Catalyst Management: A History of Growth and Integrity
What began as one determined petroleum engineer in 1992 has grown to become a fully staffed management group handling its operations on an in-house basis from the company’s headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The group is responsible for implementing programs and maintaining Catalyst Energy’s business standards. Key members of the group include:
Paul Ryan Rodgers
Mr. Rodgers oversees all facets of Catalyst Energy, but primarily Exploration and Development, Land, and Asset Acquisitions. Prior to establishing Catalyst Energy, Mr. Rodgers served as a petroleum engineer for Quaker State Corporation from 1983 to 1989 and was responsible for all facets of drilling, completion, production and transportation operations in northwestern Pennsylvania and southwestern New York. From 1989 to 1992, Mr. Rodgers was employed by a regional operator, Angerman Associates. As the Manager of Engineering, Mr. Rodgers supervised drilling and completion operations in southwestern Pennsylvania and West Virginia. In 1992, he resigned from Angerman Associates to form Catalyst Energy. Mr. Rodgers earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University in 1983 and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Clarion University in 1989. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, the Pittsburgh Association of Petroleum Geologists, and the Pennsylvania Independent Petroleum Producers (PIPP).
Douglas Edward Jones
Vice President of Operations
Mr. Jones is responsible for all aspects of field operations, as well as new project development and installation. Previously, Mr. Jones worked as an engineer for Quaker State Corporation. His responsibilities included all aspects of drilling, completion, production and transportation operations in Pennsylvania and New York. From 1995 to 1998 Mr. Jones was employed by Belden and Blake Corporation as Senior Drilling and Completions Superintendent where he supervised drilling and completion operations within the exploration division. He joined Catalyst Energy in 1998. Mr. Jones earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Fredonia State University in 1977 and an Associate of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh in 1981. Mr. Jones is a member of the Pennsylvania Independent Petroleum Producers (PIPP).
Frank J. DiGnazio, P.G.
Vice President of Geology
Mr. DiGnazio is responsible for identifying viable prospects for drilling program parameters and the environmental regulatory permitting process. He is a licensed Professional Geologist in Pennsylvania and Delaware. With over 16 years of geological and spatial data management, Mr. DiGnazio has worked as a regulatory and subsurface investigation specialist for various oil, natural gas and electric energy suppliers. Mr. DiGnazio earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Earth Sciences from Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Science degree in Geology from Indiana University at Bloomington. He is a member of the Association of American Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) and the Pittsburgh Association of Petroleum Geologists (PAPG).
Vice President of Technology and Development
Mr. Henry is Vice President of Technology and Development for Catalyst Energy, Inc. His responsibilities include maintaining and developing business applications and the management of spatial data for use by engineers and geologists. Mr. Henry joined the company in January 2007 as an intern and later moved to a permanent position. Academically, Mr. Henry earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems Management from Robert Morris University in 2008.
Vice President of Land and Acquisitions
Mr. Ruhlman is the Vice President of Land and Acquisitions for Catalyst Energy. He is responsible for overseeing all facets of land acquisition, leasing, road and pipeline right-of-way acquisition, title analysis, and landowner issues. With over seven years’ experience devoted entirely to leasing and title acquisition in northwestern Pennsylvania, Mr. Ruhlman provides a trusted and knowledgeable perspective to land and mineral owners in negotiations and discussions regarding mineral rights in this region. He has also become a sought after advisor for issues affecting and regarding the shale leasing in Pennsylvania. Academically, Mr. Ruhlman earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and Public Relations from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown in 2003, and is a member of the Pennsylvania Independent Petroleum Producers (PIPP).
Mr. Bogdan is a Senior Geologist for Catalyst Energy. From 1989 to 2002, Mr. Bogdan worked for the Belden and Blake Corporation as the Manager of Operations for the Bradford area. From 1975 to 1986, Mr. Bogdan worked initially as an engineer and then as District Manager in the wire line business for Piper and later for Gearhart Well Logging. Mr. Bogdan is a member of the Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Association and is on the Board of the Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Museum in Pennsylvania. Mr. Bogdan earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from the State University College of New York at Fredonia in 1974.