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Management & Board

Executive Team
Daniel C. Herz
Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer

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.

Bryan C. Gunderson
Chief Financial Officer

Bryan C. Gunderson has been our Chief Financial Officer since June 2019. Mr. Gunderson most recently served as Executive Vice President - Finance of Nine Point Energy, a private oil & gas exploration and production company, where he was responsible for corporate finance, budgeting and financial controls.  Prior to Nine Point Energy, Mr. Gunderson served as Vice President of the Office of the CEO of Triangle Petroleum, a public oil and gas enterprise. Mr. Gunderson also previously served as an Associate in the Energy Financial Services division of General Electric and as a Financial Analyst in the Global Upstream division of Chevron.  Mr. Gunderson received a Masters in Business Administration from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts from Bard College.

Stephen J. Pilatzke
Chief Accounting Officer

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.

Jeffrey F. Brotman
Chief Legal Officer and Secretary

Jeffrey F. Brotman hes been our Chief Legal Officer and Secretary since 2018. 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.

Michael J. Downs
Chief Operating Officer

Michael J. Downs has been the Chief Operating Officer since February 2020, where he oversees the company’s royalty production, land administration, reservoir engineering and ongoing minerals acquisition efforts. Mr. Downs previously served as VP of Operations from October 2018 to January 2020. Prior to joining Falcon Minerals, Mr. Downs served as the VP of Operations at Titan Energy, LLC and its predecessor’s from April 2014 until September 2018, where he managed Titan’s Eagle Ford position and integrated over $2.2 billion of acquisitions into the company. From July 2011 until March 2014, Mr. Downs was Director, Strategic operations for Atlas Energy, LP. Prior to this, Mr. Downs was JV Coordinator for Atlas, responsible for managing a $1.7 billion joint venture in the Marcellus Shale between Atlas Energy, Inc and Reliance Industries of India. Mr. Downs graduated from Drexel University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Accounting.

Irene M. Deck
Vice President of Land of Falcon Minerals

Irene M. Deck has been Vice President of Land of Falcon Minerals since December 2018.  Prior to joining the Falcon Minerals, Ms. Deck was responsible for acquisition and divestment activities, purchase and sale contract negotiation, and leadership of ongoing land management activities, including positions in the Eagle Ford, Marcellus, and Utica areas for Riverbend Oil and Gas.  Ms. Deck has 25+ years of experience in the oil and gas industry with Amoco/BP, Altura Energy and Occidental Petroleum.  She attended University of New Orleans with studies in Business Administration.

Austin D. Frey
Vice President of Reservoir Engineering

Austin D. Frey has been the Vice President of Reservoir Engineering since October 2018. From 2014 – 2018 Mr. Frey served as Senior Staff Reservoir Engineer for Viper Energy Partners, where he managed over $1bn in mineral right acquisitions in the Permian and Eagle Ford. Prior to Viper, Mr. Frey was a Reservoir Engineer for Pioneer Natural Resources, where his last two years there he worked in the Business Development group focused on acquisition and divestitures across various shale and conventional plays in the Lower 48. Prior to working in the business development group, Mr. Frey spent 5 years in various engineering roles of increasing responsibility working Pioneer’s Permian asset. Mr. Frey graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering. 

Board of Directors
Jonathan Z. Cohen
Chairman of the Board

Jonathan Z. Cohen served as a director and our Chief Executive Officer from April 2017 to August 2018 and Chairman of the Board since August 2018. Mr. Cohen also serves as Chairman, CEO and Founder of Hepco Capital Management, a private investment firm making control investments in middle market companies and real estate, since its formation in September 2016. Since April 2017, Mr. Cohen has served as a director of Energen Corporation. Previously, Mr. Cohen was CEO (from 2004 to September 2016) and President (from 2003 to September 2016) of Resource America, Inc., an asset manager investing in real estate, financial services and credit until its sale to C-III Capital Partners. Mr. Cohen also co-founded both Atlas Pipeline Partners, LP, a midstream energy company that was sold to Targa Resources, Inc. in 2015, and Atlas Energy, Inc., an exploration and production company that was sold to Chevron Corporation in 2011. Mr. Cohen was co-founder of the general partner of Arc Logistics Partners LP, and served as Chairman from 2006 until it was sold in December 2017 to Zenith Energy; and founder of Resource Capital Corp., now known as Exantas Capital Corp., a commercial mortgage REIT. Mr. Cohen currently serves as Executive Chairman of Atlas Energy Group, LLC and in connection therewith serves as Executive Vice Chairman and a Class A director of the board of Titan Energy, LLC and Executive Vice Chairman of Atlas Growth Partners, L.P., both affiliates of ATLS. From August 2015 to September 2016, Mr. Cohen was also Executive Vice Chairman of Titan Energy’s predecessor, Atlas Resource Partners, L.P. Mr. Cohen’s philanthropic endeavors include his role as Chairman of the Executive Committee of Lincoln Center Theater, a Trustee of The American School of Classical Studies in Athens, Greece and Trustee of Arete Foundation, a private family foundation. Mr. Cohen’s involvement with public and private entities of varying size, complexity and focus, and raising debt and equity for such entities, provides him with extensive experience and contacts that will be valuable to us. 

