David W. Hooker
David is a commercial operations executive with a proven track record in company leadership. He has co-founded several startups, built management teams, and directed initiatives to originate, develop, own, and operate energy infrastructure in diverse markets throughout the United States. David co-founded three natural gas storage development companies, supporting the development, construction, and commercial operations on four assets representing more than $1 billion in enterprise value. He has also worked on development initiatives involving biofuels, natural gas liquids, LNG export facilities, and compressed air energy storage.
David holds a Juris Doctorate from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School and a Bachelor of Science from Hillsdale College.
Matthew H. Higham
Matthew is a financial executive with more than 20 years of experience in the energy and infrastructure sectors. Over his career, Matthew has focused on strategic planning, business development, accounting management, advisory services, capital raising, and transaction structuring and negotiation for large investment banks, boutique firms and energy development companies. As an executive for an energy development company, he recently led the first merchant gas storage non-recourse senior debt financing in the project finance markets. Matthew began his career in energy finance at Banc of America Securities, the investment banking subsidiary of Bank of America (now Bank of America Merrill Lynch). There, he was a member of the project finance capital markets team and developed an extensive understanding of senior debt, mezzanine debt, and equity financing structures for the power, industrial process, and natural gas industries. Matthew has executed approximately $5 billion in energy project financings in the U.S., Latin America, Europe, and Asia.
Matthew holds an MBA from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts from Bowdoin College.
Barry has more than 30 years of experience in the natural gas and petroleum liquids industry. During that time, he served as a field engineer, design engineer, project manager, compression and process manager, area operations manager, director of storage, and vice president of engineering and operations. Over the last decade, Barry led initiatives to develop and expand natural gas storage operations for Inergy Midstream in New York and Texas in both reservoir and underground salt cavern facilities (bedded and domal salt formations). Barry was also responsible for the expansion of the Bath LPG Storage facility, a 1.5 million barrel LPG bedded salt storage facility in Salina salt formation located in upstate New York, and serviced by rail and truck.
Barry holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Kansas University. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Illinois and is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Society of Automotive Engineers.
Thomas J. Eyermann
Thomas has more than 40 years of experience in management, operations, and engineering services, with considerable focus on subsurface salt solution mining and underground storage. Since 1999, Thomas has consulted with many firms on solution mining and related issues, including drilling, logging, planning, and supervising brine-field development, salt cavern development, mechanical integrity test designs, and data interpretation. Thomas has worked with private industry and regulatory agencies on developing safe and reliable uses of caverns in both bedded and domal salts for a variety of products, including oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids. He has worked extensively throughout North America and the United Kingdom.
Thomas holds a Master of Science in mining engineering from the University of Nevada Reno and a Bachelor of Science in geology from the University of Missouri Rolla. He has written and published several white papers on solution mining technologies and salt cavern development.
Timothy E. Hanley
Tim has more than 26 years of NGL, LPG, and crude experience in the areas of marketing, business development, storage, supply, and distribution. Since 2002, Tim has held various roles and served as a commercial manager and director of the Enterprise Products facilities at Harford Mills, New York; Hutchinson, Kansas; Adamana, Arizona; Mt. Belvieu, Texas; and Crestwood’s Bath, New York, storage facilities. Recently, Tim served as the senior manager of business development of the West Texas crude business for Blue Knight Energy Partners and successfully led and managed the firm’s startup investment in the Advantage Pipeline.
Timothy holds an MBA in management and a Bachelor of Arts in history from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a Master of Arts in corporate communications from Seton Hall University.
Ron has more than 10 years of wellsite management experience with both oil companies and underground gas storage companies. He was instrumental in the successful drilling and completion of propane storage wells in the Salina salt formation in Bath and Seneca, New York. Previously, Ron worked for Inergy Solar, where he focused on the Stagecoach natural gas storage facility expansion. In addition to well site management, Ron was also instrumental in well design and permitting initiatives on Inergy storage projects in north central New York.
Ron is a graduate of the Jeff Tech Vocational School and has received credentials including the International Association of Drilling Contractors RigPass and Well Control accreditations, and training through SafeLand USA and H2S. He is First Aid certified.
Rodney F. Yates
Rodney has more than two decades of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Department of Transportation (DOT) experience and an AAS in Environmental Health from Amarillo College. He holds Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and Occupational Health and Safety Technologist (OHST) certifications and is also a qualified OSHA 10/30 hour trainer. Rodney has a comprehensive background in the analysis and interpretation of the rules and regulations as prescribed by OSHA and DOT. He develops and implements policies and procedures, conducts employee training along with contractor qualification and orientation training. He has managed DOT compliance for pipelines and Operator Qualifications along with DOT trucking operations. He assists field sites with audit findings, action items, procedure reviews and incident investigations. He holds a current Transportation Worker Identification Credential.
Rodney holds an associate degree in environmental health from Amarillo College.