Arena Resources has appointed David Ricks as vice president of operations, Thomas Wahl as vice president of the land department and Patric McConn as vice president of geology/exploration.

The company has also appointed Craig Gaines as manager of reservoir engineering/acquisitions and Darren Seglem as project manager of Yates development.

Mr Ricks is a professional petroleum engineer with over 25 years of industry experience. Mr Ricks began his career in 1982 as a production engineer in Southeast New Mexico for Gulf Oil Co.

Mr Wahl has 31 years of diversified petroleum land management experience with particular emphasis in the Mid-continent, Gulf Coast, Permian Basin and Rocky Mountain areas.

Mr McConn has over 25 years of industry experience as a geologist. Prior to joining Arena, Mr McConn served as a geologist for Petromark Resources, Polaris Energy Development Company, MBR Resources and Summit Exploration.

Mr Gaines, meanwhile, has over 34 years of industry experience as a petroleum and reservoir engineer. Prior to joining Arena, Mr Gaines served as a reservoir engineer for Texaco, Chaparral Energy and Mid-Con Energy.

Mr Seglem has over 19 years of industry experience. Prior to joining Arena, Mr. Seglem was vice president Drilling and Production for Royalty Exploration/Regal Gas Corporation where he supervised all aspects of the company’s drilling and production activities.

Tim Rochford, CEO of Arena, said: One of the most sensitive areas of any rapidly growing young company is finding and retaining high quality, experienced people. We are very pleased that individuals such as these have chosen to join Arena and add their valuable expertise to enable us to take advantage of what we believe are exciting growth opportunities ahead of us through the development of existing properties and the acquisition of new assets.