WHO IS LIBERTY
Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, Liberty Oilfield Services is a premier hydraulic fracturing services company. Our professional team of well-trained, highly experienced individuals, combined with our proprietary technology and robust inventory of state-of-the-art equipment, optimizes production results at reduced costs for our valued clients. Our passion and dedication to deliver industry-leading results is only matched by our unsurpassed commitment to health, safety and environmental (“HSE”) standards. From the Permian Basin to the DJ Basin, Williston Basin and Powder River Basin, we provide customer-focused service in a flexible, safe and consistent manner. Our fleets offer the latest innovations in custom fluid systems, perforating strategies and pressure analysis techniques.
Liberty’s emphasis on data analytics is deployed during job execution through the use of real-time feedback on variables that maximizes customer returns by improving cost-effective hydraulic fracturing operations. The attention to detail results in faster well completions, limited downtime and enhanced production results for our customers.
While Liberty’s key competitive advantages are many in number, none are more important than our people.
Our deeply-rooted, employee-centered culture and reputation for safety has enabled us to obtain projects from industry leaders with some of the most demanding safety and operational requirements. Our highly trained, experienced and motivated employees are critical to delivering our hydraulic fracturing services. Taking care of our employees is our top priority. We continually invest in hiring, training and retaining the best and brightest individuals in our field. This is evidenced by our low turnover rate. Year-after-year, Liberty Oilfield Services' employee turnover rates are substantially lower than that of our primary competitors. We focus on individual contributions and team success to foster a culture built around operational excellence and superior safety. As a result, we are among the safest service providers in the industry with a constant focus on health, safety and environmental (“HSE”) performance and service quality.
Chris Wright serves as CEO of Liberty Oilfield Services. Additionally, Chris founded and serves as Executive Chairman of Liberty Resources, a Bakken-focused E&P company and Liberty Midstream Solutions. He has had a lifelong passion for energy and its role in human life. He has spoken on energy to the UK House of Lords, the States Attorneys General, Federal and State Judges, debated the merits of the shale revolution on TV and given over 100 talks.
Chris completed an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering at MIT and graduate work in Electrical Engineering at both UC Berkeley and MIT. Chris founded Pinnacle Technologies and from 1992 - 2006 years served as CEO. Pinnacle created the hydraulic fracture mapping industry by developing and commercializing tiltmeter and microseismic fracture mapping. Pinnacle's innovations in fracturing practices helped launch commercial shale gas production in the late 1990’s.
Chris was Chairman of Stroud Energy, an early shale gas producer, prior to its sale to Range Resources in 2006. Chris is a director of TAS (industrial energy technology company), Kerogen Exploration, Liberty Oilfield Services, and Liberty Resources.
Chris has consulted and taught courses on all six inhabited continents and authored / co-authored over 60 technical papers and articles. He has received numerous industry awards and several U.S. patents. Chris also worked on fusion energy, solar energy, and geothermal energy. Chris grew up in Colorado and is a passionate skier, cyclist, climber, and outdoor enthusiast. He serves on the board of numerous non-profits including PERC, ACE Colorado, ACE Montana, Colorado Academy, PRI, and the YCCF.
Michael joined Liberty in April 2012. Prior to joining Liberty, Michael was CFO for TAS Energy Inc., an innovative Cleantech Energy company in Houston, TX from 2009 to 2012. At TAS Michael was a key part of the raising of Equity from leading investment groups including Kleiner Perkins, Element Partners, NGP and Credit Suisse. Prior to joining TAS Michael was the CFO for Pinnacle Technologies Inc. a leading Oil Field Service company, from 1997 to 2009.
During his tenure Pinnacle Technologies grew at a compound annual growth rate of greater than 30%, from a $2.5M startup to a dominant technology provider with 70% market share in the hydraulic fracture mapping and reservoir monitoring business. He was a key player in the sale of Pinnacle Technologies to Carbo Ceramics in 2002 and then managed the sale of the fracture mapping and reservoir monitoring business to Halliburton before joining TAS
Mr. Stock’s professional experience includes working for NeXT Software Inc. in Silicon Valley leading up to their prospective IPO and final sale to Apple Computer. He brings over 25 years of financial and systems implementation experience to the company. Throughout his career, he has been involved in all levels of finance including global financial management, mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning and risk management.
Ron Gusek is the President at Liberty Oilfield Services. Over the past 16 years, Ron has garnered extensive oil and gas experience in North America, and extended his knowledge of operations through travels to Asia, Russia and the Middle East. Within Liberty, Ron’s focus includes new technology and innovation, service quality, efficiency and optimization.
Ron has also held previous roles at Sanjel Corporation, Zodiac Exploration, Pinnacle Technologies and BJ Services, with a primary focus on hydraulic fracturing in unconventional reservoirs.
Ron is a published SPE author and presenter. His dedication to the petroleum engineering community and interest in shared industry knowledge is evident in his numerous volunteer capacities, most recently as Co-Chair of IRP 24: Fracture Stimulation.
Ron holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta.
VP & General Counsel
Sean Elliott serves as General Counsel at Liberty Oilfield Services. Prior to joining Liberty Sean worked as Assistant General Counsel at USAA Real Estate Company, which is part of the USAA organization that serves the U.S. military and their families. Sean practiced law in the San Antonio office of Haynes and Boone, LLP from 2015 until joining USAA in 2016.
