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Board of Directors

John D. Schmitz

Chairman of the Board, President & Chief Executive Officer

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John D. Schmitz

Chairman of the Board, President & Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Schmitz has served as Chairman of the Board since January 2020 and as President and Chief Executive Officer of Select Energy Services since January 2021. He also served as Executive Chairman from November 2017 to December 2019 and as Select’s Chief Executive Officer and Chairman from November 2016 to November 2017. Mr. Schmitz has served as the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of SES Holdings since 2007. Mr. Schmitz founded Peak Oilfield Services, LLC in 2007, and the company was transformed into Select Energy Services under his leadership. Select Energy Services has experienced significant growth and transformation, both organically and through the strategic acquisitions of oilfield services and technologies.

A lifelong entrepreneur, Mr. Schmitz has founded and developed numerous successful businesses in the oil and gas industry including HEP Oil Company, Complete Production Services and Brammer Supply.

  • Founder and Chairman of HEP Oil Company, an exploration and production company that owns interest in over 1,500 producing wells
  • Founder of and served as the North Texas Division Manager for Complete Production Services.
  • Board member of Forum Energy Technologies, Inc.
  • President of B-29 Investments helping to provide financial capital to Select Energy Services
  • Founded Brammer Supply in 1983 and transformed company over 20 years into BSI, an integrated wellsite services provider
  • Past President of Cimmarron Gathering, LP, a midstream company focusing on natural gas and crude oil gathering.

David C. Baldwin

SCF Partners

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David C. Baldwin

SCF Partners

Mr. Baldwin has served as a Director of Select Energy Services since November of 2017. Previously, Mr. Baldwin served as a Director of Rockwater Energy Solutions, Inc. from its formation in June of 2011. He serves as a Managing Director of SCF Partners, Inc. and is responsible for overseeing U.S. based investments and creating investment platforms around emerging energy trends. Mr. Baldwin began his career as a Drilling and Production Engineer with Union Pacific Resources. He later went on to start an energy consulting business and worked for General Atlantic Partners, a global venture capital firm and early investor of SCF Partners. Mr. Baldwin received his MBA from the University of Texas as well as a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering. He serves on the Board of Directors of Houston’s Center Serving Persons with Mental Retardation and serves as the President of the Foundation for the Retarded.

Gayle Burleson

Director

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Gayle Burleson

Director

Ms. Burleson joined the Board of Directors at Select Energy Services in June 2021. Ms. Burleson has over 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, primarily with exploration and production companies, and currently serves as an Independent Director for Chisholm Energy Holdings, LLC and Brigham Minerals, Inc. Prior to joining the board at Chisholm, Ms. Burleson held multiple leadership positions with Concho Resources across 15 years, where her latest role was Senior Vice President of Business Development and Land. Prior to joining Concho Resources, Ms. Burleson served in a number of engineering and operations positions of increasing responsibility at BTA Oil Producers, Mobil Oil Corporation, Parker & Parsley Petroleum Company, and Exxon Corporation. Ms. Burleson holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Texas Tech University.

Richard A. Burnett

Director

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Richard A. Burnett

Director

Mr. Burnett joined our board of directors in November 2016 and serves as the chairman of our audit committee. Mr. Burnett is currently the Chief Financial Officer of Covey Park Energy, a private E&P company sponsored by Denham Capital, a position he has held since July 2017.  Prior to joining Covey Park, Mr. Burnett served as Chief Financial Officer of Texas Double Eagle Energy Holdings II, a U.S. onshore E&P partnership with Apollo Natural Resource Partners from August 2016 until its sale to Parsley Energy, Inc. during the first half of 2017. Prior to Double Eagle Energy Holdings II, Mr. Burnett spent three years at EXCO Resources, Inc., a publicly-traded U.S. onshore E&P company, serving as Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Accounting Officer.

From 2002 to November 2013, Mr. Burnett was at KPMG LLP, an international accounting firm, serving as a Partner beginning 2007. Starting in June 2012, Mr. Burnett served as the Partner in charge of the Energy Audit Practice within the Dallas/Ft. Worth Business Unit. Prior to joining KPMG LLP in 2002, Mr. Burnett spent time at Arthur Andersen LLP and Marine Drilling Companies, Inc. Mr. Burnett is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Texas. Mr. Burnett received a B.B.A. in Accounting from Texas Tech University.

Mr. Burnett brings extensive business and financial expertise to our board from his two decades of financial management, accounting and public company expertise in the oil and gas and accounting industries. For these reasons we believe he is an ideal candidate to serve on our board and serve as our Audit Committee Chairman.

Robert V. Delaney

Crestview Partners

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Robert V. Delaney

Crestview Partners

Mr. Delaney became a member of the Board of Directors in May 2010. Mr. Delaney is a Partner at Crestview Partners where he leads the firm’s energy investing efforts. Prior to joining Crestview, Mr. Delaney was a Partner at Goldman Sachs where he served in a variety of leadership positions including head of the Principal Investment Area in Asia, head of the Principal Investment Area in Japan, head of the Global Leveraged Finance Group and head of the Workout, Advisory and Restructuring Group. He also served as a member of the Investment Committee which oversaw Goldman’s corporate private equity investment funds. Mr. Delaney is also a director of Bell Supply Company, Samson Resources, and Symbion. Mr. Delaney is a Trustee of Hamilton College.

