Our Management Team has an exceptionally strong commercial mix of engineering, operatiing, accounting, administrative, merger and acquisition and financial experience in the midstream energy sector.
Alex A. Bucher, Chief Executive Officer
Joan A. W. Schnepp, Chief Operating Officer
Ralph W. Neumann, Vice President, Gas Processing
Connie R. Campbell, Controller
Wallace D. Bennett, Director of Finance
Stephen T. Kusner, Revenue Manager
C. Taylor Chalmers, Commercial Development Manager
Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Bucher has been involved continuously in the natural gas industry since graduating in 1977 from the University of New Orleans with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He has supported and helped grow substantial companies including Texaco, Texas Oil and Gas, Dynegy, Enbridge and Eagle Rock Energy. Mr. Bucher’s positions have included Natural Gas Engineer (Texaco), Director of Business Development (Enbridge), Vice-President of Operations and Technical Services (Enbridge), Vice President and Regional Manager (Dynegy), Partner, co-founder, CEO and Chairman of the Board (Eagle Rock Energy) and Managing Director of Dry Trails Midstream (a subsidiary of High Point Energy). Most recently Mr. Bucher accepted the position of Chief Executive Officer of Badger Midstream Energy, LP.
Mr. Bucher has been involved from the ground up, in the evaluation, acquisition and development of billions of dollars of natural gas midstream projects over the past several years. He brings a proven track record of project evaluation, acquisition and development, focusing on exploitation of Midstream opportunities. He has focused solely in the Gas Processing, Gas Gathering, Gas Transmission, Gas Treating, and Gas Conditioning sectors. More specifically he has targeted acquisitions of mature assets in growth areas that are typically underutilized, underperforming and undervalued. Then, with industry relationships to help develop the assets in both the commercial and technical areas, executes a plan for each acquisition and delivers enhanced value. These acquisitions have been from such companies as Williams, ONEOK, DCP, Shell, and Chevron Texaco with assets located in the Gulf Coast, Texas Panhandle, East Texas and Mid-Continent. Mr. Bucher, with a business partner, began Eagle Rock Energy as a start-up and grew it with the support of Natural Gas Partners to a $1.2 Billion public company in three years.
He has served on the Board of Directors of the Arkansas Gas Association, on the Board of the Texas Pipeline Association, as Company Representative to the Gas Processors Association as well as on the Program Committee. He is an Eagle Scout with three children; two University of Texas Engineer sons and a daughter who is now in college working towards a nursing career. His wife and he enjoy being active in their church.
Chief Operating Officer
With more than 27 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, Joan A.W. Schnepp has earned a sterling reputation for leadership, responsibility and execution. She brings to Badger Midstream Energy, LP the combination of sage wisdom and her responsive “no challenge too big” approach to problem solving.
Ms. Schnepp has continuously helped companies grow significantly both as profit centers as well as size. These companies, and her positions with them, include GasTrak as Manager of Operations, MarGasCo as director of the marketing functions, Kansas Pipeline Operating Company as Vice President of Operations, Midcoast and Enbridge, Inc. as Vice President of Revenue Management, Eagle Rock Energy as co-founder and Executive Vice President, and co-founder of Cogenta Energy. Most recently Ms. Schnepp accepted the position of Chief Operating Officer with Badger Midstream Energy, LP.
Joan brings a proven track record of enhancing growth and profitability of companies in areas such as pipeline operations, compression, gas control, gas measurement, transportation, marketing, gas supply, contract negotiations, project evaluation and the acquisition and development of midstream opportunities in gas processing, gathering, transmission, treating and conditioning. She has also been instrumental in successfully working with and through various regulatory venues including respectively Kansas, Missouri, Texas and Oklahoma corporation commissions, and at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Ms. Schnepp, as co-founder of Eagle Rock Energy with Mr. Bucher, began Eagle Rock Energy as a start-up and grew it, with the support of an equity sponsor, to a $1.2 Billion public company in three years.
As Chief Operating Officer, Joan manages the daily functions of Badger’s operations. The remarkable open and effective nature of her working partnership with Alex A. Bucher and Ralph W. Neumann is the foundation upon which the highly specialized Badger team is built. Together they lead the Badger team with a sense of responsible, informed decision-making; deep and broad knowledge of the oil and gas industry; and an intimate working knowledge of each of Badger’s customers’ needs, goals and objectives.
Joan is a member of the Women’s Energy Network in Houston, Texas. She works closely with various Board Members and Schools within the Humble Independent School District participating in directly activities with high school students in improving their interviewing skills, as a mentor to ‘at risk’ students and helping in various ways to improve leadership in the District. She has previously served on the Board of Directors of two different Girl Scout Councils and as a Girl Scout Gold Award Advisor.
