Who We Are
David W. Sharp
With 30 years of experience in energy trading and marketing, Mr. Sharp was the principal of DSP Resources, LLC, offering consulting services to the energy industry; specializing in the importation of liquefied natural gas into the United States, natural gas storage and financial risk management. Dave's background in the industry includes eleven years with Shell where he was responsible for the development of the Coral Energy storage book and development of the West Clear Lake Storage field. By the time he left Shell in 2004, Mr. Sharp was responsible for all of Shell's domestic commercial operations for the importation of liquefied natural gas into the United States. Mr. Sharp began working on the development of the Floridian Natural Gas Storage Project in early 2006.
Mr. Sharp's 15 years of experience with liquefied natural gas in international and U.S. markets, on both large and small scale projects, has included all phases of this energy sector: Regulatory matters, safety issues, construction, operations and downstream commercial activities.
Over the course of his career, Mr. Sharp has developed a strong understanding of price risk management and, combined with his background in gas storage, is able to offer a unique perspective on natural gas storage and the developing small scale liquefied natural gas business in the U.S.
Mr. Sharp has degrees in both business administration and accounting.
Mr. Williams has been working in the energy industry for over 30 years with a variety of companies. His experience includes the entire energy chain: E&P, liquefied natural gas projects, pipeline transmission, marketing and energy trading, gas storage, risk management, power project development, regulatory changes, industry restructuring as well as international activities in these areas. Mr. Williams began his career with Transco, the gas pipeline, and worked for Mobil Oil in the U.S., Europe, and Asia mostly operating in new competitive markets including the liquefied natural gas trade. Mr. Williams has also worked in executive capacities for Enron, Dynegy, Entergy and the FPL Group.
In addition to his position on the Board of Manager for Floridian Natural Gas Storage Company, Mr. Williams provides consulting services to the energy industry through his company, Spitfire Advisors.
Floridian Natural Gas Storage Company Board of Managers
Rene R. Joyce has served as Executive Chairman of Targa Resources Corp., the General Partner of Targa Resources Partners LP and TRI Resources Inc. since January 1, 2012 and as a director of the company since its formation on October 27, 2005 and of the General Partner since October 2006. Mr. Joyce previously served as Chief Executive Officer of the company between October 27, 2005 and December 31, 2011, the General Partner between October 2006 and December 31, 2011 and TRI between February 2004 and December 31, 2011. He also served as director of TRI between 2004 and December 31, 2011 and was a consultant for the TRI predecessor company during 2003. He was also a member of the supervisory directors of Core Laboratories N.V. from 2000 to May 2013. Mr. Joyce served as a consultant in the energy industry from 2000 through 2003 providing advice to various energy companies and investors regarding their operations, acquisitions and dispositions. Mr. Joyce served as President of onshore pipeline operations of Coral Energy, LLC, a subsidiary of Shell Oil Company from 1998 through 1999 and President of energy services of Coral Energy Holding, L.P., a subsidiary of Shell which was the gas and power marketing joint venture between Shell and Tejas Gas Corporation, during 1999. Mr. Joyce served as President of various operating subsidiaries of Tejas, a natural gas pipeline company, from 1990 until 1998 when Tejas was acquired by Shell. As the founding Chief Executive Officer of TRI, Mr. Joyce brings deep experience in the midstream business, expansive knowledge of the oil and gas industry, as well as relationships with chief executives and other senior management at peer companies, customers and other oil and natural gas companies throughout the world. His experience and industry knowledge, complemented by an engineering and legal educational background, enable Mr. Joyce to provide the board with executive counsel on the full range of business, technical, and professional matters.
Roy E. Johnson has served as Executive Vice President of Targa Resources since April 2004. Mr. Johnson also served as a consultant in the energy industry from 2000 through 2003 providing advice to various energy companies and investors regarding their operations, acquisitions and dispositions. He served as Vice President, Business Development and President of the International Group, of Tejas from 1995 to 2000. In these positions, he was responsible for acquisitions, pipeline expansion and development projects in North and South America. Mr. Johnson served as President of Louisiana Resources Company, a company engaged in intrastate natural gas transmission, from 1992 to 1995. Prior to 1992, Mr. Johnson held various positions with a number of different companies in the upstream and downstream energy industry.
David W. Sharp
James W. Whalen has served as Advisor to Chairman and CEO of the Targa Resources Partners, the General Partner and TRI Resources, Inc. since January 1, 2012 and as a director of the Targa Resources Partners since its formation on October 27, 2005, of the General Partner since February 2007 and of TRI Resources, Inc. between 2004 and December 2010. Mr. Whalen previously served as Executive Chairman of the Board of the Targa Resources Partners and TRI Resources, Inc. between October 25, 2010 and December 31, 2011 and of the General Partner between December 15, 2010 and December 31, 2011. He also served as President—Finance and Administration of the Targa Resources Partners and TRI Resources, Inc. between January 2006 and October 2010 and the General Partner between October 2006 and December 2010 and for various Targa subsidiaries since November 2005. Between October 2002 and October 2005, Mr. Whalen served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Parker Drilling Company. Between January 2002 and October 2002, he was the Chief Financial Officer of Diversified Diagnostic Products, Inc. He served as Chief Commercial Officer of Coral from February 1998 through January 2000. Previously, he served as Chief Financial Officer for Tejas from 1992 to 1998. Mr. Whalen brings a breadth and depth of experience as an executive, board member, and audit committee member across several different companies and in energy and other industry areas. His valuable management and financial expertise includes an understanding of the accounting and financial matters that the Partnership and industry address on a regular basis.
