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Robert L. (Bob) Cavnar is a 30-plus year veteran of the oil and gas industry with deep experience in business start-ups, turn-arounds, and management of oil and gas companies, following a personal commitment to corporate responsibility, environmental leadership, and safe operations. He is also Founder and Editor of The Daily Hurricane, a blog devoted to discussions of issues around energy, environment, health, science, education, current affairs, and politics. He is a regular commentator on national networks and cable television as well as in newspapers, bringing his unique perspective and experience to discussions on energy, environment, and politics. Mr. Cavnar is also a featured blogger on Huffington Post. He has written extensively on global and national energy policy, environment and climate change, our faltering healthcare system, and party politics, and was named by Newsweek as "Trending Up" in its Who Can You Trust, Oil Spill Edition series in June 2010. Mr. Cavnar is author of Disaster on the Horizon: High Stakes, High Risks, and the Story Behind the Deepwater Well Blowout, a behind-the-scenes investigative look at the worst oil well accident in US history, taking readers inside the disaster, exposing the decisions leading up to the blowout and the immediate aftermath. Disaster on the Horizon was recognized with the Silver Award from ForeWord Reviews for Book of the Year 2010 in the Environment category.
Mr. Cavnar's business career has included senior leadership positions in both public and private companies. He is currently Chief Executive Officer of Luca Technologies Inc., a clean energy company that uses biotechnology to create and sustainably produce natural gas, based in Golden, Colorado. Prior to joining Luca, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Milagro Exploration, a large, privately held oil and gas exploration firm based in Houston, Texas with operations along the Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi Gulf Coast as well as the offshore Gulf of Mexico. Under Mr. Cavnar, Milagro grew to 250 Bcfe of proved oil and gas reserves and over 800 active wells. Prior to Milagro, he served as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mission Resources until August of 2005, when it was successfully merged with a larger energy company. During his tenure at Mission, Mr. Cavnar led the recovery of the company's financial strength and prominence within the independent oil and gas industry. Prior to Mission, Mr. Cavnar held management positions in both large and small companies, and spent his early career in the oil field gaining operations experience on drilling rigs, pipelines and in gas processing plants.
Mr. Cavnar holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Southern Methodist University, a Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Michigan University, and completed the Program for Management Development at the Harvard Business School.
He is currently on the Board of Trustees for KIPP Houston, a national charter school program, as well as a member of the Board of Directors for the Center for National Policy in Washington, D.C. Mr. Cavnar is Senior Chairman of the Board of the Houston Grand Opera and co-founder of Recipe for Success Foundation, dedicated to fighting childhood obesity.