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Jason Bennett is a partner and the firmwide Department Chair for Baker Botts’ Global Projects Practice, as well as a co-head of its firmwide Energy Sector leadership. His practice is focused on the development and financing of gas/LNG, clean hydrogen/ammonia, CCUS, water and other liquids projects, joint ventures, and transactions. Jason assists clients with front-end development and structuring for projects and their ownership, the acquisition and sale of interests in assets and projects, and the financing of those projects. Jason has extensive current experience with LNG projects, including assisting clients with the structuring, development, construction and launch of greenfield liquefaction projects and related upstream developments, regasification facility projects, LNG shipping matters and the development of LNG trading platforms and investments. Jason is also actively working with clients to develop projects and to structure investments in the growing clean hydrogen/ammonia and CCUS sectors.
Sanjay wants to live in a world where innovation can propel our economy to new heights, diversity in skills, backgrounds, and personalities can come together to make incredible things happen, and where drone flying is legal in National Parks.
Sanjay has designed and implemented new business models throughout his career. At Booz Allen, he helped energy and service companies, and businesses in other industries, improve their competitiveness in various ways, including M&A, marketing and branding, operational improvement, and organizational design. He led FMC Technologies Corporate Development teams for nearly nine years, increasing the company's market share and share of wallet with new product launches, technology development, and service add-ons. He has consulted for a number of start-ups and privately-owned companies, focused on achieving growth.
Sanjay enjoys having his paradigms altered by Becky. He also loves droning, investing, and hanging with his college-aged daughter. He enjoys mentoring family, friends, and colleagues, and seeks to help our millennials achieve financial security while they change the world.
PAUL W. BIENIAWSKI is Chief Executive Officer of Enstor Gas LLC, the largest privately held gas storage company in the United States.
Previously, he founded and led Katy Energy Partners, an international energy infrastructure consultancy focused on providing strategic advice to investors and developers of energy assets. Prior to that, he was Chief Executive Officer of Zechstein Midstream BV, a European focused independent midstream services provider. As such he was responsible for Poland’s first independent gas processing transaction.
He has also held leadership roles at Bobcat Gas Storage after having worked for Reliant Energy Power Generation, Enron North America, Sofregaz U.S., NorAm Hub Services, Tenneco Gas, Amoco Production Company, and Pennzoil Producing Company. He has been involved in energy development projects in Australia, Argentina, Canada, Germany, Mexico, Netherlands, Oman, Poland, Sweden, Thailand, UK, and US.
He is past Chair of the Gulf Coast Section of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, the largest such section in the world. He is also past Chair of the Hydrocarbon Storage Study Group and the Inventory Verification Study Group of the American Gas Association’s Underground Storage Committee. He was named Outstanding Young Engineer for the Gulf Coast Section of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and is an Honorary State Senator for the State of Louisiana.
Robert is a Managing Director and one of our Founding Partners. Prior to starting GreenFront, Robert was Head of BB&T’s Energy Investment Banking group, with oversight for 100+ corporate clients that spanned the entire Energy industry value chain. Under his leadership, BB&T participated in over 300 capital markets and advisory transactions within the Energy space. His experience ranges from Power & Utilities, Oil & Gas (upstream/midstream), and Metals & Mining, all of which complement his increased focus within the Alternative Energy arena. Before BB&T, Robert was a Vice President in J.P. Morgan’s Energy Investment Banking group in New York City. Early in his career, Robert worked for an environmental law firm in San Jose, Costa Rica.
Robert earned his MBA from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, and he holds a B.A. degree from Sewanee: The University of the South.
