About Us

Our Team

Jeff Beicker
Chief Operating Officer

Jeff Beicker

Chief Operating Officer

With over 25 years of experience, Mr. Beicker oversees the operations of Rock River Resources. Before accepting his current position, Jeff served as President of Marlin Midstream and COO of Spark Energy. Jeff was a Senior Vice President for Shell Global Trading responsible for North American gas, power and financial trading and managed the power development group and acquisitions efforts. Jeff has worked for Koch, Dynegy, Tenaska, and Enron as well as being a member of the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) for several years and serving on numerous NYMEX committees. He has also served as a consultant to the Chicago Board of Trade, Exxon Mobil and the University of Houston and served as a guest lecturer on options and financial trading at Rice University and Texas A&M University.

Kim Green
Director of Administration

Kim Green

Director of Administration

Ms. Green joined Rock River Resources in 2013 as Director of Administration. She also worked as Business Development Manager of WoodRock & Co. in 2013. Prior to joining WoodRock, Ms. Green was with an international law firm, and her experience includes over 20 years in energy, oil and gas, real estate, banking, and merger and acquisition transactions, as well as legal administration. She has also worked over 10 years in sales for a large international company. Kim serves as Secretary of the Board of Emery Refining, L.L.C. which does business as Rock River Resources. She also serves as Secretary of the Board of Emery Refining, Inc., one of the parent companies of Emery Refining, L.L.C. Ms. Green graduated from Sam Houston State University with a BA in English and Education.

Mick Sambasile
Chief Engineer

Mick Sambasile

Chief Engineer

Mick has more than 38 years of engineering experience, with emphasis in the areas of project management and execution, risk analysis, owner interface, coordination between various disciplines and planning. Mick has worked for major Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) firms performing work in the United States and abroad. The projects that he worked on varied from lump sum to cost reimbursable contracts and involved activities from preliminary/conceptual design all the way through to commissioning and turn-over to owner’s teams. His experiences were associated with petrochemical plants, refineries, power plants and most recently with on-shore LNG regasification terminals. A Civil/Structural Engineer by discipline, Mick moved into supervisory and senior management roles as his career progressed. He worked on-site in several international locations, including Mexico, Japan, Malaysia, and Brazil. The international projects included detailed design, procurement of all equipment and bulk materials, construction, commissioning and turn-over activities.

Pete Schmar
Director of Crude Oil Supply

Pete Schmar

Director of Crude Oil Supply

Peter Schmar started his career as an insurance professional and risk manager for Liberty Mutual Insurance Company where he managed the operations in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana and progressed into management over the years. He was the personal liaison to Lt. Governor Mary Fallon and Chairman of the Lt. Governor’s workman’s comp reform initiative for the State of Oklahoma. He later became part owner in an environmental remediation company specializing in removing heavy metals and hazardous materials from underground water. Peter then transitioned into mid-stream oil and gas where he ran all aspects of construction and operations for a crude oil terminal at the Port of Brownsville, Texas where he was responsible for overseeing crude marketing, security, inventory accuracy, audit, international client relations, trucking, rail, and water logistics. Peter also managed the terminal expansion adding new storage, staffing, insurance and risk management. He holds a BBA from The Wichita State University.

Jordan Aaron
Controller

Jordan Aaron

Controller

Ms. Aaron is the newest addition to the Rock River Resources team executing and overseeing the Finance and Accounting functions. Prior to her current position, Jordan spent four years with BG Group responsible for a variety of roles over her tenure including: Financial Planning & Analysis, Accounting, BackOffice, and Business Project Implementation that led to several global and local assignments including Singapore, Trinidad, UK, Australia, Northeast US, and Southeast US. Her most recent work in Singapore included the implementation of the Aggregator business operating with the Singapore LNG Terminal. Jordan also spent three years at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Denver, CO focusing on investment management and private equity real estate. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration and a M.S. in Accounting from Trinity University.

