We are managed and operated by the board of directors and executive officers of our general partner, Hi-Crush GP LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of our sponsor, Hi-Crush Proppants LLC. Our management team has extensive experience investing and operating in the oil and gas industry and will be focused on optimizing our current business and expanding our operations through disciplined development and accretive acquisitions. We believe their unique frac sand mining and processing facility development experience has allowed us to more quickly design and develop state-of-the-art operations. We intend to utilize the significant experience of our management team to take advantage of favorable frac sand market dynamics and to execute our growth strategy, while maintaining our dedication to the needs of our customers and sustaining the safety and health of our key stakeholders – our employees, customers and the communities where we live and work.
Co-Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Rasmus is a co-founder of Hi-Crush Proppants LLC and has served as its Co-Chief Executive Officer since its formation in October 2010. Mr. Rasmus was named Co-Chief Executive Officer of our general partner in May 2012. Mr. Rasmus was a founding member of Red Oak Capital Management LLC (“ROCM”) in June 2002 and has served as Managing Director since inception. ROCM’s business model centered on partnering with the largest oil services companies in unconventional basins in the United States. Prior to the founding of ROCM, Mr. Rasmus was the President of Thunderbolt Capital Corp., a venture firm focused on start-up and early stage private equity investments. Previously, Mr. Rasmus started, built and expanded a variety of domestic and international capital markets and corporate finance businesses. Mr. Rasmus was the Senior Managing Director of Banc One Capital Markets, Inc. (formerly First Chicago Capital Markets, Inc.) where he was responsible for the high yield and private placement businesses while functioning as a member of the management committee. Prior thereto, Mr. Rasmus was the Managing Director and Head of Investment Banking in London for First Chicago Ltd. Mr. Rasmus holds a B. A. degree in Government and International Relations from the University of Notre Dame.
Co-Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Whipkey has a 32 year background in the oil and natural gas industry with broad experience in both technical and financial areas. Mr. Whipkey is a co-founder of Hi-Crush Proppants LLC and has served as its Co-Chief Executive Officer since its formation in October 2010. Mr. Whipkey was named Co-Chief Executive Officer of our general partner in May 2012. Mr. Whipkey was a founding member of ROCM in June 2002 and has served as Managing Director since inception. Prior to the founding of ROCM, Mr. Whipkey was an equity analyst covering the exploration and production sector, most recently as a Managing Director at ABN Amro Bank N. V. From 1997 to 2000, Mr. Whipkey was the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer for NYSE-listed Benton Oil and Gas Company. Prior thereto, Mr. Whipkey worked in a number of investment banking positions managing a wide range of relationships and responsibilities in the energy sector. His various roles included energy derivatives trading at Phibro Energy Inc., investment banking at Kidder, Peabody & Co., and stock analysis at Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., where he won “All-Star” recognition from the Wall Street Journal in both the E&P and oil service sectors. Mr. Whipkey began his career as a petroleum engineer with Amoco Corporation where he spent five years in operations, drilling and reservoir simulation roles. Mr. Whipkey holds a B. S. degree in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University and an M. B.A. in Finance from the University of Chicago.
Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Alston has served as Chief Operating Officer of Hi-Crush Proppants LLC since May 2011 and was appointed Chief Operating Officer of our general partner in May 2012. Mr. Alston founded Trinity Consulting, LLC (“Trinity”) in December 2009, where he designed and managed construction of numerous frac sand processing facilities and became one of the leading consultants in the industry, until dissolving Trinity to join Hi-Crush Proppants LLC. Mr. Alston worked for Alston Equipment Company, Inc. (“Alston Equipment”) from February 1999 until he founded Trinity in December 2009. While at Alston Equipment, Mr. Alston was responsible for sales, growth initiatives and customer relations. Mr. Alston attended The University of Southern Mississippi and Southeastern Louisiana University.
Chief Financial Officer
Ms. Fulton has served as Chief Financial Officer of Hi-Crush Proppants LLC since April 2012. In May 2012, Ms. Fulton was appointed to Chief Financial Officer of our general partner. On February 26, 2013, Ms. Fulton was elected director of Targa Resources Corp. From March 2008 to October 2011, Ms. Fulton served as the Executive Vice President, Accounting and then Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer of AEI Services, LLC (“AEI”), an owner and operator of essential energy infrastructure assets in emerging markets. Prior to AEI, Ms. Fulton spent 12 years with Lyondell Chemical Company in various capacities, including as general auditor responsible for internal audit and the Sarbanes-Oxley certification process, and as the assistant controller. Previously, Ms. Fulton worked for Deloitte & Touche in its audit and assurance practice for 11 years. Ms. Fulton is a CPA and graduated cum laude from Texas A&M University with a B.B.A. in Accounting. Ms. Fulton is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and serves on the Accounting Department Advisory Board at Texas A&M University.
