Talos Energy is an independent gas and oil company operating of the Gulf Coast and the Gulf of Mexico. It is most famously known for discovering around 2 billion gallons of crude oil in the shallow waters of the Zama-1 field. Zama-1 is located in the Gulf of Mexico and is a combined endeavor with Premier Oil. Talos has a long-standing reputation for success and professionalism, and in 2013 was voted #1 in the list of Top Workplaces by the Houston Chronicle. A title it has held for five consecutive years. The success Talos enjoys can be laid at the feet of its management, a top tier group of experienced individuals who know what they are doing.
First and foremost among them is Timothy Duncan, the founder of Talos who created the business back in 2012. Before founding Talos Duncan served as vice president of development for Phoenix Exploration Group. Armed with an MBA from the Bauer Executive Program at University of Houston, Duncan used his expertise in petroleum engineering to help Phoenix Group double its size. His dedication, passion, and willingness to take on risky projects is what he attests to his overall success. Executive Vice President and COO Stephen Heitzman has 40 years of experience the energy market. A recipient of the Distinguished Engineer Award in 2015, Heitzman has been working in the Gulf of Mexico for years.
A graduate of Texas Tech with a BS in mechanical engineering, Heitzman formed a start-up organization called Gryphon Exploration. His knowledge and management of Talos‘ daily operations makes him a vital instrument to its success.John Parker is another founder of Talos Energy. A graduate from the University of New Orleans with an MS in Earth Science, Parker worked for Shell Oil before coming to Talos. He first worked with Heitzman, joining Gryphon Exploration after its creation. He was responsible for the discovery of 72% of the company’s reserves. His reputation for profitable reserve discoveries increased when he joined Phoenix Group. Now he brings his expertise and instinct to Talos, which has paid off with Zama-1.