Management & Board
Daniel Herz is the Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Falcon Minerals Corporation. He was named Chief Executive Officer of Falcon Minerals Corporation in 2018, and has served as its President from its predecessor’s founding in 2016. Mr. Herz served as Chief Executive Officer of Titan Energy, LLC and its predecessor’s from 2015 until 2018 and serves on its Board of Directors. Mr. Herz also served as President of Atlas Growth Partners, L.P. and on its Board of Directors from its inception in 2013 until 2018. Mr. Herz served in executive capacities from 2004 until 2015 of Atlas Energy and Atlas Pipeline Partners, L.P. until their respective sales to Chevron Corporation and Targa Resources Corporation. Mr. Herz began his career as a financial analyst and then financial associate in the energy investment banking group at Banc of America Securities beginning in 1999. Mr. Herz earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.
Jeffrey F. Brotman is our Chief Legal Officer and Secretary. Mr. Brotman served as our Chief Financial Officer from August 2018 to June 2019. Mr. Brotman has also been Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of Hepco Capital Management, LLC since its formation in September 2016. Hepco is a private investment firm that sponsors principal capital investments in diverse business sectors. Mr. Brotman was Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President at Resource America, Inc., formerly a publicly-traded specialized asset management company, until September 2016. Mr. Brotman joined Resource America in 2007, and while at Resource America also served as Executive Vice President of Resource Capital Corp. (NYSE: RSO), a publicly-traded real estate investment trust, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Primary Capital Mortgage, Director of Leaf Commercial Capital and sat on various investment committees across all product lines. Mr. Brotman was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Access to Money, Inc. (f/k/a TRM Corp.), one of the world’s largest non-bank ATM operators, from March 2006 to June 2007, and served as the Chairman of its Board of Directors from September 2006 through September 2008. Mr. Brotman was a co-founder, and served as Managing Member, of Ledgewood, PC, a Philadelphia based business law firm, from June 1992 to March 2006, and was of counsel until June 2007. Mr. Brotman was a Trustee of Resource Real Estate Diversified Income Fund from its inception in March 2013 until September 2016 and served as a Director of Turnaround Fund from its inception in 2003 until March 2006. Mr. Brotman has been an adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School since 1990, where he has taught courses in accounting and lending transactions. Mr. Brotman is also a Certified Public Accountant (currently inactive) and a licensed Real Estate Broker.
Stephen J. Pilatzke has been our Chief Accounting Officer since October 2018. Mr. Pilatzke most recently served as Chief Accounting Officer of Lightfoot Capital Partners, GP, LLC since January 2010. From 2013 through to its sale in 2017, Mr. Pilatzke was also Chief Accounting Officer of Arc Logistics Partners LP, a former public subsidiary of Lightfoot Capital in the refined products business. Prior to Lightfoot, Mr. Pilatzke served as Chief Financial Officer and Controller at Paramount BioSciences, a venture capital firm focused on the biotechnology and pharmaceutical sectors, where he was responsible for all reporting for Paramount’s portfolio companies from 2005 to 2010. Mr. Pilatzke also served as a senior auditor at EisnerAmpner prior to Paramount. Mr. Pilatzke graduated from SUNY Binghamton with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of New York.
