Board of Directors

I.J. "Chip" Berthelot, President

A proven entrepreneur, Mr. Berthelot has been President of Azure Midstream since July 2012.  Prior to Azure Midstream, he founded Laser Midstream Company, which focused on natural gas gathering and processing in Texas and Louisiana and sold to Eagle Rock Energy Partners, L.P. in 2007 (Laser I).  Subsequently, Laser II was formed and developed a 1.4 Bcf/d gas gathering system in Northeast Pennsylvania and Southern New York until it sold to Delphi Midstream Partners, LLC in July 2010.  Additional experience includes serving as President of a privately owned midstream company (2002 – 2004) and Chief Operating Officer, Executive VP, and a member of the Board of Directors at MidCoast Energy Resources, Inc. (1991-2001), the predecessor gathering and processing business of Enbridge Energy Partners, L.P.  Mr. Berthelot is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Texas.

Peter Augustini

Mr. Augustini joined Energy Spectrum in 2004. Mr. Augustini conducts financial and strategic due diligence for potential investments, negotiates and structures new investments, leads deal execution and is actively involved in the ongoing monitoring and oversight of portfolio companies. Mr. Augustini has approximately 26 years of private equity, management consulting, and corporate finance and strategy experience in the energy industry. Prior to joining Energy Spectrum, Mr. Augustini served five years as a consultant at McKinsey & Company, Inc., an international strategic management consulting firm, primarily working on energy-related assignments. Prior to McKinsey, Mr. Augustini served seven years in a variety of finance and strategic planning management positions at Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO) and four years as an analyst for Metropolitan Life Insurance Company’s investments group. Mr. Augustini received his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University and his Master of Business Administration degree with high honors from the University of Chicago. Mr. Augustini served on the boards of Laser 1 and Laser 2 as well.

Michael Mayon

Mr. Mayon joined Energy Spectrum in 2011. His primary responsibilities include sourcing new investment opportunities, conducting financial and strategic due diligence and monitoring portfolio company performance. Prior to joining Energy Spectrum, Mr. Mayon was an Associate at Key Principal Partners, a private equity fund that provides mezzanine and equity capital to middle market companies. Mr. Mayon began his career as an investment banker with Banc of America Securities and Growth Capital Partners. Mr. Mayon received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences degrees from Southern Methodist University, and his Master of Business Administration degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Mandy Bush

Ms. Bush serves as the Chief Financial Officer of our general partner and of Azure Midstream Energy, LLC. Prior to joining Azure, she held the Chief Financial Officer positon at Marlin Midstream Partners, LP (NASDAQ: FISH) successfully launching its initial public offering in 2013. She has also served as Chief Financial Officer of Spark Energy where she held positions in various other finance roles. Prior to joining Spark Energy in 2007, she worked in public accounting at PwC auditing fortune 500 companies. Ms. Bush received a master’s degree in accounting from the University of Houston in 2003 and is a Texas certified public accountant.

Lee Bason

Mr. Bason brings over 30 years’ experience and passion for developing some of the world’s top leaders. With the ability to find a way to reach the core issue and drive results with lasting impact, Lee challenges others to extreme performance levels. A master’s degree in counseling from Sam Houston State University and intense commitment to excellence and growth have opened the door for Lee to serve Fortune 500 executives, professional athletes, education professionals, and government officials. In the business arena, Lee’s expertise has been focused on developing senior leaders in high performing companies such as Great American Financial Resources Inc., United Technologies Corporation, LinkedIn, ITT Defense, Cerberus Capital Management, Spark Energy, DynCorp International, and Florida Power and Light. He has provided consulting and training services to senior management in organizations throughout the United States, as well as in Australia, United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Qatar, Kuwait, Columbia and Puerto Rico. Having worked with sports industry clients such as the Dallas Cowboys, News York Mets, Arizona Diamondbacks, and Texas A&M.

Thomas O. Whitener, Jr.

As President and founding partner of Energy Spectrum Partners, Thomas O. Whitener leads Energy Spectrum Partners’ midstream private equity business. Mr. Whitener’s responsibilities include leading negotiations, structuring and executing investment transactions, actively monitoring existing investments and working closely as a board member with the management teams of portfolio companies. Mr. Whitener has approximately 40 years of experience financing and advising companies and managing private equity investments in the energy industry. Prior to Energy Spectrum Partners, Mr. Whitener served as a Managing Director at R. Reid Investments Inc. and as a Senior Vice President of Dean Witter Reynolds’ Energy Corporate Finance Group. Through these positions, he gained significant experience with mergers and acquisitions, institutional equity and debt placements and energy asset divestitures. Following college, Mr. Whitener served three years as an officer in the U.S. Navy and began his professional career as an energy lender with InterFirst Bank Dallas. Later, as a senior manager, he was responsible for managing and overseeing commitments in excess of $1.5 billion to the upstream, midstream and oil field service sectors of the energy industry. Mr. Whitener has a B.B.A. with highest honors and a M.B.A. from the University of Texas. We believe Mr. Whitener’s extensive experience in the energy industry and his roles with Energy Spectrum Partners bring important skills to the board of directors. Mr. Whitener served on the boards of Laser 1 and Laser 2 as well.