Randy Albert, is the owner and CEO of Shale Advisory Group, a consulting firm focused on the emerging shale plays in the Appalachian Basin and around the world. Mr. Albert retired from CONSOL Energy in January 2014 after a 34 year career, serving the last several years as the Chief Operating Officer-Gas. Mr. Albert began at CONSOL as a mining engineer in 1979 and served in various roles on the coal side of the business until he was tapped to lead the Coalbed Methane Business in CONSOL Energy’s Southern Appalachia Region. In 1990 Mr. Albert led the formation of Pocahontas Gas Partnership, a joint venture with Conoco which ultimately drilled and stimulated over 4000 wells in southwestern Virginia and became one of the largest CBM plays in the world. In 2005, Mr. Albert took on operational leadership roles and successfully developed the CONSOL Energy Gas business in Northern Appalachia. In 2010, he was named the Chief Operating Officer-Gas and given operational responsibility for CONSOL Energy’s entire gas business. During his tenure, Mr. Albert led the rapid development of CONSOL Energy Marcellus Shale program as well as the emerging Utica Shale program. Mr. Albert was also instrumental in leading the $3.5 billion acquisition of Dominion Resources E&P; business in 2010. Mr. Albert is a past Chairman of the Marcellus Shale Coalition and a Member of the Board of Eclipse Resources Corporation, Vanguard Natural Resources and Wellsite Rentals and Fishing Tools. He serves on the Strategic Advisory Board of Black Bay Energy Capital, a New Orleans based Private Equity fund, and the Advisory Board of Gas Field Services, a Rosedale VA based OFS provider. He holds a BS in Mining Engineering from Virginia Tech, where he is a Mining and Minerals Engineering Distinguished Alumnus and serves on the Mining Engineering Department’s Advisory Board. In April of 2016 Mr. Albert was inducted into the Academy of Engineering Excellence at Virginia Tech, the highest honor bestowed upon the College of Engineering graduates, an honor bestowed upon only 141 of its 65000 graduates. Mr. Albert is a Registered Professional Engineer in WV and VA.
Michael LeBourgeois has more than 15 years of investment experience and is focused primarily on the oilfield services sector. Prior to joining NGP ETP in 2007, Michael served as the Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Business Development for Auto-Chlor Services. From 2000 to 2004, Michael worked at Bank of America Securities in the Natural Resources Investment Banking Group in New York and Houston, covering energy technology, oilfield services, and refining and marketing companies. From 1998 to 2000, Michael worked at Chaffe & Associates in the M&A group, executing transactions primarily in the energy industry. Michael holds an MBA from the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University, where he was the James T. Murphy fellow, and a BA in Economics from Southern Methodist University, where he graduated summa cum laude. Michael is a board member of Catapult Energy Services, Signum Instruments, Wellsite Fishing & Rental Services and Zahroof Valves; a former board member of Environmental Drilling Solutions, Flogistix, Managed Pressure Operations and Wellbore Energy Solutions; and a former board observer of TAS Energy.
Prior to joining NGP ETP, Tom was a Senior Analyst in the Corporate Development group of Halliburton Co. in Houston. While at Halliburton, Tom worked on a number of strategic transactions in the Oilfield Technology & Services sector. He holds a BSM in Finance and Economics and an Energy Specialization from Tulane University, where he graduated magna cum laude. Tom is a board member of Signum Instruments, Wellsite Fishing & Rental Services and Zahroof Valves.
Bruce has been investing in the energy and industrial sector since 1994. Prior to joining NGP ETP in 2009, Bruce worked for Allied Capital Corporation, where he led or co-led the firm’s energy investing activities. Bruce also held positions with middle market private equity firms Saw Mill Capital and JP Morgan Capital. Bruce began his career in market research and with Bechtel Enterprises, the finance and investment arm of the global engineering and construction firm. Bruce holds an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, an MA in International Affairs from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and an AB in East Asian Studies from Harvard College. Bruce is the Chairman of the Wharton Alumni Executive Board and Co-Chair of the Wharton Private Equity/Venture Capital Association. Bruce is the Chairman of Penn Power Group and Waste Resource Management, a board member of Wellsite Fishing & Rental Services, and a former board member of Managed Pressure Operations, Living Earth, Industrial Air Tool, Service Champ, Startec Global Communications, Air2, Turner Bros, and GeoDigital. He lives in Bethesda, MD with his wife and three sons.
