Chairman of the Board
Julio Quintana served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Tesco Corporation (NASDAQ: TESO), from 2005 until his retirement in January 2015 and was a member of the Tesco board from September 2004 to May 2015. Prior to the appointment as President and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Quintana served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Tesco beginning in September 2004. Prior to his tenure at Tesco, Mr. Quintana worked for Schlumberger Corporation as Vice President of Integrated Project Management and Vice President of Marketing for The Americas from November 1999 to September 2004. Prior to Schlumberger, Mr. Quintana worked from June 1980 to November 1999 for Unocal Corporation, an integrated E&P company. Mr. Quintana held various operational and managerial roles in production, drilling and asset management. His last roles at Unocal were Asset Manager for the Mid Continent Region and Asset Manager for Deepwater Gulf of Mexico. Mr. Quintana brings 36 years of experience in various aspects of the oil and gas exploration and production industry, including strong experience in upstream operations, a deep understanding of drilling and asset management technologies, broad human resources management skills and experience. Mr. Quintana has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Southern California. He is a member of the board of Directors of SM Energy (NYSE: SM) since July 2006 and a member of the board of Newmont Mining (NYSE: NEM) since October 2015. Mr. Quintana has also been a board member of Pipeline Pressure Isolation LLC, a private company, since April 2016.
Keith L. Schilling
President, Chief Executive Officer and Director
Mr. Schilling has 25 years of related industry experience and was named our President, Chief Executive Officer and Director in December 2019. Prior to joining the Company, Keith was employed by Baker Hughes Company, where he served as President of Baker Hughes Canada since November 2018 and as Director, Sales and Commercial from July 2017 until November 2018. From October 2016 until June 2017, he served as President - Surface for the North America Region. Prior to his work for Baker Hughes Company and its affiliates, Mr. Schilling served as Senior Vice President for TETRA Technologies, Inc. from December 2014 until October 2016. From 1995 to 2014, Mr. Schilling was employed by Schlumberger Limited in numerous capacities. Mr. Schilling received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1995 and an M.B.A. from Rotterdam University in 2008.
Lawrence "Larry" First
Mr. Lawrence First currently serves as the Chief Investment Officer and Managing Director of Ascribe Capital LLC (“Ascribe”). Mr. First joined Ascribe in 2008. Prior to joining Ascribe, Mr. First was a Managing Director and Co-Portfolio Manager in Merrill Lynch’s Principal Credit Group, a proprietary investing platform for the firm’s capital, where he was responsible for evaluating and managing assets in the team’s North American portfolio, including non-investment grade bank loans, stressed/distressed fixed income investments and public and private equity. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch in 2003, Mr. First was a senior partner in the Bankruptcy and Restructuring department of the law firm of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, where he began his legal career in 1987. At Fried Frank, he represented both debtors and creditors in both in-court and out-of-court restructurings as well as lenders to, investors in, and potential buyers and sellers of, financially troubled companies. Prior to his joining Fried Frank’s Bankruptcy and Restructuring department, he was a member of its Corporate Department, where he became a partner in 1994. On behalf of Ascribe Capital LLC, Mr. First has been a member of the boards of directors of Nuverra Environmental Solutions Inc. since May 2018, Forbes Energy Services Ltd. since April 2017, Engineering Solutions & Products, LLC since November 2013, and Big Run, Inc. since March 2018. He was a director on the board of Geokinetics Inc. from 2013 to 2018, Alion Science and Technology Corp. from August 2014 to August 2015, and EnviroSolutions Inc. from July 2010 to March 2018. Mr. First received a Bachelor of Arts in History and Sociology from Haverford College, and a Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law. He also attended the London School of Economics. Mr. First’s background in the financial and legal industries provides valuable expertise to the Board.
John Jackson has served as Chief Executive Officer of Spartan Energy Partners since March 2010. Prior to that, from January 2008 through October 2009, Mr. Jackson was the Chairman and CEO of Price Gregory Services, Inc., a leading energy infrastructure services provider specializing in pipeline construction. Prior to Price Gregory, from October 2004 to August 2007, Mr. Jackson served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Hanover Compressor, and from January 2002 to September 2004 as Hanover’s Chief Financial Officer. Prior to that, Mr. Jackson held several positions at Duke Energy Field Services, including Chief Financial Officer, and he also held various positions at Union Pacific Resources. Mr. Jackson currently sits on the board of directors of Seitel, Inc., Main Street Capital Corp. and Cone Midstream, in addition to his role with non-profits boards. He has previously served on the board of directors of Select Energy Services (2012 to 2015), RSH Energy (2013 to 2014), Encore Energy Partners (2009 to 2011) and Exterran Holdings, Inc. (2007 to 2009). John earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from Baylor University.
Mr. Derek Jeong currently serves as a Principal at Ascribe. Derek joined Ascribe Capital in 2014. Previously, he was with J.P. Morgan as an analyst in the Leveraged Finance group. Derek received a BS in Finance and Strategy from Cornell University’s Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management.
James D. Kern
James D. Kern has served as Managing Partner of Majestic Ventures 1 LLC, a consulting and investment partnership focused on early-stage growth companies since May 2014. In addition, Mr. Kern has served on the board of directors of PlaySight Interactive Ltd., a designer of consumer sports analytics systems, since May 2014. From 2010 to mid-2014, Mr. Kern was a Managing Director at Nomura Securities, serving as Head of Global Finance FIG and Specialty Finance Investment Banking for the Americas. He previously served as a Managing Director at J.P. Morgan Securities within the FIG practice focused on Asset Management and Specialty Finance clients and, from 1994-2008, was a Senior Managing Director at Bear Stearns where he held several positions including Head of Strategic Finance-FIG, Head of Corporate Derivatives and was a founding member of the firm’s Structured Equity Products group. Mr. Kern has a Bachelor of Science degree from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California.
Mr. Ross Solomon currently serves as a Managing Director at Ascribe. Ross joined Ascribe in 2012. Previously, he was with Evercore Partners as an analyst in the Restructuring and Debt Capital Markets Group. Ross was a Director of Geokinetics Inc. from 2016 to 2018. Ross received a BS in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.