Providence Energy Operators

In 2015 Providence formed Providence Energy Operators, LLC (“PEO”), an exploration and production company primarily focused on direct investments in non-operated working interest assets. PEO’s principal strategy is to target, acquire and develop upstream oil and gas properties across the United States.

With nearly $1B in assets under management, PEO’s proven approach towards the acquisition and development of high-quality reserves has resulted in the assembly of a well-diversified portfolio or assets, built to withstand commodity price volatility and to provide its partners with superior, risk-adjusted returns.

PEO is invested in nearly every onshore basin throughout the U.S. and is actively seeking non-operated working interests and development joint-ventures, with best-in-class operators and in regions that build upon its existing knowledge base and technical expertise.

Brandon Junker

Brandon Junker joined Providence in 2022 and serves as Chief Operating Officer of Providence Energy Operators, LLC.

Brandon has 20 years’ experience in management, engineering, operations and asset valuation, working conventional and unconventional assets across the Lower 48. Most recently, Brandon was the Co-Founder, President, and Director of Operations for Acacia Exploration Partners, a private equity backed operator focused in the Mid-Continent. Brandon began his career with Burlington Resources as a production engineer and has served in various engineering and operational roles of increasing responsibility during his time at several public and private E&P companies based in Texas.

Brandon earned a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University. He is also a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and was selected as a Hart Energy Forty Under 40 honoree in 2020.

John Callanan

John Callanan joined Providence in 2016 and serves as the Vice President of Geology of Providence Energy Operators, LLC.

John has more than 40 years experience as a geologist working both unconventional and conventional reservoirs in North America. Prior to Providence, John worked 11 years with Quicksilver Resources located in Fort Worth, in a variety of roles including Vice President of Geology. John also spent 15 years as an independent exploration/exploitation geologist and another 8 years employed by several private E&P companies based in Texas.

John earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from the University of Missouri in 1981. John is also a Licensed Professional Geoscientist in Texas, an AAPG Certified Petroleum Geologist, as well as being a finalist for the 2014 Texas Top Producers – Best Geoscientist Award.

Joseph Melcher

Joseph Melcher joined Providence in 2015 and serves as the Vice President of Engineering for Providence Energy Operators, LLC.

Joseph has 15 years experience in both conventional and unconventional reservoirs.  Prior to Providence, Joseph worked for Halliburton Energy Services as a Senior Technical Advisor with a focus on completion optimization. Although primarily focused on East Texas and Gulf Coast projects, Joseph also worked short term assignments in the Permian Basin, South Texas, Appalachian Basin, Saudi Arabia and Argentina.

Joseph earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematical Science from the University of Houston-Clear Lake in 2006. Joseph is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

John Albert

John Albert joined Providence in 2018 and serves as Vice President of Land for Providence Energy Operators, LLC.

John has more than 20 years’ experience covering many aspects of the in-house land related processes. Most recently, John worked for Longfellow Energy, LP as a regional Landman and then as Vice President of Land, which encompassed land, division order and surface departments. Prior to Longfellow, John worked for Chevron USA Inc,’s land department in various capacities.

John earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from the University of Missouri in 1981. John is an AAPG Certified Petroleum Geologist, as well as, being a finalist for the 2014 Texas Top Producers – Best Geoscientist Award.

Peter Kemp

Peter Kemp joined Providence in 2012 and serves as the Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Finance for Providence Energy Operators, LLC and sits on its Hedging and Investment Committees.  He is responsible for all accounting, financial reporting, treasury, valuation, hedging, and tax functions, as well as providing input in the areas of forecasting and financial planning and analysis.

Previously, Mr. Kemp served as Director of Finance for Synergy Renewables, a waste-to-energy startup focused on developing small-scale generation facilities in the Caribbean and Latin America.  Prior to Synergy, Mr. Kemp worked in the audit and valuation practices at KPMG, LLP.

Mr. Kemp holds a BA in economics from the University of Virginia.