ES Xplore Leadership
ES Xplore is led by a driven leadership team, dedicated to advancing the application of electroseismic technology in the search for hydrocarbons.
Executive Management Team
Christopher W. Kleinert
Vice President of Exploration
Chief Technology Officer
Director of Finance and Administration
Board of Directors
Dan Meyer has been involved with ES Xplore for over 5 years and has served on the company’s Board of Directors since the company spun-out of Hunt Consolidated in 2016. Dan also serves as a Vice President with Hunt Consolidated Energy and is an officer with Hunt Energy Enterprises. He works with multiple Hunt operating companies and is focused on business development, strategy, operations, and talent management. He has more than 27 years of experience in general management and private equity.
Prior to joining Hunt, Meyer spent 12 years as a Partner with Sevin Rosen Funds and Austin Ventures, where he led the respective firms’ efforts in business development and talent management. He was responsible for identifying investment opportunities, overseeing the growth of those companies and managing their investments to a successful exit.
Meyer has been closely involved with successful start-ups including Splunk, Xensource, Genband, Wayport, Tango Networks, Fuego, Navini Networks, Spatial Wireless, Home Away, InfraREIT, Motive Drilling and many others. Meyer is an active community volunteer and serves on the boards of multiple organizations, both non-profit and for profit. He graduated from Illinois State University with honors, earning Bachelor of Science degrees in both Finance and Business Administration.
Jim White joined the company at its inception in August 2016 and serves as ES Xplore’s President. White is an executive management professional with extensive worldwide experience in geophysical operations, sales and marketing. Before joining ES Xplore, White was President of ARKeX LTD, a privately held venture providing worldwide potential field geophysical services. In this role, he provided operational and sales expertise to accelerate revenue growth during his tenure. Prior to ARKeX LTD, White was the Executive Vice President of Business Development of Geokinetics, one of the largest independent international land and shallow water geophysical service companies. White has also served in various roles for over 25 years with Western Geophysical, notably as Executive Vice President – Western Hemisphere.
White graduated in 1981 from Pennsylvania State University with a BS in Geosciences. He is a current board member of Seismic Equipment Solutions and a past Chairman of the Board of the International Association of Geophysical Contractors (IAGC). He is also a member of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, the Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists and the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers.
David McCabe is ES Xplore‘s Vice President of Exploration. McCabe joined Hunt Energy Enterprises in 2014 after five years with Encana Oil & Gas, where he served as a Group Lead for New Ventures within the Mid-Continent business unit. Prior to Encana, he served as Chief Operating Officer for Ascent Energy Inc. from September 2006 up until its sale to RAM Energy in November 2007. Between August 2003 and September 2006, McCabe served as Vice President of Exploration and Development for Ascent Energy.
McCabe held a succession of managerial and technical positions with Oryx Energy and its predecessor, Sun Exploration and Production Company, in its onshore and offshore Gulf Coast exploration and development operations for 12 years. His 38 years of industry experience also include similar positions within Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO). McCabe received a Bachelor of Science in Geophysics from Texas A&M University and a MBA from Houston Baptist University, and he is a member of the Dallas Geophysical Society and the Society of Exploration Geophysicists.
Alan Katz is ES Xplore’s Chief Technology Officer. He joined Hunt Energy Enterprises (HEE) in 2009 to work on oil and gas exploration technologies. During his six years at HEE, Katz supervised the development of the signal processing capabilities, product/hardware development and overall operations for ES Xplore.
Previously, Katz worked at Texas Instruments (TI) in the Advanced Digital Signal Processing unit at TI’s Central Research Lab. His tenure at TI spanned 10 years and included oversight of research with regard to machine learning, with applications to signal and image processing, semiconductor process control and data mining. Also at TI he started and directed TI Ventures, TI’s corporate venture capital fund.
Prior to TI, Katz worked for six years as a Senior Research Physicist in Exxon’s Upstream Rock Physics group.
Most recently, Katz spent 12 years in San Francisco with WR Hambrecht & Co, where he was Chief Technology Officer and Managing Director and Head of Asset Management. He has been awarded 24 patents and 30-refereed publications spanning his professional career. Katz holds a PhD and an MS in Physics from Stanford University as well as a BA in Physics and Mathematics from the University of Chicago.
Nick Kelley serves as Director of Finance and Administration of ES Xplore. He joined the company during its formation in August 2016. Before joining ES Xplore, Kelley was an energy banker with MUFG Union Bank, N.A., and an Audit Associate with KPMG until 2013 where he focused on assurance services in the energy industry. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Masters in Professional Accounting. Kelley is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the Dallas Petroleum Club.
Bob England has been involved in the ES Xplore project since 2009 as a consultant following his tenure as Senior Vice President at Texas Instruments (TI). At TI, England managed the company’s worldwide memory business and later its Digital Light Processing venture business – a division he developed to successful commercialization. Following TI, England was Chief Executive Officer of Cumbre Technologies, a venture-funded biotech company.
Arthur Thompson spent 32 years as a Lab Director at ExxonMobil, where he led ExxonMobil’s program in electroseismic technology and showed the viability of electroseismic technology for hydrocarbon indication. A Fellow of the American Physical Society, Thompson has written 76 articles and holds 32 patents. He received his PhD in Applied Physics from Stanford University.
Christopher W. Kleinert
Chris Kleinert is CEO and president of Hunt Consolidated Investments, LLC, and co-CEO of its holding company, Hunt Consolidated, Inc. He is the president of Hunt Realty Investments and oversees the operations of both Hunt Investment group and Hodoo Land and cattle Company, as well as the financial activities of the holding company. other business interests of Hunt Consolidated, Inc. include oil and gas exploration and production, petroleum refining, electric power generation and transmission. Kleinert’s affiliation with Hunt consolidated began in 1996.