Vice President, Gas Processing
Mr. Neumann is a Registered Professional Engineer and has been practicing chemical and process engineering for the oil and gas industry for over forty years. He has been involved in process design, supervision, construction, startup and operations management of natural gas process plants in the United States and worldwide. Mr. Neumann’s most recent experience includes three years as Vice President of Engineering and Operations at US Infrastructure; two years as Manager of Engineering for Ceritas Energy where he was responsible for the construction, startup and operations management of a 50 MMcfd gas processing plant in Liberty County, Texas; five years of service with Fluor Corporation where he was Director of Process Technology and an engineering/technical functional expert where he was the lead engineer specializing in upstream oil and gas processing and led the design of five world scale gas processing projects and several conceptual LNG terminal projects; two years as an independent engineering consultant; Manager of Process Engineering for Conoco, Inc. where he managed a group of engineers tasked with new project design and operations support to Conoco gathering and processing facilities in the United States and Trinidad, including gathering and LPG extraction, LPG fractionation and coal bed methane handling; ten years with Natural Gas Clearinghouse, where he held various key roles in building the NGC/Dynegy gas processing asset business from its inception in 1988 up to and beyond its merger with Warren Division of Chevron in 1996.
Among his accomplishments, Mr. Neumann developed and built NGC’s first gas processing project in Texarkana, managed a fifty man technical services staff and assets with an annual operating budget in excess of $50 million. Previous to this, he held various roles as director of process, consultant, senior process engineer, principal process engineer and chief process systems engineer at a myriad of global businesses.
Mr. Neumann is also an Instructor/ Consultant for John M Campbell & Company’s Gas Processing courses. Mr. Neumann has authored and presented technical papers to the AIChE (dynamic simulation), the Gas Processors Association (nitrogen rejection facilities, gas plant operations management, gas and NGL treating), and the Laurance Reid Gas Conditioning Conference (dehydration and amine treating). Mr. Neumann received his baccalaureate and master’s degrees in Chemical Engineering from Rice University in Houston, Texas.
With more than 20 years of experience in the Accounting and Treasury functions of the oil and gas industry, Connie R. Campbell has specialized in the areas of start-ups, acquisitions and midstream assets. Connie has worked in varying management and supervisory positions for companies such as Enterprise Products, Entex, Dynegy, Eagle Rock Energy, Post Rock Energy, Kinder Morgan and Halcon Resources. Most recently Ms. Campbell accepted the position of Controller of Badger Midstream Energy, LP.
Ms. Campbell received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. Ms. Campbell is married and has one son.
Stephen a native of Phoenix, Arizona, spent the majority of his life and career in the City of Denver, Colorado.
Stephen is a graduate of Metropolitan State College of Denver. He went to school part time and worked full time until he graduated in 2001.
In 1996 Mr. Kusner started on a ground floor opportunity as an accounting clerk and worked his way up to a senior revenue accounting position with Bear Paw Energy. After being there until 2003 Stephen then moved on to Cantera Natural Resources playing a role in the accounting team that transitioned the purchased assets in the Texas Panhandle from Continental Resources back to Denver. In 2006 he left for a brief stint with Mark West Hydrocarbon which concluded in 2007.
Stephen found another opportunity with a privately held company that was on the exploration and production side of the oil and gas industry at McElvain Oil and Gas and moved on in 2009 to support his wife in a promotional move to the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Expanding his job search to include the Houston area, in October 2009 he started working for Eagle Rock Energy Partners in their midstream division.
Director of Finance
A native of Louisiana, Wallace Bennett has been continuously engaged in the finance and accounting areas of the Oil and Gas industry since graduating from the University of Louisiana with an undergraduate degree in Finance and Banking and beginning a career with Gulf Oil Corporation in New Orleans. He subsequently held key positions of increasing responsibility in the upstream, midstream, and downstream sectors of the industry with leading companies such as Chevron, Enron, and Dynegy. He later attained his MBA from Louisiana Tech University and the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.
Notably, Mr. Bennett has had key involvement and experience with the finance and accounting efforts of several IPO’s for domestic and international markets, and subsequently managed Finance and Risk Management areas and departments.
He is very active in his local community and serves on two Board of Directors for local non-profit agencies, one currently as Chair of the Finance Committee. Prior to joining Badger, Mr. Bennett served as the Chief Financial Officer for one of the largest non-profit health service companies in Texas. He is the father of two college aged children and an avid traveler.
Commercial Development Manager
Taylor Chalmers joins the Badger team as a Commercial Development Manager, focusing on building out the company’s producer services and assisting in contract administration.
Mr. Chalmers’ most recent experience includes his role as Business Development Manager for High Point Energy, LLC. Mr. Chalmers joined High Point Energy in 2011, and was primarily responsible for financial analysis, due diligence, and various business development projects for HPE’s acquisitions up until its purchase of American Midstream Partners, LP in 2012. Prior to joining High Point, Mr. Chalmers was a derivatives broker and back office analyst for Coquest Energy Services, a commodities brokerage firm located in Dallas, Texas.
Mr. Chalmers holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics with Financial Applications from Southern Methodist University.