Brenton W. Hatch
Chairman of the Board
Brenton W. Hatch. On July 2, 2020, Mr. Hatch transitioned from his prior role as Chief Executive Officer and President of the Company to serve as Executive Chairman through June 30, 2021. At such time, Mr. Hatch transitioned to serve as a Special Advisor and Chairman through June 30, 2022. Mr. Hatch has served as Chairman of the Board since November 2008. Mr. Hatch formerly served as Chief Executive Officer of the Company and was responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Company from October 2008 to July 2020.Mr. Hatch co-founded the Company’s wholly owned subsidiary, Profire Combustion, Inc. in 2002.
Prior to founding Profire Combustion, between 2001 and 2002, Mr. Hatch was a Management Consultant and General Manager of Titan Technologies, Inc., an oilfield service and distribution company in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. In this position, Mr. Hatch performed an in-depth analysis of the operations and management of all divisions of Titan Technologies. Based on his analysis, Mr. Hatch implemented company-wide operational changes to improve company performance. From 1989 to 2000, Mr. Hatch served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Keaton International, Inc., an educational services company based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Mr. Hatch managed all executive functions of the company and particularly focused on the development and management of the company’s educational services. During his time at Keaton International, Mr. Hatch led corporate networking and marketing campaigns world-wide.
Mr. Hatch earned a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Alberta in 1974. Mr. Hatch is not currently, nor has he in the past five years been, a nominee or director of any other SEC registrant or registered investment company. We considered Mr. Hatch’s experience as a founder and his 20 years of experience as an executive officer of Profire Energy, Inc. and its wholly-owned subsidiary along with his previous management and operational oversight experience in concluding that he should serve as a director of the Company.
Colleen Larkin Bell
Colleen Larkin Bell. Ms. Bell currently serves as the president of Mountain West Pipeline Company, an interstate natural gas pipeline company that provides transportation and underground storage services in Utah, Wyoming, and Colorado. Prior to this role she served as Vice President and General Manager of Dominion Energy Western Distribution, Gas Infrastructure Group. She was responsible for all company functions related to the delivery of natural gas to over 1,000,000 homes and businesses in the western United States. She carries an extensive background of over 30 years in both law and the natural gas and energy industries. Prior to the merger with Dominion Energy in 2016, she served as Vice President and General Counsel for Questar Corporation, holding primary responsibility over Questar Corporation’s legal and insurance departments. She reported directly to the company’s chief executive officer and was the chief legal advisor to Questar’s board of directors.
Ms. Bell has received a myriad of prestigious awards and accolades over the course of her tenure and is active in a number of charitable and other organizations, including serving on the Utah Energy Infrastructure Authority Board of Directors from 2016 to present, serving as the Chair for Women United, as well as serving on the United Way of Salt Lake Board of Directors from 2016 to 2019.
She received her bachelor’s degree in English, with a minor in political science from the University of Utah and her law degree from the S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah. We considered Ms. Bell’s extensive management experience, awarded legal expertise, and years of active management in the oil and gas industry in determining that she should serve as a director of the Company.
Ryan W. Oviatt
Co-Chief Executive Officer, Co-President & Chief Financial Officer
Ryan W. Oviatt. Mr. Oviatt is the Co-Chief Executive Officer, Co-President, Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer of the Company, with responsibility over all finance, accounting, operations, human resources, information technology, health, safety, and environment, quality control, and compliance functions of the Company. Mr. Oviatt has served as Co-Chief Executive Officer and Co-President of the Company since July 2020, as Chief Financial Officer of the Company since September 2015 and has served as a Director since October 2018.
Previously, Mr. Oviatt was a Senior Manager at Rio Tinto, a publicly-traded, international mining and metals company. During his time with Rio Tinto, he held significant responsibility for Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, financial reporting analysis, and other special projects from 2005 through 2015. He also managed value-tracking and reporting within the company, leading to enhanced cash flow and reduced costs. Additionally, Mr. Oviatt served on technical committees relating to international tax, finance, and development of a significant international Rio Tinto mining operation. He also helped mentor and develop personnel and management. Prior to Rio Tinto, Mr. Oviatt was an Audit Manager at Ernst & Young, LLP from 2000 through 2005, where he audited both public and private clients, including oil and gas companies.
Mr. Oviatt received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Westminster College, and master’s degree in accountancy from Brigham Young University. He is a certified public accountant in Utah. We considered Mr. Oviatt’s extensive management experience at Profire as well as his experience and leadership in other senior financial roles at and related to public companies, in determining that he should serve as an officer and director of the Company.
Daren J. Shaw
Daren J. Shaw. Mr. Shaw has served for more than 30 years in leadership capacities with several financial services firms. Mr. Shaw retired as Managing Director of Investment Banking at D.A. Davidson & Co., a middle-market full-service investment banking and brokerage firm in early 2019. During his term as Managing Director at D.A. Davidson & Co., Mr. Shaw served on the Senior Management Committee and board of directors and as the lead investment banker in a wide variety of transactions including public stock offerings, private placements, and mergers and acquisitions.
Prior to joining D.A. Davidson & Co. in 1997, Mr. Shaw served for 12 years with Pacific Crest Securities in various roles, including Managing Director. Since 2012, Mr. Shaw has served as a member of the board of directors of The Ensign Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ENSG), a provider of skilled nursing, assisted living, and rehabilitative care services with approximately 250 facilities located in 13 states. He currently serves as Chairman of The Ensign Group’s audit committee and also serves on The Ensign Group’s compensation and nominating/governance committees.
We considered Mr. Shaw’s 8 years of service as a director of Profire, as well as his extensive experience and leadership in the financial services industry and on the boards of directors of public and private companies in determining that he should serve as a director of the Company.
Ronald R. Spoehel
Ronald R. Spoehel. Mr. Spoehel has over 40 years of board, executive management, investment banking, and private investment experience, from Fortune 500 to technology startups. From 2007 to 2009, he served as the Presidentially-appointed, Senate-confirmed Chief Financial Officer of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
Mr. Spoehel presently serves as Managing Partner of Windrock Capital LLC. He also serves on other U.S. and international private company and advisory boards and has held various board, financial and general management positions with globally operating public and private companies in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, and Europe. Previously, he was a partner in various investment companies and served ten years in investment banking at Bank of America and Lehman Brothers, primarily focused on energy and technology sectors.
Mr. Spoehel is a member of the Economic Club of Washington, D.C. Mr. Spoehel is an honors graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in economics and Master in Business Administration from the Wharton School, and his Master of Science degree in engineering from the Moore School of Electrical Engineering.
We considered Mr. Spoehel’s 8 years of service as a director of Profire, as well as his extensive experience and leadership in the energy and technology sectors and on the boards of directors of public and private companies in determining that he should serve as a director of the Company.