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Andrew Chen is a Managing Director in the CIT Energy Group. His primary responsibility is establishing new relationships within the Power and Renewables sector. He has over 20 years of experience in the energy sector financing energy storage projects, renewable and conventional power generation facilities, midstream and infrastructure projects. Prior to CIT, Andrew worked in similar roles at GE EFS, MUFG, NAB and TD. Andrew graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Economics from University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and concentrated in Finance and Marketing
Kyle is a Partner of Rice Investment Group. Kyle led the proxy campaign in 2019 to successfully elect a majority slate of director candidates to the board of EQT, the largest operator of natural gas production in the United States. Following the campaign, Kyle served as interim Chief Financial Officer of EQT and currently serves as a strategic advisor to the company. Kyle previously served as Vice President, Corporate Development and Finance of Rice Energy and Rice Midstream from January 2014 through November 2017. Through his various roles working alongside the Rice family, Kyle has focused on evaluating, structuring and negotiating key acquisitions and the execution of critical strategic initiatives to generate attractive risk adjusted returns for investors. Kyle also has experience as a private equity investor, working as an associate at First Reserve and as an investment banker at Barclays.
Tim Duncan is a founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Talos Energy. Prior to Talos Energy, Mr. Duncan was the Senior Vice President of Business Development and a founder of Phoenix Exploration Company LP, where he was responsible for Phoenix’s business development evaluations and negotiations, including the sale of the company to a group of buyers led by Apache Corporation. Prior to Phoenix, he was Manager of Reservoir Engineering and Evaluations for Gryphon Exploration Company. Mr. Duncan also worked in various reservoir engineering and portfolio evaluation functions for Amerada Hess Corporation, Zilkha Energy Company, and Pennzoil E&P Company.
In 2013, Talos Energy was named by the Houston Chronicle as the #1 Top Workplace in the Houston area for companies under 150 employees and has maintained a position on the list of Top Workplaces for the last eight years. In June 2016, Mr. Duncan was named as the EY Entrepreneur of the Year for the Energy & Energy Services sector in the Gulf Coast area.
Mr. Duncan is the current Chairman, and past Chairman, of the National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA). He is a member of the board of directors of Chesapeake Energy Corporation and of the American Cancer Society’s CEO’s Against Cancer. He also serves on various academically focused advisory boards, including the College of Engineering Dean’s Advisory Council and the Foundation Board at Mississippi State University. Mr. Duncan holds a BS in Petroleum Engineering from Mississippi State University and an MBA from the Bauer Executive Program at the University of Houston.
Building on her Texas oil & gas roots and an almost two-decade-long career in the renewable energy and power businesses, Emily founded NOVUS Energy Advisors, an independent consulting firm offering strategic services across the energy and cleantech industries, to offer a bridge between the traditional and alternative energy markets. The company’s unique combination of deep industry knowledge and extensive network across the renewable energy, oil, gas, and utility industries enables clients to seize opportunities for growth and profitability, capitalizing on the transition to a lower-carbon future.
Previously, Emily worked with midstream and exploration & production companies at ERE Strategies, a renewable energy consulting practice. Her clients consisted of oil & gas fund managers and midstream service companies, where she spearheaded their efforts to identify growth strategies in the renewable energy space, including project acquisition, deal-flow, fundraising, and strategic counsel on new markets and partnership. Emily was then recruited as CEO by client, Foundation Energy Management, to launch NOVUS Clean Energy from the ground up to build out a clean energy investment vehicle for their Limited Partners.
Prior to ERE Strategies, Emily spent a decade working with Washington, D.C.-based national clean energy associations, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and the Smart Electric Power Association (SEPA). She was charged with successfully driving, developing and generating membership revenue on behalf of the organizations. During her tenure, she managed seven-figure budgets, cultivated thousands of corporate relationships across the power and renewable energy industries, and increased sales to drive exponential growth. Additionally, Emily worked with organizational leadership to create membership vehicles and products, fundamental to the exponential growth of the organization.
She has provided strategic counsel and investor services across the energy industry, leveraging her unique experience across the renewable, energy storage, oil & gas, distributed generations, and regulated and unregulated power markets. Emily graduated magna cum lade from Vanderbilt University with a focus on business and organizational leadership, and currently resides in Virginia with her family.
