Talara’s Board Advisors bring a seasoned perspective to building and managing successful firms. They often have extensive operating and board governance experience and bring a vast network of industry relationships in both private and public markets. Board Advisors serve on a non-exclusive basis, and their involvement is limited to select investments and/or areas of expertise.

Thomas Glanville

Thomas Glanville

Managing Partner, Eschelon Advisors, LP

30+ years of experience in the oil and gas industry, specifically in financial roles within the E&P sector

Eschelon Advisors, LP, Founder and Managing Partner – Advisory firm focused on providing financial, operating and strategic guidance to energy / utility principals

Eschelon Energy Partners, Founder and Managing Partner – Private equity firm focused on small capitalization investment opportunities throughout the N. American energy value chain

Reliant Energy Inc. / Reliant Resources – President of Reliant Energy Communications, President of Reliant Energy Ventures, and Vice President of Corporate Development

Enron Capital & Trade Resources Corporation – President of Enron Capital & Trade Resources Canada, VP of Enron Finance, and VP of Enron Oil Trading & Transportation

Colorado School of Mines, M.S., Mineral Economics

University of Virginia, B.A., Economics

Gary Morris

Gary Morris

Former Chief Financial Officer, Halliburton

30+ years of oil & gas experience, in senior executive roles with responsibility for executive management, operations

Tervita Corporation, Chief Financial Officer – Responsible for all aspects of finance, accounting, financial planning and analysis, and tax

Paradigm Ltd., Chief Financial Officer – Responsible for all aspects of finance, accounting, financial planning and analysis, tax, treasure, and investor relations

Halliburton, Chief Financial Officer – Responsible for all aspects of finance, accounting, financial planning and analysis, and tax

Arthur Andersen and Company, Senior Auditor

St. Edwards University, BBA, Accounting

Gary Ross

Gary Ross

CEO, Black Gold Investors

40+ years as an authority on worldwide energy markets as the founder of PIRA Energy Group advising energy executives and governments

Led PIRA from its inception in 1976 – Built firm into the leading international consultancy in energy market intelligence and analysis, currently retained by more than 500 companies across 60 countries

Former head of PIRA’s Global Oil Group – Responsible for short- and long-term oil market forecasts, overseeing all of the group’s published research. Advisor to many governments on energy markets and energy policy issues

Member of the Council on Foreign Relations

City University of New York, Ph.D., Economics

City College of New York, M.A., Economics

Long Island University, B.A., Economics


Barry Borak

Former Director, TIAA/Nuveen, Energy & Infrastructure Global Private Markets

40+ years of E&P experience across exploration and production management, private capital formation, and investment management

TIAA/Nuveen, Director – Built $2.2 billion North American upstream and midstream direct equity portfolio holding multiple portfolio company board seats

Huff Energy Fund, Partner and Co-Manager – Launched, marketed, and managed $500 million North American upstream fund

Louisiana Land and Exploration, Senior District Geologist – Managed Northern Rocky Mountains exploration and development programs

Conoco, Production Geologist – Field development and wellsite monitoring in the Anadarko Basin and Gulf of Mexico, including major development projects in the current STACK trend of Oklahoma

Boston College Carroll School of Management, M.B.A., Finance

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, M.S., Petroleum Geology

Queens College, City University of New York, B.A., Geology and Middle-Eastern Studies

Bill Gutermuth

Bill Gutermuth

Former Partner and Head of Corporate Securities Group, Bracewell

40+ years of transaction experience in numerous industries including energy as an attorney as well as independent board member

Bluegrass Capital, Founder and Chairman – Provides advisory services to private equity funds and their portfolio companies, including project origination and analysis

Bracewell, Partner – Represented private equity funds, portfolio companies of private equity funds, and management teams across a range of capital markets transactions

Vanderbilt University Law School, J.D.

Vanderbilt University, B.S., Political Science

Phil Friedman

Phil Friedman

Senior Advisor, Perella Weinberg Partners

30+ years of experience in the equity research, asset management, and investment banking industries; 11 years of experience as a portfolio manager

Perella Weinberg Partners, Senior Advisor / Managing Director, Co-Head of Aerospace and Defense Advisory – Portfolio management, business development, advisory roles

BKF Capital Management, Chief Investment Officer – Member of Management Committee and Portfolio Manager for $9.0bn long-only value fund

Morgan Stanley Investment Management, Managing Director – Head of New York Active Equity Business and Portfolio Manager of $6.0bn flagship MSIM fund

Morgan Stanley, Director, North American Equity Research – Led 200 person North American equity research team; previously a highly ranked Aerospace analyst

Northwestern University, M.B.A., Kellogg School of Management

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey – New Brunswick, B.A.

Kathyleen Kelley

Kathleen Kelley

CEO & Founder, QAG Capital Management

25+ years of experience across global commodities with a focus on oil industry investment and advisory work

QAG Capital Management, CEO & Founder – Commodity consultant to some of the world’s largest investment firms, including M. Klein & Co. on their work with the Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia

Kingdon Capital Management, Macro Portfolio Manager

Vantis Capital, Macro Portfolio Manager and Strategist

Tudor Investment Corporation – Focused on commodity research and running a commodity focused portfolio

Federal Reserve Bank of New York – Worked as an economist in the International Research Group and Capital Markets Group

London School of Economics & Political Science, General Course Diploma

Smith College, B.A., Economics

Donald Krueger

Donald Krueger

Former Investment Executive, Soros, Templeton, and Capital Research

30+ years of experience as a global investor and as a Portfolio Manager of assets in both the long-only and alternative investment industry

Perella Weinberg Partners, Managing Director – Led research efforts across global industrials and materials sectors

Soros Fund Management, Managing Director – Responsible for managing the Quantum family of funds equity portfolios in the Asian emerging markets

Templeton International, Portfolio Manager – Managed global portfolios including institutional accounts/mutual funds and Asian annuities

Capital Research Co., Vice President – Conducted global research across variety of sectors including autos, capital goods, apparel, and textiles

Harvard University, M.B.A., Harvard Business School

University of Rochester, B.A., Economics

Patrick Cheung

Patrick Cheung

Chairman, QED Global Limited

30+ years of board and management experience in private equity, energy and finance across transactions in Asia and the U.S.

QED Global Limited, Founder and Chairman – Investment and advisory firm focused M&A and strategic advisory as well as real estate and energy trading

Lazard Asia Fund, Chief Executive Officer – Pan-Asia private equity fund; served as Chairman or Director of the board for various public and private companies

Pacific Century Regional Development Limited, President and Chief Operating Officer – Investments in finance, infrastructure, and real estate development

Mckinsey & Company, Partner and Co-Head of Mckinsey’s Asia Energy Practice – Involved in both domestic and international energy advisory

Atlantic Richfield Company, Manager – Held various analytical and managerial positions in upstream oil and gas

Harvard University, M.B.A., Harvard Business School

Western Carolina University, B.S., Mathematics