Jonathan Hill

Chairman & CEO

With 25 years of energy industry experience before moving to executive search in 2015 , Jonathan has partnered with a broad variety of publicly traded, governmental, privately owned, and fund backed clients. He has supported executive search clients in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific and has deep expertise in Upstream Oil & Gas, Energy & Utilities, Banking, Manufacturing, and Transportation (incl. Midstream).

Prior to joining The Energists, he was VP Marketing & Technology at SLB. Jonathan brings to bear extensive experience in start-up, turnaround, divestiture and M&A phases of the business evolutionary cycle in companies of all sizes. His search work is populated with C-Suite, N-2 and STEM based high impact technical contributors in both the for profit and not-for-profit sectors. 

Jonathan holds a double major BSc (Hons) in Applied Geology and Business Operations from the University of Hertfordshire and has served on the technical subcommittees of the Aberdeen and Dhahran chapters of the SPWLA.

Jonathan lives in Houston with his wife and dogs, they have grown up children living overseas.

Jerry D. Kurinsky


Jerry is a former global energy and industrials corporate executive with over 25 years of operational experience in upstream, midstream, and downstream oil and gas, power and utilities, chemical and petrochemical, and manufacturing.

His prior role was SVP of International Operations for Team, a provider of integrated specialty industrial services covering critical assets in the refining, petrochemical, pipeline, conventional and renewable power, and other industries.

Prior to joining Team, he led the Oil and Gas Business Unit as SVP and GM at Hexion, Inc., a global specialty chemicals manufacturer. During his 21-year career at SLB, Jerry served in a variety of roles of increasing responsibility, most recently as the Vice President for the company’s lead segment in North America. 

Between 1990 and 2002 Jerry served in the United States Navy Reserve, reaching the rank of Lieutenant.

Jerry earned a BS in Civil Engineering from Vanderbilt University and completed the Strategic Finance course at IMD Business School.

Elizabeth Linhart


With 25 years of professional experience, Elizabeth has partnered with a broad variety of Fortune 500, Government and Private Equity clients in the industrial market space. She has supported executive search clients in North America, Europe and Asia and has deep expertise in Energy, Aerospace, Transportation, Chemicals and Manufacturing.

Before joining The Energists, Elizabeth was a Principal at Heidrick & Struggles and Korn Ferry and served as Talent Advisor for FedEx Supply Chain. Her search work includes hundreds of successful placements for C-Level, Operations, Engineering, Supply Chain and Legal executives.

Earlier in her career, Elizabeth practiced law as a corporate attorney licensed in California and Texas, focused on business transactions and litigation matters.

Elizabeth earned her JD degree from the University of Houston Law Center in Houston, TX and her BA in English from Texas A&M University in College Station, TX.

Elizabeth lives in Dallas with her husband and daughter.

Thomas Dowdy


Over the past 25 years, Tom has focused on serving the energy industry in talent attraction in both executive search and human resource management. He has assisted clients and employers in completing projects in North America, Europe, former Soviet Union, Middle East, Africa and Asia. Working on projects around the world, Tom has a global network and firsthand knowledge of international oil companies, drilling contractors, oil field services and manufacturers.

Before joining The Energists, Tom held senior Human Resources and Talent Acquisition roles at BP, Parker Wellbore, Weatherford, Tenaris and Daikin Comfort. While at BP, he was the head of resourcing where he led the company’s external and internal recruitment at all levels in Russia.

Earlier in his career, Tom worked as a partner and general director in Russia for Preng & Associates (a Houston based executive search firm focused on the energy industry) and became one of the top executive search consultants assisting both international and Russian energy clients.

Tom started his executive search career as a consultant at Ward Howell International in Moscow; where he initiated the firm’s Energy Practice in the former Soviet Union.

Tom earned his BA degree in Russian Language from Ferrum College. He is fluent in Russian and lives in Houston with wife and 3 children.

Dipika Patel


Dipika started her career as an electrical engineer designing electrical systems for commercial buildings and applications. Transitioning into software and systems engineering within aerospace, Dipika focused on core, power, displays, systems, GNCP, and verification testing. Her tenure included working on Boeing’s Starliner and Lockheed Martin’s Orion Program.

Dipika joined The Energists as a consultant having previously pivoted into recruitment for technical, IT, accounting & finance, light & industrial, customer service, and healthcare.

Currently focused on our search mandates within the power, utilities, and renewables, Dipika leverages her early career engineering and technology experiences to great effect.

A first-generation Texan, Dipika attended Texas Tech University, where she earned a BS in Physics, and an MS in Electrical Engineering.

Gregg Pope


Gregg came to the firm as a human resources (HR) professional and people manager having accumulated 23 years’ experience in global upstream and manufacturing, gained both domestically and internationally.

Gregg started his career working for ENSCO (now Valaris Limited) through the company’s graduate training program in which he was exposed to a multitude of functions covering onshore and offshore operations. Ultimately, he trained as a staffing specialist and progressed into HR supervision for core United States and Middle Eastern markets. Gregg provided HR support to local, expat and international rotational employees including recruiting, local benefits, compensation, mobility and logistics.

Gregg brings key skills in process improvement, global staffing, coaching operations leadership and staff, talent management and workforce planning whilst overseeing corporate and regional HR strategies, assessing outcomes against key performance metrics. Gregg graduated from Sam Houston University with a BS in Agriculture and Business Administration.

Currently Gregg is focused on supporting our search mandates within energy services and solutions.

Emma Hill

Office and Administration Manager

Emma’s utility career started with BT (British Telecom) wherein she took on roles as Team Manager, Admin Manager, Training Manager, Call Centre Manager, Dual Call Centre Manager, Client Relationship Manager (BT Broadband external call center suppliers), and finally Channel Manager with oversight of all National and International Directory Enquiries call centers. Emma joined the firm after taking a career break to focus on her family, and brings cross functional experience to managing the office as well as functioning as MacGyver of IT/OT systems.

Emma holds a double major BS (Hons) in Computer Programming and Business Operations.

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