Helium is a vital resource used throughout the science, medicine and manufacturing industries. For many companies, it is a critical component in the manufacturing process, especially those that serve unique high-tech applications such as MRI, semiconductor chip, and fiber optic manufacturing. New applications continue to be developed in the high tech industries.
The United States has historically been the largest producer of helium in the world. Recent developments have brought countries such as Qatar and Russia to the forefront of global helium supply.
The BLM’s Cliffside Reserve in the US was once the primary global source of helium. Its rapid decline has led to shortages and is forecast to be a minor source after 2021, leading the US to be a net importer of helium for the first time in history. The BLM decline has sparked an urgent need to secure new sources of helium and ensure sustainability of this resource into the future.
Weil Group Resources, LLC, headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, was founded by international and energy sector executives devoted to the exploration, development and production of untapped energy and other commodity assets. Focused on these underdeveloped resources, Weil Group is active in the United States and Canada and has had prior projects in Colombia, South America and throughout the Philippine archipelago.
Weil Group’s knowledge of oil and gas exploration and production, coupled with its project management and mid-stream operating experience, inspired the development of a successful helium exploration and production program. With active projects in both the United States and Canada, Weil Group is producing high grade helium and continues to expand its significant helium reserves.
Our mission is to explore, develop and produce untapped energy and commodity assets, discerning value overlooked by others.
Finding, Drilling, Proving & Producing Helium Reserves
Jeff Vogt is the CEO and founder of Weil Group. In his over 30+ year career, Jeff has gained international experience in industrial, resource-based, environmental technology and public/private sectors, focusing on foreign markets entry, joint ventures and creating value through collaboration.
As former head of the international business division for ESP (Envirotest/Environmental Systems Products) Jeff negotiated technology agreements and joint ventures in China, Japan, Brazil, Argentina, Costa Rica, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Turkey and India. His strong strategic focus, technical aptitude and collaborative approach have played critical roles in his development of manufacturing subsidiaries in China and India, in working with partners in the Philippines to establish a successful nickel mining and smelting concern, and bringing life to oil fields with partners in Colombia. Early in his career, Jeff served on the White House staff as a special assistant to President George H. W. Bush for business, trade and economic policy.
As a trustee for the Vogt Foundation, Jeff is passionate about assisting disabled and disadvantaged youth and improving inner-city education access. He assists many non-profit organizations with their fund raising efforts. Jeff holds an MBA from Kellogg Northwestern University School of Management and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and a B.A. from Colby College.
Chief Executive Officer
Scott Cardozo is CFO at Weil Group. He brings diverse experience as a senior executive in investment banking and finance at Scott & Stringfellow/BB&T Capital Markets, as well as hands-on experience as Chief Executive for business operations, ranging from tax preparation to medical devices. Scott was an early investor in Weil Group, and has been an active investor and manager in companies in a variety of sectors. His focus and financial acumen have been invaluable during his successful efforts at managing several growth stage and turnaround/restructuring situations, all of which have resulted in profitable exits for investors. Scott currently serves on the board for The Saint Andrews School, a tuition free independent elementary school, for low income children in Richmond, VA. Scott is also the past board chairman of the Daily Planet, a Community Healthcare Center providing primary and behavioral health as well as dental and eye care regardless of housing or financial status. Scott holds an MBA from the Darden School at the University of Virginia, as well as a JD from the School of Law.
J. Scott Cardozo
Chief Financial Officer
Lewis May is the Executive Vice President of Operations. He has over 40 years of experience in the energy sector, both domestically and internationally, and extensive expertise in joint venture company management. Lewis’ experience has been in project development, execution, operations, and commercial management in chemical plants, refineries, pipelines and related transportation facilities, and oil production, making him well positioned to head up Weil Group operations.
During his 29 year career at Enron, Lewis was involved in the $217 million Centragas pipeline project in Colombia, where he oversaw all facets of pipeline development and operations. Under Lewis’ supervision, the project was named Project of the Year by PMI (Project Management Institute). While working on the Bolivia – Brazil pipeline, Lewis successfully negotiated construction cost reductions on the Bolivia portion from over $100M to $5M.
