Our Team

Steven A. Baffico - Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Baffico has been a senior leader in financial services for more than fifteen years across a variety of roles and is widely recognized as one of the industry’s top young talents.  Prior to founding Four Wood Capital Partners in November 2011, he held executive management positions at firms including Guggenheim Partners and BlackRock.  At Guggenheim Investments (2010-2011), Mr. Baffico was Senior Managing Director & Head of the Private Client Group, overseeing all aspects of the investment management and distribution businesses, responsible for more than $27 billion in assets under management and or supervision.  Formerly, he spent more than a decade (1998-2010) at BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, where he worked in various senior leadership capacities across sales, marketing, portfolio management, product development, investment banking and capital markets.  He was named one of the youngest Managing Directors in BlackRock’s history and regularly to many industry top ten lists.

At these predecessor firms, Mr. Baffico and his previous teams were responsible for more than 50 successful IPO’s of publicly traded investment and specialty finance companies with total assets of more than $50 billion.   Therein, Mr. Baffico’s experience in serving retail, high net worth and institutional clients across both public and private sectors has made Four Wood Capital Partners one of the most highly sought after domain experts in the asset management and permanent capital fields.  He is also a frequent contributor to the financial media across print, web, radio, television and other mediums.

Mr. Baffico currently serves on the Board of Directors for Four Wood Capital Advisors’ family of registered Funds and Specialty Finance Companies.  In addition, he is the Executive Chairman of Four Wood Marine Advisors LLC, FWCP’s participating affiliate focused on specialty lending and investment banking within the global maritime industry.  Externally, Mr. Baffico serves on the Board of Directors for Clean Play, a non-profit organization founded by former MLB All-Star Royce Clayton in conjunction with Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU)  focused on the elimination of performance-enhancing drugs in youth sports.

Mr. Baffico is SEC Series 7 and FINRA Series 24 and 63 registered and has a B.A. degree from the University of Wisconsin.

Jerry Bastian - Chief Operating Officer

Jerry brings more than 30 years of oil and gas experience with a focus on operations and land/lease acquisitions to Four Wood Energy Partners.  Throughout a diverse career in the industry, Mr. Bastian has successfully structured Salt Water Disposal and Fresh Water Aquifer Leases — assessing the needs of the company’s goals through landowner lease compliance.  Jerry has also structured drillable exploration and production prospects — assessing the needs of company goals through landowner lease compliance.

He has performed complete land functions for exploration/development wells consisting of preparing Joint Operating Agreements, Joint Interest Billing, Revenue Reports, Unitization Agreements, Areas of Mutual Interest (AMI), Farm-in/Farm-out Agreements as well as Broker Supervision/Lease Acquisition. Land and Easement Acquisition and Title Curative.  As well, Jerry has performed Due Diligence, Title Examination, Surface and Sub-Surface Field Title Work, Acquisition/Divestures and Overriding Royalty Purchases.

Mr. Bastian has also managed the development of pipelines/electric transmission lines by identifying the route selection, title preparation, acquisition of rights of way, and curative of all easements acquired and management of the process, procedures and human resources required, thus insuring the successful completion of construction on said lines.

Shaun Rima - Director of Field Operations

Shaun brings with him over 18 years of experience in the oil and natural gas construction business and has installed pipelines and gathering systems in most of the major plays in North America.  The past 14 years, he has worked specifically on pipeline and gathering system construction.  Shaun has worked in nearly every aspect of the pipeline and gathering system process, from planning and permitting through to installation and continued system maintenance and up-keep.  Through various positions at marquee companies like Fiberspar, Shaun has overseen pipeline and gathering system projects for most major operators in the area, including Marathon Petroleum, Continental Resources, WPX Energy, ConocoPhilips and Exxon Mobil.

Jeff Cron - Director of HS&E

Jeff brings over a decade’s worth of experience supervising thousands of employees in all aspects of the safety continuum.  Recently, he has served as the safety manager for Tier 1 operators such as Marathon Oil and Saddle Butte on large scale pipeline and construction projects.  He has been responsible for one call compliance, incident reporting as well as safety and environmental regulation compliance.  He is currently OSHA 10, OSHA 30, GHS and OSHA Hazardous Communications, CPR, First Aid, and AED certified.

Travis Hoerath - Field Supervisor

Travis Hoerath, has had a 14 year career in pipeline and facility construction and has served as a construction supervisors managing multiple crews of over 20 men for Conoco, Hess, Marathon, WPX, and Encana.  In addition to pipeline and facility construction, Travis is experienced in the installation and maintenance of separator and treaters.