James Archer, President & Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Archer has over 35 years of experience in oil and gas production chemicals, and six years of experience in production and natural gas processing. He has considerable expertise in foam assisted lift (FAL), using liquid foaming agents to produce marginal wells in both conventional and unconventional oil and gas plays, and he is recognized as a leader in technology for gas enhancement. Mr. Archer founded Multi-Chem and under his leadership grew his company into the third largest specialty production chemical company globally and successfully sold Multi-Chem to Halliburton in 2011. Mr. Archer holds dual associate degrees in Management and Marketing from Midland College and continued his education in Business Administration at the University of Texas Permian Basin, and is a member of the American Petroleum Institute, Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), and the National Association of Corrosion Engineers.
Marcus Lopez, Executive Vice President & General Counsel
Mr. Lopez represented Multi-Chem between 2003 and 2009 as outside counsel and joined the Multi-Chem executive team in 2009 serving as Vice-President & General Counsel overseeing the entire company’s legal affairs in 17 countries until selling to Halliburton in October 2011. Prior to joining Multi-Chem, Mr. Lopez was a partner with the law firm Jackson Walker, LLP, where he serviced clients in oil and gas, oilfield related services, energy, and heavy machinery industries and gained extensive experience in mergers & acquisitions, debt and equity financings, and international commercial law. Mr. Lopez is a former Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation where he investigated various white collar and public corruptions violations. Mr. Lopez received his B.A. degree, magna cum laude, from Texas A&M University in 1993 and his J.D. degree from the University of Texas School of Law in 1996.
Casey Watson, Chief Financial Officer
Casey Watson has over 15 years of accounting experience in various industries including tax and audit, manufacturing and oil and gas. Casey joined KJ Energy in 2019 and her work extends beyond the traditional accounting roles to include support and development for database management and the production application. Casey is a CPA and holds a Bachelors of Business Administration in Accounting from Abilene Christian University.
John Fultz, Production Manager
Mr. Fultz has 15 years of experience in the Oil & Gas industry focusing on Completions, Production, and Facility Operations Management across North Louisiana, Texas, and Arkansas. He began his career with Riverstone Energy and has since held management positions with Memorial Resource Development and Tanos Exploration I, II, & III. In his career, he has played a pivotal role in developing, executing, and managing countless projects including completions, new field development, existing production, and large acquisitions. In recent years, John served as Director of Operations where he managed and supervised all Completion, Facility, & Production Operations for a multi rig drilling program targeting Haynesville Shale, Cotton Valley, and Travis Peak formations. This also included the supervision and mentoring of numerous Superintendents, Foreman, Lease Operators, Consultants, and crews in North Louisiana and East Texas. John attended Louisiana State University from 2002 through 2006 where he studied Business Management & Administration. John currently serves as the Production Operations Manager for KJ Energy.
Kino Vela, Drilling Manager
Kino Vela started his oil and gas career with Nabors drilling in 2004, and later at H&P Drilling. Mr. Vela has developed in-depth knowledge of the drilling operation having started as a floor hand and moving through the ranks up to rig manager and currently serving as Drilling Supervisor for KJ Energy LLC. He has held numerous positions throughout the industry, and has accumulated vast drilling experience throughout Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma. Mr. Vela has supervised large drilling operations with an emphasis on downhole tool efficiencies in horizontal drilling applications.
His experience in both DC and AC powered rigs gives KJ Energy the ability to optimize rig selection for efficiency and performance throughout East Texas. In addition to Mr. Vela’s drilling experience, he brings knowledge of Health and Safety compliance along with certifications in well control, and expertise in Drill Bit Optimization Systems for East Texas.