Great Western Supports our Communities During the Holidays

Denver—January 2020

Living our values is something that is important to our employees every single day, and there’s no greater time to celebrate and share those values in our communities than the holiday season. A time of celebration and gathering, this can also be a time of economic challenge for individuals and families across our state. In 2019, we put several of those values to work—People, Teamwork, and Stewardship—as we rolled up our sleeves to help those who help others.

In an effort to provide support where it was most needed this holiday season, Great Western participated in a three-part giving campaign with food banks across our state to provide meals to families in three different counties.

In September, Great Western ‘paved the runway’ with a gift to Food Bank of the Rockies, to help them kick off their annual giving campaign and provide an important jumpstart to the holidays.

 In November, over a dozen employees from Great Western volunteered at Weld Food Bank, in conjunction with a telethon with KFKA Radio where we matched dollar-for-dollar contributions from the community to Weld Food Bank.

Finally, in December it was our pleasure to sponsor Food for Hope, an Adams County initiative that provided meals through local schools to over 2,500 families this holiday season.

All in all, this campaign provided 20,000 meals, 5,000 meals boxes in Adams County schools, and 250 Thanksgiving dinners.

In the words of Bob O’Connor, CEO of Weld Food Bank, it’s “friends supporting friends… there is nothing greater” and we like to think that’s what it’s all about, every day.

Click on the video to learn more.

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Great Western Partners with Habitat for Humanity on Build Day

DENVER—September 12, 2019

In August, 10 members of the Great Western team gathered in the Swansea neighborhood in northeast Denver to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver. The team arrived eager and ready to work, and throughout the day swung hammers, cut wood for floor joists, and installed a sub-floor for a duplex in this emerging community. As the day neared its end, our employees were covered in dirt and sweat, with tired arms and full hearts.

When volunteers partner with Habitat for Humanity, they save an average of $30,000 to $50,000 on the cost of building the home. This project in northeast Denver at Swansea is creating 16 buildings with enough units to provide housing for 32 families in this vibrant community. 

Every time our team comes together on important projects like this, it is an opportunity to celebrate our core values in action, both as a company and as individuals. As the foundation of our business, we empower and value our People, both inside and outside the workplace. When we join in Teamwork, we learn from each other, strengthen each other’s skills, and enhance the outcomes we deliver. And when we do it serving our community, we demonstrate our commitment to Stewardship by serving our neighbors, in this instance for generations to come.

Great Western is proud to be a Colorado born, Colorado built company, and contributing our skills to our communities in a meaningful way. We are #CommittedToColorado.

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Wishful Thinking

Needing to raise funds to grant thirteen wishes is usually a fairly daunting task…

But it needed to be done quickly, so I figured I would start at the top of the food chain and work my way down.  I picked up the phone and made a call to a Make-A-Wish Colorado Board Member who happens to work for an oil and gas company.  Turns out, we had thirteen wishes to grant in what Denver affectionately calls the “D-J Basin.”  It’s oil  and gas slang for the Denver-Julesburg Basin and it is rich in natural resources.  One of them that is plentiful: oil.
A casual ask of our Board Member at Great Western Oil & Gas soon turned into an executive meeting brainstorm with a whole bunch of people with “Vice President” in their title.  The solution to granting wishes quickly seemed simple in that boardroom: each division would reach out to their respective colleagues and ask them to join Great Western Oil & Gas in supporting Wish Kids in the heart of the DJ Basin, Adams and Weld counties.  Great Western President and CEO Rich Frommer took it one step further.  The company would match employee giving AND seed the first three wishes with $2,500 each.  That was either a $10,000 or $17,500 proposition for Great Western Oil & Gas.  Except that employee giving exploded (one wish granted), Great Western matched it (another wish granted) AND still seeded three other wishes for a total of $22,500.  We were off and running.

