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Riviera-Ensley Energy Advisors

Since 1992, the principals of Riviera-Ensley Energy Advisors have been facilitating the acquisition and divestiture of oil & gas properties. Riviera-Ensley offers a strong finance background, a solid day-to-day working knowledge of the oil and gas industry and an extensive network of qualified buyer.

Riviera - Ensley Team
Left to right: Steve Guyton - Rocky Valdes - Art Ensley - Jim Dewhirst - Todd Larsson - John Gray

Art Ensley
- Managing Director

Art Ensley  graduated from the University of Colorado with a bachelors’ degree in Mineral Land Management.  He held various land and business development positions with BP Exploration and related entities (Sohio Petroleum Company, Standard Oil Production Company, Tex/Con Oil & Gas) for 11 years.  After leaving BP in 1991, Art and his wife Linda formed Ensley Properties, Inc. (EPI). Art was employed by Cody Energy, Inc. as Vice President of Acquisitions and Land. Through EPI, and as an employee of Cody, Art was a principal contributor to numerous transactions resulting in Cody’s asset foundation.  Since the formation of EPI, Art has acted as the principal advisor for EPI clients in producing properties, acreage, drilling prospects and mid-stream asset transactions.  He resides in Houston, Texas.

Jim Dewhirst
Jim Dewhirst
- Marketing Manager

Jim Dewhirst graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1979 with bachelors’ degrees in Marketing and Management.  He started his career with BP Exploration and held various positions including natural gas marketing and trading.  After leaving BP in 1991, Jim was employed as an Account Executive with PG&E Resources Company.  Jim was responsible for gas supply, gas and crude oil marketing and special projects.  Since joining Ensley Properties, Inc. in 1995, Jim has been involved in numerous transactions totaling more than $500MM.  Transactions have included acquisitions and divestitures of producing properties and gas gathering systems as well as marketing prospects.  Jim resides in Houston, Texas.

John Gray
John T. Gray - Engineering Manager

John T. Gray graduated from Texas Tech University where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering.  He has 21 years experience in office supervision, field operations supervision, reservoir engineering and production engineering.  John worked for major oil companies and independent oil companies as both a direct hire and a consultant involved in active exploration programs, development programs, waterflood monitoring, as well as working/nonworking interest owner operations. He has experience in primary oil and gas, secondary waterflood, tertiary CO2, horizontal drilling and remedial operations.  He has spent most of his time working the Permian Basin, but has northern Michigan and onshore Gulf Coast operational experience as well.  He has worked as an engineer or consultant for such firms as Union Oil Company of California, H. L. Brown, Jr., Penwell Energy, Inc., Chevron Corporation and David H. Arrington Oil and Gas.  He resides in Midland, Texas.

Todd LarssonTodd A. Larsson - Operations Manager

Todd Larsson graduated from the University of Illinois – Springfield with Honors with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mathematical Sciences in 1995.  He began his career in the Petroleum Industry with Sipes, Williamson and Associates (now Williamson Petroleum Consultants), working as an Engineering Technician for six years.  He was responsible for constructing reservoir analysis reports, fair market value assessments, and secondary and enhanced recovery studies.  Todd joined Riviera Energy Corporation in 2007 as an Engineering Technician, became Operations Manager in 2008, and has participated in the designing, compiling, marketing and closing of numerous oil and gas Acquisitions and Divestitures since his arrival. He resides in Midland, Texas.

Rocky ValdesRocky Valdes- Engineering Technician

Rocky Valdes graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1976 and completed a Masters Degree in 2001 from Sul Ross State University.  He served the Midland Independent School District as a classroom teacher and school administrator for 14 years.  He also has 18 years of experience as a Petroleum Engineering Technician with Sipes, Williamson and Associates (now Williamson Petroleum Consultants) and T. Scott Hickman and Associates, two prominent reservoir engineering firms in Midland, Texas.  His experience with those firms included the development of annual reserves reports, reserve evaluations for acquisitions and mergers, due diligence reports, secondary recovery studies and fair market value opinions.  Valdes joined Riviera Energy Corporation in 2008 where he has participated in the publishing, marketing and closing of several oil and gas acquisitions and divestitures.  He resides in Midland, Texas.

