Senior Leadership

Board of Directors


Antonio R. Sanchez, III is Executive Chairman of our general partner’s board of directors.
Mr. Sanchez, III is 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. Mr. Sanchez, III is also the President of Sanchez Oil & Gas Corporation, which he joined in 2001, as well Co-Manager of SP Holding, LLC. In his capacities with these companies, Mr. Sanchez, III oversees all aspects of their daily operations, including exploration, production, finance, capital markets activities, engineering and land management. He has substantial upstream oil and gas industry experience with both public and private energy companies.

Mr. Sanchez, III was previously employed as an investment banker specializing in mergers and acquisitions with J.P. Morgan Securities Inc. Prior to that, Mr. Sanchez, III worked in a variety of positions at Zix Corporation, a publicly traded encryption technology company and served on its Board of Directors until 2014. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for Texas Children’s Hospital, the Board of Directors of the Greater Houston Partnership and is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization.

Alan S. Bigman is an independent 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 is currently co-founder and Director of VistaTex Energy LLC, a privately held company created in 2010 to produce oil and natural gas from mature properties in the U.S., and Chairman of the board of directors of White Square Chemicals, Inc., a privately held, U.S.-based specialty chemical company. He was most recently Director, Capital Markets and M&A of KCAD Deutag, an oilfield services company based in Aberdeen, UK, from September 2011 to December 2012, where he was responsible for reorganizing and staffing the company’s finance, corporate development and tax functions. From June 1996 to March 1998, Mr. Bigman was Senior Vice President of Access Industries, a privately held, U.S.-based industrial group with worldwide holdings. From March 1998 until September 2003, Mr. Bigman served as Vice President and Director of Corporate Finance of Tyumen Oil Company (TNK), a major Russian oil and gas producer and refiner, based in Moscow, Russia, and then as Vice President and Director of Corporate Finance for SUAL, a large Russian aluminum smelter, from September 2003 to September 2004. From September 2004 until December 2005, Mr. Bigman rejoined Access Industries as Senior Vice President, Investment and was based in London. In January 2006, Mr. Bigman was appointed Chief Financial Officer of Basell Polyolefins, an international chemicals company based in Hoofddorp, The Netherlands, where he served until January 2008. In January 2008, Mr. Bigman became the Chief Financial Officer of LyondellBasell Industries, a successor company to Basell Polyolefins and Lyondell, which had been merged. Mr. Bigman was Chief Financial Officer of LyondellBasell until August 2009, when he took on a consulting role with the company, and exited the company in March 2010. Prior to assuming the role of Chief Financial Officer at Basell Polyolefins, Mr. Bigman was on the company’s board of directors, where he served as a member of the audit and compensation committees.


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

Mr. Howell is a Managing Director with Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners (“Stonepeak”). Prior to joining Stonepeak, he covered the oil and gas sector for Davidson Kempner, a hedge fund that focuses on distressed investments. Prior to Davidson Kempner, Mr. Howell worked for Denham Capital, an energy-focused private equity firm. Mr. Howell started his career in Credit Suisse’s oil and gas investment banking group.


G.M. Byrd Larberg is an independent 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 currently performs consulting services on an individual basis. From 2010 to 2012, Mr. Larberg served 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, where he serves on the Financial Development Committee and as Chairman of the annual Partners Campaign. Previously 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, ending as Vice President of Exploration and Production, Africa and Latin America for Pecten International, an affiliate of Shell Oil Company, from 1993 to 1996. During his tenure he also served as Exploration Manager for Shell Western E&P Domestic USA Onshore, including the Mid Continent, 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 fourteen 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 March 2006 following the company’s purchase by ConocoPhillips. Since such time, he has occasionally consulted in the areas of technical and portfolio management for exploration companies, including Pemex, Maersk, ONGC and Glopetrol.


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

Mr. Langdon is also currently the President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of KMD Operating Company LLC (KMD Operating), a position held since November 2011, a privately held exploration and production company. Mr. Langdon has been serving as the Interim President and Chief Executive Officer of Gasco Energy, Inc., a publicly traded exploration and production company, since May 2013. Mr. Langdon has also served as a Director of Gasco Energy, Inc. since 2003. Mr. Langdon was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Matris Exploration Company L.P., a privately held exploration and production company (Matris Exploration), from July 2004 and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of KMD Operating from August 2009 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 exploration and 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 Sanchez is a member of our general partner’s board of directors.

Mr. Sanchez is the President of Sanchez Energy Corporation (NYSE: SN), a publicly traded exploration and production company, a position that he has held since October 2015. He has over 15 years of experience in the exploration and production industry and has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Sanchez Resources, LLC, a privately held oil and gas exploration company since 2010. Prior to his work at Sanchez Resources, LLC, he worked at Commonwealth Associates, Inc. focusing on private equity and debt placements in small and mid-cap businesses including those in the energy sector. Mr. Sanchez serves on the board of Cristo Rey Jesuit and the Good Samaritan Foundation among other charitable causes in the Houston area.


Patricio D. Sanchez is a member of our general partner’s board of directors and was elected Chief Operating Officer of our general partner in May 2015. Mr. Sanchez has served as co-president of Sanchez Oil & Gas Corporation, a manager of oil and natural gas properties on behalf of its related companies, since June 2014 and prior to that from April 2010 to June 2014 as Executive Vice President. Mr. Sanchez has also been the managing member of Santerra Holdings, LLC, an oil and gas exploration and production company, since February 2012.


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

Mr. Taylor is a Senior Managing Director with Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners (“Stonepeak”). He has been investing in infrastructure for over 14 years, sits on the board of Paradigm Energy Partners, Casper Crude to Rail Holdings, and Energizing Co., and is a former director of Orion Holdings and Northstar Renewable Power. Prior to joining Stonepeak, Mr. Taylor was a Senior Vice President with Macquarie Capital based in New York.


Gerald F. Willinger is a member of our general partner’s board of directors and was elected Chief Executive Officer effective December 3, 2015.

Mr. Willinger is currently a Managing Partner of Sanchez Capital Advisors, LLC and Manager and Co-founder of Sanchez Resources, LLC, an oil and gas company 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 our general partner’s board of directors and was elected Chief Executive Officer effective December 3, 2015.

Mr. Willinger is currently a Managing Partner of Sanchez Capital Advisors, LLC and Manager and Co-founder of Sanchez Resources, LLC, an oil and gas company 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 our general partner’s board of directors and was elected Chief Operating Officer of our general partner in May 2015.

Mr. Sanchez has served as co-president of Sanchez Oil & Gas Corporation, a manager of oil and natural gas properties on behalf of its related companies, since June 2014 and prior to that from April 2010 to June 2014 as Executive Vice President. Mr. Sanchez has also been the managing member of Santerra Holdings, LLC, an oil and gas exploration and production company, since February 2012.


Charles C. 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 (SPP LLC) from March 2008 until its conversion to a limited partnership in March 2015 and Secretary of SPP LLC 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 was elected Chief Accounting Officer of our general partner in May 2015. Mrs. Hink has served as Senior Vice President and Chief Accountant Officer of Sanchez Energy Corporation (“SN”), an independent exploration and production company, since January 2015, and she previously served as SN’s Vice President and Principal Accounting Officer from March 2012. Prior to joining SN, Mrs. 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 (“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 31, 2000 to October 2003 and Assistant Controller of Edge from June 2000 to December 2000.