Bob Gerrity is the CEO of Vitesse and determines culture and directs strategy, spending and acquisitions. Vitesse found its roots in the Bakken when Bob invested his own capital to purchase non-operated working interest acreage in 2010. Bob has personally participated in over 500 gross wells to date.
Bob got his start in the oil industry in 1982 by purchasing an interest in four newly drilled Codell wells in the Wattenberg Field of Colorado. He established Gerrity Oil and Gas Corporation (Gerrity Oil) as a low-cost operator that provided economic performance in a depressed price environment. This attracted hedge funds, family offices and an endowment fund from 1982 to 1989. Gerrity Oil went public in 1990.
In the early 90s, Gerrity Oil was one of the most active operators in the country, running 19 rigs in the Wattenberg Field. The company merged with Snyder Oil’s Wattenberg assets in 1996 to form Patina Oil & Gas Corporation (Patina), which was eventually merged into Noble Resources. Gerrity Oil’s core properties represent a meaningful part of Noble’s current activities in the Wattenberg.
Bob’s favorite places are anywhere his wonderful wife is; the 12th Street reef on a glassy day…push tide…head high; aerobic summer hikes on the face of Ajax; the far end of the driving range with a right-to-left breeze; and any shaded place outside with a biography.
President and COO
Brian Cree, President and COO
Brian is the President and Chief Operating Officer of Vitesse and is responsible for the financial, operational and corporate/legal aspects of the Company.
Brian has been involved in the oil and gas industry for over 25 years. In 1987, Brian joined the predecessor of Gerrity Oil and worked closely with Bob for almost 9 years to grow and eventually merge the company with Patina. While at Gerrity Oil, he held various financial and operational roles including CFO, SVP of Operations and COO, and served as a Director on its Board.
Brian continued with Patina in similar roles (COO, Executive Vice President and Board member) until 1999, at which time he decided to try other industries and spent close to 8 years as the CFO and/or COO at companies focused on oil and gas software and the creation of a molecular memory technology. Wanting to get back into the oil and gas business, but also leverage his experience outside of the industry, Brian joined Luca Technologies Inc. in 2007 as its CFO and added the COO title in 2010.
During his career, Brian has raised close to $1 billion in public and private financings and has closed a significant number of transactions related to the acquisition and divestiture of assets. He also served as Vice Chairman of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, a position appointed by the Governor, from 1999 through 2007.
Brian received his B.A. in Accounting from the University of Northern Iowa and beginning his career at Deloitte. Brian has a wife and three kids and enjoys spending his free time hunting, fishing, and attending the Rockies Fantasy Baseball Camp.
David Macosko, CFO
David Macosko is the Chief Financial Officer of Vitesse and is responsible for the accounting and financial aspects of the Company.
David brings more than 30 years of oil and gas accounting and business operations experience to Vitesse. Prior to joining Vitesse in 2020, David spent seventeen years with HighPoint Resources Corporation (fka Bill Barrett Corporation), a publicly traded NYSE oil and gas exploration and production company, in various roles, including as its Senior Vice President Accounting and Principal Accounting Officer. During this time, David oversaw several property acquisitions, divestitures, public debt and equity offerings and most recently a corporate merger and rebranding. In addition, he was responsible for all corporate federal and state tax related issues as well as all aspects of the daily operations of the oil and gas accounting staff.
Prior to joining HighPoint Resources Corporation, David served in various business oriented and accounting capacities at senior levels with other publicly traded oil and gas companies including Vice President of Business Operations at Patina Oil & Gas Corporation and Gerrity Oil & Gas Corporation.
David is an avid sports fan and attends as many of his son’s baseball games as possible. He enjoys spending his free time doing outdoor activities such as golfing, landscaping, hiking and swimming. He also has read every John Grisham novel.
David has a BS/BA in Accounting from West Virginia University.
Shanna Ash, Chief Engineer
Shanna comes to Vitesse with 19 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. She first joined Vitesse in March of 2014 and played an integral part in the acquisition that founded Vitesse Energy.
Shanna has a strong background in reservoir engineering, business development and operations and has served in engineering roles at BP, Burlington Resources, Netherland, Sewell and Associates and Luca Technologies.
She enjoys spending time with her family and exploring all the outdoor activities that Colorado has to offer. Her current favorite book is one her son recommended, Peak by Roland Smith.
Shanna holds a BS in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University and is a registered Professional Engineer in Texas.
