David J. Schulte
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Schulte is a co-founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CorEnergy. Previously, Mr. Schulte was a co-founder and a Managing Director of Tortoise Capital Advisors L.L.C. where, until 2015, he served on the investment committee. He is recognized in the industry as an expert on master limited partnerships and other financial structures for investing in energy infrastructure. Earlier, Mr. Schulte was a Managing Director at Kansas City Equity Partners (KCEP), a founding sponsor of Tortoise, where he led private financing for two growth MLPs. Before joining KCEP, he spent five years as an investment banker at the predecessor of Oppenheimer & Co., Inc. Mr. Schulte earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Iowa and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Drake University. He has earned a CFA charter, as well as a certified public accountant (CPA) designation. In 2017, Mr. Schulte was named into the Alerian Hall of Fame for Asset Management. In 2020, Mr. Schulte was named an independent member of the board of directors for Western Midstream Partners, a master limited partnership formed to acquire, own, develop and operate midstream assets..
Lead Independent Director
Todd Banks is a co-founder and Portfolio Manager for Blackthorn Investment Group, an equity market neutral hedge fund with a focus on the energy sector. His firm was founded in 1998 and converted into a family office (no outside capital) in 2014. Prior to the Blackthorn Investment Group, Mr. Banks was a Managing Director in the Proprietary Financial Markets Group at Koch Industries for over seven years and a Reservoir and Production Engineer for the Shell Oil Company for five years. Mr. Banks acts as an ad hoc advisor for C3 Capital Partners and is a lecturer of Alternative Investment Strategies and Entrepreneurial Finance at the University of Kansas Business School. Mr. Banks holds a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Houston.
Conrad S. Ciccotello
Conrad Ciccotello is a Professor and the Director of the Reiman School of Finance at the University of Denver, and a Research Fellow in the TIAA Institute. He is also a Senior Consultant to the finance practice of Charles River Associates, which provides economic, financial and management consulting services. From 1999-2017 he was an Associate Professor and Chairman of the Department of Risk Management and Insurance, and Director of the Asset and Wealth Management Programs in the Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University. Professor Ciccotello served as an Investment Consultant to the University System of Georgia for its defined contribution retirement plans from 2008 – 2017. He has published over 60 works and his research has been entered into Senate Banking Committee testimony and cited in the Federal Register. Several of his academic and professional journal articles examine corporate and investment company performance and structure, with a focus on MLPs. He currently serves as the lead independent director for the Tortoise/Ecofin Closed End Funds, and as a trustee for the Peachtree Alternatives Strategies Fund.
Chief Operating Officer and Director
Mr. Grier is the Chief Operating Officer at CorEnergy. He has been in the energy industry for more than 40 years. Prior to joining CorEnergy, he spent 17 years as the CEO of Crimson Midstream, having pipeline operations in California, Louisiana and offshore in the Gulf of Mexico. Mr. Grier was the President and CEO of Crimson Resource Management, a buyer and operator of oil and gas producing properties for 24 years. He is also CEO of Crimson Renewable Energy, the largest biodiesel manufacturer in California. During each of the Crimson engagements, Mr. Grier was the founder and responsible for growing the entities from startup. Prior to that he worked for Mobil Oil company in various engineering and management positions. Mr. Grier has a Bachelor of Science (with honors) in Chemical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard University.
Catherine A. Lewis
Catherine A. Lewis has more than 30 years of experience in the accounting and tax professions. She retired in October 2012 from her position as Global Head of Tax for KPMG's Energy and Natural Resources practice, where she provided expertise in the areas of taxation, planning and compliance, along with foreign tax and investment structures. She served on KPMG's Board of Directors for five years starting in 2004. Before joining KPMG in 2002, she spent 17 years at Arthur Andersen. Ms. Lewis, a certified public accountant and an active member of the Kansas City community, has served on a number of Boards, including the University of Missouri - Kansas City (UMKC) Bloch School Advisory Board, Girl Scouts of Northeast Kansas, Starlight Theatre and Graceland University's Professional Institute.
Arkan Haile is Senior Executive Advisor to the Mayor for Development and Special Projects for the City and County of Denver, an appointed position he began in April 2022. He spent the prior 16 years serving as outside counsel to companies primarily in the midstream energy industry and, more recently, as a legal executive in the midstream energy industry. Over the course of his 21-year legal career he practiced, in roughly equal parts, as (i) an associate or of counsel at two national law firms (Kutak Rock LLP and Patton Boggs LLP), (ii) a partner at a law firm he co-founded (n/k/a BurgherGray LLP) and (iii) a senior in-house counsel at two public companies (NGL Energy Partners LP and TransMontaigne Partners LP). He serves on boards of several non-profits including the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business. Mr. Haile holds a BA in Economics and Political Science and an MBA from the University of Denver and a JD from the University of Colorado.