Our Team

Steven H. Pruett

President & Chief Executive Officer

Steven H. Pruett is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Elevation Resources LLC, a Permian
Basin focused exploration and production company which he co-founded in 2013. Mr. Pruett was
previously Senior Vice President of corporate development of Concho Resources. He co-founded and
served as president and CFO of Legacy Reserves LP, a public MLP. Mr. Pruett has over 30 years of oil and gas operating, financial and management experience, most of which has been in the Permian Basin. Prior to forming Legacy Reserves, Mr. Pruett was a venture partner with Quantum Energy Partners, and was President of Petroleum Place and P2 Energy Solutions. He previously served as president and CEO of First Permian, founded and was president and CEO of First Reserve Oil & Gas Co, and served as a Vice President for First Reserve Corporation originating upstream equity investments. He was an energy investment banker with CS First Boston. Mr. Pruett began his career as a petroleum engineer for ARCO Oil & Gas where he earned his registered professional engineer certificate. He worked in planning and business development for Amoco Production Company following graduate business school. Mr. Pruett received his B.S in Petroleum Engineering, High Honors, from the University of Texas at Austin and graduated with an MBA from the Harvard Business School where he was a Baker Scholar.
Mr. Pruett is a past chairman of the Permian Basin Petroleum Association, serves on the Board of
Governors of Midland Memorial Hospital Foundation where he chairs the Investment Committee, and is a Trustee of First Presbyterian Church of Midland. He is a director of Key Energy Services, the largest
well service company in the U.S.  Mr. Pruett previously served on the Executive Advisory Board of the
University of Texas at Austin’s Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering and currently
serves on the Advisory Board of the College of Business at The University of Texas of the Permian Basin. He also serves as a Trustee of Trinity School of Midland.

 

Chris Cuyler

Vice President of Exploration and Geoscience

Chris Cuyler brings over 25 years of oil and gas experience with particular emphasis on prospect
generation, asset optimization and new opportunity capture resulting in the building of world class
assets. Prior to joining Elevation, Chris served as Vice President of Exploration for Tall City Exploration
where he assembled acreage positions throughout the core of the Delaware Basin. Before Tall City, Chris served as Exploration Manager for Concho Resources and was instrumental in assembling their
Delaware Basin position. Chris is a graduate of Baylor University (1992) and the University of Texas at
San Antonio (1996) where he obtained a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science, respectively in
Geology. He additionally completed Rice University’s Executive MBA in Energy Management in 2006. Mr. Cuyler began his geologic career as consulting field geologist for Exxon Company, USA in South Texas in 1993. Later he served in variety of geoscience and exploratory roles of increasing responsibility for Mobil Exploration & Producing U.S., Santa Fe Snyder Corporation, Devon Energy, Dominion Exploration & Production, and Cimarex Energy. Chris currently serves on the board of several regional non-profit organizations.

 

Blake Case

Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer

Blake Case joined Elevation Resources shortly after its founding and serves as its Controller. Mr. Case
has over 15 years of accounting experience focusing primarily on the energy sector. Prior to joining
Elevation, he served as Controller of Parallel Petroleum. At Parallel, in addition to normal
responsibilities, he led the implementation of the international financial reporting standards subsequent to Samsung’s acquisition of Parallel. Before Parallel, Blake worked as an auditor at BDO USA, LLP where he focused on both private and public companies in the oil and gas industry, leaving as a senior manager. He has significant experience in SEC audit requirements and reporting rules as well as public and private placement offerings.
Mr. Case holds a BBA degree in Accounting and Masters of Science degree in Finance, both from Texas
A&M University and is a Certified Public Accountant. He and his wife Angie, and their 3 children reside in Midland, Texas.

 

Ty Zieman

Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Ty Zieman joined the Elevation Resources team shortly after its founding as the Corporate Finance
Associate. He was promoted to Director of Finance & Business Development in May of 2016. Prior to
joining Elevation, Mr. Zieman worked as an Analyst and Associate in the Energy Investment Banking
group at Wells Fargo Securities, where he was involved in a wide variety of mergers and acquisitions,
capital markets financings and strategic advisory assignments for clients across the upstream oil and
gas, midstream and oilfield services sectors. During his time with Wells Fargo, Mr. Zieman worked on
over $15.5 billion of closed capital raises and more than $1.3 billion of closed M&A transactions.
Mr. Zieman holds a B.B.A. in Finance and a minor in Accounting graduating with High Honors from the
McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin.