Luis Fernandez-Moreno

Director

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Luis Fernandez-Moreno

Director

Mr. Fernandez-Moreno has served as Director of Select Energy Services since in May 2022. Since May 2018, Mr. Fernandez-Moreno has served as sole manager of Strat and Praxis, LLC (“Strat and Praxis”), a business and management consulting firm specializing in design of corporate strategy, development of processes, and organizational design. Prior to founding Strat and Praxis, he served as Senior Vice President of Ashland Company until February 2017, with responsibilities as president of its Chemicals group since April 2015. Mr. Fernandez-Moreno previously served as president of Ashland Specialty Ingredients from 2013 to 2015, and as president of Ashland Water Technologies from 2012 to 2013. Before joining Ashland, Mr. Fernandez-Moreno was executive vice president of HTH Water Products & Wood Protection for Arch Chemicals, Inc. from 2010 to 2011. Prior to joining Arch Chemicals, Mr. Fernandez-Moreno spent approximately 25 years at Rohm & Haas Company until it was acquired by Dow Chemical Company, after which he managed the newly-formed Dow Coatings Materials business until 2010. Mr. Fernandez-Moreno serves as a director of Ingevity, Inc. (NYSE: NGVT), OQ Chemicals and Huber Engineered Materials and is a member of the Director’s Council at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology and Anthropology. Mr. Fernandez-Moreno received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, Mexico and is a graduate from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton Management Program.

Troy W. Thacker

Director

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Troy W. Thacker

Director

Mr. Thacker became a member of our board of directors in May 2020. He is currently the Managing Partner at Ara Partners, a firm he co founded in 2017. Prior to founding Ara Partners, he served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Total Safety, Inc. from 2014 to 2017. From 2010 to 2013 Mr. Thacker served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of R360 Environmental Solutions, Inc. Prior to his time at R360 Environmental Solutions, Inc., Mr. Thacker, from 2006 to 2010, was a founding partner of Paine & Partners, LLC. Mr. Thacker has also held positions at Fox, Paine & Company from 2001to 2006, and SCF Partners, Inc. from 1997 to 1998. Mr. Thacker sits on the Council of Overseers of Jones Business School at Rice University and serves as a director of the Hermann Park Conservancy. Mr. Thacker received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Rice University and his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Douglas J. Wall

Director

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Douglas J. Wall

Director

Mr. Wall rejoined our board of directors in November 2016, having previously served on the board of SES Holdings, our subsidiary from January 2012 through December 2014. Mr. Wall formerly served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Patterson-UTI Energy, Inc. from October 2007 through September 2012, after joining the company as Chief Operating Officer in April 2007. He joined Patterson-UTI Energy, Inc. after a sixteen-year career with Baker Hughes, Inc., most recently as Group President, Completions & Production. In that role he was responsible for the operations of Baker Oil Tools, Inc. Baker Petrolite Corporation, and Centrilift, Inc., as well as the company’s production optimization efforts. From 2003 to 2005, Mr. Wall was President of Baker Oil Tools, Inc., and from 1997 to 2003, he was President of Hughes Christensen Company. From 1991 to 1997, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Western Rock Bit Company Ltd., then Hughes Tool Company’s distributor in Canada. Prior to joining Baker Hughes, Inc. and its predecessors, Mr. Wall held a variety of senior executive positions with oilfield service companies in Canada. He began his career in the drilling industry in 1978 with ATCO Drilling (previously Thomson Drilling) and later spent 10 years with Adeco Drilling & Engineering Company Ltd., an affiliate of Parker Drilling Company.

Since May 2014, Mr. Wall has served on the board of directors of Fugro N.V., a Dutch-based company involved in the geotechnical, survey, subsea and seismic business. Additionally, in August 2016, Mr. Wall joined the board of directors of Seventy Seven Energy Inc., an Oklahoma-based oilfield services company that provides drilling, pressure pumping, oilfield rental tools and other services to U.S. onshore E&P companies. Mr. Wall received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Calgary and an M.B.A. in Finance and Marketing from the University of Alberta.

We believe Mr. Wall’s extensive experience as a public energy company executive and his service on multiple public company boards bring valuable experience and insight to our board.


Executive Management

John D. Schmitz

Chairman of the Board, President & Chief Executive Officer

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John D. Schmitz

Chairman of the Board, President & Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Schmitz has served as Chairman of the Board since January 2020 and as President and Chief Executive Officer of Select Energy Services since January 2021. He also served as Executive Chairman from November 2017 to December 2019 and as Select’s Chief Executive Officer and Chairman from November 2016 to November 2017. Mr. Schmitz has served as the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of SES Holdings since 2007. Mr. Schmitz founded Peak Oilfield Services, LLC in 2007, and the company was transformed into Select Energy Services under his leadership. Select Energy Services has experienced significant growth and transformation, both organically and through the strategic acquisitions of oilfield services and technologies.

