Our leadership


Christina Kitchens is the founder and managing partner of 3P Energy Capital. She launched this platform after seeing fundamental, pervading shifts in energy, and recognizing the opportunities and need for strategic advisory. She co-leads the firm’s advisory, business development, commodity trade and its private capital initiatives.  



Michael Taylor is a principal and managing partner of 3P Energy Capital. He has 25 years of investment banking and corporate finance experience and has been involved in numerous M&A, capital raising and financial advisory transactions for clients primarily in the upstream sector of the oil & gas industry. He co-leads the firm’s advisory, M&A and other private capital initiatives. 



3P Energy Capital engages its talent customized to its project and client’s needs with investment bankers, advisors, and financial services partners. 


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Christina Kitchens

Mrs. Kitchens has over 20 years of upstream and midstream corporate finance experience. She has successfully closed $11Bn in direct transactions and $80Bn of debt facility originations. Christina has routinely been a leader of strategy, growth, business development and platform buildouts. She recently built a $1.8Bn energy lending platform at $55Bn domestic commercial bank as its Group Managing Director of Specialized Industries Finance. Additionally, she co-led the acquisition and integration of an investment bank, served on its engagement and oversight committees and launched an ESG finance platform along with instituting a commodity derivatives trade desk. Prior to, she built and lead the energy finance divisions at two high-growth regional banks, started a commodity trade desk at an international money center bank and integrated bank acquisitions focused to specialized and commercial lending in her executive management roles. Christina launched her strategic leadership focus as part of the executive management program at Citibank.

Christina has her MBA in Strategic Management from University of North Texas and a BA in Organizational Management. She is a holder of the Series 7, Series 79 and Series 63 securities registrations. She is the 3rd generation within her family in the oil and gas industry.


Michael Taylor, CFA

Prior to 3P Energy Capital, Mr. Taylor was a co-founder and Managing Director at Mitchell Energy Advisors (MEA), where he played a lead role in the sourcing and execution of M&A, capital raising and financial advisory transactions for clients in the upstream sector of the oil & gas industry.  At MEA, Mr. Taylor completed transactions with an aggregate value of over $5 billion. Prior to the formation of MEA in 2003, Mr. Taylor was an investment banker in the Dallas office of FBR’s Energy Investment Banking Group. Previously, Mr. Taylor was a Vice President in the investment banking group of Morgan Keegan & Co. (now Raymond James) where he worked on numerous capital raising and M&A advisory assignments in a variety of industries.  Prior to joining Morgan Keegan, he was an Associate in the Corporate Finance practices of Arthur Andersen and KPMG. 

Mr. Taylor received a BBA in Finance with honors from the University of Houston and an MBA from Southern Methodist University, where he was a recipient of the Dean’s Scholarship. He is a holder of the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and the Series 7, Series 24, Series 79 and Series 99 securities registrations.

Recognition and Boards

Mrs. Kitchens has been recognized multiple times as a top industry executive, including the 25 Influential Women in Energy for 2022 by Hart Energy (Oil & Gas Investor), twice being listed on the D CEO Magazine’s list of the D500 Most Powerful Business Leaders in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area and in the Top Twenty Under Forty in Energy Finance with the Oil & Gas Investor magazine. Christina was a founder of the Energy Leadership Series and serves on the Boards of the Texas Energy Council, Executive Advisory Board to the Women’s Energy Network, the UNT Ryan College of Business (previously) and on the IPAA Capital Committee among others. She is active with the Executive Women Roundtable, Dallas Chamber of Commerce and the United Way Tocqueville Society.



Mr. Belton is Chairman and CEO of ZeoGas LLC and he serves as an Independent Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee for the Buckingham Senior Living Community along with serving as a Senior Advisor to 3P Energy Capital. Mr. Belton has served as Chairman, Director, CEO, COO and restructuring adviser for nearly a dozen organizations, including public and sponsor-backed companies. As the principal executive, he has recruited executive teams who individually and collectively possess not only the requisite technical skills but also the character and ethics to operate as a team. Mr. Belton has routinely formed leadership teams that built organizational value and improved strategic, financial, and operational vitality, typically in circumstances with a high sense of urgency.

Mr. Belton also has deep board service and corporate governance experience, having thrice served on the boards of companies where he was CEO, as well as a member of the boards of directors of the State Bar of Texas and its executive committee, earning the Chairman’s designation as Outstanding Third Year Director, and the Texas Center for Legal Ethics, where he is in his second three-year term and serving as chairman of the Finance Committee. By appointment of the Texas Supreme Court, Mr. Belton is a public member of the Committee for Disciplinary Rules and Referendum, representing the public’s interest in the legal profession.

