Management

Our Senior Leadership Team

Mike Ellis
Founder, Chairman and Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Ellis founded Alta Mesa in 1987 after beginning his career with Amoco, and is Chairman and Chief Operating Officer, as well as Vice President of Engineering. Mr. Ellis manages all day-to-day engineering and field operations of Alta Mesa. He built the Company's asset base by starting with small earn-in exploitation projects, then progressively grew the Company with successive acquisitions of fields from major oil companies and consistent success in exploration and development drilling. He has over 30 years experience in management, engineering, exploration, and acquisitions and divestitures in the Gulf Coast, Midcontinent and West Texas regions. He has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from West Virginia University.

Hal Chappelle
President and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Chappelle joined Alta Mesa as President and CEO in November 2004 and has led the Company during a period of significant growth, building a strong management and technical team, focusing on the greatest opportunities, making strategic acquisitions and restructuring the Company's financing. He has over 30 years in field operations, engineering, management, marketing and trading, acquisitions and divestitures, and field re-development in collaboration with majors including Exxon and Chevron. He has worked for Louisiana Land & Exploration Company, Burlington Resources, Southern Company, and Mirant. Mr. Chappelle retired as a Commander from the U.S. Navy Reserve. He has a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from Auburn University and a Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin.

Michael McCabe
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Mr. McCabe, our Chief Financial Officer, joined Alta Mesa in September 2006. Mr. McCabe has over 25 years of corporate finance experience, with a focus on the energy industry. He has served in senior positions with Bank of Tokyo, Bank of New England, and Key Bank.Mr. McCabe holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Physics from Bridgewater State University, a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University and a Master of Business Administration in Financial Management from Pace University.

Gene Cole
Vice President, Chief Technical Officer

Mr. Cole currently serves in the position of Vice President, Chief Technical Officer for Alta Mesa. Mr. Cole has over 25 years' of extensive domestic and international experience in well completion, and well stimulation design and execution. He started his career with Dowell Schlumberger as a Field Engineer and served in numerous increasingly responsible positions in the areas of field operations, engineering and management. Prior to joining Alta Mesa in 2007, Mr. Cole was the Senior Sales Engineer for Well Services for Schlumberger Oilfield Services. Mr. Cole earned his Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering from Marietta College in Ohio.

Kevin Bourque
Vice President of Operations

Mr. Bourque joined Alta Mesa as a field engineer in 2007 and has since progressed through several roles to the position of Vice President of Mid-Continent Operations in 2012 when we began our STACK horizontal drilling program. Mr. Bourque has more than 10 years of E&P operational experience with Alta Mesa as well as more than 10 years of experience as the owner of his own company. Mr. Bourque has led the growth of our mid-continent drilling and production operations as we expanded our presence in Oklahoma.

Tim Turner
Vice President of Corporate Development

Mr. Turner has served as Vice President of Corporate Development at Alta Mesa since 2013. Mr. Turner has over 30 years of industry experience including various operations, reservoir engineering and managerial roles with Sun Oil, Santa Fe Minerals, Fina Oil & Chemical, Total, Newfield Exploration and Quantum Resources. Mr. Turner earned is Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Texas and an MBA in Finance from Oklahoma City University.

David McClure
Vice President, Facilities and Midstream

Mr. McClure joined the Alta Mesa team in 2010 as the South Louisiana Production Manager and now serves as Vice President, Facilities and Midstream. Mr. McClure has over 15 years' experience in onshore and offshore operations and facilities engineering. Mr. McClure started his career with ExxonMobil where he held positions of increasing responsibility in offshore, subsea, and pipeline engineering, operations, and management. Mr. McClure also worked for Tetra Technologies and as a consultant on various deep-water projects. Mr. McClure earned his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Auburn University.

David Murrell
Vice President, Land and Business Development

Mr. Murrell has served as our Vice President, Land and Business Development since 2006. Mr. Murrell has over 30 years of experience in Gulf Coast leasing, exploration and development programs, contract management and acquisitions and divestitures. He created a structured land management system for Alta Mesa, and built a team of lease analysts, landmen, and field representatives that has facilitated our company’s growth. Mr. Murrell earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Petroleum Land Management from the University of Oklahoma.

Dave Smith
Vice President of Exploration

Mr. Smith has served in the position of Vice President of Exploration since 1999. Mr. Smith has over 25 years’ experience in domestic and international exploration, development and acquisitions and divestitures. Dave has been an explorationist with Paramount and Torch Energy Advisors, and served as the Exploration Manager for Bellwether Exploration. Mr. Smith earned his Bachelor of Science in Geology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute.