Executive Team & Board of Directors
John D. Hofmeister
Director and Chairman of the Board
Serves as a Director of U.S.A Operations of Royal Dutch Shell. Founded Affordable Energy, Inc. Served as Chairman of U.S.A. Operations of Royal Dutch Shell since March 2005. Served as President of Shell Oil Company from March 1, 2005 to June 2008 and also served as its U.S. Country Chair. Served as Director of Human Resources of The Royal Dutch/Shell Group. Held executive leadership positions in General Electric, Nortel and AlliedSignal (now Honeywell International).
Christopher H. Hopkins
Founder, President & CEO of Canshale Corporation, developing oil shale in Saskatchewan. Founder, Former President & CEO, current director of Oilsands Quest. Founder, former director & EVP Business Development of Synenco Energy, a junior oil sands company subsequently sold to Total.
Former Chairman, President, CEO & COO of Continental Airlines. Rescued financially troubled carrier from seemingly irreversible tailspin, as chronicled in his best-selling business novel From Worst to First, making him a legend in commercial aviation. Fortune magazine named Continental among 100 Best Companies to Work For in US for 6 consecutive years; Fortune also ranked Continental No.1 Most Admired Global Airline.
J.W. (Bill) Rhea, IV
Former President, CEO & Director Gulf Energy Exploration Corporation. Former President, COO & Director Trinity Plumas Capital Corporation. Former President, CEO & Director BF Production Inc. 35+ years upstream oil and gas petroleum engineering and exploration experience on five continents, onshore and offshore, including 10 years in non-conventional plays.
Over past 30 years has engaged in the practice of tax, securities and commercial law as an attorney, and as a private investor has participated in various business opportunities. He has represented U.S. registered broker dealers, venture capital investors, public reporting companies, issuers in private and IPO transaction, capital pool sponsors, private and public companies in acquisition transactions, and foreign broker-dealers engaged in cross-border business. Has participated in the development of a number of capital pool projects and has worked extensively in offshore financial markets. Mr. Strawn graduated from Portland State University, summa cum laude, with a Degree in Finance and from the University of Arizona-Arizona School of Law, with honors, with a Juris Doctorate Degree.
Founder, former CEO (2003 to 2006) & Director Madagascar Oil Ltd. Founder & CEO Avana Petroleum, active in Madagascar and in wider region. Founder, Director & former Chairman Red Island Minerals, developing coal in SW Madagascar.
W. Scott Thompson
Founder & Director Canshale Corporation. Former Director & Chairman of Resource and Reserves Committee (2006-10) Oilsands Quest. 30+ years experience in organizing and financing E&P companies, last 10 focusing on non-conventional plays.