Starting in the mid-1970s with First City National Bank of Houston, Steve has had a long career investing in and managing businesses across the energy value chain.
He was Chairman of Champion Technologies, which grew into a large international company with over $1.3 billion in revenue and 3,500 employees before eventually selling to Ecolab for $2.2 billion in 2013. Additionally, he was involved with family-run oilfield service companies including Petroleum Equipment Tools Co. (PETCO), which was merged into Weatherford in 1991, and Densimix, which sold to Prince Minerals in 2013. Currently, Steve is Chairman of Athlon Solutions, LLC, a specialty chemical and service supplier that spun-out of Champion and Johnson & Lindley, LLC, a family office focused on a variety of investments.
Steve grew up in Midland, TX and attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
Charlie began his energy career working extended summers for Mercury Drilling and Mosbacher Production while earning a geology degree from Williams College. In the mid-80s, he joined Manufacturers Hanover Trust before attending Columbia Business School. Following business school he spent six years at Banque Paribas where he helped start the energy lending business, executed the
initial commodity swap supported financings and invested in producing properties in Michigan, Colorado and the San Juan Basin of
Charlie went on to help start Legacy Partners, an M&A boutique that grew to 20 professionals before a successful sale to FBR Capital
Markets. He stayed at FBR to run the energy banking group before moving to Nomura to build its energy practice. Over his long career, Charlie has executed numerous acquisition financings, M&A transactions, IPOs and private capital raises for his small and mid-sized
Farris has over 10 years of principal investing experience, including previously with First Reserve Momentum and Pelican Energy Partners. While at Pelican and FR Momentum, he helped underwrite, execute and manage numerous oilfield private equity investments including Downhole Technology, Patriot Artificial Lift and Snubco USA. Prior to Pelican, he completed the analyst program in the Natural Resources Investment Banking Group at Deutsche Bank.
Farris grew up in Houston, TX and attended the University of Texas at Austin.