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Michael K. Studer. Mr. Studer is the Founder and Managing Director of Green Black Energy, LLC, which is an affiliate of the General Partner. Mr. Studer’s career has spanned through the formation and operations of a number of start-up businesses. He founded Green Black Energy, LLC in 2008 and since that date has operated the company with a focus on acquiring mineral/royalty interests in core areas of the Barnett Shale. During last 12 months, Green Black Energy, LLC has acquired 288 properties (producing and non-producing) with other partners. During this time, Mr. Studer has overseen the development of key operating infrastructure and prospecting and marketing systems, and has evaluated over 400 properties. Mr. Studer also developed an interactive valuation model for property acquisitions, established title review procedures and quality assurance systems, established proprietary property management software systems for the company.

During 2006-2008, Mr. Studer served as President and Chief Operating Officer of GreenHunter Energy, a publicly traded renewable energy company. In that capacity, he assisted in raising $75MM in operating and acquisition capital through private placements, led negotiations for acquisition of a Houston, TX based refinery, and oversaw negotiations for an acquisition of a southern California biomass facility (power plant). Mr. Studer was also responsible for the design and construction of one of the nation’s largest biodiesel refineries (105MM gallons per year), a 700,000 barrel terminal and a 200MM pound glycerin refinery (early design and construction).

During 2003-2006, Mr. Studer was a private investor, focusing on real estate and related investments. During this time, Mr. Studer also acquired the Texas/Colorado territories of Velocity Sports Performance, a national athletic training company and operated these territories as a master franchisor. He then sold these territories back to franchisor in 2006.

From 1991-2003, Mr. Studer was the Founder, CEO and President of ENTACT, Inc. (www.Entact.com). ENTACT is an engineering, regulatory, geophysics, and remediation firm (currently employing 450) focusing on large, complex remediation projects. Mr. Studer sold ENTACT to management in 2004. ENTACT has realized increased organic growth every year since its founding, and achieved revenues of $165 MM in 2008.

From 1988-1991, Mr. Studer was the Vice President and second largest shareholder of ITEX Enterprises, Inc., which was an environmental remediation services company with Texaco as its largest customer. During this period, the company grew from $12 million to approximately $134 million in annual revenues. At ITEX, Mr. Studer was responsible for design and performance of services for the petroleum industry, including for Texaco for design and remediation services for refinery cleanup in Port Arthur, Texas.

From 1985-1988, Mr. Studer worked in the commercial real estate markets as a commercial real estate broker.
Mr. Studer holds a BBA – Finance, Texas Tech University, 1982.

Jason Hopper. Mr. Hopper is the Director of Operations and is focused on the acquisition of mineral and royalty interests in the core areas of the Barnett Shale and has evaluated more than 1,000 mineral/royalty properties, and has reviewed title for more than 400 such properties. Mr. Hopper has also assisted in the development of Green Black Energy’s key operating infrastructure. He also led the design team in its implementation of an internet presence and marketing programs. He also assisted in the design and implementation of mineral and royalty marketing and acquisition systems, proprietary mineral/property management systems, and proprietary royalty asset valuation models, and has trained associates in their use of each of these systems. From May 2008 to November 2008, Mr. Hopper worked with GreenHunter Energy. In that capacity he performed feedstock procurement analysis and project development services and also gained experience in the energy sector. Mr. Hopper has a BBA in Entrepreneurship from the University of North Texas, 2008.