About Us

Jorge Manrique, PhD - CEO & President

Dr. Jorge Manrique is an oil & gas executive with 30+ years of domestic and international experience


Dr. Jorge Manrique is an oil & gas executive with 30+ years of domestic and international experience. A turnaround specialist with an execution mindset, multi-basin experience in Exploration, Exploitation, A&D, and Oilfield Services. Dr. Manrique is CEO and President of Altamont Energy, an E&P operator in the Uinta Basin, Utah. He has held Leadership, Executive and C-level roles with E&P and Oilfield Service organizations: such as Schlumberger Ltd, YUKOS, OXY, Shell E&P, Hilcorp and FTS International.

A member of SPWLA, AAPG, AIChE, and an active leader in SPE, where he is member of the Production & Operations Committee, Distinguished Lecture Committee and the Forum Series Implementation Committee. Dr. Manrique was recognized internationally as an expert in Production Optimization and as a Distinguished Member of SPE in Florence 2010. Recipient of multiple awards such as the Gulf Coast 2008 SPE Production Engineering Award and 2007 Reservoir Engineering Award, Schlumberger CEO Excellence awards, World Oil Innovation award and Hart’s Oil Best Well of the Pacific Region.

Dr. Manrique has published in multiple journals, and with expertise covering reservoir simulation, geomechanics, hydraulic fracturing, applied production analytics, unconventional reservoirs, horizontal wells, mature fields, waterflood optimization and EOR technologies. 

Dr. Manrique graduated with a B.Sc. in Petroleum Engineering from the Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria, Lima-Peru, and holds MSc and PhD in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Tulsa, and course work towards a MBA from the London School of Economics. 

Richard Langdon, EVP & Chief Financial Officer



45 years of domestic and international oil and gas industry experience.

Founder, President & CEO of several private equity financed E&P start up companies.  

Mr. Langdon has 45 years of domestic and international oil and gas industry experiencewith extensive public and private company executive management, financial, M&A, and restructuring experience. Over his career, Mr. Langdon has led acquisition and divestiture efforts involving approximately 620 million BOE of proved reserves. 

Mr. Langdon has over 16 years of experience operating in the Uinta basin, initially, starting in 2003, as an independent Board Director of Gasco Energy, Inc. (“Gasco”), a publicly traded E&P company with operations in the southern Uinta basin. In May 2013 he was named President and Chief Executive Officer Gasco which he lead through a financial restructuring that included a go-private transaction and a name change to Badlands Energy, Inc. (“Badlands Energy”). Badlands Energy filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in August 2017 and Mr. Langdon served as Debtor-in-Possession for Badlands Energy from August 2017 to October 2018.

From 2003 to 2013, Mr. Langdon was a Founder and the President & CEO of several private equity financed E&P start up companies with operations in Texas and California.

From 1997 until 2002, Mr. Langdon served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of EEX Corporation, a publicly traded exploration and production company that merged with Newfield Exploration Company in 2002.

From 1992 to 1996, he held various executive positions with the Pennzoil Companies from 1991 to 1996, including Senior Vice President - Business Development, Pennzoil Company and Senior Vice President - Commercial & Control, Pennzoil Exploration & Production Company.

Mr. Langdon is currently a member of two public company boards of directors; GulfslopeEnergy, Inc where he is chairman of the Audit committee and a member of the Compensation committee and Sanchez Midstream Partners LP where he is a member Audit and Conflicts Committees.

Mr. Langdon holds a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.

