As the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of U.S. Energy Development Corporation, Jordan Jayson determines the vision and strategy of the firm, as well as oversees the implementation of all change management. A strong proponent of business growth Mr. Jayson, in coordination with members of the executive leadership team, drove the transition of U.S. Energy from an Appalachian-based producer to a diversified exploration & production (E&P) operating firm with assets located in multiple oil & natural gas basins. Under his leadership, the firm is in its best financial position since its inception in 1980.
As a result of his ongoing efforts to grow financial reserves, reduce debt, and increase cash flow, Mr. Jayson has directly strengthened U.S. Energy’s balance sheet and bottom line. Among his many business accomplishments, Mr. Jayson created multiple committees within the organization including safety, hedging, investment & finance, employee benefits, and ESG (Environmental, Social & Governance).
Mr. Jayson joined the firm in 2009 as the Vice President of Business Development. In 2014, he was promoted to CEO, becoming the second-generation CEO. During his tenure, Mr. Jayson led U.S. Energy to invest in, operate, and/or drill more than 2,400 wells in 13 states and Canada; deploying more than $1.5 billion on behalf of its partners.
Prior to U.S. Energy, Mr. Jayson spent 10 years working on Wall Street where he was responsible for portfolio management and trading on behalf of his respective firms. He held positions at Arnhold S. Bleichroeder and S.A.C. Capital, respectively.
Currently, Mr. Jayson serves on the Board of Directors for The Lighthouse for the Blind of Fort Worth. He is an active member of YPO, TIGER 21, PathNorth, the National Association of Corporate Directors, the Independent Petroleum Association of America, the Fort Worth Wildcatters, the Petroleum Club of Houston, the Dallas Petroleum Club, the Avon Old Farms Riddle Society, the Avon Old Farms National Council Quail Coalition, and the Ruffed Grouse Society. He is also a lifetime member of Trout Unlimited and Ducks Unlimited.
Mr. Jayson earned his bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University and his MBA from Texas Christian University’s Neeley School of Business. He received a designation of Aresty Scholar from the Wharton School of Executive Education and is pursuing his OPM from the Harvard School of Business.