Jon Hill

Jonathan Hill

Chairman & CEO
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Jonathan has 25 years hands-on operational experience in the upstream industry within the geoscience, drilling and formation evaluation domains.  Prior to The Energists his last role was VP Marketing & Technology at Schlumberger. Jonathan brings to bear extensive experience of start-up, turn around, divestiture and M&A phases of the business evolutionary cycle in companies of all sizes in various markets around the world.  He is also a Partner in our sister company Talon Board Advisory. Jonathan holds a double major BS (Hons) in Applied Geology and Business Operations, is a member of the SPE and has served on the technical subcommittees of the Aberdeen and Dhahran chapters of the SPWLA.

Micah Renfro

Micah Renfro

Managing Partner – Search & Recruitment
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Micah is a Managing Partner of The Energists’ US search & recruiting practice. As a third generation oil industry professional he has been around the oil and gas industry throughout his life. Micah has experience in the world of finance as well as field experience gained with various service companies in the Barnett Shale and Permian. Micah started his recruiting career prior to joining The Energists in 2011. He attended Texas Tech where he studied Finance and latterly completed an advanced degree in Global Energy Management at The University of Houston.

Jonathan Verlander

Jonathan Verlander

Principal – Advisory & Professional Development
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Jonathan is Principal at The Energists’ heading our E&P advisory, professional learning and development practices. He has 20 years experience in domestic and international geoscience, portfolio analysis and energy finance gained at Enterprise Oil, Shell, RBS, Societe General, and Commonwealth Bank. Jonathan has a BS and PhD from Oxford University and is a member of the SPE and AAPG.
Alex Preston

Alex Preston

Board Advisor – Search & Recruitment
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Alex was a founding partner of The Energists in 1979 and now serves as Board Advisor. He has more than 38 years of operating company and energy executive search experience. He was formerly associated with Conoco in engineering evaluations, field coordination, planning, and management development. Alex has conducted search activities ranging from executive management to staff positions worldwide. Alex holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan State University and is a member and former committee chairman for SPE. He is also a member of HPF and IPAA.

Pat Slaughter

Pat Slaughter

Vice President – Search
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Pat has more than 37 years of energy and executive search industry experience. He was associated with TransAmerican Natural Gas Corporation as director of human resources before joining The Energists. He has extensive search experience for technical, commercial, and executive staff in the oil and gas industry. Pat received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas and is a member of SPE and GSH.

Julian Langham

Julian Langham

Senior Consultant
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Julian brings more than 25 years executive search experience to The Energists after leading the International and Domestic “Upstream” E&P programs at two prominent Houston-based Executive Search Firms. Following his early career in the British Army, he spent 16 years living overseas holding leadership positions with three high profile companies involved in major construction, manufacturing, and the oilfield service industries. Julian is a graduate of Britain’s Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst and is an SPE member.

Clive Ferebee

Clive Ferebee

President – Favel, Inc.
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Clive is Director of Favel International and E&P advisor to The Energists. He has 33 years of experience in the domestic and international upstream industry.  Clive worked at Union Oil of California before moving to Occidental where he gained experience in Exploration, Development and Operations geology in a variety of geographies around the world. He founded Favel in 1997, where his focus has been operational staffing of projects as well as asset evaluation and exploitation for NOCs and IOCs in Latin America. During his carrier Clive has gained extensive experience in project start-up, field development, managing international operations, and dealing with government agencies. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Nebraska and graduate degree from the University of Tulsa, both in geology. Clive is an active member of AAPG, SPE, SPWLA, and SEG.