Trace Leadership

Josh Weber
Chief Executive Officer

Josh Weber is a founder and Chief Executive Officer of Trace Midstream. As CEO, Josh leads the Trace team with overall responsibility for the development and execution of the company’s business plan. Josh has a long and proven track record as a successful leader in both the midstream and upstream sectors of the U.S. Energy industry.

Prior to founding Trace, Josh spent five years as SVP of Commercial and Business Development at Howard Energy Partners. During his Tenure at Howard, Josh lead the commercial development and execution of over $1.5 billion of growth capital projects. Prior to joining Howard, Josh worked at Southwestern Energy in various midstream and upstream roles.

Josh received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from the Jones Graduate School of Management at Rice University.

Ben Beyer
Chief Financial Officer

Ben Beyer is a founder and Chief Financial Officer of Trace Midstream. As CFO, Ben is responsible for all financial functions for the company including capital raising, financial analysis, and M&A transactions. Ben brings 12 years of midstream and energy finance experience to Trace. During his tenure in the energy industry, Ben has participated in over $15 billion of financial transactions in the upstream, midstream and oilfield services sectors.

Before Trace, Ben spent five years in various corporate development and finance roles at Howard Energy Partners, most recently as the VP of Finance. Before Howard, Ben was an investment banker at Greenhill & Company where he was a founding member of Greenhill’s Houston office and focused on corporate energy M&A transactions. Previously, Ben was an analyst in Merrill Lynch’s Global Energy & Power investment banking group.

Ben received a B.S. in Business Administration from Trinity University and earned an MBA with honors from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin.

Chris Hearn
EVP, Strategy

Chris serves as Executive Vice President, Strategy for Trace Midstream, where he is responsible for developing, communicating, executing and sustaining the company’s major strategic and growth objectives.  Chris also manages all ESG initiatives for Trace Midstream.  Chris is a Co-Founder of Gemini Midstream, where he led the commercialization and financing of the natural gas transportation system in the Haynesville Shale that is operated and managed by Trace Midstream.

Prior to founding Gemini Midstream, Chris was a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Strata Energy Investments, an independent private equity business focused on midstream and downstream energy infrastructure projects in North America.  While at Strata, Chris led the investment in and subsequent monetization of an infrastructure development company that permitted a world-scale propane export terminal in North America, which includes greenfield marine, pipeline, storage and rail facilities.

From 2008 to 2015, Chris was a Managing Director at First Reserve, where he co-founded First Reserve’s Energy Infrastructure business and, among other senior management roles on the investment team, originated First Reserve’s investment in Navigator Energy Services.  During his leadership with First Reserve, the infrastructure team raised almost $4 billion of capital commitments and made over a dozen platform and follow-on investments in midstream, power generation and other energy-related infrastructure assets.

Prior to First Reserve, Chris served for 15 years in the Energy Investment Banking Group with Credit Suisse, rising to Managing Director and the leader of the midstream and power mergers and acquisitions practice in North America.  There he advised corporate, MLP, private equity and infrastructure clients on over $50 billion of mergers and acquisitions and $25 billion of financing transactions across the energy sector.

Chris has a dual Bachelor of Arts degree, with honors, in Economics and Managerial Studies from Rice University.

Natara Williams
General Counsel

Natara Williams is the General Counsel for Trace Midstream. In her previous experience, she was the Assistant General Counsel of Oasis Petroleum and worked in the Legal Department at Oasis for seven years from 2012 managing a diverse workload of transactional and other legal matters. From 2007 to 2012, she was an associate in the Energy Transactions & Project Finance group at the law firm of Vinson & Elkins where she represented Fortune 500 energy and oil and gas companies in matters involving upstream and midstream transactions, strategic investments and corporate and project financing and development. Natara began her career at Norton Rose Fulbright as an associate in the Corporate Department in 2005.

Natara currently serves on the Tahirih Justice Center Advisory Committee and has also provided pro bono representation for the organization and for other various matters throughout her career.

Natara has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in International Business and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish from Stetson University, and a Juris Doctor degree from Duke University School of Law.

Tory Thompson
SVP, Engineering & Operations

Tory Thompson is the Senior Vice President of Engineering and Operations for Trace Midstream.  As SVP of Engineering and Operations, Tory is responsible for all aspects of project execution including engineering, HSER, construction, and operations.  Tory brings 20 years of midstream engineering, operations, and construction experience to Trace.

Before Trace, Tory spent 12 years working for Southwestern Energy Company.  He joined Southwestern Energy in 2005 as a Facilities Engineer and was instrumental in the engineering, construction, and operations of the Fayetteville Shale gathering system, which grew to approximately 2,000 miles of pipe and over 500,000 horsepower of compression.  In 2013, Tory became the Director of Appalachian Midstream for Southwestern Energy and was responsible for the buildout and operation of several systems in Northeast Pennsylvania.   In his most recent role, General Manager of Midstream Operations Services, Tory was responsible for the Fayetteville gathering system, as well as overseeing multiple engineering/construction projects in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.   Previously, Tory worked in various operational and engineering roles at Blackmer, Oneok and Enbridge.   

