President of Energy Division
With over 30 years of oil and gas operating experience, Donald (Don) has a solid track record of building and managing teams across diverse disciplines to achieve positive business results. Don is a US Army veteran (1st Lieutenant ret.) with an MBA from Rice University’s prestigious Jones School of Business and a Chemical Engineering degree from Oklahoma State University. He possesses a solid working knowledge of unconventional and conventional onshore operations from technical, commercial, operational, financial and land / legal viewpoints, along with a track record of consistently increasing Net Asset Valuation (NAV) throughout his career.
Don managed major acquisitions and divestiture efforts in unconventional (shale) and conventional reservoirs across both North and South America. He has held positions as Vice President, Global Engineering Manager, Director, Asset Manager and Technical Lead with Chesapeake, ConocoPhillips, SK, and most recently, as Chief Operating Officer at Trinity River Energy a KKR and Riverstone investment. In his role as Global Engineering Manager for SK, he was over the exploration of 5 blocks in Colombia and inside Chesapeake he developed their strategy for entering Colombia. He is and has always been a leader, advocate and instructor in an array of EHS and Safety initiatives.
Don’s experience also includes both on and offshore drilling, completions, and production operations throughout the value chain which encompasses exploration, appraisal, development, harvest, and abandonment. With a focus on operational excellence, risk analysis regulatory, organizational behavior, P&L management and best in class knowledge, he brings a unique perspective to both buyers and sellers of assets in the oil and gas arena.
In addition, as a U.S. Track and Field Coach, he successfully coached 2 athletes in the in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. He’s credited with 4 US Champions, 3 World Championships Medalist, and a World Number 1 ranking. Additionally Don has managed business units up to 1-3 billion dollars NAV with Free Cash Flow up to ~1 billion year. The following are assets he managed up to billion NAV and 1 billion free cash flow:
1) ConocoPhillips South Texas Assets – 3 Years (started the Working Base Initiative inside of COP and made the South Texas Asset the lowest base decline BU in the company)
2) ConocoPhillips Eagle Ford Business Development 3 years (1 of 3 who developed the COP’s shrink to grow strategy and wrote the white paper for COP keeping the play)
3) Chesapeake Mississippi Lime – 1 year (lowest base decline “23” and highest IRR in the company and started the Lead the Working the Base Initiative inside Chesapeake)
4) Chesapeake Mid Con – 7 months (promoted the Meramec Stack and Oswego plays, and recommend shrinking the BU to manageable asset)
5) Trinity River Energy – 1.5 years Barnett Shale, Olmos, Hosston, Travis Peak, Queen City and Cotton Valley
Brandon L. Groover
President of Business Development
Brandon Groover started his career as an entrepreneur at the age of 21. In 2007 he launched Jacksonville International Trade Associates. Brandon was responsible for establishing a global supply chain. JITA had trading partners in the United States, China, Japan, Singapore, India, Canada, and Vietnam allowing its clients to reduce their cost while maximizing productivity. Brandon eventually sold his trade portfolio before moving into the Healthcare sector.
In 2013 at the age of 27 Brandon launched Elite Home Health, LLC., a full service Medicare Home Care Agency. Elite provides Nursing, Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy ,and Occupational Therapy. Under his leadership the company has grown to become one of the largest Home Care Agencies in North Florida. Brandon recently expanded the firm to the Orlando region.
In 2018 Brandon was appointed as the Florida State Director of an Opportunity Fund task force. While traveling across the country he made the commitment to promote the use of Opportunity Funds to revitalize distressed areas. As a result, Brandon decided to launch his own Opportunity Fund.
President of Logistics
Sidney Montfort is proud alumni of Indiana State University where he graduated with a B.S. in Business Management & Administration. He attended Indiana State University on a full athletic scholarship; where he served as the captain of the football team and mentor for over 100 student-athletes throughout his tenure. In 2005, he began his professional career within PepsiCo in the Frito Lay Inc. division as an Operations Manager. In fact, throughout Sidney’s 14 years of service he has held several key roles within the organization. In 2009, he took on the role as the East Division Potato Chip Processing Starfleet Captain where he was responsible for supporting over 12 manufacturing plants throughout Frito Lay North America. Sidney led Focused Improvement / LSS efforts and provide guidance to TPM managers and/or other pillar leaders focusing on process capability, throughput, loss and KPI improvements.
As the Senior Supply Chain Manager in 2014, Sidney managed all produced and non-produced product, source based fill rate, project planning, and regional days on hand for the state of Florida. His cross-functional knowledge and Sales partnership helped the southeast region achieve over $500 million of sales revenue in one year. In 2017, Sidney served a Sr. Transportation & Logistics Manager for the state of Florida. He was responsible for managing over 300 fleet assets and 100 employees in which he led to achieving the Award of Excellence with his team being recognized as the best transportation and fleet department in the company. Sidney also earned a Master’s in Business Administration from Columbia College in 2017.
Sidney is also a philanthropist whose primary goal is to empower communities and serve mankind. As the owner of Young Scholars Child Care, he has hosted several charitable events such as the Blanket of Love Giveaway, Back to School Giveaway, free weekend math tutoring for kids of all ages. Sidney provides $5,000 worth of scholarships each year to underprivileged students seeking to attend college or technical institutions.