About Us

  • OilandGasInvestor.com is your complete source for information about the financial world of oil and gas. An interactive, searchable version of Hart Energy Publishing's Oil and Gas Investor Magazine, this site also provides you with online content from OGI This Week and A&D Watch.

    In addition to providing daily analysis of trends and industry events, our editors interpret the news to highlight opportunities for you, whether your company explores for petroleum or provides finance, capital and advisory services to oil and gas operators.

    History of Oil and Gas Investor

    The oil and gas business was thriving when Oil and Gas Investor was launched in August 1981. Investors were flocking to the white-hot Denver penny-stock market (which no longer exists), and to the public drilling and income partnerships, even rig-construction partnerships that eventually went public. The U.S. rig count had averaged about 3,500 year-to-date. Little did anyone suspect that a decade-long downside was looming.

    Publisher and owner Donald R. Hart was a well-known member of Denver's booming oil scene at the time. His Hart Publications Inc. was publishing several regional oil and gas magazines and petroleum directories, including Western Oil Reporter, a 20-year mainstay in the region.

    In 1981, when Investor was born, a young landman named Rich Eichler was working leases for Tenneco in Plentywood, Montana. Coincidentally, he joined the Investor masthead in 1986, as the advertising sales manager. Soon thereafter, he became publisher, and today he is chief executive officer of Hart Energy Publishing LP.

    When Hart launched Investor in 1981, it explained the oil business to private investors, along with cataloguing the dozens of public drilling and income funds. The first outside investors came to Hart Publications in 1987, and Dillon Read of New York did a private placement for the company.

    In 1991, Donald Hart sold Investor and Hart Publications to Phillips Publishing International in Potomac, Maryland, and he retired to pursue his ranching and fishing businesses in Colorado. In early 1995, Hart Publications relocated to Houston, the center of the energy industry. In 2000 Hart Publications was sold to Chemical Week Associates in New York, and remained based in Houston.

    In 2004, Eichler engineered a management-led buyout to form the present Hart Energy Publishing LP, with George Wiegers, co-founder and partner of Wiegers Capital Management, as chairman. But through these ownership changes, the magazine has retained its vision, remained true to its editorial mission and continued to grow.

  • Contact the Editors

    Want the scoop from the most knowledgeable editors in the industry? Our editors are experts in the oil and gas industry and welcome your comments and inquiries either by phone or e-mail.

  • Peggy Williams

    PEGGY WILLIAMS

    EDITORIAL DIRECTOR

    Peggy Williams is a certified petroleum geologist. Prior to joining Hart Energy in 1992 as a senior editor she worked in the industry. During a 16-year career in petroleum geology, Williams was an equity partner in an independent devoted to natural gas prospect generation. Williams holds a BA in geology from the University of Rhode Island, a Master's in Energy Resources from the University of Pittsburgh, and an MS in Technical Communications from the University of Colorado.

    Email: pwilliams@hartenergy.com

  • Len Vermillion

    LEN VERMILLION

    GROUP MANAGING EDITOR, DIGITAL NEWS GROUP

    Len Vermillion is group managing editor for Hart Energy's Digital News Group. Based in Houston, Texas, he manages editorial content development for Hart Energy's upstream and midstream websites. He has worked in publishing for more than 20 years, having led several magazines and digital products serving various industries including engineering, retail and travel. He has a bachelor's degree in communications and journalism from the University of Pittsburgh.

    Email: lvermillion@hartenergy.com

     

  • Steve Toon

    STEVE TOON

    EDITOR IN CHIEF, OIL AND GAS INVESTOR

    Steve Toon joined Hart Energy in 2007 as editor of A&D Watch newsletter and ADcenter.com. In 2012 he became senior editor of Oil and Gas Investor and plays a key role in the magazine's direction. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Baylor University and more than 25 years of publishing and writing experience.

    Email: stoon@hartenergy.com

     

  • Leslie Haines

    LESLIE HAINES

    EXECUTIVE EDITOR AT LARGE, HART ENERGY

    One of the most respected oil and gas industry journalists in the business, Leslie Haines is celebrating her 30th year at Oil and Gas Investor. Haines joined Hart Energy in 1983 and became editor of the magazine in January 1992. That same year IPAA awarded her the 2nd Annual Lloyd Unsell Award for Excellence in Petroleum Journalism. She is a 1974 honors graduate of Keene State College in her native New Hampshire. Haines is the founding editor of Oil and Gas Australia, Hart Energy's most recent magazine.

