With private-equity dollars, these operators FourPoint Energy, Great Western Oil & Gas and Greylock Energy are at work in basins across the U.S. from the Rockies to Appalachia in the midst of heated competition for land. This is how they’re turning bucks into barrels and Bcfs.


  • Jacob Shumway, vice president of engineering at FourPoint Energy LLC;
  • Jay Smith, COO of Great Western Oil & Gas Co.; and
  • Chad Perkins, senior vice president of operations at Greylock Energy.


  • Nissa Darbonne, editor-at-large of Oil and Gas Investor