Jeffrey S. Serota
Mr. Serota was appointed as a Director on March 20, 2007. He has served as a Senior Partner with Ares Management LLC, an independent Los Angeles based investment firm, since September 1997. Prior to joining Ares, Mr. Serota worked at Bear Stearns from March 1996 to September 1997, where he specialized in providing investment banking services to financial sponsor clients of the firm. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Marietta Holding Corporation, Douglas Dynamics, LLC, AmeriQual Group LLC, WCA Waste Corporation and White Energy, Inc. Mr. Serota received a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and received a Masters of Business Administration degree from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management.
Stephen C. Beasley
Mr. Beasley founded Eaton Group Inc., a Houston-based executive leadership and strategic investment firm in 2008, and currently serves as its President and Chief Executive Officer. He previously served as the President of El Paso Corporation’s Eastern Pipeline Group and was a member of El Paso Corporation’s nine-member Corporate Executive Committee. In this role, Beasley was Chairman and President of Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company and ANR Pipeline Company – two of the largest and most complex natural gas transmission systems in the United States. Mr. Beasley is currently serving on the board of directors for BPZ Resources, Inc. (NYSE: BPZ), an international exploration and production company with primary operations in South America, and Space Services Holdings Inc., a privately-held space transportation and remote sensing company. He previously served as an outside director on the Board of Directors for Williams Pipeline Partners L.P. (NYSE: WMZ), Southern Union Company (NYSE: SUG) and C Sixty Inc., a privately held nano-biotechnology company. Mr. Beasley earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from The University of Texas at Austin, and currently serves on several of The University of Texas System development and advisory boards. He also serves as Chair of The Brookwood Community and The Briarwood School in the Houston, Texas area.
James D. Bennett
Mr. Bennett was promoted to Chief Executive Officer and President in June 2013. Prior to that he served as President and Chief Financial Officer since March 2013 and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since January 2011. From 2010 until he joined the Company, he was Managing Director for White Deer Energy, a private equity fund focused on the exploration and production, oilfield service and equipment, and midstream sectors of the oil and gas industry. From 2006 to December 2009, Mr. Bennett was employed by GSO Capital Partners L.P. where he served in various capacities, including as its Managing Director. Mr. Bennett graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a major in Finance from Texas Tech University in 1993. Mr. Bennett has served on the board of directors of the general partner of Cheniere Energy Partners L.P. and PostRock Energy Corporation.
Jim J. Brewer
Mr. Brewer was appointed as a Director on February 28, 2011. A 30-year veteran of the oil and gas industry, Mr. Brewer is co-founder and President of J-Brex Company, a private drilling and operating oil and gas and real estate company. He is the co-founder and currently serves on the Board of Energynet.com, a large online oil and gas property auction service.Mr. Brewer is a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and the Panhandle Producers and Royalty Owners Association, and serves on the Board of the First Capital Bank of Texas. Mr. Brewer has a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology and Mathematics from West Texas State University.
Everett R. Dobson
Mr. Dobson was appointed as a Director on September 24, 2009. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board for Dobson Technologies, a private landline, fiber optic, and data storage business based in Oklahoma City, OK. The founder of Dobson Communications Corporation, a NASDAQ listed telecommunications company, Mr. Dobson served as its Executive Chairman when the company was sold in 2007. Mr. Dobson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Southwestern Oklahoma State University and has served on its Foundation Board of Directors since 1991.
Edward W. Moneypenny
From 2002 until his retirement in January 2006, Edward W. Moneypenny was the Senior Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer of 7-Eleven, Inc., a worldwide chain of convenience stores. In 2001, he served as the Executive Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Covanta Energy Corporation, which owns and operates infrastructure for the conversion of waste to energy. In addition, Mr. Moneypenny was the Chief Financial Officer at two former Fortune 500 companies in the energy industry, Florida Progress Corporation and Oryx Energy Corporation, prior to 2001. At Oryx Energy Corporation, Mr. Moneypenny was the Chief Financial Officer and a member of the board of directors. Mr. Moneypenny is currently a Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he has served since May 2006, as well as Chairman of the Finance Committee and a member of the Audit, Executive and Strategic Planning Committees. From June 2006 to June 2012, he served on the board of directors of New York & Company, Inc., a publicly-traded specialty retailer of women’s fashion and accessories, as a member of the Audit Committee. He also served on the board of directors of Timberland Company, a specialty retail company, as Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Compensation Committee from May 2005 to September 2011. Mr. Moneypenny graduated from Saint Joseph’s University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and received a Master of Science in Accounting Science from the University of Illinois. He is also a Certified Public Accountant (inactive).