Michael K Decker, EVP & Chief Operating Officer



Mr. Decker has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Altamont Energy LLC since its inception. He previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Badlands Energy (formerly Gasco Energy, Inc.) since July 2001 and as Director from July 2001 until October 2003. From August 1999 until July 2001, Mr. Decker founded and served as President of Black Diamond Energy, LLC. From 1990 to August 1999, Mr. Decker served as Vice President of Exploitation of Prima Energy Corporation. From 1988 to 1990, Mr. Decker was employed by Bonneville Fuels Corporation as a Senior Geologist. From 1977 to 1988, Mr. Decker was employed by Tenneco Exploration and Production Company as a Senior Project Geological Engineer. Mr. Decker has over 42 years of oil and gas exploration, development, operations and mergers and acquisitions experience. He holds a BS degree in Geological Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. He is currently a Board of Director of the Potential Gas Committee, an independent natural gas resource assessment organization. Mr. Decker is also on the Board of Directors of the Western Energy Alliance, a membership -based organization that funds critical advocacy initiatives on behalf of the oil and gas industry in the West. He is a certified professional geologist in Utah and Wyoming.

Richard Kopp, VP of Geoscience



42+ Years of exploration and project development and supervision in the Rocky Mountain, Mid-Continent, California, West Texas, East Texas and South Texas Gulf Coast areas. Have performed geologic and geophysical evaluation with major corporations, midsized and independent oil and gas companies.

Has been with Altamont Energy LLC since inception and is responsible for all Uinta Basin geologic projects and well evaluations.

Previous Uinta Basin experience  has been geologic and geophysical prospecting,  project development, acquisitions  and startup of  companies during professional career.

Graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geology/Geography from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire in 1975.

Received a Master’s of Science Degree in Geology-Geophysics from the University of Texas-El Paso in 1977.

Certified Petroleum Geologist-AAPG

Registered Professional Petroleum Geologist Wyoming and Utah

Brian Mazeski, CPA & Controller



Brian Mazeski, CPA, Controller for Altamont Energy, has 25 years of experience in accounting, including 16 years at the Controller level or above, with the past 8 years concentrated in the Oil & Gas Industry.  Prior to joining Altamont Energy, he served as the Controller of Black Hills Exploration & Production, Inc., an oil and gas exploration and production company from May 2014 until August 2018. From 2012-2014, Mr. Mazeski served as Vice President Oil & Gas Accounting of Forestar Petroleum Corporation (formerly CREDO, where he served as Chief Accounting Officer), also an oil and gas exploration and production company. Previously, he was Corporate Controller & Principal Accounting Officer for Geovic Mining Corporation of Denver Colorado, a public company involved in mining, primarily in Cameroon, Africa, from 2011-2012. Mr. Mazeski also previously served as Controller of Uranium One Americas Inc., a multinational mining company, Corporate Controller of Evergreen Energy Inc, of Denver Colorado, a small public company involved in clean coal technology, and Corporate Controller for Rentech, Inc., of Denver Colorado, a public company involved in clean energy solutions. Mr. Mazeski also worked as a senior audit associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP from 1996 to 2001.

Josh Crist, Landman



Josh has been with Altamont Energy LLC since inception and has worked Utah’s Uinta Basin for the past half-decade.  

Josh functions as the in-house Landman handling all land related business for project areas in Altamont’s Uinta Basin properties.  He has also supervised due diligence teams for the Linn Energy and Black Tail Ridge/Lake Canyon acquisitions within the Uinta Basin.

He graduated from the University of Texas in Austin with a BS degree in Communications in 2004. 

He is a member of the American Association of Professional Landmen and the Denver Association of Petroleum Landmen.

Jesse Duncan, Production and Field Superintendant



Mr. Duncan has served as Altamont Energy’s Production and Field Superintendent since its inception. He was the Field Superintendent for Badlands Energy (previously known as Gasco Energy)  from November of 2007 until 2018.  From August 1999 until November 2007 Mr. Duncan served several Supervisor roles with Halliburton Energy Services which resulted in him becoming  Field Service Leader. He has been an intricate part in the development and optimization of several processes involving production enhancement through down hole stimulation. Mr. Duncan was involved in projects such as “Just in Time Perforating” with Exxon Mobil. He has also been instrumental in helping to design deep, high pressure Mancos Shale Formation completions with Gasco Energy and also optimization of logistics and completions of the largest slick water frac’s performed in the Uintah Basin. He has experience and knowledge across the entire Rocky Mountain Region as well as numerous Mid Continent fields.