Board of Directors
Dan SpearsIndependent Chairman
Daniel L. Spears has been a director since July 2012, and has served as our Independent Chairman since March 2014. Mr. Spears has 19 years of investment management and investment banking experience in the natural resources sector. Mr. Spears is a partner and portfolio manager at the Dallas, Texas based Swank Capital, LLC, an energy infrastructure investment management company, and its wholly owned investment manager, Cushing Asset Management, LP. Mr. Spears was an investment banker in the Natural Resources Group at Bank of America Securities LLC for eight years. Mr. Spears also worked in the Global Energy and Power Investment Banking Group at Salomon Smith Barney. Mr. Spears serves on the board of directors of Central Energy, LP, (ENGY), a master limited partnership trading in the over-the-counter market. Mr. Spears received his B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Spears’ qualifications to sit on the Board include his investment banking and money management expertise and his expertise related to public and private companies in the energy industry, as well as his service on a number of boards of directors of other publicly traded companies, primarily in the energy industry.
Thomas J. Edelman has been a director since February 2013. Mr. Edelman is currently Managing Partner of White Deer Energy L.P., an energy private equity fund. Mr. Edelman founded Patina Oil & Gas Corporation and served as its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer from its formation in 1996 through its merger with the Noble Energy, Inc. in 2005, when he joined its board of directors. Mr. Edelman co-founded Snyder Oil Corporation and was its President from 1981 through 1997. Mr. Edelman served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and later as Chairman of Range Resources Corporation (NYSE: RRC), an oil and natural gas company, from 1988 through 2003. Mr. Edelman resigned from his position as Chairman of BioFuel Energy Corp. and Bear Cub Energy LLC in 2009. Mr. Edelman currently serves as a director of Noble Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NBL), PostRock Energy Corporation (NASDAQ: PSTR), an independent oil and natural gas company and Berenson & Company, Inc., a privately held boutique investment banking firm. Mr. Edelman brings a strong financial and executive management background to our Board. Mr. Edelman holds an M.B.A. in Finance from Harvard Business School and a B.A. in Political Economy from Princeton University. Mr. Edelman’s qualifications to sit on the Board include his extensive experience with investment banking and private equity funds, including his understanding of the financial aspects of our business through his previous leadership of large independent oil and natural gas companies, his service as President and CEO of several independent oil and natural gas companies and his knowledge and expertise of the oil and natural gas industry.
Duke R. Ligon has been a director since July 2012. Mr. Ligon has served as Chairman of PostRock Energy Corporation (NASDAQ: PSTR), an independent oil and natural gas company, since October 2010 and as Chairman and Director of one of PostRock’s predecessor entities since 2006. Mr. Ligon has more than 40 years of legal expertise in corporate securities, litigation, governmental affairs and mergers and acquisitions. He is an attorney and served as senior vice president and general counsel of Devon Energy Corporation (NYSE: DVN), an independent natural gas and oil exploration and production company, from January 1997 until he retired in February 2007. From 2007 to 2010, Mr. Ligon served as a strategic legal advisor to Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores, Inc., a privately held chain of fueling stations and attached convenience stores, and currently is the manager and owner of Mekusukey Oil Company, LLC, a privately held oil and natural gas company. Prior to joining Devon, Mr. Ligon practiced law for 12 years and last served as a partner at the law firm of Mayer Brown LLP in New York City. In addition, Mr. Ligon was Senior Vice President and Managing Director for Investment Banking at Bankers Trust Co., a privately held commercial bank, in New York City for 10 years. Mr. Ligon also serves as a member of the board of directors of Panhandle Oil and Gas, Inc. (NYSE: PHX), an oil and natural gas company, as a member of the board of directors of Vantage Drilling Company (AMX: VTG), an offshore drilling contractor, Chairman of the Board of Blueknight Energy Partners, LP (NASDAQ: BKEP), a midstream energy business, Chairman of the Board of SteelPath MLP Funds, a privately held mutual fund providing access to the Master Limited Partnership asset class, member of the board of directors of SteelPath Energy Infrastructure Investment Company, an MLP focused investment manager, Chairman of the Board of Security State Bank, member of the board of directors of Heritage Trust Company, member of the board of directors of Orion California LP, a privately held oil and natural gas company. He was formerly on the board of directors of SteelPath MLP Funds Trust, TransMontaigne Partners L.P. (NYSE: TLP), TEPPCO Partners, L.P. (NYSE: TPP), and member of the Advisory Committee of LegalShield, a privately held prepaid legal services company (formerly Pre-Paid Legal Services, Inc. where he was a board member and Chairman of the Special Committee that negotiated the recent sale to MidOcean Partners). Mr. Ligon received an undergraduate degree in chemistry from Westminster College and a law degree from the University of Texas School of Law. Mr. Ligon’s qualifications to sit on the Board include his experience as senior vice president and general counsel of Devon Energy Corporation and his expertise in corporate securities, litigation, governmental affairs and mergers and acquisitions, as well as his service on a number of boards of directors of other publicly traded companies, primarily in the energy industry.
James Russell (J.R.) RegerDirector
James Russell (J.R.) Reger served as our Executive Chairman between July 2012 and March 2014, and now serves as our Vice Chairman. Mr. Reger served on our Board since April 2010 and served as our Chief Executive Officer from April 2010 to July 2012. Mr. Reger was the Chief Executive Officer of Plains Energy Investments, Inc. from December 2009 to April 2010. Mr. Reger holds a B.A. in Finance from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Mr. Reger’s qualifications to sit on the Board include his role as founder and an executive officer of the Company since 2010.
McAndrew RudisillDirector and Chief Executive Officer
McAndrew Rudisill has been a director since July 2012 and has served as our Chief Executive Officer since May 2013. Prior to his appointment as Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Rudisill served as our President from July 2012 to May 2013. Mr. Rudisill has 12 years of investment management and investment banking experience in the natural resources sector. Prior to joining us, Mr. Rudisill was Executive Chairman of Emerald Oil, Inc., which we acquired in July 2012, from 2011 to 2012. Mr. Rudisill was the Managing Partner and founder of Pelagic Capital Advisors LP from 2007 to 2011. Mr. Rudisill currently serves as a Non-Executive Director of Ochre Group Holdings Limited (ASX: OGH), an Australia based mineral resources exploration company. Mr. Rudisill holds a B.A. cum laude with high honors in Economics from Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont. Mr. Rudisill’s qualifications to sit on the Board include his role as our Chief Executive Officer and his public and private equity investment experience, investment banking experience and dealings with structuring numerous transactions in the energy industry.
Seth Setrakian has been a director since July 2012. Mr. Setrakian has 17 years of investment management experience. Mr. Setrakian currently is a Partner and Co-Head of Global Equities of First New York Securities, LLC, a privately held principal trading firm. Prior to First New York, Mr. Setrakian was a Partner of Helios Partners and Seneca Capital, both U.S.-based private investment firms. Mr. Setrakian’s career began at Arthur Andersen, where he was an associate in the Corporate Finance group. Mr. Setrakian graduated summa cum laude, with a B.S. in Accounting, from Pennsylvania State University. Mr. Setrakian’s qualifications to sit on the Board include his extensive capital markets expertise, his involvement with publicly traded energy companies and his background in finance and strategic management.