Atlas Energy Solutions Leadership
Management That Knows The Energy Business
Atlas Energy Solutions uniquely understands customers’ needs. The Atlas team combines the boots-on-the-ground experience of on-site oil and gas operations with some of the best talents in the sand mining industry.
Ben “Bud” Brigham
Founder & CEO & Executive Chairman
Ben M. “Bud” Brigham is our founder and has served as the Executive Chairman of our board of directors since our inception and as our Chief Executive Officer since August 2022. Mr. Brigham has founded several upstream energy enterprises, including Brigham Exploration Company in 1990, which completed its IPO in 1997. Mr. Brigham served as its President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the board of directors until its sale to Statoil in December 2011.
In 2012 Mr. Brigham founded Anthem Ventures, LLC, a family office. In that same year he and others founded Brigham Resources, which was subsequently sold to Diamondback in 2016. In 2012 he also co-founded Brigham Minerals Inc., to pursue mineral acquisitions in top-tier domestic shale resource plays. Brigham Minerals completed its IPO in 2019 (NYSE: MNRL), and Mr. Brigham served as its Executive Chairman until its merger with Sitio Royalties in 2022.
In 2017 Mr. Brigham founded Brigham Exploration Company, LLC (the second entity founded by Mr. Brigham with such name), a non-operating company focused on the Permian Basin. Brigham Exploration 1 (“BEXP 1”) was initially funded with Mr. Brigham’s capital, with subsequent investments by friends and family and a large institution. In the fourth quarter of 2021, new acreage and working interest acquisitions ceased in BEXP 1, and Brigham Exploration 2 (“BEXP 2”) commenced acreage and working interest acquisitions, with a larger capitalization including most of the BEXP 1 participants as well as additional institutions.
In 2022 he was a co-founder of Langford Energy Partners, which pursues the acquisition, development and optimization of operated oil and gas properties in top-tier shale resource plays.
Prior to founding Brigham Exploration Company in 1990, Mr. Brigham served for six years as an exploration geophysicist with Rosewood Resources, an independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company, and as a seismic data processing geophysicist for Western Geophysical, a provider of 3-D seismic services. Mr. Brigham earned a Bachelor of Science in Geophysics from the University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Brigham is a member of the National Petroleum Council, The Bureau of Economic Geology Visiting Committee and the University of Texas Chancellor’s Council Executive Committee. Mr. Brigham was inducted into the All American Wildcatters in April 2012.
Mr. Brigham was selected to serve on the board of directors due to his knowledge in the industry and leadership of our Company since its inception.
President & Chief Financial Officer
John Turner has served as our Chief Financial Officer since April 2017 and our President since November 2022. Mr. Turner has over 20 years of oil and natural gas industry experience. Prior to assuming his current role, Mr. Turner worked in various capacities for both public and private entities, with a focus on corporate finance, business development and strategic planning, including as Chief Financial
Officer of Brigham Exploration Company, LLC (the second entity founded by Mr. Brigham with
such name), Chief Financial Officer of Mediterranean Resources, LLC and Vice President of Brigham Exploration Company (NASDAQ: BEXP). Collectively, Mr. Turner has participated and advised on over $2.0 billion of capital market transactions, including mergers, restructurings and special situations. Mr. Turner received a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Masters
of Business Administration from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at
Chief Supply Chain Officer
Chris Scholla currently serves as our Chief Supply Chain Officer and served previously as our Vice President of Supply Chain and Logistics from November 2017 until his promotion to his current role in November of 2022. Mr. Scholla is responsible for our end-to-end supply chain operations, as well as customer service and support. Mr. Scholla led our entry into the oilfield logistics market in 2019 and oversees the company’s strategic logistics growth initiatives. Prior to joining the Company in 2017, Mr. Scholla worked at Hexion Inc. and DuPont (NYSE: DD) in a number of business strategy, supply chain, procurement, and operations roles. Mr. Scholla has over a decade of proppant experience and almost 20 years of global supply chain experience. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain & Information Systems from The Pennsylvania State University and an MBA with concentrations in operations and finance from the College of William & Mary. He also currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Permian Road Safety Coalition.
