Floyd C. Wilson serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Wilson served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Petrohawk Energy Corporation from May 2004 until BHP Billiton acquired Petrohawk in August 2011. Mr. Wilson also served as President of Petrohawk from May 2004 until September 2009. He was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of 3TEC Energy Corporation from August 1999 until its merger with Plains Exploration & Production Company in June 2003. Mr. Wilson began his career in the energy business in Houston, Texas in 1970 as a completion engineer. He moved to Wichita, Kansas in 1976 to start an oil and gas operating company, one of several private energy ventures which preceded the formation of Hugoton Energy Corporation in 1987, where he served as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. In 1994, Hugoton completed an initial public offering and was merged into Chesapeake Energy Corporation in 1998.
Tucker S. Bridwell has served as a director of Halcón since February 2012 and currently serves as a member of the Compensation Committee and Reserves Committee. Mr. Bridwell served as a director of Petrohawk Energy Corporation from May 2004 until December 2010. Mr. Bridwell has been the President of Mansefeldt Investment Corporation and the Dian Graves Owen Foundation since September 1997 and manages investments in both entities. He has been in the energy business in various capacities for over 27 years, focusing on oil and gas private equity and public oil and gas investments with extensive experience in managing both public and private energy companies. He has also served on the audit committees of numerous businesses, including Petrohawk and nonprofit organizations. Currently, he serves on the board of directors of Concho Resources, Inc. and First Financial Bankshares, Inc. He is also Lead Director and Chairman of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of First Financial Bankshares, Inc. Mr. Bridwell previously served as Chairman of First Permian, LLC from 2000 until its sale to Energen Corporation in April 2002. Mr. Bridwell is a Certified Public Accountant and has practiced public accountancy, specializing in oil and gas. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and a Master of Business Administration degree from Southern Methodist University.
John W. (J.W.) Brown became a director in March 2016. Since June 2005, Mr. Brown has served as Chairman of Par Investments, LLC, a private investment firm focused on energy related investments, and since July 1991, he has served as the General Partner of Premier Capital, Ltd., a private energy focused investment banking firm. From 2001 to 2003, Mr. Brown served as a Director of Friedman, Billings, Ramsey Group, a publicly traded full service banking firm focused on energy investment banking transactions. Prior to that, Mr. Brown served as an Associate of Private Energy Capital Investment at EnCap Investments, L.C. from 2000 to 2001; as the Founder and General Partner of WesAl Capital, Ltd., a private energy investment banking firm with the late William E. Simon, former Secretary of the Treasury and Alvin Shoemaker, former Chairman of First Boston from 1986 to 1991; and as the Founder, Shareholder and President of Westwood Resources Company, a privately held independent oil and gas company, from 1981 to 1984. Mr. Brown practiced law from 1973 until 1981. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Southern Methodist University and a Juris Doctor Degree and Master of Laws Degree from Southern Methodist University Law School.
James W. Christmas has served as a director of Halcón since February 2012 and currently serves as Lead Independent Director, a position he has held since January 2015, and as Chairman of the Audit Committee. Mr. Christmas began serving as a director of Petrohawk Energy Corporation on July 12, 2006, effective upon the merger of KCS Energy, Inc. (“KCS”) into Petrohawk. He continued to serve as a director, and as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors, for Petrohawk until BHP Billiton acquired all of Petrohawk in August 2011. He also served on the Audit Committee and the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Mr. Christmas served as a member of the Board of Directors of Petrohawk, a wholly owned subsidiary of BHP Billiton, and as chair of the Financial Reporting Committee of such board until September 2014. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the Tobin School of Business of St. John's University. Mr. Christmas serves as a director of Rice Energy, as chairman of its audit committee and a member of its compensation committee, and as a director and member of the audit committee and compensation committee of Yuma Energy. He served as President and Chief Executive Officer of KCS from 1988 until April 2003 and Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of KCS until its merger into Petrohawk. Mr. Christmas was a Certified Public Accountant in New York and was with Arthur Andersen & Co. from 1970 until 1978 before leaving to join National Utilities & Industries (“NUI”), a diversified energy company, as Vice President and Controller. He remained with NUI until 1988, when NUI spun out its unregulated activities that ultimately became part of KCS. As an auditor and audit manager, controller and in his role as CEO of KCS, Mr. Christmas was directly or indirectly responsible for financial reporting and compliance with SEC regulations, and as such has extensive experience in reviewing and evaluating financial reports, as well as in evaluating executive and board performance and in recruiting directors.
