Claiborne P. Deming
Claiborne P. Deming serves as a Senior Advisor to TPH Partners. Deming served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Murphy Oil Corporation from October 1, 1994 to December 31, 2008. Prior to assuming that position, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and had served previously as President of Murphy Oil, USA, a retailer of petroleum products which was spun off from Murphy Oil Corporation in 2013. He joined Murphy in 1979 as staff attorney and held numerous positions prior to his promotion to President of Murphy Oil, USA in June 1989. Deming is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Murphy Oil Corporation and also the Chairman of the Executive Committee. In addition, Deming serves on the Board of Directors of Murphy Oil, USA. He previously served on the Board of Directors of Entergy Corporation from 2002 to 2006, and was a member of the Arkansas State Board of Education from September 1999 to June 2002. Deming is a past President of the 25 Year Club of the Oil and Gas Industry, a past Chairman of the National Petroleum Council, and a past Treasurer of the American Petroleum Institute. In addition, Deming is a member of the Vanderbilt University Board of Trust and a former member of the Board of Directors of the Jefferson Scholars Foundation of the University of Virginia. Deming graduated cum laude with a BA degree 1976 and earned his Juris Doctorate in 1979 from Tulane University.
Frank S. Kalman
Frank S. Kalman serves as a Senior Advisor to TPH Partners. Kalman has over 34 years of financial experience in a variety of industries and businesses and most recently Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of McDermott International from February 2002 to September 2007. In his career, Kalman has been involved in industry consolidations, initial public offerings, arranging and negotiating complex financing packages in public and private markets (including debt restructurings), executing and financing leveraged buyouts, and conducting significant acquisition and disposition transactions. Prior to joining McDermott International, Kalman was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Vector ESP, Inc., a technology solutions provider. Additionally, he was Chief Financial Officer and a principal of Pinnacle Equity Partners, L.L.C., and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Chemical Logistics Corporation, a Houston based consolidation of chemical distribution companies. Kalman was the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Keystone International, Ltd. until it was acquired in 1997, and also served as Senior Vice President And Chief Financial Officer of American Ref-Fuel Company and United Gas Pipe Line Company. In his early career, Kalman held senior financial positions at LaSalle Energy Corp. and Atlantic Richfield Company. Kalman is a Certified Public Accountant who commenced his career in public accounting with Price Waterhouse. Kalman currently serves on the Board of Directors of Weatherford International plc (NYSE: WFT), Ensco, plc (NYSE: ESV) and The Kraton Corporation (NYSE: KRA). Kalman earned a BS degree in Accounting from Long Island University.
Steven J. Shapiro
Steven J. Shapiro serves as a Senior Advisor to TPH Partners. Shapiro has been a business consultant since 2006. From October 2000 to April 2006, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Burlington Resources Inc. During his five-year tenure at Burlington Resources, Shapiro served as a member of the Board of Directors and the Office of the Chairman and was responsible for the company's strategy development and execution, as well as its financial performance. Before that, he served as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Director at Vastar Resources, Inc. He was named to the Board of Barrick Gold in 2004. Shapiro spent 16 years with Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO), beginning as a planning analyst and later holding a variety of positions in ARCO's coal and minerals businesses. In 1985, he was appointed Vice President of Finance for ARCO Coal, then served as Assistant Treasurer and Vice President for Corporate Planning for ARCO, and in 1991 was named President for ARCO Coal Australia. Most recently, Shapiro was appointed Chairman of GeoSynFuels, a second generation, nonfood based Biofuels Company. Shapiro is also a Trustee of The Summit Foundation. Shapiro earned a Bachelor's degree in Industrial Economics from Union College and an MBA from Harvard University.
Joel V. Staff
Joel V. Staff serves as a Senior Advisor to TPH Partners. Staff is a private investor and most recently served as Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of RRI and chairman of the Finance and Risk Oversight Committee. He previously served as Chairman and CEO of Reliant Energy, Inc. (2003-2007). Reliant Energy is a provider of electricity and energy-related products and services to more than 1.9 million retail and wholesale customers, with approximately 16,000 megawatts of power generation capacity across the U.S. Staff served as National-Oilwell, Inc's executive chairman (2001-2002), and Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer (1993-2001). Prior to that, he was employed at Baker Hughes, Inc. for 17 years, holding various financial and general management positions including senior vice president and president of the drilling and production groups. Staff is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Kinder Morgan, Inc., a trustee of Texas Children's Hospital, a member of the University Of Texas McCombs School Of Business Advisory Council and an advisory director of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Houston. Staff earned a BBA from The University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from Texas A&M University-Kingsville.