The High Country Energy Search Team
Kevin Clemens – Managing Partner
Kevin started High Country Energy Search in 2006 with the goal of providing a high quality search practice to candidates and clients within upstream oil & gas. His core areas of expertise are in Land, Land Administration, Petroleum Engineering, and Petroleum Geology. With a focus on honesty, and integrity, Kevin has developed a track record of delivering talented impactful employees to clients and exciting new opportunities to candidates.
Prior to joining High Country Executive Search, Kevin was a top producing recruiter and manager with a Fortune 500 recruiting firm. Kevin graduated from Villanova University and received a BSBA in Finance. Currently residing in Golden, Co with his wife Amy, two sons Ethan and Thomas, and daughter Meriwether, Kevin is an avid mountain biker, distance runner, and skier.
Wes Martin – Partner
At the end of the day, Wes finds ultimate satisfaction in serving others. He spent 6 years in Big 4 accounting serving clients from a tax planning perspective. Subsequently, he transitioned out of tax and focused on financial accounting for a venture capitalist with holdings in real estate and oil/gas. It wasn’t long before Wes realized he could make more of a positive impact and truly serve others as a recruiter. After 5 years with a Fortune 500 recruiting firm, Wes moved to High Country Energy Search where he could focus on recruiting for the oil and gas industry, specifically engineering, land and geology opportunities.
Though he’s a Texan at heart, Wes made Denver his home since 2000. He holds a BBA in Accounting and International Business and a Masters of Taxation from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He lives with his wife Nikki and yellow lab Zoe (who thinks Wes was put on this earth to serve her). Wes played golf on the Baylor golf team and continues to play competitively. During the winter months, he can be found in the trees and bumps of Mary Jane/Winter Park.
Kim Pierce – Executive Recruiter
Born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin; Kim relocated to Denver after graduating from the University of Wisconsin- LaCrosse in 1993. Kim began her recruiting career in Denver in 1994, where she was a key player in starting and building a new division of a local staffing firm. She was then recruited to help a large National search firm build a presence in Denver. There she was recognized as a top producer nationally and went on to become the Regional Director responsible for hiring and training executive recruiters in multiple offices throughout the Rocky Mountain Region.
In 2001, Kim relocated to Orlando, Florida for a few years, where she left the corporate world, married her husband Joe and had two boys; Jack and Carson. Kim has always had a strong passion for helping people in their careers; connecting good people with good companies and building on those relationships. This made coming on board with High Country an ideal and natural fit. She could do what she is passionate about with a personalized approach.
In her free time, Kim enjoy’s exercising, hiking and spending time with her family.
Chelsea Parks – Executive Recruiter
Chelsea joined The High Country Search Group in 2013 to expand their energy presence in Texas. Her core areas of focus are in Petroleum Engineering, Geology, Land and Land Administration. Prior to joining High Country, she was the top producer in the Denver market for a large National Search firm’s Finance and Accounting group. Chelsea obtained her undergraduate and graduate degree in Accounting from the University of Denver where she spent a year studying Italian and International Business in Milan, Italy.
Chelsea was drawn to High Country finding a fit in their boutique style, high-end search. The idea of her hard work, honesty and integrity providing quality results for her candidates and clients seemed like a natural fit.
Chelsea is a proud Colorado native, has a passion for the oil industry, travel, skiing, and ballet.