The Company's seasoned management team has years of global experience and a proven track record in the oil and gas industry. Members of our team have developed and commercialized some of the industry's most profitable and successful energy ventures through their unique business insights, technical knowledge, and political acumen.
Michael Peterson is a business strategist with 27 years of experience in investment banking and new business development in the energy industry. Before joining Pacific Energy Development, Mr. Peterson was the founder, Chairman and CEO of Solargen Energy, Inc., a Cupertino-based solar energy company. Mr. Peterson took Solargen Energy public in 2009 and successfully developed and permitted one of California’s largest solar projects with a 400 MW photovoltaic solar farm, which was sold to a private investment fund in 2011.
Mr. Peterson was also the founding board member of Aemetis Energy (OTC:AMTX), a renewable commodity chemical and biofuels company with operations in California and India. He had served Aemetis for six years until 2011 during which he helped lead the company grow revenues to $250 million and employ over 110 employees worldwide. From 2008 to 2011, Mr. Peterson also served as a board member and Interim CEO for Houston-based Blast Energy Services.
Prior to these public market positions, Mr. Peterson spent 20 years in the investment banking industry in various senior management positions, including Vice President at Goldman Sachs and First Vice President at Merrill Lynch. From 2006 to 2010 he also served as the Managing Partner of Pascal Management, a private investment company he founded.
Mr. Peterson has a MBA from BYU Marriott School of Management and a BS in Statistics and Computer Science from Brigham Young University and speaks Chinese.
Mr. Moore previously served as the Corporate Counsel to CAMAC Energy Inc. Prior to joining CAMAC Energy, Mr. Moore was an attorney at the law firms of Venture Law Group and Heller Ehrman LLP, both located in Menlo Park, California, where he practiced general corporate and transactional law.
Mr. Moore currently sits on the Board of Directors of Steering Committee of Pathways Hospice Foundation, a San Francisco Bay Area not-for-profit foundation supporting the Sunnyvale, California-based Pathways Home Health, Hospice and Private Duty organization.
Mr. Moore graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History, and earned his Juris Doctor degree with Distinction from Stanford Law School.
Greg Overholtzer has about 30 years of experience in corporate accounting and corporate finance across a variety of industries. Prior to joining Pacific Energy Development, Mr. Overholtzer was the CFO of Omni-ID for three years, a Foster City-based private company that developed and manufactured high technology RFID components. The company had multiple locations in the US, Europe, and China. Prior to that, Mr. Overholtzer was the Corporate Controller of Genitope Corporation in Fremont, California, which was a publicly traded bio-technology company of about 200 employees that developed novel immunotherapies for the treatment of cancer. Prior to these positions, Mr. Overholtzer had about ten years of experience as a Controller or CFO of various small to mid-size manufacturing companies.
Mr. Overholtzer has a MBA in Finance from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and a BA in Zoology from UC Berkeley. Mr. Overholtzer started his career after graduating with his MBA from UC Berkeley in a $5 Billion multi-national company (British Oxygen Corporation) that specialized in the sales of industrial gases as well as medical equipment. At British Oxygen Corporation, Mr. Overholtzer held various corporate finance positions including Divisional VP Finance and Administration.