Richard A. Eichler
Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Rich Eichler joined Hart Energy (formerly Hart Publications, Inc.), a global energy information company, 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 he was named CEO at that time. Today he oversees business operations and strategic direction for Hart Energy's portfolio of publishing products, events, consulting and research initiatives worldwide.
Eichler has been the vice chairman of marketing for the Sam Houston Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America since 2008 and was responsible for staging the largest celebration in the country honoring Scouting’s 100th anniversary in 2010. He also is the chairman of the 2014 Centennial celebration for the Sam Houston Area Council. Eichler serves as an assistant scoutmaster with BSA Troop 87.
He is a past member of the board of directors of the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA), the Independent Petroleum Association of Mountain States (IPAMS), the Energy Cup Foundation, the Northwest Houston Chapter of the American Heart Association, and the Petroleum Club of Houston. He is currently involved with several military support organizations. He was named a finalist in the 2012 Gulf Coast Region Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards.
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 sits on the Hart Energy board of directors and is responsible for and oversees all aspects of the publishing, digital, research, GIS, financial, IT, and human resource operations of the company. He graduated from Hofstra University in 1984, obtained his CPA certificate in 1986 and spent eight years in public accounting before beginning his career in information services.
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.
E. Kristine Klavers
Senior Vice President - Research & Consulting
E. Kristine Klavers directs global business development for the Research & Consulting division at Hart Energy. 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, 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 - Research & Consulting
Tammy Klein directs Hart Energy Research & Consulting’s global fuels and transport services, including the International Fuel Quality Center, Global Biofuels Center and Alternative Fuels Service. 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 Hart Energy’s clients, the oil and auto industries, and the mainstream news media. 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. Klein earned her J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center, 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.
Dr. Mike Warren
Senior Vice President - Research & Consulting
Michael (Mike) A. Warren is responsible for developing North American and global upstream products and new research services in upstream oil & gas markets. In 2011, he led the start-up of Hart Energy’s upstream research group with 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 Latin America market research and represented Toyota on the U.S. National Petroleum Council. Warren earned a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of Southern Maine and a master’s degree and Ph.D in Latin American Studies from Tulane University.
Vice President - E&P
Over the past 22 years Russell Laas has held the titles of associate publisher, publisher and group publisher for the E&P franchise. He is responsible for directing all aspects of the E&P suite of products which includes E&P magazine, directories, show dailies, newsletters, unconventional playbooks, operator field development reports and custom supplements. He also was part of the launch teams for two historic Hart Energy initiatives: the rollout of E&P magazine in 1999 and the development of the DUG conferences series. Laas joined Hart Energy in 1991 as the Company’s first employee in Houston. He started his oil and gas publishing career as an advertising sales manager with Resource Publications, with responsibility for several industry directories and Offshore Engineer magazine. He earned a degree in accounting from Texas A&M University before moving into the publishing industry.
Vice President - Oil and Gas Investor
Shelley Lamb joined Hart Energy in December 2000. In 2013, she was named Vice President- Publishing. For the past 7 years, as publisher of the company’s flagship brand, Oil and Gas Investor, she has been instrumental in overseeing the franchise which includes Oil and Gas Investor magazine, several newsletters, websites, single and multi-sponsored custom reports and three conferences. In addition, she was instrumental in the 2011 development and launch of Midstream Business, the successful magazine dedicated to the processing and transportation of hydrocarbons. She joined Hart Energy after a successful career in the newspaper business. Lamb earned her bachelor’s degree in advertising/marketing from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a member of the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA).
Vice President - Events
Barry Haest joined Hart Energy in 2010 as the Director of Events to lead the growing conference and exhibition business. Under his leadership Hart Energy has successfully launched eight new events in the United States and Australia. In 2013, the Trade Show News Network named DUG East and DUG Eagle Ford as two of the 25 fastest growing events in the country. Additionally, both conferences have ranked among the top 250 largest U.S. trade shows. Previous to joining Hart Energy, Haest held senior management positions in real estate development and software development. He also served as the Director of Global ventures for another business-to-business media and information company. Haest holds a degree in business and communications from Texas Tech University.
Vice President - Digital
Michael Smith is a global marketing and digital executive with 37 years of experience. His expertise includes branding, marketing strategy, product management and integrating marketing with digital commerce. His technology background includes cloud computing, telecommunications, enterprise software. He has also held senior management positions with BMC and Dell Computers. Smith spent 14 years in the mobile and wireless industry including eight years with Motorola where he was responsible for embedded technology in the PC, wireless, networking, and mobile markets. He also launched the first Internet-based radio station (a joint venture with Broadcast.com). Additionally, Smith has worked with NASA, DoD and other government and commercial groups in advanced computing, artificial intelligence, expert systems and knowledge management. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Missouri State University.
Reinold (Rey) Tagle
Vice President – Mapping & Data Services
Joining the Company as vice president in September 2010, Rey 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.
Director of Marketing
Greg Salerno joined Hart Energy as director of marketing in 2010 and helped launch its re-branding. Instrumental in building the conferences marketing team and recruiting senior marketers for its major business units, he plays a key role in corporate marketing strategy and serves as advisor to operations management for messaging, brand strategy and product development. He brings 30+ years’ oil and gas industry experience to bear, having carried communications, advertising and marketing responsibilities for Fortune 500 companies like Weatherford International and BJ Services (now Baker-Hughes) as well as Remedial Offshore, an offshore start-up. His award-winning advertising agency experience includes copywriting, strategy and creative direction for clients including Exxon Chemical, Conoco, Vetco-Gray, TEPPCO, Vista Chemical, 3M and others. A certified business communicator, he served as Houston chapter president for the Business Marketing Association (BMA) and as a national BMA director. He started his career as a reporter and editor in news media and trade publications after being named a National Merit Scholar and earning his bachelor of journalism degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism.
Mark E. Chiles
Chief Technology Officer
Mark E. Chiles is the Chief Technology Officer for Hart Energy. In this role, Chiles is responsible for the overall technology vision of the company, driving software engineering initiatives and collaboration, while overseeing Hart Energy’s technology organization. The technology organization comprises Global Information Technology support for infrastructure and architecture requirements, user interface, experience and interactive design, and digital product development involving web and mobile application products, content management systems, and innovation to stay on the cutting edge of technology. Chiles joined Hart Energy in 2008 as Director of Information Technology.Previously, He spent two years as an 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.