Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Kanady founded Echo Energy in 2010 and serves as its CEO. Since forming the company, Mr. Kanady has invested over $600MM in oil and gas properties, including the acquisition and/or divestiture of over 150,000 mineral acres and the resulting ownership in over 2,000 unconventional and conventional wells across Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana. Mr. Kanady has been in the energy business for more than 10 years and began his career at Chesapeake Energy. Mr. Kanady graduated from the University of Oklahoma with BBA in Energy Management and Finance.
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. O’Gara has served as Chief Financial Officer since 2015. Prior to joining Echo Energy, Mr. O’Gara was with Greenwich, Connecticut based Wexford Capital. While at Wexford, Mr. O’Gara worked closely with Diamondback Energy and Viper Energy Partners along with other upstream and midstream portfolio companies. Viper Energy Partners was the first publicly traded pure play mineral company in the United States which resulted in an initial public offering value of $2bn. At Echo Energy, Mr. O'Gara's efforts are focused on capital raises, investor relations, and financial oversight. Additionally, he oversees asset valuations and transaction execution on all of Echo Energy's business lines. Mr. O'Gara holds a BS in Economics from the Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania.
Executive Vice President of Accounting and Treasury
Mr. Hood joined Echo Energy in early 2014 and oversees Accounting and Treasury. Prior to Echo Energy, Mr. Hood earned his MBA with a specialty in energy and finance from the Price College of Business at The University of Oklahoma. During his studies, he was a Price Scholar and an associate for the Deutsche Bank’s Global Commodities Group.
Executive Vice President of Operations
Mr. Lardner joined Echo Energy in 2015 as the Executive Vice President of Operations and has more than thirty years of oil and gas industry experience. From 2004-2015, Mr. Lardner was employed by Chesapeake Energy where he served as Geoscience Manager for Arkoma and southern Oklahoma (Woodford), Appalachia North (Marcellus) districts, and most recently for South Texas (Eagle Ford) Business Unit. From 1996-2004, Mr. Lardner worked as a geologist/senior geologist for Seagull Energy / Ocean Energy / Devon Energy and previously as a geologist for Fina Oil and Chemical from 1984-1996. James holds MS and BS degrees in Geology from The University of Iowa.
TANNER W. HICKS
General Counsel and Vice President of Land and Legal
Mr. Hicks began serving as General Counsel and Vice President of Land in 2017. Prior to joining Echo, Mr. Hicks’ practice focused on oil and gas, complex and aggregate litigation, and appellate matters. Mr. Hicks holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Oklahoma College of Law, where he received the James F. Hawes Memorial Cup Award, served as Assistant Articles Editor for the Oklahoma Law Review, and obtained admittance to the Order of the Coif.
Vice President of Business Development
Mr. Denny joined Echo Energy as Director of Business Development in September 2015. Prior to that he spent a total of 17 years at Chesapeake Energy where he started as a District Landman and then Senior Negotiator. In 2002, he helped found Chesapeake's Business Development team where he built and managed a team of 35+ employees. Mr. Denny was involved in land grabs in each of Chesapeake's major shale plays including the Fayetteville, Haynesville, Barnett, Eagle Ford, Marcellus and Utica with over 2.5MM acres acquired.
Vice President of Operations
Mr. Warren joined Echo Energy in 2017. Mr. Warren has been responsible for completing over 1,000 wells in various North American resource plays, with a major focus on the Eagle Ford play in South Texas and the Utica play in Ohio. With over 25 years in completion design and large scale field development, Mr. Warren most recently served as Vice President of Engineering at American Energy Partners, LLC where he focused on play assessment and developing startup operations in both domestic and international plays (SCOOP, Haynesville, Vaca Muerta, Velkerri). Prior to that, Mr. Warren served as a Senior Asset Manager at Chesapeake Energy from 2006-2013, coordinating the development of over 800K gross acres in the Eagle Ford Shale. Mr. Warren earned his BS in Natural Gas Engineering from Texas A&I University
Vice President of Drilling
Mr. Robinson joined Echo Energy in 2017 as the Vice President of Drilling. He has 15 years of experience drilling wells in various North American resource plays and internationally, with a major focus on the mid-continent region. Mr. Robinson most recently served as Vice President of Drilling at Longfellow Energy, LLC where he managed a multi-rig drilling program in north central Oklahoma. Prior to that, he served as a Senior Drilling Engineer and Drilling Team Leader at SandRidge Energy from 2006-2013, managing multi-rig programs in Colorado, Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma. Mr. Robinson earned his BS and MS degrees in Petroleum Engineering from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology.
Vice President of Geoscience
Mr. Casazza is currently Vice President of Geosciences at Echo Energy, where he has worked since 2012. With over 26 years in the oil and gas industry, Mr. Casazza’s background includes a wide range of experience in both international and domestic exploration and development. He was with ConocoPhillips from 1991-2000. Since then he has worked exclusively in the midcontinent for various independent Oklahoma-based exploration companies. Mr. Casazza holds a BS degree in Geophysical Engineering from Montana Tech.