Management Group

Mike Wracher -Chief Executive Officer

A top industry executive with 30 years of broad E&P experience much of it specific to California.  A strong corporate background including C-suite roles, senior executive positions, leading producing asset teams, exploration groups, international teams, and earlier as a creative individual and team contributor. Strong experience and connections in important petroleum provinces of North and South America.  A geoscientist by training with a MSc. from San Diego State University, and an MSc. in Global Energy Management from UC Denver.​

Chris Peltonen - President

A geoscientist and experienced oil and gas project manager with over 20 years of industry experience. He has a broad background ranging from executive management to hands-on wellsite operations to project management of large scale offshore oil and gas development projects. He has spent most of his career focused on offshore California development including several drilling projects in both state and federal waters in the Santa Barbara Channel. His experience working in offshore California has resulted in a comprehensive understanding of regulatory compliance as well as the strategic need for robust stakeholder relations. Dr. Peltonen is a technical expert with a balanced academic background holding a MSc. and PhD. in geology and geophysics from the University of Oslo, Norway where he also worked as a Petroleum Geologist/Research Fellow for Statoil Norway and he has a MSc. in Global Energy Business Management from UC Denver.

Larry Huskins - Chief Operating Officer

A seasoned operations and engineering manager with over 25 years in the O&G industry with expertise in drilling, completions, production and facilities operations. He has a diverse background in various domestic and international, onshore and offshore projects located in US, Canada, North Sea, South America and the Middle East. Significant experience in coastal California, harsh climates, deep water projects with important exposure to conventional and unconventional upside projects.  He holds a Bachelor of Engineering plus a MBA from Dalhousie University in Canada and has also been involved in several industry innovations including dual ESP technology and holds a patent on subsea wellhead technology.

Keith Wenal – EVP Environment, Health, Safety & Regulatory

A highly experienced HES manager with over 35 years working in the Wyoming, Texas and California  offshore and onshore O&G industry in drilling, production & processing operations and pipeline transportation. Substantial expertise in the health, environment and safety, and regulatory compliance gained through 25 plus years advising and managing top of class HES organizations in California and Texas consistently recognized by regulatory agencies.  His expert knowledge of the offshore and onshore California regulatory environment and permitting processes at the local, State and Federal level, and the ability to navigate multiagency projects has been critical to achieving growth and success. He attended Rutgers University and has continued learning throughout his career through certificate programs in the areas of executive safety and health management, emergency and business continuity planning and response, and environmental protection.