Breeze Holdings Acquisition Corp.
- Energy, Natural Gas
J. Douglas Ramsey, Ph.D. has served as our Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer since June 2020. Dr. Ramsey was the President and Chief Financial Officer of Saddle Operating and served in that role from May 2014 until February 2019. Prior to joining Saddle Operating, Dr. Ramsey served as the Director of Strategic Planning and Special Projects of EXCO from June 2013 until April 2014, Vice President – Finance and Special Assistant to the Chairman of EXCO Resources from August 2009 until May 2013 and as Treasurer of EXCO Resources from December 1997 until May 2013. From December 1997 until July 2009, Dr. Ramsey served as EXCO Resources’ Chief Financial Officer during which time EXCO Resources completed over 160 transactions and its assets grew from $3 million to over $6 billion with over 15,000 wells and more than 1,400 employees and contractors. Dr. Ramsey also played a key role in EXCO Resources’ $698 million IPO in February 2006 after EXCO Resources had gone private in July 2003. Other key financing transactions in which Dr. Ramsey was involved included a $2 billion mandatory convertible preferred stock offering, a $2.4 billion line of credit with 34 banks in the syndicate, and two bond offerings totaling $750 million. Dr. Ramsey also served as a director of EXCO Resources from March 1998 until July 2003. From March 1992 until December 1997, Dr. Ramsey worked for Coda Energy as the Financial Analyst and Assistant to the President and then as the Financial Planning Manager. Dr. Ramsey also taught finance at various universities including Southern Methodist University in its undergraduate and professional MBA programs and Baylor University in its Executive MBA program. Dr. Ramsey was named the 1996 Distinguished Alumnus of the College of Business Administration at Cal Poly Pomona. Dr. Ramsey earned his BS in Finance from Cal Poly Pomona, an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and an MA and Ph.D. in Business and Financial Economics from the Claremont Graduate University. Dr. Ramsey is well qualified to serve as a director because of his strong financial background, including his 29 years of experience as a financial executive.
Russell D. Griffin has served as our President and as a director since June 2020. Mr. Griffin was the Chief Operating Officer of Saddle Operating and served in that role from November 2015 until June 2019. Prior to joining Saddle Operating, Mr. Griffin served as the Vice President of Environmental, Health and Safety of EXCO Resources from June 2010 until November 2015, and as the Vice President of Environmental, Health and Safety of TGGT Holdings, an independent midstream oil and gas company, from 2012 until 2013. Prior to joining EXCO Resources, Mr. Griffin was the Senior Regulatory Representative for Hunt Oil Company, an independent international oil and natural gas company, from August 2005 until January 2008 and held positions in exploration and production operations from August 1984 until August 2005. His areas of expertise include onshore U.S conventional and non-conventional, offshore Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) as well as State waters of both Louisiana and Texas. Mr. Griffin has also led or participated in multiple acquisitions and divestitures, both domestic and international. He is a member of the American Association of Drilling Engineers, Society of Petroleum Engineers and American Association of Safety Professionals. Mr. Griffin received his BS degree in Petroleum Engineering Technology and an AS degree in Safety Management from Nicholls State University. Mr. Griffin is well qualified to serve as a director because of his more than 35 years of diverse experience in management, operations, drilling, regulatory compliance and EHS in the oil and gas industry with an in-depth knowledge of federal, state and local compliance requirements with governmental regulations and standards.
Charles C. Ross, P.E. has served as our Chief Operating Officer since June 2020. Mr. Ross was the Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and EHS of Saddle Operating and served in that role from December 2015 until June 2019. In January 2010 until December 2013, Mr. Ross was the Director of Regulatory Affairs of TGGT Midstream. In August 2012, Mr. Ross was named Director of Regulatory Affairs for EXCO Resources, as well, until November 2015. Mr. Ross began his career in 1982 working for the Railroad Commission of Texas Oil and Gas Division as a New Field Discovery Examiner. Mr. Ross continued working for the RRC for 27 more years in various positions including Engineering Supervisor of the Underground Injection Control Section, District Engineer, Assistant District Director, and Director of Field Operations. As Director of Field Operations, Mr. Ross oversaw nine district offices and 247 employees. Mr. Ross is an expert witness at Railroad Commission hearings, civil trials, legislative committee meetings, and legislative hearings on various issues related to oil and gas regulatory and technical matters. Mr. Ross has been a registered Professional Engineer (Petroleum) since 1988, and currently serves as the Chair of the TIPRO (Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Association) Regulatory Committee. Mr. Ross received his BS in Architectural Engineering and a BS in Petroleum Engineering both from the University of Texas at Austin.
Dan Hunt will become our director at the closing of this offering. Mr. Hunt has served as the President of FC Dallas since 2014. He also serves as a member of MLS’ Board of Governors and the league’s Business Ventures Committee. Mr. Hunt spent years working on the design and construction of Toyota Stadium and Toyota Soccer Center with his late father and American sports icon, Lamar Hunt. Since the venue’s opening in 2005, Mr. Hunt has used the venue to help establish FC Dallas as the leader in youth development in North America. Toyota Soccer Complex, a 145-acre facility complete with 17 professional-grade soccer fields, has quickly become one the most rewarding stadium designs in professional sports. Rated as one of only two five-star facilities by the 2011 U.S. Soccer Development Academy Rankings, Toyota Soccer Center has helped FC Dallas sign an MLS-record 25 Homegrown players in 10 years. Mr. Hunt also oversaw the $58 million construction of the National Soccer Hall of Fame in the south end of Toyota Stadium. The project included more than 70-thousand square feet of renovated space, new locker rooms, premium seats, a private club and the National Soccer Hall of Fame Experience. In May 2017, Mr. Hunt, along with his brother Clark, ESPN and the City of Frisco officially announced that the newly-relocated Frisco Bowl (previously known as Miami Beach Bowl) would call Toyota Stadium home starting on December 20, 2017 at Toyota Stadium. Outside of his responsibilities with FC Dallas, Mr. Hunt is involved in the Hunt family’s long-standing interest in the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs. Mr. Hunt began his business career as Vice President of New Business Development for Gemini Voice Solutions in New York City, a provider of voice-over internet protocol for home-to-home calling in the United States. Mr. Hunt is well qualified to serve as a director because of his extensive operating, multiple industry and leadership experience.
Albert S. McLelland will become our director at the closing of this offering. Mr. McLelland is currently CEO of Spout Analytics since January 2020. In this role, Mr. McLelland is responsible for all aspects of this digital transformation company. Prior to Spout Analytics, Mr. McLelland served as Managing Director Asia and Chief Executive Officer of Hover Energy LLC and its related companies from April 2014 until July 2019. Since March 2001 to present, Mr. McLelland has served as Managing Director of the AmPac Capital Group. From November 1998 until March 2002, Mr. McLelland was the Director of the Chairman’s Asian Cross-Border Transactions Initiative for PricewaterhouseCoopers. Prior to PricewaterhouseCoopers, Mr. McLelland was the Founder and Managing Director of Pearl Delta Capital Corp. from December 1993 until October 1998. From October 1991 until November 1993, Mr. McLelland was Senior Manager for Corporate Finance at CEF Taiwan Limited. In February 1990, Mr. McLelland assisted in the formation of Riddell*Tseng where he worked until October 1993. Mr. McLelland started his career at Shearson Lehman as an Associate in Public Finance in September 1987 until January 1990. Mr. McLelland has served as a Director, Audit Committee Chairman and Special Committee Chairman for a number of public and private companies. Mr. McLelland was also an Adjunct Professor at Southern Methodist University’s Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship in the Cox School of Business. Mr. McLelland received his BA in Political Science and History from the University of South Florida, an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and an MA in International Affairs from Columbia University. Mr. McLelland is a Certified Director from the National Association of Corporate Directors. Mr. McLelland is fluent in Mandarin. Mr. McLelland is well qualified to serve as a director because of his extensive operating, capital markets and corporate governance experience including multiple director roles on behalf of Carlyle Group and other prominent financial services firms.
Robert L. Thomas will become our director at the closing of this offering. Mr. Thomas was Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Kosmos Energy from 2015 until May 2020. In this role, Mr. Thomas had corporate information systems oversight, as well as geotechnical systems strategy responsibility. Prior to Kosmos, Mr. Thomas was a corporate officer and Chief Information Officer at EXCO Resources from 2008 until 2015. In addition to corporate information systems oversight, Mr. Thomas had responsibility for the geoscience personnel and technology. From 1994 until 2006, Mr. Thomas held a series of roles, from geotechnical systems leadership to international business management to Chief Information Officer at Burlington Resources Canada with Burlington Resources Oil and Gas. Following the acquisition of Burlington Resources by ConocoPhillips in 2006, Mr. Thomas co-led the integration of systems into ConocoPhillips, earning a President’s Award, and was Director of IT Strategy and Architecture at ConocoPhillips until 2008. From 1981 until 1994, Mr. Thomas held a series of roles from geophysical seismic acquisition and processing to exploration system development in the exploration technology groups with Sun Oil Company and the Oryx Energy spinoff. Mr. Thomas earned his BS in Economics and Finance from The University of Texas at Dallas. Mr. Thomas was elected and served on the City Council in Murphy, Texas, currently sits on the Advisory Board at the University of North Texas school of Information Technology Decision Sciences and has been an active member of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists for over 25 years. Mr. Thomas is well qualified to serve as director, having been involved with many aspects of international oil and gas company management, including many multibillion-dollar corporate acquisitions and integrations.
Bill Stark will become our director at the closing of this offering. Mr. Stark has served as the Vice President - Western U.S. Operations of Ulterra since 2017. Mr. Stark has operated in different executive positions over the Permian since joining Ulterra. In December 2009, Mr. Stark became the District Manager over the Permian. In January 2012, Mr. Stark was promoted to Area Manager for Ulterra - Permian. Prior to this, he was an agent for Halliburton - Security DBS, as well as President/Owner of Permian Bit Service Inc. and Permian Equipment Rentals Inc. Mr. Stark was one of the first to successfully introduce and continually market PDC bits in the Spraberry Trend. He has over 40 years of experience in the oil industry, all of which were with Halliburton before joining Ulterra. Mr. Stark led a team in the Permian that became one of the largest revenue districts in the U.S. for Halliburton-Security DBS. From 2012 to 2017, Mr. Stark operated as the Director of National Sales which grew Ulterra into becoming number one in market share in the U.S. In addition to his success with Ulterra, in 2012, Mr. Stark also became President and CEO of Cactus Fuel, LLC while continuously maintaining his role at Ulterra. Mr. Stark lives in Midland, Texas. Mr. Stark is well qualified to serve as a director because of his extensive energy services experience, ability to grow profitable companies, vast network with oil and gas producers and leadership skills.