Officers & Directors

Officers & Directors

Senior Management

William R. Moler
Chief Executive Officer
William R. (Bill) Moler has served as the Chief Executive Officer of our general partner since November 2019 and has been a director of our general partner since February 2015. Mr. Moler previously served as the President and Chief Operating Officer of our general partner from March 2019 until November 2019 and as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of our general partner from February 2015 until March 2019.

From 2004 until his departure in October 2012, Mr. Moler served in various capacities with Inergy, L.P. and its affiliates, most recently as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Inergy Midstream, L.P. and President and Chief Operating Officer—Natural Gas Midstream Operations of Inergy, L.P. Prior to joining Inergy, L.P., Mr. Moler was with Westport Resources Corporation from 2002 to 2004, where he served as both General Manager of Marketing and Transportation Services and General Manager of Westport Field Services, LLC. Prior to Westport, Mr. Moler served in various leadership positions at Kinder Morgan, Inc. from 1988 to 2002.

Mr. Moler earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas Tech University in 1988. We believe that as a result of his background and knowledge, as well as the attributes of leadership demonstrated by his executive experience, Mr. Moler brings substantial experience and skill to the board of directors of our general partner.
Matthew P. Sheehy
President
Matthew P. "Matt" Sheehy has served as President of our general partner since December 2019.

In addition to his service at Tallgrass, Mr. Sheehy has served as the Chairman of Bridger Aerospace Group since July 2018 and as the Chairman of Ascent Vision Technologies, LLC since December 2015. Mr. Sheehy originally joined Tallgrass in November 2012 and served in a number of roles at Tallgrass until his departure in March 2018. From November 2016 to March 2018, Mr. Sheehy served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer of TGE GP. In addition, Mr. Sheehy served as the President of Rockies Express Pipeline LLC from December 2013 until July 2017 and as a board member of Rockies Express Pipeline LLC from November 2016 to March 2018. Prior to joining Tallgrass, he served as a Principal and General Partner from August 2008 to November 2012 and as an Associate from August 2005 to August 2008 at Silverhawk Capital Partners LLC. From 2002 to 2005, he served as an Analyst at Wachovia Securities and Wachovia Capital Partners. Mr. Sheehy earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Vanderbilt University in 2002.
Gary J. Brauchle
Executive VP and Chief Financial Officer
Gary J. Brauchle has been Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of our general partner since February 2015.

Prior to joining Tallgrass, Mr. Brauchle was Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer at McDermott International, Inc., a global engineering and construction company serving the oil and gas industry during 2012 and as Corporate Controller from 2010 to 2012. He joined McDermott in 2003 and served in various positions of increasing responsibility, including as Director of Internal Audit from 2005 to 2007 and as Director of Operational Accounting and Assistant Controller for an operating subsidiary from 2007 to 2008 and 2008 to 2010, respectively. Mr. Brauchle also served in the Houston office of PricewaterhouseCoopers’ energy and utilities practice from 1997 to 2003, including as a Manager from 2001 to 2003, and with a focus on midstream master limited partnerships, or MLPs.

Mr. Brauchle was a postgraduate technical assistant at the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) from 1996 to 1997. Mr. Brauchle is a Certified Public Accountant and a graduate of Texas A&M University, where he received a Master of Science in Accounting in 1996 and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting in 1995.
Christopher R. Jones
Executive VP, General Counsel and Secretary
Christopher R. Jones has served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of our general partner since February 2018. Mr. Jones previously served as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of our general partner from May 2016 until February 2018 and was an Assistant General Counsel at Tallgrass from October 2012 until May 2016.

Prior to joining Tallgrass, Mr. Jones was an attorney with the law firm that is now known as Stinson LLP from 2003 to 2012, becoming a partner in 2008. Mr. Jones holds an undergraduate degree and a Juris Doctorate in Law from the University of Kansas.
Gary D. Watkins
Senior VP and Chief Accounting Officer
Gary D. Watkins served as Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer from February 2015 until his appointment to Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer in March 2019.

Prior to joining Tallgrass, Mr. Watkins served as Vice President, Controller and principal accounting officer of DCP Midstream Partners, LP and DCP Midstream, LLC from May 2011 until April 2014.

Prior to that, Mr. Watkins had held the positions of Senior Director - Marketing Accounting and Director of Corporate Accounting with DCP Midstream, LLC. Prior to joining DCP Midstream, LLC in November 2004, Mr. Watkins held various positions of increasing responsibility at Advanced Energy Industries, Inc. Mr. Watkins also served in the Denver offices of Arthur Andersen LLP and KPMG LLP from 1996 through 2002.

Board of Directors

David G. Dehaemers Jr.
David G. Dehaemers Jr. has been a director of our general partner since February 2015. He previously served as the Chief Executive Officer of our general partner from February 2015 until November 2019 and also served as the President of our general partner from February 2015 until March 2019.