Amanda Bailey, CTO
Amanda manages data and technology systems at Vitesse. She recently architected and built an integrated database system and custom web application that allows Vitesse to better manage its growing non-op oil and gas assets.
Prior to Vitesse, Amanda worked for EOG Resources for 9 years where she leveraged the power of data and predictive analytics to provide innovative insights and reduce costs in completions, production and reservoir projects.
Amanda is a devoted member of the Peloton community, enjoys endurance cycling, and sometimes sits on the beach with her toes in the sand. One of her favorite books is All the Light We Cannot See.
Amanda received a Master’s Degree from NC State University and a graduate of the Galvanize Data Science program.
Adam Cree, Engineer
Adam joined Vitesse in April 2019 and currently assists with acquisition evaluation, working closely with the finance and land departments allowing for cohesive understanding and optimized valuation of each deal examined. In conjunction with assisting in the evaluation of acquisitions, he also provides operational insight and data analysis on any questions or concerns Vitesse perceives.
Prior to joining Vitesse, Adam worked as a Field Engineer for Liberty Oilfield Services as part of their DJ Basin fleet, gaining experience in frac operations and design while working closely with operators.
Adam has a passion for hunting and fishing and if not in the great outdoors, he enjoys being active through working out and playing volleyball. Adam’s favorite book is Extreme Ownership by Leif Babin and Jocko Willink.
Adam holds a BS in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Wyoming.
Capital Formation & Corp Dev
Ali Kouros, Capital Formation & Corporate Development
Ali advises Vitesse on fundraising, overall corporate strategy, sourcing of acquisition targets and investment decisions. He has an 18-year track record in the energy sector, serving in both technical and financial roles. Most recently, Ali served as Senior Advisor to the Tactical Opportunities funds at Blackstone, were he was the lead energy investment professional responsible for sourcing, structuring and executing on energy transactions.
Prior to Blackstone, Mr. Kouros was Vice President at EIG Global Energy Partners, where he was responsible for energy deal execution and all in house technical underwriting for $4.16 billion of invested capital, and before that was an Assistant Vice President and A&D engineer for Jefferies, where he executed on $2.5 billion of asset sales. Ali spent his early career as a junior Petroleum engineer at privately held Sabco Oil and Gas predominantly working assets in the Gulf of Mexico and South Texas.
Ali lives in New York City with his spouse and son and is an avid car fan – he is trying to figure out the logistics of owning a car in Manhattan. Ali spends his free time playing tennis with his spouse as much as they can and when not on the court, you’ll find him at the Metropolitan Museum. The last book he read that made an impact was The Most Important Things: Illuminated, by Howard Marks.
Ali has a BS in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and a Masters in Finance from Tulane University.
Gina Matero, General Counsel
Gina is responsible for managing the legal affairs of the Company. Prior to joining Vitesse, she was a Shareholder and founding member at Beatty & Wozniak, P.C. and has been advising oil and gas clients for over 20 years. She began her career in oil and gas with a natural gas midstream company in a management role prior to attending law school.
One of her favorite experiences was teaching English in a high school in Lodz Poland not long after Poland gained its independence from the Soviet Union. She enjoys spending her free time hiking, traveling and gardening and often gets lost reading true crime – The Devil in the White City is a favorite, and anything by Ben Macintyre.
Gina earned a JD, with honors, from the University of Denver and a BS/BA in Economics and Finance from Regis University.
Capital Formation & Corp Dev
Ben Messier, Capital Formation & Corporate Development
Ben joined Vitesse in 2018 after previously working in the oil and gas investment banking groups of Intrepid Financial Partners and Credit Suisse. In his role at Vitesse, he is responsible for business development, strategic planning, hedging analysis, asset valuation and capital raising activities.
His hobbies include skiing, spending time with his wife and baby, working out (upper body only) and Microsoft Excel. His favorite books are TV Guide and Antifragile.
Ben holds a BBA in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from Rice University.
Chief Accounting Officer
Mike Morella, Chief Accounting Officer
Mike joined Vitesse in 2014 and has worked in the oil and gas industry for over 25 years. Prior to joining Vitesse, Mike spent seven years as the Controller for two startup oil and gas companies.
Mike cut his teeth at KPMG in Midland, Texas as an audit manager for oil and gas companies and spent time as Controller of Westport Oil and Gas, during which time Westport successfully completed its initial public offering. When Westport was acquired by Kerr-McGee, he continued working with Kerr-McGee until it was acquired by Anadarko Petroleum Corporation.
