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Thalken's Protégé Energy III Focuses On Point Pleasant

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By Susan Klann, Hart Energy
June 16, 2014

At Hart Energy’s recent Energy Capital Conference in Houston, exploration and production (E&P) and finance executives talked capital structure, company building and exit. Protégé Energy III’s chairman and CEO Martin Thalken started his presentation with a sketch of his early life—a contrast to the sophisticated financial and technical world he inhabits with his company, a private-equity-funded E&P in the Utica/Point Pleasant play.

A native of western Nebraska, Thalken was the youngest of six boys. His father was a “toot the horn” engineer for Union Pacific Railroad Co. and his mother ...

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