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Board of Directors

James E. Burns
Chairman of the Board

Mr. Burns is an experienced Executive and Board Director with a long career in the Energy field, including senior corporate positions at Shell, Texaco, and ARCO, as well as Director and President roles in Transfuels and Fortress Energy Partners. Mr. Burns has achieved year-after-year success meeting revenue, profit, and business growth objectives within start-up, turnaround, and rapid-change environments.

Throughout his career, Mr. Burns has participated in Executive Learning programs such as the Stanford Graduate School of Business Executive Education Design Thinking Boot Camp: From Insights to Innovation, Harvard Business School Executive Education: Advanced Negotiators Program, and Insead Executive Program: Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestments.

Mr. Burns has a B.S. in Business Administration from California State University and an Executive M.B.A. from the University of Houston.

Ivar Siem
Independent Director

Ivar Siem is the Chairman of American Resources Inc. and has served as its CEO since January 2013. Mr. Siem has broad experience in both the upstream and the service segments of the oil and gas industry. Mr. Siem previously served as the CEO of Blue Dolphin Energy from January 1990 to May 2014.

Mr. Siem has been the founder of several companies and involved in multiple roll-ups and restructuring processes throughout his career. These include Fred Olsen, Inc., Dolphin International, Inc., Blue Dolphin Energy, Seateam Technology ASA, DI Industries/Grey Wolf Drilling, American Resources Offshore, Inc., and Equimavenca SA. He has served on a number of public and private company boards including Frupor SA, Avenir ASA, Wellcem AS, and Siem Industries, Inc.

Mr. Siem holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Petroleum from the University of California, Berkeley and an Executive M.B.A. from the Amos Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth University.

Leo Womack

Mr. Womack has been a member of Petrolia Energy's Board of Directors since 2014. He has over 40 years of experience advising and serving in a directorship capacity for both private and publically-traded companies.

Since 1986, Mr. Womack has served as President of Gulf Equities Realty Advisors, Inc., a diversified real estate portfolio management company. From 1969 to 1978, he was a managing partner of Arthur Anderson. He later served as President and Chairman of the Houston Angel Network and as a board member on National Committees of the Angel Capital Association. In 1996, Mr. Womack served as the Chairman of Fairway Medical Technologies, Inc., a medical device company and a portfolio company of the Baylor College of Medicine Venture Fund. Mr. Womack served as a board member and the audit committee chair for OI Corporation (NASDAQ:OICO) prior to it being acquired by ITT in 2010.

Mr. Womack holds a B.B.A. in Accounting from Texas A&M University-Kingsville and a Series 7 Securities License.