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Meet Our Team

Russell Corl

"Too many millions are invested each year automating business processes that don't align with the operations of the organizations. Identify your business needs now and for the future and then implement IT solutions that support those needs."

Russell, Magnum Forge’s Managing Partner, founded the company in 2008 to provide talented professionals who possess leading ERP implementation experience to the upstream energy middle market. His understanding of the upstream energy industry and his clear vision of ERP solutions and related software applications are the cornerstones of the company’s success.

Since beginning his consulting career in 1996, Russell has focused on developing strategies to ensure the effective use of IT. His background includes an in-depth understanding of accounting and finance, operations, and technology. He has led multiple IT and application projects focused on financial applications, ERP, custom development, and cross-system reporting and integration. His specialties lie in troubled ERP systems, complex system implementations, and significant financial or cost-accounting reporting issues.

Russell’s clients include major international oil companies and independent E&P companies. He has assisted most of these clients with software selection, implementation, and enhancement projects that span the entire enterprise. He has also led efforts to redesign and implement new data collection and reporting processes, which typically include technology, training, and change management.

Russell began his career in consulting by leading several large-scale SAP site implementations with Accenture. He went on to cofound and grow a leading consulting practice from the ground up, offering world-class consulting skills across multiple markets. His focus for this earlier firm was on recruiting, training processes, billing-rate structure, salary administration, and bonus programs.

Russell graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science in communications and a master’s in business administration from UT’s McCombs School of Business.

Roland Romero

“Staying abreast of industry trends and emerging technologies is paramount to helping clients get the most out of their ERP systems and peripheral applications.”

Roland is a Senior Manager at Magnum Forge who works with organizations from independent, privately owned upstream oil and gas companies to multinational integrated supermajors. He has worked on projects involved in numerous functional areas, including revenue accounting, land and lease records, accounts payable, operations accounting, production accounting, and supply chain management. He focuses on assisting clients with software selection, system implementation, data conversion, and process redesign.

Roland’s attention to detail, breadth of knowledge, and ability to work effectively with end users and vendors make him the project manager of choice for his clients. Since joining Magnum Forge in April 2011, he has worked at mid-sized independent and small private upstream energy companies, where he has led projects in various functional areas. He recently led a project to help a client better utilize the functionality within Enertia for numerous departments, focusing on addressing issues and process improvements within revenue accounting.

His hands-on experience in software module implementation includes the following:

  • Enertia: Accounts Payable, Authorization for Expenditures, Division of Interest, Inventory Management, Joint Interest Billing, Land and Lease Records, Management Inquiry, Production and Revenue Accounting, and Regulatory Reporting
  • Quorum: Quorum Land Systems (QLS) and the Intelligent Plant System (TIPS)
  • Merrick: ProCount and Carte
  • OilDex OpenInvoice
  • Landmark: ARIES
  • Oracle Financials: Enterprise Upstream Production Management and Tobin Enterprise Land
  • SAP: Production and Revenue Accounting

Roland graduated from Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in biomedical science and a master’s degree from A&M’s Mays Business School.

Emerson Juarez

“Bridging the gap between IT and business is only the first step in planning and implementing an effective solution.”

Emerson is a Senior Manager at Magnum Forge. He has experience in IT business applications, software development, software implementation, and project management. Emerson focuses on the development and implementation of software solutions for the upstream energy sector but has also managed projects in the public sector and commercial real estate. In addition to managing software implementations, he has assisted clients with requirements gathering, business process redesign, and directing the product improvement cycle. Recently, Emerson helped manage a Quorum rapid implementation project for a private E&P company.

Emerson has worked with both mid-sized and large upstream companies, including ExxonMobil, BP, Chevron, Consol, and Statoil, where his focus has been on land management and acquisition, lease administration, production volume measurement, and report design and development.