Joe Bob Edwards joined White Deer in 2011 and is a Partner of the firm. His responsibilities range from sourcing and managing new investments to sharing responsibility over the firm’s strategy and direction. He currently sits on the boards of Axios, Cust-O-Fab, Extract, Flogistix, Global Petro Storage (GPS), Midstream Texas, Quanah and TorcSill.
Prior to White Deer, Joe Bob spent 13 years at First Reserve Corporation. He was the head of First Reserve’s oilfield service and equipment investment team, which at its peak oversaw over $4.0 billion in equity investments. In addition, Joe Bob served as the chairman of First Reserve’s development committee, with management responsibility for the firm’s junior investment staff. He began his career with Simmons & Company International.
Joe Bob received a B.B.A. in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin. He currently serves on the Executive and Advisory Boards for the University of Texas, McCombs Energy Initiative. Joe Bob is also Treasurer and board member of the Episcopal High School Dad’s Club, and has spent a number of years as volunteer coach and board member of Post Oak Little League.
Denis A. Fallon (Archie) is a partner in the Corporate & Financial Services Department. Archie represents private equity funds and corporate clients in strategic transactions primarily in the energy and infrastructure sectors. Archie has particular experience advising on platform investments, mergers and acquisitions, financings, joint ventures, recapitalizations and project development for complex energy infrastructure, including midstream assets and power assets. Archie regularly writes and speaks to groups regarding trends affecting private equity investments in the energy, infrastructure and technology sectors. Archie was named as one of Law360’s 2019 MVPs in the area of Project Finance. He has also been recognized as a Law360 Rising Star in the area of Energy and by Super Lawyers as a Texas Rising Star.
Juliana obtained an MBA at the London Business School and Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, specializing in Entrepreneurship. She is President of one of Sophia Business Angels sidecar funds SBA ISF Holding, Expert Committee Member of Success Europe Fund (best European early stage fund in 2010) and a member of the University of Houston Cougar Venture Fund Advisory Committee. Juliana is a member of the Angel Capital Association Marketing and Membership Committees and of Ignite, a health-focused women investment group as well as the Early Stage Investing Education Chair for of Houston Exponential’s Steering Committee. International Founding Member of Istanbul’s Galata Business Angels Juliana also helped WEangels get started, focusing on investing in Latin American Women Entrepreneurs.
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Christian S. Kendall is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Denbury Inc., and he also serves as a member of Denbury’s Board of Directors. Chris joined Denbury as Chief Operating Officer in September 2015 and was named President in October 2016. He was appointed to his current role as a Director and CEO effective July 1, 2017. Prior to joining Denbury, Chris was with Noble Energy, most recently serving as Senior Vice President, Global Operations Services. Over the course of his fourteen-year tenure at Noble Energy, he held a wide range of international and domestic leadership positions, primarily in the Eastern Mediterranean, Latin America, and the Gulf of Mexico. Chris began his career at Mobil Oil Corporation in 1989.
Chris earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering, Civil Specialty, from the Colorado School of Mines and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School. He is a member of the National Petroleum Council and is the Chairman of the board of the Dallas Division of the American Heart Association.
Jason has had a 25+ year career across the energy industry, from upstream to power and renewables. He focuses on principal investing in energy technology and serves on a public Board of Directors for an upstream company. As an investment banker for over 18 years, Jason had experience across 10+ sectors, focused on multiple parts of the Energy value chain. His investing, Board, and banking transaction work spans 12+ countries, $250bn+ of deal volumes, and hundreds of transactions: venture and private equity investing, mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures (“M&A&D”), capital raising, and arranging commercial lending capital commitment. He was a leader on 3 separate investment banking teams, taking 2 investment banking platforms from Top 10 to Top 5 and leading the grounds up buildout of 1 banking platform from scratch. Across both public and private companies, Jason is skilled in Shareholder, Board, Management advisory; all forms of capital raising, M&A&D; assessing strategic and financial strengths, weaknesses of business models; business development and complex sales processes; corporate finance; talent acquisition, cultivation, and mentorship.