Actually, from that point on, it became a sprint.  What was meant to be an introductory email turned into companies clamoring to give.  Most wanted to sponsor entire wishes.  Most wanted to sponsor high cost wishes.  Their only request was that they be able to share the story of a child with their employees so they knew that every day when they went to work in the D-J Basin, they were working in the very same  community where that child lived.  The first three companies to join those seed money wishes actually wanted to fund the whole thing: Baker Hughes (another wish!), Precision Drilling (another!), and Catamount Oilfield Services.  For those keeping track that is 5.  Next came two high cost wishes supported by Halliburton and Liberty Oilfield Services (6!7!).  One left in Adams County.  Remember that Make-A-Wish Board Member who set this in motion?  He picked up the phone and made a phone call and a small company by oil and gas standards, M&M Excavation Co granted LaShawn’s wish for a cruise: that’s 8!

With five wishes left to grant, another Great Western employee offered to reach out to his people in Weld County.  It took five minutes for the first of his colleagues, Water Way Solutions, to respond and adopt Aaron’s wish to go to Australia: 9.  It seemed this was going to be too easy.  JACAM and IES Combustors quickly followed for numbers ten and eleven.  And then there were two.  Remember, back at the beginning, I said Together.  Together, we create life changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.  SO those last two wishes became a little bit of a community effort with three companies essentially pooling their money to grant the wishes of Carter and Carlos.  Twelve.  Thirteen.

Sometimes it seems the oil and gas industry gets a bad rap here in Colorado.  I can tell you, I have never worked with a more compassionate, giving and engaged group of people in my years of fundraising.  This campaign of giving was important to them.  The kids are important, where they live is important, and what they wish for is important.  So this is my way of saying to the remarkable people who make up the oil and gas industry in Colorado, and especially the D-J Basin: thank you.  You have left an indelible mark on the community in which you work and I know  thirteen Wish Kids and their families who will have lifelong memories of their child realizing their one true wish.  Because of you.

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Great Western Petroleum Names CFO

Great Western Petroleum Names CFO

Brady Parish Adds Key Industry Expertise to Lead Great Western Petroleum Financial Strategy

DENVER – Oct. 23, 2018 — Great Western Petroleum has named 20 year oil and gas industry executive Brady Parish as chief financial officer.

Prior to joining Great Western, Parish was senior managing director and head of U.S. oil and gas investment banking for Texas-based Macquarie Capital , leading all advisory and capital raising businesses serving the oil and gas sector. During Parish’s tenure, he profitably grew Macquarie’s U.S. oil and gas investment banking practice and added substantial advisory and capital market capabilities.

“Brady is a highly-talented and respected industry leader and brings a wealth of knowledge to fuel Great Western’s continued growth,” said CEO Rich Frommer. “We are pleased to add his extensive skills to our dynamic leadership team.”

Brady Parish brings decades of expertise from a dynamic career that includes strategic leadership positions within investment banking, capital markets and oil and gas company leadership.

“As the largest private operator in the third most prolific basin in the U.S., Great Western Oil and Gas represents a tremendous opportunity for future value creation that I embrace,” said Brady Parish. “Great Western’s $2.5B of assets in the DJ Basin provides tremendous strength and flexibility and I look forward to helping grow its business in the future.”

Parish joins Great Western Oil and Gas leadership and immediately assumes his new responsibilities.

About Great Western Petroleum

Denver-based Great Western Petroleum (GWP), an affiliate of The Broe Group, is the largest private operator in the third largest oil and gas basin in the country. GWP is focused on low-to-medium risk development and exploitation opportunities in oil/liquids weighted, established hydrocarbon provinces. GWP’s demonstrated and repeatable business model is based on continued aggressive organic growth from existing multi-year inventory, expanding positions in the DJ Basin, and strategically entering other basins which have demonstrated upside and growth potential that can leverage our operations and development expertise. GWP seeks a lower risk, multi-faceted value creation proposition through multiple stacked pays, unrealized behind pipe potential, operational efficiency improvements and/or enhanced secondary or tertiary recovery potential. Our success is founded in our network of relationships, our presence and deep local knowledge, and our strong technical and financial capabilities. Learn more at