Tesla Resources LLC
Tesla Resources, a Delaware company, is the majority shareholder of Floridian Natural Gas Storage Company, LLC.
Tesla Resources LLC Majority Shareholder
E.M. Warburg & Co., Inc. was an investment banking and private investment counseling company founded in 1939 by the late Eric Warburg. In 1966, the business merged with Lionel I. Pincus & Co., a venture capital, investment and financial consulting firm. Joined by John Vogelstein in 1967, the founders brought a new, professional approach to venture capital and redirected the firm's activities to emphasize private equity investments. Warburg Pincus has since become a global leader in the industry it helped create: private equity investing. In 1971 the firm changed its name to E.M. Warburg Pincus & Co. In 1983, Warburg Pincus closed its first international investment. Since the establishment of its London office in 1987, the firm has continued to build a global investment infrastructure. International office expansion continued with Munich, Hong Kong, Singapore, Seoul, Tokyo, Mumbai and Beijing. The firm has carefully built international, industrial, and economic expertise, proprietary networks for investment sourcing in each of the regions, and the capability to operate in all of the major capital markets of the world. In 35 years, the firm has created in excess of $33.5 billion of value by investing more than $16 billion in approximately 480 companies in 30 countries around the world. Warburg Pincus has become a globally integrated organization with a diversified portfolio, delivering results that are unmatched in the private equity investment industry.
Warburg Pincus has invested approximately $1.0 billion in energy companies since the late 1980's. The four areas that comprise the firm's focus are: Oil and Gas; Oilfield Services; Power Generation and Energy Infrastructure; Alternative Energy Technologies. The firm has backed entrepreneurs to start new companies, including those exploring for hydrocarbons, and has financed growth opportunities and acquisition vehicles. Despite the volatility of underlying commodity prices, changes in regulation, and technological development, Warburg Pincus has established an excellent track record in this sector over many years. The firm has also developed the Line of Equity, a multi-year funding commitment that enables management teams to take advantage of opportunities and focus on operations. Given the diversity of this industry, Warburg Pincus recognizes the need for strategic planning unique to each energy-related portfolio company.
Golder Associates is a premier global group of consulting companies, specializing in ground engineering and environmental science. Our technical staff has expertise in the disciplines of hydrogeology; environmental science; geotechnical and civil engineering; indoor environmental quality; earth, water, and air services; process and engineering design; regulatory compliance; and construction services. We have registered professional engineers and geologists in 47 states and the District of Columbia. Golder's dedicated professionals have helped our company achieve a #4 ranking in CE News magazine's "2006 best CE Firms to Work For" large company category. Golder's Florida presence includes approximately 150 staff in five locations, Boca Raton, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Tallahassee and Tampa.
Lucido & Associates
Land Planning/Landscape Architecture
The underlying core to our company's vision and project approach is to always be the leading stewards of the land. Our goal is to strike the ideal balance between man and nature, while preserving the environment and enhancing the quality of life in our towns and neighborhoods. Through strong partnerships with clients, governments and citizens, Lucido & Associates is known as an award-winning landscape architecture and planning firm recognized and respected for creativity, innovation, quality and integrity.
Tom Lucido, the president of Lucido & Associates, founded his company in 1988 in Stuart, Florida, later adding offices in Fort Pierce and Orlando. The company specializes in land planning, governmental permitting services and landscape architecture. Lucido & Associates has been recognized through numerous local, state and national awards. In 2005, the American Society of Landscape Architects honored the company with the Award of Merit for Conservation/ Preservation for the Evergrene Generation Green Home and the Award of Honor for Residential Development for the Bear's Club.
Engineering, Procurement and Construction
CB&I is one of the world's leading engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) companies, specializing in projects for customers that produce, process, store and distribute the world's natural resources. CB&I has designed and built low-temperature and cryogenic storage systems for liquefied gases for nearly 50 years. We've delivered more than 1,000 refrigerated storage tanks and spheres and more than 150 turnkey design-build liquefied gas storage terminals around the globe. CB&I has extensive experience with all aspects of liquefied natural gas peak shaving facilities including feed gas pre-treatment, liquefaction, storage, sendout, and all necessary plant facilities resulting in plant performance that meets or exceeds all design specifications and code requirements.
CB&I executes projects with a true EPC approach, performing nearly every aspect of the project in-house with our own staff and doing the work for a fixed price. Our turnkey services for peak shaving projects include process and detailed design, feasibility studies, material supply, fabrication, construction, pre-commissioning, plant startup and operator training. We have extensive permitting, siting, and FERC application experience and have assisted many customers in the development of their projects from initial project conception to final commissioning of the facility.
Dickstein Shapiro LLC
Dickstein Shapiro is a Washington, DC-based law firm, with offices in New York City and Los Angeles. The firm has 425 attorneys and a total staff of over 900 people. In July 2006, the American Lawyer named Dickstein Shapiro to its "A List" of top American law firms, ranking the firm as the 10th best law firm in the United States. One of the firm's core practices is Energy. The firm has served as project counsel to a large number of natural gas and oil pipeline, liquefied natural gas, power generation, wind generation and natural gas storage projects in North America.