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.

David Bissmeyer

David Bissmeyer joined Providence in 2014 and serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Providence Energy Operators, LLC.

David has over 35 years of experience, both domestic and international, in the upstream oil and gas industry.  Prior to Providence, David worked at Marathon as a production and reservoir engineer and then joined Atlantic Richfield in a variety of roles from business development and acquisitions to Engineering Manager.  David then went to Netherland Sewell Consulting as a Reservoir Engineer. David then joined Ventex Operating Corp, as Vice President of Engineering and Operations.

David graduated from Louisiana State University in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering and earned his Masters in Finance from the University of Louisiana. David is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the Society of Independent Earth Scientists.

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.

Erik Holt

Erik Holt, a licensed attorney, serves as the Vice President of Land for Providence Energy Operators, LLC, and leads the Company’s land, legal and business development efforts.

Erik brings to Providence 15 years’ experience as a land and legal professional, working throughout the lower 48. Most recently, Erik was Chief Commercial Officer of Teal Natural Resources, LLC, a private equity-backed operator focused in the South Texas Eagle Ford basin. Prior to Teal, Erik was Chief Operating Officer at CPX Energy, a private operator in the Permian Basin. Before CPX, Erik held management roles in land and business development for a TPG Capital startup focused on consolidating conventional oil and gas properties in the Gulf Coast and Williston Basin.

Erik earned his Juris Doctorate from Texas Tech University School of Law and his Bachelor of Science from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a member of the Oil, Gas and Energy Law Section of the State Bar of Texas and was a 2021 finalist for the D CEO Corporate Counsel 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.