Sonoran Energy, Inc.
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Sonoran Energy, Inc.

December 14, 2006 08:33 ET

Sonoran Energy Names Frank T. Smith, Jr. President and Chief Financial Officer

DALLAS, TEXAS--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 14, 2006) - Sonoran Energy, Inc. (OTCBB:SNRN) is pleased to announce that Frank T. Smith, Jr. has been promoted to the position of President and Chief Financial Officer effective immediately. For the past six months, Smith has served as Sonoran Energy's Executive Vice President and CFO.

Sonoran Energy's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Peter Rosenthal commented on the promotion, "Frank's appointment as President is recognition for his strong leadership and hard work over the past six months restructuring Sonoran Energy's financial position, and assisting the management team in developing its North American asset development strategy. Frank is highly respected in the industry, and the Company will now be able to benefit even more from his energy banking experience, his financial expertise and his extensive industry connections."

Commenting on his new appointment, Frank Smith said, "Sonoran Energy is a well positioned business with a good foundation. I am delighted to accept the challenge to build a team to efficiently integrate and manage Finance, Business Development and Land/Legal into a value creation business within Sonoran Energy, and through this newly defined business unit significantly contribute to enhanced shareholder value. This new and expanded role is an opportunity for me to bring my 30 plus years of banking and energy sector experience to an emerging and growing E&P company. Sonoran Energy has a strong portfolio of assets in the U.S. and its strategy to grow the Company through acquisitions, and steady business development is a natural convergence of my skills and expertise."

Sonoran Energy has also appointed Josephie Dean as the Company's new Vice President Business Development. Dean comes to Sonoran Energy with a broad technical knowledge of the E&P industry and professional people and networking skills. She currently serves on the Executive Board of the Petroleum Engineer's Club of Dallas as the 2006 President, and The North Texas Energy Council. She is a member of TIPRO, IPAA, ADAM and AAPG. Dean has a number of patents in process on inventions she has created from structural applications to buildings to nutritional supplements to materials use.

Rosenthal summarized, "We have now organized ourselves around the two value creation business units within the Company, with Frank leading this newly defined and exciting Business Unit and Executive VP of Operations, Bill McFie, leading our Operations Business Unit - focusing on maximizing value from our existing as well as future assets".

About Frank T. Smith, Jr:

Frank Smith (60) has over 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, both in a senior banking capacity, as a well as working senior executive for a number of energy companies.

Before joining Sonoran Energy in July 2006, Frank Smith was Senior Vice President Finance at Remington Oil and Gas Corporation in Dallas. Prior to that Smith was Executive Vice President and Manager of Energy Lending with the Bank of Texas. Prior to that, he spent seven years at The First National Bank of Boston, serving as Vice President, Asset Recovery Director, and then as Director, Energy and Utilities Division. Smith was also at Texas Commerce Bank in San Antonio, serving as Executive Vice President, and was previously Vice President and Divisional Manager, Houston Regional for Continental Illinois National Bank & Trust Co. in the mid-80s. He earned B.S. and M.Ed. degrees from the University of Delaware and an M.B.A., Corporate Finance and Banking, from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

About Sonoran Energy, Inc.

Sonoran Energy is a U.S.-based independent oil and gas company that explores, develops, and enhances the performance of high value oil and gas opportunities. With a focus on health, safety and the environment, we leverage the Company's innovative organizational alignment model with leading technical partners. For more information on the Company visit

This news release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those projected on the basis of such forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are made based upon management's beliefs, as well as assumptions made by, and information currently available to, management pursuant to the "safe-harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

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