Management Team

Red Leaf Resources' Leadership

Each member of Red Leaf’s leadership team brings a distinct specialty, perspective and approach to move the company's vision and mission forward.

Adolph Lechtenberger,
Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Lechtenberger has significant experience in all aspects of Red Leaf Resources' business. Trained as a chemical engineer, Adolph has a rare blend of technical and executive success. He has overseen the full life-cycle of energy production and having led several companies through growth periods that required strong leadership. Adolph has worked in surface mining, refining and marketing of petroleum products, worked with private equity investment companies, helped lead a company through an IPO, and has successfully grown a start-up business as CEO. Particularly worth noting, Adolph was the new technology manager for Exxon's major oil shale development, the Colony Project, in the 1980's. Adolph holds degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Arkansas (BS) and the University of Colorado (MS). He has sat on numerous boards of energy companies and was Chairman of the Board of the Cherokee Nation Enterprises. Adolph and his wife enjoy the outdoors and are in the process of getting settled in the Salt Lake area.


Jim Patten,
Chief Technology Officer
Dr. Jim Patten is widely regarded as one of the nation’s foremost experts on oil shale. Before joining the Company in early 2007, Dr. Patten served as Vice President of Non-Conventional Hydrocarbon Fuels at the Ohio-based Battelle Corporation. Dr. Patten joined Battelle in 2000. Dr. Patten was responsible for building the non-conventional petroleum (oil shale, coal-to-liquids and related resources), propulsion energy and automotive research portfolios for Battelle and the Battelle-managed Department of Energy (DOE) National Laboratories. He led development of new business for Battelle with commercial companies in unconventional petroleum and served as a core member of the steering committee for the United States Department of Energy Office of Petroleum Reserves, which developed an actionable plan to revive oil shale development efforts in the United States.


Lance Lehnhof,
General Counsel,
Lance Lehnhof practiced law at the law firms of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP and Stoel Rives, LLP in Washington, DC and Salt Lake City, Utah, respectively, where he specialized in mergers and acquisitions, venture capital transactions, public and private securities offerings and general corporate and securities law compliance. Prior to beginning private practice, Mr. Lehnhof served as a law clerk to the Honorable Monroe G. McKay on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Mr. Lehnhof received his law degree, summa cum laude, from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University. He is a member of the state bars of New York and Utah, as well as the District of Columbia.