Co-Chief Executive Officer and Director - Mr. McNeill is a co-founder of Switchback II Corporation and has been our Co-Chief Executive Officer since December 2020 and a member of the Switchback Board since October 2020. Mr. McNeill co-founded and serves as Co-Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors of Switchback III. Mr. McNeill also co-founded and served as Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and a member of the board of directors of Switchback I until the closing of its business combination with ChargePoint. Mr. McNeill served as Chief Financial Officer of RSP from April 2013 through the completion of its acquisition by Concho in July 2018. Mr. McNeill also served as a member of the board of directors of RSP from December 2013 through July 2018. Mr. McNeill joined RSP prior to its initial public offering in January 2014 and helped build the organization during its early growth phase while positioning it for its initial public offering. During Mr. McNeill’s tenure at RSP, RSP executed over $13 billion in M&A transactions and approximately $7 billion of financings. Before joining RSP, Mr. McNeill served as a managing director in the energy investment banking group of Raymond James Financial, Inc., advising companies operating in the exploration and production, midstream, and energy service and equipment segments of the energy industry. Mr. McNeill holds a B.B.A from Baylor University and an M.B.A from The University of Texas at Austin and is a certified public accountant in the State of Texas.
Patti Melcher co-founded EIV Capital in 2009 and serves as the firm’s Managing Partner. In this role, she leads the strategic direction of the firm and directs its investment programs. Prior to co-founding EIV, Patti founded Allegro Capital Management, Inc. in 1997, an energy private equity firm that not only made equity investments in energy companies but also provided consulting services. During her tenure there, she served as Interim Chief Executive Officer for Petrocom Energy, Ltd. Prior to that, Patti worked with Sandefer Capital Partners helping develop the investment strategy for a $500 million fund. Prior to Sandefer, Patti joined newly formed SCF partners, a private equity fund focused on the oilfield services industry. She has more than 29 years of experience and began her career as an investment banker for Simmons & Company International.
Patti is active in the non-profit community. In 1997, she co-founded and then served as President and Board Chair (currently Trustee Emeritus) of The Joy School, a non-profit K-8 school focused on meeting the educational needs of children with learning differences. She currently serves as a Trustee of the University of Virginia School of Engineering.
She received her BS degree in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia and an MBA from Harvard University.
Before joining EnCap, Ms. Metcalf was a Senior Director at Pattern Development, a renewable energy and transmission development firm, from 2010 through 2019. While at Pattern, she was responsible for the company’s power marketing, origination and A&D efforts. During her tenure at Pattern Development, the management team successfully developed over 4000MW of wind and solar assets across a global footprint and raised over $8 billion in capital.
Prior to her position at Pattern Development, Ms. Metcalf held senior roles at Barclays Bank and Fortis Bank where she was responsible for power marketing and origination efforts for the banks. She held those roles from 2007 to 2010. From 2003 to 2007, Ms. Metcalf was a senior originator for Florida Power & Light’s unregulated business, where she was responsible for U.S. power market transactions. From 2002 to 2003, Ms. Metcalf was a founding member of Zilkha Renewable Energy which subsequently became Horizon Wind. Ms. Metcalf began her career in 1995 at Enron North America where she held various roles in power trading, power marketing and finance. Ms. Metcalf served as a First Lieutenant in the US Army from 1988 to 1991. She is Chairman of the Board of Directors for Jupiter Power and Triple Oak Power and a member of the board at Broad Reach Power, Catalyze, and Solar Proponent.
Ms. Metcalf earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Arizona State University and an M.B.A. from the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia. Ms. Metcalf is also a CFA Charterholder.
Pavel Molchanov is Senior Vice President and Energy Analyst for Raymond James & Associates, Inc. He joined the firm in 2003 and has been part of the energy research team ever since. He became an analyst in 2006, the year he initiated coverage on the renewable energy/clean technology sector. In this role, he covers all aspects of sustainability-themed technologies, including solar, wind, biofuels, electric vehicles, hydrogen, power storage, grid modernization, water technology, and more. Within the energy research team, he also writes about the broader topics of geopolitical and regulatory issues, climate change, and ESG investing. He has been recognized in the StarMine Top Analyst survey, the Forbes Blue Chip Analyst survey, and The Wall Street Journal Best on the Street survey. He graduated cum laude from Duke University in 2003 with a bachelor of science degree in economics, with high distinction.
