Our Team



Mr. Charles D. “Chuck” Lawson – after earning his BS degree in Education from Abilene Christian University and working many disciplines of the oil industry while attending ACU in Abilene, Texas, was signed to play professional football by the Dallas Cowboys in 1977. Due to a career ending  injury, Lawson began his professional career with a division of Schlumberger known as The Analysts which involved mud logging, directional drilling services, lithology & show evaluations, along with pressure control. These disciplines were carried out for major oil companies such as Texaco, Mobil, & Gulf in the Texas & Louisiana Gulf Coast on shore and off shore. After completion of this phase, Lawson upgraded to a position with a drilling fluids company in which various pressure and engineering schools were completed.  Due to a situation that became available with Transco, Lawson completed several Engineering mini schools and started as a consultant which carried him through the Austin Chalk “Boom” of the early 1980s. At this time, he acted as a drilling and completions consultant for various independents. Wanting more, Lawson became head of operations for Texas, Louisiana, and New Mexico for Gibraltar Exploration, Ltd. of Oklahoma where his  expertise and oversight were responsible for exploration efforts that included drilling to depths of 20,000’+. Due to personal reasons, Lawson moved back to Central Texas and started Cavalier Oil & Gas, Inc. which generated exploration prospects for various independents in DeWitt & Lavaca County. Those prospects involved the Wilcox series of sands and Edwards Limestone formations. During this time, Lawson helped originate PetroSearch Energy, Inc. (OTCBB: PTSG) which was recently acquired by Double Eagle Petroleum, Inc.(NASDAQ:DBLE). Due to the background that Lawson has with the Edwards Limestone, his actions generated a substantial new discovery in the Caldwell County area of Central Texas.  Lawson started Benchmark Texas Petroleum, LLC to operate various other opportunities that will be developed in the very near future as “in house” developments.


Mr. Richard J. Bednar, CPA, MST – is a Certified Public Accountant, and holds a Bachelor’s of Accounting degree from Oral Roberts University and a Master of Science degree with specialization in Taxation from the University of Tulsa. Mr. Bednar has over 25 years of experience in the field of international public accounting and corporate finance. He was a co-founder, co-owner, managing partner of a number of companies including Price-Bednar. After its acquisition by American Express, he continued to serve as Managing Director for American Express Tax and Business Services. Subsequently, he founded Business and Financial Consultants, LLC (BFC), providing financial and consulting services to a number of companies in various industries with experience in Oil & Gas, business valuation, emerging growth companies and power generation among others. Currently, Mr. Bednar is the President of BCS Capital Services, Inc., which is the company that serves as a Managing Member of BTP and will be handling all the financial and accounting transactions for BTP.


Mr. Andrew Alff – is a Consulting Geologist, member of American Association of Petroleum Geologist since 1984 (member #45804-9), and State of Texas Professional Geoscientist (member #6637). Mr. Alff holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, Wisconsin. He has over 30 years experience in the oil & gas industry from mud logging to drilling & explorations, on-shore and off-shore, in the USA and the Dominican Republic. He was responsible for 100’s of successful explorations & wells including the discovery of new fields. Mr. Alff has been instrumental in studying the opportunities that BTP is pursuing.



Mr. Elie I. Haddad – holds an MSEE/CE from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, NC and a BSCS from the University of Dayton, OH. He has held various senior engineering and managerial positions for over 26 years and has been active in oil & gas since 2003 working with various companies as a consultant, investor, operator and managing partner. He has successfully founded a number of oil & gas ventures. He is the founder of Pegasus Energy Development, LLC involved in high ROI – low risk ventures in oil & gas development as well as utility-scale PV (solar) Systems. Mr. Haddad is the managing director of Haddad Consulting, LLC which is providing business development consultation for BTP.