Our Team


Jerry F. Wenzel - Chief Executive Officer

Jerry Wenzel is an Oil and Gas Executive with over 43 years of experience in various aspects of the business.  A graduate of LSU with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Jerry was most recently an Officer and the Executive Vice President of Operations for Stone Energy Corporation.  Prior to joining Stone Energy Jerry worked for Amoco, BP, and INTEC in various capacities

A native of Louisiana, Jerry is a member of SPE, a Board Member of a local Oil Field Service Company, a member of the Advisory Board of the Craft and Hawkins LSU Petroleum Engineering Department, and an owner/member of various LLC investment groups in Louisiana and Florida.



David R. Knox - Chief Financial Officer

Dave Knox is a 35 year Oil & Gas professional with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Alabama. As CFO he is responsible for capital market access and leverage, financial controls and reporting, and Acquisitions and Divestments (A&D). He has managed hundreds of transactions throughout his career totaling billions of dollars.


Prior to starting White Knight, Dave was most recently Sr. Vice President of Negotiated Transactions at The Oil & Gas Asset Clearinghouse. Prior to joining the Clearinghouse, he served as a project manager for Capgemini Consulting as a member of Capgemini’s global Oil and Gas Center of Excellence. Dave retired from BP/Amoco in 2008 after 30 years having worked in a variety of roles predominantly in A&D, Engineering, Finance and Procurement.


Dave is a member of ADAM Houston (Acquisitions, Divestments and Mergers), TIPRO, IPAA and SPE. He has served as an industry association board member and committee chair in various capacities.



Rich Davis - Vice President of Operations

Rich Davis joined White Knight Production in June 2015 as VP of Operations.  Prior to joining White Knight, Rich has spent his over 20 year career in various engineering, operations, and management positions with Unocal Corp, Samson Resources, Texas Petroleum Investment Company, and PetroQuest Energy.  As Operations Manager for PetroQuest’s Oklahoma Assets, Rich was recognized for his operational leadership by receiving the 2014 SPE Mid Con Region Operations and Production Award.  Rich has experience in the Gulf Coast, Gulf of Mexico, East Texas, Mid-Continent, and San Joaquin Basins in the U.S.


Rich earned a Bachelor of Science Degree Cum Laude in Petroleum Engineering from Missouri S&T University.  He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the American Petroleum Institute where he has served both organizations as board member and officer.



Blake Huggard - Controller

Blake Huggard serves as Controller for White Knight and assists the CFO in managing all aspects of treasury and accounting.

Prior to joining White Knight, Blake was the Managing Partner for Prejean Romero McGee, LLC (PRM) an accounting firm serving the energy industry.  While at PRM, Blake managed the Finance and Accounting operations for various E&P, oilfield service, and energy lending companies.  Prior to PRM, Blake was a management consultant in Deloitte Consulting’s energy practice in Houston.  Blake earned Bachelor of Business Administration and Masters in Business Administration degrees from Millsaps College.



Steve Kinard - Finance Manager

Prior to joining White Knight in 2014, Steve was an Analyst in the Structured and Corporate Finance Department of the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, DC. He worked on various transactions involving commodity producers with a focus on forecasting, structuring senior and subordinated debt, and modeling strategies for commodity price risk management. Steve holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Studies from Texas A&M University and a Master of Business Administration from The George Washington University. 

Steve is a member of Houston Producers’ Forum, the Society of Petroleum Resources Economists, and the Young Professional Association of The Petroleum Club of Houston.



Lori L. Landry – Land/Regulatory Manager

Lori Landry has worked in the Oil and Gas Industry for 34 years.  As Land/Regulatory Manager she is responsible for all land related disciplines as well as accounting functions such as revenue, joint interest billing and accounts payable.  She also coordinates and submits regulatory reports, maintains operations histories and supports acquisition and divestment evaluations and processes.


Lori was most recently the Land/Accounting Manager for Bean Resources, Inc. where she worked for 18 years handling many of the same responsibilities as with White Knight with a primary focus on operations in Mississippi.  Prior to working at Bean Resources, Inc., Lori was the Land/Accounting Manager for Source Petroleum, Inc. for 16 years.


A native of Lafayette, Louisiana, Lori is a member of the Association of Desk and Derrick Clubs where she served as the National President in 2015. She is the Managing Member of Big Shot Promotions, LLC, a local Advertising and Promotional company and is a member of several Mardi Gras Krewes in Lafayette.