Mike enjoys traveling and spending time with his teenage boys, especially working on his family’s ranch in Montana. His favorite book is Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln.
Mike received a BS in Accounting from Montana State University
Manager of Acquisitions & Divestitures
Matt Olson, Manager of Acquisitions and Divestitures
Matt joined Vitesse in June of 2014. Along with overseeing all asset acquisitions and divestitures, he also manages the Land Department.
He is an avid sports fan and enjoys going to the movies and hiking with his family and dogs. His favorite authors are Michael Crichton and Frank Herbert.
Matt has a BS in Biochemistry, with a minor in Chemistry from the University of Colorado and a Registered Landman certification from the American Association of Professional Landmen.
Director of Infrastructure and Cybersecurity
Andrea Patterson, Director of Infrastructure and Cybersecurity
Andrea is the Director of Infrastructure and Cybersecurity at Vitesse. She joined Vitesse in June of 2021, and plays a crucial role in the evolution of the Vitesse technology portfolio.
Before Vitesse, Andrea worked in the healthcare industry during the past twenty-five years specializing in healthcare information technology, cybersecurity, and informatics. During her tenure, Andrea brought information technology to the center of business operations and strategic initiatives through innovative thinking and the ability to translate ideas into operations. Andrea’s focus on end-user education and implementing the latest cybersecurity technologies ensured the integrity and availability of mission-critical data and solutions essential to preserving business continuity.
Andrea enjoys spending time with her family traveling, fishing, and exploring new Minecraft worlds with her son. Andrea is part of the Peloton community and enjoys cycling with Robin’s Wolfpack.
Andrea holds an MBA in Healthcare Administration from The University of Colorado.
Senior Financial Analyst
Dane Roybal, Senior Financial Analyst
Dane joined Vitesse in 2015 and is primarily responsible for acquisition and divestiture analysis and corporate financial planning. Dane has been personally investing in Bakken non-operating working interest acreage since 2011 and has participated in over 85 gross wells.
Dane enjoys spending his free time hiking and working out and is a huge Denver Bronco fan and proudly owns a Bronco Snuggie. He is also a fan of the Colorado Avalanche (but no Avs Snuggie.) His favorite books are 12 Rules for Life, by Jordan Peterson, and The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien.
Dane has a BBA from Washington University.
Chief Reporting Officer
Michael Sabol, Chief Reporting Officer
Michael joined Vitesse in April 2016 and is responsible for reporting functions as well as certain finance and human resources functions.
Michael brings over 25 years of financial experience with both public and private companies, including significant experience working with biofuels and other energy startup companies to bring them to market, and also in the telecommunications industry. He began his career in public accounting at Price Waterhouse in Philadelphia in various roles, including Audit Manager.
He enjoys himself most while hiking, biking, skiing and spending time in the Colorado outdoors with his wife and two children or while reading a book. His favorite book is Thank You for Smoking or other political satires.
Michael has BS degrees in Accounting and English Literature from King’s College and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Director of Finance
Brian Southern, Director of Finance
Brian joined Vitesse in its infancy in the beginning of 2014 and has worn many hats as the company has grown and expanded. In his current role, Brian leads many financial and corporate functions for Vitesse. He has served in financial roles in the oil and gas industry for 18 years.
Brian currently serves on the board of Colorado Christian Services, an adoption agency, and serves on the board of a non-profit youth lacrosse organization. He spends most of his free time coaching youth sports and staying active outdoors with his wife and three kids. His current book of choice is the Tao of Charlie Munger.
Brian holds a BS in Marketing from Abilene Christian University and an MBA in Finance from Regis University.
Michael Wozniak, Legal Consultant
Mike has served the energy and natural resources industry for more than 40 years and was the co-founder of the law firm Beatty & Wozniak, P.C. Over his career, Mike has been the managing partner or office head for three energy law firms and has been actively involved in every phase of natural resource exploration, regulation, development, transport, processing and marketing. Mike is currently board advisor for a midstream Permian water, gas and oil gatherer and has been outside general counsel for four cradle-to-exit private equity-backed energy companies. He has also been the Chair of a publicly traded oil and gas company.
Mike is active in community and governmental affairs and was elected to three terms as Mayor of the City of Cherry Hills Village. He is a former trustee and frequent lecturer for the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation and is a former member of the Energy Innovation Advisory Board of the University of Colorado School of Law.
Mike likes to travel and play golf poorly. His favorite business book is Good to Great and he reads Daniel Silva novels for escape. Mike earned his JD from the University of Colorado School of Law.