SRI Corporate Governance

Board of Directors


Saratoga's Board of Directors

Thomas F. Cooke
Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and Founder of Saratoga Resources, Inc. (“Saratoga”). 

Mr. Cooke has 30 years executive experience as an Independent Oil and Gas Producer.  His many accomplishments include the founding of a wholly owned company, Texas Petrochem, Inc. (TPI) in 1987.

Thomas Cooke’s activities have included chairing the Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners (TIPRO) task force in North American Energy Issues.  He was credited in swinging several key votes that contributed to the ultimate ratification of the North American Free Trade Agreement.  Most recently, he has been elected as a member of the Board of Directors for the Louisiana Oil & Gas Association.  Mr. Cooke is married and now resides with his wife June in Austin, Texas.  In his spare time, he stays active in civic, charitable and political affairs

tom cooke
Andy C. Clifford

Mr. Clifford has served as President and a director of Saratoga since October 2007. From June 2006 until his appointment as President and a director, Mr. Clifford served as an advisory director of Saratoga. Prior to joining Saratoga, Mr. Clifford was a co-founder and Executive Vice President of Aurora Gas, LLC, an independent gas developer and producer. Mr. Clifford has over 30 years of experience in the domestic and international oil and natural gas arena, and served in various leadership roles with BHP Petroleum. He also worked as a geophysicist with BHP, KUFPEC and Exxon. Mr. Clifford holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology from London University and is a frequent speaker and published author on a variety of energy industry topics.
andy clifford
Rex H. White, Jr.,

Mr. White has served as a director of Saratoga since 2006. Mr. White is a self-employed attorney, board certified in oil, gas and mineral law, with over 46 years of experience in the energy industry. Prior to commencing his legal career, Mr. White worked as a petroleum geologist/geophysicist for approximately 10 years, including 7 years with Mobil Oil Corporation. Mr. White’s career in the energy industry includes service as Special Counsel to the Texas Railroad Commission, Assistant Attorney General of the State of Texas, President of the Texas Independent Producer and Royalty Owners Association, and a Presidential appointment to The National Petroleum Council. Mr. White holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology, a Master’s degree in Geology with a minor in Petroleum Engineering, and a Bachelor of Laws, all from the University of Texas.
rex white
Kevin M. Smith,

Mr. Smith has served as a director of Saratoga since 1997. Mr. Smith has in excess of 35 years experience as an exploration geophysicist. Since 1984 Mr. Smith's work experience has been exclusively devoted to his own geophysical consulting firm, Kevin M. Smith, Inc. Mr. Smith holds a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Physics from the University of Texas. He also holds a Master’s degree in Geology and Geophysics from the University of Houston.
kevin smith
J. W. “Bill” Rhea

Mr. Rhea was appointed an advisory director in October 2007. Mr. Rhea has over 32 years of business, financial and petroleum engineering experience in all phases of the upstream oil and gas industry, onshore and offshore, both domestically and internationally on four continents. Mr. Rhea is a second-generation oil and gas businessman and, in addition to serving in senior management and chief executive roles in several independent oil and gas companies (public and private), has also been a consultant to industry. Mr. Rhea is experienced in the prospect generation and assembly process using state of the art remote sensing and focusing technologies coupled with more traditional 2D and 3D seismic technologies to assemble, drill, and develop world class prospects. Over his career, Mr. Rhea has also worked on acquisitions, mergers, and divestitures of oil and gas assets and companies. Mr. Rhea is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of privately held Gulf Energy Exploration Corp. of Austin, Texas.
bill rhea


Michael O. Aldridge
Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President

Mr. Aldridge joined Saratoga as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President in October 2011. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Aldridge served as a financial consultant to the energy industry. Mr. Aldridge has over 18 years of public company executive level financial experience in the energy industry and served in multiple executive positions with NYSE listed Flores & Rucks, Ocean Energy and Petroquest Energy. Mr. Aldridge previously was employed by Ernst & Young, LLP for 11 years, where he attained the level of Senior Manager. Mr. Aldridge holds a B.S. degree in Accounting from Louisiana State University and is a CPA.

Brian Daigle
VP Operations

Mr. Daigle has served as Operations Manager of the Harvest Companies since 2006 and is responsible for the day-to-day management of the companies’ physical assets. Prior to joining the Harvest Companies, from 2004 to 2006 Mr. Daigle was self-employed as a consultant to various operators providing operations management, technical support for facility installation, and managing daily production operations. Mr. Daigle served as Production Superintendent for Denbury Resources from 2001 to 2004. Mr. Daigle has more than 26 years of diversified experience in the oil and gas industry – focused on production operations, facility design, regulatory compliance, and project management in the Gulf of Mexico and inland waters of the State of Louisiana.
brian daigle

Randal McDonald, Jr.

Mr. McDonald has served as Saratoga’s Controller since November 2011. Previously, from 2007 to 2011, Mr. McDonald served as Controller of Baseline Oil & Gas Corp., an independent oil and gas company. From 1998 until 2007, Mr. McDonald served as Chief Financial Officer and a Director of VTEX Energy, Inc., a publicly traded independent oil and gas company. Mr. McDonald holds a B.B.A. degree in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin and is a licensed CPA.