Board of Directors
John T. Steen III, Chairman
John T. Steen III is the Chairman of our general partner’s Board of Directors and fills one of four seats currently held by our Class C Preferred Unit Holder.
Mr. Steen is currently a Senior Operating Partner with Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners and supports Stonepeak’s efforts in the midstream energy sector. Prior to joining Stonepeak, Mr. Steen was CEO of Paradigm Energy Partners with a focus on oil and gas pipeline and storage assets in the Bakken Shale of North Dakota and the Eagle Ford Shale of South Texas. Prior to Paradigm, Mr. Steen worked as Vice President for Sage Midstream, as well as in various midstream business development capacities for Energy Transfer and LDH Energy. He is the Chairman of the Texas Racing Commission, which oversees all pari-mutuel wagering on horse and greyhound racing in the state. Mr. Steen also serves on the boards of Oryx Midstream Services LLC and King Ranch, Inc. He graduated cum laude from Vanderbilt University and received an MBA from the Wharton School as well as an MA in International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Steen is also a CFA charterholder.
Michael Bricker, Director
Michael Bricker is a member of our general partner’s Board of Directors and fills one of four seats currently held by our Class C Preferred Unit Holder.
Mr. Bricker is a Managing Director and Principal at Stonepeak and has been with Stonepeak since 2017. Mr. Bricker currently serves as a member of the Operating Committee for Whistler Pipeline, a greenfield natural gas pipeline, and Oryx Midstream Services LLC, the owner and operator of a crude oil pipeline system, both located in the Permian Basin. Prior to joining Stonepeak, Mr. Bricker was an investment professional for First Reserve Energy Infrastructure Fund, a private equity firm that focuses on energy infrastructure investments. Mr. Bricker started his career as an Analyst in Citigroup’s oil and gas investment banking group. Mr. Bricker holds a Master in Professional Accounting with a Minor in Finance, graduating with high honors from the University of Texas at Austin.
Michael Heim, Director
Michael Heim is a member of our general partner’s Board of Directors and fills one of four seats currently held by our Class C Preferred Unit Holder.
Mr. Heim is currently an independent consultant in the energy industry, a role he has held since April 2019. Mr. Heim also currently serves on the Board of Directors of Oryx Midstream LLC, a private midstream crude operator, and West Texas Gas, a private company involved in natural gas distribution, natural gas and natural gas liquids transmission services and related gathering and processing operations, roles he has held since July 2019 and October 2021, respectively. Mr. Heim also presently serves on the Management Committee representing the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (“CPPIB”) in a midstream joint venture between the Williams Company and CPPIB in Appalachia, a role he has held since fall 2019. From March 2016 to April 2019 Mr. Heim served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Targa Resources Corp. (“Targa”), a company he co-founded. From November 2015 to February 2016, he served as Vice Chairman and a member of the board of directors of the general partner of Targa Resources Partners LP. From January 2012 to November 2015, Mr. Heim served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Targa. From October 2005 to December 2011, Mr. Heim served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Targa. He also served as an officer of an affiliate of Targa during 2004 and 2005 and was a consultant for the affiliate during 2003. Mr. Heim also served as a consultant in the energy industry from 2001 through 2003 providing advice to various energy companies and investors regarding their operations, acquisitions and dispositions. Mr. Heim served as Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Coastal Field Services, a subsidiary of The Coastal Corp. (“Coastal”), a diversified energy company, from 1997 to 2001 and President of Coastal States Gas Transmission Company from 1997 to 2001. In these positions, he was responsible for Coastal’s midstream gathering, processing, and marketing businesses. Prior to 1997, he served as an officer of several other Coastal exploration and production, marketing and midstream subsidiaries. Mr. Heim brings more than 40 years of experience in building, operating and managing midstream assets in the U.S. to the Board. He also brings substantial experience in joint ventures, project finance and project development having been involved in numerous new construction, operations, commercial decisions, risk planning and governmental and industry advocacy activities over the course of his career.
David Kinder, Director
David Kinder is a member of our general partner’s Board of Directors and fills one of our four seats currently held by our Class C Preferred Unit Holder.
Mr. Kinder is currently an Operating Partner at Stonepeak. Additionally, Mr. Kinder is President of TP Power, LLC which owns and operates power plants in Texas and is a partner at Sabine Property Partners, which focuses on commercial real estate opportunities in Texas. Mr. Kinder currently serves on the Board of Directors of Oryx Midstream LLC, a private midstream crude operator in the Permian Basin and Zenith Energy, a leading global operator of independent liquids terminals, roles that he has held since 2019 and 2014, respectively. Additionally, he was a board member and audit chair from 2013 to 2017 of Western Refining Logistics, L.P (“WNRL”) which owned and operated crude oil and refined products pipelines, terminals and other logistics assets. Mr. Kinder was Vice President of Corporate Development and Treasurer of Kinder Morgan, Inc. (“KMI”) and Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. (“KMP”) from 2005 until retiring from the companies in 2013 and Vice President, Corporate Development and Treasurer of the general partner of El Paso Pipeline Partners, L.P (“EPB”) from 2012 until retiring from the company in 2013. Mr. Kinder held various management roles for the Kinder Morgan companies from 1999 – 2013. Kinder Morgan is one of the largest diversified energy infrastructure companies in North America. Mr. Kinder brings to the Board over 25 years of experience in the acquisition, divestiture, financing, and development of energy assets in North America. He graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and minor in History from Texas Christian University.
Charles Ward, Chief Financial Officer and Secretary & Interim Chief Executive Officer
Charles C. Ward was elected Chief Financial Officer and Secretary of our general partner in March 2015.
Mr. Ward previously served as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of our predecessor entity 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.