A team of vision dedicated to excellence

A team of vision dedicated to excellence

Gene Van Dyke Chairman and CEO


Gene Van Dyke has a career spanning six decades on four continents.  After 20 years of domestic activity, Van Dyke took his U.S.-based company international in 1972 with exploration activity mainly in the Dutch North Sea.  He was responsible for discovering the P/15 Rijn and P/9 Horizon fields in 1982 and the Q/13A-A field in 1993-1994.  In his 44 years of activity offshore Holland, Van Dyke has participated in 74 wells and discovered three of the four larger oil fields offshore Holland.

Van Dyke’s company, Vanco, operated offshore deep water Africa for 15 years (1996-2011), and in the Ukraine portion of the Black Sea for five years (2006-2011). 

Offshore Africa, Vanco acquired and conducted exploration and drilling activity on 20 million acres in eight countries, from Morocco to Madagascar.  Van Dyke’s company brought in major players to participate in Africa’s deep water exploration, among them Total, Shell, Exxon Mobil, Unocal, Kerr-McGee, Oil India Ltd, ONGC Videsh, Sinopec, and LUKOIL.  Vanco served as group operator for five of eight deep water drilling programs offshore West Africa.

Since 2012, Van Dyke has been developing marginal field opportunities offshore Holland through Van Dyke Energy Company and operates the P/8a Horizon West field.

Van Dyke holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geological Engineering from the University of Oklahoma.  He is Chairman of the Board of Directors and owner of Van Dyke Energy Company and a Director of Van Dyke Netherlands.  He also serves as a Director and Shareholder of PanAtlantic Energy Group.

Dr. Hans Ryckborst Managing Director, Netherlands


Dr. Hans Ryckborst is responsible for activities and agreements as it relates to doing business in The Netherlands.  A Dutch citizen fluent in six languages, Dr. Ryckborst’s career as a manager and reservoir engineer has been spent in Canada, Libya, Gabon and The Netherlands.  His early career was spent in Alberta, Canada (1975-1980), in Libya with Esso (1982-1985) and for twelve years as a Consulting Senior Reservoir Engineer for the Ministry of Petroleum, Gabon (1985-1997).

From 1997 to 2002, Dr. Ryckborst represented Vanco in its exploration activity offshore Africa as Director General for Vanco Gabon Inc., as Managing Director, Africa for Vanco International Ltd. and as Chief Negotiator for Vanco Energy Company.  Among other duties related to in-country activity, he negotiated ten Production Sharing Contracts (PSCs) in eight African countries.

Following Vanco, he created new companies, negotiated farm-ins, promoted new ventures and managed partnership exploration commitments in Africa and The Netherlands as Managing Director for ATP Netherlands (2002-2003), Tullow Gabon (2003-2005) and GGPC-Bowleven Ltd. (2005-2008). 

Dr. Ryckborst has served as an advisor to the IMF and World Bank, and is credited in twenty-seven publications.  A member of SPE (London), ASCE, AIPN and the Royal Netherlands Geological and Mining Institute, among others, he holds a Ph.D. in Geological Engineering from Leiden State University with Post-Doctoral Studies in Numerical Analysis at the University of California, Los Angeles. hans@vandyke-energy.com

Phil Williams, CPA Controller


Philip C. Williams, CPA, is Controller for Van Dyke Energy Company. With nearly forty years experience in the energy industry, Philip combines his extensive knowledge of oil and gas finance and transactions with business management practices. Philip received his BBA in Accounting from Bowling Green State University, and served Marathon Oil for 17 years (1977-1994), managing exploration and production projects in the Dutch North Sea, UK North Sea, offshore Ireland, Middle East, Australia, Indonesia, Brazil and other South American countries.

Joining the company in 1995, Philip was key in advancing Van Dyke’s direction into Africa’s deep water frontier, ensuring progressive growth in financial operations at headquarters while establishing subsidiaries and the financial frameworks for oversea offices, operations and drilling programs.

His background in contract negotiations, tax, auditing, treasury, international petroleum accounting and international transactions have applied to multi-million-dollar project assignments. His standards in accounting have influenced oil and gas operations, internationally. Over twenty years ago, Philip was a leading author of AIPN’s standard Exhibit A-International Accounting Procedures for Joint Operating Agreements (JOAs), still in use today.

