Meet the Leadership Team
Patrick Johnson: Chief Executive Officer
Patrick Johnson majored in Journalism and Communications at the University of Oregon from 1994 to 1997, and attended the Craig James Broadcast School in 2000. Johnson has held C-Level positions in the oil and gas, construction, consumer products, and nutraceutical industries in both public and private sectors, as well as consulting in the private equity, mining, gaming, entertainment, Internet, and corporate finance industries. Patrick has assisted several charities and non-profit organizations with his volunteer and fund raising efforts. During his NFL career, Patrick pledged money for the Baltimore Ravens/Police Athletic League Challenge of Champions, modeled in a Tommy Hilfiger Fashion Show to help raise money for the Living Classrooms Foundation of Baltimore, an educational program that targets at-risk youth, and also spearheaded the fifth annual “Baltimore Reads Books for Kids Day” at Baltimore Polytechnic High School in 2000, helping the group collect nearly 25,000 children’s books that were distributed to low-income families. Patrick was a two-sport athlete at the University of Oregon, excelling in both football and track, winning numerous awards and championships during his collegiate athletic career. As an Olympic caliber sprinter, Johnson won the Pac-10 Championships in the 400 meters, an NCAA All-American at 100 and 200 meters, and defeated the legendary Carl Lewis in a 100-meter race at the Drake Relays in 1995. As all Pacific – 10 / All American wide receiver and kick returner at Oregon, he was Offensive MVP of the 1997 Las Vegas Bowl and was also a member of UO’s 1994 Rose and 1995 Cotton Bowl teams. Johnson was inducted into the University of Oregon Athletics Hall of Fame for both sports in 2014, and was the 42nd overall pick in the 1998 NFL draft. Johnson also earned a Super Bowl ring when the Baltimore Ravens defeated the New York Giants 34 -17 in Super Bowl XXXV.
Gary Fewell: Chief Operating Officer
Gary Fewell has benefitted from the mentorship of highly recognized oil and gas professionals for over 15 years, during which time he coordinated a number of oil and gas projects from conception through completion. He specializes in identifying potential long-term growth opportunities and in developing upstream projects in oil and gas development. Gary has more than 20 years of relevant experience in both management and work environments ranging from Fortune 500 companies to start-up businesses. He has extensive experience in financial analysis, procurement, budget management, and all phases of project development.
Corbin Grubbs: Chief Financial Officer
Corbin Grubbs, a graduate of Texas Tech University, is the former Director and Chief Financial Officer of a nationally recognized debt purchaser. For over eight years he was an instrumental part of the executive management team that eventually sold the Company’s portfolio of assets to a larger publically held debt buyer. Corbin has over 20 years of accounting and financial business experience. Prior to this engagement, Corbin has held various management and leadership positions with both private and publically held organizations within the automotive, healthcare, financial services, and manufacturing industries. These opportunities have been with market leaders within their respective areas of expertise and some have annual revenues in excess of forty million dollars.
Tom Crompton: Executive Vice President and Advisor to the Board
Crompton is an accomplished operational executive with multi-industry experience.
Crompton has comprehensive experience across all corporate finances, in accounting, administrative- and executive-functions. His talents include building, strengthening and leading finances for private companies in various start-up, turnaround and high growth situations.
A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Tom has a CPA from Loyola University. Previous to his financial roles, he gained a significant background in real estate, developing large commercial projects, constructing homes and renovating town homes, from projects in Owings Mills, Maryland to Daytona Beach, Florida.
Crompton’s diverse background includes : IPO’s, SEC/OTC/FINRA/DTCC work, divestitures, fund raising, banking & investor relationships, financial reporting, mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning, market demographic analysis, cash flow and P&L, financial and tax planning strategies, maintaining internal policies and procedures, preparing budget variance reports, ‘turn around’ expertise, strong negotiating skills, creative ‘look forward’ cost savings mindset, marketing and management talent, all coupled with a very high interpersonal communication ability.
Riall Johnson: Director Political Affairs
Riall is a former professional athlete who has since taken his passion for competition and winning to the field of politics. Since retiring from professional football, he has been hired to work for and consult on many political campaigns including a gubernatorial election in 2014 and the presidential election in 2012. Between election cycles Riall works with organizations that advocate for issues that he has strong beliefs in, such as environmental protection and civil rights.
Riall developed a passion for this type of work while attaining his Sociology Major at Stanford University. While at Stanford he was an All-American linebacker that led the NCAA in quarterback sacks and holds multiple records at Stanford including career sacks. He was then drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2001. Riall was a team captain in Cincinnati and played 9 seasons in the NFL and CFL before retiring from professional football in 2010. He later qualified for the Canadian National Rugby team in 2012 before deciding to join President Obama’s reelection campaign in Ohio.
During his time as a professional athlete, Riall was always involved in the communities of the teams he played for. He took every opportunity to participate in community outreach events. He spent countless hours volunteering for various organizations, most prominently for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. He also organized events such as toy drives, food for the homeless, and hosted multiple fundraisers to support even more causes.
Joshua Kuhlmann: Inside Council
Kuhlmann is an attorney licensed to practice in both Texas and Florida. He grew up in Whitehouse, Texas, and earned the prestigious National Merit Scholarship for exceptional academics to Florida State University where he majored in English and Creative Writing. Subsequent to his time at FSU, Mr. Kuhlmann attended Law School in Jacksonville, Florida, where he earned his Juris Doctorate. During law school, he worked with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission and later with the law firm of Moseley, Prichard, Parrish, Knight & Jones where he dealt with issues ranging from maritime shipping and intermodal contracts to residential landlord/tenant issues and commercial premises liability. Upon his admission to the Florida Bar Association, Mr. Kuhlmann worked as a prosecuting Attorney for Florida’s 8th Judicial Circuit and later for Florida’s 4th Judicial Circuit in Jacksonville, Florida.
Mr. Kuhlmann relocated back to Texas in 2013, where he successfully completed the Texas Bar Exam on his first attempt and currently practices as a trial lawyer in the DFW area. An active person by nature, he enjoys being outside and spends time wake-boarding at local lakes and cable parks around Texas. Mr. Kuhlmann is also an avid hunter who enjoys spending time in the woods and camping with friends. Although he is an attorney by trade, Mr. Kuhlmann has a wide range of practical experience and useful knowledge which he uses to solve problems and adapt to changing conditions in the market and within the company itself.