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J. Benjamin Johnson, Jr.

Work Address & Phone:                                                      

Summit Resource Management, Inc.                                        

P. O. Box 797467                                                                                                  

Dallas, TX  75379                                                                                                

(972) 668-4420 (Direct)

(972) 668-3170 (FAX)

J. Benjamin Johnson, Jr. (“Benjy”) is the chief executive officer of Summit Resource Management, Inc. He is a petroleum engineer by background with specific expertise in crude oil marketing, financial evaluation, reservoir engineering, and general management. Mr. Johnson holds a BS degree in petroleum engineering and an MS degree in engineering management. He is a registered professional petroleum engineer (Louisiana, inactive). 

In his current position with Summit, Mr. Johnson provides direct management expertise of natural resource assets, including hydrocarbon production, leasehold interests, and product marketing. He also directs economic investments in various asset development projects, including biodiesel generation plants.

Mr. Johnson has been called on repeatedly to assist marginally-economic projects to become profitable and to attract significant investment for future growth. By employing a strong analytical approach, coupled with practical economic management, Johnson has consistently provided investors, partners and clients with optimal value for their underlying assets.

His firm, Summit, has been hired by several state governments and the US Department of the Interior to assist in evaluation of previous crude oil payment practices and to assist in re-writing new federal crude oil royalty payment regulations. Mr. Johnson has been called upon to meet personally with representatives of the US Senate and House of Representatives, and he has given two congressional oil pricing briefings in Washington, DC. Mr. Johnson assisted the US Department of Interior in developing new regulations for valuation of federal crude oil royalties to reflect the actual market practices for sales of crude oil. Mr. Johnson has served as a consultant and/or expert witness in over 20 lawsuits involving valuation of crude oil, natural gas, and carbon dioxide from US locations, and his firm is currently recognized as one of the leading experts in natural resource marketing within the United States.

Prior Professional Work Experience:

1/91-10/93:         ARCO Oil and Gas Company - Eastern US Crude Oil Marketing Manager

                           Dallas, TX

From January 1991 to October 1993, Mr. Johnson was the Eastern Area Manager of Crude Oil Marketing with ARCO Oil and Gas where he was the final approver for all crude oil marketing arrangements in the eastern half of the United States, including the offshore Gulf of Mexico. He was responsible for negotiation and implementation of lease crude oil sales, contract administration, and implementation of strategic commodities hedging on all domestic cash crude oil markets and commodities exchanges in the US and the United Kingdom. His annual revenue responsibility for ARCO, the largest net-seller of crude oil in the United States, was over $600 million, and his organization successfully generated profit increases in each of the three years he held that position. He was consistently ranked as one of ARCO’s managers with the highest career potential in the company. As a senior-level manager in ARCO’s Marketing Department, Mr. Johnson was part of the senior management team who developed and managed specific goals, strategies, and specific projects to maximize ARCO’s value for oil, gas, and NGL’s. This included regular reviews of ARCO’s overall Marketing Department results and development of ARCO’s price forecasts for oil, gas and NGL’s. Mr. Johnson voluntarily left ARCO, together with ARCO’s crude oil marketing manager for the Central US, to form Summit Resource Management, Inc.

7/86-1/91:           ARCO Oil and Gas Company - District Engineer

                           Bakersfield, CA

From July 1986 to January 1991, Mr. Johnson served as an Area and District Reservoir Engineer, managing all reservoir engineering functions for ARCO on the West Coast of the Lower 48 United States. In that position, he managed all reservoir engineering, reserve reporting, unitization negotiations, exploration support, litigation support, acquisition and divestiture valuation, and new venture development for ARCO’s oil and gas operations on the west coast of the continental US. Mr. Johnson was the key architect of the Coal Oil Point litigation settlement involving dismissal of a $1 billion lawsuit against the State of California and surrender of offshore State leases in return for allowing ARCO the right to develop an enhanced waterflood project in the Long Beach Unit. That project resulted in addition of over 200 million barrels of incremental oil reserves. Mr. Johnson also managed negotiations and favorable settlement of the Long Beach Unit final equity determination involving several major oil companies, the City of Long Beach, the State of California, and several thousand royalty owners. He supervised development of new technical computing and economic evaluation software for petroleum engineers and coordinated leading edge petroleum engineering research with ARCO’s corporate research center. From October 1990 to January 1991, Mr. Johnson also was the acting Manager of Safety, Health, and Environment for ARCO’s west coast operations.

