Our Management Team

Craig Fleming, CEO


Mr. Fleming, the founder of Benchmark Energy, has over 30 years of senior management experience. Mr. Fleming most recently served as founder, President and CEO of Iron Star Energy, an Anadarko basin exploration and production company. Previously he served as EVP And CFO of Jones Energy, helping Jones through a period of significant growth. Prior to that, he served as CFO of Brigham Exploration Company, having guided the company through it early-term growth and ultimately its initial public offering. He is a graduate of Texas A&M with a BBA in Accounting.

Kirk Goehring, COO


Mr. Goehring joined Benchmark Energy in February 2021 and brings over 10 years of direct management, operations, and investment experience in the energy sector.  Most recently, Mr. Goehring served as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Jones Energy where he directed all aspects of strategy and operations across a portfolio of 600+ operated wells and 140k net acres in the Anadarko Basin.  Prior to Jones, Mr. Goehring was an Associate at Metalmark Capital, a New York based private equity firm.  He began his career as a mergers and acquisitions analyst at Greenhill & Co. and Bear Stearns and Co.   Mr. Goehring is a graduate of the Business Honors Program at the University of Texas – Austin with a BBA in Finance.