Chairman of the Board
Mr. Hooks has been the CEO of Phoenix Technology Income Fund since 1995 and Chairman of the Board of Phoenix since 2000. He was President of Phoenix Energy Services from 1995 until 2015. Previous to joining Phoenix, Mr. Hooks founded Thread Tech Energy Systems Ltd., a private connection manufacturing and Fiberspar composite line pipe distribution company in 1985. Thread Tech became Fiberspar Canada and provided services to the oil and gas industry until its assets were sold in June 2003. Mr. Hooks has over 30 years of experience in the Canadian and International oil and gas service industry, including operations, senior management and ownership positions.
Michael Buker is the President of PHX Energy Services Corp. and has been with the company since 1998. Mr. Buker’s responsibilities encompass managing all facets of the business from our US head office in Houston, Texas. Mr. Buker has been instrumental in building the Corporations operating divisions to become a top service provider and technology leader. Prior to becoming President Mr. Buker held a variety of senior management positions including sales & marketing management, operations management, international business development as well as extensive field experience. Mr. Buker has completed the ICD-Rotman Directors Education Program and has obtained the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors. Mr. Buker has over 15 years’ experience serving on various public and private boards.
Senior VP Finance
Mr. Ritchie has been the Senior VP Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Phoenix since 1997. Prior to his position at Phoenix he was a Corporate Controller for Ericsson Australia Pty., a subsidiary of a multi-national telecommunications located in Melbourne, AUS. Previously Mr. Ritchie held a corporate accounting position with Trimac Transportation Services Ltd. a public bulk transportation company based in Calgary, Alberta. Mr. Ritchie worked in the public accounting sector for Deloitte & Touche in Calgary and Perth, Australia and became a Chartered Accountant in 1986.
Engineering & Technology
Prior to joining Phoenix, Mr. Brown worked for Schlumberger Limited for over 17 years. Through his leadership and drive, he developed from a field specialist concentrated on MWD/LWD geo-steering to a member of upper management where he was responsible for various business segments. Mr. Brown has worked all over the world, including Russia where he most recently spent 3 years managing a large business unit.
Senior VP Sales & Marketing
Prior to becoming VP Sales and Marketing, Mr. Shafer served as Sales Manager for 2 years. His career at Phoenix began in 1999 as a Technical Marketing Representative. Mr. Shafer graduated in 1997 from SAIT with a diploma in Petroleum Technology.