Stuart M. Brightman
Stuart M. Brightman has served as Chairman of the Board of our general partner since May 6, 2014 and as a director of our general partner since October 31, 2008. Mr. Brightman has served as TETRA’s president and chief executive officer since May 2009, at which time Mr. Brightman was also elected as a member of TETRA’s board of directors. He served as TETRA’s executive vice president and chief operating officer from April 2005 through May 2009. From April 2004 to April 2005, Mr. Brightman was self-employed. Mr. Brightman served as president of the Dresser Flow Control division of Dresser, Inc. from April 2002 until April 2004. Dresser Flow Control, which manufactures and sells valves, actuators, and other equipment and provides related technology and services for the oil and gas industry, had revenues in excess of $400 million in 2004. From November 1998 to April 2002, Mr. Brightman was president of the Americas Operation of the Dresser Valve Division of Dresser, Inc. He served in other capacities during the earlier portion of his career with Dresser, from 1993 to 1998. From 1982 to 1993, Mr. Brightman served in several financial and operational positions with Cameron Iron Works and its successor, Cooper Oil Tools. Mr. Brightman received his B.S. degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his Master of Business Administration degree from the Wharton School of Business.
Paul D. Coombs
Paul D. Coombs has served as an independent director of our general partner since May 6, 2014. Mr. Coombs has served as a member of TETRA’s board of directors since June 1994 and as a member of its nominating and corporate governance committee since July 2012. From April 2005 until his retirement in June 2007, Mr. Coombs served as TETRA’s executive vice president of strategic initiatives, and from May 2001 to April 2005, as TETRA’s executive vice president and chief operating officer. From January 1994 to May 2001, Mr. Coombs served as TETRA’s executive vice president – oil & gas, from 1987 to 1994 he served as senior vice president – oil & gas, and from 1985 to 1987, as general manager – oil & gas. Mr. Coombs has served in numerous other positions with TETRA since 1982. Mr. Coombs is presently a director and serves on the audit and corporate governance committees of the board of directors of Balchem Corporation, a public company that is subject to the reporting requirements of the Exchange Act.
Ronald J. Foster
Ronald J. Foster has served as President and a Director of our general partner since October 31, 2008. Mr. Foster also serves as President and a Director of Compressco (since October 1, 2008). From August 2002 to September 30, 2008, Mr. Foster served as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing of Compressco. Mr. Foster has over 30 years of energy-related work experience that also includes positions with Wood Group, Halliburton and Dresser. He is an active member of several regional industry trade organizations, including the American Petroleum Institute (API), the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association (OIPA). Mr. Foster attended Oklahoma State University, earning a B.S. degree in Economics in 1978.
D. Frank Harrison
D. Frank Harrison has served as an independent director of our general partner and as Chairman of the Conflicts Committee and a member of the Audit Committee of our general partner’s board since April 2012. Mr. Harrison is presently an owner and the managing partner of Eufaula Energy, LLC, a privately held company that invests in oil and gas interests. Mr. Harrison served as chairman of the board of directors (since 2007) and as chief executive officer and a director (since 2005) of Bronco Drilling Company, Inc. until the acquisition of Bronco by Chesapeake Energy in June 2011. Bronco was a publicly traded company that provided contract drilling and well services. From 2002 to 2005, Mr. Harrison served as an agent for the purchase of oil and gas properties for entities controlled by Wexford Capital LLC. From 1999 to 2002, Mr. Harrison served as president of Harding and Shelton, Inc., a privately held oil and natural gas exploration, drilling and development firm. Mr. Harrison currently serves on the board of directors of the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from Oklahoma State University in 1970.
James R. Larson
James R. Larson has served as an independent director of our general partner and as Chairman of the Audit Committee of our general partner’s board since July 2011. Mr. Larson served as senior vice president of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation from September 2005 through his retirement in January 2006. From December 2003 through September 2005, Mr. Larson served as senior vice president, finance and chief financial officer of Anadarko. From 2002 through December 2003, Mr. Larson served as senior vice president, finance of Anadarko, where he oversaw treasury, investor relations, internal audits and acquisitions and divestitures. From 1995 through 2002, Mr. Larson served as vice president and controller of Anadarko, where he was responsible for accounting, financial reporting, budgeting, forecasting and tax functions. Until 1995, Mr. Larson held various other tax and financial positions with Anadarko after joining the company in 1981. Mr. Larson is presently a director of EV Energy Partners, L.P., a Houston-based publicly-traded limited partnership engaged in acquiring, producing and developing oil and gas properties. Mr. Larson is a current member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Financial Executives International, the Tax Executives Institute and the National Association of Corporate Directors. He received his BBA degree in business from the University of Iowa.
William D. Sullivan
William D. Sullivan is an Independent Director of our general partner and has served as a Director of TETRA since August 2007. Mr. Sullivan currently serves on TETRA’s Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, Reserves Committee and Management and Compensation Committee. Mr. Sullivan is the non-executive chairman of the board of directors and serves on the Nominating and Corporate Governance and Compensation Committees of SM Energy Company, a publicly traded exploration and production company (since May 2004). Mr. Sullivan is also a Director, serves on the Audit and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committees, and is Chairman of the Conflicts Committee of Legacy Reserves GP, LLC, the general partner of Legacy Reserves, LP, a publicly traded limited partnership holding oil and gas producing assets (since March 2006), primarily in the Permian Basin. Mr. Sullivan is a Director, and serves on the Conflicts and Audit Committees of Targa Resources GP, LLC, the general partner of Targa Resources LP, a publicly traded limited partnership focused on midstream gas gathering, processing, liquids fractionation, and transportation (since February 2007). From 1981 through August 2003, Mr. Sullivan was employed in various capacities by Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, most recently as Executive Vice President, Exploration and Production. From August 2003 to June 2005 Mr. Sullivan was not, and since August 2005 Mr. Sullivan has not, entered into an employment relationship with any employer. From June 2005 through August 2005, Mr. Sullivan served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Leor Energy LP. Mr. Sullivan received his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University.