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Desert Mountain names Rohlfing as EVP, head of tech ops

2019-01-17 08:22 ET - News Release

Mr. Irwin Olian reports


Desert Mountain Energy Corp. has engaged Robert Rohlfing as executive vice-president, head of technical operations, of the company and of its U.S. subsidiary, Desert Energy Corp., a Nevada corporation. In addition, Mr. Rohlfing has accepted a position as a member of the board of directors of each company.

Mr. Rohlfing is a seasoned oil and gas industry operations executive with a strong geological background and over 25 years experience in formulating, conducting and managing successful exploration, drilling, development and production programs for oil and gas and minerals worldwide. He has conducted geological exploration programs and drilling operations for a wide variety of companies for helium, hydrocarbons, gold, silver, rare earth metals, diamonds and gemstones in diverse areas ranging from Kansas, Oklahoma, Arizona and Alaska in the United States to Papua New Guinea, Malaysia, Australia, Canada, Vietnam and Cambodia.

Mr. Rohlfing's skill set includes extensive hands-on experience managing and conducting drill programs and production operations for hydrocarbons in the U.S. Southwest. He has drilled about 250 wells in his career, all of which successfully encountered hydrocarbons with the exception of two. He has developed new drilling innovations, including techniques for tight-radius shallow under-pressure horizontal wells. For many years, he was recognized for his unique expertise drilling horizontal wells, one of which was the shallowest and tightest-radius horizontal well drilled in the United States for natural gas at the time. He has drilled a well in northern Arizona which encountered helium and has a thorough understanding of the geology of Arizona's Holbrook basin and its structural features which serve as potential trapping mechanisms for commercial helium reservoirs.

Prior to joining the company, Mr. Rohlfing was president and a founding member of a number of private oil and gas exploration companies and drilling companies based in Oklahoma, including Seminole Oil Productions LLC, vendor of the Kight Gilcrease sand unit oil and gas project to the company. He was responsible for overall leadership, strategy, planning and management, as well as exploration, development and production activities, sales negotiations and contracts, and environmental, regulatory and safety compliance matters. His broad experience provides him with the clear perspective and experience required in a fast-changing, highly regulated industry.

Mr. Rohlfing enjoys lecturing at universities, including the University of Oklahoma and Arizona State University, industry round tables, oil and gas investor seminars, and elsewhere on current topics of interest to the industry. He has testified before various government agencies on a variety of industry issues and serves on the boards of a number of not-for-profit institutions. He has served as a geological referee and expert witness in courts in the U.S. Southwest. Mr. Rohlfing presently has residences in Oklahoma and Arizona. His educational background includes studies in electrical engineering at the University of Washington, environmental geology and biological systems at Arizona State University, and geology at GCC in Glendale, Ariz. He has written technical papers which have been published in trade journals.

According to Irwin Olian, chief executive officer of the company: "We are very excited that Robert Rohlfing is now joining the company as head of technical operations. He brings a wealth of hands-on experience conducting and managing oil and gas operations and exploration, including considerable experience in our area of focus, the U.S. Southwest. He comes with outstanding credentials, knowledge and experience that will be invaluable in helping guide and develop the company's programs."

In connection with the engagement of Mr. Rohlfing, the company has granted him, subject to any necessary regulatory approvals, incentive stock options to purchase 600,000 shares of the company's common stock. These options are exercisable for a term of three years at the price of 21 cents per share and are subject to the company's customary vesting provisions.

About Desert Mountain Energy Corp.

The company is an exploratory resource company engaged in exploration and development of helium, oil and gas, and mineral properties in the southwestern United States. Until Sept. 5, 2018, the company also owned the Yellowjacket gold project in Atlin, B.C., which it had been developing. The company has its executive offices in Vancouver, Canada. The company was incorporated under the laws of the Province of British Columbia, on April 30, 2008, and was formerly named African Queen Mines Ltd. It initially received certain Southern African assets in a spinoff transaction related to the acquisition of Pan African Mining Corp. by Asia Thai Mining Co. Ltd.

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