Who We Are


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Mike John
Founder, President & CEO

Mike John founded NNE in 2009 and has served as President since the company’s inception. Mr. John previously served as Vice President of Operations of the Eastern Division for Chesapeake Energy from 2005-2009. Prior to joining Chesapeake Energy, Mr. John held various senior executive roles at Triana Energy/Columbia Natural Resources, where he also served on the company’s Board of Directors until Columbia Natural Resources was sold to Chesapeake in 2005. During his time with Chesapeake, Mr. John was instrumental in the drilling, completion, and operation of Chesapeake’s initial 100 horizontal Marcellus wells in Appalachia. Mr. John is a West Virginia native and a 1981 graduate of West Virginia University with a degree in petroleum engineering. He serves on the Board of Directors for the WVU Alumni Association and resides in Charleston, WV with his family.

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John Adams
VP of Operations

John Adams is a founding executive of NNE and serves as VP of Operations. He previously served as Director of Reservoir Engineering for the Eastern Division of Chesapeake Energy until 2009. In 2001 he helped form Triana Energy where he was Director of Engineering after beginning his career in the energy industry in 1986 as a Reservoir Engineer at Columbia Natural Resources. Mr. Adams received his MBA from the Graduate College of West Virginia and a degree in Petroleum Engineering from Marietta College. He resides in Charleston, WV.

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Mark Williams
VP of Business Development

Mark Williams is a founding executive of NNE and serves as VP of Business Development. Mr. Williams began his career at Columbia Natural Resources where he held various positions in reservoir engineering, corporate planning, business development, marketing, and gas supply. In 2001, Mr. Williams left Columbia to join Triana Energy where he served as Director of Pipelines and Marketing. With Triana Energy’s acquisition of Columbia in 2003, Mr. Williams returned to Columbia as its Director of Pipeline Engineering and remained through the acquisition of Columbia Natural Resources by Chesapeake Energy in 2005. Mr. Williams holds a degree in petroleum engineering from Marietta College (’86), serves on the board of directors of MAR Systems, and resides in Charleston, WV.

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Jo Ellen Yeary
VP and General Counsel, Retired

Jo Ellen Yeary is a founding executive of NNE and served as the company’s VP and General Counsel. She served on the Columbia Natural Resources legal team from 1989 to 2001 when she left to help form Triana Energy and act as VP, Secretary, and General Counsel. Following Chesapeake’s acquisition of Columbia Natural Gas, Mrs. Yeary served as VP and General Counsel for Chesapeake until 2006. Mrs. Yeary holds degrees from Marietta College and Capital University Law School and resides in South Charleston, WV.

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BJ Carney
VP of Geosciences

Prior to joining the management team of NNE as VP of Geosciences in 2010, BJ Carney held the position of Geoscience Coordinator of Chesapeake’s Marcellus shale development team. He served as lead explorationist for Chesapeake’s Eastern Division and was instrumental in the company’s entry into the Marcellus shale play. In 2001 Mr. Carney joined Columbia Natural Resources and held various geologic and geophysical positions. His energy career began at Marathon Oil Company in 2000 as an Exploration Geophysicist, working assets in the Rockies and the mid-continent. Mr. Carney received a B.S. in Geology and an M.S. in Geophysics from Virginia Tech. He resides in Charleston, WV.

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Chris Mullen
VP of Land

Chris Mullen joined the NNE team as VP of Land in 2010. Gaining vast experience in the coal, oil and gas industries, Mr. Mullen practiced oil and gas mineral law in the Appalachian Basin before joining Energy Corporation of America (ECA) in 2003 as a corporate attorney. In 2006 Mr. Mullen was appointed ECA’s Director of Land where he was responsible for the management and oversight of all functions in ECA’s Land Department for the Eastern Region. He graduated from West Virginia University in 1992 and received his law degree from St. Thomas University School of Law in 1995. He is licensed to practice law, and is an active member of the bar associations in the states of West Virginia and Texas. Mr. Mullen resides in Charleston, WV.

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Sam Sommerville
VP of Finance

Sam Sommerville has served as NNE’s VP of Finance since 2010. In 2003 Mr. Sommerville became Chief Financial Officer of Reed Brothers Limited Partnership, an Appalachian oil and gas exploration and development company. While with Reed Brothers, he was also the CEO of a wholly owned oil and gas construction/service contractor. His career began in 1977 when he joined Simpson & Osborne, CPAs, and during his tenure served as a partner, member of the executive committee, VP, and President. Mr. Sommerville graduated from Glenville State College with a B.A. in Business Administration. He resides in Charleston, WV.