Lewis holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati and a Masters of Business Administration from Houston Baptist University.
Executive Vice President of Operations
Guy A. Rowland serves on the advisory board for Weil Group. Guy has extensive understanding of all aspects of the industrial gases business. His experience across the bulk and packaged gas business involved major customers utilizing helium in a variety of applications and markets. He is especially strong in customer and commercial strategy and has innumerable customer contacts forged over decades of customer interaction and contract and deal negotiations.
During his 31 year career with Air Liquide, Guy held positions of increasing responsibility in sales, sales management, and region management, serving as Director of Acquisitions, Vice President of Process Industries responsible for rare gases including helium. He served as Vice President Bulk Sales and Region Operations for the US including the Strategic Accounts team and as the COO of the US Healthcare business and President of the US Packaged Gas business.
Guy holds a BSc in Molecular Biology and Physics from the University of Oregon.
Guy A. Rowland
Advisory Board Member
George Y. Li serves as Director on the Board of Weil Group Canada. George has worked in the industrial gas business for more than 15 years, starting his career with Air Products Tianjin, China as Account Manager for liquid bulk products. In 2010, he was a co-founder of Synergy Gases (Tianjin), which specializes in the supply of helium, rare gases and other bulk gases. In 2013, George relocated to Toronto, Canada to develop the North American market for Synergy. Currently Mr. Li is director of sales for a team that supplies gases not only in China but also to the global market. Synergy now exports industrial gases and chemicals to more than 12 countries/areas in the world.
George holds a MSc. of Business Administration from Linkoping University, Sweden and a BSc. degree in Business Administration from Tianjin University of Commerce, China.
George Y. Li
Director Weil Group Canada, Ltd
Alexey Duarte serves as a project management consultant for the Weil Group. He has more than 20 years of experience leading the evaluation and execution of projects and operations for large and small companies in the mining and energy sectors in Australia, SE Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America. Alexey’s experience has been in project management, risk modeling and analysis, and business structuring. He is strong on developing work teams from ground zero and executing projects.
Alexey has worked with many top contractors and consultants such as Bechtel, Kvaerner, McKinsey, WorleyParsons and others. His latest involvement was a contractor for a USAID Project, where he identified, qualified and prioritized Best Technical and Social Practices in the extractive and infrastructure sectors.
Alexey holds a BSc in Metallurgical Engineering from the Universidad Industrial de Santander, Colombia and an MBA from the Queensland University of Technology, Australia.
Project Manager Consultant
Weil Group’s sustainable vision is to be a collaborative partner in the communities where we operate, to give back, and to enrich lives by protecting the environment. We do this by incorporating the “4-C’s” of community engagement with all stakeholders: communication, cooperation, collaboration and mutual creation. Whether mining and smelting nickel ore in the Philippine islands, developing oil fields in Colombia, or delivering helium resources, a critical industrial commodity, from Canada to the international market, Weil strives to uphold zero impact to the environment. We also look to be a part of communities and instill pride, purpose and prosperity as a direct result from our being there.
In Mindanao, Philippines, the Weil Group brought on stream critical new water and plumbing resources to remote villages, provided cash crops to village populations to bring to market for recurring annual revenue resources, and constructed new classrooms for community youth instruction. In Colombia, Weil provided new power sources to communities and computer systems to local youth, allowing for expanded internet and education instruction.
In its North American helium pursuits, Weil Group projects feature clean, inert gas it accesses through its drilling activities. We have collaborated with local communities for road improvement, new road construction, and upgraded local government housing. We sponsor a local curling team, and a welding class for local students among other activities.
What’s behind a global shortage of helium
BNN – May 17, 2019
Jeff Vogt, CEO of Weil Group, discusses what’s causing a global helium shortage, the uses of helium and how the company’s plant is progressing.
Giving Helium a Lift
CBC, July 7, 2016
A Virginia company has opened Canada’s only high-grade helium plant in Saskatchewan. The Exchange on CBC News speaks with Jeff Vogt, CEO of Weil Group Resources.
Helium in Mankota
Weil Group CEO, Jeff Vogt, speaks with Sask Wanderer about Mankota’s high-grade helium plant in Saskatchewan.