SHALE Oil & Gas Business Magazine is “The Premier Magazine Covering the Shale Revolution”.

We are a publication which showcases the dynamic impact of the energy industry. The mission of SHALE is to promote economic growth and business opportunities and to further the general understanding of how the energy industry contributes to the economic well-being of Texas and the United States as a whole. Shale’s distribution includes industry leaders and businesses, service workers, entrepreneurs and the public at large.

.SHALE Magazine Executive Team


Kym Bolado, CEO & Publisher

As the publisher and CEO of SHALE Magazine and the host of In the Oil Patch radio show, Kym Bolado has conducted more than 250 interviews with energy experts. With 25 years of entrepreneurial experience, Kym Bolado started SHALE Magazine in 2013 as a result of her interest in the economic development taking place in Texas. The magazine thrived early on and has seen exponential growth since. Along with the growth of the magazine, Bolado took on the new challenge of becoming a radio talk show host on In the Oil Patch. In the Oil Patch was started in 2015 on San Antonio’s KTSA 550 AM. Within six months the show was in syndication. The show now airs on iHeart’s KTRH 740 AM in Houston, the number one talk radio station in the U.S. The radio show also airs in major metropolitan areas in Texas including Dallas, Midland, San Antonio, Austin, and Corpus Christi, as well as parts of New Mexico, Louisiana, and Mexico.

If you are interested in advertising with our winning team, please contact Kym directly at [email protected] or call (210) 240-7188.

You may also send requests and concerns to our mailing address:

5150 Broadway #493

San Antonio, TX 78209

Lauren Guerra, Editor-in-Chief

As Editor-in-Chief Lauren Guerra holds the important role of making sure the magazine and its affiliated services/materials uphold the quality and targeted messages SHALE has set.

She works closely with a team of writers, editors, and designers to put out a pro-energy and business publication. In addition to managing the team behind the magazine, Lauren works with Kym Bolado to plan and manage events, promote newsworthy announcements, disseminate press releases and media advisories, schedule media interviews, etc.

As a part of the SHALE team since 2014, Lauren has come to understand the unique position the energy industry has and its perception among media and community members. Her experience in navigating the perception barriers through SHALE and its clients gives Lauren a distinctive advantage when working on PR projects with energy companies. Lastly, Lauren has great experience in working with social media accounts to boost engagement and increase visibility.

If you have a story you would like to contribute to our next issue of SHALE Oil & Gas Business Magazine, please send details to [email protected].

Walter Vlahakis, Executive Producer and Full Stack Developer

As an Executive Producer and Full Stack Developer, Walter Vlahakis does all the selecting and assembling of sound recordings in preparation for the radio show, which is completed at the SHALE studio located in San Antonio, Texas. The SHALE studio allows In the Oil Patch to have flexibility in its recording availability. Walter is also the videographer behind the recordings at SHALE Magazine. In addition to specializing in audio and video, Walter is skilled in lead channeling, AWS integration, SEO, back-end and front-end development, including creating WordPress themes and plugins. Walter also consistently works with Lauren to ensure positive growth in SHALE’s social media platforms.

If you know a top executive or entrepreneur that would be interested in being on our radio show, “In The Oil Patch”, please send details to [email protected].


David Blackmon, Editor

David Blackmon is an independent energy analyst/consultant based in Mansfield, TX. David has enjoyed a 39-year career in the oil and gas industry, the last 23 years of which were spent in the public policy arena, managing regulatory and legislative issues for various companies, including Burlington Resources, Shell, El Paso Corporation, FTI Consulting and LINN Energy.

During this time, David has led numerous industry-wide efforts to address a variety of issues at the local, state and federal level, and from April 2010 through June 2012, he served as the Texas State Lead for America’s Natural Gas Alliance. In addition to client-related work, David also maintains a growing media communications practice.

As mentioned earlier, he is currently the Editor for Shale Magazine (, a contributor on energy-related matters at, and the resident energy expert on the “In The Oil Patch” radio program. David executes frequent public speaking engagements around the state of Texas and at conferences. He attended Texas A&I University and The University of Texas, earning B.A. in accounting in 1979.

Contact David Blackmon at [email protected].

SHALE Magazine Staff

Bookkeeper – Deana Andrews

David Porter – Associate Editor

Amanda Jenkins – Vice President, Sales

Joyce Adams – Vice President, Sales & Marketing

John Collins – Account Executive

Maria Cuellar – Account Executive

Doug Humphries – Account Executive

Matt Reed – Account Executive

Jack Belcher – Contributing Writer

David Blackmon – Contributing Writer

Matt Dempsey – Contributing Writer

Teri Dreher – Contributing Writer

Bette Grande – Contributing Writer

Brent Greenfield – Contributing Writer

Brian Holland – Contributing Writer

Bill Keffer – Contributing Writer

Jim McBride – Contributing Writer

David Porter – Contributing Writer

Shane Randolph – Contributing Writer

Tim Tarpley – Contributing Writer

John Tintera – Contributing Writer

Thomas Tunstall, Ph.D. – Contributing Writer

Courtney Boedeker – Social Media Director

Raymond Bolado – Correspondent, Western Region

Digital Halide Media – Design

Kelly Hamilton – Copy Editor

Amanda Villarreal – Staff Writer

Elisa Giordano – Graphic Designer

Michael Giordano – Contract Photography

Malcolm Perez – Staff Photographer

LeAnna Castro – Editorial Intern

Our core SHALE Magazine team works day and night to bring you the best content available in each issue, striving to keep you entertained and informed. Please, feel free to reach out to our Publisher, Kym Bolado if you have any questions or concerns: [email protected] (210) 240-7188.