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
Vice President of Exploration
Chief Technology Officer
Director of Finance and Administration
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.