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Robert L. Bayless, Jr., Executive Manager

Mr. Bayless founded a predecessor exploration and production company in 1986 and subsequently merged that with his father’s operations in 1999 to form the current company.  Previously, Rob worked as a production engineer for Amoco and then as head engineer for two independent companies.  Rob received a BS degree in Petroleum Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from the Tuck School at Dartmouth College.  He is a registered Professional Engineer in Colorado and has served in leadership roles for the Western Energy Alliance and the Independent Petroleum Association of America.

Lee W. Joslyn, Vice President - Finance

Mr. Joslyn is responsible for all the company’s accounting, financial reporting and administrative functions. Prior to re-entering the oil and gas business, Mr. Joslyn spent ten years as Chief Financial Officer of an Energy Management subsidiary of a Fortune 500 company. In the 1980’s and early 1990’s, Mr. Joslyn held CFO and Controller positions with publicly traded oil and gas companies, and started his career in public accounting with Arthur Andersen. Mr. Joslyn graduated from Colorado State University in 1977 with a BS in Business Administration and passed the Colorado CPA exam in 1979.

Matthew R. Silverman – Exploration Manager

Mr. Silverman has over 40 years of oil and gas industry experience and currently leads the company’s exploration efforts in the United States and Australia. Prior to joining Bayless in 2002, Mr. Silverman worked for Total, Texas Gas Exploration and Gustavson Associates. Mr. Silverman received an AB from Brown University and an MS in Geological Sciences from the University of Colorado.  He is widely published on a variety of geological and petroleum-history topics, and was President of the Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists in 2014.

Price M. “Tucker” Bayless, Senior Advisor

Mr. Bayless continues to work with the company as an advisor on drilling and production operations after retiring from full time responsibilities in 2020.  He worked with the company and predecessor companies for 40 years after beginning his career with ARCO.  Mr. Bayless is the manager of Bayless Ranches, LLC.  He graduated from the University of New Mexico in 1975 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering.

John D. Thomas, Production and Asset Manager

Mr. Thomas began his career in the oil and gas industry in 2005 and currently manages operated production for Robert L. Bayless, Producer LLC.  Before joining the company in 2008, he was an Engineer for Haliburton Energy Services.  Mr. Thomas received a BS in Chemical Engineering from Oklahoma State University and an MBA from the University of Florida.  He is a former Chairperson for the Four Corners Society of Petroleum Engineers and served as the President of the Independent Petroleum Association of New Mexico.

Cranford D. Newell, Jr., Land Manager

Mr. Newell began his career in the oil and gas industry in 2008 and currently manages the land department at Robert L. Bayless, Producer LLC. He previously worked at Berry Petroleum and Nadel and Gussman before joining the Bayless team in 2012. Mr. Newell received a BA from the University of Colorado at Boulder and an MBA from the University of Denver. He is an active member of both DAPL and AAPL and serves on several committees for both associations while also receiving his CPL designation in 2015.