Board of Directors
Grant E. Sims has served as a Director and Chief Executive Officer of our general partner since August 2006 and Chairman of the Board of our general partner since October 2012. Mr. Sims was affiliated with Leviathan Gas Pipeline Partners LP from 1992 to 1999, serving as the Chief Executive Officer and a Director beginning in 1993 until he left to pursue personal interests, including investments. Leviathan (subsequently known as El Paso Energy Partners L.P. and then GulfTerra Energy Partners L.P.) was an NYSE listed master limited partnership. As of February 10, 2017, Mr. Sims is a Director of one other public company, WildHorse Resources Development Corporation. Mr. Sims has an established track record of developing strong companies and has led his companies through a period of substantial growth while increasing geographic and operational diversity. Mr. Sims provides leadership skills, executive management experience, and significant knowledge of our business environment, which he has gained through his experience with other MLPs.
Kenneth M. Jastrow II has served as a Director of our general partner since March 2010 and serves as our lead independent director and the chairperson of the G&C Committee. Mr. Jastrow served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Temple-Inland Inc., a manufacturing company and the former parent of Forestar Group, from 2000 to 2007. Prior to that, Mr. Jastrow served in various roles at Temple-Inland, including President and Chief Operating Officer, Group Vice President, and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Jastrow served as a director of MGIC Investment Corporation and a director and Director Emeritus of KB Home. Mr. Jastrow formerly served as Non-Executive Chairman of Forestar Group Inc. Mr. Jastrow’s executive experience and service as director of other companies enable him to make valuable contributions to our Board of Directors and make him particularly well suited to be the lead independent director.
Sharilyn S. Gasaway has served as a Director of our general partner since March 2010 and serves as chairperson of the audit committee. Ms. Gasaway is a private investor and was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Alltel Corporation, a wireless communications company, from 2006 to 2009. She served as Controller of Alltel Corporation from 2002 through 2006. Ms. Gasaway is a Director of two other public companies, JB Hunt Transport Services Inc. and Waddell and Reed Financial Inc.
Jack T. Taylor has served as a Director of our general partner since July 2013. Mr. Taylor is currently a Director of Sempra Energy and Murphy USA Inc. Additionally, Mr. Taylor currently serves on the audit committee of Sempra Energy and Murphy USA Inc. Mr. Taylor was a partner of KPMG LLP for 29 years, where from 2005 to 2010 he served as KPMG's Chief Operating Officer-Americas and Executive Vice Chair of U.S. Operations, and from 2001 to 2005 he served as the Vice Chairman of U.S. Audit and Risk Advisory Services. Mr. Taylor’s extensive experience with financial and public accounting issues, his various leadership roles at KPMG LLP, and his extensive knowledge of the energy industry make him a valuable resource to our Board of Directors.
Conrad P. Albert has served as a Director of our general partner since July 2013. Mr. Albert is a private investor and was formerly a Director of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation from 1986 to 2006. Mr. Albert also served as a Director of DeepTech International Inc. from 1992 to 1998. From 1969 to 1991, Mr. Albert served in various positions with Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company, ultimately serving as Executive Vice President in charge of worldwide energy lending and corporate finance. Mr. Albert’s extensive financial, executive, and directorial experience and his service in various roles in the management of other energy-related companies allow him to provide valuable expertise to our Board of Directors.
James E. Davison has served as a Director of our general partner since July 2007. Mr. Davison served as Chairman of the board of Davison Transport Inc. for over 30 years. He also serves as President of Terminal Services Inc. Mr. Davison has over forty years of experience in the energy-related transportation and sulfur removal businesses. Mr. Davison brings to our Board of Directors significant energy-related transportation and sulfur removal experience and industry knowledge.
James E. Davison Jr. has served as a Director of our general partner since July 2007. Mr. Davison is also a Director of Origin Bancorp Inc. and serves on its finance, risk, and insurance committees. Mr. Davison is the son of James E. Davison. Mr. Davison’s executive and leadership experience enables him to make valuable contributions to our Board of Directors.