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Brett Loflin
VP of Regulatory Affairs

Prior to joining NNE in 2010 as VP of Regulatory Affairs, Mr. Loflin was the Director of Regulatory Compliance for Atlas Energy. He served as the Manager of Regulatory Compliance at Chesapeake beginning in 2006. For over 20 years he was the Program Director of the West Virginia Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, and serves as the Committee Chair of Governmental Affairs for the Independent Oil and Gas Association of West Virginia. Mr. Loflin graduated from West Virginia University with a degree in Petroleum Engineering and lives in Charleston, WV.

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Jeannie Morgan Johnson
VP of Land Operations

Ms. Johnson joined NNE in 2010 and serves as VP of Land Operations. She began her career in the energy industry in 2004 as a contract landman managing projects in the Appalachian Basin. Before joining NNE she held several positions within Chesapeake Energy, the most current of which was the oversight and coordination of broker management, acquisitions and land operations in the Appalachian Basin. She is a member of the Energy and Mineral Law Foundation, Women in Energy, and a Certified Professional Landman (CPL). She is a very active member and serves on several committees with the American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL) and Michael Late Benedum Chapter (MLBC). Prior to joining the energy industry, she spent 20 years in the legal field. Ms. Johnson graduated from Marshall University with a B.A in Criminal Justice. She resides in Charleston, WV.

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Zack Arnold
General Manager of Operations

Previous to joining NNE in 2014, Zack Arnold held the Position of Operations Manager for Chesapeake Energy’s Eastern Division overseeing operations in WV, PA and OH. He also held other roles within Chesapeake’s Completion and Drilling Departments during the initial entry into the Marcellus and Utica plays. Mr. Arnold began his career as a Production Engineer with Chevron in Bakersfield, CA in 2004. He graduated from Marietta College with honors with a B.S. in petroleum engineering. Mr. Arnold lives with his family in Bridgeport, WV.

mikeMike John
Founder, President & CEO

Mike John founded NNE in 2009 and has served as President & CEO since the company’s inception. Mr. John previously served as Vice President of Operations of the Eastern Division for Chesapeake Energy from 2005-2009. Prior to joining Chesapeake Energy, Mr. John held various senior executive roles at Triana Energy/Columbia Natural Resources, where he also served on the company’s Board of Directors until Columbia Natural Resources was sold to Chesapeake in 2005. During his time with Chesapeake, Mr. John was instrumental in the drilling, completion, and operation of Chesapeake’s initial 100 horizontal Marcellus wells in Appalachia. Mr. John is a West Virginia native and a 1981 graduate of West Virginia University with a degree in petroleum engineering. He serves on the Board of Directors for the WVU Alumni Association and resides in Charleston, WV with his family.

johnJohn Adams
VP of Operations

John Adams is a founding executive of NNE and serves as VP of Operations. Mr. Adams previously served as Director of Reservoir Engineering for the Eastern Division of Chesapeake Energy until 2009. In 2001 he helped form Triana Energy where he was Director of Engineering. His career in the energy industry began in 1986 when he joined Columbia Natural Resources as a Reservoir Engineer. Mr. Adams received his MBA from the Graduate College of West Virginia and a degree in petroleum engineering from Marietta College. Mr. Adams resides in Charleston, WV.

markMark Williams
VP of Business Development

Mark Williams is a founding executive of NNE and serves as VP of Business Development. Mr. Williams began his career at Columbia Natural Resources where he held various positions in reservoir engineering, corporate planning, business development, marketing, and gas supply. In 2001, Mr. Williams left Columbia to join Triana Energy where he served as Director of Pipelines and Marketing. With Triana Energy’s acquisition of Columbia in 2003, Mr. Williams returned to Columbia as its Director of Pipeline Engineering and remained through the acquisition of Columbia Natural Resources by Chesapeake Energy in 2005. Mr. Williams holds a degree in petroleum engineering from Marietta College (’86), serves on the board of directors of MAR Systems, and resides in Charleston, WV.

