About Energy Funders - Oil and Gas Crowdfunding Platform
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About EnergyFunders

 
EnergyFunders is a cutting edge Financial technology platform dedicated to disrupting the way people from all over the world invest directly into energy investments, starting with oil and gas. This multi-billion dollar industry has had very little financial innovation in the last 100 years. With the massive changes in regulations, EnergyFunders is at a crossroads between securities law, equity crowdfunding, and technology.

 

With a dedication to honesty and transparency, the founders came together in 2013 with the foresight that bringing down the barriers to entry when investing directly in oil and gas would yield massive demand worldwide. They had seen the bombastic sales pitches, the opaque corporate investments, and the high bar to entry which prevented everyday investors from taking advantage of one of the greatest creators of wealth over the last century, and they knew that there was a better way. They created EnergyFunders, a first-of-its-kind platform which would connect everyday investors with the small energy producers which drive the energy output of the United States.

 

EnergyFunders provides investors with unprecedented access to projects that were traditionally reserved to the wealthy or those with inside information. Its mission is to allow these everyday investors access to direct energy investments with unprecedented access through low buy-ins, due diligence, and a wealth of information regarding each investment.

 

Today, EnergyFunders is actively raising money and funding projects.
Philip Racusin
CEO

A seasoned litigation attorney, he has successfully represented clients, ranging from individuals to large companies, in a variety of legal disputes for nearly a decade. He also launched several startup ventures prior to EnergyFunders, including a legal technology company that totaled over 50,000% ROI in one year. Both a savvy entrepreneur and accomplished litigator, Philip fuses legal expertise with astute business know-how to navigate the oil and gas industry’s regulatory waters and carefully pre-vet each project offered through the site.

Casey Mnshew
COO

With an extensive background that encompasses 15 years of experience across technology, commercial real estate and energy, Casey brings deep knowledge and experience growing early-stage ventures into hyper-growth scalable organizations. He has been a part of three successful start-up companies, most recently growing startup iWowWe from zero to twelve million dollars in revenue in less than 2 years. With years of experience serving as an advisor to the startup community, he brings a strong history of building teams and developing systems and processes that scale organizations by identifying and optimizing their unique growth potential.

Michael Racusin
CIO

As the lead strategist and architect for the EnergyFunders platform and overall website, Michael’s goal is to create a framework, marketing strategies and streamlined operations that will allow for maximum scalability of the company. A seasoned corporate law attorney, Michael has been invaluable in creating a transparent, compliant crowdfunding platform that serves both the investors and operators.

Aalok Shah
CTO

A seasoned leader with the unique ability to bridge the gap between business and technology, Aalok has a proven record of understanding both the macro and micro views of business processes and platform architecture. He has previously worked with several Fortune 100 companies, and led an entire team from startup mode to a mature Software as Service (SaaS) platform generating millions in revenue. His high level of tech background allows him to provide his deep expertise in not only business, but also the intricate technology details needed to navigate his company to success.

Derrick Hale
VP Business Development and Director Land Management

Derrick has founded two successful Oil & Gas companies and has over a decade of experience in both Oil & Gas and technology start-ups.

He has taken over our business development responsibilities, the due diligence process, and as a Registered Professional Landman, he advises EnergyFunders on title and working interest partners. He holds a degree in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin.

Andrew De Luna
CFO

Andrew is an experienced operational controller and CFO who has worked with mid-market to multi-billion dollar companies in acquisitions, financial modeling, income statement segregation & analysis, and multi-currency consolidations. Andrew’s responsibilities include financial analysis, acquisitions, accounting infrastructure, internal controls, and providing CFO level consulting.

Marc Duncan
Oil & Gas Exploration and Development Adviser

Mr. Duncan has over 35 years of experience in the energy industry and has served in a variety of domestic and international management positions relating to natural gas and oil exploration, geothermal greenfield development, and coal-fired generation. He joined Contango Operators Inc. as President and Chief Operating Officer in June of 2005 when its market cap stood at $200M. From September 2006 until February 2014, he served as President and COO of its parent corporation, Contango Oil and Gas. At its peak and under his leadership, Contango grew to a market cap of $1.5B. Contango and its partners developed and monetized the Fayetteville shale, Freeport LNG interest, and found and developed 1 TCF of reserves in the Gulf of Mexico with peak production of 235 MMCFD and 5,000 BPD condensate. During his tenure, the company received numerous awards and industry recognition including Hart’s Discovery of the Year, Houston Chronicles’ Top 100, and Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year candidate. Aside from his domestic experience, Mr. Duncan has worked and resided in Dubai, Ecuador, Africa, Indonesia, China, UK and Ukraine, while developing the assets with local government entities and foreign partners. Mr. Duncan served as President and COO for USENCO International Inc. from 2000 to 2004 and with Hunt Oil Company from 2004 to 2005. Prior experience includes positions such as a deep-water drilling engineer for ENSERCH Corp., drilling engineer for ARCO Oil and Gas and management with SEDCO, an international drilling contractor. He served as a Director of Double Crown Resources Inc., an oil field material supplier, from January 2012 to April 2013. Currently, Mr. Duncan serves as the Energy Director and Advisor for Cardinals Direction First Inc., a Native American corporation, and is on the Board of Advisors for EnergyFunders. Mr. Duncan holds a MBA in Engineering Management from the University of Dallas, an M.Ed. from the University of North Texas, and a B.S. in Science and Education from Stephen F. Austin University.

Jeffrey Harder
Securities and Regulations Adviser

As far back as 1981 with Amoco (Standard Oil of Indiana) in Chicago, then Mitchell Energy & Development in The Woodlands from 1984 to 1986 through to the present in private practice, Jeff Harder has been at the center of venture capital and angel investor transactions in a wide variety of industries. This experience and passion led to Jeff’s engagement as VP for Corporate Development and General Counsel at a Nasdaq listed public company.

Roger Gingell
Petroleum Land Management and Contracts Adviser

Roger is a co-founder and land adviser for EnergyFunders. He has close to a decade of experience in the oil and gas industry as a land management professional and attorney. He advises EnergyFunders on title and agreements with working interest partners. His experience includes title analysis, due diligence, and drill site title for major oil companies in Houston, Texas as well as oil and gas agreement drafting. He is a Texas licensed attorney and was a committee staff member at the Texas Senate prior to entering the oil and gas industry.