Alan D. Bell
Alan D. Bell was appointed to our Board in August 2010 and is Chairman of our Audit Committee and a member of our Compensation Committee. Mr. Bell’s prior experience includes 33 years in various capacities at Ernst & Young LLP from 1973 until his retirement in 2006, when he was Director of Ernst & Young’s Energy Practice in the southwest United States. Before joining Ernst & Young, Mr. Bell was a production engineer with Chevron Oil Company in the Gulf of Mexico.
Mr. Bell is a director of Jones Energy, an independent oil and gas company, and of Central Energy GP LLC, the general partner of Central Energy Partners, LP, a provider of liquid bulk storage, trans-loading and transportation services for chemicals and petroleum products. During the past five years, Mr. Bell has also been a director of Toreador Resources Corporation, an independent energy company based in Houston. In 2009, Mr. Bell served as the Chief Restructuring Officer of Energy Partners Ltd., a New Orleans-based exploration and development company that emerged from Chapter 11 in September 2009. Mr. Bell also serves on the Board of Directors of the North Texas chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) and Dune Energy Inc., an independent energy company based in Houston.
Mr. Bell earned a B.S. degree in Petroleum Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and an M.B.A. from Tulane University. He is a current member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in Texas. Mr. Bell is also a member of the Institute of Certified Management Accountants, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and the Society of Petroleum Engineers and is a NACD Board Leadership Fellow. Mr. Bell is also an Eagle Scout.