Blue Ridge Mountain Resources, Inc. (Blue Ridge) announced the appointment of Michael Hodges to Senior Vice President of Finance. Effective upon the successful completion of the company’s proposed merger with Eclipse Resources Corporation, Michael will assume the role of Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Eclipse from Matthew DeNezza, who is currently serving in such a capacity with Eclipse. Matthew will remain in place with Eclipse and support the transition until the close of the merger. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2018.
Michael joins Blue Ridge from PayRock Energy II, an exploration and production company focused on oil and natural gas assets within the Eagle Ford Shale of South Texas. Michael has approximately 20 years of experience in the upstream oil and gas industry. His areas of expertise include: financial planning and analysis, capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, investor relations and accounting. Previously, Michael was the CFO for Ward Energy Partners, a company focused on developing liquids-rich assets. Prior to joining Ward Energy Partners, Michael was the CFO for Rex Energy Corporation, a company developing natural resources in the Marcellus Shale of Pennsylvania and the Utica Shale of Ohio. Michael received a B.B.A. in Finance from the University of Oklahoma in 2000 and an M.S. in Energy Management from Oklahoma City University in 2017 and is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Oklahoma.