Co-Chief Executive Officer and Director. Mr. Mutrie is a co-founder of Switchback II Corporation and has been our Co-Chief Executive Officer since December 2020 and a member of the Switchback Board since October 2020. Mr. Mutrie will serve on the Board of Directors of Bird Global, Inc. after the completion of its merger with Switchback, including serving on its Audit Committee and as Chairman of its Compensation Committee. Mr. Mutrie co-founded and serves as Co-Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors of Switchback III Corporation (“Switchback III”). Mr. Mutrie also co-founded and served as Chief Commercial Officer, General Counsel, Secretary and a member of the board of directors of Switchback Energy Acquisition Corporation (“Switchback I”) until the closing of its business combination with ChargePoint, Inc., the leading electric vehicle charging network provider committed to enabling the electrification of mobility for all people and goods (“ChargePoint”; NYSE: CHPT). During his tenure at Switchback I, Mr. Mutrie led the company’s deal origination, evaluation, negotiation and ultimately, the consummation of Switchback’s initial business combination with ChargePoint. Mr. Mutrie also served as Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of RSP Permian, Inc. (“RSP”; NYSE: RSPP) from June 2014 through the completion of the acquisition of RSP by Concho Resources, Inc. (“Concho”) in July 2018. During his tenure at RSP, Mr. Mutrie helped to grow the company from its initial public offering to nearly $10 billion enterprise value at the time of its sale to Concho, while he led the negotiation and execution of approximately $13 billion of energy-related transactions and over $6 billion of financings. Prior to RSP, Mr. Mutrie served as General Counsel and Compliance Officer at United Surgical Partners International (NASDAQ: USPI). From October 2003 to January 2007, Mr. Mutrie practiced corporate law at Vinson & Elkins L.L.P., representing public and private companies in M&A transactions and capital market offerings. Mr. Mutrie holds a B.A. from Cornell University, a J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law, a Certificate in Financial Management from Cornell University and a Certificate in Financial Skills from SMU Cox School of Business, Executive Education.
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Stephen Perich is Head of Energy in the Americas, having joined UBS for the second time in 2018. Previously he spent eight years at Deutsche Bank, most recently as head of their energy office in Houston. Before his time at Deutsche Bank, he worked in the Natural Resources Group at UBS in Houston. He has 18 years of experience in oil and gas, having started his career at Enron Corp. working on the natural gas trading desk and within the structured transactions group. Stephen earned a Bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and also completed direct matriculation programs at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey.
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Alex founded Climate Impact Capital to help fill the market gap for early stage companies and investors seeking to make an impact on climate change. With 20 years of energy and innovation experience, Alex has worked extensively internationally as an entrepreneur, angel investor, and venture capitalist for Fortune 500 companies. His main focus has been on bringing corporations and entrepreneurs together to impact one of the world’s largest challenges – sustainable and plentiful energy access. He has been investing in energy technologies since 2001, including hydrogen, fuel cells, and energy storage. Notable roles have included involvement in the earliest H2 vehicle station in California, an international energy GameChanger, and the founding member and President at Shell Technology Ventures, LLC.
Mr. Rozenfeld has been an active supporter of the Texas energy entrepreneurship community as an energy co-chair of the Houston Angel Network, chair of the Energy Initiative at The Center for Houston’s Future, Advisory Board member of the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, and an active adviser to many Texas energy companies. His international roles include the Advisory Board to the Energy Innovation Initiative at World Economic Forum (WEF). Mr. Rozenfeld holds a BSE magna cum laude from Princeton University and MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.
