L. Melvin Cooper
Mr. Cooper has been a Director of the Board, a member of the Audit Committee and a member of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee since October 2010, and has been a member of the Compensation Committee since November 2011. Mr. Cooper is the Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Secretary of Forbes Energy Services Ltd. (“Forbes”), where he has served since April 2008. Prior to that date he served as the Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Secretary of Forbes’ predecessor companies beginning in June 2007. From January to June 2007, he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Cude Oilfield Contractors, Inc., an oilfield construction company. From September 2004 to January 2007, Mr. Cooper served as President of SpectraSource Corporation, a supplier of products and services to the new home building industry. From April 2000 to September 2004, Mr. Cooper served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Cerqa, the supply chain management division of Nationwide Graphics, Inc., a national printing and supply chain management company, where Mr. Cooper formerly served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Cooper has also served in financial and operating positions with both private and public companies involved in scrap metal recycling, manufacturing, water purification, natural gas marketing and drilling fluids. Mr. Cooper earned a degree in accounting from Texas A&M University-Kingsville (formerly Texas A&I) in 1975. Mr. Cooper has been a Certified Public Accountant since May 1977. Mr. Cooper serves on the board of the National Association of Corporate Directors Tri-City Chapter where he obtained the Board Leadership Fellow certification. Mr. Cooper also serves on the board of Par Petroleum Corporation where he is the Chairman of the Audit Committee. Mr. Cooper’s extensive experience in the energy industry as well as his financial background brings significant additional operating, financial and management experience to the Board.