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Executive Management

Cameron W. George

Chief Executive Officer
Cameron W. George is Chief Executive Officer of Mesquite Energy, Inc., a privately held independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company focused on the development of its properties in the Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas. Mr. George has over 20 years of oil and natural gas industry and investment banking experience. Most recently he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Sanchez Energy Corporation. Before joining Sanchez, Mr. George was a member of the founding team of Linn Energy, LLC and served in positions of increasing responsibility in finance and corporate development for more than a decade. Previously, he was an investment banker in the energy group at RBC Capital Markets, where he focused on public and private financings and mergers and acquisitions for the exploration and production, midstream and oilfield service sectors. Mr. George graduated summa cum laude with business honors and received a BBA from Southern Methodist University.

Gregory B. Kopel

Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Gregory B. Kopel serves as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Mesquite Energy. Prior to this, Mr. Kopel served in a similar capacity for Sanchez Energy Corporation. Mr. Kopel has deep experience in the oil and natural gas industry, having previously worked for Occidental Petroleum, Linn Energy and Breitburn Energy Partners. He began his career working at two international law firms. Mr. Kopel earned a BA with honors in Government from the University of Texas and holds a JD, magna cum laude, from the University of Houston.

Board of Directors

Brent Buckley

Brent Buckley is a managing director with Benefit Street Partners and is based in Texas. Prior to joining BSP in 2014, Mr. Buckley was a managing director at Centerbridge Partners, where he was the first investment professional to join its two founding partners. Mr. Buckley was responsible for building the distressed debt investing business, which included the firm’s research, analysis and investing in public and private securities. Prior to Centerbridge, he served as managing director for Deutsche Bank Securities, where he oversaw the research effort for the distressed products group. Mr. Buckley began his career at Merrill Lynch, where he worked on both the distressed and emerging markets trading desks. Mr. Buckley received a Master of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Arts & Sciences and a Bachelor of Science from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Chris Chaice

Chris Chaice is a Partner and the Head of Distressed Research at Brigade Capital Management, LP. Prior to joining Brigade, Mr. Chaice worked as an Analyst at Southpaw Asset Management, where he analyzed event-driven investment opportunities relating to bankruptcies, restructurings, mergers, liquidations, and litigation.  Prior to Southpaw, Mr. Chaice practiced law at Cahill Gordon & Reindel and Willkie Farr & Gallagher, where he specialized in capital markets transactions, primarily representing underwriters of high yield bonds and leveraged loans.  Mr. Chaice received a BA in Political Science from Syracuse University and a law degree, cum laude, from New York University School of Law.

Wilson B. Handler

Wilson B. Handler is a partner in the Natural Resources group at Apollo Global Management Inc. Prior to joining Apollo in 2011, Mr. Handler was an investment professional at First Reserve, where he was involved in the execution and monitoring of investments in the energy sector. Previously, he worked in the Investment Banking Division at Lehman Brothers in the Natural Resources group. Currently, Mr. Handler serves on the board of directors of Jupiter Resources, Resource Energy Partners, Tumbleweed Royalty I & II, DoublePoint Energy and Wolfcamp DrillCo and previously served as a director of EP Energy, Athlon Energy, American Petroleum Partners and CSV Midstream Solutions. Mr. Handler graduated from Dartmouth College with an AB in Economics and Government.

Nathan H. Van Duzer

Nathan H. Van Duzer is Managing Director, Special Situations at Fidelity Investments. In his role at Fidelity, he leads a team responsible for corporate reorganizations and restructurings in Fidelity’s High Income and Alternatives Division. In his 20-year career at Fidelity, he has worked on hundreds of in-court and out-of-court restructurings across a wide array of industries. Mr. Van Duzer has represented Fidelity investors’ interests as an observer on numerous corporate boards and currently serves as a director for Lucchese Bootmaker, Inc. He holds a BS from the United States Military Academy and a JD from the University of Virginia School of Law.

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