Mr. Belton spent the first decade of his career at Andersen Consulting Strategic Services (Accenture), where he led major change, acquisition strategy and growth agendas for billion-dollar revenue companies, culminating in his leadership if the firm’s post-merger integration practice in Texas. Later, he was restructuring officer and then COO of TRC Companies (NYSE: TRR), a leading environmental and civil engineering firm created through the acquisition of over 30 independent engineering companies. Mr. Belton subsequently served as Chairman and CEO of TDECU Holdings, a subsidiary of the related $3 billion financial institution, and, most recently, founder and Chairman of ZeoGas LLC, which is developing multi-billion petrochemical assets including the Port Arthur Methanol Project, a $1.5 billion greenfield project based on the Air Liquide Mega Methanol technology.

Mr. Belton received a BBA in Business and Technology Management from the University of Texas McCombs School of Business degree and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.


Ms. German is a corporate director and NACD Governance Fellow with expertise in strategy, finance, enterprise risk management and mitigation, and global treasury operations.   She is a graduate of NACD’s Director Professionalism class and is also a member of the Institute for Excellence in Corporate Governance at The University of Texas at Dallas.  Donna has served on the boards of Upsite Technologies, Inc.  (Audit and Compensation Committees), and is the current Chairman of HoldFast, a public speaking/professional development company comprised of elite special operations veterans who use their active duty experiences to inspire and engage corporate audiences with military leadership principles.  She is also on the advisory board of Lake Point Healthcare, a rapidly growing Plano-based upscale assisted living entity serving high acuity seniors with a high level of personalized service. 

Donna was Managing Director of J.P. Morgan Chase in a client relationship and business development role for 15 years, with responsibility for Fortune 500 and mid-cap corporations in energy and diversified industries.  She was recruited to the finance team of one of her clients, Hunt Consolidated, Inc., a privately held international enterprise with interests in energy, real estate, and investments, where she served as SVP, Treasurer, and Chief Risk Officer. As such, Donna has been on “both sides of the desk” and understands banking and accessing the capital markets from the perspective of both investor and borrower.  Donna also led an enterprise risk management program to support strategic growth by identifying and mitigating key risk elements.  In 2013, she was named one of Dallas’ top fourteen finance professionals by D CEO Magazine.

In addition to her corporate endeavors, Donna has been an active leader in the philanthropic arena for over 25 years.  She serves on the Finance Advisory Board of the College of Business at Kansas State University.  Recently retired from the board of Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas, she remains active on the Endowment Board and Mental Health and Wellness Strategic Planning Committee.  Donna was also a member of the 2018 Board of Directors of the Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce and served as President of its Executive Women’s Roundtable. 


Ms. Grider currently serves as the Global Head of Fundraising and Investor Relations for Levine Leichtman Capital Partners. She was hired in 2022 to spearhead the firm’s global fundraising efforts and is responsible for building and scaling a global investor relations team across all of the firm’s fund families and co-investment strategies.

Before LLCP, Ms. Grider held senior fundraising and investor relations positions across alternative investments, most recently focused on capital raising across the energy sector with Tailwater Capital and NGP. She started her career with several years of investment banking with Citigroup and Wachovia Securities. Ms. Grider holds a Bachelor of Arts in international commerce from Vanderbilt University.

Ms. Grider is a longtime supporter of cultivating opportunities for women in energy and finance. She has served on the national board of directors of the philanthropic arm of the Women’s Energy Network (“WEN”), the WEN Foundation, and has served WEN on a local level as both a board member and an Advisory Council member of the North Texas Chapter. She also served on the Advisory Board of the Kayo Women’s Energy Summit, an annual event that supports mentorship and growth for women in energy investment and finance. Ms. Grider was named as Oil & Gas Investor’s top 25 Influential Women in Energy in 2021 and was named by the Wall Street Journal as one of the Private Equity “Women to Watch” for 2020.


Mr. Jarvis is an independent consultant assisting energy companies, financial institutions and service providers address networking and communication challenges. His recent prior experience was Senior Vice President of Membership, Capital Markets and Business Development for the Independent Petroleum Association of America. In that role he managed the Association’s new member acquisition, membership upgrade, and member services for the association’s 400 corporate and 10,000 individual members. These activities typically involved in-person senior executive outreach to explain association positions and value propositions and to close additional association support. In addition, he was responsible for six investor relations events in the public and private markets and a number of business development fund raising events.

Previously Bob ran a stand-alone consulting network as the Vice President of Energy for Goldman Sachs. He built, maintained and deployed consultants as requested by Goldman clients with questions about energy as they evaluated possible energy investments. This role covered the Energy business worldwide from exploration through refining and marketing, power generation and distribution, and emerging alternative energy options. It involved daily interactions with long and hedge fund investors and other firm clients.