Tory Received a B.S. in Engineering Technology from Southwestern Oklahoma State University.

Bryan Basham
VP, Planning & Commercial

Bryan Basham serves as Vice President of Planning and Commercial for Trace Midstream and is responsible for coordinating with producers on our systems, and sourcing and executing new business development opportunities for the Company. Bryan brings over twenty-five years of experience to Trace and has an extensive background in project development, M&A and private equity investing across the U.S. energy industry.

Prior to joining Trace, Bryan was the CEO and Partner of Diverse Energy Production, which owns and operates a series of closely held Partnerships and Corporations that purchased non-operated working and royalty interests and provided equity investments in public and private energy-related companies. Diverse closed over ninety-five separate acquisitions and owned an interest in over three thousand properties in fourteen states and the Gulf of Mexico, with annual revenues in excess of $40 million in 2005.

Bryan received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and is a member of various oil and gas and charitable organizations.

Mike Burgess
VP, Land & System Planning

Mike Burgess is Vice President of Land and System Planning for Trace Midstream. Mike is responsible for facility planning, land, regulatory compliance, and spatial analysis efforts. He brings 15 years of midstream and energy related experience to Trace.

Prior to joining Trace, Mike spent 13 years with Southwestern Energy, most recently as the GIS Manager of the midstream business unit. During his time at Southwestern Energy, Mike’s teams proved vital in project planning, right of way acquisition efforts, and permitting of over 2,000 miles of pipeline projects in the Arkoma and other basins. Before Southwestern Energy, Mike worked within the Fossil Fuels Division at the Arkansas Geological Survey where he was responsible for spatially analyzing geochemical values for pay zone mapping and subsurface coal seam mapping.

Mike earned undergraduate (summa cum laude) and graduate degrees in Geographic Information Systems from the University of Central Arkansas.

Luke Davis
VP, Strategy & Business Development

Luke Davis is Vice President of Strategy and Business Development for Trace Midstream. Luke is responsible for sourcing, economic analysis, and strategic review of business and corporate development opportunities. Luke brings nearly a decade of midstream, corporate development, business development, and energy finance experience to Trace. 

Prior to joining Trace, Luke most recently served as Director of Finance and Corporate Development at Core Midstream. Previously, Luke was a member of PennTex Midstream Partners and worked in various corporate development and finance roles, including the company’s joint venture structuring, growth strategy, and IPO. Prior to joining PennTex, Luke worked in Morgan Stanley’s Natural Resources Investment Bank and KPMG’s Economic and Valuation group.

Luke received a BBA in Finance and Accounting from Baylor University, graduating cum laude, and earned an MBA from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin.

Jeff Viktorin
VP, Chief Accounting Officer

Jeff Viktorin is Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer of Trace Midstream. Jeff is responsible for accounting, reporting, tax compliance and various other administrative functions of the company. He brings 15 years of midstream and energy related accounting experience to Trace.

Prior to joining Trace, Jeff spent seven years at Genesis Energy, LP, a publicly traded midstream master limited partnership, where he was most recently Assistant Controller responsible for all accounting and financial reporting functions. Jeff previously held various public accounting assurance roles at Deloitte, where he primarily served midstream and energy clients.

Jeff received a BBA in Accounting and MS in Finance from Texas A&M University, where he graduated summa cum laude. Jeff is a licensed CPA in the state of Texas.

Trey Newell
VP, Commercial

Trey Newell is Vice President of Commercial and Marketing for Trace Midstream. Trey is responsible for producer relationships, business development, project management, scheduling and marketing. Trey brings nearly two decades of commercial, marketing and operations experience to the Trace team.

Prior to Trace, Trey served as the Vice President of Commercial at Blue Mountain Midstream. During his tenure at Blue Mountain, Trey assisted in sourcing and negotiating multiple third-party opportunities and growing the existing asset base. Previous roles were Director of Commercial at PennTex Midstream Partners and Director of Commercial Operations at Centerpoint Energy Field Services.

Trey received a BBA in Business and Economics from Centenary College of Louisiana and an MBA from Centenary College of Louisiana. Trey was also a recipient of Northwest Louisiana’s “Top 40 under 40.”

Ben May
VP, Finance

Ben May is Vice President, Finance at Trace midstream, responsible for coordinating M&A and capital raising objectives for the company. Ben brings ten years of oil and gas industry experience to Trace, across investment banking and corporate development.

Prior to joining Trace, Ben served as Vice President, M&A at Wells Fargo Securities where he helped execute $24 billion of M&A transactions across the midstream, upstream and oilfield services sectors. As an associate in Wells Fargo’s Energy & Power Investment Banking group, Ben helped coordinate $11 billion of debt and equity capital markets transactions.

Ben earned his JD and MBA from Emory University, and received a BA in History from the University of Southern California, where he graduated cum laude.