Mr. Sierra serves as Nabors’ Vice President of Strategic Initiatives with a focus on Energy Transition. He currently leads Nabors’ Energy Transition strategy, primarily focused on venture investments. He holds 15 years of experience in energy, infrastructure, corporate strategy, capital markets and M&A. Over the course of his career, he worked and played a critical role on ~60 transactions representing over $200 billion in some of the leading investment banking energy franchises, including Macquarie, Credit Suisse, Evercore and Lehman Brothers.
Mr. Sierra graduated Cum Laude from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, he received a BS in Economics with concentrations in Finance and OPIM.
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Wil founded Quantum in 1998 and serves as CEO of the firm and as Chairman of Quantum’s Executive and Investment Committees. In these capacities he leads the firm’s investment strategy and capital allocation process, working closely with the investment team to ensure its successful implementation and execution.
Prior to co-founding Quantum, Wil co-founded Windrock Capital, Ltd., an energy investment banking firm specializing in raising private equity for and providing merger, acquisition and divestiture advice to private energy companies. Prior to Windrock, Wil worked in the energy investment banking groups of Kidder, Peabody & Co. and NationsBank. Wil has served as a board member and Treasurer of the Houston Producer’s Forum and currently serves on the Finance Committee of the Independent Petroleum Association of America (“IPAA”). He holds a B.B.A. in Finance from Texas Christian University.
Mr. Wallis joined NGP in 2017 and serves as a Partner in the Houston office, where he concentrates on NGP’s transaction sourcing and execution as well as the monitoring of active portfolio companies.
Previously, Mr. Wallis was a Managing Director with Lime Rock Partners, which he joined in 2007. His primary focus was on North American E&P and oilfield service opportunities. Prior to joining Lime Rock, Mr. Wallis worked in the energy investing banking groups of Merrill Lynch and Petrie Parkman & Co.
Mr. Wallis received a B.B.A. in Finance from The University of Texas at Austin, where he was a member of the Business Honors Program.
Nikulas J. Wood, Senior Vice President – CCUS, joined Denbury in 2005 and has more than 15 years of experience in the energy industry. Prior to being named Senior Vice President in April 2021, Mr. Wood served as Vice President – Rocky Mountain Region. During his tenure at Denbury, Mr. Wood has served in progressive roles across the organization, including leadership positions in Operations, Acquisitions & Divestitures, Corporate Planning, and most recently in Development Design. Mr. Wood earned his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University and his Master of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University.
Nick Woodruff joined RBC Capital Markets in 2013 and has more than 15 years of investment banking and industry experience devoted exclusively to the energy industry. Mr. Woodruff’s primary focus at RBC is leading asset divestitures, corporate level acquisitions, and strategic advisory assignments for clients in the upstream sector along with coverage of capital market activities. Mr. Woodruff is a leader in RBC’s energy transition task force with a focus on carbon accounting. Prior to RBC, Mr. Woodruff started his career with ExxonMobil serving in a variety of engineering, planning and gas marketing roles in the U.S. Mr. Woodruff earned a B.S. in Engineering from Purdue University and an M.B.A. from Rice University.
Kassia leads McKinsey’s strategy work within the Oil & Gas Practice in the Americas. She has extensive experience in serving international energy executives on industry-shaping issues. Her passion lies in helping energy companies adapt to disruption by entering new markets, scaling innovations, and collaborating with industry leaders.
Kassia’s client work spans portfolio strategy, capital project delivery, organization, mergers and acquisitions, and technology innovation. She advises international and national oil companies, exploration and production independents, and service providers across multiple geographies, primarily in the Americas and Europe. Kassia also co-leads McKinsey’s knowledge partnership with the World Economic Forum on industry collaboration.
Kassia was recently recognized as one of the Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Oil and Gas by the National Diversity Council. Prior to joining McKinsey, Kassia founded an energy investment and advisory firm and was a private equity investor in energy companies.
Kassia has published articles in Foreign Affairs and elsewhere on energy topics. In 2005, she served in the White House as an advisor on energy and economic policy at the National Economic Council and National Security Council.