Board of Directors
Daniel Hullah +
Board Position: Observer
Daniel was born and educated in the UK where he received a BA and a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Oxford. He came to the United States in 1999 as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Chicago. Following his stint in Chicago, Daniel left academia but stayed in the States as he branched out into a career in management consulting at ZS Associates – a firm that focuses exclusively on sales and marketing. Daniel moved to Boston in 2001 to start a new ZS office, and went on to pursue an MBA at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France. Shortly after returning to the States from INSEAD, Daniel joined RockPort in Boston. Since then he has been an active member of the screening and diligence team and has worked on multiple transactions in several key cleantech sectors most notably solar energy and green buildings. He has represented RockPort on investor panels at conferences throughout the country.
Dirk McDermott +
Board Position: Director
Dirk McDermott is the founder and Managing Director of Altira Group LLC, an energy investment firm based in Denver Colorado. Dirk raised capital to launch Altira’s inaugural fund and has expanded Altira to one of the leading energy investment firms in the world. Building upon the business relationships he has developed throughout his career, he is responsible for developing new deal sources and helping shape Altira's strategy. His 25 years' of experience as an investor, manager, and scientist in the energy industry are among the keys to Altira's success. His working knowledge in the technologies of the oil, gas, and renewable energy industry is invaluable and sets Altira apart. Dirk has a superb practical working knowledge of the energy industry and is a pioneer in successfully applying investment into energy technology.
Dirk has served or currently serves on the boards of directors for several Altira portfolio companies: Beyond Compliance, Canyon Offshore, Coherence Technology Company, DeepFlex, Microseismic, NuTech Energy Alliance, RC Squared, TransZap, and Tubel Technologies. In addition, Dirk is on the Board of Directors of RPSEA, the Treasurer and Chair on the Board of Trustees of the Finance Committee of Graland Country Day School, and serves as the "Roustabout" and Chair of the Alternative Investment Committee of the Petroleum Investment Committee at Stanford University.
Dirk began his career with Louisiana Land and Exploration Company (LL&E) as a geophysicist working on exploration and production projects around the world. During his twelve year tenure he held a variety of positions including Chief Geophysicist of LL&E's Canadian subsidiary. After obtaining his MBA from Stanford University in 1991, Dirk turned his career towards venture investing in energy and energy technologies. In 1993, he co-founded Aspect Management, a Denver venture capital firm that managed the oil and gas portfolio of General Atlantic Partners and also invested in early stage oil and gas technology enterprises that were leaders in the application of 3D technology. During this period, he was instrumental in founding, funding, and managing oil and gas companies and technology companies, including General Atlantic Resources, Brigham Oil and Gas, Southtech Exploration, Geographix, and Coherence Technology Company. In addition to his MBA, Dirk holds a Master’s of Science in Geophysics from Stanford University.
Committees: Audit Committee, Compensation Committee
Hythem El-Nazer +
Board Position: Director
Mr. Hythem T. El-Nazer serves as a Director at TA Associates Management, L.P. Mr. El-Nazer focuses on investments in technology, technology-enabled service companies and communications companies In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of MicroSeismic, Mr. El-Nazer also serves as a Director of Accruent, Bomgar, Gamma Technologies, Idera, Radialpoint and TEOCO. He led or was actively involved in TA’s investments in AboveNet, Aicent, Answers, Idea Cellular, MetroPCS Communications, RGM Advisors and WIND TELECOM S.p.A. Prior to joining TA in 2004, Hythem worked in the U.S. and the Middle East offices of McKinsey & Company and in the Investment Banking Department of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette in New York. He received a General Course degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science, an AB degree in Economics from Brown University and an MBA degree from Columbia Business School.
Committees: Compensation Committee (Chairman), Nominations & Governance Committee
Jamie McJunkin +
Board Position: Observer
Jamie McJunkin has served on our board of directors since April 2009. Since April 2005, Mr. McJunkin has been a Managing Member of Madrone Capital Partners, a venture capital firm. From August 2000 to March 2005, Mr. McJunkin was a technology growth capital investor at TA Associates, Inc., a private equity firm. Prior to August 2000, Mr. McJunkin worked as a Product Manager at Cisco Systems, Inc. and as a strategy consultant at the Boston Consulting Group. Mr. McJunkin is a director of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and several privately-held companies. He also serves on the Advisory Board for Rockport Capital Partners and The Global Environment Fund. Mr. McJunkin earned a bachelor of arts degree with high honors from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and a master of business administration degree from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Mr. McJunkin has valuable experience as an investor in building emerging growth companies. His investing and business background, as well as his knowledge of the solar industry, provide a valuable perspective for our board of directors.
