Mr. Peterson currently serves as the President and CEO of Pedevco Corp (NYSE: PED), a public company engaged primarily in the acquisition, exploration, development and production of oil and natural gas shale plays in the US. Mr. Peterson assumed the role of CEO in May 2016 after having served as CFO between July 2012 and May 2016, and as Executive Vice President from July 2012 to October 2014, and President since October 2014. Mr. Peterson joined Pacific Energy Development as its Executive Vice President in September 2011, and served as a director from May 2008 to December 2011. Mr. Peterson previously served as a director (from May 2006 to July 2012) of Aemetis, Inc. (formerly AE Biofuels Inc.), a Cupertino, California-based global advanced biofuels and renewable commodity chemicals company (AMTX), and as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Nevo Energy, Inc. (NEVE) (formerly Solargen Energy, Inc.), a Cupertino, California-based developer of utility-scale solar farms which he helped form in December 2008 (from December 2008 to July 2012). In addition, in February 2006, Mr. Peterson founded and served as managing partner of California-based Pascal Management, a manager of hedge and private equity investments. From 2005 to 2006, Mr. Peterson served as a managing partner of American Institutional Partners, a venture investment fund based in Salt Lake City. From 2000 to 2004, he served as a First Vice President at Merrill Lynch, where he helped establish a new private client services division to work exclusively with high net worth investors. From September 1989 to January 2000, Mr. Peterson was employed by Goldman Sachs & Co. in a variety of positions and roles, including as a Vice President with the responsibility for a team of professionals that advised and managed over $7 billion in assets. Mr. Peterson received his MBA at the Marriott School of Management and a BS in statistics/computer science from Brigham Young University.