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Advisory Board

Susan Combs

Chairperson

Susan Combs (Chairperson) is a successful, experienced executive at both the state and federal level. She has 16 years of statewide leadership in Texas, providing strategic and innovative management, as well as nearly three years at the U.S. Department of the Interior in executive management. At Interior, Combs was the Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget, and Chief Financial Officer. Most recently Combs served as the Chair of the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission, which was created by Congress, to celebrate the19th Amendment centennial nationally in August 2020. Combs is presently a Fellow at the University of Texas Center for Identity where she is working to assist on matters relating to personal data privacy. In Texas Combs served in elected positions between 1993 and 2015. Combs served as the state’s Comptroller from 2007 to 2015. Combs was the first woman Agriculture commissioner and served from 1998 to 2007. Combs was a state legislator from 1993 to 1996 with a proven record of writing and passing landmark legislation. As head of two state agencies, she streamlined operations, ensuring more efficient and cost-effective programs, and received national recognition. Her articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, The Hill, the Austin American-Statesman, the San Antonio Express-News, the Houston Chronicle among others. Combs also launched a woman’s empowerment organization in 2015 and has long had an interest in promoting women to leadership roles. Combs is the manager and owner of a more than 130-year-old family ranching and hunting and grazing management operation in West Texas for more than 40 years.
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Thurmon Andress

Board Member

Thurmon Andress is currently President of Andress Oil & Gas LP which has been in existence since 1980. Andress became Managing Director of Breitburn Energy Houston in 1998 when Breitburn Energy purchased certain assets from Andress Oil and Gas. Andress went on their board and opened their Houston office which employed over 200 people. Andress retired from Breitburn (Now called Maverick) in Jan 2019. Andress served on the Board of Enterprise Products Partners. LP (EPD) from 2006 to 2016. He served as an Independent Director and has been a member of their Audit and Conflicts Committee, and the Governance Committee. Andress served on the Board of Edge Petroleum from 2002 to 2009 when Edge was sold to Mariner Energy. At Edge, Andress was head of the Compensation Committee and served on the Audit Committee. Prior to forming Andress Oil & Gas Company, Mr. Andress was founder, Chairman, and largest shareholder of Bayou Resources Inc. a publicly traded Oil and Gas Company from 1982-1987 when it was sold to Patrick Petroleum. In earlier years, Andress and Jakie Sandefer were partners for over 17 years and sold their two companies, Sandefer & Andress Inc. and Mellon Creek Exploration Co. to Howell Petroleum in 1979. Howell was later sold to Anadarko Petroleum. Andress has also had numerous Joint Ventures with companies such as Burlington Resources, King Ranch Oil & Gas, Holly Petroleum, Meritech Energy and General Atlantic Corporation. Mr. Andress is currently a member of the National Petroleum Council and also served on the Natural Gas Committee in Washington. He is also on the Executive Committee of the US Oil & Gas Association. Was Founder and on the Board of the Houston Producers Forum and a member of the IPAA. Mr. Andress was inducted into the All American Wildcatter’s in 1993. Andress currently serves on the Leadership Council for Texas Children’s Hospital and is a lifetime Board member of Small Steps Nurturing Center and the Good Samaritan Foundation for Nurses. He has also served on other charitable boards including the Ronald McDonald House. Andress also is Chairman of the World Oilman Tennis Tournament (WOTT) the largest industry Tennis Tournament in the world. Mr. Andress attended TCU
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Mike Belenkie

Board Member

Mike Belenkie joined Advantage in October 2018 as Chief Operating Officer and was promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer in October 2019; he has over 20 years of diverse experience in the oil and gas industry. Between 2012 and 2018, Mr. Belenkie founded and helped lead Modern Resources to become a highly efficient Deep Basin producer which included oversight on all aspects of the Corporation. From September 2008 to December 2011, Mr. Belenkie held roles of increasing responsibility at Painted Pony including Vice President of Reservoir Engineering and Corporate Development. Prior thereto, Mr. Belenkie held various roles at Talisman Energy (1995-2008) within their North American assets, including Team Lead of Montney and Northeast British Columbia. During 2006 and 2007, Mr. Belenkie was a management consultant with RLG International, working with leadership teams in two major producers in Alaska and Canada, while on secondment from Talisman. Mr. Belenkie received his BSc. In Mechanical Engineering from University of Calgary in 1997 and is a registered professional engineer with APEGA.
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Sarah Biller

