1. Stuart J. Doshi, Chairman President and CEO of GeoPetro Resources Company
Stuart J. Doshi has extensive experience in the founding, management, financing, and operation of energy businesses. Mr. Doshi has been actively engaged in the energy business for the past 40 plus years. During his career he has served in the roles of Chairman, CEO, President, Managing Director, Executive Vice President, Senior Vice President, Director of Planning and Finance Manager within the energy industry. Mr. Doshi began his energy industry career with Natomas Company in 1970. He held various positions of increasing responsibility in corporate planning, corporate development and financial management with Natomas. Mr. Doshi’s activities covered international oil and gas exploration and production, domestic oil and gas exploration and production, geothermal energy production and development, coal production and development, and petroleum trading and marketing activities. During his time at Natomas, Mr. Doshi oversaw sales to global markets of tens of millions of barrels of oil from its Indonesian oilfields. After leaving Natomas in 1985, Mr. Doshi served as a Senior Vice President of Energy Sources Group until 1988. Mr. Doshi then served as Executive Vice President of Pan Pacific Petroleum, Inc. from 1988 to 1991. Immediately prior to forming GeoPetro, Mr. Doshi was the Managing Director of Sierra Overseas Corporation. Mr. Doshi has been involved in taking energy companies public on the Toronto Stock Exchange and on the American Stock Exchange (now NYSE MKT). Mr. Doshi co-founded GeoPetro in 1994 and has served as a director and President and Chief Executive Officer since inception and as Chairman of the Board since March 1998. Mr. Doshi is a graduate of the University of San Francisco with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and the University of California, Santa Barbara with a Master’s Degree in Economics.
2. Thomas D. Cunningham, Director
Mr. Cunningham has 40 plus years of experience in general management, with expertise in mergers and acquisitions, foreign exchange, sales, financial analysis and personnel management. Mr. Cunningham is currently on the board of the Connecticut River Museum and the World Ocean School. From 2003 to 2010, he served as Senior Vice President of OfficePower L.L.C., a privately owned company in the distributed generation business. Prior to joining OfficePower L.L.C., Mr. Cunningham served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Microban International,Ltd., a seller and licensor of branded additives from 2000 to 2003. From 1997 to 2000, Mr. Cunningham was a member of the Board and Executive Vice President of EMCOR Group, Inc. Prior to EMCOR, Mr. Cunningham was with Swiss Army Brands Inc. from 1994 to 1997, where he served on the Board of Directors and as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to that position, Mr. Cunningham spent 21 years with J.P. Morgan & Co., in various positions of increasing responsibility and last served as Managing Director in the Corporate Banking Group. Mr. Cunningham has served as a director of Geo Petro since April 2000 and presently is Chairman of its Audit Committee. Mr. Cunningham is a graduate of Harvard College with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Columbia University with a Master’s degree in Business Administration.
3. Christopher T. Czuppon,Director Managing Director of CC Natural Resource Partners, LLC and of Polaris Operating- Oil and Gas Company out of Dallas, Texas
Mr. Czuppon is a Principal, co-founder and Chief Financial Officer of Polaris Operating and also serves as a Managing Director of CC Natural Resource Partners, LLC. He has 20 years of experience in the energy corporate finance industry focusing his efforts in exploration and production, oilfield services, midstream, electric power and renewable and alternative fuels. Specifically, he has worked in the energy industry on the investment banking, business development and direct private investment aspects of the business. Prior to founding Polaris Operating and CC Natural Resource Partners, Mr. Czuppon was employed by Energy Capital Solutions, an energy focused investment bank, from February 2004 until March 2009. Mr. Czuppon served as lead banker and an integral deal team member on financing and advisory mandates as well as new business development for micro-cap and small-cap energy companies. Mr. Czuppon’s transaction experience for public and private companies includes 15 M&A transactions totaling $1.0 billion in value, 41 private placement transactions totaling $1.2 billion in total capital raised and 24 senior and mezzanine debt transactions totaling $1.2 billion in total debt capital raised. Mr. Czuppon was an Associate with the Hunt Oil Company’s business development and energy private equity group focusing on midstream oil and gas, oilfield services, and power transactions from 2003 to 2004. Prior to his role with the Hunt Oil Company, Mr. Czuppon worked for the Hunt Power Company as a financial analyst in a similar capacity. Mr. Czuppon has served as a director of GeoPetro since July 2010 and is presently a member of its Audit Committee. The board has determined that he is an “Audit Committee Financial Expert” as defined by SEC Rules. Mr. Czuppon earned a B.A. in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin with concentrations in money and banking and public finance.
4. J. Chris Steinhauser, Director
Mr. Steinhauser is a certified public accountant with 40 years of experience in the energy and financial services industries. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California with a Bachelor’s degree in Business and conducted graduate studies at the University of Denver Graduate Tax Program. Mr. Steinhauser began his career with Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. (KPMG) from 1981 through 1984. From September 1987 through January, 1998, Mr. Steinhauser was employed by Sharon Energy Ltd. and Sharon Resources, Inc., their operating subsidiary, ultimately serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the parent and President, COO and Director of the subsidiary. He is experienced in financial and SEC reporting, shareholder communications, tax filings, and other aspects of a public oil and gas exploration and production company. From January 1998 until June 2000, he was employed by Petrohawk Energy as a Director and Chief Financial Officer where his primary activities included Beta’s initial public offering and listing on Nasdaq NMS, business development and corporate acquisitions. From 2000 to 2010, Mr. Steinhauser was employed by GeoPetro Resources Company as its Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Finance. From April 2010 until September 2013 he served as EVP of M&A and CFO for Norse Energy Corp. and EVP of Inflection Energy from September 2013 until June 2014. In 2015 he cofounded Bridge Energy Partners as Manager and CFO until present. Mr. Steinhauser has served as a director of GeoPetro since October 2021 and is presently a member of its Audit Committee.