Our leadership

CHRISTINA KITCHENS

Christina Kitchens is the principal and managing partner of 3P Energy Capital. She launched this platform after seeing fundamental, pervading shifts in energy capital, and recognizing the opportunities and need for alternative capital and strategic advisory. She leads the firm’s energy alternative capital group, business development, ESG services and advisory. 

 
RESOURCES

3P Energy Capital engages its talent customized to its project and client’s needs.

Experience

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 a 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. Christina launched her strategic leadership focus as part of the executive management program at Citibank.

Christina has been a quick study of ESG standards and implementation, especially focused to existing and new capital evolving requirements. She speaks frequently on energy capital trends and ESG at industry conferences to assist in guiding industry’s course. 

Christina has her MBA in Strategic Management from University of North Texas and a BA in Organizational Management. She is the 3rd generation within her family in the oil and gas industry.

Recognition and Boards

Mrs. Kitchens has been recognized multiple times as a top industry executive, including being listed on the D CEO Magazine’s list of the D500 Most Powerful Business Leaders in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area and Top Twenty Under Forty in Energy Finance with the Oil and 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 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.

SENIOR ADVISORS

TIM BELTON

Mr. Belton is Chairman and CEO of ZeoGas LLC, as well as advising boards and CEOs on fundamental strategic initiatives, operational and financial restructuring, business architecture, board and diversity and inclusion objectives. 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 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 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.

DONNA GERMAN

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. 

LINDSAY GRIDER

Ms. Grider joined Tailwater Capital in May 2018 to lead the firm’s fundraising and investor relations, marketing and public relations activities. Prior to joining Tailwater, Ms. Grider was the Director of Investor Relations at NGP, where she led fundraises for both energy and agribusiness funds and worked closely with limited partners and investment consultants. Prior to NGP, Ms. Grider managed corporate development and distribution for Sterling Stamos Capital Management, an alternative investment firm based in Menlo Park, California. She started her career with five years of investment banking with Citigroup and Wachovia Securities, focused on M&A and capital raising transactions across various industries. Ms. Grider earned her B.A. 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 serves 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 “Women to Watch” for 2020.

BOB JARVIS

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.

DALE JENSEN

Mr. Jensen more than 17 years of experience in public accounting and previously served as the partner-in-charge of Weaver’s Public Company Audit and Oil and Gas practices. Dale remains on the forefront of industry regulations and changes. He has extensive experience providing assurance services within the industry, with a specific focus on the upstream and midstream sectors. In addition, he has in-depth knowledge of the nuances of public company audits. He provides consulting services to SEC registrants including implementation of new accounting standards, purchase price allocation, preparation of hedge documentation and review of required SEC filings. Dale’s diverse knowledge of industry standards and best practices allows him to provide high-quality, comprehensive consulting services to each of his clients.

Dale is a frequent author of articles for professional and business publications, providing valuable industry insights. He is a member of the Dallas Council of Petroleum Accountants and serves on the energy advisory board for the Institute of Petroleum Accounting. In addition, Dale is an active member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants. He graduated with a bachelor of business administration degree in accounting from Southern Arkansas University.

 

JULIE LENNON

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.

MIKE MONTGOMERY

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. 

THAD TOUPS

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.