John Stephen (Steve) Guyton
- Geologist

Steve has been involved in all aspects of the oil and gas exploration and production business for the past 45 years. This has included the development of oil and gas drilling prospects, production evaluation, lease purchase negotiations, joint interest agreements, AFE preparation, drilling operations, purchasing of third party services, reserve estimation, lease operating expense review and other functions related to geology, land, engineering and corporate management.

Steve is an independent oil operator/consultant generating prospects and raising drilling capital for various ventures. Steve has been associated with Riviera Energy Corporation for approximately the last 2 years. He has consulted and worked with many companies over his career including: Midland Resources, Banner Energy, Frio Gas Pipeline, L.C., Hanson Corporation, Dan A. Hughes Company, Great Western Drilling Company, Coseka Resources, Richmond Petroleum Company, and Quay Valley Inc. (formerly Highland Production Company), Lyco Energy Corporation, Belcor (formerly Transierra Exploration Company) as Vice President, Exploration, MGF Oil Corporation as Vice President, Exploration, Champlin Petroleum Company as Area Geologist, Texaco, Inc. as Exploration Geologist, and Pennzoil Company (formerly Union Producing Company) as a Geologist and Geological Scout.

Mr. Guyton attended Colgate University from 1955-1959 where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in June 1959. He majored in Geology, and minored in Economics. He was a member of ATO Fraternity, Manager of the Football team and a member of the Junior Honor Society. Steve then went on to attend the University of Michigan where he received a Master of Science Degree in Geology in 1960.

Steve is a member of many professional affiliations such as the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, South Texas Geological Society, and the West Texas Geological Society.

James E. Fulp
Jr. - Webmaster / Marketing / Technical Support

Jim has over 20 years in the Texas oil and gas industry. In 1975, Jim completed studies at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces New Mexico. With minors in Geology and Electrical Engr. He received a BA in Journalism, Mass Communications, Photojournalism, Cinematography, Advertising and Television Production. Jim also completed studies toward a Masters Degree in Counseling and Educational Psychology.

Previous experience includes, Production Manager of a Custom, Commercial Photographic and Production Lab, Marketing Manager for a Fortune 500 multi-media corporation. From 1995 to 1998 he served as VP-Corporate Development of an Austin based independant Oil & Gas Company. In 1999 Jim founded Focus Digital Marketing Services and is sole owner of the company.

Since 1989 Mr. Fulp has been involved full time, in the funding, development, marketing and illustration of numerous oil & gas drilling projects and oil & gas related websites throughout the State of Texas and Oklahoma. As a consultant his comprehensive understanding of the oil & gas industry and marketing, is contributing to delivering Riviera's message with Focus, Speed, Clarity, Accuracy and Impact!

Adam Ray - IT Technician

Mr. Ray has 11 years of experience in the IT industry. His first account involved resolving issues and developing solutions for the current limitations of the Windows for Workgroups 3.11 systems installed at Abell Junior High School.

Mr. Ray chartered his first IT Company in 1999 that catered to both home users and corporate accounts. Mr. Ray graduated in May 2002 from Lee High School, located in Midland, Texas. In late 2002 Mr. Ray departed from the Midland market to attend the University of Texas at Austin, Aug 2002 - present. Mr. Ray is currently in the final stages of completing his Bachelors of Science Degree in Computer Science from UT at Austin.

While developing his current business as an independent IT consultant Mr. Ray has specialized in the planning, migrating, installation, and maintenance of Windows Server 2000 and Windows Server System 2003 based domain architectures. A thorough knowledge of Active Directory allows him to do this with the utmost of precision.

Mr. Ray takes great care at insuring his clients get the utmost productivity from their IT investment. Mr. Ray has been consulting with Riviera Energy Corporation since April 2004.

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