Red Willow Production Company

Leadership Team

Our management team has substantial industry experience.  We have a strong culture supporting safety and environmental protection, and we strive to be a good partner and responsible operator.

Jason Hooten, Executive Vice President – Onshore

 Jason Hooten
Executive Vice President – Onshore

Responsible for the financial performance and strategic direction of Red Willow’s Rocky Mountain and Permian Basin investments, Mr. Hooten joined Red Willow in 2002, working in roles of increasing responsibility within the Geoscience and Exploration disciplines.  Prior to joining Red Willow, Mr. Hooten spent his early career in geology roles with companies such as Pacific Western Technologies, Southwest Geophysical, and Enervest Operating.  Mr. Hooten earned a Bachelor of Science, cum laude in Geology from Fort Lewis College and a Master of Science, Distinction in Geology from Northern Arizona University.

Rich Smith, Executive Vice President – Offshore

Richard L. (Rich) Smith
Executive Vice President – Offshore

Mr. Smith joined Red Willow in November 2014.  Prior to joining Red Willow, Mr. Smith served in a similar Executive VP role at Venari Resources and at Stone Energy.  He also served as General Manager at Dominion and in various domestic and international assignments at Exxon.  Mr. Smith has more than 30 years of oil and gas experience and earned a Master’s Degree in Geology and a Bachelor’s degree in Marine Sciences, both from Texas A&M University.  He also completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University.

Keith Correira, Chief Financial Officer

Keith Correira
Chief Financial Officer

Responsible for finance and accounting at Red Willow, Mr. Correira began his energy industry career with Kinder Morgan, Inc. in Lakewood, Colorado.  He joined Red Cedar Gathering Company, the Southern Ute Indian Tribe’s midstream company on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation, in 2008 as Controller, and later became Chief Financial Officer.  Mr. Correira is a licensed CPA in the state of Colorado.  He holds a BS in Accounting from Golden Gate University and an MS in Accounting from the University of Colorado.

Pete Joslin

Pete Joslin
Vice President of Business Development and Reservoir Technologies

Responsible for leading business development and commercial activities for Red Willow Production Company, Mr. Joslin began his 38-year career as a geologist for Amoco Production Co. in Houston, Texas.  He started working reservoir geology for EOR projects in West Texas and later moved to international assignments, working exploitation, exploration, and new venture projects in Egypt, Jordan, Kenya, and Norway.  Subsequently, Mr. Joslin moved into project evaluations and business development with progressive responsibilities with Hess, Enterprise Oil, Deloitte, BHP Billiton, Venoco, and Swift Energy before joining Red Willow.  Mr. Joslin holds a BS in Geology from the University of Wisconsin, an MS in Geology from Northern Illinois University, and an MBA from the University of Houston.

John Larkin, Vice President of Operations

John Larkin
Vice President of Operations

Responsible for the Operations Department, managing the daily activities on all Red Willow operated properties, Mr. Larkin’s team is accountable for production, well servicing, engineering, procurement, construction, and maintenance.  Mr. Larkin began his career in the oil and gas industry in Bakersfield, CA with Tenneco Oil Company before moving to the San Juan Basin where he held various supervisory and managerial positions with Amoco and BP.  He has over 40 years in the industry in both midstream and upstream operations.  Mr. Larkin has been an employee of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe’s Growth Fund since 2010 and served as the Director of Construction for both Red Cedar Gathering and Aka Energy before joining Red Willow in 2013.

Ember Michel

Ember Michel
Environmental Health & Safety Manager

Responsible for Environmental Health and Safety of all Red Willow assets, Ms. Michel’s team is accountable for fostering Red Willow’s safety culture, promoting environmental stewardship, and ensuring regulatory compliance.  Ms. Michel has been working in environmental, health, and safety disciplines in the oil and gas industry since 2007.  She started her career with Kinder Morgan as the Corporate Safety and Security Supervisor and then accepted a new challenge as the Regional Health, Safety, Security, Environmental and Community Manager for Trafigura.  Ms. Michel joined the Southern Ute Indian Tribe in 2013 and Red Willow in 2016.  Ms. Michel earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resource Management from Colorado State University and a Master of Science degree in Environmental Policy and Management from the University of Denver Sturm College Of Law.

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