Jack E. Blake, Jr., President
Born and raised in Midland, Texas, in 1952, Jack E. Blake, Jr., graduated from University of Texas, Austin, and soon thereafter moved to Williston, North Dakota, with brother, Bruce W. Blake, and friend, Kenneth R. Berry, Jr. to begin his career as an oil & gas prospector.
Navigator Oil & Minerals, Inc., was incorporated in 1979 for the purpose of prospecting for oil and gas. The company is owned entirely by Jack E. Blake, Jr., and his immediate family. Now located in Midland, Texas, Navigator prospects for oil and gas and acquires oil properties primarily in West Texas.
Michael J. Daniel, Executive Vice President
Raised in Lubbock, Texas, Michael J. Daniel graduated from Texas Tech University with a BBA in accounting and moved to Midland, Texas in 1977. Business experience includes all aspects of oil and gas accounting, and investing in exploration projects in the Permian Basin and the Rocky Mountains. Successfully working with Navigator Oil & Minerals since 2004, the goal remains purchasing oil and gas properties and prospecting in Texas and North Dakota.
Banaise Blake, Vice President, Operations
Raised in Midland, TX, Banaise is a 1998 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY. After more than seven years on active duty in the US Army, including a tour of duty in Baghdad, Iraq, Banaise left the military and entered the oil and gas industry. He worked as a sales and field service manager for Baker Hughes-Centrilift from 2006 to early 2008, and in March 2008 left Baker Hughes to start up a well service company. In 2009, Banaise started working for Frontier Energy Services, LLC, a mid-stream energy company based in Tulsa, OK. After earning an MBA degree in the spring of 2012, Banaise returned to Midland to join his family's oil and gas business, bringing with him 14 years of leadership and operational experience.
Spencer E. Blake, Vice President, Business Development Manager
Spencer E. Blake graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2004 with a degree in Civil Engineering. Soon after graduating, Spencer moved to Denver, Colorado to gain experience in land surveying, land development, infrastructure design, and forensic engineering. After obtaining his license to practice as a professional engineer in the state of Colorado, Spencer joined his father, Jack Blake, Jr., and the Navigator team in early 2011. Since joining the team, Spencer has had the great opportunity to work with geologists, landmen, and engineers that pioneered horizontal development and shale exploitation in the Permian.
Riley Blake Leader, Vice President, Exploration
Riley graduated in 2009 from the Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. degree in Geological Sciences while working with Swift Energy in Dripping Springs, TX. Upon graduation, Riley headed to Denver, CO to work for Forest Oil in their East Texas and Louisiana division, generating prospects and managing up to eight fields. In August of 2012, Riley moved back to Austin, Texas and worked again with Swift Energy, mapping exploration opportunities in East Texas/North Louisiana, as well as providing recompletion recommendations in one of Swift's most active fields. Riley's Gulf Coast experience includes (but is not limited to) focus on the Haynesville/Bossier, Cotton Valley (Taylor), Pettet, Rodessa, Woodbine, Eagle Ford, Austin Chalk, and Wilcox formations. Riley opened Navigator's Austin office in March of 2014, joining the family business and bringing 5 years of oil and gas exploration experience.