Our Team

John Buckley

Co-Founder | President

sq johnA 20 year technology delivery leader known for shaping the strategic vision to achieve business goals, John Buckley offers a unique blend of superior sales acumen, complex project management, global team building and IT solutions development; resulting in significant ROI and operational improvement. John’s ability to facilitate change, work with highly productive teams, and communicate goals has consistently contributed to the success of the organizations for which he has worked. John is a Blue River Analytics Managing Partner and responsible for the company’s overall sales and marketing and business development strategy. Prior to founding Blue River Analytics, John was a Senior Sales Executive at Tibco Spotfire, where he sold data visualization solutions into the energy vertical. John has also held various positions at QlikTech, SAP, Oracle, Stellent, PeopleSoft and JD Edwards. John earned an MBA in Operations Management from Regis University and a Bachelor of Science/Business Administration degree in Information Systems from The University of Colorado – Denver.

Mindy Stone

Co-founder |Chief Technology Officer

Prior to founding Blue River Analytics, Mindy was a Senior Spotfire Solutions Architect for Forestsq mindy Oil Corporation. Mindy has over four years in the oil and gas industry and started her career in reservoir engineering before switching over to IT. While at Forest she took Spotfire from a departmental tool to a corporate analytics platform, and developed applications for users in Reservoir Engineering, Geology, Production Engineering and Drilling. Most of her current work includes data discovery and predictive analytics for cost and production data. Mindy holds degrees from The University of Denver in biology, chemistry & statistics. She is currently enrolled in a Masters of Computer Information Systems with concentrations in Business Intelligence and Database Management.

Courtney Brown

Spotfire and Project Specialist

Prior to joining the Blue River Analytics team, Courtney was a Client Success Lead for TriZetto, A 13006553_10205688881973510_1470940423213374042_nCognizant Company. There she honed her account and project management skills by working with healthcare clients on software implementations, process improvement and release/problem management. Prior to TriZetto, Courtney worked at IQNavigator, a workforce management SAAS company, as a Solutions Delivery Consultant. In this role she provided hands-on consultation, troubleshooting and implementation of best-practice solutions to multiple clients. She is excited to break into the oil and gas industry and begin consulting on Spotfire projects. She holds a degree in Psychology and Economics & Organizational Management from Agnes Scott College.

Johnny Larsen

Sales – Account Executive

Prior to joining the Blue River Analytics team, Johnny worked as a Sales Johnny Portrait 1Engineer with Schneider Electric. There he spent 5 years mastering his sales techniques and customer relations allowing him to consistently over achieve on his annual quotas. Johnny’s passion for learning cutting-edge Software/IT, and constant exposure to the Oil & Gas industry sparked the desire for a career change. He is excited to bring his sales success from the electrical space and apply it to the Oil & Gas industry. Johnny holds a B.S degree in Industrial Distribution at Texas A&M University as well as a minor in Business.

Kelley Dingens

Marketing Specialist

DSC_0039As a recent graduate from the University of Denver, Kelley is excited to join the Blue River Analytics team. While at school, Kelley worked with the DU Athletic Department marketing team to create and manage different marketing pieces to engage the community with the different athletic events taking place. For two years, she was a VP in her sorority, where she planned and marketed 3 campus wide philanthropy events, as well as managed different chapter events, chapter promotions and 28 chairwomen positions. Kelley spent a summer in New York City on a rotation program at Mizuho Securities. She spent three weeks with the company’s business development/client relations team where she managed client events, conducted internal research, and assisted in organizing conferences. Kelley is excited to break into the Oil & Gas industry and work with Blue River on their different events and promotions. She holds a BSBA degree in Marketing.

