Board of Directors

Sean Smith
Executive Chairman
Mr. Smith has served as Executive Chairman and as a Director since September 2022. Prior to that, Mr. Smith served as Centennial Resource Development’s Chief Executive Officer and a Director from April 2020 to August 2022.  Prior to that, he served as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer since October of 2016. Mr. Smith served as Vice President, Geosciences of Centennial Resource Production, LLC (“CRP”) and served in such capacity since May 2014. Prior to joining CRP, from February 2013 to May 2014, Mr. Smith worked at QEP Resources, where he served in several roles, including as a General Manager, leading the geoscience, regulatory and reservoir engineering departments for the Williston, Powder River and Denver Julesburg Basins. Prior to QEP Resources, from 2005 to February 2013, Mr. Smith worked at Resolute Energy Corporation as a Manager and Geologist. He has also worked in various geotechnical roles at Kerr-McGee and Sanchez Oil & Gas. Mr. Smith earned his B.A. in Geology from Lawrence University. He is licensed with the Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists and serves as a Trustee for the Committee for Economic Development (CED).
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Maire Baldwin
Ms. Baldwin has served as a Director since September 2022. Prior to that, she served as a Director for Centennial Resource Development from October 2016 to August 2022. Ms. Baldwin was previously employed as an Advisor to EOG from March 2015 until April 2016. Prior to that, she was employed at EOG as Vice President of Investor Relations from 1996 to 2014. Ms. Baldwin has served as a director of the Houston Parks Board since 2011, a non-profit dedicated to developing parks and green space to the greater Houston area where she serves on several committees. She is co-founder of Pursuit, a non-profit dedicated to raising funds and awareness of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Ms. Baldwin has an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin.
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Karan Eves
Ms. Eves has served as a Director since September 2022. She is the Chief Operating Officer of Boaz Energy II, LLC, which she co-founded in 2013. In 2011 she founded Boaz Energy, LLC and served as the company’s Chief Executive Officer. In 2010, Ms. Eves founded Markar Energy Company, an independent engineering consulting firm, and served as its Chief Executive Officer until 2011. Ms. Eves began her career at Merit Energy Company in 2004 and held various roles over her six years with the company, including serving as the Interim Division Manager for Merit’s East Rockies Division. She has served in numerous volunteer roles in her community including Trinity School TCA President, Sustainer of the Junior League of Midland and Sunday School Teacher, and she sits on the finance committee for several nonprofit organizations in Midland. Ms. Eves graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering.
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Steven Gray
Mr. Gray has served as a Director since September 2022. He served as the Founder, Director and Chief Executive Officer of RSP Permian Inc. from its inception in 2010 until its merger with Concho Resources in 2018. After the merger with Concho, he joined Concho’s Board of Directors and served until Concho was acquired by ConocoPhillips in 2021. Prior to forming RSP Permian, Mr. Gray founded several successful oil and gas ventures spanning nearly 20 years in partnerships with Natural Gas Partners, an Irving, Texas based private equity company. Before that, Mr. Gray spent 11 years employed in the oil and gas industry in various capacities as a petroleum engineer. Mr. Gray currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Bighorn Permian Resources, LLC, a private company that owns assets in the Permian Basin. He is also on the Board of Directors of Range Resources Corporation and the Texas Tech Foundation. In addition, he is a member of the Petroleum Engineering Academy, serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the College of Engineering at Texas Tech University and is a member of the Executive Advisory Council of the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, Texas. Mr. Gray graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering.
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Will Hickey
Mr. Hickey has served as our Co-Chief Executive Officer and a Director since September 2022. Prior to that, he co-founded Colgate Energy with Mr. Walter in 2015 and served as Colgate’s President & Co-Chief Executive Officer and a member of Colgate’s Board of Managers. Prior to the formation of Colgate, Mr. Hickey worked for the energy private equity firm EnCap Investments where he evaluated and monitored investments across the oil and gas space with a focus on the Permian Basin. Prior to that, Mr. Hickey worked for Pioneer Natural Resources where he rotated through numerous engineering positions including Chief of Staff to the Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Hickey received his Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Hickey also holds a Masters of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University.
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Matthew Hyde
Mr. Hyde has served as a Director since September 2022. Prior to that, he served as a Director for Centennial Resource Development from January 2018 to August 2022. Mr. Hyde was previously the Senior Vice President of Exploration at Concho Resources Inc. from 2010 to 2016. From 2008 to 2010, Mr. Hyde served as Concho’s Vice President of Exploration and Land. From 2001 to 2007, Mr. Hyde was an Asset Manager of Oxy Permian, a business unit of Occidental Petroleum Corporation (“Oxy”). Mr. Hyde served as President and General Manager of Oxy’s international business unit in Oman from 1998 to 2001. Prior to that role, Mr. Hyde served in a variety of domestic and international exploration positions for Oxy, including Regional Exploration Manager responsible for Latin American exploration activities. From 2008 to 2012, Mr. Hyde served in various leadership positions, including the Executive Committee and Chairman of the Board, for the New Mexico Oil & Gas Association (NMOGA). Mr. Hyde has also served as a director of privately held Birch Permian Holdings, Inc. since April 2018 and Chairman and CEO of privately held P&A Exchange LLC since March 2021. Mr. Hyde graduated from the University of Vermont and the University of Massachusetts and holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees, respectively, in Geology. Mr. Hyde also holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of California, Los Angeles.
