The Team

Thomas J. Vessels

Tom on Podium Image

Tom has almost fifty years of experience in the natural gas industry, primarily in upstream natural gas related operations. Under his management VCS has founded and manages companies to capture methane emissions from coal mines with members GDF Suez, Aspen Skiing Company, OXBOW Mining LLC and Gunnison Energy Corporation and others.  In 2003 he became CEO and president of VCS. Prior to that, in 1998 he was an executive director of Energy CG. a seed investor in Alkane Energy Plc (FTSE). Mr. Vessels was the CEO of Vessels Oil and Gas Company from 1985 to 1995. He was Chairman of Colorado State Minerals Energy Policy Advisory Board from 1997 to 2012.  He represents the third generation of his family in the natural resources industry.  His Father Thomas George Vessels founded Vessels Oil and Gas Company in the 1970s and his Grand Father Thomas Eugene Vessels was the first in the energy business to buy, sell and lease mineral interests in Texas.

Mr. Vessels has approximately 24 years of experience in developing coal mine methane projects. The companies VCS manages have captured almost 4.5 billion cubic feet of methane emissions equivalent to 6.6 million emission reductions according to the IPCC AR5 20 year GWP.  VCS has been awarded the Pennsylvania Governor's Environmental Excellence Award and the Conservation Achievement Award from the Western Slope Conservation Center. The award was for conversion of coal mine methane into utility quality natural gas and electricity which runs a conversion facility independent from the grid. VCS developed the first methodology rigorous enough to verify destruction of greenhouse gas emissions from coal mines in the USA. Mr. Vessels gained initial experience in the field of coal mine methane while associated with Alkane, a commercial producer of coal mine methane in the UK and Germany. While President of Vessels Oil and Gas Company, he managed the production, processing and sale of as much as 50,000,000 standard cubic feet per day of natural gas.

Julian W. Huzyk

Chief Operations Officer

Julian has 35 years of experience in the natural resource sector. A mining and mineral process engineer by training, he worked at several underground and surface mines and associated processing facilities before transitioning to the oil and gas sector. As a natural gas facilities and project engineer he designed and managed the implementation of gathering, treating and processing facilities as well as electric power systems. He has also had extensive experience with Rocky Mountain area natural gas basins and natural gas transport infrastructure having worked for Amoco Production Company and K N Energy, Inc.

Mr. Huzyk led the business development efforts for the start-up of the 300 mile long TransColorado pipeline project and successfully brought TransColorado into service, promoting and managing the pipeline through its first two system expansions. Since joining Vessels Carbon Solutions, he has developed and implemented major plant modifications to the Cambria 33 facilities in Pennsylvania and coordinated design and implementation of the 3MW LLC and North Fork Energy facilities at the Elk Creek Mine in Somerset, CO.

Evan Vessels

Business Development Manager

Evan has had eight year of experience in Coal Mine Methane Capture working for Vessels Coal Gas.  Evan has experience in emission data collection, gas plant operations, and Renewable Energy Credit (RECs) sales and marketing offset credits.  Evans has been involved in lobbying efforts in Colorado Senate Bill 13-252 that were successful in getting coal mine methane included in the Colorado renewable portfolio standard as well as increasing the renewable portfolio requirements.  Evan is the IT service manager and is the liaison for out of state operations.

Karl Martin

Field Operations Manager, Illinois

Karl began his career with Texaco, Inc. as a roustabout and pumper. He later worked as head roustabout. Karl later worked for Citation Oil and Gas as assistant production foreman overseeing manpower, oil production and gas until 2005 when he went to work for BPI Energy as production foreman in the natural gas industry.

Board of Directors

Stephen Rector

Mr. Rector has 45 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. He worked for a major integrated oil company, an independent oil and gas producer, and as an owner and founder of several independent oil and gas companies. He has served as President of RIM Operating, Inc. since 1991 and as Chairman of Charro Operating LLC since 1998. RIM is a successful Colorado oil and gas company focused on the acquisition and development of oil and gas properties in the Paradox Basin, the Powder River Basin, West Texas and Texas Gulf Coast.  RIM also serves as the Manager of two mineral companies whose business model involves purchasing minerals from private landowners in Oklahoma.  Charro is a successful exploration company located in Texas with its business activities focused on the mid-Texas Gulf Coast and South Texas areas.  Mr. Rector has significant experience developing, producing and marketing CBM gas in the Powder River Basin and in working in conflict areas where CBM development and coal mining operations are occurring simultaneously.

