Meet Orion


Fred Haberle, President

Prior to starting Orion, Fred worked in business development for Cornerstone Natural Gas and El Paso Corporation.  Fred has a
B. S. from Stanford University and a M.S. from the University of Texas.


Eddie Baker, Director of Business Development 

Eddie handles gas supply and development of gas gathering projects.  He has 28 years of relevant experience with Sonat Exploration and BP Energy.  He holds a B.B.A. from Texas A&M University.


Justin Schminkey, Field Engineer 

Justin is responsible for field operations. Prior to joining Orion, he served as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technician in the U.S. Army. Justin holds a B.S. from the University of Texas at Tyler.


Rich Knarr, CPA Chief Financial Officer

Rich handles accounting, treasury, and finance functions.  Rich worked as an accountant with Ernst & Young and ONEOK before joining Orion.  Rich graduated from Clemson University and is a CPA licensed in Texas and Oklahoma.


Matthew Smiley, P. E. Director of Engineering

Matt is responsible for design, construction, operation and maintenance of pipelines.  He has prior work experience as a civil engineer with Adams Engineering and Lowe’s Companies.  He holds a B.S. from Texas A&M University and is a Registered Professional Engineer in Texas and Louisiana.

Carol Ogea
Carol Ogea, Office Manager

Carol is responsible for managing the office and supporting business development and engineering departments as needed. Prior experience includes overseeing large staff processing over 150,000 daily bank transactions.

Vernon Gilbert
Vernon Gilbert, Software Engineer, IT

Vernon implements and maintains data logging and control software for the company. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Tyler.


Wendy Farmer, Gas Scheduling & Trading

Wendy is responsible for gas trading and scheduling. Wendy joined Orion in 2011 after 15 years as a paralegal. Wendy is a member of the Junior League of Tyler and serves on the advisory board of the East Texas Food Bank.


Brian Fowler, Accountant

Brian is responsible for maintaining accurate bank, A/P, and A/R accounts. Brian has previous work experience with Weaver, and most recently as an accountant for Sky Ranch. Brian holds a B.B.A. from Lubbock Christian University