    Email: lhaines@hartenergy.com

  • Richard Mason

    RICHARD MASON

    CHIEF TECHNICAL DIRECTOR, HART ENERGY

    Richard J. Mason has 20 years of experience in oil and gas writing and publishing. He served previously as director of research for PLS Inc. and before that as owner and publisher of The Land Rig Newsletter for 17 years, where he created a variety of industry metrics, including the first counts of rig activity in U.S. unconventional basins. Mason holds a BA degree in history with honors from Ohio University.

    Email: rmason@hartenergy.com

  • Christopher Sheehan

    CHRISTOPHER SHEEHAN

    SENIOR FINANCIAL ANALYST, HART ENERGY

    Christopher D. Sheehan, CFA, rejoined Hart Energy in 2012 and contributes financial analysis to Oil and Gas Investor and Midstream Business. Previously, he was VP of equity capital markets at Petrie Parkman & Co. and was with RBC Capital Markets as an analyst. Most recently, Sheehan co-founded a hedge fund. Sheehan holds a BA with honors from the University of Bradford, Yorkshire, England, majoring in economics and German.

    Email: csheehan@hartenergy.com

  • Nissa Darbonne

    NISSA DARBONNE

    EDITOR-AT-LARGE, OIL AND GAS INVESTOR

    The author of The American Shales, Darbonne has been a journalist since 1984, beginning in the oil and gas fields of South Louisiana. She writes for Oil and Gas Investor and is actively involved in Hart's conference agendas. Prior to joining Hart in 1998, she was the business editor for The Daily Advertiser (Lafayette, La.) and a correspondent for The Morning Advocate (Baton Rouge). She received her BA in English and journalism from the University of Southwestern Louisiana, now known as the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

    Email: ndarbonne@hartenergy.com

  • Darren Barbee

    DARREN BARBEE

    SENIOR EDITOR, DIGITAL NEWS GROUP

    Darren Barbee, senior editor at Hart Energy, is the point person for A&D transactions and a writer for Oil and Gas Investor magazine and website. Barbee has won several national and state awards for reporting in his 17 years as a journalist, including his work as a reporter for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram before joining Hart. He holds a master's degree in Information Systems from the University of Texas Arlington..

    Email: dbarbee@hartenergy.com

     

  • Larry Prado

    LARRY PRADO

    ACTIVITY EDITOR, DIGITAL NEWS GROUP

    Larry Prado writes activity highlights for Oil and Gas Investor and E&P magazine, and the accompanying web sites. He covers exploration and production news. He joined Hart Energy in 2008. Prado previously traveled the globe with geophysical exploration crews. He holds an AA in electronics engineering technology and a BA in technical communications. He is the recipient of the STC International Distinguished Chapter Service Award and has received numerous other awards for his technical writing.

    Email: lprado@hartenergy.com

     

  • Emily Moser

    EMILY PATSY

    ASSOCIATE EDITOR, DIGITAL NEWS GROUP

    Emily Moser is associate editor for the Oil and Gas Investor group. She's responsible for the daily news flow on A-DCenter.com and the A&D Watch weekly newsletter. She joined Hart in November 2010. She previously worked as a reporter for Houston Community Newspapers. She holds a BA in Journalism from Texas Tech University.

    Email: emoser@hartenergy.com

     

  • Erin Pedigo

    ERIN PEDIGO

    ASSOCIATE EDITOR, DIGITAL NEWS GROUP

    Erin Pedigo is an associate editor for Hart Energy's Digital News Group. She joined the company in December 2013 and has industry and journalistic experience from Drilling Contractor Magazine at the IADC and Houston Community Newspapers. She holds a bachelor's degree from Baylor University and master's degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. University.

    Email: epedigo@hartenergy.com

     

  • Annie

    ANNIE GALLAY

    ASSOCIATE MANAGING EDITOR, OIL AND GAS INVESTOR

    Annie Gallay is the associate managing editor for the Oil and Gas Investor franchise. Prior to joining Hart Energy in 2016, Annie gained editorial experience with Bright Sky Press, editing eight books during her tenure. She graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a B.A. in Writing Seminars and a minor in French in 2015, and was the recipient of general and departmental honors.

    Email: agallay@hartenergy.com

     

  • Brnady

    BRANDY FIDLER

    ASSOCIATE EDITOR, OIL AND GAS INVESTOR

    Brandy Fidler is associate editor of Oil and Gas Investor. She joined Hart Energy in October 2014 and has more than five years of editorial experience. Jules was previously a staff writer for a national publication in Dallas, Success Magazine, and also wrote website content for a major tennis retailer. Jules holds a B.A. in journalism from the University of North Texas..

    Email: bfidler@hartenergy.com