Tom serves as Vice-President of Geoscience for INNEX Energy. Building on a successful career in exploration, project development, and project management, Tom adds his proven skills and experience to INNEX’s senior management.
After graduating with a degree in Geology from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in Geochemistry from Cornell, Dr. O’Brien joined Atlantic Richfield in Alaska. During his 17-year career with ARCO, he provided leadership in roles as exploration geologist, research director, and exploration manager participating in major lease sales and managing numerous multi-million dollar projects in Alaska and internationally. His final assignment was in ARCO Corporate, where he provided strategic advisement to executive management on exploration opportunities and project directives. In each capacity, he set high standards for teamwork, applied technology, and innovative problem solving.
Dr. O’Brien remained in Dallas following the sale of ARCO to assist INNEX in their company startup. He played a key role in the early development of INNEX’s Eel River project that continues today as an integral part of our portfolio. In 2003, Tom moved to a position with PetroTel, Inc., where he contributed his geologic knowledge and expertise to international and domestic oil companies regarding geology and development strategy for major oil and gas fields, including assessment of resources, building geologic static models, and the evaluation of tight gas and shale gas reservoirs. In addition, Tom served as both exploration prospect generator and program director for overseas operating companies, including projects in India and Russia.