Peter M. Duncan is President and CEO of MicroSeismic, Inc. a Houston based oil field service company specializing in hydraulic fracture stimulation surveillance and evaluation. He holds a Ph.D. in Geophysics from the University of Toronto. His early career as an exploration geophysicist was with Shell Canada and then Digicon Geophysical, first in Calgary then in Houston. In 1992 he was one of 3 founders of 3DX Technologies Inc., a publicly traded independent oil and gas exploration company. Duncan was 2003-04 President of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG). Duncan was the Fall 2008 SEG/AAPG Distinguished Lecturer speaking on the subject of Passive Seismic at 45 venues around the world. He is an Honorary Member of SEG, the Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists (CSEG), the Geophysical Society of Houston (GSH) and the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE). He received the Enterprise Champion Award from the Houston Business Journal in 2010, the World Oil Innovative Thinker Award in 2011, and was the 2013 EY National Energy Entrepreneur of the Year. In 2014 he received the Virgil Kauffman Gold Medal from SEG.
Gary Hargraves recently joined MicroSeismic as President and COO. Mr. Hargraves brings more than 20 years of digital services experience working for global companies in the Oil & Gas, Mining, Airline, and Retail industries. During Gary’s career, he successfully led teams and projects across a diverse portfolio including business development, mergers and acquisitions, digital strategy, and data solutions.
Prior to MicroSeismic, Mr. Hargraves was at Capgemini where he helped develop ESG & Carbon tracking data solutions used to monitor the hydrocarbon value chain. During his time at Wipro, Mr. Hargraves helped start and grow their digital Oil & Gas and Mining business into a global line of business unique in the industry. His time at IBM was spent helping define the early Blockchain and IOT solutions that have become foundational in the Oil & Gas industry. In the first half of his career, Mr. Hargraves was fortunate enough to participate in one of the largest retail digital transformations for a global c-store. He also consulted on two of the airline industry’s largest mergers and acquisitions.
Mr. Hargraves completed his BA in Information and Operations Management studies at Texas A&M University while also serving in the United States Marine Corp Reserves.
William B. Barker (Bill) is the Vice President of Analysis at MicroSeismic, Inc., responsible for all aspects of the day-to-day data analysis operations. He has 12 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. Previously, Bill worked as Manager of Analysis in Houston for three years, QA/QC Manager for one year, Team Leader for five years, and analyst for three years. Prior to MicroSeismic, Bill worked in electromagnetics at NAEVA Geophysics, Inc. for two years as a field geophysicist mapping unexploded ordnance (UXO) at sites throughout the US. Bill holds a BS in geophysics from the University of Kansas, and is a member of SEG and SPE.
Monica Vrana has worked for MicroSeismic since 2014 and is currently the Chief Marketing Officer. Mrs. Vrana brings more than 20 years of marketing and event experience working for global companies in the Oil & Gas, Network Security, and Hardware.
Mrs. Vrana is passionate about serving her community and in 2019 she was the Founding President and Board of Director for the National Charity League (NCL) Texas Diamonds Chapter. Which is the largest Mother and Daughter philanthropy organization in the country. Her chapter serves more than 4,000 hours in the community. She also serves as Lay Leader on the Foundry Church Board since 2016 and has held numerous community leadership roles such a Director of Women Ministries, Emmaus Board, MOPS Board, PTO President, etc. She is a proud member of the American Marketing Association.
Mrs. Vrana completed his BA in Business and Management studies at Stephen F. Austin University, She also hold a Gold Certified Tradeshow Marketer Certification from the Northern Illinois University.
Michael Thornton, Ph.D. has 23 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. He spent nearly four years as VP of Data Analysis for MicroSeismic Inc. prior to being promoted to Chief Technology Officer in January 2011. Before joining MicroSeismic Inc. he spent six years in management at Veritas DGC as Imaging Director in charge of multiple processing crews and technology development. He began his career with ExxonMobil where he served as a research geophysicist, processing geophysicist and processing analyst.
Thornton has his MS and BS in geophysics from Texas A&M University and obtained his PhD in geophysics from the University of Houston. He is an active member of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists.
Board of Directors
John James Kennedy
Board Position: Chairman
John Kennedy has more than 33 years of experience working in senior operational and financial positions, primarily in the oil service sector. John was President and CEO of Wilson International, a wholly owned subsidiary of Smith International and Schlumberger (Schlumberger acquired Smith International in August 2010) until Wilson was sold to National Oilwell Varco in 2012.
Prior to joining Wilson in 1999, John was Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Smith International Inc.(NYSE:SII) having joined Smith in 1986, as part of the European Treasury Group. John transferred from London to Houston in 1991 and held a number of senior financial positions with Smith, including Treasurer and Chief Accounting Officer before becoming CFO in 1997.
John attended Wimbledon College and Farnborough College of Technology in the United Kingdom. He is a member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers and Energy Institute. He has been a member of a number of boards, both public and private. He sat on the board of Edgen Group (NYSE:EDG) until November 2013 when the company was sold to Sumitomo Corporation. Currently John is a member of the Advisory Board of Texas A&M Industrial Distribution Program and the Advisory Board and main Board of the Houston Technology Center.
