Executive Team

Executive Team

Executive Team

Sean Woolverton
Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Woolverton was appointed Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors on March 1, 2017. He was previously the Chief Operating Officer of Samson Resources Company, where he joined in November 2013. From 2007 to 2013, Mr. Woolverton held a series of positions of increasing responsibility at Chesapeake Energy Corporation, a public independent exploration and development oil and natural gas company, including Vice President of its Southern Appalachia business unit.

Prior to joining Chesapeake Energy Corporation, Mr. Woolverton worked for Encana Corporation, a North American oil and natural gas producer, where he oversaw its Fort Worth Basin development and shale exploration teams in North Texas. Earlier in his career, Mr. Woolverton worked for Burlington Resources in multiple engineering and management roles. Mr. Woolverton received his Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from Montana Tech.
Robert J. Banks
Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Banks was appointed executive vice president and chief operating officer of Swift Energy on February 14, 2008. In an earlier position which he assumed on May 11, 2006, he served as Swift Energy’s vice president for international operations and strategic ventures. He joined Swift on February 9, 2004, as vice president of international operations of the company’s wholly owned subsidiary, Swift Energy International, LLC.

Mr. Banks has approximately 40 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, both domestically and internationally. He has held senior-level positions at Santa Fe International Corporation, Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Company, Mosbacher Energy Company and, just prior to joining Swift, Vanco Energy Company where he was executive vice president of operations.
Gleeson Van Riet
Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
G. Gleeson Van Riet, 48, was appointed Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer on March 20, 2017. He was previously the Chief Financial Officer of Sanchez Energy Corporation where he held a series of positions of increasing responsibility from April 2013 to March 2016. Mr. Van Riet has over 20 years of finance experience and previously worked as an investment banker with Credit Suisse and Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette in London and Los Angeles. A native Houstonian, Mr. Van Riet earned a dual B.A. and B.S. from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Christopher M. Abundis
Senior Vice President - General Counsel and Secretary
Christopher M. Abundis was named Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Swift Energy Company on March 20,2017. Since joining Swift Energy in 2005, he has provided legal consultation in corporate governance, securities law and other corporate related matters. Mr. Abundis has served the Board of Directors as Secretary since 2012.

Mr. Abundis received bachelor of business administration and master of science degrees in accounting from Texas A&M University in 2001 and a juris doctor degree from South Texas College of Law in 2005. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the Association of Corporate Counsel and the Society of Corporate Secretaries & Governance Professionals.

Randy A. Bailey
Vice President – Operations
Randy A. Bailey was named Swift Energy’s vice president of operations on April 1, 2015. He oversees drilling, procurement & supply chain management, production operations and facilities & construction. In an earlier position which he assumed on December 16, 2009, he served as Swift Energy’s vice president of production. He joined Swift Energy in 2008 as director of production.

Mr. Bailey has over 30 years of experience in production operations. He began his career with Conoco and spent 11 years with Transco Exploration Company. Prior to joining Swift, he served as vice president of Texas American Resources, a small independent operator, and earlier as senior vice president of Torch Energy Advisors, where he managed all domestic and international operations and oversaw the growth of the company from 200 employees to more than 700.

Mr. Bailey is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the American Petroleum Institute. He has served as a member of the API Production Safety Committee and also as a member of the board of the Western States Petroleum Association. He received a bachelor of science degree in geological engineering from Michigan Technological University in 1978.
Michael S. Coffield
Vice President - Transactions, Land & Business Development
Michael S. Coffield was named Swift Energy's Vice President for Transactions, Land and Business Development on April 1, 2015.

Mr. Coffield joined Swift Energy as Corporate Manager for Business Development and Transactions in 2013, and on April 1, 2014, he was appointed Vice President for Land and Business Development.

Mr. Coffield's experience includes general management for exploration, production and development, joint venture negotiations, asset and corporate acquisitions and divestitures, business development, and land management. Prior to joining Swift Energy, he held executive positions in areas of increasing responsibility with several companies, including Samson Investment Company, and Amoco Corporation.

Mr. Coffield holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Petroleum Land Management from The University of Texas at Austin, and a Masters of Business Administration degree from Rice University.

He is a member of the American Association of Petroleum Landmen, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, the Geological Society of London, and is past President of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators.
Stephen P. Schmitt
Vice President – Energy Marketing
Stephen P. Schmitt was named Swift Energy’s vice president of energy marketing on June 26, 2011.

Mr. Schmitt joined Swift Energy in 2002 as director of energy marketing. He has over 31 years of experience in the oil and gas industry in the areas of pipeline commercial agreements, commodity marketing and trading, and energy finance. Prior to joining Swift Energy, he held several positions with Getty Oil Company, Coastal Corporation and El Paso Corporation.

Mr. Schmitt received a bachelor of business administration in accounting from Texas State University and a masters of business administration from the University of Houston.
Steven B. Yakle
Vice President – Corporate Administration
Steven B. Yakle was appointed vice president-corporate administration of Swift Energy on November 1, 2007. The departments reporting to his office are Human Resources/Employee Relations, Corporate Services, Records Management and Information Technology.

Mr. Yakle joined Swift Energy in August 1989, serving first as manager of partnership accounting and later as assistant controller for compliance, with responsibilities for both corporate and partnership reporting. He transferred to New Zealand in 2001, serving as vice president-finance and chief financial officer for Swift’s wholly owned subsidiary Swift Energy New Zealand, remaining there until he returned to Swift Energy’s corporate offices in February 2006.

Before joining Swift Energy, Mr. Yakle worked for Goldking Production Company and the Internal Revenue Service. A certified public accountant, he graduated from Wichita State University in 1978 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.