Ameriwest Names New President

Ameriwest Energy Corp. announces the appointment of Walter R. Merschat as President and as a Director of the Company.

Merschat is a petroleum geologist with more than 35 years of experience in the oil and gas business. He founded Scientific Geochemical Services (SGS) in 1987, as a company focused on conducting and interpreting geochemical surveys. Since its inception, SGS has conducted exploration surveys encompassing more than one hundred thousand sample locations in numerous offshore and onshore basins worldwide. Previous to forming SGS, Merschat worked for Gulf Research and Development, a division of Gulf Oil Co., where he focused on the execution and interpretation of geochemical programs in the Rocky Mountain region of Wyoming and in the Basin and Range geologic province of Nevada and Utah. During his tenure at Gulf, Merschat preformed the geochemical surveying on Ameriwest's Skull Valley prospect, located in Tooele County, Utah.

Merschat received an M.S. in Geology at Ohio University in 1971 and a B.S. in Geology in 1967.