Advisory Board

Currently a Managing Director/Partner of Entrada Capital Partners in Salt Lake City, Utah, Gardner structures and organizes Greenfield developments within retail, office, hospitality and energy sectors. Prior to that, he was a Partner of Gardner Development Company, focusing on development of retail, office and residential real estate in Utah. He was an Associate, Private Finance Group for CIBC World Markets, New York, focusing exclusively on capital markets and distribution, helping to market, sell and close over $1.6 billion in debt for public and private companies. Gardner holds Bachelor of Science and Finance degrees, graduating Magna Cum Laude.

Abrams performs the duties of a financial advisor for Petroteq Energy Inc. He has sat on many corporate boards of a diverse range of public and private companies (established entities and start-ups) and has extensive experience in strategic planning, capital structure, public market launches and research. Abrams was the original seed investor for Akeena Solar (NASDAQ: AKNS) (2006 - 2010), assisting in the launch of an IPO, and was successful in multiplying its market cap 15 times in one year to $400 million.

He was a seed investor and advisor to ZAGG (NASDAQ: ZAGG) where he co-engineered a public offering for this mobile accessory company. The market cap was increased from $13 million to $300 million. Abrams, co-founder of Inter-Mix Inc., assisted in the launch of this entertainment destination portal with annual revenues over $100 million. This company launched many Internet sites including MySpace and was sold to NewsCorp in 2005 for $580 million. Abrams was the co-founder of The Software Toolworks, Inc. where he was responsible for all operating functions in its growth from start-up to $50 million and directed over 10 merger and acquisition transactions. He negotiated and raised two secondary offerings for over $100 million, opening offices/joint ventures in the U.K., France, Germany, Japan, China, Southeast Asia, Australia and South America.

Abrams currently holds several positions as a board member or advisor to several start-up companies: Emerge Digital, Atigeo, Caldera Pharmaceuticals and Job Channel Network, all private companies. He is also involved with Adtech, Big Data (relational database technology).

He holds a B.A., Economics (SUNY, Buffalo, NY) and an MBA Degree (University of Rochester, NY). He was an adjunct graduate faculty member at Central State University, and a professor of accounting, finance and statistics in their MBA Program. Abrams is a member of the Simon School Executive Advisory Committee and the William E. Simon Graduate School of Business, University of Rochester.

Ingriselli began his career at Texaco in 1979 and held various key executive positions with Texaco throughout the following two decades.  From 1979 until 1983, Ingriselli led Texaco’s negotiation with China for its first successful international oil Production Sharing Contract. Under Ingriselli’s leadership, Texaco discovered Block 16/08 (HZ/21-1 oil field) in the Pearl River Mouth Basin in the South China Sea.  The contract today is still producing about 80,000 bopd for the citizens of China, generating substantial revenue for China National Offshore Oil Corp (CNOOC) and Chevron.

By the early 1980s, Ingriselli led the historic signing of China's first successful international oil contract Between Texaco and the Chinese government.

In 1992, Ingriselli was named President of Texaco International Operations Inc., a capacity that directed Texaco’s global initiatives in exploration and development. In 1996, he was appointed President and CEO of the Timan Pechora Company, a Houston-headquartered company owned by affiliates of Texaco, Exxon, Amoco, Norsk Hydro, and Lukoil, which was developing one of the largest international investments in Russia at that time.

Six years later Ingriselli returned to Texaco’s Executive Department with responsibilities for Texaco’s power and gas operations, merger and acquisition activities, pipeline operations and corporate development.  In 2000 Ingriselli was appointed President of Texaco Technology Ventures, responsible for all of Texaco’s global technology initiatives and investments.  In 2001, Ingriselli retired from Texaco after its merger with Chevron and four years later, with a group of Texaco alumni, Ingriselli founded Pacific Asia Petroleum, Inc. (NYSE:PAP), a New York-based energy company with operations in China.

PAP's board members included the late Robert Stampel, former Chairman and CEO of General Motor; James Link, Former Treasurer of Texaco; and Elizabeith Smith, Former VP of Investor Relations and Chief Compliance Officer of Texaco.

In 2010, Pacific Asia Petroleum expanded outside the Pacific Rim into West Africa by acquiring an interest in a Production Sharing Contract in offshore Nigeria.  Upon conclusion of this acquisition, the company changed its name from "Pacific Asia Petroleum, Inc." to "CAMAC Energy Inc.", (NYSE:CAK), which later became Erin Energy Inc. (NYSE MKT: ERN)

In 2011, Ingriselli founded Pacific Energy Development (PEDEVCO Corp.), an energy company focused on acquisition and development of energy projects, including shale oil and gas assets, in the United States.  Through global partnership, Pacific Energy Development executes its high growth and early cash flow strategy. 

The company became public in 2012 (NYSE MKT: PED) and has operations in Colorado.

Ingriselli currently serves as the Chairman at Pacific Energy Development.

Ingriselli founded Blackhawk Energy Ventures in 2016.  Blackhawk Energy draws from Ingriselli and his team's decades-long E&P experience, from off-shore deep water exploration, to the advanced drilling technologies that helped brought forth the Shale Revolution, to capitalize on the new opportunities presented in the next generation oil market.

The company focuses on identifying and acquiring under-valued oil assets and maximize their production and profit by utilizing stringent cost-effective, low-overhead operation programs and aims to bring bottom line profitability through operational efficiency and market responsiveness.