In August 2017, Kleinert was named chairman of the board of ES Xplore, LLC, a direct hydrocarbon indicator technology company which was developed at Hunt. ES Xplore helps identify oil and gas reserves in the subsurface using an environmentally non-intrusive, low-cost and fast method which provides data for a direct hydrocarbon indication that reduces prospect risk and is complementary to traditional seismic.
Kleinert received an MBA with a concentration in finance from Texas Christian University and a BBA in marketing from Southern Methodist University. Prior to joining Hunt, he was employed by Texas Commerce Bank (now JPMorgan Chase) and General Mills.
Kleinert serves on the Investment Committee of the Board of Trustees of Southern Methodist University. He also serves on the Neeley School of Business International Board of Visitors at Texas Christian University, the Board of Trustees of the Communities Foundation of Texas, the Board of Directors of Amegy Bank – Dallas, and the Dallas Regional Chamber’s Board of Directors. Kleinert chairs the Board of Directors of the newly created Men’s Advocacy Group for New Friends New Life.
In 2009, Chris and his wife, Ashlee, founded Executives in Action (EIA), a nonprofit organization that leveraged the talent and expertise of executives in transition with local charitable organizations to enhance their productivity, efficiency and overall impact. In 2016, EIA merged with New York-based Catchafire, Inc. to form Catchafire North Texas and expand the number of volunteers and nonprofits that can be matched nationally.
Clark Hunt is Chairman and CEO of the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs and FC Dallas of Major League Soccer. Over the several years, Hunt has emerged as a leading voice among NFL owners-currently serving as Chairman on the NFL’s International Committee, as well as being a member on the Digital Media, Conduct, Finance, Compensation and Management Council committees. Last year, Hunt was one of six NFL owners to serve on the Los Angeles Relocation Committee. In 2011, Hunt was one of a small group of NFL owners charged by Commissioner Roger Goodwell with negotiating the NFL’s new Collective Bargaining Agreement.
The Dallas, Texas, native is also a founding investor-operator in Major League Soccer. Hunt is actively involved in the continued growth of MLS and serves as a member of the MLS Board of Governors and the MLS Labor and Compensation committees. He also serves as chairman of the Product Strategy Committee.
In addition to his leadership roles in professional sports, Hunt serves on board of Hunt Midwest Enterprises, a real estate development company, and serves on the Board of Managers of Trinity Hunt Partners, a private equity investor.
Hunt graduated first in his class at Southern Methodist University in 1987, where he was a four-year letterman and captain of the Mustangs nationally-ranked soccer team. Hunt has served as a member of board of Trustees since 2008 and was named one of the SMU Cox School of Business Outstanding Young Alumni in 2004. He is also a member of the St.Mark’s School of Texas Board of Trustees and serves as Vice President of the Board and Chairman of the Executive Committee. He and his wife, Tavia, reside in Dallas, TX with their three children-Gracie, Knobel and Ava.
Frederic D. Sewell
Frederic D. Sewell has extensive experience in the oil and gas industry. He was the co-founder of Netherland, Sewell & Associates, Inc. (NSAI), a worldwide oil and gas consulting firm, where he served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer until his retirement in 2007. Sewell is at present the President and Chief Executive Officer of Sovereign Resources LLC, an exploration and production company.
Sewell has over 50 years of experience as a petroleum engineer, beginning when he joined Humble Oil and Refining Company (which became Exxon USA) and served at several levels in the District, Regional and Headquarters offices. Sewell then joined a Dallas independent exploration company as Vice President of Engineering with responsibilities including drilling and acquisitions. He joined Clarence M. Netherland as a partner and they formed NSAI in 1971.
During his career with NSAI, Sewell established relationships with many of the leading energy firms in the United States and gained extensive knowledge of domestic and international oil and gas operations. Sewell managed the growth of NSAI into one of the most respected worldwide upstream petroleum consulting organizations in the world. Sewell has expertise and extensive knowledge in petroleum engineering, the geology of North American oil and gas basins and the estimation of oil and gas reserves.
Michael W. Mitchell
Michael W. Mitchell is founder and CEO of Mitchell Energy Advisors, LLC, which is an investment banking firm specializing in the origination, structuring and completion of M&A, recapitalization and financial advisory engagements as well as capital formation for independent oil and gas companies. Over his career, Mitchell has executed oil and gas transactions with an aggregate value of approximately $10 billion.
Mitchell has over 30 years of extensive oil and gas finance experience. Prior to forming Mitchell Energy Advisors in 2003, Mitchell served as Managing Director and Dallas Office head of the Investment Banking Group for Friedman Billings & Ramsey (FBR). He was formally affiliated with EnCap Investments as President and Managing Director of EnCap Energy Advisors specializing in providing comprehensive corporate finance services as well as private equity to the energy sector. Prior to EnCap, Mitchell was Senior Vice President and Managing Director with a predecessor to JP Morgan Chase heading the banks oil and gas practice. Mitchell is a holder of the Series 7, Series 24, Series 79 and Series 99 FINRA securities registrations.
Mitchell received his BBA from the University of Texas Austin with a dual major in Finance and Petroleum Land Management. He is a graduate of the Southwestern School of Banking at Southern Methodist University. He is actively involved in in oil and gas groups including the Dallas Petroleum Club where he has served as a past President and Board member. He is also a member of IPAA, TIPRO and a former Board member of the Dallas Wildcat Committee.