Board member

Sarah Biller is an Entrepreneur, Investor, and Educator in the FinTech sector. She is the Executive Director of Vantage Ventures, a collaboration of West Virginia University (a Research 1 University), global Technology leaders, Fortune Class companies and Venture Capital firms, focused on providing entrepreneurs in the center of the country a systematic and efficient approach to build world-changing ideas into scalable, investable businesses and raise venture capital.  Ms. Biller is also the co-Founder of the FinTech Sandbox, a Boston-based not for profit that accelerates the product development cycle of FinTech start-ups by providing them free access to high quality, diverse datasets.  She is also the co-Founder of Capital Market Exchange (CMX), a predictive analytics platform for institutional bond investors. Prior to her time at Vantage Ventures, Ms. Biller was the Chief Operating Officer for Innovation at State Street Bank’s Global Exchange division and Head of Innovation Ventures. Before joining State Street, she was a principal in the launch of several successful venture-backed start-ups in the FinTech and Life Sciences sectors. 

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Jim Blackburn

Board Member

Jim Blackburn is an environmental lawyer and Professor in the Practice in Environmental Law in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Rice University. At Rice, Blackburn is a Faculty Scholar at the Baker Institute, co-director of the Severe Storm Prevention, Education and Evacuation from Disaster (SSPEED) Center and directs the undergraduate minor in Energy and Water Sustainability. Blackburn is currently working at the Baker Institute on the establishment of a new soil carbon storage standard called BCarbon and on implementing the Galveston Bay Park Plan through SSPEED Center. Among other awards, he was designated a Rice University distinguished alumni laureate in 2018, won the International Crane Foundation Good Egg Award in 2015, the Barbara C. Jordan Community Advocate Award from Texas Southern University in 2007, and the Robert C. Eckhardt Lifetime Coastal Achievement Award in 1998. Two projects he helped design – the Galveston Bay Park Plan and the Texas Coastal Exchange – won regional vision recognition from the Houston Chapter of American Institute of Architects.
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Tina Yturria Buford

Board Member

Tina Yturria Buford of Harlingen is the Director of Education for the East Foundation, where she is responsible for expanding natural resource education opportunities in South Texas. In addition, she works alongside her family at the H. Yturria Land and Cattle Company which has been recognized by the Texas Department of Agriculture’s Family Land Heritage Program for operating continuously for over 100 years. She has served as Board President of Texan by Nature and as President of the Texas Wildlife Association. She currently serves as a board member of the Sand County Foundation and was appointed by Governor Abbott to the Governor’s Commission for Women in 2016 and to the Texas Soil and Water Conservation Board in 2018. Buford received a Bachelor of Science in Rangeland Ecology and Management from Texas A&M University and a certificate in Ranch Management from Texas Christian University School of Ranch Management. Tina is married to her husband, Trey, and has two sons, Cisco and William.
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Tom Carter

Board Member

Tom Carter has served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the General Partner of Blackstone Minerals since November 2014, and as President from November 2014 to June 2018. Mr. Carter founded BSMC, our predecessor, and served as President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Black Stone Natural Resources, L.L.C. (“BSNR”), the former general partner of BSMC, from 1998 to 2015. Mr. Carter served as Managing General Partner of W.T. Carter & Bro. from 1987 to 1992 and Black Stone Energy Company from 1980 to present, both of which preceded the General Partner. Mr. Carter founded Black Stone Energy Company, BSMC’s operating and exploration subsidiary, in 1980. From 1978 to 1980, Mr. Carter served as a lending officer in the Energy Department of Texas Commerce Bank in Houston, Texas, after serving in various other roles from 1975. Mr. Carter received M.B.A. and B.B.A. degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Carter has been a trustee of The Lawrenceville School since 1998 and was elected to a four-year term as president of the board of trustees in 2013. Mr. Carter has been a director of other public and private oil and gas entities since 2005. Mr. Carter previously served on the University of Texas at Austin Internal Audit Committee and currently serves on the University Lands Advisory Board.
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James H. Clement, Jr.

