Bob Boswell is an experienced oil and gas corporate executive with a strong track record of managing and growing both public and private exploration and production companies. Under Bob’s leadership, Laramie I raised over $200 million from its private equity investors in May 2004 which it invested, together with a conservative level of bank debt, in a major field development in the southern end of the Piceance Basin. Three years later, in May 2007, Bob and his team sold this project to Plains Exploration and Production for over $1 billion. By June 2007, Bob had reassembled the core team into Laramie Energy, raised over $300 million from its repeat investors, and acquired a new set of underdeveloped assets in Garfield County, Colorado.
Prior to co-founding Laramie I in early 2004, Bob was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Forest Oil Corporation, a large independent oil and gas exploration and production company headquartered in Denver, Colorado. He joined Forest Oil’s Board of Directors in 1987 and in 1989 was recruited to be its Chief Financial Officer. Bob became President of Forest Oil in 1993 and its Chief Executive Officer in 1995.
Prior to his fourteen years with Forest Oil, Bob spent most of his career with Adams Affiliates, a Tulsa-based conglomerate owned by the family of the former Phillips Petroleum Chief Executive Officer, “Boots” Adams. Adams Affiliates’ investments spanned oil and gas E&P, oil field services, real estate, and ranching. Bob was initially the company’s Chief Financial Officer and subsequently its Chief Operating Officer and President.
Bob obtained a M.B.A. degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering, Magna Cum Laude, from Vanderbilt University. He is currently a member of the Western Energy Alliance, Colorado Oil & Gas Association, Independent Petroleum Association of America, and the All American Wildcatters. Bob is a former trustee of the Gas Technology Institute. Bob is currently a Director of Enerflex, the second largest worldwide manufacturer of gas compression and processing equipment, and a Director of Cabot Oil and Gas Corporation, one of North America’s most successful large independents.
Bruce’s responsibilities at Laramie Energy include supervision of the Company’s acquisition and land administration activities, gas marketing, accounting, treasury, insurance, financial, HR, and legal matters. He was a co-founder of Laramie I and served as its Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer.
Bruce had over twenty years of transactional experience financing and advising oil and gas exploration and production companies, both internationally and domestically, before joining the industry. Prior to Laramie I, he was Director of Corporate Development of Forest Oil Corporation in Denver where he managed the Company’s corporate acquisition activities. Until mid-2000, Bruce was a Managing Director with the Chase Manhattan Bank in London (predecessor to J.P. Morgan Chase) specializing in international oil and gas project finance. From 1989 to 1994, Bruce was a Senior Manager with Arthur Andersen’s Corporate Finance Advisory group, first in Dallas then followed by multi-year assignments in London and Moscow. Bruce began his career in 1982 as an oil and gas banker in Denver, subsequently becoming a Vice President with First Republic Bank in Dallas (predecessor to Bank of America).
Bruce graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with an M.B.A. in Finance, a B.A. in Geology and a B.B.A. in Petroleum Land Management. He attained his C.P.A. certification in 1989.
Bob Hea is responsible for all of Laramie Energy’s field development including Engineering and G&G activities as well as drilling, completion, and production operations. He has over 30 years of oil and gas experience in both onshore and offshore environments.
Prior to joining Laramie Energy, Bob was the Offshore Asset Manager for Forest Oil Corporation. Before joining Forest, Bob was a Senior Operations/Analytical Engineer at Vastar Resources, a spin-off of ARCO Oil and Gas. Bob began his career with ARCO where he held various assignments as a Reservoir Engineer, Production Engineer, Facilities Engineer, and Business Analyst.
Bob received a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Missouri at Rolla and a MBA from Colorado State University. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.
Jim manages Laramie’s land department personnel as well as the Company’s asset acquisitions and divestitures, joint ventures, and farm-out transactions. In addition, Jim manages Laramie’s relationships with its working interest partners and supervises our land records and division order administration functions.
Prior to joining Laramie in early 2014, Jim was Fidelity Exploration & Production Company’s Vice President of Land and Manager of Business Development. Previously, Jim had been with McElvain Oil & Gas Properties, Inc. and Tom Brown, Inc. He began his career in petroleum land management in 1980 and has managed all facets of land management, business development, acquisitions and divestitures throughout the Rocky Mountain States.
Jim graduated from the University of Colorado in 1979 with a B.S. in Business Administration. He is a Certified Professional Landman and is a member of the American Association of Professional Landmen and the Denver Association of Professional Landmen.
Ben manages Laramie’s accounting department which is responsible for all financial reporting, JIB, royalty accounting, production accounting, federal, state and local taxes, day-to-day treasury functions, audit compliance and other accounting and financial activities. In addition, Ben is in charge of Laramie’s IT department that handles all aspects of the oil and gas IT environment from field based SCADA systems through back office solutions, infrastructure implementation and maintenance, IT controls, IT security, telecommunications, help desk policies and performance and all other IT activities.
Ben joined Laramie in 2012 as its Assistant Controller. Prior to joining Laramie, Ben was the Accounting Manager for Sunshine Silver Mines and all of its foreign operations. Ben began his career in public accounting with EKS&H performing audits and providing consulting services to natural resource companies.
Ben graduated from Colorado State University in 2006 with a B.S. in Business Administration. He is licensed in the State of Colorado as a Certified Public Accountant.