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Justin W. Cope
Chief Executive Officer

Prior to forming Valorem Energy, Justin led SCOOP / STACK production and completion operations for Continental Resources as the Vice President of Southern Region Production. Justin began his tenure at Continental in business development, eventually leading the function as a Vice President. At Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse Securities, Justin held investment banking roles, providing strategic and capital markets advisory to clients across the energy industry. A graduate of the US Army Ranger School, Justin began his career as an officer with the 10th Mountain Division. Ultimately attaining the rank of Captain, Justin’s military service includes combat troop leadership in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Justin earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Radford University and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.

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Justin W. Cope
Chief Executive Officer
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Prior to forming Valorem Energy, Justin led SCOOP / STACK production and completion operations for Continental Resources as the Vice President of Southern Region Production. Justin began his tenure at Continental in business development, eventually leading the function as a Vice President. At Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse Securities, Justin held investment banking roles, providing strategic and capital markets advisory to clients across the energy industry. A graduate of the US Army Ranger School, Justin began his career as an officer with the 10th Mountain Division. Ultimately attaining the rank of Captain, Justin’s military service includes combat troop leadership in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Justin earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Radford University and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.


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Heath Mireles
Chief Operating Officer

Prior to forming Valorem Energy, Heath led company-wide asset development teams for Continental Resources as the Vice President of Resource Development. Heath began his tenure at Continental as a Senior Engineer, and he was quickly promoted into prominent management roles focused on resource development and new ventures. At BP, Heath excelled in engineering and onsite operational roles across completions and production. His selection into an elite engineering accelerated development program exposed him to cutting-edge completions designs across myriad US basins, and fueled his passion for innovation. Named as one of Oil and Gas Investor’s “30 Under 40,” Heath continues to push the boundaries of downhole and operational technologies. Heath earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Kansas State University.

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Heath Mireles
Chief Operating Officer
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Prior to forming Valorem Energy, Heath led company-wide asset development teams for Continental Resources as the Vice President of Resource Development. Heath began his tenure at Continental as a Senior Engineer, and he was quickly promoted into prominent management roles focused on resource development and new ventures. At BP, Heath excelled in engineering and onsite operational roles across completions and production. His selection into an elite engineering accelerated development program exposed him to cutting-edge completions designs across myriad US basins, and fueled his passion for innovation. Named as one of Oil and Gas Investor’s “30 Under 40,” Heath continues to push the boundaries of downhole and operational technologies. Heath earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Kansas State University.


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Greg Boxer
Chief Financial Officer

Prior to joining Valorem Energy, Greg was a Principal at Owl Rock Capital Partners in New York, where he was a senior member of the originations and investments team focused on sourcing and evaluating credit investments across the energy, services and industrials sectors. Prior to joining Owl Rock, Greg served as the Director of Finance and Head of Capital Markets at American Energy Partners in Oklahoma City. Prior to that, Greg was a Vice President at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in the Natural Resources Financing Group in New York, providing strategic and capital markets advisory to clients across the energy industry. Greg earned a Bachelor of Science in Business from Babson College.

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Greg Boxer
Chief Financial Officer
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Prior to joining Valorem Energy, Greg was a Principal at Owl Rock Capital Partners in New York, where he was a senior member of the originations and investments team focused on sourcing and evaluating credit investments across the energy, services and industrials sectors. Prior to joining Owl Rock, Greg served as the Director of Finance and Head of Capital Markets at American Energy Partners in Oklahoma City. Prior to that, Greg was a Vice President at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in the Natural Resources Financing Group in New York, providing strategic and capital markets advisory to clients across the energy industry. Greg earned a Bachelor of Science in Business from Babson College.


