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Management Team


Dr. Branting recently served as Executive Vice President of Operations at Denver based Kodiak Oil and Gas, Inc. from June of 2011 until December 2014. Prior to that, he was Kodiak’s’ Manager of Operations starting in June 2007. Kodiak conducted horizontal well operations in North Dakota and Montana drilling over 350 horizontal wells and 11 disposal wells. Kodiak merged with Whiting Petroleum in December 2015. He has more than 25 years’ experience throughout the Rocky Mountain region and West Texas in both field and management positions. He has served in various engineering and management positions with Anadarko Petroleum Corp., Western Gas Resources, Tesco Underbalanced Drilling Services, Snyder Oil Corporation and Chevron Corporation. Dr. Branting earned his Ph.D. from the University of Wyoming in Petroleum Engineering in 1993, as well as a Bachelor and Master of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering.

Russell A. Branting, Ph.D



Ms. Branting is the third generation of her family to work in the oil and gas industry. Ms. Branting has run the day to day operation of PetroPro Engineering since 2001. PetroPro has been contract operating oil and gas properties in the Denver-Julesburg basin in Colorado since 2006 for a major municipality. Ms. Branting has contracted her services thru PetroPro Engineering to J.M. Huber, Executive Petroleum Services and Petro Gulf. Ms. Branting has more than 25 years’ experience in West Texas and the Rocky Mountain region. She served as the Operations manager for Bataa Oil, a small oil and gas operator in Colorado and as a Production Engineer for Chevron Corporation. Additionally, she has worked for the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. Ms. Branting earned her Master and Bachelor of Science degrees in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Wyoming.

Julie Branting

Executive Vice President


Mr. Hays graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Biosystems /Mechanical Engineering. Joshua is experienced and adept Senior Engineering Professional with a proven track record spanning nearly 20 years, specializing in the meticulous design and execution of drilling, completions, production engineering and operations. He possesses extensive expertise in the oil & gas and water well industries, offering comprehensive knowledge and insights to continually optimize performance and minimize cost.

Joshua Hays

Petroleum Engineer

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