jo-ellenJo Ellen Yeary
VP and General Counsel, Retired

Jo Ellen Yeary is a founding executive of NNE and served as the company’s VP of Legal. Mrs. Yeary served on the Columbia Natural Resources legal team from 1989 to 2001 when she left to help form Triana Energy and act as VP, Secretary, and General Counsel. Following Chesapeake’s acquisition of Columbia Natural Gas, Mrs. Yeary served as VP and General Counsel for Chesapeake until 2006. Mrs. Yeary holds degrees from Marietta College and Capital University Law School and resides in South Charleston, WV.

bjBJ Carney
VP of Geosciences

Prior to joining the management team of NNE as VP of Geosciences in 2010, BJ Carney held the position of Geoscience Coordinator of Chesapeake’s Marcellus shale development team. He served as lead explorationist for Chesapeake’s Eastern Division and was instrumental in the company’s entry into the Marcellus shale play. In 2001 Mr. Carney joined Columbia Natural Resources and held various geologic and geophysical positions. His energy career began at Marathon Oil Company in 2000 as an Exploration Geophysicist, working assets in the Rockies and the mid-continent. Mr. Carney received a B.S. in geology and an M.S. in geophysics from Virginia Tech. He resides in Charleston, WV.

chrisChris Mullen
VP of Land

Chris Mullen joined the NNE team as VP of Land in 2010. Gaining vast experience in the coal, oil and gas industries, Mr. Mullen practiced oil and gas mineral law in the Appalachian Basin before joining Energy Corporation of America (ECA) in 2003 as a corporate attorney. In 2006 Mr. Mullen was appointed ECA’s Director of Land where he was responsible for the management and oversight of all functions in ECA’s Land Department for the Eastern Region. He graduated from West Virginia University in 1992 and received his law degree from St. Thomas University School of Law in 1995. He is licensed to practice law, and is an active member of the bar associations, in the states of West Virginia and Texas. Mr. Mullen resides in Charleston, WV.

samSam Sommerville
VP of Finance

Sam Sommerville has served as NNE’s VP of Finance since 2010. In 2003 Mr. Sommerville became Chief Financial Officer of Reed Brothers Limited Partnership, an Appalachian oil and gas exploration and development company. While with Reed Brothers, he was also the CEO of a wholly owned oil and gas construction/service contractor. His career began in 1977 when he joined Simpson & Osborne, CPAs, and during his tenure there served as a partner, member of the executive committee, VP, and President. Mr. Sommerville graduated from Glenville State College with a B.A. in business administration. He resides in Charleston, WV.

brettBrett Loflin
VP of Regulatory Affairs

Brett Loflin joined the NNE team in 2010 as VP of Regulatory Affairs. Previously Mr. Loflin served as Director, Regulatory Compliance at Atlas Energy, and Manager, Regulatory Compliance at Chesapeake Energy. For over 20 years he was the program director of the West Virginia Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, and he serves as the committee chair of governmental affairs for the Independent Oil and Gas Association of West Virginia. Mr. Loflin graduated from West Virginia University with a degree in petroleum engineering and lives in Charleston, WV.

jeannieJeannie Morgan Johnson
VP of Land Operations

Ms. Johnson joined NNE in 2010 and serves as VP of Land Operations. She began her career in the energy industry in 2004 as a contract landman managing projects in the Appalachian Basin. Before joining NNE she held several positions within Chesapeake Energy, the most current of which was the oversight and coordination of broker management, acquisitions and land operations in the Appalachian Basin. She is a member of the Energy and Mineral Law Foundation, Women in Energy, and a Certified Professional Landman (CPL). She is a very active member and serves on several committees with the American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL) and Michael Late Benedum Chapter (MLBC). Prior to joining the energy industry, she spent 20 years in the legal field. Ms. Johnson graduated from Marshall University with a B.A in Criminal Justice. She resides in Charleston, WV.

zackZack Arnold
General Manager of Operations

Previous to joining NNE in 2014, Zack Arnold held the Position of Operations Manager for Chesapeake Energy’s Eastern Division overseeing operations in WV, PA and OH.  He also held other roles within Chesapeake’s Completion and Drilling Departments during the initial entry into the Marcellus and Utica plays.  Mr. Arnold began his career as a Production Engineer with Chevron in Bakersfield, CA in 2004.  He graduated from Marietta College with honors with a B.S. in petroleum engineering.  Mr. Arnold lives with his family in Bridgeport, WV.