Board of Directors
Chairman of the Board
Mr. McCabe, from Midland, Texas, is an experienced geologist who brings over 32 years of oil and gas experience to the Company. He is a principal of numerous oil and gas focused entities including McCabe Petroleum Corporation, Manix Royalty, Masterson Royalty Fund, G-Mc Exploration. McCabe has been involved in numerous oil and gas ventures throughout his career and brings a vast experience in technical evaluation, operations and acquisitions and divestitures to the Torchlight Board. McCabe is Torchlight's largest shareholder and provided entry for the Company into its two largest assets, the Hazel Project in the Midland Basin and the Orogrande Project in Hudspeth County, Texas.
John A. Brda
President, Chief Executive Officer, Secretary and Director
Mr. Brda has been our President and Secretary and a member of the Board of Director since January 2012. He was promoted to CEO in December of 2014 with the exit of our co-founder Tom Lapinski. Mr. Brda, who also co- founded the Company, has been the Managing Member of Brda & Company, LLC since 2002, which provides consulting services to public companies—with a focus in the oil and gas sector. Core competencies include capital formation, equity and debt financings, strategic business development and securities regulation matters. With over 20 years of investment banking experience, including 5 years as a fund manager, prior to becoming a consultant, Mr. Brda has the knowledge and experience to execute and ensure success for his client companies. Over that time period, Mr. Brda, either originated, invested in, or placed over $70 million in financings. He graduated college in 1988 with a B.S. in Finance from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL.
Mr. Zyngier founded Batuta Advisors in 2013 to pursue high return investment opportunities in the distressed and turnaround sectors. Mr. Zyngier has over 20 years of investment, strategy, and operating experience. He is currently a director of Atari SA, AudioEye, Inc. and a director of GT Advanced Technologies Inc. Mr. Zyngier has worked as a Portfolio Manager, investing in public and private opportunities, at Alden Global Capital, Goldman Sachs & Co. and Deutsche Bank Co. He was also a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Company and a technical brand manager at Procter & Gamble. Mr. Zyngier holds an MBA in Finance and Accounting from the University of Chicago and a BSc. in Chemical Engineering from UNICAMP in Brazil.
Michael J. Graves
Mr. Graves is a Certified Public Accountant, and since 2005 he has been a managing shareholder of Fitch & Graves in Sioux City, Iowa, which provides accounting and tax, financial planning, consulting and investment services. Since 2008, he has also been a registered representative with Western Equity Group where he has worked in investment sales. He is also presently a shareholder in several businesses involved in residential construction and property rentals. Previously, he worked at Bill Markve & Associates, Gateway 2000 and Deloitte & Touche. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of South Dakota with a B.S. in Accounting.
Robert L. Cook
Mr. Robert Lance Cook has more than 40 years of experience in the oil and gas industry where he held senior positions with Shell Oil as a Wells Engineer. Mr. Cook retired from Shell in 2016 after 36 years of service. He most recently held position as Chief Scientist for Wells and Production Technology. Cook helped conceive and develop the Sirius Well Manufacturing System (SWMS) JV; a Joint Venture company between Shell and China National Petroleum Company that builds specialized oilfield equipment for large scale development programs such as a 500 well Canadian development where well costs were halved compared to their previous conventional costs. Cook’s role as Chief Scientist at Shell involved advising the Senior Executives on technical issues and working with leading internal and external scientists to help Shell stay at the forefront of energy technology innovation. A brief highlight video about Mr. Cook may be viewed on Shell’s website linked here. During his career Mr. Cook has also been credited with over 100 oil and gas industry inventions which may be reviewed under the patents list for those applications linked here.