Mr. Cerna is a successful company leader with experience in the energy industry and publicly traded companies. Prior to joining Lucas Energy Inc., Jim was the Chief Oil and Gas Analyst and CFO of Petroleum Partners, Inc., an energy development company operating a 2000 acre field in the Barnett Shale, Texas. Jim was the founder and CEO of NetCurrents, Inc., (NASDAQ: NTCS), an organization that focuses on Internet information monitoring and analysis, competitive intelligence, and strategic counsel in the business-to-business market sector. Jim was responsible for successfully growing the company from a start up with an initial valuation of $500,000 to a Nasdaq Small Cap listed company with a market cap of $330 million upon his retirement.
Prior to NetCurrents, Jim was the manager of the GT Global/AIM Funds performance analysis group in San Francisco. Earlier, he was an international equity analyst with Bailard, Biehl, and Kaiser in San Mateo, California. Jim has received five certificates of achievement from the Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts. He is honored by Strathmore's Who's Who for leadership and achievement in the Finance Industry.