Our Team
Czes' Zalech
Founder, President & The Chairman

On August 19th 1981, he landed in Syracuse, N.Y., from the emigration camp in Traiskirchen, Austria, where he was granted political asylum from the US Embassy in Vienna, Austria in 1980, and became a U.S. citizen in 1986. Mr. Zalech, has founded and served companies operating domestically and internationally. Mr. Zalech, completed a 2 years computerized accenting curriculum with the aid of the Polish-English dictionary with the “B” score, and number of professional income tax courses. 

Key Accomplishments:

  • Czes' Zalech, Co.

  • Pol-Am, Inc

  • BIT

  • Alexander Mfg

  • CDR Gates LP

  • Zalech Foods

  • IMI Partners LP

  • Warren Adams Health Care Centers

Mark Rumford

Sr. Vice President of
Eng. & Technology


Mr. Rumford has over 30 years of Energy and Chemical Engineering, Business Management and Entrepreneurial experience spanning multiple projects across energy, chemical industries, and manufacturing.


  • Husky Energy

    • Mark, is an Engineering Executive with extensive experience supervising successful high performing teams in a wide variety of technological fields including oil refining, waste conversion, gas processing, upstream/offshore oil production, CTL, LNG, salt cavity storage and silicon purification using fluidized beds. .

    • Mark is naturally charismatic leader and forward thinker, excelling in explaining complex matters in simple terms. Most recently, the Interface Manager on a $1bn refinery rebuild project having previously held VP Engineering for an emerging waste plastics conversion company and other senior managerial positions in Process, Projects, and Engineering.

    • With over 30 years in the Energy and Chemical industries, Mark has worked for clients such as British Gas, Genesis Eng. Consultants, Flour SA, Agylex,  Shell, BHP Billiton, ExxonMobil, Sasol, REC Silicon and most recently Cenovus (previously Husky Energy) on a billion dollars projects. He has worked from the Europe, Africa and now resides and works in the United States.

  • Agilyx

    • Commercialized the plastics reversion technology

    • Redesigned the technology to revert styrofoam to styrene after the 2015 oil price crash

    • Maintained the team's motivation through a period of low investor enthusiasm

  • Fluor

    • Leading teams of process engineers on some $5.7 Billion of world-scale oil, gas, and energy projects.

    • $1+ billion solar grade silicon production facility

    • $2.4 billion coal to gasoline project for Outer Mongolia

    • $650+(X2) million flexicoker projects for Exxon Mobil

    • $1+ billion lump sum proposal for a Gas treating plant


  • Loughborough University: BSc, (Hons) D.I.S. Chemical Engineering

  • Chartered Engineer (UK equivalent of US P.E.)

  •  Affiliation     Corporate Member of the Institute of Chemical Engineers

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Dr. Charles Laser
O&G Assets Leases Buy/Sell Contract Advisor

Dr Laser’s, Curriculum Vitae is simply to extensive covering almost 50 years of his professonal activities, in order to be provided in its entirety.  Dr. Laser, has extensive royalty or oil well holdings in, Michigan, Wyoming and Nevada USA.  He has worked with many of the top world’s geologists and engineers over thirty-eight plus years, most of which have worked for the largest major oil companies in the world such as Exxon, Shell, Chevron, Texaco etc.  Further he has worked extensively with engineers from Halliburton, Baker Atlas and Schlumberger, Spirit Drilling Fluids and many other firms in evaluating formation problems, logging operations, frac jobs


•    Executive Vice President of Vindell Petroleum & States Petroleum
•    Owner-Laser Advertising & Marketing 
•    President Vamp Corporation a retail clothing outlet 