Bob began his energy information career in the publishing business as an editor and publisher culminating as Vice President and Group Publisher of Finance and Power Products for Hart Energy Publishing. In this role he notably ran Oil and Gas Investor magazine and its affiliated products including conferences, websites, newsletters, and databases. This role oversaw all subscription acquisition, advertising sales management, editorial oversight, and new product activities.

He began his career as a Series 7 and 63 Registered Representative. Bob is a graduate of the University of Michigan and is a member of numerous industry trade groups.


Mrs. Edwards is the Oil and Gas National Practice Leader for Baker Tilly LLP. Baker Tilly is a global top ten accounting firm that provides assurance, tax, and consulting services. Laura is an audit partner in the energy vertical with over 20 years of experience providing audit services to both public and private companies. She has worked with a variety of clients with revenues or assets ranging from $50 million to $3 billion in the power and utilities, renewables, and oil and gas (upstream, midstream, and service) industries.  

She has significant experience working on a variety of technical accounting and auditing issues for clients, including SEC companies with SOX 404 compliance. She communicates effectively to clients, members of executive management, private equity groups, audit committees, and those charged with governance. Laura is a CFE (Certified Fraud Examiner) and CPA in Texas. She is part of the Women’s Energy Network and the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants. She graduated with a Bachelor of Accounting and Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Missouri State University.



Ms. Lennon, J.D., LL.M., resides in Dallas, Texas where she serves as General Counsel to Gaedeke Group, LLC.  Julie joined Gaedeke in January 2010.  She is a former partner with K&L Gates, LLP.  Julie’s legal practice has been focused on commercial real estate and oil & gas transactions.

Julie holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from the University of Southern Mississippi; a Juris Doctorate degree from Southern Methodist University, and a Master of Laws (LL.M) degree from New York University.  She clerked for the Mississippi Supreme Court and Civilian Board of Contact Appeals in DC.   Julie is admitted to practice law in both Texas and Mississippi.  In addition, Julie serves on the Board of Directors for Point Hope, Inc. a Non-profit founded by radio host Delilah Renee, and she serves on the Board of Directors for the University of Southern Mississippi Foundation.


Mr. Montgomery is Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Trek Resources, Inc., a private Oil and Gas Exploration and Production Company since 2001.  He served in the US Navy Submarine Fleet from 1971 through 1975 as a MM2.  He was honorably discharged and graduated from Southern Methodist University in 1979 with a Bachelor of Arts in Finance.

Mr. Montgomery has over 30 years of experience in the energy industry with extensive involvement in operations and acquisitions areas. Mike began his career with First City Bank Dallas before moving to Midland to learn the Oil and gas business through banking eyes. In 1987 he formed MJM Oil & Gas Inc. and sold the firm in 1993. With proceeds from the sale, he invested in Bent Tree Bank and served as a director from 1994 -1996 before selling to Northern Trust Bank. He later purchased a significant interest in Grand Bank of Texas and was on their board from 2007-2019. Mike has been President, CEO and Chairman of the Board for Trek Resources Inc., since June 15, 2000.  

Mike previously served as a board member and President of The PK Ranch Owners Association, a board member for Dallas Wildcatters, the President of The Dallas Petroleum Club and he served for two years as President of the Dallas Hard Hatters. He has been involved in numerous organizations and charitable causes, and he is currently working with The Family Place.  Mike was a volunteer pilot for Angel Flight for many years. 


Mr. Toups, P.E. is the President & Owner of Haas Engineering, in Dallas, Texas, where he provides reservoir engineering and evaluation services to the Oil & Gas community. Mr. Toups has over 16 years of technical expertise covering nearly all domestic plays and is considered a key resource by the industry in reservoir engineering best practices.  Thad supports the full spectrum of oil and gas clientele including operators, working interest owners, mineral entities, and midstream companies.  He also routinely works with lenders, private equity, and family offices for their technical due diligence processes. 

Mr. Toups brings his wealth of experience to support the entire life cycle of an oil and gas company.  He is skilled in screening potential acquisitions and understands the common pitfalls buyers face in the data room process.  Once an asset is owned, Thad can advise on the best ways to add value though operations, workovers, and/or new development.  He is an expert at understanding 3rd party reserve evaluations, and can identify red flags or potential areas of risk during the “steady state” phase of the company.  When an exit strategy is needed, Thad brings the ability to asses upside potential that may entice potential buyers. 

Aside from his technical expertise, Mr. Toups is a small business owner.  Having purchased Haas Engineering in 2014, he understands how to navigate through the boom and busts of the oil industry.  Thad is able to provide his experience in managing people, processes, and budgets.  Prior to joining Haas Engineering in 2004, Thad worked as a process engineer for Citgo’s Corpus Christi refinery for 2 years.

Thad received a Bachelor’s of Science in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University.  He is also a registered Professional Engineer in Texas and SPE member.