About The Broe Group

Based in Denver, The Broe Group and its affiliates form a privately-owned, multi-billion dollar real estate, transportation, energy and investment organization with assets owned and managed across North America. Together, Broe managed companies employ more than 1,000 people and provide employment for thousands of others through operations such as its Great Western Industrial Park in Northern Colorado. Its transportation affiliate, OmniTRAX, Inc., is one of North America’s largest private railroad and transportation management companies specializing in: management services, railroad and port services, intermodal solutions and industrial switching operations. Its energy affiliates include Great Western Oil & Gas Company, the largest private operator in the third most prolific U.S. basin. Broe Real Estate Group acquires, develops and manages office and industrial properties, medical office buildings and multi-family communities across the country, including premier assets in many of the most desirable markets. The Broe Group also has multiple investment affiliates, including Three Leaf Ventures, which is focused on innovative healthcare technology start-ups. For more information, visit

Statement on Hurricane Harvey

Our hearts go out to the families and communities affected by Hurricane Harvey and the related flooding. While we at Great Western have strong industry ties throughout Texas, we have even greater personal connections through our employees with families and friends that reside in the affected areas.

Though our location in Colorado prevents us from volunteering with initial relief efforts, we want to support the organizations providing goods and services to those in need during this crucial time. In the coming days, both the Company and our employees will be making a financial contribution to the American Red Cross.

Great Western and our employees want to thank all the first responders, volunteers, and emergency service organizations behind the response efforts in the Gulf region. We will continue to provide support to the impacted communities as they work to rebuild in the coming weeks and months.

Our thoughts remain with all families, friends and all persons in our network of relationships affected by this tragic event.

Great Western is an independent oil and natural gas company with assets located in the Denver-Julesburg Basin in Colorado. These operations have not been impacted by the flooding in the Gulf region, and we expect minimal, if any, impact going forward.

Statement Regarding Firestone, CO Incident

We at GWOG are deeply saddened to hear about the terrible incident near Firestone, Colorado. Our hearts go out to those affected and their families.

No conclusive cause for the explosion has been determined. Information is still being collected and there are many unanswered questions remaining. GW annually tests all our flowlines as required by the COGCC. Our flowline integrity program was recently inspected by the COGCC and GW passed all tests. While we are confident our operations do not present a danger to the public, we are proactively taking the necessary steps to ensure the public that our facilities continue to be safe. Even though an oil and gas well flowline has not been determined to be the cause of the Firestone incident, in an abundance of caution, GW has inventoried all well gas lines within approximately 250-feet of occupied buildings and identified 61 gas lines within that distance.  All 61 of these wells are presently being shut-in, and this will be completed by 1:00pm today (04/27/17).  Testing with air pressure will be completed on all 61 lines, and wells will only be brought back into service after passing the pressure test.

The safety of our friends, family, neighbors, and employees in the areas we operate is our number one priority at all times.

Great Western Petroleum Announces the Promotion of Jay Smith to the Position of Chief Operating Officer

Great Western Petroleum announces the promotion of Jay Smith to the position of Chief Operating Officer.  Mr. Smith has served as Senior Vice President of Engineering since 2013.  During this time the Great Western team has achieved production growth from 2,000 BOE/d to over 15,000 BOE/d, and reserve growth from 15 MMBOE to 100 MMBOE.  Prior to joining Great Western, he spent 19 years with Samson Resources Company, progressing from District Engineer to Division Asset Manager in the Rocky Mountain Division.  During his tenure, this division grew from $200 million to over $4 billion in assets when Samson was sold in 2011.  Prior to that, he spent 8 years with Conoco Inc.  Mr. Smith has extensive experience in asset management, reservoir and reserves engineering, production engineering, and acquisition evaluation.  He has participated in dozens of successful asset acquisitions with a total value of over $2 billion.  Mr. Smith holds a BS in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Oklahoma, is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, and is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Oklahoma.

