Our People

We believe that innovation and progressiveness is what drives success. Our exceptional team of individuals make our organization stand out above the rest. We are creative, divergent thinkers who are led by experienced, knowledgable advisors. Our team creates a rewarding workplace culture which encourages growth and development, while investing in the communities where we live and operate.

Luke Essman

Luke Essman

President & Chief Executive Officer
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Jamie McCoy

Jamie McCoy

Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
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Jenni Kessler

Jenni Kessler

Vice President – Geology
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Dan Jacobs

Dan Jacobs

Vice President – Engineering
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Stephen McNamara

Stephen McNamara

Vice President – Land
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Gianni Giannandrea

Gianni Giannandrea

Drilling and Completions Manager
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Brenda K. Lindsey

Brenda K. Lindsey

Controller
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Stacy Harris

Stacy Harris

Land Administrator
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Nedra Mann

Nedra Mann

Executive Assistant and Office Manager
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Casey Wrenn

Casey Wrenn

Senior Land Technician
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Andrea Daniel

Andrea Daniel

Accountant and HR Administrator
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Directors & Advisors

The leadership at Canyon Creek Energy starts with experience. Our cutting-edge management team prides themselves on being divergent and innovative thinkers. Our successful history and exceptional influencers continue to pave the way towards a bright and growing future in the Mid-Continent region.

Vortus Investment Advisors

Vortus Investment Advisors

Director

Vortus Investment Advisors joined Canyon Creek Energy’s Board of Directors in February 2017. Vortus is a Fort Worth-based private equity firm focused on the lower to middle market upstream energy industry in North America. Vortus has an asset-based investment strategy, targeting privately negotiated transactions in the lower to middle market requiring approximately $50 million to $75 million of equity capital in partnership with successful owner/operators.

Paul C. Shiverick

Director

Mr. Shiverick joined Canyon Creek Energy’s Board of Directors in June 2016 and acts as an advisor to the Company’s management. Mr. Shiverick is a co-founder of Seminole Management Company a New York based hedge fund, co-chairman of the Cancer Research Institute, Inc. and serves on the boards of the Hawken School in Northeast Ohio, the United States Wrestling Foundation and the Clark Foundation. 

Seminole Capital Management is a multi-billion dollar hedge fund founded in 1995 to focus on long/short public equity positions. Prior to co-founding the Seminole Management Company, Shiverick was a partner at SRG Associates and started his career at Oppenheimer & Company as an equity analyst. Mr. Shiverick graduated with a degree in geology from Northwestern University in 1975 and received an M.B.A. from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

Jeff Harvard

Director

Mr. Harvard joined Canyon Creek Energy’s Board of Directors in February 2017. Mr. Harvard is the President and Managing Member of Harvard Petroleum Company, LLC (“HPC”), based in Roswell, NM. HPC was formed in 1970 by his father, H. Lee Harvard, and has managed properties across the continental United States and Canada. HPC’s current areas of activity include New Mexico, Texas and Oklahoma. 

Prior to working for HPC, Mr. Harvard gained more than 25 years of experience in the oil and gas industry with Steven Operating, Read and Stevens and other companies. Mr. Harvard is a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America (“RPSEA”) an industry organization conducting research and development work for domestic unconventional onshore hydrocarbon resource, small producers and ultra-deepwater projects. Mr. Harvard holds a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

Morgan Creek Capital Management

Morgan Creek Capital Management

Director

Morgan Creek Capital Management joined Canyon Creek Energy’s Board of Directors in June 2016. Morgan Creek is a SEC-registered investment adviser providing investment management services to institutions and wealthy families. Morgan Creek was formed by Mark W. Yusko, former Chief Investment Officer of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (“UNC”) Endowment.

Larry G. Akers

Senior Advisor

Mr. Akers joined Canyon Creek Energy in August 2013 as an investor and an advisor of the organization. Previously Mr. Akers served as Chairman, President & CEO of ESCO Energy, Inc. Under his direction, ESCO developed into a diversified energy company with annual revenues exceeding $100 million and was selected by Inc. magazine as one of the fastest growing private companies in the United States. 

Mr. Akers has consulted for and represented ONEOK, Carl Icahn, George Kaiser, 3Tech Corp and K. Stewart during various mergers and acquisitions. Additional consulting relationships of Mr. Akers have included a NYSE gas distributing company, an international exploration company and multi-million dollar privately held oil and gas companies.

Mr. Akers was a former director of Performance Energy Resources, Harken Energy Corp., ESCO Energy, Inc and Tank Services, Inc. Mr. Akers is a registered professional engineer in the states of Missouri and Oklahoma.

A company committed

Canyon Creek Energy is an innovative company committed to responsible land management and drilling operations. We value our partners and work every day with the communities where we operate. Whether you’re a partner, neighbor or just interested in learning more, please reach out to say hello.

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