing Director at Moyes & Co., Inc. Patrick was actively assisting clients in operating agreements, purchase and sale agreements, lease agreements and various contract interpretations. Prior to joining Moyes & Co., Inc, Pat was the Managing Director of Cambrian Capital Corporation where he was responsible for the development of oil and gas assets and monitoring loans for compliance. Pat worked for various independent oil and gas exploration and production companies in the accounting and finance areas. Pat holds a BBA Degree in Finance from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and the Texas Independent Producers & Royalty Owners Association (TIPRO).

Land Manager

Ms. Stevens received her BBA in Petroleum Land Management from the University of Texas in May 1985. She began her career as a Landman in October 1985, and has continued assembling thirty years of land and legal experience with emphasis on due diligence and title matters throughout the United States. Ms. Stevens is a member of the State Bar of Texas and Houston Association of Professional Landmen.

Vice President - Business Development

Mr. Dawson received his BS in Sociology from Oklahoma State University. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Marine Corps in 1971. He had over twelve years of successful sales and management experience prior to entering the oil and gas industry. His last twenty nine years of professional experience have been within the petroleum industry, twenty five of which involved the marketing of oil and gas divestitures. Mr. Dawson has been a SEC broker dealer registered representative holding Series 63 and 22 licensing since 1986. Mr. Dawson is an active member of the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association, The Wildcatters' Club of Oklahoma, Kansas Independent Oil & Gas Association, Oklahoma City Association of Petroleum Landmen and The Tulsa Association of Petroleum Landmen.

Vice President - Business Development

Mr. Klee graduated from the University of New Mexico and has more than 27 years of land and managerial experience. Prior to joining The Clearinghouse in 1993 he was Rocky Mountain/Mid-Continent Land Manager for Hondo Oil & Gas in Roswell, NM. He is an SEC broker/dealer registered representative holding Series 63 and 22 licensing. Mr. Klee is a member of the American Association of Petroleum Landmen, Denver Association of Petroleum Landmen, past President of the New Mexico Landmen’s Association, former board member if Independent Petroleum Association of Mountain States and currently serves on the Membership Committee of the California Independent Petroleum Association.

Business Development Manager - Dallas Region

Mr. Morris received his BA from the University of Texas Arlington and has more than twenty five years of business development experience. Prior to joining the Clearinghouse team he was Vice President of Acquisitions & Divestitures/Business Development at Noble Royalties in Dallas, TX. His responsibilities included management, sales, marketing and organizational strategy for the Acquisitions and Divestitures team. Prior to the energy industry he had 18 years of success in business development, marketing and management. Mr. Morris is a member of the Independent Petroleum Association of America and the Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners Association.

Vice President - Business Development

Mr. Townsend received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas and has thirty five years experience in the oil and gas industry. He has spent the last eighteen years in the areas of production optimization and formation evaluation throughout the Gulf Coast, West Texas, the Rockies and the West Coast. He is a SEC broker dealer registered representative holding Series 63 and 22 licensing. Mr. Townsend is an active member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

Business Development – Houston Region

Mrs. Arias has more than thirteen years of business development experience and has been involved in the evaluation of acquisitions and divestitures and the development of sales opportunities. She received her B.A. in Business Management and received a PLM Certification. Prior to The Clearinghouse her professional experience included property evaluation and project coordinating with Swift Energy Company and DDD Energy, Inc. She is a member of the American Association of Professional Landmen, Houston Producers Forum, North Houston Association of Professional Landmen and the Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners Association.

CPA Accounting Manager

Ms. Polito earned her BBA degree in Accounting from Texas A&M University, College Station in 1992. Ms. Polito is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Texas and a member of the Texas A&M Former Student Association.

The Oil & Gas Asset Clearinghouse II, LLC holds a Series 39 Broker-Dealer license and is registered in Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah and West Virginia.
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