Board of Directors
Robert Vogel, Chairman of the Board: Mr. Vogel served as an observer to the Red Leaf Board from 2008 to 2012,and became Chairman of the Board in 2012. He is an Associate Principal at Lucas Capital Management, a New Jersey Investment Manager. His responsibilities at Lucas include energy-income research, CFO of Lucas Energy Ventures funds, portfolio management and supporting Lucas’ private investments. Trained as a chemical engineer, Mr. Vogel began his career in California with Chevron in 1981. After receiving an MBA in Finance, Mr. Vogel worked for Hess from 1987 through 2008, serving as Treasurer for his last four years.
Adolph Lechtenberger, CEO and Director: Mr. Lechtenberger joined Red Leaf as CEO in the fall of 2012. Prior to joining Red Leaf, he spent many years in executive management, strategic planning, technical oversight and operations in the refining industry including three years with Petroplus in Switzerland, over 10 years with CITGO, and nearly 20 years with Exxon. Interestingly, during his tenure at Exxon, he worked on development of two Powder River Basin coal mines and Exxon’s oil shale project in Western Colorado.
Ed Bailey, Director: Mr. Bailey has served as a Director of Red Leaf since January 2009. He has over 25 years of experience as an investor and consultant in private funding, venture capital, corporate finance and development, strategic planning and marketing. In 2004 Mr. Bailey was a founding partner of Vision Capital Partners, LLC, a private equity firm focused on providing senior debt, private money loans, and equity investments.
Russell Belinsky, Director: Mr. Belinsky has served as a Director of Red Leaf since early 2011. Mr. Belinsky is a Senior Managing Director of Duff & Phelps. Mr. Belinsky was the co-founder and Senior Managing Director of Chanin Capital Partners prior to its merger with Duff & Phelps. He serves at the behest of Perella Weinberg Partners.
Michael Binnion, Director: Mr. Binnion was appointed to the Board of Directors in the spring of 2017 following Questerre’s acquisition of roughly 25% of the outstanding common stock of Red Leaf. Mr. Binnion is one of the founding shareholders of Questerre and has been the Chief Executive Officer and President of Questerre Energy Corp., since November 2000. Mr. Binnion is a Fellow of the Certified Public Accountants and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the University of Alberta. Questerre Energy is a licensee and is pursuing a large oil shale project in the Kingdom of Jordan.
Bruce Sherley, Director: Mr. Sherley has served as a Director of Red Leaf since mid-2010. Mr. Sherley is a Professional Engineer and is currently President and CEO of Dundee Energy Limited, President of Dundee Oil and Gas Ltd., the general partner of a subsidiary of Dundee Energy Limited that owns and operates oil and gas properties in southern Ontario, and a Director of United Hydrocarbon International Corp., a private company with exploration and development activity in Chad. From 1991 to 1999 Mr. Sherley served as Vice President, Production at Home Oil and Anderson Exploration and as President of Sterling Resources Limited.
Patrick J. Quinlan, Director: Mr. Quinlan has 36 years of experience working in the energy industry and is recognized as a global energy expert, with a proven track record of developing and executing strategies to build high growth businesses in the global energy sector. Mr. Quinlan has served as director and global advisor for EPC Lens since 2016. Mr. Quinlan previously served as a director and chairman of the audit committee at Questerre Energy Corporation from 2009 to 2013, and as a Vice President of Capgemini’s Oil and Gas Services Team from 2000 to 2012. Prior to joining Capgemini, Mr. Quinlan was a partner with Ernst & Young from 1992 to 2000 and later returned as a partner at Ernst & Young from 2013 to 2016.
Jean DeRidder, Director: Mr. DeRidder spent his entire career (1984-2019) at TOTAL, retiring in July 2019. In addition to being responsible for mega-projects like TOTAL’s investment in the Kashagan project in the Caspian Sea, Mr. DeRidder spent many years with TOTAL E&P in the U.S. managing their investments in shale gas plays like the Barnett and Utica, and their oil shale technology investments, including their investment in Red Leaf. He brings an unmatched resumé with experience developing both conventional and oil shale projects. Mr. DeRidder currently serves as a Director of Utica Resources, in Quebec, Canada. Mr. DeRidder has a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Louvain in La Neuve, Belgium and did his graduate work in petroleum engineering at the University of Oklahoma.