 

 

Our Team

Steven H. Pruett

President & Chief Executive Officer

Steven H. Pruett is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Elevation Resources LLC, a Permian Basin focused exploration and production company which he co-founded in 2013. Mr. Pruett was previously Senior Vice President of corporate development of Concho Resources. He co-founded and served as president and CFO of Legacy Reserves LP, a public MLP. Mr. Pruett has over 30 years of oil and gas operating, financial and management experience, most of which has been in the Permian Basin. Prior to forming Legacy Reserves, Mr. Pruett was a venture partner with Quantum Energy Partners, and was President of Petroleum Place and P2 Energy Solutions. He previously served as president and CEO of First Permian, founded and was president and CEO of First Reserve Oil & Gas Co, and served as a Vice President for First Reserve Corporation originating upstream equity investments. He was an energy investment banker with CS First Boston. Mr. Pruett began his career as a petroleum engineer for ARCO Oil & Gas where he earned his registered professional engineer certificate. He worked in planning and business development for Amoco Production Company following graduate business school. Mr. Pruett received his B.S in Petroleum Engineering, High Honors, from the University of Texas at Austin and graduated with an MBA from the Harvard Business School where he was a Baker Scholar.
Mr. Pruett is a past chairman of the Permian Basin Petroleum Association, serves on the Board of
Governors of Midland Memorial Hospital Foundation where he chairs the Investment Committee, and is a Trustee of First Presbyterian Church of Midland. He is a director of Key Energy Services, the largest
well service company in the U.S.  Mr. Pruett previously served on the Executive Advisory Board of the University of Texas at Austin’s Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering and currently serves on the Advisory Board of the College of Business at The University of Texas of the Permian Basin. He also serves as a Trustee of Trinity School of Midland.

 

Chris Cuyler

Vice President of Exploration and Geoscience

Chris Cuyler brings over 25 years of oil and gas experience with particular emphasis on prospect generation, asset optimization and new opportunity capture resulting in the building of world class assets. Prior to joining Elevation, Chris served as Vice President of Exploration for Tall City Exploration where he assembled acreage positions throughout the core of the Delaware Basin. Before Tall City, Chris served as Exploration Manager for Concho Resources and was instrumental in assembling their Delaware Basin position. Chris is a graduate of Baylor University (1992) and the University of Texas at San Antonio (1996) where he obtained a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science, respectively in Geology. He additionally completed Rice University’s Executive MBA in Energy Management in 2006. Mr. Cuyler began his geologic career as consulting field geologist for Exxon Company, USA in South Texas in 1993. Later he served in variety of geoscience and exploratory roles of increasing responsibility for Mobil Exploration & Producing U.S., Santa Fe Snyder Corporation, Devon Energy, Dominion Exploration & Production, and Cimarex Energy. Chris currently serves on the board of several regional non-profit organizations.

 

Blake Case

Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer

Blake Case joined Elevation Resources shortly after its founding and serves as its Controller. Mr. Case has over 15 years of accounting experience focusing primarily on the energy sector. Prior to joining
Elevation, he served as Controller of Parallel Petroleum. At Parallel, in addition to normal
responsibilities, he led the implementation of the international financial reporting standards subsequent to Samsung’s acquisition of Parallel. Before Parallel, Blake worked as an auditor at BDO USA, LLP where he focused on both private and public companies in the oil and gas industry, leaving as a senior manager. He has significant experience in SEC audit requirements and reporting rules as well as public and private placement offerings.
Mr. Case holds a BBA degree in Accounting and Masters of Science degree in Finance, both from Texas A&M University and is a Certified Public Accountant. He and his wife Angie, and their 3 children reside in Midland, Texas.

 

Ty Zieman

Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Ty Zieman joined the Elevation Resources team shortly after its founding as the Corporate Finance Associate. He was promoted to Director of Finance & Business Development in May of 2016. Prior to joining Elevation, Mr. Zieman worked as an Analyst and Associate in the Energy Investment Banking group at Wells Fargo Securities, where he was involved in a wide variety of mergers and acquisitions, capital markets financings and strategic advisory assignments for clients across the upstream oil and gas, midstream and oilfield services sectors. During his time with Wells Fargo, Mr. Zieman worked on over $15.5 billion of closed capital raises and more than $1.3 billion of closed M&A transactions.
Mr. Zieman holds a B.B.A. in Finance and a minor in Accounting graduating with High Honors from the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin.