Leadership

Principals

Randy Blank
Luis Guzman
Jeff Parish
Jeff Shipper
James Strickland

Executive Team

Dennis Novosad
VP Business Development
Rick Biel
VP Finance, CFO
Brandon Rochner
Operations Manager

In Depth

Randy Blank – A Chemical Engineer from Texas A&M, Mr. Blank has experience with natural gas marketing, gas processing, gas pipeline and gas plant operations in both the U.S. and Canada. As Executive Vice-president of Rockland Pipeline Company, Mr. Blank oversaw the sale of over $400 million of Rockland’s and its sister company, American Cometra’s assets. Mr. Blank joined NGC Group, Inc., in 1997 and has been instrumental in the development of Panther Pipeline’s asset acquisition and marketing business.

Luis Guzman – As a managing attorney with Valero Energy Corporation and El Paso Natural Gas Company, Mr. Guzman has experience in contracting for the exploration, purchase, sale and transportation of natural gas. A graduate of the University of Texas and the University of Michigan, School of Law, Mr. Guzman also has extensive experience with state and federal energy regulation. Mr. Guzman was a founder of NGC Group, Inc., in 1993 and of Panther Pipeline in 1995.

Jeff Parish – As a previous officer of Valero Energy Corporation, Mr. Parish has extensive experience in the areas of state and national energy regulation, gas contracting, business development, strategic planning and contract dispute resolution. A graduate of Stephen F. Austin University, Mr. Parish served as Vice-President at Valero and was appointed by the Chairman of the Railroad Commission to serve on the State of Texas Energy Policy Planning Committee. Along with Mr. Guzman, Mr. Parish formed NGC Group, Inc., in 1993 and with the addition of Mr. Shipper formed Panther Pipeline in 1995.

Jeff Shipper – Mr. Shipper, a licensed Professional Engineer, has experience in reserve determinations, gas contracting, including dispute resolution, gas pipeline operations and business development. After graduation from the University of Texas with a Petroleum Engineering degree, Mr. Shipper worked in the engineering departments of Tesoro Petroleum and Valero Energy Corporation. Mr. Shipper served as Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Chairman for the Balcones Section area from 1988-89. Mr. Shipper joined NGC Group, Inc., in 1994 and was instrumental in the development of Panther Pipeline in 1995 and all subsequent Panther entities.

James Strickland – Mr. Strickland has experience in the industry with focus in gas marketing and supply, contract administration, gas control and gas measurement for Valero Energy Corporation, Amoco Energy Trading and Mitchell Gas Services, L.P. Mr. Strickland is well known and respected throughout the natural gas industry and has served as President of the Houston Energy Association. Mr. Strickland joined the NGC/Panther Management team in February 1999 as president of Panther Energy Services, Inc.