Michael J. Minarovic

Michael J. Minarovic is the CEO and co-founder of Arena Energy, an employee-owned exploration and production company. Since its start-up in 1999, the company has invested nearly $4 billion of capital in the federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico and has been the most active driller in this basin for the past five years.

Minarovic is also the co-founder of White Fleet Drilling, a drilling contractor that owns and operates three large jack-up drilling rigs operating in the Gulf of Mexico and is the founder of Rosefield Pipeline, a midstream company that owns and operates over 200 miles of oil and gas pipelines in the Gulf of Mexico.

Previously, Minarovic served as a petroleum engineer with Newfield Exploration from 1993 to 1999 and Conoco, Inc. from 1988 to 1993. Minarovic currently serves as a director of the publicly-traded QEP Resources, is an executive director of the United States Oil and Gas Association, is a member of the John Cooper School Board of Trustees, and is an active member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

He graduated from The University of Texas at Austin, in 1987, with a B.S. in petroleum engineering.