General Counsel & Secretary
Dathan C. Voelter currently serves as our General Counsel and Secretary and served previously as our Deputy General Counsel and Secretary from April 2019 until his promotion to his current role in December 2021. Prior to joining our Company, Mr. Voelter served as Managing Counsel and Assistant Secretary of Andeavor (NYSE: ANDV) and its midstream subsidiary Andeavor Logistics LP (NYSE: ANDX) from September 2017 until February 2019, shortly after they were acquired by Marathon Petroleum Corp. (NYSE: MPC). Mr. Voelter also served as Associate General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of Itron, Inc. (NASD: ITRI) from 2016 to 2017 and held various executive leadership roles at Freescale Semiconductor Ltd. (NYSE: FSL) including Vice President and Chief Securities, Ethics and Compliance Counsel from 2005 until 2016, shortly after Freescale was acquired by NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI). Previously, Mr. Voelter was an attorney with Vinson & Elkins L.L.P. and he started his professional career as a public accountant with Coopers & Lybrand, L.L.P. Mr. Voelter received a B.B.A. in International Business from the University of Texas at Austin and a Doctor of Jurisprudence summa cum laude from Baylor University School of Law.
Executive Vice President, Sales & Marketing
Jeff Allison has served as our Executive Vice President, Sales & Marketing since May 2022. Prior to joining our Company, Mr. Allison served as president of Allison Energy Consulting, LLC from July 2020 until May 2022. Mr. Allison also served in various roles with Halliburton Company (NYSE: HAL) over a 20-year period, including Mid-Continent Area Vice President from May 2018 until March 2020, where he led Halliburton Company’s business delivery in the area with accountability over business development (sales), operations, financial performance, HSE, capital execution, and personnel development, and Executive Account Vice President from June 2010 until April 2018, where he provided oversight of strategic clients and accountability of all geographies, products & services, technology and commercial growth. Previously, Mr. Allison held various leadership and strategic roles with Baker Hughes INTEQ, Afognak Native Corporation and ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) both domestically and internationally and served on several industry advisory boards throughout his career. Mr. Allison currently sits on the Industry Advisory Board of Directors for the University of Oklahoma, and has sat on several industry advisory boards, including the Petroleum Alliance of Oklahoma and the Petroleum Equipment & Services Association of Oklahoma. Mr. Allison received a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.
Vice President, Operations
Chad McEver has served as our Vice President of Operations since November 2022 and previously served as our Vice President of Sales and Marketing beginning in January 2018. Prior to joining Atlas, Mr. McEver was a founding member of Hi-Crush Proppants LLC (2010) which went public in 2012 as Hi-Crush Partners LP (NYSE: HCLP). While at Hi-Crush, Mr. McEver led various aspects of the business including operations, greenfield plant development and commercial activities. Mr. McEver has over 20 years of experience in the oil and gas industry and earned a BBA from Stephen F. Austin State University and an MBA from the University of Denver.
Vice President, Human Resources and EHC
Kirk Ginn has served as our Vice President of Human Resources and EHC since September 2017. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Ginn served as the Vice President of Human Logistics for Axion Logistics L.L.C. from December 2015 until September 2017, where he was responsible for the development and delivery of all human resources and people strategies. Mr. Ginn has over 17 years’ of broad oil and gas experience, and has worked in all major oil field plays for Baker Hughes Company (NASDAQ:BKR), Tetra Technologies (NYSE: TTI), and Calfrac Well Services throughout the Western Hemisphere with responsibilities in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Columbia, and Argentina. Mr. Ginn received his degree from Brigham Young University.
Vice President, Finance
Brian Leveille has served as our Vice President of Finance since March 2022 and previously served as our Director of Finance beginning in September 2017. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Leveille worked in various capacities with a focus on corporate finance, corporate development, and financial planning & analysis for American Energy – Permian Basin, LLC, including Director of Finance and Corporate Development. Mr. Leveille began his career as an investment banker covering the oil and gas sector at RBC Capital Markets, LLC and Parkman Whaling LLC. Mr. Leveille earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics and a Master of Science in Finance from Louisiana State University.
Vice President, Technology
Shaam Farooq has served as our Vice President of Technology since July 2022. Mr. Farooq has over 25 years of global technology leadership experience in Oil and Gas, Technology, Manufacturing, and Automotive industries. He has led technology functions for start-ups to Fortune 100 companies and privately owned entities, also overseeing cyber security, and digital transformation.
Prior to joining Atlas Energy Solutions, Mr. Farooq was the Chief Information Officer and Chief Information Security Officer at Hyliion, Chief Technology Officer at New Fortress Energy, and Chief Information Officer at Jonah Energy. He holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Houston and is a graduate studies alumni of Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Rice University.