Board Member

James (Jamey) H. Clement, Jr. is a retired Chairman of twenty years for King Ranch, Inc. and the Management Council of the King Ranch Institute for Ranch. Management at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. He currently serves on the boards of Merit Energy Company, Houston Trust Company, and the advisory board of the Marine Corps Scholarship Fund. Previously, he served as a board member of the Episcopal School of Dallas, Madison Council of the Library of Congress, the Advisory Council of the Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law, and Business at the University of Texas at Austin and as chairman of the Tom Lea Institute (El Paso). Mr. Clement holds a BA in Economics from Tulane University and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. 

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Dan E. Cole

Board Member

Dan E. Cole is the Vice President of Commercial Development and Governmental Relations for Denbury Inc., joined Denbury in October 2006. Prior to joining Denbury, Mr. Cole was Director of the Mississippi/Alabama Business Unit for Plains Marketing , LP since April 2004, and Manager, Gulf Coast Region for EOTT Operating for the prior eight years before it was acquired by Plains Marketing. Mr. Cole has more than 45 years of experience in the energy business with primary focus on marketing and transportation of oil, natural gas and carbon dioxide. Over the past ten years, Mr. Cole has been extensively involved in CCUS activities in the U.S. and has been a frequent speaker at industry conferences on CCUS. Mr. Cole served as Chapter lead for Chapter 6 – CO2 Transportation on the recent National Petroleum Council CCUS Study – Meeting the Dual Challenge – A Roadmap to At-Scale Deployment of Carbon Capture, Use, and Storage. Mr. Cole received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Texas A&M University.
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Elizabeth Coleman

Board Member

Elizabeth Coleman served as a Texas State Representative from 2001-2012 from San Antonio. After election to her third term in House, Elizabeth was appointed by Governor Rick Perry to the Texas Railroad Commission, the regulatory agency with jurisdictional oversight that includes oil and gas drilling and production. In 2006, she was elected statewide to the Railroad Commission where she served until 2012. Elizabeth served on the three-member Coastal Land Advisory Board; an entity created by the Governor to award the Coastal Impact Assistance Program (CIAP) funds allocated to Gulf of Mexico states to mitigate effects of offshore drilling as established by the U.S. Energy Policy Act of 2005. She simultaneously served on the Texas Coastal Coordination Council. The Council’s mission was to coordinate Texas’ approach to environmental management of coastal resources and to manage the coastal management grant funds awarded by the federal government to local entities for coastal improvement projects. After leaving public service, Elizabeth joined international law firm, Squire Patton Boggs, as a Senior Policy Advisor. In 2015, she joined energy consulting firm, EnergyNorthAmerica, LLC as a partner with her husband, energy lawyer, Jack Coleman, to provide state and federal energy, maritime, and environmental policy advocacy, and corporate strategic planning to clients. They live in Mississippi and along with their energy consulting, they support ventures and projects dedicated to improving job and educational opportunities in the Mississippi Delta.
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Jack Coleman

Board Member

Jack Coleman is the founder and Managing Partner of EnergyNorthAmerica, LLC, an energy consulting firm. A native of Rosedale, Mississippi, Jack made his career in Washington, DC, as an attorney and government executive. Prior to founding EnergyNorthAmerica LLC, Jack was Counsel at Arent Fox LLP in Washington DC with a focus on energy law. Prior to that, Jack was the General Counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources, and prior to that Jack was the Energy and Minerals Counsel for the Committee. Jack was the primary drafter and negotiator for many provisions included in the Energy Policy Act of 2005, including carbon sequestration, unconventional energy, and regulatory reform. Further, among many other pieces of legislation, Jack drafted the bill and developed the strategy for the House, on a bipartisan basis, to pass the Deep Ocean Energy Resources (DOER) Act of 2006 – the first comprehensive bill to amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to pass either House of Congress since 1978. Jack is a member of the Mississippi Bar. A native of Rosedale, Mississippi, Jack received B.B.A. in Accountancy and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Mississippi. Jack and Elizabeth are also partners in The Rosedale Company LLC, a development company.
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Robert Eckels