John James Kennedy +
Board Position: Chairman
John Kennedy has more than 33 years of experience working in senior operational and financial positions, primarily in the oil service sector. John was President and CEO of Wilson International, a wholly owned subsidiary of Smith International and Schlumberger (Schlumberger acquired Smith International in August 2010) until Wilson was sold to National Oilwell Varco in 2012.
Prior to joining Wilson in 1999, John was Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Smith International Inc.(NYSE:SII) having joined Smith in 1986, as part of the European Treasury Group. John transferred from London to Houston in 1991 and held a number of senior financial positions with Smith, including Treasurer and Chief Accounting Officer before becoming CFO in 1997.
John attended Wimbledon College and Farnborough College of Technology in the United Kingdom. He is a member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers and Energy Institute. He has been a member of a number of boards, both public and private. He sat on the board of Edgen Group (NYSE:EDG) until November 2013 when the company was sold to Sumitomo Corporation. Currently John is a member of the Advisory Board of Texas A&M Industrial Distribution Program and the Advisory Board and main Board of the Houston Technology Center.
Committees: Compensation Committee
Peter M. Duncan, Ph.D +
Board Position: President & Founder
Peter M. Duncan is President and CEO of MicroSeismic, Inc. a Houston-based oil field service company specializing in hydraulic fracture stimulation surveillance and evaluation. He holds a Ph.D. in Geophysics from the University of Toronto. His early career as an exploration geophysicist was with Shell Canada and then Digicon Geophysical, first in Calgary then in Houston. In 1992 he was one of 3 founders of 3DX Technologies Inc., a publicly traded independent oil and gas exploration company. Duncan was 2003-04 President of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG). Duncan was the Fall 2008 SEG/AAPG Distinguished Lecturer speaking on the subject of Passive Seismic at 45 venues around the world. He is an Honorary Member of SEG, the Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists (CSEG), the Geophysical Society of Houston (GSH) and the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE). He received the Enterprise Champion Award from the Houston Business Journal in 2010, the World Oil Innovative Thinker Award in 2011, and was the 2013 EY National Energy Entrepreneur of the Year. In 2014 he received the Virgil Kauffman Gold Medal from SEG.
Committees: Audit Committee (Secretary), Compensation Committee (Secretary), Nominations & Governance Committee (Secretary)
Robert (Bob) Daniels +
Board Position: Director
Mr. Daniels joined Anadarko in 1985 and assumed his current position in July 2012. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President, Worldwide Exploration, beginning in December 2006 and Senior Vice President, Exploration and Production beginning May 2004. Prior to that, he served as Vice President, Canada beginning July 2001. Mr. Daniels has also held key positions within Anadarko's exploration group, including Geologic Supervisor for Algeria, Manager of Geology for Algeria Exploration, Project Manager of the Ourhoud Development Project in Algeria, and Manager of U.S. Onshore Exploration.
Mr. Daniels holds a Master of Science degree in petroleum geology from the Colorado School of Mines and a bachelor's degree in economics from The Colorado College. He also is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program.
Mr. Daniels serves on the Board of Directors of the Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation and Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas. He is a Trustee of the American Geological Institute Foundation.
Committees: Nominations & Governance Committee
Wilber James +
Board Position: Director
Wilber has been an energy entrepreneur for over three decades. He pioneered the unregulated marketing and trading of crude oil and petroleum products, natural gas, and electricity as Chairman and CEO of Citizens Corporation, an unaffiliated, independent energy company. Building on that success, he expanded into oil exploration and energy conservation. He created Citizens Lehman Power, a joint venture between Lehman Brothers and Citizens that was the nation’s first electricity trading and asset acquisition/restructuring company, and then successfully sold it to The Energy Group PLC. Prior to co-founding RockPort, Wilber was Non-Executive Chairman of Citizens Power and a member of the Executive Committee of Peabody Energy, and was instrumental in the LBO of Peabody and Citizens from The Energy Group in 1998. Wilber is a graduate of Colorado College with a BA in History.
Committees: Nominations & Governance Committee (Chairman), Compensation Committee