Stan Berdell, Chief Executive Officer
Stan Berdell is the President and Chief Executive Officer of BLX, Inc. and Vintage Land Holdings, LLC. Established in 1989, BLX Inc. is a privately owned and operated producer of natural gas with wells and leases in the Appalachian Basin. He is also the Managing Partner of Redmill Drilling, Kinzua Oil, LLC and Mt. Pleasant Enterprises, LLC all of which operate wells in the Basin. Under the BLX banner, Stan was the first independent producer of his size to drill and produce Marcellus Shale wells in Western PA.
Stan has been a member of PIOGA for over 15 years and is serving his third term on the Board. Always active in the community, Stan serves as President of the Richard G. Snyder YMCA Board of Directors and sits on the Armstrong School District Board of Directors.
Laurel Alexander, Chief Geosciences Officer
Laurel Alexander is currently Vice President of Exploration for Pure Earth Resources, a geoscience consulting firm. She has considerable shale experience in both exploration and development of the Marcellus Shale. More recently she has been involved in studies of the Utica petroleum system. Prior to joining Pure Earth, she was a senior geologist at EXCO Resources working on their Reservoir Characterization Team. While there, she drilled several Marcellus wells for EXCO in the central part of the play in Pennsylvania. Initially she worked for Shell Offshore, Inc as both a development and exploration geologist in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM), where she was cross-trained in geophysics. Laurel then joined the Sequence Stratigraphy Group at Phillips Petroleum where she worked various projects including the deepwater GOM, Venezuela and Bohai Bay, China. Sequence stratigraphy is one of her areas of expertise and she was transferred to Alaska to work the North Slope geology for ConocoPhillips. In addition to the Marcellus and Utica, Laurel has worked Upper Devonian and deeper plays in the Appalachian Basin since 2004. She has over 21 yeas of experience in the oil industry and a Ph.D. from Cornell University. Her dissertation on Eugene Island Block 330 in the Gulf of Mexico combined stratigraphy with structural geology to generate ground-breaking, award-winning work.
Paul A. Kimmell, Director Land
Paul A. Kimmell has 10 years of experience as a Landman in the Appalachian basin and specializes in land acquisitions and operational support of vertical and horizontal oil & gas wells. He earned his Registered Professional Landman (RPL) certification from the American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL) in 2012 and is an active member of the Michael Late Benedum chapter of the AAPL.
Paul’s experience has been predominantly in Pennsylvania supporting the development of Upper Devonian and Marcellus Formations. He began his career in 2006 working for an independent operator, gaining valuable experience in land acquisitions as well as the day to day operations involved with an exploration and production company. In 2015, he accepted the land manager position at BLX, Inc. where he also became one of the managers of Vintage Land Holdings, LLC. In his role with Vintage, Paul oversees the aggregation of leases through assignments from other independent operators and works closely with his former colleagues from Western Land Services to assure all acreage is accurately mapped.