george-mccormickGeorge M. McCormick III
Managing Partner
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Phone: 713.333.7181

George McCormick serves as the Managing Partner of TPH Partners and is a member of the Investment Committee. Before the founding of TPH Partners in early 2008, McCormick was head of M&A for BHP Billiton's global oil and gas business, responsible for corporate and asset acquisition and divestiture activities. Prior to BHP Billiton, McCormick was Managing Director of the Enron estate's Corporate Development group and a Member of the post-bankruptcy Management Committee. McCormick led the formation and sale of the two most valuable surviving business platforms of the estate, CrossCountry Energy Corp. and Prisma Energy International Inc. McCormick currently serves on the boards of directors of Big Horn Energy Services II, LLC, BlueRock Energy Capital II, LLC, Channel Energy, LLC, Clearfork Resources, LLC, Ingrain, Inc., Elk Meadows Resources LLC, Laurel Mountain Energy, LLC, and Principle Petroleum Partners LLC, and served on the boards of Meritage Midstream Services, LLC, and Storm Peak Energy, LLC. McCormick holds a BA in Economics from Vanderbilt University and was a Sord Scholar at the University of Texas at Austin, where he earned his MBA with a concentration in Finance and Investments.

 

curt-schaefer2Curt Schaefer
Managing Director
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Phone: 713.333.7109

Curt Schaefer serves as a Managing Director of TPH Partners. Schaefer joined TPH Partners’ affiliate, Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co., in mid-2007 to help form the firm’s private equity arm, and was previously a Vice President with Goldman Sachs in its Natural Resources Investment Banking Group. At Goldman Sachs, he focused on M&A, anti-raid advisory and debt and equity financings for companies in the upstream, midstream and oilfield services sectors. His deal experience includes total transactions worth over $31 billion. Prior to his experience at Goldman Sachs, Schaefer was a Captain in the United States Army, serving in the 82nd Airborne Division and 8th Army, Seoul, South Korea. Schaefer currently serves on the boards of directors of Big Horn Energy Services II, LLC, BlueRock Energy Capital II, LLC, Clearfork Resources, LLC, Laurel Mountain Energy, LLC, and Principle Petroleum Partners LLC, and served on the board of Storm Peak Energy, LLC. Schaefer graduated with honors from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in Civil Engineering, and received an MBA - Finance Concentration, with honors, from Columbia University.

 

Matt-LakeAlex Popp
Vice President
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Phone: 713.333.7189

Alex Popp serves as a Vice President of TPH Partners. Prior to joining TPH Partners, Popp was a Vice President with Goldman Sachs in its Global Natural Resources Investment Banking Group, focusing on M&A advisory and debt and equity financings for companies in the upstream and oilfield services sectors. Prior to his experience at Goldman Sachs, Popp was an Associate at Morgan Stanley in its Natural Resources Group, focusing on M&A advisory and capital raising primarily for master limited partnerships in the midstream energy sector. During his time in energy investment banking, Popp compiled deal experience including transactions worth over $38 billion. Popp began his career in financial services with Capital One, where he was a Business Manager within the firm’s sub-prime loan origination group. Popp currently serves on the board of directors of Antioch Energy, LLC. Popp holds a BA in Mathematics and Economics from The University of Pennsylvania and was a Palmer Scholar at The Wharton School, where he earned his MBA with concentrations in Finance and Accounting.

 

kristin-kellyKristin Kelly
Vice President
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Phone: 713.333.7188

Kristin Kelly serves as a Vice President of TPH Partners. Prior to joining TPH Partners, Kelly spent three years as an investment banking Analyst at Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co., where she focused primarily on strategic advisory and M&A transactions for companies in the upstream, midstream, and oilfield service sectors. Kelly graduated from Texas A&M University, summa cum laude, with a BBA in Finance.

 

Will McDonaldWill McDonald
Associate
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Phone: 713.333.3885

Will McDonald serves as an Associate of TPH Partners. Prior to joining TPH Partners, McDonald was an Associate at Atinum Energy Investments, an upstream-focused private investment firm. McDonald began his career as an Analyst in the Global Natural Resources Investment Banking Group at RBC Capital Markets, where he focused primarily on M&A and capital markets transactions for companies in the upstream, midstream, and oilfield service sectors. McDonald graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a Masters and Bachelors in Accounting. He is also a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Texas.

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