About Dakota Plains
Dakota Plains Holdings, Inc., a Nevada corporation, was founded in 2008 for the purpose of developing and owning transloading facilities throughout the Williston Basin oil fields of North Dakota. We have expanded our capabilities to support the transloading, marketing and transporting of crude oil and related products throughout the United States.
Officers & Directors
Craig McKenzie Chairman and CEO
Craig M. McKenzie is the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Dakota Plains Holdings, Inc. Mr. McKenzie joined Dakota Plains in February 2013. Mr. McKenzie has over 27 years of experience in the global oil and gas industry. Mr. McKenzie served as Chief Executive Officer of Toreador Resources Corporation and its merger successor, ZaZa Energy Corporation, with operations in the Paris Basin, France, and the Eagleford formation in Texas. Mr. McKenzie was the Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Superior Energy, Inc. from 2007 to 2008 with operations in Canada, Trinidad & Tobago and Tunisia. Prior to joining Canadian Superior, Mr. McKenzie served as the President, BG Trinidad & Tobago of BG Group from 2004 to 2007. Before 2004, Mr. McKenzie was at BP, following its merger with Amoco Corporation, from 1986 to 2004 where he held various senior operations, commercial, and corporate positions. Mr. McKenzie holds a BS in Petroleum Engineering from Louisiana State University and an MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Gabe Claypool President and COO
Gabriel G. Claypool is the President and Chief Operating Officer of Dakota Plains Holdings, Inc. Mr. Claypool joined Dakota Plains in February 2011 and served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer through February 2013. During his first two years, Mr. Claypool led the Company through the doubling of on-site capacity, a 150% increase in daily volumes, the creation of the marketing and trucking joint ventures and taking the company public in March 2012. Mr. Claypool's focus is on the operations and growth of their North Dakota based logistics businesses. Mr. Claypool has been involved in the agriculture industry his entire life and has substantial experience from one of the largest century farms of northern Iowa. Mr. Claypool has numerous years' experience with various forms of transportation logistics, as well as commodity marketing, trading and hedging through futures and other contracts. Mr. Claypool also brings strong business development and management experience from two Fortune 10 companies, handling relationships with Fortune 500 firms. Mr. Claypool holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Iowa.
Tim Brady CFO and Treasurer
Timothy R. Brady is the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Dakota Plains Holdings, Inc. Mr. Brady joined Dakota Plains in September 2011 and was instrumental in getting the Company public in March 2012. Mr. Brady previously was one of the original three founders, and Chief Financial Officer, of a privately held independent producer and operator of oil and natural gas properties. Prior to this position, Mr. Brady was the Chief Financial Officer of a publicly traded oil and natural gas company and served on its Board of Directors. While at the Company, Mr. Brady was able to upgrade the firm to the highest grading level on the OTC Market tier. Mr. Brady has 28 years of financial experience within the energy, financial services, and manufacturing industry. His specific areas of expertise include SEC reporting, balance sheet management, investor relations, treasury, mergers and acquisitions, audit, internal controls implementation, and compliance. Mr. Brady holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Indiana University and an MBA from Loyola University of Chicago.
Jim Thornton General Counsel
Jim Thornton has served as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Dakota Plains Holdings, Inc. since joining us in March 2013. In his role as General Counsel, he is responsible for managing our legal and regulatory affairs. As Corporate Secretary, he is also responsible for a variety of our corporate governance matters. Mr. Thornton previously served as the senior legal counsel of Toreador Resources Corporation in Paris, France before its combination with ZaZa Energy Corporation in 2012. From 2007 to 2011, Mr. Thornton was an attorney with McKenna, Long & Aldridge LLP, an AmLaw 100 firm, where he represented clients in a broad range of corporate finance, merger and acquisition matters as well as advising public company clients on SEC reporting and disclosure requirements, corporate governance issues, and other corporate and securities matters. Before joining McKenna, Long & Aldridge LLP, Mr. Thornton practiced in the corporate departments of Balch & Bingham LLP and Locke Lord LLP. Mr. Thornton holds a J.D. from Washington and Lee University School of Law and a B.S. in Finance from the University of Tennessee.
