About Us

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 Joyce directly at joyce@shalemag.com 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 publisher@shalemag.com.

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 (www.shalemag.com), a contributor on energy-related matters at Forbes.com, 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.

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: publisher@shalemag.com (210) 240-7188.