Mr. Blackwell joined U.S. Energy in 2017. Prior to joining USEDC Mr. Blackwell was the President of Petromax Operating Company an oil and gas exploration and production company focused on resource plays in Texas and Oklahoma. During his tenure as President of Petromax Operating the company acquired over 140,000 net operated and non-operated acres and divested of 5 assets for over $1Billion with average returns of over 300% ROI. Prior to joining Petromax Operating Mr. Blackwell spent 15 years in the financial services industry in various executive management positions where his management and leadership skills were focused on growing top line revenue and bottom line profits by directing recruiting, operating, strategic planning and sales and marketing initiatives. Mr. Blackwell received his BSBA in Finance and Accounting from Central Michigan University.