Who We Are

Management Team

Ralph was appointed as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of ETX’s board of managers in 2014. He has over 30 years of experience in the upstream, midstream and downstream segments of the industry. He served as President and CEO of WPX Energy Inc. from April 2011 to December 2013. As President and CEO, in December 2011 Ralph led the WPX spin-off from The Williams Companies, Inc. as a pure play exploration and production company. From June 2002 to April 2011, Ralph was President of Exploration & Production at The Williams Companies, and from 1996 to 2002, he was Senior Vice President of Petroleum Services & Exploration & Production at The Williams Companies. Ralph also served as CEO and Chairman of the Board for Apco Oil and Gas International Inc. (NASDAQ: APAGF), an international oil and natural gas exploration and production company with interests in Argentina and Colombia, from 2002 to 2013. Ralph held numerous roles of increasing responsibility prior to 2002 with The Williams Companies. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Collins College of Business at the University of Tulsa, the Trulaske School of Business at the University of Missouri, and the One Mizzou Campaign Cabinet at the University of Missouri. Ralph has also previously served on the board of directors of the Indian Nations Council Boy Scouts of America, America’s Natural Gas Alliance, the American Petroleum Institute and the American Exploration & Production Council. He holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Tulsa and a B.S. in Business Administration & Finance from the University of Missouri.

Danni Morris joined ETX Energy as Chief Financial Officer in September 2014. Danni formerly served as Treasurer for WPX Energy Inc. and has a 20+-year tenure in the energy business, having performed most of her career at the Williams Companies, Inc. and WPX. While serving as Treasurer of WPX, she also managed the insurance portfolio. Prior to WPX Energy’s spinoff from the Williams Companies, Danni was a manager in the business development group and led the group in various acquisitions. Danni joined the business development group in 2002, where she worked on acquisitions for Williams – assets that would become critical to WPX Energy – including the Bakken oil play in North Dakota and the Marcellus interests in Pennsylvania. She led the $600 million acquisition of certain interests in Susquehanna County, adding to the company’s Marcellus position. In 2000, Danni joined the E&P planning group and was in this role during Williams’ acquisition of Barrett Resources in 2001. While at Williams she also worked on the Berkshire loan, various secured financings, E&P asset sales and a margin less hedge facility. During this time and through 2011, she also managed the hedging program. In her planning, business development and treasury roles at Williams and WPX, Danni has worked on various financial structures such as Section 29 Tax Credit monetization, volumetric production payments (VPP), master limited partnerships (MLP), royalty trusts, like-kind exchanges, tax partnerships and joint venture drill-to-earn structures with a drilling carry. Additionally, she spent four years in accounting in Williams’ E&P and energy groups. Danni began her career in 1993 at Kaiser-Francis Oil Co., where she served in accounting roles. Danni earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Finance from Northeastern State University, magna cum laude in 1993, and she earned an MBA from the University of Tulsa, graduating with honors, in 2002. Danni serves on the executive board of Emergency Infant Services in Tulsa.

Mark Castell serves as Senior Vice President of Engineering for ETX, where he has oversight of Engineering, Operations, and Geology & Geophysics. Previous to joining ETX in the Fall of 2016, Mark served for seven years as Vice President – Oklahoma Assets for publicly traded PetroQuest Energy.  Under his leadership, PetroQuest executed over 300 primarily unconventional Woodford Shale horizontal wells in the Arkoma Basin, making PetroQuest, and their joint venture partner, the largest unconventional operator in the Basin.  Mark first joined PetroQuest in 2002 as an Asset Manager in Business Development, where he was involved in PetroQuest Energy’s expansion into East Texas, and the Fayetteville and Woodford Shales of the MidContinent.

Prior to joining PetroQuest, Mark spent fifteen years in technical, supervisory, and management positions with Chevron and Tenneco. Mark has experience in the MidContinent, East Texas, South Texas, Gulf Coast, and Gulf of Mexico areas of the US, and in Angola West Africa and the Central North Sea. He has a strong background in unconventional resources, drilling and completions, oil and gas reserve evaluation techniques, carbonate reservoirs, economics, and acquisition/sales negotiations. Mark specializes in the redevelopment of mature fields. Mark has a vast range of engineering skills and has been involved in major secondary recovery projects internationally via gas and water injection. He has also worked on valuation techniques for stranded gas and concession negotiations in the international arena.

Mark earned a Bachelor of Science Degree, Magna Cum Laude, in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University. He is a Registered Petroleum Engineer in the State of Louisiana and a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, and American Petroleum Institute.

Board of Managers

Ralph A. Hill
Chairman & CEO, ETX Energy, LLC

James Brown
Chief Executive Officer, PetroStar Services, LLC

Salvatore Giannetti III
Partner, PennantPark Investment Advisers, LLC

Jonny Jones
Founder & CEO, McArron Partners, LP

Craig Kelleher
Co-Founder & Chief Investment Officer, Millstreet Capital Management

Markus Specks
Managing Director, Varde Partners, Inc

David M. Thomas III
President & CEO, Trey Resources, Inc.