HNRA

Pre IPO

HNR Acquisition Corp.

Sponsors: HNRAC Sponsors
Raised
$100M
CIK
1842556
Focus
Natural Gas, Oil & Gas, Energy
External link: SEC Filings

SPAC Team

Leadership

Donald H. Goree founded our company and has served as our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer since our inception. Mr. Goree is also the Founder of Houston Natural Resources, Inc., a global natural resource corporation located in Houston, Texas and controlling member of our sponsor, and has served as its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer since January 2018. Mr. Goree is also the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Houston Natural Resources Corp, positions he has held since April 2020. Mr. Goree has over 40 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry involving exploration and production, oil and gas pipeline construction and operations, natural gas gathering, processing and gas liquification. In 2003, Mr. Goree founded Global Xchange Solutions AG., a publicly reporting corporation, private equity, investment bank and market-making firm, based in Zurich, Switzerland, with offices in Frankfurt, Germany and London, United Kingdom, and served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Global Xchange Solutions from 2002 to 2012. Global Xchange Solutions sponsored listings of private companies to the London Stock Exchange, AIM, the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, the Berlin Stock Exchange and the Börse Stuttgart, and provided public company development and market development advice. From 2003 to 2005, Mr. Goree served as Chairman and Chief Executive officer of Azur Holdings, Inc., a Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based, OTC-listed luxury real estate developer of mid-rise waterfront condominiums. From 2012 to 2019, Mr. Goree served as the Managing Director of Rhone Merchant House Ltd., a firm which provides merchant banking and investment banking services to a small and elite list of clients. Mr. Goree has an Executive Master of Business and Entrepreneurship degree from the Rice University Jones Graduate School of Business. We believe Mr. Goree is qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors based on our review of his experience, qualifications, attributes and skills, including co-founding our company and other companies and his executive leadership experience in the oil and gas industry.

Donald W. Orr has served as our President since January 2021. Mr. Orr is a geologist with over 42 years of experience in petroleum geology and production operations, and has drilled over 250 wells with a success rate exceeding 70% and worked-over or rejuvenated more than 200 wells as owner and operator. Mr. Orr began his career as a junior geologist with Texas Oil and Gas Corporation in 1976. In February 1979, Mr. Orr helped form American Shoreline, Inc., an independent oil and gas company. Mr. Orr was previously held the title of Senior Geologist at Seven Energy LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Weatherford International plc from June 2005 to August 2008, where he helped pioneered numerous innovations in UBD (underbalanced drilling), including drilling with unconventional materials and devising the methodology for unlocking the productive capacity of the Buda Lime through the use of UBD. In June 2009, Mr. Orr founded XNP Resources, LLC, an independent oil and gas company engaged in the exploration, development, production, and acquisition of oil and natural gas resources. Shortly thereafter, XNP Resources teamed up with Tahoe Energy Partners, LLC in 2012 to acquire oil and gas leases for drilling in the Rocky Mountain region. At Mr. Orr’s direction, XNP Resources began acquiring a strategic leasehold position in the Sand Wash Basin in Colorado. As a result of Mr. Orr’s foresight, XNP Resources was able to secure a major leasehold position in the heart of what has become the highly competitive Niobrara Shale formation in western Colorado. By virtue of its early entrance, XNP Resources was able to sell a portion of its ownership for a substantial profit. Upon successful completion of that sale in Colorado, Mr. Orr and XNP Resources teamed up again with Tahoe Energy in order to acquire a significant leasehold in Wyoming in order to target a new emerging shale play along the western edge of the Powder River Basin. Following an extensive geological evaluation process, the team leased 119,000 acres. In 2014, Contango Oil and Gas made a substantial offer to buy our leasehold. Since 2014, Mr. Orr has been developing an unconventional resource play in Alaska that contains over 600 billion cubic feet of gas in stacked coal reservoirs. More recently, Mr. Orr assembled a team of oil and gas professionals in order to study certain oil provinces in Columbia. S.A. The team has identified multiply targets with reserves totaling over 300 million barrels of oil in each target. Since 2014, Mr. Orr has been developing an unconventional resource play in Alaska that contains over 600 billion cubic feet of gas in stacked coal reservoirs. Mr. Orr also serves as President and on the Board of Directors of Houston Natural Resources, Inc. Mr. Orr has a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from Texas A&I University, with a minor in Mathematics.