Roy T. Oliver, Jr.
Mr. Oliver was appointed as a Director on July 13, 2006. Mr. Oliver has served as President of R.T. Oliver Investments, Inc., a diversified investment company with interests in energy, energy services, media and real estate, since August 2001. The company presently owns the largest portfolio of class A office properties in Oklahoma. He has served as President and Chairman of the Board of Valliance Bank, N.A. since August 2004. He founded U.S. Rig and Equipment, Inc. in 1980 and served as its President until its assets were sold in August 2003. Mr. Oliver is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. He serves on The University of Oklahoma Michael F. Price College of Business Board of Advisors.
Alan J. Weber
Mr. Weber is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Weber Group LLC, an investment management firm where he has served since 2005. Since 2009, Mr. Weber has served as an Operating Partner and Chairman of the Financial Services Advisory Board at Arsenal Capital Partners, LLC, a private equity firm, Chairman of KGS-Alpha Capital Markets, a fixed income broker-dealer, and a director of the board of iTransfer, Inc., a money transfer company. Mr. Weber also has been a member of the board of Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc., an investor communications and securities processing company, since 2007, a director of Diebold, Inc., a provider of integrated self-service delivery systems and security services, since 2005, and a director of OnForce, Inc., a technology services company, since 2003. In addition, Mr. Weber is the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of U.S. Trust Co., a 150 year old firm specializing in trusts, investment management, tax and estate planning, private banking, alternative investments and philanthropic consulting. Prior to joining U.S. Trust Co. in October 2002, Mr. Weber was Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer at Aetna, Inc., where he was responsible for capital management, information technology, investor relations, e-business and financial operations. Mr. Weber worked at Citicorp (which merged with Travelers Group to form Citigroup, Inc. in 1998) from 1971 to 1998, holding senior positions in corporate banking, consumer banking and corporate operations and technology. He was Chairman of Citibank International, an Executive Vice President of Citibank and also served as a member of Citibank’s Policy Committee. In addition, for six years, Mr. Weber led Citibank’s Global Financial Institutions and Transaction Services business. During his 27 year tenure at Citibank, he managed businesses in approximately 30 countries, including assignments in Japan, Italy and Latin America.
Dan A. Westbrook
Since October 2007, Dan A. Westbrook has served on the board of directors of Enbridge Energy Management, L.L.C. and Enbridge Energy Company, Inc., an energy delivery company, and as a member of the Audit, Finance and Risk Committee for each. He has been President of the board of directors and a member of the Executive Committee of the Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation, which funds and supports the UNM Carrie Tingley Hospital, a pediatric rehabilitative hospital, since November 2008, and has been a member of the Executive Network of the Frontier Strategy Group, a company that provides business services to executives in emerging markets, since September 2009. From October 2010 to March 2012, Mr. Westbrook was Chairman of the Safety, Health and Environment Committee and a member of the Nominating and Governance Committee of Ivanhoe Mines. Ltd. (currently Turquoise Hill Resources), an international mining company. From November 2006 to June 2009, he was a director at Knowledge Systems, Inc., a provider of combined geopressure and geochemical analysis software and services, and from May 2007 to August 2008 he was a member of the Audit and Risk Committee and Chairman of the Strategic Options Review Committee of the board of directors of Synenco Energy Inc. (acquired by Total E&P Canada Ltd. in August 2008), an energy company located in Alberta, Canada. Mr. Westbrook also served on the board of directors of Dapeng LNG – China, an importer of liquefied natural gas, as the Vice-Chairman of the board of directors from September 2001 to December 2005. Mr. Westbrook was Associate President – BP Southern Cone from 1999 until 2001 and he was President BP China Gas, Power, Upstream from 2001 until 2005. Prior to that he held a number of executive and management positions at various Amoco Corporation locations both domestic and international.