ERIC SHAW - EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN
Ben has over 10 years of geoscience experience in a variety of basins in the continental US. He most recently was Senior Geologist for Juneau Energy, LLC, focusing on East Texas Buda Rose and Eagle Ford plays. Previously, he worked for Baytex Energy, USA, where he oversaw a development program of more than 100 Bakken/Three Forks wells in the Williston Basin. He also initiated a successful revitalization of a vertical Turner field into a successful horizontal development program in the Powder River Basin. Prior to joining Baytex Energy, he worked for Cabot Oil & Gas with a focus in the mid-continent.
Ben received a B.S. of Geology from California State University, Sacramento.
Laurie has over 25 years experience in the oil and gas industry, starting with Schlumberger. She worked for service companies PGS and Stratos before shifting to working directly with small to medium oil and gas operators. Laurie helped start up Teton Energy, then worked for Fidelity E&P. She left Fidelity to help start the Juneau team and followed them to Ascent.
Eric serves as Executive Chairman of Ascent Energy LLC. Eric is also Founder and Managing Partner of Polar Rock Energy, LLC, a Principal Investor in North American energy markets. Prior to Polar Rock, Eric founded and led the Principal Investments team at RWE Supply and Trading first in Geneva and later in NYC, where he was also CEO of RWE Trading Americas. He has 30+ years of broad experience in energy, with deep background in merchant energy markets and investing in energy assets across the spectrum, from traditional upstream to electricity and renewables worldwide.
Eric has an A.B. in Political Economy from Johns Hopkins University, and an MBA from Boston University.
REBECCA LAESSIG - ACCOUNTING MANAGER
John has over 16 years’ of experience in all phases of drilling, completing, and producing oil and gas wells. His experience includes 8 years as a Senior Production Engineer & Manager at Matador Resources overseeing operations in the Delaware Basin, Eagle Ford, and Haynesville shales, 4 years as a Business Development Manager and Completions Engineering Consultant with StrataGen Engineering performing detailed reservoir studies, recompletion campaigns in mature vertical assets, and full field hydraulic fracture design and on-site stimulation, and 4 years in the Gulf of Mexico and Permian Basin with Pathfinder Energy Services. John is a 21 year Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) member and has published multiple SPE papers on his findings. John holds a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from Marietta College where he played NCAA lacrosse and an M.S. in Petroleum Engineering from Texas Tech University.
Lee has over 11 years in the oil and gas industry, most recently with Juneau Energy, LLC, as Senior Landman with a focus in East Texas. Prior to Juneau, Lee worked in various land roles for Baytex Energy USA Ltd, maximizing Baytex’s 180,000 acre land position across multiple states. Lee started his career with Transcontinent Oil Company in 2006 as a field Landman leasing and running title across various states in the Rocky Mountains.
Lee was a member of the US Men’s National Team and represented the US in the 2010 and 2014 FIL World Lacrosse Championships and an 11 year Professional Lacrosse Player for the Denver Outlaws and Baltimore Bayhawks. Lee was an All-American Lacrosse player at the University of Maryland and earned a B.A. in History and earned a Master of Resources Law Studies from University of Denver Sturm College of Law. .
JOHN ROMANO- VP, PRODUCTION & FACILITIES
DEAN GIMBEL - SR. VP, OPERATIONS
LAURIE OTERO - EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT & OFFICE MANAGER
LEE ZINK - VP, LAND
RYAN PARSLEY - CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Ryan serves as Chief Executive Officer of Ascent Energy, LLC. Most recently, Ryan served as Vice President of Land for Juneau Energy, LLC, overseeing the land and legal department and assembling and managing 56,000 net acres in East Texas plays. Prior to Juneau, Ryan was an attorney in the energy group at Jackson Walker, LLP, in Houston, Texas, focusing on mergers and acquisitions of oil and gas assets and providing legal counsel on over $1 billion in oil and gas asset acquisitions and divestitures. Before practicing law, Ryan managed and developed assets across many US oil and gas plays as a senior member of a private-equity backed exploration and production company, which resulted in divestitures that generated high-equity multiples. Ryan also owned and operated an energy land-services company working in major oil and gas plays throughout the US.
Ryan played soccer at Texas Christian University, earned a B.A. from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and earned his J.D. cum laude, from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law.
BEN METZ - VP, EXPLORATION
Dean serves as Senior Vice President of Operations of Ascent Energy, LLC. Most recently Dean served as Completions Manager for Juneau Energy, LLC, Senior Completions Engineer for Fidelity E&P, and U.S. Manager for Apex Petroleum Engineering.
Dean's extensive work in the oilfield encompasses over 25 years of experience in completions and hydraulic fracturing where he has pioneered enhanced completions techniques throughout multiple basins in the United States.
Dean holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering from the University of Wyoming.
Ascent Energy, LLC, is a Denver-based oil and gas exploration and production company focused on unconventional development in the Delaware Basin.
Ascent Energy, LLC, is backed by RWE Supply & Trading and Stable Assets AE, LLC.