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Ameriwest Energy Management

Mr. Jon Clement Nicolaysen


Mr. Nicolaysen brings over 40 years of experience in business, mineral development and agriculture to Ameriwest. He has served as president of JK Minerals Inc., a private oil company, for 19 years. Under his leadership, JK Minerals consolidated ownership and increased production in the historic Cole Creek Oil field northeast of Casper, Wyoming. In 2001, he became the unit operator of the Cole Creek Oil field. He also is a founding member of Wyoming Mineral Exploration, LLC (2004), and Muddy Mineral Exploration, LLC (2007). Mr. Nicolaysen practiced his particular expertise in land title and acquisition to consolidate other productive fields in the Powder River Basin of Wyoming including the South Glenrock Block “C” unit and the Big Muddy Oil field.

Mr. Nicolaysen received an M.S. in Business Administration degree from the University of Wyoming in 1970, a B.S. in Business Administration degree from the Colorado College in 1968, and was an inaugural member of the Wyoming Agriculture Leadership Program, a W.K. Kellogg Foundation-sponsored fellowship from 1984-1986.

Chris Wright


Mr. Wright has over 20 years of experience in finance and administrative management in both private and public companies. In 1995, he founded Velvet Exploration Ltd., an oil and gas company based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, which later traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Mr. Wright served as the chairman of Velvet Exploration until it was sold to El Paso Corporation in June 2001 for Cdn. $432 million. Since 1997, Mr. Wright has been the president and CEO of First Merit Group Ltd., a private venture capital and investment firm based in Canada. Mr. Wright received a law degree from the University of Victoria in 1986 and a bachelor¹s degree from the University of Alberta in 1981.

Walter R. Merschat


Mr. Merschat is a petroleum geologist with over 35 years of experience in the oil and gas business. He founded Scientific Geochemical Services (SGS) in 1987, as a company focused on conducting and interpreting geochemical surveys. Since its inception, SGS has conducted exploration surveys encompassing more than one hundred thousand sample locations in numerous offshore and onshore basins worldwide. Previous to forming SGS, Mr. Merschat worked for Gulf Research and Development, a division of Gulf Oil Co., where he focused on the execution and interpretation of geochemical programs in the Rocky Mountain region of Wyoming and in the Basin and Range geologic province of Nevada and Utah. During his tenure at Gulf, Mr. Merschat performed the geochemical surveying on Ameriwest’s Skull Valley prospect, located in Tooele County, Utah. Mr. Merschat received an M.S. in Geology at Ohio University in 1971 and a B.S. in Geology in 1967.

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