About Us

Senior Management 

P. Scott Martin 

Chief Executive Officer, President

Mr. Martin has over 34 years of experience in finance and accounting in the oil and gas industry. He has held previous positions as Vice President for Petex Production Company and as Chief Financial Officer for Lewis Energy Group. Scott has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Finance from Marietta College in Ohio. Scott is a member of the American Financial Association and maintains numerous contacts in the energy lending arena.

Phillip M. Mezey

Co-Founder, Chairman of the Board

Mr. Mezey has over 34 years of engineering and technical experience in the oil and gas industry. He obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Syracuse University, New York, and a Masters in Business Administration Degree from St. Mary's University, San Antonio. Phil's business experience includes the position of Petroleum Engineer for Texaco, and Manager of Engineering for Delhi Gas Pipeline Corporation. Phil previously held the position of Director of Engineering at Lewis Energy Group. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in the states of Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma. Phil's area of expertise includes field operations, reservoir engineering, production and economic evaluation. Currently Mr. Mezey is the CEO of TexStar Midstream Services, LP and will be operating as the Executive Vice President of Southcross Energy LLC with the recent announcement made by TexStar Midstream Services, LP and Southcross Energy LLC.


Mark A. Norville

Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Norville has worked in the development and exploration business for 34 years in Texas. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geology from Texas A&M University at College Station. Mr. Norville’s experience includes both field and management work in both South and East Texas during his career. Mr. Norville held the position of District Geologist for Clayton Williams Energy, Inc. until 1985. From 1985-1998 Mr. Norville was the Exploration & Operations Manager for a small independent oil and gas exploration company, Stallion Oil Company, where he supervised and ran all of the field operations and business operations of the San Antonio office. Most recently, he was the Vice President of Exploration for Kerns Petroleum, Inc. of San Antonio, where he managed the exploration and development of the Olmos and San Miguel formation for the company from 1998-2005. He has also been active in the AAPG and SPE for over 30 years. He was also President of the South Texas Geological Society from 2000-2001. Mr. Norville’s area of expertise includes field exploitation, production evaluation and development planning for new exploration plays.

Eric Friedrichs

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Friedrichs has over 17 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. He began his career at the Houston headquarters of Coastal Oil & Gas reporting Federal royalties to the Minerals Management Service. In 1997, he joined Lewis Energy Group as the Controller of their Exploration & Production subsidiary, Segundo Navarro. In 1998, he assumed the role of Corporate Controller for Lewis Energy and held that position until 2000. From 2000 until 2004, Mr. Friedrichs worked as a contract Controller for a variety of clients, including a production equipment manufacturer and reseller, a large interstate pipeline company and several exploration and production companies. During this time he assisted with various special projects which included the sale of a service company to a large publicly held entity, a large fixed asset tracking system, and undertook preparations for taking a company public. In 2004, he helped form BlackBrush Oil and Gas and acted as its Corporate Controller until 2007 at which time he was promoted to Vice President of Business Development. Mr. Friedrichs holds a BBA in Accounting from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a Masters in International Relations and Economics from St. Mary’s University.

Dorothy McCoppin, JD

Vice President & General Counsel

Ms. McCoppin is Vice President and General Counsel for BlackBrush. Prior to coming to BlackBrush in 2005, she held that title for Florida Gas Transmission Company, for whom she worked for 12 years. She has also worked for several other major interstate gas pipelines, including Texas Eastern, Tennessee Gas, Northern Natural, and Transwestern, holding various legal positions. Dorothy has practiced law for 30 years, with most of her experience being in the federal-regulated oil and gas industry, specifically FERC-regulated, natural gas interstate pipeline systems. Her experience includes contract, rate and certificate, litigation, rulemaking, financing, bankruptcy, environmental, enforcement, and compliance and training matters. She has also had experience in municipal law, and was in private practice for several years. Ms. McCoppin has a B.A. from Rice University, Houston, a J.D. from the University of Houston, and an MBA from Our Lady of the Lake University.

Steve Carter, PE

Vice President, Drilling Operations

Mr. Carter joined BlackBrush in 2010. He is a Registered Professional Engineer with 30 years of experience exploring and producing crude oil and natural gas. He has pioneered successful techniques to drill unconventional horizontal wells, place down-hole equipment and execute completion designs for natural completions and multi-state fracs. His expertise includes the Maverick Basin managing drilling, completion and production operations for over 1,000,000 acres in carbonate, sandstone and shale pay zones. Prior to joining BlackBrush, Mr. Carter was a Consulting Engineer for Newfield Exploration, which purchased certain properties from his former employer, TXCO Resources. Mr. Carter aided in the transition over to Newfield, managing the operations of wells drilled and completed by TXCO. Prior to the Newfield acquisition, he held positions as Operations Manager and Drilling Manager for TXCO. He managed the operations including drilling and re-entries, which averaged 80 new wells annually. Prior to joining TXCO, Mr. Carter held various senior engineering positions with EnRe, Bruington Engineering, Venus Exploration, Pittencrieff America, and Neumin Production. Mr. Carter received his B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Oklahoma.

Jasen Walshak

Production Manager

Mr. Walshak joined BlackBrush in January 2008 as a Petroleum Engineer and has worked in a number of roles with increasing levels of responsibility before being promoted to Production Manager in January 2012. His operational experience includes underbalanced and horizontal drilling, multi-stage hydraulic fracturing, production facility and pipeline design, and artificial lift. Jasen has also served an integral role in the application of LPG fracturing technology and recovery in South Texas. Mr. Walshak earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He is involved in the Balcones Section of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and serves on the Board of the Central Texas Chapter of the American Association of Drilling Engineers.