Chief Executive Officer
Lou Thompson is a seasoned tribal relations specialist, and leads TER's nationwide program development and management. He is the executive visionary implementing TER's organizational partnerships and strategic initiatives.
Mr. Thompson's background includes extensive work with NEPA, the National Historic Preservation Act, and facilitating relationships between energy corporates and federally recognized Native American tribes. He has been employed in the private sector and government for over 20 years responsible for working with tribal communities throughout North America. He has managed tribal engagement, environmental risk management, and cultural monitoring programs on large-scale infrastructure throughout North America. He has a masters degree in Community Economic Development and a bachelors degree in Environmental Science. He leads TER's Montana-based operations and nation-wide initiatives.
Bobby Gonzalez is a veteran in tribal, industry and government-to-government relations. He is the universal diplomat, bridging tribes and industry, forging partnerships at the core of TER's mission.
Mr. Gonzalez leads TER's new initiatives and tribal government relationships. An enrolled member of the Caddo Nation, he works closely with tribal governments to facilitate relationships with the pipeline industry. He has been an innovator in tribal workforce development partnerships supporting the pipeline industry. He has also authored numerous publications on the protection of cultural resources and testified before the U.S. House Natural Resource Committee on federal agency non-compliance with the NAGPRA. He leads TER's Oklahoma-based operations, and Permian Basin initiatives.
Vice President of Operations
Catherine Thompson, Vice President of Operations and managing member, is the lead administrator for Tribal Energy Resource LLC. She is the incisive technocrat, bringing exemplary quality control and administrative efficiency to TER's operations.
Mrs. Thompson is a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) in Canada specializing in piping stress analysis and piping material evaluation. She has over 15 years of piping engineering experience with the largest international engineering firms in the energy industry. These include Bechtel, Worley Parsons, Jacobs, and ENI. She has a masters degree in Applied Mechanics from the University of Calgary, Canada, and a bachelors degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Zhengzhou, China. She is a Canadian citizen and permanent resident of the United States.
Director of Archeology
Robert Cast directs TER's Archaeology Division and an industry-leading team of Archaeologists. Mr. Cast is the learned sage of historic preservation, helping TER's archaeology teams integrate nuanced regulatory insights with historical and cultural awareness.
Mr. Cast is a nationally-recognized expert in historic and cultural resource preservation, with numerous publications on these topics. He worked as the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer (THPO) for the Caddo Nation of Oklahoma for over 16 years. He was the first THPO recognized by the Department of the Interior within the state of Oklahoma and the first THPO to be recognized outside the legal definition of an Indian reservation. He has also worked with local, state, federal, and tribal governments across the country to preserve places of importance. He was instrumental in working with universities, museums, federal agencies, and repositories across the United States on the repatriation issues. These included culturally-affiliated human remains and funerary objects, un-associated funerary objects, sacred objects, and objects of cultural patrimony to Native American people. He also worked for two years as the Tribal Archaeologist for the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.
Magan Robinson specializes in energy finance/business and large-scale project management. She is the energy business guru, keeping TER ahead of the curve with the latest industry developments and large-scale project management efficiency.
Miss Robinson provides critical support for new business development, research, and analysis. An enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation, she is an Oklahoma State University graduate, and currently manages TER's field operations throughout the country. Her area of focus includes tribal and cultural resource monitoring projects on large-scale infrastructure construction. She also manages TER's Oklahoma field office operations as well as multi-state monitoring programs in the Northern Plains region. She recently gave an invited presentation on native women in the energy industry at the American Indian Science and Engineering Society's (AISES) 2018 National Conference in Oklahoma City.
Nathan Gonzalez develops and maintains energy industry partnerships by improving tribal government consultation. He is the supply-chain specialist, applying management skills and cultural awareness to key tribal-industry partnerships.
Mr. Gonzalez leads TER's innovative strategy development at the heart of its tribal partnerships and active field operations. A former enlisted member of the U.S. Air Force and currently serving in the Oklahoma Air National Guard, he brings extensive experience in logistics, supply/support administration, and critical project management functions. He organizes and coordinates project outcomes and risk reporting, enabling a platform for TER's continuous improvement. An enrolled member of the Caddo Nation, Gonzalez is a key resource for understanding the governmental structure and protocols that are unique to each tribal government.