10/85-7/86:         ARCO Oil and Gas Company - Staff Reservoir Engineer

                           Dallas, TX

From October 1985 to July 1986, Mr. Johnson was a staff engineer for ARCO Oil and Gas Company at its Dallas headquarters. In that position, he provided technical staff support for ARCO’s executive management and taught economics and petroleum engineering courses to ARCO engineers. He reviewed major capital requests to corporate management regarding exploration, development, and acquisitions. He initiated special studies on ARCO’s general operations, including technical personnel development and computing systems optimization. Selected special studies involved technical and financial evaluations of various enhanced recovery projects throughout the US. Those EOR projects included miscible and multiple-contact miscible hydrocarbon injection, CO2 injection, thermal recoveries, enhanced waterflooding, and immiscible gas injection.

9/84-10/85:         ARCO Oil and Gas Company - Senior Operations Engineer, Offshore/EOR

                           Lafayette, LA

From September 1984 to October 1985, Mr. Johnson was ARCO’s Senior Operations Engineer for Offshore and Enhanced Oil Recovery. In that position, he was the petroleum engineer in charge of the multiple-contact miscibility enriched gas injection project in the South Pass Block 61 field, the largest offshore enhanced oil recovery project in the world at the time. His work included optimization of oil well producing systems, proposing and implementing new wells and workovers, and optimization of overall present value. He developed a computerized system for balancing gas production with severe offshore facility constraints to maximize oil production and overall economic value. He also developed a computerized system for tracking purchased NGL’s through multiple reinjection cycles, resulting in annual tax savings of approximately $2 million. He implemented a new system for optimization of producing wells to reduce costs of redrills and workovers and maximize present value of the enhanced oil recovery project.

4/84-9/84:           ARCO Oil and Gas Company - Senior Operations Engineer, Onshore

                           Lafayette, LA

From April 1984 to September 1984, Mr. Johnson was ARCO’s Senior Operations Engineer for Onshore Louisiana. In that position, he was responsible for daily field engineering operations of several south Louisiana onshore fields. He initiated, designed, and implemented a CO2 Huff & Puff enhanced oil recovery project in the South Jeanerette Field. He conducted routine economic analyses of onshore producing properties and completed SEC reserve reporting for the area. He lobbied in the Louisiana state capital on behalf of ARCO for certain new oil industry legislation. He was the District Coordinator of ARCO Speaker’s Bureau and was selected as the “Outstanding Speaker of the Year” in 1985. He also received an Exceptional Contribution Award from ARCO Senior Management for his efforts and results in managing the onshore fields.

1/83-4/84:           ARCO Oil and Gas Company - Special Projects Engineer

                           Lafayette, LA

From January 1983 to April 1984, Mr. Johnson was a Special Projects Engineer for ARCO’s Louisiana office. In that position, he performed reservoir engineering analyses for Louisiana and offshore Gulf of Mexico. This work included numerical reservoir simulation of certain enhanced oil recovery projects involving multiple contact miscibility. He conducted full economic analysis for federal offshore Gulf of Mexico lease sales and coordinated engineering recruiting and development for the District office, supervising and training newly hired engineers.

7/82-1/83:           Management Control Systems, Inc.

                           Las Vegas, NV

From July 1982 to January 1983, Mr. Johnson worked for a family-owned business where he designed and sold turn-key computer systems for small businesses. He developed one of the first integrated micro-computer management systems for the video rental industry. Mr. Johnson helped his clients utilize innovative marketing tools to reduce costs and increase rental revenues. He also assisted clients in general business optimization studies.

5/79-7/82:           ARCO Alaska, Inc. - Operations/Analytical Engineer

                           Anchorage, AK

From May 1979 to July 1982, Mr. Johnson was an Operations/Analytical Engineer for ARCO Alaska. In that position, he provided petroleum engineering staff support for Prudhoe Bay and Kuparuk fields on the North Slope. He co-developed the first full-field simulator for the Kuparuk field and used that tool to efficiently design the overall field development, including placement of surface facilities and long term forecasting of reserves. He coordinated the design and implementation of the surveillance program for the first Prudhoe Bay enhanced oil recovery project. He coordinated the Surveillance Subcommittee of the Prudhoe Bay Unit, involving assignment of technical responsibilities between ARCO, Exxon, and BP. He was also active with the ARCO Speaker’s Bureau and served as the Secretary/Treasurer for the Alaska Section of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

12/78-1/79:         ARCO Alaska, Inc. - Temporary Engineer

                           Prudhoe Bay, AK

During his Christmas break from college in 1978, Mr. Johnson executed a well testing program for the Prudhoe Bay Unit to develop the Prudhoe Bay Allocation System of measurement and reporting well production volumes.

