Management Team

EGS, Inc. has a core management team based in Santa Rosa, California, led by Founder and President, Paul Brophy, Chief Geologist, Gene Suemnicht, and Project Geologist Bastien Poux. EGS has specialized in geothermal resource exploration and evaluation for over 25 years.


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Paul Brophy - President

Paul-Brophy.jpgPaul founded EGS, Inc. in 1995 and has been company President since that time. Prior to forming EGS, Mr. Brophy was a Senior Associate with Dames & Moore from 1990 until 1995 and a District Geologist for California Energy Company. Paul earned his M.S. from the University of Leeds, England, and a B.S. from the University of London, England. Mr. Brophy has served as the President and as a Vice President of the Geothermal Resources Council, and on the Board of Directors for the International Geothermal Association and the Geysers Geothermal Association. Mr. Brophy has over 35 years of experience in geologic and resource assessment services. Paul is a registered Professional Geologist and Certified Hydrogeologist with the State of California.


Gene Suemnicht - CEO, Chief Geologist

Gene_Suemnicht.jpgMr. Suemnicht joined the EGS team as Chief Geologist in January 2009. Mr. Suemnicht previously worked with Unocal, Ormat Technologies, IT Corporation and MacTec Engineering & Consulting. Gene has more than 35 years of professional experience in geothermal exploration and development throughout the western United States, Canada, Central and South America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia and has worked as the technical lead or project manager for geothermal exploration efforts, field development projects and decommissioning and environmental remediation. He was responsible for the geologic evaluation and planning for more than 600mw of geothermal development for Unocal Geothermal at The Geysers in northern California and in the Imperial Valley in southern California. Gene earned an M.S. from the University of Arizona and a B.S. from Southern Oregon University. He is a registered Professional Geologist in California and Texas and a Registered Environmental Assessor.



Bastien Poux - Project Geologist

Mr. Poux holds an M.S., in Geology from the LaSalle Beauvais Polytechnic Institute in France.  During the course of his studies, Mr. Poux acquired theoretical and practical knowledge in geothermal systems and gained valuable work experience with several geothermal field assignments.  Bastien’s graduate work included a volcanologic and structural research at Mount Etna (Sicily). He was directly responsible for a geothermal exploration program on the Soufriere volcano in Montserrat (Caribbean). Mr. Poux has also prepared evaluations on several geothermal prospects throughout the western United States in Nevada, Utah, California and Oregon.


Gayle Detillion - Executive Assistant

Ms. Detillion joined the Company in 2008 as Executive Assistant. Prior to joining the Company, Gayle worked as a paralegal with a local law firm for several years focusing on corporate, business, securities, and transactional law. Previous to that, Ms. Detillion acted as Firm Administrator for a law firm in Oakland, California. Gayle has also worked as in-house paralegal for several start-up alternative energy companies, including California Energy Company.