Richard A. Eichler
Chief Executive Officer
Rich Eichler joined Hart Energy (then Hart Publications, Inc.) in 1985. He has held various senior level publishing positions within the company, including publisher of its flagship magazine, Oil and Gas Investor, for more than eight years. Serving as president since 1999, Eichler was responsible for the successful management buyout of Hart Energy from VS&A Communications Partners II, L.P./Chemical Week Associates in 2004, and was named CEO at that time. Today, he oversees business operations and strategic direction for Hart Energy's worldwide enterprise. Eichler graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a degree in communications. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA), Independent Petroleum Association of Mountain States (IPAMS), and serves on the board of directors of the Energy Cup Foundation, Spindletop Oilfield Charities, Northwest Houston Chapter of the American Heart Association, and Petroleum Club of Houston, among others.
Kevin F. Higgins
President and Chief Operating Officer
Kevin Higgins joined Hart Energy in 2004 as chief financial officer. He held that position for seven years until he was promoted to president and chief operating officer in 2011. Previously, he had served as chief financial officer for Chemical Week Associates since 1992. Higgins currently sits on the Hart Energy board of directors and is responsible for and oversees all aspects of the financial, IT, and human resources of the company. He graduated from Hofstra University in 1984, obtained his CPA certificate in 1986, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
E. Kristine Klavers
Senior Vice President, Hart Energy Consulting
E. Kristine Klavers directs global business development for the Research & Consulting division at Hart Energy and is a member of the Hart Energy board of directors. Ms. Klavers has filled many roles since joining the company in 1996, including state outreach, management of the International Fuel Quality Center, sales and business development, and publisher of FUEL magazine. She is an expert on global fuel and refining developments and speaks at many conferences around the globe. Prior to joining Hart Energy in 1996, Ms. Klavers worked for ARCO Chemicals Inc. in the U.K. (1991-1994) and as process engineer for Japanese Gasoline Co. (JGC) in Japan (1994-1996). A native of Oslo, Norway, she earned her master’s degree in chemical engineering at the University of Twente, Netherlands. She completed her thesis on the development of a catalyst for methane coupling at Tokyo Institute of Technology.
Senior Vice President – Downstream Research
Tammy Klein directs Hart Energy’s global downstream Research & Consulting services and provides individual project and retainer consulting. She is an internationally recognized expert on clean conventional fuels, alternative fuels and biofuels markets and policy, and regularly contributes her insights on those topics to the mainstream news media, including the National Journal in the U.S. Ms. Klein has served as an adviser to companies, governments and NGOs on fuel quality and biofuels policy, including the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), the Western Governors’ Association (Alternative Transportation Fuels for the Future Advisory Committee), United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UN-ECLAC) and others. She joined Hart Energy in 2005 to lead the launch of the Global Biofuels Center and, subsequently, the Global Biofuels Outlook multi-client study. Ms. Klein earned her J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center, U.S., with an emphasis on international environmental law. She is a member of the Virginia and District of Columbia bars and was a board member of the Georgetown International Environmental Law Review. She earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Florida, U.S.
Mike Warren, PhD.
Senior Vice President – Upstream Research
Michael (Mike) A. Warren is responsible for developing North American and global upstream products, increasing relationships with financial firms, and launching new research services which leverage Hart Energy’s unique position in upstream oil & gas markets. He joined the company as executive director – research in 2009. In 2011, he led the start-up of Hart Energy’s upstream research group, rapidly building a strong reputation through successful launches such as the North America Shale Quarterly (NASQ), the Global Shale Gas Study, and the Refining Unconventional Oil study. Previously, he worked 12 years with Toyota Motor Corp. where he was responsible for market research throughout Latin America and represented the company on the U.S. National Petroleum Council. Warren earned degrees from Tulane University and the University of Southern Maine. Warren retired from the U.S. Army Reserve after 22 years (including six years’ active duty, with deployments in Bosnia and the National Ground Intelligence Center, post 9/11).
Reinold (Rey) Tagle
Joining the Company as vice president in Sept. 2010, Ray Tagle is responsible for product development and business growth of Hart Energy’s GIS data services. Tagle has over 10 years of experience working in various aspects of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in the energy industry. He is the founder and former CEO of Rextag Strategies, Hart Energy’s leading mapping and GIS data provider for the energy industry. He also has comprehensive experience in the development and implementation of new GIS data products and services as well as web development and publishing of maps and books. Tagle has a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology/archaeology and professional certifications in project management and business management from the University of California, San Diego.
Responsible for creating editorial synergies across the Company’s product lines and media platforms; enhancing the profile of Hart Energy editors in the industry; and maintaining and improving the quality of content in all the Company’s products is Editorial Director Peggy Williams. She joined Hart Energy in 1992 and served as senior exploration editor for Oil and Gas Investor before being promoted to director of unconventional resources. Williams is a certified petroleum geologist who has 16 years in the oil and gas industry. She earned her Master of Science degree in technical communication from the University of Colorado, a Master of Science degree in energy resources from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in geology from the University of Rhode Island. Williams holds memberships in many trade and professional organizations, including the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, the Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists, and the Society of Petroleum Engineers.
John E. Paisie
Executive Vice President for Consulting and Research
John E. Paisie joined Hart Energy as its executive vice president for consulting and research in 2013. He is responsible for developing Hart Energy's consulting business worldwide, increasing the scope of its research activities and expanding its base of retained services relationships. Paisie was a partner with PFC Energy, a strategic consultancy based in Washington, D.C., where he managed the downstream oil & gas and petrochemical group and led a global practice. He started his career with Sun Oil Company, he worked as a project manager for Saudi Aramco at Ras Tanura, and for more than eight years with IBM Consulting (formerly PriceWaterhouseCoopers, PwC Consulting) in Singapore, Beijing and London. As an expatriate, he lived in Southeast Asia, China, the Middle East and Europe, and worked extensively in Latin America. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from the University of Toledo and his MBA from Purdue University.
Mark E. Chiles
Chief Technology Officer
Overseeing the entire technological aspect of Hart Energy is Mark Chiles. In his current position, he is responsible for all digital initiatives as well as the network integrity and infrastructure, globally. His realm consists of the information technology, web design, and programming groups. Chiles joined Hart Energy in 2008 as director of information technology and was promoted to chief information officer in 2011 before his current position in 2012. He previously served two years as information technology manager at Excargo Services Inc. and five years as a volunteer firefighter with the Atascocita (Texas) Volunteer Fire Department. Chiles completed the Microsoft certification program from Kingwood College and currently holds four Microsoft technology certifications, including systems administrator with messaging specialty.