NICKELSON ASSOCIATES Nickelson & Associates, LLC, based in Houston, Texas is a boutique executive search firm specializing in the recruitment

of experienced energy professionals involved in the upstream and midstream hydrocarbon industries. Our client companies include supermajors, national oil companies, large Independents, publicly traded middle market companies, master limited partnerships, and privately owned companies, along with venture capital and private equity funded organizations. Functionally, we concentrate in exploration, production, pipeline transportation and storage throughout North America and Internationally. Our upstream and midstream group is divided regionally by Appalachia, Houston, Mid-Continental (Kansas, Oklahoma, North and West Texas), the Rocky Mountains, Calgary, Alaska and California. We have successfully completed assignments in, Bakersfield, Calgary, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Denver, Fort Worth, Houston, Los Angeles, Midland, Oklahoma City, Santa Barbra and Tulsa. Since inception, Nickelson Associates has been guided by its founding principles. Foremost, the consultants of Nickelson Associates hold the highest of ethical standards, along with an unsurpassable level of personal service, an unmatched dedication to quality, and a unique 'value-add' approach. This philosophy and methodology are consistently demonstrated in Nickelson Associates unparalleled research capabilities, the full utilization of firm resources on every project, and the timeliness with which we complete our assignments. Built on the research first published in “Impending Crisis,” and expanded upon in “Employer of Choice,” “The War for Talent,” “Topgrading” and “The Truth about Managing People,” a CERS credentialed search firm, Nickelson Associates will be able to provide a unique and extended service. ACCESS As a leading executive search firm focused on global natural resources, Nickelson Associates is uniquely positioned to serve clients across key specializations and geographies. Nickelson Associates consultants are among the most accomplished professionals in the recruitment of leading talent. Our access to the industry's most accomplished professionals is based on long-standing relationships with leading energy organizations. As a matter of course, we identify, track and assess the careers of promising professionals throughout the industry. Because Nickelson Associates only serves exploration, production and midstream clients, we bring an unparalleled depth of knowledge and grasp of marketplace realities to each mandate. Our consultants have a finely-tuned sense of the market and are able to offer each client expert advice, regardless of their size or location. CREDIBILITY With years of practical experience in the sectors they cover, Nickelson Associates consultants have developed their reputations and earned their credibility in the marketplace. Our consultants are considered experts in human capital and energy markets. We are recognized as persuasive advocates for our clients. Our consultants stimulate prospects' interest in specific opportunities and objectively educate them about the clients' strengths and weaknesses. Likewise, we assess prospects' suitability for a given role before introducing them to the client. In turn, our clients meet only with the best and brightest candidates; those who can truly add value to their organization. REACH Our consultants know their markets intimately and are mindful of the subtleties that distinguish different cultures. We often assess talent in various geographies on behalf of our clients. From privately owned companies to super majors, Nickelson Associates has earned an unparalleled reputation for working with clients to solve problems. Nickelson Associates consultants are known for their thorough approach to search. We pride ourselves on our access to the industry's top professionals and our ability to introduce clients to a diverse slate of candidates. We take great pride in the long-term relationships that we have developed with our clients and candidates. Our approach to executive search has been to partner with our clients as their advisor on all matters related to maximizing their human capital. Candidates have also come to rely on our market knowledge and experience to help guide them through their careers. As specialists in exploration, production and midstream executive recruiting, Nickelson Associates offers clients and candidates not only exceptional recruitment services, but also the sophisticated industry insight and competitive intelligence that they need to take advantage of the various market opportunities that arise. Integrity, discretion, and sound judgment have always been, and always will be, the hallmark of our firm.

RON NICKELSON, MANAGING DIRECTOR Ron L. Nickelson CPC/CTS, CERS has extensive experience in the energy industry, mainly in the formation of high level corporate executive teams for public and private companies. Ron is currently the Managing Director of Nickelson & Associates, a company he founded after having served as the Global Practice Leader Natural Resources and Energy practice of Addison Search, a specialized staffing firm that provides highly qualified personnel, on either a temporary project or permanent placement basis, primarily in the areas of finance and accounting, information technology, geological, engineering, legal, and land administration to a diverse client base of mid-sized businesses as well as Fortune 500 companies. The company was founded in 1999 and has offices in downtown and suburban Chicago, Boston, Dallas, New York and Houston. Prior to Addison Search, Ron was the Upstream Americas Energy practice leader of the executive search firm Global Recruiters® Network of Houston Incorporated, with over 167 offices worldwide where he was recognized as the 2007 National Recruiter of the Year. He has also been recognized as one of the top (50) energy executive recruiters by several national organizations each year from 2006 through 2008, being awarded the Certified Temporary Staffing Specialist (CTS), Certified Personnel Consultant (CPC) along with the Certified Employee Retention Specialist (CERS) professional certifications. Ron became involved in the recruiting industry after a successful career in finance and venture capital which transitioned into a majority ownership position in a nationally branded manufacturing company, which was subsequently sold. He received a BBA in Marketing and Communications while attending Texas Christian University (TCU) while on a Division I Football Scholarship. Ron is an active member of the Independent Petroleum Association (IPAA), Houston Producers Forum, Geophysical Society of Houston (GHS), Houston Geological Society (HGS), Houston Association of Professional Landmen (HAPL) and the American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL) organizations.

NICKELSON & ASSOCIATES, LLC South Shore Harbour Center Marina View Building 2600 South Shore Boulevard, Suite 300 League City, Texas 77573 Office: (281) 245-3295 Fax: (832) 201-5391 Email Us Nickelson & Associates, LLC is located in the Marina View Building at South Shore Harbour Center in the heart of South Shore Harbour with views of the lake and marina. Our location in League City, Texas is within 30 minutes of downtown Houston and Hobby Airport. Map Ron L. Nickelson CPC/CTS, CERS Managing Director Cell: (832) 385-1728 Email

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