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Garnet AmundsonPresident, Chief Executive Officer and Director
Mr. Amundson has been President, Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Essential Energy Services and its predecessor entities since 2004. He has led Essential and its predecessors through an initial public offering, two public company merger transactions with the acquisitions of Builders Energy Services in 2008 and Technicoil Corporation in 2011, the acquisition and integration of numerous private oilfield service companies and multiple oilfield service-line business dispositions. Prior to his role at Essential, Mr. Amundson’s business experience included managerial and officer roles at various levels of seniority with multi-national oil and gas producers, an international fertilizer company and a national accounting firm. He holds the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) designation. Mr. Amundson commenced his career in the oil and gas business over 35 years ago as a roughneck working on a drilling rig in Grande Prairie.
Jeff NewmanVice President, Finance & Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Newman has over 25 years of experience in oilfield services and related industries including 10 years with Essential Energy Services and predecessor entities. Prior to his current role, Mr. Newman was the Vice President, Finance and CFO of Essential Energy Services (2008 to 2013) and the Controller of Builders Energy Services Trust. Before joining Builders, Mr. Newman built a successful consulting practice providing transaction-based advisory and contract CFO services to clients active in the oilfield service and other sectors across Western Canada. Prior thereto, Mr. Newman was the CFO and Vice President, Finance for a publicly traded oilfield services company. He previously held a variety of other positions with growth-orientated companies active in Canada and abroad. Mr. Newman holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary, the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) designation and the Chartered Business Valuator designation.
Eldon HeckVice President, Downhole Tools & Rentals
Mr. Heck has over 40 years of oilfield service experience, with the majority of his career focused on downhole tools. Prior to his current role, he was the Director, Downhole Tools & Rentals with Essential Energy Services and since 2005 has led the downhole tools business for Essential and predecessor entity, Builders Energy Services. The downhole tools and rentals business operates under the name Tryton Tool Services. Mr. Heck co-founded Tryton Tool Services in 1997 and it was subsequently acquired by Builders Energy Services in 2005.
Karen PerasaloVice President, Investor Relations & Corporate Secretary
Ms. Perasalo has over 20 years of experience in oil and gas and related industries including 10 years with Essential Energy Services and predecessor entities. In addition to leading the company’s investor relations function, Ms. Perasalo provides a leadership role in public disclosure processes, debt financing, financial structure and governance-related activities. Prior thereto, Ms. Perasalo was the Director of Finance and Investor Relations at Builders Energy Services Trust. Before joining Builders, Ms. Perasalo worked in Credit Risk Management at the Royal Bank of Canada, and held various roles at a Canadian-based international petrochemical company and a pipeline company including roles in corporate finance, corporate strategy and domestic and international mergers and acquisitions. Ms. Perasalo holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Saskatchewan, the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA) designation and is a CFA® Charterholder.