Board Member

Robert Eckels is recognized as a national leader in issues of transportation, public finance/public private partnerships (P3), crisis management, disaster preparation, response and recovery, homeland security, and the environment. He served six terms in the Texas state legislature before being elected County Judge of Harris County and served on advisory committees to President George W. Bush and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He brings deep problem-solving experience to large-scale projects. As County Judge of Harris County, he was nationally lauded for his leadership in response to Hurricane Katrina, during which he oversaw the conversion of the Astrodome and Reliant Park into the largest shelter operation in U.S. history. Judge Eckels was also indispensable to the creation of the Houston TranStar Transportation and Emergency Operations Center, which assists local governments and emergency responders to serve and protect residents during disasters and emergencies. Most recently, Eckels is a founder and director of Texas Central Railway, the company undertaking the development, design, construction, finance, and operation of a new high-speed passenger train line between the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and Greater Houston. He is a practicing attorney at the national law firm of Husch Blackwell, LLP. Having served on the boards of publicly traded and private companies as well as governmental agencies, Judge Eckels is well-versed in corporate governance, stakeholder and shareholder issues and routinely assists clients with litigation and negotiation, as well as planning, risk management and compliance.
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Don Evans

Board Member

Don Evans was appointed as the 34th Secretary of the Commerce by President George W. Bush in 2001, where he served until 2005. A trusted friend and advisor for more than three decades, Evans worked on President Bush’s successful Texas gubernatorial campaigns in 1994 and 1998 and served as chairman of the 2000 Bush-Cheney Presidential Campaign. Born in Houston, Texas, in 1946, Evans attended the University of Texas at Austin, receiving a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering in 1969 and an M.B.A. in 1973. In 1975, Evans moved to Midland, Texas from Houston and began his career as a “roughneck” working on oil rigs for Tom Brown, Inc., a large independent energy company. Ten years later, he took the helm of the company as CEO, continuing in that position until being tapped by the President to lead the Commerce Department. He also served as the Chairman of Energy Future Holdings Company, formerly TXU Energy, from 2007-2018, and currently he serves as Chairman of The Permian Strategic Partnership. In 1995, Evans was appointed to the University of Texas Board of Regents; he served as Chairman from January 1997 to January 2001. Currently, Evans serves as Chairman of the Board of Visitors at MD Anderson and Chairman of the George W. Bush Foundation. He is also a senior partner at Quintana Capital Group and senior advisor at Energy Capital Partners. Evans has remained active in his hometown community of Midland, Texas and serves on the Midland Memorial Hospital Board of Governors. His passions in life are his faith, family, and friends. His wife, Susie, for over 50 years passed away April 19. They have two daughters, a son and five grandchildren
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Scott Frazier

Board Member

Scott Frazier farms and ranches near Nueces County near Chapman Ranch where he grows cotton, grain sorghum, corn and wheat and raises cattle. He was elected to the Texas Farm Bureau Board in December 2015, representing District 13. Frazier also served as the Board’s Secretary-Treasurer. In addition, he has served as chair of American Farm Bureau’s Pest and Invasive Species Advisory Committee, chair of Texas Farm Bureau’s Agricultural Risk Mitigation and Feed Grain Advisory Committees, and president of Nueces County Farm Bureau. Frazier has also served his community as president of the London ISD Board of Trustees and 15 years as a member of the Nueces County Junior Livestock Show Board of Directors, including a three-year term as president.
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Maynard Holt

Board Member

Maynard Holt has served as Chief Executive Officer of Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. since late 2016 and has over 25 years of energy investment banking experience. Upon joining Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. in 2007, Maynard was the Copresident of TPH and served in that capacity from 2007 to 2016. Prior to joining TPH, Maynard previously served as a Managing Director with Goldman, Sachs & Co. from 1994 to 2007 where he worked in Leveraged and Structured Finance (1994 to 1998) and Energy & Power / Natural Resources (1999 to 2007). Maynard holds a BA in Economics and Russian from Rice University and a Masters in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
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Devin Hotzel

Board Member

Management of Enbridge’s Government Affairs strategy and policy issues across company assets and capital expansion projects in Texas,
Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, New Mexico and Mexico.
Experience: Since 2009, he has served various public relations, government relations and regulatory compliance roles in the energy industry with a focus on government affairs and public policy. He has lead public and government affairs campaigns on over $6B worth of capital expansion projects in Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Arkansas, Wyoming, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
He is a member of Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Roundtable for Young Professionals; Serves on TXN 20 Selection Committee for Texan by Nature; and serves on legislative committees for the Texas Oil and Gas Association (TXOGA) Texas Pipeline Association (TPA), the Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association (LMOGA), the Mississippi Petroleum Council, Alabama Manufacturers
Association, Florida Natural Gas Association, and the Oklahoma Petroleum Alliance.
Devin is a graduate of Texas State University with a BA in Mass Communications and earned a Masters of Public Administration and Policy from American University.