Energy Community Charity awards town of Windsor, Martin Lind and Great Western Oil & Gas Co.

Windsor – October 22, 2016 – Energy Community Charity awards town of Windsor, Martin Lind and Great Western Oil & Gas Co. ‘Energy Partner of the Year’ titles

Oil and gas industry group Energy Community Charity recently recognized the town of Windsor, northern Colorado developer Martin Lind and Great Western Oil & Gas Co. with their inaugural “Energy Partner of the Year” award.

“This group of shareholders came together to acknowledge and recognize excellence in the basin,” said Great Western Operating Company Surface Land Manager Eric Creed. “What gave life to this idea was the aftermath of the Pace project. This project reached the governor’s desk and gave birth to the Windsor Neighbors for Responsible Drilling and other similar groups.”

Water Valley developers, town of Windsor officials and Great Western spent nearly two years working on a solution to the proposed location on the Pace property, he said.

“This negotiation and solution illustrates how the process should work,” Creed said. “We don’t need more regulations; we simply need to dedicate ourselves to working with our neighbors and mitigating nuisances whenever possible.”

Next year Energy Community Charity will award a different operator, a different vendor, and a different municipality, he said.

Great Western Announces Major Changes to Drilling Plans at Pace Site in Windsor


October 7, 2015 –Great Western Oil and Gas Company is revising the drilling plan for its operations in Windsor to allow all wells initially planned for the Pace property west of CR 13 to be relocated to nearby sites owned by area developer Martin Lind.

The re-siting of the well locations became possible over the course of more than one year of discussions with local government officials and other stakeholders. The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) and its Director Matt Lepore played a significant role in bringing this new plan to fruition.

Great Western has secured surface use agreements for two different sites located in section 30, approximately one mile east of the Pace pad.

“This new plan does not come without added costs, but it still allows us to access the Pace family’s minerals without putting any wells on the Pace property,” said Great Western CEO Rich Frommer. “Most importantly, this new proposal is in line with what the residents, the Town of Windsor, and the state have asked us to accomplish – making it a win all around. As we’ve said all along, the process works.”

Windsor Mayor John Vasquez expressed his appreciation for Great Western’s efforts in engaging the community and finding a workable solution for all parties.

“The new plan from Great Western shows that our local process works. All stakeholders had a voice and were heard. Together, we found a solution that allows Great Western to operate in Windsor but minimizes the impact on local residents and allows the Paces access to their mineral rights,” said Vasquez.

“We are very pleased with this outcome and applaud Great Western’s, Windsor’s, and the landowner’s commitment to working cooperatively to find a solution,” said Matt Lepore, Director of the COGCC. “This process illustrates the potential for positive results when industry and communities work together.”

Lind also praised the deal.

“The residents of Windsor recognize the tremendous value of the oil and gas industry, however, their quality of life has to come first. Collectively, Windsor triumphs on this agreement for both quality of life and community greater good. My companies and staff have worked tirelessly over the last year with Great Western, the town of Windsor staff and Matt Lepore at COGCC to find the balance that allows Windsor to again be the leader in urban energy development. In that time, Great Western made significant concessions to assure the new locations are harmonious with the golf and surrounding natural areas. Once production begins, these locations will pleasantly blend with the beautiful landscapes of RainDance National Golf Club,” said Lind.

Windsor Neighbors for Responsible Drilling (WNRD) indicated their pleasure with the outcome. “We are very pleased the oil and gas drilling proposed for the Pace property will be moved away from all neighborhoods. This will protect our families, while allowing Great Western to drill for their oil and gas resources,” said Earl Pittman, with WNRD. “We are equally pleased to be part of a cooperative process involving the Town of Windsor, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, Great Western Oil and Gas, Martin Lind and Windsor Neighbors for Responsible Drilling. The process used successfully in Windsor can become a model for Colorado, where local governments actively work with the state, the oil and gas operator and neighboring landowners to find optimal drilling sites that preserve our neighborhoods while allowing the recovery of oil and gas.”

