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FRANCIS (FRANK V.) BIFANO

Frank serves as an Executive Geoscience Advisor for INNEX Energy. He has had an extensive and in-depth career in global exploration, leadership, team building, change management, and project - and portfolio - management. His early technical expertise in micropaleontology and biostratigraphy formed a broad knowledge basis for global regional stratigraphy and geology. Frank is fortunate to have experienced the industry's transition from the paper based 2D world through the modern 3D high technology team-based experience.

Frank has a BS in Geology from the State University of New York at Cortland (1972) and an MS Geology from the Pennsylvania State University (1974). His early career was in New Orleans with Texaco, Paleo-Data Inc, and Placid Oil Company. In Houston, he joined Monsanto Oil and finally Amerada Hess / Hess Oil for 28 years in various management and advisory positions.

At Hess, Frank began as Regional Gulf of Mexico Projects manager. He then became Director GOM Exploration from 1985-2000 which resulted in several significant shelf discoveries. His greatest accomplishment was leading a team to discovering 5 new fields in the Garden Banks offshore La. Area (3 operated by Hess) yielding over 500 MMBOE and 100,000 BOPD. From 2000-2012 he served as Sr. Exploration Advisor, Sr. Global Technical specialist, Advisor to the SVP / VP staff, and Hess' Director of the Exploration Excellence program with a team guiding prospect evaluations, portfolio management, and exploration change improvement.

Frank formed a consultancy in 2020 (FVB Management Consultant TX-LLC) and consults for INNEX Energy bringing global sequence stratigraphy best practices to the mature San Joaquin Basin working with the team, especially Mike Strickler.

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