Jonathan Hill

Chairman & CEO

Jonathan has 25 years hands-on operational experience in the upstream industry within the geoscience, drilling and formation evaluation domains. Prior to The Energists, he was VP Marketing & Technology at Schlumberger. Jonathan brings to bear extensive experience in 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. Jonathan holds a double major BS (Hons) in Applied Geology and Business Operations, is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and has served on the technical subcommittees of the Aberdeen and Dhahran chapters of the Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts (SPWLA).

Micah Renfro

Managing Partner – Search & Recruitment

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 Basin. Micah started his recruiting career prior to joining The Energists in 2011. He attended Texas Tech where he studied Finance and later completed an advanced degree in Global Energy Management at The University of Houston.

Pat Slaughter

Vice President – Search

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

Senior Consultant

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.

Whitson Albrech


Whit joined The Energists as a consultant at the start of 2019 after spending four years at one of Houston’s well known executive search firms where he specialized in finance roles within the Energy Investment domain. Whit is currently focused on our search efforts around A&D teams, private equity and finance. He got his start in recruiting after starting his career as a general assignment news reporter. A fifth generation Texan, Whit attended the University of Texas at Austin where he double majored in Corporate Communication & Broadcast Journalism. He is a member of the SPE and active committee member of The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

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