Louis Dorfman Jr. the Chief Executive Officer and President of American Resource Partners LLC. is the third generation in his family to be involved in the oil and gas exploration industry. He was President of Dorfman Production Company, an 88-year old family-owned business for 15 years. This was Mr. Dorfman’s first high-profile leadership position in this industry for which he was responsible for directing significant oil and gas exploration and production operations, to include drilling in excess of 250 wells and operating approximately 380 wells. Throughout his career, he has been involved in acquisitions and divestitures of more than $600 million of oil and gas properties. A critical component of success in exploration and production activities may also be measured by the acquisitions that-while apparently possessing the potential to be valuable-are avoided. At Dorfman Production Company, the company grew over 700% through his successful investment strategies. After leaving the family business, Louis Dorfman Jr. became executive vice president of ASI, a public company based in San Antonio, Texas (NASDAQ Symbol ANLT). At ASI, Mr. Dorfman was responsible for acquisition of non-operated oil and gas working interests and other important operational tasks involving investor and financial partner relationships critical to a public company’s existence. ASI benefited tremendously from Mr. Dorfman' industry expertise as reflected by the numerous successful drilling prospects and projects undertaken by ASI for which he was the catalyst. Two acquisitions became field discoveries which, in and of itself, constitutes a noteworthy career highlight. Lastly, this enviable and comprehensive record of significant industry achievements was further enhanced by his appointment in 1999 to the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission by (then) Texas Governor George Bush and where he was further selected to participate in the Commission’s Energy Resources Research and Technology Committee. This prestigious position signifies not only the technical skills and abilities of a professional who has successfully met the challenge of conducting high-level energy exploration and development activities, but provides additional support for concluding the partnership has a solid and recognized professional on its team. He enjoys an active outdoor life and is involved in many local charities. Louis sits on the board of Children’s Health Hospital and various philanthropic initiatives as well as; the Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Oaklawn United Methodist Church.
Tom Talashek is the founder of American Resource Partners. Mr. Talashek is a veteran of Wall Street having spent the first 27 years of his career working for Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner and Smith, Smith Barney and Stifel Nicolaus. Mr. Talashek specialized in Equity securities, primarily using Technical Analysis. He had a wide diversity of clientele ranging from small business pension plans to some of the largest hedge funds and mutual funds. Mr. Talashek then formed Solution Funds Group, bringing to market the first “institutional quality” Futures Fund of Funds Act 40 mutual fund (publicly traded). The fund uses two principal strategies: Global Macro Managed Futures Strategy and Absolute Return Strategy. The fund trades on the NYSE by the symbol EFSAX. Mr. Talashek was approached by a foreign entity sixteen months ago to assemble a team to provide direct investments into the Oil and Gas sector in North America. Mr. Talashek' first call went to his friend Louis Dorfman, who he met when both were students at Southern Methodist University in 1980. American Resource Partners was born. Mr. Talashek resides in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago with his wife and 3 children.