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Joy LaBar, CPA
Controller

Prior to joining Valorem Energy, Joy led the Operations Accounting department at Permian Resources LLC, a spinoff of American Energy Partners.  Joy began her tenure at American Energy Partners in the internal audit function and then expanded her role as the Chief Accounting Officer.  Previously, as one of the first employees of SandRidge Energy, Joy established the Internal Audit Department, led the company through successful compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, and - as Vice President of the function - improved internal controls and process effectiveness.  Joy began her career as an auditor in public accounting and then joined Kerr-McGee Corporation where she spent numerous years gaining experience in oil and gas accounting, auditing, and treasury.   She graduated with honors from Oklahoma City University with both a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Master of Business Administration.

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Joy LaBar, CPA
Controller
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Prior to joining Valorem Energy, Joy led the Operations Accounting department at Permian Resources LLC, a spinoff of American Energy Partners.  Joy began her tenure at American Energy Partners in the internal audit function and then expanded her role as the Chief Accounting Officer.  Previously, as one of the first employees of SandRidge Energy, Joy established the Internal Audit Department, led the company through successful compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, and - as Vice President of the function - improved internal controls and process effectiveness.  Joy began her career as an auditor in public accounting and then joined Kerr-McGee Corporation where she spent numerous years gaining experience in oil and gas accounting, auditing, and treasury.   She graduated with honors from Oklahoma City University with both a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Master of Business Administration.


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Jeremy R. Fitzpatrick
Vice President – Land, Legal & Business Development

Prior to joining Valorem Energy, Jeremy was the Vice President – Land for Slawson Exploration Company, Inc. He began his career in private, legal practice as an oil and gas attorney in Oklahoma City, and has held leading positions with responsibilities for land, legal, business development, corporate strategy, mergers and acquisitions. Prior to Slawson, Mr. Fitzpatrick was the Director of Legal and Regulatory for RKI Exploration & Production, LLC, a privately-held exploration and production company, which merged with WPX Energy, Inc. in 2015. Before his time at RKI, he was the Vice President of Land at Kirkpatrick Oil Company in Oklahoma City. Jeremy is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association, a Council Member of the Wildcatters Club of Oklahoma, the Mineral Lawyers Society of Oklahoma City, and the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association, where he serves as a Director of the association and has served on the Executive, Legislative (Chairman 2016-17), Legal, and Federal Issues Committees. He is a past member of the OERB’s Public Education Committee. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Energy Management from the University of Oklahoma Price College of Business and a Juris Doctor from the University of Oklahoma College of Law.

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Jeremy R. Fitzpatrick
Vice President – Land, Legal & Business Development
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Prior to joining Valorem Energy, Jeremy was the Vice President – Land for Slawson Exploration Company, Inc. He began his career in private, legal practice as an oil and gas attorney in Oklahoma City, and has held leading positions with responsibilities for land, legal, business development, corporate strategy, mergers and acquisitions. Prior to Slawson, Mr. Fitzpatrick was the Director of Legal and Regulatory for RKI Exploration & Production, LLC, a privately-held exploration and production company, which merged with WPX Energy, Inc. in 2015. Before his time at RKI, he was the Vice President of Land at Kirkpatrick Oil Company in Oklahoma City. Jeremy is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association, a Council Member of the Wildcatters Club of Oklahoma, the Mineral Lawyers Society of Oklahoma City, and the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association, where he serves as a Director of the association and has served on the Executive, Legislative (Chairman 2016-17), Legal, and Federal Issues Committees. He is a past member of the OERB’s Public Education Committee. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Energy Management from the University of Oklahoma Price College of Business and a Juris Doctor from the University of Oklahoma College of Law.


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Julia M. Klingensmith
Chief Digital Officer

Prior to joining Valorem Energy, Julia led the data science and oilfield digitization efforts for BP Lower 48 operations as an Analytics Manager. At SandRidge Energy, Julia held engineering roles focused on optimizing telemetry functionality, and then went on to develop software applications, data-mine, and conduct advanced analytics as a Senior Data Analyst. Transitioning from technical roles, Julia designed, built, and led SandRidge’s first Oilfield Operations Center, leveraging technology to remotely operate production assets with minimal staffing. Julia began her career as a Naval Flight Officer in the United States Navy, where she served with distinction and ultimately achieved the rank of Lieutenant Commander. Julia earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the United States Naval Academy, a Master of Science in Operations Research from Southern Methodist University, and a Masters in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.