 

Our Advisory Board

Hank Diesel

Mr. Diesel has over 30 years of operating and financial experience in a variety of industries. Mr. Diesel joined WoodRock & Co. as a Managing Director in 2005 and became a Principal in 2007. Prior to joining WoodRock, he served as Chief Financial Officer and then Chief Executive Officer of CKS, Inc, a firm providing specialized tax services to manufacturers. From 2000 through 2003, he was Vice President of Sales & Marketing of SalvageSale, Inc., and subsequently served on its board of directors until its sale in 2007. Mr. Diesel served as Vice President of Anadarko New Ventures in London and Houston from 1997 to 2000, focusing on international negotiations and M&A. He also worked with Amoco Corporation on progressive management assignments in strategic planning, international business development, and operations. With Amoco, Mr. Diesel was stationed in Chicago, Houston, and Stavanger, Norway. Prior to Amoco, Mr. Diesel ran Carr Oil & Gas, an independent oil and gas production company founded in 1948. He holds a BA in Economics from Rice University and an MBA from Rice University’s Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Management.

Ronald Chamness

Mr. Chamness joined WoodRock& Co in 2008 as a Managing Director.  Mr. Chamness has over 27 years of management consulting, operation, finance, and global business development experience in the high-tech manufacturing, energy, financial services and telecommunication industries.  Prior to joining WoodRock, Mr. Chamness was a co-founder and SVP of Business Development and International for SalvageSale (now Asset Nation), a global online marketplace for used commercial assets and heavy equipment, where he ran the domestic sales effort from 2004 to 2006, and then lead the international expansion into the UK, Europe, Latin America and Asia.   In 2000 the company raised Venture Capital to seed their growth and successfully sold the company to a Private Equity firm in 2007, the company was subsequently purchased by Ritchie Bothers (NYSE and TSX: RBA), the world’s largest seller of used equipment.  Prior to SalvageSale, Mr. Chamness spent 12 years in the management consulting business where he most recently was a Principal at CSC Consulting in Houston.  As a management consultant, Mr. Chamness focused on supply chain and order management strategies and solutions in the high-tech manufacturing, energy and telecommunication industries.  Mr. Chamness has deep experience as a principal in Private Equity backed businesses who are active in M&A and strategic alliance transactions along with the relevant financial structuring.  Mr. Chamness holds a BSME from Southern Methodist University and an MBA from the University of Texas at Dallas.

Stephen Scott

Stephen Scott is a Director for Bridgehouse Capital and the Managing Director for Sentrum Colo. Stephen sits on the Board of several Bridgehouse companies and actively participates in their operations and development. He also participated in the acquisition and restructure of Global Marine Systems where he continues to serve on the Board. Stephen started out his career in the Royal Navy as an Air Engineering Officer before resigning his commission in 1990 and going on to accumulate considerable experience in the global IT market. He had a pivotal role in the acquisition and restructuring of PSINet Europe where subsequently he acted as Managing Director. Following the sale of PSINet to Telstra, Stephen took on the role of CEO at IT hosting and outsourcing company NaviSite Europe where he managed its integration with IT hosting firm ConXion. Later Stephen served as Chief Operating Officer at Sentrum (a data centre company) before and during its acquisition by a large US based public company. Throughout his 13 years with the Bridgehouse team, Stephen has been involved in various sector investments including Telecoms, Marine Engineering, Natural Resources and IT.

Past Experience

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Rock River Resources is managed by a team of energy professionals with years of experience in building, operating and managing refineries. We also have numerous industry partners, including Ventech Modular Fabricators, LLC, which has over 45 years of refining industry experience and has built over 200 processing units, and local partners, such as Caldwell Richards Sorenson (CRS), which has over 100 years of engineering and surveying services. Wax and lube base oil process technology will be provided by Bechtel Hydrocarbon Technology Solutions, Inc. (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bechtel Oil, Gas and Chemical Inc.). WoodRock & Co. is the financial advisor to Rock River Resources. WoodRock & Co. is an investment banking firm based in Houston, Texas with an expertise in the energy sector and project finance markets.

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