Oil & Gas
Mark Magarity - Chief Executive Officer
Raised in Philadelphia, Mark Magarity has been in the hospitality industry for more than 35 years. As founder of The Sentry Companies, Mr. Magarity is recognized as one of the Hotel, Resort and Conference Center operations and real estate industry leaders today. Mark has shaped Sentry with the vision of creating a conference-class re-development and hospitality operating and real estate company with a committed focus on emerging into today's universal and investment market with a competitive advantage. A celebrated example of this vision is the non-residential Conference concept, which involves securing class A urban office space and creating learning and events center venues in gateway cities throughout the world. Setting leadership objectives based on a smart corporate culture, customer care, knowledge and technology management, talent management, associate empowerment and profits, Sentry has become synonymous with uncompromising success.
As Chief Executive of The Sentry Companies, Mr. Magarity oversees every aspect of the organization and is responsible for Sentry’s growth and investor relations. Mark has been an Investor/Partner for Bestoso Oil & Gas LLC. in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and has worked in the Oil and Gas business since 2000. Also he was involved with the Muskrat Window, Tar Sands, Casper Wyoming, Freemont County, Drilling and Exploration project. Prior thereto, Mr. Magarity held key senior level positions with industry leading companies such as Sheraton Hotels and Resorts Worldwide where his last position was that of Vice President Marketing, Hawaii and Pacific region. He also served as Chief Development Officer for Benchmark Hospitality International. He is affiliated with American Hotel & Lodging Association and the International Association of Conference Centers and Urban Land Institute. Mr. Magarity and his wife reside in Manhattan.
Retired Col. Jack Pryor -Chairman of the Board
Jack H. Pryor is a combat infantry officer with 40 years of experience in the US military, education and senior management positions in industry and international business. Prior to founding ALFI, he was the co-founder and principal of Colgen LP, a defense and security consulting firm, the president of a major international energy firm’s Latin American subsidiary, and a senior executive in several US commercial firms. He has provided consulting to senior government officials in four Latin American nations and, while still on active duty in the US Army, he served as the Director of Counter-Narcotics for US Southern Command.
During his distinguished military career, Mr. Pryor established himself as one of the US Army’s preeminent trainers and educators. He participated in the establishment of the US Combat Training Centers for heavy maneuver, light infantry and SOF units. He was one of the principal authors of the Battalion Training Management System (BTMS), and he developed and wrote the Light Infantry Training Strategy.
Following Battalion Command, he served as the Operations Officer and as the Senior OC for Light Forces at the National Training Center. Following the invasion of Panama, Mr. Pryor was invited to advise the President of Panama and his executive leadership on that nation’s national reconstruction strategy and its implementation.
He effectively bridged communications between the Government of Panama and the US diplomatic and military missions. Mr. Pryor has devoted a significant part of his military career to educational reform within the US Army. During his tenure as President of the US Army Management Engineering College (1991-1994), he served on the US Presidential Blue Ribbon Panel for Educational Reform.
While at the College, Mr. Pryor had many notable accomplishments that included being named to the first National Re-Invention Lab under the Clinton Re-Invent Government program.
Under his leadership, the College became the first fee-for-service organization in the federal government, and the first to establish a Federal Sector Marketing Office. He developed relationships throughout the US and Europe, and opened regional campus facilities to lower costs for 50,000 students. During his tenure, the College became the number one distance learning institution in the United States. Mr. Pryor successfully privatized the College and created a self-sustaining business model that freed the College from federal support. He pioneered new organizational structures that had never been seen in higher education. The College was the Executive Agency for the Federal Sector Total Quality Management (TQM) and trained President Clinton and his Cabinet in TQM and Sixth Sigma. Mr. Pryor pioneered 360-degree performance assessment in the federal sector and this assessment program was implemented successfully at the College in 1992. While at the College, Mr. Pryor and his staff pioneered 52 revolutionary government best business practices that have since have all been adopted by some part of the Federal government.
Mr. Pryor’s experience in education has spanned several decades. He is a graduate of the Navy War College and holds three Master’s degrees, including National Defense & Strategic Studies, Educational Administration and Secondary Education. He has attended Senior Executive Management Seminars at Harvard, Cornell, Stanford, Tufts, and Duke Universities.
Jack’s post-graduate studies are in Organizational Design and Behavior. In the civilian sector, Mr. Pryor has taught in the Psychology Department at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, and served as UNLV’s baseball coach. Mr. Pryor is one of the pioneers in sports science (Sensory Integration and Cognition) and has been working in this area for over 30 years. He has utilized the sports world of elite athletes and teams as his laboratory for analyzing, testing and determining the guidelines of high performing athletes and teams.
Mr. Pryor’s partial list of awards and decorations include: Silver Star, Purple Heart (with 3 oak leaf clusters), Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star (with/v 2 oak leaf clusters), Meritorious Service Medal (with 4 oak leaf clusters), Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal (with/v 4 oak leaf clusters), Good Conduct Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Master Parachutist Badge, and UNLV Athletic Hall of Fame.
