Board of Directors
Mr. West has served as a director and Executive Chairman of our general partner since February 2014. Mr. West has also served as a director of Diamondback since December 2011 and as its Chairman of the Board since October 2012. He served as Diamondback’s Chief Executive Officer from January 1, 2009 to December 31, 2011. From January 2011 until December 2016, Mr. West was a partner at Wexford Capital LP, focusing on Wexford’s private equity energy investments. From August 2006 until December 2010, Mr. West served as senior portfolio advisor at Wexford. From August 2003 until August 2006, he was the chief financial officer of Sunterra Corporation, a former Wexford portfolio company. From December 1993 until July 2003, Mr. West held senior financial positions at Coast Asset Management and IndyMac Bank. Prior to that, he worked at First Nationwide Bank, Lehman Brothers and Peat Marwick Mitchell & Co., the predecessor of KPMG LLP. Mr. West holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from California State University, Chico.
Mr. Stice has served as our Chief Executive Officer and a director of our general partner since February 2014. He has served as Chief Executive Officer of Diamondback since January 2012 and as a director of Diamondback since November 2012. Prior to his current position with Diamondback, he served as its President and Chief Operating Officer from April 2011 to January 2012. Mr. Stice has more than 32 years of industry experience in production operations, reservoir engineering, production engineering and unconventional oil and gas exploration, and more than 24 years of management experience. He started his career with Mobil Oil in 1985. He then held a series of positions with increasing responsibilities at Burlington Resources until it was acquired by ConocoPhillips in March 2006. Before joining Diamondback, he served as a Vice President of Laredo Petroleum Holdings, Inc., from September 2008 to September 2010. Mr. Stice graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering and serves on the Industry Advisory Board of the Petroleum Engineering department at Texas A&M. Mr. Stice is a registered engineer in Texas, and is a 30-year member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers. He also serves on the board of the Permian Basin Petroleum Association and is on the board of Trustees at Manor Park Retirement Center in Midland.
Mr. Armour is a director of our general partner. He has over 30 years of executive and entrepreneurial experience in the energy services industry. Mr. Armour currently serves as President of PT Petroleum LLC in Midland, Texas. He was the Vice President of Corporate Development for Basic Energy Services, Inc. from 2007 to 2008, which acquired Sledge Drilling Corp., a company Mr. Armour co-founded and served as Chief Executive Officer for from 2005 to 2006. From 1998 through 2005, he served as Executive Vice President of Patterson-UTI Energy, Inc., which acquired Lone Star Mud, Inc., a company Mr. Armour founded and served as President for from 1986 to 1997. Mr. Armour has served as a director of ProPetro Holding Corp. since February 2013. Mr. Armour also served on the Patterson-UTI Board of Directors from 1999 through 2001. Mr. Armour received a B.S. in Economics from the University of Houston in 1977 and was appointed to the University of Houston System Board of Regents in 2011 by former Texas Governor Rick Perry.
Ms. Grover is a director of our general partner. She serves as Chief Executive Officer of Redfern & Grover Resources, LLC. Her extensive experience in oil and gas partnerships includes serving on the board of Flag-Redfern Oil Company, which her father founded and which later was acquired by the Kerr-McGee Corporation. She received Bachelors and Masters Degrees from the University of Arizona and is extremely active in community affairs in Midland, TX.
Mr. Perry is a director of our general partner. He served as President of EGL Resources, Inc., an oil and gas operations company based in Texas and New Mexico, from January 1994 until July 2008, before becoming the Chief Executive Officer. He has also served as manager of PBEX, LLC since July 2012. Mr. Perry has served as a director of Genie Energy, Ltd. from September 2009 and is chairman of the audit committee. He also serves as Chairman of Genie Energy International Corporation. He served as a director of UTG, Inc. from July 2005 to June 2013. He served as a director of American Capital Insurance Company and Texas Imperial Life Insurance Company from 2006 to 2009 and as a director of Western National Bank from 2005 to 2009. Mr. Perry has owned and operated SES Investments, Ltd., an oil and gas investment company, since 1980. He served as the Mayor of Midland, Texas, from January 2008 through January 2014. He also served on the Midland City Council as an at-large councilperson from 2002 to 2008. Mr. Perry holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from the University of Oklahoma.
Mr. Rubin is a director of our general partner. He has served as a partner at Wexford since 2012 and currently serves as Portfolio Manager and Co-Head of Equities and as a member of Wexford’s hedge fund investment committee. From 2006 to 2012, he served as an analyst and later as Vice President, focusing on Wexford’s public and private energy investments. Mr. Rubin graduated cum laude from Yale University with a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in political science and economics.