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Jodie Jiles

Board Member

Jodie Jiles of Houston is the Director of Business Development for Transwestern Commercial Services. Before joining Transwestern Commercial Services, he spent 26 years in investment banking. In 2019, he was appointed to a six-year term on The University of Texas System Board of Regents by Governor Greg Abbott. As a Regent, he serves as a member of the Board’s Audit, Compliance, and Risk Management Committee; the Finance and Planning Committee; and the Health Affairs Committee. He also serves on the UTIMCO Board of Directors, the Texas Medical Center Advisory Board of Directors, and the M. D. Anderson Services Corporation Board of Directors and as an Athletics Liaison. Mr. Jiles has served as a member on both Development Boards for The University of Texas at Austin and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He was also a gubernatorial appointee to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, serving from 1995 – 2001. He is an Emeritus Board Member of Baylor College of Medicine and of Texas Children’s Hospital. Mr. Jiles serves on the board of Wallis Bank and served on The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Houston Branch board. Mr. Jiles holds a Master of Professional Accountancy from The University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Texas Southern University.
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Tom Luce

Board Member

Tom Luce received his undergraduate and law degree from Southern Methodist University. Tom was the founding and managing partner of the Hughes and Luce law firm. His career was centered on corporate law and commercial litigation. He was lead attorney on multi-billion-dollar mergers and litigation and was selected at various points in his career as one of Dallas, Texas, and U.S. best attorneys. His public service in Texas was distinguished by gubernatorial and legislative appointments to major state positions including Chief Justice of the Supreme Court pro tempore, member of the Sunset Commission, Superconducting Super Collider Commission, Cancer Prevention and Research Institute, Texas Commission on Judiciary, Chief of Staff of the Select Committee on Public Education, and Education Commission of the States. On the national level, he was appointed as Assistant Secretary for Education by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the United States Senate and appointed to The Library of Congress Board by the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. He has founded and lead numerous nonprofit organizations dedicated to serving the needs of others including Texas Business and Education Coalition, Just for the Kids, Data Quality Campaign, National Center for Educational Accountability, National Math and Science Initiative, Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute and was a founding member of the Board of the Episcopal School of Dallas. He has authored two books on improving public education and has taught at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, the University of Texas LBJ School of Public Affairs, Southern Methodist University, and the University of Texas at Dallas
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Dave Marchese

Board Member

Dave Marchese has nearly 25 years of experience in the successful development, construction and operation of energy assets, including underground hydrocarbon storage, utility-scale power plants, and petrochemical facilities.  Over the past five years, Dave and his team have grown Caliche—what started as just a vision shared with equity sponsor Energy Spectrum—into a top-tier service provider to Fortune 50 companies, with three active cavern projects supported by 27 employees.

Prior to founding Caliche, Dave was a Director at Haddington Ventures where he assisted with deal sourcing, transactional work, and portfolio company management.  He participated in the debt and equity financing, management and sale of Bobcat Gas Storage and Norton Energy Storage, while also serving on the Board of Managers for Fairway Development (oil storage), Apex Compressed Air Energy Storage, and Endicott Biofuels.

Dave spent his early energy years at Eschelon Energy Partners, a Houston-based private equity fund, and Reliant Energy.  He worked with the team at Reliant’s $125 million private equity arm as well as the Market Based Structuring Group.  Before business school, he gained operational experience in the engineering and construction of petrochemical facilities as a Chief Field Engineer with Jacobs Engineering.

Dave graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and Environmental) degree from Vanderbilt University, where he later received his M.B.A. with a dual concentration in finance and operations.  He has participated as a judge at Rice University’s Business Plan Competition since 2002 and is a co-founder of the off-road cycling group, Houston Gravel Grinders.  He also serves on the Carbon Neutral Coalition’s Advisory Board, which is tasked with putting Texas on a path to carbon neutrality by 2050.

