Leadership Team

Our Values

Jim Addison

President & CEO

Jim Addison is a co-founder of Travis Peak Resources, LLC established in November, 2013 and currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Addison started his career with Amoco Production Company in 1986. Following Amoco, he spent several years with Mitchell Energy and Coastal Oil & Gas Corp. Jim joined Newfield Exploration Company in 2000. Over his 13-year career, he worked in all three domestic business units (Houston, Tulsa and Denver) and served in a variety of technical and leadership roles including General Manager for the Mid-Continent and Rockies Business Units. Jim left Newfield in March, 2013 and established Travis Peak Resources, LLC.

Jim is a 1985 graduate of The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering.

George Grunau

Senior VP of Exploration

George Grunau is a co-founder of Travis Peak Resources, LLC established in November, 2013 and currently serves as Senior Vice President of Exploration. Mr. Grunau started his career with Exxon USA in 1991, where he worked as a Development Geoscientist. Following Exxon, George worked in senior technical team lead roles for Samson Resources and Vintage Petroleum. In 2005, George joined the management team of United Resources, and later EDF Trading Resources, serving as Vice President of Exploration. George left EDF in October, 2013 and established Travis Peak Resources, LLC.

George holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science degree in Geosciences from Louisiana Tech University and Northeast Louisiana University.

Jerry Ilseng

VP of Operations

Jerry Ilseng is a co-founder of Travis Peak Resources, LLC established in November, 2013 and currently serves as VP of Operations. He began his 33 year career with Amoco Production in 1981. Following Amoco, he worked numerous years for El Ran, Inc and Pioneer Natural Resources. In 1999, he joined United Resources as VP Operations until the sale of the company. In 2004, he started Ilseng Engineering & Consulting Engineering, LLC. Mr. Ilseng was also co-owner and an executive of two private companies: Paladin Petroleum III, LLC and Vanderra Resources, LP.

Mr. Ilseng is a registered Professional Engineer and a 1981 graduate of Texas A&I University with a Bachelor of Science in Natural Gas Engineering.

Clint Calhoun

VP of Engineering

Clint Calhoun is a co-founder of Travis Peak Resources, LLC established in November, 2013 and currently serves as Vice President of Engineering. Mr. Calhoun started his career with Newfield Exploration Company in 2000, where he worked in Reservoir and Production Engineering roles in the Houston business unit. In 2006, he transferred to Newfield’s Tulsa business unit and served in a variety of roles including Reserves Coordinator, Asset Lead, and Asset Manager. Clint left Newfield in October, 2013 and established Travis Peak Resources, LLC.

Clint is a 1999 graduate of The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering.

Ben Ellis

CFO

Ben Ellis joined Travis Peak Resources in January 2014 and currently serves as Chief Financial Officer. Ben has extensive experience in all aspects of corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions activities. Since 2008 and prior joining Travis Peak Resources Ben worked in the Mergers and Acquisitions Group at BP in Houston. From 2003 until 2008 Ben worked in Merrill Lynch’s Global Energy and Power Investment Banking Group.

Ben received a Bachelor of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering from Vanderbilt University and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin.