Board of Directors
Vincent T. Cubbage
Chief Executive Officer Chairman and Director
Mr. Cubbage has served as Chief Executive Officer, Chairman and a Director of our general partner since September 2013. He has served as the Chief Executive Officer of, and held an ownership interest in, Lightfoot Capital Partners GP LLC since 2006. Prior to founding Lightfoot Capital Partners GP LLC, Mr. Cubbage was a Senior Managing Director and Head of the Midstream and Coal sectors in the Investment Banking Division of Banc of America Securities from 1998 to 2006. Before joining Banc of America Securities, Mr. Cubbage was a Vice President at Salomon Smith Barney in the Global Energy and Power Group from 1994 to 1998. Mr. Cubbage received an MBA from the American Graduate School of International Management and a BA from Eastern Washington University.
Mr. Pugh has served as a Director of our general partner since April 2017 and Director of our sponsor since April 2017. Mr. Pugh is a Managing Director at GE Energy Financial Services and Portfolio Leader for a team of professionals managing midstream oil and gas infrastructure assets in North America. Mr. Pugh also serves as a director on the boards of several private portfolio companies in which GE EFS has a direct or indirect interest. He joined GE EFS in 2000, and he has held a variety of roles in underwriting, pricing, and portfolio both in the US and Australia covering all sectors of the energy industry. Prior to joining GE EFS, Mr. Pugh worked at Piper Jaffray from 1996 to 1998. Mr. Pugh holds a BS Degree in Finance from Montana State University and an MBA from Columbia Business School.
Edward P. Russell
Mr. Russell serves as a Director of our general partner. Mr. Russell is currently a Director at Tortoise Capital Advisors, one of the largest energy investors in the United States with over $13 billion in assets under management and has held executive positions with Tortoise, including serving as President of Tortoise Capital Resources Corp from 2007 to 2012. Prior to joining Tortoise, Mr. Russell was a Managing Director and Head of the Energy and Power Group at Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Inc. from 1999 to 2007. Mr. Russell has served as a Director of Abraxas Petroleum Corporation since October 2009 and received a BS from Maryville University.
Eric J. Scheyer
Mr. Scheyer has served as a Director of our general partner since October 2013 and Director for our sponsor since 2006. Mr. Scheyer is a partner of Magnetar Capital Partners LP and Head of the Energy Group of Magnetar Financial LLC, where he leads a team of investment professionals focused on the energy and natural resource sector. Prior to joining Magnetar at its inception in 2005, Mr. Scheyer was a consultant for two years at Caxton Associates in their Strategic Quantitative Investment Division. From 1989 to 1995, Mr. Scheyer was a principal of Decorel Incorporated, where he served as President of Decorel S.A. de C.V. and Executive Vice President of Decorel Inc. From 1987 to 1989, Mr. Scheyer worked in the Oil and Gas and Natural Gas Pipeline sectors in the Equity Research Department of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette in New York City. Mr. Scheyer earned a B.A. in History from Trinity College (CT) and is a member of the Board of Fellows.
Sidney L. Tassin
Mr. Tassin serves as a Director of our general partner. Mr. Tassin is founder and President of Carta Energy LLC, a firm that originates private equity investments in the energy field. Prior to forming Carta Energy in 2006, Mr. Tassin was President and a founding partner of Energy Spectrum Capital LP from inception in 1996 until 2006. During this period, Energy Spectrum managed four private equity funds that principally invested in the midstream and services sectors of the energy industry. Prior to Energy Spectrum Capital LP, Mr. Tassin held executive financial positions with MESA Inc. and predecessor companies from 1980 to 1994, including serving as chief financial officer from 1988 to 1994. Prior to joining MESA Inc., Mr. Tassin was with Arthur Andersen & Co. in Houston where he worked in the Audit Division, specializing in energy companies from 1977 to 1980. Mr. Tassin served as a director of Clipper Windpower Plc from 2002 to 2011 and was a member of the audit committee. In addition, Mr. Tassin served as a director of Bayard Drilling Technologies, Inc. from 1998 to 2000 and was a member of the audit committee. Mr. Tassin holds a BA with a major in Accounting from Northeast Louisiana University and earned his CPA certification in 1979.
Gary G. White
Mr. White has served as a Director of our General Partner since October 2014. Mr. White has served in several senior management positions in the coal industry for over forty years. He is currently an officer of Blackhawk Mining, LLC, a privately held coal mining company which owns and operates certain of the coal mining assets acquired from James River Coal Company in August 2014. Prior to joining Blackhawk Mining, LLC in October 2014, Mr. White was employed by James River Coal Company from April 2011 to September 2014. While at James River Coal Company, Mr. White assisted senior management in connection with mergers and acquisitions and the sale of non-core assets, government and lessor relations, and regulatory affairs, and also served as President of International Resources, LLC and President and Chief Operating Officer of each of International Resources Holdings I, LLC, International Resources Holdings II, LLC, IRP WV Corp. and International Resource Partners LP, all of which were subsidiaries of James River Coal Company. From June 2007 to April 2011, Mr. White served as President and Chief Operating Officer of IRP Administrative Services, LLC, an affiliate of our sponsor, Lightfoot Capital Partners, LP, where he was responsible for overseeing the operations and growth of International Resource Partners LP and its operating subsidiaries prior to the sale of International Resource Partners LP and such subsidiaries to James River Coal Company in April 2011. From 1992 to June 2007, Mr. White served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of International Industries, Inc., a company engaged in the mining of coal. Prior to joining International Industries, Inc. in 1992, Mr. White served eight years as President of the West Virginia Coal Association. Mr. White began his management career at Amherst Coal Company. Prior to Amherst, he was an employee of Island Creek Coal Company. Mr. White has also served as Chairman of the Board of the West Virginia Coal Association and is a member of the Board of Directors of United Bankshares, Inc. and the Marshall University Foundation. He is also a former member and Chairman of the Marshall University Board of Governors. Mr. White also served as Transition Director for former West Virginia Governor, Cecil Underwood, and he has been inducted to the Business Hall of Fame by both Marshall and West Virginia Universities. In both 2006 and 2008, Mr. White was named one of the most influential business individuals in West Virginia by The West Virginia Executive Magazine. Mr. White received his BA degree from Marshall University.
Barry L. Zubrow
Mr. Zubrow serves as a Director of our general partner. During his 26-year career at Goldman Sachs, Mr. Zubrow served as a partner, chief credit officer and chief administrative officer. Following his retirement from Goldman, Mr. Zubrow was engaged in public, private, and not-for-profit board service, as well as serving as an adviser to the governor of New Jersey. Subsequently, he spent five years with JPMorgan Chase, where he was chief risk officer and head of corporate and regulatory affairs. He is currently president of the investment-management company ITB LLC and a senior lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School.
Mr. Zubrow received his bachelor’s degree from Haverford College in 1975. He earned an MBA in 1979 from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and a J.D. in 1980 from the University of Chicago Law School. In addition to serving on the board of Arc Logistics Partners LP, Mr. Zubrow serves on the boards of the Promontory Financial Group, the Juvenile Law Center and Berklee College of Music. He previously served as chairman of Haverford College’s board of managers and as a member of the University of Chicago Law School’s advisory committee and the Pingry School’s board. From February 2006 to August 2010, Mr. Zubrow was chairman of the New Jersey Schools Development Authority, which was responsible for investing $12.5 billion to help rebuild the state’s public schools.