Senior Leadership

Board of Directors


Antonio R. Sanchez, III is the Chairman of our general partner’s board of directors.

Mr. Sanchez has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Sanchez Energy Corporation (NYSE: SN), a publicly traded exploration and production company, and has been a member of SN’s board of directors since its formation in August 2011.  He has been directly involved in the oil and gas industry for over 16 years.  Mr. Sanchez, III is also the President of Sanchez Oil & Gas Corporation, which he joined in October 2001, as well as the President of SEP Management I, LLC and a Managing Director of Sanchez Energy Partners I, LP.  In his capacities as a director and officer of these companies, Mr. Sanchez, III manages all aspects of their daily operations, including exploration, production, finance, capital markets activities, engineering and land management.  From 1997 to 1999, Mr. Sanchez, III was an investment banker specializing in mergers and acquisitions with J.P. Morgan Securities Inc.  From 1999 to 2001, Mr. Sanchez, III worked in a variety of positions, including sales and marketing, product development and investor relations, at Zix Corporation, a publicly traded encryption technology company (NASDAQ: ZIXI).  Mr. Sanchez, III was also a member of the board of directors of Zix Corporation from May 2003 to June 2014.

Alan S. Bigman is an independent member of the board of directors of our general partner, a member of the Conflicts Committee of our general partner’s board of directors and is the Chairman of the Audit Committee of our general partner’s board of directors.

Mr. Bigman currently serves as an independent non-executive Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of JKX Oil and Gas (LSE: JKX.L), a UK public company focused on international oil and gas.  He is also a Director of White Square Chemicals, a privately-held specialty chemicals company. His extensive board experience also includes Basell Polyolefins, an international chemical producer and predecessor of LyondellBasell, where he served as a non-executive Director before his appointment as Chief Financial Officer, and Svyazinvest, then Russia’s largest telecom company, as well as several others.  Mr. Bigman’s executive experience includes 14 years in positions with Access Industries, a privately held, U.S.-based industrial group, and in senior positions with its portfolio companies.  From June 1996 to March 1998, Mr. Bigman was Senior Vice President of Access Industries, overseeing strategic investments.  From March 1998 until September 2003, Mr. Bigman served as Vice President and Director of Corporate Finance of Tyumen Oil Company (NYSE: TNK), a major Russian oil and gas producer and refiner, where he raised over $5 billion to finance the growth of the company from its privatization in 1997 through a sale of a 50% stake to British Petroleum (NYSE: BP) in 2003, creating TNK-BP, a $20 billion joint venture.  From 2003 to 2004, he served as Vice President and Director of Corporate Finance for SUAL, a large Russian aluminum smelter, where he reorganized the finance function and executed strategic merger transactions.  From September 2004 until December 2005, Mr. Bigman rejoined Access Industries as Senior Vice President.  In January 2006, Mr. Bigman was appointed Chief Financial Officer of Basell Polyolefins, an international chemicals company based in The Netherlands, where he served through 2007 and co-led the acquisition of Lyondell to create one of the largest global chemical companies.  In January 2008, Mr. Bigman was appointed Chief Financial Officer of LyondellBasell Industries, the successor company to Basell Polyolefins and Lyondell.  Mr. Bigman continued to serve as Chief Financial Officer until August 2009, and worked for the company in a project role through March 2010.  From 2011 through 2012, he served on a project basis as Director, Capital Markets and M&A of KCAD Deutag, an oilfield services company based in Aberdeen, UK, where he was responsible for reorganizing and staffing the company’s finance, corporate development and tax functions.


Jack Howell is a member of the board of directors of our general partner and fills one of two seats currently held by our Class B Preferred Unit Holder.

Mr. Howell has been with Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners (“Stonepeak”) since 2015.  Mr. Howell currently serves as a Senior Managing Director at Stonepeak.  Prior to joining Stonepeak, he covered the oil and gas sector for Davidson Kempner, a hedge fund that focuses on distressed investments, from 2014 to 2015.  Prior to Davidson Kempner, Mr. Howell worked for Denham Capital, an energy-focused private equity firm, from 2011 to 2014.  Mr. Howell started his career as an Analyst in Credit Suisse’s oil and gas investment banking group from 2009 to 2011.


M. Byrd Larberg is an independent member of the board of directors of our general partner, a member of the Audit Committee of our general partner’s board of directors and is the Chairman of the Conflicts Committee of our general partner’s board of directors.

