Pyramid Oil Co. explores, develops and produces crude oil and natural gas. It acquires interests in land and producing properties through acquisition and lease on which it drills and operates crude oil and natural gas wells. The crude oil and natural gas produced from these properties are sold to various refineries and pipeline companies. The company was founded on October 9, 1909 and is headquartered in Bakersfield, CA.
John H. Alexander, President and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Alexander has been an independent oil operator in Orange County, California since 1970. From 1972 to 1974, Mr. Alexander was an officer and a director of Transierra Exploration Corporation, a public company located in Newport Beach, California. Mr. Alexander has served as a director of Pyramid Oil Company since 1986; from 1986 to 2004, he served as its Vice President, and he has served as its President and Chief Executive Officer since June 3, 2004. Mr. Alexander has served for the past 20 years as a director of Valley Waste Disposal Company, a non-profit oilfield related service company located in Bakersfield, California.
Mr. Alexander has 40 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, including 24 years with the Company. Mr. Alexander’s industry experience and extensive knowledge of the Company’s oil and gas operations are an important contribution to the Board. Mr. Alexander is the only member of management who serves on the Board.
Michael D. Herman, Chairman
Mr. Herman has been Chairman of the Company’s Board since July 2005 and the largest shareholder of the Company since June 15, 2005. Mr. Herman is the Chairman and sole shareholder of Heat Waves Oil Service, LLC and Dillco. Heat Waves and Dillco provide various energy-related services such as water hauling and disposal, acidizing, frac heating and hot oil services to customers in Kansas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Pennsylvania and New Mexico. Mr. Herman was the Chairman and owner of Pasadena, California based Key Food Ingredients, Inc. from January 1, 2005 until October, 2007. Key Food Ingredients supplies dehydrated vegetables from its factory in Qingdao, China to customers worldwide. Mr. Herman was Chairman and owner of Telematrix, Inc. from October 1992 until December 1998, when that company was sold to a major hospitality company, and he repurchased a majority ownership interest in December 2004 and held that majority ownership interest until April 2006. Telematrix, Inc. designs and distributes communications products and telephones to hospitality and business customers globally. From November 2003 until February 2005, Mr. Herman was Chairman and majority shareholder of Ft. Lauderdale based Sunair Electronics but chose not to stand for re-election as a director in February 2006. Sunair Electronics is engaged in the design, manufacture and sale of high frequency communications equipment for long-range voice and data applications.
Mr. Herman has been active in the oil and gas producing and servicing business since the mid-1980’s. His broad experience in the oil and gas industry and diverse business experience outside the oil and gas industry are valuable resources to our Board in formulating business strategy, addressing business opportunities and resolving operational issues that arise from time to time.
Gary L. Ronning, Director
Mr. Ronning had been Executive Vice President, Western Region of Prime Natural Resources, LLC, since 1999. Mr. Ronning previously worked with Ferguson Energy, an independent oil and gas exploration company beginning in 1967. Mr. Ronning also has had several positions with Ferguson Energy, managing operations and production in several states.
Mr. Ronning has been engaged in all aspects of the oil and gas industry continuously since 1967. Mr. Ronning brings to the Board a range and length of industry experience that is a unique asset.
John E. Turco, Director
Mr. Turco has been the President and Chief Financial Officer of the Corotto Company, an agricultural company growing citrus in Kern County, California, since March 1991. Mr. Turco is a member of the California Citrus Research Board, serving as the first Chairman of its Finance Committee and continuing to serve as a member of its Finance Committee. Mr. Turco has also served as a director of Coast RV and as a trustee of the Menlo School. Mr. Turco has twenty years of experience in the fire and casualty insurance business and has been a member of Lloyd’s of London since 1975. Mr. Turco also attained the rank of Colonel in the United States Marines Corps Reserve.
Mr. Turco’s diverse business experience and board service provide him with a wide range of expertise that is valuable to our Board in confronting various business-related challenges and opportunities.