His experience with software modules includes the following:

  • Enertia: Accounts Payable, Division Order, Land, JIB, Revenue, Property Hierarchy, Security Redesign
  • Quorum: AFE, Accounts Payable, Land Acquisition, Land Management, Division Order Management, GIS Mapping, QQM
  • Waterfield Energy: AFE, Accounts Payable, Financials and Wells
  • Reporting Solutions: Business Objects, Crystal Reports

Emerson graduated from the University of Houston with a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering technology.

Kramer Lucio

“Small to midsized organizations face the same data challenges and financial pressures as larger companies but with much fewer IT resources to address them.”

Kramer is a Senior Manager at Magnum Forge. He works with companies to guide them through the labyrinth of challenges associated with going live. He manages implementation and upgrade projects for Land, GIS, and Division Order applications. He has experience in leading project scoping, requirements gathering, system configuration, data conversion, system testing, enhancement configuration/development, conversion issue resolution, training, go-live cutover, and post go-live support.

Kramer began his consulting career at Quorum Business Solutions, where he worked primarily on Land/GIS implementation and upgrade projects. He has managed multiple successful implementations through all functional and technical phases of a project.

His hands-on experience in software module implementation includes:

  • Quorum: Quorum Land Suite, Quorum Query Module, Quorum Geographic Information System, Quorum Land Acquisition, Quorum Division Order, eCalendar, and Land Web Screens
  • Enertia: Financial Reporting, Lease Administration, and Division of Interest

Kramer graduated from Rice University with a bachelor’s degree in management studies.

Rich Koob

"The quality of a software implementation is as important as the quality of the software selected. Investing the time to choose a system integrator that can help guide the implementation process is critical to ensure you are prepared for long-term growth and sustainability."

Rich is a Manager at Magnum Forge focused on upstream oil & gas software solutions. He is a strong project manager with deep experience in software requirements gathering, software development, and software implementation. Rich has worked with many oil and gas operators, from small independents to large, publicly-traded companies and has worked on both traditional client-server applications and web-based Software-as-a-Service solutions.

He began his career as an account manager and marketing coordinator for WellEz and then moved to a role as an implementation consultant for Enertia Software where he work on several projects where Magnum Forge was the systems integrator. He eventually moved into consulting and joined Magnum Forge in June of 2018.

Rich has both led and participated in many successful ERP implementation projects. He has helped design and implement interfaces from separate Division Order, Production, Revenue, and General Ledger Accounting systems at a large multi-national E&P operator. He also has experience in designing and expanding functionality within several ERP software applications with a focus on revenue accounting. He helps users convert and validate data, as well as design and implement new software solutions so his clients can reap the most benefit from their new applications.

His software development experience includes:

  • Defined requirements, developed, tested, and trained users on a complex interface between QDO and Waterfield Energy Software and between Waterfield Energy Software and SAP.
  • Defined requirements and tested major enhancements to Division Order and Revenue Accounting Modules.

His hands-on experience in software implementation includes:

  • Enertia: Revenue Accounting, Division Order, Accounts Payable, JIB, and Financial Reporting
  • Quorum: Division Order (QDO), Quorum Revenue Accounting (QRA)
  • Waterfield Energy: Division Order, Revenue Accounting

Rich graduated from the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

Shanna Graves

“Surround yourself with smart people who have the ability to think outside of the box and then listen to them because to build something valuable is not a one-man show.”

Shanna is the Director of Sales and Marketing at Magnum Forge. She has more than 25 years’ experience in marketing, communications, and business development working with professional services firms focused primarily on the energy industry. Her expertise lies in developing and executing marketing strategies designed to expand market share. She has worked across all industry groups, and most recently has been focused on upstream energy. Her industry background includes financial services, heavy manufacturing, oilfield services, and technology.

Shanna spent most of her career with Arthur Andersen as a Marketing Director for the Southwestern United States. Following Andersen, she went on to help build an energy consulting practice focused on supply chain technology and niche products for the upstream oil and gas industry.

Shanna graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor’s in journalism and communications.