Committees: Compensation Committee
Peter M. Duncan, Ph.D
Board Position: Founder and CEO
Peter M. Duncan is Founder and CEO of MicroSeismic, Inc. a Houston-based oil field service company specializing in hydraulic fracture stimulation surveillance and evaluation. He holds a Ph.D. in Geophysics from the University of Toronto. His early career as an exploration geophysicist was with Shell Canada and then Digicon Geophysical, first in Calgary then in Houston. In 1992 he was one of 3 founders of 3DX Technologies Inc., a publicly traded independent oil and gas exploration company. Duncan was 2003-04 President of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG). Duncan was the Fall 2008 SEG/AAPG Distinguished Lecturer speaking on the subject of Passive Seismic at 45 venues around the world. He is an Honorary Member of SEG, the Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists (CSEG), the Geophysical Society of Houston (GSH) and the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE). He received the Enterprise Champion Award from the Houston Business Journal in 2010, the World Oil Innovative Thinker Award in 2011, and was the 2013 EY National Energy Entrepreneur of the Year. In 2014 he received the Virgil Kauffman Gold Medal from SEG.
Committees: Audit Committee (Secretary), Compensation Committee (Secretary), Nominations & Governance Committee (Secretary)
Board Position: Director
Dirk McDermott is the founder and Managing Director of Altira Group LLC, an energy investment firm based in Denver Colorado. Dirk raised capital to launch Altira’s inaugural fund and has expanded Altira to one of the leading energy investment firms in the world. Building upon the business relationships he has developed throughout his career, he is responsible for developing new deal sources and helping shape Altira’s strategy. His 25 years’ of experience as an investor, manager, and scientist in the energy industry are among the keys to Altira’s success. His working knowledge in the technologies of the oil, gas, and renewable energy industry is invaluable and sets Altira apart. Dirk has a superb practical working knowledge of the energy industry and is a pioneer in successfully applying investment into energy technology.
Dirk has served or currently serves on the boards of directors for several Altira portfolio companies: Beyond Compliance, Canyon Offshore, Coherence Technology Company, DeepFlex, Microseismic, NuTech Energy Alliance, RC Squared, TransZap, and Tubel Technologies. In addition, Dirk is on the Board of Directors of RPSEA, the Treasurer and Chair on the Board of Trustees of the Finance Committee of Graland Country Day School, and serves as the “Roustabout” and Chair of the Alternative Investment Committee of the Petroleum Investment Committee at Stanford University.
Dirk began his career with Louisiana Land and Exploration Company (LL&E) as a geophysicist working on exploration and production projects around the world. During his twelve year tenure he held a variety of positions including Chief Geophysicist of LL&E’s Canadian subsidiary. After obtaining his MBA from Stanford University in 1991, Dirk turned his career towards venture investing in energy and energy technologies. In 1993, he co-founded Aspect Management, a Denver venture capital firm that managed the oil and gas portfolio of General Atlantic Partners and also invested in early stage oil and gas technology enterprises that were leaders in the application of 3D technology. During this period, he was instrumental in founding, funding, and managing oil and gas companies and technology companies, including General Atlantic Resources, Brigham Oil and Gas, Southtech Exploration, Geographix, and Coherence Technology Company. In addition to his MBA, Dirk holds a Master’s of Science in Geophysics from Stanford University.
Committees: Audit Committee, Compensation Committee
Robert (Bob) Daniels
Board Position: Director
Mr. Daniels joined Anadarko in 1985 and assumed his current position in July 2012. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President, Worldwide Exploration, beginning in December 2006 and Senior Vice President, Exploration and Production beginning May 2004. Prior to that, he served as Vice President, Canada beginning July 2001. Mr. Daniels has also held key positions within Anadarko’s exploration group, including Geologic Supervisor for Algeria, Manager of Geology for Algeria Exploration, Project Manager of the Ourhoud Development Project in Algeria, and Manager of U.S. Onshore Exploration.
Mr. Daniels holds a Master of Science degree in petroleum geology from the Colorado School of Mines and a bachelor’s degree in economics from The Colorado College. He also is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program.
Mr. Daniels serves on the Board of Directors of the Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation and Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas. He is a Trustee of the American Geological Institute Foundation.
Committees: Nominations & Governance Committee
Board Position: Director
Ms. Martin currently serves as the President of EnerGeo Alliance where she is responsible for the development and execution of their global strategies and priorities advocating for the energy geoscience and exploration industries. Prior to becoming President, Nikki served as the Vice President for Government and Legal Affairs. She is a knowledgeable, experienced, and successful advocate with a strong background in environmental law and public policy. Nikki has worked in the oil and gas industry as Legal & Regulatory Affairs Manager for Alaska Oil & Gas Association and practiced law in Anchorage, Alaska. Her legislative experience includes serving as staff to U.S. Senate Pro Tempore Ted Stevens and as legislative aide to the Alaska State Senate President and House Majority Leader. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Western Resources Legal Center and is a member of the Alaska Bar Association.
Board Position: Observer
Jamie McJunkin has served on our board of directors since April 2009. Since April 2005, Mr. McJunkin has been a Managing Member of Madrone Capital Partners, a venture capital firm. From August 2000 to March 2005, Mr. McJunkin was a technology growth capital investor at TA Associates, Inc., a private equity firm. Prior to August 2000, Mr. McJunkin worked as a Product Manager at Cisco Systems, Inc. and as a strategy consultant at the Boston Consulting Group. Mr. McJunkin is a director of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and several privately-held companies. He also serves on the Advisory Board for Rockport Capital Partners and The Global Environment Fund. Mr. McJunkin earned a bachelor of arts degree with high honors from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and a master of business administration degree from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Mr. McJunkin has valuable experience as an investor in building emerging growth companies. His investing and business background, as well as his knowledge of the solar industry, provide a valuable perspective for our board of directors.