Nick Dillon VP of Finance
Nicholas Q. Dillon is the Vice President of Finance for Dakota Plains Holdings, Inc. Mr. Dillon is directly involved in all finance activities including financial reporting, accounting, tax, SOX compliance and communicating the business performance to the Company's investors and analysts. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Dillon held various finance and accounting positions within Honeywell International's Aerospace and Automated Control Solutions businesses. He also spent time with International Business Machines (IBM) after graduating from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree focused on finance, investments and banking.
James Tate VP of Operations
Mr. James M. Tate, Vice President of Operations, joined Dakota Plains in September 2013. Mr. Tate is accountable for the safe and efficient operations of our Pioneer rail facility located in New Town, North Dakota, and has over 20 years of experience in the environmental and oilfield industries. Before joining Dakota Plains, Mr. Tate was President and Owner of GeoLogic Energy Solutions, Inc., an oilfield environmental and asset management company located in North Dakota. Mr. Tate also served as an environmental analysis and area coordinator for Enbridge Pipeline (North Dakota) LLC from 2008 to 2012. Prior to Enbridge, Mr. Tate was the Operations Manager of Superior Environmental Corp. from 1999 to 2008. Mr. Tate worked for various consulting companies in the Chicago area and held various positions from senior project manager to remediation manager from 1992 to 1999. Mr. Tate holds a BS in Geology from Illinois State University and is a former service member in the U.S. Army.
Dave Fellon Director
Dave Fellon is the owner and President of Progressive Rail, Progressive Rail Specialized Logistics and Carload Connection Group. Mr. Fellon's entire life has revolved around the rail transportation industry, with his independent start in 1996 with the acquisition of a three mile section of track in Lakeville, Minnesota. With a focus on consistently providing a level of rail transportation service that far and away exceeded his valued customer's highest expectations, that original three miles has expanded to nearly three hundred. Throughout their impressive growth, Mr. Fellon's companies have remained keenly focused on delivering a wide range of supply chain solutions for customers of every imaginable description in both size and scope.
Terry Rust Director
Terry Rust is a retired Principal with LarsonAllen in Minneapolis, MN. Mr. Rust joined LarsonAllen in 1990. LarsonAllen is a professional services firm that provides assurance, accounting, tax, consulting and advisory services via their network of 1,800 employees and over 40 locations throughout the United States. Mr. Rust is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and has 35+ years in public accounting, with a focus on manufacturing, construction, real estate and other professional services groups. He is affiliated with the American Institute and Minnesota Society of CPA's. Mr. Rust enjoys supporting numerous community organizations and has been a Board member of four separate corporations. Mr. Rust holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Iowa.
Paul Cownie Director
Paul M. Cownie is Chairman and CEO of Southern Plains Resources, a Des Moines, IA based exploration and production company focused on domestic oil and gas resource plays. Mr. Cownie is also President of COG Partners, LLC., a family energy business focused on investing in the oil and gas industry. Prior to becoming CEO of Southern Plains Resources, Mr. Cownie was co-founder of Format Dynamics, a Denver based software company. Paul was also founder and President of TrophyRoom.com, which today is the world's largest hunting and fishing video web site. Mr. Cownie holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Colorado College.
Gary L. Alvord Director
Gary L. Alvord is from Des Moines, IA where he has been active in the trucking and logistics industry his entire career. Mr. Alvord is the Founder and CEO of WorldWide Integrated Supply Chain Solutions, founded in 2000 and sold in 2008. Mr. Alvord was with Ruan Transportation from 1973 through 2000. Ruan is one of the largest, privately-owned carriers in the United States with over 4,500 employees and 160 nationwide locations. While with Ruan, Mr. Alvord served in various positions, including VP of Sales, Executive Vice President, President and Vice Chairman. Mr. Alvord is well respected within the industry and currently serves on two additional boards, Solar Transport and Lawrence Transportation. Mr. Alvord holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Iowa.