Mark Soane

Mr. Soane is a founder and managing director of Glidepath Partners, a growth equity investment firm.  Previously, he was founder and managing director of Appian Ventures.  He has served on multiple boards of directors and is a former National Association of Directors board fellow.  He served as board observer and advisor at Transform Software (acquired by Drilling Info), which developed visualization and interpretation software for unconventional oil and gas plays.

Earlier in his career, Mark held senior operating positions with Multum Information Services, TRADE, and Personics Corporation and while at Bessemer Venture Partners was responsible for its investment in Veritas Software. His first job was as a roustabout for Mobil Oil Company.

Mark is former Chairman of the Rocky Mountain Venture Capital Association. He has been twice appointed by both the Governor and the Senate Majority leader to serve on the Colorado Venture Capital Authority, where he served as Chairman.

Mark has a BS from Dartmouth College and holds an MBA from Stanford Business School.

Robert D. Gershen

Mr. Gershen is the Chairman and CEO of Longview Energy Company, a successful exploration and production company with drilling production and operations in California’s San Joaquin basin and Oklahoma’s Arkoma basin. Prior to taking over and turning around Longview, Mr. Gershen was CEO of Associated Energy Managers (“AEM”), an institutional money manager focused on startup and small cap energy companies. Through AEM’s three successful funds, Mr. Gershen provided startup capital to more than two dozen companies including Abraxas Petroleum (Nasdaq: AXAS) and Energy Partners, Ltd. (NYSE: EPL). AEM managed three separate funds between 1989 and 2006. Mr. Gershen currently serves as a director of Longview Energy, Vessels Carbon Solutions, and Energy (CG) Limited, one of Vessels Carbon Solutions’ largest investors.

Russell John Bruemmer

During a career over four decades long, Russ Bruemmer has served as a counselor and trusted adviser to senior executives and boards of directors in the government, corporate, education, and not-for-profit sectors. Russ’ career began as a law clerk to then federal appellate Judge William H. Webster. He then served as Director Webster’s Special Assistant and Chief Counsel – Congressional Affairs at the FBI, and later as General Counsel at the CIA. In both positions, he provided legal and policy advice to the Director and other senior executives and managed the attorneys and support personnel in the respective offices.

Russ joined the Wilmer, Cutler, and Pickering law firm in 1981 and became a partner in 1985. His practice began with a focus on negotiating and documenting corporate transactions and secured loans, providing regulatory advice to banks and other financial institutions, and litigation assistance on cases involving a federal regulatory issue or bankruptcy proceedings. More recently his practice has involved complex internal investigations, compliance and risk management reviews, corporate structuring, and corporate governance counseling. Russ retired from WilmerHale in 2015.

In addition to his legal practice, Russ served on the board of the Chauncey Group International, the for-profit subsidiary of the Educational Testing Service, from 1998 until CGI’s sale to Thompson in 2004. He serves on the board of Vessels Carbon Solutions, a company that converts methane emissions from coal mines into electricity and carbon credits and of INDECO, a company developing a cryptocurrency support platform.  He serves as an adviser to ValVets, a service disabled veteran-owned appraisal management company; Wickr, a company offering encrypted, ephemeral. E-mail communications; and GOVREADY, a Company offering SAAS to ensure government contractors comply with government security requirements.

Among Russ’ not-for-profit interests are serving as a Board and Audit Committee member of the Low Income Investment Fund, a community development financial institution that lends money for projects that improve housing, education, medical care, and transportation in low-income neighborhoods. He served on the Board of Regents of Luther College (Iowa) from 2007-2016, and chaired that Board’s Audit Committee and its Student Learning Committee.