As an industry veteran with more than 25 years of experience in managerial and technical roles across a diverse portfolio of assets, Danny has a unique ability to identify strategic, value-adding opportunities and optimize their development potential. A hands-on technical expert, he develops and leads multidisciplinary teams to maximize engineering, geoscience, operational and commercial impact. Danny is an established leader in the industry and emphasizes strategic direction and delivering “best total value” solutions.
Most recently prior to founding Forge Energy, Danny served as the Rockies Development Manager for ConocoPhillips (COP), where he oversaw a complex portfolio of assets, including the high-profile Bakken Shale development, and managed an annual capital budget of more than $200 million. He directed the world’s largest line-drive horizontal waterflood in the Williston Basin and oversaw the deep, sour gas, high-volume Madden Field in central Wyoming. His team reduced drilling costs by 20 percent in the Bakken, increased reserves and production by more than 30 percent and recognized more than 200 MMBOE of additional probable reserves.
Prior to COP, Danny spent 27 years with Burlington Resources (BR), ultimately as the Business Development Manager for the company’s Mid-Continent division. In this capacity he was responsible for comprehensive technical and commercial assessment of most major producing provinces in the United States. Largely focused on assessing emerging unconventional resources, his leadership was instrumental in strategic entry into the Bakken Shale, Barnett Shale and Piceance Basin, with closed transactions totaling more than $500 million. Danny structured numerous innovative transactions to optimize the overall performance of the business unit and leverage resources for continued growth. Danny was instrumental in transforming the Mid-Continent division into the highest performing operating unit within BR.
Danny holds a Bachelor of Science in petroleum engineering from Texas Tech University and is a member of the Texas Tech Petroleum Advisory Board. He is involved with youth programs, missionary efforts and philanthropic endeavors through his church.