Intensity Leadership

Intensity Midstream operates as an affiliate of Trace Midstream. Key members of the Intensity platform are listed below.

Patrick Myers
Chief Operating Officer

Patrick Myers joined Intensity Midstream in 2016 and serves as Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Myers has over 25 years of industry experience with a proven track record of value creation through developing and operating midstream infrastructure to serve North America’s shale gas reserves. 

Prior to joining Intensity through the combination of Intensity and Xplorer Midstream LLC in November 2016, Mr. Myers was Chief Operating Officer of Xplorer Midstream LLC. Previously, Mr. Myers served as general manager for Access Midstream where he led grassroots development and operation of the midstream infrastructure serving the Marcellus and Utica shale plays. He also held various positions with Columbia Gas Transmission, CDI engineering and the Research Triangle Institute. 

Mr. Myers holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from West Virginia University and is a registered professional engineer in the State of West Virginia.  Mr. Myers has served as a volunteer youth sports coach for over 10 years and is a former emergency medical technician and volunteer firefighter.

David Hall
SVP – Chief Accounting Officer

David Hall joined Intensity Midstream in April 2017 and serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer. 

Prior to joining Intensity, Mr. Hall was Executive Director of Dillon International, an international adoption/family and children services agency. Mr. Hall previously served in a variety of accounting, financial and corporate development roles in the gas pipeline and processing industry, including VP Accounting & Finance, Caballo Energy; CFO, Atlas Pipeline Mid-Continent; and, CFO, Spectrum Field Services. Mr. Hall also held various accounting, finance and business development positions with ScissorTail Energy, Transok and Amoco Production Company. 

Mr. Hall holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Oklahoma State University, an M.B.A. from the University of Tulsa, as well as C.P.A., C.M.A. and C.G.M.A. accounting designations. Mr. Hall currently serves on the board of Dillion International.
 

Clay Midkiff
SVP – Gas Processing, Engineering & Construction

Clay Midkiff serves as Senior Vice President of Gas Processing, Engineering and Construction. Mr. Midkiff has more than 35 years of energy industry experience, primarily focused on the design, construction and operation of midstream assets. 

Prior to joining Intensity Midstream through the combination of Intensity and Xplorer Midstream LLC in 2016, Mr. Midkiff was Senior Vice President of Engineering and Construction for Xplorer. He has also served as Senior Vice President of Engineering and Operations for Legion Services, LLC and as Vice President of Engineering and Construction for SandRidge Energy, Inc. 

Mr. Midkiff holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University.

Kenton Bulson
VP – Engineering & Development

Kenton T. Bulson serves as the Vice President of Engineering and Development for Intensity Midstream. Mr. Bulson’sexperience spans multiple North American shale plays including the Marcellus, Utica, Bakken, and Woodford. 

Prior to joining Intensity through its combination with Xplorer Midstream in November 2016, Mr. Bulson served as the Director of Engineering and Development of Xplorer since April 2014. Previously, Mr. Bulson held various engineering, operations, business development, and management positions at ConocoPhillips Pipeline Company, Chesapeake Energy, Access Midstream, and Hiland Crude. 

Mr. Bulson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University.

Taylor Coleman
VP – EH&S

Taylor Coleman joined Intensity Midstream in June 2021, and is the Vice President of Environmental, Health, and Safety. Mr. Coleman’s responsibilities include corporate strategy regarding Intensity’s ESG program as well as compliance with federal and state pipeline and process safety, general safety, health, and environmental regulations and best practices. 

Prior to joining Intensity, Mr. Coleman held leadership positions of increasing responsibility in Operations, Engineering, and Business Development at Blue Mountain Midstream, ONEOK, Enable Midstream, Centerpoint Energy, and Halff Associates. He has experience in multiple basins and across all types of midstream assets including gas processing, treating, compression, pipeline, water gathering and disposal, and crude gathering. 

Mr. Coleman holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Tulsa.

Kim Beal
VP – HR & Contract Administration

Kim Beal joined Intensity Midstream in 2016 and serves as the Vice President – Human Resources and Contracts Administration. 

Prior to joining Intensity, Ms. Beal was the Legal, Human Resources and Contracts Manager for Xplorer Midstream. She has over 20 years of oil and gas experience and has served in various roles at Chesapeake Energy, Tronox, LLC and McKinney @ Stringer, P.C. 

Ms. Beal holds a Bachelor of Communications and Public Relations from the University of Central Oklahoma and an Associate of Applied Science and Legal Studies from Rose State College. 

Andy Pipal
Vice President – Controller

Andy Pipal joined Intensity Midstream in October 2019 and serves as the Vice President – Controller. 

Prior to joining Intensity, Mr. Pipal held leadership roles in accounting at Targa Resources and Atlas Pipeline Partners.  Mr. Pipal started his career in public accounting working for Ernst & Young, LLP and BKD, LLP.

Mr. Pipal holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Oklahoma State University and is a C.P.A.