AGIP, Canada, Ltd.
American Natural Gas Service Corp.
Amoco Research
Anadarko Petroleum
ARCO (Atlantic Richliekl)
Anglo American Corporation (S. Africa)
Canadian Shield Exploration
Chevron Oil Company
Coastal Oil and Gas Company
ERSDAC (Earth Resources Satellite Data Analysis Center, Japan)
Goodyear Aerospace Corporation
Gulf Canada Resources
JAPEX (Japan Petroleum Exploration Co., Ltd.)
Lockheed Missle & Space Company
Marathon Oil Company
Mitsubishi International Corporation
Occidental Petroleum Corporation
Pecien International (Shell Oil Company)
Petrobras (Brazil)
Phillips Petroleum
Ram Petroleum, Ltd. (Canada)
Royal Dutch Shell
Texas International Company

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Justin Davis

National Vice President of Operations

Prior to joining the Vanguard, Mr. Davis brings almost 20 years of energy industry expertise to the Vanguard Corporation.  As an executive for both public, and private, companies he has successfully executed oil and gas exploration programs and closed multiple A&D transactions ranging from $10 million to $350 million USD.  His operational and transactional successes span from onshore US basins to international corporate and asset purchases in various countries including Turkey, Morocco, Romania, Poland, and Albania, among others. 

Mr. Davis has consistently and successfully managed the operations and grown the businesses of upstream E&P companies, oilfield service companies and midstream assets across the globe.  His leadership ability, deep industry knowledge and extensive, invaluable, contacts throughout the energy industry will help propel Vanguard’s acquisition and investment strategy to the next level. 

Mr. Davis’ engineering background allows him to excel at detail-oriented technical analysis, financial modeling and budgeting and developing and executing operational strategies that drive company performance and investor returns.  He holds a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from Texas Tech University

He has held technical management or executive positions at companies including:

Riata Energy (Permian Basin)

SandRidge Energy (Permian Basin)

TransAtlantic Petroleum (International E&P & Midstream)

Viking Services (International OFS)

Viking Drilling (US Domestic OFS)

Juniper Resources (US E&P & Midstream)

31 Operating (US E&P & Midstream)

Bachelor of Science, Petroleum Engineering
Additional training in petroleum economics

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Michael Gutierrez
Managing Director of Mid-Stream Oil & Gas Business Development

25 years of industry experience, Michael grew up in west Texas where the industry thrives. Michael is leading the company's business development out of the Odessa office. Michael is leading Vanguarder on the ground. 

Key Experience:​

  • MFG & Infrastructure Operations Management

  • Sales team development in Texas, NM, ND, OK

  • Master service agreement execution & sales

  • Deep Energy A&D experience

National VP Operations, Canada

Prior to joining the Vanguard Organization, Mr. Ashley brings 30 years experience in transformational Leadership in global Energy industry, as well as he Managed market dynamics throughout North America, while administering short and long-term purchasing, sales and hedging strategies; and also brokered Crude Oil & LPG from Middle East and Africa. Also, Mr. Ashley actively pursued the business development O&G, LPG,  NLG, Jet A-1, Steer Naphtha in the above mentioned global markets.

Notable Experience in:

•    Strategic/Tactical Planning
•     Channel Development
•     Transformational Leadership
•    Process Analysis & Redesign
•    Technology Alignment
•    Supply Chain
•    Project Planning & Delivery
•     Territory Management
•     International Business
•     Oil & Gas
•     Chemicals

The University of Western Ontario

Schiller International University
International Business

Mr. Ashley is the member of the UWO Varsity Rugby Team
and also, he is a member of Delta Tau Delta

Our Board

Aneta Szymańska, Ph.D, MBA

Board of Directors

Olore Evelyn Imokhe, PhD
Board of Directors

Ms. Aneta Szymanska, Ph.D., currently serves as the International MBA Program Director & Assistant Professor at the Chair of the Management, Finance, and Accounting at WSH University of Business in Wroclaw, Poland.​


  • WSB – National Louis University in Nowy Sacz

  • WSB Universities and College of Management “Edukacja” (Education): Business English, Marketing and Public Relations, promotion and PR activities

  • Director of the Centre for European Languages and Project Manager at Mainseek

  • Assistant Professor at WSH University of Business in Wroclaw: Management, Marketing, Public Relations, Strategic Communication