Prior to joining Tallgrass, Mr. Dehaemers served as Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of Tallgrass MLP Fund I, L.P., a private MLP Investment Fund from 2008 to 2012. Mr. Dehaemers also served as Executive Vice President of corporate development at Inergy, LP (“NRGY”) from 2003 to 2007. Mr. Dehaemers played a key role in NRGY’s corporate development group, where he focused on developing its long-term expansion strategies in the midstream area, which included acquisitions and expansion projects in excess of $500 million. Mr. Dehaemers also was an owner of Inergy Holdings, L.P. (“NRGP”) when that entity went public in 2005. Before Inergy, Mr. Dehaemers was part of the executive management team of Kinder Morgan, Inc. and Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, LP from 1997 to 2003, where he served as the Chief Financial Officer from 1997 to 2000. In 2000, Mr. Dehaemers assumed responsibility for Kinder Morgan’s corporate development efforts, in which role he and his team developed and executed Kinder Morgan’s growth strategies.

Mr. Dehaemers holds an undergraduate degree in Accounting from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska and is a Certified Public Accountant. He also holds a Juris Doctorate in Law from University of Missouri-Kansas City. We believe that Mr. Dehaemers’ education and experience, coupled with the leadership qualities demonstrated by his executive background, bring important experience and skill to the board of directors of our general partner.
William R. Moler
William R. (Bill) Moler has served as the Chief Executive Officer of our general partner since November 2019 and has been a director of our general partner since February 2015. Mr. Moler previously served as the President and Chief Operating Officer of our general partner from March 2019 until November 2019 and as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of our general partner from February 2015 until March 2019.

From 2004 until his departure in October 2012, Mr. Moler served in various capacities with Inergy, L.P. and its affiliates, most recently as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Inergy Midstream, L.P. and President and Chief Operating Officer—Natural Gas Midstream Operations of Inergy, L.P. Prior to joining Inergy, L.P., Mr. Moler was with Westport Resources Corporation from 2002 to 2004, where he served as both General Manager of Marketing and Transportation Services and General Manager of Westport Field Services, LLC. Prior to Westport, Mr. Moler served in various leadership positions at Kinder Morgan, Inc. from 1988 to 2002.

Mr. Moler earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas Tech University in 1988. We believe that as a result of his background and knowledge, as well as the attributes of leadership demonstrated by his executive experience, Mr. Moler brings substantial experience and skill to the board of directors of our general partner.
Marcelino Oreja Arburua
Marcelino Oreja Arburua has served as a director of our general partner since March 2019.

Mr. Arburua has served as the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Executive Director of Enagás since September 2012. Between 1992 and 1997, he was General Secretary of the Spanish National Confederation of Young Entrepreneurs. He founded DEF-4 patents and trademarks, which he sold to Garrigues Andersen in 1997, becoming its General Director. Among other senior positions, he was the International Director of Aldeasa, General Director of EMTE and, after the company’s merger with COMSA, General Director of COMSA EMTE. He also served as President of FEVE, a Spanish railway company. From 2002 to 2004, he was a Member of the European Parliament. Currently, in addition to his executive positions in Enagás, he is a Trustee of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection Foundation and the Transforma España Foundation and was previously a board member of the Basque Energy Agency. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the Higher Technical School of Engineering (ICAI) of the Universidad Pontificia de Comillas and has completed the Global CEO Program and the Advanced Management Program, both from the IESE Business School in Spain.
Guy G. Buckley
Guy G. Buckley has served as a director of our general partner since March 2019.

Mr. Buckley has served as a Senior Advisor at Blackstone Infrastructure Partners since March 2018. From 1989 to April 2017, he served in various roles at Spectra Energy Corp. and its predecessor companies, most recently as its Chief Development Officer. Mr. Buckley served as a director of DCP Midstream GP, LLC, the general partner of DCP Midstream, LP, from October 2014 to February 2017. From April 2017 to March 2018, Mr. Buckley served on the boards of two non-profits on which he continues to serve, Avondale House and Theater Under the Stars. He holds a Masters in Business Administration from Boston University and a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University.
Roy N. Cook
Roy N. Cook has served as a director of our general partner since September 2018. He is also Chairman of the audit committee of our general partner.

Mr. Cook previously served as a director of the general partner of Tallgrass Energy Partners, LP from September 2013 until June 2018 and as a member of the audit committee of the general partner of Tallgrass Energy Partners, LP from December 2017 until June 2018. From 2001 to 2013, Mr. Cook was employed by, and held a variety of roles within, the terminals division of Kinder Morgan, focusing on acquisitions, management, design and operations and specializing in the dry bulk side of the terminals business. Prior to 2001, Mr. Cook owned and managed several businesses in the service industry, including Milwaukee Bulk Terminals, Inc. and Dakota Bulk Terminals, Inc., each of which were sold to Kinder Morgan in 2001. Mr. Cook currently owns several small businesses across diverse industries, including a self-storage business, an electrical service company and a commercial real estate management and development company. He graduated from Kansas State University in 1979 with a B.S. degree in Agriculture Economics.
Thomas A. Gerke
Thomas A. Gerke has served as a director of our general partner since August 2015. He is also a member of the audit committee of our general partner.

