Chief Executive Officer and Chairman
Mr. Bennett has served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of our board of directors since our inception. Since 2007, Mr. Bennett founded, served and continues to serve as Chief Executive Officer of various natural resource companies in the oil and gas, metals and other sectors, including the Black Mountain Entities, many of which are sponsored by funds managed by NGP Energy Capital Management, L.L.C. Mr. Bennett was the founder of Black Mountain Sand, which, under his leadership as Chief Executive Officer since its inception in December 2016, became the largest in-basin frac sand provider in the United States. Since 2015, Mr. Bennett founded and served as the Chief Executive Officer for Black Mountain Oil & Gas, which was acquired by Marathon in 2017, Black Mountain Oil & Gas II LLC, Black Mountain Minerals LLC, Wing Resources LLC and Black Mountain Midstream LLC. Mr. Bennett began his career in the oil and gas industry in December 2004 with Cascade Energy LP. Mr. Bennett is a board member of the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers, the Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Fort Worth Wildcatters, and a member of the Independent Petroleum Association of America, the Texas Independent Producers & Royalty Owners Association, the National Association of Royalty Owners, the American Association of Professional Landmen, the Young Professionals in Energy and the Fort Worth Petroleum Club. Mr. Bennett earned his B.S. in Business Management from the University of Georgia in 2003 and completed the Energy Executive Management Program at the University of Oklahoma Michael F. Price College of Business in 2012.
Chief Financial Officer, Chief Accounting Officer, Secretary and Director
Mr. Smith has served as Chief Financial Officer, Chief Accounting Officer, Secretary and a member of our board of directors since March 2021. Mr. Smith has been Chief Financial Officer or Chief Accounting Officer of certain of the Black Mountain Entities since October 2014. In this position, Mr. Smith has overseen the sales of multiple energy-focused businesses. Prior to joining such Black Mountain Entities, Mr. Smith worked in accounting at TPG Capital, LP from 2011 to 2014, and as a senior associate in the audit function for KPMG, LLP from 2008 to 2011. At TPG, Mr. Smith worked in fund operations and assisted in deal closings and exits, distributions, and capital calls for TPG’s $18.9 billion flagship private equity fund, as well as other legacy private equity, growth and distressed debt funds. Mr. Smith earned his B.A. in accounting from Abilene Christian University in 2007 and a Master of Accountancy from Abilene Christian University in 2008. Additionally, Mr. Smith has been a registered CPA since March 2009.