Tom Belton -Chief Marketing Officer
Raised in Hingham Massachusetts, a small coastal town, eighteen miles south of Boston. Tom Belton has been in the hospitality industry as a senior executive for more than thirty five years. Belton's first assignment was the Philadelphia Sheraton, where he met Mark Magarity, CEO, Sentry Oil & Gas, LLC.
As Vice President of Sales and Marketing of some of the most prestigious destination resorts in the world, Ocean Reef Club, Key Largo FL, Hammock Beach Resort, Palm Coast, FL and Resort at Squaw Creek, Lake Tahoe, California, Tom and his teams were able to meet or exceed budgeted goals year after year consistently.
Belton met Ed Bestoso (CEO, Bestoso, Oil & Gas, Inc.) in 1999 at Ocean Reef Club where he became an Investor/Partner in Bestoso, Oil & Gas, Inc, Ft. Lauderdale, FL. and has worked in the oil and gas business since that time. Belton is also involved in Muskrat Window, Oil sands exploration and drilling project in Casper Wyoming, Freemont Country for more than two decades.
Belton has held key senior level positions with hotel industry leading companies such as Sheraton Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Hyatt Hotels, Hilton Hotels and Intercontinental Hotel Group spanning over three decades.
Retired Col., William Coy- Chief Operating Officer
In December 2014, Mr. Coy assumed duties as the Chief Operating Officer and Director of Sentry oil and Gas, LLC. Following retirement from the US Army, Colonel Coy assumed duties as the Chief Executive and President of the Central American subsidiary of a US Energy major. He engaged in green-field project development and construction of electrical energy production, and renewable energy project development as President of Puerto Quetzal Power Corp. He successfully implemented bilateral contracts, currency conversions and dollarized transfers to US accounts from Asia and Central America. He purchased 100,000 barrels of fuel oil on the spot market monthly. Mr. Coy then assumed the position of Vice President of a renewable energy company installing numerous renewable energy projects and expanding rural electrification systems to previously unserved communities, in the process electrifying more than 500,000 people for their 1st time. He sourced substantial rural electrification funding from the Dutch Parliament. He also co-designed the largest privately owned natural gas-fueled power plant in the Americas, in conjunction with a substantial gas pipeline and power transmission system extending several thousand miles.
In 2000, Mr. Coy relocated to the US National Capital Area, where during 15 years he managed fifteen major renovation projects of federal facilities including Defense Dept, USA Corps of Engineers, Central and Defense Intelligence Agencies, and Defense Logistics Agency. One job included Emergency, Surgical and Recovery suites of Bethesda NMMC while maintaining full uninterrupted function of those facilities. Mr. Coy is certified by the US Army Corps of Engineers and Navy’s Naval Facilities Command in CQC Training and certified by the US Department of Labor for OSHA 10 & OSHA 30 Courses. He is also certified in Green Building Design and Construction by the Green Building Board. Colonel Coy serves on the Board of Directors of a non-profit organization dedicated the needs of injured military veterans and their families, as well as public safety officers injured in the line of duty, and their families. Specific focus is provided in resilience training and emerging techniques for the treatment and care of PTSD victims and their families. Concurrently, Mr. Coy engages in development of a unique renewable energy technology using a biomass-to-biogas process to generate electricity at great cost savings to community rate payers. He is also a Board Member of a potable water production and deployment consortium and of a Security Consultancy Consortium.
During a highly active and stimulating military career in the United States Army Infantry Corps, Special Operations Forces, Strategic Intelligence and HUMINT assignments dealing in Countering terrorism, insurgencies and narcotics trafficking, and conducting Counter-intelligence and senior staff assignments on the Army and Joint Staffs, Mr. Coy’s final assignment was as Deputy Chief of Staff for Political –Military Operations (J5) for the US Military Support Group- Panama and concurrently as the G5, US Army South. In that capacity he directed the US efforts to restore economic and political stability to the people of Panama following the Operation Just Cause invasion provoked by Panama’s dictator. He directly advised many cabinet ministries in the restoration of public services and governance, while advising the US Commanders and the Ambassador on training and resumption of the national police force, and the Public Works Ministry. He concurrently oversaw the operation of the Refugee Camp and the effective relocation of its 25,000 occupants. He served tours in Brazil, during which he was the chief planner and military Interpreter for the US Delegation Chairman, Joint Brazil-US Military Commission on visits throughout Brazil.
Colonel Coy is a graduate of High Schools in Panama and Nicaragua; and holds Bachelor’s degrees in Civil Engineering from the United States Military Academy and in Air Maintenance Engineering from the Northrop Institute of Technology; a Master of Arts in Economics of Development from the Institute for Latin American Studies (ILAS), University of Texas (Austin); and completed requirements for Post-Graduate Certificate in Latin American History & Development at the John F. Kennedy Institute for International Studies; and Post Graduate Studies in National Security Affairs, at the prestigious US National Defense University. He is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.