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Board of Directors

Zel C. Khan
Chief Executive Officer and Director

Mr. Khan is the Chief Executive Officer and Director of Petrolia Energy. He brings more than 20 years experience in the domestic and international energy industry. Prior to accepting his current role, he co-founded and served as President/CEO of Jovian Petroleum Corporation, a private exploration and production company.

Mr. Khan has always been focused on the reduction of lift costs. While serving as Chief Operations Officer for Pyramid Petroleum Corporation, he successfully reduced operating costs by 20% with the use of new methods and technology and helped facilitate the tie-in of additional production to the former ConocoPhillips deep-water facility; generating tremendous value for the owners which included Chevron and Apache. After starting his career as an operator in California, he developed a solid reputation for ensuring responsible management of oilfield assets and maintains those same principals today. Mr. Khan served as President of Network Fueling Corporation, a Cardlock Fleet Fueling Solutions Company and held positions on several for-profit and not-for-profit boards.

Mr. Khan holds a B.S. in Economics and a Masters of Business Administration from Chapman University in California.


James E. Burns
President and Director

Mr. Burns is the President and Director of Petrolia Energy. He brings over 25 years experience in the oil and gas industry. Prior to joining Petrolia, Mr. Burns served as President of BLU LNG, a domestic LNG provider, where he created a coherent commercial and operational strategy serving as catalyst for renewed efficiency and effectiveness. Prior to his role at BLU LNG, Mr. Burns was President of Fortress Energy Partners a division of Fortress Investment Group and worked in various executive roles globally at Royal Dutch Shell, and Texaco. Mr. Burns also serves as a member of the Houston Angel Network’s Energy Council and is the chairman of the board of Triple E Real Estate Investments.

Mr. Burns holds a BS in Business Administration from California State University and an Executive MBA from the University of Houston.


Leo Womack
Chairman, Director

Mr. Womack has been a member of Petrolia Energy’s Board of Directors since 2014. He has over 40 years of experience advising and serving in a directorship capacity for both private and publically-traded companies.

Since 1986, Mr. Womack continues to serve as President of Gulf Equities Realty Advisors, Inc., a diversified real estate portfolio management company. From 1969 to 1978, he was the managing partner of Arthur Anderson. He served as President and Chairman of the Houston Angel Network and as a board member on National Committees of the Angel Capital Association. In 1996, Mr. Womack served as the Chairman of Fairway Medical Technologies, Inc., a medical device company and a portfolio company of the Baylor College of Medicine Venture Fund. Mr. Womack served as a board member and the audit committee chair for OI Corporation (NASDAQ:OICO) prior to it being acquired by ITT in 2010.

Mr. Womack holds a B.B.A. in Accounting from Texas A&M University-Kingsville and a Series 7 Securities License.


Lee H. Lytton
Corporate Secretary, Director

Mr. Lytton has been a member of Petrolia Energy’s Board of Directors since 2014. Mr. Lytton is currently a tenured professor at St. Mary's Law School in San Antonio; specializing in Oil and Gas Law and Texas Land & Title. Prior to 1990 Mr. Lytton served as a Special Agent in the FBI until he became a founding partner of the South Texas Oil & Gas Operating Company. Early in his legal career, he was an Assistant District Attorney in the State of Texas and continues to serve on the Board of the South Texans' Property Rights Association; as a result of his family's historical standing as a prominent South Texas ranching family.

Mr. Lytton holds a B.A. degree from St. Edward’s University and a J.D. from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio.


Joel Oppenheim
Independent Director

Mr. Oppenheim has been a member of Petrolia Energy’s Board of Directors since 2015. In 1991, Mr. Oppenheim founded the Oppenheim Group, a national real estate consulting firm that represents several Fortune 10 and Fortune 100 Companies on their commercial real estate needs. Since 2014, he began concentrating on the Oppenheim Group’s investment portfolio; including several successful Oil and Gas assets in Texas and California.

Mr. Oppenheim is a licensed Commercial Real Estate Broker in Texas and has been an active member of the Houston Angel Network since 2009. He has successfully started and sold numerous businesses throughout his career, including some of the most successful restaurants and clubs in Houston.

Mr. Oppenheim holds an B.A in Accounting degree from City College of New York - Bernard Baruch School of Business.


Quinten Beasley
Director

Mr. Beasley has been a member of Petrolia Energy’s Board of Directors since 2016. Mr. Beasley is a design engineer and an independent businessman with over 25 years of diverse international energy and development experience. Mr. Beasley is co-founder, and current President and Chief Executive Officer, of Jovian Petroleum Corporation, a private Oil & Gas exploration and production company with assets in the United States and has held key positions in a number of successful oilfield construction companies in Canada.

Mr. Beasley continues to manage a private equity firm focused on early stage land development while overseeing the operations of Critical Update, Inc., an international product development firm for the last several years.

Since receiving a D.I.D. from Mount Royal University in 1995, Mr. Beasley has established a significant reputation for his commitment to excellence in product development and project completion; playing a prominent role in the development of many residential and industrial applications in Canada and the UK. He currently serves on several for-profit and not-for-profit boards as part of his commitment to serving the community.


Saleem Nizami
Independent Director

Mr. Nizami is a Petroleum Geologist for over 40 years of Oil & Gas experience. Prior to founding APEC, Inc., an Oklahoma-based Petroleum and Environmental Consulting firm in 1989. Mr. Nizami served as a Senior Geologist and Manager in the Division of Oil & Gas at the Oklahoma Corporate Commission. Mr. Nizami has worked with numerous small to mid-sized Oil & Gas companies along with Major’s such as Chevron, ExxonMobil and Chesapeake Energy Corp.

Mr. Nizami holds a MSc. in Petroleum Geology from Osmania University.