About Us

Executive Management

Our key executives have significant industry experience serving as officers and managers of publicly and privately held upstream oil and gas companies and financial institutions. In our desire to become a successful player in the E&P industry, we have assembled a team of highly professional and experienced petroleum engineers, landmen and geologists. The team has substantially grown our business through the ability to evaluate, acquire, operate and exploit oil and gas assets.

Scott Y. Wood – President
Mr. Wood started career in 1981 with Liberty Oil and Gas in Oklahoma City as a Petroleum Landman and ventured out on his own developing prospects and acquiring oil and gas properties A purchase in 1990 eventually led him to Galveston Bay. Energy Reserves Group, LLC was subsequently formed and then after several acquisitions and divestitures including Plains Illinois Inc. and assets from Nuevo Energy, consolidated the remaining holdings into ERG Resources, L.L.C. He has 29 years in the industry and extensive expertise in acquisitions and operations. Having been raised in his family’s oil business in Kansas, he has a vast knowledge of acquiring and operating oil and gas properties in numerous basins.

R. Kelly Plato – Chief Financial Officer
R. Kelly Plato joined the Company in November 2012 and serves as the Chief Financial Officer of ERG Resources, LLC. Mr. Plato has over 21 years of engineering and executive experience. Prior to joining ERG, Mr. Plato served as Chief Investment Officer of NGP Capital Resources and he has served on the governing boards of several private and public oil and gas companies. Prior to NGP Capital Resources, he was a partner of Odyssey Energy Capital, LP, a private capital provider to the energy industry and successor to Mirant Americas Energy Capital, LP, where he was an investment professional responsible for origination, structuring and portfolio management. Mr. Plato has been directly responsible for originating, structuring and managing oil and gas investments valued, in aggregate, of more than $1 billion. Mr. Plato graduated with a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1992 and a J.D. from South Texas College of Law in 1996.

R. Bruce McConnell – Controller
Mr. McConnell joined the company in April 2012 to manage the entire finance and accounting function of all of the ERG companies. Prior to joining ERG, he was the VP Finance of Nabors Drilling USA and Ramshorn Investments, Inc. (Nabors E&P unit and former JV partner of ERG) for the last 10 years. In his role with Ramshorn, he also served as a board member of NFR Energy and Remora Energy, both joint ventures formed by Nabors and First Reserve Corporation. Prior to Nabors, Mr. McConnell held VP Finance positions with former Weatherford International subsidiaries Grant Prideco and Highland Pump Co. Prior to his industry experience, Mr. McConnell worked at several public accounting firms including Deloitte and Touche in Houston. He obtained his BBA in Accounting from McMurray University and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Doug W. Lacey - Land
Since 1982, Mr. Lacey has accumulated a diversified background in the oil and gas industry, including all duties associated with a seasoned corporate Petroleum Landman: oil & gas leases, farmouts, farmins, Joint Operating Agreements, fieldwide unitization, Purchase and Sale Agreements, acquisitions and divestitures. Mr. Lacey gained his experience through various positions with Gulf Oil Corporation, Chevron, Pennzoil and some smaller independents, managing fields located in the Texas Gulf Coast, East Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas and California. Mr. Lacey holds a BBA in Management from the University of Texas.

ERG Operating (California Management)

Phil Sorbet, President
Mr. Sorbet joined the company in June 2011 to run the entire California operation. He previously ran Nations Petroleum, a highly successful California startup that was sold to Occidental Petroleum in early 2011. Prior to Nations, Mr. Sorbet held senior management positions overseeing California operations for Torch Operating Company and Nuevo Energy.

Tom Counihan, Engineering Manager
Mr. Counihan joined the company in July 2011 to manage all engineering and G&G activities. He has over 30 years of industry and managerial experience in California. Mr. Counihan has held various management positions for Nuevo, PXP, Texaco, and Monterey Resources/Santa Fe Energy. While at PXP and Nuevo, he was responsible for creation of all development projects throughout California and added over 70 MMBOE of proved reserves.

Phillip Hosch – California Field Superintendent
Mr. Hosch joined ERG in June 2010 from Breitburn Energy where he was Field Superintendent for all operations at the Orcutt Field in Santa Maria, California. Mr. Hosch has over 40 years of direct experience in field operations with a primary emphasis in areas around Santa Barbara County. From 2004 – 2010, Mr Hosch reported to the California Division Manager and was responsible for 27 employees and various contractors, oversaw all aspects of field operations, reported to Management on field status and production and managed all projects to achieve production goals. Prior to Breitburn’s acquisition of the Orcutt field in 2004, Mr. Hosch worked in a similar capacity for ERG and substantially increased field production prior to the sale to Breitburn. Mr. Hosch has performed in similar capacities for Nuevo Energy and Unocal from 1970 – 2003.