Edward E. Cohen served as the Executive Chairman of the Board from April 2017 to August 2018 and has been Vice Chairman of the Board since August 2018. Mr. Cohen has been Chief Executive Officer of Atlas Energy Group, LLC since February 2015 and President from February 2015 to April 2015, and before that was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer since February 2012. Mr. Cohen has been Executive Chairman and a Class A Director of Titan Energy, LLC since September 2016. Mr. Cohen has also served as Chairman of the board of directors and Chief Executive Officer of the general partner of Atlas Growth Partners, L.P. since its inception in 2013. Mr. Cohen was the Chairman of the board of directors of the general partner of Atlas Energy, L.P. from its formation in January 2006 until February 2011, when he became its Chief Executive Officer and President until February 2015. Mr. Cohen served as the Chief Executive Officer of Atlas Energy’s general partner from its formation in January 2006 until February 2009. Mr. Cohen served on the executive committee of Atlas Energy’s general partner from 2006 until February 2015. From August 2015 to September 2016, Mr. Cohen was also Executive Chairman of Titan Energy’s predecessor, Atlas Resource Partners, L.P. Atlas Resource Partners and subsidiaries filed a voluntary pre-packaged plan under Chapter 11 in July 2016, which was confirmed and the companies emerged from Chapter 11 in September 2016. Mr. Cohen also was the Chairman of the board of directors and Chief Executive Officer of Atlas Energy, Inc. (formerly known as Atlas America, Inc.) from its organization in 2000 until February 2011, and also served as its President from September 2000 to October 2009. Mr. Cohen was the Executive Chair of the managing board of Atlas Pipeline Partners GP, LLC from its formation in 1999 until February 2015. Mr. Cohen was the Chief Executive Officer of Atlas Pipeline GP from 1999 to January 2009. Mr. Cohen was the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Atlas Energy Resources, LLC and its manager, Atlas Energy Management, Inc., from their formation in June 2006 until February 2011. In addition, Mr. Cohen was: a director of Resource America, Inc. (formerly a publicly traded specialized asset management company) from 1988 until September 2016 and its Chairman of the board of directors from 1990 until September 2016, and was its Chief Executive Officer from 1988 until 2004 and President from 2000 until 2003; Chairman of the board of Resource Capital Corp., now known as Exantas Capital Corp. (a publicly traded real estate investment trust) from its formation in 2005 until November 2009 and served on its board until September 2016; and Chairman of the board of directors of Brandywine Construction & Management, Inc. (a property management company) since 1994. Mr. Cohen is the father of Jonathan Z. Cohen. Mr. Cohen’s strong financial and energy industry experience enables Mr. Cohen to provide valuable perspective and provides us with decisive and effective leadership.
Brian L. Frank has been a director since July 2017. In October 2017, Mr. Frank founded and is the Managing Partner of Declaration Partners LP, an investment firm. From October 2008 to January 2017, Mr. Frank served as a Portfolio Manager of MSD Capital, LP, the family office of Michael Dell, investing in private and public securities in the energy sector. Beginning in 2011, Mr. Frank served as a portfolio manager of MSD Partners, LP, a registered investment advisor investing for Michael Dell and other clients. He was a Partner of both entities beginning in 2012. Prior to that, from 2005 to September 2008, Mr. Frank served as Partner and Portfolio Manager of Cumberland Associates, an investment firm, focusing on investments in the energy and industrials sectors. In 2004, Mr. Frank served as Director of Special Projects and Business Development of Harman International, a company specializing in automotive technology and consumer electronics. Prior to that, from 1999 to 2003, he served as a Private Equity Principal of WR Hambrecht + Co, an investment banking company and from 1995 to 1997, he served as an Investment Banking Analyst for Lazard Freres, a financial advisory and asset management firm. Since August 2016, Mr. Frank has served as a director of Viagogo, a privately held international secondary ticketing company, and since December 2017, he has served on the board of directors of Enstructure, a platform company buying port terminals.
Adam M. Jenkins has been a director since August 2018. Mr. Jenkins is a Managing Director in the Private Equity Group at Blackstone. Since joining Blackstone in July 2013, Mr. Jenkins has been involved with Blackstone’s investments in Beacon Offshore Energy, Kosmos Energy, LLOG Bluewater, Royal Resources, Siccar Point Energy, and Vine Oil & Gas, among others. From August 2011 until June 2013, Mr. Jenkins was an Associate at WL Ross & Co. From July 2006 until July 2008, he worked at Lazard, where he focused on mergers and acquisitions advisory to consumer goods companies. He is a member of the New York State Bar.