Harmon International Petroleum has assembled an experienced management team and intends to hire additional oil and gas/energy specialists and consultants for its field acquisition and development program.

Management and Board

J. Roger Howard – Chairman. J. Roger Howard is a licensed petroleum engineer and has held a number of executive and technical positions with ChevronTexaco and its predecessors, Texaco and Getty Oil. Among his many assignments was to manage all of Texaco’s Permian Basin assets. He has extensive oil and gas M&A experience, both domestic and international. Mr. Howard is a Registered Petroleum Engineer in the State of Texas. He received his BS in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Texas (1969).

Bennett J. Yankowitz – Founder and CEO. Mr. Yankowitz is the Company’s founder and Chief Executive Officer. He has had extensive experience in oil and gas and as a real estate investor and developer. He also has 20+ years of experience as a corporate attorney with leading law firms, specializing in securities, financial and M&A transactions. He is presently of counsel to Parker Shumaker Mills LLP and was previously counsel to Kaye Scholer LLP and a partner of Heenan Blaikie and Stroock & Stroock & Strook LLP.  Yankowitz earned his B.A. degree in Mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley, his J.D. degree from the University of Southern California, where he was an editor of the Southern California Law Review, and his LL.M. degree (First Class Honours) from the University of Cambridge, where he was an Evan Lewis-Thomas Scholar at Sidney Sussex College. He is a member of the California and New York bars.

Daniel Franchi – Vice President, Operations. Mr. Franchi has a 32 year career in the oil and gas industry the scope of which includes engineering, field operations, upstream oil and gas M&A, and international finance. As a former officer and executive of Unocal, in addition to leading major international financings, Mr. Franchi was accountable for the numerous operations projects at fields throughout the Los Angeles Basin, including the rebuild of oil and natural gas field facilities to process produced crude oil. Aspects included: project justification, bidding, permitting, and construction supervision through to implementation of the project. Upon Unocal’s acquisition by Chevron Texaco several years ago, Mr.Franchi has been leading the recovery and development of small, independent oil producing single asset companies. Mr. Franchi received his B.Sc in industrial engineering from California State Polytechnic Institute and his M.Sc. in industrial and systems engineering and his MBA from the University of Southern California. He is a registered Professional Engineer in California.

Paul Hughes – Director.  Mr. Hughes is a self-employed capital markets consultant.  He was President and CEO of Pan Asia Biofuels from 2007 to 2012, and Vice President of Dundee Securities Corp. from 2000 to 2005.  Mr. Hughes holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia (1984).

James S. Thomson – Director. Mr. Thomson has had a long and distinguished business career. Since 2001 he has been a member of the board of Directors of Sumitomo Corporation and also serves as an investment advisor for North American Power. From 1996 to 2000 he was President and CEO of CNG International, a $3.5 billion international electric and natural gas company. From 1990 to 1996 he was Vice President and General Manager– Asia Pacific for Edison Mission Energy, where he was responsible for development, finance, construction and operations in the Asia-Pacific Region. From 1983 to 1990 he was Vice President–Operations, Fuel, and Power Contracts for SITHE, responsible for development, finance, construction and operation of seven cogeneration plants. From 1976 to 1983 he held various positions with San Diego Gas & Electric Company, and from 1970 to 1976 was in the U.S. Navy Submarine Service. Mr. Thomson received a B.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology (1970), an M.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Iowa Sate University in 1976 and an MBA from the University of Michigan in 1981.


Richard Moon – Controller. Mr. Moon has numerous years of experience in the areas of finance, accounting, treasury and corporate development. Over the course of his career, he has held several management positions in companies such as Sony Pictures, Unocal Corporation and Rentech, an alternative energy company based in Los Angeles. While at Unocal, Mr. Moon held positions in corporate development and treasury and advised executive management on numerous strategic and financing alternatives. As a Director of Finance at Rentech, Mr. Moon was responsible for development of the company’s long-term strategic plan. He also played a vital role in direct commercial negotiations with strategic partners, which led to the signing of several milestone agreements. Mr. Moon graduated from UCLA with a degree in Economics, holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Southern California, and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Annie Newman – Administrative Manager. In her early career Ms. Newman was a paralegal case manager working in various areas of law including: products liability and environmental at Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison and biotech patent infringement at Lyon & Lyon. She was paralegal manager at Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, LLP. As a consultant she has worked with companies and individuals in finance, retail, and entertainment providing legal consulting and general business advice. Before she joined the Harmon International team, she was Managing Director of the International Medical Assembly at the United Nations. Ms. Newman graduated with a liberal arts degree from Antioch University.