Chief Executive & Director
Mr. Ronca is a seasoned oil and gas executive with over 30 years experience of growing and monetizing assets. His responsibilities include strategy, acquisition, divestitures, capital market activities and overall administrative coordination. He has been active in the Barnett Shale for the past ten years where he has served in the capacity of Chairman for a private company before taking control of EagleRidge in 2009. Prior to his activities in the Barnett he founded an oil and gas division of Tenneco Inc., later acquired it and took it public on the NYSE where he served as CEO. He later merged his company with Lomak Petroleum creating Range Resources where he served as COO.
Mr. Ronca has a BS degree from Villanova University and an MBA from Drexel University.
Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Grawe has a broad range of experience in production, land, legal, contracts, and regulatory activities and is a seasoned oil and gas executive. Mr. Grawe has over 37 years of experience with Texas Oil & Gas Corp., Oryx Energy Company, Union Pacific Resources Corporation and has been active in the Barnett Shale for the past ten years. During his career he has supervised and managed activities in drilling, completions, land, regulatory, engineering and legal and has managed over 25 acquisitions. He was a founding partner in Crimson Energy Company which was formed in 1998 and sold in 2004 for more than $100 million.
Mr. Grawe graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a major in Petroleum Land Management.
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Bruce is a solutions-oriented individual experienced in working with complex and diversified Fortune 500 companies. As a seasoned senior financial and audit executive, Mr. Bruce brings with him over 25 years of a broad range of experiences within the energy, government and other sectors. He has been the Chief Audit Executive for several Fortune 500 companies. He has also directed strategy for industry groups related to oil and gas, energy, healthcare & government, manufacturing, construction, and other industrial services while at PwC. Previously, Mr. Bruce served as Director and South Region Practice Leader in the Internal Controls division of Jefferson Wells, VP and General Auditor for Lyondell Chemical Company, VP of Corporate Compliance and Internal Audit at Dynegy, Inc. and as Director of Strategic Risk Services at PWC.
Mr. Bruce holds his CPA license from the State of Texas and received his B.S. in Business Administration from Morgan State University and his M.B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh.
SVP, Business Development
Mr. Means is responsible for identifying new business opportunities and fund raising for ERE. Mr. Means has 30 years of experience building businesses and successfully completing numerous capital raising efforts in various industry sectors. He started his career by founding Rig Air, Inc. an oil & gas services company with locations in a five state region. From there he went into the capital market industry as a founder of a NASD registered regional broker dealer located in Houston Texas. After selling the broker dealer in the mid 90’s he participated in various startups as founder, advisor or board member. In 2004, he joined the investment banking firm of Sanders, Morris, Harris where he focused on M&A and capital markets efforts in the oil & gas industry. Mr. Means holds a degree in Business Administration and FINRA Series 7 & 63 securities licenses.
Mr. Ashton began his career in the petroleum industry working as a Stimulation Field Engineer for Schlumberger Well Services in 2003 throughout the Rocky Mountain Region. In 2005, he joined Weatherford in Fort Worth, TX, as their District Engineer. In 2007, Mr. Ashton joined Ely & Associates, Inc. as a Completion Engineer Consultant. He designed completion projects for various operators throughout the continental U.S. including: ExxonMobil, Encana Oil & Gas, Carrizo Oil & Gas, ConocoPhillips, Chesapeake Energy and Newfield Exploration. Mr. Ashton joined ERE as their Engineering Manager in 2010 and is their VP of Operations, responsible for drilling, completion and workover operations. Mr. Ashton holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from The Ohio State University and is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.
Mr. Miller has been with ERE since May 2010. Prior to joining ERE, Mr. Miller worked for Petro Capital Group, an energy-focused private equity fund with a connected investment banking arm. Mr. Miller assists Mr. Ronca in finance functions at EagleRidge and is responsible for day-to-day lender and equity sponsor management, hedging, corporate finance, investor relations and other financial matters. Mr. Miller received a B.A. in International Affairs with a concentration in International Economics from The George Washington University and held FINRA Series 7 & 63 securities licenses while working for Petro Capital.
Before joining EagleRidge Energy, Mr. Kennedy served as a geologist in upstream exploration and development with Brigham Exploration, Neff Oil & Gas, Rosewood Resources, Dallas Exploration and working as an independent for several years. He has vast experience in the Permian Basin, Anadarko Basin, East Texas Basin, Gulf Coast, Powder River Basin as well as the Barnett Shale. Mr. Kennedy is a graduate of Trinity University where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Geology. Also an avid sailor, Mr. Kennedy has obtained the distinguished level of Master of Yachts with the British Royal Yachting Association.