Corporate Overview

Vivakor’s corporate mission is to create, acquire and accumulate distinct assets, intellectual properties, and exceptional technologies. The Company’s goal is to deliver the deepest industry model possible with solid returns to its valued shareholders and partners. To carry forward lessons learned and further refine our technologies as we build our capabilities to extract rich, high-demand natural resources and leverage our assets from our projects across the globe.

The company currently focuses on precious metals extraction in the United States and oil extraction from shallow, oil-laden areas in Eastern Utah. Both of the technologies utilized are low-cost, proprietary and proving themselves industry disruptive when measured by a number of important factors.

The general business model has been to be an acquisition hub, focused on building and acquiring cash-flowing assets in discrete areas that have an acknowledged technological advantage and enable a substantial market opportunity within significant target markets across the globe.

Our research, and the technology we acquire are anchored by our relationships with synergistic partners and product-specific commercialization strategies. From the point of product or technology conception, or through acquisition, development and commercialization, we expect to have strategic partners, joint ventures or licensing arrangements in place for many of our products in order to sustain revenue attainment.

This model provides distinct advantages to our stockholders, including:

(i) more efficient and effective research and
development process;
(ii) quicker time to market with a distinguished go-
to-market model;
(iii) value-added growth for the Company and a
safe harbor for shareholder investments.

This is achieved through long-term projects and agreements that deliver diversified, enduring revenue streams for the company and support solid, sustainable investment yields. Our overall objective is to redefine “Blue Chip” in investing vocabulary.


VivaVentures Energy Group (VVEG)

VivaVentures Energy Group (VVEG) owns a proprietary, environmentally clean solvent and methodology for extraction of crude oil from the designated Utah Oil Sands area. The Company secured land in the area near Vernal, UT; Eastern Utah has over 32 billion barrels of oil in the rich oil sands within the State. As Vivakor acquired and developed its patented mobile technology and methodology for low-cost extraction of the highvalue oil, the Company also revealed an ability to offer remediation and reclamation of contaminated sands from oil spills in vital areas across the globe.

VivaVentures Precious Metals (VVPM)

VivaVentures Precious Metals (VVPM) has a principle focus on natural resource assets; primarily precious metal minerals since 2012. The Company has eighteen (18) sizable metals mineral reserves in the Western US. VIVK utilizes technically advanced, proprietary methods for very high-yield extraction of precious group and rare earth metals. The Company is actively developing technology that may increase the strong extraction yield of these precious metals. The Company currently utilizes multiple machines in its Nevada central processing facility.


Matt Nicosia, Chairman and CEO

Mr. Nicosia is one of those rare businessmen who combine top management skills with true entrepreneurship to inspire, challenge and motivate business partners. Mr. Nicosia is Chairman and CEO of Vivakor Inc. (VIVK). Prior to his role with Vivakor, Mr. Nicosia was founder and CEO of Dermacia, a Southern California-based skin care company, which produced consumer, prescription and OTC products distributed through plastic surgeons and dermatologists as well as through retail and other mass-marketing channels. He has also been a director and co-founder of Quantum Sphere, Inc., a producer of nanomaterials and related technologies ( Mr. Nicosia received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Brigham Young University and an MBA from Pepperdine University.  Mr. Nicosia is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish.

Dr. Daniel Hashim, Chief Science Officer

Dr. Hashim has extensive experience in the areas of nanoscience research, advanced materials synthesis, characterization, application, innovation and technological entrepreneurship. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Materials Science Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, with a PhD from Rice University in the field of Materials Science and NanoEngineering. In addition to leading scientific efforts for Vivakor and its related companies, Dr. Hashim is also the Founder, Chairman and CEO of CSS Nanotech, Inc. CSS is a nonmaterials research and development company that designs and commercializes useful structural nanomaterials that exhibit “safe-to-handle” nanofunctionality on a macro-scale, to include carbon filtration media, water purification, oil spill remediation, structural composite materials, electrode materials, petrochemical refining and thermal management systems.

Tyler Nelson, Chief Financial Officer

Tyler Nelson is a CPA who began his career in Audit and Enterprise Risk Services at Deloitte & Touche. He worked with clients with assets of $100B+ and annual revenues of $15B+, and are considered some of the most respected financial institutions in the world. Mr. Nelson earned a Masters degree in Accountancy from the University of Illinois- Urbana-Champaign, and a Bachelors degree in Economics with a minor in Business Management from Brigham Young University. Mr. Nelson also speaks Portuguese and Spanish, which assists with our Latin American acquisitions.

Bill Ison, Operations

Mr. Ison has over 35 years of experience meeting a broad array of operational, engineering and technology challenges. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) since the mid 1990s and held multiple state CSE and PE licenses over his work career. Mr. Ison has the ability to integrate engineering, operational and technology based activities into a single corporate strategy by building effective relationships with key people throughout the company and is able to translate the technological capabilities into strategic business decision. Mr. Ison holds undergraduate degrees in Electronics Engineering Technology and Management, with an MS from George Washington University.

Trent Staggs, Strategic Development Advisor

Mr. Staggs brings a 20 year track record of developing and executing on business strategy, teams and relationships. Prior to advising the Vivakor Team, he was on the corporate leadership team of a global direct sales company that operates in over 35 markets, providing strategic direction and leadership of global integrated systems, software and IT infrastructure. Mr. Staggs has also been directly responsible for financial transactions in excess of 2 billion dollars as a VP at Morgan Stanley and also running his own nationwide financial company. Mr. Staggs received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Utah and received an MBA from the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University. Mr. Staggs is also an elected official in the state of Utah and serves on many boards, providing needed political guidance and consultation to Vivakor and its related companies.

Dr. Khalid Bin Jabor Al Thani, Advisory Board Member

Dr. Khalid brings a host of accolades and accomplishments to the Company. He is the Founder and Chairman of the Qatar Cancer Society, and he has served as its Chairman since its inception in 1997. He has also served as Chairman of the Gulf Union Against Cancer since 2000. In addition to his work with the Qatar Cancer Society and the Gulf Union Against Cancer, Dr. Khalid also served as the Vice Chairman of the National Health Authority, which replaced the Ministry of Public Health in Qatar. Dr. Khalid graduated from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, with a Masters of Health Care Administration. His emphasis is in both planning and budgeting. VVEG will call upon Dr. Khalid’s expertise and vast global experience as it further positions itself in the Energy sector abroad.

Ron R. Chevalier, Advisory Board Member

In an effort to formalize its Social Responsibility Initiatives, Vivakor has added board adviser Ron R. Chevalier, a recipient of three Life Saving awards and the recipient of The Red Cross REAL HEROES award, Shell Oil CEO Life Saving Award and Washington State Governor’s Life Saving award. Not only is Mr. Chevalier a multi-decorated, life-saving award recipient, he had an extensive career in Health and Safety at Shell Oil. He then went on to form and run a successful waste remediation business. Mr. Chevalier works with the board operations to ensure safety of both our employees and the earth, as Head Environmentologist.