Melinda Quiat is a fourth generation Denver native who has been actively involved in the Quiat family business since 2000. In 2006, she became COO and took over as CEO in 2010. As CEO, Melinda is not only responsible for the strategic planning and growth of the company, but she also oversees the asset management of a large number of Real Estate and Oil and Gas acquisitions, and several venture capital and private equity investments. In addition, she serves on the advisory Board of NexusBSP LLC, an energy investment focused firm.
Ms. Quiat is an alumnus of the University of Denver with a Master of Social Work, and the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, with B.A.s in Psychology and Anthropology. Ms. Quiat’s diverse employment background include; professional Ballet Dancer, Lab Coordinator for an educational psychology research program and a Mutual Fund Accountant.
Ms. Quiat is devoted to community involvement, philanthropy and improving community through affiliation with several non-profit organizations: Anti-Defamation League (ADL) – National Executive Committee; National Commissioner (2014-2015); Mountain States Regional Board Chair-Elect and Member (2008-present); LGBT Task Force Chair (2012-2014), Civil Rights Committee Co-Chair; Development Co-Chair (2015-2017). Colorado Public Radio – Member Board of Directors (2009-2015). Jewish Community Relations Council – Co-Chair Advocacy Committee (2010 – 2017) At Large Member. Shalom Cares – Board of Trustee. Judaism Your Way – Member of the Board of Directors; Rotary Club of Denver – Member (2009-2015) and Denver Rotary Community Foundation Trustee (2012 – 2015). Institute for Studies of Israel in the Middle East at the Korbel Institute University of Denver – Member of the Board. Gerald M. and Roberta N. Quiat Family Foundation – CEO.
Melinda’s hobbies include reading, bird watching and nature, scuba diving, world travel, anthropology, paleontology and endurance bicycling.
A member of The Quiat Companies’ team since 2004 and Chief Financial Officer since 2008, Ms. Penny is instrumental in financial planning, estate management, shareholder communication, resource allocation, and deal strategy & analysis. She has over 30 years of financial management experience including SEC auditing, SEC reporting for oil and gas companies, private equity fund-raising for start-up companies and deal financing and structuring.
Ms. Penny received her CPA license in 1991 and is a graduate of the University of Colorado, Boulder (B.S. Finance and Mineral Land Management) and has taken graduate-level Accounting classes in the CU graduate program. Her professional previous experience includes positions at Hallwood Energy Company, Hein & Associates CPAs, Nurture Inc and Able Planet, Inc.
Ms. Penny is a member of MDEC – Metro Denver Executive Club; FEI – Financial Executive International; Denver Rotary Club 31 and Colorado CFO Group. Since 2015, Ms. Penny has been on the Board of Directors of the Denver Rotary Club; chaired the World Community Service Committee, which grants approximately $40,000 annually to international service projects. On the philanthropic side, Ms. Penny is a PEP Club member of the Women’s Foundation of Colorado, a Denver Kids Board of Director and mentor and volunteer for Junior Achievement. Ms. Penny was a member of Toastmasters International from 2001 to 2007 and Regional District Treasurer for that organization in 2005 and 2006. She is an active volunteer – sponsoring international service projects in Kenya and Botswana, mentoring youth, teaching financial literacy and coaching volleyball.
With over 35 years of professional experience in the oil and gas business, Ms. Smith has been with The Quiat Companies since 1991 focusing on acquisitions, divestitures, and coordinating successful drilling joint ventures. As Vice President of Land, she is instrumental in managing the nationwide assets of our oil and gas limited liability companies.
Ms. Smith’s professional experience includes Davis Oil Company (Denver, Colorado) and Anderman Oil Company (also in Denver) as well as acting as an Independent Land Negotiator. She is the Past President of the National Association of Royalties Owners (NARO) Colorado Chapter, a board member of Vital for Colorado, a member of both the American Association of Petroleum Landman, (AAPL) and the Denver Association of Petroleum Landmen (DAPL), and a graduate of Cypress College (California) with an AS degree with an emphasis in geology. Ms. Smith has been selected to the 2015 class of “Top Women in Energy” by the Denver Business Journal.
As an organic based farmer and rancher in her own right, Ms. Smith understands the critical connection between responsible oil and gas development and land stewardship. She is passionate about educating the public with the facts regarding oil and gas development and fostering positive relationships between the mineral owner and the producer, through her role with NARO, Vital and public speaking opportunities.
Mr. Layman has extensive oil and gas related accounting and finance experience at a wide variety of entities from start-ups to billion dollar companies. His diverse responsibilities have included all accounting and finance functions including internal and external reporting, audit, tax, budgeting, analysis, and treasury. He also helped design a training program and recruited new graduates and interns.
His professional experience includes positions at Sundance Energy, EnCana Oil & Gas, Questar, Shenandoah Energy, Ocean Energy, and General Atlantic Resources.
Mr. Layman holds a Master’s degree in Finance and undergraduate degrees in Business and Geology.
James “Jim” Cortney joins The Quiat Companies with a career in real estate that spans over 29 years in positions that include: brokerage, portfolio management, acquisitions, dispositions, development and corporate real estate management.
Prior to joining The Quiat Companies, Jim was a real estate broker with NAI Shames Makovsky where he worked with both tenants and landlords of retail and office space. Jim has previously served as Associate Vice President and Director at Grubb & Ellis where he was responsible for corporate relations and business development in the Rocky Mountain Region. He has also been the Manager of Real Estate for Level (3) Communications managing the acquisitions, leasing and management of Level (3)’s real estate assets owned and leased throughout North America.
Prior to these roles, Jim worked for a privately owned real estate investment company, Amstar Group, as an Asset and Acquisition Manager overseeing the acquisition, leasing, asset management and disposition of the company’s commercial real estate investments throughout North America. He began his real estate career in 1989 at Aetna Realty Investors, Inc., as a Real Estate Analyst working on all property types and all facets of real estate.
Jim has his BA in Accounting from Santa Clara University, and an MBA from University of Denver. He is a member of the Denver Commercial Association of Realtors and has his Colorado Real Estate Broker License
Bridget Burton, Landman
Bridget has a decade of experience in the Oil and Gas industry. She has been with the Quiat Companies since 2012 focusing on the acquisition and management of mineral assets, and working with mineral owners on leasing, title, and ownership issues. Bridget’s professional industry experience includes working in large Exploration and Production companies on acquisitions and divestitures, managing drill schedules, leasing, resolving title issues, managing lease records, and all facets of Division Orders.
Ms. Burton holds a Master’s Degree in Education and an undergraduate degree in English Literature and History. She is an active member of the (AAPL) American Association of Petroleum Landmen, Denver Association of Petroleum Landmen (DAPL), and the National Association or Royalty Owners (NARO) Rockies Chapter.
In her free time, Bridget is active in her community and volunteers with local schools in various educational and extracurricular activities.
Todd Husak, Manager, Human Resources & Operations
Todd joins the Quiat Companies with over 15 years of Human Resources experience in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors. A loyal Buff, he received both his bachelors and graduate degrees from the University of Colorado. In addition to an MBA in HR Management, he maintains an SPHR and employment law certification.
Todd embraces the company’s values of health, mindfulness, charity, and healing the world. He is an avid cyclist and swimmer who also enjoys hiking, canoeing, bird watching, and being out in the beauty that is Colorado. He pursues conservation, animal welfare causes, and social justice for all.