  • Author of over 40 publications on management, marketing, and public relations

  • Wrote & Published, "Public Relations in the Integrated Marketing Communication System" and is a co-author of the monograph entitled “Public relations. Social significance and directions of development"

Guest lecturer for:​

  • EDC Paris Business School (France),

  • The Universitat Politècnica de València (Spain),

  • HHL- Leipzig Graduate School of Management (Germany),

  • Universidade de Coimbra (Portugal)

  • University of Macedonia (Greece)

  • University of Bari Aldo Moro (Italy)

Broader conference participation includes:


  • 20th CEEMAN Annual Conference in Johannesburg and Cape Town (The Republic of South Africa)

  • International Conference LUSEEC 2015 at LUMINA 

  • The University of South-East Europe

  • Conferences on Humanities and Social Sciences in Bucharest (Romania)

  • 15th International Conference on Diversity in Organizations

  • Communities and Nations at the University of Hong Kong (China)

  • 2015 International Business Research, Economics, Finance

  • MIS Conference (BREFM) in Sapporo (Japan)

  • UK Global Women’s Leadership Symposium in Somerville College in Oxford (United Kingdom)

  • International Conference on Advances in Business, Management and Law (ICABML 2017)

  • The University of Dubai (UAE)

  • International Conference “Emerging Trends in Economics

  • Culture and Humanities (ETECH2018) at The University of Economics and Culture in Riga (Latvia)

  • 2018 IIER 468th International Conference on Advances in Business Management and Information Technology (ICABMIT) in Amsterdam (Holland) – where Dr. Szymanska received the BEST PAPER AWARD.


  • University of Wroclaw: MA in English Philology

  • University of Economics in Wroclaw: MSc Management

  • University of Economics in Wroclaw: Ph.D. in Economics

Mrs. Olore Evelyn Imokhe, is an international businesswoman, motivational speaker and philanthropist.

Thirty 30 years of experience in management, commercial banking, finance, microcredits, energy sectors. 



  • CEO: Sheva Oil and Gas Limited. 2012 to date

  • CEO: FinanceLift Global Investment and Services Limited. 2012 to date

  • PRESIDENT: FinanceLift Multi-purpose Cooperative Society Limited. 2012 to date

  • DIRECTOR: Baruch Training Edge Limited. 2013 to date

  • DIRECTOR: Masters Training Solutions Limited. 2014 to date

  • Chevron Nigeria Limited: Account Payable Accountant. 2002 is 2004

  • Chevron Nigeria Limited. NYSC 2001 to 2002

  • Unity Bank: Head, Banking Operations 1990 to 2000

  • Shell Edjeba Estate School: Teacher. 1988 to 1990

  • John F. Kennedy International School: Teacher 1987 to 1988




  • Chartered Institute of Bankers 1987-Present

  • The Institute of Chartered Accountants. 1987-Present

  • Women In Finance International 2019-Present

  • Women In Energy International 2019-Present

  • Women In Business 2018-Present

  • Dredgers Association Of Nigeria 2009-Present

  • International Association Of Lions Clubs 2011-Present



  • Harvard University: Contract Law (2020).

  • The University of Benin: Banking and Finance. 2001

  • The University of Benin: Banking and Finance, ADBF 1996

  • Tayo Akpata University of Education: NCE English and History. 1987

  • ESTAM University:- Business Administration, PHD (Hnr) 2019

Wayne Marhelski, MBA (Finance & Accounting), BS Electrical Eng.
Board of Directors


Ifemeje Sobechukwu Micah,   mMBA, BS.Engr.,

Board of Directors

Mr. Marhelski is a senior operating executive with More than 25 years of experience. An engineer by trade, he brings a high level of technical knowledge and attention to detail to the organizations he connects with. His direct results have been highlighted in quarterly and annual reports. Spanning distressed manufacturing, he has recently led multiple restructuring efforts for a number of firms.


