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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. 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. Eichler 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.
In 1991, Don Hart sold Hart Publications to Potomac, Maryland-based Phillips Publishing International. 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, with George Wiegers, co-founder and partner of Wiegers Capital Management, as chairman. Through the decades since its founding, the magazine has retained its vision, remained true to its editorial mission and continued to grow.
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Peggy Williams is a certified petroleum geologist. Prior to joining Hart Energy in 1992, she worked in the operations side of the industry. During a 16-year career in petroleum geology, Williams was an exploration and development geologist, and 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.
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. Vermillion earned a BA in communications and journalism from the University of Pittsburgh.Email: email@example.com
EDITOR IN CHIEF, OIL AND GAS INVESTOR
Steve Toon joined Hart Energy in 2007 as A&D editor for the Oil and Gas Investor franchise. In 2012, Toon became senior editor for the magazine, and in 2016 he was named editor-in-chief. During his journalism career of more than 20 years, Toon has worked in newspapers, consumer magazines and business publications, with in-depth experience in real estate and deal-making. Toon has won many external and internal awards for his work. He earned a BA in journalism from Baylor University.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
EXECUTIVE EDITOR AT LARGE, HART ENERGY
One of the most respected oil and gas industry journalists in the business, Leslie Haines has been at Oil and Gas Investor for more than 30 years. 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. Haines began her new senior advisory role as the executive editor-at-large in early 2016. She is a 1974 honors graduate of Keene State College in her native New Hampshire.
CHIEF TECHNICAL DIRECTOR, HART ENERGY
Richard J. Mason has more than 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, 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.
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.
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.
SENIOR EDITOR, OIL AND GAS INVESTOR
Senior editor Darren Barbee is a veteran investigative journalist and award-winning business writer. Barbee joined Hart Energy in 2013, and serves as the A&D transactions expert for Oil and Gas Investor magazine and website. Barbee has more than 20 years of experience, including 13 years at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. He holds a BA in journalism and communications and an MS in information systems from the University of Texas Arlington.Email: email@example.com
ACTIVITY EDITOR, DIGITAL NEWS GROUP
Larry Prado writes activity highlights for Oil and Gas Investor, E&P magazine and the accompanying web sites. Since he joined Hart Energy in 2008, Prado has been covering exploration and production news.. He previously traveled the globe with geophysical exploration crews. Prado 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
ASSOCIATE EDITOR, DIGITAL NEWS GROUP
Emily Patsy is associate editor for the digital news group. She's responsible for daily news and analysis on oilandgasinvestor.com. Patsy joined Hart in November 2010 as an assistant editor, after working as a reporter for Houston Community Newspapers. She was promoted to associate editor in December 2013. She holds a BA in Journalism from Texas Tech University.Email: email@example.com
ASSOCIATE MANAGING EDITOR, MIDSTREAM BUSINESS AND SPECIAL PROJECT
Erin Pedigo is an associate managing editor of Midstream Business and Special Project. She joined the company in December 2013 as an assistant editor, bringing with her industry and journalistic experience from Drilling Contractor magazine and Houston Community Newspapers. Pedigo was promoted to associate editor in December 2014. She holds a BA in journalism from Baylor University and an MA in history and an MA in journalism from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
ASSOCIATE MANAGING EDITOR, OIL AND GAS INVESTOR
Brandy Fidler is associate managing editor of Oil and Gas Investor. She joined Hart Energy in October 2014 as an assistant editor in the Downstream Business group, and was promoted to associate editor in November 2015. She was previously a staff writer for a national publication in Dallas, Success Magazine, and also wrote website content for a major tennis retailer. Fidler holds a BA in journalism from the University of North Texas.Email: email@example.com