• Kenneth H. Hunter, III

    Chairman of the Board for Mustang Energy Resources, LLC (MER)

    Ken serves as the President of Vaquero Energy which is located in Bakersfield, California, whose affiliates own and control MER and he controls several other California based oil and gas producing entities. Ken is on the Board of Directors of the California Independent Petroleum Association and currently serves as its President He also serves on the board of the National Stripper Well Association and was its past from 2013- to 2014. Ken graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in Business Administration with a major in Accounting. He is a Certified Public Accountant.

    Ken worked in the field of public accounting with Deloitte and Touche at the beginning of his career, followed by several years with an independent Texas based oil company. Ken teamed with his father, Kenneth H. Hunter, Jr. in 1979 to start Hunter Resources and worked alongside his Dad until his passing in 2000. Ken formed VE in 2001. . Ken is a member of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He has served on the Board of Trustees of the Santa Ynez School District. Ken is married to his wife of 41 years and resides in Santa Ynez, California.

  • Chuck Dobie


    Chuck has more than 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry and holds degrees in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Oklahoma and University of Southern California (MS). Prior to transferring to Denver, CO to run Mustang Resources, Chuck was President of PetroRock, LLC in California, a VE affiliated entity.

    Before PetroRock, Chuck served as Operations Manager for Vaquero Energy and its related entities. From 2005 to 2009 Chuck was Executive Vice President for Ivanhoe Energy (USA) managing assets in California and Texas culminating with the sale of the company to Seneca Resources, Inc. He was Vice President of Engineering and Operations for San Joaquin Facilities Management, Inc. from 1999-2005; and prior to that worked as Production Manager for Crutcher-Tufts Production Company.

  • Joseph Young


    Joe has ten years of experience in the oil and gas industry. He obtained his degree in Accounting from the University of Utah and is a CPA. He joins us from Antero Resources where he was Accounting Manager in charge of internal financial reporting, monthly close, and consolidation processes.

    Prior to Antero, Joe served in many management and executive positions within public and private companies. He is a former auditor for PricewaterhouseCoopers in the Silicon Valley area.

  • Jacinda Brown


    Jacinda has almost 15 years of experience in the industry and holds a BS in Geology from the University of North Carolina. Jacinda came to Mustang from Caerus Oil and Gas, where she worked as their Rockies Geologist running the geologic operations for their assets in the Piceance Basin, Green River Basin, DJ Basin, San Juan Basin and Central Kansas. Prior to Caerus she worked at Resolute Energy Corporation as an exploration geologist in the Powder River Basin and production geologist at the Aneth Field for a CO2 Flood in the Paradox Basin.

    Preceding her tenure at Resolute, Jacinda worked as Delta Petroleum’s Lead Geologist on their Piceance Basin asset, developing it from its infancy to over 195 producing wells. Jacinda is an active geologist in the Denver oil and gas community; in 2013 she served on the Board of Directors for the Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists.

  • Matt Smith

    Production Superintendent

    Matt is responsible for operations and engineering and has almost 15 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, both on land and offshore. He received his undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Virginia, and his MBA from CSU-Bakersfield. Prior to moving to Colorado, Matt worked as a production and drilling engineer for Vaquero Energy in Bakersfield, California.

    Before Vaquero Energy, Matt worked as a production and drilling engineer for Aera Energy from 2007-2012, also in Bakersfield. Matt began his career as a well services field engineer for Schlumberger from 2001-2007, working in Wyoming, then offshore in the Gulf of Mexico from both Houston, Texas and New Orleans, Louisiana.