Meet Our Team


Mr. Guan joined Surge Energy as the Chief Business Development Officer in December 2018 and became the Chief Executive Officer in May 2019. He has 20+ years of experience in the petroleum industry, most recently serving as Chairman of Star Energy International Corporation (SEIC). Prior to SEIC, Mr. Guan spent almost 10 years with Statoil holding various roles including President of Statoil Technology Services Ltd in Beijing, Global Strategy Manager in London, and Business Development Project Manager in Stavanger. He began his career in the industry as a Geologist for CNPC in China and later worked as a Reservoir Engineer for Chevron in Houston. Mr. Guan received a BE degree in Petrophysics and an MS degree in Geology from China Petroleum University. He also received an MS degree in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University and an MBA degree from Rice University. He moved to US in 2000 and became a US citizen in 2012.

Mr. Welch became CFO of Surge Energy in August 2015 and previously served as the Controller since the company’s inception. He brings 25 years of oil and gas experience to the organization. Prior to joining Surge, Mr. Welch was the Marketing & Treasury Director of Midstates Petroleum, where he worked from 2010 to 2015. Prior to Midstates, Mr. Welch spent 20 years in various domestic and international finance positions at ConocoPhillips, with roles across the value chain in Upstream, Downstream, Marketing, and Accounting.

Mr. Alonzo joined Surge Energy in September 2017 as Subsurface Manager and assumed duties as VP Development in July 2020.  Prior to joining Surge, Mr. Alonzo had 33 years of domestic and international oil and gas experience with ConocoPhillips, Phillips, Atlantic Richfield, and the Minerals Management Service working various engineering and operations assignments.  He provided technical leadership for significant field developments in Alaska, Canada, and the Lower 48, both onshore and offshore.  Mr. Alonzo received his BS in Petroleum Engineering from Montana Tech and is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

Mr. Guidry joined Surge in May 2016 as Director of Planning and Economics. Prior to joining Surge, Mr. Guidry worked for Indigo Minerals from 2014 to 2016, serving as Director, Finance and Planning. Prior to Indigo, Mr. Guidry worked at Midstates Petroleum Company from 2012 to 2014 serving in multiple finance and strategic planning roles. Mr. Guidry started his career at ConocoPhillips in 2004 and held various planning, finance and accounting positions during the 8 years he was there.

Mrs. Conway joined Surge Energy as Controller in August 2015. Prior to Surge, Mrs. Conway spent four years as the Director of Financial Reporting for Midstates Petroleum Company. Mrs. Conway has ten years of public accounting experience with Deloitte & Touche LLP, where she last served as a Senior Audit Manager. She also spent one year with Opportune as a manager working with various clients on initial public offerings and other complex accounting projects.

Mr. Fleming joined Surge in August 2015 and has filled several management roles including Drilling & Completions Manager and was promoted to VP of Operations in Sept 2017. Mr. Fleming has over 36 years of domestic oil and gas experience. Prior to Surge, Mr. Fleming was Vice President/Managing Partner for Enduro Resource Partners for 3 years.  Mr. Fleming also managed drilling and completion operations for Energen Corporation for several years.  Mr. Fleming spent the majority of his career with Occidental Petroleum Corporation, holding various operational management positions spanning a 26 year tenure with the company.

Mr. Harper joined Surge in June of 2018. He is a Health, Safety, Environmental and Regulatory (HSER) professional with 28 years of experience in oil & gas domestic, international, onshore, and offshore operations. Prior to joining Surge, he worked at EP Energy as the HSER Director from 2014 to 2018. Mr. Harper also worked for BP in various HSER roles and leadership positions from 1998 to 2014 and as an industry consultant from 1991 to 1998. Mr. Harper holds a BS in Business Management and Administration and is a Certified Safety Professional. He is a member of the American Society of Safety Professionals and has served in various trade associations.

Mr. Kelso has expansive experience in global leadership roles in oil and gas drilling, completions, operations and asset management on many international and domestic onshore and offshore projects. Prior to November 2019, Mr. Kelso was president of his own oil and gas company, LH1 Energy. Mr. Kelso enjoyed a 37 year career with Amoco, BP and Hess previous to LH1 Energy. Mr. Kelso held positions his last five years at Hess directing unconventional activities worldwide. Mr. Kelso is from East Texas and is passionate about the oil and gas business. He is a member of SPE, Rice Business Roundtable, Rice Angel Network, IPAA, ADAM, HEFG, Jones Partners and CEO Netweavers. Mr. Kelso received his BS in Petroleum Engineering from Texas Tech University and his Executive MBA from Rice University.

Ms. Oza joined Surge Energy in April 2018 and is currently the Human Resources Director. Prior to joining Surge, Ms. Oza worked for BHP Billiton Petroleum as an HR Business Partner. During her tenure she supported the offshore and onshore businesses with their Exploration, Production, Operations, and HSE groups. Ms. Oza received an MBA degree from Vanderbilt University and is a SHRM Senior Certified Professional.

Mr. Smith joined Surge in October 2018 bringing ~36 years of experience to the company. Prior to joining Surge, Mr Smith worked at Castleton Commodities International (CCI), LLC from June 2013 to September 2018 where he developed and executed an Assets Information Technology Strategy that positioned the company to achieve strategic growth plans through the acquisition of Upstream, Midstream and Power Generation assets. While at CCI, Mr Smith assumed other senior leadership positions including Information Security, the Project Management Office, Houston Office Facilities and Project Manager for strategic business improvement projects. Prior to this, Mr Smith worked at ConocoPhillips until his retirement in April 2012 as Manager, Global Upstream Information Technology. During his time with ConocoPhillips, he held various corporate and business Information Technology leadership roles domestically and internationally. Mr Smith received his BS in Computer Science from Union College and is a certified leadership and career coach.

Mr. Staller joined Surge in August 2015 as Land Manager and was promoted to Land and Legal Director later that year. He assumed duties as Head Counsel in September 2020. Prior to joining Surge, he worked for Rosetta Resources for five years, serving in roles of increasing responsibility in the Regulatory and Land groups. Mr. Staller worked in the financial services industry for close to a decade prior to entering the oil and gas industry. He earned his BBA from the University of Texas at Austin and JD from South Texas College of Law Houston.