Thomas R. Fuller became a director in February 2012. Mr. Fuller served as a director at Petrohawk Energy Corporation from March 6, 2006 until BHP Billiton acquired Petrohawk in August 2011. Mr. Fuller served on Petrohawk’s Reserves Committee and was the Chairman of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Since December 1988, Mr. Fuller has been a principal of Diverse Energy Management Co. (or related “Diverse” companies), a private upstream acquisition, drilling and production company which also invests in other energy related companies. Mr. Fuller has earned degrees from the University of Wyoming and the Louisiana State University School of Banking of the South and is a Registered Professional Engineer in Texas. He has 48 years of experience as a petroleum engineer, specializing in economic and reserves evaluation. He has served as an employee, officer, partner or director of various companies, including ExxonMobil, First City National Bank, Hillin Oil Co., Diverse Energy Management Co. and Rimco Royalty Partners. In February 2015, Mr. Fuller became a director of Azure Midstream Partners LP, a public company traded on the NYSE, and serves as a member of its Audit Committee. Mr. Fuller also serves as a director of privately held Azure Midstream Holdings. Mr. Fuller also has extensive experience in energy related merger and acquisition transactions, having generated and closed over 90 producing property acquisitions during his career. As a primary lending officer to many independent energy companies, Mr. Fuller has extensive experience in analyzing and evaluating financial, business and operational strategies for energy companies.
Kevin E. Godwin has served as a director of Halcón since December 2012 and currently serves as a member of the Audit Committee and Reserves Committee. Mr. Godwin currently serves as a Senior Principal of Canada Pension Plan Investment Board in its Relationship Investments group, a position he has held since 2008. From 2005 to 2008, Mr. Godwin served as a Principal of Birch Hill Equity Partners L.P. From 1995 to 2005, he worked at TD Securities then TD Capital Group Limited, ultimately serving as Vice President and Director. Mr. Godwin began his professional career in 1989 with ICI Explosives then Stuart Energy serving as a Project Engineer. In 2012, Mr. Godwin received the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors. Mr. Godwin has served on the board of directors of several private Member of the Audit Committee Member of the Reserves Committee Chair of the Nominating Corporate Governance Committee Member of the Compensation Committee companies. Mr. Godwin is a graduate of Queen's University (Kingston, Ontario), having received a Bachelor's Degree in Applied Science (Mechanical Engineering) in 1989. He also received a Master Degree in Business Administration in 1995 from the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario.
Paul P. Huffard IV became a director in March 2016. Mr. Huffard currently serves as a Senior Advisor on the Advisory Counsel of Strategic Value Partners, a distressed and deep-value private equity firm. He also serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Vubiq Networks, Inc., a privately held wireless networking technology firm, and on the Board of Directors of CORE Media Group. From 1995 to 2014, Mr. Huffard served as a Senior Managing Director of The Blackstone Group where he provided financial and strategic advice to companies and creditors in situations involving financial restructuring, as well as to corporate parents and purchasers of distressed companies. Mr. Huffard’s areas of expertise include business plan development, capital structure analysis and structuring, capital raising, mergers and acquisitions, valuation, negotiation and expert witness testimony. Prior to joining The Blackstone Group in 1995, Mr. Huffard gained investment banking experience at Smith, Barney, Harris, Upham & Co. and Hellmold Associates. He earned a Bachelor of Administration degree in Economics from Harvard College and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
David B. Miller has served as a director of Halcón since February 2012. Mr. Miller is co-founder of EnCap Investments L.P. and currently serves as a Managing Partner of the firm. From 1988 to 1996, Mr. Miller served as President of PMC Reserve Acquisition Company, a partnership jointly owned by EnCap and Pitts Energy Group. Prior to the establishment of EnCap, he served as Co-Chief Executive Officer of MAZE Exploration Inc., a Denver based oil and gas company he cofounded in 1981. Mr. Miller began his professional career with Republic National Bank of Dallas, ultimately serving as Vice President and Manager of the bank's wholly owned subsidiary, Republic Energy Finance Corporation. Mr. Miller is a graduate of Southern Methodist University, having received Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Business Administration in 1972 and 1973, respectively. He serves on the Board of Trustees at Southern Methodist University and also is a member of the Executive Board of the Edwin L. Cox School of Business. Mr. Miller is a recipient of Distinguished Alumnus Awards from both Southern Methodist University and the Cox School. In 2004, Mr. Miller was appointed to the National Petroleum Council, an advisory body to the Secretary of Energy, and he is a member of the Board of Advisors of the Maguire Energy Institute. Additionally, he is a member of the Independent Petroleum Association of America, the Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners Association, the Independent Petroleum Association of Mountain States and the Dallas Wildcat Committee. Mr. Miller currently serves on the board of directors of several EnCap portfolio companies.