Frommer emphasized that conditions and alterations made in the site plan reflect Great Western’s commitment to meeting local community needs, but are also unique to the Pace location. “We must approach each individual project in a distinct way,” he said. “We had made considerable changes to our practices to meet neighborhood concerns prior to the re-siting plan. While we were able to reach a great compromise in this situation, every future drilling area is unique in regards to available surface locations and geological and engineering capabilities. We certainly hope to move forward with the support of all those involved.”

About Great Western Oil and Gas
Great Western Oil & Gas (GWOG) is a Denver-based independent exploration and production company with active operations in the Denver-Julesburg Basin in Colorado. GWOG’s $1 billion program includes over 600 drilled and operating wells, producing nearly 13,800 barrels of oil equivalent per day. GWOG is ranked as a Top 100 driller in the United States and the ninth producer in Wattenberg Field in Colorado. Learn more or contact us at

About The Broe Group
The Broe Group, based in Denver, Colorado, is a diversified privately-owned enterprise with a multi-billion asset base. The Broe Group and its affiliates employ more than 1,000 people directly and provide employment for countless others through its Great Western Industrial Park in Northern Colorado. The Broe Group and its affiliates own and/or manage commercial real estate and other businesses across North America. Its transportation affiliate, OmniTRAX, Inc., is a leading transportation services firm with railroad, port and terminal operations, and is the 2nd largest operator of short-line railroads in the U.S. Its energy affiliate, Great Western Oil & Gas Company, is a top 10 driller in Colorado and among the top 100 drillers in the U.S. The Broe Group has multiple other investment affiliates, including Three Leaf Ventures, which is focused on innovative healthcare technology start-ups. For more information, see

About Water Valley Land Company
The Water Valley Land Company is the most prominent real estate development company in Northern Colorado. The family-owned business has developed various commercial, industrial and residential projects throughout its 30 years of business including the Water Valley master-planned community of Windsor, the 27-hole Pelican Lakes Golf Course & Resort, the Diamond Valley Industrial Park and the Westlake Shopping Center in Greeley, Colorado, and the soon-to-be-built RainDance master-planned community in Windsor. Water Valley is an active participant in oil and gas development and a leader in reducing in industry’s impact on the urban environment. The Water Valley community of Windsor is routinely ranked by national publications as a “Top Place to Raise a Family in America” and the Pelican Lakes golf club often receives state recognition awards. For more information about Water Valley, visit

Great Western Oil & Gas Continues to Expand Presence in Wattenberg Field

Announces Purchase of Additional Wells and Acreage

DENVER – June 8, 2015 – Great Western Petroleum, a subsidiary of Great Western Oil & Gas Company, an affiliate of The Broe Group with active operations in the Denver-Julesburg Basin in Colorado, has purchased approximately 6,000 acres and eight producing wells in the Wattenberg Field. The purchase closed June 1, but the production is effective back to January 1. The price and seller were not disclosed.

“We continue to see great value in the DJ basin and remain committed to northern Colorado and increasing our holdings there,” said Rich Frommer, President and CEO of Great Western Oil & Gas. “We expect additional acquisition activity in the near-term future.”

This new asset will allow the company to drill up to 100 new horizontal wells in the Niobrara and Codell formations. It is the second acquisition Great Western Oil & Gas has made during this period of uncertainty for the industry. In January, the company announced it purchased 14 producing wells and 816 net leasehold acres in the Wattenberg Field.

“The Broe Group sees the current market environment as an excellent opportunity to expand our oil and gas holdings and is actively seeking to invest in northern Colorado and beyond,” said Claude Pumilia, COO and CFO of The Broe Group.