Paul J. Zecchi
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Prior to founding Central, Mr. Zecchi started Midland Resources in 1983 and sold the firm in 1988. He held several executive, management and engineering positions with Schlumberger (Johnston Division) and Tenneco, Inc. (Tennessee Gas Division), among others. He is the former president of the Western Energy Alliance and is a member, or former member in many other industry organizations. He currently serves, and has previously served, on the Boards of Directors of several corporate and non-profit firms. Mr. Zecchi is involved with a variety of philanthropic and cultural pursuits including his foundation, The Petunia Fund, which supports education projects in third world countries. In 2014, Mr. Zecchi was inducted into the Western Energy Rocky Mountain Oil & Gas Hall of Fame.
Mr. Zecchi graduated from Marietta College in Ohio with a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering in 1970; and from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York with an M.S. in Management Science in 1979. In February 2012 Mr. Zecchi was awarded an Honorary Juris Doctorate from Marietta College.
President & Chief Operating Officer
Juan Carlos Sandoval Amare
Chief Financial Officer
Juan Carlos Sandoval has close to 17 years of banking experience in the oil and gas industry. Juan Carlos began his career in Mexico working for an investment banking firm specialized in M&A transactions for oil and gas companies. Juan Carlos joined BNP Paribas in early 2000 working for the oil and gas Latin America team based in New York where he spent more than 4 years dealing with a wide range of oil and gas companies from state-owned monopolies to small/junior independent producers. Juan Carlos spent 3 years in Paris, France working at BNPP's head office representing U.S. and Latin America oil and gas teams in front of the bank's executive management team. For the last 9 years, Juan Carlos has been focused on the U.S. and Latin America oil and gas industry in Houston, Texas. During this time, he also spent 2 years as the relationship manager within the energy group at Wells Fargo Bank before returning to BNP Paribas in 2014 to manage the oil and gas structured debt team.
Juan Carlos holds a BA degree in Accounting fromthe Monterrey Institute of Technology and HIgher Education in Mexico and the University of Saskatchewan in Canada. Juan Carlos is a FINRA registered licensed representative (Series 7 and 63) and is fluent in Spanish, English and French.
Sr. Vice President, Latin America
Mr. Hoppe graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a B.S. in Geology.