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Tim Matthews

Board Member

Tim Matthews has over 20 years of experience in a variety of technical, project, business development and leadership roles within the Energy sector. Previous responsibilities include business strategy development, conceptual project design, M&A, technology deployment, digital transformation, strategic partnerships, and regulatory advocacy in Upstream Oil & Gas. In addition, Tim brings extensive exposure to the carbon capture, utilization, and sequestration value chain via roles with responsibility for design & performance evaluation of enhanced oil recovery CO2 utilization projects, offshore CO2 storage, and engineering design, evaluation, and execution roles for one of the world’s largest active CCS. Tim currently serves as Chief Executive Officer for Cozairo Corporation.
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Charles McConnell

Board Member

Charles McConnell is the Executive Director for Carbon Management and Energy Sustainability at the University of Houston. Prior to joining UH Energy, McConnell was the executive director of the Energy and Environment Initiative at Rice University for the past 5 years. McConnell served as the Assistant Secretary of Energy in the US Department of Energy from 2011-13 and was responsible for the Office of Fossil Energy’s strategic policy leadership. Prior to the DOE from 2009-11, McConnell served as Vice President of Carbon Management at Battelle Energy Technology in Columbus, Ohio. The initial 32 years of McConnell’s career were with Praxair, Inc. serving in a variety of operations, sales and global business and technology roles including hydrogen, gasification and energy as the Global VP of Energy and Hydrogen. Assignments also included an ex-pat posting in Singapore for Asia business.
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Kenneth Medlock

Board Member

Kenneth Medlock is the James A. Baker, III, and Susan G. Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics at the Baker Institute and the senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at Rice University. He is also the director of the Masters of Energy Economics program and holds adjunct professor appointments in the Department of Economics and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rice University. Medlock is also a Distinguished Fellow at the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan, and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Payne Institute at Colorado School of Mines. In 2012-2013, Medlock held the prestigious Haydn Williams Fellowship at Curtin University in Perth, Australia. He teaches advanced courses in energy economics and supervises Ph.D. students in the energy economics field. Medlock is the past vice president for conferences for the United States Association for Energy Economics (USAEE), and previously served as vice president for academic affairs. He is also an active member of the American Economic Association and is an academic member of the National Petroleum Council. Medlock has served as an advisor to the U.S. Department of Energy and the California Energy Commission in their respective energy modeling efforts. Medlock received his Ph.D. in economics from Rice University in May 2000.
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Reed Morian

Board Member

Reed Morian serves as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of DX Holding Company Inc. and DX Service Company Inc. He served as Director of Prosperity Bancshares Inc. from 2006 to 2009 and served on the board of Liberty Savings Association for more than 10 years before it was acquired by Prosperity Bancshares. He also served on the Board of Directors of Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas-Houston Branch. He was appointed to the Board of Directors of Gulf Capital Bank in October 2019. Mr. Morian has been a Director of GP Natural Resource Partners LLC, the General Partner of Natural Resource Partners LP since October 2002. He was appointed to the Board of Directors of Pocahontas Royalties, LLC in February 2020. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the general partner of Western Pocahontas Properties Limited Partnership since 1986, New Gauley Coal Corporation since 1992, and of the general partner of Great Northern Properties Limited Partnership since 1992. Mr. Morian serves on various civic boards including the Houston Museum of Natural Science, Texas Heart Institute, Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, Free Enterprise Institute, and the Peregrine Fund, Inc. He previously served on the boards of the Bayou Preservation Association, Inc., Houston Symphony, St. John’s School, Memorial Hermann Hospital System and was Chairman of the Houston Parks Board. Mr. Morian served as Chairman of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission until June 2021 and was recently appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation.
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Harriet O’Neill

Board Member

Harriet O’Neill retired in 2010 as a Justice from the Supreme Court of Texas, after having served on the state’s highest appellate court for civil matters since her election in 1998. She served on the trial court and intermediate court of appeals in Houston from 1992 to 1998, after over 10 years of legal experience in complex business and commercial litigation. During her nearly 18 years on the bench, Justice O’Neill distinguished herself as a legal scholar, a frequent author and lecturer, and a jurist highly rated by members of the legal profession. She also applied her strategic-planning and management skills to tackle complex public issues and spur fundamental judicial systems improvement. Twice named Appellate Justice of the Year, and having received numerous awards for her exemplary service, Justice O’Neill was inducted into the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame. Upon her retirement from the Judiciary, Justice O’Neill founded the Law Office of Harriet O’Neill, PC, where she advocates before courts in Texas and the United States and serves as an arbitrator.
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Julie Parsley

