James A. Doris
Chief Executive Officer, President and Director
Mr. Doris has been an officer and director of the Company since 2014 and has been an integral part of transitioning the Company’s focus to energy while establishing an appropriate platform to facilitate growth. He has over 25 years of experience negotiating national and international business transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, and distribution arrangements across a variety of industry sectors. Formerly a lawyer in Canada, Mr. Doris represented domestic and foreign clients regarding their investment activities in Canada for over 15 years. Prior to starting his own law firm, Mr. Doris served as Executive Vice President and In-House Counsel for a real estate investment and development company in Toronto, Canada, as well as working at one of Canada's leading business law firms. Mr. Doris graduated cum laude from the University of Ottawa in 2001 and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2002.
Frank Barker, Jr
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Barker, a Certified Public Accountant licensed to practice in the State of Florida, has vast experience providing strategic, managerial, operational, financial, accounting and tax-related services in various capacities to both Public and Private entities. These services include Compliance Reporting with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the planning, preparation and oversight of annual audit functions, presentation of financial data to Public Company Boards, financial forecasting and cash flow management, litigation support and forensic analysis, mergers and acquisitions and reverse mergers. Mr. Barker, has served as the Chief Financial Officer of several Public Companies with Revenues in excess of $40 million that include the fields of Defense Contracting, Manufacturing, Alternative Energy, Electrical Contracting, Healthcare Research and Construction. In addition to Oil and Gas, other industry experience includes Health Care Services and Administration, Retail, Distribution, Gaming, Real Estate, Professional Services, Internet Technologies, Media Communications, Banking, Insurance, Private Equity, Municipal and County Governments and Treasure Exploration. Mr. Barker received a B.A. in Accounting and Finance from the University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida in 1978.
Executive Vice President
Mr. Finckle has over 30 years of experience as an accounting and financial professional. Prior to joining the Company in 2019, Mr. Finckle spent approximately 25 years as an investment banker, holding positions of increasing responsibility at Wall Street firms, including Bear Stearns, PaineWebber and Thomas Weisel Partners. Before embarking on his banking career, Mr. Finckle served as a Director of Financial Planning and Capital Budgeting at Ameritech, a large national telecommunications provider. Mr. Finckle began his career as a Certified Public Accountant, employed by the international accounting firm of Coopers & Lybrand. He holds a B.S in Finance from the University of Iowa and received his MBA from Northwestern University.
Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Swift has more than 17 years’ experience in the financial services industry with a focus on energy and energy related companies. Mr. Swift's experience included research and trading of both credit and equity products. While most recently Mr. Swift focused exclusively on the private placement of highly structured middle market credit products. Prior to joining Viking Energy Group, Mr. Swift was a founding partner and Managing Director on the Debt Capital Markets desk at Cantor Fitzgerald & Co. Prior to Cantor, Mr. Swift was a Vice President on the Cowen & Co debt capital market team. At both Cantor Fitzgerald & Co and Cowen & Co, Mr. Swift participated in more than 50 transactions raising over $5.5 billion. Prior to Cowen & Co, Mr. Swift served in various capacities at R.W. Pressprich and CRT Capital Group. Mr. Swift holds a B.S. in Finance from Babson College. Mr. Swift’s employment with the Company ended effective February 13, 2020, and Mr. Swift was no longer an officer of the Company after that date.
Senior Vice President of Geology of Petrodome Energy, LLC (Viking’s subsidiary)
Mr. Ley has 41 years of geological and geophysical experience with an emphasis on onshore and offshore South Louisiana and Texas. Mr. Ley has held numerous geological and management positions with companies such as Union Texas Petroleum, Columbia Gas Development, and Aviara Energy. Mr. Ley’s prime focus has been on designing, developing, and implementing exploration and development programs in the United States Gulf Coast with an emphasis on the Frio and Miocene sands in Southwest Louisiana. Prior to joining Petrodome Mr. Ley was President of Jordan Oil Company and most recently the Vice President of Geology for Dunn Exploration Company, LLC in Houston, Texas. Mr. Ley made numerous discoveries for Dunn and was instrumental in leading the company to become one of the leading oil producing entities in the state of Louisiana. Mr. Ley holds a B.S. in Geology from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.
Senior Vice President of Engineering of Petrodome Energy, LLC (Viking’s subsidiary)
Mr. Wonish has over 40 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. He has been with Petrodome for over ten years and prior to then, Mr. Wonish served as President and COO of Petroleum Engineers, Inc. He has consistently focused on acquisition, enhancement and development initiatives in the Gulf Coast and Mid-Continent regions, including off-shore projects and both conventional and unconventional development programs. Mr. Wonish has managed several geology and engineering groups with respect to a variety of complex and challenging drilling programs, including those with annual development budgets of more than $100 million. Mr. Wonish is a Mechanical Engineering graduate of the University of Missouri at Rolla.