SPECIAL REPORT: POINT OF VIEW: Leor Energy blends old-school ways, unconventional gas

Guma Aguiar, vice-chairman and chief executive officer of private Houston independent Leor Energy LP, took an interesting and unusual route to finally work in the oil and gas industry.Unlike many executives in the exploration and production business, Aguiar didn’t start with a background in oil and gas. Instead, he worked first in 1999 as a clerk on the floor of the New York Mercantile Exchange with a focus on energy markets, especially gas, then dabbled in trading.Aguiar later joined his uncle, Thomas Kaplan, to manage family investments ranging from venture capital to private equity and debt. It was during this time that he became responsible for creating a US company focused on a...

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