A lifelong entrepreneur, Mr. Schmitz has founded and developed numerous successful businesses in the oil and gas industry including HEP Oil Company, Complete Production Services and Brammer Supply.

  • Founder and Chairman of HEP Oil Company, an exploration and production company that owns interest in over 1,500 producing wells
  • Founder of and served as the North Texas Division Manager for Complete Production Services.
  • Board member of Forum Energy Technologies, Inc.
  • President of B-29 Investments helping to provide financial capital to Select Energy Services
  • Founded Brammer Supply in 1983 and transformed company over 20 years into BSI, an integrated wellsite services provider
  • Past President of Cimmarron Gathering, LP, a midstream company focusing on natural gas and crude oil gathering.

Michael C. Skarke

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

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Michael C. Skarke

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Skarke has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Select Energy Services, Inc. since April 2021. Prior to this role, Mr. Skarke previously held a number of senior management roles at the company, including Executive Vice President of Corporate Development, Sales, Marketing & Operational Support Services; Executive Vice President of Water Infrastructure; Executive Vice President of Water Solutions; Vice President of Water Solutions, Vice President of WaterONE, and Treasurer. Mr. Skarke joined the company in June 2009 as a member of the Finance team.

Prior to joining Select, Mr. Skarke served as Assistant Vice President at Amegy Bank, where he provided strategic debt financing solutions and general banking support for public and private oilfield service companies.

Education

  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance
    University of Texas

Suzanne J. Colbert

Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer

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Suzanne J. Colbert

Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer

Ms. Colbert has served as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer since August 2021. She has over 20 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. Prior to joining Select, Ms. Colbert was the Vice President of Information Technology at Marathon Oil. Over her career, Ms. Colbert served in various IT and financial operations positions of increasing responsibility at multiple companies including BP, Noble Drilling, and Anadarko Petroleum. She attained her Bachelor of Arts in Management Information Systems from Texas A&M University.

Christopher K. George

Senior Vice President Corp Dev, IR, Sustainability & Treasurer

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Christopher K. George

Senior Vice President Corp Dev, IR, Sustainability & Treasurer

Mr. George has served as Senior Vice President, Corporate Development, Investor Relations & Sustainability at Select Energy Services, Inc. since January 2022. Mr. George also recently served as Treasurer of the Company from May 2018 until March 2022. Since joining the organization in January 2012, Mr. George has served in a variety of roles of increasing responsibility at Select and its predecessor company SES Holdings, including most recently as Vice President, Investor Relations and Senior Director, Corporate Finance & Investor Relations.Prior to joining Select, Mr. George spent a number of years in the Global Energy Investment Banking Group at UBS Investment Bank, where he focused on public equity and debt capital raises and M&A advisory work within the energy industry. Mr. George attained his Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Honors and Accounting and Masters in Professional Accounting degrees from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin.

Adam R. Law

Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer, and Corporate Secretary

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Adam R. Law

Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer, and Corporate Secretary

Mr. Law serves as Senior Vice President General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Select Energy Services, Inc.  Prior to joining Select Energy Services, Mr. Law practiced corporate law at Vinson & Elkins L.L.P., representing public and private companies in mergers and acquisitions and capital markets transactions, primarily in the oil and natural gas industry. He attained his Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Honors and Finance from The University of Texas and Juris Doctorate with honors from the University of Texas, School of Law.

 

Cody Ortowski

Executive Vice President, Business Strategy

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Cody Ortowski

Executive Vice President, Business Strategy

Mr. Ortowkski serves as Executive Vice President, Business Strategy for Select Energy Services, Inc. Mr. Ortowski has been with Select since its inception, initially serving as Vice President of Operations and subsequently promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in 2011. Prior to joining Select Energy Services, Mr. Ortowski and his brother Cole founded Impact Energy Services, a water transfer company, which was acquired by Select Energy Services in 2008.

Mr. Ortowski’s experience also includes working for more than 14 years for Pumpco Energy Services, a stimulation and cementing company headquartered in Gainesville, Texas. He served as Vice President of Stimulation Services, where he was instrumental in growing Pumpco Energy Services’ operations throughout the Barnett Shale of North Texas and expanding into other US markets.

Education

  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Financial Management
    Abilene Christian University

Nick L. Swyka

Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

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Nick L. Swyka

Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Mr Swyka has served as Chief Financial Officer of Select Energy Services, Inc. since May 2018. He previously served as Director of Investor Relations and Corporate Development at Nabors Industries (NYSE: NBR) from 2015 to 2018. Prior to Nabors, Mr. Swyka served as Director of Corporate Planning at Pacific Drilling from 2011 until 2015. Prior to that, he worked as a consultant with McKinsey & Company from 2008 to 2011, specializing in high-level strategic and operational challenges and opportunities in the energy industry. Swyka received his B.S. in International Political Economy from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and an M.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to pursuing his M.B.A., he worked on Capitol Hill with the United States House of Representatives.