Mr. Stewart has worked in the upstream oil and gas industry for more than 20 years. As President of newly formed Rock Ridge Exploration & Production, he is leveraging decades of business development and operational experience to build a company focused on combining proven Enhanced Oil Recovery techniques with new technologies. In recognition of his dedication, leadership, and professional excellence for oil and gas exploration, Mr. Stewart was named one of the "Twenty Under 40" finalists for Oil and Gas Investor Magazine in 2013; in 2015, he was a Texas Top Producer finalist for Best CEO of a Medium-Sized Company by Texas Monthly Magazine; and in 2016, he was recognized by Worldwide Branding.
Mr. Stewart graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from Louisiana Tech University. After graduating, he joined Exxon (now ExxonMobil) and had the opportunity to work on world-class projects in California, the Gulf of Mexico and Africa. After ExxonMobil, Mr. Stewart joined Netherland, Sewell & Associates, Inc. ("NSAI") where he spent much of his time forecasting reserves and modeling economics. BreitBurn Energy recruited Mr. Stewart away from NSAI to lead its reserves assessment for their Initial Public Offering. Within two years of joining BreitBurn Energy, Mr. Stewart became the Vice President of its largest operating division. Subsequent to BreitBurn, Mr. Stewart joined Fairways, which is a small, private company focused on rank wildcat exploration. During his tenure as Fairways' President, Mr. Stewart successfully led the company in acquiring over 700 square miles of proprietary 3D seismic that resulted in generating more than 30 prospects. Those prospects have a combined unrisked resource potential exceeding 100 million barrels of oil equivalent and are currently awaiting testing.
Mr. Stewart is actively involved in his community. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and serves as an Advisory Board Member for a nonprofit that drills water wells and provides community development for people living in South Sudan. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Rock Ridge E&P.