Mr. Larberg served from 2010 to 2012 as a member of the board of directors of Risco Resources, a small independent exploration company headquartered in Jakarta, Indonesia, which was sold in 2012.  Mr. Larberg served as a member of the board of directors of 3GIG, an exploration-focused software firm headquartered in Houston, Texas, from 2008 to 2013 and now serves as an advisor to the Board.  He is active on the Board of the Houston Metropolitan YMCA, as Past Chairman of the Board.  He was a board member of Meridian Resources, a Houston-based exploration company, from 2007 until it was acquired by Alta Mesa in 2010.  Mr. Larberg began his career at Shell Exploration and Production Company as a geologist in 1976.  Over the next twenty-one years, he held various leadership positions within Shell, and served as Vice President of Exploration and Production, Africa and Latin America for Pecten International, an affiliate of Shell Oil Company, from 1993 to 1996.  He also served as Exploration Manager for Shell Western E&P Domestic USA Onshore from 1990 to 1993, and as the Division Exploration Manager for the Gulf Coast Division covering offshore Louisiana from 1987 to 1990.  After successfully completing a 14 month special assignment to the Director of New Business Development for Royal Dutch Shell’s Worldwide Deepwater efforts, Mr. Larberg left Shell and joined Burlington Resources in 1998. From 1998 to 2006, Mr. Larberg held several key positions at Burlington Resources, beginning as Vice President of Exploration for Burlington Resources International.  In 2000, Mr. Larberg was elected Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Burlington Resources International, a position he held until 2003, when he moved to the corporate office as Vice President of Geosciences.  In this capacity, he was responsible for technical excellence for the Geology and Geophysical programs across the company, G&G technology business development, and management of the company-wide exploration portfolio.  Mr. Larberg retired from Burlington Resources in April 2006 following the company’s purchase by ConocoPhillips.  Mr. Larberg was a director of Duma Hydrocarb Energy Corporation, a publicly traded production company, for a brief period in 2014.  He occasionally consults in the areas of technical and portfolio management for exploration companies, including Pemex, Maersk, ONGC and Ecopetrol.


Richard S. Langdon is an independent member of the board of directors of our general partner, a member of the Audit Committee of our general partner’s board of directors and a member of the Conflicts Committee of our general partner’s board of directors.

Mr. Langdon is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of Badlands Energy, Inc., a privately held exploration and production company, and its publicly traded predecessor entity, Gasco Energy, Inc., since May 2013.  Mr. Langdon has also served as a Director of Badlands Energy, Inc. and its predecessor, Gasco Energy, Inc., since 2003.  Mr. Langdon was the President and Chief Executive Officer of KMD Operating Company, LLC (“KMD Operating”), a privately held production company, from November 2011 until December 2015 and Matris Exploration Company L.P., a privately held production company, from July 2004 until the merger of Matris Exploration into KMD Operating in November 2011, which merger was effective January 2011.  Mr. Langdon also served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Sigma Energy Ventures, LLC, a privately held production company, from November 2007 until November 2013.  From 1997 until 2002, Mr. Langdon served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of EEX Corporation, a publicly traded exploration and production company that merged with Newfield Exploration Company in 2002.  Prior to that, he held various positions with the Pennzoil Companies from 1991 to 1996, including Executive Vice President—International Marketing—Pennzoil Products Company; Senior Vice President—Business Development—Pennzoil Company; and Senior Vice President—Commercial & Control—Pennzoil Exploration & Production Company.


Eduardo A. Sanchez is a member of the board of directors of our general partner.

Mr. Sanchez has served as the President of Sanchez Energy Corporation (NYSE: SN), a publicly traded exploration and production company, since October 1, 2015.  He has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Sanchez Resources, LLC (“Sanchez Resources”), an oil and gas company, since 2010.  Sanchez Resources holds and operates properties throughout Louisiana and Mississippi, including a substantial position in the core of the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale.


Patricio D. Sanchez is a member of the board of directors of our general partner and also serves as our President and Chief Operating Officer.

Mr. Sanchez was elected President & Chief Operating Officer of our general partner in March 2017, previously serving as Chief Operating Officer of our general partner since May 2015.  Mr. Sanchez has served as co-president of Sanchez Oil & Gas Corporation since June 2014, and prior to that from April 2010 to June 2014 as Executive Vice President.  Mr. Sanchez has served as an Executive Vice President of Sanchez Energy Corporation (NYSE: SN), a publicly traded exploration and production company, since November 2016.  Mr. Sanchez has also been the managing member of Santerra Holdings, LLC, an oil and gas production company, since February 2012.


Luke R. Taylor is a member of the board of directors of our general partner and fills one of two seats currently held by our Class B Preferred Unit Holder.