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Aron Marquez
Mr. Marquez has served as a Director since September 2022. He is the Chief Executive Officer of Wildcat Oil Tools, LLC, an international oil field services and technology company, which he founded in 2012. In 2009, Mr. Marquez founded St. Andrews Royalties LLC, an oil and gas royalty company, for which he serves as President. Prior to founding these companies, Mr. Marquez held various roles from 2004 to 2009 at Nabors Industries, including District Manager overseeing the company’s well servicing operations in West Texas and New Mexico. In 2019, Mr. Marquez founded Flecha Azul Tequila LLC, a premium tequila company, and continues to be active in the company’s management following its expansion through a joint venture with industry professionals in 2021. Mr. Marquez also serves as Chief Executive Officer of Black Quail Apparel LLC, a company that manufactures and sells premium golfing and leisure apparel, and co-founder of Ombré Men, an innovative men’s skincare company. He serves on the Board of Directors for the First Tee of West Texas and previously served on the Midland Community Hospital Advisors Board, the Midland YMCA Board and the United Way of Odessa Board. Mr. Marquez graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Arts in Organization Leadership.
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William Quinn
Mr. Quinn has served as a Director since September 2022. He is a Founder and Managing Partner of Pearl Energy Investments (“Pearl”). Prior to founding Pearl in 2015, Mr. Quinn served as Managing Partner of Natural Gas Partners (“NGP”). In his capacity as Managing Partner, he co-managed NGP’s investment portfolio and played an active role in the full range of NGP’s investment process. Mr. Quinn received a B.S.E. in Finance, with honors, from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
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Jeffrey Tepper
Mr. Tepper has served as a Director since September 2022. Prior to that, he served as a Director for Centennial Resource Development from October 2016 to August 2022. Mr. Tepper is founder of JHT Advisors LLC, an M&A advisory and investment firm. From 1990 to 2013, Mr. Tepper served in a variety of senior management and operating roles at the investment bank Gleacher & Company, Inc. and its predecessors and affiliates, where he was Head of Investment Banking and a member of the Firm’s Management Committee. As Gleacher’s former Chief Operating Officer, he also oversaw operations, compliance, technology and financial reporting. In 2001, Mr. Tepper co-founded Gleacher’s asset management activities and served as President. Gleacher managed over $1 billion of institutional capital in the mezzanine capital and hedge fund areas. Mr. Tepper served on the Investment Committees of Gleacher Mezzanine and Gleacher Fund Advisors. Between 1987 and 1990, Mr. Tepper was employed by Morgan Stanley & Co. as a financial analyst in the mergers & acquisitions and merchant banking departments. In addition, Mr. Tepper serves, or has served, as a Director of the following companies, Decarbonization Plus Acquisition Corporation IV (since 2021), Decarbonization Plus Acquisition Corporation III (2021), Decarbonization Plus Acquisition Corp (2020 – July 2021), Decarbonization Plus Acquisition Corporation II (2020 – 2022), and Alta Mesa Resources, Inc. (2017 – 2020). Mr. Tepper graduated from Columbia Business School with a Masters in Business Administration and holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with concentrations in finance and accounting.
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Robert Tichio
Mr. Tichio has served as a Director since September 2022. Prior to that, he served as a Director for Centennial Resource Development from October 2016 to August 2022. Mr. Tichio is a Partner of Riverstone and joined Riverstone in 2006. Prior to joining Riverstone, Mr. Tichio was in the Principal Investment Area of Goldman Sachs, which manages the firm’s private corporate equity investments. Mr. Tichio began his career at J.P. Morgan in the Mergers & Acquisitions group where he concentrated on assignments that included public company combinations, asset sales, takeover defenses and leveraged buyouts. Mr. Tichio serves on the boards of directors of a number of Riverstone portfolio companies and their affiliates. Mr. Tichio serves as a director of Pipestone Energy Corp. (since 2019), Talos Energy Inc. (since 2012), and Chairman of the following companies, Tritium DCFC Limited (since 2022), Decarbonization Plus Acquisition Corporation IV (since 2021). Mr. Tichio graduated from Harvard University with a Master of Business Administration from and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dartmouth College.
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James Walter
Mr. Walter has served as our Co-Chief Executive Officer and a Director since September 2022. Prior to that, he co-founded Colgate Energy with Mr. Hickey in 2015 and served as Colgate’s President & Co-Chief Executive Officer and as a member of Colgate’s Board of Managers. Prior to the formation of Colgate, Mr. Walter worked for the energy private equity firm Denham Capital where he evaluated and monitored investments across the oil and gas space with a focus on the Permian Basin. Prior to that, Mr. Walter worked for Boston Consulting Group, primarily focusing on evaluating upstream assets for leading exploration and production companies. Mr. Walter received his Bachelor of Arts in the Plan II Honors Program and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin.
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