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
Donald F. Robillard, Jr.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Vice President of Exploration
Chief Technology Officer
Director of Finance and Administration
Board of Directors
Donald F. Robillard, Jr.
Don Robillard is CEO and Chairman of ES Xplore, LLC, a direct hydrocarbon indicator technology company (spin-out from Hunt Consolidated, Inc.) A 34 year employee of Hunt Oil and Hunt Consolidated, he served as executive vice president, chief financial officer and chief risk officer of Hunt Consolidated, as well as a director of both companies, until his retirement on January 31, 2017.
His experience with Hunt began in 1983 as the manager of international accounting. He was transferred to Yemen Hunt Oil Company in 1984 where he held various management roles, ultimately becoming vice president of finance. His experiences in Yemen included his participation in bringing the first oil from Yemen on to production, the development of 12 commercial oil fields and the construction of several major new gas facilities.
Prior to joining Hunt, Robillard was affiliated with the international division of Cities Service Oil Company, where he held various supervisory and managerial accounting posts, including negotiating accounting and business projects with partners and host governments in the Far East, Middle East, Africa and South America.
Robillard is an active member of Financial Executives International where he has served as a national and local chapter board member. In 2012, he was the recipient of the Financial Executives International Distinguished Service Award. Robillard was also recognized as one of the top corporate finance professionals in Dallas-Fort Worth as winner of D CEO Magazine’s 2012 Financial Executives Awards, where he was honored as the Outstanding CFO, in the Private Company category. In 2014, the Dallas Business Journal recognized Robillard with their CFO Lifetime Achievement Award. In both 2015 & 2016, Dallas CEO Magazine recognized Robillard as one of the 500 most influential business leaders in the city.
Robillard is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants and the National Association of Corporate Directors where he currently serves as a director of the North Texas Chapter. He is a former trustee and advisory board member of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, and has also served as president and as director of the Dallas Petroleum Club. He is a current member of the Dallas Wildcat Committee. Robillard also serves as a director of Helmerich & Payne, Inc. as well as Cheniere Energy, Inc.
Robillard is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), and earned a BBA from the University of Texas in Austin in 1975.
Jim White joined the company at its inception in August 2016 and serves as ES Xplore’s President of Operations and Business Development. 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.
Victor Liu is President of Hunt Energy Enterprises (HEE) where he leads Hunt Consolidated Incorporated’s energy technology venture development and investment business. Liu is Chairman of Motive Drilling Technologies, which was spun out of Hunt in August 2015 with new investors in GE Ventures and Formation 8 Capital. Prior to leading HEE, Liu was Vice President for Hunt Power where he helped develop Hunt’s InfraREIT business.
Before joining Hunt Power in 2006, Liu was active in high tech venture capital as a General Partner with Vortex Partners from 2000 to 2005 and Sevin Rosen Funds from 1999 to 2000. As a venture capitalist, he was active in internet infrastructure and wireless investment decisions that included Cyneta Networks (acquired by Tektronix), Navarro Networks (acquired by Cisco Systems), ipMobile (acquired by Cisco Systems), RealManage and GlobeRanger. Before his venture capital career, Liu worked in new product and new business commercialization as Director of Business Development for Cyrix Corporation (acquired by National Semiconductor) and as a product manager at Texas Instruments in the DLP™ business. Liu earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Economics from Southern Methodist University, and is a Harry S Truman Scholar.
Dan Meyer is Vice President with Hunt Consolidated Energy and an officer with Hunt Energy Enterprises. He works with multiple Hunt operating companies and is focused on business development, strategy and talent management. He has more than 25 years of experience in general management, private equity and executive recruiting.
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 and 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.
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.
Daniel Hunt was officially named President of FC Dallas in January 2014, after running the club’s operations on an interim basis the previous year. In addition to overseeing the club’s business operations, the 39-year-old Dallas, Texas, native also works closely with the technical staff as FC Dallas strives to bring the best to its fans on and off the field. Hunt is also in his eighth year as Vice President of Hunt Sports Group, the parent company of FC Dallas, and serves as a member of the MLS Board of Governors.
In addition to his responsibilities with FC Dallas, Hunt played a key role in the successful renovation of Arrowhead Stadium, which debuted in 2010. The $408 million modernization project provided Chiefs fans with the first-class amenities of the finest sports venues in the world while maintaining the distinct soul and mystique that make Arrowhead one of the most iconic stadiums in the NFL.
Aside from his involvement in the family’s professional sports teams, Hunt serves as Vice President and General Partner of Hilltop Capital Development, a privately owned real estate and oil and gas investment enterprise, and is a Partner in Warpaint Resources LLC, a private natural resources company focused on the acquisition, exploration, production and development of oil and gas assets in North America.
Warpaint Resources is a privately owned oil and gas company that has sold significant land positions to major operators, participated as a working interest partner in wells across four states and will be drilling new wells in southern Oklahoma. The company is also currently acquiring royalties and mineral interests across the United States with a heavy focus on the STACK and SCOOP plays of Oklahoma.
A 2000 graduate of Southern Methodist University, Hunt earned a degree in Business Administration and was a member of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. Prior to attending SMU, the Dallas native graduated from the St. Mark’s School of Texas in 1996. Daniel and his wife, Toni, have one daughter, Darlington Hunt. The Hunts are actively involved in a number of charities in North Texas including the Dallas Museum of Art where Hunt is a member of the Collections Committee, America Scores and Fashion Group International. In 2016 Hunt and Robert Casterline loaned their multi-million dollar football card collection to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Rated as the most valuable collection of football trading cards in the world, a portion of the collection will be on display at the Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.