John Austin joined Arena Energy in 2013. He is responsible for generating and evaluating exploration, development and acquisition opportunities throughout the Gulf of Mexico Shelf. Previously, he was a geologist for Newfield Exploration Company from 1996 to 2012, working offshore across the Gulf of Mexico Shelf and deepwater areas and onshore in the Maverick Basin of South Texas. He also worked the Gulf of Mexico for Pennzoil Exploration and Production Company from 1979 to 1996. Mr. Austin received a B.S. in geology from Mount Union College (Ohio) in 1977 and an M.S. in geology from Kent State University in 1979.