Chief Executive Officer
Jim is a 30-year veteran of the energy industry, having held senior leadership positions at integrated oil and gas majors Conoco and BP, as well as privately held start-ups. As the former Chief Operating Officer at Energy Water Solutions and Sector Leader for both Water and Midstream at Environmental Resources Management (ERM), Jim is recognized as an industry expert in the use of water infrastructure to reduce cost, manage risk and improve long term profitability.
Jim started his career in 1990 as an engineer with Conoco Natural Gas and Gas Products living in West Texas. After successfully completing Conoco‘s Management Development Program, Jim progressed through a number engineering, project management and commercial roles before moving into North American Gas and Power to help Conoco develop opportunities related to the emerging de-regulation of power.
Jim joined BP in 2001 to lead their Western Power Structuring and Origination business, where he quickly developed a reputation as a visionary and strong leader within the organization. Within 18 months he was placed on BP‘s High Potential Program and promoted to Vice President of Integrated Supply and Trading for BP‘s North American NGL business, one of the largest such operations in the world. As a member of the Executive Leadership team for both Global Supply and Trading as well as the NGL Business Unit, Jim had direct influence over $2 billion in annual gross margin.
In 2006, Jim joined Element Markets, a start-up focused on the development of wind, solar and biogas projects, where he served as the President of Element Markets Biogas, LLC. In 2011, Jim joined his second start-up venture, Energy Water Solutions, as the Chief Operating Officer. In his role as COO, Jim was responsible for the design, integration and operation of new water treatment technologies within the oil and gas industry.
Just prior to forming H2O Midstream in 2016, Jim spent 18 months as a Partner with ERM, a global sustainability consulting firm, leading both their Integrated Water Management and Midstream sectors for the Southern Division. In this role, Jim became a respected subject matter expert in the area of strategic water management and had the opportunity to work with producers throughout North America to identify critical risks and develop long term solutions to complex operational challenges.
A former collegiate debater, Jim is a sought after speaker and serves on the Board of Directors for the Houston Urban Debate League and the FiveTwo Network and acts as a volunteer mentor for students in the HISD urban debate program.
Jim holds an Industrial Engineering degree from the University of Oklahoma and currently lives in Katy, TX.
Chief Commercial Officer, Business Development
Darrell is a seasoned executive with more than 31 years of engineering, operations and business development experience in the midstream space, especially in produced water, natural gas and crude gathering and processing, liquids pipelines, natural gas liquids and petrochemicals. He most recently served as the Vice President of Business Development at Crestwood Midstream LP, where he was a leader in gathering and processing for the Delaware (Permian), Marcellus/Utica and Niobrara Basins.
Prior to Crestwood, Darrell spent 16 years at The Williams Companies in various engineering, business development and leadership roles, spearheading the development of their strategy in the Marcellus. He served as the company’s first General Manager for Ohio Valley Midstream and was responsible for operations and P&L for the $2 Billion business unit. Darrell began the first eight years of his career as an engineer at Mobil.
Throughout his career, Darrell has been active in volunteer recruiting on college campuses and served as the Scholarship Chairman for the Midcontinent GPA Chapter. He currently serves on the Advisory Board for Midstream Business Magazine and for the University of Oklahoma’s Gallogly College of Engineering Advisory Board on Diversity, where he was a charter member. Darrell holds a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma.
Chief Operating Officer
Gerardo has 34 years of domestic and international experience in the energy sector, including 23 years with ConocoPhillips where he began his career. At ConocoPhillilps, Gerardo had management assignments in the Upstream and Midstream sectors with exposure to multiple commodities – natural gas, NGLs, LNG, crude oil and heavy oil. His leadership positions focused on operations, engineering, project execution and business and commercial development.
Prior to joining H2O Midstream, Gerardo served in officer and management roles at Southcross Energy and Vermillion Energy. At Southcross, he was Vice President of NGL Marketing with P&L, operational, and business development responsibilities for the NGL business unit. At Vermillion Energy, a Canadian-based International E&P company, Gerardo served in various leadership roles over corporate and strategic planning; global marketing for crude, natural gas and NGLs; and mergers and acquisitions.
Gerardo holds a Chemical Engineering degree from Texas A&M University.
Chief Financial Officer
Frank has 30 years of accounting and finance experience in the midstream, upstream and retail energy sectors. He spent 20 years with El Paso Corporation and its subsidiary, EP Energy Corporation in varying roles, the last 8 years of which were as a Vice-President and Chief Accounting Officer. During that period, he helped lead two Initial Public Offerings, one in El Paso Pipeline Partners in 2007 and the other with EP Energy Corporation in 2013.
Most recently, Frank led was the Chief Accounting Officer at Spark Energy, where he focused on continuous improvement, strengthening processes and quality, executing on initial implementation of Section 404 of the Sarbanes Oxley Act, staff development and building the company’s culture.
He began his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers in their Houston office, also spending 2 years in the National Office of that Firm in New York. In that time he conducted and led audits of energy and utility clients also leading nationwide partner and staff training initiatives from design to rollout.
He holds a BBA in Accounting from Texas A&M University and is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Texas.
Gauri Potdar, CFA
Senior Vice President, Strategy & Analytics
Gauri Potdar has 14 years of experience in the energy and commodity markets, having served in business development, strategy, financial structuring, research and trading analytics roles during her career. Gauri most recently helped manage global exchange relationships and intellectual property licensing at S&P Global Platts in her role as the Director of Strategic Alliances.
Prior to Platts, Gauri served in a business development and commercial role at Enbase, an oilfield software services provider. From 2006-2013, Gauri worked at Element Markets in roles of increasing responsibility, serving as a Vice President of Business Development in her final two years with the company, where she helped to build the biogas business and develop their strategy to participate in the renewable fuels markets. Gauri began her career as a Business Analyst at Deloitte Consulting.
Gauri holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Math and Economics from Southern Methodist University, a Master of Science in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin and is a CFA Charterholder.
Senior Vice President, Operations
As a member of the Executive Leadership Team, Barry leads the operations team in safely operating and maintaining H2O Midstream’s produced water gathering, storage, treatment, reuse and water disposal facilities in the Permian Basin. He also works with producers in coordinating flowback and water supply requirements to meet customer needs.
Barry has a wide range of experience in the oil and gas industry spanning over 40 years in both upstream and midstream sectors. He has held multiple leadership roles with increasing levels of responsibilities at Mobil Oil, Enogex, Enable, OG&E and EnLink. His background includes operations, capacity planning, commercial and project management.
Most recently, Barry served as the Vice President of Operations for EnLink Midstream in the Permian Basin where he led all aspects of EnLink’s operations with 110 employees to service their gas gathering and processing activities located in both the Midland and Delaware Basins.
Barry holds an MBA in Energy Management from Oklahoma Baptist University and a BBA in Operations and Management from Mid-America Christian University. Barry and his wife have three children and three grandchildren.