Michael Hodges has over 15 years of experience in the upstream oil and gas industry. His areas of expertise include financial planning and analysis, capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, investor relations and accounting. Previously, Michael was the Chief Financial Officer for Ward Energy Partners, a private-equity sponsored business focused on developing liquids-rich assets in the Anadarko Basin of Oklahoma and the DJ Basin of Colorado and Wyoming. Prior to joining Ward Energy Partners, Michael was the Chief Financial Officer for Rex Energy Corporation (NASDAQ: REXX), a publicly-traded company developing natural resources in the Marcellus Shale of Pennsylvania and the Utica Shale of Ohio. Michael began his career with Chesapeake Energy Corporation and subsequently worked for SandRidge Energy, Inc. in various accounting roles of increasing responsibility. Michael received his B.B.A. in Finance from the University of Oklahoma in 2000 and is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Oklahoma.