OUR TEAM

 Co-Founder

James H. Painter

Since March of 2018,  Mr. Painter is a Co-Founder of PaintMire, an advisory firm.  From 2005 - 2017, Mr. Painter held various positions at Cobalt International Energy. Cobalt was established in 2005, and Mr. Painter was one of the founders of the company. Most recently at Cobalt, he served as Interim COO and then President, Exploration and Appraisal. Prior to that, he was Executive Vice President of Worldwide Operations and Appraisal. During his 12 year tenure, he served as Executive Vice President in various roles including Exploration, Gulf of Mexico, and Execution and Appraisal. Prior to he and his co-founders starting Cobalt, he was Senior Vice President of Worldwide Exploration and Technology at Unocal Corporation (following the merger between Ocean Energy and Devon Energy). Until the merger with Devon Energy, Mr. Painter held various leadership roles for Ocean Energy from 1995 to 2003 with his final role as Senior Vice President, Gulf of Mexico and International Exploration. From 1980 to 1995, Mr. Painter had various exploration and development roles at Forest Oil, Mobil Oil, and The Superior Oil Company. Mr. Painter has more than 40 years' experience in the oil and natural gas industry. He holds a Bachelor of Science in geology from Louisiana State University.

 Co-Founder

Bruce W. Busmire

Since March of 2018, Mr. Busmire is a Co-Founder of PaintMire, an advisory firm.  From 2014 to 2017, Mr. Busmire was Chief Financial Officer of Energy XXI, a publicly traded E&P company focused on the Gulf of Mexico Shelf. Prior, to that he served as CFO for Venari Resources, a private equity-backed Deepwater Gulf of Mexico exploration company. Previously, Mr. Busmire held financial executive positions at Anadarko Petroleum Corporation for eight years where he was instrumental in many areas of change management. He was a founding member of Pickering Energy Partners (now Tudor Pickering Holt & Co.), an energy investment and merchant banking firm. Mr. Busmire was Vice President of Investor Relations for Ocean Energy until it became Devon Energy in 2003. In the first 20 years of his career, he held various positions of increasing responsibility in accounting and senior management at Amoco Corporation. Mr. Busmire has more than 40 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry and financial markets. Mr. Busmire holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting from Lamar University; an M.B.A. from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University; and has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1985.  Mr Busmire is an independent director of two privately held companies.

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