Whittier CEO takes balanced view of public ownership

Bryce Rhodes has managed tiny but growing Whittier Energy Corp. through its recent transition to public ownership and remains balanced in his assessment of the change.Already, improved access to capital and the ability to use shares as currency in property acquisitions are helping the company grow. And the formalized structure for managing investments is an improvement, says Rhodes, who became president and CEO last September.But becoming public also imposes disclosure burdens that private companies don't experience."You fly under the radar as a private company," Rhodes says. "As a public company you're scrutinized so you have to be careful about what you say and when you say it&m...

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