Board of Directors
Michael G. Long
ChairmanMr. Long is an experienced financial executive with over 35 years of oil and gas related management, corporate finance, capital markets, risk management and strategic planning activities for both private and public oil and gas companies. Mr. Long is currently a member of the Board of Directors of S&A Resources, a Denham Capital backed private equity upstream oil and gas start-up company focused on the Eagle Ford. Prior to joining the Board of Directors of S&A Resources, Mr. Long was the Chief Financial Officer for Sanchez Energy Corporation (NYSE:SN) and privately held Sanchez Oil and Gas Corporation and its affiliates. Mr. Long also held the positions of EVP and CFO of Edge Petroleum Corporation and Vice President of Finance for W&T Offshore.
DirectorJohn Johanning is the Technical Director of Värde’s energy business. Based in Houston, he joined the firm in 2017. Prior to joining Värde, Mr. Johanning was a Vice President at Evercore in Houston, where he was influential in numerous A&D transactions and mergers totaling over $10 Billion in transaction value. Mr. Johanning began his career as a Reservoir Engineer at BP, where he developed oil and gas assets across several US Basins. Mr. Johanning graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering.
DirectorMarkus Specks is a Managing Director of Värde Partners, Inc. and Head of the firm’s Houston office. Mr. Specks leads Värde’s energy business, and has experience managing credit, equity, and structured asset-level investments across the energy sector. He also serves on Värde’s Investment Committee, as well as several Boards of private energy companies. Prior to joining Värde in 2008, Mr. Specks worked in investment banking at Lazard, focusing on middle-market M&A advisory. Mr. Specks holds a B.A. in Government from Lawrence University in Wisconsin.
DirectorMr. Brandolini was appointed to Lilis Energy’s Board of Directors beginning in February 2014. Mr. Brandolini is a general partner of Scorpion Capital Partners, L.P., a private equity firm organized as a small business investment company (SBIC). Mr. Brandolini co-founded Rosecliff, Inc. in 1993 and served as its Managing Director. Mr. Brandolini served as Assistant Treasurer of Allianz Funds. Prior to 1993, he served as a Vice President at Salomon Brothers Inc., where he was an investment banker involved in mergers and acquisitions in the Financial Entrepreneurial Group. He served as the President and Principal at The Baltheus Group and a Principal and Executive Vice President of Logic Capital Corp. Mr. Brandolini began his career as an investment banker at Lazard Freres & Co. Mr. Brandolini served as the Chairman of Lilis Energy, Inc. since April 24, 2014 until January 14, 2016. Mr. Brandolini served as the Chairman at Northern Gold Mining Inc. since May 6, 2013 and has been its Director since January 17, 2012. Mr. Brandolini serves as a Lead Director of Northern Gold Mining Inc. Mr. Brandolini has been a Director of LifePoint, Inc. since September 29, 2003, Lilis Energy, Inc. since February 13, 2014. He has been an Independent Director of Cheniere Energy, Inc. since 2000.
Mr. Steinsberger is a petroleum engineer with 31 years of experience in oil and gas exploration and development. He began his career with Mitchell Energy and served as the Completion Manager for Mitchell from 1995 to 2002, where he piloted the Company’s fracking technique and developed the slick water frac, pioneering the current oil and gas shale boom. Mr. Steinsberger then served as the Completion Manager for Devon Energy after Devon’s acquisition of Mitchell Energy. In 2005 he founded Steinsberger Tight Gas Consulting, where he has drilled and completed wells in the Barnett, Fayetteville, Woodford, Wolfcamp, Utica, Bakken and Marcellus Shales. Mr. Steinsberger is regarded as an expert in the field of unconventional well completion and is responsible for the drilling and completion of over 1,000 wells in his career. He holds a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Texas.