Geology Department

Sam Allen

Sam is the exploration project manager at BBX Operating, LLC whose specialties include seismic interpretation, field studies with well logs and seismic data, source rock studies, and regional mapping. He joined BBX in 2005, and prior to BBX worked for companies including Encana, Western Gas Resources, Apache and Amoco.

Sam received his Masters of Science in Geophysics from Colorado School of Mines and his Bachelor of Arts in Geology from Colorado College and was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society. He is a member of the Rocky Mountain Association Geologists, AAPG, and SEG and was also recognized as a member of the Third Seismic Symposium Committee from 2003-2010.

In his spare time, he enjoys skiing, biking, cooking and is a middle school mentor.

Laura Randall

Laura joined the BBX team in 2007 and is responsible for evaluating well economics. She focuses on decline curve analysis, evaluating reserves, asset valuation, and assessing prospects. Laura contributes to budget analysis, well planning, and work-over justification. She has extensive experience working with PHDWin and GeoGraphix. Prior to her current role, Laura was responsible for geosteering BBX operated Austin Chalk wells and managed the in-house BBX well site geological team. Her experience in operational geology is an asset in evaluating areas of economic interest. Laura received her B.S. in Geology from the University of Colorado at Denver, where she also received the Neil J. Harr Outstanding Student award by the Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists.

In her spare time, Laura stays busy with her toddler twins and enjoys cooking, fitness, and crafts.


Blake Randall

Blake graduated from the Jackson School of Geosciences and received a Bachelors of Science degree in Geology from the University of Texas at Austin before joining the BBX team in May of 2008. Blake is a part of the BBX well site geological team, which has described more than 150,000 feet of Austin Chalk. He oversees the geographix system and log database including data management, mapping and geologic correlations. When not on location, Blake also researches new prospect areas and assists with geosteering.

Ian Williammee

Ian joined the BBX geology team in June 2008 and splits his time between the oil field and the Austin office. He works on company operated well sites in East Texas and provides geological support including geosteering for the company's horizontal Austin Chalk Drilling program. At the office he evaluates well logs, production data, and creates maps in collaboration with the exploration team to find oil and gas.

Ian graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Geology from the State University of New York at Binghamton and also studied Geographic information systems.

Jake Steimle

Jake’s career with BBX commenced in 2011 shortly after graduating with a Master’s of Science degree in Geology from Florida Atlantic University.  While attending FAU, Jake also completed a certificate in Geographic Information Systems and was contracted by the Department of Environmental Resources Management to map and quantify changes in nearshore coastal environments for Palm Beach County, Florida. 

Jake’s graduate research was funded by the Coastal Education and Research Foundation in which he developed a classification system that he used to delineate and analyze various morphostructures for a large portion of Florida Bay and the Florida Reef Tract.  His research was presented at the 11th International Coastal Symposium in Szczecin, Poland, and published in the Journal of Coastal Research Special Issue 64.