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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 with leading ERP implementation experience to the upstream energy middle market. His understanding of the upstream energy industry and clear vision of ERP solutions and related software applications are 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 within IT engagements focused on 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 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 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.

Colin Elliott

"In today’s business environment, companies lean on partners like Magnum Forge to design and implement technology solutions aligned with business drivers; that provide accurate and timely data to decision makers; and properly secure information vital to the business."

Colin is a Senior Manager at Magnum Forge. He is a business management and IT professional with extensive experience in project management, marketing, alliance management, M&A, and business development in the oil and gas industry. He is a critical thinker focused on delivering client solutions and on using tactics that mitigate risk for our clients. He is a results-driven team leader able to architect, sell, and deliver strategic solutions for domestic and multinational clients.

Colin has spent more than 22 years delivering technology and security projects, both domestically and internationally, while working at various organizations, from IBM and Schlumberger to small boutique consulting firms. He spent the past 18 years focused on clients in the upstream and midstream sectors of the oil and gas business, from supermajors to small regional energy companies.

Throughout his career, Colin has carried out a wide array of projects, including application implementations, process mapping and redesign, establishing integrated and consistent production operating and regulatory reporting processes across multiple business units, and migrating users to the new processes while minimizing operational impacts.

He has successfully managed two projects that were part of a full ERP replacement at a mid-sized E&P company. He was asked to manage multiple teams of customers, vendors, and consultants to develop new interfaces between software programs, as well as lead the implementation and configuration of ProCount and QRA.

Colin has performed multiple organizational review and redesign projects, including project and change management along with business process documentation and redesign. These projects included the development of various interfaces and reports as part of software implementations.

Colin is the co-author of The Black Book on Corporate Security and is a co-patent holder for Security Maturity Assessment (SMA), an IT security assessment methodology.

Colin has experience with various software packages, including:

  • P2 (Merrick) ProCount
  • Quorum Revenue Accounting (QRA)
  • SAP: Financial Accounting/Controlling, Joint Venture Accounting, and Production Revenue Accounting
  • Microsoft: SQL, SSMS, SSRS and PowerBI

Colin graduated from Washington University with a Bachelor of Arts in biology.

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 been involved in projects that have touched numerous functional areas, including land and lease records, accounts payable, operations accounting, production accounting, and supply chain management. He focuses on assisting clients through the software selection process, system implementations, data conversions, 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 midsize independent and small private upstream energy companies, where he has led projects in various functional areas. He recently led a project for the Land and Lease Records group to migrate from the Enertia land module to Quorum Land Systems. This project included converting data from five source systems and ensuring all interface points between Quorum Land and Enertia worked properly.

His hands-on experience in software module implementation includes:

  • 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.

Zeshan Sharif

“Planning and delivery of ERP solutions that provide our upstream clients with lasting value is what we do best.”

Zeshan is a Senior Manager at Magnum Forge. He has a strong financial accounting background, allowing him to work across a company to bridge gaps between various departments and their leadership so that each can focus on their strategic initiatives to help the company reach its goals. He has been working with upstream ERP systems since he began consulting in 2008. With a background in accounting, he has identified clients’ functional needs and turned these requirements into customized ERP systems focused on running efficient business processes.

Zeshan began his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers in the audit division. He soon moved into consulting projects focused on financial accounting, where he led teams of both functional and technical resources through full ERP implementations geared toward creating a tailored oil and gas accounting solution. Since joining Magnum Forge, he has continued to focus on providing clients with upstream expertise and strong project management skills.

His hands-on experience in implementing software modules includes:

  • Enertia: Production Accounting, Division of Interest, Revenue Valuation and Distribution, Gas Balancing, Payouts, Tax and Regulatory Reporting, Accounts Payable, and Authorization for Expenditure
  • Quorum: Revenue Valuation and Distribution, Division of Interest, Tax and Regulatory reporting, Production Accounting, Gas Balancing, and Payouts
  • Integration with the following software products: SAP, JD Edwards, Merrick/ProCount, Flow Cal, Field Direct, PDS, JIB Link, EMK3, and EU

Zeshan graduated from the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting.

Nicholas Hess

“Successful ERP implementation requires understanding an organization’s business, the complexities of its industry, and the nuances of its reporting requirements.”