Edward E. Cohen
Vice Chairman of the Board

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. 

William D. Anderson
Director

William D. Anderson, PE has been a Director since July 2018. Mr. Anderson is the founding member and Managing Partner of Anderson King Energy Consultants, LLC (“AK”) and has been since 2012. In 2005 and prior to the formation of AK, Mr. Anderson formed Anderson O&G, Inc. (“AOG”), a boutique energy sector advisory and consulting business oriented towards acquisition and divestiture activities. Prior to forming AOG, Mr. Anderson served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Wynn-Crosby Energy, Inc. Mr. Anderson is a registered petroleum engineer and is a former Senior Vice President and Partner of Netherland, Sewell & Associates, Inc. At Netherland Sewell he served as team leader for major projects in the Mid-Continent, Permian, North & South Louisiana, and South Texas basins, as well as for projects in Europe, SE Asia, and Africa. Prior to joining Netherland Sewell in 1983, Mr. Anderson held several positions with Exxon Company U.S.A. including Supervising Reservoir Engineer managing five large offshore fields. Mr. Anderson received a B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Connecticut, an M.S. in civil engineering from Columbia University and a Master of Engineering in Petroleum Engineering from Tulane University. 

Brian L. Frank
Director

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. 

Jonathan R. Hamilton
Director

Jonathan R. Hamilton has been a director since 2018. Mr. Hamilton is a Senior Associate in the Private Equity Group at Blackstone. Since joining Blackstone in October 2014, Mr. Hamilton has been involved with Blackstone’s investments in Beacon Offshore Energy, Kosmos Energy, LLOG Bluewater, Royal Resources, and Primexx Energy Partners, among others. From July 2012 until September 2014, Mr. Hamilton worked at J.P. Morgan Securities where he focused on mergers, acquisitions and financing advisory to oil and gas companies. 

Alan J. Hirshberg
Director

Alan J. Hirshberg has been a director since April 2019. Mr. Hirshberg has worked with Blackstone as a Senior Advisor since January 2019. He joined ConocoPhillips in 2010 as its Senior Vice President, Planning and Strategy, and retired in January 2019 as its Executive Vice President, Production, Drilling and Projects, a position he held since April 2016. In this role, he had responsibility for ConocoPhillips’ worldwide operations, as well as supply chain, aviation, marine, major projects and engineering functions. Prior to joining ConocoPhillips, Mr. Hirshberg worked at Exxon and ExxonMobil for 27 years, serving in various senior leadership positions in upstream research, production operations, major projects and strategic planning. Mr. Hirshberg earned Bachelor and Master of Science degrees from Rice University. 

Adam M. Jenkins
Director

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. 

Steven R. Jones
Director

Steven R. Jones has been a director since October 2017. Mr. Jones is the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of WaterBridge Resources LLC, a privately held company focused on building and operating water pipelines and related infrastructure to serve oil and gas producers. From November 2016 to March 2018, Mr. Jones was the Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Core Midstream, a venture-stage energy company focused on acquiring and developing companies and projects engaged in midstream services for natural gas and crude oil producers. From February 2014 to October 2016, he founded and served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of PennTex Midstream Partners, a former Nasdaq listed limited partnership focused on owning, operating, acquiring and developing midstream energy infrastructure assets in North America. Prior to that, from March 2008 to January 2014, Mr. Jones served as the Managing Director and Head of Midstream Investment Banking of Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Company, an integrated investment and merchant bank providing high quality advice and services to the energy industry. In addition, from June 2004 to March 2008, he served as Vice President, Global Natural Resources of Lehman Brothers, Inc., a global financial services firm. Prior to that, from June 2000 to June 2004, Mr. Jones served as Director of Corporate Development of El Paso Corporation, a provider of natural gas and related energy products. 

Eric Liaw
Director

Eric Liaw has been a director since April 2019. Mr. Liaw is a Senior Managing Director in the Private Equity Group at Blackstone. Since joining Blackstone in November 2014, Mr. Liaw has been involved with Blackstone’s investments in EagleClaw Midstream, Guidon Energy, Huntley & Huntley, Jetta Energy Permian, Primexx Energy Partners, Rock Ridge Royalty, and Royal Resources And Ulterra Drilling Technologies, among others. From August 2008 until August 2014, Mr. Liaw was a Principal at TPG Capital, where he evaluated and executed investment opportunities in the energy sector. From July 2004 to July 2006, Mr. Liaw was an associate at Bain Capital, where he focused on private equity investments in a wide range of industries.