Blackbeard Operating

OUR TEAM

 

    Kaleb Smith

Chief Executive Officer

Kaleb leads Blackbeard and brings along a record of value and growth within the E&P industry. Since 2014, Kaleb has been the CEO, President and Co-founder of Blackbeard Resources, LLC. Prior to forming Blackbeard Operating, Kaleb worked at XTO Energy where he was responsible for reservoir engineering, development, and field management of the Freestone Field located in East Texas. After the sale of XTO Energy to ExxonMobil, Kaleb moved to an engineering role for a privately held E&P company headquartered in Midland, TX. There, he managed and developed multiple fields within the Delaware Basin, Central Basin Platform and Midland Basin before a successful exit to Linn Energy. Kaleb also has experience managing a non-operated company with working interest in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. Kaleb received his B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University.

 

    Kareem Ahmed

Chief Operating Officer

Since 2014, Kareem has been responsible for Blackbeard’s daily operations including but not limited to; Engineering, Geology, Field Operations, and Land. Prior to co-founding Blackbeard, Kareem held an operational engineering position at XTO Energy where he was responsible for completions and operations of over 300 wellbores in the Barnett Shale. He also worked as a Reservoir Engineer at XTO Energy where he managed over $500 million of oil and gas properties, and was responsible for sourcing, monitoring, evaluating, and executing on investments across the portfolio. Kareem received his B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from Texas Tech University.

 

    Jordan Barrett

VP Business Development

Jordan is responsible for corporate planning and business development at Blackbeard Resources, LLC. He brings to the team a strong history and background in finance, accounting, and management. Jordan previously served as the CFO of Blackbeard Resources from 2014 – 2016. Prior to co-founding Blackbeard, he held an Executive Vice President position at an oil field services company. Jordan has been the managing partner of two oil field services startups, has years of sales experience, and has developed an extensive network of contacts within the oil and gas industry. Jordan received his B.S. in Economics from Texas Tech University, an MBA from Texas Tech and holds an Airline Transport Pilot rating.

 

    Jarrod Howell

VP Reservoir Engineering

Since 2015, Jarrod has lead  our Reservoir Engineering group responsible for Reserves, A&D Evaluations, and Corporate Financial modeling. Prior to joining Blackbeard, Jarrod worked as an evaluation engineer at Legacy Reserves, an upstream MLP, where he was responsible for finding and evaluating acquisitions in multiple basins across the United States. Before Legacy, Jarrod worked at XTO Energy as a reservoir engineer where he was responsible for reservoir engineering, development, and field management of various East Texas and North Louisiana operated and non-operated fields. Jarrod received his B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University, an MBA from Texas Christian University, and is a registered professional engineer in the state of Texas.