Board Members

Michael Heinz Jr.

michael_heinzMr. Heinz is a senior managing director for Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors. His focus is on identifying investment opportunities as a part of Kayne Anderson’s emphasis on energy transactions. Prior to joining Kayne Anderson in 2002, Mr. Heinz was a senior vice president of Netherland, Sewell & Associates, Inc., a Texas-based oil and gas consulting firm that provides a complete range of professional reservoir engineering, geophysical and geological services to the worldwide petroleum industry. Mr. Heinz began his career in the oil and gas industry in 1984 as a reservoir and operations engineer for Exxon Company U.S.A. Mr. Heinz earned a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Tulsa in 1984.

R. Jason McMahon

Jason McMahonPrior to joining EnCap in 2003, Mr. McMahon served for three years as the Vice President of Corporate Development for Prosoft Training. Previously he was an associate in the Energy and Corporate Finance group for Prudential Capital Group from 1996 to 2000. He received a Master of Business Administration degree from The University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University. Mr. McMahon serves on the board of directors of several EnCap portfolio companies, is a member of the Independent Petroleum Association of America and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

David B. Miller

David MillerFrom 1988 to 1996, Mr. Miller served as President of PMC Reserve Acquisition Company, a partnership jointly owned by EnCap and Pitts Energy Group. Prior to the establishment of EnCap, he served as Co-Chief Executive Officer of MAZE Exploration, Inc., a Denver-based oil and gas company he co-founded in 1981. Mr. Miller began his professional career with Republic National Bank of Dallas, ultimately serving as Vice President and Manager of the bank’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Republic Energy Finance Corporation. In 2004, Mr. Miller was appointed to the National Petroleum Council, an advisory body to the Secretary of Energy, and he is also a member of the Board of Advisors of the Maguire Energy Institute. Additionally, he is a member of the Independent Petroleum Association of America, the Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners Association and the Dallas Wildcat Committee. Mr. Miller currently serves on the Board of several EnCap portfolio companies and is a member of the board of the Independent Petroleum Association of Mountain States.

Patrick J. Noyes

Pat130Patrick J. Noyes is the founder, President and CEO of Grenadier Energy Partners, LLC. From February 2003 until June 2006 he was Chairman, President, and CEO of Stroud Energy, Inc. in Ft. Worth, Texas. During his tenure at Stroud, Mr. Noyes led a substantial turnaround from a company that was severely financially distressed into one which was later sold in June 2006 with an enterprise value of $455 million. He accomplished this with a simple two point business plan: restructuring the capital and diversifying the asset base. This diversification was achieved through acquisitions and growth through the drill bit in the Barnett Shale and East Texas. Under his leadership at Stroud, production increased from 12.5 mmcfd to just over 30 mmcfd by June of 2006. Also, proved reserves increased from 72.9 BCF to 159.4 BCF during that time. From February 2002 to February 2003, he was co-founder of American EnergyQuest, L.P., a private company involved in the efforts to form and finance the acquisition of certain producing oil and gas properties. Prior to his stays at Stroud and American EnergyQuest, he was employed by Mitchell Energy Company, L.P. in The Woodlands, Texas for over 22 years; from 1999 until he left in 2002, he was Vice President of Drilling and Services. Mr. Noyes’ tenure as Vice President of Drilling and Services propelled Mitchell Energy’s Barnett Shale activity to increase from a two rig program to 18 rigs running by January 2002. The growth in net Barnett production in this period was threefold (80-240 MMCFD). Mr. Noyes had complete control over all drilling operations for the entire company, as well as stewardship over the reserve bookings. Additionally, he routinely interfaced with the production engineers and geologists in developing prospects and planning rig activity. In 2001, Mitchell drilled a total of 360 wells with a capital budget of $345 million. Of this total, 310 of the wells were in the Barnett. These wells accounted for approximately 388 BCF of PDP reserves added to Mitchell Energy’s books. Mr. Noyes graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Mr. Noyes’ professional associations include memberships in the SPE, TIPRO and IPAA.

Scott R. Smetko

Scott SmetkoPrior to joining EnCap in February 2007, Mr. Smetko was an Analyst in Citigroup’s Investment Banking Division, where he focused on corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions in a wide range of industries.  After attending the University of Virginia for two years, Mr. Smetko graduated summa cum laude from Southern Methodist University’s BBA Honors Program with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance. Mr. Smetko serves on the board of directors of several EnCap portfolio companies and is a member of the Independent Petroleum Association of America, the ADAM Energy Forum, Young Professionals in Energy and the CFA Society of Dallas-Fort Worth.

Gifford Wilkerson

gifford_wilkersonMr. Wilkerson is a senior vice president for the firm’s energy private equity activities. He focuses on identifying investment opportunities as part of Kayne Anderson’s emphasis on energy transactions. Prior to joining Kayne Anderson in 2005, Mr. Wilkerson was a reservoir engineer with Netherland, Sewell & Associates, Inc. a Texas-based oil and gas consulting firm that provides a complete range of professional reservoir engineering, geophysical and geological services to the worldwide petroleum industry. Mr. Wilkerson began his career in the oil and gas industry in 1991 with Exxon Company, U.S.A. where he held various reservoir and operations assignments. Mr. Wilkerson earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Louisiana State University in 1990 and an M.B.A. from the University of New Orleans in 1997.

Chuck Yates

chuck yatesMr. Yates is a senior managing director for Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors. He is responsible for the origination and execution of private equity transactions in the energy industry. Prior to joining Kayne Anderson in 2001, Mr. Yates was a senior vice president at Stephens Inc., an integrated merchant and investment bank. Mr. Yates earned a B.A. in Political Science in 1991 and an M.B.A. in Finance in 1994 from Rice University.