Board of Directors

I.J. "Chip" Berthelot

A proven entrepreneur, Mr. Berthelot has been President of Azure Midstream since July 2012.  Prior to Azure Midstream, he founded Laser Midstream Company, which focused on natural gas gathering and processing in Texas and Louisiana and sold to Eagle Rock Energy Partners, L.P. in 2007 (Laser I).  Subsequently, Laser II was formed and developed a 1.4 Bcf/d gas gathering system in Northeast Pennsylvania and Southern New York until it sold to Delphi Midstream Partners, LLC in July 2010. 

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James P. Benson

A founding partner of Energy Spectrum Partners, James P. Benson has extensive relationships and networks within the energy industry. Historically, Mr. Benson has been instrumental in and responsible for originating many of Energy Spectrum Partners’ most successful investments. Mr. Benson primarily focuses on business development activities and the sourcing and financing of new transactions for Energy Spectrum Partners’ midstream private equity business.

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Jay M. Frisbie

Jay M. Frisbie is a Managing Director at Tenaska Capital Management (TCM). Mr. Frisbie joined Tenaska in 1998 and TCM in 2003. He has more than 26 years of experience in the energy industry in finance, strategic planning, business development, accounting and tax. Mr. Frisbie leads TCM's capital markets activities, including project financings, corporate financings and deal structuring for potential acquisitions and divestitures. Prior to joining Tenaska, Mr. Frisbie was Manager of Accounting for the non-regulated businesses of MidAmerican Energy Company.

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Thomas R. Fuller

Mr. Fuller is a founding and active partner of Diverse Energy Management Co, and has been a principal since 1988. Diverse Energy Management Co. is a 27 year old private upstream acquisition, exploitation drilling and production company which also invests in other energy-related companies. Mr. Fuller has approximately 44 years of experience in the energy industry as a petroleum engineer, specializing in economic and reserves evaluation.

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Paul G. Smith

Paul G. Smith is a founding member and senior managing director of Tenaska Capital Management. Mr. Smith is Chairman of the Tenaska Capital Management Investment Committee and is Vice Chairman of Tenaska Capital Management. Mr. Smith has over 30 years of experience in the energy and power industries, including more than 20 years with Tenaska Capital Management.

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Thomas O. Whitener, Jr.

As President and founding partner of Energy Spectrum Partners, Thomas O. Whitener leads Energy Spectrum Partners’ midstream private equity business. Mr. Whitener’s responsibilities include leading negotiations, structuring and executing investment transactions, actively monitoring existing investments and working closely as a board member with the management teams of portfolio companies. 

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