Daniel A. Rioux has served as a director of Halcón since February 2012 and currently serves as Chairman of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and as a member of the Compensation Committee. Mr. Rioux is a Founder and Managing Partner of Old Ironsides Energy, LLC, an oil and gas investment firm that manages a multibillion dollar portfolio. From April 2009 to August 2013, Mr. Rioux was Co-President and Chief Executive Officer of Liberty Energy Holdings, LLC. From 2001 to 2008, Mr. Rioux served as Vice President of Liberty Energy Holdings, LLC, where he had responsibility for all of the company's investment and management decisions. From 1993 until 2000, Mr. Rioux was employed by Liberty Energy Corporation, a subsidiary of Liberty Energy Holdings, LLC. Mr. Rioux currently serves as a director of Vermilion Cliffs Partners, a Fort Worth, Texas based exploration and production company and Axia Energy, LLC, a Denver based exploration and production company, as well as a manager of Discovery Midstream Holdings LLC, a Dallas-based company focused on the development, acquisition and operation of gas gathering and midstream oil and gas assets and Wildcat Midstream Holdings LLC, a company focused on the development, acquisition and operation of gas gathering and midstream oil and gas assets. Mr. Rioux previously served as a Director of Petrohawk Energy Corporation from 2004 to 2006 and as a director of Energy Transfer Equity from 2002 to 2006. He also served as a director of the Independent Petroleum Association of America from 2003 to 2011. Mr. Rioux holds a B.S. in Finance from Bryant College and an M.B.A from Babson College.
Michael A. Vlasic has served as a director of Halcón since August 2012 and currently serves as Chairman of the Compensation Committee and as a member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Prior to his appointment as a director of Halcón, Mr. Vlasic served on the board of directors of GeoResources, Inc. since April 2007. He also served on the board of managers of Southern Bay Energy, LLC from its inception in 2004 until it was acquired by GeoResources in April 2007. He previously was a Director of Texoil, Inc., where he served on its executive committee from 1997 until its sale to Ocean Energy Inc. in 2001. From 1989 to 2013 he served as Chief Executive Manager and Director of Vlasic Investments L.L.C. In January 2014 he founded a private investment company, NBT Investments LLC. He is the founder and a Director of MAV Development Company. Mr. Vlasic has served in various executive positions, including CFO and President, of private companies in a variety of industries; including automobile and truck fleet leasing, computer equipment leasing and services, oil and gas exploration and production, aircraft maintenance, management and leasing, and real estate development and construction. He has served on the investment committee of venture capital, private equity and direct lending investment funds. Mr. Vlasic serves on the board of Bessemer Trust Company and some of its affiliates. He also serves on the investment committee of HV Capital Investors. He is a 1982 graduate of Brown University and holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan.
Mark A. Welsh IV has served as a director of Halcón since February 2012 and currently serves on the Audit Committee and Compensation Committee. Mr. Welsh currently serves as a Managing Director of EnCap Investments L.P. Mr. Welsh has 15 years of experience in private equity, including 10 years with EnCap. Prior to joining EnCap, Mr. Welsh served as a financial analyst with The Blackstone Group L.P. and as a Vice President with Adam Corporation. Mr. Welsh serves on the board of directors of several EnCap portfolio companies. Mr. Welsh received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance from Texas A&M University, where he was recognized with the Brown Rudder Award as the outstanding graduate in his class.