Mr. Pfoff is chairman of the Aurora Companies and has over thirty years of experience in oil & gas exploration/production and associated commercial activities. His first seventeen years were spent with a major, fully integrated oil and gas company (Marathon Oil) in the areas of natural gas marketing, business administration, and petroleum accounting. Most of Mr. Pfoff’s focus during his tenure with Marathon Oil was in the Cook Inlet of Alaska; additionally, Mr. Pfoff was involved in Marathon’s Michigan operations.
Pfoff left Marathon Oil in 1994 to found what would become the Aurora
Companies. As cofounder and president of Aurora Power Resources, Inc.,
he managed all aspects of startup and operation of a company recognized
three times as one of the fastest growing privately held companies
based in Houston, Texas. Annual sales growth from $740K in 1994 to $50+
million in 2005. Aurora Power markets natural gas, owns/operates a
drilling rig company (Aurora Well Service, LLC), and owns/operates a
remote man camp facility (Shirleyville Enterprises, LLC) serving the
Cook Inlet oil patch. Aurora Power owns Aurora Exploration, LLC which
is currently raising capital and plans to drill 4 exploration wells in
the Cook Inlet during the next two years.
As cofounder and president of Aurora Gas, LLC in 2002, Mr. Pfoff utilized personal resources and a subsequently negotiated private equity placement (> $50 million) to build the company into the first independent producer with operations in Cook Inlet, Alaska. The company operates five onshore natural gas fields and manages approximately 70,000 acres of leased and fee ownership lands.
Aurora Power partnered with Howell Oil & Gas (Marshall, Texas) in 2013 by forming S2 Energy Partners, LLC and drilling two wells in East Texas and two wells in Colorado’s DJ basin in the last twelve months. S2 Energy is pursuing other projects in those areas and other basins.
Mr. Pfoff has numerous contacts and business relationships in the Oil & Gas business fostered over his thirty-five-year career; he has been a member of the Houston Energy Association and the Michigan Oil & Gas Association.
More recently, Mr. Pfoff has been a cofounder, executive management and/or investor in numerous highly successful real estate ventures in partnership with The TGC Companies., including the 5-acre Honey Creek commercial development in Austin, Texas successfully sold through affiliate TGC Texas Holdings, LLC to a major oil & gas exploration company.
As cofounder and Managing Member of WYAK Investments,
LLC, Mr. Pfoff oversaw successful construction of a 55,000 square foot
class A office building in Houston’s Westchase District. The building
was completed in 2008 and subsequently sold in 2013 to Smart Financial
Credit Union at a significant profit.
Mr. Pfoff has personally and through various entities acquired, developed and/or managed many properties in Kentucky, Texas, Washington and Alaska. He is a managing director and principal in Red Hawk Properties, LLC, and Black Hawk Properties, LLC, owners and operators of four office buildings in Houston, Texas.