Board of Directors
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
L. Melvin Cooper, age 63, became a member of our Board of Directors upon consummation of our restructuring in mid-2016. He currently serves as the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Forbes Energy Services Ltd. (Nasdaq: FES), a public company in the energy services industry. Prior to joining Forbes in 2007, Mr. Cooper served in financial or operating roles of various companies involved in oilfield site preparation, serving new home builders, providing supply chain management, and other industries. Since October 2010, Mr. Cooper has served on the Board of Directors of Flotek Industries, Inc. (NYSE: FTK), where he is a member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance, Audit, and Compensation Committees. Since August 2012, Mr. Cooper has served on the Board of Directors of Par Pacific Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: PARR), where he is a member of the Audit and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committees. Mr. Cooper received the Board Leadership Fellow certification from the National Association of Corporate Directors (“NACD”) where he is also a member of the Board of Directors of the NACD Houston/Austin/San Antonio Chapter. Mr. Cooper earned a degree in accounting from Texas A&M University-Kingsville (formerly Texas A&I) in 1975 and is a Certified Public Accountant. We believe that Mr. Cooper is qualified to serve on our Board based on his public company experience, operational experience and financial expertise.
Jacob Mercer, age 41, became a member of our Board of Directors upon consummation of our restructuring in mid-2016. Mr. Mercer is a Senior Portfolio Manager at Whitebox Advisors LLC ("Whitebox"). Prior to joining Whitebox, Mr. Mercer worked for Xcel Energy as Assistant Treasurer and Managing Director. Before joining Xcel Energy, he was a Senior Credit Analyst and Principal at Piper Jaffray and a Research Analyst at Voyageur Asset Management. Mr. Mercer also served as a logistics officer in the United States Army. Mr. Mercer has served on a number of boards of directors including Par Pacific (NYSE: PARR), Piceance Energy, Platinum Energy Solutions, and Ceres Global Ag (TSX: CRP). Mr. Mercer holds a BA with a double major in economics and business management from St. John’s University. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. We believe that Mr. Mercer is qualified to serve on our Board based on his investment and financial expertise.
Alan B. Menkes, age 58, became a member of our Board of Directors in January 2018. Mr. Menkes currently serves as the Managing Partner of Empeiria Capital Partners, a private equity firm that he co-founded in 2002. Prior to founding Empeiria, from December 1998 through February 2002, Mr. Menkes was Co-Director of Private Equity and a member of the Executive Committee of Thomas Weisel Partners, during which period he also served on the boards of directors of NextMedia Group, Ion Systems, The Capital Markets Company, Alliance Consulting, Centive, IPNet Solutions, Worldchain, QuantumShift, CS Technology and Stellent, a public company. Mr. Menkes currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Tank Partners Holdings LLC, a company controlled by Empeiria, and was previously on the Boards of Integrated Drilling Equipment Holdings, a public company, Stella Environmental Services and Conner Steel Products Holdings. From 2011 to 2012, Mr. Menkes served as the CEO of Empeiria Acquisition Corp., a public special purpose acquisition company until it closed its merger with an operating company in December 2012. From 2009-2010, Mr. Menkes served as the managing partner of G2 Investment Group LLC, a diversified asset management firm. Between 2007-2008, Mr Menkes was a Partner of Enterprise Infrastructure Ventures, a real estate investment firm, and the Chief Strategic and Investment Officer of CS Technology, an affiliate of Enterprise Infrastructure Ventures. Mr. Menkes earned a B.A. in Economics with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia in 1980 and a M.B.A. with Distinction from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1982.
Gary Dalton, age 61, became a member of our Board of Directors upon consummation of our merger with Trio Merger Corp. in 2013. He has been the President of Latash Investments LLC, an investment advisory firm based in Alaska, since 2001. He previously served as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President at National Bank of Alaska for more than 20 years. Prior to joining National Bank of Alaska, he worked for the Comptroller of the Currency as a Bank Examiner. Mr. Dalton is a Trustee of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation and a Board member of the Alaska Museum Foundation. He graduated from the University of Puget Sound. We believe that Mr. Dalton is qualified to serve on our Board based on his investment and financial expertise.