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Our Team

Invest with a Proven Team

INVITO was built out of a recognition that investors in direct energy investments face two primary hurdles to achieve superior long-term returns: misalignment of incentives between the sponsor and investor; and the over-promotion built into projects.

When building IEP we began with the premise that however we structured the firm and our funds they had to both create alignment for investors and keep the costs to a minimum.

Steve Blackwell CEO

Steve Blackwell

CEO AND MANAGING PARTNER

Mr. Blackwell brings with him over 12 years of energy experience and 20 plus years of executive level experience.

During his tenure as President of Petromax Operating Steve oversaw the deployment of over $100 million of investor capital into 3 operated fields where they leased over 86,000 net mineral acres and drilled 39 horizontal wells.

Additionally, he oversaw the divestment process of the assets for just under $900 million with an average rate of return of 370%. In his role as Chief Operating Officer at US Energy Development he oversaw the deployment of over $100 million of investor capital into drilling 29 wells in the companies Eagle Ford shale asset. In his time at the company he was able to decrease the costs per well by 25%, increase the average EUR’s by 5% and increase the ROI.

Steve holds a BS in Business Admin., Finance & Accounting from Central Michigan University

Jared Christianson

PRESIDENT AND MANAGING PARTNER

Jared has been responsible for deploying approx. $5 Billion in CapEx and brings 15 years of experience in the energy industry.

Jared previously served as COO at US Energy Development and VP of Operations at Petromax Operating. Additionally, he has served in various operational and engineering roles with Encana and Unit Petroleum.

Jared holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from University of Tulsa.

Doug Barbier

CONTROLLER
  • 38 years of accounting experience in various industries
  • 16 years of energy experience
  • CPA in State of Texas since 1985
  • B.S. in Business Administration, Major in Accounting from the Ohio State University
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Nick DiLeo Finance Associate

Nicholas DiLeo

FINANCE ASSOCIATE
  • Primary focus areas: asset evaluation, A&D due diligence, financial reporting and analysis
  • Prior affiliations: J.P. Morgan, U.S. Energy Dev. Corp., and Red Titan Resources
  • B.S. in Economics from Southern Methodist University
  • 5 years of finance experience
Keith Brents Sr. Engineer Advisor

Keith Brents

SR. ENGINEERING ADVISOR
  • 22 years of engineering, operations and asset management experience
  • Primary focus areas: Haynesville, Wolfcamp, Eagle Ford, Austin Chalk, DJ
  • Responsible for ~$1.5B CAPEX & OPEX on 400+ wells (EOG, Encana, BHP)
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering from University of Houston