Board of Directors
Board of Directors
G. Mark Mickelson
Mr. Mickelson has nearly 30 years of experience in business, finance and commercial real estate. Mr. Mickelson is the founder of Mickelson & Company, LLC, and currently sits on the board for Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D. From 2012 to 2018, Mr. Mickelson served in the South Dakota House of Representatives, including as Speaker pro Tempore from 2015 to 2016 and as Speaker from 2017 to 2018. Mr. Mickelson has served on the boards of the South Dakota Community Foundation, the USD Foundation, the Sioux Falls Development Foundation, and the South Dakota Board of Economic Development. Mr. Mickelson is a graduate of the University of South Dakota (accounting) and Harvard Law School and is a licensed attorney and CPA (inactive).
Mr. Bradshaw has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Bristow Group Inc. since June 2020. He previously served as the President and CEO of Era Group Inc. since November 2014 and Chief Financial Officer from October 2012 to September 2015. Mr. Bradshaw was appointed a director of Era in February 2015. He served as Era’s Acting Chief Executive Officer from August 2014 to November 2014. From 2009 until 2012, Mr. Bradshaw served as Managing Partner and Chief Financial Officer of U.S. Capital Advisors LLC, an independent financial advisory firm that he co-founded. Prior to co-founding U.S. Capital Advisors LLC, Mr. Bradshaw was an energy investment banker at UBS Securities LLC, Morgan Stanley & Co., and PaineWebber Incorporated.
Lorin L. Brass
Mr. Brass spent 30 years with Shell Oil Company progressing through a variety of technical and business assignments primarily in Shell Oil’s Exploration and Production divisions in Texas, California, and Louisiana. In 1997 he relocated to The Hague, The Netherlands, where he became Chief Executive Officer of Shell Services International, a global information technology company. Most recently, he served as Senior Advisor of Business Development for all Shell related activities, with particular emphasis on corporate acquisitions and divestments globally. Before that, he served as Director of Global Business Development for Shell International Exploration & Production, where he was responsible for oil and gas property acquisitions and divestments around the world. He also previously held positions in Corporate Planning, and was Vice President, Operations for Shell Services Company. Mr. Brass first joined Shell Oil Company as a Research Engineer in 1977.
Mr. Fabrikant has served as Era’s President and Chief Executive Officer from October 2011 to April 2012 and most recently served as Chairman of the Board from July 2011 to June 2020. Mr. Fabrikant co-founded SEACOR Holdings Inc. (“SEACOR”) and has served as a director of SEACOR and several of its subsidiaries since its inception in 1989. Mr. Fabrikant currently serves as Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of SEACOR and as the Non-Executive Chairman of SEACOR’s former marine services division, SEACOR Marine Holdings Inc. Additionally, Mr. Fabrikant has served as director of Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc., a contract oil and gas driller, from January 2004 through May 2019. He also serves as President of Fabrikant International Corporation, a privately owned corporation engaged in marine investments. Mr. Fabrikant is a graduate of Columbia University School of Law and Harvard University. He has more than 30 years of experience in the maritime, transportation, investment and environmental industries.
Wesley E. Kern
Mr. Kern has more than 20 years of broad-based experience in corporate, operational, and financial management. Mr. Kern is the founder of NextRise Financial Strategies, LLC, providing advisory, interim management and board services in distressed situations. He currently serves as a Director with Improve One, LLC and previously served on the boards of All In Behavioral Health and Meridian Solar, Inc. From 2014 to 2018, Mr. Kern was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Lobo Leasing Limited, a Dublin Ireland-based aircraft lessor serving international operators in need of helicopters. Before Lobo Leasing, he was Senior Vice President, Finance for US Power Generating Company from 2006-2013, where he also served as Vice President, Mergers and Acquisitions. Prior to his work at US Power Generating, Mr. Kern served as Chief Financial Officer for Pacific Natural Energy, LLC, was an investment banker with Simmons & Company Intl. and was a management consultant with Ernst & Young.
Robert J. Manzo
Mr. Manzo has been a Director of Visteon, an automotive cockpit electronics company, since June 2012. He is the Founder and Managing Member of RJM I, LLC, a provider of consulting services to troubled companies, a position he has held since 2005. From 2000 to 2005, Mr. Manzo was a senior managing director of FTI Consulting, Inc., a global business advisory firm. He also serves on the board of directors of ADVANZ PHARMA Corp. Mr. Manzo has extensive experience advising companies and management in the automotive and other industries. A non-practicing CPA, Mr. Manzo brings extensive financial and accounting expertise to the board.
Christopher Pucillo founded Solus Alternative Asset Management in July of 2007 and currently serves as its Managing Partner & CEO/CIO. Solus emerged out of Stanfield Capital Partners when Mr. Pucillo spun out the hedge fund business, which he had been managing since January 2002. Mr. Pucillo first joined Stanfield in 2000 as the Head of Trading. Prior to joining Stanfield, Mr. Pucillo was the Head of High Yield Loan Trading at Morgan Stanley from 1996 until 2000 and was instrumental in launching their leveraged loan effort. Mr. Pucillo’s credit trading experience began during his seven year tenure at Bankers Trust. From 1989 to 1992, Mr. Pucillo worked on various phases of underwriting leveraged loans, including structuring and negotiating leveraged buyouts. In 1992, in an overall effort to create additional liquidity in the leveraged loan market, he moved to the loan trading desk, where he ran Leveraged Loan Trading, and was one of the four founding members of the LSTA (Loan Syndications and Trading Association), which was created to expand the liquidity of the leveraged loan market. Mr. Pucillo received a BA in Economics from Lafayette College in 1989, and an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1997.
Brian D. Truelove
Mr. Truelove has over 39 years of experience in the global upstream oil and gas industry. Since 2018 he has served on the board of the Expro Group. From 2011 to 2018, he worked for the Hess Corporation, most recently as Senior Vice President, Global Services, which included serving as the Chief Information Officer (CIO), Chief Technology Officer (CTO), and leading the Supply Chain/Logistics organization. Prior to assuming this role, he served as Senior Vice President for Hess’ global offshore businesses and prior to that he was Senior Vice President for Global Drilling and Completions. From 1980 through 2010 Mr. Truelove worked for Royal Dutch Shell where he most recently served as Senior Vice President for the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company/NDC on secondment from Shell. Prior to that he led Shell’s global deepwater drilling and completions business. During his time with Hess and Shell he held leadership positions around the world in drilling and production operations and engineering, asset management, project management, R&D, Health/Safety/Environment, and corporate strategy, amongst others.