Board Member

Julie Parsley is the Chief Executive Officer at Pedernales Electric Cooperative headquartered in Johnson City, Texas. During her time at PEC, the company was named a Top Workplace in both Austin and San Antonio in 2020, was recognized by J.D. Power in 2018 and 2019, and received the System Achievement Award from Texas Public Power Association in 2019. In addition, Parsley was recognized in 2019 as the “Best CEO of a Nonprofit in Central Texas,” from the Austin Business Journal, in 2020 was recognized by Texas CEO Magazine for exceptional leadership during PEC’s ongoing response to COVID 19, and most recently Parsley was named 2021 Distinguished Alumni by Texas Tech School of Law. Prior to joining PEC, Parsley’s distinguished career includes acting as a founding partner of Parsley Coffin Renner LLP and serving as a commissioner of the Public Utility Commission of Texas. Before her appointment to the Public Utility Commission, Parsley served as Texas Solicitor General with the Office of the Attorney General, and to date is the only female to fill that role. Parsley holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Distribution from Texas A&M University and received her Juris Doctor from Texas Tech University School of Law.
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Carl Ray Polk Jr

Board Member

Carl Ray Polk Jr.received his education from Kilgore College and The University of Texas-Austin. Additionally, he successfully completed the Mergers and Acquisition Program through the Anderson School of Business at UCLA in Los Angeles, California in 1995. Carl Ray began his employment career in 1989 in Tyler, Texas, selling commercial fuels and lubricants for his father and grandfather in the family business, Polk Oil Co., Inc., headquartered in Lufkin, Texas. In 2001, Carl Ray Polk, Jr. became President and CEO of Polk Oil Co., Inc. In July of 2007, Polk Oil Co., Inc. was acquired by Brookshire Brothers, LTD, a 75-store regional Grocery Company with operations in Texas and Western Louisiana. Carl Ray remained President of the Polk Division and one year later was named as an Executive Vice President along with being elected to their Board of Directors. He also served as a member of their Executive Committee and Operations Committee within Brookshire Brothers. Carl Ray stepped away from their Board in 2017. In January of 2011, Carl Ray joined Corner Capital Advisors as a Partner, CCA is a specialized investment banking/merchant banking group dedicated to the Downstream Energy sector exclusively, with offices in Texas and New York. Carl Ray currently serves on the Board of Directors of The George H. Henderson, Jr. Exposition Center, The Texas Wildlife Association, Texas & Southwest Cattle Raisers Association, serving on the Executive Committee and is currently Second Vice President of TSCRA. In addition, he currently serves on the Texas Parks and Wildlife’s Private Landowners Advisory Committee. Carl Ray was recently re-appointed by Governor Greg Abbott to serve on the Texas Soil and Water Conservation Board for the State of Texas.
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Beth Robertson

Board Member

Beth Robertson is Managing Partner of Bald Cypress LLC (investments) and Chair of the Board of LSF LCC, a furniture company. Ms. Robertson served as a founding Director of the Board of Amegy Bank of Texas, at its inception in 1982 to 2005 and continues to serve on its Advisory Board. A Houston native and graduate of the University of Texas, Ms. Robertson has served on many not-for-profit organizations and foundations. Currently, she chairs The Cullen Foundation. Ms. Robertson is a former Chair of the University of Houston System, of The Cullen Trust for Health Care, of the Welch Foundation, of the Greater Houston Community Foundation and of Bat Conservation International as well as the former President of Westview Development Inc, developer of the Davenport Ranch, a mixed used real estate development in Austin, Texas.

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Ron Simmons

Board Member

Ron Simmons is a businessman, former member of the Texas House of Representatives, and leader in conservative politics. Born in Arkansas, Ron moved to Texas in the mid-1980’s. He co-founded Retirement Advisors of America, which currently manages nearly $3 billion in assets for families across the country, in 1991. He recently retired as its chairman. The trade publication Investment News has named Retirement Advisors of America among the top thirty financial advisors in the United States. Ron was elected to the House of Representatives in 2012, where he served House District 65 until 2019. He was Chair of the Policy Committee for the Texas House of Representatives Republican Caucus and the sub-committee Chair of the Long-Term Financing and Planning Transportation Committee. In the 85th Legislative Session, Ron was appointed to the House Committees on Transportation, Appropriations, and the Local and Consent Calendars. He also served on Board of Directors for the Texas Conservative Coalition Research Institute (TCCRI), a conservative Austin-based think tank as well as national think tank American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). In 2019, Governor Abbott appointed Ron to serve as the Chairman of the Board of Texas Mutual Insurance company the public private partnership that provides workers compensation insurance to millions of Texans.
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Sean Strawbridge