Nick is a Manager at Magnum Forge. He is recognized for his attention to detail and extraordinary quality of work. He works throughout each ERP implementation to conduct upgrades and improve system configuration, reexamine data requirements, and train users on various technologies. He strives to ensure each implementation is less about change and more about the opportunity to realign business operations, policies, and procedures.

Nick began his consulting career at P2 Energy Solutions working with the production and accounting modules of many ERP solutions, including multiple cradle-to-grave implementations. He possesses in-depth knowledge of production and accounting software and ways to use these systems to improve work efficiencies. He recently built Delivery Systems for a 205 well acquisition, leading a team of less experienced IT professionals. He also has experience in project scoping, requirements gathering, data conversion, system testing, conversion issue resolution, go-live cutover, and post go-live support.

His hands-on experience in software module implementation includes:

  • Enertia: Production Accounting, and Tax and Regulatory Reporting and system upgrade experience with Property Hierarchy, Treasury and LOS
  • Bolo: Accounting, Land, Revenue, and Asset Tracking
  • Excalibur: Accounting, Land, and Revenue
  • Enterprise Upstream: Accounting, Production, and Revenue

Nick graduated from McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin, with a bachelor’s degree in finance specializing in energy.

Emerson Juarez

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

Emerson is a Manager at Magnum Forge. He has experience in IT business applications, software development, software implementation, and project management. Emerson focuses on 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 re-design and directing the product improvement cycle. Recently, Emerson managed an Enertia system utilization review project, with the objective of identifying segregation of duty issues and both system and process improvement opportunities.

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:

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

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 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.

Jennifer Melcher

“Strong technology expertise combined with solid business acumen is key to ensuring that projects advance process efficiencies and expand the utilization of data throughout an organization.”

Jennifer is a Manager at Magnum Forge. Her upstream ERP project expertise includes Software Assessments and Selection, ERP System Implementations, Conversions, Data Cleansing, and Software Upgrades. She has led projects involving requirements gathering, process mapping, data conversion, enhancement design, system integration, testing, training, providing application support, and resolving end-user issues.

Jennifer can work both independently and as part of a team to identify, test, and resolve issues. She began her consulting career at Accenture, where she worked on SAP implementation and upgrade projects. One of her most complicated projects included leading ERP software upgrade testing across the organization. This included defining test scripts for each module, resolving issues with the vendor, and completing the project on time and within budget.

Her hands-on experience in software module implementation includes:

  • Enertia: Production and Revenue Accounting, Division of Interest, Revenue Accounting, Gas Balancing, Payouts, and Tax and Regulatory Reporting
  • Bolo: Lease Maintenance and Financial Reporting

Jennifer graduated from the Mays School of Business at Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s in management information systems.

Tyler Wohlwend

“In today’s market, management is relying more and more on the accuracy of ERP information to make critical business decisions. Data must be available and accessible at all times.”

Tyler is a Manager at Magnum Forge. He provides a unique blend of functional project management experience with thorough and wide-ranging technical capabilities that allows for quick, clear solutions. His core expertise is in helping clients properly identify their needs and then developing customized solutions to deliver the data they need to run their businesses more efficiently.

Tyler began his consulting career with Quorum Business Solutions, where he served as a functional and technical resource lead on Midstream Gas and Liquids marketing implementations, frequently managing small implementations and support on his own. He focuses on providing implementation expertise for solutions for both ERP systems and complementary systems that incorporate specific client needs not serviced by their chosen ERP system. He works across client organizations to identify needed enhancements to existing applications and has the skillset to handle the development. Tyler developed an entire interface to get Tobin Land and OGSYS to communicate using SQL and SSIS for a large upstream client. He is very technically oriented, which eases design and development conversations with users, vendors, and client IT. He also trains and supports end users to ensure they gain the most from their new application offerings. More recently, he managed data conversion as part of a three-year implementation for a publicly traded company with a seven-person team.

His hands-on experience in software module implementation includes:

  • Enertia: Material Transfer, LOS/LOE, Drilling, Property Hierarchy
  • Quorum: Gas Marketing, Liquids, and Pipeline
  • OGSYS
  • Tobin Enterprise Land
  • SQL Server and SQL Server Integration Services

Tyler graduated from Tulane University with a master’s in finance with an energy specialization and a bachelor’s degree in management with a double major in finance and marketing.

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.