Management & Advisors
To meet the challenges of exploration, development and production of oil and gas on Alaska's North Slope, Polar Petroleum continues to build a management team and advisory team tailored to maximizing its assets and unique industry opportunities.
Daniel Robert Walker – President & CEO
Daniel Walker has over seven years of business management experience, including background in the oil and gas industry and management roles encompassing operations, business systems and logistics management.
Most recently, Daniel worked for Terrex Seismic, a seismic data collection company based in Brisbane, Australia. During his time at Terrex, he provided management support for a number of projects across Australia while working in conjunction with oil and gas companies such as Beach Energy and Santos.
Prior to Terrex, Daniel served as the General Manager for E. F. M. Pty Ltd., an agricultural production company based in Cairns, Australia. He managed the company's day-to-day operations and marketing; enforced Quality Assurance; and developed, implemented and maintained organizational systems, procedures and documentation according to regulatory requirements while ensuring compliance with external auditing bodies.
Earlier in his career, Daniel was the Managing Director of DBI Freight Ltd., a mining logistics company based in North Yorkshire, England, with clients such as Halliburton (NYSE:HAL | Market Cap: $40.39B), Schlumberger (NYSE:SLB | $99.72B), Baker Hughes (NYSE:BHI | $20.70B) and specialist contractor PR Marriott Drilling (PRMD). He still retains a working interest in the logistics sector and is currently working alongside PRMD on the York Potash Project.
Daniel holds a B.Sc. degree in Chemistry.
Donald W. Brizzolara – Chief Geological Advisor
Donald Brizzolara represents 34 years of experience in oil and gas exploration and development geology (Prudhoe and Kuparuk fields), and experience as a successful prospect generator resulting in oil discoveries (Kuvlum, Midnight Sun/Sambuca) in the North Slope of Alaska.
In his consulting geologist work since 2005, Donald has drawn on his understanding of Alaskan petroleum geology including the North Slope, interior basins, Cook Inlet, Alaska Peninsula and offshore federal waters. His consulting work has been diverse and ranges from wellsite geologist to conducting regional geologic evaluations for firms such as ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP | $76.82B), Shell (NYSE:RDS.A | $214.03B), Pioneer, and Linc Energy.
Earlier in his career, Donald was employed by ARCO Alaska, Inc as an exploration and development geologist, specializing on the North Slope but also working most of Alaska's diverse petroleum provinces. During that 20-year period, he added value to ARCO's operations in CPF-3 Kuparuk River Field, Lisburne Field and the Endicott Field.
He later worked for the Alaska Division of Natural Resources (DNR), Division of Oil and Gas (DOG) as a senior petroleum geologist. His responsibilities included regional evaluations of oil and gas potential for the North Slope foothills province as a well as the Alaska Peninsula.
Donald received a B.S. degree in geology from California State University, Hayward (1975) and an M.S. degree in geology from the University of California, Davis (1979).
David T. Gross – Head of Alaskan Exploration
David Gross represents a 30-year career as a geologist and a current focus on the North Slope of Alaska doing geologic analyses and petroleum prospect evaluations, most recently in the Hemi Springs-South Prudhoe area.
David began his career at Chevron, USA, working on development geology and exploring Louisiana's outer continental shelf and slope. During this time, he mapped and evaluated 2 newly opened deep-water areas, resulting in Chevron being among the first companies to acquire deep water leasehold positions that later were sites of Lower Tertiary oil discoveries (Perdido Fold Belt).
In 1990, David was assigned to the Cook Inlet of Alaska as its Exploration Area Geologist. After evaluating and thinning Chevron's existing leasehold, he developed and had drilled an exploration prospect on the Kustatan Peninsula.
After he left Chevron in 1992, David became a consulting geologist. In the Cook Inlet, he played a key role in the development of the Sterling Gas Field; the sale of the leasehold over the future Redoubt Shoal Field; the development of the Catcher's Mitt prospect; the acquisition of PERL leasehold ORR royalties in 2009; and the sale of the entire Donkel/Cade Cook Inlet leasehold to Apache in 2010.
David received his degrees from the University of Iowa where he specialized in carbonate geology: B.S. 1980 (Major: Geology) and M.S. 1982 (Geology with Thesis).
Adrian Pilcher: Operations Advisor
Adrian Pilcher represents over 35 years of international experience in the oil and gas industry, including various positions with such industry leaders as Shell (NYSE:RDS.A | Market Cap: $214.03B), BP (NYSE:BP | $138.25B) and ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP | $76.82B).
