NuEnergy Operating, Inc. was formed in August 2003 as a full service, fully integrated company that operates, drills, and completes oil and gas wells in the state of Michigan.
We provide a broad range of services, both standard and custom, designed to meet our customers' demands.
Accounting (OGSYS), Petroleum Engineering, Revenue Distribution, Joint Interest Billing, Land Management, Field Operations, and Supervision of Non-Operated Properties is but a partial list of services we will deliver ON BUDGET and ON TIME.
Jeffrey A. Smetzer, CPL, President
Jeff is a graduate of The Ohio State University with degrees in Agriculture and has been in the oil and gas business since 1980. He has worked primarily as a landman and earned the Certified Professional Landman designation in 1996 and is a past president of the Michigan Association of Professional Landman. He is a member of the Michigan Oil and Gas Association and has worked in numerous eastern states as contract landman for numerous major and independent oil and gas companies. He has worked in all phases of in house land work and has numerous years of experience as a field landman including due diligence work, permitting and staking wells, settling damages with landowners, project planning and development. As a founding partner and President of NuEnergy Operating, Inc. his responsibilities are the day to day operations of the company, gas marketing, negotiating contracts and well trades.
Tom Carnaghi, Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
Tom joined our staff in January 2012. He has a B.A. in Economics from the University of Michigan (1984) with a non degree concentration in accounting along with his CPA. Tom also earned a Masters of Science in Corporate Finance from Walsh College (1993). He worked for 3 years in public accounting with Touche Ross & Co, and then spent the next 23 years in the real estate and construction industry as CFO/Vice President/Owner of various companies. Tom is responsible for all financing aspects of current and proposed oil and gas projects as well as tax planning and accounting on the partnership/ownership side of the business. Tom works out of our Grosse Pointe, Michigan office.
Karen L. Thomas, Controller
Karen has over 24 years of experience in Accounting for the Oil and Gas Industry. This includes multi-company activities for Joint Interest Billing, Revenue Accounting, Accounts Payable, Reporting and Tax preparation for Partnerships, Corporate and Tax Accounting. Karen is an active member and on the Board for the Council of Petroleum Accountants Society (COPAS) since 1995, and a member of Desk & Derrick since 2001, and a past President for 2012-2013.
Kris Hartman, Office Manager
Kris has over 21 years experience in the oil and gas business primarily as office manager for at least two companies over that period of time. At NuEnergy she is the Office Manager, plus the additional responsibilities for securing MDEQ permits and bonds, production reporting, and works extensively on all types of insurance coverage.
Melissa A. Greif, MBA, Accounting Manager
Melissa joined our staff in February 2007 and earned an MBA in Accounting from Davenport University in August 2012. Many of her graduate courses concentrated on the exciting field of forensic accounting. Melissa also has over twelve years experience teaching Accounting/Microsoft Office classes for Davenport University. Melissa is an active member and on the Board for the Council of Petroleum Accountants Society (COPAS) since 2007, maintaining/updating their website. Melissa has recently shifted from Joint Interest Billing/Accounts Payable and is now responsible for Revenue Accounting among various other accounting tasks.
William Kerstetter, Project Manager
Bill joined our staff in December 2010 and has a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Engineering & Management. He earned his degree from Clarkson University in Upstate New York with a curriculum focused on Project Management. Bill spends the majority of his time and effort on an Oil and Gas investment project in Southeast Michigan, with responsibilities ranging from investor communication and status reporting to accounting and financial management.
Stacey Buchinger, Joint Interest Accountant
Stacey joined our staff in September 2013. She has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Davenport University. She has twelve years experience in Oil & Gas Accounting from a service company perspective. During the beginning of her career she managed an Oil & Gas service company. Currently she is responsible for Accounts Payable and Joint Interest activities. She is an active member of the Bay Area Desk & Derrick since 2006.