Raymond Lloyd Ross, Jr. has served as a member of our board of directors since January 2021. From January 2018 to March 2019, Mr. Ross served as the Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of Houston Natural Resources, Inc., a global natural resource corporation located in Houston, Texas and controlling member of our sponsor. In 1999, Mr. Ross co-founded financial services firm HealthCare Markets Group, an NASD broker/dealer affiliate serving prominent public companies and smaller private organizations, where he has directed approximately $1.0 billion in engagements involving mergers, initial public offerings, acquisitions, divestitures, and turnarounds, and participated in litigation support, capital procurement, due diligence and interim Chief Financial Officer leadership assignments. Prior to HealthCare Markets Group, Mr. Ross was the Manager of the corporate finance department of Healthcare International Inc. (AMEX: HII), a multi-provider system with approximately $500 million in annual revenue, where he reported directly to the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer. Mr. Ross has participated in the successful launch of $20.0 million initial public offering and subsequent spin-off initial public offering of a healthcare real estate investment trust, and was a licensed NASD Principal in direct participation programs, with prospective company ventures. Mr. Ross previously served as an executive with KPMG and Ernst & Young in their respective healthcare management consulting practices. Mr. Ross has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accountancy and an MBA in Finance from the University of Memphis. He is a licensed CPA in Tennessee and a member of the American Institute of CPAs. We believe Mr. Ross is qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors based on our review of his experience, qualifications, attributes and skills, including his expertise in accounting and in facility turnarounds.

Diego Rojas has served as a member of our board of directors since January 2021. Mr. Rojas has 40 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry with most of that experience in energy operations onshore, offshore and internationally. He began his career in 1975 with Exxon Company USA in their Southeast Division headquarters in New Orleans, Louisiana, and eventually became District Engineering Manager for Exxon’s Offshore District, with responsibility for more than 75 engineers, 200 offshore platforms and 2,000 wells. After leaving Exxon, Mr. Rojas led several independent companies both in the United States and Latin America, including Enercap Corp (formerly, DCR Petroleum), which he founded in 1983, and served as Principal Owner until 1985. Prior to DRC Petroleum, Mr. Rojas was an independent acquisitions and operations consultant involved in exploration and production (E&P) and services company activities. From 1991 to 1994, Mr. Rojas served as Vice President of King Ranch Capital, where he managed King Rand Capital’s acquisitions group. For the past five years Mr. Rojas has served as a consultant with Enerlat, a private consulting company which he controls. Mr. Rojas graduated with honors from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. We believe Mr. Rojas is qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors based on our review of his experience, qualifications, attributes and skills, including his management experience and his considerable experience in the oil and gas industry.

Bryant Mook has served as a member of our board of directors since January 2021. Mr. Mook is a petroleum engineering and geological advisor with more than 40 years of multi-disciplinary experience in oil and gas onshore and offshore assets (shallow and deep-water), both domestic and international, and the day to day management and direction of operations in several companies in the United States, Siberia, Europe, South America, and the Caribbean. Mr. Mook’s experience includes the management of oil and gas well production and operations, production optimization, reserve and economic estimation, enhanced oil recovery, negotiation, geological and engineering evaluation, property acquisition, divestiture and initial public offerings. Since 2016, Mr. Mook has served as the President, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Dominican Energy and Mining Partners, a privately-held exploration and production company in the Dominican Republic. He has also served as an independent petroleum engineer and geologist for MEPHCO since 2007. From March 2013 until November 2016, Mr. Mook served as the President and Chief Operating Officer of Brenham Oil & Gas Corp., then a subsidiary of American International Industries, Inc. In 2004, Mr. Mook founded Elk Petroleum, Inc., an oil and gas exploration and production company, and served as its President from 2004 until 2006. Mr. Mook’s strategy focuses on acquiring low cost and low risk under-performing oil and natural gas assets and applying advanced technologies and expertise to improve operating efficiencies and cash flows. We believe Mr. Mook is qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors based on our review of his experience, qualifications, attributes and skills, including his management experience and his extensive experience in the oil and gas industry. Mr. Mook has a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from Southern Methodist University and a Master’s degree in Petroleum Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.