James C. (Jim) Manatt, Jr. is CEO, Chairman and Founder of Thrust Energy, Inc. and Providence Technologies, Inc., Roswell, NM. Thrust Energy is the developer of the current 125,000 acre leasehold in the ABQ Basin Mancos Shale (Gallup) exploration program. Providence Technologies, founded in 1994, is New Mexico’s only 3D seismic exploration services company. He is the owner and co-inventor of Directed Beam Seismic©, U.S. Patent 8,077,547. Prior to Thrust and Providence, he was President / COO, Permian Exploration Corp. Since 1979, his companies have conducted thousands of kilometers advanced 2D swath and 3D seismic data acquisition, processing and analysis in Texas, New Mexico, Italy, Poland, India and Yemen. He is a member of the SEG, AAPG (Associate), Canadian, Houston, Permian Basin Geophysical Societies, the ABQ and Roswell Geological Societies, where he is Past President. He is a Distinguished Alumnus, a Distinguished Military Graduate, Bachelor of Arts, New Mexico State University and was honored to return service to his Alma Mater as Chairman and Member, Board of Regents. After college he served on active duty as a Vietnam era Military Intelligence Officer, U.S. Army.