Wes VanNatta has 40 years of experience in the oil and gas industry as a petroleum engineer, serving in business development, reserve, reservoir engineering and operations capacities. The majority of his work has been in the Gulf Coast, Ark-La-Tex and South Texas regions.
Wes VanNatta is a founding member of XOG Resources, LLC and has served as President of the company since December, 2010. Funded by Kayne Anderson Energy Funds, XOG acquired Chocolate Bayou in Brazoria County, TX. Wes assembled operations and accounting teams to operate the field and later partnered with PetroCap to purchase the assets. Currently the company is preparing to divest Chocolate Bayou later in 2021.
Prior to founding XOG, Wes was a founding member of Force 5 Energy, LLC (F5E) and served as Executive Vice President of Engineering from 2008 to 2010. Funded by EnCap Investments, F5E acquired Day Dome in Madison County, TX. Wes assembled an operations team to operate the assets and managed the business development, operations and reserve activities for the company.
From 2006 to 2008, Wes served as a Director of Richardson Barr & Co. His responsibilities included business development, project management, technical evaluation and data room presentation for various divestiture projects. In particular, Wes served as the technical advisor for all East Texas, South Texas and North Louisiana transactions.
Prior to joining Richardson Barr & Co., Wes was Vice President of Reserves and Acquisitions for KCS Energy, from 2004 to 2006. While at KCS, he closed over $150.0 million of acquisitions and coordinated the technical evaluation for all prospective acquisitions in the Louisiana and Texas regions ranging in value from $1 million to $300 million. In addition, Wes managed all divestiture activity, reserve evaluation and SEC reporting, and played a significant role in the successful merger of KCS Energy with Petrohawk Energy in 2006. Wes also worked at KCS Energy as a Vice President in various engineering and operations positions for 8 years from 1996 to 2004. Specifically, he was key in recognizing and initiating activities in the prolific Elm Grove Field, which became KCS’ legacy asset.
Prior to KCS, Wes worked at Exxon Company, USA in various engineering and operations positions for 13 years.
Wes received a BS in Petroleum Engineering from Louisiana Tech University in 1981. He holds his license as a Professional Engineer in the State of Texas and is an active member in the Gulf Coast Section of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.