FOCUSED ON CREATING VALUE THROUGH THE ACQUISITION AND DEVELOPMENT OF OIL AND GAS ASSETS THROUGH LEVERAGING BEST-IN-CLASS OPERATING AND TECHNICAL EXPERTISE

Juniper Resources is an independent oil and gas company founded in 2015 in partnership with Natural Gas Partners. Juniper is focused on the acquisition, exploitation and development of oil and gas assets in the San Juan Basin and other areas where the Company has operating and technical expertise.

Meet the Juniper Team


Ian Delahunty

Ian Delahunty

CEO & President

Mr. Delahunty is a San Juan Basin native from Farmington, NM and is graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering. Mr. Delahunty started his career with Schlumberger as a Reservoir Evaluation Wireline engineer in Vietnam, offshore South China Sea. Following his international and domestic tenures at Schlumberger, he joined Occidental Petroleum as a Completions Engineer for the Elk Hills Field in California.

Mr. Delahunty left Occidental in 2008 to join start-up TransAtlantic Petroleum to support its Morocco and Romania exploration activities. He subsequently held the roles of Operations Manager (Bucharest, Romania), Vice President Engineering (Istanbul, Turkey), Executive Vice President Business Development, and finally President (Dallas, TX). As President, he led the company’s restructuring process during the transition to its Dallas headquarters and developed the company’s focused asset development strategy, asset teams, well surveillance processes which resulted in a 50% increase in production. In May of 2014 Mr. Delahunty made the decision to step down as President of TransAtlantic to found Juniper Resources.

Mr. Delahunty is a co-founder of Juniper Resources and resides in Dallas, TX.

Steve Thibodeaux

Steve Thibodeaux

COO & Chief Geologist

Mr. Thibodeaux has 35 years of experience as a geologist in the Oil and Gas Industry. His career spans a multitude of plays and basins, including the prolific San Juan Basin, the Barnett Shale, the Granite Wash, Wind River Basin, and the Bakken. During his ten year tenure at Burlington Resources, Mr. Thibodeaux led the Burlington Resources Farmington Coal Team which was responsible for over 500 Bcf in reserves additions and 150 mmcfd production.

Mr. Thibodeaux left Burlington Resources in 2002 to join Peak Resources. As Vice President of Geology, Mr. Thibodeaux oversaw all aspects of the company’s G&G department for Peak I, Peak II, and Peak III. During his tenure at Peak, the company realized $1B in combined company transactions between 2003 and 2010.

A co-founder of Juniper Resources, Mr. Thibodeaux resides in Durango, Colorado and heads the Juniper Resources San Juan Basin district office.

Steve Escaler

Steve Escaler

Vice President and CFO

Mr. Escaler joined Juniper Resources in February 2016 and serves as our Vice President and CFO. Prior to joining Juniper, Mr. Escaler spent 17 years as an investment banker, advising oil and gas companies on a broad range of transactions including mergers and acquisitions and capital raising. He began his career in 1998 at Citigroup as an investment banking analyst focused on the oil and gas sector. In 2008, he joined Morgan Stanley’s oil and gas investment banking group as a Vice President. In 2011, he joined UBS Investment Bank as an Executive Director, focused on exploration and production. During the course of his investment banking career, Mr. Escaler served as lead advisor on over 100 completed M&A and financing transactions with an aggregate value in excess of $200 billion.

Mr. Escaler holds a B.A., Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.S. in Finance from the University of London. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Matt Strickler

Matt Strickler

Vice President of Land

Mr. Strickler is a San Juan Basin native from Farmington, NM and is graduate of Texas Tech University with a BA in Petroleum Land Management. Mr. Strickler has served as a Landman and Vice President Land for Riata Energy and Longfellow Energy in in Amarillo, TX and Oklahoma City, OK, respectively; Country Manager for Laco in Sao Paolo, Brazil; Vice President Land in Bucharest Romania for TransAtlantic Romania; Vice President of Land and Government Affairs in Istanbul, Turkey for TransAtlantic Turkey.

Prior to co-founding Juniper Resources, Mr. Strickler was an early mover in the Mancos Oil play and developed several core acreage positions within the San Juan Basin.

Mr. Strickler heads the Company’s land department in Dallas, TX.

Amanda Palmer

Amanda Palmer

Petroleum Engineer

Ms. Palmer is a recent graduate of Colorado School of Mines with a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering and joined Juniper Resources in November 2015.



February 08, 2016

Juniper Resources, LLC Announces Hiring of Steve Escaler as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Juniper Resources, LLC announced today that it has hired Steve Escaler as its Vice President and Chief Financial Officer effective February 1, 2016 Download the full press release or read it online:

October 26, 2015

Juniper Resources, LLC Announces Partnership with Natural Gas Partners

Juniper Resources, LLC today announced the closing of its private equity financing commitment and partnership with Natural Gas Partners (“NGP”) through NGP Natural Resources XI, L.P., the most recent NGP private equity fund focused on natural resources, and management. Download the full press release or read it online:

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