Michel J. Bechtel
Co-Founder, President and Managing Partner
Mr. Bechtel has more than 45 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, and 32+ years as an Independent managing his own exploration companies. Prior to founding Blue Moon Exploration in 1994 and Bechtel Exploration in 1984, his experience includes being Vice President of Exploration for Weaver Exploration, an Exploration Geologist for ODECO, and Geologist for U.S. Geological Survey and Pan Am Petroleum/ Amoco. He is a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, the Houston Geological Society, and New Orleans Geological Society. Mr. Bechtel holds a B.S. in Geology & Geophysics from Louisiana State University of New Orleans and a M.S. in Petroleum Geology from the University of New Orleans.
Thomas A. McWhorter
Co-Founder, Vice President, and Managing Partner
Mr. McWhorter has more than 35 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. Prior to founding Blue Moon Exploration and Martex Exploration in 1994, he managed the Exploration Division for Michael T. Halbouty Energy Company, was a Geological Consultant for Kriti Exploration and was a Senior Geologist with Exxon. He is a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, the Houston Geological Society, and New Orleans Geological Society. Mr. McWhorter holds a B.S. in Geology from Nicholls State and a M.S. from the University of Tennessee.