Talara Professionals


Our people share a passion for the energy business and a commitment to excellence.


David Zusman

David Zusman

Co-Founder & Managing Partner

Mr. Zusman is the Co-founder and Managing Partner of Talara and is Chairman of the firm’s investment committee. David has over 20 years of experience in the energy industry and has led investments across the capital structure in both private and public entities. He has particularly focused on sourcing, structuring, managing, and exiting U.S. upstream private oil and gas investments, serving on numerous energy company boards.

Prior to co-founding Talara in 2010, Mr. Zusman was a Partner at Perella Weinberg, where he managed global resource investments. Previously, Mr. Zusman was a Partner at BrightStream Asset Management and a Managing Director at North Sound Capital, where he managed both public and private investments focused on the energy sector. David began his career in energy finance at Credit Suisse, and in 1999 he was listed by Institutional Investor Magazine as a best up-and-comer in the natural gas industry.

Mr. Zusman earned a B.S. in Commerce from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia. David frequently lectures on real asset investing at the McIntire School.

Andrew Heyman

Andrew Heyman

Co-Founder & Partner

Mr. Heyman is the Co-Founder and Partner of Talara. Andrew has over 15 years of investment experience across the energy sector and related industrial supply chains. He is actively involved in setting the firm’s strategy and leads the firm’s business development and client relations efforts. Andrew is also a member of Talara’s investment committee.

Prior to co-founding Talara, Mr. Heyman was a Managing Director at MLH Capital, a value-oriented hedge fund and family office, where he focused on investments in the energy, industrial and technology sectors. Andrew began his career at Goldman Sachs in the Investment Management Division where he managed assets across public and private markets.

Mr. Heyman earned a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University.

Jeff Gutke

Jeff Gutke

Managing Director

Mr. Gutke is a Managing Director at Talara and a member of the firm’s investment committee. Jeff has over 20 years of energy experience spanning private equity, structured finance, A&D, investment banking, operations and engineering. He has significant experience in sourcing, structuring, executing, managing and exiting energy investments and has had board level involvement with over 20 upstream energy companies.

Prior to Talara, Jeff was a Director at Denham Capital where he oversaw the execution of all critical transactions across the oil and gas investment portfolio. Jeff was a senior member of Denham’s investment team from the firm’s inception. Previously, Mr. Gutke worked at J.M. Huber and Aquila Energy Capital investing in the energy sector. Prior to that, Mr. Gutke was an energy investment banker at Jefferies. Jeff began his career at ExxonMobil, where he was a Senior Project Engineer focused on drilling, reservoir and production engineering throughout the U.S.

Jeff earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Summa Cum Laude, from Brigham Young University and a Masters in Business Administration from Tulane University, where he graduated at the top of his class.

David Young

David Young

Director

Mr. Young is a Director at Talara and a member of the firm’s investment committee. David has over 15 years of distressed and restructuring investment experience with a focus on the energy sector. He has significant expertise in work-outs, bankruptcy and corporate distress, serving on numerous credit committees and boards.

Prior to Talara, Mr. Young served as Chief Financial Officer for Kitewire. Prior to that, Mr. Young was a Senior Managing Director at Courage Capital, where he led distressed and illiquid credit investments. Previously, Mr. Young was one of the founding professionals at Kramer Capital Partners, which merged into Perella Weinberg Partners. David began his career at Houlihan, Lokey, Howard & Zukin concentrating on distressed M&A, valuation, and financial restructuring activities.

David received a B.S. in Commerce with concentrations in Finance and International Business from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia where he graduated with distinction.

Taylor Mason

Taylor Mason

Senior Associate

Mr. Mason is a Senior Associate at Talara. Taylor has over 10 years of experience across the energy sector spanning business development, A&D, midstream and capital markets. He has significant experience analyzing E&P transactions and collaborating with industry executives.

Prior to Talara, Taylor was a Director in the finance group at Oasis Petroleum, a Delaware and Williston Basin oil and gas company. At Oasis, Taylor worked in business development, A&D, midstream, capital markets, and investor relations. Previously, Mr. Mason was an investment banker with Morgan Stanley in their Global Energy Group, focused on upstream M&A and capital markets transactions, including the initial public offering of Oasis Petroleum. Taylor began his career in the Leveraged and Structured Finance Group at BNP Paribas in London.

Taylor holds an M.S. in Energy, Trade & Finance with merit from the Cass Business School at the City University of London and a B.A. in Economics from Denison College, where he graduated Cum Laude.

Sharon O'Shea

Sharon O’Shea

Chief Financial Officer
& Chief Compliance Officer

Ms. O’Shea is Talara’s Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer. Sharon has over 20 years of operational experience managing all aspects of fund formation, accounting and administration as well as all regulatory and compliance matters. She is also a member of Talara’s investment committee.

Prior to Talara, Sharon was the Chief Financial Officer at Sasco Energy, a Commodity Pool Operator and Commodity Trading Advisor. Prior to Sasco, Ms. O’Shea was Chief Financial Officer at Scopia Capital, a multi-billion dollar registered investment manager. Sharon began her career at Wyser-Pratte, a New York based Broker Dealer & Registered Investment Manager, where she advanced from junior accountant to the Chief Financial Officer.

Ms. O’Shea holds a BBS degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Limerick in Ireland and is a member of GARP and the FWA.

Andrew Liebert

Andrew Liebert

Client Service & Operations Associate

Mr. Liebert is Talara’s Client Service & Operations Associate. Andrew has 10 years of operations and client service experience in the financial and technology industries. He supports fund operations and client service efforts.

Previously, Mr. Liebert was a Senior Sales and Operations Executive at Stele Infotech, an IT Sales and Services provider, where he managed day-to-day sales operations and assessed the technology needs of key clients. Prior to that, Mr. Liebert was a Sales and Customer Service Representative for TD Bank.

Mr. Liebert earned a B.A. in Biology with a concentration in Molecular and Cell Biology at Cornell University.