Marko Maucec

Data Scientist

Marko_BRA_SA 2x2Marko is a Chief Data Scientist with Blue River Analytics and Petroleum Engineering Specialist with Saudi Aramco. Formerly, Marko was a Sr. Reservoir Adviser with Halliburton, mainly working in the areas of reservoir characterization, production optimization, Digital Oil Field, data mining and predictive analytics, assisted history matching, uncertainty quantification, and subsurface imaging. Prior to Halliburton, he was research geophysicist with Shell International E&P, principally responsible for development of Bayesian methods for dynamic data integration with uncertainty. Before joining the oil industry, he worked internationally in the areas of nuclear engineering, nuclear geophysics, nuclear instrumentation development, simulations of radiation transport and applied mathematics. Marko has authored 70+ peer-reviewed journal papers, technical papers and book chapters and is inventor on 21 patents and patent applications. He holds a PhD and MSc in Nuclear Engineering and a BSc in Electrical Engineering. Marko is an active member of SPE and SEG.

Kyle LaMotta

Trainer and Analytics Consultant

Kyle LaMotta has over 7 years of E&P experience, previously working at Hess Corporation in Kyle HeadshotProduction, Operations, and Facilities Engineering positions for both Onshore and Offshore assets. He specializes in Spotfire project development and industry-specific training. Kyle frequently publishes oil & gas specific Spotfire resources for his company Data Fuel on his website. Kyle has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas Tech University and is earning an MBA from the University of Houston.

Jack Stewart

Geologist & Analytics Consultant 

Jack PcturePrior to joining Blue River Analytics, Jack had six years of oil and gas experience as a Geo Analyst with Pioneer Natural Resources. He has worked on teams such as Business Development, Permian, Raton, and Western Panhandle. Jack specializes in geologic data interpretation and display using tools such as Spotfire, ArcGIS, Petra, Geocortex, Access, and others.  His project experience includes advanced down hole data interpretation and display, new play discovery, identifying missed production opportunities, and environmental water well compliancies. Jack also has cross discipline experience participating in projects such as down spacing and infill drilling, reserves add, and historic production evaluation. Jacks experience translates well into the Blue River team to create customized templates specific to geologic data and implementing platforms to solve spatial puzzles.

Jack graduated with a degree in Geology with an emphasis in GIS at Northern Arizona University in 2009.

Abby Ballard

Production Engineer & Analytics Consultant

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Andy Nguyen

Analytics Consultant

Using 8 years of combined experience as an internal auditor and reservoir sq andy nanalyst, Andy applies technology, science, big data and efficiency principles to create advanced and effective analytical solutions.

These solutions include: a fully-automated, end-to-end production surveillance project that provides an efficient dashboard to monitor activity within an operating area and analyze performance between operators; a petrophysical model that allows the user to flexibly calculate complex geological parameters and analyze them against production aggregations; a ternary plot project that graphically depicts the ratios of three variables as positions in an equilateral triangle.

Andy earned his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Denver in 2008 and became a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in 2010.

Matt Zolnowsky

Drilling Engineer & Analytics Consultant 

sq MattMatt has nine years experience in the gas and oil industry specializing in drilling optimization, drilling system performance, and drill bit design. He has also spent considerable time understanding ESP (Electric Submersible Pump) systems to improve fluid recovery from dynamic reservoirs. Matt’s skillset significantly improves Blue River’s capability to handle all facets of an E&P company’s data needs. While at a major drilling service company, Matt continually identified the parameters, system configuration, and drill bit design to ultimately reduce the operators days on well. Matt would also identify drill bit technology gaps while analyzing massive datasets and relay these needs to product R&D groups. Often, the product of Matt’s analysis would drive major re-thinking of drill bit designs and lead to product successes containing drill bit features that are unique to the industry. Matt also contributed to several SPE papers:

  • SPE 168000 – Innovative Non-Planar Face PDC Cutters Demonstrate 21% Drilling Efficiency Improvement in Interbedded Shales and Sand
  • SPE 151389 – Drilling Performance is a Function of Power at the Bit and Drilling Efficiency

Matt achieved a BS in mechanical engineering from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in 2001.

Blue River Analytics and guests, December 2014

Blue River Analytics and guests, December 2014

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