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.
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.
Jessica Hayes, Lease Analyst
Jessica joined our staff in 2018. She has over 15 years experience in office administration as well as accounting experience. Currently she is serving as lease analyst in our land department, as well as helping out with various accounting duties.
Kathy Deshaier, Accounting
Kathy has over 30 years of experience working in the oil & gas industry. She joined our staff in 2017, is responsible for Revenue Accounting, and assists with Personal Property Taxes, PPC and Accounts Payable. She has been a member of Bay Area Desk & Derrick since 1996 and has held various positions within the group.