Mr. Skolos was appointed General Counsel of Hi-Crush Proppants LLC in April 2012 and named General Counsel and Secretary of our general partner in May 2012. Prior to joining Hi-Crush Proppants LLC, Mr. Skolos was a shareholder at the law firm of Weld, Riley, Prenn and Ricci S. C. (“Weld Riley”) from September 2011 to April 2012. Mr. Skolos worked as an attorney for Skolos, Millis and Matousek, S.C., or its predecessor firms (“Skolos Millis”), for 26 years prior to its merger with Weld Riley in April 2012. Mr. Skolos was made a shareholder at Skolos Millis in 1990. In his private practice, Mr. Skolos represented developers, businesses and local units of government on issues of government regulation, land use and real estate. Mr. Skolos has extensive experience representing companies in the non-metallic mining and processing industry on a wide spectrum of issues, including permitting, land acquisition and government relations. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1985 with a Juris Doctorate degree. Mr. Skolos has served as President of the Tri-County Bar Association of Wisconsin and acted as both Circuit Court and Family Court Commissioner in the State of Wisconsin.
Executive Vice President
Mr. Fehr was named an Executive Vice President of Hi-Crush Partners LP on June 11, 2013. Mr. Fehr co-founded D&I, acquired by Hi-Crush Partners in June 2013, and currently oversees the Company’s sales and marketing, supplier and rail relationship management, car logistics and finance functions. Prior to D&I, Mr. Fehr founded and operated several companies in the natural resource and logistics industries. In 2005, Mr. Fehr founded Chestnut Oil, a shallow oil and gas drilling and production company. In 1997, Mr. Fehr founded and assumed the role of President & CEO of the companies Agile Stone Systems and Rock&Rail, Inc. Agile Stone Systems was a greenfield operation located in Parkdale, Colorado which acquired and permitted acreage with sand, gravel and granite mines. Rock&Rail, Inc. was used for the purposes of purchasing the rail through the Royal Gorge of Colorado and to then acquire track rights from the BNSF. Rock&Rail was later expanded and developed a unit train aggregate transloading facility in Colorado Springs. Agile Stone and Rock&Rail were sold in 2001 to Colorado Materials, Inc. In 1986 Mr. Fehr became Chairman and CEO of Berks Products Corporation (“BPC”), a family-owned business. BPC was an integrated material supply, mining, road building and petroleum marketing company. Mr. Fehr is a graduate of the University of Arizona with a BS in International Agriculture Economics and holds an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.
Mr. McEver has served as Vice President of Hi-Crush Proppants LLC since its inception in October 2010. Mr. McEver was named Vice President of our general partner in May 2012. Mr. McEver joined ROCM as an Associate in 2004 and has served as Vice President since 2010. In executing the business model of ROCM, Mr. McEver has been responsible for analysis, execution and origination of projects with exploration and production and oilfield services companies and ROCM’s co-investors. From 2001 to 2004, Mr. McEver was a Director at EnerCom, Inc., an investor relations consulting firm exclusively serving the energy industry. From 1999 to 2001, Mr. McEver was an analyst in the investment banking energy group at Raymond James & Associates. Mr. McEver holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Stephen F. Austin State University and an M. B.A in Finance from the University of Denver.
Mr. Jones was named Vice President of Hi-Crush Partners LP on June 11, 2013. Previously Mr. Jones served as a consultant with D&I Silica LLC. Mr. Jones manages the Logistics Team for Hi-Crush and oversees rail operations, rail development and railcar management. Mr. Jones has an extensive Class I rail background commencing with the Denver & Rio Grande and, by way of mergers, the Southern Pacific and the Union Pacific before retiring as Sr. Train Manager of Operations in 2000. He has subsequently served in executive, board and advisory positions with various entities, including the Colorado Kansas & Pacific and Rock & Rail short-line railroads. Mr. Jones has a Bachelors Degree in Business from National College of Business Rapid City (South Dakota) and is a former U.S. Army and commercial pilot.
Mr. Pate was named Vice President of Hi-Crush Proppants LLC in July 2013. He has more than 25 years of experience managing IT organizations for the High Tech, Maritime and Energy sectors. Prior to joining Hi-Crush Proppants LLC, Mr. Pate served as Director of IT with Complete Production Services, Inc. (“Complete”), a provider of specialized oil and gas services in North America, from October 2004 until February 2012, at which time Complete was acquired by Superior Energy Services, Inc. Mr. Pate started his career in technology with Getty Oil Company and ARCO Oil & Gas as a programmer and systems analyst. He graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Computer Science. Mr. Pate is a member of the Society of Information Management and Association of Information Technology Professionals. He currently serves as a member of the Department of Computer Science Strategic Development Committee at Texas A&M University.