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Julia M. Klingensmith
Chief Digital Officer
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Prior to joining Valorem Energy, Julia led the data science and oilfield digitization efforts for BP Lower 48 operations as an Analytics Manager. At SandRidge Energy, Julia held engineering roles focused on optimizing telemetry functionality, and then went on to develop software applications, data-mine, and conduct advanced analytics as a Senior Data Analyst. Transitioning from technical roles, Julia designed, built, and led SandRidge’s first Oilfield Operations Center, leveraging technology to remotely operate production assets with minimal staffing. Julia began her career as a Naval Flight Officer in the United States Navy, where she served with distinction and ultimately achieved the rank of Lieutenant Commander. Julia earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the United States Naval Academy, a Master of Science in Operations Research from Southern Methodist University, and a Masters in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.


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Tyler Bolton
Vice President – Engineering

Prior to joining Valorem Energy, Tyler led the resource assessment and development in the SCOOP/STACK region for Continental Resources as Manager of Resource Development, Southern Region. Tyler began his tenure at Continental Resources as a Drilling Engineer, Northern Region where he focused on drilling horizontal wells in the Bakken Shale of North Dakota and Montana. Subsequently, he moved to Resource Development as a Senior Engineer and was promoted to management where his team focused on maximizing value through detailed understanding of the subsurface. Tyler began his career as a Field Engineer for Schlumberger’s Drilling and Measurements group where he drilled wells in the Barnett Shale in North Texas as well as the Midland and Delaware Basins in West Texas. Tyler earned a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering with a minor in Geology from the University of Oklahoma.

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Tyler Bolton
Vice President – Engineering
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Prior to joining Valorem Energy, Tyler led the resource assessment and development in the SCOOP/STACK region for Continental Resources as Manager of Resource Development, Southern Region. Tyler began his tenure at Continental Resources as a Drilling Engineer, Northern Region where he focused on drilling horizontal wells in the Bakken Shale of North Dakota and Montana. Subsequently, he moved to Resource Development as a Senior Engineer and was promoted to management where his team focused on maximizing value through detailed understanding of the subsurface. Tyler began his career as a Field Engineer for Schlumberger’s Drilling and Measurements group where he drilled wells in the Barnett Shale in North Texas as well as the Midland and Delaware Basins in West Texas. Tyler earned a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering with a minor in Geology from the University of Oklahoma.


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David A. Howald
Vice President - Operations

Prior to joining Valorem Energy, David led Anadarko Basin production operations for BP Lower 48 as an Area Operations Manager. David began his tenure at BP as an Analytics Manager supporting the Midcontinent Business Unit. At SandRidge Energy, David led infrastructure development in various field-level and engineering management roles, and then supported company-wide production operations as the manager of a newly-created analytics team. A graduate of the US Army Ranger School, David began his career as an officer with the 101st Airborne Division. Ultimately attaining the rank of Captain, David’s military service includes combat troop leadership during multiple deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. David earned a Bachelor of Science from the United States Military Academy, West Point, and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.

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David A. Howald
Vice President - Operations
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Prior to joining Valorem Energy, David led Anadarko Basin production operations for BP Lower 48 as an Area Operations Manager. David began his tenure at BP as an Analytics Manager supporting the Midcontinent Business Unit. At SandRidge Energy, David led infrastructure development in various field-level and engineering management roles, and then supported company-wide production operations as the manager of a newly-created analytics team. A graduate of the US Army Ranger School, David began his career as an officer with the 101st Airborne Division. Ultimately attaining the rank of Captain, David’s military service includes combat troop leadership during multiple deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. David earned a Bachelor of Science from the United States Military Academy, West Point, and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.