Executive Management

The company's management team has a successful history of developing assets, with a proven ability to develop and operate large-scale conventional and unconventional reservoirs. The team has leading geoscience and operational knowledge of resource plays and is experienced in both horizontal drilling and optimizing developments. We have successfully valued oil and gas assets and are familiar with most petroleum basins in North America.


Michael Van Horn, IRM CEO and Director

Mike Van Horn - Chief Executive Officer

Mike has over 35 years of broad geoscience and leadership experience in the industry. Mike retired from Newfield Exploration in March 2014 after 8 years as V.P. Geoscience and Sr. V.P. Exploration. He played a significant role in transitioning Newfield from a predominantly conventional E&P company to an unconventional resource player. Prior to Newfield, Mike held various leadership positions at EOG Resources and its predecessor companies for 13 years from 1993 to 2006. Positions included V.P. International Exploration and Director of Unconventional Exploration. Domestically, Mike and his team provided the groundwork evaluation of basins across North America for EOG’s unconventional efforts. He held leadership and technical roles at previous employers including British Gas International, Tenneco Rocky Mountains, Terra Scan Group and Energy Reserves Group. Mike holds an MSc Geology from the Colorado School of Mines and BSc Geological Engineering from the Mackay School of Mines, University of Nevada.


Rodney L. Steward, IRM CCO and Director

Rod Steward - Chief Corporate Officer

Rod brings over 25 years of upstream experience as an accomplished leader and reservoir engineer to Independence Resources Management. Rod joined private equity E&P firm Sheridan Production Company in 2007 during its start-up phase, where he most recently held the titles of Exploitation Manager and Manager of Capital Planning and Analysis. He fulfilled multiple roles during the evaluation and integration of eight successful acquisitions with an aggregate purchase price of $5.2 billion and was ultimately responsible for the evaluation, planning, execution and results of all drilling and work-over activity. Prior to Sheridan, Rod was the Texas Gulf Coast Reservoir Manager for El Paso Production. He held various senior and staff level reservoir engineering positions at EOG Resources and its predecessor companies between 1996 and 2005 providing technical analysis and reservoir simulation of conventional and unconventional projects in both domestic and international basins. Rod held various engineering positions at Marathon Oil Company after receiving his BSc degree in Petroleum Engineering from The University of Oklahoma.


John R. Nicholas, IRM CCO

John Nicholas - Chief Operating Officer

John has over 30 years of engineering and management experience working both domestic and international arenas. Most recently, as General Manager Appalachia, he led Southwestern Energy’s Marcellus development from infancy though recent production rates in excess of 800 MMCFPD. From 2005 to 2008, John was Reservoir Management Team Leader for Oxy Permian where he managed growth of the Frontier assets when the first “Wolfberry” wells were drilled by Oxy. He held multiple positions with EOG Resources and its predecessor companies beginning in 1996, including Director of Reservoir Engineering. He also filled multiple engineering and supervisory positions at Marathon Oil Company starting in 1982. John holds a BSc degree in Petroleum Engineering from Marietta College.


Charles J. Minero, IRM Chief Geosciences Officer

Chuck Minero – Chief Geosciences Officer

Chuck is an exploration and development geologist with over 30 years of professional experience. He recently retired from Shell Oil as Sr. Staff Geologist and formerly held the position of Geologic Consultant with EOG Resources and its predecessor companies. He was a key player in several high-profile projects, contributing to exploitation of resource plays in the Permian and Anadarko Basins. Other career highlights include successful exploitation ventures in the Euphrates Basin of Syria, offshore India, and South Texas Tertiary. Chuck holds a B.A. in Geology from the Johns Hopkins University, and Ph.D. in Sedimentary Geology from the State University of New York at Binghamton. He has served as field trip leader to Cretaceous limestone outcrops in Mexico for both the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) and Geological Society of America (GSA) National Meetings. Additionally, he has authored several publications and given presentations on carbonate sedimentology and diagenesis, as well as the development of Panna-Mukta oil fields offshore of India.


Tim Blaine, IRM CFO

Tim Blaine – Chief Financial Officer

Tim has over 25 years of upstream financial experience in both public accounting and the E&P industry. He leads the company's finance activities, including banking, accounting, tax, treasury, planning and risk management. Tim was most recently the Chief Financial Officer of CASA Exploration, a Warburg-backed, development-stage company focused on Latin American exploration. Before joining CASA, Tim served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Sheridan Production Partners, a series of private limited partnerships formed in 2007 by Warburg Pincus and Sheridan management to acquire producing oil and gas properties in the United States. During his five years at Sheridan, he was responsible for all aspects of building an E&P company finance organization from start-up through six acquisitions totaling $2.5 billion. Prior to joining Sheridan, Tim was Vice President and Controller at Kerr McGee Oil & Gas and an audit partner at Arthur Andersen specializing in independent E&P companies. Tim is a graduate of Baylor University with a bachelor of business administration degree in accounting.