Spartan Energy Acquisition Corp
Gregory Beard — Chairman of the Board of Directors. Gregory Beard has served as a member of our board of directors since October 18, 2017. Mr. Beard is the Global Head of Natural Resources and a Senior Partner at Apollo, having joined the Firm in 2010. Previously, Mr. Beard was at Riverstone Holdings, an energy-focused private equity firm, as a founding member and Managing Director. He began his career as a Financial Analyst at Goldman Sachs, where he played an active role in energy-sector principal investment activities. Mr. Beard currently serves on the boards of directors of Apex Energy, Caelus Energy, CSV Midstream, Double Eagle Energy II/III, EP Energy, Jupiter Resources, Roundtable Energy, Talos Energy, Pegasus, Northwoods, and Tumbleweed Royalty. He also serves on the board of directors of The Conservation Fund. Mr. Beard received his BA from the University of Illinois at Urbana. We believe Mr. Beard’s extensive background in the energy industry makes him well qualified to serve on our board of directors.
Geoffrey Strong — Chief Executive Officer and Director. Geoffrey Strong has served as our Chief Executive Officer since October 18, 2017. Mr. Strong is a Senior Partner at Apollo having joined the Firm in 2012. Prior to that time, Mr. Strong was a member of the Private Equity group at Blackstone and prior to that he was Vice President of Morgan Stanley Capital Partners, the private equity business within Morgan Stanley. Mr. Strong serves on the board of directors of Apex Energy, Apollo Royalties Management, Caelus Energy, Chisholm Oil and Gas, Double Eagle Energy III, Great Salt Plains Midstream, Momentum Minerals, Northwoods Energy, Roundtable Energy, Tumbleweed Royalty, Freestone Midstream Holdings, LLC and Vistra Energy. Mr. Strong graduated summa cum laude with a BS in Business Administration from Western Oregon University, graduated cum laude with a JD from Lewis & Clark College, and graduated with an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. Mr. Strong’s extensive experience investing in the energy industry makes him a valuable addition to our management team and board of directors.
James Crossen — Chief Financial Officer and Chief Accounting Officer. Mr. Crossen has served as our Chief Financial Officer and Chief Accounting Office since October 18, 2017. Mr. Crossen is Chief Financial Officer for Private Equity and Natural Resources at Apollo, having joined the Firm in 2010. Prior to that time, Mr. Crossen was a Controller at Roundtable Investment Partners LLC. Prior thereto, Mr. Crossen was a Controller at Fortress Investment Group. Prior to that time, Mr. Crossen was a member of the Funds Management and Tax Group at JP Morgan Partners LLC. Mr. Crossen is a Certified Public Accountant in New York. Mr. Crossen served in the United States Marine Corps and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Connecticut. We believe Mr. Crossen’s extensive background in the energy industry makes him a valuable addition to our management team.
Robert C. Reeves — Director. Mr. Reeves has served as a member of our board of directors since August 9, 2018. Mr. Reeves previously served as Athlon Energy’s Chairman, President, and CEO since its formation in August 2010 through to its $7.1 billion sale to Encana in November 2014. Mr. Reeves was Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Encore Acquisition Company and Encore Energy Partners until the $4.5 billion sale of both companies to Denbury Resources Inc. in March 2010. Prior to joining Encore, Mr. Reeves served as Assistant Controller for Hugoton Energy Corporation. Mr. Reeves serves on the Board of Directors for publicly held EP Energy Corp, which owns oil and gas properties in the Eagle Ford in South Texas, the Permian Basin of West Texas and the Altament of Utah for privately held Incline Niobrara Partners LP and Incline Energy Partners LP, which focus on acquiring oil and liquids-rich minerals, royalties and non-operated working interest in the DJ basin of Colorado. Since February 2015, Mr. Reeves has served as Chairman and President of Solar Soccer Club, a private 501(c)3 non-profit organization focused on youth soccer development in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Mr. Reeves received his BS in accounting from the University of Kansas and is a Certified Public Accountant. Mr. Reeves is well qualified to serve as a director due to his extensive experience in public and private company operations and with mergers and acquisitions execution and integration.
John M. Stice — Director. Mr. Stice has served as a member of our board of directors since August 9, 2018. Mr. Stice previously served as Chief Executive Officer of Access Midstream from the time it spun out of Chesapeake Energy until his retirement in 2015. Mr. Stice began his career in 1981 with Conoco, as an associate engineer. For more than 25 years, Mr. Stice held technical and managerial positions of increasing responsibility with ConocoPhillips in exploration, production, midstream, and gas marketing worldwide. In 2009, Mr. Stice joined Chesapeake and served as President of Chesapeake Midstream Development and Senior Vice President of Natural Gas Projects for Chesapeake Energy. He retired in 2015 as Chief Executive Officer of Access Midstream, formerly Chesapeake Midstream Partners. Currently, Mr. Stice serves as Dean of the Mewbourne College of Earth & Energy at the University of Oklahoma, a position he assumed in August 2015. Mr. Stice serves on the boards of directors of Marathon Petroleum Corporation, MPLX and U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc. He is a former director on the MarkWest Energy Partners, L.P. board. Mr. Stice holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Oklahoma, a master’s degree in business from Stanford University, and a doctorate in education from The George Washington University. As a result of his professional and academic experiences, Mr. Stice brings extensive breadth, depth and expertise in the oil and natural gas services industry to our board of directors.