Brian Reger, senior vice president of asset development at Jonah Energy, is today’s featured Forty Under 40 honoree.
Based in Denver, Jonah Energy is one of the largest privately-held natural gas producers in the U.S. The company created in 2014 with the acquisition of producing assets within the Jonah Field in Wyoming’s Sublette County. The company has since strengthened its position through the acquisition of Linn Energy’s Jonah and Pinedale Anticline assets and approval for development of the NPL/Jonah Extension project, which includes a maximum of 3,500 directionally drilled wells.
Reger, who has served in various business development and reservoir engineering leadership roles since joining Jonah in March 2016, said he is most recently proud of the work that the company has done in building a highly successful horizontal program.
“In an area that has thousands of vertical wells, it was bold to switch to horizontals, and building the economic case was critical,” he said. “It took conviction to stay the course when the first results were mixed.”
“We are now about a year into a horizontal focused drilling program with strong economic results, even through challenging times for the industry,” he added.
In addition to his work at Jonah, Reger is also a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and is a registered professional engineer in the state of Colorado, proving the extent of his knowledge and professionalism in the industry.
“The most important quality [of a leader] to me is to be respectful,” he said. “This means respectful of employees, respectful of the communities in which we work and respectful of the environment. This has always been important to me and, while challenging, I am glad to see this becoming increasingly important for our industry.”
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