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.
At Laramie Energy, Ben’s responsibilities include oversight of accounting, finance and IT. Ben manages the accounting department which is responsible for all budgeting and planning review, financial reporting, JIB, royalty accounting, production accounting, federal, state and local taxes, treasury functions, audit compliance and other accounting and financial activities. In addition, Ben oversees 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 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.
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.
Chris is based out of our Grand Junction Field Office and manages all facets of our Piceance Field Operation inclusive of all field operations personnel, multiple operational areas with upwards of 1,600 wells and growing, the operation of over 400 miles of water and gas gathering pipelines, water handling and treatment facilities along with gas compression facilities having wells in excess of 50,000Hp of compression and electrical generation to deliver in excess of a quarter of a billion cubic feet of clean burning natural gas daily.
Chris has over 25 years of oil and gas experience primarily in the Piceance Basin, with experience in upstream, midstream and gas processing. Chris began his career in 1990 in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska with Halliburton Energy Services. In the mid 90’s he transferred back to Colorado where he worked for Wesfrac, Inc., Plains Exploration and Production, Chesapeake Midstream (Haynesville Shale) and Occidental Petroleum (OXY) where he has most recently worked many of the current Laramie assets since 2005.
Chris is well rooted in Western Colorado oil and gas being a 4th generation Western Colorado native. Chris studied Biology at the University of Alaska and Colorado Mesa University, graduating with a B.S in Biological Sciences. In addition to his current role with Laramie Energy, Chris is the current President of West Slope Colorado Oil and Gas Association (WSCOGA) and has been an Executive Board member of the organization for the past 5 years. Through his role in WSCOGA, Chris also maintains a position on the Board of the Colorado Oil and Gas Association.
Bruce’s responsibilities at Laramie Energy include assistance with acquisitions, divestitures, financing, joint ventures, and legal matters. He was co-founder of the Company and previously served as its 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.