White Deer Announces Next Generation of Leadership

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White Deer Names Jim Meneely and Joe Bob Edwards as Managing Partners

White Deer Energy (“White Deer”) announced recently that Jim Meneely and Joe Bob Edwards have been appointed the firm's Managing Partners. Tom Edelman and Ben Guill, who founded White Deer in 2008, will continue as Partners helping to oversee the firm and its investments. Jim and Joe Bob have assumed responsibility for White Deer’s day-to-day activities, including investment screening and analysis as well as professional development of the firm’s investment team. The firm’s four Partners will continue to comprise its Investment Committee.

Messrs. Edelman and Guill said, “As our long-time partners and architects of some of our most successful investments, Jim and Joe Bob are the natural choices for leadership roles at White Deer. They are well known to our investors, well respected in the energy industry, and both have helped build the broader White Deer investment team. We are confident that Jim and Joe Bob will capably lead White Deer through it’s next chapter, as we adapt to the ever-changing energy investment landscape.”

Meneely and Edwards commented, “Ben and Tom founded White Deer thirteen years ago, building the firm on a foundation of energy industry expertise coupled with a strong culture of collaboration and partnership. We look forward to expanding this foundation and working with our incredible investment team to deliver excellent returns to our investors.”

In other firm news, White Deer recently promoted Meghan Leggett and Varun Babbili to Principals on the investment team and hired Ed Davis and Justin Potter as Vice Presidents. These moves solidify White Deer’s broader team and ensure the firm is well positioned for ongoing success. Mr. Edwards commented, “Meghan and Varun have helped shape White Deer’s unique culture and represent the future leadership of the firm.” Mr. Meneely continued, “Ed and Justin’s respective backgrounds in renewables and industrials deepen our bench in these two important growth segments.”

About Joe Bob Edwards
Joe Bob joined White Deer in 2011 as a Partner of the firm and member of the Investment Committee. He is currently a board member of Cust-O-Fab, Flogistix, GPS, Quanah, Axios, Extract, Midstream Texas, TorcSill and Unicat. He was previously involved with White Deer’s investments in Accelerated Production and Epic Midstream.

Prior to joining White Deer, Joe Bob spent 13 years at First Reserve Corporation. He was the head of First Reserve’s oilfield service and equipment investment team, which at its peak oversaw over $4.0 billion in equity investments. In addition, Joe Bob served as the chairman of First Reserve’s development committee, with management responsibility for the firm’s junior investment staff. He began his career with Simmons & Company International.

Joe Bob received a B.B.A. in finance from the University of Texas at Austin. He currently serves on the Executive and Advisory Boards for the University of Texas, McCombs Energy Initiative. Joe Bob is also President of the Episcopal High School Dad’s Club and has spent a number of years as volunteer coach and board member of Post Oak Little League.

About Jim Meneely
Jim joined White Deer in 2008 as a Partner of the firm and member of the Investment Committee. He is currently a board member of Covenant Testing Technologies, Patriot Well Solutions, Riverside, Deep Well Services, U.S. Rod, Exero, Unicat and BryteMove. He was previously involved with White Deer’s investments in Fiberspar, O-Tex, Shores Lift, Legacy, RockPile and On Point.

Prior to joining White Deer, Jim served as CEO of Gray Wireline Services. From 2003 to 2008, he worked for Halliburton Company where he was a member of the executive leadership team responsible for mergers and acquisitions, capital planning and strategy development. Prior to 2003, Jim worked as an energy investment banker with Simmons & Company International.

Jim holds an M.B.A in Finance from the Darden Business School at the University of Virginia and a B.E. and B.A. in Mechanical Engineering from Dartmouth College. He serves on the University of Virginia’s Jefferson Scholar Selection Committee.

About White Deer
White Deer is a middle market private equity firm that invests in companies that support the energy, energy infrastructure and industrials sectors. The firm relies on a thematic, research-based investment approach and deep industry knowledge to create sustained value for its companies, investment partners and employees. The firm, which is based in Houston and New York, has raised in excess of $2.7 billion of committed capital since its founding in 2008.

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