Officers & Directors

Officers & Directors

Senior Management

David G. Dehaemers Jr.
President and Chief Executive Officer
David G. Dehaemers, Jr has been a director and President and Chief Executive Officer of our general partner since February 2015.

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.
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.
William R. Moler
Executive VP and Chief Operating Officer
W.R. (Bill) Moler has been a director and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of our general partner since February 2015.

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.
Christopher R. Jones
Executive VP, General Counsel and Secretary
Christopher R. Jones has been Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of our general partner since May 2016 and held the same positions for the general partners of Tallgrass Energy Partners, LP and Tallgrass Development, LP since May 2016. Previously, Mr. Jones served as Tallgrass's Assistant General Counsel, beginning in October 2012.

Prior to joining Tallgrass, Mr. Jones was an attorney with the law firm that is now known as Stinson Leonard Street 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
Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer
Gary Watkins has been the Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer of our general partner since February 2015.

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 and President and Chief Executive Officer of our general partner since February 2015.

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
W.R. (Bill) Moler has been a director and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of our general partner since February 2015.

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.
Jeffrey A. Ball
Jeffrey A. Ball has served as a director of our general partner since February 2015. He is also Chairman of the audit committee of our general partner.

Mr. Ball is a Managing Director at The Energy & Minerals Group (EMG), a diversified natural resource private equity fund manager, and is responsible for transaction origination, structuring and execution, portfolio company management and investment realization. Prior to joining EMG in October 2007, Mr. Ball was a Director in the investment banking group at Credit Suisse Securities (USA), LLC, covering the energy industry with a particular focus on MLPs and the midstream sector. Mr. Ball has completed over $50 billion of mergers and acquisitions and capital markets financing transactions during his career in the energy and minerals sector. Mr. Ball currently serves on the Boards of Ferus Inc., Ferus GP LLC, Ferus Natural Gas Fuels Inc., Ferus Natural Gas Fuels GP, LLC, Ferus Natural Gas Fuels (CNG), LLC, American Energy Appalachia Holdings, LLC, American Energy Permian Basin Holdings, LLC and is a board observer of MarkWest Utica EMG, LLC.

Mr. Ball received a B.S. in Economics with honors from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. We believe that Mr. Ball’s experience with mergers & acquisitions and financings of a variety of MLPs and other midstream assets provides a valuable resource to the board of directors of our general partner.
Roy N. Cook
Roy N. Cook 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. 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.
Frank J. Loverro
Frank J. Loverro has served as a director of our general partner since February 2015.

Mr. Loverro joined Kelso & Company (Kelso) in 1993 and became the Co-Chief Executive Officer in 2016. He has been Managing Director since 2004 and a Member of Kelso’s Management Committee since 2013. Prior to joining Kelso he spent the preceding three years in the private equity investment and high yield groups at The First Boston Corporation. Mr. Loverro is also a director of Delphin Shipping LLC, Hunt Marcellus, LLC, Poseidon Containers Holdings LLC and Helios (the new name of Progressive Medical and PMSI). Mr. Loverro was also a director of Buckeye GP LLC.

Mr. Loverro received a B.A. in Economics with Distinction from the University of Virginia in 1991. Mr. Loverro has extensive experience in corporate financing and in evaluating the financial performance and operations of companies across a variety of business sectors, including the energy sector. We believe that this background, in addition to Mr. Loverro’s valuable experience serving on the boards of various public and private companies, provides an important source of insight and perspective to the board of directors of our general partner.
Stanley de J. Osborne
Stanley de J. Osborne has served as a director of our general partner since February 2015.

Mr. Osborne joined Kelso & Company in 1998 and has been Managing Director since 2007. He spent the preceding two years as an Associate at Summit Partners. He spent the previous three years at J.P. Morgan & Co. as an Associate in the Private Equity Group and an Analyst in the Financial Institutions Group. Mr. Osborne is also a director of 4Refuel Canada LP, Hunt Marcellus, LLC, Logan’s Roadhouse, Inc., Traxys S.a.r.l and PowerTeam Services, LLC. Mr. Osborne was also previously a director of CVR Energy, Inc and Global Geophysical Services, Inc.

Mr. Osborne received a B.A. in Government from Dartmouth College in 1993. Mr. Osborne has extensive experience in corporate financing and in evaluating the financial performance and operations of companies across a variety of business sectors, including the energy sector. We believe that this background, in addition to Mr. Osborne’s valuable experience serving on the boards of various public and private companies, provides an important source of insight and perspective to the board of directors of our general partner.
John T. Raymond
John T. Raymond has served as a director of our general partner since February 2015.

Mr. Raymond is an owner and founder of The Energy & Minerals Group (EMG), a diversified natural resource private equity fund manager, and has been Managing Partner and CEO since EMG’s inception in 2006. Prior to that time, Mr. Raymond held leadership positions with various energy companies, including President and CEO of Plains Resources Inc., President and Chief Operating Officer of Plains Exploration and Production Company and Director of Development for Kinder Morgan, Inc. Mr. Raymond currently serves on numerous other boards, including the board of directors of each of NGL Energy Holdings, LLC, the general partner of NGL Energy Partners, LP, Plains All American GP LLC, the general partner of Plains All American Pipeline, LP, and PAA GP Holdings LLC, the general partner of Plains GP Holdings, LP.

Mr. Raymond received a BSM degree from the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University with dual concentrations in finance and accounting. We believe that Mr. Raymond’s experience with investment in and management of a variety of upstream and midstream assets and operations provides a valuable resource to the board of directors of our general partner.
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.