President - Bill R. Orr has been involved in independent oil and gas production for over 32 years. He is responsible for supervision of all aspects of the investment program and strategy, as well as overall management. Over the past 17 years, Bill has teamed with entities such as ExxonMobil, El Paso Corporation, Shell Oil Company, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, Kerr-McGee Corporation, the Bass family (BEPCO), Pogo Producing Company, Hunt Oil Company, and Forest Oil Corporation to focus on large reserve potential oil and gas projects. Prior to 1997, Bill focused on exploration of shallow oil and gas wells in West Texas and New Mexico and founded University Gas Company & Delaware Natural Gas Company, two low-pressure casinghead gas gathering and liquids processing systems. Bill holds a B.A. in Business Finance from Oklahoma Panhandle State University.
Chief Operating Officer - Kirk Scoggins has been involved in the oil and gas industry for the past 31 years. Mr. Scoggins is responsible for drilling operations and management. He has spent the last four years leading operations for Lasso Partners, an Orr Energy Group company. Prior to that, he spent eight years as Vice President for Strategic Development and Operations at Raptor Resources, an oil and gas company in Texas. He also has been involved in several notable projects including the Jalmat Field (Lea County, NM) and Orange Dome (Orange County, TX). Prior to joining Raptor Resources, Mr. Scoggins spent 11 years as a financial structuring specialist in the energy finance group at Continental Bank in Houston, TX. He holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M and an M.B.A. from the University of Houston.
Oil & Gas Marketing and Operations - Doyle Valdez is responsible for day-to-day management and marketing of Paladin Petroleum’s oil and gas production. He has been in the energy industry for 31 years. In conjunction with his consulting role with Paladin Petroleum, Doyle is President of Valco Resource Management, Inc., an oil and gas production marketing and consulting firm. Doyle has also held senior positions with United Resources, LP, and EnerPro, Inc. He has conducted operations on over 750 wells, the marketing of oil and gas, as well as pipeline design and construction. Doyle is the past President of the Austin Independent School District Board of Trustees. He serves on the Board of the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders. Doyle holds a B.B.A. with concentration in finance from St. Edward’s University.
Vice President of Business Development - Blake R. Orr is Vice President of business development for Paladin Petroleum III, LLC.. Previously, he held leadership positions with Lasso Energy Partners and Orr Holdings, two of the Orr Entities, focusing on deal origination and technical analysis. Prior to joining Orr Holdings and Lasso Energy, Mr. Orr served on the Staff of Carole Keeton Strayhorn as Special Assistant to the Comptroller of the State of Texas on economic policy. Mr. Orr holds a B.S. in Economics and Finance from Southern Methodist University.
Contracts and Land Acquisition/Land Manager - Amber Yzaguirre has been in the oil and gas business for over 14 years. Ms. Yzaguirre started her career in an administrative capacity at United Oil and Minerals before working for Paladin Petroleum III, LLC. Amber helps to manage contracts and land acquisition while maintaining all well files and documents. She also works as office manager and provides direct assistance to Mr. Orr. Ms. Yzaguirre is a charter member of the Austin Young Chamber of Commerce and graduated with a BBA from St. Edwards University.
Production and Marketing - Libby James has worked as part of the production and marketing team for Paladin Petroleum III, LLC since 2008. She manages daily production, monthly allocations and all regulatory reporting through the Railroad Commission of Texas. She also conducts lease, well and production research through Drilling Info. Libby graduated magna cum laude from Texas Christian University and holds a B.F.A. She is a charter member of the Austin Young Chamber of Commerce.
Landman - Tim Dowdle has over 30 years of oil and gas experience. Prior to joining Paladin Petroleum, he was an independent Petroleum Landman focusing on the Permian Basin. He has a B.B.A. from the University of Texas (Austin) in Petroleum Land Management.
Geologist/Geophysicist - Tony J. Moherek has 38 years of E&P conventional/unconventional experience. He has led teams at Gulfstream Petroleum, Am-Tex Resources, Suemaur E&P, Apache and EDF. Tony has a B.S. in Geology from Rutgers and an M.S. in Geological Oceanography from Texas A&M.
Vendor Relations - Kathy joined Paladin Petroleum in 2017. Kathy Macias manages all vendor relations, including setting up MSAs, gathering bids and reviewing invoices. She also manages investor reports. Kathy has a BA of Psychology and MSSW from University of Texas at Arlington.
Accounting - Jackie Balsam has 38 years of oil and gas accounting experience. She joined Paladin Petroleum in 2017 and is responsible for all daily accounting including JIBs, revenue accounting and the general ledger.