Our Team

President
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P (918) 270-9927 | chris@exponent-energy.com

1560 East 21st Street, Suite 215, Tulsa OK 74114

 

Chris has been working in oil and gas as a petroleum engineer for over a decade. During that time, he has drilled and operated over 1,500 wells for private and private equity backed entities such as BlueStone Natural Resources and BRG Energy, as well as several public energy companies including GMX Resources and Chesapeake Energy. Throughout his career, he has been involved in the acquisition of over $200 million of assets and completed more than $150 million of divestitures. He earned degrees in both Petroleum Engineering and Business from the University of Tulsa.

Vice President of Accounting
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P (310) 553-5711 | bkim@standard-companies.com

1901 Avenue of the Stars, Suite 395, Los Angeles, CA 90067

 

Brian Kim is Vice President of Accounting for Exponent Energy. He also holds that title for Standard Companies and has over 15 years of experience in general accounting, audits, and taxes. A Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Mr. Kim previously led his own accounting consulting practice. Previously, Mr. Kim worked for private accounting firms, managing the audit and tax practice, as well as focusing on the insurance and solar industries. Mr. Kim earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles.

General Counsel
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P (949) 301-9383 | bmartinson@standard-companies.com

1901 Avenue of the Stars, Suite 395, Los Angeles CA 90067

 

Brad Martinson serves as General Counsel of Exponent Energy. He also holds the roles of General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer of Standard Companies. Mr. Martinson is a former partner at Rutan & Tucker, LLP, a law firm based in Orange County, California. Prior to joining Rutan & Tucker, LLP, Mr. Martinson was an associate in the Chicago office of Sidley Austin LLP.  Mr. Martinson received Bachelor’s degrees in Finance and Spanish from Arizona State University, and his Juris Doctor from The University of Chicago Law School.

Accountant
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P (918) 270-9927 | lrost@exponent-energy.com

1560 East 21st Street, Suite 215, Tulsa OK 74114

 

Lauren graduated from Rogers State University in 2010 with a degree in accounting. With 11 years of accounts payable experience, she began her oil and gas career with Petrohawk in Tulsa before working in the financial analysis group at Samson Energy.

Accounting & Marketing Manager
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P (918) 270-9927 | dwestphal@exponent-energy.com

1560 East 21st Street, Suite 215, Tulsa OK 74114

 

Don Westphal has worked in the oil and gas industry for 39 years, with operating experience ranging from production to pipeline management. A past President of COPAS Colorado and Revenue Committee Chairman, he has worked for industry-leading companies including General Electric (Dekalb Energy) KN Energy, Kinder Morgan and ONEOK over the course of his career. Don is an active member of the Tulsa Chapter of COPAS and has a range of expertise in Midstream Gathering and Processing, Oil and Gas Marketing, Upstream and Downstream Accounting and Commercial development. Geographic areas of focus include Kansas, Colorado, Texas and Oklahoma. Don is a graduate of the University of Colorado, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting.

Field Superintendent
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P (918) 270-9927 | danny@exponent-energy.com

PO Box 219, Wilson, OK 73463

 

Danny has worked in various aspects of production and completions operations since 1981, with extensive experience focusing on waterflood operations in the Mid-Continent. Prior to joining Exponent Energy, Danny was a Field Foreman for Mid-Con Energy in Southern Oklahoma. His previous roles include time with Mobil, Amoco, and Noble. Danny earned a degree in Industrial Safety from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in 1980.

Exploration Manager
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P (918) 270-9927 | azz@exponent-energy.com

1560 East 21st Street, Suite 215, Tulsa OK 74114

 

A petroleum geoscientist with over 30 years of experience, Azzeldeen earned tenure with the University of Oklahoma's Energy Center and has worked for several respected E&P companies, including Fusion Petroleum, Newfield Exploration, Apache, SM Energy and Palmer Petroleum. His knowledge in geological, petrophysical, and seismic data interpretation and integration has allowed him to successfully serve in several different geological roles. Azzeldeen has experience generating and evaluating prospects in conventional and unconventional resource plays, field development, and A&D. Azzeldeen holds a Ph. D. degree in sequence stratigraphy and Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in geology and from the University of Oklahoma.

Business Manager
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P (918) 270-9927 | brooke@exponent-energy.com

1560 East 21st Street, Suite 215, Tulsa OK 74114

 

Brooke graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism before going on to earn her MBA from Oklahoma State University. Prior to joining Exponent Energy, Brooke worked as an engineering and geology technician for Primary Natural Resources III and IV, where she also assisted in A&D work. Her previous experience includes time at Meagher Energy Advisors.

Vice President - Land
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P (918) 270-9927 | dwilliams@exponent-energy.com

1560 East 21st Street, Suite 215, Tulsa OK 74114

 

Beginning his career as an independent field landman in Kansas and Oklahoma, Don has been working in the oil and gas industry for over 15 years. He spent the last nine years working in-house as a senior landman on assets in the mid-continent region for CEP Mid-Continent and Sanchez Oil & Gas Corporation. Don is a CPL and active member of the AAPL and TAPL. He holds a Bachelor degree in history from the University of Kansas.

Advisory Board

 

Jeffrey E. Jaegar

Co-Founder and Principal

P (310) 553-5711 | jjaeger@standard-companies.com

1901 Avenue of the Stars, Suite 395, Los Angeles CA 90067

 

Jeff Jaeger is a co-founder and principal of Standard Companies, which, through its subsidiaries, invests and operates in several sectors, including real estate, distressed assets, and the energy sector. Jeff advises on all aspects of corporate and growth strategy, investments, asset management, financial structuring, and construction for Standard Companies and its subsidiaries, which include Exponent Energy. Under his oversight, Standard has deployed over $1.4 billion of capital since its founding in 2008. Jeff received his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley.

P (212) 249-2134 | salter@standard-companies.com

126 East 56th Street, Suite 1910, New York, NY 10022

 

Scott Alter is a co-founder and principal of Standard Companies, which, through its subsidiaries, invests and operates in several sectors, including real estate, distressed assets, and the energy sector. Scott advises on all aspects of corporate and growth strategy, investments, asset management, financial structuring, and construction for Standard Companies and its subsidiaries, which include Exponent Energy. Under his oversight, Standard has deployed over $1.4 billion of capital since its founding in 2008. Scott received his B.S. from Cornell University.

P (918) 270-9927 | chris@exponent-energy.com

1560 East 21st Street, Suite 215, Tulsa OK 74114

 

Chris has been working in oil and gas as a petroleum engineer for over a decade. During that time, he has drilled and operated over 1,500 wells for private and private equity backed entities such as BlueStone Natural Resources and BRG Energy, as well as several public energy companies including GMX Resources and Chesapeake Energy. Throughout his career, he has been involved in the acquisition of over $200 million of assets and completed more than $150 million of divestitures. He earned degrees in both Petroleum Engineering and Business from the University of Tulsa.

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Dylan Bird has worked in venture capital and for venture backed companies over the past 10 years, based in Silicon Valley. His most recent start-up was GenturaDx, a biotechnology company which was acquired by Luminex Corporation (NYSE: LMNX). Dylan has also served on the Board of Directors for two family-owned companies in the energy sector, one of which (Hanley & Bird) was acquired for $300M+ in 2012. He received a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and a Bachelor of Arts in French Literature from Emory University.