Alex Yancey – vice president, engineering

Dean Gimbel – Vice President, Completions

Matt Ward - Chief Operating Officer

Dean’s extensive work in the oilfield encompasses over 22 years of experience in completions and hydraulic fracturing. Dean most recently worked as Completions Manager for Juneau Energy, LLC, overseeing completions and workovers in the East Texas Eagle Ford and Buda Rose plays.  Prior to Juneau, Dean oversaw all completions in exploration plays for Fidelity E&P and was U.S. Manager for Apex Petroleum Engineering.

Dean holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wyoming.


Lee Zink – Vice president, Land

Matt has over 19 years of oilfield experience. Most recently, Matt worked at Juneau Energy, LLC, as the Vice President of Exploration where he targeted and assembled 56,000 net acres in the Eagle Ford and Buda Rose plays of East Texas.  Prior to this position, Matt held senior exploration and evaluation positions with Fidelity Exploration and Production, Cabot Oil and Gas, and Western Gas Resources. 

Matt received his B.S. of Geological Studies from Virginia Tech.

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Ryan ParslEY - Chief Executive Officer

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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.


Alex has more than 15 years of petroleum engineering experience working conventional and unconventional assets in the US and internationally. Most recently, Alex was the Engineering Manager at Palomar Natural Resources, where he worked assets in the San Juan Basin and Poland. Prior to that he was the Production Engineering Team Lead for Santos in Australia’s Cooper Basin. He has held various reservoir and production engineering roles for Encana in the DJ Basin and New Ventures, Forest Oil in the Arkoma Basin, and BP working Alaska North Slope Prudhoe Bay operations. 

Alex holds a B.S. degree in Petroleum Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.  


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.


Gema Volek  – Drilling Manager


Ben Metz – Vice President, Exploration


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.