As Vice President of Geology, Mark Gaby leads the geology effort for Oak Ridge Natural Resources. His background includes extensive work in both exploration and development roles. Mark and the Geology group work to add value by the creation of upside opportunities in acquisition evaluations and core producing properties. His chief purpose is to achieve the complete integration of geological, geophysical and reservoir engineering inputs from all team members, towards the creation of new value and asset optimization.
Mark worked for 6 years as Manager of Geology at Premier Natural Resources, successfully founding a core asset management team. He also led the Geology Group toward reserves growth by generation of new drilling locations and identification of new behind pipe pay zones in the Barnett Shale, East Texas/ North Louisiana/ Mississippi Basin and Texas Gulf Coast asset areas.
Earlier, Mark worked with EnCana in Dallas as Lead Development Geologist for the Deep Bossier Development team. While with EnCana, he oversaw 2 development mapping teams that managed a 13 rig drilling program, drilling over 40 successful development wells in the Amoruso Field of Robertson County, TX. Prior to EnCana, Mark worked at Dominion Resources in Oklahoma City and gained additional experience in the Permian, Delaware, and Uinta Basin areas.
Mark worked 2 years for Vintage Petroleum in Tulsa as Senior Geologist and Project Coordinator for the Main Pass team. This group successfully revitalized an important core asset, increasing daily production from 3 MMCFD to 25 MMCFD through recompletions and development drilling.
While with Samson Companies in Tulsa, Mark was responsible for a variety of geologic activities including prospecting, regional trend evaluation, field studies, risk assessment, outside deal screening and acquisitions review. During his 10 year stay at Samson, he worked in the Gulf Coast, Rocky Mountains, and International New Venture groups (mostly Brazil). Mark’s career began with Sun Oil /Oryx Energy in Lafayette and Dallas where he worked for 13 years as a Development and Exploration Geologist in onshore and offshore Louisiana. He is a graduate of Furman University (B. S. Geology) and Louisiana State University (M. S. Geology).