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Management & Board

Executive Team
Bryan C. Gunderson
President and Chief Executive Officer

Bryan C. Gunderson has been Falcon’s President and Chief Executive Officer and served on its Board of Directors since June 2021. Prior to his appointment to his current role, Mr. Gunderson served as Falcon’s Chief Financial Officer beginning in June 2019. Prior to Falcon, Mr. Gunderson served in various senior financial roles within the energy sector. 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.

Matthew B. Ockwood
Chief Financial Officer

Matthew B. Ockwood has been the Chief Financial Officer of Falcon Minerals since June 2021. Prior to joining Falcon, Mr. Ockwood served as Managing Director and member of the Investment Committee of Chambers Energy Capital, a Houston based investment firm focused on opportunistic credit and equity investments in the energy industry. While at Chambers Energy, Mr. Ockwood served on the boards of directors of numerous companies, both private and publicly listed, during his 12-year tenure with the firm. Prior to Chambers Energy’s founding in 2009, Mr. Ockwood was employed by Lehman Brothers where he worked in the Natural Resources investment banking group. Mr. Ockwood holds a B.B.A in Finance, summa cum laude, and a Certificate in Leadership Study and Development from Texas A&M University where he served as the Commander of the Corps of Cadets.

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

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
Claire R. Harvey
Chairman of the Board
Claire R. Harvey has been a director and Chairman of the Board of Directors since May 2020. Ms. Harvey is the President of ARM Resources, the upstream oil and gas division of ARM Energy, a premier producer services firm providing innovative solutions across the energy value chain. Ms. Harvey has a long history of investing in and owning oil and gas assets. From May 2019 to August 2020, she led Gryphon Oil and Gas, a private equity-sponsored company focused on acquiring non-operated interests in the Permian Basin. Prior to Gryphon, Ms. Harvey made upstream oil and gas investments on behalf of two private equity funds, Pine Brook Partners from March 2014 to May 2019, and TPH Partners from May 2010 to February 2014. Earlier in her career, she worked as an investment banker at Lehman Brothers and Barclays Capital, primarily focused on corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions for oil and gas companies. Ms. Harvey has served as a director on several private oil and gas company boards and also currently serves on the Board of Advisors for the Texas A&M University Finance Department as well as the Texas A&M University Petroleum Ventures Program. Ms. Harvey earned a BBA in Finance at Texas A&M University, where she was also a four-year letterman and co- captain for the Texas Aggie Volleyball Team. In addition, Ms. Harvey earned an MBA from the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University where she was the Jones Scholar and M.A. Wright Award winner.
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. 

Erik C. Belz
Director

Erik C. Belz, has been a director since April 2021. Mr. Belz is a Managing Director in the Private Equity Group at Blackstone. Since joining Blackstone in 2014, Mr. Belz has focused on investments in the upstream and midstream energy sectors and has been involved in Blackstone’s investments in EagleClaw Midstream Ventures, Guidon Energy, Swallowtail Royalties, Waterfield Midstream, Huntley & Huntley, Jetta Permian, Primexx Energy Partners, Rock Ridge Royalty and Cheniere Energy among others. Before joining Blackstone, from 2011 to 2014, Mr. Belz was a Vice President at Blue Water Energy, an energy-focused private equity fund based in London. Prior to that, Mr. Belz was an Associate at the First Reserve Corporation, an energy-focused private equity firm. Mr. Belz began his career as an Investment Banking Analyst at Lehman Brothers in the Natural Resources, Mergers and Acquisitions Group. Mr. Belz received an AB in Economics cum laude with a concentration in Government from Harvard College, where he graduated with high honors.

Bryan C. Gunderson
Director

Bryan C. Gunderson has been Falcon’s President and Chief Executive Officer and served on its Board of Directors since June 2021. Prior to his appointment to his current role, Mr. Gunderson served as Falcon’s Chief Financial Officer beginning in June 2019. Prior to Falcon, Mr. Gunderson served in various senior financial roles within the energy sector. 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.

Mark C. Henle
Director
Mark C. Henle has been a director since July 2021. Mr. Henle is a Senior Associate in the Private Equity Group at Blackstone. Since joining Blackstone in 2019, Mr. Henle has focused on investments in the upstream, midstream and oilfield service sectors and has been involved in Blackstone’s investments in Primexx Energy Partners, Rock Ridge Royalty, Ulterra and Waterfield Midstream. Before joining Blackstone, from 2014 to 2019, Mr. Henle was a Vice President at White Deer Energy, an energy-focused private equity fund based in Houston and New York. Prior to that, Mr. Henle was an Associate at Lazard in the Power, Energy and Infrastructure Group. Mr. Henle began his career as an Analyst at Goldman Sachs in the Equities Division. Mr. Henle received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Economics and Computer Science summa cum laude from Dartmouth College.
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 and Head of Portfolio Performance 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 Ltd. 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.