Board Member

Sean has over 30 years of experience in the global transportation and energy sectors in both public administration and the private sector, holding senior leadership roles in business & corporate development, large infrastructure development, capital structuring, operations, and public/private partnerships.
In his role as the Chief Executive Officer of the Port of Corpus Christi, Sean leads the third largest port in the United States total waterway tonnage, and the largest gateway for U.S. produced energy exports. With over $1 billion in assets under management, Sean has assembled a high-performance executive team to manage the meteoric growth Port Corpus Christi has experienced with a doubling in tonnage and revenues over his tenure as CEO, positioning
the Port of Corpus Christi on the world stage as a leading infrastructure development organization.
A veteran of world-class organizations such as the Port of Long Beach, Ports America Group,
Oxbow Energy, and Sea-Land Service, Inc., Sean has written extensively on the evolving marine
terminal and trade flow paradigms and has been globally recognized for his industry knowledge
and large network of professional relationships.
Sean is an active member of the South Texas Coastal Bend community and sits on a number of
Boards including the United Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Corpus Christi Regional Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors, South Texas Military Task Force Board, the Art Museum of South Texas, the American Heart Association of the Coastal Bend, as well as the Buccaneer Commission and the USS Lexington Board of Directors. Sean was recently appointed to chair the Education Task Force for the Texas Railroad Commission.
Sean holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Arizona State University. He has
lived abroad and has conducted business in over 40 countries.

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Cliff Thomas

Board Member

Cliff Thomas of Victoria received a bachelor’s degree in 1972 from Texas A&M University and was a lineman for the Texas Aggie football team under Coach Gene Stallings. Mr. Thomas is a co-owner and Chairman of the Board of Managers of Pilot Thomas Logistics and owner and founder of Speedy Stop Food Stores and C.L. Thomas Inc. Mr. Thomas is a past board member of the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority, DeTar Hospital System and Wells Fargo Bank. In 2021, he was reappointed to serve his second three-year term on the board of The University of Texas/Texas A&M Investment Management Company (UTIMCO). Mr. Thomas was appointed to the Board of Regents by Governor Rick Perry in 2011 and reappointed in 2017 by Governor Greg Abbott. He served as Vice Chairman of the Board from 2013-2015 and as Chairman of the Board from 2015-2017. Mr. Thomas serves as a member of the Committee on Audit and the Committee on Buildings and Physical Plant. He has served as Chairman of the Committee on Audit, Chairman of the Committee on Academic and Student Affairs, Chairman of the Policy Review Committee, and as a member of the Committee on Finance. Mr. Thomas chaired the search committee in 2014-2015 for the new President of Texas A&M University. He has also served as liaison to the 12th Man Foundation. His term expires February 1, 2023.
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Bobby Tudor

Board Member

Bobby Tudor is a Partner at Perella Weinberg Partners.  He also serves as the Chairman of Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. which combined with Perella Weinberg Partners in November 2016. TPH is a leading Energy Investment Bank formed in 2007 with over 180 employees in five offices in the US, Canada and UK. It is widely recognized for its industry leading position in Energy securities research and Energy investment banking advisory transactions.

Prior to forming TPH, Mr. Tudor was a Partner at Goldman Sachs and a leader of its worldwide Energy practice. Over his 30-plus year career in Investment Banking, he has worked on many of the defining transactions of the period, across most energy subsectors and geographies.

Mr. Tudor is the Immediate Past Chair of the Greater Houston Partnership and of the Rice University Board of Trustees. He serves on the Board of Advisors for Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, and Collaborative for Children.  Mr. Tudor also serves on the National Advisory Board for the Tulane Center for Energy Law, the Board of Directors of the National Petroleum Council, the Houston Symphony, and the MD Anderson Board of Visitors.

Mr. Tudor holds a BA in English and Legal Studies from Rice University, and a JD from Tulane.

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