  • Three successful turnarounds for private equity-owned companies, with the most recent endeavor growing at a CAGR of 36% topline, and 170% bottom line. Implementation of Lean Manufacturing, and the re-engineering of key business processes.

  • As an entrepreneur, Wayne has started and exited a web design business, an online and brick-and-mortar retail operation, and a successful consulting business. His consulting work was focused on operational excellence as a driver for profitability, growth, and risk management.

  • Experience with global due diligence for private equity, product development, and operational road mapping, global supply chain development, and operational modeling.

  • Lean Manufacturing and Operational Excellence practice consultant in North America, Europe, and Asia. 

  • Clients include:

    • United Technologies, FMC Technologies, Solvay, and Mando Corporation

    • Various private equity groups and portfolio companies.

  • Presenter at Lean Management conferences including:

    • Institute of Industrial Engineers

    • Association for Operations Management


  • Certified Lean Manager

  • Certified Supply Chain Professional

  • Certified Six Sigma.

  • Business Analytics, Demand Flow Technology, and Total Quality Management.

  • He has written numerous articles about Lean Manufacturing, Operational Excellence, and culture change.


  • University of Liverpool: Master of Business Administration, Finance & Accounting.

  • Kennedy-Western University: Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering.

Mr. Ifemeje Sobechukwu Micah, is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Managing Director (MD) of NAVITAS Energy Resources in Nigeria. The company is an energy resources firm with a specialty in Oil and gas, Renewable energy, waste management,  integrated water resources management, and logistics. He consults for most trading and marketing companies in the downstream sector of oil and gas such as Charity Shore oil and gas, Chiamso Investors Ltd, and many others.


  • MBA – Business and Operational Management with Tekedia Institute, USA

  • Professional Masters in Integrated Water Resources Management (M.IWRM) - University of Calabar, Nigeria

  • Executive Masters Program in International Marketing (SEMP) -  Metropolitan School of Business and Management, UK

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering – Soil and Water Engineering (Agricultural Engineer) – Federal University of Technology, Owerri, (FUTO),  Nigeria


 Professional Qualifications

  • Diploma in Operational Management

  • Leadership and Management in Health, University of Washington

  • Leadership and Management course I’m Institute of leadership and management,  ILM,  UK

  • Project Management Professional (PMP) , USA

  • Proficiency Certificate in Management,  Nigeria Institute of Management (NIM),  Nigeria

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Emmanuel C. Ijekhuemen
Board of Directors

Mr. Ijekhuemen has over 25 years of Energy and Chemical Engineering, Business Management and financial experience spanning multiple projects across energy, chemical industries, and finance.


  • Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer at Hyprops Nigeria Limited, Hyprops Nigeria Limited’s subsidiary companies such as Hyprops Maintenance Services Limited leading the comprehensive re-engineering and restructuring of ENG RYPAC Limited, Hyprops’ Facilities Management and Fabric Maintenance subsidiary.

  • Brila Energy Resources Ltd.

re-engineering project;  Casewise Corporate Modeller, business process modelling platform.Budget Monitoring and Price Intelligence Unit (BMPIU) of the Federal Ministry of Finance.

  • Fusion Energy Ltd.

Project Eng, and Value Money Audit of the JV operations

  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
    Nigerian Exports Promotion Council’s Export Expansion Grant Scheme (EEG), implementation of redesign initiatives.

  • Afemikhe Consulting Ltd.

Independent Consultant

  • Amazon Energy Limited, CFO strategic planning,

  • Noble & Marble Investments Ltd. as the CFO.

  • Access Bank Plc,


BS Eng Petroleum Chemicals

Blackbelt in Transactional Six Sigma

Departmental Schorlarship Awards
Mobil Scholarship Award

GPA: 4.45

Skills & Specialties:

  • Strategic Planning 

  • Organizational Restructuring

  • Business Change Management

  • Shared Services Implementation

  • Business Process Improvement

  • Consultant Coordination

  • Technical Project Leadership