Adrian is currently an Oil and Gas Consultant, drawing on his wealth of skill and experience of land based drilling. His background includes work with horizontal wells, under-balance drilling, coring samples, geothermal and workovers, all of which have been undertaken on rigs ranging from 5000' mechanical to 30,000' diesel electric.
Beginning his career as a roughneck and derrickman, Adrian worked up to the positions of driller, senior driller, toolpusher, and, eventually, drilling supervisor and rig superintendent. In his current consulting work, he relies on the knowledge gained from those former experiences while developing drilling programs that encompass all those roles as well as executive considerations.
His experience ranges across multiple countries including England, France, Portugal, Spain and El Salvador, and across multiple energy sources including oil and gas, coal, coal bed methane, geothermal and nuclear.
Steven Costa – Engineering Advisor
Steven Costa represents professional experience in diesel fitting, manufacturing and engineering sectors in the areas of technical and business operations, as well as in administrative procedures. His vast experience in the mechanical and engineering sectors, particularly with seismic vibrators, will be of substantial benefit to Polar Petroleum.
Steven began his career working for Scania Australia where he built an extensive knowledge of heavy and light vehicles over a period of 10 years. He then leveraged this knowledge to embark on a career in the mining and exploration sector within Australia.
Steven worked as a mechanic and engineer for Australia's leading exploration contractor to the resources sector, Terrex Seismic. While with Terrex, he worked on many projects including for Santos and Beach Petroleum looking for oil and gas; for QGC looking for coal seam gas; and on other mineral projects targeting zinc, gold, coal and geothermal.
Steven's vast industry knowledge led to him maintaining and repairing all the vehicles used in the process of exploration, including the Komatsu D65 dozers, the graders, and, most important, the vibrators.
Since leaving Terrex in 2012, Steven now works for BHP Billiton (NYSE:BHP | Market Cap: $179.64B) on their Groote Eylandt project looking to mine Manganese in the Australian Northern Territory.
Peter Brown – Surveying Advisor
Peter Brown represents experience with both Private and Public sector clients, taking projects from briefing stage through to design and practical completion to successfully increase the value of the specific built asset.
His current work includes serving as Project Surveyor for market leading Global Built Asset Consultancy EC Harris LLP (ECH). Among ECH's activities are providing project control services for FTCO Group in Saudi Arabia; consulting with major Oil & Gas clients including Shell (NYSE:RDS.A | Market Cap: $214.03B), ExxonMobil (NYSE:XOM | $409.38B), BP (NYSE:BP | $138.25B) and Saudi Aramco; and providing Shell with program controls, contract advisory and real estate project management services across 26 countries through a Global Enterprise Framework Agreement (EFA).
During his time with ECH, Peter's role has involved projects ranging in size and value while requiring vital technical and analytical skills necessary to ensure the maximum return from an asset across its lifecycle: project cost analysis, financial reporting, contract procurement, contract administration, defect diagnosis, lease interpretation, and statutory regulation interpretation and compliance.
Peter holds a B.Sc. (Hons) and is currently seeking accreditation from the Royal Institute of Charted Surveyors with a view to sitting the Assessment of Professional Competence in the near future.
David Walker – Logistical Advisor
David Walker has been involved in the haulage logistics sector for over 35 years. During that time he has gained extensive experience in international and worldwide logistics, and valuable contacts within both the general industry and the Oil and Gas industry in particular.
Currently, David is primarily involved within the oil and gas industry. He draws on his vast knowledge of the logistics sector and his substantial industry network as the logistics coordinator for numerous oil and gas companies, such as Viking Gas, Sirius Minerals and Moorland Energy.
Through his regular dealings in the industry, David has fostered important contacts with leading companies, including Halliburton (NYSE:HAL | Market Cap: $40.39B), Schlumberger (NYSE:SLB | $99.72B), Baker Hughes (NYSE:BHI | $20.70B), Target Directional Drilling and M-I Swaco to name a few.
David's oil and gas industry involvement also includes acting as site supervisor for Moorland Energy.
In 1976, David started his first limited company. After working with many large companies, including Jersey Produce, News International and publisher DH Greaves, he expanded into European markets and started transporting various goods to multiple countries including Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland and the UK.
David also worked directly with Kingspan Group PLC, which supplies building materials to a worldwide market across al