Mr. Taylor is a Senior Managing Director with Stonepeak and serves as a member of Stonepeak’s investment committee.  Mr. Taylor sits on the board of Golar Power, Ironclad Energy Partners, Tidewater Holdings and Casper Crude to Rail Holdings, and is a former director of Paradigm Energy Partners, Orion Holdings and Northstar Renewable Power.  Prior to joining Stonepeak, Mr. Taylor was a Senior Vice President with Macquarie Capital based in New York from 2005 to 2011.


Gerald F. Willinger is a member of the board of directors of our general partner and also serves as our Chief Executive Officer.

Mr. Willinger was elected Interim Chief Executive Officer of our general partner in April 2015 and Chief Executive Officer in December 2015.  Mr. Willinger is currently a Managing Partner of Sanchez Capital Advisors, LLC and Manager and Co-founder of Sanchez Resources since February 2010.  Mr. Willinger currently serves as a Director of Sanchez Resources.  From 1998 to 2000, Mr. Willinger was an investment banker with Goldman, Sachs & Co.  Mr. Willinger served in various private equity investment management roles at MidOcean Partners, LLC and its predecessor entity, DB Capital Partners, LLC, from 2000 to 2003 and at the Cypress Group, LLC from 2003 to 2006.  Prior to joining Sanchez Capital Advisors, LLC, Mr. Willinger was a Senior Analyst for Silver Point Capital, LLC, a credit-opportunity fund, from 2006 to 2009.


Executives


Gerald F. Willinger is a member of the board of directors of our general partner and also serves as our Chief Executive Officer.

Mr. Willinger was elected Interim Chief Executive Officer of our general partner in April 2015 and Chief Executive Officer in December 2015.  Mr. Willinger is currently a Managing Partner of Sanchez Capital Advisors, LLC and Manager and Co-founder of Sanchez Resources since February 2010.  Mr. Willinger currently serves as a Director of Sanchez Resources.  From 1998 to 2000, Mr. Willinger was an investment banker with Goldman, Sachs & Co.  Mr. Willinger served in various private equity investment management roles at MidOcean Partners, LLC and its predecessor entity, DB Capital Partners, LLC, from 2000 to 2003 and at the Cypress Group, LLC from 2003 to 2006.  Prior to joining Sanchez Capital Advisors, LLC, Mr. Willinger was a Senior Analyst for Silver Point Capital, LLC, a credit-opportunity fund, from 2006 to 2009.

Patricio D. Sanchez is a member of the board of directors of our general partner and also serves as our President and Chief Operating Officer.

Mr. Sanchez was elected President & Chief Operating Officer of our general partner in March 2017, previously serving as Chief Operating Officer of our general partner since May 2015.  Mr. Sanchez has served as co-president of Sanchez Oil & Gas Corporation since June 2014, and prior to that from April 2010 to June 2014 as Executive Vice President.  Mr. Sanchez has served as an Executive Vice President of Sanchez Energy Corporation (NYSE: SN), a publicly traded exploration and production company, since November 2016.  Mr. Sanchez has also been the managing member of Santerra Holdings, LLC, an oil and gas production company, since February 2012.

Charles C. Ward serves as our Chief Financial Officer and Secretary.

Mr. Ward was elected Chief Financial Officer and Secretary of our general partner in March 2015.  He previously served as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Sanchez Production Partners LLC from March 2008 until its conversion to a limited partnership in March 2015 and Secretary from July 2014 until March 2015.  Mr. Ward also served as a Vice President of Constellation Energy Commodities Group, Inc. from November 2005 until December 2008.  Prior to that time, he was a Vice President of Enron Creditors Recovery Corp. from March 2002 to November 2005.


Kirsten A. Hink serves as our Chief Accounting Officer.

Ms. Hink was elected Chief Accounting Officer of our general partner in May 2015.  Ms. Hink has served as Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer of Sanchez Energy since January 2015, and she previously served as Sanchez Energy’s Vice President and Principal Accounting Officer from March 2012.  Prior to joining Sanchez Energy, Ms. Hink served as the Controller of Vanguard Natural Resources, LLC from January 2011 to February 2012.  From January 2010 to December 2010, she served as Assistant Controller of Mariner Energy, Inc.  She served as the Chief Accounting Officer for Edge Petroleum Corporation, or Edge, from July 2008 through December 2009 and the Vice President and Controller for Edge from October 2003 through July 2008.  Prior to that time, she served as Controller of Edge from December 2000 to October 2003 and Assistant Controller of Edge from June 2000 to December 2000.  Ms. Hink is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Texas.