Gene Soltero

Chief Executive Officer

Gene Soltero is president and chief executive officer of Cimarron Capital, Inc. He also currently serves as chairman and chief executive officer of Paradigm Exploration Company, a "friends and family" investment vehicle holding interests in oil properties in North Texas.

For the past forty years, Gene has been the president, and/or chief executive officer of a series of public and private oil and gas exploration and production companies, including Zion Oil & Gas, Inc. [NASDAQ:ZN], Cotton Valley Resources Corporation [AMEX:KTN], Aztec Energy Corporation [NASDAQ:AZCE], American International Petroleum Corporation [NASDAQ:AIPN], and the oil and gas subsidiaries of Moore-McCormack Resources, Inc. [NYSE:MMR]. During that time he was the principal officer responsible for drilling hundreds of exploratory prospects resulting in more than 50 new oil and gas field discoveries in the United States. He also actively managed more than 20 separate acquisitions of producing oil and gas properties (aggregating more than ($100 million) and more than $250 million of financing transactions (private placements, public offerings, syndicated bank loans, and institutional convertible debt transactions) in oil and gas, banking and healthcare.

Early in his career, Gene was trained at Sinclair Oil Corporation in international exploration and production management, served as manager of planning and assistant to the president of Texas International Petroleum Corporation and petroleum economist for DeGolyer and MacNaughton.

During his career, Gene conducted exploration prospect management and producing property acquisition evaluation, concession negotiations, and/or exploration finance meetings on location in 27 different countries. He also completed concession economic evaluations using risk analysis for exploratory drilling prospects and/or directed the complete evaluation (including geologic and engineering review) of prospects and producing properties in 25 other countries.

Gene is a member of the Dallas Wildcat Committee, the Society of Petroleum Engineers, and a former director of the Independent Petroleum Association of America and the Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners. He has also served as a director of the Independent Petroleum Refiners Association of America.

Outside of his petroleum industry interests, Gene has also served as Chairman of a National Bank, acting CEO of an integrated healthcare facility, chairman of a private school board, and president of the board of the Snipe Class International Racing Association-USA. Throughout his career, Gene has also provided pro bono financial and management consulting services to a number of non-profit organizations.

Gene holds a Master of Science in Industrial Management from M.I.T., where he was a Research Fellow in petroleum economics, and a Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering from Cooper Union. Gene is a registered professional engineer and holds securities licenses series 22, 63 and 79.

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Andrew Whitney

Strategic Executive Advisor

Andrew is a Cambridge postgraduate-educated energy and strategy specialist with experience at senior executive level in multiple technology sectors. Ex-Bain & Co consulting, ex-Bain Leveraged Buyout practice, and with private equity turnaround experience at management board level. He has 19 years’ experience as an entrepreneur, often as CEO/Founder.

After Bain, Andrew was part of the TPG-backed buyout and turnaround of Ducati Motorcycles, operating from headquarters in Italy as the first Global EVP of Marketing in company history and reporting directly to the President, charged with the crucial role of re-constructing and promulgating this iconic luxury brand to the target audience. The Ducati LBO/PE deal is today a benchmark successful case study at several leading business schools.

Andrew has been active in the energy space since 1989 when he worked as a market maker for FTSE energy stocks on the London market. Andrew wrote his Masters and PhD dissertations on the topic of the post-Soviet Russian energy sector at Cambridge University and has since advised, run or owned multiple concerns in the energy and renewables spaces, from oil E&P to pipelines to waste to energy and hydropower renewables across multiple international markets. His three decades of experience in every aspect of the sector from materials and engineering to commerce and finance give him a uniquely broad understanding of the core issues.

Andrew has served as an advisor to the board of several high profile, innovative businesses, both public and private. Andrew typically works directly with the CEO to develop strategy then create and/or accelerate the revenue road map through best-in-class partnerships for sector dominance. Past and present advisory clients include advanced materials, automotive, digital, energy, cleantech, aerospace & defense companies, and government clients, plus multiple entities in the crypto, blockchain and ICO space.

Andrew maintains an extensive global network of high-level relationships, is known for his ability to commercialize cutting edge technologies and specializes in identifying, initiating and closing international commercial transactions.

Andrew is currently active in the private equity space across a series of technology-driven deals. He is the CEO of Energy Investment Partners, an innovative energy investment vehicle, and the CEO of VelociFoam Limited, a pioneer in pipeline technology.

Andrew’s skills, capabilities and interests stretch beyond the traditional private equity model into identifying and implementing effective strategies to achieve commercial success, then optimizing organizational design to drive valuation. He has strong leadership skills and believes that success is ultimately a function of solid strategy, effective motivation, integrity and a focus on results in the absence of ego.

Andrew served in two branches of the UK military reserve component before moving to the US in 2004.

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