Mr. Gerke has served as the General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer at H&R Block, a global consumer tax services provider since May 2016 and prior to that starting in January 2012, he served as Chief Legal Officer. In addition, during a two-month-plus period in 2017 while H&R Block went through a CEO transition, Mr. Gerke served as interim President and Chief Executive Officer from August 1, 2017 to October 8, 2017. Prior to joining H&R Block, from January 2011 to April 2011, Mr. Gerke served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of YRC Worldwide, a leading transportation service provider. From July 2009 to December 2010, Mr. Gerke served as Executive Vice Chairman of CenturyLink, a Fortune 500 integrated communications business. From December 2007 to June 2009, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer at Embarq, then a Fortune 500 integrated communications business. He also held the position of Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Law and External Affairs at Embarq from May 2006 to December 2007. From October 1994 through May 2006, Mr. Gerke held several executive and legal positions with Sprint, serving as Executive Vice President and General Counsel for over two years.

Mr. Gerke currently serves as a member of the board of directors at Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: CNSL). He is also a former member of the boards of CenturyLink, Embarq and United States Telecom Association. In addition, he is a former member of the board of trustees for Rockhurst University and the Kansas City Local Investment Commission (LINC).

Mr. Gerke earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Missouri in Columbia, his Masters of Business Administration degree from Rockhurst University, and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri School of Law in Kansas City.
Wallace C. Henderson
Wallace C. Henderson has served as a director of our general partner since March 2019.

Mr. Henderson has served as a Senior Managing Director at Blackstone Infrastructure Partners (“BIP”), where he is responsible for leading the group’s investment activities in the midstream sector, since January 2018. Prior to joining BIP, from May 2011 to December 2017, Mr. Henderson served in various roles at EIG Global Energy Partners, LLC, most recently as the Managing Director, Head of Midstream and member of the Executive Committee where he led the company’s global investment activities across all funds and vehicles in midstream energy infrastructure, including transport, processing and liquid natural gas. Prior to joining EIG, Mr. Henderson was a senior financial consultant to Coskata, Inc., an energy technology company, from May 2009 until May 2011. Mr. Henderson also spent five years with UBS where he ran the firm’s New York-based energy group and led capital raising and advisory assignments for a wide range of energy companies and sponsors, including EIG. Prior to his role with UBS, Mr. Henderson served for 18 years as an energy investment banker at Credit Suisse, where he specialized in oil and gas project finance, corporate capital raising and mergers and acquisitions for large U.S. and Latin American oil companies. He served as a director of Southcross Energy Partners GP LLC, the general partner of Southcross Energy Partners, L.P., from August 2014 to November 2017. Mr. Henderson holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Kenyon College and a Masters of Business Administration degree from Columbia University.
Matthew J.K. Runkle
Matthew J.K. Runkle has served as a director of our general partner since March 2019.

Mr. Runkle has served as a Managing Director at Blackstone Infrastructure Partners (“BIP”) since October 2017. Prior to joining BIP, Mr. Runkle served from August 2002 to September 2017 as a Principal at ArcLight Capital Partners, LLC, where he sourced, executed and managed infrastructure investments across the midstream and power sectors. Mr. Runkle also served from July 2000 to July 2002 as an Analyst at the NorthBridge Group, where he provided strategic and management consulting to utility and energy companies. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geology and Geophysics from Yale University.
Terrance D. Towner
Terrance D. Towner has served as a director of our general partner since September 2018. He is also a member of the audit committee of our general partner.

Mr. Towner previously served as a director of the general partner of Tallgrass Energy Partners, LP and as a member of the audit committee of the general partner of Tallgrass Energy Partners, LP from August 2013 until June 2018. Mr. Towner currently provides advisory services to various private equity clients and private companies. Between 2000 and December 2014, Mr. Towner was employed by Watco Companies, a Kansas based transportation company, in various capacities, including Vice Chairman, President, COO and CFO. As President and COO, Mr. Towner was responsible for all operations, safety, quality, human resources, information services and the financial performance of Watco's transportation, mechanical, and terminal and port divisions. Prior to joining Watco, Mr. Towner spent thirteen years in banking including three years as President and CEO of First State Bank & Trust Company of Pittsburg, Kansas. He also served for five years as President of Pitsco, a company that develops and markets computer-based education products, and approximately two years as a financial and strategic consultant with Grant Thornton. Following his departure from Grant Thornton, Mr. Towner acquired Joplin.com, an internet service provider located in Joplin, Missouri and subsequently sold the company to Empire District Electric Company, a public utility. Mr. Towner earned his bachelor's degree in Economics from Pittsburg State University in 1981 and his MBA from Pittsburg State University in 1993.