Philip is an active member in the Texas Society of CPA’s, the Houston Chapter of CPA’s, the AICPA, National Association of CFOs, American Payroll Association and the Petroleum Club of Houston.

Gerard J. Swonke  Legal Advisor

Gerard Swonke is Legal Advisor to Van Dyke Energy Company, an association he has had since 1986, with an expertise in commercial transactions, corporate governance and oil and gas law.  His counsel for 10 years with Van Dyke Energy Company (1986-1996) helped develop the company’s assets in the Dutch North Sea.

Mr. Swonke’s work with Van Dyke continued as the company expanded to Africa and formed Vanco.   In addition to corporate structure assignments, he drafted and negotiated Vanco’s oil and gas contracts with Senegal, Gabon and Namibia, among others.

After receiving a B.A. in Economics from the University of St. Thomas and his J.D. from South Texas College of Law, Mr. Swonke began his oil and gas experience in 1975 as in-house counsel at Aminoil, Inc. and its predecessor, Burmah Oil and Gas Company.  He has practiced law at Greenberg, Peden, Siegmyer & Oshman, P. C., McConn & Williams, L.L.P. and The McConn Law Firm.  He served as a Board Member and Chair of the Audit Committee of ATP Oil and Gas Corporation, a NASDAQ-listed oil and gas corporation having its area of operations in the U.K and Dutch sectors of the North Sea and in the Gulf of Mexico.  He currently practices law with The Law Office of Gerard J. Swonke, P. C.

Mr. Swonke is a member of AIPN, the Houston Bar Association, and the Texas-Mexico Bar Association.  He is licensed to practice in Texas and in the Federal courts in the Southern District of Texas, the Eastern District of Texas, the Fifth and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeal, and the United States Supreme Court. 

Dr. Wim van den Bosch Exploration Advisor


Dr. Wim van den Bosch is responsible for the evaluation of exploration and development opportunities in the Netherlands. His extensive knowledge of the Dutch North Sea’s petroleum geology comes from nearly 20 years with Oranje-Nassau Energie B.V. (1982-2000) and his own consultancy firm since. In his positions at Oranje-Nassau Energie, Dr. van den Bosch developed an international exploration portfolio, expanded the company’s interests in producing fields in The Netherlands, managed the production department and coordinated the purchase of proven reserves.

With a PhD in Structural Geology from Leiden State University, Dr. van den Bosch began his career with Shell (1969-1974), then spent seven years with Conoco (1974-1981). During these twelve years, among other duties, he evaluated and proposed Shell’s first relinquishment on the Sarawak shelf in Brunei, and for Conoco Norway, conducted a geological evaluation of the Norwegian sector of the North Sea that led to the discovery of the large Ula oil field. Dr. van den Bosch’s work in Brunei introduced Shell to the concept of seismic stratigraphy. His work in Norway developed the geological nomenclature for the Norwegian shelf.

Since 2002, Dr. van den Bosch has consulted on a global basis, and developed oil and gas discoveries under a company he helped form. He has been President of the Dutch Petroleum Geological Circle and AAPG’s representative both to Norway and The Netherlands. He is fluent in six languages.

Pete Orr Chief Petroleum Engineer


Van W. “Pete” Orr is a petroleum engineering professional with over 30 years’ experience in field operations, field development, contract negotiations and mergers and acquisitions.  For more than 28 years, Pete managed projects for Unocal in the U.S., Argentina, Bangladesh and The Netherlands.   For six years (1980-1986), he managed various aspects of Unocal’s Block Q1 Helm, Helder and Hoorn fields, first as Reservoir Engineering Manager for the field development (1980-1982), then as Production Manager (1982-1986).  As the complex’s Production Manager, he maximized production on both Helm and Helder platforms and brought Hoorn onto production.  He also managed the installation of electric submersible pumps and the modification of the Helder platform to increase its water handling capacity to 100,000 barrels per day.

Pete led diverse, multi-discipline professional teams for project analysis and implementation with Unocal in Texas, California and South America.

In addition to Unocal, Pete has worked for Gulf Oil Company, Schlumberger, and several independent oil and gas operators.  He received his BS in Mineral Engineering from University of Alabama, and is an active member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers. pete@vandyke-energy.com