Paul Deutch is president and CEO of Foro Energy, a company commercializing high-power lasers for the oil, natural gas, geothermal and mining industries. He has more than 20 years of experience in the oil and gas industry in a variety of operational and technical roles – both domestic and internationally. In 2009, Deutch was appointed the managing director of Diamant Drilling Services, a global drilling services company, and executive vice president of Logan International, an oilfield service portfolio company of Cadent Energy Partners, where he was an executive in residence. Previously, Deutch served as president of Flotek Industries, where he was responsible for the international business of three operating segments including Chemicals and Logistics, Drilling Products and Artificial Lift. Deutch began his career as a field engineer with Schlumberger where he spent 13 years in various management roles. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering from Dartmouth College.
After graduating from LSU in civil engineering, Rick Fontova joined Shell Oil Co. in New Orleans, Louisiana. in 1981 working in the platform design and project management groups. He later moved into technical positions in drilling engineering and then supervisory and management roles in petroleum engineering, operations and asset management in the Gulf of Mexico and California.
Fontova then accepted leadership roles in creating and launching new business ventures within Shell such as Shell Offshore Services (a telecommunications provider), Shell Mid-Stream Enterprises (fully integrated oil and gas processing and transportation provider) and Shell Services International (IT and project management provider).
In 2003, Fontova joined Enventure Global Technology, an oilfield service company jointly owned by Halliburton and Shell Technology ventures, specializing in solid expandable casing. He held various senior management positions including vice president of sales and marketing and senior vice president of international sales and operations.
Fontova joined the Moreno Group in February 2009 as an executive vice president of the Moreno Group and president of Dynamic Power, LLC.
In 2011 Fontova became president of Hub City Industries which later changed its name to Green Field Energy Services, specializing in turbine-driven frac services.
Fontova is currently chairman and CEO of NXT Energy Services in Lafayette, Louisiana.
After graduating from LSU in chemical engineering, Debbs N. Nelson joined Mobil Oil Co. in New Orleans, Louisiana. in 1980 working in the drilling and completion group. In his 23 year career with ExxonMobil he held various positions in drilling and production in numerous North American locations. Nelson had 16 years of experience managing field operations for ExxonMobil prior to departing the company in 2003.
In 2003, Nelson joined Arena Offshore as their operations manager responsible for drilling, construction and production activities in the Gulf of Mexico. During his tenure at Arena Offshore he supported their operations as they grew from operating two platforms in the Gulf of Mexico to more than 50 platforms by 2012. In 2012 he retired from Arena Offshore.
Nelson is 55 years old and lives in Houston with his wife Wendy Nelson.
D.J. Ponville joined Unocal in December of 1981 after graduating from the University of Southwestern Louisiana in Petroleum Engineering. He spent the first eight years of his career working in various engineering assignments that included six months in production with the balance of the time split between drilling and reservoir engineering duties. He was promoted to drilling superintendent in 1990 and held the position for two years prior to being promoted to central U.S. drilling manager. Ponville spent the rest of his tenure with Unocal in a number of managerial roles that included onshore U.S. operations manager, Gulf of Mexico/lower 48 drilling manager, and Western Gulf asset manager.
Ponville left Unocal in March 2002 to join Samson in Tulsa, Oklahoma, as vice president – drilling. He became senior vice president – drilling and production in March 2006 when Samson Canada was added to his duties. He was promoted to executive vice president – operations in March 2007 and held that position until he retired from Samson in March 2012.