6/78-8/78:           AMOCO - Summer Engineer

                           Denver, CO

During the summer break from college in 1978, Mr. Johnson provided temporary support for Amoco’s staff engineers in Amoco’s Denver office. He identified an old field in Lipscomb County, TX with large gas recovery potential. He then designed and recommended a 35-well infill drilling program which was approved and later successfully implemented.

12/75-8/77:         V.E.Construction - Oilfield Construction Worker

                           Offshore Cook Inlet, AK

During all college breaks, from 1975 through 1977, Mr. Johnson worked offshore Alaska as welder’s helper, roustabout, and relief platform operator. One of the projects included the rebuilding of ARCO’s King Salmon platform after the 1976 explosion.

Education:

M.S. - Engineering Management   The University of Alaska, Anchorage

1979-1983

Major GPA: 4.00/4.00, Overall GPA 3.90/4.00

Emphasis: Economic  Optimization of Integrated Projects

Papers:

1.             “Performance Appraisal of Employee Professionals: A Practical Approach for Large Corporations”, 12/81

2.             “Assessment of Produced Gas Disposition, Kuparuk River Field, North Slope Alaska”, 7/82

B.S. - Petroleum Engineering  The University of Kansas

1975-1979

Major GPA: 4.00/4.00, Overall GPA: 3.94/4.00

Honors/Awards:

Graduated “With Highest Distinction” and #1 in the Petroleum Engineering class; Recipient of Petroleum Equipment Supplier’s Association national scholarship in both junior and senior years (administered by the national Society of Petroleum Engineers and awarded to only one junior and two seniors nationwide annually); KU Marching Bank (trumpet), University Chorale (tenor), Omicron Delta Kappa, Senior Honor Society - President of KU chapter; Phi Kappa Phi honor society; Tau Beta Pi honor society; Who’s Who; President of Society of Petroleum Engineers student chapter 1976-1979.

High School    Kenai, Alaska

1971-1975

Overall GPA 3.98/4.00

Honors/Awards:

Selected as the “Outstanding Teenager of Alaska” in 1974; Salutatorian of graduating class; 1st chair trumpet in Alaska State Honor Band; National 3rd place winner in Teen Talent Contest (trumpet); president of debate team; varsity wrestling, track, and gymnastics; registered student lobbyist in Alaska state legislature and statewide chairman of “Students for Bike Paths”

Community Service Activities:

1.                Member of Denton Bible Church Orchestra (Trumpet/flugelhorn), Denton, TX (2006-present)

2.                 Board of Directors, Center for Church Renewal, a worldwide Christian missions project by Dr. Gene Getz (2004-present)

3.        Co-chairman of the Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Department Advisory Board and Steering Committee of the University of Kansas (1997-1998). Board member since 1990.

4.                    Treasurer, Society of Petroleum Engineers Alaska Section (1981)

5.                    Board of Directors, Boys and Girls Club, Bakersfield, CA (1986-1990)

6.                    Various volunteer trumpet and voice performances in community and church settings (1980-present)

7.                    Dallas Fort Worth Golden Retriever Club, active volunteer and patron (1993-present)

Professional Registration:      Petroleum Engineering Registration # 21775 (inactive)

                                                            State of Louisiana: 4/19/85 - current

Professional Publications:

1.             J. B. Johnson, Michael M. Nanney, John E. Killough, and Y.T. Lin, “The Kuparuk River Field: A Regression Approach to Pseudo-Relative Permeabilities”, SPE 10531, presented at the Sixth Society of Petroleum Engineers’ Symposium on Reservoir Simulation in New Orleans on January and February 1982

2.             K. K. Lo, H. R. Warner, and J. B. Johnson, “A Study of the Post-Breakthrough Characteristics of Waterfloods”, SPE 20064, presented at the 60th California Regional Meeting of the Society of Petroleum Engineers April 1990.

3.             J. B. Johnson, N. O. Woods, and D. E. Smith, “Integrated Microcomputer Software for Petroleum Engineers - A Team Development Approach”, SPE 17776, presented at the Society of Petroleum Engineers’ symposium on Petroleum Industry Applications of Microcomputers, June 1988.

Litigation Testimony:

1.             Deposition testimony by Mr. Johnson given 6/17/94 in Betty D. Blanchard and Paul Maclean v The Atlantic Richfield Company, et al., docket no: 77,796 “E”, 16th Judicial District Court, Parish of St. Mary, State of Louisiana.  Testimony on behalf of defendant ARCO regarding field management operations in the South Jeanerette Field.