Before moving to San Antonio, Sean served as Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer for CARBO Ceramics Inc., a publicly-traded oilfield services company in Houston, from 2007 until 2015. Sean also served as legal counsel to Aviall, Inc., a Dallas-based international aviation company, from 2004 to 2007, where he last held the positions of Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Secretary.
Sean Elliott holds a bachelor’s degree (magna cum laude) in Economics and Business Administration from Austin College and a juris doctorate degree (with honors) from The University of Texas at Austin.
Chief Accounting Officer
Ryan Gosney serves as Chief Accounting Officer of Liberty Oilfield Services since March 2017. Prior to joining Liberty, between July 2016 and February 2017, Ryan served as the Chief Accounting Officer of Vantage Energy, an oil and gas exploration and production company.
Prior to joining Vantage, Ryan served as Chief Financial Officer for Dorado E&P Partners, LLC, an oil and gas company, from January 2012 to January 2016. Ryan worked as Controller of Delta Petroleum Corporation from 2005 until he departed in 2012. Ryan also served as Controller for Patina Oil & Gas Corporation from October 2002 to October 2005.
Ryan began his career as an auditor with Arthur Andersen, LLP in September 1995 where he served in increasing roles of responsibility up to Audit Manager until June 2002. Ryan Gosney has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Texas Christian University.
Tom started his career in 1981 as an Open Hole Logging Engineer for Schlumberger in Ardmore, Oklahoma.
Tom Joined Halliburton In 1983 as a Sales Engineer for their Welex division in Denver, Colorado. In 1989 he transferred to Anchorage, Alaska and helped expand the existing cased hole business and establish an offshore open hole business in the Cook Inlet.
In 1992 Tom moved to Bakersfield as the Area Sales Manager for Halliburton’s West Coast Wireline business. After 6 years in Bakersfield, Tom transferred to Halliburton’s Western Region headquarters in Denver. He spent the next 6 years as an Account Leader and then 2 years as the Sales Manager for the Production Optimization Division which consisted of Fracturing, Coil Tubing, Completion Tools and Wireline Services.
In early 2006, Tom joined Pinnacle Technologies as the Business Development Manager for their Rocky Mountain Region. During the 6 years at Pinnacle, the Rocky Mountain Region grew from one of the smallest regions to the largest Microseismic region in Pinnacle. Tom helped clients understand the geometry and growth of hydraulic fractures. Many of the fracture mapping projects Tom was involved in were in horizontal wells in the Williston and DJ Basins.
Jim Brady started his career as an equipment operator with Halliburton Energy Services in 1990. In 1996, he was promoted to Service Leader. While managing the existing crews, Jim also started and trained additional crews in the Brighton area. In 1998, Jim became the Field Coordinator maintained Halliburton’s largest account in the DJ Basin.
In 2001, Jim was promoted to Service Coordinator at Halliburton. During this time he was responsible for day-to-day operations for all crews located in the DJ Basin, which included: preventative maintenance, customer service, daily coordination of crews, iron certification and material handling. Along with these duties, Jim was also the safety lead at the Brighton facility.
Jim became the Service Manager of the Stimulation Department in Brighton during 2003. Jim was accountable for all aspects of personnel, equipment, safety, customer service, service quality, material handling and P&L statements for these crews. Additionally, Jim was placed on a special safety team that traveled throughout the continent to help train other facilities that were struggling with Halliburton’s safety standards.
Superior Well Services recruited Jim in 2007 to be Operations Manager in the Brighton District. Jim was responsible for building a new crew in the DJ Basin which included the design of equipment, hiring and training, fluid design and finding a core customer. Within months the DJ based frac crew became the leader in the Rockies and eventually the entire company. Jim was promoted to Region Manager in 2009.
He was responsible for building service quality and adding additional crews in Vernal, Utah; Farmington, New Mexico; Williston, North Dakota; and Rock Springs, Wyoming. When Jim left in May 2011 to start Liberty, Superior had 4 frac crews and 7 cement crews actively operating in his region.
Leen Weijers completed his doctoral research at the Faculty of Mining and Petroleum Engineering at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands by conducting fracture growth model experiments to investigate the interaction of hydraulic fracture systems with horizontal and deviated wells. Before that, Leen completed a Master’s degree in Geophysics, also from Delft University of Technology.
He has authored dozens of industry courses and publications, has conducted real-time fracture analysis on hundreds of treatments, and has played a key role in the calibration of fracture growth models with various fracture diagnostics such as tiltmeter and micro-seismic fracture mapping technologies.
Leen worked at Pinnacle Technologies between 1995 and 2011, where he initially focused on helping Pinnacle’s clients in the design and execution of hydraulic fracture treatments.
Between 1999 and 2006, Leen was in charge of development of the industry’s most widely used fracture growth simulator, FracproPT, complementing his strong theoretical background with the practical diagnostic measurements that can be conducted in the field to improve fracture treatment understanding and execution.
Leen became Pinnacle’s Rocky Mountain Regional Manager in 2007, where he helped to rebuild Pinnacle’s Rocky Mountain team and increased regional revenues by a factor of three over a 4-year period. In this position, Leen helped clients gain knowledge about fracture growth behavior on hundreds of vertical and horizontal wells in all the key basins and formations in the Rocky Mountain region, including many fracture mapping projects in the Bakken formation in the Williston Basin.