Mr. Walch joined U.S. Energy in 1983 as a geophysicist. In 1990, he was promoted to exploration manager and in 1993, he was promoted to vice-president of exploration. In 1998, he became president, a position he currently holds. Mr. Walch is a past president of the Buffalo Association of Professional Geologists (BAPG). Additionally, Mr. Walch is a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG), the Houston Geological Society, the Independent Oil and Gas Association of New York (IOGA of NY), the Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association (PIOGA), and the Pittsburgh Association of Petroleum Geologists (PAPG). Mr. Walch received his Bachelor of Science Degree as a geophysicist from Binghamton University.