2.             Deposition testimony by Mr. Johnson given 8/1/95 in Betty D. Blanchard and Paul Maclean v The Atlantic Richfield Company, et al., docket no: 77,796 “E”, 16th Judicial District Court, Parish of St. Mary, State of Louisiana. Testimony as expert witness on behalf of defendant ARCO regarding natural gas measurement and volume balancing.

3.             Deposition testimony by Mr. Johnson given 4/2/96 in CoEnergy Midcontinent, Inc. et al. v Universal Resources Corporation et al. filed in the US District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma (Cause #CIV 94-1989-M). Testimony as expert witness on behalf of plaintiff CoEnergy regarding crude oil pricing.

4.             Videotaped deposition testimony by Mr. Johnson given 5/17/96 in Bank One Texas, N.A. v Meridian Oil Inc., et al. filed in Santa Fe County, New Mexico (Cause No. 94-1982(C)). Testimony as expert witness on behalf of plaintiff Bank One Texas regarding crude oil pricing.

5.             Videotaped deposition testimony by Mr. Johnson given 8/9/96 in Cameron Parish School Board, et al. v Texaco, Inc., et al. United States District Court, Western District of Louisiana, Lake Charles Division, Civil Action No. 96-1222. Testimony as expert witness on behalf of plaintiffs regarding crude oil pricing.

6.             Deposition testimony by Mr. Johnson given October 2nd and 3rd, and November 18th, 1996 in Carl Engwall, as Co-Trustee of the Carl and Ruth Engwall Living Trust; et al. v Amerada Hess, et al. Fifth Judicial District Court, County of Chaves, State of New Mexico, (Cause No. CV-95-00322). Testimony as expert witness on behalf of plaintiffs regarding crude oil pricing.

7.                    Class Action Certification Hearing testimony by Mr. Johnson given January 13th through 15th, 1997 in Carl Engwall, as Co-Trustee of the Carl and Ruth Engwall Living Trust; et al. v Amerada Hess; et al. Fifth Judicial District Court, County of Chaves, State of New Mexico, (Cause No. CV-95-00322). Testimony as expert witness on behalf of plaintiffs regarding crude oil pricing.

8.                    Deposition testimony by Mr. Johnson given May 8th and 9th, 1997 in Laura J. Kershaw, et al. vs. Amoco Production Company, et al. District Court of Seminole County, State of Oklahoma (Cause No. CJ-95-184). Testimony as expert witness on behalf of plaintiffs regarding crude oil pricing.

9.                    Discovery Relief Hearing testimony by Mr. Johnson given September 9th through 11th, 1997 in the 370th Judicial District Court of Hidalgo County, Texas in the case of Pedro Alonso, Jr., et al. vs. Fina Oil and Chemical Company, et al. (Cause No. C-2016-95-G). Testimony as expert witness on behalf of plaintiffs regarding crude oil pricing.

10.                 Videotaped deposition testimony by Mr. Johnson given November 6th and 7th, 1997 in Doris Feerer, et al. v Amoco Production Company, et al. United States District Court for the District of New Mexico (Civil Action: NO. CIV-95-0012-JC/WWD). Testimony as expert witness on behalf of plaintiffs regarding carbon dioxide marketing.

11.                 Videotaped deposition testimony by Mr. Johnson given August 3, 1998 in United States of America, ex rel J. Benjamin Johnson, Jr., et al. v. Shell Oil Company, et al., (Civil Action No. 9:96CV66) in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas Lufkin Division. Testimony regarding Qui Tam relator standing issues.

12.                 Videotaped deposition testimony by Mr. Johnson given September 14, 1998 and September 18, 1998 in George L. Stieren and Barry Coates Roberts, Trustees, et al. v. Coastal Oil and Gas Corporation, et al., pending in the 370th Judicial District Court of Hidalgo County, Texas. Testimony as expert witness on behalf of plaintiffs regarding crude oil pricing.

13.                 Videotaped deposition testimony by Mr. Johnson given October 8, 1998 in Lease Oil Antitrust Litigation (No. II) MDL Docket 1206, In the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas Corpus Christy Division. Testimony as expert witness on behalf of Mobile County School Board regarding crude oil pricing.

14.                 Videotaped deposition testimony by Mr. Johnson given July 6 & 7, 2000 in United States of America, ex rel J. Benjamin Johnson, Jr., et al. v. Shell Oil Company, et al., (Civil Action No. 9:96CV66) in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas Lufkin Division. Testimony as Qui Tam relator and expert witness.

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